HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATE FINALS

1A

Final | University 4, Washington Township 1

4A

Final | Hamilton Southeastern 3, Columbus East 2

 

Tuesday, June 18
Class 3A | Edgewood (24-3) vs. Andrean (35-1) | 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT
Class 2A | Southridge (22-8) vs. Alexandria Monroe (28-6) | 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT

 

COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES

Michigan 2 Florida State 0

Texas Tech 5 Arkansas 4

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cincinnati 3 Houston 2

NY Yankees 3 Tampa Bay 0

LA Angels 10 Toronto 5

Texas 7 Cleveland 2

Boston 2 Minnesota 0

Oakland 3 Baltimore 2

Kansas City 6 Seattle 4

Philadelphia at Washington PPD

Atlanta 12 NY Mets 3

St. Louis 5 Miami 0

San Francisco 3 LA Dodgers 2

San Diego 2 Milwaukee 0

 

TOP HEADLINES

Police: 4 shot, 3 arrested at Raptors rally in Toronto

Gunfire broke out and a stampede ensued as fans celebrated at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, leaving four people shot and thousands fleeing less than a block from where the players and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat on stage.

Three people were arrested and two guns were recovered, Toronto police said, and investigators did not discuss a possible motive for the attack.

Droves of Raptors fans ran from the shooting in a stampede from the City Hall square, which was packed with tens of thousands of people. Earlier Monday, well over a million fans packed downtown Toronto for a parade for the Raptors, raising concerns about safety and overcrowding as the city celebrated its first major sports title in more than a quarter-century.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said four people suffered gunshot wounds but said none of the injuries were life-threatening. Others suffered minor injuries as they tried to get away from the shooting, said Saunders, who asked for witnesses and people who might have video to come forward and help investigators.

Andrew Singh said he heard what appeared to be gunshots and that a woman was wounded before people started scrambling.

“We just saw the girl drop to the floor and the guy running off,” the 29-year-old said. “All I heard was, `bop bop bop.’

Asked if it was a targeted shooting or terrorism-related, police spokeswoman Allison Sparkes said the investigation was ongoing.

During a speech from one of the team owners, the host of the rally interrupted the proceedings to alert the crowd to an emergency and asked for calm. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and other players were among those on stage at the time.

“I want to make sure everyone stays calm,” said the host, sportscaster Matt Devlin. “This is serious. Everyone stay calm … There is an emergency being dealt with.”

Those on stage remained in place and speeches resumed shortly after.

Mike Mudidi said he was enjoying the celebration when he heard screams behind him that someone had pulled out a gun. He said he froze as people started running in all directions.

“I just grabbed my buddies’ hands and ran,” he said.

Raptors fan Phil D’Souza said the violence left a bad taste in his mouth, and he questioned whether he would attend a similar event in the future.

“You couldn’t see the shooter but it was that kind of chaos where you’re just expecting to see somebody coming around the corner. It was that kind of vibe,” D’Souza said.

Another fan said the stampede was scary.

 

LaMelo Ball, 17, signs with Australian team to prep for NBA

American teenager LaMelo Ball has signed with the Illawarra Hawks for the upcoming National Basketball League season, the second top U.S. prospect to join the Australian league under its Next Stars Program.

The 17-year-old guard is rated as one of the best U.S. high school basketball players and is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Ball is the brother of Lonzo Ball, who is being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis deal.

American guard R.J. Hampton decided last month to forego his college eligibility and sign with the New Zealand Breakers in the nine-team NBL. The 18-year-old Hampton turned down offers from several top colleges, including Kansas, to sign with the Auckland-based team.

Illawarra team owner Simon Stratford said Ball is an “exceptional talent.”

“Having him in a Hawks jersey fits with the goal of cultivating the best young talent and making them great,” Stratford said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s putting the club at the top of the list for future NBA stars.”

The Next Stars Program places players with Australian teams who are eligible for the NBA draft and hand-picked by scouts.

Ball said a season in Australia would be the perfect opportunity for him to hone his skills for a future move to the NBA.

“The NBL is a really solid league, with great coaches and players, and I am looking forward to putting all my focus and energy into basketball and getting to work,” he said.

 

HS BASEBALL-1A STATE FINALS

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University captures first state championship behind Sharp’s Record 17 Ks
University’s return trip to the Class A state championship game proved successful, thanks, in part, to a state-record performance by senior pitcher Reese Sharp.

A year after falling to Daleville in the title game, the Trailblazers plated their first three batters of the game and went on to a 4-1 victory over Washington Twp. in a rain-interrupted contest at Victory Field.

Dawson Estep whacked the first pitch of the game for a single before Sharp sent the next pitch off the leftfield wall for a triple to give the Trailblazers the lead. Pinch runner Ethan Johnson and Alex Washlock, who reached on a walk, later scored for a 3-0 lead.

Sharp, an Indiana University-recruit and San Francisco Giants draft pick, pitched the complete game, allowing just four hits and striking out a state-record 17 batters. That total is a record for all classes. He walked three and hit a batter.

The only run Sharp allowed Washington Township came on a two-out, RBI double by Matt Rogers that cut the University lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning. The Trailblazers (22-10-1) came back with an unearned run in the sixth inning to close the scoring.

Tyler Gaylean had three hits and Matt Moore and Estep each had two hits for the winners.

The title for coach Chris Estep’s squad is the first in school history, while Washington Township was playing in its first-ever state championship game in any sport.

Coach Randy Roberts’s Senators finish the season at 23-7.

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-4A STATE FINALS

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Royals edge Olympians on throwing error to end game
Anthony Eggers scored from second base on the second error of the inning by Columbus East to give Hamilton Southeastern a 3-2 victory in the Class 4-A state championship game.

Eggers reached on a bloop single over third base with one out and advanced to second when Brayton Harrison reached on an error. Clean-up hitter Greyson Droste then bounced to second, where Columbus East’s Ben Major flipped to short for the second out, but the shortstop’s throw to first went wild allowing Eggers to score the winning run.

The Royals of coach Jeremy Sassanella captured the state title in their first appearance and finished the season on an 11-game winning streak.

Hamilton Southeastern (23-8) took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning when Cole Dewael led off with a double and scored on a Jack DeWolf single. The Olympians tied it in the third on a two-out, RBI single by Julian Greenwell. Columbus East left the bases loaded in that inning.

The Royals came back in the bottom of the third with another RBI single by DeWolf that scored Harrison, who just beat the throw to home plate.

