Recent Posts by Ufez Jones

October 29, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager: Tony La Russa has been hired at age 76 to manage the Chicago White Sox, his first time as skipper since leaving the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, ESPN's Jeff Passon tweeted Thursday afternoon. This makes him the third oldest manager ever behind Jack McKeon at age 80 in 2011 and Connie Mack at age 87 in 1950. Only three others managed teams in their 70s.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 02:14 PM - 18 comments

July 27, 2020

The Miami Marlins cancel their home opener after 12 players, 2 coaches test positive for COVID-19.: The Marlins have not left Philadelphia, where they played a series over the weekend. It's unclear right now if the game will be considered a forfeit or will attempt to be made-up during the shortened 60-game season. As of now, tonight's Phillies/Yankees game is still scheduled to be played.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 10:07 AM - 9 comments

August 30, 2019

Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs' death ruled accidental overdose. : The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office stated that Skaggs died of terminal aspiration as a result of use of Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and alcohol. Skaggs' family stated that they "were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels".

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 05:42 PM - 1 comment

February 20, 2019

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games: ESPN's Scott Eden takes a deep dive into the Donaghy saga. Well worth the long read.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 07:10 PM - 10 comments

December 19, 2018

MLB and MLBPA announce a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation that allows Cuban baseball players a safe and legal way to sign with a MLB club.: The objective of the agreement, which is the product of years of negotiations with the FCB, is to end the dangerous trafficking of Cuban players who desire to play professional baseball in the United States, a practice that has been documented in legal proceedings and media reports, and which has caused significant hardship to Cuban players and their families.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 09:13 PM - 2 comments

October 24, 2018

What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles? : Written by Darius Miles, edited by Quentin Richardson -- Dudes like me ain’t supposed to talk about this type of stuff. I’m about to tell you some real shit. Things I haven’t told anybody. But first, we gotta go back in time. We gotta go back to when the NBA was still the NBA. Way back when I had the pager with the two-way alert. I’m about to tell you the most Y2K story ever. I’m about to tell you how I almost died at Alonzo Mourning’s crib in the year 2000 on some dumb shit.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:48 AM - 3 comments

August 10, 2018

Gilbert Arenas vs. Javaris Crittenton: Inside the Gambling Showdown That Rocked the NBA. Jon Gold gets a lesson in Boo-Ray from several NBA Players and the story from Agent Zero himself on the infamous 2009 locker room showdown between Arenas and Crittenton that left both players with season-ending suspensions.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:51 PM - 5 comments

April 20, 2018

The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball: (W)hy do minor league basketball and hockey players get a better deal than minor league baseball players, despite those leagues’ parent clubs bringing in less money overall? It’s not because basketball and hockey owners are less interested in maximizing profits at all costs—many baseball owners have a stake in another pro team, and even if the people running the NBA, NHL, and MLB aren’t literally the same people, they all went to the same business schools and hang out at the same golf courses. No, it’s about power and leverage.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 11:30 AM - 3 comments

November 04, 2017

June 28, 2017

The LA Clippers trade PG Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets: after Paul told the Clippers he would opt-out of his contract and sign with Houston as a free agent. In exchange for the sign-and-trade, the Clippers receive Gs Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, F Sam Dekker, and Houston's 2018 1st Round Draft Pick. Elsewhere in the NBA...

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:12 PM - 5 comments

January 24, 2017

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary: Fifteen years ago today, SportsFilter began with this Oliver Willis post on The Rookie.

posted by Ufez Jones to general at 05:47 PM - 31 comments

January 06, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers trade for sharpshooter Kyle Korver: In exchange for Korver, the Atlanta Hawks, who are officially entering rebuilding mode, receive Mike Dunleavy Jr. (who is likely headed to a third team) and a 2019 first round draft pick. Bonus links: Kevin O' Conner on why this puts the Cavs closer to a back-to-back title. What does this mean for Paul Millsap? (Toronto and Sacramento are both currently expressing interest).

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 12:01 PM - 1 comment

October 24, 2016

Saint Will and the Man Who Shot Him: This spring, a former Saint and Super Bowl champion, Will Smith, was shot and killed by another player, named Cardell Hayes. Their fatal collision highlights the fine line between triumph and tragedy in football and life in the Crescent City.

posted by Ufez Jones to football at 01:54 PM - 2 comments

July 29, 2016

NBA Players Assocation votes unanimously to fund health insurance for retired players: The plan involves a tiered coverage program for players with varying years of experience, including coverage for the spouses of those with 10 years or more of service. The biggest beneficiaries, however, will likely be the retired players with between three and six years of experience who are not eligible for Medicare.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 10:50 AM - 2 comments

July 21, 2016

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC: Official statement: "Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community -- current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 06:43 PM - 12 comments

July 20, 2016

Swedish professional skiier Matilda Rapaport passes away after being caught in an avalanche: Rapaport was in Chile shooting promotional video for the soon-to-be-released Ubisoft video game "Steep" when she was caught in an avalanche. She was rescued from the avalanche and airlifted to a hospital in Santiago, but passed away days later from complications with a coma.

posted by Ufez Jones to extreme at 01:03 PM - 1 comment

July 04, 2016

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State: Durant: "It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career."

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 12:11 PM - 9 comments

June 28, 2016

Legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away at age 64.: In August of 2011, Coach Summitt announced publicly that she had early-onset Alzheimers. She coached the Lady Vols from 1974-2012 and led them to 8 national championships.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:12 PM - 5 comments

June 23, 2016

Meet The Kid Who Snuck His Way Into Game 7 With A Fake Press Pass: Im pretty good with Photoshop, so Friday night I went ahead and bought a plane ticket with the idea that Id go to this game and make a press pass and see if it would work, Poag said.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 12:34 PM - 2 comments

June 22, 2016

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results: holden maintains his lead through the Finals to take home first, followed by rcade, and GoYouColts. Congrats on winning the NHL Pick 'Em, NoMich, but you got the Costanza here. Final standings inside or click the link to go to the Google Sheet.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 04:27 PM - 10 comments

June 01, 2016

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition: holden holds on to the lead going into the fourth and final round, but plenty of folks are still in striking distance. Standings and rules for the Finals inside.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 09:44 PM - 13 comments

May 15, 2016

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals: The Raptors will take on the so far unbeaten Cavaliers and the (surprise!) Thunder face off against the Warriors. Standings and picks for the conference finals inside.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 07:08 PM - 19 comments

May 13, 2016

Rockies SS Jose Reyes receives 52-game suspension for domestic violence incident: Reyes was arrested in Maui, Hawaii for an incident that occurred in October of last year. His wife told police that he pulled her off of a hotel bed, grabbed her by the throat, and slammed her into a sliding glass door, after which she was treated at a local hospital. However, criminal charges were dropped after she refused to testify against him.

posted by Ufez Jones to baseball at 07:00 PM - 5 comments

April 30, 2016

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.: Although two first round series in the East are still up for grabs, OKC and San Antonio start their second round match up tonight at 8:30 Eastern Time. Go ahead and make your pick for at least that series here.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 11:20 AM - 27 comments

April 14, 2016

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!: Step right up and get your first round prognostications in. First game tips off at 12:30 PM (Eastern) on Saturday.

posted by Ufez Jones to basketball at 01:06 PM - 18 comments