Yawkey Foundation ‘Disheartened’ to Be Linked to Racial, Political Controversy

The Yawkey Foundation has responded to comments from Boston Red Sox owner John Henry about the team’s desire to lead an effort to get the street named after Tom Yawkey changed.

In a statement released Friday (via WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan), the Yawkey Foundation said it was “disheartened” by having Yawkey’s name added to the list of racially divisive and controversial monuments.

“Jean and Tom Yawkey’s philanthropy, which has contributed more than $450 million—most of it to the Boston community—has always been color blind,” the statement said.

Henry said in an email to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald on Thursday the street named Yawkey Way “has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can…”

Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 until his death in July 1976, at which point his wife took over controlling interest until she died in 1992. The Jean R. Yawkey Trust owned the franchise until 2002 when Henry bought the team. 

During Yawkey’s tenure as owner, the Red Sox were the last Major League Baseball team to integrate their roster in 1959, 12 years after Jackie Robinson debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Bill Baer of NBC Sports reported Yawkey also “refused to promote black players from the minor leagues during the 1950’s despite exceptional performance.”

The original address for Fenway Park was 24 Jersey Street, but the street was posthumously renamed after Yawkey in 1977. 

 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2728271-yawkey-foundation-disheartened-to-be-linked-to-racial-political-controversy

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How Terrelle Pryor Went from a Failed QB to a WR with ‘Scary’ Upside

RICHMOND, Va.—”You are the quarterback,” the midget league football coach told him, “because you are our best player and you need to have the ball in your hands on every play.”

And so he was a quarterback—ordained to call the play, take the snap and make the throw. It was he who should set the tone, give direction and take the bouquets and bullets. When he looked in the mirror, he saw a quarterback and only a quarterback.

Being a quarterback was more than something he did to play a game. It was an identity. It was a lifestyle.

Now, the quarterback is running a go route. He is wearing white leggings under red shorts with a Redskins logo that make him look taller than an A-frame ladder. He is covering so much ground with each giant step that it’s impossible to gauge how fast he’s going. He is underthrown—again. But he slows down and makes a nice catch, another big play in a training camp full of them.

The quarterback, it seems, is one hell of a wide receiver.


In 2008, Terrelle Pryor was Scout.com‘s No. 1 quarterback recruit in the nation. Among the coaches making pitches to him were Oregon’s Chip Kelly, Florida’s Urban Meyer and Alabama’s Nick Saban. Penn State’s Joe Paterno, then 81, made his first home visit in two years to recruit him.

He chose Ohio State and became a three-year starter and the Rose Bowl MVP.

When Bengals coach Marvin Lewis asked him before the 2011 supplemental draft if he would consider a position switch to wide receiver, the quarterback said no thank you.

His focus was more in line with Raiders owner Al Davis‘. “You will be a star,” Davis told him, meaning a star quarterback. Pryor would become the last player drafted in Davis’ career.

When Pryor lined up at quarterback for his first practice with the Raiders, then-Raiders coach Hue Jackson said, “He looks like a quarterback, feels like a quarterback, sounds like a quarterback…”

But Pryor’s pro quarterback career did not start well. He was suspended for the first five games of his rookie year for selling memorabilia when he was in college. Davis, his sponsor, passed away while Pryor was serving his suspension. And Jackson, the coach who thought he looked, felt and sounded like a quarterback, was fired after Pryor’s first season.

In year two, Pryor didn’t get many looks playing behind Carson Palmer. Before his third season, he enlisted throwing coach Tom House to overhaul his mechanics. He was named the starter and in his first four games had a 97.6 passer rating. But then it was 44.2 in his next four, and Pryor was benched.

After the season, the Raiders traded him to the Seahawks for a seventh-round pick. The Seahawks eventually chose Tarvaris Jackson over Pryor to be Russell Wilson‘s backup and asked Pryor to play wide receiver. Not for me, he said. He was cut.

“I don’t know how to catch,” he told Jerry Brewer for the Seattle Times. “I don’t know how to run the ball as a running back. I’ve been a quarterback my whole life.”

He worked out for the Bengals, Eagles, Giants and Redskins but sat out the season. When he visited the Redskins, head coach Jay Gruden asked him to work out at wide receiver. Nah, the quarterback said. The Chiefs signed him in January then cut him in May. The Bengals signed him in May but cut him in June.

Pryor’s accuracy, footwork and consistency were issues.

