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wang wins qatar masters after three-man playoff


doha, qatar — south korea's jeunghun wang rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win the qatar masters after a three-way playoff on sunday, clinching his third title on the european tour.the 21-year-old wang, who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, s a 1-under 71 and was joined in the playoff by south africa's jaco van zyl (68) and sweden's joakim lagergren (66). the trio finished on a 16-under 272 total.on the first playoff hole — the par-5 no. 18 — van zyl three-putted for par and lagergren also could only make a par after finding the fairway bunker.wang was named rookie of the year on the european tour last season.






wang wins qatar masters after three-man playoff


doha, qatar — south korea's jeunghun wang rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win the qatar masters after a three-way playoff on sunday, clinching his third title on the european tour.the 21-year-old wang, who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, s a 1-under 71 and was joined in the playoff by south africa's jaco van zyl (68) and sweden's joakim lagergren (66). the trio finished on a 16-under 272 total.on the first playoff hole — the par-5 no. 18 — van zyl three-putted for par and lagergren also could only make a par after finding the fairway bunker.wang was named rookie of the year on the european tour last season.it was the 60th-ranked wang's third win on the european tour in just 29 starts, having won twice in may last year.france's mike lorenzo-vera (66)






brittany lincicome wins lpga tour opener in playoff


paradise island, bahamas — brittany lincicome won the lpga tour's pure silk bahamas cl ic on sunday in wind and some late rain, beating u.s. solheim cup teammate lexi thompson with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.playing a group ahead of thompson, lincicome birdied the par-5 18th — after dropping strokes on 14 and 17 — for a 5-under 68 and 26-under 266 total. thompson played the 18th as strong sideways rain blew through the ocean club, holing a 3-footer for her third straight par and a 70.the first u.s. winner since brittany lang in the u.s. women's open, the 31-year-old lincicome won her seventh tour title and first since the 2015 ana inspiration. she's projected to jump from 48th to 34th in the world ranking.in the playoff on 18, lincicome hit her second s to 20 feet and tapped i






skipping town is just what the bulls need right now (no, really)


this bulls season apparently is all about grabbing the eighth playoff spot, maybe the seventh, but some kind of playoff spot, no matter how low that bar is for a franchise that owns six nba championship trophies.some people will tell you that drive for the playoffs is fueled by corporate sponsors who won’t pony up cash if the bulls were to try to rebuild the right way instead of claiming to compete while rebuilding a young core, which is so lame that even the white sox dumped that idea, and how slow are chairman reinsdorf’s franchises to ditch the stupid?but money talks and common sense walks, so instead of shooting for the lottery, the bulls are following a plan that puts them farther from a title.so, if it’s sponsors who are dictating things, then the bulls are perfect for southwest airl






lincicome wins lpga tour opener in playoff


paradise island, bahamas — brittany lincicome won the lpga tour's pure silk bahamas cl ic on sunday in wind and some late rain, beating u.s. solheim cup teammate lexi thompson with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.playing a group ahead of thompson, lincicome birdied the par-5 18th — after dropping strokes on 14 and 17 — for a 5-under 68 and 26-under 266 total — one off the tour record for relation to par to by annika sorenstam on a par-72 course in the 2001 standard register ping.with lincicome looking on from a tent, thompson played the 18th as strong sideways rain blew through the ocean club, holing a 3-footer for her third straight par and a 70."i was thinking that i was very lucky," lincicome said. "obviously, the last three or four holes for all of us was really unfortunate. it






brittany lincicome wins lpga tour opener in playoff


paradise island, bahamas — brittany lincicome won the lpga tour's season-opening pure silk bahamas cl ic on sunday in wind and some late rain, beating u.s. solheim cup teammate lexi thompson with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.playing a group ahead of thompson, lincicome birdied the par-5 18th — after dropping strokes on 14 and 17 — for a 5-under 68 and 26-under 266 total — one off the tour record for relation to par to by annika sorenstam on a par-72 course in the 2001 standard register ping.with lincicome looking on from a tent, thompson played the 18th as strong sideways rain blew through the ocean club, holing a 3-footer for her third straight par and a 70 ."i was thinking that i was very lucky," lincicome said. "obviously, the last three or four holes for all of us was really






golf capsules


san diego — jon rahm of spain added his name to the burgeoning list of young stars sunday with his big game and a big finish at torrey pines.rahm made two eagles over the final six holes, the last a 60-foot putt from the back fringe on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 to win the farmers insurance open by three s s for his first pga tour victory.rahm, who turned 22 in november, beat phil mickelson's mark as the youngest champion at this tournament. he also be e the first player in 26 years to win his first pga tour title at torrey pines.rahm hit 4-iron into 18 feet on the par-5 13th and holed the eagle putt to tie for the lead. he stuffed a wedge into 5 feet on the 17th to take the lead, and he finished with his long eagle putt that broke hard to the right and peeled back to the left and dro






could rockies be playoff contender over broncos in 2017?


