MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Texas 7 Cincinnati 1

Boston 13 Baltimore 2

Cleveland 14 Detroit 4

Tampa Bay 9 LA Angels 4

Chicago White Sox 10 NY Yankees 2

Minnesota 2 Kansas City 0

Houston 15 Toronto 2

Seattle 9 Oakland 2

St. Louis 5 NY Mets 4 (10)

St. Louis 9 NY Mets 5

Washington 7 Arizona 3

San Diego 16 Colorado 12 (12)

Pittsburgh 11 Miami 0

Atlanta 9 Philadelphia 8

LA Dodgers 5 Chicago Cubs 3

San Francisco 5 Milwaukee 3

 

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Pawtucket 4 Indianapolis 2

Ft. Wayne 3 Lake County 2

South Bend 5 West Michigan 3

Great Lakes 4 Dayton 3

 

WNBA

Seattle 74 Washington 71

Connecticut 85 Minnesota 81

Los Angeles 85 Phoenix 68

Las Vegas 100 New York 65

 

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

 

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

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.

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

RICHMOND BASEBALL COACH SHAWN TURNER RESIGNS

The revolving door of varsity coaches continued Friday with the resignation of Richmond baseball Coach Shawn Turner. Coach Turner has accepted the head job at Covington High School.

Turner spent four seasons as Richmond’s Head Coach with a overall record of 70-45 and 31-12 in NCC play. Turner’s best season was his first when the Red Devils went 23-7 and lost to Pendleton Heights in the sectional championship game.

The Red Devils went 18-10 this past season and 8-3 in the NCC.

Coach Turner thanked those involved in his four seasons at Richmond:

“I’d like to thank Dr. Todd Terrell, Mrs. Rae Woolpy, former AD Frank Carr and the Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to teach and coach the students and athletes at Richmond High School. Additionally, I’d like to thank Mr. Larry Cochran, Assistant AD Jeremy Hill, Math Department Chair D.J. Austin and the faculty and administration of RHS for being so supportive of me, our coaches, and our players these past four years. Most importantly, I would like to thank our players, our coaches, and their families for giving their all each and every day, both on the field and in the classroom.

Richmond is a special place and will continue to be for years to come. Those that are close to us know my wife Tiffany is a CNO at Paris Community Hospital in Paris, IL. Since the boys and I moved here, she’s tried unsuccessfully to find a healthcare position with comparable compensation. So, after four years of having her with us on the weekends only and maintaining two houses, it’s time to reunite the family.

We have accepted a position closer to her and will be the new varsity baseball coach at Covington HS in Covington, Indiana. The school is close enough to her job that we can all be in the same house again and minimize our travels.

We will miss the great people we have met, but the friendships will be forever lasting. My apologies to the community for not bringing a banner home to Richmond, but I am confident the players are in place and the table is set for many successes in the near future. Go Devils!”

The search for a new coach will begin immediately.

SHAWN TURNERS SEASON BY SEASON RECORD AT RICHMOND

2016: 23-7

2017: 15-14

2018: 14-14

2019: 18-10

 

Woodland gouges out a birdie and leads by 2 at US Open

Gary Woodland figured the toughest part of his test in the U.S. Open was over Friday at Pebble Beach.

From a thick patch of rough between the bunker and the edge of the ocean on the eighth hole, he pitched up to 15 feet and made a slick putt with severe break for par to keep a clean card and a one-shot lead. Then, he pounded his drive on the 526-yard ninth hole down the middle of the fairway – right into a divot.

Nothing could spoil this day.

Woodland gouged it out with a 7-iron with enough strength to get the ball to the front of the green, and he could only smile when the 50-foot putt dropped for birdie and yet another record at Pebble Beach, not to mention a two-shot lead going into the weekend.

“That was just a bonus,” Woodland said. “Hit a beautiful drive. I was in the divot, a pretty deep divot. We were a little indecisive what we were going to do. We tried to take a little less club and hit it hard and play out to the safe to the right, and it was nice to knock it in.”

His 6-under 65 matched the U.S. Open record at Pebble Beach for the second time in two days, a testament to a course that was only slightly firmer, but still soft enough under a heavy marine layer with so much condensation it felt like a list mist.

Woodland was at 9-under 133, beating by one shot the 36-hole record at Pebble Beach that Tiger Woods set in his record romp in 2000.

The difference: Woods had a six-shot lead in 2000. Woodland’s margin was only two shots over Justin Rose, who had a 70. Louis Oosthuizen didn’t make a par on the back nine until the final hole in his wild round of 70 and was three shots behind.

The weekend remains a mystery.

Rory McIlroy, who kept it together right when it looked as though his round was getting away from him, felt the course was a little faster and could really speed up on the weekend. He was among 10 players separated by five shots halfway through a U.S. Open that so far has run smoothly.

That list includes two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, who made two late birdies for another 69 and was five shots behind.

“I feel great. I’m excited. I’ve got a chance. That’s all you can ask for,” Koepka said. “I just need to make a few putts. Sometimes the hole just needs to open-up. If I can get off to a good start tomorrow, have that feeling where the hole’s opening up, it could be a fun round.”

The list does not include Woods.

He made a 10-foot birdie on No. 11, his second hole of the round, and made nothing else the rest of the day. That birdie was the only putt he made longer than 5 feet, and he closed with back-to-back bogeys for a 72 to finish nine shots behind.

Rose set the target early and at one point Friday morning had a four-shot lead until a poor wedge to a front pin on No. 3, followed by an iron off the tee at the short, uphill fourth that peeled right over the edge and into ice plant, forcing him to take a penalty drop and leading to a bogey.

But he had few complaints with a super short game that has carried him for two rounds. Rose got up-and-down from the thick collar short of the green at No. 8, and with a lag putt from the bottom of the green at No. 9.

“At this point, there’s not a lot to worry about,” Rose said. “If you’re one ahead, one behind, it’s a lot of golf to be played. But it’s the perfect spot after two days.”

For the second straight day, Pebble Beach was there for the taking, but only for good, smart shots.

McIlroy also made a run at the lead until a bogey from the bunker on the 13th, and a mess on the par-5 14th. With the ball slightly above his feet for his wedge and knowing that anything left of the pin would go down a slope with gnarly rough, he left it out to the right and watched it roll off the green and into the fairway. Then, he dumped a shot into the bunker and walked off with double bogey.

He answered with a pair of birdies.

“Those were huge to get me back into the tournament,” McIlroy said.

Oosthuizen, the first player to reach the early target set by Rose at 7 under, gave a shot back with a bogey on No. 8, and then another one at No. 10 that started his roller coaster along the inward nine.

