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Bucs to induct Tony Dungy into Ring of Honor on Sept. 24

May
19

Tony Dungy, the Hall of Fame coach who guided the Bucs to four playoff appearances in five years to set up the team’s lone Super Bowl championship, will be inducted into the team’s Ring Of Honor this fall.

Just like General Manager Chris Ballard and the scouting staff observed on film, the Colts this weekend are seeing some of the same traits that lead them to believe Turay can be a defensive presence sooner than later. Turay through two days of the three-day camp has displayed an impressive first step off the line of scrimmage, seemingly making a nice transition to lining up in a three-point stance after playing most in a two-point stance at Rutgers.

As an offensive coach and a former quarterback, you’d think you have a little bit of an eye for guys who can come off the edge, coach Frank Reich said.

Having traded their first- and second-round picks in the deals for Deshaun Watson and Brock Osweiler, the Texans didn’t have as difficult of a time getting their class signed.

Judge’s 11th homer of the season — a long, two-run shot over the left-field wall — highlighted the Yankees’ four-run fifth. RBI singles from Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar tied the game. Gleyber Torres, who struck out three times, recorded his third swinging whiff to end the inning.

German’s afternoon started the same way his last outing went. After throwing six no-hit innings in his first career big-league start, German didn’t give up a hit until Mark Canha singled with one out in the third.

German got blown up in the fourth — though he didn’t exactly get help from the plate ump. Khris David knocked his second home run in as many days, tearing a three-run shot to put the A’s up, 3-1, with one out.
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The NBA Closer is written by McHale, who has a bit ‘o the Irish him

Oct
19

The NBA Closer is written by McHale, who has a bit ‘o the Irish him. Although a few testy Irishmen told him this weekend that the name McHale is actually Scottish. But Brian Hartline Jersey hey, everybody’s Irish on St. ‘s day, right? When he isn’t walking the streets of Chicago his brand new green tuxedo, he can be found eating Lucky Charms at That’s why the Celtics were after Cassell’s Lucky Charms. I imagine this is what the NBA Finals would look like this if the West wasn’t crazy good and the Spurs weren’t old. San Antonio must have sipped down some Metamucil before the game though, because they dropped a 28 first quarter bomb on the Celtics and eventually pushed their lead to 22. But the Celtics had that whole Luck of the Irish thing going on, and they came storming back behind ‘s 22 points. added 21 points and 8 rebounds, but more importantly, he put the clamps on, who scored only 10 points. All that Cameron Erving Jersey said, the real Leprechaun of the night was Cassell, who scored 17 points and used his big balls to hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 48 seconds left. And that, friends, is the veteran clutchtasticness the C’s were hoping for. Speaking of veteran clutchtasticness, the Spurs almost used theirs to pull this one out after Kick ‘Em While They’re Down Bowen stole inbounds pass from with two ticks left on the clock, but Big Shot forgot to call time-out and then bonked a three-point attempt. Game over: Boston 93, Spurs 91.

Fun fact: The Spurs’ Ime Udoka was back after missing a couple with tarsal tunnel syndrome his right ankle. Hey Ime, if you keep doing that I think you’re gonna go blind. Um, a little help here, guys. Not only was gobbling up the middle like some kind of mutant Pacman, it was raining threes last night – 14 of them to be exact – as the Magic put the Cavaliers over their knee for a 104 win. LeBron tried to stave off ‘s three-pronged attack by scoring seven of his team’s first nine points of the fourth, but, he needed to use a defibrillator on some of his teammates. I thought that blockbuster trade was supposed to bring some relief. But, right now, Wally Szczerbiak only he was as good as Larry Hughes, and as for…did somebody replace Big with one of those Inflatable Defenders? had 2 points, 4 rebounds, and a blocked shot 23 minutes, and I’m half-convinced those things happened by accident. Little did we all know that Delonte West would end up being the steal that trade. Rashard added 21 points and 5 three-pointers to the Magic cause, and Hedo The Other Turkish Assassin Turkoglu had 18 points and 7 boards. Okay, okay. I’m done mocking him. For now. Actually typing these words out feels very wrong, but I can’t deny it any longer: Dunleavy Jr. is having a. He’s averaging 18 PPG, 5 RPG, and 3 APG.