Columbus East re-tied the game in the fifth as it put runners on second and third with no out, chasing HSE starter Michael Dillon. Left-hander Tyler Schweitzer replaced Dillon and, two outs later, Parker Harrison’s sent a nubber up the third base line and beat the throw to first, allowing Jonah Wichman to score and make it 2-2.

That hit by Harrison was the only one allowed by Schweitzer in three innings of relief. He struck out five.

Coach Jon Gratz’s Olympians saw a 12-game winning streak snapped and finished 25-5.

 

Castillo pitches two-hit ball into 7th, Reds beat Astros 3-2

A storm delay left both starters struggling to regain their touch. Luis Castillo did better handling the challenge.

Castillo pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Nick Senzelreturned from an eye injury and drove in a pair of runs, and the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

The game was delayed 52 minutes in the bottom of the third inning because of a storm, and a double rainbow formed as the skies cleared. Both starters returned and wound up with season highs in walks.

Castillo (7-1) walked a career-high six but allowed only a pair of singles before leaving with two on and no outs in the seventh. Shortstop Jose Peraza‘s throwing error let in a run in the seventh, and Michael Brantley doubled home another.

“He’s got really good stuff, a great changeup,” said Astros shortstop Alex Bregman, who struck out twice against Castillo. “He was mixing and matching.”

Reds manager David Bell wouldn’t have brought Castillo back had the storm lasted much longer. Castillo rested for a half-hour and started getting ready to pitch again.

“I think I controlled the game after that,” Castillo said.

Astros starter Wade Miley (6-4) didn’t fare so well. He walked three in the fifth inning, setting up a three-run rally. Senzel singled home two, and Eugenio Suarez‘s single completed the rally. Senzel was back in the lineup after missing a game with an eye injury. He fouled a pitch that bounced and hit him just above the left eye on Saturday, requiring three stitches.

Miley gave up four hits and a season-high four walks in 4 1/3 innings as he took his first loss in June.

 

Tanaka Ks 10 in 2-hitter, Yankees blank Rays 3-0 to up lead

At the start of a tough week for his team, Masahiro Tanaka made things look easy on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays again.

Tanaka pitched a career-best two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his fourth major league shutout, and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 3-0 on Monday night to increase their slim lead in the AL East.

“You could tell he could smell the finish line,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Big-time performance to kick off this series for us.”

DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yonny Chirinos, and Cameron Maybin went deep in his career-high third consecutive game. That was all a dominant Tanaka (5-5) needed while throwing 76 of 111 pitches for strikes in New York’s first complete game since his gem at Tampa Bay last July.

Edwin Encarnacion received an enthusiastic ovation from fans in his Yankees debut after being acquired from Seattle in a trade late Saturday night. Batting fifth as the designated hitter, the veteran slugger went 0 for 4 with a strikeout his first time up.

“It’s very exciting to wear the uniform,” he said through a translator.

New York won the opener of a three-game series and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Tampa Bay. Once the Rays leave town, AL West-leading Houston arrives for four games.

Tanaka has won consecutive starts for the first time winning three in a row last September. He’s gone the distance seven times since coming over from Japan before the 2014 season.

But in a bit of a surprise, he felt he got lucky in this one.

 

Porcello pitches Red Sox past Berrios and Twins 2-0

After an awfully sluggish start to their World Series title defense, the Boston Red Sox have begun to round into form.

Their latest stride came in the series opener at first-place Minnesota, with a dominant Rick Porcello on the mound.

Porcello pitched seven innings to outduel Twins ace Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games with a 2-0 victory Monday night.

“That’s the best lineup in baseball, and he kept them off balance,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Weak contact. He was in control.”

Porcello (5-6) allowed only four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, just his third start out of 15 this season with seven or more innings completed. He threw eight scoreless innings to beat Oakland on April 30.

“We’re playing good baseball. We’ve got a lot of baseball to play, though,” Porcello said.

The Red Sox (40-34), who began the season 9-15, moved a season-high six games above .500 by handing the highest-scoring team in the major leagues just its second shutout of the year. The Twins (47-24) have their fifth two-game losing streak of the season. They’ve yet to lose three in a row.

“We have been playing so well this year, the offense, defense and pitching,” Berrios said. “Tomorrow, it’s another day, so we turn the page.”

Berrios (8-3) struck out 10 batters in a season-most eight innings, with five hits and no walks. An RBI single by J.D. Martinez in the first was the only run he allowed. Xander Bogaerts gave the Red Sox insurance with an RBI double in the ninth, extending the team’s streak with an extra-base hit to 88 straight games, but Ryan Brasier didn’t need it. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his seventh save in 10 tries, returning from a six-game absence for bereavement/family medical emergency leave.

 

Soroka wins 8th straight decision, Braves mash Mets

Mike Soroka knows he doesn’t have to pitch perfectly when the Atlanta Braves keep scoring runs so often.

“Everything’s just hard-hit baseball after hard-hit baseball,” Soroka said. “It’s contagious. It carries out to the mound for all of us.”

Soroka won his eighth straight decision, Ozzie Albies homered and drove in four runs, and the surging Braves beat the New York Mets 12-3 on Monday night.

Nick Markakis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the fifth inning and Brian McCann reached five times and homered as the NL East-leading Braves improved to 13-3 in June, best in the majors this month.

Atlanta, which scored 15 runs a day earlier against Philadelphia, has plated 90 runs in winning 10 of its last 11 – the best run the offense Atlanta has had over 11 games since 2006.

“Everyone’s having just really good, solid at-bats,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “The takes are good. They’re not missing on pitches and getting good decisions on them. Everybody is just geared up and focused on their at-bats.”

New York continued to struggle on the road, losing for the 12th time in 16 games away from Citi Field and dropping 8 1/2 games behind the Braves.

Soroka (8-1) gave up three runs, six hits and allowed just his third homer in 12 starts this year, a solo shot by Robinson Cano in the sixth. He walked one and struck out two in six innings.

 

Rangers spoil Clevinger’s return with 7-2 win over Indians

Lance Lynn did what he has been doing throughout his first season with the Texas Rangers with another quality start.

While Lynn allowed one run over seven innings, the Cleveland Indians finally got to see Mike Clevinger back on the mound, though their lanky right-hander gave them a bit of an early scare in his return from the injured list in a 7-2 loss Monday night.