A birdie was followed by two bogeys, followed by two birdies and another bogey.

“Seven birdies and six bogeys – I’m not a big fan of bogeys,” Oosthuizen said. “But miss these greens, it’s so difficult around the greens in the rough. And you can’t control the ball. You basically are guessing what it’s going to do. And all those loose iron shots, I had tough chips, and end up bogeying probably all of them.”

Phil Mickelson revved up the crowd with three birdies in the opening six holes, and six birdies for the round. He still couldn’t stop the mistakes, however, and Lefty had to settle for a 69. He was eight shots behind, needing to get a little closer in range to seriously think about a shot at the career Grand Slam.

Even with two soft days, and slightly firmer conditions, no one expects it to be easier the rest of the way.

Graeme McDowell, who won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 at even-par 284, ran off four straight birdies early in his round, threw in a few mistakes and was wincing over every birdie chance that burned the edge of the cup. He had to settle for a 70 and was six behind, but still hopeful.

“Anything can happen on this golf course over the weekend,” he said. “You don’t have to do anything fancy tomorrow.”

 

Odor hits grand slam, Rangers’ bullpen beats Reds 7-1

Struggling Roughned Odor made a bold prediction before his bases-loaded at-bat.

“(Odor) even said, `If this guy throws me a slider for a strike, I’m going to take it deep,” manager Chris Woodward said.

He sure did.

Odor hit Wandy Peralta’s over-the-plate slider for his fourth career grand slam, and the Texas Rangers went with their bullpen from start to finish – even getting an interleague hit from a pitcher, too – while beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Friday night.

Odor’s homer off Wandy Peralta highlighted a game full of big Rangers moments, including Elvis Andrus’ second theft of home on the back end of a double steal and Delino Deshields’ on-field reunion with his father.

The biggest hit came from Odor, who has struggled all season but is finally making solid contact. In the last six games, he has raised his average from .165 to .182.

“I’m just trying to stay positive and do my work in the (batting) cage,” Odor said. “I’m feeling better the last couple of games.”

DeShields was participating in a game with his father – Reds first base coach Delino – for the first time in the majors. He singled off Tyler Mahle (2-7) to start a two-run rally in the first inning, scored a run and added a sacrifice fly.

“It’s nerve-racking for me to watch him play,” the elder DeShields said. “I’ve played in front of packed houses, but there’s nothing like watching your kids play.”

The Rangers went with a bullpen day, using reliever Jesse Chavez as a starter for the fourth time this season. He allowed one hit in a season-high three scoreless innings and contributed his second career hit. Brett Martin (1-0) got his first major league win as four Rangers relievers combined on a five-hitter.

 

Dodgers rally to beat Cubs 5-3 for 7th straight home win

Rich Hill attacked with pinpoint location and his reliable curveball. Where the 39-year-old pitcher surprised was at the plate.

Hill singled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Friday night for their seventh straight home win.

Since giving up five runs to Pittsburgh in his delayed season debut April 28, Hill hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start. In three June starts, he’s given up five earned runs over 19 innings.

Hill (4-1) allowed three runs and seven hits. The left-hander struck out seven and walked none in earning his first win against the team that drafted him out of Michigan in 2002.

“That curveball just kind of comes and hits the brakes and takes a turn on you,” Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo said. “You’re ready for the fastball, you see the curveball and you can’t get right on it. It just runs away from you.”

Hill struck out 11 consecutive batters during one stretch.

“The curveball definitely got better as the outing went on,” he said. “That was the X-factor.”

The NL West-leading Dodgers rebounded from an early deficit for the second straight game, getting two-out homers from Matt Beaty – a two-run shot that was the first of his career – and Justin Turner that tied it up. The Dodgers improved to a league-best 27-7 at home.

 

Giolito, Jimenez lead White Sox to 10-2 romp over Yankees

Lucas Giolito called it a “grinder game.” The White Sox simply called it another victory.

Giolito pitched into the seventh inning for his ninth straight win, Eloy Jimenez hit two three-run homers and Chicago pounded the New York Yankees 10-2 on Friday night.

Giolito (10-1) gave up a solo homer to Luke Voit in the first, then shut down New York to win his eighth consecutive start. The right-hander gave up one run and four hits in his 11th straight outing without a loss since Seattle beat him on April 6.

“I called it a grinder game,” Giolito said after his major league-leading 10th win. “I didn’t feel great. There were spurts where I was in sync, everything was coming out right. And then I’d regress. I was a little off. But grinded through it.”

He got a huge assist from the White Sox’s batters, particularly Jimenez. The prized rookie has five homers in his past six games.

He connected against CC Sabathia (3-4) in a four-run first and drove a rocket to center against Luis Cessa in the sixth, giving him three multi-homer games this season and two against the Yankees. He hit two in a win at New York on April 12.

Jimenez finished with six RBIs – one shy of Joe Crede’s club rookie record in 2002 – and three hits.

Jose Abreu had three hits, scored two runs and drove in one. Yolmer Sanchez added two RBI singles as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games. The White Sox are 34-34, the first time they’ve been at or above .500 through 68 games since 2012.

 

Bauers hits for cycle as Indians drub Tigers 13-4

Needing a home run for the cycle, Jake Bauers had a conversation with teammate Shane Bieber before heading to the plate in the eighth inning.

“I told him, `I don’t know man, I think I’m just going to try and stay left-center, hit a base hit where the shortstop should be,'” Bauers said. “He’s like, `Dude, you’ve got to try and hit a homer.'”

Bauers connected for a two-run shot that easily cleared the wall in right field, becoming the first Cleveland player to hit for the cycle since 2016. The Indians, who scored eight runs in the fourth inning, routed the Detroit Tigers 13-4 on Friday night.

Bauers hit an infield single and a triple in that fourth inning. He also hit a double in the second. His cycle came one night after Shohei Ohtani accomplished the same feat for the Los Angeles Angels.

The last Cleveland player to hit for the cycle was Rajai Davis, at Toronto on July 2, 2016.

Leonys Martin’s three-run homer highlighted Cleveland’s eight-run fourth. The Indians sent 13 men to the plate that inning, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 10-3 advantage. The first six batters of the inning reached base.

Adam Plutko (3-1) allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings for Cleveland. He walked one and struck out six.

Ryan Carpenter (1-4) threw 92 pitches but only lasted three-plus innings. He allowed six earned runs, eight hits and four walks.

Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Dixon hit consecutive homers for Detroit in the second.

 

Authorities seek battery charge against Raptors executive

Authorities will push for a battery charge against Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri after the executive was accused of pushing and hitting a sheriff’s deputy in the face as he tried to get onto the court after his team won the NBA title in Oakland, an official said Friday.

