Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 7:08 am •  Published: April 24, 2014


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Thursday, April 24, 2014

Updated at 8 a.m. EDT. (1200 UTC)

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^Upon further review, baseball's new replay system is praised despite sour reaction to ball transfer rule<


"We've had really very little controversy overall," commissioner Bud Selig said last week at the MLB Diversity Business Summit. "Everything in life will have a little glitch here and there when you do something new.

"Are our guys on top of that? You bet."

There could be adjustments soon. Foxsports.com reported MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association are discussing clarifications to the transfer and home-plate standards.

The transfer call is the biggest of the glitches. It is reminiscent of 1988, when MLB ordered umpires to be more vigorous in calling balks, and the aborted move to more high strikes in the early 1990s. Bureaucracy has affected the balance of the game.

1050 by Gerry Fraley in Dallas. MOVED


^Commentary: 49ers' Aldon Smith should get tough love instead of contract extension<

FBN-49ERS-COMMENTARY:SA _ Ask any NFL agent or salary cap guru and he'll tell you that picking up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith's contract is the prudent, no-brainer move for the 49ers.

The Rams are doing that with their pass-rush specialist, Robert Quinn, and the Texans exercised the option with defensive lineman J.J. Watt. In fact, just about every team with a high pick in the talent-laden 2011 draft is expected to use the fifth-year option on its young, star player.

Doing so in San Francisco would allow the 49ers to lock in Smith, perhaps the most talented pass rusher in franchise history, through the 2015 season at a below-market cost and with minimal risk. Triggering the option would pay Smith $9.75 million next year, but it would not be guaranteed, except for major injury, until the start of the new league year March 15.

600 by Matthew Barrows in Santa Clara, Calif. MOVED



^Thursday's games<

MCT expects coverage of the following hockey playoff games:

Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m. EDT.

Colorado at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m.

San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.


^Thursday's games<

MCT expects coverage of the following basketball playoff games:

Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m. EDT.

Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

^Commentary: Phil Jackson and Knicks should consider Jeff Van Gundy<


Steve Kerr, the front-runner, played for Jackson and picked up three championship rings in Chicago. But a better choice would be Jeff Van Gundy.

Yes, Van Gundy, the one who used to tweak Jackson as "Chief Big Triangle," when the Knicks and Bulls were battling through bruising series. Jackson, when asked what he thought about Van Gundy in those days once said, "I don't even pay attention to him. He's like a fly on the wall."

500 by Steve Popper. MOVED



^Thursday's games<

MCT expects coverage of the following baseball games:

Kansas City at Cleveland, 12:05 p.m. EDT.

Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 1:08 p.m.

Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Oakland at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.

St. Louis at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Arizona at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Philadelphia at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


^Jeff Schultz: Lefty Driesell jobbed by Hall of Fame again<


The only thing missing on Driesell's resume is he never went to the Final Four. But neither did John Chaney, and he's in the Hall.

Driesell coached several highly ranked teams at Maryland at a time when the NCAA Tournament took only one team from the ACC. When North Carolina State won the national championship in 1974 with David Thompson, Maryland was No. 2 in the ACC and No. 4 in the nation, but didn't get a tournament invite.

1050 by Jeff Schultz in Atlanta. MOVED




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