The Cardinals have lacked a power bat off the bench, or power anywhere for that matter, and Mark Reynolds also could platoon with Matt Adams at first base. Manager Mike Matheny promised he won't have batting coach John Mabry tinker too much with a stroke that's boom or bust.
Some of the NFL's top teams — Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the Super Bowl against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, whose four losses were by a total of 22 points.
Aoki brings more than just a big personality and sense of humor to the World Series champions. Manager Bruce Bochy is projecting him as the team's starting left fielder, while noting Aoki's versatility allows him to fill in for Angel Pagan in center field and Hunter Pence in right as needed.
The No. 1 seeds in the men's and women's draws both had straight-set wins in their first-round matches on Tuesday.
"I did not have a problem," Johnson told Sports Illustrated when asked about cocaine. "It's just something I'm not going to get into. I have issues. But that's not the issue."
New England coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday deferred questions about the investigation and said reporters should ask league officials. NFL officials declined comment except to say the investigation was still pending.
The uprights will be at the standard 18.6 feet for field goal attempts, but will be squeezed down to 14 feet on extra points. The kick also will be moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15, essentially making it a 33 1/2-yard field goal.
One day after winning her record 63rd World Cup race, Lindsey Vonn posted to her Facebook account Tuesday that she was happy Tiger Woods surprised her by coming to the race, and that she felt "terrible that his tooth got knocked out."
Scherzer's reported $30 million signing bonus is the highest given to any player.
Seattle's comeback over Green Bay was almost indescribable. The Seahawks are now one win away from becoming back-to-back champions.
Tom Brady will be returning to the Super Bowl for a record sixth time in his illustrious career.
Brian Elliott made 17 saves, T.J. Oshie scored and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson got his second goal of the season for the Blues. St. Louis has scored in a season-best eight consecutive games, going 7-0-1 in that stretch.
There is a lot to look forward to when Wilson's Seattle Seahawks, the defending champions, take on Brady's New England Patriots, the dominant franchise of the 2000s, in the Super Bowl at Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1. Seattle can become the first team to win consecutive NFL championships since Brady, Belichick and Co. did it a decade ago.
Martinez was close friends with fellow Dominican Republic countryman Oscar Taveras, the promising rookie outfielder who died in a car crash last October after St. Louis was eliminated by the Giants in the NL Championship Series.
The Patriots have come under scrutiny with regards to NFL rules in the past, most infamously when they were punished for videotaping sideline signals used by the New York Jets during a 2007 game. Belichick was fined $500,000, and the team was docked $250,000 and stripped of its 2008 first-round draft pick.
John Elway hired Kubiak on Monday, inking his former backup QB and offensive coordinator to a four-year contract. Kubiak replaces John Fox, who was ousted last week following Denver's stunning loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional playoffs.
After spending most of the last six months on the sidelines in an extended injury layoff, and after a first-round loss in a warm-up tournament, the 14-time Grand Slam winner said he was low on confidence coming into the first major of the year.
After they opened the 2014 NFL season in early September, it seemed inevitable that Aaron Rodgers would get a second chance to throw at Richard Sherman — if he wanted to. That Russell Wilson would have to avoid Clay Matthews trying to chase him down. And that the Packers would get another opportunity to topple Seattle and be the best team in the NFC.
In each of his three seasons, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts got one game closer to the Super Bowl. Now he can reach that destination if his team can beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday night.
Brian Elliott stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the season and 28th of his career as the Blues topped the slumping Maple Leafs 3-0 on Saturday night.