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    The comparisons were all over social media this week. Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has 28 pass attempts in two games this season. Every other team in the league has at least 28 completions and 52 attempts. New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco has 103 pass attempts. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been targeted more times (29) than Fields has attempted a pass. And on and on. The Bears’ measly passing-game numbers, which total 15 completions and 191 yards, have dominated talk at Halas Hall in the lead-up to Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans at Soldier Field, with coach Matt Eberflus saying the Bears need to strive for a better balance in the running and passing games. Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy understands it: “I love to throw because I’m a quarterback guy, right?” And surely Getsy knows Fields needs to throw to develop in his second season. But Getsy also believes in following a plan tailored to what a defense is presenting them. “I truly believe in evaluating the matchups each week and saying, ‘OK,...
    The Los Angeles Dodgers have not yet qualified for the 2022 MLB postseason after the league announced it made an error in its calculations. The division-leading team would have been the first to punch its ticket to the postseason, but it will now require one more win to get the spot the team thought it already had. MLB TO PLAY FIRST REGULAR SEASON GAME IN MEXICO CITY IN 2023 The MLB said it failed to account for the possibility of the rival San Diego Padres winning the division and the Dodgers ending up in a three-way tie with the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, a scenario in which the Brewers would win their final 21 games, according to ESPN. Should the Dodgers fail to win another game, the team can still qualify via various other situations in which other teams fail to win a certain number of games. The Dodgers could win their division Tuesday after failing to win it last year despite having the second-best record in the MLB. CLICK HERE...
    Despite the long strings of losses the Orioles have endured during his four-year managerial tenure, Brandon Hyde has often praised his team’s ability to metaphorically get hit, then hit back. In the span of three pitches Saturday, the Orioles did so to clinch a series victory on the road over the Chicago White Sox, downing the reigning American League Central champions, 6-2, to position themselves for a four-game sweep Sunday. Baltimore (34-39) has won four games in a row for the first time since September 2020 and enjoyed its best 35-game stretch since 2017, going 20-15 since May 19. “We come to the park every day and expect to win, and that’s not a feeling we’ve had here in a long time,” said Trey Mancini, the club’s longest-tenured player. “It’s just been so much fun.” The Orioles took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning, with Jorge Mateo having scored both of their runs on a third-inning home run and a fifth-inning error by shortstop Leury García that allowed him to score from second after a double. With two on...
    When Tony La Russa was hired as Chicago White Sox manager after the 2020 season and his second DUI arrest was reported, free-agent pitcher Marcus Stroman chimed in on Twitter. “Baffling on all measures,” Stroman replied to a tweet by The Athletic’s Keith Law calling it a “bad hire.” A troll followed up by asking Stroman how much money it would take for him to play for La Russa, using a disparaging description of the Sox manager. “No amount of money honestly,” Stroman replied. “Peace of mind is always priority.” Stroman wound up playing for the New York Mets last season before signing a three-year, $71 million deal with the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 1 — the day the lockout began. And on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon on the South Side, he found himself facing La Russa’s White Sox in the final game of Round 2 of the City Series. In spite of Stroman’s seven shutout innings, the Cubs lost 5-4 in 12 innings after the bullpen blew leads in the ninth, 10th and 11th before 38,080 at Guaranteed Rate...
    Tim Anderson ranged to his left to field P.J. Higgins’ grounder in the fifth inning of Sunday’s City Series game against the Chicago Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox shortstop made the throw to first and fell to the ground in obvious pain. A hush went over the sellout crowd of 38,080. Teammates circled Anderson in shallow center field. He needed the training staff’s assistance to exit the game. Anderson became the latest key Sox player to suffer an injury this season as he left with a strained right groin. The Sox found a way to rally without their offensive spark plug, beating the Cubs 5-4 in 12 innings. Third baseman Jake Burger knocked in Danny Mendick with a single to end the marathon game. “I make (a fielding) error in the seventh that cost a run for us,” Burger said. “I’m just glad I got the chance to redeem myself a little bit.” Now the question becomes how long the Sox will be without Anderson. “It’s devastating,” Burger said. “You saw all nine guys out there around...
    When Tony La Russa was hired as Chicago White Sox manager after the 2020 season and his second DUI arrest was reported, free-agent pitcher Marcus Stroman chimed in on Twitter. “Baffling on all measures,” Stroman replied to a tweet by The Athletic’s Keith Law calling it a “bad hire.” A troll followed up by asking Stroman how much money it would take for him to play for La Russa, using a disparaging description of the Sox manager. “No amount of money honestly,” Stroman replied. “Peace of mind is always priority.” Stroman wound up playing for the New York Mets last season before signing a three-year, $71 million deal with the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 1 — the day the lockout began. And on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon on the South Side, he found himself facing La Russa’s White Sox in the final game of Round 2 of the City Series. In spite of Stroman’s seven shutout innings, the Cubs lost 5-4 in 12 innings after the bullpen blew leads in the ninth, 10th and 11th before 38,080 at Guaranteed Rate...
