Hall of Fame candidates ... Kintzler's contract ... Remembering Dick Enberg
Dec. 22, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among six first-year candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Detroit Pistons backcourt of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton also became eligible after the Hall changed its rules to allow players to reach the ballot after three years of retirement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brandon Kintzler and the Nationals finalized a $10 million, two-year contract that keeps the relief pitcher in Washington. The Nationals have a $10 million option for 2019, and if that is declined Kintzler has a $5 million player option. The 33-year-old right-hander went 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA, 10 holds and a save in 27 games with the Nationals.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 14 Notre Dame has suspended a third player for the Citrus Bowl against No. 16 LSU. Junior tight end Alize Mack will miss the Jan. 1 game against the Tigers because of what's called "an internal team matter." Already indefinitely suspended are sophomore wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and freshman running back C.J. Holmes, who were arrested on shoplifting charges last week.
UNDATED (AP) — The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says in a letter he was not aware of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse allegations before law enforcement got involved. CEO Scott Blackmun also says he had no knowledge of a settlement between USA Gymnastics and 2012 Olympic champion McKayla Maroney in a case involving the now-imprisoned former team doctor.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Friends and colleagues are paying tribute to Hall of Fame sportscaster Dick Enberg, who has died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 82. Enberg was known as much for his excited calls of "Oh my!" as the big events he covered during a 60-year career. Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy.