Sports News Roundup: Tiger Woods shoots 77 to open pro-am in Ireland; Basketball-WNBA star Griner makes freedom appeal to Biden and more

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Tiger Woods shoots 77 to open pro-am in Ireland After sitting out last month’s U.S. Open, Tiger Woods was back playing competitive golf Monday, tuning up for the Open Championship at a pro-am event in Ireland. Woods shot a 5-over-par 77 in the first round of … Read more

MLB Power Rankings: The Padres reach a season high and the Phillies are flying

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. The first time Ozzie Smith made an All-Star team was 1981, and The Wizard was … Read more

Was Tony La Russa’s intentional walk of Trea Turner the worst in MLB history? A ranking

And you thought the intentional walk had gone the way of Blockbuster, the iPod and those titanium-infused Phiten necklaces that stabilized the body’s energy flow. You were wrong! Turns out, the intentional walk is still part of the game — and, courtesy of Joe Maddon and now Tony La Russa, it gifted us with two … Read more

Tony La Russa intentionally walks Trae Turner with two strikes

Jerry Reinsdorf still tormenting White Sox fans.Image: Getty Images I have tried to explain the weirdness that encompasses, and in some way constitutes, the Chicago White Sox. They are a unique entity, both on the field and off, and in the stands and on the airwaves and in the bars. But it’s pretty simple to … Read more

White Sox’s Jake Burger is making the most of his opportunities. Should he get more?

During spring training, Jake Burger had big plans to improve his in-zone swinging-strike rate. Swinging at fewer bad pitches and thinking in terms of approach is the work of the season. Making sure your swing is geared to make the most of your good decisions is mechanical, and the subject of Burger’s offseason labor. He … Read more

2022 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

The two biggest stories of this MLB draft class are: (1) Whoa! That’s the son of [notable big leaguer]; and (2) the upside of the four prep position players at the top. These two issues overlap as the projected top two picks below are the sons of Andruw Jones and Matt Holliday. Also in the … Read more

MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers resume the throne and the Reds are out of the basement

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. Welcome back to the best fantasy football fight club column in the world! I’m Levi … Read more

Memorial Day MLB standings check

It’s Memorial Day, MLB fans! And you know what that means: You can now officially look at the MLB standings. The saying goes, among baseball fans, that you should avoid checking the standings until Memorial Day, which puts us two months into the season. That gives teams time to play enough games to add meaning … Read more

MLB suspends New York Yankees’ Josh Donaldson for one game over comments to Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson

Major League Baseball has suspended New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson for one game for “inappropriate comments” made to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday. Donaldson, who also was fined an undisclosed amount, is appealing the punishment, MLB announced on Monday. He will be eligible to play for the Yankees until the … Read more

Chicago White Sox SS Tim Anderson helped off field after groin injury, headed to injured list

CHICAGO — White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson will be placed on the injured list after leaving Sunday’s game against the Cubs with a strained right groin. “This guy is as good as anyone in the game at that position, in all regards,” manager Tony La Russa said after his team’s 5-4, 12-inning victory over the … Read more