FCC Chief Razzes Verizon on Broadband Claims

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 to change the definition of broadband. The new definition of broadband is 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.

The vote ran along Democratic party lines, and against Internet providers and industry lobbyists, who argued that the FCC should maintain its original definition of broadband as 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up.

Why does this matter? Because it determines how the FCC can communicate about the nation?s broadband in its Broadband Progress report. Ultimately, the new definition could cause issues for DSL providers, especially Verizon and AT&T, that will be forced to upgrade their technology to push 25 Mbps into homes.

FCC’S Wheeler Calls Out Verizon

?While cable network Internet speeds already meet and exceed the FCC?s new broadband description, we are troubled that the commission majority has arbitrarily chosen a definition of broadband in its Section 706 report that ignores how millions of consumers currently access the Internet,? the National Cable & Telecommunications Association said in a statement.

?Instead of an accurate assessment of America?s broadband marketplace and the needs and uses of consumers, the FCC action is industrial policy that is not faithful to Congress?s direction in Section 706 to assess the market, but a clear effort to justify and expand the bounds of the FCC?s own authority,? according to the association.

But FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler pointed out the industry?s hypocrisy, using Verizon as one example. Verizon argued that customers are satisfied with the current speeds, but Wheeler noted how the company pushes its customers to buy higher, more costly Internet speeds.

?In their marketing materials Verizon says, ?while FiOS provides a lot of speed for bandwidth hungry devices, you?d be surprised how fast it goes. You can think of your household?s Internet connection like a pizza to be shared with your whole family. Some people are hungrier than others and if too many friends show up no one will get enough to be satisfied,’” Wheeler said.

“This is what their website says,? Wheeler added. ??25/25 is best for one to three devices at the same time, great for surfing, e-mail, online shopping and social networking, streaming two HD videos simultaneously. 50/50 is best for three to five devices at the same time, more speed for families or individuals with multiple Internet devices, stream up to five HD videos simultaneously.? ?Somebody is telling us one thing and telling consumers another.”

Analyst is on Wheeler?s Side

We caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his thoughts on Wheeler?s comments. He told us while he thinks Wheeler was a touch sarcastic, it was valuable for him to point out the disparity between what service providers were telling the FCC and their customers.

?In essence, companies like AT&T and Verizon are claiming that it will be difficult or impossible for them to meet the FCC’s new broadband delivery standards while at the same time they are pushing consumers into higher performance premium services,? King said. He noted that was akin to an automaker moaning about the difficulty of achieving better energy efficiency while touting the terrific gas mileage of its new cars.

?All in all, I’m on Wheeler’s side,? he said. ?With more and more information and entertainment services shifting to online delivery, AT&T, Verizon and other SPs need to be held accountable to ensure that their claims match what they deliver to customers.?

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Rough times for grassroots golf?

Story highlights

  • Golf suffering a decline in popularity in its traditional heartlands of the U.S. and UK
  • 400,000 left the sport over past year in U.S., according to the NGF
  • New ideas and initiatives introduced to change its fortunes
  • “We have to evolve and continually modernize,” TaylorMade CEO says

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(CNN)While the professional game of golf gears up for 2015 in rude health, at grassroots level the sport finds itself in the rough.

With more prize money on offer for the stars than ever before — 97 players won over $1 million on the PGA Tour last year — and lucrative sponsorship deals, golf can rest safe in the knowledge that the future is bright for those competing at its top end.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, however, the sport stands at a crossroads, with recent years having brought about a major slump in popularity in its traditional heartlands of the U.S. and the UK and Ireland.

As golf continues to hemorrhage players, the steps it chooses to take next could prove crucial in turning its fortunes around.

Some 400,000 people reportedly left the sport in the past year in the U.S., although the National Golf Foundation (NGF) states: “The numbers quoted don’t reconcile with NGF data and they’re not something that we reported or would report.”

