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Corey Perez CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians used a late offensive rally and strong bullpen performance to oust the Tigers, 8-6. The Indians never seemed comfortable Monday night, as Detroit put pressure on early on, and made the 15,000 plus fans in attendance sweat this one out.The Tigers threatened immediately and needed a great play at the plate to avoid falling behind in the first.Best relay team since the Jamaican team at the 2012 Olympics.#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/uJcc96UJbZ— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 15, 2019Cleveland was able to score first thanks to a Mike Freeman two run home-run in the second inning. Freeman is someone Cleveland could use to become a reliable bench bat, his two hits Monday night should help him earn more at-bats. The lefty is hitting .000 this season with three home-runs and 11 RBIs.Detroit cut the Indians lead in half in the third courtesy of Harold Castro’s sac fly, scoring Jordy Mercer. The Tigers took the lead in the next inning as Christin Stewart hit a two run home- run to give Detroit a 3-2 lead. Jordy Mercer continued his strong evening in the fifth when he hit his second home-run this season to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead.Indians rookie Oscar Mercado hit his fifth career home-run in the fifth inning trimming the Detroit lead down to one. Unfortunately for Tribe fans the Tigers Nicholas Castellanos hit his 10th home-run in the top of the sixth to give the Detroit a 5-3 lead.Tyler Naquin was able to deliver a game changing hit with two outs to give Cleveland a lead they would never surrender. It was his third consective game with two or more hits, extending his average to .423 (11-26) with five doubles during July.Once Terry Francona decided to take out starter Adam Plutko the Indians bullpen was able to come in and take back the momentum from Detroit. Plutko finished the giving allowing five runs over 5.1 innings, striking out one Tigers hitter. Cleveland is fortunate enough to have a lot of depth in their pen, and Monday night was a perfect example of how it’s a great asset.It was a group effort as no guy pitched more than four outs, as the combination of Tyler Olson, Aj Cole, Nick Goody, Nick Wittgren, and Brad Hand stalled out the Tigers offense. The Cleveland bullpen pitched 4.2 innings allowing just two hits, striking out three Tigers.With one out and two on for the Tigers in the top of the seventh, the game went a 54 minute rain delay. Those who stuck the delay out were rewarded by a rejuvenated effort from the Tribe. Starting with Nick Wittgren, who came on to earn the win after tossing 1.1 scoreless innings. Just as Wittgren took advantage in the top of the inning, the Indians offense followed suit.Oscar Mercado hit his second home-run of the game to give the Indians the 6-5 lead. Monday was the first time that Mercado has homered twice in the big-leagues. On the season the rookie has six home-runs and is hitting .284 with 19 RBIs.The next two Cleveland hitters after Mercado took the lead, set up Jose Ramirez for a two run double. It was Ramirez’s double that gave the Indians breathing room before Brad Hand came on to close things out for his league leading 25th save. It wasn’t a perfect outing for Hand, as he did surrender a home-run to Jordy Mercer in the ninth. Mercer was the Tigers biggest threat all night, hitting two home-runs and scoring three runs.The Indians and Tigers get back to it Tuesday night when Zach Pleasac faces off against Ryan Carpenter. The Indians have now gone 23-10 since June, 4th which the best record in the American League during that stretch. Cleveland also improved to 9-1 against Detroit this season, including winning eight straight. Related TopicsCleveland IndiansDetroit TigersfeaturedOscar MercadoTyler Naquin
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For a change, there’s no quarterback controversy at the University of Utah.Unlike past years when it was Lance Rice or Brett Elliott, Darnell Arceneaux or T.D. Croshaw, the Utes have no doubt who is No. 1.Alex Smith is the man for the Utes and the preseason pick to earn all-Mountain West Conference honors at the quarterback position. In fact, Smith is seemingly so far ahead of the competition, that many Ute fans wake up in a sweat at night worrying what will happen to their team if Smith ever goes down.After all, it only takes one good hit, as Elliott discovered last year against Texas A&M when he broke his wrist, sat out for several games and never made it back into the lineup.While some believe the Utes’ season will basically be over if something drastic happens to Smith, as the season gets closer and closer, Utah’s coaches are feeling better and better about the other quarterback prospects if the unthinkable happens.Although the depth chart lists three backup quarterbacks — with Brian Johnson listed above Adam Madsen, who is listed above Fano Tagovailoa — there is an “or” between their names. That means one player is not necessarily ahead of the other.Coach Urban Meyer did say last week that Johnson had emerged as the No. 2 quarterback and the youngster from Texas has been working with the second team most of the time in practice.But Madsen, who earned the backup job coming out of spring, has taken a lot of snaps this fall in a backup role and does have two years of junior college experience.As for Tagovailoa, he’s considered the Utes’ “wild card” who will play in certain situations, not necessarily when the starter goes down for any reason. Quarterback coach Dan Mullen said Tagovailoa is the most likely of the three to see action this week.Overall, Mullen is pleased with the progress the three backups have made but doesn’t want to commit to one QB as No. 2.”I don’t know if we’ll ever have a true backup this