Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Friday
Padres…FA-P-Cole Hamels goes thru first throwing session in bullpen on Thursday…Says he will need all 6-weeks to build arm strength…Will not appear in games until he is in ‘extended spring training’ in April and will make rehab starts in AAA..confirms he has ‘opt out’ clauses if he is not likely to be called up….has pitched just once since 2021-season…had shoulder surgery on rotator cuff-capsule..and has worked thru 12-to-16 month rehab to get to this point
Padres…Manager Bob Melvin says Fernando Tatis will go thru ‘2-phases of spring training’….working on refining his game…’change base running-sliding technique…learn to play right field…and go thru full BPs each day’….Has to ‘check off boxes’ before he is ready to play…Not eligible to return to Padres in the regular season till April 20th.
Padres-Seattle…1st Cactus League game on Friday..Nick Martinez will start followed by Ryan Weathers and Jay Groome.
Dodgers…P-Julio Urias struggles with new (:15) pitch clock and hitches in his delivery…Infielders struggle with setup on defense with ban on ‘shifts’.
Dodgers-Brewers…Cactus League opener on Saturday
Angels-White Sox…Cactus League opener on Saturday
Angels..P-Griff Canning ‘full go’ coming off back surgery
Angels..P-Chris Rodrigquez throws first bullpen coming off shoulder surgery
Mets…Legend Carlos Beltran-hired as Asst GM..refuses to talk about his part in the Houston-sign stealing scandal that led to him being fired as Mets manager.
Seattle..Sign FA-OF-Kole Calhoun-ex Angels-Arizona
Reds..P-Justin Dunn-out 2-months-shoulder flareup.
Phillies..OF-Bryce Harper will report to camp in 2W..recover elbow surgery
Chargers…Fire longtime Head Trainer Davon Mitchell…been with team for 24-years.
Rams..Release veteran LB-Bobby Wagner..had cap figure (9.5M)…will cost them (8.5M) in dead money…will gain (5M) cap space
Washington…Billionaire Jeff Bezos hires Investment firm to negotiate to buy Washington Commanders..Banking firm specializes in sale of sports franchises…Engineered sales of Broncos-Panthers.
Ravens..Baltimore Sun reports that Lamar Jackson’s counter proposals to team include all guaranteed money in excess of Browns (230M) guaranteed to Deshaun Watson.
Broncos..Hire Joe Lombardi-ex Chargers as Off Coord
Broncos..Hire Vance Joseph-ex Cardinals as Def Coord
Broncos..Hire Kerry Colbert-ex Florida as WR coach
Broncos..Hire Mike Wilhoite-ex Chargers as LB coach
Broncos..Davis Webb-ex Giants QB as QB coach
Broncos..Hire Greg Manuskey-ex Vikings as LB coach
Broncos..Meet 2nd day in row with Patriots Asst-Matt Patricia
Chiefs..Interview Pep Hamilton-ex Houston for QB coach job
Browns..Hire Bubba Vetrone-ex Colts as Spec Teams coach
Arizona..Hire Israel Woolford-ex Browns-as QB coach
Arizona..Hire Rob Rodriguez-ex Arizona State as LB coach
Jaguars..Hire Nick Holz-ex UNLV as Pass Game coach
Arizona..Hire Sam Siefkes-ex Vikings as Asst LB coach
UCLA..Hires D’Anton Lynn-ex Baltimore Ravens as Bruins Def Coord
Michigan..Says RB-BJ Corum will miss all of spring football-knee surgery rehab
San Diego State…Aztecs Athletics send ‘survey’ to football season ticket holders asking questions about improving ‘fan experience’ for football at Snapdragon Stadium.
Lakers-Golden State…Lakers torched rag-tag Warriors in 3rd quarter…led (95-80) in 4th quarter at Press Time…Lakers hit 13-3s in opening 3-quarters…G-Malik Beasley (22P) and 6-3s in opening 3-quarters…LeBron James just (4-11) shooting in Thursday game…Warriors shooting just 36% from floor…Lakers (28-32)
Clippers-Sacramento Kings…Friday game..Russell Westbrook debuts
Gonzaga-USD…Zags led (48-31) at halftime. at Press Time…..Bulldogs shot 52% from floor in opening half…Thursday game
Aztecs-at-New Mexico…Saturday night game…SDSU (22-5)..won 5-in row and 9-of-10…Lobos only team to beat SDSU at Viejas Arena…UNM (20-8) on year…SDSU is (12-30) all time at the Pit.
Duke..Retired coach Mike Kryzyewski says he is happy-does not miss coaching.
Cavaliers..Report Cleveland players upset team released-bought out F-Kevin Love who signed in Miami
Atlanta..Will interview former Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka-fired before the season started.
Ducks-W-Washington Capitals (4-2)….Jakob Silfverberg scores key goal…Netminder John Gibson faces 42-shots on goal in road win..Thursday game
Kings-L-New Jersey Devils (4-3) OT…Dawson Mercer scores 2-goals including game winner in OT for Devils ..Thursday game
Kings-at-NY Islanders..Friday game
Gulls-Coachella Valley Firebirds…Friday-AHL Action at Pechanga Arena
Ducks-Blackhawks…TRADE..Ducks ship D-Hunter Drew to Chicago for LW-Josiah Slavin…Drew had been with Gulls..Slavin will be assigned to San Diego
Boston-Washington..TRADE..Bruins send #1-2-3 and F-Craig Smith to Capitals for D-Dmitry Orlov and gritty F-Grant Hathaway.
Montreal..Sign FA-D-Chris Tierney-ex Florida Panthers
Nashville..Surgery F-Ryan Johannsen-severe leg skate cut
Delmar….Awarded the 2024-Breeders Cup Races…have hosted it in the past.
Golf..Honda Classic-1st round
..(-5)..Billy Hoeschel 6-birdie day..tied with Joe Bramlett
..(-4)..Pierce Coody one stroke back in debut on PGA tour..tied Carson Young
LIV..1st tourney season ..LIV Mexico…Dustin Johnson heads the 48-man field in Friday-Saturday-Sunday tourney
PGA-Championships…Announce any player from LIV who is eligible can play in Tour championship event…..British Open-Royal Liverpool…and Masters at Augusta have also lifted embargo to allow LIV players to participate in 2023.
NASCAR…Rain could be in forecast for Sunday’s Auto Club 400-Fontana…Final race of season before track is closed down for reconstruction-won’t open till 2025.
Soccer…Team USA-Women squad will face Ireland in 2-friendly games in April..April 8th-16th.
Soccer..English Premier League…Top weekend games:
San Diego Sockers (12-2)-at- Chihuahua Savages (11-3-1) in Fiday game in Mexico…Sockers play at Monterrey Flash on Sunday.