    NGF results do show that the sport in the U.S. has lost five million players in the last decade, with 20% of the existing 25 million golfers poised to quit in the next few years.

    To compound that depressing statistic, the number of newcomers to the game in the U.S. fell by 20% last year, while according to Sport England, the amount of 16-25-year-olds playing the game regularly almost halved in England between 2009-10 and 2012-13.

    Whether it is courses closing, merchandise sales falling or job losses on the rise, golf is being hit hard at grassroots level for its failure to attract new faces and keep hold of older ones.

    Below par

    But why are numbers falling and is a re-brand of sorts needed to rectify the decline?

    As with any pastime or hobby, time and money are two key factors, as the game’s greatest player, Jack Nicklaus, acknowledges.

    “I’d like to play a game that can take place in three hours, I’d quite like to play a game that I can get some reasonable gratification out of very quickly and something that is not going to cost me an arm and a leg,” Nicklaus told CNN.

    The 18-time major champion’s words reflect the mood of the wider public, many of whom are still struggling from the effects of the economic downturn and live in a world that offers an ever-increasing number of cheaper and less time-consuming alternatives.

    To put it bluntly, the traditional concept of 18-hole golf is struggling to find its place in modern day lives.

    Meanwhile, as would-be golfers continue to turn elsewhere to get their fix, the younger generation — the very future of the sport — have more distractions than ever in a world where technology holds sway.

    “It’s Twitter, cell phones, video games — these are the activities that kids are involved in,” former player-turned-commentator Brandel Chamblee tells CNN.

    “Mum and dad are working, and kids are playing video games. That doesn’t leave a whole load of time or people to populate these golf courses.”

    And its due to problems like these that, in 2014, more courses closed than opened in the U.S. for the eighth straight year.

    Head in the sand?

    For all its problems, though, golf can no longer be accused of complacency and being stuck in its ways — it is, at least, sitting up and taking notice.

    Ben Sharpe, CEO of golf equipment manufacturer, TaylorMade is keen to tackle the problem head on.

    “As an industry we can’t put our head into the sand, we have to evolve and continually modernize,” Sharpe told CNN.

    “What we want to do is get golf clubs in people’s hands and get them hitting golf balls.”

    A variety of fresh ideas and innovative alternatives to the traditional game have also been formulated in recent years in an attempt to reinvigorate the sport.

    Step out onto a golf course today and you could well see 15-inch holes instead of their smaller ancestors — you would not be dreaming were you to come across golfers kicking a football around rather than hitting a golf ball with a club.

    “A lot of people are getting involved and loving FootGolf,” president of the Federation for International FootGolf, Mike O’Connor, told CNN in April. “It catches such a large demographic because it’s such a low skill level to be able to play. You’ve just got to be able to kick a ball.”

    For FootGolf, also read the likes of Speedgolf and Golf Xtreme, while Hack Golf, an initiative aimed at crowdsourcing ideas to improve the game, is another example of how the sport is thinking outside the box.

    But perhaps more important than such alternatives which, let it be said, are starting to have some impact, golf is beginning to understand it needs to redefine the way it has traditionally approached getting people to play the game.

    Many potential players can be put off before they have even picked up a club by the length of time it takes to make their way around a course. Yet those that run golf are keen to get across the message that the 18-hole game is only one side to a multifaceted sport.

    “What it means to play golf doesn’t just need to be measured on how many rounds you’ve played,” PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua told CNN.

    “Did you have a golf lesson? Did you go to hit practice shots at a practice range? Did you play three holes with your wife, your spouse or your children? These are all golf experiences.

    “Playing 18 holes with three friends on a beautiful golf course is the ultimate, but you can’t always do that. And we’d rather see people just have a golf experience to get into the game. And once you get interested, the magic, the charm of the game, will keep you interested.”

    A ‘smarter’ approach

    It is this type of change in attitude that was behind the PGA’s decision to shift the focus for its Junior League Golf program to that of the enjoyment of recreation and playing with others, rather than an obsession with all-out competition.

