Golden State 106 Toronto 105 (Toronto lead series 3 – 2)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
NY Mets at NY Yankees postponed
Washington 12 Chicago White Sox 1
LA Angels 5 LA Dodgers 3
Texas 4 Boston 3 (11)
Tampa Bay 6 Oakland 2
Arizona 13 Philadelphia 8
St. Louis 4 Miami 1
Atlanta 13 Pittsburgh 7
Colorado 6 Chicago Cubs 5
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Dayton 3 Fort Wayne 2
Great Lakes 8 South Bend 3
COLLEGE BASEBALL – SUPER REGIONALS
Auburn 14 North Carolina 7… Auburn advances to College World Series
Arkansas 14 Mississippi 1… Arkansas advances to College World Series
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES – SCHEDULE OPENING ROUND
Michigan vs. Texas Tech 2:00
Florida State vs. Arkansas 7:00
Louisville vs. Vanderbilt 2:00
Auburn vs. Mississippi State 7:30
ENTIRE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
|DATE||GAME||TEAMS||TIME (ET)||TV CHANNEL|
|Saturday, June 15||Game 1||Texas Tech vs. Michigan||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Saturday, June 15||Game 2||Arkansas vs. Florida State||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sunday, June 16||Game 3||Vanderbilt vs. Louisville||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sunday, June 16||Game 4||Mississippi State vs. Auburn||7:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Monday, June 17||Game 5||Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Monday, June 17||Game 6||Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Tuesday, June 18||Game 7||Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Tuesday, June 18||Game 8||Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Wednesday, June 19||Game 9||Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Thursday, June 20||Game 10||Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8||8 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Friday, June 21||Game 11||Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Friday, June 21||Game 12||Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Saturday, June 22||Game 13*||TBD vs. TBD||2 p.m.||ESPN|
|Saturday, June 22||Game 14*||TBD vs. TBD||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Monday, June 24||CWS Finals: Game 1||TBD vs. TBD||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Tuesday, June 25||CWS Finals: Game 2||TBD vs. TBD||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Wednesday, June 26||CWS Finals: Game 3*||TBD vs. TBD||7 p.m.|
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL FINALS
Monday, June 17
Class A | University (21-10-1) vs. Washington Township (23-6) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT
Class 4A | Columbus East (25-4) vs. Hamilton Southeastern (22-8) | 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT
Tuesday, June 18
Class 3A | Edgewood (24-3) vs. Andrean (35-1) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT
Class 2A | Southridge (17-8) vs. Alexandria Monroe (28-6) | 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT
INDIANA STATE BOYS GOLF FINALS
Day 1: Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 8 am ET / 7 am CT.
Day 2: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 8 am ET / 7 am CT.
TEC ALL-CONFERENCE 2019 SOFTBALL
12 TARA WILLIAMS –ALL CONFERENCE AND CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
12 KRISITN KLEIN- ALL CONFERENCE
12 FAYTH HILL- ALL CONFERENCE
9 SOPHIA KNOCK- ALL CONFERENCE
10 TORI RUSSELL-HONORABLE MENTION
11 HAYLEE RICHARDS- HONORABLE MENTION
11 GRACE DELAY- ALL CONFERENCE
11 KENZIE LANMEN- ALL CONFERENCE
12 SHELBY KOCH- ALL CONFERENCE
9 RILEY SHIPMAN- HONORABLE MENTION
5 HAYLEE PARKER- HONORABLE MENTION
12 EMMIE PUGH- ALL CONFERENCE
10 KALEIGH LAMB-ALL CONFERENCE
10 JAELA PATTON-ALL CONFERENCE
9 KAYLEE GABBARD-HONORABLE MENTION
10 CHEYENNE LEE-ALL CONFERENCE
10 CHLOE GENTRY-ALL CONFERENCE
11 ABI BUSBY-HONORABLE MENTION
12 SIDNEY VISE-ALL CONFERENCE
12 JESS BUTLER-ALL CONFERENCE
12 KAITLYN JACKSON-HONORABLE MENTION
10 BRI SHEPARD-ALL CONFERENCE
12 LENA SMITH-ALL CONFERENCE
10 MADISON KINDER-HONORABLE MENTION
9 GENA MOORE-ALL CONFERENCE
11 HALEI GOFORTH-ALL CONFERENCE
9 TAYLOR BAKER-HONORABLE MENTION
9 MARISSA SLAGLE-ALL CONFERECE
11 CARLI MORRIS-HONORABLE MENTION
9 SKYLIE LUTZ-ALL CONFERENCE
11 KATIE REICHARD-HONORABLE MENTION
RICHMOND HIRES NEW AD
RICHMOND, June 10, 2019 – Richmond High School has named Greg Roach as their new Athletic Director. Mr. Roach will oversee all athletic operations for the district’s 5,000+ students.
Mr. Roach has served 28 years as an educator. He taught middle school math for 3 years, a director of athletics for 19 years, and a high school assistant principal for 7 years. He has just completed his third year as the principal at Mt. Vernon High School. Other duties include being the Summer School Administrator and International Program Co-Chair for the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation.
Mr. Roach has a Bachelor’s of Education degree in Mathematics from Ball State University, a Master’s of Educational Leadership degree from Indiana University and will soon complete his Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree from Indiana State University in June 2020.
Mr. Roach is driven by the desire to see RHS students experience success in as many ways and as many areas as possible. That includes success in the classroom, on academic teams, in the fine arts, and in athletics along with areas outside of school. He wants to give RHS students as many opportunities for success as possible. He believes students should be challenged in order to prepare them to be successful once they leave high school.
During his time as an athletic director, Mr. Roach has been the school leader for the completion of a major building and renovation project of the outdoor athletic facilities and an extensive renovation of the indoor athletic facilities. He has experiences in all aspects of athletics including hosting IHSAA tournaments in the sports of basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, baseball, softball, track, volleyball and football.
Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals
The Golden State Warriors aren’t letting go of the NBA title just yet.
With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shooting and Draymond Green swatting, the champions found a way to win even after a gut-wrenching loss.
Curry scored 31 points, Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge long after Kevin Durant was injured again to give the Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Devastated by the loss of Durant, the All-Stars that the Warriors had left made sure there was celebration along with their sadness, pulling out what Green thought had to be the greatest win during their run to five straight NBA Finals.
“When you’re down six with a couple minutes to go in an elimination for these guys to win a championship, we could have thrown in the towel. We could have folded, but we didn’t,” Green said. “I said it before: I’ve never seen this group fold. And that stands true still.”
Curry and Thompson, nicknamed the Splash Brothers, combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3 1/2 minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd.
“Even going down six with three minutes left, their ball, we didn’t panic,” Thompson said. “We just do what we do.”
The Warriors lost Durant barely a quarter after getting him back but got the win, cutting Toronto’s lead to 3-2 and sending the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn’t get the final shot, which went to Kyle Lowry and was blocked by Green.
Durant returns from injury – then hurts his Achilles
Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right Achilles, a massive blow for the perennial All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP who may be three weeks away from free agency and could also be facing a long rehabilitation process.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers was teary when he gave the news after Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. An MRI will be performed Tuesday to determine the severity, but Durant’s season is clearly over and his recovery will likely take several months if the Achilles is indeed torn.
“He’s one of the most misunderstood people,” Myers said. “He’s a good teammate, he’s a good person, it’s not fair. I’m lucky to know him. I don’t have all the information on what really the extent of what it all means until we get a MRI, but the people that worked with him and cleared him are good people, they’re good people.”
Myers said Durant’s first injury of this postseason was a calf injury, as the Warriors have insisted throughout. Myers also said that he is willing to accept the blame for the decision to play Durant in Game 5.
Golden State won 106-105, cutting Toronto’s lead in the NBA Finals to 3-2.
“I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me,” Myers said. “I run our basketball operations department. And to tell you something about Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.”
Durant got hurt on a dribble on the right wing , coming up lame on a crossover move and falling to the floor. He grabbed the back of his leg, appeared to grab below the calf and more toward the Achilles area, and needed help to limp to the bench area and more help to get back to the Warriors’ locker room. Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was on Durant’s left side as they made the long walk back to the room, with Myers and Stephen Curry in the group immediately behind them.
