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kris bryant gets pranked by cubs great greg maddux


kris bryant got the best of a many top pitchers last season, but it took a cubs hall of famer to totally punk him.greg maddux disguised himself as a bearded, scraggly tv sound man for a red bull commercial and zipped a few pitches by the unsuspecting national league mvp while hurling some zingers at him, too."this sound guy has got a good curveball. what is this?" bryant said after taking one of maddux's pitches. "he's pretty good."the prank was set up by red bull, one of bryant's sponsors. the company revealed on its website that bryant "was under the impression he was going through a basic workout routine prior to leaving for spring training. red bull cameras chronicled the action as he hit in the batting cage and then on the main field at the college of southern nevada."little did he kn






kris bryant gets pranked by cubs great greg maddux


kris bryant got the best of many top pitchers last season, but it took a cubs hall of famer to totally punk him.greg maddux disguised himself as a bearded, scraggly tv sound man for a red bull commercial and zipped a few pitches by the unsuspecting national league mvp while hurling some zingers at him too."this sound guy has got a good curveball. what is this?" bryant said after taking one of maddux's pitches. "he's pretty good."the prank was set up by red bull, one of bryant's sponsors. the company revealed on its website that bryant "was under the impression he was going through a basic workout routine prior to leaving for spring training. red bull cameras chronicled the action as he hit in the batting cage and then on the main field at the college of southern nevada.greg maddux pranks k






kris bryant gaining an outside edge at the plate


it was only a spring training home run, but kris bryant’s homer to right center sunday at hohokam park had special meaning for the chicago cubs star slugger.bryant’s major point of emphasis last winter was driving outside pitches right and right center field — a trait he displayed in 2014 in the minors. so when raul alcantara of the oakland athletics threw a pitch that ran on the outside corner, bryant was ready.“the first couple games i fouled off some pitches that were away that i could have done what i did sunday on,” bryant said. “it was nice. i think if i can get back to that, i’ll feel very comfortable at the plate.”bryant hit only one of his 39 home runs last season to the right of center field as opponents were trying to pitch him inside constantly. that prevented him somewhat from






kris bryant and anthony rizzo — aka 'bryzzo' — mean business


kris bryant and anthony rizzo strolled through the crowded concourse at tempe diablo stadium in street clothes late monday afternoon.with teammates jason heyward and kyle schwarber in tow, the group went pretty much undetected en route to an exit in right field during the cubs' game against the angels."that was crazy," bryant said. "we just kept on walking."and people never really started gawking as the four made it to a waiting ride back to mesa, ariz.the fact bryant and rizzo, founders of the fictitious "bryzzo souvenir company," went unnoticed surprised bryant a bit.what wouldn't surprise the reigning national league mvp, though, is if the parody of a company turned into reality someday, as in a real business."we've joked about doing it," bryant said tuesday, a day before the team took






kris bryant hits 2-run hr, cubs lead 2-1


cubs 2, athletics 1 (fourth inning)one of kris bryant’s major goals was to drive the ball to right center field, and he proved his point by smacking a two-run home run off raul alcantara in the third inning to give the cubs a 2-1 lead sunday over the athletics entering the top of the fourth at hohokam park.at the plate: kyle schwarber picked up where he left off from saturday as he led off the game with a walk and then smacked a single that preceded the homer by bryant.on the mound:  jake arrieta has struck out five through the first three innings, earning consecutive called third strikes on marcus semien and josh phegley. arrieta, however, then issued two consecutive walks gto mark canha and rajai davis to set up the a’s run in the third.in the field:  schwarber passed a few tests in left






bryant agrees to $1.05m contract with cubs


mesa, ariz. (ap) — nl mvp kris bryant and the chicago cubs have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.05 million in the major leagues, a record for an unsigned player under club control with less than two years of major league service.the agreement, announced thursday, tops mike trout’s $1 million salary with the los angeles angels in 2014. in the unlikely event that bryant is sent to the minors, his salary would drop to $326,000. last season, he made $652,000.bryant hit .292 with 39 homers, 102 rbis and a major league-leading 121 runs, helping the cubs win their first world series title since 1908.entering this season with 1 year, 171 days of major league service, bryant almost certainly will be eligible for salary arbitration next winter.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for