“One, it was nice seeing him out there. Two, he scared the heck out of us when he went down,” manager Terry Francona said. “It was nice to see him back competing. As he gets reps under his belt, he’ll build up, he’ll refine his pitches and he’ll be OK.”

Clevinger (1-1) struck out seven and walked three, with all of those among five runs he allowed in his first start since April 7. He threw 12 scoreless innings with 22 strikeouts his first two starts before missing more than two months because of a muscle strain in his upper back.

The concerning moment came in the second inning when coming off the mound on a grounder. Clevinger immediately took pressure off his left ankle and dropped to the ground after an initial awkward step.

“It’s definitely scary, especially just coming off the DL, or IL. It was pretty sticky and then I kind of finished up across my body,” Clevinger said. “And then went to take off and my foot stayed into the ground. The X-rays came back good.”

Lynn (8-4) struck out nine without a walk. The veteran right-hander has gone at least six innings in 10 consecutive starts, allowing three runs or fewer in the last eight.

 

Upton homers, Trout has 4 hits, Angels beat Blue Jays 10-5

Angels outfielder Justin Upton came out swinging in his first game back from injury.

Upton homered on the first pitch he saw in his return from the injured list, Mike Trout had a solo homer among his four hits and Los Angeles used a seven-run second inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 Monday night.

“Upton obviously had an immediate impact,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Shohei Ohtani and Kole Calhoun also connected in the second for the Angels, who have won all four meetings with Toronto this season.

Toronto rookie Cavan Biggio hit two home runs, a solo shot in the first and a two-run drive in the eighth, the second multihomer game of his brief career. Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer in the seventh, but the Blue Jays lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

Trout finished a triple shy of the cycle. He flied out in the first, doubled in the second, singled in the fourth, homered in the sixth, and singled again in the eighth.

Upton went on the injured list in late March because of turf toe on his left foot. He missed 71 games before returning, then started the seven-run rally with a first-pitch blast off right-hander Edwin Jackson (1-5). Later in the 11-batter frame, he chased Jackson with a single.

“It’s huge to get him back,” Trout said.

 

Beede earns 1st big league victory, Giants edge Dodgers 3-2

There’s not much Bruce Bochy hasn’t seen in his 25 years as a big-league manager. One of his favorite things is watching a young player achieve a career milestone.

Tyler Beede did just that against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

He allowed one run over six innings to earn his first big-league victory and the San Francisco Giants won 3-2 Monday night in the opener of a four-game set between the NL West rivals.

“It’s great to see these guys get called up and get their first win,” said Bochy, who is retiring at season’s end. “It’s the part of the job that I love the most.”

Beede scattered three hits, struck out seven and walked a career-high five on 97 pitches in the strongest outing of his young career. The 26-year-old right-hander tied career highs in innings and strikeouts.

“I dreamed of being on this stage and competing at this level,” Beede said. “I’ll remember this game forever and to do it in this stadium against this team makes it extra special.”

Beede (1-2) is the fourth Giants pitcher to record his first career victory at Dodger Stadium.

“We hadn’t seen him before,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s got a good arm. Tonight was probably his best outing. He pounded the strike zone and went after us.”

Beede came in 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in eight career appearances, including six starts.

 

Padres’ Machado denies bumping umpire, to appeal 1-game ban

San Diego Padres star Manny Machado denied he made contact with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third strike Saturday night and said he’ll appeal his one-game suspension and fine.

“I’ve just never seen anyone get suspended for arguing balls and strikes, so we’ll see what happens,” Machado said before Monday night’s game with Milwaukee.

MLB said the punishment, imposed by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, was for “aggressively arguing and making contact” with Welke.

Asked if he made contact, Machado said: “Not that I believe, so no, but everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and we’re going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it.

“You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There’s video for it.”

The third baseman had two hits and scored twice before being ejected by Welke in the fifth inning Saturday night after a called third strike.

Asked if Welke indicated at the time that there was contact, Machado said: “He pointed but I was way too into the zone on letting him hear what I had to say on what I thought about the whole call. I didn’t touch him. I didn’t think I touched him. Video says it all. … I think we’ve got a good case. I don’t think anyone’s ever gotten suspended a game for arguing balls and strikes. I think that’s a little too much, a little unjustified, but there’s a process to this and we’re going to go through it.”

The 26-year-old Machado is batting .261 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs for the Padres after signing a $300 million, 10-year contract in spring training.

 

Judge: 1 year of prison for suspect in David Ortiz shooting

A man nicknamed “Bone” was ordered Monday to spend one year in preventive prison as Dominican authorities said they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the attempted killing of baseball great David Ortiz, who is recovering at a hospital in Boston.

The hearing was closed to the public and officials did not release details, but according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press, the man, whose real name is Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, is accused of being the liaison between the alleged hit men and the person who paid them.

The documents state that a man who is in prison for an unrelated case reached out to Perez for the alleged job a week before the June 9 shooting at a bar in Santo Domingo and sent him a picture of the target so he could share it with the hit men. Authorities said in court documents that Perez shared the picture with the other suspects as they gathered at a nearby gas station just minutes before the shooting. Officials have not said whether the picture was of Ortiz.

The documents also state that Perez sold a gold-colored iPhone 6 used to plan the attack to a woman for $180 so he could get rid of the evidence a day after the shooting. Authorities said he claimed the phone was giving him problems and that’s why he sold it.

“He did this upon finding out that police were looking for him,” the document states.

An attorney for Perez did not comment upon leaving the courtroom after the hearing as police whisked away the suspect, who was wearing a red T-shirt, a flak jacket and a helmet. He did not speak to reporters.

The 24-year-old suspect is one of 10 that authorities have detained, and they are looking for at least two others mentioned in the court documents, including the man accused of paying the alleged hit men.

Ortiz’s attorney, Jose Martinez Hoepelman, said he was satisfied with how the investigation was going.

“Trust the authorities,” he said. “They have worked tirelessly to obtain the results that we have so far. We all want more information, but we have to wait.”

Police have said the coordinator of the attack was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to orchestrate the shooting of Ortiz, known as Big Papi.

 

Mets RHP Syndergaard has ‘low-grade’ hamstring strain

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway says right-hander Noah Syndergaard has a low-grade hamstring strain and will miss at least one start.

Syndergaard underwent an MRI on Sunday and was placed on the 10-day injured list. Callaway hopes Syndergaard misses just one start but says it’s too early to tell if he will need more time to recover.