no offense to broncos quarterbacks trevor siemian and paxton lynch. but could it be the rockies have better young arms in jon gray, chad bettis, tyler chatwood and tyler anderson?the rockies are talking playoffs, the way the broncos always do. the difference? the rockies are a baseball team on the rise, while the broncos are a football team in transition. could it be that in 2017 coors field will be a happier place than mile high stadium?now that would rock broncos country, wouldn’t it?the rockies are finally acting like winners. with all due respect to new broncos coach vance joseph, if he thinks our local nfl team can quickly reboot with siemian or lynch at quarterback, the only kick joseph might get is in the pants.although they play in the national league west alongside san francisco a






arthur blank’s approach made “inflategate” a blip on atlanta falcons’ radar – th


by charles odum, ap sports writeratlanta — the “deflategate” scandal has hovered over the patriots for parts of three seasons, thanks to appeals of tom brady’s four-game suspension, finally served at the beginning of this season.new england’s super bowl opponents had their own scandal — but it was a blip on the news radar that most fans long forgot.the atlanta falcons were handed a much-less publicized punishment for pumping fake noise into home games during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. the falcons’ “inflategate” got less attention, in large part because owner arthur blank acknowledged the team’s rules violation even before the nfl released its official findings in 2015. blank never fought the punishment.the patriots’ scandal was a long-running soap opera that grabbed headlines for two years






trust us, there are 10 really good reasons to watch super bowl li


the falcons and patriots in super bowl li doesn’t scream grudge match, but the storylines are plentiful.10. spreading the wealthatlanta, 0-1 in super bowls, can become the 20th team to win a super bowl. if it happens, we’re down to 12 lombardi trophy-free teams: vikings (0-4), bills (0-4), panthers (0-2), eagles (0-2), bengals (0-2), cardinals (0-1), titans (0-1), chargers (0-1), texans (0-0), jaguars (0-0), lions (0-0) and browns (0-0).9. matty ice vs. joe coolmatt ryan’s playoff record is 3-4, but atlanta’s qb is completing 70.6 percent of this year’s playoff p es for 730 yards, seven touchdowns, no interceptions and a 132.6 p er rating. it’s reminiscent of joe montana’s postseason super bowl-winning run in 1989. he completed 78.3 percent for 800 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions an






blank’s approach made ‘inflategate’ a blip on falcons’ radar


atlanta (ap) — the “deflategate” scandal has hovered over the patriots for parts of three seasons, thanks to appeals of tom brady’s four-game suspension, finally served at the beginning of this season.new england’s super bowl opponents had their own scandal — but it was a blip on the news radar that most fans long forgot.the atlanta falcons were handed a much-less publicized punishment for pumping fake noise into home games during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. the falcons’ “inflategate” got less attention, in large part because owner arthur blank acknowledged the team’s rules violation even before the nfl released its official findings in 2015. blank never fought the punishment.the patriots’ scandal was a long-running soap opera that grabbed headlines for two years, thanks to a long investiga






colts hire kansas city's ballard as general manager


indianapolis — indianapolis colts owner jim irsay is turning to another first-time general manager to get his franchise back on track.eight days after firing ryan grigson and conducting a week of interviews, irsay hired former kansas city chiefs executive chris ballard.the announcement e sunday on the team's website.ballard has never previously served as a team's top decision-maker, but he comes with a long history as a scout and front-office executive. he was hired by the chiefs in 2013 as the director of player personnel and was promoted to director of football operations under current gm john dorsey.last season, the chiefs earned the no. 2 seed in the afc playoffs and they've been a consistent playoff contender despite not having a pro bowl quarterback.like grigson, ballard worked with