“His primary strength as a quarterback was as a runner,” says Al Saunders, who was the Raiders offensive coordinator in Pryor’s first season and a senior offensive assistant in his next two. “Quarterbacks who are used to using their legs more than the accuracy of a pure dropback quarterback sometimes have a difficult time making that change to a conventional offense. Terrelle was that way. He could throw the ball a mile, but his pocket presence and the patience in the pocket probably wasn’t at the level it needed to be for him to continue to accelerate his play at that position.”

If Pryor was going to fulfill Davis’ prediction, something would have to change.


With rare athleticism, Pryor was not a typical quarterback. There were more athletes with his size, speed and athleticism at another position.

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden says Pryor is “probably one of the most interesting athletes I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.”

“Freakishly talented,” Redskins receivers coach Ike Hilliard calls him.

After playing against him last year, then-Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis told reporters that Pryor is “one of the best athletes in the NFL today.”

“He’s as gifted athletically as anybody in the league in terms of his ability to move and body control,” Saunders says.

At his pro day, the 6’4″ Pryor ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and vertical-jumped 31 inches. He was rated the 39th-best basketball recruit by ESPN in 2008, 14 spots higher than Klay Thompson.

And one more thing. He wears size XXXXL gloves.


Pryor could have been like Tim Tebow and refused to be anything other than what he always thought he was. He could have been proud and jobless. But he wanted to play football more than he wanted to hold fast to the image of what he thought he was supposed to be.

Being traded once and cut three times can lead to hard realizations.

“Changing positions was probably my only chance to play football,” Pryor says.

In the summer of 2015, Pryor wandered onto the stadium field of Penn Trafford High School in Harrison City, Pennsylvania, not far from his hometown of Jeannette. Tim Cortazzo, a former football coach who runs FSQ Sports Training, was working with some wide receivers. Pryor recognized him, as they had played for competing teams when they were in high school. Pryor told him he needed “a couple drills” for wide receivers.

After about 30 minutes of work, Pryor asked what Cortazzo was doing the next day. From then on, Pryor and Cortazzo worked for about three hours every day.

“He was so raw,” Cortazzo says. “I treated it like a kid coming up to me and saying, ‘I want to learn to play wide receiver and I’ve never done it before.’”

The first thing Cortazzo showed him was how to line up in a wide receiver stance. Then, how to get off the line. They moved on. Eliminating false steps. Positioning his hands correctly for the catch. How to come out of a break.

At first, Pryor walked. Then he jogged. Finally, he ran.

He stumbled a number of times, though.

“I’d give him tight cone drills where he had to hit sharp angles,” Cortazzo says. “He’d complain about it. ‘I’m too big for this. I can’t do this.’”

But Pryor didn’t give up.

Pryor’s performance in training camp with the Browns that summer was promising, but he was let go before the first game. He returned to Cortazzo. They worked for nearly three months, and then the Browns called him back in December. Being without a team for that period was “a blessing in disguise,” for Pryor, Cortazzo says.


Some special athletes take their abilities for granted and don’t work as hard as lesser athletes who know they have to outwork competitors to have a chance.

The quarterback was not one of them. The wide receiver is not either.

“I haven’t been around many players at any position who dedicated themselves from a time standpoint to learn their skills as much as Terrelle did last year,” says Saunders, a 47-year coaching veteran who was reunited with Pryor in Cleveland as the Browns receivers coach. “I would be walking out of the building late at night, and Terrelle would be in the receiver room looking at video. The next day, his day off, he’d come in with play ideas. He was first one in, last to leave.”

Cortazzo and Pryor studied great wide receivers of all kinds, including Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones.

“I love Julio’s physical play, how he gets off the press and how he’s physical after catching the ball,” Pryor says. “I love watching Antonio, how sneaky he is and how smooth he is, in and out of his routes.”

Pryor hasn’t just studied tape of Brown; he has also worked out with him frequently. He also trained with Randy Moss.

When the Redskins signed Pryor in March, quarterback Kirk Cousins texted him and asked if he wanted to meet at Jon Gruden’s facility in Tampa for three days of workouts and study. Pryor said yes…but he wanted to do it for four days instead of three.

When the Redskins’ offseason work had concluded and players had gone their separate ways, Cousins knew Pryor was still at it thanks to social media:

When Cousins teased Pryor about it, Pryor said, “Hey you are seeing my movements all summer long, coming in and out of cuts. That has to count for something.”

Cousins acknowledged it did. “It was comforting to know when I was headed to the beach and I looked at my phone, I saw Terrelle was out running cone drills,” Cousins says.

In training camp, Pryor has made a point to sit next to Cousins during evening meetings when the skill players are watching seven-on-seven practice tape. He wants to think like Cousins.

