(Reuters) – Major League Baseball said on Tuesday it was
surprised to learn that fantasy sports operator DraftKings, in
which it has an equity investment, allowed its employees to
participate in contests and has reached out to the company to
discuss the matter.
A DraftKings employee recently won $350,000 from a $25 entry
fee in an American football contest and had other major winnings
on rival website FanDuel, the companies confirmed on Monday.
(Reuters) – Major League Baseball said on Tuesday it was surprised to learn that fantasy sports operator DraftKings, in which it has an equity investment, allowed its employees to participate in contests and has reached out to the company to discuss the matter.
A DraftKings employee recently won $350,000 from a $25 entry fee in an American football contest and had other major winnings on rival website FanDuel, the companies confirmed on Monday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Nationals, a club that struggled all season and barely finished .500 despite a roster loaded with marquee names and assembled through a team-record $164 million payroll, fired manager Matt Williams on Monday.
Under-performing players, defensive lapses, and a slew of injuries to key players were just a few of the reasons the Nationals staggered to an 83-79 record and failed to make the postseason.
(Reuters) – Tony Stewart, one of auto racing’s biggest names, announced on Wednesday he would retire from NASCAR driving after the 2016 season, saying: “Deep down you know when it’s time to do something different.”
The mercurial 44-year-old Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion and winner of 48 races at the circuit’s top level, said Clint Boyer would get behind the wheel of the Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet after next season.
(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said
the Washington Redskins should keep their controversial name
despite the belief by some Native American groups and members of
Congress that it is racist.
“I don’t find it offensive,” Bush said in a taped interview
to air on Wednesday on the Sirius XM radio show “The Arena.”
“Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.”
(Reuters) – The NCAA on Tuesday banned the Southern Methodist University men’s basketball team from postseason play in 2016 and suspended head coach Larry Brown for 30 percent of the team’s games this season because of multiple rules violations, including academic fraud.
In addition to academic fraud, SMU was also cited for unethical conduct and a lack of head coach control, according to a National Collegiate Athletic Association infraction panel.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Monday a recommendation by organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to include baseball was an “exciting step” toward seeing the game return to a major global stage.
Japanese organizers urged the return of baseball and softball to the roster of Olympics events. A decision by the International Olympic Committee is not due until August 2016.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Nationals on Monday suspended relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay a day after he grabbed teammate Bryce Harper by the neck during a dugout altercation in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The move means Papelbon, acquired from the Phillies in a July trade, has played his last game of the season in a Nationals uniform. The team also said Papelbon dropped his appeal of a separate three-game suspension issued by Major League Baseball for hitting Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles with a pitch last Wednesday.
(Reuters) – A prosecutor looking into allegations of sexual assault by NHL star Patrick Kane in New York said on Friday claims of evidence tampering was an “elaborate hoax” by the alleged victim’s mother and that the case’s rape kit was secure and in police custody.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said he was still investigating allegations that Kane, one of the National Hockey League’s best players, raped a woman last month at his lakeshore home outside Buffalo, New York.
(Reuters) – The attorney for a woman accusing NHL star Patrick Kane of sexual assault said on Wednesday an evidence bag that once contained the case’s rape kit was delivered anonymously to the home of the accuser’s mother.
Attorney Thomas Eoannou said he would request an independent investigation “by a separate law enforcement agency into how this breach could have possibly happened.”