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NHL fines Capitals’ Oshie for illegal cross-checking


T. J. Oshie

NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2018) – Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang during NHL Game No. 788 in Pittsburgh on Friday, Feb. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:40 of the second period. Oshie was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.





Astros sign key player, George Springer to new two-year contract


George Springer Astros (2014 photo by Eric Enfermero via wikipedia commons)


Team avoids arbitration with the All-Star & World Series MVP outfielder

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year contract with All-Star outfielder George Springer, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With the agreement, the Astros and Springer avoided an arbitration hearing. An All-Star starter in 2017, Springer, 28, reached highs in several offensive categories while helping to lead the Astros to their first World Series title in franchise history.

For the regular season, Springer hit .283 with 34 home runs, 85 RBI and 112 runs scored while posting a .522 slugging percentage and an .889 OPS. In the Fall Classic, he really shined, hitting .371 (11×29) with five home runs and seven RBI while posting a 1.471 OPS to earn World Series MVP honors.

His eight extra-base hits (three doubles and five home runs) and 29 total bases are World Series records. Springer also earned his first Silver Slugger Award in 2017. Additionally, his nine leadoff homers in the regular season set a new franchise record and his 112 runs scored ranked tied for second in the AL. Springer’s .996 fielding percentage in 131 games in the outfield ranked third in the AL.

Springer has played in four Major League seasons (2014-17), all with the Astros.


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Astros add pitching depth by acquiring Gerrit Cole from Pirates


Gerrit Cole pitching to plate By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros have acquired right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Michael Feliz, infielder Colin Moran, right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove and outfield prospect Jason Martin. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

Cole, 27, was the Pirates Opening Day starter last season and went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA (96ER/203IP) and 196 strikeouts in 33 starts. Among National League starters, he finished his year ranking tied for first in starts (33), third in innings pitched (203) and 10th in strikeouts. Cole, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Pirates in the 2011 draft, had his best season in 2015 when he was a National League All-Star and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting after going 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA (60ER/208IP) in 32 starts. Cole has pitched in parts of five seasons (2013-17) with Pittsburgh, posting a 59-42 record and a 3.50 ERA (304ER/782.1IP) in 127 Major League starts.

Feliz, 24, went 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA (30ER/48IP) in 46 relief appearances with the Astros last season. He’s made 98 Major League appearances in his career, posting a 12-3 record and a 5.13 ERA (69ER/121IP) in parts of three seasons (2015-17) in Houston.

Moran, 25, hit .364 (4×11) with a homer and three RBI in seven games for the Astros in 2017. He had his season interrupted due to facial fractures he suffered after getting hit in the face with a foul ball. After missing almost two months of action, Moran returned to the Major League team in September and appeared in five games prior to the postseason.

Musgrove, 25, went 7-8 with a 4.77 ERA (58ER/109.1IP) in 38 games (15 starts) in what was his second Major League season with the Astros in 2017. He split his year between the rotation and the bullpen, and appeared in seven postseason games for Houston, including four World Series contests.

Martin, 22, split his season between Class A Buies Creek (46g) and Double A Corpus Christi (79g) hitting .278 (132×474) with 18 home runs and 66 RBI in 125 games. Martin was originally an eighth-round pick by the Astros in the 2013 draft.

With the addition of Cole and the removals of Feliz, Moran and Musgrove, the Astros 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

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Reds offering February discount for Hall of Fame admission


Reds Hall of Fame (photo by Dave Weissman)


Admission Just $5 This Month


The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore is offering $5 discounted admission for the month of February.

The discount applies to all fans including students and seniors. Children ages four and younger are free.

Additionally, fans can get $5 off the regular price of ballpark tours during the month of February. The two-hour Major League Clubhouse Tour include the Reds clubhouse, radio & TV booths, dugouts and more. Two tours are available each Saturday through March.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Reds Hall of Fame is offering self-guided tours featuring artifacts from African-American Reds players past and present. A brochure for the tour is available at the Hall of Fame box office.