Pryor wants to do everything he can as a wide receiver to experience the greatness he was supposed to experience as a quarterback.

During lulls in practice, Pryor lies on the ground and has someone throw him footballs so he can learn to catch from odd angles. Or he stands and has tight end Vernon Davis harass him and hang on to him as he tries to make catches. After practice, he works with trainers on core strengthening.

He catches 400 balls from the JUGS machine every day.

“It’s part of the craft, and it’s setting the foundation for this team,” Pryor says. “Every single day, you have to come out and work. Success doesn’t just come. I do it for myself to work on different ways to catch, but also so my teammates see you always have to work harder. When you are doing things right, other guys see that. And I never want to get outworked by anybody.”

The quarterback in Pryor still is compelled to lead, and the way he works is a reflection of that.

“As a former quarterback, he likes to take charge,” Cousins says. “Even though he is a receiver now, he still voices his opinion and shows leadership.”


Last season in Cleveland, Pryor still was figuring out how to be a wide receiver, but he led the Browns with 77 catches and 1,007 yards.

In the offseason, Pryor became a free agent. He took a one-year, $6 million deal with incentives, happy to bet on himself and the Redskins.

Jay Gruden said Pryor didn’t have any mental mistakes in his first two weeks of training camp.

It helps that the Redskins offense and the Browns offense are very similar. It also helps that he already has many of the tools to think like a veteran wide receiver. As a quarterback, he learned to read the triangle and study the big picture. He had to understand route concepts and spacing between receivers. He had to be aware of where the safeties were and what they might do and how coverages can change. All of that has been useful when he’s split out wide.

Pryor also benefits from his collection of nine playbooks from different offensive coordinators—three from the Raiders, two from the Browns and one from the Seahawks, Chiefs, Bengals and Redskins.

“It has helped me to play with so many offenses, especially with the way I had to break down offenses as a quarterback,” Pryor says. “I had to keep relearning things. It has really helped me put concepts together.”

What he still is learning is the physical part of the position—getting off the line of scrimmage, running refined routes, creating separation from defensive backs downfield, tracking the football in the air and going up and getting it.

Since throwing his last pass in OTAs for the Bengals, Pryor has come so far. Cousins even has seen growth from March to August.

“He has a lot of room for improvement still, which is scary,” Jay Gruden says. “He had 1,000 yards last year in his first year playing wideout in the NFL for God’s sake. So he probably isn’t even close to what he is capable of doing.”


As a wide receiver, Pryor runs much more in practice and in training than he had been accustomed to. That’s OK, though, because running is what he always did best, even when he was a quarterback.

The way he works out is very different—more bands and light weights, fewer barbells, dumbbells and heavy weights. He has lost 12 pounds since his quarterback days and now weighs 226. And that has Pryor convinced he is faster than ever.

“I will be getting double-teamed,” Pryor says. “They aren’t going to stay on an island with me one-on-one.”

Redskins quarterbacks did not overthrow Pryor a single time in the first two weeks of camp.

“He’s such a long strider,” Jay Gruden says. “It looks like he’s jogging half the time, but he’s eating up so much ground. The quarterbacks float it out there, and he is outrunning them by eight to 10 yards, and he has to slow down every time.”

The thing is, Pryor still makes the catches with those gigantic hands in the XXXXL gloves. “I don’t drop balls,” Pryor says.

It all adds up to a player who has been the talk of Redskins camp.

“I’m truly excited for him and to watch him play this year,” Saunders says. “I think he has no limits at that position. I would think he would have a phenomenal year for Washington.”

His coach tempers the expectations, as coaches will do. Gruden points out the Redskins have also want to throw to tight end Jordan Reed and wide receivers Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder. Pryor was thrown to 140 times last season, 12th-most in the league. “He probably won’t get that many here,” Gruden says. “You never know, but less is more for us because it means we are controlling the game and running the ball. If you have that many targets, to me it means you are behind and throwing to catch up.”

Besides, Gruden might need Pryor to be his emergency quarterback.

Pryor will answer that call if needed, but he’s not counting on getting it. Not anymore.

The quarterback is a wide receiver now, fully and completely.

             

Dan Pompei covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @danpompei.

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Former Kent State Coach Ross Bowsher Defends Credentials After Player’s Death

Former Kent State strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher released a statement Wednesday saying he is “disappointed” by the school saying he’d provided false information about his credentials.

“I am disappointed that the university also released in the same statement that my employment was terminated on the grounds that I provided false information—suggesting that I caused Tyler Heintz’s death,” the statement read, per WKYC

“I care very much for all my student athletes, and their well-being and safety have always been my top priority. I continue to mourn the loss of Tyler Heintz, and his family remains in my thoughts and prayers.”

