With Game 4 of the ALCS postponed due to a washout, World Series-winning manager Joe Maddon gets to stay in the spotlight just a little longer. The recently departed manager, who led the Chicago Cubs to the World Series in his five-year spell in charge, was announced as the new man in charge of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday morning. It’s been stated that the deal is a three-year one, though many question the length due to the fact that they just fired Brad Ausmus after just one year in the position. Maddon is 65 years old, but he was a prime candidate for the Angels due to the fact that he had spent 31 years in the organization in all sorts of roles prior to this move. He has his work cut out for him, seeing as how the team has not had a winning season in four years now. But he does have Mike Trout, so it’s not the worst job in the world, is it?
The trend of players ‘betting on themselves’ in the NBA appears to be far from over. Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics is the latest to have done so, according to reports, as he turned down a four-year extension that was said to have been worth $80 million. At the end of the current season, Brown will be an unrestricted free agent, so it looks as if the Celtics were ready to tie him down to prevent that talk from beginning. However, Brown is now set to make much more money, assuming he has a big season for them, whether it ultimately comes from his current team or someone else.
The Pittsburgh Penguins remained the hottest team in the NHL on Wednesday night as they took down the Colorado Avalanche to record their fourth consecutive win. They did so in dramatic fashion as well, winning in overtime by a 3-2 scoreline. The Avalanche, for their part, came into the game having recorded a point in each of their six prior outings, so they took some beating. The teams traded goals, with the Avs getting them from Matt Calvert and Nathan MacKinnon and the Penguins getting them via Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. But the dagger came in overtime with the scores knotted up at two apiece. The Avalanche looked in control with a man up on the ice, but that didn’t matter when Brandon Tanev found the back of the net to hand his team a 3-2 win with a timely shorthanded goal.