Update on the latest sports
MLB umpires to announce replay decisons for 1st time
UNDATED (AP) – In addition to “Play ball!” and “Yer Out!”, big league umpires will be heard saying “Overturned!” and “Upheld!” for the first time this season. Major League Baseball say umps will conduct in-park announcements during the replay review process.
MLB was the last major pro sport in North America to institute replay when it began late in the 2008 season for home run calls. Video reviews were vastly expanded for the 2014 season. Until now, umpires had revealed their decisions such as safe and out with hand signals.
There were 1,305 calls challenged by clubs last year.
In other MLB news:
– Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson will serve a two-game suspension when the season starts next week for making contact with umpire Tim Timmons during the ninth inning of a game on Sept. 27. Anderson appealed when the penalty, which originally included a three-game suspension, was announced last season. He tweeted Thursday that the penalty would be a two-game suspension and $10,000 fine. MLB says the sides reached a settlement. Dugouts cleared after Chicago slugger Jose Abreu and Detroit shortstop Niko Goodrum exchanged words when Abreu was tagged out attempting to steal second. The dustup occurred after Abreu was hit by a pitch for the 21st time this season.
– Mets ace Jacob deGrom has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday at spring training and is being sent for an MRI after feeling tightness in his pitching shoulder, putting his status for opening day in jeopardy. New York manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday night that deGrom would probably be scratched Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. He began to feel the tightness while playing catch yesterday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is slated to start the season opener next Thursday in Washington.
Purdue’s Trevion Williams says he’ll declare for NBA draft
UNDATED (AP) – Purdue’s Trevion Williams has announced he will sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft.
Williams could have played for the Boilermakers next season with the NCAA’s pandemic eligibility exemption.
He is the second Purdue player to declare for the draft. Jaden Ivey also said he would turn professional and is projected to be an early first-round pick.
Williams is the only player in Purdue history to score at least 1,400 points with 900 rebounds and 200 assists. He did so while starting fewer than 50% percent of his games.
In other college basketball news:
– Butler has fired coach LaVall Jordan after two straight losing seasons and a second consecutive finish near the bottom of the Big East. The Bulldogs were 14-19 this season and tied for ninth in the Big East at 6-14. Athletic director Barry Collier says his decision was made tougher because of Jordan’s ties to the program. Jordan played at Butler from 1998-2001 and Collier was his coach for three years. Jordan is only the second Butler men’s basketball coach to get fired in nearly a century. The other was Joe Sexson in 1989.