After the game Thursday against the Golden State Warriors, Ujiri was denied access to the court by the deputy because he didn’t have a proper credential, Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle .

“That’s when he tried to push past our deputy, and our deputy pushed him back, and there was another push that kind of moved up and struck our deputy in the face,” Kelly said.

Several bystanders intervened and Ujiri got onto the court without displaying any credentials, Kelly said.

Deputies later took witness statements and obtained video of the incident, he said.

“We’ll be submitting a report to the Alameda County district attorney for complaint of battery on an officer,” he said.

A video of the altercation obtained by NBC Bay Area shows Ujiri and a deputy being held back courtside by several bystanders. It doesn’t show a scuffle.

The Raptors said in a statement to The Associated Press that the team is cooperating with authorities.

“The incident is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities,” it said. “We look forward to resolving the situation.”

Last week, the NBA banned Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens from games for a year and fined him $500,000 after he was seen on camera apparently shoving Toronto star Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the playoffs.

Lowry had dived into a row of courtside seats in an effort to save a loose ball. Stevens, wearing an NBA-issued credential, was seated about two spots away from where Lowry landed and shoved Lowry in the upper body.

Lowry said Stevens repeated a vulgar phrase to him about four times during the brief incident.

The Warriors said later in a statement that the team and Stevens “offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct.”

 

Where will Anthony Davis land?

The Anthony Davis rumors are flying around.  Every sports website, every social media platform, and every sports radio show is talking about where Anthony Davis will be playing next year.  Who has the best chance of landing him?  Is it the LA Lakers?  Is it the Boston Celtics?  Is there a third team out there who has the chance of swooping in and stealing him out from under both of them?

I think it’s safe to say that the Lakers and Celtics are the leading contenders up to this point, and I would be shocked if he doesn’t end up at one or the other once free agency actually begins in a couple of weeks. Which team has more to offer?  On one hand, the Lakers have the No. 4 pick, but on the other hand the Celtics have better players to offer.  Let’s take a deeper look into who is in the better position to trade for AD.

The Lakers have the most important piece on either side with Kyle Kuzma.  He is the guy that the Lakers are currently not willing to give up and may be the reason the trade doesn’t go through because of the Lakers’ unwillingness to move him.  He is a bit weak on the defensive side of the ball, but he’s real good on offense that his lack of defense can be overlooked.

In close second place would be the Celtics biggest piece, Jayson Tatum.  He didn’t have the best year 2, but he is certainly oozing with potential and has the highest ceiling of anyone that is available in this trade.  The next biggest piece of the trade would either be Brandon Ingram or Lonzo Ball.  I would have to give the slight edge to Brandon Ingram, even with the major injury he is still a capable all-star talent if he makes it back on the court injury free.  Lonzo is in a similar situation with his injury but doesn’t have as a high of a ceiling as Ingram.  Lonzo is a starting point guard in the NBA, but that’s about as high as he will get.  Possibly an all-star at some point with an amazing passing ability and good defensive instincts, but a liability on the offensive production.

The only other important piece for the Celtics that would be on this level would probably be Jaylen Brown but he had a very subpar season and while he is still very talented, he doesn’t have the stock that he had before this season began.  The No. 4 pick from the Lakers would probably fall just under Brown with the lack of game changing talent outside of the top 3 of this year’s draft.

So, as we look at both sides it looks like the Lakers are in the better situation to land Anthony Davis.  It will be interesting to see if the Lakers can get out of giving up Kyle Kuzma and get away with AD for Lonzo, BI, and the pick.

 

Why the Celtics shouldn’t trade for Anthony Davis

Sports agent Rich Paul is now on the record saying that if the Boston Celtics want to trade for Anthony Davis, currently with the New Orleans Pelicans, that his client will only be a one-year rental before his client goes to free agency in 2020.  The next move for Celtics’ general manager Danny Ainge is to put a 30 block on his phone of all calls coming from the Bayou.

I hate to break this to Rich Paul and his client Anthony Davis; however, it needs to be done: Mr. Davis has not done enough during his time in the NBA to dictate terms to his current team or any other team that might want to trade for him.  On one hand, you have requested a trade out of New Orleans; but on the other hands, you want to control where you want to go, and think sitting in the corner throwing a temper tantrum when the team you want to be traded to is no longer an option is going to help you.  Additionally, with Rich Paul now upset that his original trade demand was made public back in February, he now clearly understands how much his client’s leverage is shattered now, still believing that he will be able to control where Anthony Davis is traded is foolish and borderline crazy.

I am all for players making the most money that they can; I am already on record as saying that the draft system is unfair for players but makes the most sense for sports leagues who are trying to maintain a competitive balance between as many teams as possible.  With that said, once a player signed a contract, something that Rich Paul says his client will honor if and when he is traded for the 2019-20 season, that contract should be adhered to in the same way you would want the team to honor it.

In the NBA, it is not fashionable for players to treat the last year of their contract (or in the case of Anthony Davis, the last two years) as a time to start shopping around other teams, calling their friends and seeing where they can play.  In many cases, they want the time with their new team to start right away and not when they are free agents, which is why what Rich Paul and Anthony Davis did is wrong and they should not be rewarded for their lack of self-awareness and acute attack of self-importance.

 

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75 before Hall enshrinement

On a cool night in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016, John Elway thrust the Lombardi Trophy into the air and hollered, “This one’s for Pat!”

It came 18 years after Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen had declared, “This one’s for John!” following the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship, a 31-24 win over Green Bay in San Diego after Elway helicoptered his way into NFL immortality in his fourth shot at a title.

Elway called it the greatest moment of his Hall of Fame career, and he was determined to return the favor after rejoining his beloved Broncos as Bowlen’s general manager and vice president of football operations in 2011.

He finally got the chance when the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50, 18 months after Alzheimer’s forced Bowlen to step down from his daily duties running the team.

“I’m just glad I had the opportunity,” Elway told The Associated Press in the locker room that night. “I didn’t want to think about it too much because I didn’t want to jinx anything. But I was waiting for the day that I was able to do that.”

Bowlen, who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar television deals, died late Thursday, just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 75.

In a statement posted on the Broncos’ website, Bowlen’s family said he died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. They did not specify a cause of death. Bowlen had Alzheimer’s for several years.

Bowlen was the first owner in NFL history to oversee a team that won 300 games – including playoffs – in three decades. He had as many Super Bowl appearances (seven) as losing seasons, and Denver is 354-240-1 since he bought the club in 1984.

Under his stewardship, the Broncos won Super Bowls in 1998, ’99 and 2016.

Super Bowl 50 was the Broncos’ eighth trip to the big game, the seventh under Bowlen’s watch.

