NBA PLAYOFFS

Miami 103 Milwaukee 94

LA Lakers 112 Houston 102

 

NHL PLAYOFFS

Vegas 3 Dallas 0

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Minnesota 7 St. Louis 3

Philadelphia 6 Boston 5

Washington 5 Tampa Bay 3

St. Louis 6 Minnesota 4

Pittsburgh 5 Chicago White Sox 4

Boston 5 Philadelphia 2

Detroit 8 Milwaukee 3

Baltimore 11 NY Mets 2

San Francisco 6 Seattle 5

Kansas City 8 Cleveland 6

Oakland 4 Houston 2

Toronto 2 NY Yankees 1

Texas 7 LA Angels 1

Houston 5 Oakland 4

 

HS BOYS SOCCER

Muncie Central 3 Richmond 0

McCutcheon 7 Kokomo 1

Logansport 4 Culver Academies 2

New Palestine 2 New Castle 0

Harrison 5 Lafayette Jeff 0

Centerville 3 Seton 3

 

HS GIRLS SOCCER

Richmond 7 Muncie Central 0

South Dearborn 6 Franklin County 1

McCutcheon 10 Kokomo 0

Union County 6 Knightstown 0

Connersville 6 Rushville 0

 

HS VOLLEYBALL

Richmond 3 Union County 1

Knightstown 3 Union City 0

Harrison 3 Logansport 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 3 Lafayette Jeff 1

New Castle 3 Shelbyville 0

Centerville 3 Franklin County 1

Lincoln 3 Tri 0

 

HS GIRLS GOLF

Northeastern 180 Centerville 218

Centerville: Aurora Biava (50), Alex Goodwin (52), Karis Koyles (56), Hailie Ridge (60) and Morgan Hale (60).

 

Lincoln defeated Rushville by the score of 215-231

Lincoln lost to Shenandoah 189-215.

Allison Frost shot a 46 to lead the Eagles.

Other scores: Shayna Morris-48, Lindsey Schunk-59, Zariah Davis-62.

 

HS BOYS TENNIS

Connersville 3 Centerville 2

 

NCC AND AREA FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Friday, Sep. 11

Harrison at Lafayette Jeff 7 pm

Tech at Logansport 7 pm

Marion at Anderson 7 pm

McCutcheon at Kokomo 7 pm

Muncie Central at Richmond  7 pm

Knightstown at Union City  7 pm

Monroe Central at Northeastern 7 pm

Tri at Wes-Del 7 pm

Union County at Hagerstown  7 pm

Winchester at Centerville  7 pm

Batesville at Rushville  7 pm

Franklin County at East Central 7:30 pm

Greensburg at Lawrenceburg  7 pm

Saturday, Sep. 12

South Dearborn at Connersville 3 pm

 

OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Friday September 11

Arcanum (1-1) at Ansonia (1-1)

Bethel (0-2) at Tri-County North (1-1)

Bradford (0-2) at Mississinawa Valley (0-2)

Covington (2-0) at Twin Valley South (0-2)

Oakwood (0-2) at Brookville (2-0)

Preble Shawnee (1-1) at Franklin (1-1)

Eaton (1-1) at Monroe (0-2)

Bellbrook (2-0) at Valley View (2-0)

National Trail (2-0) at Tri-Village (2-0)

Dixie (1-1) at Madison (0-2)

Northridge (0-2) at Carlisle (1-1)

 

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Thursday, Sept. 10

UAB at Miami (Fla.) | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

 

Saturday, Sept. 12

Syracuse at No. 18 North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Louisiana at No. 23 Iowa State | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana Tech at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FOX

Charlotte at Appalachian State| 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

The Citadel at South Florida | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana Monroe at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBS Sports Network

Duke at No. 10 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

Arkansas State at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

Georgia Tech at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Campbell at Georgia Southern | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

UTSA at Texas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Austin Peay at Pittsburgh | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Missouri State at No. 5 Oklahoma | 7 p.m. | Pay-per-view

No. 1 Clemson at Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Tulsa at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN/ESPNU

Tulane at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

UTEP at No. 14 Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network

Houston Baptist at Texas Tech | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Kentucky at Louisville | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Coastal Carolina at Kansas | 10 p.m. | Fox Sports 1

 

 

NFL WEEK 1

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (Mon) 7:15p (ET) 7:15p ESPN

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (Mon) 8:10p (MT) 10:10p ESPN

 

 

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals.