Kent State fired Bowsher on Tuesday, releasing a statement saying an internal investigation revealed the coach lied about a certification when applying for the position.

Bowsher said Kent State was aware he was working toward his certification and had been transparent throughout the process.

The university opened an investigation into its football program after offensive lineman Tyler Heintz died during a workout in June. Despite Bowsher’s filing, Kent State said its coaching staff followed all procedures correctly. 

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Rogers Cup 2017: Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki Advance to Finals

Spots in the Rogers Cup finals were up for grabs Saturday, with Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki headlining the action in the men’s and women’s draws, respectively. 

But before they could hit the court, women’s quarterfinals in Toronto that were postponed Friday due to rain had to be completed. Specifically, Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza clashed in one tilt, while the second-seeded Simona Halep and Caroline Garcia vied for the last spot in the final four.   

Elsewhere, 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov attempted to continue his magical run against the fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev—who calmly dispatched Kevin Anderson on Friday evening in Montreal. 

A rundown of the day’s results can be found below, complete with recaps from both sides of the draw. The updated Rogers Cup schedule is available at the tournament’s official website

        

Results

Men’s Draw

Semifinal: No. 2 Roger Federer def. Robin Haase; 6-3, 7-6 (5)

Semifinal: No. 4 Alexander Zverev def. Denis Shapovalov; 6-4, 7-5 

 

Federer is the hottest player in tennis, and it’s not close. 

That notion was reinforced Saturday in a big way when the 36-year-old continued to channel his prime with a straight-set victory over Dutch challenger Robin Haase

According to Tennis TV, Federer is now 29-0 at Masters 1000 and Grand Slam events this season and has won 16 matches in a row dating back to the start of the Gerry Weber Open in June. 

Bet365 provided a visual overview of Federer’s dominance this year: 

“I’m happy, most happy that I’m actually really healthy going into the finals,” Federer said, per ATPWorldTour.com. “I haven’t wasted too much energy. I’ve been able to keep points short. I’ve been really clean at net. I think my concentration and just my playing has gone up a notch. I’m just playing better.

Now it will be up to Alexander Zverev to try to dethrone Federer after he outlasted Shapovalov in the day’s second semifinal thanks to a pair of key breaks. 

Although Shapovalov pushed the No. 4 seed throughout the first set, Zverev came up clutch and secured a break for 5-4 before he consolidated to take the opening stanza 6-4. 

The second set was effectively a carbon copy of the first.

Zverev and Shapovalov were deadlocked through the stanza’s first 10 games, but the German finally broke through for a break at 6-5 and managed to hold following several strong challenges from the teenager in order to book a matchup with Federer. 

In their last meeting, which came on grass, Federer defeated Zverev 6-1, 6-3. That said, the youngster did best his Swiss counterpart in Germany a year prior with a 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 upset win. 

      

Women’s Draw

Quarterfinal: No. 5 Elina Svitolina def. No. 4 Garbine Muguruza; 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Quarterfinal: No. 2 Simona Halep def. Caroline Garcia; 6-4, 6-2

Semifinal: No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki def. Sloane Stephens; 6-2, 6-3

Semifinal: No. 5 Elina Svitolina def. No. 2 Simona Halep; 6-1, 6-1

 

Unlike Friday afternoon, Wozniacki didn’t need to battle the elements and her opponent. Rather, she was able to turn her full attention to Sloane Stephens, who punched a ticket to the semifinals Friday with a straight-set win over Lucie Safarova

And on Saturday, it was Wozniacki who found comfort in a straight-set win as she sent Stephens packing with a tidy 6-2, 6-3 triumph. 

The match, which took two hours, saw the sixth-seeded Wozniacki prove effective when she was in a returning position as she ripped off repeated breaks to send Stephens home. 

All told, Wozniacki won 50 percent of first-serve return points, a number that bested Stephens’ mark by 12 percent. 

By virtue of the win, Wozniacki is primed to make her sixth championship appearance this season. However, she has dropped each of the last five, including a recent finals showing at the Ericsson Open against Katerina Siniakova

Meeting Wozniacki in Sunday’s title tilt will be Svitolina, who coasted past Halep following a three-set quarterfinal win over Muguruza

Beyond the fact that the straight-set effort clinched her a spot in the finals, Svitolina was also able to avenge her quarterfinal loss to Halep at the French Open with a thorough performance that likely caught Wozniacki‘s attention. 