Reliever Wilmer Font is a candidate to take Syndergaard’s turn in the rotation, but Callaway says Seth Lugo is not.

“I think he’s so valuable in his role right now that it’d be tough to take him out,” Callaway said.

Syndergaard reached for the back of his right leg after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning Saturday night against St. Louis. He walked off the field with a limp, but wasn’t favoring the leg while playing catch and doing agility drills before Monday’s game.

He is 5-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 15 starts.

 

Sharks sign D Erik Karlsson to $92M, 8-year deal

The San Jose Sharks took a risk when they traded for elite defenseman Erik Karlsson knowing he had only one year left on his contract. They sat patiently as he learned about the organization and area during an injury-plagued season and were rewarded when Karlsson decided not to hit the open market.

The Sharks then pounced and signed Karlsson to a $92 million, eight-year deal on Monday, turning a one-year rental into a long-term commitment to one of the league’s most dynamic defensemen.

“This was a big decision for me,” Karlsson said. “Ultimately at the end of the day, I know it’s the right one for me, my family and this organization as well. I’m very happy with how everything happened and that they didn’t force me into making a decision earlier than this.”

A person with knowledge of the deal said it carries an annual cap hit of $11.5 million and includes a full no-movement clause. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms of the contract.

The Sharks acquired the two-time Norris Trophy winner just before the start of last season from Ottawa. Karlsson was hampered by groin injuries for much of his first season in San Jose but also showed flashes as he helped the Sharks reach the Western Conference final for the fifth time in the past 15 seasons, where they lost to eventual champion St. Louis in six games.

Karlsson wore down at the end of the series against the Blues. He missed most of the second half of the third period in a Game 4 loss to St. Louis, missed the entire third period when the Sharks lost the following game and then didn’t travel for the Game 6 loss that ended San Jose’s season. The 29-year-old Karlsson had surgery on the groin on May 31 and is expected to recover fully before the start of next season.

 

Close to home: Anaheim Ducks promote Dallas Eakins to coach

Dallas Eakins spent the past four years developing the Anaheim Ducks’ top prospects in San Diego and preparing himself for another NHL coaching opportunity.

He is getting it with players he knows well, and with the organization that believes in them all.

Eakins was hired as the Ducks’ head coach on Monday, moving up from their AHL affiliate to take over a longtime NHL power that stumbled last season.

“This is just such an incredible opportunity,” Eakins said in his introductory news conference at the Ducks’ sparkling new training complex in Irvine. “The Anaheim Ducks have had such an incredible success rate here in Orange County. It starts with the division championships, the Stanley Cup, and also what’s going on off the ice. I’m fortunate to be a part of it.”

Eakins was the obvious choice to take over the Ducks, who are rebooting their franchise after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012. General manager Bob Murray, who finished the season as Anaheim’s interim head coach, still waited 2+ months after the regular season ended to promote Eakins.

“This is just a natural progression for a guy who’s coached most of the guys on this team,” Murray said. “I said in the beginning I was going to take my time and make sure San Diego was finished playing (in the AHL postseason) before I started looking for a head coach. … There were a lot of good people I talked to. It was a good process for this organization to go through, but it just always came back to Dallas.”

The Ducks filled the NHL’s last head coaching vacancy with the first coach of the current version of the Gulls, who hired Eakins right after becoming the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in 2015. Eakins led a consistent winner while preparing the Ducks’ youngsters for the big leagues, and he took San Diego to the AHL’s Western Conference Finals this season.

Eakins wasn’t bothered by the delay in the Ducks’ move, or by Murray’s decision to talk to other candidates. After all, Eakins was busy trying to win a Calder Cup until May 27.

 

Rangers acquire Trouba from Jets for Pionk, 1st round pick

The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets for defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the draft.

The teams announced the trade Monday. Trouba is a restricted free agent who needs a new contract.

Trouba, 25, gives the rebuilding Rangers a legitimate top-pairing defenseman to speed their move toward being playoff contenders again. The right-handed-shooting blue liner had eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points last season.

Winnipeg is facing a salary-cap crunch and would have had trouble fitting in Trouba. Pionk, 23, is also a restricted free agent but will cost less than the more-established Trouba.

Pionk had six goals and 20 assists last season with New York in his second NHL season.

 

QB Josh McCown retires after 16 NFL seasons

Josh McCown was sometimes the starting quarterback, often the backup – and always among the most-respected and well-liked players in whatever locker room he was in.

And there were many.

McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, wrote in a piece for The Players’ Tribune posted Monday that he is retiring from playing football after an NFL career that spanned 16 NFL seasons and included stints with 10 teams. He will be helping coach his two sons – also quarterbacks – in high school this year. McCown said he also plans to work as a TV football analyst in the future, and ESPN said later Monday it had hired him as an NFL analyst.

McCown was often considered a “bridge” quarterback, and his career record as a starter was only 23-53. But McCown’s career was about more than numbers.

“I guess it just goes to show that you don’t always get to choose your own path,” McCown wrote. “But looking back, I’m proud of how my career has gone. I don’t shy away from the journeyman label. I embrace it, full force.

“Because it’s been one heck of a journey.”

He played the last two seasons with the New York Jets, serving as the starter in 2017 and as a veteran backup to rookie Sam Darnold last year. Darnold often raved about how McCown prepared every week, particularly during a four-game stretch when the rookie was sidelined by a foot injury. McCown filled in during that time for Darnold, who stepped back into the starting job when he was healthy and finished his first NFL season with a flourish.

“Just watching Josh, just the way he went about studying the plays that are in the game plan, it’s literally everything, walkthrough, practice, how he treated everything,” Darnold said late last season. “I think it was just awesome to be able to learn and watch him.”

 

PURDUE COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Atkinson, Edwards Named Purdue Athletes of the Year

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Solidifying their names among the all-time greats of Holloway Gymnasium and Mackey Arena, Sherridan Atkinson and Carsen Edwards have been named Purdue’s Athletes of the Year for the 2018-19 school year. The two were selected by a vote of athletics department administrators from a pool of candidates made up of each sport’s Most Valuable Player or similar designee.

With the honor, Atkinson and Edwards will represent the Boilermakers in the voting for Big Ten Conference Athletes of the Year. The Big Ten awards will be voted on by a panel of conference media and announced by the conference office June 26. Dani Bunch, (track & field) was the last Purdue female to win Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year in 2014. Diver David Boudia was the Boilermakers’ last Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year winner in 2011.

