Players apologise but inquiry hangs fire

CoA chief Vinod Rai wants CEO Rahul Johri to conduct the inquiry, while CoA member Diana Edulji wants an ombudsman to do so. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File) Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have tendered “unconditional apology” to the fresh show-cause notices sent to them by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), a BCCI official said. However, the suspended players’ integration into the Indian team still appears some way off, with CoA member Diana Edulji in favour of an inquiry thorough an ombudsman, dittoed by the cricket board members. With CoA head…

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ECB to ‘redouble efforts’ to educate players after court cases cause sponsor concern

Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, has said “efforts will be redoubled” to educate players in England and Wales about the consequences of their off-field actions, after admitting that the sport had been damaged in the eyes of its sponsors by two high-profile court cases. Harrison, speaking at Millbank during a day of meetings to finalise the ECB’s strategy for 2020-24, acknowledged that cricket’s attempts to foster a more inclusive, family-friendly vibe had been hit by the trials of Ben Stokes, who was found not guilty of affray in August,…

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Bryce Harper, Manny Machado might become MLB’s highest-paid players, but are they the best players?

The largest total-value contract in MLB is Giancarlo Stanton‘s 13-year, $325 million extension that he signed with the Miami Marlins in 2015, now carried by the New York Yankees. You know Scott Boras would love to break that record. He’s the agent for Bryce Harper, who, as you also know, is a free agent who hasn’t signed yet. Manny Machado hasn’t signed yet, either. Maybe Machado and Harper will break Stanton’s record — or maybe both players will sign a shorter-team deal for a higher average annual salary. That record…

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Minnesota Twins reach deals with 8 players, including Kyle Gibson, to avoid arbitration

MINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Kyle Gibson and left fielder Eddie Rosario were among eight Minnesota Twins players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts Friday. Gibson and Rosario received hefty raises. Gibson will earn $8,125,000, an increase from his 2018 salary of $4.2 million, while Rosario got $4.19 million for an increase from $602,500 last year. Also agreeing on contracts were right-hander Jake Odorizzi for $9.5 million, up from $6.3 million; center fielder Byron Buxton for $1.75 million; third baseman Miguel Sano for $2,650,000, up from $602,500; right fielder…

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Los Angeles Angels reach deals with last 6 arbitration-eligible players

Jan 12, 2019 Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have reached one-year contract agreements with all six of their remaining arbitration-eligible players. Left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney got the biggest deals, with Skaggs agreeing at $3.7 million and Heaney getting $3.4 million. Relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian got $1.75 million and reliever Hansel Robles got $1.4 million. Two new Angels also finalized deals, with reliever Luis Garcia getting $1,675,000 and infielder Tommy La Stella getting $1.35 million. Right-handers JC Ramirez…

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Philadelphia Phillies reach agreements with five players, not Aaron Nola

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with five players, including second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco. All-Star right-hander Aaron Nola didn’t reach an agreement with the team. The Phillies offered $4.5 million, and Nola is seeking $6.75 million. He finished third in National League Cy Young Award voting last year after going 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA. The 25-year-old earned $573,000 in 2018. Hernandez gets $7.75 million under Friday’s deal, up from $5.1 million. Franco gets $5.2 million, an increase from $2.95 million. Hernandez had…

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Brad Richardson joins Arizona Coyotes’ long list of injured players

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona has placed center Brad Richardson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, running the Coyotes’ list of missing regulars to six. Richardson was injured in Arizona’s 4-3 overtime victory over Vancouver on Thursday, and the Coyotes said he is week-to-week. He joins goalie Antti Raanta, forwards Nick Schmaltz, Michael Grabner, Christian Fischer, and defenseman Jason Demers out with injuries. Richardson, who was limited to 16 games in 2016-17 because of injuries, has 11 goals and five assists in 40 games this season. Schmaltz, acquired from Chicago…

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2019 Australian Open: Players to Watch

Karen Khachanov Khachanov, a 22-year-old Russian, began 2018 ranked 45th in the world and enters the Australian Open as the No. 10 seed. He gave Rafael Nadal all he could handle in a hugely entertaining four-set match in the third round of the United States Open, and then won the Paris Masters by defeating four straight top-10 opponents: John Isner, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and top-ranked Novak Djokovic. Khachanov, who is 6-foot-5, has a huge serve and a Western forehand with a long, flowing backswing that suddenly accelerates at the…

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NHL players due for a bounce-back or regression for all 31 teams

We have reached the point in the NHL season in which all 31 teams have played at least half of their games. While it may seem like we have a good sense of how things will play out, one factor that can reshape the playoff races is the fortune of players changing in the final 40-something games. Which top scorers could fade back to the pack? Which players could heat up and help their teams compete during the home stretch? Which numbers point to future trends? Let’s have a look…

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‘One of the best ever to play the game,’ Australian players on MS Dhoni before probable final tour Down Under

MS Dhoni has played 332 ODIs in which he has scored 10,173 runs at an average of 50.11. (PTI Photo) Veteran wicketkeeper and former India captain MS Dhoni has received plaudits from his peers in the Australian dressing room. Dhoni, who will be taking his place behind the stumps for India in the upcoming three-match ODI series in Australia, has played 332 ODIs in which he has scored 10,173 runs at an average of 50.11. “I think he is one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen to ever play the game. He is…

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