    PLEASANTON — They never stopped believing. Not when they fell two runs behind in the first inning, three behind in the second and four behind in the fourth. Down to their final out in the seventh, the De La Salle Spartans still believed that something good was going to happen, that they — not Foothill — would hoist the North Coast Section Division I championship trophy when the sun went down Friday evening. Kai Smith hit a high chopper between first and second with the bases loaded and two out. Had the junior not reached safely, Foothill would have captured its first section title. “It could have been the last at-bat,” Smith said. “I was going to go 150 percent for the seniors. I just out-competed.” There was no throw. Smith’s infield hit knocked in the tying run and forced extra innings. Two innings later, De La Salle went ahead on an infield error. On the next pitch, Smith launched a two-run homer over the left-field fence to propel the Spartans to a 9-6 victory. Donovan Chriss, who pitched the...
    Every so often, just for a moment, Jimmy Butler will let you in. He’ll pull back the curtain and let you see who he is, how his mind and motivations assemble. He mostly keeps that area closed off, opaquely answering he doesn’t care about random ideas like statistics, as he says night after playoff night. Even if the question is framed that it’s known he doesn’t care about statistics, but his staggering ones Monday provided framework to the Miami Heat’s 118-107 Game 1 win against Boston, it’s met with a shrug. He’s just out there, competing hard, reading the game, doing whatever’s necessary to win, as he says night after night. There’s no reason to doubt that answer. It’s just that, every so often, he’ll show you more. He did at the end of the Philadelphia series last week, walking to the locker room and shouting in a send-off to his former team, “They chose Tobias Harris over me?” Late Tuesday night, as he shut down the talk of his numbers — 41 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals...
    Every so often, just for a moment, Jimmy Butler will let you in. He’ll pull back the curtain and let you see who he is, how his mind and motivations assemble. He mostly keeps that area closed off, opaquely answering he doesn’t care about random ideas like statistics, as he says night after playoff night. Even if the question is framed that it’s known he doesn’t care about statistics, but his staggering ones Monday provided framework to the Miami Heat’s 118-107 Game 1 win against Boston, it’s met with a shrug. He’s just out there, competing hard, reading the game, doing whatever’s necessary to win, as he says night after night. There’s no reason to doubt that answer. It’s just that, every so often, he’ll show you more. He did at the end of the Philadelphia series last week, walking to the locker room and shouting in a send-off to his former team, “They chose Tobias Harris over me?” Late Tuesday night, as he shut down the talk of his numbers — 41 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues are locked at two games apiece. That fact is a better indicator of how close the series has been than the total combined margin of victory, which is 15 goals. Head coach Dean Evason says throw that number out. READ MORE: As Wild Gear Up For Game 5, Fans Can Get Hands On Some Special Items“I can tell you from our end, the game’s we’ve won have been, you know, tight, you know, right til the end,” he said. “We don’t expect anything different. It’s hard fought. There’s some bounces.” It’s forward Nic Deslauriers’ first playoffs. Each shift he’s learning more about the opposition. “I think it’s good. You see the same team until somebody wins. I think that’s a different mindset I’ve never had,” said Deslauriers. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been around the block. He now has 92 career playoff wins. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Wild Address Special Team Struggles Ahead Of Game 5 At Home“He’s been fantastic,” said Evason. “We expected it....
    Let’s stay tethered to perspective: Philadelphia, as a comeback play, is a hot story. A trending story. Joel Embiid, out the first two games, returned to change this playoff series against the Miami Heat the last two games. James Harden was aging and fattening before our eyes before scoring 31 points in Philadelphia’s Game 4 win Sunday night. Philadelphia could be the first team, “in their storied history,” as the TNT broadcast repeatedly said, to come back from an 0-2 deficit to win a series. So, they’re a hot story in the manner that if you put your ear to the ground, you can feel some vibrations in the distance, a deep and thundering sound of momentum. “You know how fast that can change?” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. OK, he was talking about his players’ wayward 3-point shooting, not the series. But the two are linked. “We have so many ignitable guys,’ he said. He mentioned Tyler Herro, Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson … “We see a couple go down, that can turn into four, five, six” — he snapped...