Following a stellar junior season, Atkinson continued to create havoc for opposing defenses in 2018. A unanimous All-Big Ten first-team selection this season, she topped the Big Ten with 546 kills on the year, registering a career-best 4.20 kills per set average on 1,388 swings to earn a .296 hitting percentage. Her kill total ranked ninth in the NCAA and is the best performance by a Boilermaker in the last six years.

Pacing Atkinson’s offensive effort were nine 20-plus kill performances, including a career-high 32 kills against No. 4 Penn State. She also posted double-digit kill tallies in all but two of 31 matches this season and was the 17th Boilermaker in Purdue program history to notch 1,000 career kills. In Big Ten action, Atkinson averaged 4.26 kills per set, third-most in the league, while hitting at a .302 clip and adding 22 aces.

The California native wrapped up her career with her second All-America honor as a first-team selection, joining Ariel Turner, Stephanie Lynch, Marianne Smith and Danielle Cuttino one of five first-team All-Americans in program history.

Graduating in December, Atkinson joined former Purdue alumnae Danielle Cuttino, Annie Drews, Ashley Evans, Valerie Nichol and Azariah Stahl at the professional level, playing for Galatasaray in Turkey. Next season, she will continue her professional career with South Korea’s HiPass. Until then, Atkinson is vying for a chance to represent the United States in the 2019 Pan American Cup from July 4 to 15 in Lima, Peru. Currently a member of the U.S. training team, she most recently competed in a pair of friendly exhibition matches against Canada.

After turning in one of the top statistical seasons in Purdue history and leading the Boilermakers to the Big Ten regular-season championship and a spot in the Elite Eight, Edwards was named a consensus second-team All-American after being selected to all four All-American squads (AP, NABC, USBWA – second team; Sporting News – third team). The Texas native became Purdue’s first two-time All-American since Glenn Robinson in 1993 and 1994, while being named Purdue’s second consensus All-American in the last three years (Caleb Swanigan – 2017).

Concluding his collegiate career with a remarkable junior season, Edwards led the Big Ten and ranked ninth nationally in scoring at 24.3 points per game. He added 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in 35.4 minutes per outing. Edwards shattered the Purdue and Big Ten record for most 3-pointers in a season with 135 (previous Purdue record was 100; previous Big Ten record was 120) and he became just the second player since the 1992-93 season with 850 points, 130 3-pointers, 100 assists and 40 steals (Davidson’s Stephen Curry twice) in the same season.

Edwards was at his best in the NCAA Tournament, averaging a jaw-dropping 34.8 points per game, scoring 42 points against both Villanova and Virginia. He was named the South Regional’s Most Outstanding Player after setting an NCAA Tournament record by making 28 3-pointers in the four games, including a school-record 10 triples against top-seeded Virginia in the South Regional finals. He became the first player since Davidson’s Curry in 2008 to be named the Most Outstanding Player of a regional from a losing team.

Edwards will to continue his success at the professional level, declaring for the NBA draft in April. Most mock drafts have the 2018 Jerry West Award winner going anywhere from 24 to 34, straddling the first and second round.

 

OHIO STATE BASEBALL:

Dominic Canzone Named Third Team ABCA All-American

Canzone claims fifth postseason award in 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior outfielder Dominic Canzone was named a Third Team ABCA/Rawlings All-American, the organization announced this past weekend. Canzone, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, earns his fifth postseason award.

Canzone was taken in the 8th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2019 MLB Draft. Canzone led the Big Ten in hits (88), runs scored (66), slugging percentage (.620) and total bases (158). A 2019 team captain, Canzone was the regular-season batting champion in league games with a .374 average. He also slugged a season-high 16 homers and 18 doubles. A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Canzone started in all 63 games in right field for the Scarlet and Gray, guiding the team to a Big Ten tournament title and NCAA Regional appearance. Canzone, a Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection batted .345 (88-for-255) and recorded a team-high 25 multi-hit games this spring.

POSTSEASON AWARDS BY BASEBALL BUCKEYES:

All-Americans

Dominic Canzone, Third Team (ABCA/Rawlings)

Dominic Canzone, Third Team (Perfect Game/Rawlings)

Andrew Magno, Third Team (Baseball America)

Freshman All-Americans

Zach Dezenzo (Collegiate Baseball)

Seth Lonsway, First Team (Perfect Game/Rawlings)

Seth Lonsway, Second Team (NCBWA)