The Red to Bronze: the Story of Reds Statues, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP exhibition will remain on display for a limited time before a new exhibit debuts prior to Opening Day.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plan your visit at or by calling (513) 765-7923.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception, 86 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.

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Reds announce Luke Bryan to perform at GABP on June 16


Luke Bryan 2010 photo By Keith Hinkle, CC BY 2.0, https

One Of 13 Stadium Concerts Added To His ‘What Makes Your Country’ Tour


Luke Bryan to bring “What Makes You Country Tour” to Great American Ball Park on June 16

With special guest Sam Hunt along with Jon Pardi and openers Morgan Wallen and DJ Rock

CINCINNATI (Feb. 1, 2018) – Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan announced during a press conference in Nashville on Wednesday the addition of 13 stadium concerts to his “What Makes You Country Tour” launching next month.


By the end of October, Luke will headline some of North America’s biggest and best sports stadiums in Toronto, New York City, Cincinnati, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Vancouver and wrapping the tour in Detroit at Ford Field on October 26.

The Cincinnati concert on Saturday, June 16 at Great American Ball Park will include special guest Sam Hunt along with Jon Pardi and openers Morgan Wallen and DJ Rock.

Cincinnati Reds Season Ticket Members will have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets for the concert at GABP. On-sale dates and other ticket information will be announced locally in the coming weeks.

A full tour schedule is available on

“My excitement to play these iconic sports stadiums is truly uncontainable”, said Luke. “Playing my music live is the reason I do what I do and the energy of the FANS is what pushes me year after year to deliver a bigger and better experience. I’m so thankful to be in these venues and cities with some of the brightest names in country music. This lineup fires me up and I can’t wait to get this tour started!”

The press announcement was held at “The Steps at WME” where DJ Rock set the tone and Luke welcomed all five artists to talk or perform a song. He toasted wine with openers Morgan and Carly in honor of their current singles “Up Down” and “Hide The Wine” and gave Pardi the thumbs up ‘you get to go to Hollywood’ after he performed, Luke still in American Idol mode. Sam performed his hit “Take Your Time” after telling a funny story about one of his brother’s appearing in Luke’s “Country Girl, Shake It For Me” video for approximately 2.5 seconds. Luke wrapped up the conference performing “What Makes You Country.”

“What Makes You Country Tour” is named after Luke’s recently released album that debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts. It became his third consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Top 200 and his fifth #1 debut on the Top Country Albums Chart.

Live Nation is the national tour promoter of the 2018 “What Makes You Country Tour.” Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is a sponsor. Citi® is the official presale credit card of Luke Bryan’s “What Makes You Country Tour.” As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit

About Luke Bryan
Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards and the Super Bowl LI National anthem performer. He has more certified digital singles than any other country artist with 40 million tracks and 12 million albums with three Billion music streams and he was the most-streamed country artist from 2012 to 2016. Luke has placed 19 singles at #1, 11 of which he co-wrote, and has headlined arena tours and sold-out stadiums across the U.S. performing for 1.5 Million fans in 2017 alone.

Visit or follow Luke on Twitter @LukeBryanOnline, Instagram and Facebook.

About Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt’s GRAMMY-nominated, Double-Platinum-selling debut album, Montevallo (MCA Nashville), topped the Billboard Country Albums Chart in its first week and remains the best-selling debut album for a country artist since 2011. Called “stylistically provocative” by The New York Times and “deceptively phenomenal” by The Washington Post, the critically-acclaimed album produced four No. 1 singles and five Multi-Platinum-selling hits including “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” “Take Your Time,” “Break Up In A Small Town” and “Make You Miss Me.” Hunt’s first single following the success of Montevallo is the three-week No. 1, Triple-Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated smash, “Body Like A Back Road.” The song shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart where it remained for an unprecedented 27 consecutive weeks, shattering the record for most weeks atop the nearly 59-year-old chart. Written by Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Body Like A Back Road” is the No. 1 most-streamed and No. 1 most-downloaded country song of 2017, and the No. 4 most-downloaded and Top 10 most-streamed all-genre song of 2017. For information on Sam Hunt, visit


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