Giannis Antetokounmpo could only watch.

The fifth-seeded Heat finished off an upset of the NBA’s best regular-season team Tuesday, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 103-94 in Game 5 of their East semifinal series – while Antetokounmpo, the league’s reigning MVP, couldn’t play because of a sprained right ankle.

“We have deep, deep respect for that franchise and it’s unfortunate that Giannis couldn’t play tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Butler and Goran Dragic each scored 17 points for the Heat, who won the series 4-1 and will face either Boston or Toronto when the NBA’s final four gets underway next week. It’s Miami’s first time in the East finals since 2014, and the first time Butler has gotten this deep in the playoffs.

“It means a lot,” Butler said. “But that’s not my goal. That’s not my guys’ goal. That’s not the organization’s goal. We want to win `it.’ We want a championship and I think that’s what we’re focused on. These next eight are going to be much harder than the previous eight. We know that. But we’re ready for them.”

Jae Crowder scored 16, Tyler Herro scored 14, Bam Adebayo had 13 and Kelly Olynyk had 12 for the Heat.

 

 

LeBron James added another record to his resume as he continues his chase for a fourth career title.

Nobody has played in as many NBA playoff victories.

James scored 36 points, Rajon Rondo sparked a fourth-quarter rally and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 112-102 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.

The triumph gave James his NBA-record 162nd postseason victory, surpassing former Lakers guard Derek Fisher’s 161.

“It’s very humbling,” James said. “It’s something that I never dreamed of.”

James had seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks as he helped lead the Lakers’ second-half defensive surge. The Rockets had 64 points at halftime but were held to 38 the rest of the way.

“Nobody impacts winning more than LeBron James,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “That’s true for this season. That’s why he should be MVP. Honestly, it’s probably true in the history of the game. Nobody impacts winning more than LeBron James. To see him have that actual numerical statistic is just indicative of that.”

James reached the milestone with plenty of help from Rondo, who became the first player to have at least 12 points and five assists in the fourth quarter of a playoff game since James for the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 22, 2010, according to STATS.

Rondo finished with 21 points and nine assists. He scored eight straight points during a 10-0 run early in the period that put the Lakers ahead for good. Rondo assisted on the other basket during that stretch.

 

 

Billy Donovan won’t return as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after five seasons, the team announced Tuesday night, ending a largely successful run that ought to make him an attractive candidate for jobs around the league.

Donovan, who was at the end of his contract, took the Thunder to the playoffs every year and was a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year this season after his squad outperformed expectations and pushed the Houston Rockets to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.

Donovan went 243-157 with Oklahoma City.

“I have a great respect and admiration for the players I coached in Oklahoma, and I also want to thank the coaches I worked with, who gave unbelievable time and expertise to our common goal,” Donovan said in a statement.

The Thunder and Donovan described his departure as a mutual decision. Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said he couldn’t give Donovan the assurances he wanted about the future.

“In knowing where he is and the caliber of coach he is, I wouldn’t want to mislead him and tell him it was going to be a certain way and then have it not be that way,” Presti said. “But ultimately, it was also five years and I think in his mind, it may have been time to move on. I totally respect that and I have a great deal of respect for him. I wish him nothing but the best.”

 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Defensive Player of the Year, so it should be no surprise that he was also the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive team.

The Milwaukee Bucks forward – and favorite to win his second consecutive MVP award – appeared on 97 of the first-team ballots out of 100 cast by a global panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league.

Antetokounmpo was one of three Bucks on the 10-person squad, announced by the league Tuesday.

Also on the first team: Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.

