Baseball: Dragons' Ono outduels Taira to win 6th shutout
Yudai Ono extended his scoreless innings streak to 45 as he reeled off his sixth shutout in the Chunichi Dragons' 1-0 Central League win over the DeNA BayStars on Thursday.The 32-year-old lefty allowed six hits while striking out nine to improve to 10-5 after his teammates scored their lone run in the first inning off DeNA right-hander Kentaro Taira (3-5) at Nagoya Dome.The Japan and CL record for consecutive scoreless innings is 64-1/3 innings, set by Hall of Fame lefty Masaichi Kaneda in 1958. Ono, however, set a team record when he surpassed Hiroomi Oyane's streak of 40-1/3 innings set in 1...
Tom Krasovic: Padres can learn from Fried's success, Braves' miscues vs. Dodgers
The Padres posting their first winning season in 10 years — and the plausible scenario that A.J. Preller’s program should contend for a spot in the next few World Series tournaments — has made October baseball more interesting even since the team’s loss to the Dodgers in the NL Divisional Series.For example, what can the Padres learn from the recent League Championship Series in which the Braves pushed the Dodgers to a seventh game?Viewing the World Series through a Padres lens is worthwhile, too.Several Dodgers stars are in their 20s, so the Padres have to figure out what it takes to overcome...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
How working on a sheep farm helped turn the Flyers' first-round draft pick into a top NHL prospect
PHILADELPHIA — It’s easy to imagine Tyson Foerster one day whipping wicked, one-time shots from the left circle as Flyers fans percolate with excitement, anticipating what his quick release and powerful follow-through can do to opposing goaltenders.Foerster, 18, had one of the hardest shots of any of the 217 players selected in the recent NHL draft. It’s one of the reasons the Flyers selected the 6-foot-2, 194-pound right winger with the No. 23 overall pick. That and his playmaking ability, his high hockey IQ, and his driven, competitive personality.Oh, and his willingness to work on things th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Marcus Hayes: 7 reasons to believe in the Eagles
The Eagles are a one-win team. On merit.That doesn’t necessarily mean they are a bad team, nor does it mean that they are a hopeless team. The former occasionally has been true this season, particularly against the Rams. The latter has never been true, particularly in the NFC East, where 1-4-1 lands the Eagles in second place.With a bullet.As wretched as their record stands, and as flawed as their roster lies, these Birds aren’t cooked. Their point differential in their last four games is just minus-4. They came back to tie the Bengals, won at San Francisco, trailed the Steelers by two points ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Omar Kelly: Dolphins players wonder why QB change was made now
Why now?That’s the main question Miami Dolphins players found themselves asking each other when the news about a change being made at quarterback for the team they played for scrolled across their television, or their social media timeline.Then group messages erupted among them.Everyone in the organization — including former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick — knew Tua Time was eventually coming. All it took was one bad performance for Fitzpatrick, an injury, or a losing streak for Miami’s coaches to justify pushing Tua Tagovailoa into the starting lineup.The players knew this.Tagovailoa is expected to...
A NASCAR fan was bullied for being LGBTQ+ ally. Then he designed Jimmie Johnson's car.
Noah Sweet remembers getting in the car and feeling like he needed to drive away, to suppress his racing thoughts, but he doesn’t remember exactly where he went the evening of Sept. 2. Those hours are a blur.He was later told by his mother, Becky Southwell, that his credit card transactions showed him stopping at a KFC, then at a gas station for coffee. At one point, he made it to Grass Lake, a spot familiar to him and close to Southwell’s home in southeast Michigan. Police officers determined Sweet had driven back-and-forth on I-94, using cell towers to track his phone, which he turned off.Ha...
The Charlotte Observer
Soccer: Japan to play Panama in November friendly in Austria
Japan will play Panama in an international friendly on Nov. 13 in Graz, Austria, the Japan Football Association said Thursday.The Samurai Blue are also scheduled to take on Mexico on Nov. 17 in the same city as they face two qualifiers from the North, Central American and Caribbean region for the 2018 World Cup in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics.Both matches will be played behind closed doors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus."I want us to show persistence and tenacity out on the pitch and leave with a win," Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu said ahead of the match against Panama, wh...
In rare move, Seattle Storm endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: 'These are not typical times'
SEATTLE — In a move rarely seen by professional sports teams, the Seattle Storm voiced its support for the 2020 Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday.The team’s official Twitter account posted a graphic of the Biden/Harris campaign logo along with its team logo accompanied by a short statement that read: “Join us in support of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.” The tweet also included a link for people to register to vote.Team co-owners Dawn Trudeau and Ginny Gilder also offered their own statements supporting Biden and Harris on Twitter.“We don’t typically endorse candidate...
The Seattle Times
Matt Calkins: Should the Seahawks roll the dice on Antonio Brown?
SEATTLE — Was there any doubt that their name was going to pop up first?When it came to Antonio Brown’s potential destination, you had to figure the Seahawks were going to be the team grabbing the headlines, right?If there is A-list talent on the market, Seattle is going to pursue it (see: Jadeveon Clowney, Jamal Adams and Jimmy Graham). If there is a player with off-the-field issues, Seattle rarely balks (see: Frank Clark, Mychal Kendricks and Josh Gordon).When ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that the Seahawks were one of the teams looking at Brown — the troubled wide receiver whose s...
The Seattle Times
Newest Raider Irving looks to shake off the rust and redeem himself following suspension
The Raiders got their first look at defensive end David Irving in an actual practice Wednesday and coach Jon Gruden wasn’t inclined to make any predictions about a future role on the 53-man roster.A 6-foot-7, 290-pound edge player, Irving was signed Tuesday to the Raiders’ practice squad just two days after being reinstated by the NFL for being in violation of the league’s policy on substances of abuse.Irving last played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, when he went on indefinite suspension after two games. Irving later said his suspension was for marijuana use and he was critical of the league...
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