brandt snedeker, patrick rodgers tied for lead at torrey pines – the denver post


by doug ferguson, the ociated press san diego — patrick rodgers had a clean scorecard to match a picture-perfect urday at torrey pines and s a 5-under 67 to share the lead with defending champion brandt snedeker in the farmers insurance open.snedeker, trying to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back at torrey pines since the tournament began in 1952, didn’t get much out of his round of 70. his three birdies were all inside 6 feet, and the longest putt he made was for par.even so, being tied for the lead is a better spot than his last two victories. he rallied from seven s s behind in 2012 and won in a playoff against kyle stanley, who made triple bogey on the final hole. last year, he made the cut on the number and was six s s behind going into the final round.that doesn’t figur






golf capsules


san diego — patrick rodgers had a clean scorecard to match a picture-perfect urday at torrey pines and s a 5-under 67 to share the lead with defending champion brandt snedeker in the farmers insurance open.snedeker, trying to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back at torrey pines, didn't get much out of his round of 70. his three birdies were all inside 6 feet, and the longest putt he made was for par.even so, being tied for the lead is a better spot than his last two victories. he rallied from seven s s behind in 2012 and won in a playoff against kyle stanley, who made triple bogey on the final hole. last year, he made the cut on the number and was six s s behind going into the final round.snedeker and rodgers were at 9-under 207, and 15 players were within three s s of the lea






colts hire kansas city's ballard as general manager


indianapolis — indianapolis colts owner jim irsay is turning to another first-time general manager to get his franchise back on track.eight days after firing ryan grigson and conducting a week of interviews, irsay hired former kansas city chiefs executive chris ballard.the announcement e sunday on the team's website."chris has a solid reputation throughout the national football league as a heavyweight executive and our extensive discussions with him confirmed that reputation," irsay said in a statement released by the team. "he's a savvy, organized, and thorough talent evaluator, but beyond that, he's a terrific person our community will be proud of."ballard has never previously served as a team's top decision-maker, but he comes with a long history as a scout and front-office experience.h






brandt snedeker, patrick rodgers tied for lead at torrey


san diego — already a two-time winner at torrey pines, having a share of the lead is exactly where brandt snedeker wanted to be urday.it's just not all that familiar to him.snedeker won last year in the farmers insurance open by rallying from six s s behind in the final round that was stretched over two days because of high wind. his other victory at torrey was in 2012, when he was seven s s behind and won in a playoff over kyle stanley, who made triple bogey on the last hole."i definitely like my odds better than the last two times i won at this place," snedeker said.even with a tough day on the south course's poa greens, snedeker hung on for a 2-under 70 and was tied for the lead with patrick rodgers, who had a clean scorecard to match the picture-perfect day along the california coastli






in enemy territory, nary a bad word about falcons qb matt ryan – the denver post


by jimmy golen, ap sports writerboston — the enemies list is long in new england, and it grows with each tweet that dares to doubt tom brady’s supremacy or call coach bill belichick a cheater.but there’s one opponent who has escaped the fury of the foxborough fans, and even has a considerable amount of goodwill in the heart of new england. in fact, it’s hard to find any kind of animosity toward atlanta falcons quarterback matt ryan, who built his reputation — personally and professionally — at boston college.“it’s hard to think of anything bad to say about matt,” said former bc sports information director chris eron, who was in the athletic department when ryan led the eagles to a no. 2 ranking in the ociated press poll in the middle of the 2007 season.“i think there are many people at bos






storm adds center carolyn swords in three-team trade


seattle swaps its sixth and 18th picks in the 2017 wnba draft in exchange for veteran center carolyn swords and a 15th pick.the storm upgraded its front line with a three-team trade that brings in fifth-year veteran carolyn swords, a 6-foot-6 center who started the past two seasons with the new york liberty.seattle swapped its sixth and 18th picks in the 2017 wnba draft with the washington mystics in exchange for swords and the mystics’ no. 15 pick. washington acquired swords from new york in exchange for center kia vaughn and guard bria hartley.last season, swords started all 34 games and averaged a career-high 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.“the no. 1 priority in terms of our roster progression was to add some bulk and some size and some length,” coach jenny boucek said. “that’s wh