Tony Parker says he’s retiring from NBA after 18 seasons
Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker’s impressive career is over.
Parker announced Monday he’s retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision.
“It’s with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey!” Parker tweeted. “Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would live all those unbelievable moments with the NBA and the French National Team. Thank you for everything!”
Parker played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Charlotte Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’s loved Parker for a long time and praised him for an “amazing career.”
“It has been a blessing to be with him since he was 19 years old,” Popovich said on a USA Basketball conference call Monday. “I have watched him develop as a player and human being and as a business man.”
Parker started 1,151 regular-season games and averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game. He also played in 226 playoffs games, averaging 17.9 points and 5.1 assists.
He won NBA titles with the Spurs in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He was named NBA Finals MVP in 2007.
Parker had one year left on his contract with the Hornets but was not a major part of Charlotte’s rotation late last season. He hinted after the season that he might be done playing, so the retirement announcement did not come as a surprise.
Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak congratulated Parker on a “remarkable career.”
Davis, Harden, Lowry headline 20-strong USA preliminary squad for World Cup
USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced on Monday the 20 players that will attend a training camp (August 5-9) in Las Vegas and contend for the 12 spots on the American roster for this summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
The USA are going for an unprecedented third consecutive title in the competition.
“We’re pleased with the players who will be attending the 2019 USA Basketball National Team Training Camp, and we feel we will be able to select a strong team for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup,” said Colangelo.
“The majority of these players possess prior USA Basketball experience, and we know all of them are committed to representing their country and doing so in the manner expected by USA Basketball.”
Fourteen of the players come from the 35-man USA national team roster that was announced in 2018 for the cycle running through the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The six who were added include Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Paul Millsap, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and PJ Tucker.
|USA’s 20-player man list for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019|
|Harrison Barnes||Bradley Beal||Anthony Davis||Andre Drummond|
|Eric Gordon||James Harden||Tobias Harris||Kyle Kuzma|
|Damian Lillard||Brook Lopez||Kevin Love||Kyle Lowry|
|CJ McColllum||Khris Middleton||Paul Millsap||Donovan Mitchell|
|Jayson Tatum||PJ Tucker||Myles Turner||Kemba Walker|
“Like past national team training camps, this group, too, possesses outstanding individual talents, while also boasting excellent versatility and athleticism,” Colangelo said.
“We’ve been watching a lot of players during the NBA season and the six players we’ve added to the national team roster we feel are deserving of being part of our national team program.”
Eighteen of the 20 players have already worn the USA jersey at the senior or junior level, including five who have already stood atop a World Cup podium. Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and James Harden were part of the gold medalist 2014 USA World Cup Team while Eric Gordon and Kevin Love were members of the gold medalist 2010 USA World Cup Team.
The group also includes five players who are Olympic gold medalists including Harrison Barnes (2016), Davis (2012), Harden (2012), Love (2012) and Kyle Lowry (2016).
Lowry is competing in the NBA Finals with the Toronto Raptors, who have a 3-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors.
This would be the first opportunity for Kuzma and Mitchell to represent their country in international play.
This will be the first USA team helmed by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
Mike Krzyzewski coached the team at the previous three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and three Olympics (2008, 2012, 2016).
Jeff Van Gundy coached the USA to the top of the podium at the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 in Argentina and also led them during their 10-win, 2-defeat Americas Qualifiers campaign for the World Cup.
“I am excited about getting to training camp in August and working with all of the players that have been selected to attend the USA national team training camp in Las Vegas,” said Popovich.
“We’ve got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players, as well as some exciting younger players who possess amazing versatility.”
Serving as USA assistant coaches are Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova University coach Jay Wright.
The 20 NBA players represent 16 NBA teams, with Houston featuring three players (Gordon, Harden and Tucker), while Milwaukee (Lopez and Middleton) and Portland (Lillard and McCollum) have two players each.
Offensive firepower won’t be an issue. The roster includes 11 of the NBA’s top 50 scorers during the 2018-19 Regular Season – Harden (1st-36.1 ppg.); Davis (10th- 25.9 ppg.); Lillard (11th – 25.8 ppg.); Bradley Beal (tied 12th – 25.6 ppg.); Walker (tied 12th – 25.6 ppg.); Mitchell (tied 16th – 23.8 ppg.); McCollum (28th – 21.0 ppg.); Harris (tied 32nd – 20.0 ppg.); Kuzma (tied 37th – 18.7 ppg.); Middleton (39th – 18.3 ppg.); and Drummond (tied 45th – 17.3 ppg.).
Seven were selected as 2019 NBA All-Stars (Beal, Davis, Harden, Lillard, Lowry, Middleton and Walker). In total, 11 players have been selected as an NBA All-Star a total of 40 times during their careers.
More recently, Harden was named 2018-19 All-NBA First Team, with Lillard was a Second Team selection and Walker was All-NBA Third Team.
Following the Las Vegas camp, which concludes with a USA Blue vs. White exhibition game on August 9, the selected team finalists will reassemble in Los Angeles and train August 13-15, then play an exhibition versus Spain in Anaheim on August 16. The official 12-member roster for the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team will be announced on August 17.
David Ortiz back in Boston after being shot in Dominican bar
David Ortiz was back in Boston on Monday night for medical care, a day after authorities said the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic.
A plane carrying the 43-year-old retired athlete landed after a flight from the Dominican, the team said.
Ortiz had been in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine, according to his spokesman, Leo Lopez. He said Ortiz’s liver was also damaged in the shooting Sunday night.
Ortiz is one of the most beloved figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs.
Dozens of fans crowded the hospital earlier Monday, causing a traffic jam. In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery and wished him well, with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman assuring him on Instagram: “Papi, all of New England has your back.”
The Red Sox offered “all available resources” and sent an air ambulance to bring him back to Boston.
“He’s on the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports,” said Eddie Romero, the team’s assistant general manager.
The club asked fans to observe a moment of reflection shortly before playing the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park and posted on the videoboard: “We send our love to David Ortiz.”
Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range in the torso, authorities said.
The gunman was not immediately identified or arrested and the motive for the shooting was under investigation, with authorities trying to determine whether Ortiz was the target.
Powerful Rockies rally past Cubs, 9th straight win at home
Ian Desmond hit a monster blast that brought fans to their feet but it was a manufactured run that made the difference for the Colorado Rockies.
Colorado scored its first five runs on homers – including Desmond’s 486-foot rocket – but Ryan McMahon delivered the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning, and Colorado rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Monday night.
Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon also went deep for the Rockies, who have won nine straight at home, but Desmond’s shot onto the concourse got everyone’s attention.
“Some of us were in awe. He walloped that one pretty good,” Daniel Murphy said. “It was a good swing, good at-bat, and a big swing for us, too.”
Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and David Bote homered for the Cubs. Bote, who grew up in Longmont, Colo., outside of Denver and made his major league debut at Coors Field in 2018, hit his first homer in Colorado.
“Coming back this summer was a little bit more enjoyable than last year,” he said. “My debut wasn’t successful.”
The game was tied 5-all when Murphy doubled and stole third with one out in the eighth. McMahon drove him in with a single to right-center off of Steve Cishek (1-3).
“(Murphy) was causing havoc out there so maybe Cishek was thinking about him a little bit at third, probably afraid to bounce something, trying to be a little more perfect with his pitches,” McMahon said. “Got me something to hit”.
Wade Davis got the final three outs for his eighth save and first since coming off the 10-day injured list on Friday.
The teams used the long ball to put up four runs each in the third inning. Bote and Schwarber went back-to-back on consecutive pitches to score the first two, and Rizzo hit a two-run homer to center to give Chicago a 4-0 lead. Rizzo finished with three hits.
Wacha pitches 6 shutout innings as Cardinals beat Miami 4-1
Michael Wacha was so excited to make his first start in nearly three weeks that he set the alarm in his hotel room for 4 o’clock.
That’s 4 p.m.
The well-rested Wacha pitched six scoreless innings in his return to the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation Monday, and they broke a three-game losing streak by beating Miami 4-1.
Wacha (4-2), who was briefly demoted to the bullpen, benefited from three double plays and a pickoff in his first start since May 22. The former All-Star allowed five hits, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 5.63.
