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April 23, 2014, 11:43 am
Cubs, D-backs wearing 100-year-old throwback jerseys for Wrigley Field's birthday
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For Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, being celebrated Wednesday by the Chicago Cubs, it's probably not a huge surprise that the team chose to wear throwback jerseys. But the specific jerseys that the Cubs and the opposing Arizona Diamondbacks donned aren't your average MLB throwbacks. The Cubs won't be wearing Cubs jerseys at all and the D-backs won't be representing Arizona, rather Kansas City. The teams are honoring the first major-league game played at Wrigley Field, back on April 23, 1914. It was actually called Weeghman Field back then, and the Chicago Federals played the Kansas City Packers in the first game. Check out the threads: Here's #Cubs retro jersey pic.twitter.com/yjIqKnqQnf- Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) April 23, 2014 A century ago, the K.C. Packers played in the 1st game at Wrigley Field. Today, the #Dbacks will wear their uniforms. pic.twitter.com/JeXJis6TT1- Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 23, 2014 The jerseys the Cubs are wearing are particularly sharp. The team is also giving out replicas to the first 30,000 fans inside the Wrigley Field gates. The attention-to-detail for the Wrigley 100th is admirable. The Cubs grounds crew is wearing Weeghman Park jackets and the teams are wearing retro batting helmets too. Weeghman Park grounds crew, prepare the field! #WrigleyField100 pic.twitter.com/griWxFdjXC- Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 23, 2014 A look inside the dugout at the Kansas City Packers helmets that the #Dbacks will wear today. #WrigleyField100 pic.twitter.com/ZZba15XKOc- Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 23, 2014 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz


 

April 23, 2014, 10:37 am
Buffalo Bills pay about $3 million to settle lawsuit over text messages
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It stinks when you go over your alloted amount of texts in a month. Those extra messages really add onto your bill. And if you're the Buffalo Bills, the cost of those pesky extra text messages is about $3 million. The problem started when the Bills started sending text alerts in 2012. It was an opt-in service that provided updates on the team. Jerry Wojcik, a Bills fan living in Florida, said the team violated the terms of the service by sending 13 texts in two weeks, when the Bills said they would send no more than five per week, the Buffalo News said. So he sued the team with a class-action lawsuit. Does that seem like an outrageous lawsuit? Sure does. But the Bills are paying up. They're giving debit cards of either $57.50, $65 or $75 to be used at the team store in Orchard Park, N.Y. or at the online team store. The amount of the debit cards given to the class members is $2,487,745, the Buffalo News said. Another $562,000 went to Wojcik's lawyers and Wojcik got $5,000 in cash.  Those are some expensive text messages. The lawsuit was ridiculous, but it worked. The Buffalo Bills have reached a settlement in this matter which we believe is in the best interest of our organization and our fans. The purpose of the Bills' voluntary, opt-in text messaging program was to provide our fans with information they requested about the team. The organization maintains that our text messaging program was in compliance with the law, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said in a statement, according to the Buffalo News. The Bills lawyers have been busy. They're also dealing with a lawsuit filed by the team's cheerleaders. At this point the team will be thrilled when the season starts and they can put this crazy offseason behind them. It's a good bet they won't be sending you any text messages to inform you of any good news that might happen in the meantime. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner


 

 

 

 

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April 23, 2014, 1:20 am
Charles Barkley says Wizards will sweep Bulls after Game 2 OT win: 'This is O-V-E-R'
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After trailing by 10 points with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter and by six with just under four minutes remaining in regulation, the Washington Wizards came back to beat the Chicago Bulls, 101-99, in overtime to finish off an impressive road sweep at United Center. Randy Wittman's crew will head back to the nation's capital brimming with confidence and holding a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. The Bulls will travel east knowing that if they don't figure out a way to scratch out some more points against the Wizards' defense, they might not be long for the postseason. At least one prominent national basketball commentator isn't banking on Tom Thibodeau and company finding that solution before Game 3 on Friday. Hall of Famer and Turner Sports analyst Charles Barkley pronounced Chicago dead on arrival during TNT's post-game discussion of the Wizards' Game 2 win. Here are Sir Charles' comments, as dutifully transcribed by Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog: [Barkley] said John Wall is learning to be a point guard instead of just a tornado out there. He said Bradley Beal has arrived. And then he said this. I will tell you this: whoever plays that team in the second round is gonna have their hands full. Are you saying this one is over then? ["Inside the NBA" studio host] Ernie Johnson asked. This is O-V-E-R in a 4-0 sweep, Barkley said. It is flat-out over. [The Bulls] can't beat them. They can't score enough. Ernie, I told you all season, this was the third-best team in the Eastern Conference when they're healthy. They're fully healthy, Wall and Beal are terrific. Nene is the key. He's a nightmare matchup for most guys. They're gonna sweep the Bulls, Barkley went on. This series is a wrap. Whoever they play in the next series, whether it's Indiana or Atlanta, they're gonna have their hands full, because this team, they're deep. They've got veteran leadership. They went out and go