man in demand: kris bryant relishes his return to las vegas this weekend


kris bryant can't wait to reopen the doors to the las vegas-area home that he and his bride, jess, moved into shortly before spring training started.bryant will have considerably less privacy on saturday and sunday when he makes his annual visit to cashman field, where the cubs will play the reds."the demands, especially for this vegas trip, are pretty big and i'm opening it up too," said bryant, who received permission to travel from phoenix on thursday night ahead of his teammates. "because i want people who mean the most to me to come to both games and support me."i realize those two games are going to be pretty crazy. i'm fully ready to embrace it. i love my city of vegas, and they've done so much for me, so i can suck it up for two days and take it all in."despite the craziness expect






kris bryant on his 2017 contract with cubs: 'i feel respected'


kris bryant was grateful that the cubs compensated him friday with the largest contract ever given to a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration."i felt like i earned it," bryant said monday of his $1.05 million contract for 2017. "i felt like just seeing where i fall with guys that were in my situation, i feel respected. it's nice. but all that stuff is good."the cubs avoided the acrimony other teams have experienced when renewing players' contracts regardless of their production. teams can decide how much to pay players in that service class. the major-league minimum for 2017 is $535,000. bryant earned $652,000 in 2016.bryant, 25, who won the 2016 national league most valuable player award, , is excited to help the cubs defend their world series title."but it's time to perform on t






kris bryant on his 2017 contract with cubs: 'i feel respected'


kris bryant was grateful that the cubs compensated him friday with the largest contract ever given to a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration."i felt like i earned it," bryant said monday of his $1.05 million contract for 2017. "i felt like just seeing where i fall with guys that were in my situation, i feel respected. it's nice. but all that stuff is good."the cubs avoided the acrimony other teams have experienced when renewing players' contracts regardless of their production. teams can decide how much to pay players in that service class. the major-league minimum for 2017 is $535,000. bryant earned $652,000 in 2016.bryant, 25, who won the 2016 national league most valuable player award, is excited to help the cubs defend their world series title."but it's time to perform on the






si anoints kris bryant baseball's 'crown prince,' puts him on cover


expect the cubs to see plenty of media plaudits, but whom do you single out from a star-studded world series champion if you want to preview the 2017 season?how about no. 17?sports illustrated selected kris bryant for one of its three regional covers, along with the angels' mike trout and the killer b's red sox outfield, mookie betts, andrew benintendi and jackie bradley jr.the cover line reads, “a new era starts now. it’s year 1 a.c. (after cubs). 17 reasons baseball will be great in '17.”si's tom verducci profiles bryant as a teetotaling homebody who obsesses about the mechanics of his swing, but also calls him the one of the most approachable of major league baseball's superstars. "unlike trout, who has yet to win a playoff game, bryant is a card-carrying world champion, which raises hi






si anoints kris bryant baseball's 'crown prince,' puts him on cover


expect the cubs to see plenty of media plaudits, but who do you single out from a star-studde world series champion if you want to preview the 2017 season?how about no. 17?sports illustrated selected kris bryant for one of its three regional covers, along with the angels' mike trout and the killer b's red sox outfield, mookie betts, andrew benintendi and jackie bradley jr.the cover line reads, “a new era starts now. it’s year 1 a.c. (after cubs). 17 reasons baseball will be great in '17.”si's tom verducci profiles bryant as a teetotaling homebody who obsesses about the mechanics of his swing, but also calls him the one of the most approachable of major league baseball's superstars. "unlike trout, who has yet to win a playoff game, bryant is a card-carrying world champion, which raises his