The second team selections were Los Angeles Clippers teammates Kawhi Leonard at forward and Patrick Beverley at guard, Bucks teammates Brook Lopez at center and Eric Bledsoe at guard, and Miami forward Bam Adebayo.

Antetokounmpo, Davis, Gobert, Simmons, Adebayo, Beverley and Smart, respectively, were the top seven vote-getters in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting – so their appearances on the All-Defensive team were likely expected.

Leonard tied for ninth on that list, Lopez was 10th and Bledsoe did not receive any votes for DPOY, where voters ranked their top three choices with no regard for position.

Leonard made the All-Defensive team for the sixth time and has done so now as a member of three different teams, with his past appearances coming when he played for San Antonio and Toronto. Gobert is a first-team selection for the fourth consecutive year, the league’s longest active such streak. Davis is All-Defensive for the fourth time and Antetokounmpo for the third time; both are now two-time first-teamers as well.

 

 

The Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins that will keep the three-time All-Pro in Arizona through the 2024 season.

The team announced the deal on Tuesday but didn’t disclose terms. The NFL Network reported that the extension is worth $54.5 million over two years. The receiver is guaranteed $42.75 million.

The deal, which Hopkins negotiated himself, also has a no-trade clause and no-franchise tag clause.

The Cardinals landed the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Hopkins in a surprising trade with the Texans during the offseason, sending veteran running back David Johnson to Houston.

The 28-year-old Hopkins has been one of the NFL’s most consistent and productive receivers in recent years with at least 1,100 yards receiving in five of the past six seasons.

Arizona hopes he’ll be one of the cornerstones of an offense that includes second-year quarterback Kyler Murray, running back Kenyan Drake and receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. The Cardinals open the season on Sunday with a road game against the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.

Hopkins has seemed rejuvenated by the mid-career move and is hopeful the Cardinals can quickly become a playoff contender after finishing with a 5-10-1 record in 2019. He’s been impressed by Murray, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2019.

 

 

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Denver Broncos fear star linebacker Von Miller suffered a season-ending ankle injury toward the end of practice Tuesday.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t addressed Miller’s injury, said the team was awaiting results of an MRI on Miller.

The practice took place indoors because of a snowstorm that struck the Rocky Mountains after a series of upper-90s and 100-degree days.

Miller appeared primed for a big season after adding several pounds of muscle in the offseason and rededicating himself. Last month, he said he was inspired by Kobe Bryant’s eulogy and Michael Jordan’s documentary.

Miller’s pass rushing partner, Bradley Chubb, has hit some rough patches in his return from a torn ACL, and coach Vic Fangio suggested recently that Chubb would take some time to get back to 100%.

The Broncos open the season Monday night against Tennessee.

 

 

Kareem Hunt has found a home – at home.

Suspended last season by the NFL for two physical off-field altercations, Hunt has agreed to a two-year, $13.25 million contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press.

Hunt, who served his eight-game suspension after joining Cleveland as a free agent, is expected to sign the deal Tuesday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract isn’t finalized without the running back’s signature.

The contract includes $8.5 million guaranteed, the person said.

Hunt grew up in the Cleveland area and conveyed his appreciation in getting the extension on with an Instagram posting.

“Cleveland has always been home to me, and putting on the Orange & Brown has been THE dream growing up,” Hunt wrote. “Being able to make it official, and play my heart out for the city I love for the next few years is a blessing.”

 

 

The New York Giants have waived cornerback DeAndre Baker with the 22-year-old facing armed robbery charges relating to an incident in Florida in May.

The Giants announced the move on Tuesday, less than a week after co-owner John Mara said the team was close to a decision on Baker’s future with the club.

Baker has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since July 27. Two weeks later, he was formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm stemming from an incident at a house party in Miramar, Florida.

Baker has not participated in any Giants activities since the alleged robbery.

Baker was the third of the Giants’ three first-round draft picks in 2019. The 30th pick overall, the Georgia product played in all 16 games, starting the final 15. He finished with 61 tackles (48 solo) and eight passes defensed.

Baker was expected to be a starter in Joe Judge’s first season as head coach.

 

 

Quarterback Josh Rosen has landed on the practice squad of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he’ll get to learn from Tom Brady.

The Bucs also announced Tuesday the signing of kicker Greg Joseph to the practice squad, which still has one opening following the release of quarterback Reid Sinnett.

Rosen was the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Arizona Cardinals and is joining his third team in as many years.

He appeared in 14 games with 13 starts for Arizona as a rookie, then started three of six games he played with the Miami Dolphins, who acquired him in a 2019 trade.

The Dolphins released Rosen last week.

Joseph spent the offseason with Tennessee, which signed him last December. He kicked in five games for the Titans, including the AFC championship game in January, and appeared in 14 games with the Cleveland Browns two years ago.

 

 

2020 NFL PREDICTIONS

AFC East

  1. *Patriots: 10-6
  2. *Bills: 9-7
  3. Dolphins: 6-10
  4. Jets: 4-12

 

AFC East bold prediction: Cam Newton leads the NFL in total touchdowns

 

No one knows if the Patriots are going to be any good this year and that’s mainly because no one knows if Cam Newton is going to be any good. The former Panthers quarterback hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the past few seasons, so there’s no guarantee he’s going to be able stay healthy in New England. That being said, I actually think Newton is going to have a monstrous year. For one, the Patriots are going to have the element of surprise on their side in 2020. For the past two decades, every opponent knew what the Patriots offense was going to do (even if they couldn’t stop it). This year, no one has any idea what the Patriots are going to do on offense, and because of that, it could be tough to stop. Also, Newton gives the Patriots something they never had with Tom Brady: A quarterback who is a threat to run the ball. If Newton can throw 30 touchdown passes this year and rush for 10 more, that will likely be enough to lead the NFL in total touchdowns, and that’s exactly what I’m predicting.

 

AFC North

  1. *Steelers: 11-5
  2. *Ravens: 11-5
  3. Browns: 8-8
  4. Bengals: 7-9

 

AFC North bold prediction: Joe Burrow sets NFL record for most TD passes by a rookie.

This record is currently held by an AFC North rival (Baker Mayfield), which means it will probably feel especially gratifying for Burrow if he’s able to knock the Browns quarterback out of the record book. Back in 2018, Mayfield threw 27 touchdown passes, which broke Peyton Manning’s record of 26 that had stood since 1997. Burrow is going to have a huge advantage over Mayfield, and that’s because the Bengals quarterback is going to be the starter from Day 1, which means he’ll definitely be starting 16 games this season (Mayfield only started 13 games for the Browns in 2018).

The other upside for Burrow is that he’s going to have a lot of receiving talent to work with in Cincinnati with guys like A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Auden Tate, Alex Erickson and John Ross, plus running backs Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. Also, there’s a good chance we’ll see Burrow put up big numbers this year no matter how the Bengals play. On one hand, if the Bengals are good, it will likely be because Burrow is having a phenomenal rookie season. On the other hand, if the Bengals are bad, we could see Burrow put up some huge numbers in garbage time, which could help his touchdown total.

 

AFC South

  1. *Colts: 10-6
  2. *Titans: 9-7
  3. Texans: 7-9
  4. Jaguars: 3-13

 

AFC South bold prediction: Doug Marrone is the first coach fired during the 2020 season

 

In most cases, when a team makes it to the AFC Championship game, they try to build on that success, but for some reason the Jaguars decided to do the opposite. Since making it to the AFC title game in 2017, all the Jaguars have done is completely dismantle their entire roster. The final two nails in the coffin came last week when the team dumped both Yannick Ngakoue (in a trade) and Leonard Fournette. After two straight last-place finishes over the past two seasons, Marrone is definitely on the hot seat this year and if the Jaguars get off to a slow start, he might not last long in Jacksonville. The Jags have a bye in Week 7 this season and if the team shoots off to a 1-6 or 0-7 start, it won’t be surprising if owner Shad Khan finally pulls the plug on the Marrone era in Jacksonville.