    “Golf is getting smarter and they’re looking at the interests of kids and no longer assuming that golf can attract these kids with its traditional interests and traditional allurements,” Chamblee says.

    Golf’s world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is in agreement, having called for a faster version of the game that will appeal to kids earlier this month.

    Given his global status, McIlroy is in the perfect position to have a positive influence on future generations of players — something he is more than aware of having taken on an ambassador role with PGA Junior League Golf.

    “You’ve seen how iconic players in the game have affected people and some people transcend the game of golf which is really what we need,” TaylorMade’s Sharpe says.

    “We had a good spell with Tiger Woods during the 1990s and 2000s and Rory is positioned to be another person who can do that.”

    With McIlroy taking his game to the next level in 2014 — winning his third and fourth majors at the age of just 25 — golf looks set to profit in 2015 as the Northern Irishman attempts to consolidate his spot as the sport’s primary superstar.

    Such dominance can only be of good for the grassroots game, and those tasked with increasing its popularity are confident enough in the work being done that they are refusing to hit the panic button just yet.

    “We’re realistic — there’s challenges, there’s troubles, like there have always been,” Bevacqua says. “They’re different, but golf’s resilient and will get through this if we’re smart, and I think the industry is smart.”

    Sharpe also remains optimistic about golf’s fortunes in the coming years, pointing to the growth of the game globally.

    “There is still a very high participation around the world and it is growing in parts of the world,” Sharpe says. “So I think we should be quietly confident that golf is going to be in a good spot going forward.”

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Hawks keep streak alive, top Trail Blazers 105-99

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks keep finding new ways to extend the longest winning streak in franchise history. This time, Kent Bazemore was the surprise star off the bench.

Atlanta overcame 37 points by Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge to win its 18th straight game by overpowering the Trail Blazers in the final period for a 105-99 victory Friday night.

The big lead for each team was only six points. There were four ties in the fourth quarter before the Hawks took the lead for good midway through the period on a basket by Al Horford, who had 17 points.

”We got stops when we needed to and really got into a rhythm offensively,” Horford said.

The Hawks overcame a sudden shortage of wing players to keep their streak alive before a sellout crowd.

Atlanta’s DeMarre Carroll missed the game with a left Achilles strain. His replacement, Thabo Sefolosha, lasted only two minutes before leaving with a right calf strain.

The Hawks’ depth came through again. Bazemore, the team’s third option at small forward, didn’t miss a beat. Bazemore made his first three shots and finished with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Bazemore, who usually plays about 12 minutes per game, logged almost 40 minutes.

”With Thabo going down and DeMarre already hurt,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said, ”for Kent Bazemore to come in and play the way he did and play as many minutes as he did … it was just a team effort, everybody contributing.”

Another bench player, Mike Scott, added 11 points.

”We’re confident in one through 15 here,” Horford said. ”Guys really put in the time, guys work every day. They just don’t get the opportunity because we’re so deep.”

Portland, which has lost four of five, led after each of the first three quarters but was outscored 36-25 in the final period.

”If I could explain it then it wouldn’t happen,” said Aldridge of the fourth-quarter letdown. ”It’s part of the season. We just have to stick with it.”

The Hawks have not lost in 2015. The winning streak began after a loss to Milwaukee on Dec. 26.

”They’re good,” Aldridge said of the Hawks. ”We could have played better, but they’re good.

”Defensively, they’re definitely better than what people think.”

Paul Millsap scored 21 points to lead six Atlanta scorers in double figures.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Aldridge had a game-high 11 rebounds. Wesley Matthews had 16 points and Damian Lillard had 13 points with 11 assists and six turnovers. … Portland is 18-5 against the Eastern Conference, including two losses to Atlanta.

Hawks: Atlanta improved to 13-2 against the Western Conference, including a franchise-record 12 straight wins. The Lakers were the last Western Conference team to beat Atlanta – 114-109 at Los Angeles on Nov. 18. … Attendance was 19,018, a sellout.

