Major League baseball and its players union have announced a number of rules changes that will take effect in Spring training games scheduled to begin in March. Most of the new rules center around pace of play with the most significant changes coming to when a batter can step out of the batter box and when a pitcher must be ready to make the first pitch.
Keeping the hitter in the box is essential since a pitcher cannot get set and get a sign from his catcher until that batter is in the box ready to hit. Under the new rules a batter must keep one foot in the box after every pitch. There are a number of exemptions to this rule that all revolve around a specific baseball activity. However the new rules seem like a step in the right direction.
MLB Umpires are also going to be stricter with the time pitchers get between innings and after pitching changes. Those rules are complex and can be read here but the thing to know is timers will be installed that will measure the time of these breaks. MLB plans to enforce these rules by a warning/fine system for the players. more >>
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant had reportedly underwent a minor procedure on Sunday to replace the screw in his surgically repaired right foot.
A report from ESPN cited OKC General Manager Sam Presti telling the press that the 26-year-old reigning MVP is expected to miss at least one week. However, they are still hopeful that he'd return to continue the season.
"As we have conveyed, Kevin has experienced increased soreness in his right foot recently and as a result we initiated a process to determine the best way to manage it moving forward," he said. more >>
A brand currently dominating World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE Monday Night RAW showcases some of the show's prominent wrestlers at 8 p.m. ET.
One of the longest running television sports shows, the WWE Monday Night RAW opens at Nashville Tennessee's Bridgestone Arena, showcasing the raw world of professional wrestling.
Criticized as soap opera for wrestling, it first debuted in January 1993 with WWE Hall of Fame wrestlers, Koko B. and Yokozuna opening the first match of the premiering program. It has since garnered the reputation of being one of the highest-rated programs on television since its first episode on the USA Network. more >>
A recent NBA news from Yahoo! Sports indicated Miami Heat's Chris Bosh to miss out the rest of the NBA play season due to blood clots found on his lungs.
Citing sources from Miami on Sunday, the site indicated that the 30-year-old was admitted to a Miami-area hospital on Thursday, missing him the Heat's encounter with Knicks on Friday in New York.
"Chris Bosh will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 Season, while being treated for blood clots on his lung," the team's press release statement said (via Yahoo). "Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami Heat team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably. Chris is OK and his prognosis is good." more >>
The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers released plans today on a shared stadium to be built in the greater Los Angeles area. The fallout from said announcement is now swirling around not only their home markets, but the internet as well.
The details on how two divisional rivals could share stadium is the talk for NFL fans not only in California but nationwide. If the NFL approves this plan many dominoes will fall and it could change the look of the NFL forever.
The most important comments being made about his come from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. It seems very clear that Chargers are tired of waiting for something to get down in their current home markets. Who can really blame them as their stadium situation has gone unsettled for some 14 years, and in that time the San Diego Padres have gotten a brand new state of the art ballpark built and occupied. more >>
Almost four months after the season began, it is a crucial time for the Chicago Bulls to string victories in order to get a better spot come playoff time.
According to a report by ESPN, Chicago will face the last 28 games of the season, and it better be more consistent than it has been in the last few months.
And in order to achieve that, the Bulls need their main man to get in the groove and show some consistency. more >>