 

AFC West

  1. *Chiefs: 13-3
  2. Chargers: 7-9
  3. Raiders: 6-10
  4. Broncos: 5-11

 

AFC West bold prediction: The Broncos are worse than they were in 2019

 

The Broncos have been a trendy pick this year as a dark horse playoff team and a big reason for that is because of the way they finished the season. Over the final five weeks of 2019, Drew Lock led them to a 4-1 record, which allowed Denver to finish the season 7-9. One of the biggest question marks in Denver is the offensive line, which is a problem, because that’s not an issue you want to be worrying about when you have a second-year quarterback under center. The Broncos might have quite a few weapons, but those weapons don’t really mean anything if Lock never has time to get them the ball.

 

NFC East

  1. *Cowboys: 11-5
  2. Eagles: 9-7
  3. Washington: 4-12
  4. Giants: 3-13

 

NFC East bold prediction: Dak Prescott wins MVP

I’m starting to think that Jerry Jones actually had a diabolical plan going into 2020 that involved not giving Dak a long-term deal so that he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder the entire season, and I’m also starting to think that this plan might work. Last year, Dak finished with the second-most passing yards in the NFL and the fourth-most touchdown passes, despite playing in a run-friendly offense. With a more pass-happy coach and even more offensive weapons, we’ll likely see some even bigger numbers from Prescott. Oh, and let’s not forget that he plays for America’s team, which basically means that you’re automatically in the MVP conversation as long as you finish above .500 and I absolutely think the Cowboys are going to finish above .500.

 

NFC North

  1. *Packers: 9-7
  2. Vikings: 9-7
  3. Lions: 8-8
  4. Bears: 6-10

 

NFC North bold prediction: No team in the division will hit double-digit wins

If there’s one division where it feels like every team took at least a small step back this year, it’s the NFC North. The Packers added zero receiving weapons for Aaron Rodgers, the Vikings lost half their starters on defense, Bears coach Matt Nagy is being forced to start a quarterback he doesn’t have any confidence in  and the Lions are the Lions. Basically, it’s a recipe for disaster and disaster in this case will be a season where none of the teams in the division hit the 10-win mark. This qualifies as bold, because it’s only happened one time in the 18-year history of the NFC North. Since the division’s first year in 2002, the only time none of the teams hit the double-digit mark came in 2013 when the Packers won the NFC North with just eight wins.

 

NFC South

  1. *Buccaneers: 11-5
  2. *Saints: 10-6
  3. Falcons: 8-8
  4. Panthers: 4-12

 

NFC South bold prediction: Buccaneers win the division for the first time in 13 years

 

With Tom Brady now in Tampa, this might not seem like a bold prediction, but according to our friends at William Hill Sportsbook, it definitely qualifies as bold, and that’s because the Saints are the overwhelming favorite to win the division this year. With just days to go until the start of the season, the Saints’ odds of winning the division are sitting at -120 (bet $100 to win $83.30) while the Bucs have much worse odds at +160 (bet $100, win $160). Not only will I be riding the Brady train this year, but I’ll be riding it all the way to the NFC title game. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers though, I don’t have Tampa Bay winning that game. To find out who I have beating them, you’ll have to keep reading.

 

NFC West

  1. *Seahawks: 11-5
  2. *49ers: 10-6
  3. *Rams: 9-7
  4. Cardinals: 8-8

 

NFC West bold prediction: All four teams finish at .500 or above

Most people seem to agree this year that the NFC West is the most stacked division in the NFL, so you might be wondering why this prediction qualifies as a bold prediction and the reason for that is because it’s never happened before. The NFC West has existed since 1970, and in the 50 years since then, there’s never been a single season where every team in the division finished at .500 or above. If it’s ever going to happen, this feels like the year the four teams could get it done.

