How the Year of the Home Run will create a new level of October chaos

The story of the 2019 baseball season has been all the home runs. Pick your favorite storyline and there’s a good chance it circles back to home runs in some fashion: Twins, Yankees, Pete Alonso, Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, Ronald Acuna Jr. hitting 41 at age 21, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and so on. […]


Red Sox president: Keeping Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez ‘difficult,’ but there is a way

Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said Monday there is a way for the team to keep stars Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and stay below Major League Baseball’s competitive balance tax, but it will be tough. “There is a way, but obviously it will be difficult given the nature of the agreements and the […]


New-look Raptors ‘hungry’ for another title run

Kawhi Leonard has moved on and Danny Green is gone, but the Toronto Raptors still have an NBA title to defend. This season, a group led by All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, breakout talent Pascal Siakam and defensive standout Marc Gasol is turning “We the North” into “We Want More.” “If I had to express it […]


76ers’ Simmons: Fell in love with the game again

Videos of Ben Simmons making jumpers flooded social media over the summer, and the All-Star point guard said he is ready to take his game to another level when the Philadelphia 76ers open camp next week. “I feel like this summer I fell in love with the game again,” Simmons told The Associated Press on […]


Dak Prescott’s homecoming a business trip to him, Super Bowl to others

The fleur-de-lis on the sign for Limitz Barbershop in Bossier City, Louisiana, gives away Torrian Brock’s loyalty to the New Orleans Saints. But that loyalty will be tested Sunday because of his feelings for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Brock started cutting Prescott’s hair when the quarterback was in seventh grade and remains close to […]


Dak Prescott not close to new deal with Cowboys

A deal between the Dallas Cowboys and star quarterback Dak Prescott is not close at this time, and no extension is expected in the near future, sources told ESPN. No one doubts that a deal eventually will get done, given that Prescott wants to be in Dallas and the Cowboys want to keep him. But […]


Ohtani going to be ‘ready to go’ after surgery

Shohei Ohtani will soon navigate through another shortened offseason, this time because of knee surgery that interrupted the late stages of his throwing progression while recovering from Tommy John surgery. But the Los Angeles Angels are hopeful he won’t lag too far behind the other pitchers when spring training opens next season. “I would imagine […]


Trout eyes MVP race, says ’19 ‘my best year yet’

Bregman had Jameis Winston and Mike Evans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback-receiver combination that connected for three touchdowns against the New York Giants on Sunday. They propelled Bregman to a 10-point victory over Trout. Bregman entered Wednesday batting .295/.419/.590 with 40 home runs and 7.9 FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement for a Houston Astros team that […]


Southampton’s Djenepo suffers injury setback

Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after manager Ralph Hasenhuettl confirmed the winger’s leg injury is worse than first thought. Djenepo, who has scored twice in his four Southampton appearances this season, missed Friday’s 3-1 loss at Bournemouth in the Premier League with a recurring muscle injury in his upper […]


Africans Abroad: Riyad Mahrez takes centre stage

During the first five matchdays of the Premier League season, three of the league’s four major African superstars — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane — had reaffirmed their qualities; this past weekend, it was the turn of the fourth — Riyad Mahrez — to step into the spotlight. Mahrez has been the quietest […]