Svitolina wasted no time in the first set and grabbed a quick 5-0 lead before closing the frame out 6-1, and she kept her foot to the floor in the second set and closed out the No. 2 seed with ease. 

All in all, it took Svitolina 56 minutes to dispatch Halep and set up Sunday’s date with Wozniacki

And while Svitolina is sure to have heavier legs in the final after playing two matches Saturday, she does hold an upper hand over Wozniacki if previous head-to-head battles have been any indication. 

According to the WTA, Svitolina has won both of her meetings against Wozniacki, including a straight-set victory in Dubai earlier this year. It should also be noted both wins have come on hard surfaces—a trend that bodes well for her title prospects Sunday. 

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Cupcake Connoisseurs: CFB Teams with Absurdly Easy Nonconference Schedules

Playing one of the weakest nonconference schedules in the country did not keep Washington from reaching the 2016 College Football Playoff. Can the Huskies waltz through cupcake city en route to the national semifinals for a second straight year?

The Huskies are one of eight teams facing a laughably favorable nonconference schedule, but their season-opening slate of Rutgers, Montana and Fresno State wasn’t quite soft enough for the top spot on this list.

It should be noted here that rankings are based entirely on the weakness of the schedule. Whether the team has a shot at winning the national championship or is ineligible for postseason play is irrelevantthough there will be space on each slide dedicated to the team’s outlook for the year ahead.

Listed on each slide is the team’s nonconference schedule, along with the ESPN Football Power Index rank (if applicable) for each opponent. Our rankings are only loosely based on those analytics, but if a team resides outside the top 100 in FPI, it stands to reason that opponent is probably not going to provide a stiff challenge.

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Marlins President David Samson Reportedly Will Be Removed After Team Is Sold

The new ownership group of the Miami Marlins will replace team president David Samson once assuming control of the team, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman confirmed Thursday.

The Dan Le Batard Show first reported MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred informed league owners of Samson’s impending departure.

The Miami Herald‘s Barry Jackson reported Aug. 11 Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement on a $1.2 billion sale of the team to a group led by former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and businessman Bruce Sherman.

According to Heyman, Jeter will work in a CEO or president-type role, overseeing the Marlins’ day-to-day operations.

Samson joined the Marlins in 2002 when Loria purchased the team.

He was part of the front office when the franchise won its last World Series in 2003, but Marlins Park will be Samson’s lasting legacy in Miami. The Marlins received almost $500 million in public money to build the stadium, and the cost to Miami-Dade County will be well over $1 billion when all is said and done.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez made it clear he hopes Loria and Samson won’t remain with the Marlins when the team is sold.

I’m not saying all of their folks—there may be some lower level folks who are pretty good in the organization,” Gimenez said Monday, per the Miami Herald‘s Douglas Hanks. “But the top two people, the owner and Mr. Samson, I wish them God speed. But I don’t see where that would add value to that team.”

Jackson noted Sherman and Jeter still need approval from MLB owners before the sale will be finalized and that the matter may be closed by early October.

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UFC Prospect Sean O’Malley Discusses Smoking Marijuana with Snoop Dogg

Sean O’Malley, a 22-year-old mixed martial arts fighter who was recently awarded a UFC contract, recently had a friendly encounter with Snoop Dogg that resulted in the two men sharing a joint.

Following a knockout victory over Alfred Khashakyan during Dana Whites Tuesday Night Conternder Series, O’Malley said on The MMA Hour podcast with Ariel Helwani that Snoop Dogg asked to meet him, via MMA Fighting’s Danny Segura:

“Right when I walked into his trailer, he handed me a joint and I was pumped. It felt like a movie because I walked into his trailer and he’s got his body guards, he’s got a couple of other people in there, and there was like three joints going around.

“I was puffin’ and passin’, trying to keep up, and they had a TV in there playing highlights of my fight, so were watching that and smoking, it was so much fun. It was only like 20 or 30 minutes, but it was a good time and a memory forever.”

Snoop Dogg was in attendance at the event as part of the alternative commentary team with former UFC superstar Urijah Faber.

The legendary rapper told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in June what attracted him to the opportunity to serve as a commentator for a weekly mixed martial arts broadcast.

“I’m a big fan of UFC and [am] looking forward to joining the team to bring my unique take on all the action,” he said. “Y’all in for a brand-new experience with Dogg on the mic.”

A bantamweight fighter from Montana, O’Malley has an 8-0 career record with six of his victories coming via knockout or TKO.

It turns out Snoop Dogg may have seen the birth of a future UFC superstar. O’Malley immediately earned a UFC contract following the win, according to Segura, though that may end up being the second-most memorable thing to happen to him on that particular night.

