Yankees acquire Eric Hinske
The New York Yankees added a veteran bat to their lineup by acquiring Eric Hinske from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pair of minor league prospects on Tuesday. Hinske, who can play all three outfield positions as well as third and first base, was batting .255 with the Pirates this season with one home run and 11 RBIs. The 2002 American League rookie of the year, Hinske, 31, won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and last year made it back to the Fall Classic with the Tampa Bay Rays. The rebuilding Pirates get 23-year-old pitching prospect Casey Erickson and outfielder Eric Fryer.
Pistons fire coach Curry
Michael Curry was fired on Tuesday as coach of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, his departure coming just one day before the start of the league’s free agent signing period. The Pistons had reached the Eastern Conference finals for six consecutive seasons but went 39-43 in Curry’s first season as coach and were drummed out of the play-offs in the first round by Cleveland without winning a game. “This was a difficult decision to make,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. “I want to thank Michael for his hard work and dedication. However, at this time, I have decided to make a change.” Dumars dumped his former teammate two months after assuring that he would return and faced major questions about who might take over as coach and when as the final hours ticked away before free agent offers went on the table. Curry played for the Pistons from 1995 to 1997 and 1999 to 2003, having also spent time with Milwaukee, Toronto, Washington, Philadelphia and Indiana before retiring in 2005.
Nowitzki’s ex transferred
NBA star Dirk Nowitzki’s former fiancee Crystal Taylor was transferred from a Texas jail to a lockup in Missouri on Tuesday. Taylor, arrested at Nowitzki’s Dallas home in May, was taken to Missouri after posting bond in Jefferson County. Keith Day of Professional Bail Bonding in Beaumont, Texas, was listed as the agent who paid, but officials there said they were unable to determine where the money came from. Taylor, 38, faces probation violation charges in Missouri. She was charged with theft in Beaumont, Texas, for allegedly failing to pay for US$10,000 worth of dental work in 2006. Corrections officials in St Charles County, Missouri, said Taylor arrived early on Tuesday to face probation violations stemming from 1997 charges of forgery and stealing. She is scheduled to appear in court next Monday for a bond reduction hearing in Missouri, court documents said. Taylor has told the Dallas Morning News that she is pregnant with Nowitzki’s child. Nowitzki has filed for custody if a paternity test proves he is the father.
Canadiens sign Scott Gomez
The Montreal Canadiens acquired Scott Gomez, and his sizable contract, from the New York Rangers in a seven-player trade on Tuesday. With the free-agent signing window opening yesterday, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey got an early jump on the competition landing the play-making center he had been seeking. Gomez will earn US$8 million next season. The Canadiens also received forward Tom Pyatt and defenseman Michael Busto from New York while sending forward Christopher Higgins and defensemen Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko and Doug Janik to the Rangers.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017