He’s shooting 47 percent from the field, 40 from three-point range, and 83 on the line. He’s scored 20 or more points 23 times. He’s scored 30 or more points eight times, including five times the last 13. He’s tied his career-high of 36 points four times, the last of which came last night versus the Knicks. And Dunleavy did it. He scored 16 points the first quarter to help Indiana take a 38 lead. He scored nine the final 2 of the third quarter as the Pacers pushed their lead to 98. And he still wasn’t finished! With 4 to go the fourth and the Pacers holding off a Knick rally, Dunleavy – I swear to God this is true – pulled off by driving through traffic, wrapping the ball behind his back, and throwing up a left-handed floater from the baseline that gave the Pacers a 102 lead.

Menu For the second straight Olympics

Oct
16

Menu For the second straight Olympics, USA and Spain meet the men’s basketball gold medal game. Prior to the start of the 2012 London Olympics, prognosticators predicted the United States Jeff Skinner Jersey and Spain would battle for the gold medal men’s basketball. Those predictions turned out to be correct as the teams meet the gold medal game on. Spain reached the gold medal game with a 67 win over Russia. The win avenged Spains’ 77 loss to Russia earlier the Olympics. Pau Gasol once again led the way for Spain, scoring 16 points. The game with the United States be a rematch of the 2008 Olympic gold medal game, which team USA won 118. ‘s game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET and be broadcast live on NBC. The game also be available via a live online stream at.

Menu At least two people Jiri Tlusty Jersey reportedly were injured a home explosion St. late Thursday night. The explosion occurred near the Mississippi River a neighborhood north of downtown, according to Fox 2 Now. The explosion destroyed one house and set two others on fire, a fire department official told the St. -Post Dispatch. The Post-Dispatch reports that two people rescued from the blast were hospitalized and were critical condition. At least 85 firefighters responded to the scene from St. and other fire departments. Rubble covered the street front of the houses lining the block, burying at least one car. Neighbor Smith told the Post-Dispatch that she was walking about a block away when she heard the explosion. When I walked up that way, I saw the front door the middle of the street and the roof gone, Smith said. You could hear someone screaming ‘Get me out of this basement!’ St. Fire Capt. Garon Mosby told the newspaper the cause of the explosion has not been determined. He said no odor of natural gas was detected. Bomb and arson investigators were at the scene, according to the Post-Dispatch.

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At long last, we’ve reached the start of college football and the end of our sojourn through the top 25. Thanks a ton to all our 25 writers for helping us get ready for the new. Our final preview is brought to you by Doug Gillett of Hey Jenny Slater. Do enjoy. By the way, the above picture comes courtesy of a reader email letting us know that Matthew Stafford is a fixture on the freshman sorority introduction party-scene. If I were a fan this would make me feel better about his maturity the pocket. ‘s making solid decisions off the field. Also, how years of income would you give up to be Matthew Stafford Athens for a month? Post the analysis the comments. I’m going with two years. Minimum. BIGGEST STRENGTH The vast majority of the attention given to the offseason has focused on our offense – specifically a public-intoxication offense, a drunk-driving offense, assault offense, and several others. But defense is what’s driven the Dawgs all throughout Richt’s tenure, and it’s what’s going to drive us this year. Our defense returns all but two players; we bring back our entire starting linebacking corps and three of four D-linemen, and the one we lose the secondary, free safety Kelin, is replaced by a sophomore who actually finished the ’07 with more tackles than had despite having only two actual starts. fact, Jones and WLB Rennie Curran were responsible for the team’s practices being moved to sparsely inhabited Ware County the spring, as the speed with which they hurled themselves at ball carriers caused regular sonic booms that were deemed intolerable by Athens residents living near campus. Last year we only returned three defensive starters, yet still managed a top-20 finish total D, holding opponents to average of 323 yards per game; this year I ‘t think the fans or coaches are going to be satisfied unless we hold at least one team to negative net yardage.

Wally Backman on Triple-A resignation: Mets didn’t respect me

Sep
13

Wally Backman insisted Tuesday that he resigned as manager of the New York Mets’ Triple-A affiliate because of a lack of respect and repeatedly getting passed over for the major league staff.