    The Sodfather confirmed Wednesday what most of us in Chicago already assumed. This has been our worst spring ever. Period. Roger Bossard, the head groundskeeper of the Chicago White Sox, didn’t need numbers to back up his claim. He has millions of eyewitnesses. Bossard said Sox manager Tony La Russa recently asked him if he’s ever remembered worse conditions during a Chicago spring. The answer was a resolute “no.” “There have been times where I had to push some snow off the field or had to melt an inch here or there, but I’ve never seen a constant like this,” Bossard said. “This is my 56th year (as Sox groundskeeper). Never seen it like this. It’s horrible and it’s not just the Sox and Cubs. It’s the golf courses and everybody is just suffering. The plant isn’t growing the way it’s supposed to. The weather pattern is brutal. It’s as bad as I’ve ever seen.” And it’s not just the rain, the cold and the 23 mph wind, all of which made the Sox’s 3-1 win over the Cubs at...
    Whether or not players enjoy the play-in tournament, now in Year 2, the Nets finished the regular season in seventh. That means they are not a lock for the postseason just yet. Instead, they will have to defend their playoff positioning in a showdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. “I think somebody’s in the back room, hip-hip-hooraying, whoever created the tournament,” Nets star Kyrie Irving said after Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Pacers. “I guess somebody’s in the back room saying that this works, but as a competitor, it feels like one of those Game 6s, Game 5s, Game 7s where it’s a must-win.” The winner will take the seventh seed for a date with the Celtics in the first round. The loser will have to play the winner of the nine-ten game, with the winner of that securing the eighth seed and the loser securing a trip to Cancun. If it’s giving Game 7 vibes, that’s because it feels like one. The Nets, in theory, can afford to lose a game before facing elimination, but losing on Tuesday...
    (AP) – Duke keeps winning games in the NCAA Tournament and Mike Krzyzewski keeps telling anyone who will listen, “It’s not the coaching.” There’s some evidence to suggest he’s right. READ MORE: Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two Former Beaver Co. Healthcare Facility Workers On Hate Crime ChargesFor one thing, Duke relies almost entirely on freshmen and sophomores, which means his core group of players have only had so much time to soak up Coach K’s decades of gathered wisdom. For another, Krzyzewski switched to a zone defense in the second half of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 game against a rugged Texas Tech team, but when the Blue Devils needed big stops down the stretch his players lobbied — successfully — to go back to man-to-man. Finally, and most important, perhaps, those same kids who are supposed to be feeling the pressure of his impending retirement shot 71% from the floor after halftime, hitting eight straight field goals to end the game. There’s no coaching manual that covers that. But don’t be fooled. On the same night two No. 1 seeds...
    Duke keeps winning games in the NCAA Tournament and Mike Krzyzewski keeps telling anyone who will listen, “It’s not the coaching.” There’s some evidence to suggest he’s right. For one thing, Duke relies almost entirely on freshmen and sophomores, which means his core group of players have only had so much time to soak up Coach K’s decades of gathered wisdom. For another, Krzyzewski switched to a zone defense in the second half of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 game against a rugged Texas Tech team, but when the Blue Devils needed big stops down the stretch his players lobbied — successfully — to go back to man-to-man. Finally, and most important, perhaps, those same kids who are supposed to be feeling the pressure of his impending retirement shot 71% from the floor after halftime, hitting eight straight field goals to end the game. There’s no coaching manual that covers that. But don’t be fooled. On the same night two No. 1 seeds were toppled, the reason Krzyzewski won the 100th NCAA Tournament game of his career and...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When the Super Bowl was on the line, the Los Angeles Rams knew who they trusted to win it. Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp led the way on the game-winning drive that delivered the Rams the 23-20 win over Cincinnati on Sunday for their first championship in Los Angeles since the 1951 season. Stafford completed all four passes he threw to Kupp on the game-winning drive for 39 yards, including the 1-yard TD toss that provided the winning score. For the season, Stafford completed 55 of 61 (90.2%) of passes he threw to Kupp in the fourth quarter of regular season or playoff games for 802 yards, seven TDs, no interceptions and a 157.0 rating. The 55 fourth-quarter catches are the most in a season since at least 1991, with the previous high for a QB-receiver combo being the 43 that Victor Cruz caught from Eli Manning in 2011. Stafford had a 143.8 rating when throwing to Kupp this postseason, the best for any QB targeting a single receiver in the past five seasons. The TD...
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — E. J. Liddell had 26 points, Cedric Russell added 12 and No. 16 Ohio State beat Michigan 68-57 on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (15-6, 8-4 Big Ten) rebounded from a 66-64 loss at Rutgers on Wednesday to win for the second time in three games. Ohio State had lost four of its previous five road games. “It’s a great road win,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “We responded from a gut-punch the other night. I didn’t know if we would win or not, but I knew we would respond the right way because of the leadership from this group.” Eli Brooks had 17 points and Hunter Dickinson added 14 for Michigan (13-10, 7-6), which was playing its third game in five days. “You have to have some fatigue, especially with three on five nights,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “That’s how the schedule was thrown at us, but we’re not making any excuses about it. We had a chance to win the game, but give Ohio … credit. They played well, they played with...
