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 >>
Western Conference rivals meet at the Toyota Center as the Houston Rockets face the Portland Trail Blazers in the regular season of the National Basketball Association.
The match-up is on February 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM ET.
Many expect this to be a great game as both teams possess offensive prowess with the Blazers being led by Damian Lillard, while the Rockets have James Harden to rely on. more >>
In what is one of the most anticipated battles this weekend, defending champions the Golden State Warriors welcome one of the bigger threats to their crown as the Oklahoma City Thunder come to town.
This National Basketball Association match-up is on February 6, 2016 at 9:00 PM and will be played at the ORACLE Arena.
Expect the crowd to be rooting firmly for the Warriors as they try to cheer their team on against another dangerous squad. more >>
It's a battle between Southwest Division rivals as the Memphis Grizzlies welcome the Dallas Mavericks at the FedExForum in the regular season of the National Basketball Association.
The match-up is on February 6, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET.
This is a big match-up between the two teams as they are battling for the second spot in the division. At the moment, the Grizzlies hold a slight advantage in the standings and are a few games ahead of the Mavericks in the table. more >>