“It didn’t look like there was any future for me,” Backman told WFAN. “… I felt I earned more than I’ve been given.”

Backman, 56, had managed in the Mets system since 2010 and led the Triple-A affiliate for the past five seasons.

Backman called those allegations hogwash. He said Conforto started in 31 of 33 games while in the Pacific Coast League and pinch hit in the other two games. Conforto was 20-for-41 with three home runs against left-handed pitching, Backman added. Backman also noted that Nimmo batted first or second in 84 of 90 games this season with Las Vegas.

Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has caused the Astros problems all season. He’s hitting .329 with a .686 slugging percentage against them, with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 17 games, including a game-winning homer on Monday night. Tuesday, he didn’t beat them with an RBI, but with a strikeout. He reached when Ken Giles’ pitch was wild, stole second and scored the tying run on Elvis Andrus’ two-out triple.

Two players have done a lot in limited duty. Jurickson Profar is hitting .360 with nine hits, including the game-winner on Tuesday. Carlos Beltran has four home runs and eight RBIs, with 10 hits in eight games.

Matchup Cy Young: Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels has two wins and a 1.66 ERA in three starts against the Astros. He allowed two runs or fewer in all three starts, the best of which was an 11-strikeout effort on May 22.

Reliever-wise, Jake Diekman has 12 strikeouts and one hit allowed in 7? innings, with two saves and six holds in 10 appearances.

The Astros’ top two starters entering the season, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh combined for a 6.44 ERA in six starts against the Rangers.

Mets sign former QB Tim Tebow to minor league deal, ‘intrigued’ by potential

Sep
08

Tim Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Thursday and will begin his professional baseball career in the fall instructional league on Sept. 19 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted that signing Tebow, a former NFL quarterback, is not a publicity stunt.

First, though, the Yankees must take care of business at home with the Rays. At this point, three of four is probably not good enough. To get to 90 wins, they need to go 17-7. Considering they are just eight games over .500 after 138 games, that’s asking a lot.

Strasburg’s injury will place greater emphasis on the role played by the perpetually underrated Tanner Roark, who doesn’t throw hard and doesn’t have electric stuff — but he gets people out. Also, the recovery of Joe Ross from his shoulder troubles becomes critical for Washington. If the postseason began today, Max Scherzer would presumably be the Nats’ Game 1 starter and Roark would get Game 2, with Gio Gonzalez and Ross serving as their Nos. 3 and 4 starters.

For now, with Ross out, Lucas Giolito and A.J. Cole will serve as the fourth and fifth starters. Scherzer and Roark have combined for a 2.90 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 6 2/3 innings per start this season, while Gonzalez, Giolito and Cole have a 4.59 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 5 1/3 innings per start.

“I’m playing Travis Wood first,” Zastryzny said. “On the flight to Houston I might have to do some trash talking because it’s the only time I know I’ll be on top. … I was excited to be in the league. It was the coolest thing in the world to be in the draft room with those guys. It was nice to come out on top with the website, but as you know that never makes a difference. I just wanted them to know I take it seriously. When they got the draft report, they knew it.”

As for playing against Wood, Zastryzny says they’ll have plenty of time in the bullpen to go over their matchup in the coming days. The rookie is already hearing it from his teammates, which only makes him feel like one of the guys

“They were giving me heck yesterday,” Zastryzny recalled. “‘Oh you’re on top with an A-plus draft. It means nothing.’”

Clayton Kershaw expected to throw 50 pitches in rehab outing

Sep
02

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw is expected to create something of a regional tremor Saturday when he takes the mound for the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, who play some 48 miles to the east of Dodger Stadium.

Puig was placed on revocable waivers last month, and at least one team claimed him. Fox Sports reported Friday that team was the Milwaukee Brewers and the “legitimate attempt” at a trade involved outfielder Ryan Braun.

“This is my job,” Puig said. “I can only do what helps me to play better and to be a good teammate. The rest is not up to me. I don’t decide those things. If I am here in Los Angeles, I am going to take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy the city. If it’s with another team, that is something I can’t control, but I am thankful for the opportunity, but I will do my best to try and be a good teammate.”

His addition could help a Dodgers lineup that has struggled against left-handed pitching this season and was nearly no-hit by San Francisco Giants lefty Matt Moore last week.

Through Thursday’s games, the Dodgers were last in the National League against left-handers in batting average (.218), on-base percentage (.297) and slugging percentage (.340).

Playing their first game of the final full month of the season, the Orioles slapped an 8-0 beatdown on the New York Yankees Friday night. The victory moved Baltimore to within three games of the first-place Toronto Blue Jays. The O’s remain in a tie with the Detroit Tigers for the second American League wild-card spot. More important, it appears that Dr. Jekyll might be prepared to work overtime in September.

Despite being in first place for most of the season, the Orioles have been a model of inconsistency. In June, they ripped off seven straight wins, then followed that with five straight losses. In July, they won five in a row, only to lose five in a row right afterward. During an August in which they played sub-.500 for the second consecutive month (13-16), they were so haphazard that they never put together a win streak of greater than three games. And lately, when they’ve gotten good pitching, they haven’t hit — as in their most recent series against Toronto, when Baltimore got three quality starts but scored just nine runs en route to losing two of three. On Friday, that wasn’t a problem.

Facing a surging Yankees squad that had won six of its past eight (including two of three from Baltimore last weekend) to elbow its way into the wild-card chase, the Orioles displayed balance in recording the most lopsided of their six shutouts this season. Starter Dylan Bundy, who’d given up 12 earned runs in his previous 14? innings, allowed just two hits over 5? scoreless frames. The offense exploded for six runs in the second inning, featuring a Pedro Alvarez bomb that landed on Eutaw Street and back-to-back jacks by Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo. And the bullpen, which has looked gassed since the All-Star break (AL-worst 4.95 ERA), was perfect over the final three-plus innings.

Do nothing, Ned: Yost does most when he doesn’t do anything at all

Aug
29

During MLB’s Sunday Night Baseball showcase, Royals manager Ned Yost put his inability to simply sit still on full display, until finally his hands were tied.

Every one of those thoughts should have been suppressed, because they all lead to justifications for the wrong answer. Either Mondesi is a professional baseball player, or he’s not. If his true talent level is that of a sub-Mendoza Line hitter, then the Royals are guilty of terrible lineup construction for a crucial game, and that falls on the manager as well (and perhaps the front office). Further, the primary reason it’s proper to sacrifice pitchers isn’t because they have poor batting averages or because they strike out a lot, it’s because they are a huge threat to ground into a double play. That’s the downside of swinging away with runners on first and second and nobody out. Mondesi has blazing speed. In 101 career plate appearances, he’s grounded into one double play. (A deep dive into the invaluable Baseball-Reference.com reveals that Mondesi has batted with a runner on first and fewer than two outs 22 times. His double play rate of 4.6 percent in that situation is way below the 2016 league average of 11.1 percent.)

Why they’ll flourish: A year after becoming the first team ever to score 12 million runs in a season (give or take), the Blue Jays’ offense is still pretty darned good (4.9 runs per game, second in the American League). But it’s their surprising starters that have been the difference-maker this season. Led by Cy Young contender J.A. Happ, Toronto’s starting five six boasts a 3.76 ERA, the best in the American League by a bunch. In fact, no other rotation has an ERA below four.

Why they’ll flounder: The Jays and Red Sox are practically twins. Both feature stacked offenses and solid rotations. Both have bullpen issues. Both have square-jawed 54-year-old skippers named John. So it could come down to the little things — such as schedules. Aside from 13 games against the Yanks and Rays (Boston and Baltimore have that too), Toronto gets a seven-game West Coast swing featuring the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels, two teams that they’re a combined 2-4 against this season. The Red Sox head West too but get the gift that is the Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres, while the O’s host the Arizona Diamondbacks and visit the Detroit Tigers. Disadvantage, Blue Jays.

X factor: Jose Bautista has been banged up. Michael Saunders has cooled off. And since being acquired in a deadline deal, the artist formerly known as B.J. Upton has been, well, the artist formerly known as B.J. Upton. In other words, the outfield situation is less solid than dried ice. If Joey Bats can stay healthy and get back to doing Joey Bats things, it’ll go a long way toward helping the Jays become the first AL East team to make back-to-back postseasons since the Yankees in 2011 and 2012.