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MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand at the Quarter Pole

It was more of the same from the Los Angeles Dodgers as they continued their residence at the No. 1 spot in our weekly power rankings, but for the first time in weeks, we have a new No. 2 team.

The Houston Astros have gone 5-12 in their last 17 games, and the wide gap they opened alongside the Dodgers as the league’s top teams closed in the process.

Meanwhile, there are also two newcomers to the top 10 as the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels have been on a roll of late. 

For now, remember these rankings are fluid and that teams rise and fall based on where they were ranked the previous week. If a team keeps winning, it will keep climbing—it’s as simple as that.

Here’s an updated look at where all 30 teams stand:

  Updated Rankings  
1 img Dodgers (83-34) img
2 img Nationals (70-46) img1
3 img Astros (72-45) img1
4 img Red Sox (67-50) img
5 img Indians (63-52) img2
6 img D-backs (65-52) img
7 img Cardinals (61-57) img9
8 img Rockies (65-52) img3
9 img Angels (61-58) img6
10 img Cubs (61-55) img1
11 img Yankees (61-55) img3
12 img Twins (59-57) img9
13 img Brewers (61-59) img3
14 img Royals (59-58) img3
15 img Orioles (58-60) img2
16 img Mariners (59-60) img4
17 img Rays (59-60) img4
18 img Blue Jays (56-61) img1
19 img Pirates (58-60) img2
20 img Rangers (56-60) img
21 img Marlins (56-60) img3
22 img Mets (53-62) img4
23 img Athletics (52-66) img1
24 img Braves (52-63) img2
25 img Tigers (53-64) img2
26 img Reds (49-69) img2
27 img Padres (51-66) img2
28 img Giants (47-72) img1
29 img White Sox (45-70) img1
30 img Phillies (43-72) img1

        

Biggest Risers

St. Louis Cardinals (Up 9 Spots)

Just 10 days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals were 4.5 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs and tied for third in the NL Central standings.

One stellar eight-game winning streak later and things look a bit different.

After sweeping a four-game series from the Kansas City Royals and taking two of three from the Atlanta Braves last week, the Cardinals are now just one game back with momentum on their side.

The bullpen has really rounded into form of late thanks in part to the return of left-hander Zach Duke and continued dominance from Trevor Rosenthal in the closer’s role.

The starting rotation has been a strength all season and continues to pitch well, while the offense remains a revolving door of unexpected contributors currently being led by unheralded prospect Paul DeJong.

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger figures to run away with NL Rookie of the Year honors, but DeJong has quietly posted a .904 OPS with 16 doubles, 18 home runs and 42 RBI in 261 plate appearances and could see his fair share of second-place votes.

His production out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup has given the team a huge shot in the arm and really sparked the offense as a whole.

Of course, the real MVP last week was the rally cat.

          

Minnesota Twins (Up 9 Spots)

A 1-6 stretch of games leading up to the July 31 trade deadline convinced the Minnesota Twins to sell off All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler and recently acquired starter Jaime Garcia.

Now a 9-4 start to August has them looking like contenders once again.

A four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers and a weekend series win against the Detroit Tigers leaves them 4.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central and just a half-game out for the No. 2 wild-card spot.

The offense has produced an .800 OPS and is averaging 5.7 runs per game in August, led by Eddie Rosario (1.143 OPS, 5 HR, 12 RBI) and Brian Dozier (1.111 OPS, 6 HR, 13 RBI).

That’s helped offset a shaky starting rotation that remains the team’s biggest question mark in their push to land a playoff berth. The young duo of Jose Berrios and Adalberto Mejia, in particular, has struggled.

With that in mind, this current hot streak might not be sustainable, but it’s still enough to send them shooting up the rankings for the time being.

The upcoming week won’t be an easy one as they welcome the Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks to Target Field.

      

Los Angeles Angels (Up 6 Spots)

Could we finally see Mike Trout playing in October again this year?

The Los Angeles Angels are riding a six-game winning streak and have gone 12-4 in their last 16 games to climb into the second AL wild-card spot.

A healthy Tyler Skaggs has given the rotation a boost and surprise rookie standout Parker Bridwell (11 GS, 7-1, 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) has been huge in helping solidify a banged up starting staff.

The return of Cam Bedrosian has also provided an in-house replacement for struggling closer Bud Norris.

Meanwhile, Trout has been raking this month (1.270 OPS, 4 HR, 10 RBI) and he’s finally getting some help from the rest of the lineup.

The Angels are averaging 5.3 runs per game and hitting .264 with a .751 OPS in 13 August games.

