Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday

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Padres…Pitchers & Catchers report..37-pitchers on mound today…6-catchers in camp….15-non roster pitchers part of camp including rookies Calvin Quantrill-Logan Allen.-Chris Paddock…

Dodgers…SS-Corey Seager cleared by doctors for full spring training workouts…100% recovery from elbow surgery midseason.

Angels..New manager Brad Ausmus says he believes Shohei Ohtani will return to lineup as DH-only by mid May…remarkable recovery from elbow surgery….not likely to play in the outfield early in return.


(Roster Moves)

NY Times…Reports that Bryce Harper is no longer considering ‘short term’ contract offers….Could eliminate Padres-Giants from bidding….Harper-Agent Scott Boras still want (10Y-300M) deal.

Washington…Washington Post reporting Nationals have withdrawn (10Y-300M) offer made early in off season to Bryce Harper…..Reports the offer included a significant amount of deferred money in it.

NY Daily News…Indicating Yankees are preparing a (7Y-220M) offer to Bryce Harper-contract back end loaded to keep Yankees below the Luxury Tax threshold.

NYMets..Open contract talk on extension to P-Jacob deGrom-could be worth 200M.

Miami..Marlins sign FA-P-Sergio Romo-ex Tampa Bay
Giants..Sign FA-OF-Gerrardo Parra-ex Rockies
Giants..Sign AF-P-Jose Lopez-ex Reds



Royals…Facing tough decision….former P-Yordano Ventura had 20M-left on his contract when he was killed in SUV accident two years ago…Family estate wants money from remainder of contract to pay off debts young pitcher ran up in 2016-2017.

Giants..P-Jeff Samardzija says Union must fight for changes in arbitration and free agency…says it is disgrace 50-name veterans remain home without deals because half the teams in baseball won’t big on them, and other teams are using Luxury Tax as a Salary Cap.

MLB..Will wear historical “150” Year patch this year to celebrate 1869 founding of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, first professional baseball team.





Aztecs-W-Colorado State….(71-60)….SDSU rips off (17-1) spurt in 2nd half to pull away from mistake prone Rams…..Devin Watson (21P)….Jalen McDaniels (18P-12R) despite foul problems….SDSU (15-9)….Rams (9-16)….State won 10-of last 14 in Ft Collins…

San Diego State…being heavily criticized for not making star F-Jalen McDaniels available to media….he is being sued by 2-former high school friends for distributing sexual voyeur video of those girls to friends while he was in high school in Tacoma.

Lakers-L-Atlanta (117-113)….Trae Young scores (22P) for Hawks in upset win…LeBron James (28P) in loss….Lakers followed up huge win in Boston with lousy loss to bad Hawks team……….LA (28-29) after Tuesday night game.

Clippers-Phoeinx…..Wednesday night action.

NBA…League office clears Lakers of any tampering with 76ers F-Ben Simmons…says 76ers asked for permission to have Simmons talk to Magic Johnson about playing point guard in NBA….Johnson wanted request in writing-Philadelphia never followed up.

Corey Magette…Former Duke-Clippers-Milwaukee star denies allegations he raped a woman while in college….Woman said Virginia Lt-Governor Justin Fairfax says the ex-NBA player raped her.

San Antonio…F-Pao Gasol denies report he asked to be traded by Spurs last week at deadline because he had been taken out of starting lineup.

Miami…Veteran C-Chris Bosh retires from NBA-battled blood clots in leg two years in a row….11-time All Star in 13-years.

NY Knicks…NBA losing streak now reaches 16-games in a row.





San Diego Fleet….impressive TV ratings on CBS for first game of season in San Diego market…..Saturday game vs San Antonio.

..Fleet (5.8R) for entire game…(6.0) at kickoff….(7.0) in 2nd half….Fleet outdistanced KNSD (3.2) in news….KUSI News (2.2)….Fox 5 (2.2) news….KPBS (1.2) in news….KGTV (0.4) with NBA game…CW6 (0.2) syndicated reruns

San Diego Fleet…QB-Phil Nelson says team’s offensive line will make big improvement going from Week 1-to-Week 2….Fleet OL allowed 6-sacks and 10-hits in opening loss in San Antonio.

AAF-Orlando…Steve Spurrier confirms league reached out to ex Florida Gators QB-Tim Tebow to consider playing in spring league…Declined offer to continue to play in NY Mets organization.


(Coaching Moves)

Chiefs…Emmitt Thomas-longtime DB-coach retires

Arizona..Cardinals hire Don Shumpert-DB coach-ex Giants
Arizona..Hire Russ McKinney-DL-ex Miami

Atlanta..Hire Bob Kronberg-Assistant OL coach

Bears..Hire Chris Jackson-Assistant DB coach

Bengals..Interview Todd Grantham-Def Coord-ex Browns-Florida

Chiefs..Reach agreement on buyout payment-will hire MJatt House-LB coach from Kentucky.

