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Yu Darvish leaves first spring start with arm tightness

For now the Rangers are saying it’s no big deal, butYu Darvish exited his first spring training start today after just one inning and given his elbow problems last season it’s definitely worrisome.

Today’s issue is officially being termed tightness in his right triceps.

Darvish spent the final six weeks of last season on the disabled list, limiting him to just 22 starts and 144 innings. Before the injury he was his usual dominant self, posting a 3.06 ERA with 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

Elvis Andrus: I’m ready this spring

After hitting a career-low .263 last season, Elvis Andrus said he took the offseason “a thousand times [more] seriously.”
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Elvis Andrus is an old-timer with the Texas Rangers, even though he is only 26 years old and just getting started on a big contract extension he signed two years ago.

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The Josh Hamilton decision could come as early as next week

Ken Rosenthal of Fox reports that Major League Baseball’s decision on a punishment for Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week.

As our previous posts on the matter have noted, Major League Baseball seems to want a suspension somwhere between 25 games and a full season. Rosenthal notes thatthe union is arguing for a short suspension paired with rehab, during which Hamilton would be paid during his first 30 days. It’s unclear what the union would advocate for if, after the 30 days, it was determined that Hamilton needed further treatment.

The wait now: the retention of an arbitrator to break the league-union deadlock, which Rosenthal notes should not take long, thus leading to a decision next week.

Kurt Busch won’t face criminal charges from Delaware Department of Justice

Kurt Busch won’t face criminal charges for the incident in Delaware that prompted NASCAR to suspend the Sprint Cup driver indefinitely.

In a Thursday morning release from public information officer Carl Kanefsky, the Delaware Department of Justice said it “has carefully reviewed the complaint made of an alleged act of domestic violence involving Kurt Busch in Dover on September 26, 2014, which was reported to the Dover Police Department on November 5, 2014 and investigated.

“After a thorough consideration of all of the available information about the case, it is determined that the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime during the September 26th incident. Likelihood of meeting that high burden of proof is the standard for prosecutors in bringing a case. For this reason, the Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges in this case.”

Requests for comment from NASCAR and Stewart-Haas Racing weren’t returned immediately.

Busch indefinitely was suspended Feb. 20 by NASCAR after a Kent County (Del.) Family Court Commissioner concluded that “it is more likely than not” that Busch committed an act of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend in September. The Commissioner’s comments came in explaining his decision to grant a protective order against Busch.

Busch is appealing the commissioner’s decision. He also appealed NASCAR’s suspension twice but was denied. 

Last week, Busch signed NASCAR’s terms and conditions for consideration of reinstatement. On Monday, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications vice president David Higdon told NASCAR Talk there is no timetable for Busch to complete the requirements for reinstatement.

For the third consecutive race, Regan Smith will drive the No. 41 Chevrolet in place of Busch this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which also happens to be in Busch’s hometown.

410-pound Baylor lineman getting spring looks at TE

Somewhat lost amidst Baylor’s come-from-ahead loss to Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl was, literally, the largest of all fat guy touchdowns.

Late in the third quarter of that postseason matchup, Laquan McGowan caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Petty to extend the Bears’ lead to 41-21 in what would ultimately be a 42-41 loss to the Spartans.  What made the play utterly unique and positively fabulous and spectacularly breathtaking is the fact that McGowan was — the key word there being “was” — a 390-pound offensive lineman who shifted from his normal guard position and was lined up as an eligible receiver on the play.

 

Fast-forward two months, and the 6-7 McGowan is now listed as 410 pounds on the team’s official website.  He’s also getting significant and meaningful looks at the tight end position during spring practice, with Art Briles stating that the experiment, such as it is, will likely continue through the non-conference portion of BU’s 2015 slate before the staff decides whether to use him at that position during Big 12 play.

“We’re looking at him as kind of a slot and tight end type of guy,” the head coach said according to the Waco Tribune. “He can certainly help us in the run game in those situations. The way we’re looking at it is we’ve got three games in nonconference tokind of feel it out and see what he can do and teach him what to do in live action.”

The pass-catching ability of McGowan, who is currently sporting a very receiver-ish No. 80 on his spring jersey, has certainly caught the attention of the man who will likely be the Bears’ new starting quarterback.

“His hands are about as big as my leg, so I can pretty much put it wherever, and he can snag it out of the air,” Seth Russell said.

Slow-Motion Video of a Low-Flying Commercial Airliner Landing Mere Feet Away From a Crowded Beach

Travel writer Paul Luning captured slow-motion video of an extremely low-flying commercial airliner as it landed feet away from amazed spectators on the crowded Maho Beach on the island of Saint Martin in theCaribbean. The beach has become a popular destination for plane spotters due to a short runway, which requires planes to touch down as early as possible.

Flying frequently tends to make one either bitter or obsessed with aviation. I fall into the latter category. Visiting Maho Beach in Saint Marteen was always on my bucket list. It’s as crazy as it looks–planes landing just feet from a public beach.

Report: Arbitrator to decide if Josh Hamilton should enter rehab

An arbitrator will decide whether Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamiltonshould enter rehab, reports Mike DiGiovanna and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

A four-person panel consisting of  two attorneys and two physicians—Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s office and the players association appointed one of each—is reportedly deadlocked over how to punish Hamilton for a relapse of substance abuse. Hamilton met with MLB officials in New York last week after reports indicated he admitted to a relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol.

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