    Jimmy Garoppolo is no stranger to this situation. The 49ers covered up his anything-but-elite quarterback play for not one, but two playoff games only two seasons ago. But eventually, as it always does, the burden of offensive success fell on the quarterback. The Niners tried to hide him as long as they could, but in the third game — Super Bowl LIV — Garoppolo crumbled under the weight. His fourth-quarter quarterback rating in the biggest game of his life was 2.8. That’s out of 158.3. He completed only two of his 10 pass attempts for 24 yards and he threw an interception. Garoppolo has another chance at a third playoff game on Sunday, when the 49ers play the Rams in the NFC Championship Game in Los Angeles. And while the Niners will once again try to ensure that Garoppolo — who has thumb and shoulder injuries — is not the fulcrum of the team’s offensive attack, the Rams will do their best to make sure that he is. If Sunday is the moment he...
    NFL Twitter was in a glass case of emotion after watching the Los Angeles Rams blow a 27-3 lead to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only to win 30-27. That was something, wasn’t it. The Los Angeles Rams looked to have had the game won, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-3 in the third quarter. But, the Rams suffered multiple blunders against Tom Brady, allowing them to tie the game up at 27 with less than a minute remaining in regulation. But, the Rams still had some magic in them. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s 44-yard pass to Cooper Kupp helped set up a successful field goal attempt by Matt Gay, giving them the walk-off 30-27 win. The Rams will now face the rival San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. As you might have guessed, Twitter users lost their minds after watching what was a rollercoaster of emotions. The Rams… pic.twitter.com/F549QzfeEt — NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 23, 2022 Matthew Stafford, 0-3 in the playoffs with the Lions.Matthew Stafford, 2-0 in the playoffs with the Rams. — Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry)...
    Jimmy Garoppolo says he has a good feeling about the 49ers team as they head into the playoffs. You know what? I do too. The Niners have their flaws, no doubt, and Garoppolo doesn’t crack the top-10 of playoff quarterbacks this season, but San Francisco has multiple reasons to believe in themselves and their chances in the tournament. Health  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  For starters, this team is as healthy as could be expected at this juncture in the season, especially with left tackle Trent Williams (missed Week 18), safety Jaquiski Tartt (left Week 18), top running back Elijah Mitchell (battling knee injury), and a full complement of linebackers practicing on Wednesday. The Niners should even have their concussed punter, Mitch Wishnowsky back for their Wild Card playoff game vs. the Cowboys Sunday. This Niners’ season has been a roller coaster and a huge part of that is the constant rotation of players. Credit to the Niners’ front office and head coach Kyle Shanahan for building a deep team, but San Francisco will be close...
    After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the New York Giants trolled their division rivals by playing a specific television theme song. The Philadelphia Eagles had the opportunity to gain ground on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. All they had to do was beat the New York Giants, who were coming off a dud performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Instead, it was the Eagles who laid an egg, as they lost to the Giants 13-7 on Sunday. How could things get more humiliating for the Eagles, you ask? Well, the Giants played the theme song of the hit television show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as Eagles fans left MetLife Stadium. You can clearly hear it during Giants running back Saquon Barkley’s postgame interview with NFL Network’s Kim Jones. With Saquon after NYG 13, Eagles 7. On the win, the offense & Fletcher Cox. #PHIvsNYG pic.twitter.com/BEE3CduLTw — Kim Jones (@KimJonesSports) November 28, 2021 The #Giants are playing the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” theme song as Eagles fans exit MetLife Stadium. — Zack Rosenblatt...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — George Holani rushed for 102 yards, Hank Bachmeier passed for 225 yards, and the Boise State defense forced a late turnover to hold off upset-minded Wyoming 23-13 Friday night. Boise State continued its mastery of Wyoming, winning its fifth straight and 15th out of 16 games in the series. Wyoming (5-5, 1-5 Mountain West) lost its fifth game out of its last six after a 4-0 start. The Broncos (6-4, 4-2) won for only the second time at home this season, but it wasn’t easy. After exchanging touchdowns, the teams settled in for a defensive slugfest in the first half. Jonah Dalmas booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired to give Boise State a 10-7 halftime lead. Dalmas converted from 35-yards out on the Broncos’ opening possession of the second half, but both offenses continued to struggle. It was the Broncos’ defense that provided the spark to break the game open. With Boise State holding a tenuous 13-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Wyoming quarterback Levi Williams scrambled out of pressure and threw an...
