Boston Red Sox to visit White House February 15

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House on Feb. 15, team president Sam Kennedy told the Boston Globe. With no one to cook a feast because of the government shutdown, President Donald Trump served up fast food when Clemson visited to celebrate its national title. Some players whooped when they saw the spread. Trump said he paid for it himself. Kennedy said he expects “a healthy representation of ownership, executives, coaches and players” to attend the ceremony, but it is not mandatory. Red…

Read More

Mookie Betts settles with Boston Red Sox on $20 million salary for 2019

5:45 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” American League MVP Mookie Betts, who went to a salary arbitration hearing and beat the Boston Red Sox last year, on Friday settled for $20 million this time around. Grateful! — Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) January 11, 2019 The $20 million sets a new standard for players with four or more years of service, and it almost doubles the salary for Betts, who was awarded $10.5 million in…

Read More

Red Bull pairs Tander with van Gisbergen

Garth Tander’s search for a new Supercars home has been short, with Triple Eight signing up the champion a day after he was cut by Garry Rogers Motorsport. Tander will partner fellow title-winner Shane van Gisbergen as a co-driver through the Enduro Cup for the next two years. The move gives the Red Bull Holden Racing Team a formidable line-up for Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast in 2019, given car No.88 will see Jamie Whincup joined by fellow legend Craig Lowndes. Tander, a three-time Bathurst 1000 champion, said he…

Read More

Four A-League players see red in combative New Year’s round

Rob Brooks wraps up a weekend of A-League action that was dominated by fiery encounters and red cards. Talking point of the round Four red cards stole the headlines across the league this weekend and, not surprisingly, each team to have a player sent off failed to pick up maximum points. Central Coast Mariners defender Kalifa Cisse started the trend on Friday night when he dived in late on Sydney FC’s Siem de Jong to be shown his second yellow card midway through the first half. It was a real…

Read More

Vedran Janjetovic’s red card got Sydney FC’s season back on track – Rhyan Grant

Sydney FC have defeated Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 to maintain their recent derby record over their rivals. Milestone man Rhyan Grant says the football stars aligned last week when Sydney FC responded to one of their worst A-League performances in recent memory. The Sky Blues have a spring back in their stride following the 3-1 derby win over Western Sydney Wanderers, consigning the previous week’s home shocker to the dustbin, when they succumbed by the same scoreline to Wellington Phoenix. In-form right-back Grant believes they will travel west with an…

Read More

With demand down, Boston Red Sox might be Craig Kimbrel’s best bet

Considering Craig Kimbrel’s excellence in the first nine seasons in his career, there appears to be a pretty good chance he will deliver an induction speech at Cooperstown. The strategic stature of starting pitchers has slowly diminished, with relievers assuming the responsibility left behind, and the bullpen guys are more readily gaining access to Hall of Fame entry — Trevor Hoffman last summer, Lee Smith last week, Mariano Rivera next month. And Kimbrel has been one of the most dominant relievers of his time, striking out 868 of the 2,087…

Read More

Top spenders Red Sox owe nearly $12 million in luxury tax

NEW YORK — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox owe $11.95 million in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll. That’s according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2.39 million. Because Boston was more than $40 million over the tax threshold, it also became the first team to incur a new penalty put in place for the 2018 season: the top Red Sox selection in next June’s amateur draft will…

Read More

Red is the ‘in’ colour for 2019 pro teams

As the teams begin to gather with their 2019 rosters for training camps, press conferences and official presentations, the 2019 kits are also among the unveilings this week in the pro cycling world. Related Articles Team Sky, AG2R la Mondiale, Lotto Soudal, Deceuninck-QuickStep, Team Sunweb, Katusha-Alpecin, Cofidis, CCC Team, Bahrain-Merida, Roompot and Trek-Segafredo have all shown off their new colours for 2019, with Sunweb’s switch from black and blue to red; Cofidis’ move from red to white; and Team Sky’s switch from white to black marking the biggest changes. The…

Read More

Cofidis switch from red to white jersey for 2019

Cofidis, like Team Sunweb, Team Sky and several other teams, have changed their colours for the 2019 season, swapping their traditional red for a white base decorated with the Cofidis name in red and the large yellow and red sun rays of the Cofidis corporate logo. Related Articles The French Professional Continental team has added the #cofidismyteam hashtag under the Cofidis name on the back of the jersey as part of its social media campaign. A video and photographs of sprinters Nacer Bouhanni and Christophe Laporte showing off the new…

Read More

Team Sunweb unveil new red kit for 2019

Team Sunweb will race in red in 2019, revealing their new kit at their pre-season training camp in Calpe, Spain, on Friday. Related Articles The team have changed kit supplier, switching from Etxeondo to Swedish company Craft, which provided for Mitchelton-Scott and Bora-Hansgrohe in recent years. That comes with a change in colour, with the German-registered team parting with the white and black design. Barring an initial stint in blue and a two-year spell in black as Giant-Shimano in 2015 and 2016, white has traditionally been the primary colour of…

Read More