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Padres CEO apologizes for 'Rain Man' comment

Padres CEO apologizes for 'Rain Man' comment

CNNSI.com Updated Apr 18, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel has apologized to the Los Angeles Dodgers for comments he made about Zack Greinke the day after the pitcher's left collarbone was broken in a brawl, including referencing the right-hander's s…
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  • Memphis looking for way over Clippers' postseason wall

    Memphis looking for way over Clippers' postseason wall

    The Clippers already have one-upped the Grizzlies. They went to Memphis last Saturday night and dominated the fourth quarter in a 91-87 victory, a win that played a significant role in the Clippers earning home-court advantage in their Western Conferenc…
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  • Lee Jenkins: NBA playoff preview: Thunder vs. Rockets

    Lee Jenkins: NBA playoff preview: Thunder vs. Rockets

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    This won't be the most competitive first-round series, but it may be the most entertaining, however long it lasts. Conventional wisdom says pace slows and scores dip in the playoffs, but that won't be the case with Houston and Oklahoma City, who rank se…
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  • Ian Thomsen: NBA playoffs: New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics p…

    Ian Thomsen: NBA playoffs: New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics preview

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    The Celtics had won the Atlantic every year since their 2007 trade for Kevin Garnett -- until this season, when New York broke through for its first divisional title in 19 years. But now the Knicks have to make good on the playoff expectations that acco…
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  • NBA playoffs: Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks preview

    NBA playoffs: Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks preview

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    Bucks vs. Heat would qualify as a "David vs. Goliath" matchup -- except David tends to connect on only 40 percent of his stone throws while Goliath is actually a three-headed monster. In other words, welcome to 2013's most lopsided first-round…
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  • Woodson, D'Antoni named Coaches of the Month for April

    Woodson, D'Antoni named Coaches of the Month for April

    nba.com ESPN.com Apr 18, 2013
    The New York Knicks' Mike Woodson and the Los Angeles Lakers' Mike D'Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.
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  • Primer for the first round of the postseason

    Primer for the first round of the postseason

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    Are the Lakers one-and-done? Can Carmelo carry the Knicks? Will the Nuggets be able to keep pace? Chris Mannix tackles what should be a memorable first round of the playoffs.
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  • Ian Thomsen: NBA playoff preview: Spurs vs. Lakers

    Ian Thomsen: NBA playoff preview: Spurs vs. Lakers

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    Since Tim Duncan's 1997 arrival in San Antonio, the extraordinary Spurs have won at least 50 games (or the equivalent, taking into account the lockout year of '99) and contended for the championship every year. They've met the Lakers in six playoff seri…
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  • Report: Lakers assistant Jordan headed to Rutgers

    Report: Lakers assistant Jordan headed to Rutgers

    nba.com Apr 18, 2013
    Rutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program past an embarrassing coaching scandal and into its future with the Big Ten Conference.
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  • Analysts Fault Both Sides in Mound-Charging Incident

    Analysts Fault Both Sides in Mound-Charging Incident

    nytimes.com Apr 18, 2013
    Quirks of the game: Carlos Quentin led his league last year in being hit by pitches. What made him charge Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after being hit again?
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  • Chris Capuano aggravated calf injury during Greinke-Quentin fig…

    Chris Capuano aggravated calf injury during Greinke-Quentin fight

    yahoo.com Apr 18, 2013
    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano is a smart person, probably one of the smartest in Major League Baseball, having graduated Duke with a degree in economics. But he's also a teammate who is duty bound to come to a colleague's aid in a time of cr…
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  • Padres CEO Blames Zack Greinke For Brawl, Likens Him To Rain Ma…

    Padres CEO Blames Zack Greinke For Brawl, Likens Him To Rain Man

    deadspin.com Apr 18, 2013
    Yahoo has obtained an audio clip of San Deigo Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel saying dumb things about Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke to a group of Padres season ticket holders. Greinke had his collarbone broken when Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin needlessly c…
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  • Collins out as 76ers coach

    Collins out as 76ers coach

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Doug Collins has resigned after three seasons as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and will remain with the franchise as an adviser.
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  • Judges announced for Honorary Bat Girl contest

    Judges announced for Honorary Bat Girl contest

    MLB.com Apr 18, 2013
    Alex Gordon of the Royals, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and CC Sabathia of the Yankees are among guest judges announced for the ongoing Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which encourages fans to share "Going to Bat Against Bre…
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  • Youth being served among pitching elite

    Youth being served among pitching elite

    MLB.com Apr 18, 2013
    This is taking shape as a golden age of pitchers. Everywhere you look across the Major League landscape, you'll find extraordinary young talents, already fully evolved artistically in special cases such as the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the Nationals' St…
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  • Chandler Parsons’ deep buzzer-beating 3 forces OT, but Lakers b…

    Chandler Parsons’ deep buzzer-beating 3 forces OT, but Lakers beat Rockets, finish 7th (Video)

    By the time their season finale tipped off at Staples Center on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers already knew they'd clinched the West's final playoff berth thanks to the Memphis Grizzlies' 86-70 win over the Utah Jazz. But both the Lakers and their op…
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  • Mike Piazza prepares for role in upcoming Miami City Ballet pro…

    Mike Piazza prepares for role in upcoming Miami City Ballet production

    yahoo.com Apr 18, 2013
    We're not sure 16 major league seasons crouching behind the plate is the best preparation for a stint in ballet, but former Dodgers, Marlins and Mets great Mike Piazza will give it a shot anyway when he takes the stage for the Miami City Ballet next mon…
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  • Jenkins: Playoff-bound Lakers live to see another day

    Jenkins: Playoff-bound Lakers live to see another day

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    The Lakers' season didn't exactly go to plan. But the team deserves credit for its 99-95 OT win over Houston and its ability to steal the No. 7 seed in the West, writes Lee Jenkins.
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  • Padres homer thrice to sweep Dodgers

    Padres homer thrice to sweep Dodgers

    MLB.com Apr 18, 2013
    Everth Cabrera, Kyle Blanks and Chris Denorfia each homered off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday night to lead the Padres to a 7-2 victory and a series sweep in Los Angeles.
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  • Video - Playoff Picks: Western Conference 04:42

    Playoff Picks: Western Conference

    Apr 18
    Who does David Thorpe think will win and why? ESPN.com's Insider picks every West series.
  • Video - Step Into The Spotlight 05:28

    Step Into The Spotlight

    Apr 18
    Who has the most to prove in these playoffs? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss.
  • Video - Healing Kobe 06:47

    Healing Kobe

    Apr 18
    Trainer Tim Grover on what it's going to take to get Kobe Bryant his sixth ring.
  • Video - Western Conference Preview 02:22

    Western Conference Preview

    Apr 18
    Storylines to watch in the Western Conference playoffs.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Must-See TV: 17 games that highlight 2013 schedule

    Apr 18
    There will always be differing opinions on what makes for must-see TV, but now that the 2013 NFL schedule is ours for the anticipating, here are the 17 games in the league's 17-week regular season that I can't wait to see.
  • NFL - These matchups highlight 2013 schedule

    Apr 18
    Both new and old rivalries dot an exciting 2013 NFL schedule, writes John Clayton.
  • Lawrence Frank fired by Detroit Pistons, sources

    Apr 18
    The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.
  • Pistons oust coach Frank after two seasons

    Apr 18
    The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.