Bowlen’s wife, Annabel, who recently announced that she, too, has Alzheimer’s, and their children were on hand to accept the Lombardi Trophy on his behalf in Santa Clara.

Elway delivered the third Lombardi Trophy to Bowlen’s home back in Denver, and more than a million fans packed downtown for a victory parade 17 years after Elway capped his remarkable playing career by leading the Broncos to back-to-back titles.

 

Prosecutors to retry Kellen Winslow Jr. on rape charges

Former pro football player Kellen Winslow Jr. will be retried after a jury convicted him of raping a homeless woman but failed to agree on eight other criminal charges, California prosecutors said Friday.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Owens said at a hearing in San Diego County Superior Court that five women who testified against Winslow at the first trial will be back on the witness stand at a second trial set for September.

Winslow, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, was convicted Monday of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman and two counts of lewd conduct involving two other women.

A judge declared a mistrial on the remaining charges – including two counts of rape involving a hitchhiker and an unconscious teenage girl in 2003 – after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked.

The judge denied a defense request that Winslow, 35, be released on $1 million bail and home confinement after the prosecution said that while he was free on bail last January he approached an 18-year-old high school senior walking near his home in Encinitas and told her she was attractive and asked where she lived.

The judge ruled him a danger to the community and a flight risk, especially now that he has been convicted.

Winslow played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets. He is the son of Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow, who attended all of the first trial.

His new trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 30. The defense has asked for his sentencing hearing for his single conviction to be postponed until he is retried.

 

Browns’ Landry: Mayfield comments on Johnson a “non-issue”

Jarvis Landry’s not worried about the Browns bickering.

The splashy wide receiver said Friday he doesn’t believe recent harsh comments quarterback Baker Mayfield made about disgruntled running back Duke Johnson will affect chemistry for a Cleveland team dealing with high expectations.

“It’s a non-issue,” Landry said while hosting his youth camp at Shaker Heights High School.

As Landry spoke, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam watched from high in the bleachers and general manager John Dorsey was on the field watching drills under gorgeous, blue skies and in cool, football-season-like temperatures.

Last week, Mayfield, who set the NFL rookie record for touchdown passes last season, was critical of Johnson, who demanded a trade and skipped Cleveland’s voluntary workouts after learning Dorsey shopped him around after signing free agent Kareem Hunt.

Mayfield called Johnson’s situation “self-inflicted” and stressed the back has “got to do his job” as long as he’s with the Browns.

On Thursday, NFL Network, citing multiple sources, reported that several Browns players approached Mayfield in the locker room to voice their displeasure about his comments and any differences were “hashed out.”

Landry dismissed the report and believes Mayfield and Johnson can still work together despite any differences.

“I don’t think it would be difficult at all,” Landry said. “It’s a non-issue, and it’s not one that we are feeling any particular way about. It’s something that is being blown up from (the media) more than it really is.”

The Browns are facing new scrutiny following a busy offseason in which they acquired star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Landry’s former LSU teammate and close friend. The Browns have become fashionable, and with that comes extra attention.

“That’s a part of this story. That’s a part of everything that we’re trying to accomplish,” said Landry, who had 81 catches for 976 yards and four TDs in his first season with Cleveland. “We’re going to have to work through those things. The best way to tell the foundation of something is internally. If we stay strong and continue to trust each other, continue to build on our relationship, our chemistry, we’ll be fine.”

 

Yankees’ Judge joins Stanton on rehab assignment at Triple-A

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is set to join Giancarlo Stanton on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees announced Judge would begin his assignment Friday night. They also transferred Stanton’s rehab from Class A Tampa to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge, the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Star, has been sidelined since April 20 because of a strained left oblique. Stanton, the 2017 NL MVP, has not played for the Yankees since March 31 because of biceps, shoulder and calf injuries.

Manager Aaron Boone has said Stanton could be activated before Tuesday’s home game against Tampa Bay if he gets through this weekend with no problems. But Judge probably would need a little longer stint with the Triple-A club.

 

The Mets won’t hire Joe Girardi

It is always fun to watch out of work managers provide color commentary for television because you know the next week stories will come out about how hat former manager wants a job with one or both teams who game he worked.  This dynamic is unfolding in New York this week after many stories are being written about how Joe Girardi wants to manage the Mets; however, as we talked about before, the team in Queens only shops at discounts stores, and Girardi’s price won’t be something he Blue and Orange would ever consider paying. “They have a lot of pieces,” Girardi said during Saturday night’s Fox broadcast. “But it’s getting consistency from everyone. If they figure out how to be consistent, they’ve got a shot,” adding a shot across the bow of current New York Mets’ manager Mickey Callaway, who’s job has been hanging the balance all season.

It is always easy for fans of one team in a two-team market to covet what the other team has.  In the case of New York Mets fans, we watched Joe Girardi average 92-wins a season over his decade tenure in The Bronx.  While some detractors of Girardi will say he should have won more World Series with The Bombers during his time in the dugout; others will just call him “Joe Binder,” a manager who almost always using the numbers to make a decision, rather than feelings.  Now, that trait is important in today’s baseball, since we know managers only need good penmanship to fill out the lineup card, most franchises have a stat geek tell him who is playing that day.

The reason why the Mets would never hire Joe Girardi is simple, $MONEY$!  No one is paying a manager $4 Million a year to be a robot in the dugout; especially the team in Queens, who most people agree are not replacing a manager yet this year because they don’t want the extra expense of paying two managers at once. So, as a public service to the New York Media and New York Mets fans, don’t hold your breath on seeing Joe Girardi wearing a Blue and Orange uniform; his price is not something the team will pay EVER!

 

Islanders, winger Jordan Eberle agree to $27.5M, 5-year deal

Jordan Eberle calling free agency a “last resort” must be music to the ears of the New York Islanders and their fans after what happened a year ago.

Eberle on Friday agreed to terms on a $27.5 million, five-year contract that counts $5.5 million against the salary cap. Unlike former captain John Tavares, who left for Toronto last summer in free agency, Eberle decided to commit long term to the Islanders much like teammate Brock Nelson did recently.

“I like the direction the Islanders are going,” Eberle said. “From day one, my mindset was to try and get a deal done.”

Under 2018 Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz, the Islanders without Tavares made the playoffs and reached the second round. Eberle conceded he had an up-and-down season, but by the time his found his scoring touch early in the playoffs he figured he wanted to return.

“I found my niche within the team,” Eberle said.

Since joining the Islanders via a trade in 2017, Eberle has 44 goals and 52 assists in 159 games. Counting seven years with the Edmonton Oilers, he has 209 goals and 269 assists for 478 points in 666 regular-season games.

