BALTIMORE (AP) After a pair of postponements caused by rioting in Baltimore, the Orioles and Chicago White Sox will play Wednesday at Camden Yards in what is believed to be the first game without fans in major league baseball’s 145-season history.
Because of the unsettled environment in Baltimore, where rioters burned a drug store and set police cars ablaze on Monday night, officials moved the game up five hours from its original 7:05 p.m. starting time and closed it to the public.
In addition, Baltimore’s Friday-to-Sunday series against Tampa Bay was shifted from Camden Yards to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, with the Orioles remaining the home team and batting last.
”All of the decisions in Baltimore were driven first by the desire to insure the safety of fans, players, umpires and stadium workers,” Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in an email to The Associated Press. ”Only after we were comfortable that those concerns had been addressed did we consider competitive issues and the integrity of the schedule.”
Although the Orioles won’t be performing in front of their fans Wednesday and will lose three home games, they understood the situation and had no complaints.
NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors are considering whether to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco on Tuesday asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which overturned the conviction last week, not to send the case back to District Court for final procedures.
Prosecutors said they are deliberating whether to recommend to the Solicitor General in the Justice Department that a petition be filed with the Supreme Court. The deadline for asking the Supreme Court to take the case is July 22, unless an extension of up to 60 days is requested and granted.
In their filing, prosecutors said the case presents a ”substantial question” and the appellate court did not properly apply case law in a decision announced last Wednesday. The appeals court voted 10-1 there was not sufficient evidence Bonds’ rambling response before a grand jury in 2003 was material to a government investigation into the distribution of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will likely miss the remainder of the postseason with ”extensive” damage to his left shoulder.
Cavs general manager David Griffin said Tuesday the team is not expecting Love to return in the playoffs, one day after Cleveland announced Love would miss at least the next playoff series.
Love was injured in Sunday’s series-sweeping win over Boston when he got tangled with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk while chasing a loose ball.
Griffin said it would be a ”real surprise” if Love was able to participate in the postseason.
Love may need surgery and Griffin said he is still getting medical opinions.
Olynyk was suspended one game by the NBA. Griffin said he was sickened that ”a non-basketball play resulted in what it did.”
Griffin is confident the team can overcome losing Love after dealing with adversity all season.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status.
In a letter to team owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league office and its management council will file tax returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year. Goodell says the NFL has been tax-exempt since 1942, though all 32 teams pay taxes on their income.
Goodell says the change will not alter the function or operation of the league, since all the teams already pay taxes.
Some members of Congress have criticized the NFL, which generates billions in revenue, for being tax-exempt. Goodell says the status has become a ”distraction.”
Goodell forwarded the letter to the owners to Congressman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says the New York Jets have been fined $100,000 by the NFL for tampering because of owner Woody Johnson’s comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of the New England Patriots.
The Jets will not lose any draft picks as a result of the fine, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither the team nor the league announced the sanctions.
The Patriots filed a tampering charge against the Jets after Johnson said he’d ”love to have Darrelle back.” Revis, who spent his first six seasons with New York, helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl in February. The star cornerback re-signed with the Jets as a free agent a month later.
Jon Jones has been stripped of his Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight title and suspended indefinitely following his arrest in New Mexico on a hit-and-run that police say left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.
The UFC announced the extraordinary penalties Tuesday night for violations of its athlete code of conduct policy following Jones’ latest arrest in a string of misbehavior.
”Got a lot of soul searching to do,” Jones posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday. ”Sorry to everyone I’ve let down.”
UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta apparently met with Jones in Albuquerque before making their decision, which deprives the promotion of a major star. Jones is widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist.
IRVING, Texas (AP) – The Big 12 is getting closer to deciding how it wants to crown one true champion in football.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby reiterated Tuesday the conference is prepared to use head-to-head results to break a two-way tie for first. He added that athletic directors will discuss at league meetings next week different procedures for breaking ties between more than two teams. Bowlsby says the goal with three or more teams will be to whittle the group down to two and then use head-to-head to crown a champion.
The Big 12 began last season touting its ”One True Champion” slogan and ended it with Bowlsby handing out championship trophies to both TCU and Baylor, which beat the Horned Frogs in the regular season. Both were left out of the College Football Playoff.