Once pitcher Aroldis Chapman defected from the Cuban national team in the Netherlands on Thursday, speculation instantly began over which major league club would sign him and how much money he would command. The Yankees, who have been at the forefront of signing international pitchers, will have discussions about whether they should pursue the left-handed Chapman. He fires a fastball that exceeds 100 miles per hour and is widely considered the premier pitching prospect in Cuba. His age was reported Thursday as 21, but reports in March at the World Baseball Classic said he was 26. (New York Times) Comment
Investigators have released new evidence that points to suicide in the death of former boxing champion and Managua mayor Alexis Arguello. The rising star of the governing Sandinista party, a movement he once bitterly opposed, died at his home of a single gunshot to the chest early Wednesday. Assistant judicial police chief Glenda Zavala says traces of gunpowder were found on the 57-year-old Arguello's hands, suggesting he shot himself. There were no other signs of violence in the room where he was found.(Yahoo!Sports) Comment
NASCAR drivers wondered aloud how Jeremy Mayfield won an injunction to return to the sport following his positive drug test result, but most stopped short of saying they feared for their safety Thursday during interviews from Daytona International Speedway. (SceneDaily.com) Comment
San Diego Padres catcher Henry Blanco, left, tags Houston Astros Miguel Tejada, right, out at the plate during the third inning. (AP)
1931 -- Max Schmeling TKOs Young Stribling in 15th round for heavyweight boxing title. 1950 -- Casey Stengel asks Joe DiMaggio to play 1st base (handles 13 chances). 1987 -- New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates Wally Backman and Lee Mazzilli for criticizing his play.
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