The Sports Xchange
Major League Baseball, in its attempt to speed up play, is starting out small. In a move that might save one minute every few games, MLB will no longer require pitchers to lob four pitches to issue an intentional walk, ESPN.com reported Tuesday, citing management and players union sources. A signal from the dugout will be sufficient to send a batter to first base with anintentional walk. There were 932 intentional walks in the 2016 season, or one every 2.6 games.
Danica Patrick estimates she suffered at least a dozen concussions during her racing career and told reporters Wednesday, Feb. 22, she would retire from NASCAR if a doctor told her there would be long-term risks from another head injury. The subject of concussions came up during Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway after Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed half a season last year to battle the symptoms.
The Minnesota Wild recalled forward Tyler Graovac from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Monday. Graovac, 23, has six goals, 37 shots on goal and six penalty minutes in 45 games with Minnesota this season. He also has three goals, one assist and 13 penalty minutes in eight games with Iowa. The 6-foot-5, 212-pound native of Brampton, Ontario, owns six goals in 50 career NHL contests with Minnesota and 91 points (42 goals, 49 assists) in 184 AHL games with Iowa. Graovac was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL draft.
ST. PAUL — Jason Zucker had two goals and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 shots for Minnesota Wild in a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Zucker's linemates, Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund, each had a goal and assist, while Eric Staal added an empty-net goal as Minnesota (39-13-6) surpassed its win total from last season and drew within one point of the Washington Capitals for the highest point total in the NHL this season.
The Buffalo Bills and linebacker Ramon Humber agreed to terms on a contract Thursday. Terms of the deal were not divulged by the Bills for Humber, who recorded a team high-tying 12 special teams tackles last season in his first campaign with the club. Humber, who played at North Dakota State, was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on March 9. The 29-year-old Humber collected 146 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 108 career contests with the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Bills.
NEW YORK -- Tennis star Genie Bouchard may have found love away from the court. Bouchard kept her word after the Atlanta Falcons' historic 25-point collapse in Super Bowl LI, as she went out with a fan who asked her for a date on Twitter if the New England Patriots came back to win the game. The 22-year-old Bouchard agreed to the stipulation on the heels of confidently saying that she knew the Falcons would win after their hot start. John Goehrke reached out to her by writing, "If Patriots win we go on a date?", and she responded "Sure."
The NHL suspended Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist for six games Wednesday for a high-sticking incident in Sunday's game against the Wild in Minnesota. Nyquist will forfeit $158,333.34 because of the disciplinary action, a result of spearing Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face with his stick. Because the Red Wings have a bye next week, Nyquist will not be eligible to return until March 4 against the Edmonton Oilers.
Bracketology in the Oval Office is ending under President Donald Trump. The eight-year run of the president filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket on live television will come to a halt after Trump declined an invitation from ESPN to continue the tradition. "We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined," an ESPN spokesman said in a statement.
Charles Oakley's ban from Madison Square Garden lasted less than a week. The New York Knicks legend was banned from the team's home games last Friday following his highly-publicized altercation with security, who forcibly removed him from the arena during last Wednesday's game. Oakley was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of trespassing. On Tuesday, Feb.
The Minnesota Wild placed defenseman Jonas Brodin on injured reserve Monday due to a fractured finger. Brodin, 23, suffered the injury against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 17. Brodin owns 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 43 games with the Wild this season and ranks third on the team in blocked shots (68) and fourth in time on ice at 19:46 per contest. He has missed last 12 games. Minnesota also recalled forwards Zack Mitchell and Alex Tuch from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, and placed forward Tyler Graovac on waivers.