“He kind of re-established himself,” manager Mike Shildt said. “He was tremendous. He’s a legitimate rotation guy, and when right, he can be a top-of-the-line guy. He has proven that. He proved it tonight.”
Wacha and his teammates arrived in Miami shortly before sunrise after losing at Wrigley Field on Sunday night, when the Cubs completed a series sweep.
“I probably didn’t go to sleep until about 5,” Wacha said. “I woke up at 2, had a little food and went back to sleep until 4. Not the normal schedule, but you’ve got to make it work sometimes.”
Wacha said if he hadn’t set an alarm, he would have slept some more.
There was no wakeup call for the Cardinals offense. They totaled only four hits but scored three unearned runs in the sixth, when catcher Jorge Alfaro made a wild throw on a sacrifice bunt.
“I’m mad at myself,” Alfaro said. “I just threw it away.”
8 is Great: D-backs go homer happy in 13-8 win over Phillies
The Arizona Diamondbacks got to play Home Run Derby in Philly.
The Diamondbacks hit three straight home runs to open the game and finished with a team-record eight in a 13-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in a homer-happy game on Monday night.
Scott Kingery hit two of Philadelphia’s five home runs for the combined MLB record of 13 homers in one game.
On most nights, five would be enough to win a game. But not this one in steamy Philly, where the Diamondbacks turned their at-bats into extended batting practice. Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte and David Peralta hit the dinger, tater and long ball all in a row off Jerad Eickhoff in the first inning to get the record romp rolling .
“With the way we’ve been swinging the bats, you never know,” Dyson said. “We’re just trying to keep that going.”
The Diamondbacks kept it going, going, gone. Eduardo Escobar became the first Diamondback to homer from different sides of the plate in consecutive innings. Ildemaro Vargas also homered twice, Alex Avila went deep and the Diamondbacks made the Citizens Bank Park outfield seats the place to be for a souvenir.
Well, at least for the fans who wanted one – an angry Phillie fanatic hurled one homer back on the field.
Eickhoff (3-4) allowed two more two-run homers before he was chased in the fourth inning and the Diamondbacks up 7-3. The Diamondbacks hit two more homers for a team-record seven in a game and added another to set the new mark at eight.
Eickhoff allowed five hits in three-plus inning – all the hits homers, and Arizona won its fifth straight game.
Morton remains unbeaten, Lowe homers as Rays top A’s 6-2
Charlie Morton is proving his worth to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 35-year-old right-hander, signed to a $30 million, two-year contract in free agency, remained unbeaten with his new team on Monday night, limiting the Oakland Athletics to two hits over seven shutout innings of a 6-2 victory.
The win, Tampa Bay’s sixth in seven games, nudged the Rays ahead of the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.
Morton (8-0, 2.10 ERA) is one of the reasons the budget-minded team with one of baseball’s lowest payrolls feels this could be a special season.
“He’s a huge pickup for this team,” centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier said after making a leaping catch at the wall to rob Oakland’s Jurickson Profar of an extra-base hit and then delivering a two-run homer for a 4-0 lead in the seventh inning.
“The way Charlie Morton has been going for us all year, the spark and dominance he has brought to the table,” Kiermaier added, “I wanted to make that play for him.”
Brandon Lowe homered for the third time in two days, snapping a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and helping the Rays take a half-game lead over Yankees, who were rained out at home where they were to play the Mets.
Morton (8-0) extended his career-best winning streak to 11 games dating to Aug. 17, when he was with the Houston Astros.
The stretch covers 21 starts – 14 of them with Tampa Bay since signing as a free agent – and is the longest active streak in the major leagues ahead of Milwaukee Davies, who’s 7-0 over his past 14 starts.
Turner homers again as Nationals beat White Sox 12-1
Trea Turner’s big game got overshadowed a bit by another scary moment involving a fan hit by a foul ball.
Turner homered in the second straight game, Anibal Sanchez pitched into the seventh and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago White Sox 12-1 on Monday night.
But there were more questions about fan safety when woman was struck by a foul ball off the bat of White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez. He hit a hard liner into the stands in the fourth inning just beyond Chicago’s dugout on the third base side. The woman was sitting several rows from the field. She was bleeding around the head area, and was covered with a towel.
She walked up toward the concourse with assistance of stadium personnel. The team said she was alert and taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Jimenez put his hands on his helmet after seeing the ball go into the stands. Protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field extends to the end of the dugouts.
Jimenez was not available for comment after the game.
Major League Baseball said late last month it will keep examining its policy on protective netting at stadiums a day after a foul ball by the Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora hit a young fan during a game at Houston.
Trout hits tying HR, and Angels rally to beat Dodgers 5-3
Although the biggest crowd in 21 years at Angel Stadium had plenty of blue in it, the red-clad home fans left the Freeway Series opener more exhilarated and probably more exhausted.
The Los Angeles Angels’ tiebreaking, two-run, no-hit rally in the eighth inning was a bizarre baseball marvel – and it was all made possible by an earlier moment of brilliance from Mike Trout in a dramatic comeback victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Trout hit a tying two-run homer in the seventh, and Shohei Ohtani slid home from third with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 5-3 win Monday night.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched the Dodgers to a 3-1 lead through six innings and put himself in position for his seventh consecutive victory, but the Angels emphatically rallied against the Dodgers’ bullpen at a sold-out Big A.
By the time the Angels turned a 3-6-1 double play to end it, a typical week’s worth of excitement had been crammed into three innings in Anaheim, where there hasn’t been much to cheer.
“The atmosphere was unbelievable,” Trout said. “It’s the best the crowd has been all year. The atmosphere is great every time we play the Dodgers, here or in LA. The competition is great to be a part of.”
The Halos’ success was tied to another disappointing night for the Dodgers’ bullpen, perhaps the only area of significant concern for the powerhouse two-time defending NL champions.
After Trout tied it with a two-out, two-strike homer off Dylan Floro, the Angels scored two runs without a hit off beleaguered Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly (1-3) in the eighth.
Braves’ Keuchel sharp in 1st minor league game, 7 scoreless
Dallas Keuchel dominated in his first minor league game since signing with the Atlanta Braves, pitching one-hit ball for seven scoreless innings for Class A Rome on Monday night.
Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out nine against Charleston in the South Atlantic League.
The 31-year-old Keuchel might make his Atlanta debut after one more minor league start.
Keuchel signed a one-year deal last week that pays him $13 million. The two-time All-Star went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts last season for Houston.
Keuchel was scheduled to pitch Saturday for Triple-A Gwinnett against Durham, but the game was postponed because of the weather. The Braves have not announced plans for Keuchel’s next start.
Logano edges Kurt Busch, Truex in overtime
Joey Logano won the pole in qualifying and then led for more than three-quarters of the actual race.
It was an impressive display, but all that could have gone for naught if he hadn’t been sharp on one final restart.
Logano won his second NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, holding off Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. in overtime Monday at Michigan International Speedway. Logano was trying to hold on to a dwindling lead over Truex and Busch with five laps remaining, but around that time, Erik Jones went onto the grass, bringing out the caution flag that forced overtime.
“As the leader, you’re like, `Ohhhh.’ Right?” Logano said. “But the race fan part of me is like, `Heck yeah, this is going to be a great race for everyone to watch.'”
Logano and Truex were up front on the restart, along with Kurt and Kyle Busch, and Logano pulled ahead in his No. 22 Ford.
“He jumped the restart by over a car length,” Truex said. “I don’t know. I guess they don’t enforce those rules anymore. We’ll have to remember that for next time.”
Logano, not surprisingly, had a different view.
“I was able to see it right in front of me. I hit it when I got there,” Logano said. “I had a good start though, wasn’t it? That was a good one. That one felt good.”
NASCAR said it reviews all restarts and did not find anything problematic with this one.
It was the third win in a row for Ford at MIS. This was the 100th race at Michigan for NASCAR’s top series.
The race was held Monday after being rained out Sunday.
Jury convicts ex-NFL player of rape, mulls 8 other charges
A California jury that convicted former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman has been ordered to return to deliberations Tuesday after deadlocking on eight other charges against him, including two additional counts of rape involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen.
