CHICAGO - Cubs radio announcer Pat Hughes deserves to receive the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, the sport's highest honor for a broadcaster, when it's handed out at this time next year. Certainly, no one is better than Hughes, a distinction that might even be enough to snag it for him. You never know. The man is a consummate professional who has studied and honed his craft ...

MIAMI - They could close the summer ledger right now and claim victory. The Miami Heat won the NBA offseason - no, not on the top tier, where Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant were changing uniforms, but on the lower level of teams that did the most with nothing. What was supposed to be a dead summer in South Florida for Heat activity ended up delightfully noisy. Pat Riley somehow ...

SEATTLE - What's the rudest thing you can say to people that have already invested hundreds of millions more dollars into a project than expected? That they better keep the money coming. But that's the advice for the NHL Seattle ownership group when it comes time to build a team. And that's what this hockey-hungry fan base should expect of them. Thursday, Hall of Fame center Ron Francis was ...

SEATTLE - One week after perhaps the most imperfect start of Mike Leake's career, he flirted with perfection. Leake retired the first 24 batters he faced, Daniel Vogelbach hit a pair of three-run homers and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 10-0 on Friday night at T-Mobile Park. They were the same Angels that seven days earlier had no-hit the Mariners in a 13-0 win, with ...