    Just about any sort of win in the Pac-12 is cause for fans to rush the field in celebration these days. In Boulder last weekend, the backers of the struggling Colorado Buffaloes stormed the turf after beating a five-win Oregon State team on homecoming. In Tucson, the Arizona Wildcats faithful cut loose after ending a 20-game skid. Outside of No. 5 Oregon (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12), this has been a rocky season for a league that began with five teams in the top 25 and high hopes. Now, the Ducks are flying solo in the AP poll. USC’s Clay Helton was fired for losing too many games. Washington State’s Nick Rolovich and several assistants were let go in October for not complying with the governor’s order that all state employees get a COVID-19 vaccine. Colorado parted with its offensive line coach. Washington recently let go of its offensive coordinator. Oh, and more coaching news: Jimmy Lake of Washington drew a suspension for a sideline incident last weekend. There are only a few headline-grabbing wins over other Power 5 teams (most...
    HOUSTON (AP) — The World Series has its highest broadcast viewership since 2019 — with 13.9 million tuned in during Sunday’s Game 5 alone across Fox platforms. Atlanta’s 3-2 win over Houston on Saturday night received a 5.65 rating, 15 share and 10,511,000 viewers on Fox, the network said Tuesday. That was up 12% over the roughly 9.38 million who watched Tampa Bay’s 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of last year’s neutral-site World Series in Arlington, Texas. It’s also 2% more than the approximate 10.28 million viewers for the Astros’ 8-1 rout of Washington in Game 4 of 2019. When taking into account Fox Deportes and people who streamed the games, Fox said there were 10,771,000 viewers for Game 4 and 13,933,000 for Game 5. Houston’s come-from-behind 9-5 win in Game 5 on Sunday drew a 7.38 rating, 18 share and 13,644,000 viewers. That marked a 35% increase over the 10.1 million for the Dodgers’ 4-2 win in Game 5 last year and a 19% rise over the 11.45 million viewers for the...
    BERKELEY — Only the oldest of Old Blues endured a Cal football season where the Bears lost more close games than they already have through the first half of this year’s schedule. The Bears (1-5, 0-3 Pac-12), who take on Colorado (2-4, 1-2) on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, have lost four times by seven points or fewer, including an overtime defeat at Washington and a 24-17 loss at Oregon last Friday night. It’s been 57 seasons since Cal lost more than four games by seven points or fewer. Coach Ray Willsey’s 1964 Bears lost five in that range, falling to UCLA by four points, USC and Washington by five, and Illinois and Minnesota by six. That team finished 3-7. Cal coach Justin Wilcox understands his team gets no bonus points for close defeats. “The win-loss column, that’s all there is,” Wilcox said. “We are all frustrated and disappointed in the way we’ve started the season. “There’s been opportunities in every game to win the game. Ultimately, the stat that matters is winning and losing....
    (CBS Local Sports) – The college football season continues this week, with another full schedule of games on CBS and CBS Sports Network. Out of the SEC, #1 Georgia, who remains undefeated, faces another undefeated team in #11 Kentucky. Auburn also meets #17 Arkansas. In the Mountain West, #24 San Diego State looks to keep it going against San Jose State. Utah State plays UNLV, and Hawaii travels to Nevada. CBS’s Norm Elrod talked to CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt about the matchups. Auburn @ #17 Arkansas: October 16, 12:00 p.m. ET on CBS READ MORE: Denver Center For The Performing Arts Needs Volunteers As Curtain Calls ApproachSeventeenth-ranked Arkansas has lost two straight. They gave up 52 points to Mississippi and were shut out by Georgia the week before. Can they turn things around against Auburn? “They can, they can. They’re at home. It’s a home-field advantage. If you notice the way they played at home, especially against Texas, I think that’s going to be a big help getting back home. And saying that, I think the running game. Coach Pittman, I...
    See all the posh fashion Victoria Beckham wore during NYC visit this week Why It’s Still Worth Refinancing Your Mortgage Now — Except in This Situation Seven NHL regular season games are in the books. 1,305 games remain. It's a long season, it's a grind and we love it. We have our first full slate of the season, as 9 games faceoff on Thursday night. All betting lines are courtesy of BetMGM. Dog of the day For the first time ever, the Seattle Kraken are my dog of the day. Seattle finds itself a +105 road underdog against the Nashville Predators. This is Nashville's first game of the season and their home opener.  We have already seen the Kraken once, and even though they lost the game, returns were encouraging. They fell behind 3-0 against the Vegas Golden Knights, but they made it a game before eventually losing by a score of 4-3.  Most 5-on-5 metrics suggested an even game, if anything, Seattle did a better job of driving play. This is an impressive feat against one of...