After re-signing Eberle and Nelson, general manager Lou Lamoriello still has captain Anders Lee and goaltender Robin Lehner as pending unrestricted free agents. Eberle said he talks to Nelson but won’t try to launch a full-out campaign for him to stick with New York.

“Ultimately it’ll be up to his decision,” Eberle said. “Anders is on his own path. No one can really blame him for taking his time or going to free agency. He’s earned the right to that.”

 

Capitals trade Niskanen to Flyers for Gudas, clear cap space

The Flyers acquired Matt Niskanen from the Capitals for Radko Gudas on Friday in a one-for-one swap of defensemen that upgrades Philadelphia’s blue line offense and gives Washington much needed salary-cap space.

Niskanen provides the Flyers with an offensive-minded, right-handed shot who can also help on the power play. Philadelphia is retaining 30% of Gudas’ $3.35 million cap hit, which means Washington saves $3.405 million going into an offseason with several players in need of new contracts.

“We feel this move provides us with financial flexibility as we look for additional ways to strengthen our team,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. “In addition, we are pleased to welcome Radko to our organization. Radko is a good defensive defenseman that plays a competitive, physical game.”

Gudas, 29, is a big, bruising defenseman who could help the Capitals replace some of the muscle they’d lose if 38-year-old Brooks Orpik retires or signs elsewhere. Gudas has been suspended four times – three games for an illegal check to the head in 2015, six games for interference in 2016, 10 games for slashing in 2017 and two games for high-sticking in 2019.

Niskanen was a key piece of the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup run. He struggled for about half of this past season and finished with 25 points on eight goals and 17 assists.

“I would say the first 50 games overall not as good as I have played in the past,” Niskanen said on locker cleanout day. “Certainly better later than early in the year. I think I played closer to my usual level the later the season went on. That was when I was most competitive and best execution and all that good stuff. I was my best later in the year, closer to playoffs and in the playoffs.”

 

Corruption will never stop in college sports

The first of four college basketball coaches caught up in an FBI sting known as “Varsity Blues” was sentenced last week in federal court.  Tony Bland, a former assistant coach at USC will not serve any jail time for taking $4,100 in exchange for steering a player toward an agent after turning pro; proving once again that crime does, in fact, pay. Christian Dawkins was the agent that paid Tony Bland the $4,100 bride for the coach’s assistant in getting players to sign with his sports management company; Dawkins will be home in time for his family’s Labor Day barbecue since he was only sentenced to six months in March.  Without knowing how much money Dawkins made over the years from how many players, do you think that he would do things all over again and take the chance that he would lose six months of his life after getting caught this time around?

Many people like former Indiana head coach Bobby Knight will tell you that the great college basketball teams coached by John Wooden at UCLA had people behind the scenes taking care of the players during their time on campus.  As long as there are people out there with talent, there will be people looking to make money off of them, and sometimes to do so, they need to make an early “investment” believing there will be a bigger payoff down the road.

As talk of the NCAA finally willing to change some of their rules preventing players from earning money and hiring agents and advisors, perhaps, over time, the number of people who are caught up in scandals like this will go down.  My faith in people, however, is not that strong. I think there will always be a way, always be something that someone wants or needs that someone else can provide for them to allow an agent to get their hooks into a player.  And sadly, there is always this other thing called blackmail, another way a person with no scruples can get others to do what they want.  Again, there is way too much money surrounding college sports to think people won’t find a way to move the players around like checkers on a board. How these people are able to pull it off might change, but the end game never will.

I hope when the NBA and its Players Association lower the age for players to enter the league’s draft they keep in mind how much help each of those 18 year olds are going to need with situations they have never faced before, and take the time to educate them. While also warning them of the dangers they are soon to face once they have a few dollars in their pocket.

 

NASCAR’s top series a two-team show for now

NASCAR’s top series has been a two-team show.

Joey Logano’s victory at Michigan on Monday gave Team Penske its fifth Cup win of the season. That’s two fewer than Penske had all of last year, when Logano won the series title. In another year, Penske might be the clear choice as NASCAR’s dominant team, but that’s not the case at the moment. Joe Gibbs Racing has nine victories – together, these two teams have combined to win 14 of the 15 races so far.

“When I think of key races to win, obviously the crown jewel events that we probably all know, Brickyard, Daytona, Darlington, those type of racetracks that really stand out,” Logano said. “This one is next in line to me because of Roger Penske, this being in his backyard. You always want to win at your home track.”

It’s been quite a few weeks for Penske, who won his 18th Indianapolis 500 thanks to Simon Pagenaud and now has the points leader in NASCAR with Logano. Of course, to win Monday, Logano had to hold off two of Gibbs’ top cars – the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 18 of Kyle Busch. Truex complained afterward that he thought Logano was too quick on an overtime restart.

Logano and Brad Keselowski are first and third in the Cup standings for Penske. Busch is second, Truex is sixth, and Denny Hamlin is seventh for Gibbs. The two teams combined to take four of the top six spots in Monday’s race.

“We just did the best we could with what we had,” Busch said. “Our M&M’s Camry was not great, but we just kept working on it all day. We just kept falling back or doing rounds, doing air pressure, everything we could to get improving on it and make it better. … Overall we came with about – way better than we should have. Let’s go with that. Way better than we should have.”

At this point last season, five teams had victories, and Stewart-Haas Racing and JGR had combined to win 11 of the 15 races. But through 15 races in 2017, eight different teams had already won, and none of them had more than three victories.

The next four races on the schedule – at Sonoma, Chicagoland, Daytona and Kentucky – are at places where Truex, Busch and Erik Jones won last year. They all drive for Gibbs at the moment, so perhaps Team Penske should feel a bit relieved after taking advantage of its opportunity at Michigan, where JGR has won only one of the past 15 races.

JGR has managed to win nine races despite having no poles yet this year. Logano was actually the first driver to win from the pole all season – although all three of his career wins at MIS were as the pole winner.

Just another factor that appeared to work in Penske’s favor in Michigan.

“I think there’s a lot of advantages to winning the pole here in Michigan. Number one being the pit stall you get is the best pit stall in not only this racetrack but probably the whole sport when it comes to winning a pole here,” Logano said. “That first pit stall is really good. It’s really close to the camera line, which obviously puts you in what position you’re in when you’re leaving. The closer it is, the faster the stall. Pretty big advantage to get it here. That pays rewards throughout the whole race.

“We had a fast car. We kept it out front.”

