NASCAR's Joe Gibbs Racing announced major executive team changes, with J.D. Gibbs officially joining his father Joe Gibbs, as a co-chairman of the team. The announcement was made last Thursday by Coy Gibbs, Joe's other son and the newly installed vice-chairman and chief operations officer for JGR. Meanwhile, another company executive, Dave Alpern, has been promoted as the team's new president — the same position J.D. left after getting promoted as co-chairman.
But the executive team movement does not end there. JGR also announced that Tim Carmichael will be given additional responsibilities as the chief financial officer, while Wally Brown is the new competition director. The technical director position will be filled by Todd Bowland.
In line with the changes, it was revealed right after the changes that Todd Meredith has resigned as COO, but it looks like it was a decision mutually agreed upon by JGR and Meredith, considering that he still will be acting as a consultant while looking for better opportunities in the industry. more >>
The Detroit Pistons have been showing tons of improvement this season with a rejigged lineup and the emergence of Andre Drummond as an offensive juggernaut. But one integral part of the team's resurgence will be away from action at least until next weekend's All-Star festivities.
The team announced that defensive-minded guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a right groin strain that caused him to miss the Pistons' 111-105 win over the New York Knicks last Thursday, and the same injury will sideline him up until the end of the All-Star break. The injury happened during their Wednesday defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtics when he slipped on a wet area in the court.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters that Caldwell-Pope will be subjected to an MRI and further evaluation. more >>
The Baltimore Orioles finally came up with a reasonable deal with left-hander Brian Matusz, successfully avoiding arbitration with a $3.9 million contract good for one year. This development means that the only player left in the Orioles' roster who remains unsigned at this point is closer Zach Britton.
Before Matusz and the Orioles agreed to this new contract, the reliever, who by the way is in the final season of arbitration eligibility, asked for a salary of $4.4 million, while the team responded with a $3.5 million offer. So the agreed upon figure looks to be fair enough for both parties. Matusz for his part is no aggrieved party here considering that he was paid $3.2 million for his services last season.
The deal is good for one year since the 28-year-old pitcher will become a free agent after the incoming season. He played in 49 relief innings last season, compiling a record of 1-4 and 2.94 ERA. He's a valuable asset for Baltimore with his efficiency, having allowed opponents a low batting average of .211. more >>
Following the explosive midseason finale of "Empire," upcoming episodes are expected to be much more intense and full of flavorful scenes that will help ease fans from the long wait as the show won't return until March.
In the upcoming episode titled "Death Will Have His Day," the show will pick up on the events that occurred when the series wrapped up last year. Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) betrayed his father, claiming that everything he took from his father was his "birthright."
Camilla (Naomi Campbell) is to blame for the fallout between Hakeem and his dad. She apparently brainwashed Hakeem, telling him that he deserved his father's position and that he had to move fast and claim what was rightfully his. more >>
The upcoming episode of "Scorpion" promises not only exciting adventures but also some hilarious scenes as spoilers reveal that Toby and Walter will be sent to couples' counseling sessions.
Walter (Elyes Gabel) is the team leader, and obviously, he wants to keep everything under control. While he isn't particularly the reason for his fallout with Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas), it turns out he will have to follow higher orders this time.
According to Carter Matt, a very small issue will turn things over between the two. Instead of the big fights and battles or some misunderstandings in terms of opinions, it turns out that the two will be bickering because of coffee creamer. more >>
Following the heated Iowa caucuses that saw Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at a full-blown tie, a new poll revealed that the Vermont Senator is now running close behind the former First Lady nationally.
In the Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday, Clinton leads the Democratic party with 44 points, while Sanders follows close behind with 42 points. A previous poll showed a gap of over 10 points between the two, but recently, it seems Sanders is gaining the people's trust.
Aside from the impressive rise of Sanders within the past few weeks, the poll also says he is among the strongest candidates who can possibly conquer the rest in general election matchups. The news isn't surprising since he has proven in several polls that he can butt heads with the former Secretary of State. more >>