    LOS ANGELES — The last time Dodgers right-hander Max Scherzer faced the Giants in the playoffs, Buster Posey launched a go-ahead home run against the eight-time All-Star. Scherzer didn’t take the loss for the Tigers in Game 4 of the 2012 World Series, but he saw first-hand how dangerous Posey can be in the postseason. “He’s great hitter. He knows what he’s doing at the plate,” Scherzer said Sunday. “I’ve faced him a handful of times. I think we traded paint. He’s got me. I’ve gotten him. So it should be a good matchup.” The Tigers entered the World Series as favorites over the Giants, but Posey and Co. secured an unlikely sweep to clinch the team’s second title in three seasons. “We can’t believe that we didn’t (win),” Scherzer said Sunday. “Unfortunately we had one shot at it, wasn’t able to get it done, but we had some great, great teams there in Detroit.” Related Articles Why the SF Giants’ key to beating the Dodgers is now their bullpen SF Giants...
    Getty Dan Campbell on the field during the Lions game against Minnesota. The Detroit Lions lost another heartbreaker of a game to the Minnesota Vikings 19-17, and disappointment is clearly setting in for plenty on the team. At times, it feels as if the Lions are living in a simulation, where defeats and frustrations follow a usual pattern. That played out again when Detroit rallied, took a late lead with 37 seconds on the clock and proceeded to fail at stopping the Vikings from moving the ball. Dan Campbell was clearly feeling the frustration after the game in a bigger way than usual. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! After the game, Campbell was emotional when speaking to the media, shedding a few tears. As captured by Fox 2 Sports on Twitter, the coach who so often wears his heart on his sleeve was bearing his soul once more, this time with some tears. An emotional Dan Campbell after another heartbreaking #Lions loss:...
    The Cosby Shows Keshia Knight Pulliam Marries Brad James Does it ever make sense for a retiree to file for bankruptcy? The Cowboys entered 2021 with one of the best offenses in the NFL. But they might also have one of the game's best players on defense. Second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs helped propel Dallas to a 36-28 victory over the previously unbeaten Panthers on Sunday. And if you ask quarterback Dak Prescott, there's no question about whether Diggs, who intercepted Darnold twice before leaving in the fourth quarter, is suddenly the best cornerback in the game. © Provided by CBS Sports "For sure," Prescott said, per The Athletic. "Turn on the tape. Watch what he's doing. Watch the guys that he's following week in and week out, the (opponents') best player ... But, yes, it's easy to see." The numbers agree. Through four games, Diggs has already racked up five interceptions, more than anyone in the NFL and more than anyone in Cowboys history over a four-game stretch. That gives him eight for his career, which only began in...
    It’s week five of the college football season, and millions of fans around America are amped. Not only is another gorgeous Saturday in America, but today’s slate is absolutely absurd. We have Alabama/Ole Miss, Arkansas/Georgia, Michigan/Wisconsin, Notre Dame/Cincinnati, Oklahoma/Kansas State, Florida/Kentucky, Baylor/Oklahoma State and Auburn/LSU. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) If that lineup of games doesn’t get you pumped up, then you might want to check to make sure you still have a pulse.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ole Miss Football (@olemissfb) The most important game of the day is hands down Ole Miss vs. Alabama. It’s Lane Kiffin vs. his former boss Nick Saban, and for the first time in a very long time, it feels like there might be a real chance the seven-time national champion doesn’t win the day. Now, I’m not predicting the Rebels will win. I’m simply saying the air just feels different around this game.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ole Miss Football (@olemissfb)...
    Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsens The Row Unveils First Kids Line, Which Is Gender Neutral Cramers Mad Money Recap Sept. 28: Inflation, Energy, Politics BALTIMORE — Ten years to the day, the Boston Red Sox returned to the site of one of the most calamitous and pivotal evenings in their oft-tortured history. And while these 2021 Sox aren't yet covered in similar ignominy, this late-September fade is nudging them toward that end.  Will this be the last year of MLBs 10-team postseason format? USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next CC Sabathia Discusses the Greatness of Shohei Ohtani, Derek Jeter and the Brooklyn Nets Sports Illustrated Daily Cover: Why Is Joey Votto Here? Sports Illustrated Fabs Five Wide Receiver Trends From Week 2 Sports Illustrated Verducci: Shohei Ohtanis Fantastic Season Continues on Both Sides of the Ball Sports Illustrated Click to expand Replay Video CC Sabathia Discusses the Greatness of Shohei Ohtani, Derek Jeter and the Brooklyn Nets Former MLB...
