December 3, 2013 |
Until a month ago, Ricardo Sanchez was flying high as Los Angeles' top-rated local morning radio host. Then the Spanish-language radio personality known as "El Mandril" disappeared from his slot on KLAX-FM (97.9), the Los Angeles station owned by Spanish Broadcasting System. Now details are emerging concerning the 47-year-old radio host's eviction from L.A. airwaves in early November. He's still going to work every day, but his show is no longer being broadcast. The question is, why?
December 2, 2013 |
The Angels declined to extend 2014 contracts to pitchers Jerome Williams, Tommy Hanson and Juan Gutierrez and third baseman Chris Nelson on Monday, moves that trim almost $10 million from next season's payroll and give the team more flexibility to pursue higher quality starting pitchers via trade or free agency. First baseman Mark Trumbo, third baseman David Freese and relievers Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Salas were tendered 2014 contracts. Combining the average annual values of contracts, performance bonuses and benefits for players on the 40-man roster, the Angels have about $174 million committed for 2014, leaving them about $15 million of wiggle room under the $189-million luxury tax threshold.
November 30, 2013 |
Those who suggested Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin was USC's top coaching choice may have been right - but Sumlin is not coming to USC. A telling sign someone is making a run at a coach is if the targeted coach suddenly signs a multiyear contract before kickoff against, say, Missouri. It happened Saturday when Sumlin reportedly agreed on a six-year deal to stay at Texas A&M. "I am humbled and very appreciative of the commitment that Texas A&M has extended not only to me and my family, but to our football program overall," Sumlin said in a statement.
November 30, 2013 |
Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers are negotiating a contract extension, the shortstop confirmed during an interview in the Dominican Republic, where he and other members of the country's World Baseball Classic were honored. "I can't talk about years or money, but we're negotiating and there could be something this winter," Ramirez said in a report published Friday by ESPN Deportes. Ramirez is under contract for one season at $16 million. Ramirez reiterated his wish to remain with the Dodgers for the remainder of his career, saying they gambled by acquiring him from the Miami Marlins last year.
November 27, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant was all smiles during his news conference a day after receiving a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension. But sometime between saying this would "probably" be his last contract and jabbing the NBA for vetoing the Chris Paul trade (he's still irritated), Bryant's became serious when defending the Lakers' decision to extend his deal without seeing him play a game since April. "It makes me want to run through a wall for them," he said Tuesday. "Kind of just adds more fuel to the fire.
November 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - While the Lakers have their wallet open ... Is Pau Gasol next? "We have not had any discussions with Pau," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday. "I'm sure I will. And where that leads, I'm not sure right now. A lot has to do with different variables. " Ah, variables. There are many indeed with Gasol. Will Gasol play better than he has so far this season? How much of a pay cut will he take? Will the Lakers even want him back if they can get someone else in free agency in July?