SNUBBED

Portland coach Terry Stotts was not pleased commissioner Adam Silver on Friday selected Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins instead of Lillard to replace injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Star team.

”I don’t understand why or how he was not voted to the team to begin with,” Stotts said. ”I don’t understand why or how he wasn’t named a replacement.”

Lillard made only 6 of 20 shots from the field, including only one of nine 3-pointers, but insisted he wasn’t pressing.

”I didn’t want to go out of my way to try to prove a point,” Lillard said. ”I just tried to do what I always do to try to give our team a chance to win.”

UNSTOPPABLE

Aldridge, who has continued to play with a torn ligament in his left thumb, again showed why he’ll be a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team. He scored 10 straight points late in the first half, including a turnaround 3-pointer that started the run. He closed the half with a three-point play to give the Trail Blazers a 51-50 lead at the break.

UP NEXT:

Trail Blazers: At Milwaukee on Saturday.

Hawks: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.

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Laird Two Ahead at Phoenix Open, Woods Shoots 82

(Reuters) – A bogey at the final hole left Scotland’s Martin Laird with a two-stroke lead after the second round at a wet Phoenix Open on Friday.

On a day that will be best remembered for the worst single round by Tiger Woods in his storied career, an error-riddled 82, Laird used a series of precise approach shots to card a second straight five-under-par 66 at TPC Scottsdale.

Playing in unusually wet conditions more reminiscent of his native Scotland than the Arizona desert, Laird reeled off four birdies in five holes from the 13th before missing a six-foot par-saving putt in semi-darkness at the last.

“The big thing was I drove it well,” the three-times winner on the PGA Tour told reporters after posting a 10-under 132 halfway total.

American Daniel Berger (69) was alone in second place on eight-under, while another tour rookie Justin Thomas (68) was next on seven-under.

Woods was in last place on 13-over 155, although 15 players did not complete the round before darkness, so he may yet avoid propping up the field. Phil Mickelson also missed the cut as the event lost its two biggest names.

Laird, 32, said it was a misconception that he was used to playing in rain because he grew up in the homeland of golf. He pointed out that he has lived in the U.S. for 14 years.

“It’s always a joke how many times when it rains I get the little phrase ‘just like home’,” said the man who now lives only a five-minute drive from this week?s venue.

“It was a very Scottish day today with the misty drizzle all day. I remember playing in these conditions, but I really haven’t played in them much (during) my professional career, so I wouldn’t say it’s a huge advantage for me anymore.

“It?s no coincidence that four birdies in five holes came on the back (nine) when the rain stopped and got a little easier out there (because) that front nine was brutal.”

While Laird shined, Woods was poor in every facet of his game, and his chipping was particularly woeful.

“I have to continue with the process,” said the 39-year-old, who switched instructors late last year from Sean Foley to Chris Como.

“I have been here before. It wasn’t that long ago that I changed my swing with Sean, and I was Player of the Year only a year ago. You’ve got to keep things in perspective, and sometimes it’s difficult to do that.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina. Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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Wright named TCU Assistant Volleyball Coach

01.13.2015

Wright named TCU Assistant Volleyball Coach

Texas Volleyball Volunteer Coach Brian Wright will join Jill Kramer’s staff.

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AUSTIN, Texas ? Former Texas Volleyball Coach Brian Wright was named TCU Assistant Volleyball Coach, the program announced on Tuesday.

“We are happy for Brian on getting his first-time assistant coaching position,” Texas Head Coach Jerritt Elliott said. “This is much deserved as he had a great impact on our program. We are thankful for all the time and effort he gave to Texas Volleyball.”

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Rory McIlroy on facing deadly snakes

Story highlights

  • Rory McIlroy is the world’s No. 1 golfer and a three-time major winner
  • The Northern Irishman won two of 2014′s four major titles
  • The 25-year-old turned professional in 2007

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(CNN)Rory McIlroy is unquestionably the world’s best golfer after a 2014 in which he soared to the top of the world rankings and charged to two major triumphs.