world series win means raises for cubs' kris bryant, joe maddon


the "w" flag was last raised at wrigley field on the night of nov. 2 after the cubs won in cleveland for their first world series title since 1908.a little more than four months later, a few notable cubs received raises as a result.third baseman kris bryant was one of 25 players to agree to terms thursday on a 2017 contract, and the national league mvp's deal reportedly is worth $1.05 million, breaking by $50,000 the record for a pre-arbitration-eligible player that mike trout set before the 2014 season.bryant was paid $652,000 last season, when he batted .292 with 39 home runs, 102 rbis and a .939 ops in 155 regular-season games.bryant's boss, manager joe maddon, also will receive a bump in pay by $1 million per year for the final three years of his five-year deal, thanks to an incentive






hall of famer greg maddux pranks cubs’ kris bryant during batting practice video


cubs all-star third baseman won the 2016 national league mvp, made the final out to win the world series and can now add getting pranked by hall of famer greg maddux to his list of accomplishments.bryant was under the impression he was doing an interview during batting practice. maddux dressed up as an audio guy wearing a fake wig and beard. maddux can be heard giving bryant pointers behind the batting cage.“try to hit it off the barrel, it will sound really good.” maddux said.the prank jumped into high gear when the pitcher had to leave practice. after his departure, maddux volunteered to pitch to the cubs star.“i can throw bp, i throw to kids all the time.” maddux said. “i throw to my little league team. well, i mean back in the day.”while pitching to bryant, maddux mixed in a few curve






is kris bryant poised to eclipse mike trout as baseball's biggest star?


kris bryant broke mike trout's record for a second-year player salaries, a league source confirmed, with the $1.05 million deal he signed on thursday.now bryant, the national league's most valuable player, may be in line to replace trout as the proverbial "face of the game."it's no fault of trout, the reigning american league mvp who joined barry bonds last year as the only two players with five successive seasons of finishing in the top two of mvp voting.trout continues to excel while playing on a mediocre team that plays second fiddle to the dodgers in southern california, a reality he said he doesn't think about.as for being "the face of baseball" since his rookie season, trout said all he cares about it "being a good role model. that's all i can do."while trout's angels aren't expected






jake arrieta strikes memorabilia deal with fanatics


fanatics recruited another cub to the roster, signing jake arrieta to his first exclusive memorabilia deal with the company that also partners with kris bryant and anthony rizzo.the company's fanatics authentic division will distribute game-used and autographed collectibles — such as baseballs, framed pictures and jerseys — through fanatics.com and mlbshop.com.of the 15 current and former baseball players under fanatics' exclusive contract, six are cubs, including arrieta. besides bryant and rizzo, the rest include javier baez, wade davis and kyle hendricks. bryant was the top merchandise mover for the brand in july of his rookie season in 2015.fanatics' lineup also includes steph curry, connor mcgregor and david ortiz.a company spokesman saidarrieta will make his first personal appearance






cubs' jason heyward unaware of popularity of world series speech


jason heyward's speech during the game 7, 10th-inning rain delay was so popular that lego included it as part of its version of the 2016 world series.but the cubs' right field was unaware of the lego version as well as the popularity of his speech.“surprised?" heyward said saturday morning. "i don’t know. i never thought about it like that. it was just a moment where you feel like you need to say what you need to say. i would have been pissed off if i didn’t say it at the time."but as far the excitement from it, no. i feel like every other detail that our fan base can find, not just winning the world series but any moment, they look for something positive and they get excited about it. they don’t take it for granted. so that’s what’s awesome about cubs fans and hang the w after every game.






