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  • On The Fly: Earl Lloyd, 86; Broke NBA Color Barrier

    On The Fly: Earl Lloyd, 86; Broke NBA Color Barrier
    Earl Lloyd, who made his NBA debut as the first black player in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He was with the Syracuse Nationals when they won the 1955 NBA title and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. ... A few readers reminded me why I was not a math major. In Friday's "Fly" I wrote of a game in which the Celtics scored 173 points and said it was 46 years ago. It was 56 years ago. "Best game I ever saw," said one reader. ... "Heinsohn couldn't miss." Tom Heinsohn had 43 points, making 18 field goals. Also got an email from Kathy Sharry Kray about the wrong year. She said Bob Cousy, who had 31 points and 28 assists in the game, was in business with her father in Worcester at "Cousy & Sharry Insurance Agency. We called him Uncle Bob out of respect for your elders. We spent many a day at his house with his family as they were also good friends. I still see him occasionally as he spends his summers in Worcester. He'll be 87 in August." ... Starting Monday, the NBA will release reports of all calls and pertinent no-calls in games within five points at the two-minute mark and any overtime period. Those reports had been for internal use.
  • Braves' Upton wants to be called Melvin instead of BJ

    Braves' Upton wants to be called Melvin instead of BJ
    ATLANTA -- There is a new-look Upton headed to the Braves' camp. The centerfielder known as B.J. Upton through his first 11 major league seasons with Tampa Bay and Atlanta is now listed as Melvin Upton Jr. on the Atlanta Braves' roster. Upton's old...

    For Cubs to thrive in 2015, young guns will have to produce

    For Cubs to thrive in 2015, young guns will have to produce
    The five players gathered on stage for a panel called "New Kids on the Block" had appeared in no major league games at this time last year. At Saturday's Cubs Convention, they were met with zealous cheers from a packed crowd and questions about which...

    Blue Jays sign Russell Martin; Cardinals get Jason Heyward from Braves

    Blue Jays sign Russell Martin; Cardinals get Jason Heyward from Braves
    Russell Martin won't be coming back to the Dodgers. Martin, the premier catcher on this year's free-agent market, agreed Monday to a five-year, $82-million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The St. Louis Cardinals also filled the outfield void...

    Baseball UPDATE: How players from Hampton Roads are faring in the majors and minors (through 6/13)

    All in all, Hampton Roads baseball fans hope their major-league contingent will see better days than they have in the first third of the 2014 season. Michael Cuddyer has a fractured shoulder. Ryan Zimmerman missed much of the lineup with a hand injury,...