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Lou Gehrig game used bat sells for $1 million at Heritage Auction House in Dallas

Lou Gehrig game used bat sells for $1 million at Heritage Auction House in Dallas The MLB postponed the start of its season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many fans nostalgic about the game. That nostalgia served to Heritage Auction House's benefit: It recently sold a bat used by the legendary Lou Gehrig during his career with the New York Yankees for just over $1 million. No one met the bat's February reserve price of $950,000, but a private buyer approached the Dallas auction house with their $1,025,000 million offer last week. It was the first time the bat's been sold, according to ESPN. "We had been discussing the bat with [the buyer] over several conversations the last couple weeks," Chris Ivy, Heritage's director of sports auctions, told ESPN. "He decided to pull the trigger last week and make the purchase." This Gehrig bat's purchase price far surpassed any in Heritage's history – the previous high was around $400,000. Ivy said the H..

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As Miami Heat bank on Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021, not making move for Chris Paul could prove costly

As Miami Heat bank on Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021, not making move for Chris Paul could prove costlyThe Heat are still probably one big-time player away from true title contention, but what if they can't land Giannis? The Miami Heat weren't supposed to be this good this soon. Sure, when the Jimmy Butler trade went down and Pat Riley addressed the media prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, he said what Pat Riley always says, what everyone in the Heat organization always says -- that winning championships remains the only standard. Miami's team president said he believed this roster had what it took to legitimately pursue that goal. But he also left the door open. "We're going to show restraint as much as we can, as much discipline as we can with our roster," Riley told reporters when asked if he would look to add more firepower via trade at some point during the season. "But if something presents itself ..." A couple big-name options had, of course, alread..

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Coronavirus: NBA working on plan to televise H-O-R-S-E contest involving Chris Paul, Trae Young, per report

Coronavirus: NBA working on plan to televise H-O-R-S-E contest involving Chris Paul, Trae Young, per reportThe players involved would compete remotely, but other details are scarce at this time As the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, we are likely months away -- at least -- from sports leagues returning to action. With that in mind, the NBA has had to turn to alternative forms of competition. They put together an NBA 2K tournament between players, and now are working on a H-O-R-S-E competition, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Details right now are scarce, and it's still unclear how the competition would work. Initial reports indicate that everything would be remote in order to keep everyone healthy, which makes sense. Trae Young, Chris Paul and Zach LaVine have all committed, along with still unnamed WNBA stars and retired NBA players, according to Wojnarowski. While holding the contest remotely was necessary, it may have prevented some star players..

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Zac Taylor says A.J. Green is finally healthy after missing 2019 season: ‘Everything has been positive’

Zac Taylor says A.J. Green is finally healthy after missing 2019 season: 'Everything has been positive'The Bengals are hoping Green can return to form in 2020 The Cincinnati Bengals have made some important signings in free agency so far this offseason, but one interesting move they made was placing the franchise tag on wide receiver A.J. Green. The seven-time Pro Bowler turns 32 in July and missed the entire 2019 season due to an ankle injury, but head coach Zac Taylor still believes he can be one of the best wideouts in the league. During a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Taylor gave an update to reporters on Green's status, and said that everything has been going well and he should be fully healthy heading into the 2020 season. "Everything's been positive with A.J.," Taylor said. "He's fully healthy and is working hard. He's been in Atlanta. It's all been positive in that regard." Green has played in just nine games over the last two seas..

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Samson: Why it appears that Tom Brady had an issue with Bill Belichick

Samson: Why it appears that Tom Brady had an issue with Bill BelichickDavid Samson weighed in on Brady's Howard Stern interview and recent Players' Tribune article There has been a lot of talk about Tom Brady's decision to leave the New England Patriots throughout the offseason. On Wednesday, Brady was interview by Howard Stern just two days after penning a piece for the Players' Tribune about his free agency decision. In Wednesday's installment of "Nothing Personal with David Samson," David Samson spoke on Brady's recent comments in both areas and how it appears that he may have had an issue with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "Brady only mentioned Bill Belichick's name one time in that letter," Samson said. "It was so back-handed. He said that Bill Belichick didn't even call him when he was drafted. What happened is that he made it so obvious in this letter that he had a problem with Belichick and he had a problem with that relationship...

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Alabama coach Nick Saban adopts email while adapting to recruiting during extended dead period

Alabama coach Nick Saban adopts email while adapting to recruiting during extended dead period Shelter-in-place orders across the country are bringing about a new normal in everyone's lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. There's more down time and a lot of folks are using it as a chance to learn a new skill. For Alabama coach Nick Saban, apparently that means setting up an actual email account. Saban is notoriously -- and often hysterically -- behind the times when it comes to technology. In an interview with ESPN's Maria Taylor on Instagram on Wednesday, Saban said his wife, affectionately referred to as "Ms. Terry," told him she was done dealing with all his emails, forcing Saban to adopt his own account. "The one positive of this for me is I even have an email now. I've come a long way. It was hard to communicate when you have to be by yourself and depend on someone else to get your emails and messages. It didn't work, aight? They were sending them all to..

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How three Yankees pitchers made adjustments in 2019, and what those tweaks mean for 2020 and beyond

How three Yankees pitchers made adjustments in 2019, and what those tweaks mean for 2020 and beyondZack Britton, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka all made changes on the fly last year In the year 2020, the difference between the best and worst teams is not necessarily spending big on free agents or making splashy trades. The best teams acquire players on the cheap and help them take their game to the next level. The Dodgers and Max Muncy are a great example. So are the Astros and Gerrit Cole. Cole didn't reach his ceiling until Houston tweaked his pitch selection. Last season three prominent Yankees pitchers, all of whom are facing free agency this coming offseason, made adjustments on the fly and had more success down the stretch. Those adjustments helped the Yankees on the field last year and also changed each pitcher's long-term outlook. They are not the pitchers they were even 12 months ago. Changes have been made. Every week we're going to break down a handful of..

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Duke transfer Alex O’Connell announces commitment to Creighton for final season of eligibility

Duke transfer Alex O'Connell announces commitment to Creighton for final season of eligibilityAs a successful sharpshooter, O'Connell appears to be the perfect fit for the Creighton system Creighton is adding another sharpshooter to its roster after finishing the 2019-20 season ranked ninth in the country in 3-point shooting percentage. Duke transfer Alex O'Connell announced his commitment to the Blue Jays on Wednesday, two-and-a-half weeks after sharing his intention to leave the Blue Devils. The 6-foot-6 O'Connell hit 36.1% of 3-pointers over his three seasons at Duke and has one season of eligibility remaining. "First off, I'd like to thank each and every school that reached out to me and expressed interest during the recruitment process," O'Connell said. "It's been an incredible experience. With that being said, I've decided to end my recruitment and officially commit to Creighton University. Thanks to Coach (Greg) McDermott and his entire..

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