Frank Robinson, Hall of Fame Slugger and First Black Manager, Dies at 83

Frank Robinson, the Hall of Fame outfielder who hit 586 home runs and became a racial pioneer as the first black manager in the major leagues, nearly three decades after Jackie Robinson broke modern baseball’s color barrier playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.

Major League Baseball announced the death but did not specify the cause. The Baltimore Sun recently reported that Robinson was in the late stages of a long illness. Continue Reading By Richard Goldstein

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prior to the start of Super Bowl LIII vs. the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Feb. 2, 2019.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prior to the start of Super Bowl LIII vs. the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo: Larry W Smith/EPA-EFE/REX)

Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback in NFL history, now has six Super Bowl championships after the New England Patriots’ win over the L.A. Rams on Sunday

Among the crowd for the game at Mercedes Benz Stadium was another former Michigan football quarterback.

Jim Harbaugh took his son, Jack, to the game. And the current Michigan head coach believes it’s time to immortalize Brady on campus.

“I think it’s time, don’t you, for a Tom Brady statue to built right here,” Harbaugh said on the latest episode of his podcast, “Attack Each Day,” that he hosts with his dad, Jack. “Right in front of Schembechler Hall, or do you put it in the stadium? Where do you put the Tom Brady statue?” Continue Reading By Kirkland Crawford

NBA: Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans

Jan 23, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) reacts after a three point basket as Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Bullock (25) looks on during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks sent Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons for Stanley Johnson, a 22-year-old forward at the end of his rookie contract who had spent 3 1/2 lackluster years with the Pistons after being selected with the No. 8 pick in the 2015 draft.

But as Wednesday turned into Thursday, that trade had not yet been consummated. The Bucks were up to something.

That something came to light Thursday ahead of the NBA’s 2 p.m. trade deadline when the Bucks made the deal a three-team affair. Maker went to Detroit while Johnson bypassed Milwaukee and went directly to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Bucks also sent center Jason Smith and four second-round picks to the Pelicans in exchange for sharpshooting, 6-foot-10 forward Nikola Mirotic. The Bucks officially announced the trade Thursday night. Continue Reading By Matt Velazquez

Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews|Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

The reality is that when Auston Matthews’ entry-level contract expired after this season, he could have walked into GM Kyle Dubas’ office and demanded an eight-year deal worth $15.9 million per season. Whether or not he would have received it is another thing, but he would have been fully within his rights to ask for the maximum term with an annual salary of 20 percent of the salary cap. And that would have put his team in one heck of a bind.

He obviously did not do that, instead agreeing to a five-year extension that will average out to just over $11.6 million per season. For a kid who eschewed both major junior hockey and the U.S. national team development program to play his draft year in Switzerland, a kid who was born in California and raised in Arizona and had no emotional attachment to Toronto, a kid who followed agent Judd Moldaver when the latter left the high profile CAA Agency last year, there was some thought that perhaps Matthews would be the one to finally shed the hockey player mentality and put his own financial interests ahead of those of his team, the way Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid did before him. Continue Reading By Ken Campbell

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