 

NFC Playoffs

Teams: 1. Cowboys 2. Seahawks 3. Buccaneers 4. Packers 5. 49ers 6. Saints 7. Rams

 

Wild Card

(2) Seahawks 20-16 over (7) Rams

(3) Buccaneers 30-27 over (6) Saints

(5) 49ers 34-20 over  (4) Packers

 

Divisional

(1) Cowboys 27-23 over (5) 49ers

(3) Buccaneers 31-24 over (2) Seahawks

 

NFC Championship

(1) Cowboys 34-30 over (3) Buccaneers

 

AFC Playoffs

Teams: 1. Chiefs 2. Steelers 3. Colts 4. Patriots 5. Ravens 6. Titans 7. Bills

 

Wild Card

(2) Steelers 23-20 over (7) Bills

(3) Colts 27-24 over (6) Titans

(5) Ravens 31-23 over (4) Patriots

 

Divisional

(1) Chiefs 33-30 over (5) Ravens

(3) Colts 34-27 over (2) Steelers

AFC Championship

(1) Chiefs 31-24 over (3) Colts

Super Bowl LV in Tampa (CBS)

Cowboys 34-31 over Chiefs

 

Playoffs bold prediction: Cowboys end 25-year Super Bowl drought

 

If you know any Cowboys fans, then you’re probably well aware that at the start of every NFL season, there’s nothing they like to talk about more than why this will finally be the year the Cowboys win the Super Bowl. It’s pretty much happened every year for the past 25 seasons. Although I usually laugh in their face after they make the prediction, this year I won’t be doing that, and that’s because I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH THEM. I think Jerry Jones might have brainwashed me because I think THE DALLAS COWBOYS ARE GOING TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL, and they’re going to do it by knocking off the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Basically, not only am I predicting that Dak Prescott will win the MVP this year (as you read about earlier), but I’m also predicting that he’ll lead the Cowboys to the Lombardi Trophy. I think what I’m trying to say here is that Jerry Jones better get his check book ready because Dak’s asking price is going to triple if all of this happens.

The biggest reason I like the Cowboys this year is because they won’t be held back by coaching. Although Mike McCarthy isn’t a Hall of Fame coach by any means, he certainly feels like a step up from Jason Garrett, and let’s not forget, he also has Super Bowl coaching experience because he won a Lombardi Trophy during his time in Green Bay.

Also, I’m not sure if fans will be allowed to attend, but if they are, this Super Bowl would probably give us some amazing tailgating and that’s because the parking lot at Raymond James would be filled with both Kansas City and Texas barbecue, which is important to note, because we could finally decide which one is actually better.

 

Order of first five picks for 2021 NFL Draft

  1. Jaguars
  2. Giants
  3. Jets
  4. Washington
  5. Panthers

 

 

Gary Sanchez and the slumping New York Yankees lost their fifth in a row Tuesday night and fell for the 15th time in 20 games, again failing to get clutch hits in a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hours after general manager Brian Cashman tried to change his team’s fortunes with a pregame address, the Yankees continued to struggle.

“I almost feel like it’s embarrassing for us right now, especially with everything that’s been going on,” slugger Luke Voit said. “I feel like teams aren’t really scared of us right now and it’s kind of a sad thing.”

At 21-21, the Yankees are at .500 or worse in September for the first time since 1995.

“Tonight we saw a lot of good at-bats up and down the order,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Just weren’t able to punch through. Close isn’t good enough right now. We need to find a way to get it done.”

Missing injured stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and more, the Yankees began the day tied with Houston for the last two spots in the expanded playoff field during the pandemic-shortened 60-game season.

“This team’s too good to hold down for too long,” New York infielder DJ LeMahieu said.

Jonathan Davis homered off Happ in his first at-bat of the season and the Blue Jays won their third straight, a day after beating the Yankees 12-7.

 

 

Alec Mills watches Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks pitch, and he wants to help carry the load for Chicago’s rotation.

He certainly did his part Tuesday night.

Mills pitched six sharp innings and David Bote drove in two runs, leading the Cubs to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Taking the mound on a wet, windy and cool night at Wrigley Field, Mills (4-3) permitted four hits, struck out six and walked three in his first win since Aug. 24. The right-hander went 1-3 with a 7.66 ERA in his previous five starts for the NL Central leaders.

