Baseball Community Shocked by Fernandez Death At Marlins Park on Sunday, there was no baseball game. Players cried openly in the clubhouse. A No. "16" was painted on the pitcher's mound. And on the giant scoreboard over rows of empty seats was a simple display: "16 Jose Fernandez." Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' infectious star who escaped Cuba on a raft eight years ago and blossomed into one of baseball's most electrifying personalities, was killed early Sunday in a violent boat crash off Miami Beach. He was 24. "Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish fastest," Marlins President David Samson, surrounded by the entire team, said at an emotional news conference at Marlins Park, where players openly wept. "His personality transcended culture and religion and race. His story will be told forever." read more
Anthem Protests Continue at College Football Games Football players for Michigan and Michigan State, along with a group of students at North Carolina, raised their fists during the national anthem Saturday. The gestures at the games came following a week punctuated by riots in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the killing of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma. read more
Opinion: Georgia Tech AD Hire Fills Need for Leadership The search was fast. The search was quiet. The search was conducted with far more efficiency than many things at Georgia Tech have been in recent years. Todd Stansbury will be the new athletic director at Georgia Tech. He checks all the boxes. He played football at Georgia Tech for Bill Curry. He learned under the wise old athletic director, Homer Rice. He climbed the ladder in various athletic departments around the country, spending several years as an assistant athletic director at Tech, then moving on to Houston, East Tennessee State and Oregon State. read more
As the recent "History of Exercise" video starring Nick Offerman and first lady Michelle Obama shows, fitness industry fashion has changed — as have movements and music — but the importance of group exercise classes has not.
Larry Brown Eyes High School Coaching Job Larry Brown, the only basketball coach to have won both an NBA and NCAA title, soon might be trying to win a Long Island high school championship as well. Brown, the well-traveled coach who played at Long Beach High School in the late 1950s, has expressed interest in the boys varsity coaching vacancy at East Hampton, athletic director Joe Vasile-Cozzo said. "I'm trying to figure things out, to be honest with you," Brown told Newsday by telephone on Tuesday. "I'm interested in helping kids, but I don't want to do anything unless I'm 100 percent in. I don't think it would be fair to the kids." read more
Opinion: Paterno Controversy May Never Go Away Third quarter, Penn State up a couple of touchdowns, the big screen showed images that brought many inside Beaver Stadium to their feet. A familiar face in younger days, glorious days. Words were mentioned over the PA: "Success without honor is an unseasoned dish. It will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good." In the last row of the Temple section in the upper deck above the north end zone, a banner appeared, with a big T for Temple, so there was no mistaking the allegiance of the artist, who wrote, "He turned his back, so we'll turn ours." read more