Tommy La Stella return update

HOUSTON — The Angels are still holding out hope that infielder Tommy La Stella will return at some point during the last week of the season, as he took a big step by running the bases before Saturday’s game against the Astros. La Stella, out since July 2 with a HOUSTON — The Angels are still holding out hope that infielder Tommy La Stella will return at some point during the last week of the season, as he took a big step by running the bases before Saturday’s game against…

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New anti-tampering proposal at center of owners meeting

Editor’s note: This piece has been updated from its original publication on Thursday after Friday’s Board of Governors vote. The NBA’s Board of Governors on Friday unanimously approved a series of measures to more strictly enforce compliance with tampering and salary cap circumvention. The NBA power brokers descending on New York this week for the league’s board of governors meeting have reacted to the league’s beefed-up anti-tampering proposal with a mix of skepticism about its potential deterrent effect and concerns of privacy. In conversations with numerous league officials, team owners,…

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Sorting out the current landscape of professional women’s hockey

Hockey season is about to begin, but there has never been more uncertainty in the women’s game. It’s a paradox. Girls hockey is among the fastest-growing sports in America. Programs are also sprouting up in places like Kuwait, while China is launching a program ahead of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. In 2018, the IIHF shared that there are now nearly 200,000 women playing hockey across the world — up from 170,000 (a 17.6 percent increase) in 2010. Team USA’s thrilling gold-medal shootout win over rival Canada in the 2018…

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Christopher Bell dominates Xfinity playoff opener at Richmond

Bell kicked off the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs in dominating fashion Friday night, leading 238 of 250 laps and cruising to victory in the GoBowling.com 250 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The victory locks Bell into the second round of the playoffs, regardless of how he finishes in the next two races The win is Bell’s series-leading seventh of the season and 15th of his career.   “That one was pretty special,” Bell said. “Going 92 laps straight there (to finish the race) was really difficult, we were sliding all…

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Ricciardo excluded from qualifying for car breach

Daniel Ricciardo has been excluded from the result of qualifying at the Singapore Grand Prix after his car was found in contravention of the Formula One rulebook. Ricciardo qualified eighth on Saturday evening but after the session it was discovered the MGU-K component in his Renault had delivered more electrical energy to the car than is allowed under the regulations, 120kW. The spike of power occured during a lap in the opening segment of qualifying. The result will be a blow to Renault, who had delivered both cars through to…

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The Phil Kessel Experience begins for the Arizona Coyotes

It was an hour before Game 7 in the 2017 second-round playoff series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, and Penguins players were assembled around the visiting locker room preparing for a tense game. Some guys were kicking around a soccer ball, others were stretching, some were zoning out listening to music through headphones. Phil Kessel was sipping a coffee and talking to Rick Tocchet, then a Penguins assistant coach. Kessel noticed a chin-up bar. “I bet you can’t do 12 chin-ups,” Kessel told Tocchet. “Really?” said Tocchet, who…

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