Mariners president Kevin Mather apologizes for comments

Seattle Mariners CEO and team president Kevin Mather has apologized for comments made during a recent online event where he expressed opinions about organizational strategy, personnel moves and club finances. Mather’s comments came in a speech to the Bellevue, Washington, Breakfast Rotary Club on Feb. 5 and were posted online over the weekend. The video posted by the Rotary group was 46 minutes long and touched on areas of the Mariners' organizational situation going into the 2021 season, many of which Seattle’s front office would rather not be made public.   

NBA All-Star captains: It's LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant

The NBA All-Star Game is taking shape. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant will be the playing captains for the March 7 game in Atlanta. The league says the game will generate more than $2.5 million for historically Black colleges and COVID-19 relief. The game has been criticized by some top players, who voiced concerns about having it during a pandemic. The other starters: Golden State's Stephen Curry, Dallas' Luka Doncic, Denver's Nikola Jokic, the Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Washington's Bradley Beal, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving.

Conference tournaments still on schedule despite concerns

College conferences are still planning to hold basketball tournaments where the winner earns the automatic bid to the NCAAs. But the leagues also have until Feb. 26 to notify the selection committee if there will be any changes in how their bids are awarded. Some coaches are split on the feasibility of having the tournaments and pandemic concerns could still lead to changes. The NCAA has mandated that teams must have seven straight days of negative tests prior to arriving in Indiana for the tournament. There has to be an additional two negatives PCR tests before teams start practice.