trading with richard sherman would be a very bad idea


seattle’s secondary is thin enough that removing a player of the pro bowler’s caliber would leave too big of a hole.let’s just put it out there, because you know the thought has crossed people’s minds.as richard sherman gets set to play in the pro bowl on sunday, an honor he has been chosen for in each of the past four seasons, some folks have wondered: could this be the last time he represents the seahawks in a football game?it’s not a ridiculous question. well, not a completely ridiculous one, at least. one of the nfl’s more controversial figures had what appeared to be his most contentious season to date, as teammates were screamed at, coaches were questioned and apologies were absent.gifted as sherman is, talent isn’t always enough to solidify one’s place on an nfl roster. players that






trading richard sherman would be a very bad idea


seattle’s secondary is thin enough that removing a player of the pro bowler’s caliber would leave too big of a hole.let’s just put it out there, because you know the thought has crossed people’s minds.as richard sherman gets set to play in the pro bowl on sunday, an honor he has been chosen for in each of the past four seasons, some folks have wondered: could this be the last time he represents the seahawks in a football game?it’s not a ridiculous question. well, not a completely ridiculous one, at least. one of the nfl’s more controversial figures had what appeared to be his most contentious season to date, as teammates were screamed at, coaches were questioned and apologies were absent.gifted as sherman is, talent isn’t always enough to solidify one’s place on an nfl roster. players that






richard sherman’s talent still outweighs the headaches he gives seahawks


seattle’s secondary is thin enough that removing a player of the pro bowler’s caliber would leave too big of a hole.let’s just put it out there, because you know the thought has crossed people’s minds. as richard sherman gets set to play in the pro bowl on sunday, an honor he has been chosen for in each of the past four seasons, some folks have wondered: could this be the last time he represents the seahawks in a football game? it’s not a ridiculous question. well, not a completely ridiculous one, at least. one of the nfl’s more controversial figures had what appeared to be his most contentious season to date, as teammates were screamed at, coaches were questioned and apologies were absent. gifted as sherman is, talent isn’t always enough to solidify one’s place on an nfl roster. players t






ben garland, falcons lineman, joins rare company en route to super bowl li


matt ryan labeled him a “jack-of-all-trades,” maybe because no single title seemed fitting. at buckley air force base in aurora, he’s labeled simply “captain” with the 140th public affairs wing of the colorado air national guard.about four hours west, in his hometown of grand junction, he’s known to a close few as “benjie,” and about 250 miles east of that, where his name is etched among the broncos’ walter payton man of the year winners, he is known by john elway as “the kind of guy that you’d like to have your daughter marry.”ben garland, the u.s. air force academy graduate who spent five years with the broncos after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2010, has made a career of wearing multiple hats, often at the same time. but since he signed with the atlanta falcons in 2015, his lis






long’s bet on patriots pays off in vet’s 1st super bowl trip


foxborough, m . (ap) — there was a time when chris long didn’t think this opportunity would ever come.a time when words like “playoffs” and “super bowl” seemed like unattainable unicorns that the 31-year-old patriots defensive lineman might never touch. eight years in the nfl spent on underperforming teams, and having seasons potholed by injuries have that effect.so when the veteran was asked this week whether the chance to earn a ring was on his mind when he signed with the patriots this offseason, he didn’t doesn’t hesitate to answer.“it’s the whole reason i e here,” he said. “everybody wants to win. that’s the bottom line. when you’re making a decision as an older player of where you want to be, you want to be in situations like this with opportunities like this. we’ve earned the opport






in enemy territory, nary a bad word about falcons qb ryan


boston (ap) — the enemies list is long in new england, and it grows with each tweet that dares to doubt tom brady’s supremacy or call coach bill belichick a cheater.but there’s one opponent who has escaped the fury of the foxborough fans, and even has a considerable amount of goodwill in the heart of new england. in fact, it’s hard to find any kind of animosity toward atlanta falcons quarterback matt ryan, who built his reputation — personally and professionally — at boston college.“it’s hard to think of anything bad to say about matt,” said former bc sports information director chris eron, who was in the athletic department when ryan led the eagles to a no. 2 ranking in the ociated press poll in the middle of the 2007 season.“i think there are many people at boston college who are die-har






