Major League Baseball has been around since the year 1876. So you’d think that there’s not much it hasn’t seen. But a game played in front of zero fans? That’s a first.
Today, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Chicago White Sox, 8-2, in front of an empty Camden Yards. Fans were left out of the stadium, and the game was pushed up to a 2 p.m. start time, in response to violent protests against police in Baltimore.
The previous two games against the White Sox had been postponed, and instead of calling off the final game in the series the league decided to play but to keep the stands empty in the interest of safety.
The NFL Draft kicks off Friday, and fans, analysts, and GMs alike are filling out mock draft boards and spreadsheets. But the real draft is so unpredictable that the chances of predicting correctly are extremely slim. But that won’t stop me from making picks!
Here is my outline of how I think 2015 NFL draft will play out:
Average attendance for a Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards this season has been 33,289. But on Wednesday, the Orioles will host the Chicago White Sox in front of zero fans.
Major League Baseball announced the decision this afternoon. It’s just the latest step the city, team, and Major League Baseball have taken in response to increasing unrest in Baltimore.
Today is National Superhero Day, which is a good excuse to share some cool Batman figures we first saw at this year’s Toy Fair. The three toys – Robin, Joker, and Man-Bat — are the latest in a line of highly-detailed, super-articulated figures based on characters from the classic show Batman: The Animated Series. And they certainly look like they walked right out of cartoon Gotham.
The NHL playoffs began on April 15. Two weeks later, we’re still in the first round round. Tampa Bay and Detroit will close it out when they meet for a Game 7 on April 29. After a long opening round, following a long 82-game regular season, you have to wonder: Is the NHL postseason really rewarding great hockey? Kid Reporter Evan Bergen-Epstein says “no.”
Most hockey fans consider the Stanley Cup to be the best trophy in sports. Of course they do. Measuring over 35 inches tall and weighing almost as many pounds, it’s by far the largest trophy in major pro sports. Such an award should only be given to a team worthy of the honor. The current NHL playoff format does not do that.
Like many young athletes, 15-year-old Reece Whitley has dreams of one day competing in the Olympics. Unlike most kids, though, Reece is this close to making those dreams a reality.
The 6-foot-8 freshman at William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia is one of America’s brightest up-and-coming swimming stars. He holds two National Age Group records, has a spot on the USA Junior National Team, and fast enough times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke to have already qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Not bad for someone who struggled in the pool early on.
“I was at a summer camp [at Penn Charter when I was 7], and I failed the deep-water test,” Reece says. “My mom got me [swimming] lessons and it kind of just turned into this.”
Of course, “this” — the skill, the awards, the records — didn’t happen by itself. Reece is passionate about swimming, works hard, and is incredibly committed to being his best.
Back in December, we told you about ShotTracker, a cool system of sensors that gives players valuable intel on their basketball skills and an app that develops drills to improve them. What made the tech stand out was that it also allowed coaches to access that data to tailor workouts and practices to maximize every player's needs.
Now, there's an NBA superstar in the mix, too.