Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is the latest MLB player to get caught taking a performance-enhancing drug. Marte has begun serving an 80-game suspension. His “apology” was predictably dishonest. Until the punishments for cheaters change, expect this cycle to repeat itself a couple of times every season.
It’s a fun debate: Which four players belong on baseball’s all-time “Mount Rushmore”? Which four pitchers? The four ballpark foods? Mascots? Find out my choices in my latest MLB column for CBS Local.
Tonight marks the 20th anniversary of the WNBA draft. Some things have changed over the years (the location, its allure) and some haven’t (the structure). The first league president (Val Ackerman) and former draftees took me behind the scenes at the draft.
Teams just don’t do what Michigan did this season. The Wolverines, seemingly overnight, became an excellent basketball team. The Big Ten Tournament champs were one shot away from the Elite Eight. In a story for UM Hoops, I reflect on the season—how Michigan turned things around and the lessons learned from covering this team on a regular basis.
Some feel NCAA Tournament results determine a conference’s value. To use this year as an example, many people think the Big Ten having three teams in the Sweet 16 proves the conference was underrated this season. Others disagree, believing the ACC is still elite despite just one league team still remaining. In this debate, which I wrote about for CBS Local, everyone is right.
There are many talented young players still competing in the NCAA Tournament, and I wrote about two of them for CBS Local: Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey and South Carolina’s Chris Silva. The sophomores played important roles in helping their teams advance to the Sweet 16 and will be counted on again. Dorsey and the Ducks take on Michigan on Thursday night, while Silva’s South Carolina squad plays Baylor on Friday.
Crisler Center, formerly Crisler Arena and the University Events Building before that, turns 50 this year. It is best known as the home of Michigan basketball, but the arena has also hosted several high-profile musical acts, among other memorable events. In a story for Michigan Today, I went through news archives and talked to some of the key figures in the arena’s history.