 

SPORTS EXTRA

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

BROOKLYN (Wednesday)-They turned on the greatest existing battery of baseball lights at Ebbets Field tonight for the inaugural night major league game in the metropolitan area. A record throng for the season there, 40,000, of whom 38,748 paid, came to see the fanfare and show that preceded the contest between the Reds and the Dodgers. The game, before it was played, was partly incidental; the novelty of night baseball was the major attraction. Larry MacPhail, the Dodger’s owner, had two fife and drum corps and a band, and there was a series of sprinting exhibitions by Jesse Owens, the hero of the 1936 Olympics.

But Johnny Vander Meer, a tall, handsome twenty-two-year-old Cincinnati southpaw pitcher, stole the entire show by hurling his second successive no-hit, no-run game, both coming within five days, and making baseball history that probably will never be duplicated. His previous no-hitter was pitched in daylight last Saturday against the Boston Bees, the Reds winning, 3‚0. The score was 6‚0. The records reveal only seven pitchers credited with two no-hitters in their careers and none who achieved the feat in one season.

More drama was crowded into the final inning than a baseball crowd has felt in many a moon. Until that frame only one Dodger had got as far as second base, Lavagetto reaching there when Johnny issued passes to Cookie and Dolph Camilli in the seventh. But Vandy pitched out of that easily enough and the vast crowd was pulling for him to come through to the end. Johnny mowed down Woody English, batting for Luke Hamlin; Kiki Cuyler and Johnny Hudson in the eighth, fanning the first and third men, and when Vito Tamulis, fourth Brooklyn hurler, treated the Reds likewise in the ninth, Vandy came out for the crucial inning.

He started easily, taking Buddy Hassett’s bounder and tagging him out. Then his terrific speed got out of control and, while the fans sat forward tense and almost silent, walked Babe Phelps, Lavagetto and Camilli to fill the bases. All nerves were taut as Vandy pitched to Ernie Koy. With the count one and one, Ernie sent a bounder to third baseman Lew Riggs, who was so careful in making the throw to catcher Ernie Lombardi that a double play wasn’t possible.

Leo Durocher, so many times a hitter in the pinches, was the last hurdle for Vander Meer, and the crowd groaned as he swung viciously to line a foul high into the right field stands. But a moment later Leo swung again, the ball arched lazily toward short center field and Harry Craft camped under it for the put-out that brought unique distinction to the young hurler. It brought, also, a horde of admiring fans onto the field, with Vandy’s teammates ahead of them to hug and slap Johnny on the back and then to protect him from the mob as they struggled toward the Red dugout. The fans couldn’t get Johnny, but a few moments later they got his father and mother, who had accompanied a group of 500 citizens from Vandy’s hometown of Midland Park, N.J. The elder Vander Meers were completely surrounded and it required nearly fifteen minutes before they could escape.

Johnny Vander Meer, who went 15‚10 in 1938, pitched for 13 seasons in the major leagues, never completing another no-hitter. His lifetime record was 119‚121.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1925      Entering the bottom of the eighth inning trailing the Indians, 15-4, the A’s cross the plate 13 times in the frame. Philadelphia will hold on to the lead in the top of the ninth to defeat Cleveland in an incredible 17-15 come-from-behind victory at Shibe Park.

1938      In the first night game played in New York City, Johnny Vander Meer pitches his second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Dodgers at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, 6-0. Four days ago, the Reds’ southpaw held the Braves hitless in a 3-0 victory at Crosley Field.

1940      In the Giants’ 12-1 rout of the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, Harry Danning hits for the cycle, becoming the last player to have an inside-the-park as part of this rare feat. The Giant catcher is able to circle the bases when the 460-foot fly ball gets stuck behind the Eddie Grant Memorial, and Pittsburgh center fielder Vince DiMaggio cannot free it in time.

1948      The Tigers play their first home game under the lights, defeating the Philadelphia A’s, 4-1. Actually, 52 years earlier, the club played a night game, but the results never made it into the books as an official game.

1949      Shortly after 1a.m., Ruth Ann Steinhagen shoots Eddie Waitkus in the chest with a rifle at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel, after luring him to her room with an urgent note delivered by the bellhop. The obsessed fan, who had become infatuated with the first baseman when he played with the Cubs, apparently is upset and agitated because the All-Star infielder was traded to the Phillies

1951      The Cubs trade Andy Pfako along with Johnny Schmitz, Wayne Terwilliger, and Rube Walker to the Dodgers for Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Eddie Miksis, and Gene Hermanski. The deal, which prevents the coveted ‘Handy Andy’ from going to the rival Giants, is the first of many to be made by Buzzy Bavasi, Brooklyn’s new general manager.

1952      The Cardinals, trailing 11-0 after three innings, overcome the double-digit deficit to defeat the Giants at the Polo Grounds, 14-12. The Redbirds score seven runs in the top of the fifth and another seven in the last three frames of the game to accomplish the biggest rally in National League history.

1955      After striking out against the Amarillo Gold Sox, 22 year-old Albuquerque Dukes outfielder Larry Segovia kicks a water fountain in the dugout, breaking a pipe that creates a 50-foot high cascade of water which soaks his teammates and nearby fans. The West Texas-New Mexico League contest will be delayed as the grounds crew shuts off the water, repairs the damages, and removes the puddles from the playing field.

1957      Red Schoendienst, who was unexpectedly traded to the Giants last season by Cardinals GM Frank Lane, is dealt a year and a day later by New York to Milwaukee for Ray Crone, Danny O’Connell, and Bobby Thomson. The nine-time All-Star, who hit .301 during his two partial seasons in the Big Apple, will play a key role in the Braves’ World Championship, leading the league with 200 hits and finishing third in the NL MVP balloting.

1958      In a move that is perceived to be a prelude to a second deal with the Yankees, the A’s trade Woodie Held and Vic Power to the Indians for southpaw Dick Tomanek, utility player Preston Ward, and right fielder Roger Maris. Owner Arnold Johnson, already under pressure for allowing Kansas City to become a farm club for the Bronx Bombers, is warned by American League president Will Harridge not to send the outfield slugger to New York for at least 18 months.

1958      Identical twins are split up by the Pirates when Eddie O’Brien stays with Pittsburgh, but his brother Johnny, along with third baseman Gene Freese, is traded to the Cardinals for infielder Dick Schofield. Eddie, who appeared in April for the Bucs as a defensive replacement, will finish his tenure with the team that signed him as a bonus baby in 1953 without playing another game this season.

1963      At Candlestick Park, Juan Marichal no-hits Houston, 1-0, to become the first Giants hurler since Carl Hubbell accomplish the feat in 1929, and the first since the franchise moved to San Francisco, to accomplish the feat. The 25-year-old Dominican native outduels Colt .45’s right-hander Dick Drott, who tosses a complete game three-hitter, yielding the game’s only run in the eighth inning, giving up doubles to Chuck Hiller and Jimmy Davenport. (Our thanks to Richard J. Drake, who attended the game as a nine year-old with his grandfather, for reminding us about this outstanding achievement).

