Injuries plaging several key Nebraska players during spring practice | Football

Nebraska passed the halfway point of spring workouts Thursday and continues to practice without multiple players who will figure prominently into next season. Tight end has been particularly hard, NU coach Scott Frost said. Along with Travis Vokolek, Chris Hickman and Chancellor Brewington, touted second-year freshman Thomas Fidone has missed time with injury as well. … Read more

UPDATED: 14-year-old killed in Racine was a quiet kid with massive football talent | Crime and Courts

RACINE — He had so much potential. A quiet kid with immense talent, and his life was cut short. A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the head Sunday night while sitting in the passenger seat of an alleged stolen car has died, the Racine Police Department reported Wednesday. RPD initially identified the victim as … Read more

Fred Hoiberg’s offseason to-do list: Where does Nebraska need to change? | Men’s Basketball

INDIANAPOLIS — Take it from the guy who’s been where Fred Hoiberg wants to go. Northwestern coach Chris Collins led the Wildcats to their first NCAA tournament win in 2017. Since then, Collins is 60-89, 26-71 in Big Ten play, and Wednesday’s win over Hoiberg’s Huskers, which required a 15-point comeback in the second half, … Read more

Seeing red? MLB postpones pageantry of Cardinals’ home opener, stalls labor spat after ‘last-ditch effort’ | st. Louis Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. — Somewhere the redcoats will hang and somewhere the trucks will wait, and sometime the pageantry, like bunting and NL pennants, will unfurl for a home opener at Busch Stadium. But there was no deal in Manhattan, so it won’t be April 7, says Major League Baseball. Keep the Clydesdales comfortable. Despite two … Read more

Best young US-born player debated by NHL.com writers

Jack HughesNew Jersey Devils The 20-year-old center has emerged as a scoring force and is exhibiting more confidence in his third NHL season despite missing 17 games (Oct. 21-Nov. 28) because of a dislocated shoulder. There’s no question Hughes has one of the highest ceilings of any US-born player 23-or-under in the NHL. He’s already … Read more

Negotiations go sideways, leaving MLB, union little time to start regular season as scheduled | st. Louis Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. — Whatever slight breeze of encouragement the players’ union felt leaving Roger Dean Stadium on Friday and tried to ride into a proposal to owners Saturday vaporized completely that evening, knocking the wind out of talks, putting opening day into deeper doubt, and leaving the players to consider walking away after a week … Read more

With opening day in jeopardy, a decisive week arrives for MLB, players’ union | st. Louis Cardinals

By now, the Cardinals’ first year manager Oliver Marmol would have had a week in Florida of practicing the fundamentals of verbal parries and rhetorical dodges as baseball writers quizzed him on pitching assignments, even as the schedule revealed the obvious answers. The calendar always offers clues this time of year, but instead of who … Read more

Hochman: Spring is stuck — as lockout looms, Cardinals spring training loses its ritual of rhythm | Benjamin Hochman

Sports columnists Ben Frederickson and Jeff Gordon discuss how the ongoing lockout could present unique challenges to a Cardinals team relying on youth in certain spots in addition to pitchers returning from injuries. This is the week I normally fly to Florida. It’s my favorite time of the baseball season, the very beginning, the beginning … Read more

st. Louis City SC signs its first player | Soccer

st. Louis City SC has its first player. With the Major League Soccer expansion team’s debut still more than a year away, the team on Tuesday announced its first player signing, Selmir Pidro, a 23-year-old left back from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pidro will finish his season with his current club, FK Sarajevo in the Bosnian … Read more

Gordo: How the Jack Flaherty Circumstance has become a linchpin in baseball’s negotiations | Jeff Gordon

During our weekly chat with Post-Dispatch readers we look at baseball bargaining, Blues goaltending and more. Here are some of the highlights. Q: I am getting excited about the two playoff proposals from both the players and owners, either one. I think expanding the playoffs would bring excitement to the end of the season and … Read more