No matter what else happens in the upcoming season, the Washington Wizards will be in good shape if their top draft choice follows the recent trend in D.C., where rookies have made the leap easy as 1-2-3.
For Bradley Beal, celebrating his 19th birthday didn't include a gathering of childhood friends and family in his hometown of St. Louis. Nor did it involve a group of college friends hanging out on campus at the University of Florida.
Maurice "Mo" Evans spent the morning in his dentist's office. But a little swelling wasn't about to keep him off the court. After seeing the dentist, Evans headed for the gym to work out and play basketball with some friends.
Tanned and relaxed, or at least appearing that way, Davey Johnson fits in effortlessly in a dugout under the California sun.
NBA owners relaxed their insistence on non-guaranteed contracts in a new collective bargaining agreement Friday, but players cautioned that isn't enough because the league is still seeking a hard salary cap.
Bruce Bochy pulled a prank on a few of his players late in spring training, bringing them into his Scottsdale Stadium office and showing them an inexpensive ring from the Dominican Summer League. He insisted it was a preview of their World Series jewelry to come.
Five players have been suspended 50 games each for violating the minor league drug policy.
The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Zabian Dowdell (ZAY'-bee-in dow-DELL') through the remainder of the season.
Pitchers Mariano Chevalier of the Chicago White Sox and Richard Rodriguez of the Houston Astros have been suspended for 50 games each under baseball's minor league drug program.