NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have been stripped of their second-round pick in this year’s draft for stealing signs during their 2018 World Series title run. Additionally, former Red Sox manager Alex Cora was suspended through the 2020 postseason for his previous conduct as bench coach with the Houston Astros. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced his decision Wednesday, concluding Red Sox replay system operator J.T. Watkins broke rules by using in-game video to revise sign sequences provided to players.
UNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer is calling for the merger of the governing bodies for the men's and women's professional tennis tours, sparking a conversation among players and fans. The 20-time Grand Slam champion issued the notion in a series of tweets, saying it probably should have happened a long time ago and maybe now is really the time. The comments have drawn plenty of support, including from rival Rafael Nadal and 12-time major singles champion Billie Jean King, who founded the WTA and has long said men and women should share one tour.
UNDATED (AP) — Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw has abruptly retired after a Hall of Fame coaching career that includes 936 victories and two national championships in 33 seasons. The 64-year-old McGraw became the 13th woman inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame three years ago, one year before her second NCAA title. McGraw is one of five Division I men’s or women’s basketball coaches with at least 930 wins, nine Final Fours and multiple titles.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have canceled their offseason program because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The team has informed players they will not be required to report to club headquarters until training camp, whenever that may be. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club will remain in regular communication with players between now and the opening of training camp.
UNDATED (AP) — The head of the NFL Players Association says the new collective bargaining agreement does not have a similar clause to one that allows the NBA to start cutting players’ pay in mid-May. Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday that the CBA with the NFL does not include a “force majeure” provision, which would prevent someone from fulfilling a contract because of unforeseeable circumstances. The NBA is using that clause to begin taking a 25% chunk out of players’ checks starting May 15 for a league that shut down March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.