Rangers hope taking chance on Carlos Gomez pays off

Aug
26

ARLINGTON, Texas — Carlos Gomez, the former All-Star who was released earlier this month by the Houston Astros, stepped into the batter’s box as a member of the Texas Rangers for the first time Thursday night.

Whenever the Rangers add a player who could disrupt the chemistry they’ve worked so hard to create, the club spends considerable time vetting the player. The Rangers speak to former managers, teammates, trainers and scouts. Not everyone survives the process, but we usually don’t hear about those players.

“You want an accountability and contrition,” Daniels said. “We’ve tried to stay away from guys who don’t own their past.

“If you own it, acknowledge it and you’re making changes, that’s a different deal than if you’re indignant and saying, ‘I didn’t do anything.'”

Before the Rangers added Gomez, they spoke to players in their own clubhouse such as Jonathan Lucroy and Jeffress, who played with Gomez when he was an All-Star in Milwaukee.

And they spoke with Carlos Beltran, who has mentored Gomez throughout his career.

“He’s very loved by his teammates,” said Young, “but he’s a very emotional player, and in baseball the emotional guys tend to grind on other teams. Everything we got back, we had just fantastic reports.”

When Gomez attempted to bunt for a hit in his second at-bat Thursday, it was Beltran who gently chastised him.

“Carlos Beltran is a guy who has taken care of me in my career,” Gomez said. “He been straight with me. We always keep in touch. I love Carlos. He my second dad.”

The Rangers believe Gomez will fit because they won’t rein in his personality. Banister has never wanted a club full of robots.

“Are there things in his game that can be frustrating?” Banister asked. “Yes, he’s not unlike any other player. This is not a perfect game. ”

But it was a perfect start for Gomez.

Bruce Bochy was pacing a rut in the dugout. Moore had thrown 24 pitches in the eighth inning, which brought him to 119 for the game. His career high was 120, back in 2013, before he had Tommy John surgery. In this era of carefully monitored pitch counts, no starter had thrown more than 125 pitches in a game this season. But Moore went out there with a 4-0 lead trying to pitch the 19th no-hitter in Giants history and the team’s fifth in five seasons. Kike Hernandez lined out to center field, with Denard Span making a sweet diving catch. Then Howie Kendrick grounded out to third.

Pitch No. 131 to Corey Seager was a curveball low for a ball. Pitch No. 132 was another curve, a swing-and-miss. Pitch No. 133 was a 94 mph fastball in on Seager’s hands, a good pitch … he swung … and blooped a single to right field.

“It seems almost unfair,” said the great Scully, who nearly saw the 21st no-hitter of his career.

That was it for Moore. Santiago Casilla threw one pitch to close it out.

Just another night in the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. The Giants are two games back in the NL West. We have six more games between the teams before the end of the regular season. The season concludes with the Dodgers playing at the Giants — in case you want to mark your calendar.

Bryant’s learning curve is off the charts. In discussions with his youth coaches, his ability to make adjustments at a young age constantly comes up. He has carried that through college and the minors right into the big leagues.

The talent is there — no question — but there are many talented players about whom you would stop short of making such grand Hall of Fame pronouncements. It’s about much more than talent when it comes to Bryant: It’s a focus on the game — not the opponent, not the standings, not the money or fame — that sets him apart and sets him up for greatness.

“Kris is an animal with his process,” Bryant’s college coach, Rich Hill, said earlier this week. “The attachment of an award or numbers doesn’t enter into his brain. He has a laser-like process and focus every day that he doesn’t know he’s playing at Wrigley Field or he’s an MVP candidate or 40,000 are cheering. He’s just locked into the game.”

Bryant is like a robot, one that can learn and adjust but plays and thinks without emotion. That’s not to say he doesn’t have a passion for baseball, but no amount of adversity sets him back. It’s always about learning and improving for that next at-bat. He embraces the struggle like few athletes around him.

“I always told him when he was younger, when you’re 4-for-4, you have to take the same kind of approach when you’re 0-for-4,” his dad, Mike Bryant, said. “If you have the same consistent mental approach to the game, the physical part will follow.”

The elder Bryant, a youth hitting coach, said he started to instill that in his son at “9 or 10 years old.”

“I always thought Kris was far and away ahead of everyone else, mentally,” he said.