Queen City rules
Charlotte has ‘moved to the front of the line,’ according to MLS commissioner Don Garber, to be granted the league’s 30th franchise. No formal announcement is imminent, but Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is expected to pay a record fee for the franchise. Oh, and the city’s marathon this month sold out for the first time in its 14-year history.
Don Cherry, 85, was fired from his longtime role as a commentator for Sportsnet’s popular “Hockey Night in Canada” for making offensive comments about immigrants, some of whom he said were not sufficiently patriotic. Cherry has been a controversial figure for years, and his departure was seen as long overdue by several Canadian observers.
Signs of trouble
Major League Baseball has another Houston problem to deal with. Mike Fiers, who pitched for the Astros in 2017, told The Athletic that the team was stealing signs that year, which ended with the franchise’s first World Series title. Even if manager A.J. Hinch or others are disciplined, MLB will have a hard time preventing the practice from taking place.