year,” said Mullen. “We’ll try to use a collage of guys. If you combine the other three quarterbacks, they might equal Alex. We’ll try to use each guy’s strength to fill that role if we have to.” Here is a brief look at each of Utah’s “other” quarterbacks: BRIAN JOHNSON, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, freshman, Baytown, Texas: The first thing to remember about Johnson is that he doesn’t turn 18 until February. He skipped first grade and has played with older athletes his whole life. Coming out of Robert E. Lee High School, where he passed for 2,900 yards and 33 touchdowns last year, he had other favorable options out of high school, including Illinois, Mississippi State and Houston, but chose Utah.”The coaches are all great and Salt Lake is a great town to be in,” Johnson said. “I really felt the love from everybody. That was a big reason for me being here.” Mullen calls Johnson “tremendous talent potential” who comes from a great high school program. “He’s way ahead of where anybody else his age would be,” he said. “He’ll only improve as he gets older and grows. He’s going to be a really good player.” ADAM MADSEN, 6-0, 210, junior, Vernal (Dixie College): He turns 25 next week, making him one of the oldest players on the team. Look at it this way: When Madsen was a senior in high school, Johnson was just 10 years old.Maturity is one of the left-hander’s strengths. “He’s a winner,” said Mullen. “He won in high school. He won at Dixie. He’s a tough kid and a leader. He has the maturity that Brian doesn’t have.”Madsen was going to walk on at BYU but changed his mind after a visit to Utah. “The difference in the excitement here was like night and day,” he said.Since eighth grade, Madsen says he’s only lost a total of five football games. “I hate to lose,” said Madsen. “I think my leadership and ability to get the job done (are my strengths). I have a strong arm. I’m not 4.3, but I’m not slow. I’m pretty balanced.” FANO TAGOVAILOA, 6-0, 191, junior, American Samoa (Coffeyville CC): He was originally supposed to play safety, but after coming to the U. as a mid-year transfer, Tagovailoa was switched back to quarterback toward the end of spring camp. He is an excellent running QB but also possesses a strong arm.”He’s just a natural guy, a phenomenal athlete,” Mullen said. “He’s such a great weapon. He can do so many things.”Mullen said Tagovailoa has been working as the scout team quarterback because he’s similar to the Texas A&M quarterback in his abilities.Tagovailoa doesn’t feel comfortable talking with the media yet, but instead will let his game do the talking on the field. “He’ll be the first one in the game, even if Alex is healthy,” Mullen said. “He can bring in a change of pace right away.” E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2,527 people are talking about this San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen acknowledges fans as he takes right field for the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Twitter Ads info and privacy “A little weird,” McCutchen said a few hours before he went 1 for 5 with a double in San Francisco’s 11-2 loss to the Pirates. “I felt like I needed a few more steps.”Not anymore.The five-time All-Star outfielder and 2013 National League MVP knew this day was coming the moment the Pirates traded him to the Giants in mid-January. And when it arrived, he didn’t exactly run from it. That’s never been his way.This is the same player, after all, who signed a six-year contract extension before the 2012 season even though the Pirates had gone nearly two decades without a winning season. He bet on himself and the organization, then became the face of a franchise that reached the playoffs each year from 2013-15.San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen, left, visits with former teammate Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gregory Polanco (25) during warmups before a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Still, it didn’t last. With an extension unlikely, Pittsburgh sent him west in mid-January for reliever Kyle Crick, outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds and international bonus slot money.The player team owner Bob Nutting repeatedly said would be a “Pirate for life” instead now works on the other side of the country, where he came in hitting .250 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.Asked if he felt a twinge of remorse over his departure, the 31-year-old shrugged.“Everything happened the way it was supposed to happen,” McCutchen said. “Regrets? I don’t really have any. I just try to cherish every bit and look at everything. It may not have been what I expected, (but) just look at it as a challenge and overcome it.”That challenge included the range of emotions he anticipated running back onto the field where he won a Gold Glove and helped reconnect a city with its baseball team. He didn’t expect his feelings to get the best of him, and if they did, so what?“If I cry, I cry,” McCutchen said. “Big whoop. You’re supposed to.”There were no tears when McCutchen stepped in against Jameson Taillon in the top of the first, just the smile that electrified so many for so long. The closest thing to a sellout crowd the Pirates have had all season rose to its feet when McCutchen emerged from the on-deck circle and launched into a loud, rolling ovation that lasted nearly a minute. He took his helmet off to soak it in while chants of “MVP” rained from the upper deck. MLB✔@MLB PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the first time in months, Andrew McCutchen woke up Friday morning in his own bed. He and his wife Maria took their infant son Steel to the doctor for some shots. For lunch, he stopped by his favorite pizza spot, and then he hopped in a car and drove to PNC Park, where he made his way through the players’ entrance and started the long walk toward the Pittsburgh Pirates’ clubhouse.Only this time, instead of breezing past the visitors’ clubhouse as he did during his more than eight years serving as the fulcrum around which the franchise spun from irrelevance into contention, McCutchen turned left and joined the rest of the San Francisco Giants, where his familiar No. 22 jersey hung in an unfamiliar spot. 10.1K San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen acknowledges fans during a tribute to his years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, before his first at-bat in the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 11, 2018. Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon struck out McCutchen. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Welcome home, Cutch. #ThankYou227:23 PM – May 11, 2018 A video tribute stuffed with McCutchen highlights between the top and bottom of the first followed while its subject watched from right field as a “Thank You” flashed on the electronic scoreboard behind him.He’s not a Pirate anymore. Yet he will remain a Pittsburgher. The McCutchens don’t plan to move out of the area. His wife grew up in DuBois, about two hours northeast of the city.“This is where we’re going to live regardless of baseball,” he said.His professional departure left fans frustrated even if the early returns make it appear it was best for all involved.On the night Pittsburgh traded its most important player since Barry Bonds left town as a free agent a quarter-century ago, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the decision to trade McCutchen didn’t affect the team’s ability to reach the World Series.Pittsburgh has been of the biggest surprises in the majors over the first quarter of the season, entering play Friday night in a four-team mix in the NL Central with St. Louis, Chicago and Milwaukee. Outfielder Corey Dickerson, acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay a month after McCutchen was dealt, has fit in nicely in left alongside Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.And McCutchen has been keeping tabs.“They’re not playing the game to just be there now because they’re happy to be there,” he said. “They’re playing it because they’re trying to win.”That’s rarely been an issue in San Francisco, which has won three World Series since 2010. McCutchen isn’t required to be anything more than the everyday right fielder for the Giants, and he’s focused on the future.“I don’t look at anything like a closed book,” he said. “I still look at it like another chapter. I’m still making the book right now.”___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, 2020.Bryant was 41, and his daughter, affectionately known as GiGi, was only 13.“As the reports came in on the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the other passengers on board his helicopter we all were shocked and saddened by the news of a life gone far too soon,” stated Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., the chairman and executive publisher of NNPA member newspaper, the Los Angeles Sentinel. “Whether you were a Laker fan or not, the news seemed surreal.”Bakewell continued:“This tragic death of a young man dying in the prime of his life is a reminder to us all of just how precious life really is and how we must all embrace life, love and family and never forget what is really important.“Kobe was a warrior on the basketball court, and he seemed to ease his way into retirement life with the same passion and enthusiasm that we all admired when he was playing in the NBA.“My thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, his wife, his children and all those who admired Kobe Bryant not only as a basketball star but as a Man, a Son, a Husband and Father.”Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, said the Black Press joins with the rest of America in mourning Bryant’s death.“The National Newspaper Publishers Association expresses our profound sympathy and sincerest condolences to the family of Kobe Bryant,” Chavis stated.Denise Rolark Barnes, the publisher of the Washington Informer also offered her condolences to the Bryant family. “Our hearts cry out for Kobe Bryant and his family,” Rolark Barnes stated. “Our memories of his phenomenal life and career will never die.”TMZ reported that the 5-time NBA Champion was en route to his Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The academy is north of Los Angeles in the city of Thousand Oaks.In a statement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed and thrilled people everywhere. “He will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes,” Garcetti stated.“This is a moment that leaves us struggling to find words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe’s entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief.”The helicopter, an S-76 owned by Bryant, crashed and caught fire at about 10 a.m. Pacific time, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.Rescue crews were on location within moments, but officials said it was too late to save anyone aboard.“He’s way too young,” Laker legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson stated. “I was supposed to pass away before him. He’s gone way too soon. It’s a devastating loss for all of us.”Another Lakers legend, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who played against Bryant’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, said he was stunned.