Ear pieces, extra signs and the questions the Giants have about pace of play changes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Think the runner on second has picked a few signs? Time for a mound visit. That same player has a big lead and he’s contemplating stealing third? Jog on in and let the pitcher know. Thanks to new rules instituted by Major League Baseball, the era of casual conversation at the pitcher’s mound is over. On Monday, Commissioner Rob Manfred introduced new pace of play rules for the 2018 season including a directive that limits teams to just six mound visits per game. Each additional trip to the center of the diamond –whether it comes from a manager, pitching coach or even a second baseman– will require a pitching… Read More

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Ear pieces, extra signs and the questions the Giants have about pace of play changes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Think the runner on second has picked a few signs? Time for a mound visit. That same player has a big lead and he’s contemplating stealing third? Jog on in and let the pitcher know. Thanks to new rules instituted by Major League Baseball, the era of casual conversation at the pitcher’s mound is over. On Monday, Commissioner Rob Manfred introduced new pace of play rules for the 2018 season including a directive that limits teams to just six mound visits per game. Each additional trip to the center of the diamond –whether it comes from a manager, pitching coach or even a second baseman– will require a pitching… Read More

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Champions League takeaways: The razor’s edge of victory, defeat

Here’s what happened in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, in case you missed it… READ ALL ABOUT IT • Chelsea 1, FC Barcelona 1: Match report || Scoresheet • Bayern Munich 5, Besiktas 0: Match report || Scoresheet WHAT STOOD OUT A pair of game changing moments Soccer is a sport of skill, but it’s also a sport of mistakes, where errors are ruthlessly capitalized upon. The complexion of games can be completely altered due to a lack of execution, or a simple misstep. So it came to pass in both of Tuesday’s matches in the Champions League. Besiktas had it all to do ahead of their visit to… Read More

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Barcelona draws with Chelsea as Messi ends goal drought

LONDON — Lionel Messi finally managed one of the few things he had yet to achieve in football. At his ninth attempt, the five-time world player of the year finally scored against Chelsea, salvaging a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and halting his longest drought against any opponent after 730 minutes. By cancelling out Willian’s opener, Messi also gave Barcelona a narrow edge in their Champions League round-of-16 matchup heading into the second leg at Camp Nou on March 14. The night’s other game produced a far more conclusive outcome with Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scoring twice as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas 5-0. It was far tighter at… Read More

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NFL fans are furious over DirecTV raising the price for Sunday Ticket

While NFL ratings were down nearly 10 percent last season, NFL fans will be asked to pay more for DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket package. The company website revealed that next year’s Sunday Ticket prices will increase to $293.94 for the 2018 NFL season — up from $281.94. For the fans that want the Sunday Ticket Max package — with NFL Red Zone and Fantasy Zone channels — the price jumps up to $395.94. Basically, fans are being asked to spend nearly $23.30 a week — all this while new subscribers are offered the otherwise expensive package for free. Word of the price increase was not taken kindly by NFL fans. Someone… Read More

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