MELBOURNE, Australia — Melbourne Park has changed so much in the 18 years since Stefan Edberg played his last match at the Australian Open that he found it a little disorienting to return this year as the newest member of Roger Federer’s coaching team.
KANSAS CITY, MO. — A brutal reality reinforced itself when the Baseball Hall of Fame vote was released Wednesday, but before we get to that we should at least acknowledge the part that’s worth feeling good about but may be missed in a cloud of sanctimony:
SEATTLE — In need of a backup for projected starting catcher Mike Zunino, the Mariners brought back a familiar face to compete for that open job. On Monday, the team announced it had re-signed veteran Humberto Quintero to a minor-league contract with an invite to major-league spring training.
MIAMI — Jeff Ireland’s six-year run as the Miami Dolphins’ general manager ended Tuesday, concluding a tenure that featured no playoff appearances in the past five seasons, numerous personnel decisions that backfired and heavy criticism from frustrated fans.
RENTON — Pete Carroll wouldn’t consider a four-year process a meteoric rise. The Seattle Seahawks’ coach isn’t patient enough to listen to a reporter’s entire question, much less appreciate that, as rebuilding projects go, he has nearly completed the job with stunning swiftness.
Intent on building a smart, speedy squad that can transition quickly from offense to defense and back again on wide Olympic ice, Team USA executives decided statistics mattered less than hockey sense and that a strong body of work outweighed injuries to many bodies.
The other day, I was asked an interesting question about the Seahawks. I answer lots of questions about the Seahawks these days; sometimes, it feels like I talk about them as much as I do my wife and son. This question, though, really got me thinking.
RENTON — The defining moment of Seattle’s 14-9 win at St. Louis on Oct. 28 came when Seahawk receiver Golden Tate leapt to catch a deep pass from Russell Wilson, then taunted Rams defensive backs by waving as he raced into the end zone to complete an 80-yard touchdown play.