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MLB teams find creative ways to stay energized without fans

The absence of fans didn’t stop Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto from receiving an ovation after hitting a homer to put his team ahead for good.All that applause Wednesday came from the Reds grounds crew. When they haven’t been keeping Great America Ball Park in tip-top shape, the groundskeepers have loudly cheered for the…

Mattingly’s Marlins could clinch berth at Yankee Stadium

Don Mattingly returns this weekend to the Bronx, where his best years as a player always ended when the regular season did.Now Mattingly is enjoying perhaps his best year as a manager, leading the Miami Marlins as they try to extend their improbable season into next week.His young team is staggering toward the finish line,…

Royals outfielder Alex Gordon to retire after season

Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season.Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes…

Breonna Taylor protester threatens to ‘knock out’ Florida diner

Protesters inflamed by the decision not to charge cops for Breonna Taylor’s death took their anger out on a couple dining in Florida — gatecrashing their table and threatening to knock the man the “f–k out.”A man clutching a skateboard was filmed by a Tampa Bay Times reporter as he strolled up and sat with the couple…

Patriots’ Robert Kraft cleared of charge in massage parlor sex case

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft got a soliciting sex charge against him dropped on Thursday.Florida prosecutors decided not to go through with charges after a court barred the release of a video in the case.FLORIDA DECISION LIKELY CLEARS PATS OWNER OF SOLICITING SEXLast month, the Florida 4th District Court of Appeal found that Jupiter…

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