CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Vasyl Lomachenko beat Gary Russell Jr. in a masterful majority decision Saturday night, and the two-time Olympic gold medalist won the WBO featherweight title in just his third pro fight.
As the Braves prepare for what will likely be an active and interesting offseason, their first significant decision will involve Ervin Santana, who stands as the club's only free agent positioned to potentially gain a qualifying offer.
Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward are among the Braves who have been selected as finalists for this year's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, which are determined by votes cast by fans and various individuals from the baseball world.
Kevin Seitzer was not at a loss for words when he was introduced as the Braves' new hitting coach on Monday. He will attempt to instill a new mindset that could prove beneficial to Atlanta's young, aggressive offense that struggled throughout the 2014 season.
Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
While Kevin Seitzer understands he might never have the fortune of having a player who possesses the pure hitting skills that led George Brett to Cooperstown, the former All-Star third baseman is coming to Atlanta with the desire to improve the Braves' offense by instilling a mindset that was influenced by the time he has shared with Brett.
Step by step, the Braves of now are seeking to resurrect the team of a record 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and a World Series championship. So far, so good -- at least when it comes to moves away from the playing field, with the trio of Johns -- Schuerholz, Hart and Coppolella -- the club's three-headed general manager.
We're halfway through the group stage of this year's UEFA Champions League and Matchday 4 serves up a repeat of the previous round of fixtures as teams regroup and prepare to mount their final challenge in search of qualification to the knock-out stage.