kris bryant believes baseball's fine just the way it is


last may in kauffman stadium, white sox reliever tommy kahnle came into a game in the ninth inning and threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk before serving up a game-winning hit.the royals scored six runs in the ninth to win the game, and kahnle’s inability to throw an intentional ball to catcher alex avila factored into the meltdown.“it just got away from me,” kahnle said the next day. “it’s part of the game, so you’ve got to be able to do it.”not anymore.major league baseball, in its continuing crusade to change the game, has instituted a new rule change in 2017 allowing managers to intentionally walk hitters without making their pitchers throw a pitch.cubs closer wade davis was there that day, and remembered the struggles kahnle was having. the reliever was sent down to the minors s






kris bryant believes baseball's fine just the way it is


last may in kauffman stadium, white sox reliever tommy kahnle came into a game in the ninth inning and threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk before serving up a game-winning hit.the royals scored six runs in the ninth to win the game, and kahnle’s inability to throw an intentional ball to catcher alex avila factored into the meltdown.“it just got away from me,” kahnle said the next day. “it’s part of the game, so you’ve got to be able to do it.”not anymore.major league baseball, in its continuing crusade to change the game, has instituted a new rule change in 2017 allowing managers to intentionally walk hitters without making their pitchers throw a pitch.cubs closer wade davis was there that day, and remembered the struggles kahnle was having. the reliever was sent down to the minors s






kris bryant believes baseball's fine just the way it is


last may in kauffman stadium, white sox reliever tommy kahnle came into a game in the ninth inning and threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk before serving up a game-winning hit.the royals scored six runs in the ninth to win the game, and kahnle's inability to throw an intentional ball to catcher alex avila factored into the meltdown."it just got away from me," kahnle said the next day. "it's part of the game, so you have to be able to do it."not anymore.major league baseball, in its continuing crusade to change the game, has instituted a rule change in 2017 to allow managers to walk hitters intentionally without making their pitchers throw a pitch.cubs closer wade davis was there that day with the royals, and remembered the struggles kahnle was having. the reliever was sent down to th






how baseball can speed up games with one simple fix


"he's a looker!"when my little league coach yelled that to our pitcher, we got the message loud and clear: the batter was waiting for a walk, so just throw strikes and make him hit his way on base.it was good advice then. it's good advice now.if baseball really wants to fix its pace-of-game issues, they only need to make one simple change.have the umpires call more strikes.this doesn't require a rule change. just order the umpires to enforce the actual strike zone, which theoretically extends from the armpits to the knees. too often, umpires don't call the high end of the strike zone consistently. instruct them to also be generous when it comes to pitches on the corners, and watch the game get quicker and more exciting instantly.thanks in part to advanced metrics and the value placed on st






one simple fix to speed up baseball: call. more. strikes.


"he's a looker!"when my little league coach yelled that to our pitcher, we got the message loud and clear: the batter was waiting for a walk, so just throw strikes and make him hit his way on base.it was good advice then. it's good advice now.if baseball really wants to fix its pace-of-game issues, they only need to make one simple change.have the umpires call more strikes.this doesn't require a rule change. just order the umpires to enforce the actual strike zone, which theoretically extends from the armpits to the knees. too often, umpires don't call the high end of the strike zone consistently. instruct them to also be generous when it comes to pitches on the corners, and watch the game get quicker and more exciting instantly.thanks in part to advanced metrics and the value placed on st






all these years later, kobe bryant says he didn't have a power struggle with sha


among the notables at shaquille o'neal’s statue unveiling ceremony friday at staples center will be kobe bryant, once his teammate and once his rival.“i’m excited for him," bryant said. “obviously had an amazing career here. he’s taking his rightful place among some of the greatest lakers of all-time.… this franchise is one of the rare franchises where you’re remembered for the championships you win. to be known as a laker champion as well as one of the greatest who have ever played. that’s what warrants you a statue in this organization.”bryant will speak at the ceremony. he said he plans to thank o'neal for everything he did for him, like teaching him a more effective leadership style.their relationship was sometimes rocky and often dramatic. on the court, despite their personal differen






one simple fix to speed up baseball: call more strikes


"he's a looker!"when my little league coach yelled that to our pitcher, we got the message loud and clear: the batter was waiting for a walk, so just throw strikes and make him hit his way on base.it was good advice then. it's good advice now.if baseball really wants to fix its pace-of-game issues, they only need to make one simple change.have the umpires call more strikes.this doesn't require a rule change. just order the umpires to enforce the actual strike zone, which theoretically extends from the armpits to the knees. too often, umpires don't call the high end of the strike zone consistently. instruct them also to be generous when it comes to pitches on the corners, and watch the game get quicker and more exciting instantly.thanks in part to advanced metrics and the value placed on st