They’ll head east this coming week to take on the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles as they look to keep things rolling.

       

Biggest Fallers

Seattle Mariners (Down 4 Spots)

The Seattle Mariners were two games over .500 and just 1.5 games back in the AL wild-card standings on Aug. 1.

While they’re still just two games back, they’re trending in the wrong direction at 5-7 with a minus-15 run differential in their last 12 games.

And now they’ll be without ace James Paxton for the foreseeable future after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a pectoral strain.

Obviously it’s disheartening news, no doubt,” manager Scott Servais told reporters. “It’s been a crazy season, really it has been, with all of the injuries. To put ourselves in the position we are now, a lot of it has to do with James Paxton. He’s been really, really good, but we’ve got to find a way to keep it rolling here.”

With Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly already on the DL, that Mariners are left with a rotation of Yovani Gallardo, Erasmo Ramirez, Ariel Miranda, Marco Gonzales and a yet-to-be determined fifth starter for Tuesday’s game.

Not exactly a juggernaut of a rotation.

A pair of AL East foes in the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays await this coming week.

        

Tampa Bay Rays (Down 4 Spots)

The Tampa Bay Rays began the month of August by taking three of four from the Houston Astros and pulling within a half-game of the No. 2 AL wild-card spot.

Since then, they’ve gone 2-7 with a minus-18 run differential, scoring just 11 runs on offense during that nine-game span.

“What a putrid performance by the Rays,” wrote Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times. “They departed the 2-7 Homestand of Shame for Toronto on Sunday night. They had their offense in a carry-on container, it being less than 3.4 fluid ounces.”

With no regular hitting over .300 or sporting an OPS over .800 in the month of August, the lineup continues to undermine one of the better starting rotations in the American League.

Can they right the ship and climb back into the AL wild-card hunt before it’s too late?

         

MVPs of the Week

AL MVP: Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox

Stats: 2 GS, W, ND, 15.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 25 K

AL Cy Young front-runner Chris Sale turned in two more terrific starts last week for the Red Sox as he continues to be nothing short of dominant in his first season in Boston.

The left-hander added 25 more strikeouts to his MLB-leading total of 241 and he’s on pace to become the first AL pitcher to eclipse the 300-strikeout mark since fellow Red Sox standout Pedro Martinez did it in 1999.

After allowing four hits and one run with 12 strikeouts in seven innings against the rival Yankees in a no-decision on Sunday, Sale now sports a 1.18 ERA over 76.1 career innings against the archrivals.

If he continues to dominate down the stretch, the conversation might shift from Cy Young to a potential AL MVP run before too long. 

As dominant as he’s been, with the exception of an outing or two, we’re talking about a difference-maker in the standings, in the feel of the team,” manager John Farrell told Scott Lauber of ESPN.com. “What he means to our team, yeah, he should be in that conversation.”

       

NL MVP: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Stats: 9-for-27, 1 2B, 6 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R

You can’t help but feel bad for opposing pitchers when Giancarlo Stanton is locked in at the plate.

The 27-year-old has gone deep four games in a row and nine times this month, and his opposite-field shot on Sunday was his 42nd of the season, tying Gary Sheffield for the single-season franchise record.

I really enjoyed watching him play as a kid,” Stanton told reporters. “Definitely good company to be in. It’s not something I’ll fully appreciate until the year is over, but it’s a cool thing to have under my belt, and I’ve got time to get more.”

Sunday’s long ball was also No. 250 of his career, tying Frank Robinson (27 years, 278 days) as the 10th-youngest player to reach that milestone, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN).

With 46 games left on the schedule, Stanton is on pace for 59 homers.

         

Stats of the Week

Let’s dive into some of the better nuggets from around the league.

We’ll start with a surprising note following the conclusion of last night’s Red Sox vs. Yankees series.

Andrew Benintendi has been largely overshadowed by Aaron Judge this season, but he entered the year as the AL Rookie of the Year front-runner for a reason.

The 23-year-old is hitting .279/.360/.446 with 16 home runs, 66 RBI and 14 stolen bases. With Judge struggling mightily in the second half, the gap for top AL rookie honors is closing quickly.

Speaking of young stars, Trout turned 26 on Monday and celebrated with his 1,000th career hit. He’s just the fourth player in MLB history to tally 1,000 hits, 500 runs and 500 walks prior to their age-26 season, joining a trio of all-time greats in Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle.

Not to be outdone, Bryce Harper also hit his 150th career homer on Monday. He’s the 14th player to reach that total before his 25th birthday and only Albert Pujols and Giancarlo Stanton got there faster among active players.

