Cubs Notes: Hoerner, Payroll, Simmons, Madrigal

After a 15-run loss at the hands of the Reds yesterday, the Cubs dropped into fourth place in the NL Central at 18-26. Chicago’s early performance hasn’t been too far off preseason expectations. After the Cubs watched much of their previous core departure, the 2022 season looked likely to be a transitional year. Particularly as … Read more

Nikola Jokic set to sign supermax contract extension when offered; what’s next for Nuggets?

When Tim Connelly took his front-office talents from Denver to Minnesota this week on a five-year, 40 million deal that would eventually give him equity in the Timberwolves organization, a natural question emerged in the Mile High City: Given the relationship between Nikola. Jokic and Connelly, who drafted him 41st overall back out of Serbia … Read more

Don’t Let Josh Donaldson Fool You

Can you tell the difference between praise and ridicule? More importantly, who do you trust to know the difference? If you trust Tim Anderson understands how words work, then the Chicago White Sox star who dared to call out Josh Donaldson’s nonsense for what it is had every reason to fire back when the Yankees … Read more

Warriors-Mavericks postgame notes: Nintendo Klay, trophy-hunting Steph, Luka’s long view

SAN FRANCISCO – The scene was familiar and foreign all at once. We’ve seen the Golden State Warriors celebrating an NBA Finals appearance plenty of times in this era – five times in seven years at Oracle Arena before this one on Thursday night, to be exact. When you see the Ayesha Curry / Mary … Read more

Giants OTAs takeaways: Kayvon Thibodeaux ailing, Wan’Dale Robinson thriving, Daniel Jones’ interceptions in context, more

The Giants on Thursday held their sixth practice of organized team activities. They have four of these voluntary practices left, and then their three-day mandatory minicamp. And then they’re off until training camp starts in late July. So let’s bring you some observations and takeaways from Thursday’s practice (the second of OTAs that was open … Read more