A jury on Monday in San Diego Superior Court in Vista found the son of a Hall of Famer guilty of the attack last year on the homeless woman in his picturesque beach community of Encinitas, north of San Diego.
The jury also found the 35-year-old former tight end guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct involving two other women, but jurors found him not guilty of one count of a lewd act.
Winslow, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, faces up to life in prison if convicted of all counts.
All five women testified during the nine-day trial. Winslow did not take the stand.
Defense attorneys pointed out inconsistencies in the accusers’ testimonies and argued the women invented the allegations to prey on the wealth of Winslow, who reportedly earned over $40 million during his 10 seasons with the NFL.
Prosecutors say the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow felt empowered by his fame to abuse the most vulnerable.
Prosecutor Dan Owens told the jury of eight men and four women that Winslow is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
The five women testified that they didn’t know Winslow was famous when they met him.
The homeless woman in Encinitas, who was 58 at the time, testified that he befriended her and attacked her next to his vehicle after inviting her for a coffee in May 2018.
Ngakoue skipping Jags camp because ‘contract not resolved’
Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue plans to skip Jacksonville’s mandatory three-day minicamp that begins Tuesday in hopes of getting a new contract.
Ngakoue’s agent, Roc Nation Sports, released a statement on behalf of the 2017 Pro Bowl selection a day before camp.
“I will not be attending minicamp as my contract has not been resolved,” Ngakoue said. “I remain committed to Jacksonville, the fans and my teammates. My hope is to be with Jacksonville for years to come.”
The announcement ended weeks of speculation surrounding Ngakoue, who showed up for the start of voluntary organized team activities last month , vowed to attend the remaining dozen practices, and emphatically said he plans to play this season even if he doesn’t get a long-term contract. He bailed on teammates and coaches three days later. He also skipped most of Jacksonville’s voluntary offseason conditioning program to work out in Miami.
The former Maryland standout, a third-round draft pick in 2016, is entering the fourth and final year of a $3.84 million rookie deal. He’s due to make $2.025 million this fall – far less than other top playmakers at his position.
Two teammates went to bat for Ngakoue shortly after his statement dropped. Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey posted two pictures of his defensive teammate on his Instagram story, adding the words “ready to see my brudda get what he had earned!! Pay him!!” to the first. And running back Leonard Fournette tweeted “Pay (at)YannickNgakoue.”
The Jaguars have said they want to re-sign the 24-year-old Ngakoue, but there’s no guarantee it will happen.
Teen in crash that killed Auburn announcer says he fell asleep at wheel
AUBURN, ALA. —A teen driver told police he fell asleep at the wheel before rear-ending Auburn broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife, Paula, in a crash that killed the couple.
AL.com reported that the 16-year-old told police he doesn’t remember what happened just before the May 25 accident, scarcely a mile from Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. The crash occurred just after 6 p.m. on a Saturday.The police report says it’s unknown how fast the teen was driving before he struck the Brambletts’ vehicle from behind, pushing it into the intersection and through opposing lanes of traffic.
Bramblett, 52, died from a head injury. His wife, Paula, 53, who worked in Auburn’s Information Technology Department, died from internal injuries. The teen driver sustained serious injuries.Auburn police ruled out the use of a phone and alcohol as contributing factors. Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes says the investigation is ongoing.
2019 COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S TOP GAMES TO WATCH
Are you getting bored yet? Can’t go much longer without some college football? We totally understand. So, just to whet your appetite, we decided to look ahead to this season’s TOP GAMES TO WATCH.
We start in August and go through the end of the regular season.
August 24: Florida vs. Miami. A match-up of potential top – 10 teams to kick off the college football season. This game will take place in Orlando.
August 31: Auburn vs. Oregon: A great way to start the college football season with two teams looking to prove they are worthy of playoff contention. This contest will take place in Arlington, Texas.
August 31: Florida State vs. Boise State. A great opportunity for Boise State to make an early statement. This game will take place in Jacksonville.
September 1: Houston at Oklahoma. The debut of former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. Will he be the answer for the Sooners?
September 7: LSU at Texas. The Longhorns say they belong in the top 10. The Tigers have a lot to prove.
September 7: Texas A&M at Clemson. This might be Clemson’s toughest regular-season matchup of the season.
September 7: Army at Michigan. The Wolverines are watching the film of Army and Oklahoma from last season.
September 14: Clemson at Syracuse. Syracuse is looking to pull off the early upset of the defending national champions.
September 14: Stanford at Central Florida. Finally a non—power conference team gets a big name at home.
September 14: Pittsburgh at Penn State. This is the final time these two teams will play in the regular season… for now.
September 21: Notre Dame at Georgia. A match-up of two potential playoff teams by seasons end.
September 28: Ohio State at Nebraska. Nebraska head coach Scott Frost is hoping this will be an early upset for the Cornhuskers.
October 12: Oklahoma vs. Texas. Another top 25 Match-up taking place. in Dallas. These two teams split last season with Oklahoma winning the big one in the Big 12 championship.
October 12: Florida at LSU. Could be a match-up of two top 10 teams.
October 12: Alabama at Texas A&M. This is a great opportunity for the Aggies to prove they belong.
October 19: Oregon at Washington. This rivalry heated up when they went into overtime last season. Oregon has won 13 of the last 15 meetings.
October 26: Notre Dame at Michigan. A critical mid—season contest to find out if either team will be playing for a national championship at seasons end.
November 2: Georgia vs. Florida. This rivalry game will take place in Jacksonville. Georgia has won the last two meetings by combined 54 points.
November 2: Utah at Washington. This is a huge contest for Utah since they will not play Oregon in its cross – division schedule. Look for both teams to put up more offense than they did in the Pac-12 title game.
November 9: Iowa at Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a very difficult conference schedule and this November matchup will be as top as any for the Badgers.
November 23: Penn State at Ohio State. Ohio State has made a habit of rallying from deficits to be Penn State in their last two meetings.
November 30: Ohio State at Michigan. Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh is still looking for his first when against the Buckeyes.
November 30: Alabama at Auburn. The Tigers have beaten Alabama into of the last three meetings on their home turf.
November 30: Notre Dame at Stanford. This might be the final pitch to the selection God’s that Notre Dame belongs in the playoffs.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior left-handed pitcher Andrew Magno was named a third team All-American by Baseball America Monday afternoon. Magno, from Dublin, Ohio, becomes the 52nd All-American in Ohio State history. Magno is the second Buckeye pitcher to be named an All-American in the last two years (Seth Kinker, 2018).
Magno, the Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, was magnificent during his junior season in leading a young Buckeye bullpen to a Big Ten Tournament championship and NCAA Regional appearance. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Magno made a team-high 31 appearances posting a 5-3 record and a 2.09 ERA, the lowest ERA among B1G pitchers. Magno tallied the second-most saves in the conference with 14, which ranks seventh on the OSU single-season saves list. He limited opposing hitters to a .205 average with 75 strikeouts in 64.2 innings pitched.
Last week, Magno was taken in the 15th round by the Detroit Tigers in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Other nuggets on Magno:
- Guided the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Tournament title after recording four saves during the team’s championship run in Omaha, including two saves on championship Sunday. He allowed no runs in 9.2 scoreless innings of relief, working 3.1 shutout innings with four strikeouts in the B1G title game vs. Nebraska in front of more than 17,000 fans at TD Ameritrade Park.
- Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in the Nashville Regional, throwing a career-high 7.1 innings of relief with a career-high 12 strikeouts in the win over McNeese June 1. His postseason performance tied for the most strikeouts by a relief pitcher this season.
- Also fanned an impressive 11 hitters in 4.0 innings of relief at Maryland April 20.
- Appeared in 51 career games with 88 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched.
- Helped the Buckeye pitching staff break the school record for strikeouts in a season (583).
OHIO STATE BASEBALL
BASE: Seth Lonsway Named Freshman All-American by NCBWA
Lonsway becomes second Buckeye to earn freshman All-America honors in 2019
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway was named a 2019 Second Team Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced Monday afternoon. From Celina, Ohio, Lonsway becomes the 18th Freshman All-American in Ohio State baseball history and the second this spring (Zach Dezenzo, 2019; Collegiate Baseball).