“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players,” Jabbar tweeted. “But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.”Shaquille O’Neal, who won three NBA titles with Bryant and the Lakers from 2000 to 2002, tweeted that his late and former teammate was much more than an athlete. “He was a family man. That was what we had most in common,” O’Neal wrote. “I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter, Me’Arah.”Current Lakers star LeBron James was seen leaving the team’s airplane in tears. He didn’t address reporters.A spokesperson for the Lakers said the team plans to address the heartbreaking matter “soon.”Ken Miller, the publisher of the Inglewood, California-based NNPA member newspaper, Inglewood Today, said he was also in shock and devastated by the news.Miller covered Bryant for years for the Los Angeles Sentinel and said the superstar had previously given him his personal cell phone number.“We are going to do a special edition of our newspaper that will be totally dedicated to Kobe Bryant,” stated Miller, who coincidentally wore a Westchester High School basketball sweatshirt during last week’s NNPA Mid-Winter Training Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The conference concluded just one day before the Bryant tragedy.Years earlier, Nike outfitted Westchester High School’s basketball players with Kobe Bryant’s Zoom Kobe IV sneakers that matched the Westchester’s black and red colors.“When Jerry West drafted Kobe at the age of 17, no one knew exactly what the franchise was getting,” Miller stated. “He evolved to [become], I would say, the greatest Laker of them all, and I had the opportunity to cover and meet him personally and at one time just out of the blue as a reporter. I was so starstruck by him by his air, by his intelligence, and he had a reclusiveness to him as well, that I just walked up to him and asked him for his personal cell phone. He gave it to me, and it was at a time when Shaquille O’Neill was gone, and the Lakers had just won three championships. He ultimately wanted to connect with the African American community.”Born in Philadelphia in 1978, Bryant was initially drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft, but forced a post-draft trade to the Lakers, stating it was the only team he’d join.Bryant spent his entire career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and the 2008 MVP Award. He topped Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA all-time scoring list in December 2014 and retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final game.His uniform numbers 8 and 24 were both retired by the franchise, making him the only NBA star to have two numbers retired with the same team. In 2018, Bryant earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball.The late superstar supported at least seven charities and foundations, including After-School All-Stars, Aid Still Required, Cathy’s Kids Foundation, and the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, where he and his wife are dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, both domestically and globally.The foundation provides financial resources and develops unique programs that serve to strengthen communities through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities.Even as a lifelong New York Knicks fan, a team that saw Bryant crush their hopes on many a night, the death of the man known as “The Black Mamba” is as stunning as any this reporter has seen. In 1979, in a similarly shocking tragedy, during a season in which they were trying to defend their World Series title, the New York Yankees lost their beloved captain, Thurman Munson, in a plane crash.While Munson was only one of the cogs in a Yankee team that had captured back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978, Bryant was the unquestioned leader of the Lakers, one of the most storied franchises in sports, who turned out such superstars as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy, and Shaquille O’Neal.“He was the greatest of all Lakers,” Magic Johnson statedBryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, and children Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.
Upd. at 21:57 “But what I see in him most is improvement. There are areas of his game that he continues to work on. He can get better. Sport EN 21/02/2016 “He did his work on the pitch and in the gym too. “Obviously, he’s a very good player now. But in a couple years if he carries on, I don’t see any reason why he could not be regarded as the best.” He told the Sunday People: “I never had a moment’s problem with Gareth. He was a very solid professional who listened. However, Benitez, who coached Bale during his fleeting spell as Madrid boss, believes the ex-Tottenham man can move ahead of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. CET Rafael Benitez says Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale can become the best player in the world. The Welshman is currently out injured, but has watched on over the last 18 months as Barcelona’s trio of forwards have left him and his team-mates, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, in the shadows. Bale, in his third season in the Spanish capital, has scored 13 goals and created eight more in his 15 league appearances, one of which came as a substitute.
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The Nelson Peewee Leafs have been struggling to find consistency this season on the Minor Hockey circuit. The Leafs, starting the season off on a sour note, are looking to put it all together for the 2011 part of the season.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the Nelson Peewee Leafs with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, assistant coach Jared Seminoff, assistant coach Brian Jones, Taylor Cooper, Amit Bhabra, Matthew Jones, Matthew Brind’Amour, Aigne Mcgeady-Bruce, Justin Podgorenko, Jayden Maida, Merissa Dawson, Everett Hicks and head coach Ron Podgorenko. Front, Joey Timmermans, Kaleb Comishin, Logan Mengler, Ben Woodwar, Jaden Bennett, Jacob Shukin, Bryce Twible, and Curt Doyle. Missing, assistant coach Greg Andrusak, goalie coach Ian Perreault.The Leafs are off to Spokane for a pair of league games Saturday and Sunday.
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