Adam LaRoche refuses to play without his son around
In the weirdest baseball story in recent memory, White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche has retired after the team asked that his son, 14-year-old Drake, not always be in the clubhouse. The Chicago Tribune wrote a story last season about how Drake LaRoche was practically the team's 26th member, hanging around during both home and road games. He even had his own locker:
The LaRoche father-son locker setup in the Sox's clubhouse at the Cell last year: pic.twitter.com/lvyZV21YOk— Danny Ecker (@DannyEcker) March 16, 2016
White Sox president Ken Williams doesn't think his organization is being unreasonable. He gave a statement to Fox's Ken Rosenthal:
"I don't think he should be here 100 percent of the time - and he has been here 100 percent, every day, in the clubhouse. I said that I don't even think he should be here 50 percent of the time. Figure it out, somewhere in between.
"We all think his kid is a great young man. I just felt it should not be every day, that's all. You tell me, where in this country can you bring your child to work every day?
Williams has a point. And before you ask: Drake's parents have a special arrangement with his school in Kansas that allows him to take his homework with him on trips.
He is 36 years old and coming off a rough year, but LaRoche forfeits a $13 million salary by retiring. His teammates apparently support his stand, so this story seems far from over.
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NCAA tourney kicks off
Just a reminder that as you're reading this, one or more NCAA basketball tournament games are probably about to tip off. Check the schedule here. Arkansas Little-Rock plays at 4:30 ET, and Kid Reporter Dylan Goldman has written the case for them as this year's big bracket buster.
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The Chicago Bears are trading tight end Martellus Bennett to the New England Patriots for draft-pick compensation, the Patriots announced.
The deal was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Bennett finished last season with 53 receptions for 439 yards and three touchdowns
In eight NFL seasons, he has recorded 23 touchdowns and 3,586 yards. Bennett has previously played for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
The Bears have attempted to trade Bennett several times over the last 18 months, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
He will now be paired with Rob Gronkowski as the second tight end option for quarterback Tom Brady.
After a tight first half that ended with Butler leading 30-28, the ninth-seeded Bulldogs slowly pulled away from No. 8 Texas Tech in the second half en route to a 71–61 win in the Midwest Regional. Butler senior guard Kellen Dunham led all scorers with 23 points, including 5 of 9 shooting from beyond the three-point line, while sophomore forward Kelan Martin had 11 points on 2 of 4 from deep. Red Raiders senior guard Devaugntah Williams led his team with 18 points off the bench.
Why it matters
Butler, which reached the national championship game in 2010 and '11 as a No. 5 and a No. 8 seed, respectively, showed signs that it could be headed for another March run on Friday. The Bulldogs have relied on their 17th-ranked offense for much of the season, and it was their key to victory in this one. If Dunham and the Bulldogs are shooting threes like they did against the Red Raiders—9 of 17 (52.9%) on the game—they’ll be a difficult matchup for any team that crosses their path.
On Saturday in Raleigh, Butler will face the winner of No. 1 seed Virginia vs. No. 16 Hampton. No doubt the Bulldogs should expect to face the Cavaliers and their No. 4 ranked defense.