A’s Marcus Semien to be tutored by Ron Washington

Marcus Semien gets constant reminders about his defensive difficulties. “I look up on MLB Network, and the number of errors is flashed up there every 10 minutes,” said the A’s shortstop, who leads the majors with 16. “But you can’t let that get in your head. You just have to get better.” To that end, the A’s brought in their longtime former infield coach Ron Washington...
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Giants’ Posey develops into strong defender at 1st base, too

When he’s catching, much of Buster Posey’s busy pregame work involves reviewing scouting reports, studying video of opposing batters, and meeting with his pitcher and pitching coach to discuss strategy. Posey doesn’t generally work at first base except on days he’s actually playing first base, but he has evolved into a reliable defender. “He does seem comfortable over...
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Noel, Embiid keys to Hinkie's plan — on and off the court

Last week, Joel Embiid accompanied Sixers management to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, and Tuesday night Nerlens Noel represented the Sixers at the draft lottery. These are actions of an organization that appears to consider both players key to its future success. Then again, Michael Carter-Williams was invited to do equally high-profile events during the year and a half he...
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For Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, a warming trend

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have not turned back the clock. They have not put Father Time in a headlock and showed him who’s boss. This is not a return to the good old days. But these two aging pillars of the Phillies’ long-gone championship run are swinging the bats better and finding more success lately. Utley continued his recent hot streak with a single and a triple in...
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Flyers sign RW Aaron Palushaj from Russian league

No, it's not your imagination. There's a movement in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League to move overseas. Thursday, the Flyers announced that they had signed their second player in as many days from Russia's KHL, where salaries last season were reported to drop 50 percent from the start of the season to December. The latest player to jump overseas is Michigan native Aaron Palushaj...
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Pistons already popping up in NBA draft rumor mill

There is more than a month until the June 25 NBA draft, and the Detroit Pistons rumor mill is up and running with two recent tidbits.'s Chad Ford said on Twitter this week to expect the Pistons to seriously consider trading their first-round pick (No. 8 overall). He said that the Pistons are among a handful of teams that want to accelerate rebuilding. Asked about trading...
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Jeff Blashill wants to be Red Wings' next coach

Jeff Blashill is ready to make the jump to the NHL. Blashill, the Red Wings' minor league affiliate head coach in Grand Rapids told WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids after Thursday's practice at Van Andel Arena coaching the Red Wings has been a career goal. "I would like to be the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings," Blashill said after the Griffins completed practice for their Western...
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Babcock says goodbye to Wings fans in full-page ad

In a society where class and character are often mistaken for each other, former Detroit Red Wing coach Mike Babcock is again showing both to his friends, fans and admirers. Friday’s Detroit News and Detroit Free Press display a full-page ad in which the outgoing coach thanks his legions of fans for a decade of red and white memories. The ad, which shows a profile of Babcock...
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Ricketts continue Wrigleyville plan, buy three more rooftop buildings

The Ricketts continue to shake up the Wrigleyville area, buying three more rooftop buildings surrounding the historic stadium, according to the Chicago Tribune. The nearly-$600 million Wrigley Field renovation project has had plenty of drama, but things are starting to run smoothly now that the bleachers are open and the video boards in left and right field have generally been received...
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Blackhawks recall defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk

The Blackhawks called up rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from their Rockford affiliate in the AHL. Van Riemsdyk, 23, had surgery on his right wrist on April 7 and was expected to be out approximately eight weeks, so his return is roughly on schedule. The Blackhawks’ depth on defense has been an issue during the Western Conference final series against Anaheim.
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Report: Celtics in the mix to pursue Demarre Carroll

The news that DeMarre Carroll's knee injury is a bone bruise means that he is back atop team's free agent shortlists. And he's on the Celtics' list. Sporting News' Sean Deveney reports that the Celtics are going to pursue the upcoming free agent. The 28-year-old's defensive prowess and versatility could make him a good fit under Brad Stevens.
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Claude Julien is not Bruins' problem

In the morning before many Bruins games last season, it was interesting to listen to opposing coaches talk about the challenge of facing the B’s. Typical was Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau before the teams’ Dec. 1 game: “When you play the Boston Bruins, you’re in for a really tough game, no matter who’s in the lineup for them.” Or Calgary’s Bob Hartley on Feb. 16: “Here...
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Jets' Sheldon Richardson fires back at critics: 'I have a life'

Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson wasn't at organized team activities on Tuesday and Wednesday, and head coach Todd Bowles said Richardson has only been at One Jets Drive for about half of the team's offseason program, which began more than a month ago but is still voluntary at this point. That's voluntary. VOLUNTARY. Voluntary. Voluntary. "Voluntary." V-O-L-U-N-T-A-R-Y. I'd...
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Yankees' Didi Gregorius admits he's lost at plate, report says

The man replacing Derek Jeter has been terrible at the plate and he has no idea if he's on the right track. Or at least that's according to a report from the New York Post's Dan Martin, in which Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius admits his frustration with his woeful stat line: .214 batting average, no home runs and seven RBI. Gregorius, asked whether he was near finding his form, was blunt.
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Yankees fans: Happy they didn't pay Robinson Cano $240 million like Seattle Mariners did?

In case you haven't been following the post-Yankees career of second baseman Robinson Cano, his first season in Seattle was a decent one (.314/14 homers/82 RBI). But year No. 2? Not so much. For the $240 million Cano reportedly received in a 10-year deal, he's hit just one home run, knocked in 11 runs and is hitting just .264, which would be a career-low if the season ended today...
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Lightning's Carle out for Game 4 vs. Rangers

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle won't play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) because of an undisclosed injury. Carle did not practice Friday. He left Game 3 on Wednesday at 9:55 of the first period following a collision in the neutral zone with Rangers center Derek Stepan. He has two...
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Dolphins optimistic Branden Albert's ready for Week 1

The Miami Dolphins were forced to navigate the second half of last season without left tackle Branden Albert. The team remains hopeful they'll have Albert back for the start of a new campaign. Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week there is a "reasonable expectation" Albert will be on the field when Miami opens its 2015 schedule against the Redskins...
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Ryan Callahan opens up on the pain and pride of leaving Rangers

The profile is lower here than it was in New York, the role somewhat different, as well. But Ryan Callahan of the Lightning is the same Ryan Callahan who was the captain of the Rangers from the start of 2011-12 until he was traded following a contract negotiation impasse at last year’s deadline as part of the expensive package that yielded Marty St. Louis in return. In on the...
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Rockets blame being misplaced for failed final possession

Thursday night’s game between the Warriors and Rockets was terrific, with Golden State emerging with a thrilling 99-98 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. But the biggest talking point, despite the spectacular performances by several players on both teams, was Kevin McHale’s decision not to call timeout on the final possession. Harrison Barnes missed...
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Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL

Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make the jump to North America. Fetisov told Russian news agency R-Sports, via the Associated...
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Mark Fox signs contract extension with Georgia through 2020

Mark Fox was rewarded for his third 20-win season and second trip to the NCAA Tournament when his contract and raise was approved by the University of Georgia athletic board of directors on Thursday. Fox, who is 106-89 in seven seasons at Georgia, will receive $2 million annually for the next five seasons. “This would basically place him in a group beneath John Calipari at Kentucky...
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Don Shula named in painkiller lawsuit from former NFL players

Hundreds of former NFL players have filed another lawsuit alleging that doctors, trainers and medical staffs from all 32 NFL teams pumped players full of painkillers to keep them on the field without taking their long-term health into consideration. A similar lawsuit that was filed last year around this time was dismissed in December after a judge ruled that the collective bargaining...
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GM: Kobe says next season is last with Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said star guard Kobe Bryant has told the GM that the 2015-16 season will be Bryant's last with the Lakers. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio. Bryant is scheduled to make a league-high $25 million in his final contract season -- his 20th -- with the Lakers...
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Blue Jays haven’t asked about Hamels ‘in months’

The Toronto Blue Jays haven’t asked about Cole Hamels “in months” after getting the sense during the winter that the Philadelphia Phillies ace wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause, according to a source. That revelation comes after Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Friday that the Blue Jays are concentrating on significant player acquisitions amid a rough first quarter and...
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PSD RedZone’s WAG of the Week: Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough is a dancer, singer-songwriter, actress and two time champion of Dancing with the Stars. Also, since December 2013 she is the lady friend of Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich.  I’ve always been a fan of the sensationally fit mormon dancer from Utah, she’s stunning and generally seems like she’s having a good time. Which is a very under appreciated...
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