    Stanford has its quarterback. Tanner McKee, a Southern California native making his first collegiate start, led the Cardinal to a 42-28 rout of 14th-ranked USC on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The sophomore from Corona, 40 miles west of L.A., passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns, ran for a third, didn’t turn the ball over or take a sack as the 17-point underdogs built a 29-point lead. “Pregame you’re thinking of nerves and so many things can happen,” said McKee, who completed 16 of 23 passes. “Once you get out there you realize you’ve seen this front a million times in practice, you’ve run through it in walkthroughs… I felt very comfortable out there.” McKee split snaps with senior Jack West in the opener against Kansas State after coach David Shaw said neither player had won the QB competition. The Cardinal was disjointed offensively in the 24-7 loss and didn’t score until late in the fourth quarter. But McKee did enough against the Wildcats to win the QB competition and was officially...
    PITTSBURG — Khai Taylor drew the assignment most dreaded by cornerbacks in the Bay Area. It was his duty Friday night to cover Valley Christian’s Division-I bound junior receiver, Jurrion Dickey. For Taylor, it proved more an opportunity than a chore. He snagged three interceptions in the 42-20 win, including a pivotal turnover that extended the Pirates’ lead minutes before halftime. “I was just watching film, being patient with my technique against him and confident in my ability to play,” Taylor said. Dickey did haul in 10 catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns (one of came in the final minutes, once the game was already decided). More than half of those yards came in the second half, including a 79-yard touchdown bomb down the sideline from quarterback Jakson Berman. “Khai Taylor did a fantastic job,” coach Vic Galli said. “I think we put a little more heat on them this week. We made some plays in the secondary.” Berman was on the run all night, but the all-state sprinter was able to avoid all...
    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday: ENGLAND Manchester City looks for its first points of the new Premier League season in a home match against promoted Norwich. City opened its title defense with a 1-0 loss at Tottenham. Liverpool hosts Burnley in the early game as Juergen Klopp’s team goes for a second straight win to follow up a 3-0 victory at Norwich. Other teams looking to make it two wins from two are Brighton, Everton and Brentford, who play Watford, Leeds and Crystal Palace, respectively. SPAIN Barcelona seeks a second straight win in its post-Messi era when it visits Athletic Bilbao. Ronald Koeman’s team opened with a 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou in its first match without Lionel Messi. Now it travels to Bilbao to face the Basque side that is always a tough test at home. More than 10,000 fans will be allowed into San Mamés stadium for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Villarreal, last season’s Europa League winner, visits promoted Espanyol after both sides were...
    Kelsey Stewart celebrates while rounding second base after hitting a walk-off home run in the seventh inning as Mana Atsumi looks on during softball opening round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 26, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images Kelsey Stewart hit a walk-off home run for Team USA to beat Japan 2-1 in the Tokyo Olympics.  It was the first Olympics match between the two since Japan's win over Team USA in the 2008 final.  The USA will now face Japan in the gold medal game on Tuesday as the home team.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kelsey Stewart hit a walk-off home run to give Team USA a 2-1 win against Japan in the fifth game of the Olympic Softball Tournament at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on Sunday.  The 26-year-old third baseman came up with the USA's first home run of the tournament in her first Olympics appearance, and it's arguably the biggest hit of her life. —#TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021  Stewart won two...
    More On: sega Boy racks up $16K bill on mom’s credit card playing video games ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ sequel in the works Terrifying version of Sonic scrubbed from the film isn’t staying gone forever Sega halts game shipment after actor arrested on drug charge A class-action lawsuit has alleged that entertainment behemoth Sega “rigged” one of its arcade games, Key Master, so that it can only be won after a certain number of players have lost. The lawsuit, which was filed Monday in California, said the game was “systematically marketed and sold … with images and advertising which indicate the machines are games of pure skill when, in reality, the machines are rigged and are designed to prevent even highly-skilled users from being able to win until a set number of unsuccessful plays have been completed.” The plaintiff, Marcelo Muto, is suing the company for $5 million. “Plaintiff and other consumers would not have otherwise paid money to play the Key Master Machine, or paid for others to play, or would not have paid as much, had they known...
    Gas prices rise again, no sign of letting up this summer Minnesota man charged in securities fraud may have tried to seize Florida shell company, records suggest Spain overcame an atrocious own goal and two late concessions vs. Croatia to reach the quarterfinals of Euro 2020 in thrilling fashion. View the original article to see embedded media.For Spain, the immediate outcome of an astonishingly dramatic tie was a place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2020 against either France or Switzerland. But in the longer term, a 5–3, extra-time win over Croatia may come to seem like a vital game in the rebirth of Spanish football. It’s not just that this was Spain’s first win in a major tournament knockout game since the final of Euro 2012, it was, beyond the chaos, the style of the win and the spirit it showed in achieving it. After worrying signs of the old sterility in the first half, Spain won in the way that Luis Enrique demands—at least from an attacking point of view. As for the defending, there is work to...