The Northern Irishman’s success has earned him legions of fans around the globe, so we asked our followers on social media to send us their questions for one of the world’s most famous athletes.

And they didn’t disappoint, quizzing McIlroy on everything from deadly animals to his beloved Manchester United…

Rory McIlroy: “No you’re consciously thinking of your swing all the time. There’s a certain way I like to see myself swing the club, and I do a lot of technical work on the video with my coach Michael Bannon on off weeks and make sure that we’ve got into the right positions for me. So constantly thinking of my swing and I’m making sure it’s in the right place.”

McIlroy: “I think I’m most looking forward to playing Royal Country Down in the Irish Open. There’s a lot of great events that are coming up, actually. I’ve got the Irish Open at Country Down, the Open Championship at St. Andrews. 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty special year for golf.”

    Have you played much in Africa? When will he play in Africa? Rich Isaac, Facebook

    McIlroy: “I’ve played a few times in South Africa. I’ve played the South African Open a couple of times. I played the Alfred Dunhill Championship once. I played Sun City for two days. I got sick and pulled out after two days. I’d like to make it down again. It’s a beautiful part of the world and I really enjoyed my time down there, apart from getting sick at Sun City. But hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m back down there.”

    Can you do better than Tiger Woods? Rory, can you do better than Tiger Woods? He was a hero in this game. Rugiatu Turay, Facebook

    McIlroy: “It’s going to be a very difficult thing to do. Fourteen majors, obviously, which is his benchmark. And 80 odd PGA tour wins and everything else that he’s accomplished. He’s had a phenomenal career. I’ll keep chipping away at it tournament by tournament and see how I go, but I think if you asked anyone if anyone had half of the career that Tiger Woods has — has had so far — they’d be very, very happy.”

    Did you ever encounter a dangerous animal on the course? Jordan Du Toit, Facebook

    McIlroy: “Yes, there’s been a few. Where we play at the Bear’s Club, there’s a few alligators and snakes floating around. I’ve come across a couple of black mambas down there (in South Africa.) And there’s always a couple of snakes. And I think there was maybe a — is it an adder? A black otter, they’re pretty dangerous as well. There are alligators in Florida and stuff too. But that’s really been it.”

    McIlroy: “George Best. It has to be George Best from back home and one of the best players that ever lived, I think.”

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Hawks Twitter account fires shots at Sixers account

Burn.

The Sixers are feeling pretty good about themselves after beating the T-Wolves on Friday night to extend their win streak to TWO games.

Philly travels to Atlanta on Saturday night to take on a team with a slightly more impressive streak. The Hawks have won 18 straight, as indicated by their obnoxiously long Twitter display name.

In all fairness, a two game win streak for the 10-37 Sixers is kind of a big deal… but damn, that’s cold.

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Rockies SS Tulowitzki ‘staying put’ in Colorado

Red Sox designate Drake Britton for assignment
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(9:10 pm ET) The Red Sox designated pitcher Drake Britton for assignment Friday, clearing a roster spot for pitcher Alexi Ogando.

Britton appeared in seven games with the Red Sox in 2014, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out four batters and walking two. He posted a 5.86 ERA and 37:38 K:BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket.


Peter Moylan ‘doing fantastic’ in return from Tommy John
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(5:42 pm ET) Free-agent pitcher Peter Moylan indicated Friday that he’s “doing fantastic” in his return from his second Tommy John surgery, the Houston Chronicle reports.

“I?m doing fantastic, mate. Dropped 35 pounds,” Moylan said. ?My goal is to be 100 percent by end of spring. Ball is coming out great, though. Probably have to throw for some teams right around the start of spring to gauge interest, but there have already been some nibbles, which is encouraging.”