1964      In a six-player transaction that also includes Jack Spring, Paul Toth, Doug Clemens, and Bobby Shantz, Chicago trades a little-known outfielder named Lou Brock, who will become a fixture with the Redbirds for the next fifteen years, amassing 3,023 career hits, to St. Louis for right-hander Ernie Broglio. The deal, thought at the time to be a steal for the Cubs, will become infamous when the former 20-game winner pitches poorly for his new team, posting a 7-19 record during his brief two and half seasons with the team, and the 24 year-old they gave up enjoys a Hall of Fame career.

1965      At Tiger Stadium, Denny McLain enters the game in the first inning in relief and strikes out the first seven batters he faces to set a major league record. The Detroit right-hander will whiff 14 batters during his 6.2 innings as a reliever in the team’s 6-5 victory over Boston.

1967      Jimmy Wynn becomes the first Astro to hit three homers in one game, becoming the first of only two Houston players to have accomplished the feat in the 34-year history of the Astrodome. In 1994, ‘Toy Cannon’s’ performance will be matched by future Hall of Fame first baseman Jeff Bagwell.

1968      The Phillies fire manager Gene Mauch and replace him with Bob Skinner, skipper of the team’s farm club in San Diego. ‘The Little General’, who is best remembered for being at the helm during the club’s infamous collapse in 1964, compiled a 646-684 (.486) record during his 8+year tenure with Philadelphia.

1969      En route to setting the National League record of playing in 1,117 consecutive games, Billy Williams, after fouling a pitch off his foot in yesterday’s contest, hobbles to the plate as a pinch hitter in the Cubs’ 7-6 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field. The contest marks the first time “Sweet Swingin’ Billy” has not been in the starting lineup during the 878 games of the streak.

1976      In a ten-player trade between the Orioles and Yankees, both teams exchange four pitchers and a catcher. Baltimore sends mounds-men Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, and Grant Jackson along with backstop Elrod Hendricks to New York for hurlers Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor, and Dave Pagan, and catcher Rick Dempsey.

1976      Massive flooding in the Houston metropolitan area prevents the umpiring crew from reaching the Astrodome and causes the first ‘rain out’ in the history of the enclosed ballpark. After the game is called off, the Pirates and Astros players, who had arrived early for practice, shared their clubhouse meal on the field with the few die-hard fans who braved the elements hoping to see a game.

1977      The Mets trade the ‘Franchise’, Tom Seaver, to the Reds for pitcher Pat Zachary, second baseman Doug Flynn, and minor leaguers Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. Dave Kingman is also traded by New York to the Angels for Bobby Valentine and a minor league player.

1982      Red Sox reliever Jeff Reardon, pitching one scoreless inning to protect a 1-0 lead, breaks Rollie Fingers’ career save mark of 341. The Dalton, Massachusetts native, who will finish his 16-year major league tenure with 367 saves, will be surpassed as the all-time leader next season by Lee Smith.

1983      The Cardinals trade former MVP Keith Hernandez to the Mets for a pair of right-handed hurlers, Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. The righties will compile a 21-22 record for the Redbirds, and the Gold Glove first baseman will spend seven seasons in New York, batting .297, playing an instrumental role in the club’s World Championship in 1986.

1992      The NY-Penn Minor League Erie Sailors beat the Jamestown Expos in 13 innings at College Stadium, 6-5, marking the first ever game played by a team representing the National League’s new expansion team, the Florida Marlins. The first pitch of the franchise is thrown by John Lynch, who will leave baseball to eventually become a safety for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.

1996      In the first inning of their 6-2 victory over the Braves, the Dodgers turn their first triple play in forty-seven years. After making a running, back-to-the-plate grab of Chipper Jones’s popup to short left with runners on first and second, Juan Castro throws to second baseman Delino Deshields to double up Marquis Grissom, then the ball is relayed to first baseman Eric Karos to get Mark Lemke, who was also running on the pitch.

1999      Brewers’ pitcher Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, gets his first hit in his 11-year career. The southpaw didn’t bat playing for the Angels and the Yankees due to the designated hitter rule in the American League.

1999      Baltimore first baseman Will Clark gets his 2,000th career hit, a 10th-inning single in the team’s 6-5 walk-off victory over the Royals at Camden Yards. The 35- year-old ‘Thrill’ will end his 15-year big league career next season with a .303 batting average, collecting 2,176 hits with the Giants, Rangers, Orioles, and Cardinals.

2003      Blue Jay rookie Reed Johnson becomes the fourth major leaguer to end a game with a walk-off homer after having hit a round-tripper to start the contest for his team. The 26-year-old right-fielder drilled Shawn Estes’ 3-2 pitch over the left-centerfield fence leading off in the bottom of the first frame, and then ended the 4-4 stalemate with a tenth-inning solo shot off Cubs’ reliever Mark Guthrie.

2005      Joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, and team officials, George Steinbrenner announces plans for a new ballpark in the Bronx. The Yankee-financed $800 million facility, to be built north of the current stadium in Macombs Dam Park, will seat at least 51,800 and will mirror ‘The House that Ruth Built,’ including limestone walls and the familiar copper frieze.

2009      Matt Dermody, a Norwalk (IA) High School senior, strikes out every South Tama High batter who steps to the plate in a game shortened to six innings due to the state’s mercy rule, invoked when a team leads by ten or more runs after five frames. The 6-foot-5 southpaw, recently drafted in the 26th round by the Pirates, will attend the University of Iowa, playing for the Hawkeyes, before signing with the Blue Jays in 2013.

2016      “I’m not trying to take anything away from Ichiro, he’s had a Hall of Fame career, but the next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits.” – PETE ROSE, as quoted in USA Today.