Lonsway, a third team All-Big Ten selection, was the Division I leader in strikeouts by a freshman this spring (126). He led all Big Ten pitchers in strikeouts and batters struck looking, becoming the first Buckeye to hit the 100-strikeout mark in a single-season in 10 years. Lonsway went 8-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 17 starts in 92.1 innings pitched. Lonsway limited opposing hitters to a .214 batting average and led the conference in strikeouts in league games (71). He became the first Buckeye to tally at least 10 strikeouts in four outings in one season since Alex Wimmers had seven double-digit strikeout performances in 2009. Lonsway helped the Buckeye pitching staff break the school record for strikeouts in a season (583).
Lonsway’s Honors & Awards in 2019:
- Second Team Freshman All-American by NCBWA (2019)
- Third Team All-Big Ten (2019)
- Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2019)
- Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2019)
- NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week (May 21)
- Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (2019)
- Three-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week three times (April 1, May 13 and May 20)
- Big Ten Freshman of the Week (May 20)
Ranking NFL divisions by QBs
(CBS SPORTS NFL)
The state of quarterback play in the NFL has never been better.
Not only did the 2018 season result in the highest average passer rating in the history of the NFL — 92.9, which beat out 2015’s 90.2 passer rating — the way in which that league-high passer rating was achieved was remarkably diverse in terms of age, styles of play, and distribution among the divisions.
Chiefs 23-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes (113.8) captured MVP honors by becoming the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season. Patriots 41-year-old quarterback Tom Brady (97.7) won his sixth Super Bowl. Browns 23-year-old (he’s now 24) quarterback Baker Mayfield (93.7) won real football games in Cleveland. Texans 23-year-old quarterback Deshaun Watson (103.1) proved he’s the second-best quarterback under the age of 25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, 36, even chipped in with a 100.4 passer rating.
The NFL is in its golden age of quarterbacking, and it won’t end when the likes of Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Rodgers, and Rivers eventually retire. They’ll just pass the torch to the likes of Mahomes, Watson, and Mayfield — and that’s without even factoring in last year’s or this year’s rookie class.
All of this is just a long winded way of saying: With so many good quarterbacks, it wasn’t easy to rank the eight NFL divisions by their starting quarterbacks heading into the 2019 season, which is what I did in this article. Before we begin, a couple of notes about the criteria.
The rankings are based on the following factors:
How good were each of the starting quarterbacks last year?
How good have each of the starting quarterbacks been to this point in their career?
How good will they be next year?
Under each heading, you’ll find a table with the four starting quarterbacks and their statistics. At the bottom of the table, you’ll find all of their stats from the 2018 season averaged out until they form one quarterback who represents their division. The rankings are not entirely based on the stats. I did not sort the divisions by passer rating or touchdown passes or passing yards. The stats factored into the rankings, but they are not the only factor.
Finally, it’s important to remember that all four quarterbacks in each division matter. One star quarterback alone isn’t enough to prop up the rest of the division, as was the case with Brady and the AFC East. The divisions with two good quarterbacks and two mediocre quarterbacks ranked higher than the divisions with one great quarterback and three bad quarterbacks.
On that note, we begin with the AFC East.
- AFC East
COMP. % YARDS TDS INTS PASSER RATING
Average AFC East QB
Tom Brady couldn’t save the AFC East from finishing in last place. Besides Brady, the rest of the division is filled with young quarterbacks who all certainly have a chance to develop into great quarterbacks, but as of now, are nothing more than developmental quarterbacks. They’re probably not going to make the leap from promising to great as soon as the upcoming season. Sam Darnold is coming off a promising rookie season, but one that didn’t result in consistent success. Josh Allen deserves credit for his 631 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, but he’s not a running back. He’s a quarterback. And as a quarterback, he was atrocious. Josh Rosen was terrible in a terrible situation with the Cardinals last season and most reports indicate he’s trailing journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick in the Dolphins’ quarterback competition, which is why Fitzpatrick’s numbers were used in the table above. Even Brady, despite helping the Patriots win their second Super Bowl in three seasons, wasn’t at his best for most of the season, posting his first sub-100 passer rating since 2014.Brady is still great. The rest of the starting quarterbacks have a chance to develop into good quarterbacks. As of now, they’re not good. That’s why the AFC East is last.
- NFC East
COMP. % YARDS TDS INTS PASSER RATING
Average NFC East QB
Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott prevented the NFC East from finishing last, but they weren’t good enough to overcome the other two starting quarterbacks. Wentz and Prescott are both good quarterbacks in their own ways. They have their own unique problems, but they’re not dragging down the division. Eli Manning and Dwayne Haskins are. Manning’s statistics actually weren’t awful this past season, but anyone who managed to survive watching an entire Giants game understands that Manning is a shadow of his former self. It wouldn’t be surprising if he’s benched at some point during the upcoming season for rookie Daniel Jones. As for Haskins, there’s simply no way to know how good or how bad he’s going to be at the next level. The Redskins were incredibly fortunate to get him at No. 15 in this year’s draft. For that, they can thank the Giants. It was a great pick, because they needed a new franchise quarterback and they ended up getting the quarterback many considered to be the second-best prospect in the draft. But until Haskins steps out onto the field, plays in a meaningful NFL game, and proves he was worthy of the pre-draft hype, we can’t assume he’s going to be good. Like Manning, but for entirely different reasons, he drags down the NFC East — a division with two good quarterbacks who can still get better, one washed-up quarterback who is on his way out, and one rookie with potential. It’s not a bad division in terms of quarterback talent. It’s just not as good as the six divisions still to come.
- AFC North
COMP. % YARDS TDS INTS PASSER RATING
Average AFC North QB
This is where it gets difficult to sort the remaining divisions. Ranking the AFC North sixth is harsh. I didn’t want to do it. But it was necessary. Ben Roethlisberger is still a very good quarterback evidenced by his 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns, but he’s not on the same tier as Brady, Brees, Rivers, Mahomes, etc. Baker Mayfield exceeded expectations during his rookie season, but he’s not great yet. By DYAR and DVOA (two advanced metrics that measure quarterback play, via Football Outsiders), he ranked 12th and 14th. Andy Dalton is still Andy Dalton, whose peak remains middling. Lamar Jackson is great as a runner, but needs to improve substantially as a passer. I think he can get there eventually, but getting there as soon as next season might be too much to ask for. While the Ravens drafted Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin, they probably can’t expect either of their rookies to morph into immediate stars. All signs point toward Jackson experiencing growing pains in 2019. The reason the AFC North slotted behind the AFC South? The AFC North’s two best quarterbacks weren’t as good as the AFC’s South’s two best quarterbacks. And there’s not enough of a noticeable gap between each division’s bottom two quarterbacks. It’s close, though. Just look at each division’s collective quarterback stats. In the end, Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck pushed the AFC South ahead of the AFC North.
- AFC South
COMP. % YARDS TDS INTS PASSER RATING
Average AFC South QB
The AFC South finished ahead of the AFC North because Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck are better than Ben Roethlisberger and Baker Mayfield right now. While there’s an argument to be made that Mayfield might eventually become the best quarterback out of the bunch, that’s not true yet. And it’s not like Watson or Luck should be declining in the near future. If anything, there’s reason to believe both might improve in 2019 with the Texans trying to fix their offensive line and Luck one more year removed from his shoulder situation.Holding the AFC South back were Marcus Mariota and Nick Foles. Mariota’s biggest issue is his health. He’s yet to play in a full 16-game season since he entered the league back in 2015. Foles’ biggest issue is his consistency. We’ve seen what he can do at his peak (win a Super Bowl), but for the vast majority of his career, he’s been a below-average quarterback. He’s streaky, but not reliable. Since he’s now the Jaguars’ starting quarterback and not a fill in for Carson Wentz, his inconsistency doesn’t bode well.
