Moncada triggers 2 challenges after missing home

Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. Chicago White Sox runner Yoan Moncada missed home plate and was called out in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday after a long video review in which each team asked for a challenge. The play happened in the top of the fifth inning with the bases loaded and the Sox trailing 4-0 in Milwaukee. With Moncada on third base, second baseman Leury Garcia hit a dribbler […]

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Rodgers completes training cycle at Calif. facility

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been with the Green Bay Packers this offseason, but his ongoing stalemate with the franchise hasn’t changed how he prepares for the season. As he has done for most of the past decade, the reigning NFL MVP went through his normal offseason training regimen with Proactive Sports Performance, a program that includes field work, a weight room, yoga and sand dunes work. According to the company, the routine lasts around six to seven weeks for NFL athletes […]

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MLB to test electronic device for catcher signals

Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com The practice of catchers using their fingers to flash a combination of signs for pitchers to decipher, a strategy that is almost as old as the sport itself, could be on the verge of obsoletism. Major League Baseball will begin testing new technology that allows catchers to electronically communicate signs to pitchers at one of the lower minor league levels within the next couple […]

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Ben Roethlisberger ready to tackle new offense, says arm feels 'fresher' this year

Last offseason, Ben Roethlisberger was rehabbing from elbow surgery on his throwing arm. As such, he was tossing the pigskin a lot to help rebuild strength. This year, the Pittsburgh Steelers QB is back to a normal routine, giving his arm more rest. As the Steelers opened training camp, Big Ben said his arm felt “fresher” than in 2020. “At this time last year, I had thrown thousands of footballs trying to be ready for the season,” Roethlisberger said, via […]

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NFL teams face potential forfeits for coronavirus outbreaks among non-vaccinated players

The NFL has informed teams they could potentially forfeit a game due to a coronavirus outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week. “As we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety protocols and to making needed adjustments in response to changing conditions,” commissioner Roger Goodell said on Thursday in a memo sent to clubs. NFL training camp: Ten […]

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Ranking the NFL’s second-year breakout candidates: 15 players who could become stars

While Washington pass-rusher Chase Young and Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert — both top-six picks in the 2020 NFL draft — didn’t waste any time showcasing their talent at the NFL level last season, most rookies stumbled through a year of hopefully correctable errors. The Class of 2020 endured one of the most unique first years ever amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, that group will have a chance to settle down and soak in a normal offseason. Which second-year players could […]

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Leach says 12-team CFP ‘never enough,’ eyes 64

Covers the SEC. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of Auburn University. While some coaches and players around college football have come out against an expanded 12-team playoff, Mississippi State coach Mike Leach wants even more participation. Asked whether 12 teams is enough, Leach said Wednesday, “It’s never enough.” “But I’ll tell you what,” he said, “Mark Keenum, our president, is on that committee, so I know they’re in good hands. I think that part is outstanding. “I think 12 teams […]

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Bowden diagnosed with terminal medical issue

Hall of Fame college football coach Bobby Bowden has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, he and his family announced in a statement to the Tallahassee Democrat on Wednesday. “I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” Bowden said in the statement. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.” Bowden, 91, coached at Florida State […]

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Huge blow for star’s milestone hopes

Marc Murphy’s chances of becoming the sixth man to play 300 games for Carlton have hit another wall, with the former Blues captain overlooked for selection this weekend. Murphy has been named as an emergency substitution for this weekend’s clash with North Melbourne but could still feature in the side as the medical sub. Given Carlton’s finals hopes are slim, unless Murphy is named the medical sub for Saturday, he will need to either play in all of Carlton’s games […]

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Cowboys’ Jones: ‘I’d do anything’ to make SB LVI

Covered NFL since 1997, Cowboys since 2003 Previously covered Bengals and Dolphins Lives in Dallas area with his wife and two children OXNARD, Calif. — Over the years, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has not been afraid to talk about Super Bowl dreams before the start of a season. But as the franchise’s championship drought pushes past 25 years, Jones stayed away from making headlines Wednesday. Still, making it to Super Bowl LVI is at the top […]

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