August 15, 2007 |
With the clock ticking toward tonight's midnight EDT signing deadline, a third of the first-round picks in baseball's June draft have yet to reach agreement with the clubs that selected them, setting up a high-stakes impasse that could have far-reaching implications on both sides.
June 24, 2007 |
On the second day of the NHL Entry Draft, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi emerged from his cocoon, and you wondered when the guy had last been outside for more than a few seconds. Mr. 24/7 Hockey was taking a ribbing from a former colleague about his obsessive work habits and turning draft week into a hostage situation for his staff. Incidentally, a local reporter asked him what he thought of Columbus.
November 14, 2006 |
Guillermo Diaz, who grew up in Puerto Rico speaking only Spanish, never dreamed his life would take this kind of a twist. But now that the Clippers' second-round draft pick is playing his rookie season of pro basketball in the Czech Republic, he has become so desperate for English-language programming that he recently installed a satellite dish that shows mostly soccer games from Britain. "At least I can understand what they are saying," Diaz said. "Before that, all I had were Czech stations."
July 6, 2003 |
Terrence Kiel, the second-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in this year's NFL draft, was in stable condition in a Houston hospital, one day after being shot during an attempted carjacking. Kiel, a safety at Texas A&M last season, was sitting in his car in a mall parking lot when he was shot by an unidentified man, police said.
June 13, 2003 |
In the span of three years, Matt Harrington has plunged from the No. 7 pick in the Major League Baseball draft to No. 711, a freefall costing him millions. The 21-year-old pitcher from Palmdale was selected this month for the fourth time, in the 24th round by the Cincinnati Reds. But as three major league teams already have learned, drafting Harrington is no guarantee of signing him. He turned down $4 million from the Colorado Rockies as a first-round pick in 2000, then $1.
August 23, 2002 |
Well, it wasn't the Toni Kukoc treatment after all. Maybe this guy is going to make it. China's Yao Ming withstood the threats from the NBA-stocked Team USA--even if his team didn't--during the Americans' 84-54 romp over China in an exhibition game here Thursday in preparation for next week's World Championships in Indianapolis. Yao, China's 7-foot-5 star, finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
July 1, 2001 |
Dominik Hasek was traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the Detroit Red Wings late Saturday night for Vyacheslav Kozlov, a 2002 first-round draft choice and future considerations. Sabre spokesman Michael Gilbert announced the trade just before 1:30 a.m. EDT Sunday, adding the team would have no further comment until later in the day. The Sabres had until the end of Saturday to pick up Hasek's one-year, $9-million option, trade him or lose him to unrestricted free agency.
April 11, 2000 |
At 6 feet 7, lanky right-hander Mike Schultz of Loyola Marymount is accustomed to taking long strides. He added another big step toward becoming a top draft choice by tossing a complete-game victory against Pepperdine on Sunday. Schultz, who attended Cleveland High, struck out nine to give him 276 in his career, the sixth-highest total in Loyola history. The victory was his 21st, good for 10th on the Lions' all-time list.
June 5, 1999 |
Go ahead. Buy private lessons for your son. Take him to the park for ground balls and extra work off the batting tee. But do so purely for the enjoyment of spending time together and learning the game. Don't expect it to lead to a major league baseball career. That message was transmitted loud and clear in the amateur draft this week. Of course, parents can provide something that will enhance their son's status as a prospect. Genes.
April 16, 1999 |
The St. Louis Rams got three-time Pro Bowl running back Marshall Faulk cheap Thursday, because the Indianapolis Colts wanted to clear the decks for Ricky Williams. Faulk, 26, the best all-purpose back in the league, rushed for 1,319 yards, caught 86 passes and scored 10 touchdowns last year. He was expendable in part because he wanted to renegotiate his contract and cost the Rams only two draft picks, a second and a fifth.