- NFC West
COMP. % YARDS TDS INTS PASSER RATING
Average NFC West QB
Russell Wilson has emerged as more than just a great quarterback. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in football who’s deadly as both a passer and a runner. Since 2017, he’s averaged 3715.5 passing yards, 34.5 touchdown passes, nine interceptions, and a 102.1 passer rating per season. While there’s some evidence to suggest that Jared Goff’s success is mostly due to Sean McVay, that might not matter much with McVay locked in as the team’s coach for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, there’s no denying Goff’s production over the past two seasons. He’s a 24-year-old quarterback who’s averaging 4,246 passing yards, 30 touchdown passes, and 9.5 interceptions per season since McVay arrived. It’s OK to think he’s benefiting from McVay’s scheme and play-calling. It’s even OK to think the Rams might be wise to avoid giving him a mega contract. But if Goff were to hit free agency, he’d be one of the most coveted free agents ever; 24-year-old quarterbacks averaging 4,000-plus yards and 30 touchdowns per season don’t grow on trees. The rest of the division is tricky, because it’s difficult to actually know how good Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyler Murray actually are. Garoppolo has demonstrated his potential in glimpses, but he’s still started only 10 games in his career. Murray was the first-overall pick for a reason, but he’s still a rookie with zero NFL experience. We shouldn’t let Watson and Mayfield’s rookie year success adjust our expectations. It’s much more likely Murray experiences a rookie season that aligns more with Darnold’s than Mayfield’s. That’s not a knock against Murray. It’s just that, playing quarterback in the NFL is difficult. It’s especially difficult for first-year players. So why did the NFC West finish ahead of the AFC South? Put it this way, if the eight quarterbacks were put into a pool for a draft before the upcoming season, Wilson, Goff, Watson, and Luck would be picked in some order with the first four selections. After that, the draft would probably shake out something like this:
Garoppolo (he’s been good in a small sample size)
Murray (he at least has a chance to be great)
Mariota (he’s been a disappointment, but he’s still young enough to develop into something, maybe)
Foles (inconsistent veteran who is what he is at this point in his career)
That’s why the NFC West finished ahead of the AFC South.
- NFC North
COMP. % YARDS TDS INTS RATING
Average NFC North QB
What the NFC North has going for it is balance. It doesn’t have a bad starting quarterback. The worst of the bunch is either Matthew Stafford or Mitchell Trubisky, and while neither of them are great, neither of them are bad. Teams can win with both of them. For all of his faults, Stafford is averaging 4,465.5 yards, 27.3 touchdowns, and 13.5 interceptions per season since 2011. He might not be worth what his contract is paying him and the Lions might be in quarterback hell as a result of that contract, but he’s still an average player who can occasionally morph into a legitimately good quarterback for brief stretches of play. At a lower price, he’d be coveted. For all of his faults, Trubisky is entering only his third season in the NFL and he spent his first season coached by John Fox. In his second season, which he spent with new coach Matt Nagy, Trubisky ranked third in QBR behind only Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees. His athleticism is a real weapon. Trubisky rushed for 421 yards and three touchdowns. That matters. Trubisky might not be a good passer right now. But he has the tools to take the leap from inconsistent to good next season, and he’s been placed in an environment conducive to success. It’d be surprising if he didn’t at least make modest improvements during the upcoming season. At the top of the table is Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks in football who, in an injured down season, still threw for 4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. If new coach Matt LaFleur puts Rodgers in a modern NFL offense after Rodgers toiled away in Mike McCarthy’s antiquated system, Rodgers should break out of his funk. And again, his funk is still pretty good by most other standards. Finally, there’s Kirk Cousins, who is definitely overpaid after the Vikings threw him a three-year, $84 million fully guaranteed deal last year. But that doesn’t make Cousins a bad quarterback. He’s an above-average player and dare I even say, a good (but not great) quarterback. We talked about his 2018 season like it was an abject disaster when it reality, it was pretty OK. He threw for 4,298 yards and 20 more touchdowns than interceptions even though he was playing behind a bad offensive line. Since he became a full-time starter in 2015, he ranks fourth in passing yards and eighth in touchdown passes. There’s a reason why so many considered the Vikings to be Super Bowl contenders when he signed with them. He might not have met expectations this past season, but that doesn’t mean he suddenly sucks. He’s still good. It wouldn’t be surprising if he improves in 2019 with a new offensive system that should be tailored around his strength (play-action). The NFC North might be the least sexy of the divisions in terms of quarterback talent. But it might be the only division without a truly bad starting quarterback. In the end, their lack of star power outside of Rodgers drags them down to No. 3, but their consistency from top to bottom raises them above the AFC North, AFC South, and NFC West, all of which boast better 1-2 quarterback punches, but worse 3-4 tandems than the NFC North.
- AFC West
COMP. % YARDS TDS INTS RATING
Average AFC West QB
All four quarterbacks matter, but the AFC West slotting in at No. 2 is testament to Patrick Mahomes and Philip Rivers. The two of them are so good that they dragged the AFC West up to the second position. In his first season as a starter, Mahomes did something only Peyton Manning has done before by throwing for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Rivers, at the age of 37, was a fringe MVP candidate as he led the Chargers to the same record as Mahomes’ Chiefs. Mahomes is the best quarterback in football by a significant margin. Rivers is in the elite tier. That’s why the AFC West is ranked second. The rest of the division is lacking, but while Derek Carr isn’t good, he also isn’t awful. At this stage of his career, it’s probably best to characterize him as an average-ish quarterback who has some serious flaws, but can spin the hell out of the football if he’s given perfect protection. As for Joe Flacco, he hasn’t been good enough for a while now and that’s unlikely to change with the Broncos. I’m not even going to try to spin that one. Again: The AFC West is only ranked this high because of Rivers and Mahomes, which I guess is kinda breaking the rules I laid out at the beginning of this article. Then again, it seems fitting that human-cheat code Mahomes would be the one to make me break my own rules.
- NFC South
COMP. % YARDS TDS INTS RATING
Average NFC South QB:
This wasn’t a particularly difficult decision. Drew Brees is a top-five quarterback right now and one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Matt Ryan is still underappreciated. It kinda flew under the radar that he threw for 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns, and seven interceptions last season. When healthy, Cam Newton is a top-10 quarterback and his stats from last season were significantly dampened by his shoulder injury, which prevented him from driving the ball downfield as the season wore on. Jameis Winston is the worst quarterback of the group, but there’s a chance he could form a lethal combination with Bruce Arians and his deep-passing game. He’s likely to remain a flawed quarterback, but he’s the kind of flawed quarterback who can still post big numbers. The NFC South is the only division with three legitimately great quarterbacks. That’s why the throne is theirs.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
MASON, Ohio-Nancy Lopez left all of the other members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association chasing rainbows again today when she picked up her biggest pot of gold so far, winning the 24th L.P.G.A. Championship and the $22,500 first prize in her fourth straight victory. The amazing 24-year-old rookie, never really threatened since she opened the final round five shots ahead of the field, shot a two-under-par 36, 34‚70 for a 72-hole total of 275, a tournament record. Mary Mills shot the previous low of 278 to win in 1964.
By shooting 13 under par for four rounds on the 6,312-yard Kings Island course, Miss Lopez finished six strokes in front of Amy Alcott, who had 71 today for 281. Miss Lopez, continuing to be in a class by herself, gained her sixth triumph and first national title since turning professional last summer. Once again she played steady golf, utilizing her ability as the most accurate woman off the tees, the best putter, and one of the half-dozen longest hitters on the tour. She also continued to display a vivacious charm that has made her a big draw in the L.P.G.A.
Ray Volpe, commissioner of the tour, would not say what most persons feel-that Miss Lopez is the best gallery attraction the L.P.G.A. has ever had- but did say, “Nancy is certainly one of the best things that has happened to the L.P.G.A.” Miss Alcott, a Californian who is only 11 months older than Miss Lopez, praised the winner. “She’s one hell of a competitor and I’ve never seen anyone who accepts what she does with such humility,” the second-place finisher said.
Miss Lopez became the second rookie to win the L.P.G.A. championship (Sandra Post won the title in 1968). Following her triumph, Miss Lopez said, “Now that I have won four in a row I’d like to break the record and win five in a row.”
She displayed her calm, concentrated approach to the game right at the start today when she missed the second green with her approach and made an unimpressive chip shot to the pin. She then drained a right-toleft 16-foot putt for par. She saved par on the seventh with a similarly-breaking 10-foot putt after a weak chip, and parred the first nine holes to make it virtually impossible to catch her. When Miss Lopez dropped her final putt, most in the record crowd of over 20,000 cheered her wildly, with many giving the now familiar call of “Nan-Cee.” She ran to her father, Domingo, and gave him a big hug.
