Matt Ehalt MLB writer Published 7:30 AM EDT Sep 28, 2018 NEW YORK — In these final days of David Wright's celebrated career, words of wisdom from his father still resonate with the 35-year-old and father of two. Rhon Wright wanted his son to be someone adults and children alike could look up to. A player who never shamed his team. A role model. It's those characteristics by which Wright hopes you'll remember him. "My dad always told me, 'I don’t care, I didn’t set out raise a good baseball player, I set out to raise a good person and citizen.' That is way more important to me than what people say," Wright said earlier this week. "The one thing I try to live up every day is that expectation that my parents put out that you be a good person.” As Wright's career will end Sunday, those closest to Wright believe he has lived up to his father's words. For all the tales of triumphs like the time he conquered Mariano Rivera or homered in his … [Read more...] about David Wright leaves NY Mets legacy for work on and off the field
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Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker is a versatile player. Hekker has a thrown touchdown pass during his career and he added a new dimension to his game on Sunday. The former Oregon State star kicked the first field goal of his career during the Rams 34-0 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Watch Hekker's 20-yard field goal occurred midway through the second of the game. Hekker also converted on a 33-yard extra point in the fourth quarter. Hekker filled in at kicker when Greg Zuerlein suffered a groin injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Hekker said he hadn't attempted a field goal since he was at Bothell (Wash.) High School in 2007. Hekker, one of the best punters in the NFL, has been selected to as a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl in the last three consecutive seasons. He said he was nervous during the field goal attempt. "A little nerve-wracking. But I've watched the best kicker in the NFL, week in and week out, watching Greg Zuerlein practice," … [Read more...] about Watch: Ex-Oregon State star Johnny Hekker kicks first field goal of career; roundup of NFL players with Oregon ties in Week 2
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Associated Press June 12, 2018 Here is a team-by-team, organized by group, at all 32 teams in the 2018 World Cup in Russia:Click to jump to a specific group: Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H GROUP A RUSSIA Briefly: Russia goes into its home World Cup with expectations at rock bottom. It’s the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, according to FIFA, but has a comparatively easy group. Russia’s best chance of a first World Cup win since 2002 is in the opening game June 14 against Saudi Arabia, the second-lowest ranked team at the tournament. Advertisement The key players: Captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev shot to fame as the 22-year-old goalkeeper who pulled off stunning saves on the team’s way to the semifinals at Euro 2008. He has a tendency to make errors in high-profile games, including an … [Read more...] about A team-by-team look at the 2018 World Cup field
The Twins have no plans to change the outfield wall dimensions (distance or height) for the 2013 season, and there will be no change to the batter's eye, such as the addition of trees, team president Dave St. Peter said today in an e-mail to reporters. This would fall under the non-news news category. So many people ask the Twins these questions that St. Peter felt compelled to answer definitively. The Twins had black spruce trees behind the center field wall when Target Field opened in 2010, but hitters complained that they had trouble seeing, so those trees were removed and replanted. After going 94-68 in 2010, the Twins have finished with the worst record in the American League each of the past two seasons. Target Field was one of the toughest places for hitters to hit a home run in 2010, but by last season, it was middle of the pack. "Like all aspects of Target Field, the Twins will continue to engage in regular review and study of playability issues such as these," St. Peter said … [Read more...] about Twins have no plans to add trees or change Target Field’s dimensions for 2013
Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post Published 9:17 am, Monday, March 5, 2018 Photo: Washington Post Photo By Toni L. Sandys Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) s expected back in the lineup in about a month. Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) s expected back in the lineup in about a month. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Toni L. Sandys Wizards have learned a lot without John Wall. How much has he learned? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards have a significant opportunity when John Wall returns in about a month. Or they can have the same old problems. Wall is one of the most spectacular athletes in any pro sport, as well as one of the toughest at playing through pain. Wall will run through a wall to win. But can Wall alter his point guard game … [Read more...] about Wizards have learned a lot without John Wall. How much has he learned?