Mideast-ABCA/Rawlings All-Region

Dominic Canzone, First Team

All-Big Ten Selections

Dominic Canzone, First Team

Brady Cherry, Second Team

Dillon Dingler, Second Team

Seth Lonsway, Third Team

Big Ten All-Freshman Team

Garrett Burhenn

Zach Dezenzo

Seth Lonsway

Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Andrew Magno

Big Ten All-Tournament Team

Dominic Canzone

Brady Cherry

Dillon Dingler

Seth Lonsway

Andrew Magno

Griffan Smith

NCAA All-Tournament Team – Nashville Regional

Andrew Magno

Conner Pohl

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

DENVER-Golf’s man of steel won the United States Open championship today. Refusing to concede defeat when he trailed by seven strokes going into the final round, Arnold Palmer scored an incredible closing 65 for the greatest winning finish anyone has made in the game’s top tournament. While thousands cheered him at the Cherry Hills Country Club, the 30-year-old Ligonier (Pa.) professional brought his 72-hole total to 280. He won by two strokes.
In a dramatic fourth round, Palmer played the first nine holes in 30. That equaled the Open record set by Jimmy McHale, a Philadelphia amateur, in 1947. It also turned Palmer from an also-ran into a challenger. Palmer started the round with four straight birdie 3’s. A tremendous bid by 20-year-old Jack Nicklaus, the National Amateur titleholder from Columbus, Ohio, fell just short. Nicklaus finished with a par 71 for 282 and runner-up laurels. No amateur since Johnny Goodman in 1933 has carried off this title. But the score by Nicklaus, an Ohio State University junior, is the lowest ever by an amateur, including Bob Jones, in this championship.
Nicklaus was caught in the midst of tremendous interest because his playing partner on the last two rounds was Ben Hogan. The 47-year-old Texan made his bid when Mike Souchak, the leader by two strokes entering the final round, started to falter. Hogan reached the brink of a fifth championship, a feat never achieved in this tournament. But the seventy- first and seventy-second holes smashed his fondest hopes. Hogan was 4 under par until then. But he slipped to a 6 on the 17th hole when he had to take off his right shoe and sock and hit out of water near the green. And he scored 7 on the 18th for a round of 73 when he hooked a shot into the lake.
Playing back of Nicklaus and Hogan, Palmer learned what was happening ahead and adhered to pars on the last four holes for the victory. It brought him a first prize of $14,400. Palmer is a determined fellow on a golf course. He is the son of a professional and grew up in a golfing atmosphere. After winning the Masters in April, he said his goal this year would be to win here, the British Open and the Professional Golfers Association championship.
Palmer was confident as he drove the first green and started his string of birdies. He had thirteen birdies in earlier rounds of 72, 71 and 72 and bagged seven more in the final eighteen holes. “I never lost my desire to win here. But you must have the breaks, too,” Palmer said after he had won.
The only other closing rush to the title that approached Palmer’s was a 66 by Gene Sarazen as he triumphed in 1932 at Fresh Meadow. Palmer, who attended Wake Forest College, won the National Amateur in 1954 and subsequently joined the pro ranks, a life-long ambition. This was his eighth appearance in the Open championship. He tied for fifth in his best previous performance last year at Winged Foot.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1911      In the sixth inning in Detroit, the White Sox lead the Tigers, 13-1, and after eight innings, the Pale Hose still are still ahead 15-7. The Tigers, however, use five singles and two walks to narrow Chicago’s lead to 15-13 in the eighth, and then complete their incredible comeback in the final frame when Ty Cobb strokes a two-run single, his fifth hit of the day, and then scores on Sam Crawford’s double to win the Navin Field contest, 16-15.

1919      At Fenway Park with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Red Sox catcher Wally Schang is the victim of third baseman Jimmy Austin’s hidden ball trick. The play ends the game with the Browns beating Boston, 3-2.

1927      On Charles Lindbergh Day, the transatlantic pioneer flyer helps the Cardinals raise the National League pennant before the team’s 6-4 victory over New York at Sportsman’s Park. The game marks the return to St. Louis of Rogers Hornsby, the Redbirds’ former player-manager who guided the team to a world championship last season, but was traded to the Giants in the offseason, after having disputes over salary with owner Sam Breadon.

1938      After accepting GM Larry MacPhail’s offer to coach first base, Babe Ruth wears a Dodger uniform for the first time as a coach and takes batting practice with the team. The ‘Bambino’ will quit at the end of the season, ending his ties with major league baseball.

1940      Dodger Ducky Medwick, acquired in a trade less than a week ago, is beaned by former Cardinal teammate Bob Bowman and needs to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Brooklyn president Lee MacPhail accuses the St. Louis pitcher of deliberately hitting Medwick in the head because the two had quarreled in a hotel elevator prior to the game.

1947      Reds’ hurler Ewell Blackwell no-hits the Braves, 6-0. First baseman Babe Young hits two three-run homers to account for all of Cincinnati’s runs.

1950      In the second game of a twin bill against the A’s at Cleveland Stadium, the Indians establish an American League record by scoring 14 runs in the first inning as they rout Philadelphia, 21-2. Cleveland also won the first game from the Mackmen, 7-0.

1953      Sending twenty-three batters to the plate at Fenway, the Red Sox enjoy a 17-run and 14-hit seventh inning when they pound the Tigers, 23-3. Sammy White sets a modern major league record, scoring three times in the frame, and outfielder Gene Stephens collects three hits in the inning to establish an American League mark.

1960      Tom Sheehan becomes the oldest person to debut as a major league manager. The 66 year-old replaces fired Giant skipper Bill Rigney, resulting with the then second-place club finishing the season fifth, 16 games behind Pittsburgh.

1961      Pirates rookie Don Leppert hits a home run on the first pitch thrown to him in his major league career, going deep off southpaw Curt Simmons in the second inning of the Bucs’ 5-3 victory over the Redbirds at Forbes Field. The 29 year-old freshman catcher’s feat will not be accomplished again by another Pittsburgh player until 2012, when Starling Marte homers on the first pitch he sees in his big league debut.

1961      Eddie Gaedel, the 3′ 7″ Illinois native made famous by Bill Veeck, who employed him to be the Browns’ lead-off batter for one at-bat in a game played in 1951, is found dead lying in his bed with bruises on the left side of his face, most likely as the result of an assault after being followed home from a Chicago bowling alley. Bob Cain, the opposing Tiger pitcher who issued a base-on-balls in the infamous stunt, is the only person from major league baseball to attend the funeral of the 36 year-old unemployed small person, whose cause of death will be determined by a coroner’s inquest to be the result a heart attack.

1961      In Game 1 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, the Red Sox, trailing by seven runs entering the bottom of the ninth, beat the Senators, 13-12, after Jim Pagliaroni’s two-out grand slam tied the score. In addition to catching all 22 innings of the twin bill, the Boston backstop, hits a walk-off home run in the 13th inning of the nightcap, giving the Boston a 6-5 victory.

1967      Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who is spending the night with his parents before a series against the Yankees, is able to get his parents safely out of the building when a fire breaks out in their home in the Bronx. The house blaze will result in the loss of the many souvenirs and keepsakes the 24 year-old infielder has accumulated as a baseball player.

1967      Astros’ hurler Don Wilson no-hits the Braves, 2-0, striking out 15 of the 30 batters he faces. The right-handed fireballer, who will pitch another no-no for Houston next season, becomes the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1973      On Father’s Day, the A’s stage a Mustache Day promotion, giving fans with hair above their upper lip free admission into the ballpark. Charlie Finley offers his players a $300 bonus for growing facial hair for the event, and all do except Vida Blue, who is still bitter about his recent contract negotiations with the team owner.

1975      Red Sox rookie outfielder Fred Lynn hits three home runs, driving in ten runs in the 15-1 rout of the Tigers. The Chicago native also hits a single and triple, that misses being a fourth homer by a few feet.

1977      In the bottom of the sixth inning at Fenway Park, Yankees manager Billy Martin yanks Reggie Jackson out of the game after the outfielder’s curious approach to a fly ball turns a questionable hit into a cheap double for Jim Rice. In the dugout, the skipper and sensitive superstar begin screaming at one another and have to be separated by coaches Yogi Berra and Elston Howard.

