LAS VEGAS — The first half of last season, Ozzie Albies was producing at a level equal to eventual National League MVP finalist Javier Baez. "It’s part of the growth," manager Brian Snitker said of Albies’ slide on Wednesday at MLB Winter Meetings. During his All-Star first half, Albies was almost a mirror image hitting from either the left (122 wRC+) or right side (121), but his second-half struggles were largely drug down by his hitting from the left side....
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Todd Bowles’ days as coach of the New York Jets are numbered in many people’s minds. The embattled Bowles appears likely to be among those looking for new jobs the day the NFL’s regular season ends, if not sooner. "I go day by day and take my job day by day and coach the hell out of them. To Bowles, it’s all about the players in his locker room. "That’s my only job," the 55-year-old...
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — An NCAA appeals committee has upheld a ruling requiring North Carolina Central to vacate football, baseball and men’s basketball records due to certification errors that allowed ineligible athletes to compete. The baseball program will vacate 19 wins for 2013 and two for 2014, while the men’s basketball program will vacate 16 wins for the 2012-13 season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are missing their star running back, likely without his backup and could have their top two wide receivers hobbled or shelved for their crucial AFC West showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night. Yes, the Chargers (10-3) are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, having won three straight and nine of 10 to close within a game of Kansas City (11-2) in the division race. That includes this season’s opener in...
UFC President Dana White said the performance could help him jump the queue to fight Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC), and those comments may bear fruit. The obvious fight for the title at 170 pounds was thought to be Woodley vs. former interim champ Colby Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC). Usman today posted a signed bout agreement for a five-round title fight against Woodley (which MMAjunkie verified with a person close to the situation to be legitimate), and called for...
The sanctions that prohibit Atlanta from signing any international player for more than $10,000 during the 2019-20 signing period and include reduced pool money for 2020-21 put an even bigger value on draft picks, a consideration as the Braves look to free agents who received qualifying offers and could cost the organization a pick. "We don’t have an issue with the draft pick," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said during his availability at MLB Winter Meetings. There were seven players extended...
Ed Ruth and Neiman Gracie agree on what’s going to happen when they meet in the opening round of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. "And I’m a wrestler who loves to strike," Ruth (6-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) told MMAjunkie in advance of his DAZN-streamed fight against Gracie (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) at Bellator 213, which takes place Saturday at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Jiu-jitsu proponent Gracie admits he’s got one goal in the fight, and that’s to put Ruth on...
TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2018) – Tampa Bay Rays fans looking for their offseason fix of Rays baseball are welcomed to tune in to FOX Sports Sun, the statewide television home of the Rays, tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m. for an all-new episode of "Inside the Rays: Arizona Fall League." Fans tuning in following postgame coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game will get to know some of the talented Rays prospects playing for the Peoria...
A matchup between the UFC’s highest ranked Brazilian featherweights is in the works for UFC on ESPN+ 2 when former champ Jose Aldo clashes with Renato Moicano. The pairing between Aldo (27-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and Moicano (13-1-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is targeted as the co-headliner of the February event, MMAjunkie today confirmed with a source close to the situation. Aldo, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, rebounded from a pair of title-fight losses to...
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