Moylan underwent the procedure last March after receiving a non-roster invitation from the Astros. He’s throwing from about 70 percent strength off a mound and in the process of deciding whether to sign a a deal in the near future or after the season begins. He hopes to resume pitching in the big leagues by midseason at the earliest.

Moylan has made 309 appearances since debuting in 2006, compiling a 21-9 record, 2.80 ERA and 213:121 K:BB ratio in 276 innings.


Braves’ Shelby Miller: Sinker is ‘going to take me to the next level’
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(5:42 pm ET) Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller had an up-and-down season with the Cardinals in 2014. He began the season by going 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA before going 2-7 with a 5.11 ERA over his next 16 appearances (15 starts).

Miller, however, was able to finish the season on a high note, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and .190 opponents’ batting average over his final seven starts. Miller attributes his success down the stretch to incorporating a sinker into his repertoire, per FOX Sports South.

“I said I’m going to throw some of these, and we’ll see where it’s at,” Miller said of a conversation he had with catcher A.J. Pierzynski before an Aug. 23 start against the Phillies. “It felt good so we just went with it. I started throwing it literally within three days. It’s a good pitch that I picked up quick.

“I still need a lot of work with it. I need a lot of work with all my pitches. There’s all sorts of ways to get better. But I think that’s definitely a pitch that will help me be more efficient and take me deeper into games. That’s [the sinker] going to be a huge pitch for me this year that’s ultimately going to take me to the next level. Not only that but kind of mixing it all together, becoming more of a complete pitcher more than a thrower.”

Miller added he will also begin to work more on his changeup, which he threw just 2.2 percent of the time in 2014, per FanGraphs.com.

“I know [Braves pitching coach] Roger [McDowell] has been known for changeups,” Miller said. “A lot of great pitchers have come through this organization, [and] that’s a pitch I would love to pick up. I want to be able to throw it more consistently, [and] have a little bit more confidence in it.”


Scott Baker agrees to minor-league deal with Yankees
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(5:16 pm ET) The Yankees agreed to a minor-league deal with pitcher Scott Baker, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. If Baker makes the major-league roster, he will be paid $1.5 million.

Baker made 25 appearances (eight starts) for the Rangers in 2014, going 3-4 with a 5.47 ERA. He had 55 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings.


Rockies designate Jayson Aquino for assignment
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

(4:24 pm ET) After completing a two-team trade Friday, the Rockies decided to designate Jayson Aquino for assignment, the team announced.

Aquino spent 2014 bouncing around the minor league, pitching in 18 games with a 5.13 ERA in 107 innings pitched. He went 5-10 with 83 strikeouts in stints with both Double-A Tulsa and Class A Modesto.


Report: Red Sox express willingness to trade Edward Mujica
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

(4:22 pm ET) The Red Sox have expressed a willingness to trade reliever Edward Mujica, a source told FOX Sports. The right-handed reliever is set to make $4.75 million in 2015.

Mujica, who was an All-Star with St. Louis in 2013, went 2-4 with a 3.90 ERA and eight saves in his first season with Boston in 2014.


Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce agrees to $3.7M salary for 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

(4:16 pm ET) The Orioles avoided arbitration with outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce, agreeing to a $3.7 million salary for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Pearce reportedly filed for $5.4 million, while the Orioles reportedly offered $2 million.

Pearce is coming off his best season as a major leaguer, batting .293 with a .373 on-base percentage, .556 slugging percentage, .930 OPS, 21 home runs, 26 doubles and 49 RBI in 102 games.


Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is ‘staying put’
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

(3:57 pm ET) A team source told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman that Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is “staying put.”  Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told FOX Sports earlier in the week that it is “highly, highly unlikely” Tulowitzki will be traded before opening day.

Tulowitzki, who has been linked to trade rumors involving the Mets this offseason, is under contract through 2020 on a six-year, $118 million deal. He is also recovering from August hip surgery.


Red Sox agree to deal with pitcher Alexi Ogando
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

(3:52 pm ET) The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with pitcher Alexi Ogando, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It is a one-year, $1.5 million contract, which includes $1.5 million in bonuses, according to USA Today.

