The Final Word: Beat writer discusses Syracuse’s win over St. Bonaventure

first_img Comments Published on December 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (9-4) wrapped up its nonconference slate by defeating St. Bonaventure (4-9), 81-47. The Orange trampled the Bonnies, led by Tyus Battle who made all eight of his shots to tally 21 points. Battle also led Syracuse’s strong defensive effort, resulting in transition opportunities. SU opens Atlantic Coast Conference play at Notre Dame on Jan. 5.See what our beat writer had to say after the game.last_img read more

After losing out on Zack Greinke, will Dodgers lose Aroldis Chapman too?

first_imgNASHVILLE >> When he interviewed to become the Dodgers’ manager, Dave Roberts was asked to manage a simulated nine-inning game. Specifically, he was asked to manage their final game, Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets.In the simulation, Roberts said, the Dodgers won.“It was a good process for me and for them to see me in that seat, to have the scouting report going into it, which I was given,” he said.Roberts said he started Zack Greinke, something he will not be able to do in 2016. Greinke’s massive contractwith the Arizona Diamondbacks is expected to become official soon. Neither was Roberts able to use Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning, something he might not be able to do in 2016, either.A proposed trade that would have sent Chapman to the Dodgers for two prospects Monday has been tabled amid a Davie (Florida) police report stating Chapman choked his girlfriend and fired a gun at his home in October. Major League Baseball will investigate the incident under its domestic violence policy according to Yahoo! Sports, which broke the story Monday.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman declined to comment when he learned of the police report. Reds executive Walt Jocketty told reporters that “this came up in the last 24 hours” and a trade is still possible, though it could take weeks.The closest thing to a sure transaction for the Dodgers on Monday was a three-year contract with free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, reportedly worth $45 million. Speaking of his own negotiations with Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters that the Dodgers “just came in and threw a bowling ball into the alley” after losing out on Greinke. Dipoto didn’t want to guarantee a third year to keep Iwakuma, who turns 35 next April.Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ front office was quiet enough to hear a pin drop. Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi didn’t confirm anything about the trade for Chapman, the contract for Iwakuma, or a reported one-year, $7 million deal with second baseman Chase Utley. That contract is also believed to be close to completion. “We’re casting a wide net of options, both starting pitching and relief pitching,” Zaidi said. “We have a lot of balls in the air there. It’s kind of an ongoing thing for us. It’s impossible to tell the timing of anything we want to do right now.”From a non-baseball standpoint, acquiring Chapman could become difficult if not impossible for the Dodgers to justify. The Boston Red Sox learned of the police report when they did background work on Chapman in October, according to the Boston Globe, then backed off their pursuit and traded for San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel instead.Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is already facing an MLB investigation for his role in a bar fight in Miami in November. Witnesses told Miami police that the fight began when Puig got into a shouting match with his sister.The spectre of having two players under investigation by the league in domestic violence incidents could cause the Dodgers to back away from Chapman, too.From a baseball standpoint, the trade presents plenty of intrigue on its own.On paper, Chapman and incumbent closer Kenley Jansen would give the Dodgers arguably the best lefty-righty combination of any bullpen in MLB — and the little problem of who would handle the ninth inning going into his first free agent year.“If this thing does come to fruition, I’m all about getting the best group together,” Roberts said. “Potentially two of the best closers sharing the same bullpen — that’s exciting.”AlsoRoberts’ coaching staff is expected to be finalized by week’s end. Zaidi said that the titles won’t change, but the personnel still isn’t set in stone. … Roberts said that he met face-to-face with Kershaw for the first time Sunday as planned — a priority he placed “at the top of the list.” … He estimated that he’s spoken to about 20 players total, either face-to-face or on the phone. … Kershaw and Yasiel Puig are planning to do charity work together in Cuba, Roberts said. … The Dodgers made two minor transactions, claiming minor-league pitcher Danny Reynolds from the Angels and outfielder Daniel Fields from the Brewers. … The 40-man roster now stands at 38.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lightning, Blue Jays halt training in Florida after multiple positive COVID-19 tests

first_imgThe state of Florida on Friday reached another daily record high of 3,822 new coronavirus cases confirmed by the state’s Department of Health. The recent spike of COVID-19 cases leads scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania to believe Florida “has all the makings of the next large epicenter” of the virus in the United States.This COVID-19 outbreak evidently is impacting the sports world in Florida as well as the general public. According to The Athletic, three Tampa Bay Lightning players and at least one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 this week, leading to the closing of Amalie Arena to all non-essential staff until at least July 6. Likewise, the Toronto Blue Jays this week had to shut down their spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., which is not far from Tampa, “after a player exhibited COVID-19 symptoms,” per ESPN. In nearby Clearwater, Fla., eight people in the Philadelphia Phillies organization also have tested positive.Multiple players working out at the Blue Jays facility said they had not yet been tested. If the player is not an isolated case, testing will ramp up. “We are being overly precautious with testing,” Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins told ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 19, 2020The NHL season was postponed in March when the coronavirus outbreak reached the U.S. The plan is for 24 teams to resume play on July 10, but only if conditions related to COVID-19 are manageable. The 2020 MLB season never had a chance to start. The league and the MLBPA are at odds over season length and players’ salary structure as the two sides try to agree on a condensed season format.The Lightning were in Phase 2 of the NHL’s return to play plan, which on June 8 opened training facilities for a maximum of six players at a time to voluntarily participate in workouts, when they had to shut down their facility.The NBA, which like the NHL had to suspend its season in March because of the pandemic, is planning to resume play in Orlando, Fla., starting in late July.last_img read more