Domingo Lopez said, “She loves to play for the people.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1904 After pitching nine and a third innings of no-hit baseball, Cubs’ hurler Bob Wicker settles for a 1-0, twelve inning one-hit victory over the Giants. Light-hitting outfielder Sam Mertes, for the second time in his career, breaks up an extra-inning no-hitter, having also spoiled Indians right-hander Earl Moore’s 1901 bid for a no-no when he started the game-winning rally for the White Sox with a one-out single in the top inning.
1911 At Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Heinie Zimmerman of the Cubs drives in nine runs to set a team record. The Windy City infielder, whose record will be tied by Sammy Sosa in 2002, hits two home runs, a triple, and two singles in the 20-2 rout of the Braves.
1915 At the Polo Grounds in a 10-9 victory over the White Sox, Ray Caldwell becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run in consecutive pinch-hit appearances. The Yankee pitcher, who will win 19 games this season, hit the first of his two round-trippers as a pinch hitter yesterday, also against Chicago.
1938 In the first of two consecutive no-hitters he will hurl, Johnny Vander Meer keeps the Boston Bees hitless in Cincinnati’s 3-0 victory at Crosley Field. The Reds’ southpaw, in the first night game played in Brooklyn, continues his no-no mojo four days later by beating the Dodgers, 6-0, without giving up a hit in the Ebbets Field contest.
1952 At Wrigley Field, Hank Sauer homers three times, going deep off Phillies hurler Curt Simmons in the second, sixth, and eighth innings. The Cubs left fielder’s three solo home runs account for all the runs scored by Chicago in the team’s 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.
1957 The Dodgers’ Roy Campanella surpasses former Cub and Giant backstop Gabby Hartnett to establish a new National League mark when he hits his 237th career round-tripper as a catcher. Campy’s historic home run comes off Ray Crone in the seventh inning of Brooklyn’s 7-2 loss to the Braves at Ebbets Field.
1961 In Game 1 of a twin bill at Tiger Stadium, Norm Cash becomes the first Detroit player to hit a fair ball over the right field roof. The first baseman’s prodigious poke off Joe McClain is to no avail as the Tigers lose to the Senators, 7-4.
1963 After Brock Davis is intentionally walked to load the bases, third baseman Bob Aspromonte blasts a tenth-inning walk-off grand slam off Lindy McDaniel, lifting the Colt .45s to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs. Chicago had tied the Colt Stadium contest in the top of the ninth on a triple by Dick Bertell, a walk to Bob’s brother Ken, and Don Landrum’s RBI single.
1968 The Reds trade Milt Pappas, along with Ted Davidson and Bob Johnson, to the Braves for Clay Carroll, Tony Cloninger, and Woody Woodward. The 2-5 right-hander, who had been feuding with former teammate and now team broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, becomes expendable when he complains Cincinnati is violating the contract by not having their players fly first-class and is critical of the front office’s refusal to cancel the game on the day of assassinated Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral.
1969 The Cubs trade Adolfo Phillips and right-hander Jack Lamabe to the Expos for Paul Popovich, acquired today by Montreal, along with Ron Fairly from the Dodgers in exchange for Maury Wills and Manny Mota. Chicago’s latest infielder, a solid switch-hitting utility player, will play a large role for his new team, filling in for injured second baseman Glenn Beckert and batting .312 overall in 60 games.
1972 LA outfielders Manny Mota and Willie Davis both hit inside-the-park homers down the foul lines at Dodger Stadium off Bucs’ starter Bruce Kison. Roberto Clemente’s seventh inning home run over the fence proves to be the difference in Pittsburgh’s 7-5 victory, their 21st win the last 26 games.
1972 Graig and Jim Nettles become the tenth different pair of brothers to homer in the same game when they both go deep in the Cleveland Stadium contest. Twins center fielder Jim’s solo shot in the top of the sixth inning is matched by his older brother’s blast in the bottom of the seventh in Minnesota’s 5-3 victory over the Indians.
1981 The Mariners’ 8-2 victory over the Orioles played in the Kingdome will be the last game played before the major league players go on strike over the issue of compensation for free-agents. Baseball’s fifth work stoppage will last for 50 days, resulting in 712 games being missed.
1985 Von Hayes becomes the first player to hit two home runs in the first inning of a game. The outfielder’s leadoff homer and a grand slam in the Phillies’ nine-run first frame contribute to Philadelphia’s 26-7 rout of the Mets.
1988 Yankee skipper Billy Martin, due to a shortage of right-handed hitters to face Orioles’ southpaw Jeff Ballard, decides to use starting pitcher Rick Rhoden as his designated hitter, making the right-hander the first hurler ever to start at the position. In his lone plate appearance, the right-handed hurler hits a sacrifice fly before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 8-6 victory over Baltimore.
1989 Dwight Evans plays in his 2,293rd game wearing a Red Sox uniform, surpassing Ted Williams’ total to become second on the all-time list for games played with the team. Carl Yastrzemski holds the franchise mark, playing in 3,308 contests before he retired in 1983.
1990 At the age of 43, Ranger Nolan Ryan no-hits the A’s, 5-0, becoming the oldest player to throw a no-hitter, extending his major league record to six. The ‘Ryan Express’ becomes the first player to throw one in three different decades and to accomplish the feat for three different teams.
1995 Mark McGwire ties a major league record by hitting five homers in back-to-back games. Big Mac’s three homers today in consecutive at-bats help the A’s defeat the Red Sox, 8-1.
1995 Lee Smith sets a major league record, nailing down his 16th consecutive save in 16 appearances. Doug Jones had previously set the mark in 1988, recording 15 straight saves in 15 appearances with the Indians.
1995 Yankee starting pitcher Mariano Rivera, allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings in the team’s eventual 10-7 victory over Seattle, is sent back to the minor leagues. The Bombers’ starting shortstop, a 20 year-old infielder named Derek Jeter, will also be demoted after the Bronx ballpark contest.
1997 After 11 straight wins starting on Opening Day, Roger Clemens gets beat for the first time wearing a Blue Jays uniform when the Mariners defeat Toronto at the Skydome, 5-1. The 34 year-old will lead the American League in victories with 21 en route to winning his fourth Cy Young Award.
1999 At County Stadium, Milwaukee retires Paul Molitor’s uniform number 4. During the ceremony, the 21-year major league veteran, who also played with the Blue Jays and the Twins, announces that if he goes into the Hall of Fame, he will do so as a Brewer, a promise he will fulfill in 2004.
2002 In the top of the ninth inning during the Indians and Phillies interleague game at Jacobs Field, an explosive device thrown from the upper deck explodes in a lower-level smoking area, causing minor injuries to two people. Three young men suspected of causing the blast, which is heard throughout the ballpark, are held on suspicion of felonious assault and aggravated arson.
2003 The Yankees are no-hit for the first time since 1958, when the Astros keep them hitless with a record-setting six pitchers, who include Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner, combining to stop the Bronx Bombers’ streak of 6,980 games with at least one hit. Orioles’ knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm was the last hurler to accomplish the feat, with a 1-0 victory in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium.
2008 At Dolphin Stadium during a 6-2 Marlins victory over the Phillies, the best play of the night is made in Section 253 as a fan catches a foul ball in his beer cup. After removing the prized possession, the happy patron continues to drink his adult beverage.
2008 With the score knotted at two at Dolphin Stadium, Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla hits a walk-off grand slam to beat the first place Phillies, 6-2. It’s the second time in franchise history a game has ended with a bases loaded dinger, with Bobby Bonilla accomplishing the feat against the Rockies in 1997.
2009 Umpire Don Briggs throws the entire crowd, approximately 100 fans in attendance at Winfield-Mount Union High School (IA) for a contest against West Burlington, out of the game following his controversial call in the fifth inning. The incident occurs when the home team coach refuses to remove any of the unruly local fans, so the ten-year veteran scholastic arbitrator decides to take action himself, borrowing a cell phone to call the police to help with the ejections.