 

April 23, 2014, 12:01 pm
Teemu Selanne, healthy scratch for Game 4
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During the Sochi Games, when Teemu Selanne was helping to lead Finland to bronze with a stellar performance, a smart hockey person told me a curious thing: That they anticipated Selanne would be a healthy scratch in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for Anaheim. Again, this is was odd, because (1) Selanne was playing out of his mind in the Olympics and (2) because one of the cardinal rules of managing a successful hockey team is that you don't make Teemu Selanne a healthy scratch. Ever. And yet here we are: Selanne will be a healthy scratch in playoff game for just the second time in his career, deferring to young speedster Emerson Etem as the Anaheim Ducks try to get their offense rolling in Game 4 at the Dallas Stars. Why scratch Selanne? He has one assist in three games, that coming in Game 1 vs. the Stars. He had two shots on goal in each of the last two games. He has just four points in his last 11 games, and hasn't scored a goal since March 23. The power play, where you assume Selanne would be an asset? Yeah, he hasn't produced a power-play point since Jan. 28(!). All of this despite Coach Bruce Boudreau giving Selanne the most advantageous zone starts of any forward in the postseason for Anaheim. Why was this predicted back in Sochi? Because his play there was in contrast to what he had done, and how he had looked, for the Ducks. Sad as it sounds, there's been talk all season that this wasn't just Selanne's last NHL season but that it needed to be his last season because he was inching closer to being a liability. And now he's a healthy scratch in a pivotal playoff game. While we'd love to chalk this up to Boudreau's linger ocho-phobia from this Capitals playoff days, in reality, it was time for Teemu to hit the press box.


 

 

 

 

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04/23/2014 01:30 PM
Stars, Ducks gets unfriendly; Crosby due; Backes in for Game 4? (Puck Headlines)

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

β€’ More playoff ankle breakage. Here's Justin Braun turning Robyn Regehr inside-out. [Reddit]

β€’ Ken Hitchcock on David Backes, who wasn't available for the pregame skate:Β β€œHe’s not going to play unless he’s healthy. You never know. He could be skating in another rink. He could be somewhere else. You don’t know. There are a lot of other rinks here in Chicago. So he could be doing other things.Β But he’s not going into the lineup unless he’s a player. If he’s a player, the way he plays he’s going to have a huge impact on the series. If he skated somewhere else and is in fine-tuned conditioning, you’ll see him tonight.” So in other words, you'll see him tonight. [Sun Times]

β€’ The Dallas Stars are failing to make friends with the Anaheim Ducks. Not cool, Dallas Stars. Not cool. [Defending Big D]

β€’ Is the NHL's new playoff format... not terrible? I'm with McIndoe on this one. I like it. [Grantland]

β€’ Sidney Crosby is probably going to score soon. The advanced stats suggest it. But also your brain could suggest it. [TribLive]

β€’ Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson are both very good, but as it happens, when they're on the ice together, the Senators really aren't. [6th Sens]

β€’ Jonathan Huberdeau is going to the Worlds. It may be exactly what he needs. [The Rat Trick]

β€’ Gary Bettman says the Islanders are drawing interest on the sale market. [ESPN]

β€’ Did Brad Marchand fake an injury to the wrong knee in Game 3? Nope. He actually hurt that knee. Occam's razor, you guys. [Big Bad Blog]

β€’ Hartford businessman Arnold Chase on the rumour that he'd be buying the Islanders and bringing back The Whale: "β€œThis rumor is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. With all due respect,Β  sports is the last thing on my mind. I have no idea who the Islanders are.” Aw. Be cool, Arnie. [CBS Local]

β€’ It's a fantasy showdown! Alex Steen vs. Zach Parise. [Dobber Hockey]

β€’ Drama in the WHL playoffs, as the Portland Winterhawks won in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead over the Kelowna Rockets. [Buzzing the Net]

β€’ At a national hearing,Β The Minnesota State High School League will request that every state high school association enforce 5-minute major penalties for checking from behind and boarding. [Star Tribune]

β€’ Reviewing the forward usage for the Winnipeg Jets in 2013-14. [Jets Nation]

β€’ The Canucks were bad this year. So was their AHL team. Does that mean future badness? Not necessarily. But probably. [Canucks Army]

β€’ On the expanding playoff role of the Blackhawks' Ben Smith. [Blackhawk Up]

β€’ On the idiocy of the hockey code. [Mile High Hockey]

β€’ Sony has acquired the rights to the Russian hockey documentary Red Army, which sounds awesome, and means we're likely going to be able to track it down. Here's the trailer. [Variety]

β€’ Finally, Jordin Tootoo gives away his stick to a young boy. The young boy immediately begins plotting world domination.

 

 

 

 

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