March 6, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - By his own admission Don Mattingly hasn't spent a lot of time thinking about baseball's two newest rules, one allowing the use of instant replay and the other preventing catchers from blocking the plate if they don't have the ball. But the manager of the Dodgers has a new appreciation for both changes after they collided in the first inning of Thursday's 4-4 Cactus League tie with the Angels. After Mike Trout's one-out line drive squirted under a diving Yasiel Puig and rolled to the center-field wall, Trout tried to circle the bases, only to arrive back home at the same time the ball did. Umpire Gerry Davis called Trout out, sparking an immediate protest from Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, who had problems with both the call and catcher A.J. Ellis' position on the play.
March 3, 2014 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Angels put baseball's new instant-replay system or, to be more precise, a crude facsimile of what will be used in the regular season, to the test for the first time Monday at Salt River Fields. It did not go well, with Manager Mike Scioscia losing his challenge to overturn a call at second base in the second inning of the Angels' 3-2 exhibition victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The process delayed the game for 2 minutes 31 seconds. But in defense of Scioscia and Nick Francona , the coordinator of major league information who will man the video-replay monitor for the Angels this season, the decision to challenge was based on a replay from one camera.
February 22, 2014 |
Throw-ins? Almost as quickly as you could say "Blake Mamba," the seldom-used duo acquired from Golden State for Steve Blake erupted for a combined 29 points in the Lakers' 101-92 victory Friday night over Boston. Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks had averaged only 4.9 points combined this season before Bazemore scored 15 and Brooks had 14 against the Celtics. But can they do this consistently? "If you can do it once, you can do it twice," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Saturday.
January 27, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The federal government has arrested one of the biggest names in the bitcoin community in the latest crackdown on digital currencies and their illicit use. Charlie Shrem, chief executive of digital currency exchange BitInstant, stands accused with a Florida man of laundering money through a notorious drug-trafficking website. Shrem is also vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, a nonprofit group aimed at promoting the digital currency. He and codefendant Robert M. Faiella of Cape Coral, Fla., are accused of selling more than $1 million worth of bitcoins to people attempting to buy and sell illegal drugs on the Silk Road website, which the FBI shut down in October.
January 25, 2014 |
The year is 2017. Somewhere high above an NBA practice court, a general manager stares out a large picture window at his struggling team and sighs. "I still can't believe it," he tells a front-office underling. "Remember that year we tanked and thought it would change everything? Now look at us. " A belief is spreading in and around the league that the 2014 draft, once more widely hyped than the latest iPhone, may not be all that. Teams positioning themselves for as many pingpong balls as possible - overtly or otherwise - may be bouncing toward disappointment.
January 16, 2014 |
The long-awaited expansion of baseball's instant replay system has become a reality. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that owners voted unanimously to subject most calls to instant replay, starting this year, after securing approval from unions representing players and umpires. For the first time, teams will be allowed to show disputed or controversial plays on stadium video boards -- and not just the plays selected for review....