1979      Billy Martin returns to the dugout to manage the Yankees for the second time, replacing Bob Lemon, the skipper who replaced him last season and led the team to a World Championship. Martin will be at the helm this season for 95 games, and the fourth-place team will win 55 of those games.

1986      Angels’ hurler Don Sutton becomes the 19th major league pitcher to earn his 300th victory when the Alabama native three-hits the Rangers, 4-1. The 43 year-old right-hander will finish with a total of 324 victories during his 23-year playing career.

1989      The Phillies trade second baseman Juan Samuel to the Mets for outfielder Lenny Dykstra, relief pitcher Roger McDowell, and a player to be named later, that will be minor league pitcher Tom Edens. New York’s experiment to turn their new infielder, who will play only 86 games with New York, into a center fielder will fail miserably, while ‘Nails’ will go on to be a three-time All-Star and a cog in Philadelphia’s National League championship in 1993, being selected as the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player Award.

1996      Chris Anderson becomes the first player representing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to get a base hit. The Hudson Valley catcher, the team’s 66th-round draft choice, delivers a run-producing single in the second inning of the Renegades’ 7-6 loss to New Jersey in the New York-Penn League contest.

1996      Brant Brown hits the first three home runs of his career on the same day. The 25 year-old rookie goes deep as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning off Chan Ho Park in a 9-6 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of a Wrigley Field twin bill, but his two additional round-trippers contribute to Chicago’s 7-4 victory in the nightcap.

2000      The A’s slam the Royals, 21-3, as every player in the Oakland starting lineup has at least one hit and one RBI, and scores a minimum of one run. The 18-run difference is the largest margin of victory for the A’s and the largest margin of defeat for the Royals in the team’s respective histories.

2000      In a 19-2 rout of the Diamondbacks, it takes only the first four innings for Mike Lansing to hit for the cycle. The Rockies second baseman gets a triple in the first, a two-run homer in the second, and a double in the third, completing the rare event with a single in the fourth inning.

2001      Citing he wants to spend more time with his family, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. announces he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time MVP will be best remembered for his streak of playing in 2,632 consecutive games.

2001      A mandate issued by the commissioner’s office imposes a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning, with the time starting when the pitcher enters fair territory. At the beginning of a frame, the allotted warm-up time for a hurler will be one-minute and forty-seconds, unless the game is on national television; in that event, the time limit will be increased by 20 seconds.

2002      Marlins infielder Luis Castillo beats out a dribbler to the box, extending his consecutive-game hitting streak to 33 straight contests. The sixth-inning single in Florida’s 2-1 victory over Cleveland at Pro Player Stadium ties Rogers Hornsby’s 80 year-old record for the longest such stretch to be accomplished by a second baseman.

2002      In the first major league game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, when Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459), and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmeiro add his 460th home run to the total.

2004      At Shea Stadium, Hall of Fame catchers Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, and Yogi Berra take part in a pregame ceremony to honor Mike Piazza for hitting the most home runs as a catcher in baseball history. The Mets’ backstop established the new mark, breaking Carlton Fisk’s record, with his 352nd home run on May 5.

2005      Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to hit multiple home runs in a game when he goes deep on two occasions in the Braves’ 6-1 victory over Cincinnati. The 46 year, 299 day-old Atlanta first baseman homers twice off Cincy starter Eric Milton, going yard in the first and third innings at the Great American Ball Park.

2005      Derek Jeter, who will average 13 home runs during 20-year career, hits his only major league grand slam in his 156th plate appearance with the bases loaded. The 30 year-old All-Star shortstop, who collects two round-trippers in the Bombers’ 8-1 victory over the Cubs at Yankee Stadium, clears the bases in the sixth inning with a blast off Joe Borowski that clears the fence in left-center field.

2006      In a game in which veteran hurler Kenny Rogers wins his 200th career victory, the Tigers go yard eight times to set a club record. Cubs starter Mark Prior, who recently returned from the 60-day disabled list, gives up three of the home runs in the 6-run first inning of the 12-3 barrage at Wrigley Field.

2007      Trailing the Red Sox by 15 games in the AL East after playing just sixty-nine games, the last-place Orioles fire Sam Perlozzo as the team’s manager. Bullpen coach Dave Trembley is named as the interim manager in the midst of an O’s eight-game losing streak as the club embarks on a West Coast road trip.

2010      President Obama, along with his two daughters, makes an unannounced trip to Nationals Park to watch Stephen Strasburg pitch against his favorite team, the White Sox. The Commander in Chief is on hand to see the 21 year-old fireballer strike out ten batters to bring the phenom’s three-game total to 32, three more than the rookie record of 29 established by J.R. Richard in 1971.

2012      With his one-out, solo home run off Shawn Kelley in the seventh in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 victory over Seattle at Chase Field, Aaron Hill becomes the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Arizona second baseman, the first D-Back to single, double, triple, and homer in four at-bats, joins Kelly Johnson (2010), Stephen Drew (2008), Greg Colbrunn (2002), and Luis Gonzalez (2000) in accomplishing the rare feat.

2012      Allowing only a fifth-inning single by Wilson Betemit in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over Baltimore at Citi Field, R.A. Dickey throws his second consecutive one-hitter, becoming the first pitcher to record back-to-back one-hit games since Dave Stieb accomplished the feat in 1988. The 37 year-old knuckleball pitcher, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in 42.2 innings, also limited Tampa Bay to a lone safety in his last start.

2012      After a lengthy ten-week trial, Roger Clemens is acquitted by a jury on all charges that he obstructed justice and lied to Congress when he testified at a deposition during a 2008 nationally televised hearing. The seven-time Cy Young winner, who won 354 games playing for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, and Astros during his 24 years in the major leagues, contended that the success in the latter part of his career was a result of an over-the-top work ethic and not due to taking performance-enhancing drugs, as widely believed.

2014      With the only batter reaching base as a result of a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning, Clayton Kershaw no-hit the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, striking out a career-high 15 batters. The left-hander’s teammate Josh Beckett also threw a no-hitter 24 days ago, making it the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer accomplished it in consecutive starts, four days apart, in 1938.

2015      Carlos Correa, the number one overall pick in 2012, becomes the second-youngest player in the modern era to steal three bases in a game when he swipes a trio of bags in Houston’s 8-4 victory against the Rockies at Coors Field. In 1979, Rickey Henderson was 20 years and 241 days old when he accomplished the feat, 18 days younger than the Astro shortstop.

