On Wednesday we learned of the punishment by the Big 12 Conference for the brawl at the end of the Kansas and Kansas State game played Tuesday. Only four players received suspensions from the incident.
The Royals are welcoming back Alex Gordon for another season.
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Demarcus Robinson was the only player who did not practice on Wednesday. Robinson was out with an illness. Travis Kelce and Chris Jones were limited participants because of their previous injuries.
Melissa Etheridge wrote a song about the Chiefs and sang it on the Dan Patrick Show.
Kansas suspended Silvio De Sousa indefinitely pending a decision from the Big 12 Conference. That decision was released at 5 pm on Tuesday.
The Big 12 Conference handed down suspensions for the brawl at the end of the Kansas and Kansas State game on Tuesday. Kansas players Silvio De Sousa (12 games) and David McCormack (2 games) received suspensions. Kansas State players James Love (8 games) and Antonio Gordon (3 games) also received suspensions.
Silvio De Sousa released an apology on Twitter Wednesday evening.
The suspensions reduce the front-court depth of Kansas but will allow them to focus exclusively on their one big offense.
James Love’s suspension will begin when he is medically cleared to play. He is currently injured.
The Royals reached an agreement with LF Alex Gordon on a one-year, $4 million contract. He waived his 10-and-5 rights and can be traded. If the Royals trade Gordon he will receive $500,000. The club designated RHP Heath Fillmyer for assignment to make room for Gordon on the 40-man roster.
This will be Gordon’s 14th season with the Royals. He will be 36 on February, 10.
Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier both mentioned how important Alex Gordon is to a young team. They said that Gordon is a great leader for the team and both are excited that he will be back for another season.
The Royals are expected to reduce Gordon’s time in left field in order to give playing time to Bubba Starling and Brett Phillips. Both players are out of options.
The Royals also announced Wednesday that they will have a naturalization ceremony for Salvador Perez at Fan Fest on Friday. Salvador Perez will become a United State citizen.
Major League Baseball will use an automated strike zone in Spring Training this year. Umpires will still call balls and strikes. The automated strike zone will be used for testing and refinement.
The New York Mets reached an agreement with Luis Rojas to be their next manager. Rojas takes the place Carlos Beltran who was let go after the MLB investigation into the cheating scandal in Houston in which Beltran participated.
The St. Louis Cardinals reached an agreement with C Matt Wieters on a one-year, $2 million contract. Wieters will back up starting catcher Yadier Molina.
Eli Manning announced his retirement after 16 seasons. Manning spent his entire career with the New York Giants and won two Super Bowls. He owns most of the passing records for the team. Manning spent most of the 2019 season as the backup for Daniel Jones. A press conference will be held Friday at 10 am.
IGUANA WARNING IN FLORIDA
Residents are to watch out for falling iguanas. Apparently it is so cold in Florida that iguanas are falling out of trees. They are frozen from the cold but not dead. They eventually thaw and start moving around.
WHAT TO WATCH
Michigan State and Indiana play in Bloomington, Indiana at 7:30 pm on FS1. Michigan State leads the Big Ten with a 6-1 conference record. Indiana is 4-3 and in a tie for sixth place with Iowa. KenPom predicts a 72-71 Spartan victory.
The Sunday night podcast is available. I talk about the AFC Championship game and much more. The next podcast will be recorded and released Thursday night. In that podcast, I will discuss the brawl at the end of the Kansas and Kansas State game on Tuesday along with much more. Get it wherever you get your podcasts.
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