10 facts about 49ers gm


john lynch stunningly surfaced sunday as the 49ers’ selection for general manager. as secret a candidate as he was, he’s also very well known through his nfl endeavors since coming out of stanford in 1993.here are 10 facts to know about the 49ers new general manager, who figures to partner up with future coach kyle shanahan in a week once that projected deal can become official:1. lynch was such an exceptional, hard-hitting safety that he is a pro football hall of fame finalist for the third consecutive year, and this year’s cl will be unveiled urday. he played 15 seasons, the first 11 with the tampa bay buccaneers and the final four with the denver broncos, though he made a 2008 exhibition-season eo with the new england patriots.2. lynch’s nfl career saw him start 10 games his first three






craig: for falcons' ryan, stats and nfl history aren't on his side


the ociated press has picked the nfl mvp every year since 1957. thirteen were quarterbacks on teams that led the nfl in scoring and reached the championship game.their record in those games: 6-7.the losers were y.a. tittle in 1963, johnny unitas in 1964, joe theismann in super bowl xviii, dan marino in super bowl xix, tom brady in super bowl xlii, peyton manning in super bowl xlviii and newton in super bowl 50.sorry, matt ryan.the atlanta falcons’ quarterback is expected to become the 14th member of this club. results of this season’s mvp voting will be revealed on urday night, the eve of super bowl li between the falcons (13-5) and the patriots (16-2) at houston’s nrg stadium. david goldman • ociated press atlanta falcons quarterback matt ryan (2) warms up before the first hal






arena's second stint as u.s. coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as u.s. coach began with the same result as his first, a 0-0 exhibition draw.the united states had just one s of target against a young serbia team on sunday, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena."clearly we would have liked to win the game today," arena said. "but for this time of the year i was encouraged by a number of performances by our team."arena led the u.s. to a 71-30-29 record in his first stint, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia in 1998 and was fired following the team's first-round elimination in a loss to






never dull nba dominates in court of social media – the denver post


the nba is the most interesting sport on earth.there’s a little hyperbole there, yes. but there’s never a dull moment in the ociation. and no league, but no league, does social media battling with the stinging precision and captivating prose of the nba. it’s not even close.and it is oh, so entertaining.last week was divided into two parts –- one amusing. the other? probably best described with the wide-eyed, blushing emoji.memphis’ chandler parsons and portland’s c.j. mccollum battled late friday night in a spat whose flames were first stoked by the trail blazers’ team twitter account. they posted a video of parsons air-balling a 3-point s in that game, saying “to be fair, the nba 3-point line is really, really far away from the basket.”to which parsons tweeted back: “@trailblazers good lu






paly feels at home as it crushes crosstown rival gunn


palo alto — friday night inside a packed bow gymnasium at gunn, the home team was technically crosstown rival paly, which must wait until may 15 for construction of its new athletic facilities to be completed.but playing 4 miles from their own pus didn’t seem to deter the boys and s basketball teams for the vikings, who made themselves comfortable in a season sweep of the titans.“every single one of these gunn games are so special and they mean so much,” said paly senior skylar burris, who used air quotes to make her point after a 61-45 victory by the s in which she torched the defense. “every single time you step on the court, you just feel the energy of the crowd. and to score 31 in front of our ‘home’ game in front of our ‘home’ fans, it feels good.“it’s a good way to end it, i guess.”t






what kind of team can we expect from the first year of white sox rebuild?


with escalators inoperative after the opening ceremony of soxfest on friday, security ushered fans to a nearby stairwell and had them exit in groups of about 30, leading to gridlock and grumbling in the hallway.it was a fitting image for a franchise that has been stuck in neutral for years, promising a contender every offseason only to play out the string by september.this year promises to be different as the sox have pushed their rebuild while offering a realistic outlook on the season ahead. contending while rebuilding isn't doable."it's tough to serve two masters," general manager rick hahn said. "the focus of our scouting department, of our player development people, of the major-league staff is on building something that's sustainable. in the short term we might have to pay some price






who is the greatest nfl qb of all-time? a 5th ring for tom brady could change th


the debate never ends and it may never truly be decided. who is the greatest quarterback of all-time?there’s no set formula or defining statistic to make the decision easier. some cite super bowl wins as the best measurement. others say the abundance of touchdowns or lack of interceptions gives the winner. there’s a crowd that believe only the eye test and a quarterback’s ability to make magic happen in the most unlikely times.  and a few will note p ing yards or a newer statistic, quarterback rating, to decide greatness.regardless of your personal opinion, there are a number of quarterbacks who have a legitimate argument for the title of greatest of all-time.the debate will heat up again over the next couple of weeks as patriots quarterback tom brady is playing in super bowl 51 with the c