Ichiro Suzuki’s ninth-inning double in the Marlins’ 6-3 loss to the Padres at Petco Park raises his professional hit total to 4,257, surpassing Pete Rose’s all-time major league mark. The 42-year-old outfielder’s total includes the 1,278 hits he collected for Orix in Japan’s Pacific League.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1878 Margaret Abbott, American golfer (1st American woman to win Olympic event, golf 1900), born in Calcutta, India (d. 1955)

1884 Rodney Heath, Australian tennis player (Australasian C’ship 1905, 10), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1936)

1924 Mohammed Ghazali, cricketer (Pak off-spinner wicketless in 2 Tests 54)

1925 Gene Baker, baseball player

1930 Marcel Pronovost, professional ice hockey player

1931 Bernice Gera, first woman umpire in US pro baseball, born in Ernest, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)

1933 Mark Jones, English footballer (d. 1958)

1937 Kumar Shri Indrajitsinhji, cricketer (Indian keeper in 60’s)

1938 Billy Williams, baseball player (Cubs)

1942 Bruce DalCanton, baseball player

1944 Inna Ryskai, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76)

1946 Ken Henderson, baseball player

1946 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)

1948 Champ Summers, baseball player

1949 Dusty Baker, baseball player (LA Dodgers)

1951 Tom Forzani, CFL wide receiver (Calgary Stampeders)

1954 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)

1956 Lance Parrish, baseball player

1957 Brett Butler, MLB center fielder

1958 Wade Boggs, Nebraska, Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman (AL bat champ 1985-88)

1961 Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer

1964 Michael Laudrup, Danish footballer

1968 Tim Lester, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1969 Cedric Pioline, French tennis player (runner-up US Open 1993, Wimbledon 1997), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

1969 Jesse Belanger, St-georges De Beau, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks)

1969 Sheldon Kennedy, Brandon, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)

1969 Oliver Kahn, German footballer

1970 Amanda Cromwell, soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.

1970 Janie Eickhoff Quigley, American cyclist, born in Long Beach, California

1970 Zan Tabak, NBA center (Toronto Raptors)

1971 Nathan Astle, New Zealand cricketer (batsman), Test debut v Zimbabwe in 1996

1971 Stuart Howell, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)

1972 Andrew Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees)

1972 DeWayne Patterson, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)

1972 Jean Francois Labbe, Sherbrooke, NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche)

1972 Justin Leonard, American golfer (British Open 1997; 12 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas

1972 Lianne Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington

1972 Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)

1972 Sandy Mccarthy, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames), born in Toronto, Ontario

1972 Tony Clark, Newton KS, infielder (Detroit Tigers)

1973 Dean McAmmond, Grand Cache, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)

1973 Matt Stevens, safety (Philadelphia Eagles)

1973 Tore André Flo, Norwegian footballer

1974 Scott Tunkin, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996)

1975 Rachel Wacholder, American beach volleyballer

1977 Michael Doleac, American basketball player

1978 Wilfred Bouma, Dutch footballer

1978 Zach Day, American baseball player

1979 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete

1979 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver

1980 Almudena Cid, Spanish gymnast

1981 Jeremy Reed, American baseball player

1982 Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi cricketer

1983 Derek Anderson, American football player

1984 Tim Lincecum, American baseball player

1992 Mohamed Salah, Egyptian soccer forward (Liverpool, Egypt), born in Gharbia, Egypt

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Tampa Bay 42 27 .609 19 – 17 23 – 10 15 – 11 13 – 8 5 – 4 6 – 4 W 1
NY Yankees 41 27 .603 0.5 22 – 13 19 – 14 19 – 7 10 – 11 6 – 5 3 – 7 L 3
Boston 37 34 .521 6 17 – 17 20 – 17 14 – 14 9 – 5 12 – 12 5 – 5 W 3
Toronto 25 44 .362 17 12 – 22 13 – 22 8 – 13 8 – 14 7 – 6 4 – 6 L 1
Baltimore 21 48 .304 21 9 – 26 12 – 22 10 – 21 5 – 14 4 – 9 3 – 7 L 3
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 46 22 .676 22 – 10 24 – 12 14 – 6 15 – 6 14 – 6 6 – 4 W 2
Cleveland 35 33 .515 11 20 – 17 15 – 16 12 – 6 11 – 14 8 – 8 6 – 4 W 1
Chi White Sox 34 34 .500 12 20 – 15 14 – 19 12 – 13 18 – 14 3 – 4 6 – 4 W 3
Detroit 25 41 .379 20 11 – 22 14 – 19 9 – 8 12 – 15 1 – 8 3 – 7 L 2
Kansas City 22 47 .319 24.5 14 – 23 8 – 24 5 – 12 10 – 17 5 – 15 3 – 7 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 47 23 .671 26 – 10 21 – 13 11 – 6 12 – 9 21 – 6 7 – 3 W 1
Texas 37 32 .536 9.5 24 – 12 13 – 20 6 – 4 5 – 2 19 – 20 6 – 4 W 1
Oakland 35 35 .500 12 18 – 16 17 – 19 8 – 12 8 – 1 16 – 19 5 – 5 L 1
LA Angels 34 36 .486 13 19 – 18 15 – 18 7 – 5 7 – 8 14 – 21 5 – 5 L 1
Seattle 30 43 .411 18.5 13 – 22 17 – 21 4 – 7 9 – 11 17 – 21 5 – 5 W 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 41 29 .586 21 – 15 20 – 14 11 – 8 15 – 7 11 – 12 8 – 2 W 8
Philadelphia 38 31 .551 2.5 23 – 14 15 – 17 15 – 10 11 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 L 2
NY Mets 33 36 .478 7.5 19 – 13 14 – 23 18 – 13 4 – 11 7 – 9 5 – 5 L 2
Washington 32 37 .464 8.5 16 – 16 16 – 21 15 – 15 5 – 11 9 – 10 6 – 4 W 1
Miami 24 43 .358 15.5 12 – 24 12 – 19 9 – 22 4 – 13 6 – 4 3 – 7 L 1
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 39 30 .565 22 – 13 17 – 17 14 – 8 18 – 10 5 – 7 6 – 4 L 1
Chi Cubs 38 31 .551 1 24 – 11 14 – 20 10 – 7 13 – 11 9 – 8 5 – 5 L 2
St. Louis 35 33 .515 3.5 20 – 13 15 – 20 13 – 11 15 – 17 5 – 2 5 – 5 W 2
Pittsburgh 31 38 .449 8 13 – 18 18 – 20 5 – 6 12 – 14 7 – 16 3 – 7 W 1
Cincinnati 30 37 .448 8 15 – 16 15 – 21 9 – 7 11 – 17 8 – 9 3 – 7 L 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 47 23 .671 27 – 7 20 – 16 11 – 3 18 – 10 17 – 7 6 – 4 W 2
Colorado 36 33 .522 10.5 21 – 14 15 – 19 10 – 12 7 – 6 12 – 11 5 – 5 L 1
Arizona 37 34 .521 10.5 14 – 16 23 – 18 9 – 6 8 – 5 11 – 19 7 – 3 L 1
San Diego 34 36 .486 13 18 – 20 16 – 16 10 – 10 4 – 7 15 – 16 3 – 7 W 1
San Francisco 29 38 .433 16.5 14 – 20 15 – 18 4 – 9 5 – 6 14 – 16 6 – 4 W 3