ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs could have stood pat after their second consecutive AFC championship, trusting in the fact that Patrick Mahomes would be their quarterback, Andy Reid their coach, and they would remain contenders for the foreseeable future. Instead, they tore most of their roster down to the studs and painstakingly pieced it back together. Now with training camp set to begin later this week, the Chiefs will have their first real opportunity to see whether all the changes have paid off.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dylan Carlson homered and drove in four runs, Jake Woodford pitched 5 2/3 strong innings in his first start of the season, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3. Woodford, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to the game, struck out six and didn’t allow a walk. Carlson’s four RBIs tied a career high set earlier this season on April 7 against Miami. Only one of the five runs allowed by Cubs starter Alec Mills was earned.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bruce Rasmussen is stepping down as Creighton athletic director. He helped oversethe rise of the men’s basketball team and the school's transition to the Big East Conference during his tenure over the past 27. Rasmussen is generally well regarded, though he he and the school were sanctioned by the NCAA earlier this year for a rules violation. He was honored as the top athletic director in Division I a record four times. He also spent five years on the NCAA Division I men’s basketball selection committee. The 70-year-old Rasmussen will retire next month.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey is echoing a call for potential changes in how college athletics are governed. Sankey spoke about the need for change to open SEC Media Days. Last week, NCAA President Mark Emmert says it is time to consider decentralizing and deregulating college sports. Sankey agreed that changes are needed. He says that does not necessarily mean the Power Five conferences should split from the rest of the NCAA.
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA spent nearly $68 million on legal services during the fiscal year 2019-20, according to tax documents. NCAA revenue was down more than 50% over the previous year, from more than $1.1 billion to just over $520 million. That drop is blamed mostly on the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament in 2020 due to the pandemic. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in the association’s appeal of a federal court’s ruling in an antitrust case. Nearly $35 million of those legal expenses were spent on defense of the so-called Alston antitrust case.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Small business owners in college towns across the country have new opportunities with athletes now allowed to profit from use of their name, image and likeness. Some businesses have already reached endorsement deals with athletes to promote their business. That includes a barbecue restaurant in Arkansas reaching deals with members of the Razorbacks offensive line from the football team. Other businesses are trying to get a better handle on the value of deals in a market that is less than a month old. Some are taking a wait-and-see approach and gathering details.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Raiders team president Marc Badain has resigned just before the start of training camp after helping orchestrate the team’s move to Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis announced Monday that Badain is leaving the organization and that executive vice president and general counsel Dan Ventrelle will take over on an interim basis. Badain went from being a ball boy for the team to a 30-year career with the organization. He eventually became the chief financial officer for the team and was an assistant to former CEO Amy Trask.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wes Unseld Jr. has been introduced as the new coach of the Washington Wizards. There was understandably some nostalgia, given his father’s prominent place in franchise history. But the Wizards are looking for more than a familiar name. After six seasons as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets, Unseld arrives with a clear vision of what Washington needs. He says the defensive side of the ball has been an issue. Wes Unseld Sr. led Washington to the NBA title in 1978 and later coached the team. He died last year.
Final Minnesota 3 Chicago White Sox 2
Final Baltimore 6 Tampa Bay 1
Final Chicago White Sox 5 Minnesota 3
Final Detroit 14 Texas 0
Final Boston 13 Toronto 4
Final Houston 4 Cleveland 3
Final Oakland 4 L.A. Angels 1
San Diego at Atlanta 5:20 p.m. (Postponed)
Final Washington 18 Miami 1
Final St. Louis 8 Chicago Cubs 3
Final N.Y. Mets 15 Cincinnati 11
Final Arizona 4 Pittsburgh 2
Final San Francisco 7 L.A. Dodgers 2