Steelers..Ron Hughes-16Y-veteran Director College Scouting-passes away

49ers..Hire Ben Peterson-Sports Training Director-ex NHL-Flyers


(Roster Moves)

Arizona….Vote of Confidence to QB-Josh Rosen…team not interested in drafting QB-Kyler Murray with 1st pick….Might entertain trade offers for #1 pick.

Bills..Sign FA-C-Spencer Long-ex Jets.
Browns..Refuse say if RB-Duke Johnson is on trade block
Detroit..Turned down offer talk to RB-Kareem Hunt…GM says ‘I want good people”

Houston..Release WR-Demaryius Thomas-clear (14M) cap space

Jets..Release RB-Isaiah Crowell

Tampa Bay..Release DE-Vin Curry-clear (8M) cap space.
Tampa Bay..Meet with FA-K-Matt Bryant-ex Falcons.

CFL..BC Lions sign FA-QB-Mike Reilly (4Y-3M) deal..threw 88TDs in last 3-years in Edmonton.

CFL-Edmonton Eskimos sign FA-QB-Trevor Harris-threw for (5500Y) for Ottawa Redblack.

CFL-Calgary Stampeders…re-sign QB-Bo Levi Mitchell to (4Y-3M) contract…led Stamps to 2-Grey Cups…had worked out for 6-NFL teams in January.

CFL..Saskatchewan Roughriders…Sign FA-RB-William Powell from Ottawa-had (1200Y) rushing last year.



Cleveland….Father of just signed FA-RB Kareem Hunt-arrested in Elyria, Ohio 2-weeks ago selling crack cocaine-marijuana.

Pittsburgh..WR-Antonio Brown officially asks Steelers to trade him
Pittsburgh…Court says WR-Antonio Brown pleads guilty to doing 100mph on a highway this past off season.

Washington…Jack Gruden-son of Jay Gruden-arrested by police for public drunkardness after 3-different incidents over the weekend.

NFL Competition Committee….Meets on Friday to develop list of rule changes they want considered…Will discuss them at NFL Combine end of month.



Mississippi State….Star DT-Jeff Simmons suffers torn ACL in workouts leading to NFL combine-immediate surgery…had 30-Tackles for Loss and 6-sacks for Bulldogs in career.

Maryland..Lands QB-Lance Legendre-decommit from Florida State…S-Nick Cross-backed out of offer from Seminoles.

Ole Miss…NCAA strips Rebels of 13-scholarships…limits off campus recruiting visits….had already handed out 2Y-bowl bans….orders vacate 33-wins during Huge Freeze-Houston Nutt era for Booster violations with players over 5-year span.

Southern Mississippi…School President gives vote of confidence to coach Jay Hopson despite incidents he tried to hire disgraced head coach Art Briles….and recruited 3-players who had been implicated in sexual assaults when he was at Alcorn State.

Nebraska..RB-Maurice Washington charged with 3-counts of dealing pornography for sharing sex video of rape of former girlfriend with other friends while in high school.

Arizona State…Freshman LB-Reg Hughes will transfer..could be headed to UCLA with 3-years eligibility left.





Ducks-Vancouver….Wednesday night matchup…Bob Murray takes over behind the bench….Ducks have lost 19-of-21 games.

Ducks..Fired head coach Randy Carlyle will move into ‘senior consulting role’ working for Bob Murray-David McNab after being removed as head coach on Sunday.

Boston..Hi scoring F-David Pastrnak-thumb surgery-out 3W.
Penguins..IR-D-Oli Maata-shoulder injury
Ottawa..G-Craig Anderson-scratched retina eye-hit with tennis ball in gym workout.

Vancouver-Rangers..Trade-Canucks acquire G-Marek Mazanec for draft pick.

Vancouver..G-Jakob Markstrom-groin injury….G-Thatcher Domko-shoulder injury…Canucks forced to call up 19Y-old rookie Mike Di Pietro from Ontario Hockey League…gave up 7-goals on 24-shots and pulled in 2nd period.

Gulls-W-Colorado (2-1)….G-Jeff Glass (29-saves) in key road win-outduels Eagles G-Pavel Francium (33-saves)….Gulls move into 3rd place in Pacific Division.





PGA….Pairings announced for 1st round Genesis-LA Open
..Tiger Woods will play with Rorie McIlroy-Justin Thomas.
..Phil Mickelson paired with Jordan Speech-Xander Schaufelle


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