shaquille o'neal will get his lakers statue on friday, and kobe bryant couldn't


they remained close until jerry buss’ death in 2013. o’neal visited in the hospital and spent more than an hour with the ailing lakers owner.“i wish he was still able to be here,” o’neal said. “especially for my hall of fame ceremony.”jeanie buss said if o’neal could have stayed for a dollar, he would have.“i would prefer the lakers to win every year, [but in miami,] to see shaq and pat riley win a championship, i take a little pride in that because they are still lakers,” she said.over the years, o’neal’s relationship with bryant thawed. these days they talk occasionally, mostly texting about their children. their rising height, bryant said, offers a “brutal” reminder of the passage of time. bryant said they are “extremely cordial.”when bryant heard o’neal was getting a statue, he congrat






cubs star kris bryant unfazed by constant fanfare, attention


mesa, ariz. — jason heyward is amazed at how kris bryant handles the attention that comes with being the nl rookie of the year two years ago and the commanding mvp choice and world series champion just a year later.the swarms of adoring cubs fans. constant autograph signing. selfies galore with the north side die-hards."everybody wants his autograph, everybody wants a picture, and those are good things, but it's a lot to take on," heyward said.yet bryant appears so at ease with the fanfare, seemingly able to block it all out the moment he steps on the diamond to begin his workday.heyward himself experienced the hype of being in a rookie of the year race while playing for atlanta seven years ago, when he finished runner-up to san francisco catcher buster posey. sometimes, heyward reminds br






cubs' kyle schwarber eager to re-train eyes, legs behind the plate


after returning to catching friday for the first time in nearly 11 months, kyle schwarber knows there's more to getting re-acclimated to the position than just testing his surgically repaired left knee."it’s going to be limited," schwarber said sunday morning at the chicago cubs' rain-soaked spring training complex. "my role right now is going to be most likely the third catcher. i got willson (contreras) and miggy (montero) ahead of me. i got to be ready at any time to come in from left field to maybe catch or give those guys a blow."it’s not like i’m going to be the everyday starter. it’s just for me to be prepared for that. i got to do some work. that’s why i’m trying to get back there and see some pitches, get my eyes retrained again."schwarber said he employed a catching style last se






cubs' jason heyward unaware of popularity of world series speech


jason heyward's speech during the game 7, 10th-inning rain delay was so popular that lego included it as part of its version of the 2016 world series.but the cubs' right field was unaware of the lego version as well as the popularity of his speech.“surprised?" heyward said saturday morning. "i don’t know. i never thought about it like that. it was just a moment where you feel like you need to say what you need to say. i would have been pissed off if i didn’t say it at the time."but as far the excitement from it, no. i feel like every other detail that our fan base can find, not just winning the world series but any moment, they look for something positive and they get excited about it. they don’t take it for granted. so that’s what’s awesome about cubs fans and hang the w after every game.






david rollins finds relief with cubs after offseason in flux


spending the first four days in spring training camp with the cubs feels like a pleasant eternity for left-hander david rollins.rollins, 27, was a non-roster invitee after clearing waivers following the cubs' decision to designate him for assignment on feb. 8 after acquiring pitcher alec mills from the kansas city royals.prior to that time, rollins had been claimed on waivers five times during a span of five weeks, starting with the cubs (nov. 18), texas (nov. 22), philadelphia (dec. 2), texas (dec. 21) and the cubs again (dec. 23)."(relief) is the perfect word," said rollins, who pitched over parts of two seasons with seattle. "going into this offseason, i really was expecting a move, or maybe two, but not six. i got a bit frustrated for a little while, then i ended up clearing waivers an






sunday's recap: athletics 9, cubs 8


the cubs blew a 7-1 lead sunday as the athletics scored eight times in the sixth and seventh innings to rally to a 9-8 victory before a sellout crowd of 10,606 at hohokam stadium.at the plate:kris bryant, working on hitting to the opposite field, hit a two-run home run to right center in the third inning. kyle schwarber collected two hits, including a drive that hit the 40-foot wall in center field and caromed for a stand-up triple in the fifth.on the mound: left-hander rob zastryzny was out of sorts as he allowed three hits and three walks while failing to retire a batter in the seventh. koji uehara, making his third appearance, allowed two hits but pitched a scoreless fourth.in the field: schwarber battled a bright sun in left to catch a high fly by matt joyce to end the first, and then






cubs' jason heyward unaware of popularity of world series speech


jason heyward's speech during the game 7, 10th-inning rain delay was so popular that lego included it as part of its version of the 2016 world series.but the cubs' right field was unaware of the lego version as well as the popularity of his speech.“surprised?" heyward said saturday morning. "i don’t know. i never thought about it like that. it was just a moment where you feel like you need to say what you need to say. i would have been pissed off if i didn’t say it at the time."but as far the excitement from it, no. i feel like every other detail that our fan base can find, not just winning the world series but any moment, they look for something positive and they get excited about it. they don’t take it for granted. so that’s what’s awesome about cubs fans and hang the w after every game.






cubs star kris bryant unfazed by constant fanfare, attention


mesa, ariz. (ap) — jason heyward is amazed at how kris bryant handles the attention that comes with being the nl rookie of the year two years ago and the commanding mvp choice and world series champion just a year later.the swarms of adoring cubs fans. constant autograph signing. selfies galore with the north side die-hards.“everybody wants his autograph, everybody wants a picture, and those are good things, but it’s a lot to take on,” heyward said.yet bryant appears so at ease with the fanfare, seemingly able to block it all out the moment he steps on the diamond to begin his workday.most read storiessave 75% on digital access today.heyward himself experienced the hype of being in a rookie of the year race while playing for atlanta seven years ago, when he finished runner-up to san franci






david ross, former chicago cubs catcher, on "dancing with the stars"


mesa, ariz. — the chicago cubs think david ross could be a real factor this season. he has excellent footwork, knows the swing and can handle a partner, all the elements needed to win a championship — on “dancing with the stars.”popular with teammates and fans, ross retired last fall after hitting a home run in game 7 that helped the cubs win the world series. on wednesday, the former catcher was part of the cast abc unveiled for the 24th season of the reality competition.ross will be the first major leaguer to appear on the show, which has often been won by nfl, olympic and race car champions. he got connected with “dancing with the stars” when a producer emailed his agent, ryan gleichowski.at first, ross said they thought it was some sort of prank.“i still wasn’t sure up until a few days






swing time: ex-cubs catcher ross on 'dancing with the stars'


mesa, ariz. — the chicago cubs think david ross could be a real factor this season. he has excellent footwork, knows the swing and can handle a partner, all the elements needed to win a championship — on "dancing with the stars."popular with teammates and fans, ross retired last fall after hitting a home run in game 7 that helped the cubs win the world series. on wednesday, the former catcher was part of the cast abc unveiled for the 24th season of the reality competition.ross will be the first major leaguer to appear on the show, which has often been won by nfl, olympic and race car champions. he got connected with "dancing with the stars" when a producer emailed his agent, ryan gleichowski.at first, ross said they thought it was some sort of prank."i still wasn't sure up until a few days






bryant rooftops download


download download the bryant rooftops app be used by hvac technicians to find the parts like thermostats, compressors etc.needed for repairs and also helps in where to get them. the application will be available to all users who has undergone the registration process wherein user is supposed to accept the license agreement and set their preferred store for a specific brand. the app allows users to perform on the spot selection of rooftop units for both replacement and new construction, and estimate energy savings between weather series units. users can select an existing model for bryant or competitive equipment, or desired unit specifications, and obtain the optimal model for their requirements.