And we’ll finish up with our obligatory weekly nod to how ridiculously good the Dodgers are this season.

That’s a 134-year history, folks.

        

Must-See Upcoming Matchup

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox (Friday-Sunday)

Who’s ready for Round 2?

After an exciting three-game series in the Bronx culminated with an extra-inning victory by the Red Sox on Sunday night, these two rivals will take things to Fenway Park for another three-game set this weekend.

The Red Sox lead has now swelled to 5.5 games in the AL East standings, but the Yankees still lead the season series 7-5.

It will be Drew Pomeranz, Chris Sale and Doug Fister taking the ball for Boston and the Yankees countering with Jordan Montgomery on Friday and Sonny Gray on Sunday.

Saturday’s starter has yet to be determined. Luis Cessa will take the ball on Monday in place of the injured Masahiro Tanaka, and if he pitches well, that would be his spot in the rotation.

At any rate, it should be another exciting weekend of baseball.

There was a playoff-type atmosphere at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night, and it’s clear there’s been new life breathed into this rivalry here in 2017.

               

All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted and accurate through Sunday.

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Conor McGregor and Ariel Helwani View the Malignaggi Footage Dana White Leaked

Ariel Helwani has always had pretty good access to the stars of MMA.

As one of the foremost journalistic presences in the sport, it’s no wonder Conor McGregor would handpick him to participate in his biggest moments—even in the face of Helwani being on the outs with the UFC since 2016.

Helwani has walked the streets of Dublin with McGregor before he was a superstar, spent an evening on stage with McGregor for a pay-per-view interview this January and sat on the edge of a McGregor Sports & Entertainment boxing ring discussing the definitive clip of Malignaggigate.

OK. Rethink the name maybe. But the point remains the same.

After considerable chirping back and forth between them, Paulie Malignaggi, a retired boxer and commentator for Showtime boxing, went to Las Vegas to do some sparring with McGregor, who is preparing for his August 26 bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Drama ensued.

After only a couple of days, pictures emerged on social media of Malignaggi, winded and badly wearing it. Not long after, there was another of him on the canvas while McGregor stood proudly in the center of the ring.

Malignaggi, fiercely proud and not much of a McGregor fan to begin with, left the camp as quickly as he’d arrived and went on an all-out media blitz to dress down everything from McGregor’s punching power to his real estate choices.

He insisted that McGregor had pushed him and the whole thing was a conspiracy set up by McGregor’s people and the UFC. Video of the incident, which UFC President Dana White “leaked” on Friday, seemed to pretty convincingly show McGregor pawing at Malignaggi with a lead right hand then landing a left, putting the “Magic Man” on his behind in the process.

In any event, it was easily the most ink Malignaggi has gotten in years and even has people wondering if the whole thing might be a hustle to set up a legitimate fight with McGregor down the line.

And once again it’s Helwani with the access—in a clip released Saturday on the MMA Fighting Twitter account, he shows McGregor the video White leaked and gets his thoughts on the whole feud.

Check out the Malignaggi material in the tweet below:

Or watch the entire, 23-minute interview with McGregor below:

        

So what do you think? Punch or push? Have your say in the comments below!        

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Brock Osweiler Starting Browns vs. Giants, DeShone Kizer Elevated to 2nd String

Brock Osweiler will start the Cleveland Browns‘ Monday preseason game against the New York Giants, but DeShone Kizer will be right behind him on the depth chart.   

Browns head coach Hue Jackson made his decision public Wednesday, as the team announced on Twitter. Osweiler will start, Kizer will follow and Cody Kessler will serve as the third quarterback. 

All three quarterbacks saw time during Cleveland’s preseason opener, a 20-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Kizer was the best of the three, finishing 11-of-18 for 184 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. His touchdown pass was a 45-yarder to Jordan Payton with less than two minutes remaining, which gave Cleveland the victory.

While the typical preseason caveat that he was facing backup defenders must be mentioned, he was far more effective than Osweiler (6-of-14 for 42 yards) and Kessler (5-of-10 for 47 yards).

If nothing else, Kizer represents untapped potential in the quarterback race as a second-round pick out of Notre Dame. After being given the opportunity to start for the Houston Texans last season, Osweiler threw 15 touchdowns to 16 interceptions in 15 games, failing to live up to expectations on the other side of a talented defense in Houston.

Kessler, a third-round pick of Cleveland’s in 2016, played nine games for the Browns last season and threw for 1,380 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Browns haven’t been to the playoffs since the 2002 season, and unsteadiness at quarterback during that span is a primary reason why.

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