2010 Andy Pettitte joins Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing as the only Yankees hurlers to notch 200 victories with the club. The 37 year-old southpaw, who also reaches the 3,000 career inning plateau in the first frame of the game, gets his historic victory when New York beats Houston, his former team, in an inter-league contest in the Bronx, 4-3.
2013 In a much-anticipated major league debut, Gerrit Cole throws six scoreless six innings in the Pirates’ 8-2 victory over San Francisco at PNC Park. A larger-than-average Tuesday night crowd of 30,614, which includes over 10,000 walk-ups, is on hand to watch the overall 2011 First-Year Player Draft No. 1 selection earn his first big league career victory.
1879 Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
1911 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (Wednesday Night Fights), born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1971)
1913 Vince Lombardi, American football coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
1925 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player (55 games as an All Black), born in Gisborne, New Zealand (d. 2012)
1935 Fazal-ur-Rehman, Pakistani cricketer (played 1 Test Pakistan v WI 1958), born in Amritsar, India
1935 Earlene Dennis Brown, American shot putter (Olympic bronze 1960), born in Latexo, Texas
1939 Jackie Stewart, Scottish auto racer, analyst (27 Grand Prix wins, 3-time World F1 champion), born in Milton, Scotland
1939 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, born in Wolverhampton (d. 2017)
1942 Somachandra De Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan leg-spinner 1982-84), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
1943 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
1946 Jenny Pittman, British racehorse trainer, born in Hoby, Leicestershire
1949 Tom Pryce, British racing driver, born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 1977)
1950 Pokey Watson, American 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mineola, New York
1951 Collis King, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder late 70s), born in Christ Church, Barbados
1951 Maren Seidler, American shot putter (Olympic 11th 1968), born in Brooklyn, New York
1951 Mithra Wettimuny, Sri Lankan cricketer (brother of Sidath 2 Tests for SL v NZ 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
1954 Gary Fencik, American NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
1954 John Dyson, Australian cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman), born in Kogarah, Sydney, Australia
1955 Yuriy Sedykh, Soviet hammer thrower (Olympic Gold 1976, 80), born in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Russia
1956 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania
1962 Erika Salumäe, Estonian cyclist who won first Olympic gold medal for Estonia (1992), born in Pärnu, Estonia
1963 Tommy Barnhardt, American NFL punter (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, TB Bucs), born in China Grove, North Carolina
1963 Bruce Kimball, American diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
1964 Kim Gallagher, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1964 Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver, born in Avignon, Vaucluse, France
1965 Joe Cain, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks), born in Los Angeles, California
1966 Scott Mellanby, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
1966 Tiffany Cohen, American swimmer (2 Olympic golds 1984), born in Culver City, California
1969 Johan Hansma, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen), born in Marknesse, Netherlands
1970 Brock Marion, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
1970 Bill Selby, American baseball infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Monroeville, Alabama
1971 Dion Foxx, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in Richmond, Virginia
1971 Duane Dmytryshyn, CFL receiver (Toronto Argonauts), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
1972 Andrew Peterson, American NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers), born in Greenock, Scotland
1973 Lance Johnstone, American football defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1974 Emilee Klein, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Santa Monica, California
1974 Tatiana Ignatieva, Belarusian tennis star (1994 Futures-Sopot POL), born in Minsk, Soviet Union
1975 Thomas Bimis, Greek diver (Olympic gold 2004), born in Athens, Greece
1977 Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer (US Open 2006; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Adelaide, South Australia
1978 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson’s Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
1980 Yhency Brazobán, Dominican baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1981 Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer, born in Rome, Italy
1982 Joey Graham, American basketball player (Toronto Raptors), born in Wilmington, Delaware
1982 Stephen Graham, American basketball player, born in Wilmington, Delaware
1982 Diana Taurasi, American basketball player (Phoenix Mercury), born in Glendale, California
1983 José Reyes, Dominican-American baseball player, born in Villa González, Santiago, Dominican Republic
1983 Chuck Hayes, American basketball player, born in San Leandro, California
1984 Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1984 Andy Lee, Irish boxer, born in Bow, London, England
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS
|Tampa Bay||41||24||.631||–||18 – 14||23 – 10||15 – 11||13 – 8||4 – 1||6 – 4||W 2|
|NY Yankees||40||24||.625||0.5||21 – 12||19 – 12||19 – 7||10 – 9||6 – 5||5 – 5||W 1|
|Boston||34||33||.507||8||15 – 16||19 – 17||13 – 14||9 – 5||10 – 11||5 – 5||L 2|
|Toronto||23||42||.354||18||12 – 22||11 – 20||6 – 12||8 – 14||7 – 5||2 – 8||L 4|
|Baltimore||20||45||.308||21||8 – 23||12 – 22||9 – 18||5 – 14||4 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
|Minnesota||43||21||.672||–||19 – 9||24 – 12||14 – 6||14 – 6||12 – 5||6 – 4||W 1|
|Cleveland||33||32||.508||10.5||19 – 16||14 – 16||12 – 6||10 – 14||8 – 8||5 – 5||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||31||34||.477||12.5||17 – 15||14 – 19||10 – 13||18 – 14||3 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Detroit||24||38||.387||18||11 – 21||13 – 17||9 – 8||11 – 12||1 – 8||4 – 6||L 1|
|Kansas City||20||45||.308||23.5||12 – 22||8 – 23||5 – 12||8 – 15||5 – 15||2 – 8||L 2|
|Houston||45||22||.672||–||24 – 9||21 – 13||10 – 6||12 – 9||21 – 6||8 – 2||W 1|
|Texas||35||30||.538||9||24 – 12||11 – 18||5 – 2||5 – 2||19 – 20||7 – 3||W 1|
|Oakland||33||34||.493||12||18 – 15||15 – 19||6 – 12||8 – 1||16 – 18||4 – 6||L 1|
|LA Angels||32||35||.478||13||18 – 18||14 – 17||6 – 4||7 – 8||14 – 21||5 – 5||W 1|
|Seattle||28||41||.406||18||13 – 22||15 – 19||4 – 7||8 – 9||16 – 21||4 – 6||W 1|
|Atlanta||37||29||.561||–||17 – 15||20 – 14||10 – 8||12 – 7||11 – 12||7 – 3||W 4|
|Philadelphia||37||29||.561||–||22 – 13||15 – 16||15 – 9||11 – 9||6 – 8||4 – 6||L 2|
|NY Mets||32||33||.492||4.5||19 – 11||13 – 22||18 – 13||4 – 9||7 – 9||5 – 5||W 2|
|Washington||31||35||.470||6||15 – 15||16 – 20||15 – 15||5 – 11||8 – 9||7 – 3||W 3|
|Miami||23||41||.359||13||11 – 22||12 – 19||9 – 22||3 – 11||6 – 4||4 – 6||L 5|
|Milwaukee||38||28||.576||–||22 – 13||16 – 15||14 – 8||18 – 10||5 – 6||7 – 3||W 4|
|Chi Cubs||37||28||.569||0.5||24 – 11||13 – 17||10 – 7||13 – 11||8 – 5||6 – 4||L 1|
|St. Louis||32||32||.500||5||20 – 13||12 – 19||10 – 10||15 – 17||5 – 2||6 – 4||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||30||35||.462||7.5||13 – 18||17 – 17||4 – 3||12 – 14||7 – 16||3 – 7||L 4|
|Cincinnati||29||35||.453||8||15 – 15||14 – 20||9 – 7||11 – 17||8 – 9||4 – 6||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||45||22||.672||–||25 – 7||20 – 15||11 – 3||16 – 10||17 – 7||7 – 3||L 1|
|Colorado||34||31||.523||10||19 – 12||15 – 19||10 – 12||6 – 5||11 – 10||6 – 4||W 1|
|Arizona||35||32||.522||10||14 – 16||21 – 16||7 – 4||8 – 5||11 – 19||7 – 3||W 5|
|San Diego||33||33||.500||11.5||18 – 20||15 – 13||10 – 10||4 – 7||14 – 13||4 – 6||L 2|
|San Francisco||26||38||.406||17.5||11 – 20||15 – 18||4 – 9||4 – 6||12 – 16||5 – 5||L 2|