former washington husky cheng-tsung pan ties for 2nd in pga tour event won by jo


jon rahm won the farmers insurance open at torrey pines in san diego by three strokes. ex-uw standout cheng-tsung pan, 25, earned $589,600 for a second-place tie, his best performance on the pga tour.golfrahm wins; pan ties for 2nd placejon rahm of spain added his name to the list of young stars sunday with his big game and a big finish at torrey pines in san diego.rahm made two eagles over the final six holes, the last a 61-foot putt from the back fringe on the par-5 18th, for a 5-under-par 67 to win the farmers insurance open by three s s. it was his first pga tour victory.former washington huskies standout cheng-tsung pan (70) and charles howell iii (68) tied for second place. it was the 25-year-old pan’s best finish in his 13 starts on the pga tour, surp ing a tie for sixth at the rsm






vikings playing in super bowl in own backyard? it's not out of the question


one year from urday, on feb. 4, 2018, the translucent roof at u.s. bank stadium will be reverberating and the flash of eras will reflect off the venue’s giant gl doors during the opening kickoff of super bowl lii.is there any chance a vikings player will be waiting to catch that kickoff?no team ever has played in a super bowl in its home stadium, in part because the teams that call south beach and bourbon street home have not built consistent contenders in recent years, los angeles did not have a team for two decades, and because holding the big game in new england or pittsburgh or, gasp, green bay in the middle of winter is a hard sell.mostly, though, that factoid probably can be chalked up to coincidence.the vikings over the next year will get an opportunity to buck the trend. the decisi






vikings playing in super bowl in own backyard? it's not out of the question


one year from urday, on feb. 4, 2018, the translucent roof at u.s. bank stadium will be reverberating and the flash of eras will reflect off the venue’s giant gl doors during the opening kickoff of super bowl lii.is there any chance a vikings player will be waiting to catch that kickoff?no team has ever played in a super bowl in its home stadium, in part because the teams that call south beach and bourbon street home have not built consistent contenders in recent years, los angeles did not have a team for two decades, and because holding the big game in new england or pittsburgh or, gasp, green bay in the middle of winter is a hard sell.mostly, though, that factoid can probably be chalked up to coincidence.the vikings over the next year will get an opportunity to buck the trend. the decisi






mariners want newcomer jarrod dyson to be agitator on field, in clubhouse


manager scott servais said he welcomes the “edge” he expects jarrod dyson to bring to the mariners, and dyson said, in turn, that he knows exactly what that entails.maybe the mariners have been just a little too comfortable to play against. sure, you’ve got those elite power bats in the middle of the order, but no one who struck fear with their ability to cause havoc on the bases, and who made the other manager fret about what might be coming next.“i want us to be uncomfortable to other teams,’’ manager scott servais said. “that’s the goal here.”and just maybe, the mariners have been a little too comfortable in their own clubhouse. that’s not to say they don’t have leadership, or effort. but not necessarily someone to agitate, challenge, nurture and coerce — and in the process help will th






big steps made to improve rockies' bullpen


in an effort to turn the rockies into legitimate playoff contenders, the young general manager, with the blessings of owner dick monfort, was determined to fill the gaping hole at first base and patch up a torn and tattered bullpen. two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, bridich can check both tasks off his to-do list.“dick stepped up, absolutely,” bridich said urday after the rockies officially signed former kansas city royals closer greg holland. “dick has been a man of his word. he e out and (said), ‘we are going to increase payroll and we are going to be more aggressive.’ and we have been able to do that.”bridich filled first base by signing ian desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract, the largest contract the rockies have ever given a free-agent positio






mariners want newcomer jarrod dyson to be agitator on field, in clubhouse


manager scott servais said he welcomes the “edge” he expects jarrod dyson to bring to the mariners, and dyson said, in turn, that he knows exactly what that entails.maybe the mariners have been just a little too comfortable to play against. sure, you’ve got those elite power bats in the middle of the order, but no one who struck fear with their ability to cause havoc on the bases, and who made the other manager fret about what might be coming next.“i want us to be uncomfortable to other teams,’’ manager scott servais said. “that’s the goal here.”and just maybe, the mariners have been a little too comfortable in their own clubhouse. that’s not to say they don’t have leadership, or effort. but not necessarily someone to agitate, challenge, nurture and coerce — and in the process help will th






ranking the 100 most important people in blackhawks history


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