Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals heading for a blue October

Ned Yost

Nearly a month ago I inked a ranking of a dozen Major League Baseball managers whose jobs I considered to be on thin ice. As of now, the axe has not fallen anywhere, though things remain bleak for Walt Weiss in Colorado and Kirk Gibson in Arizona (and I’m not going to cry too hard when Gibson gets his pink slip).

Tony Stewart Will Be Defined By Kevin Ward Jr. Tragedy

Kevin Ward Jr.

A sampling of Tony Stewart’s Facebook site on Sunday indicated an overwhelming show of support for the embattled NASCAR star, as well as towards the family of Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Kevin Ward Jr. dies after being hit by Tony Stewart at sprint track

Kevin Ward Jr.

Fans of auto racing often see the frequent dust-ups and altercations between drivers at all levels and forms of the sport. At the top levels of NASCAR I have always wondered and feared the day when a competitor crosses the line with catastrophic consequences.

A dozen managers on MLB’s 2014 hot seat

Don Mattingly

Even with Mike Scioscia seemingly safe, there are still a lot of skippers in varying degrees of danger as baseball fast approaches its stretch run. Here is my ranking of 12 managers who may feel the seat starting to get warm, and one who may be the first casualty of 2014 as soon as this week.

The Greek Freak blows up? A hypothetical NBA midseason tournament

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This week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver floated the idea of a mid-season single-elimination NBA Tournament.

What is not to like about that idea?

When and how should Brett Favre’s number be retired?

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Talking about Brett Favre in July is now a tradition, evolving from actually playing to whether his No. 4 should be retired by the Green Bay Packers.

Projected Rosters for 2014 MLB All-Star Game


I made my personal selections for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game starters earlier this week.

Now it is time for projecting the entire rosters to be announced at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, including the Final Vote candidates and possible injury replacements.

Last Call for 2014 MLB All-Star Balloting

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It is last call for Major League Baseball All-Star voting, with the final deadline at midnight Eastern Time on July 3. Will voters get it right? Ever since online voting became the primary balloting method, that has mostly been the case.

Luis Suarez Bites Off More Than He Can Chew

Luis Suarez bite

After Luis Suarez’s latest episode at the 2014 World Cup, expect soccer’s governing body to massively bite back.

Portugal’s Late-Equalizer a Win for American Soccer Hater

Portugal goal

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team was seconds away from seeing through a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Portugal. The U.S. was poised to secure a berth into the round of 16 with a game to spare, while temporarily silencing many critics in their own country.

Then Cristiano Ronaldo, playing at far less than 100 percent, made one last frantic rush down the right flank. His crossing pass to Silvestre Varela was perfect and led to a walk-off tying goal for the Portuguese.

For neutral soccer fans worldwide, it was a celebration of one of the best matches of the 2014 World Cup. There were talking points and momentum swings on both sides.

But the end result provided American Soccer Hater with ammunition.

Tony Gwynn dies at 54, long live the 5.5 hole

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After a long battle with a horrible, aggressive form of salivary gland cancer, Tony Gwynn died Monday in his Poway home, at the far too young age of 54.

Remembering NFL Coaching Legend Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll

The National Football League lost one of it’s greatest coaches this weekend as Chuck Noll died at age 82. His winning legacy will not be forgotten.

California Chrome pushes limits in quest for immortality

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In an effort to milk the possible event as much as humanly (or equine-ly) possible, the post time for the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes has been delayed until 6:52 p.m.

Will California Chrome be gold, or dust by 6:55?

2014 NCAA Baseball Super Regional Preview

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The carnage was historic. No less than five of eight national seeds, and an astounding nine of 16 regional hosts wound up being eliminated in the first weekend of the NCAA baseball tournament.

The final eight in Omaha will represent a complete turnover from 2013, only one school has a chance at return trip.

All told, four number two seeds, four three seeds and even a four seed have a chance of making college baseball’s ultimate show, to be televised somewhere on the ESPN dial where they will take second billing. Something about a soccer tournament they pay an enormous sum to televise.

Four Texas schools, three California schools, but incredibly no one from Florida. Still, the Super Regional showdowns feature a do-or-die feel not seen in Major League baseball until October. Here is a look at the eight matchups.

2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament Preview

Virginia Baseball

After a weekend of compelling conference tournaments and a historic crowd of 19,965 on hand to witness the Big Ten Championship game, the NCAA Baseball Tournament is set to begin at 16 regional sites.