2018      In the continuation of a game that started May 15, Juan Soto pinch-hits a two-run homer that proves to be the difference in the Nationals’ 5-3 victory against the Yankees. The stats of the game will indicate the 19 year-old rookie outfielder accomplishment preceded his big league debut, an oddity that also includes Dave Parker (1973) and Barry Bonds (1986) among the players who also recorded hits before making their big league debuts.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

1896 Cota Ramaswami, cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936)

1912 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1974)

1914 Billy Wade, cricket wicket-keeper (South African in 11 Tests 1938-50)

1915 Arthur Fagg, cricketer (dual double-centuries in a game for Kent 1938)

1924 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star 1951-54), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

1933 Jean Wicki, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)

1939 Lou Brock, one-time baseball stolen base leader (St Louis Cards)

1939 Lynn Whiting, horse trainer

1949 Jerry Hollendorfer, horse trainer

1950 Annelie Ehrhardt, German DR, 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)

1961 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas

1963 Bruce Smith, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)

1963 Joe Walter, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)

1964 Thanh Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)

1966 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1966 Doug Bodger, Chemainus BC, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, San Jose)

1966 Kurt Browning, Alberta, figure skater (Olympic-5-1994)

1966 Luke Jensen, Grayling Mich, tennis star (1993 French Open doubles)

1966 Robert Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1966 Sandy Alomar, catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico

1968 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois

1969 Fernando Valenzula, jockey

1969 Jay Leeuwenburg, NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts)

1971 Blair Pocock, cricketer (New Zealand opening batsman 1993)

1971 Nigel Owens, Welsh Rugby Referee (Stonewall Sportsperson of the Decade), born in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire

1972 Otakar Vejvoda, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)

1973 Rayna Stewart, safety/cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)

1973 Tracy Noonan, Lawrence Mass, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996)

1973 Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower

1974 Keith Poole, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)

1974 Vincenzo Montella, Italian footballer

1975 Aleksandrs Koliņko, Latvian footballer

1975 Martin St. Louis, Canadian hockey player

1980 Antonio Gates, American football player

1980 Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner

1984 Mateus, Angolan footballer

1984 Janne Happonen, Finnish ski jumper

1986 Richard Gasquet, French tennis player

1992 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics-66), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
NY Yankees 44 27 .620 23 – 13 21 – 14 20 – 7 12 – 11 6 – 5 5 – 5 W 3
Tampa Bay 43 29 .597 1.5 20 – 18 23 – 11 15 – 12 13 – 8 6 – 5 4 – 6 L 1
Boston 40 34 .541 5.5 17 – 17 23 – 17 16 – 14 10 – 5 12 – 12 7 – 3 W 6
Toronto 26 46 .361 18.5 12 – 23 14 – 23 8 – 13 8 – 14 8 – 8 3 – 7 L 1
Baltimore 21 51 .292 23.5 9 – 28 12 – 23 10 – 23 5 – 14 4 – 10 2 – 8 L 6
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Minnesota 47 24 .662 23 – 12 24 – 12 14 – 7 16 – 7 14 – 6 6 – 4 L 2
Cleveland 37 34 .521 10 20 – 17 17 – 17 12 – 6 13 – 14 8 – 9 6 – 4 L 1
Chi White Sox 34 36 .486 12.5 20 – 17 14 – 19 12 – 15 18 – 14 3 – 4 5 – 5 L 2
Detroit 25 43 .368 20.5 11 – 24 14 – 19 9 – 8 12 – 17 1 – 8 2 – 8 L 4
Kansas City 24 48 .333 23.5 14 – 23 10 – 25 5 – 12 11 – 18 6 – 15 5 – 5 W 2
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Houston 48 25 .658 27 – 11 21 – 14 12 – 7 12 – 9 21 – 6 6 – 4 L 2
Texas 39 33 .542 8.5 25 – 12 14 – 21 6 – 4 6 – 2 19 – 20 6 – 4 W 1
Oakland 37 36 .507 11 20 – 17 17 – 19 9 – 12 8 – 1 17 – 20 5 – 5 W 1
LA Angels 36 37 .493 12 19 – 18 17 – 19 9 – 6 7 – 8 14 – 21 6 – 4 W 1
Seattle 31 45 .408 18.5 13 – 23 18 – 22 4 – 7 9 – 12 18 – 22 5 – 5 L 1

 

National League
East
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Atlanta 43 30 .589 23 – 16 20 – 14 13 – 9 15 – 7 11 – 12 9 – 1 W 2
Philadelphia 39 32 .549 3 23 – 14 16 – 18 16 – 11 11 – 9 7 – 9 5 – 5 L 1
NY Mets 34 38 .472 8.5 20 – 14 14 – 24 18 – 14 5 – 12 7 – 9 4 – 6 L 2
Washington 33 38 .465 9 17 – 17 16 – 21 15 – 15 5 – 11 10 – 11 5 – 5 W 1
Miami 25 45 .357 16.5 13 – 25 12 – 20 9 – 22 5 – 15 6 – 4 2 – 8 L 2
Central
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 40 32 .556 22 – 13 18 – 19 14 – 8 18 – 10 6 – 9 6 – 4 L 1
Chi Cubs 39 32 .549 0.5 24 – 11 15 – 21 10 – 7 13 – 11 10 – 9 5 – 5 L 1
St. Louis 37 34 .521 2.5 21 – 13 16 – 21 15 – 12 15 – 17 5 – 2 6 – 4 W 2
Cincinnati 32 38 .457 7 17 – 17 15 – 21 9 – 7 11 – 17 8 – 9 4 – 6 W 2
Pittsburgh 32 39 .451 7.5 13 – 18 19 – 21 6 – 7 12 – 14 7 – 16 2 – 8 W 1
West
Team W L Pct GB Home Road East Central West Last 10 Streak
LA Dodgers 48 25 .658 28 – 9 20 – 16 11 – 3 19 – 11 17 – 8 5 – 5 L 1
Colorado 37 34 .521 10 22 – 15 15 – 19 10 – 12 7 – 6 13 – 12 5 – 5 L 1
Arizona 38 35 .521 10 14 – 16 24 – 19 10 – 7 8 – 5 11 – 19 7 – 3 L 1
San Diego 36 37 .493 12 19 – 20 17 – 17 10 – 10 5 – 7 16 – 17 4 – 6 W 2
San Francisco 31 39 .443 15.5 15 – 21 16 – 18 4 – 9 6 – 7 15 – 16 6 – 4 W 1