Ogando has been a free agent since being non-tendered by the Rangers in December. Ogando made just 27 relief appearances in 2014 due to an elbow injury. He went 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA.

Ogando, who was an All-Star in 2011, also has experience starting at the major-league level, going 19-12 with a 3.40 ERA in 48 career starts.


Braves trade RPs Hale, Schlosser to Rockies for two minor leaguers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

(3:42 pm ET) The Braves traded pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Rockies on Friday in exchange for catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O?Dowd.

Hale went 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 45 relief appearances for Atlanta in 2014. He struck out 44 batters and issued 39 walks in 87 1/3 innings.

Schlosser made his MLB debut in 2014, going 0-1 with a 7.64 ERA in 15 relief outings for Atlanta. He struck out eight and walked six in 17 2/3 innings.

Briceno hit .283 with 12 home runs, 23 doubles and 50 RBI in 84 games for Class A Asheville in 2014. He has a career .280/.433/.776 slash line over five minor-league seasons.

O’Dowd hit .271 with five home runs, 27 doubles and 48 RBI in 113 games between high Class A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa in 2014. He has a career .260/.362/.689 slash line over three minor-league seasons.


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On Golf: Tiger Woods Struggles in Worst Round of His Career

A Titan of Golf, Brought to His Knees

Tiger Woods playing from the rough on the 11th hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open.

By KAREN CROUSE

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ? Watching Tiger Woods launch wildly errant drives was hard. Watching his ground-ball chip shots was harder. But the hardest part of watching Woods?s career-worst round Friday at the Phoenix Open was seeing the greatest golfer of his generation turn into the lovable last-place straggler.

Fans at T.P.C. Scottsdale, renowned for their crassness, were overcome with compassion as Woods, who was No. 1 in the world at this time last year, struggled to an 11-over-par 82 and a 36-hole total of 13-over 155. It was only the second time in 303 PGA Tour starts as a professional that Woods had failed to break 80 (the other time was in the third round of the 2002 British Open, played in hellacious conditions). For Woods, who has been breaking 80 since age 8, the score was full of foreboding. He might as well have had the Grim Reaper on his bag instead of his trusty caddie, Joe LaCava.

On his ninth hole, after Woods had carded a bogey despite a perfect drive, a male voice cried out from the stands, ?Have some confidence, Tiger.?

As his round unraveled, the greeting he received at each tee box grew louder and more prolonged. Fans repeatedly shouted, ?Keep your head up, Tiger!? and ?Keep fighting, Tiger!? By the final holes, Woods was getting a reception fit for the Olympic bobsledders from Jamaica or the female sprinters from Iraq.

By the ninth hole, his last, Woods was 12 over par for the tournament. Then he made a bogey.

Gone is the golfer whose mere presence on the leaderboard Sunday seemed to send other contenders into a free fall. In his place is someone who looked frightfully familiar to the 20-handicappers in the stands. As one weekend duffer in Woods?s gallery mournfully noted, ?Watching him makes me feel more normal.?

The new normal for Woods, 39, includes bladed chips, unplayable lies, water balls and a snowman in the desert. The last of those, a triple-bogey 8, occurred on Woods?s sixth hole, No. 15, and captured his game in all its ingloriousness. His drive landed in the water. After he found the fairway with his next shot, Woods dumped his approach into a bunker, hit over the green, chunked the chip and two-putted.

By the day?s end, Woods was 23 strokes behind the leader, Martin Laird, who shot his second straight 66.

Laird had a two-stroke lead over Daniel Berger, who had never played against Woods in a tour event. Some longtime Woods observers might say he still has not. But never mind. Berger, 21, who was at eight-under 134 after a 69, said: ?Obviously he?s the greatest player of all time. It?s pretty cool to be just in the same field as him.?