    Ryan Day, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) The Ohio State football team should be good once again, but probably not good enough to win the national championhip this season. Even if the Ohio State football team is one of the likeliest teams to make the College Football Playoff, it may not be in the cards for the Buckeyes to win a national championship this year. Ohio State has made the College Football Playoff four times in school history. The Buckeyes won the inaugural four-team tournament in 2014. While they were able to reach the national title bout last year, the Buckeyes ran into the buzzsaw that was the 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide. Even if they do not face Alabama again, Ohio State is not winning back-to-back playoff games this year. Here are three reasons why we cannot count on Ohio State winning the national championship.Ohio State football: 3 reasons Buckeyes will not win national title in 20213. Ryan Day is bound to lose a conference game, so who hands him his first L?2021 will mark Ryan Day’s...
    More On: new york liberty Liberty fall in overtime slugfest The Liberty are off to a ‘remarkable’ start Liberty tie franchise record as hot start continues Ex-Liberty star has big night in win over former team A theme has emerged through one-quarter of the new-look Liberty’s renaissance season: It’s going to be hard for them to win when Sabrina Ionescu doesn’t play well. And after a 94-82 loss to the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday night at Barclays Center, in which Ionescu finished with a career-low five points on 2 of 13 shooting and was unable to deliver her customary late-game heroics, Liberty head coach Walt Hopkins sounded an alarm about Ionescu’s physical condition roughly 10 months removed from suffering partially torn ligaments in her left ankle. “Sab’s finding her way,” Hopkins said. “As I’m sure everybody can see, she’s just not quite moving the way that she needs to be able to move.” Asked to elaborate on the notion of Ionescu’s mobility not being 100 percent, Hopkins said, “I don’t know if it’s mobility, I don’t know if...
    Despite their lack of playoff experience, the Phoenix Suns didn’t look afraid of the moment in their postseason debuts. “Poise.” Devin Booker got UP. pic.twitter.com/iyetSw4Fiy — NBA TV (@NBATV) May 23, 2021 “The team responded,” Booker said. “We huddled up, and Chris has been a leader for us throughout this whole season. A lot of us rely on him at every point of the game, so to see him down like that in pain, it’s obviously tough. But we know he’s a fighter, and we have a team full of fighters.” After spending a few minutes in the locker room, and with the Suns slowly turning momentum back in their favor, Paul flipped the switch all the way back on for the home crowd, walking out of the tunnel and receiving a standing ovation. His right arm looked dead for the rest of the game, but that jolt for his team (and the crowd) helped this group maintain its composure. “Seeing C go down and him get back up, it just shows what type of time it is and...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Luka Stojanović scored on a free kick in the 69th minute and the Chicago Fire beat Inter Miami 1-0 on Saturday night. From over 30 yards, Stojanović sent in the free kick with a short bounce. Goalkeeper John McCarthy dove low to the right and attempted to block the shot away, but misjudged and bundled it into the goal. READ MORE: Tropical Park Gets New Ball Fields Thanks To Miami Marlins The Fire (1-4-1) snapped a four-game losing streak. READ MORE: Tracking The Tropics: Subtropical Storm Ana Forms In Atlantic Ocean Near Bermuda Miami’s Robbie Robinson left the game due to a leg injury in the 79th minute and Inter Miami (2-3-2), because it had already used all its substitutions, played the rest of the match down a man. MORE NEWS: Deaths Of Man, Child Under Investigation In Fort Lauderdale (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    On a night when Stephen Curry was slow to find his rhythm, the Warriors’ new-look bench unit picked up the slack and showed that an area of weakness for so much of this season could be a strength over the final stretch. Curry, who finished with 32 points on 11-for-18 shooting (4-for-9 from 3-point range) in Friday night’s 118-97 win over the Denver Nuggets, briefly left the game in the first quarter because of a taping issue on his right foot. His early exit threw off his usual minutes pattern of playing the first 12 minutes of the game, and he struggled to establish a flow until the second half, when he scored 25 of his points. Instead, it was a revamped reserve unit of Kelly Oubre Jr., Jordan Poole and Juan Toscano-Anderson that powered Golden State’s best stretches until Curry closed Denver out. “Everybody chipped in,” Curry said. Oubre in particular thrived. Playing his third game in his new role off the bench, Oubre finished with 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting, six rebounds, three assists,...
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