Major League Baseball has imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed up games, but it decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018.
After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it will not oppose the rules.
The amendments to the playing rules announced Monday include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player.
MLB said the lines will be monitored, and a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press all conversations on the lines will be recorded. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that detail was not announced.
All of this is important because the NBA’s relationship with technology is paramount to its growth as a league. Its embrace of social media has opened doors that other sports leagues slammed shut, providing an unlimited and instantaneous marketing machine at its fingertips.
Tech was the first thing Adam Silver mentioned in his annual state of the game press conference on Saturday night, and the league’s Tech Summit has become one of the hottest tickets of All-Star weekend. Earlier this week at the Recode conference, Silver was part of a forum for something called mixed reality, which is a hybrid between the real and virtual worlds.
Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth, who has spent the past 17 years in a North Carolina prison for conspiracy to murder his pregnant girlfriend, opened up for the first time in a handwritten letter to the victim’s mother.
Carruth wrote a 15-page letter to Saundra Adams, the mother of Cherica Adams, that was sent to Charlotte television station WBTV. He also spoke at length by phone with the station about the letter, accepting responsibility for the 1999 conspiracy to murder Cherica Adams and expressing interest in gaining custody of their son.
I’m apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I’m apologizing for the impairment of my son, Carruth told WBTV. I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything.
Just a hair behind Oklahoma State in attendance and a few places ahead in revenue (because Phil Knight loves his Ducks more than T. Boone loves his Pokes?) is Oregon. The Ducks have never won a title but have come close. They had close calls in 2001 (finished No. 2), 2007 (in position until Dennis Dixon’s knee injury), 2010 (lost the title game on the final play), and 2014 (Zeke Elliott). The Ducks are ninth in winning percentage since hiring Mike Bellotti in 1995 and have eight top-10 finishes over that period. They even wear green and have an avian mascot.