Justin Thomas, also 21, was one stroke behind Berger. He described Woods as ?my favorite golfer my whole life? and said it had been ?disheartening? to see Woods shoot a score 14 strokes higher than his own 68. ?I?m upset for him,? Thomas said, adding: ?It?s definitely, I think, better for golf if he can get back into it. I?m sure he will.?

After his 27th hole, Woods was 19 strokes off the leader?s pace. Talk about disheartening. Asked what he had been thinking when he made the turn in 44, tying his worst nine-hole score as a pro, Woods said: ?Just keep fighting. Just keep grinding each and every shot. That?s all I can do. It was not a very good day from the very start until the end, but I fought all day.?

In official tour events, Woods has not bettered par in his last six competitive rounds, dating to August. He missed nearly six months to recover from back surgery and in recent weeks was slowed by influenza.

Golfers are like stage actors. They cannot be sure how well they will deliver their lines until the curtain comes up and they are performing in front of an audience. ?Hitting golf balls is one thing, and playing golf at home is another,? Woods said. ?Playing tournament golf is entirely another. I have to continue with the process.?

In theater terms, Woods is in previews. For him, opening night is April 9, the first day of the Masters. If he is worried about the state of his game, Woods hid it behind his actor?s mask.

After signing his scorecard, he stepped to the microphone and deadpanned, ?I?m just doing this so I won?t get fined.?

Everybody, starting with Woods, laughed at his sendup of the media-averse Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Woods?s stab at humor hit closer to the funny bone than the attempt by the marshal at the par-3 seventh hole on Thursday. As Woods?s group approached the tee box, the man announced to the fans, ?No jokes about missing teeth, blondes or 5-irons.?

Woods said he was able to joke after a round like Friday?s because on the PGA Tour, bad days come with the picturesque scenery. ?We all have days like this,? he said. ?Unfortunately, you know, mine was in a public forum, in a public setting.?

Is it worrisome that Woods?s worst day as a pro coincided with one of the best by his heir apparent, Rory McIlroy, who posted a 64 in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic? Should Woods?s galleries take anything from the fact that Jack Nicklaus, whose 18 career major victories Woods is targeting, won three of them after age 39?

Are Woods?s chipping yips and his recent spate of injuries the beginning of his demise or grist for a gripping comeback tale?

Woods?s next start is scheduled to take place next week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, a course where he has nine victories as a pro. He does not come across as someone resigned to mediocrity. Asked what he would do between now and then, Woods, who lives in Florida, said he was going home to practice.

?Each and every day,? he said. ?Just work on it.?

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Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter

Two high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned. Sources say that Nest’s vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company. Matsuoka was previously the head of innovation at Google, as well as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. She’s leaving to join Twitter. Duffy joined Nest when Dropcam was acquired for $555 million last June.

Nest did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Matsuoka’s rise has been particularly remarkable. She came to the US from Tokyo pursuing a professional tennis career before injuries sidelined her. A love for robotics led to her working on a project to create a better robotic hand, as well as a “tennis buddy” that would volley shots back in a way that was proportionate to a player’s skill level (which sadly did not come to fruition). She joined on as founding member of Google X (Google’s highly secretive lab) in 2011, eventually joining Nest to lead its technology team, which creates the inner workings of the company’s thermostat and smoke detector.

As for Duffy, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, he co-founded Dropcam after selling his email search company Xobni to Yahoo. Dropcam went from using off-the-shelf cameras to custom-made hardware and lens optics to capture video for its cloud recording service, eventually moving moving to a swanky office in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood.

Since the acquisition last year, there have been suggestions of a culture clash emerging between Dropcam employees and Nest. According to a report in Strictly VC back in November, Nest’s “meeting culture” had zapped creativity out of Dropcam, leaving many longtime employees concerned. There were also larger questions about what would happen to the company’s hardware roadmap once it was a part of Nest and Google, something that remains answered. However, this week Dropcam promised to dole out free cameras to longtime users with outdated hardware, suggesting the company’s cloud recording service still has plenty of life left in it.

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