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February 13, 2015 4:05 PM Chapman, Reds agree to 1-year, $8.5 million contract

Closer Aroldis Chapman and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to an $8.05 million, one-year contract, just before the scheduled start of their salary arbitration hearing. The right-hander, who turns 27 on Feb. 28, was 0-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 36 saves in 38 chances last year in his fifth season with the Reds. He struck out 106 in 54 innings and led the majors 16

February 13, 2015 3:53 PM Chapman, Reds avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

Cincinnati, OH ( - The Cincinnati Reds agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract with left-handed fireballer Aroldis Chapman, avoiding arbitration. Chapman overcame a scary incident in spring training to record 36 saves last season for the Reds. He missed the first month of the season after being hit in the face by a line drive 16

February 13, 2015 4:23 AM For Romance, a Little Bubbly

Anyone who has ever dined out on Valentine’s Day knows it’s a night that highlights the prix fixe menu. This simplifies matters for both restaurants and diners—and presumably allows all those happy couples to focus on each other instead of the food. That got me thinking: Why don’t restaurants offer a prix fixe wine list as well? Wouldn’t limiting the choices 121

February 13, 2015 3:37 AM Why baseball’s new commissioner should reinstate Pete Rose

Pete Rose is a symbol of what happens if you gamble on baseball and get nabbed. He is that symbol whether he is reinstated by new commissioner Rob Manfred or not. That is why he should be reinstated. Because no one thinking of stepping on the third rail of the game — wagering on it — is going to look at Rose’s case and think: See, he got away with it. Ultimately 47 31

February 13, 2015 3:00 AM NL Central teams at the start of spring training

He's Outta Here: RHP Shelby Miller, RHP Pat Neshek, C A.J. Pierzynski, INF Daniel Descalso, 2B Mark Ellis, RHP Justin Masterson, OF Shane Robinson, RHP Tyrell Jenkins. Going campin': Were it not for the shocking death of promising outfielder Oscar Taveras last fall, the Cardinals might have needed just minor tweaks coming off their 11th postseason appearance 18

February 12, 2015 8:47 PM Spring training story lines

After sitting out a year-long suspension because of his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, Rodriguez is scheduled to return to the New York Yankees camp in Tampa in late February. There has been no shortage of contention between Rodriguez and the Yankees front office over the last few years, but the club still owes the slugger at least $61 million 16

February 12, 2015 2:05 AM Big season: World Cup looms over Super Rugby competition

The impact of Super Rugby on the World Cup is arguable but the impact of a World Cup on Super Rugby is indisputable and is likely to be felt again this year in a shortened season and in the absence of star players. The nationality of the Super Rugby winner and the nationality of the World Cup winner have coincided only once in the histories of both tournaments 17

February 11, 2015 3:14 PM Brewers All-Star catcher Lucroy (hamstring) out 4-6 weeks

All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy will miss four to six weeks of spring training for the Milwaukee Brewers because of a strain of his right hamstring. The injury is near the top of Lucroy's hamstring, close to the hip, an area that had given Lucroy a little trouble at the end of last season, assistant general manager Gord Ash said Wednesday. Lucroy was fine when he was examined 19

February 11, 2015 2:04 AM Marlins Park reportedly set to host 2017 All-Star Game

This would break with tradition, as Major League Baseball likes to alternate between National League and American League sites, especially with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line. But the Cincinnati Reds' Great American Ballpark will host in 2015, and the San Diego Padres' PETCO Park will host in 2016. This would break with tradition 19

February 10, 2015 10:12 PM Balotelli saves Liverpool against Tottenham

Liverpool, England ( - Mario Balotelli picked a fine time to open his Premier League scoring account with Liverpool, notching the winner seven minutes from time in the club's 3-2 defeat of Tottenham at Anfield on Tuesday. Liverpool twice took the lead in the affair only to see Spurs draw level, but Balotelli tucked home a low cross 17