“Really just made pitches when I needed them I think was the big thing,” he said. “Hadn’t been doing that lately.”

Darvish is one of the front-runners for the NL Cy Young Award and Hendricks pitched eight effective innings in a 5-1 victory over St. Louis on Monday. But the rest of the rotation has been plagued by injuries and poor performance.

“I think we’re struggling a little bit as a rotation outside of those two guys,” Mills said. “But at the same time, we know how to pitch. We know how to get outs. I think it’s going to turn around.”

Duane Underwood Jr. and Ryan Tepera each got three outs before Jeremy Jeffress finished the five-hitter for his sixth save.

Shogo Akiyama reached three times on two hits and a walk, but the fourth-place Reds lost for the third time in four games. They wasted another strong outing by Tyler Mahle (1-2), who struck out 10 in seven innings.

“I’m disappointed any time I lose whether I pitched well or pitch poorly,” Mahle said. “I mean, those runs could have been avoided. I made some really bad pitches.”

Chicago scored each of its runs on two-out triples by Bote in the second and Javier Baez in the third. Bote’s first triple since Sept. 27, 2018, against Pittsburgh drove in Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras. Kris Bryant scored from first on Baez’s hit.

 

 

Maikel Franco drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and had an RBI single in the ninth as Kansas City beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6 Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer and Cam Gallagher had an RBI double for Kansas City, which had been outscored 51-18 and only held the lead after one inning in losing its first seven games in September.

Adalberto Mondesi led off the eighth with a single off Adam Cimber (0-1) and scored on Franco’s fly to center, putting the Royals up 6-5. Later in the inning, Nicky Lopez was hit by a pitch from Oliver Perez with the bases loaded to score Hunter Dozier.

Franco added a two-out single in the ninth off Adam Plutko to extend Kansas City’s advantage to 8-5.

Greg Holland (3-0) worked two perfect innings, striking out three, for the win. Scott Barlow allowed one run in the ninth before earning his second save.

 

 

Pinch-runner Jason Martin scored the winning run on catcher Yasmani Grandal’s error in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

With the score tied at 4-4, the Pirates loaded the bases with none out as Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell singled and Ke’Bryan Hayes walked.

Kevin Newman then laid down a bunt. Pitcher Jimmy Cordero fielded the ball and shoveled it to Grandal in attempt to get a force out at home plate, but Grandal dropped the toss and Martin, who ran for Polanco, scored.

Newman started the game-tying rally in the eighth inning with a double as the Pirates scored twice. After Jacob Stallings followed with another double to drive in Newman, Erik Gonzalez flared an RBI single into left field to make it 4-4.

Richard Rodriguez (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Ross Detwiler (1-1) took the loss, as he was charged with an unearned run in 1/3 inning.

Grandal hit a two-run home run and Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 21 games for the White Sox.

 

 

The Atlanta Braves’ season-long rotation woes continued Tuesday when Max Fried, the top healthy starter, was placed on the 10-day injured list.

The latest blow to the rotation could accelerate the team’s plans to have Cole Hamels rushed into action for his 2020 debut.

Fried had been the only current healthy member of the projected rotation before the season began.

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Fried has a left-side muscle spasm in his lumbar spine. Anthopoulos said he hopes Fried can return from the IL as soon as he is eligible on Sept. 16.

Fried said his velocity “was definitely down” after he allowed three runs in five innings against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. He is 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA after not taking a decision in the 10-4 loss.

 

 

The Milwaukee Brewers released first baseman Justin Smoak on Tuesday after designating him for assignment last week.

Smoak hit .186 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games for the Brewers. Milwaukee claimed first baseman Daniel Vogelbach off waivers last week. The Brewers entered Tuesday night’s game at Detroit trailing the final playoff spot in the National League by 1 1/2 games.

Smoak’s struggles came after he hit 85 homers over the previous three seasons with Toronto – although his home run totals and batting average slipped over the course of that span.