david rollins finds relief with cubs after offseason in flux


spending the first four days in spring training camp with the cubs feels like a pleasant eternity for left-hander david rollins.rollins, 27, was a non-roster invitee after clearing waivers following the cubs' decision to designate him for assignment on feb. 8 after acquiring pitcher alec mills from the kansas city royals.prior to that time, rollins had been claimed on waivers five times during a span of five weeks, starting with the cubs (nov. 18), texas (nov. 22), philadelphia (dec. 2), texas (dec. 21) and the cubs again (dec. 23)."(relief) is the perfect word," said rollins, who pitched over parts of two seasons with seattle. "going into this offseason, i really was expecting a move, or maybe two, but not six. i got a bit frustrated for a little while, then i ended up clearing waivers an






kobe bryant memorabilia stolen from ex-nba star's alma mater


ardmore, pa. — authorities say memorabilia from kobe bryant's high school career have been stolen from a display case at the former nba star's school near philadelphia.philly.com reports (http://bit.ly/2lgf8nv ) the theft from "kobe's shrine" outside the bryant gymnasium at lower merion high school was discovered by school officials on sunday evening.the thief busted a lock on the display case and took bryant's framed high school jersey, several pairs of signed nike sneakers and the 1996 state championship trophy and net.school officials say the items have little monetary value. the jersey is a replica of the one worn by the los angeles lakers legend as a student.lower merion police are reviewing surveillance video to try to solve the crime.






kobe bryant memorabilia stolen from the lakers legend's alma mater


authorities say memorabilia from kobe bryant's high school career have been stolen from a display case at the lakers legend’s school near philadelphia.philly.com reports the theft from “kobe's shrine” outside the bryant gymnasium at lower merion high school was discovered by school officials on sunday evening.the thief busted a lock on the display case and took bryant's framed high school jersey, several pairs of signed nike sneakers and the 1996 state championship trophy and net.school officials say the items have little monetary value. the jersey is a replica of the one worn by the los angeles lakers legend as a student.lower merion police are reviewing surveillance video to try to solve the crime.






joe maddon says cubs have more young talent on the way


returning a championship team with young talents such as kris bryant, kyle schwarber, addison russell and javier baez has allowed cubs manager joe maddon to take a longer look at some prospects during spring training.and despite a lack of ballyhoo or elite rankings, more prospects are on the way, maddon said."nobody is talking as loudly about (jacob) hannemann, (eloy) jimenez, (ian) happ and (jeimer) candelario," maddon said monday in a convincing tone that would make tommy lasorda blush. "i'm here to tell you, if those dudes were in another camp right now, they would be projected in a much more glorious manner."but the fact they're trailing these other guys, they're not being spoken of as highly only because these other guys are in the way. but this is a really good group from a scouting






hey umpire, whattayou, drunk? alabama cops say yes, he was


priceville, ala. — hey umpire, whattayou, drunk? at one alabama high school baseball game, police say the answer was yes.waay-tv (http://bit.ly/2livbu0) reports a north alabama umpire faces public intoxication charges after he was arrested for officiating at a high school baseball game while drunk.priceville police say derek bryant was arrested by monday with one inning left in a junior varsity game at priceville high school.police were called after coaches said they smelled alcohol on bryant.at the time of his arrest, bryant had been umpiring for several hours, but no one saw him drink alcohol at the baseball field.the man told police he had been drinking earlier.bryant has yet to answer the charge in priceville municipal court.






gambia's new leader vows overhaul of feared security service


banjul, gambia — gambia's new president adama barrow promised an overhaul of the country's feared security forces urday as he works to rebuild a country that lived under authoritarian rule for more than 22 years.in his first news conference since taking office, barrow told reporters he also plans to rename the national intelligence agency, which was tasked with interrogating and sometimes torturing detainees."it's an institution that has to continue, but the name will change," barrow said.barrow returned to gambia on thursday in a dramatic homecoming where he was met by hundreds of thousands. he had taken the oath of office in neighboring senegal, shortly before longtime dictator yahya jammeh was forced into exile.some of jammeh's top ociates fled with him to equatorial guinea, another aut