McDonald eyeing Opening Day spot


McDonald eyeing Opening Day spot

SARASOTA, Fla. Darnell McDonald continues to crush Grapefruit League pitchers. He went 3-for-3 with a run scored against the Orioles in Friday afternoons 6-5 loss, raising his spring training average to .500. Although his three hits Friday were all singles, he entered the game with an OPS of 1.452.

Hes a hitting machine, flat-out hitting machine, said manager Bobby Valentine. Whats he hitting, .700? It seems it. Is it .500? Ive never seen anybody hit that high. Thats why it seems like .700, I guess. Hes swinging and the balls finding holes or jumping off his bat and hitting off walls.

Hes swinging really well. I liked his second at-bat, where he had the base hit to right field. Thats a good sign. Other than that on all of his hits have been pulled. He hit the hanging curveball, hit the fastball, hit a little cutter. Hit a lot of pitches.

I think that he knows that theres a potential opening day, and theres some spots open and some room. He wasnt happy with last year. Hes proving that he belongs on this team. I like everything I see.

McDonald hit fourth against the Os, playing centerfield. Hes also played 25 innings in left and three in right this spring.

Pierce to play one more season with Clippers, then retire


Pierce to play one more season with Clippers, then retire

It's official: Paul Pierce will play one more season -- but only one more season -- in the NBA.

The former Celtics star announced today in a video post on The Players Tribune site that he will return to the Clippers in 2016-17, then will retire at the end of the year.

"[I’ve] got one more ride left," said Pierce. "One more season. One more opportunity . . . With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship."


Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?


Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.