David Price will be the Opening Day starter for the Detroit Tigers. Price is probably the best left handed pitcher in the game today, and the Tigers are trying to get him signed to a long term contract extension. On the surface it seems like the right baseball move, and yet Justin Verlander has been the Opening Day starter for seven years running and is home grown talent, so this decision by Manager Brad Ausmus was anything but easy.
In a lot of ways, Verlander is the face of the organization. If he was not a pitcher and played everyday, that would be more true, and there would be even more criticism for starting Price over him in the Opening Day game -- especially if Price does not resign with the team and pitches for someone else in 2016.
Opening Day in Detroit is a little different than most other cities as it is a huge party, but also in a very real sense it is the celebration of the end of winter and the coming of summer with the return of the Tigers to the field. more >>
It looks like Ray Rice will have to wait for awhile to get a second chance in the NFL. It would be nice to say that teams are staying away from the troubled RB on some moral grounds but as the Dallas Cowboys proved with the signing of Greg Hardy if there was a team that thought Rice could help them win they would sign him as fast as they can. However, at 28 years old and after a down season in 2013, it seems like most NFL teams do not think he is worth the trouble -- salary cap and or public relations considerations certainly factor in.
Case in point are the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have a rabid fan base in their market but have fallen from relevance nationally. They needed help at the running back position and a way to make a splash on the PR front. Signing Rice could have accomplished both, yet the Jaguars chose to go in a different direction.
The Jaguars had plenty of cap space to work a deal fro Rice, but they claimed Bernard Price off of waivers to help get over the disappointment of the Toby Gerhart free agent signing and to find someone to share the load with Denard Robinson. The Jaguars had been rumored to be after Demarco Murray, but once he became too expensive, Rice seemed like a viable alternate. more >>
Major League Baseball is getting set to play exhibition games against Cuba and possibly in Cuba in the very near future. New Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has expressed optimism that his league could begin playing games in Cuba as early as 2016.
Both the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles expressed interest in playing games there this spring. There is certainly a hot bed of baseball talent and many fans who will no doubt be overjoyed to see Cuban major leaguers who didn't have to risk their lives to play in the MLB.
"To the extent that we can play a role in helping the United States government effectuate a change in policy, that we're following their lead and we're acting in a way that's consistent with what they want us to do, that's an honor for us," Manfred told The Wall Street Journal. more >>
Jeremy Lin is officially sharing his prayers with fans, months after starting a prayer group.
Lin, the 26-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, sent an official email to those subscribed to his prayer group titled, "Jeremy Lin's Prayer Requests 7." The NBA player shared specific prayers from his "upcoming prayer list" which includes learning to give thanks and praise.
Since Lin's team are not making the playoffs, he also prayed for a specific mindset that would enable him to continue playing for God's glory and surrender each game to God with humility. more >>
Both the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers look to break their losing slumps as they meet at the Verizon Center in the NBA regular season. The match is on March 25, 2015 and tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET.
With their current record at 30-40, the Pacers are 10th in the East and are one game behind the Boston Celtics for the last playoff spot. After a seven-game win streak, which also saw them win 10 of 11 matches, they now find themselves in a six-game winless run that has made them drop further in the rankings.
Even worse is that in their six losses, four of those have been blowouts. They lost 117-98 to the Toronto Raptors, 103-86 to the Chicago Bulls, 123-111 to the Brooklyn Nets and most recently 110-100 to the Houston Rockets. more >>
Last year's Western Conference finalists meet at the AT&T Center as the San Antonio Spurs host the Oklahoma City Thunder. The match is on March 25, 2015 and starts 9:30 p.m. ET.
The two teams clashed in the playoffs last year, with the Spurs winning the series 4-2 and eventually winning the NBA championship.
So far this year, they have only met once, with the Thunder winning 114-106 in Texas. more >>