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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Updated at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)

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^Mental health finally a focus in college athletics, but advocates call for more<

FBC-MENTALHEALTH-SPORTSPLUS:RA — In the 17 months since the death of his son, Mark Hilinski has visited enough college athletic departments to see the same things over and over, a pattern repeated: the renovated facilities, the expansive weight rooms, the well-accoutered players' lounges. Shiny perks, all, of a major college athletics enterprise that continues to generate ever-increasing revenue.

And yet, Hilinski said not long ago, referencing the athletes at the center of it all, "We can't fund a staff for their mental health?"

2650 by Andrew Carter in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED



^Joe Maddon says managing the Cubs provides him an opportunity to help his Hazleton, Pa., hometown: 'This is an altruistic moment'<

BBN-CUBS-MADDON-HAZLETON:TB — Joe Maddon thanked the crowd in his Pennsylvania hometown with the ease and confidence he does 680 miles away at Wrigley Field.

For Maddon, who spoke Sunday about his intention to return as Cubs manager in 2020, his charity golf tournament for the Hazleton (Pa.) Integration Project reinforced his longstanding commitment to the area where he was raised.

600 by Mark Gonzales in Hazleton, Pa. MOVED


^Could the Phillie Phanatic really become a free agent?<

BBN-PHILLIES-PHANATIC-LAWSUIT:PH — The fans are flustered. The team is fighting back in federal court. The mascot's creators say they never wanted it to come to this.

And yet, the question of the Phillie Phanatic's free agency looms larger than a 6-foot-6, 300-pound flightless Galapagan bird brandishing a ballpark hot dog launcher. Will Philadelphia's beloved green mascot be forced to pack his bags over a copyright controversy?

800 by Oona Goodin-Smith, in Philadelphia. MOVED


Wednesday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Texas at Toronto, 12:37 p.m. EDT

Baltimore at NY Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Boston at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Houston at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Minnesota at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

Oakland at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Seattle at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

LA Dodgers at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

NY Mets at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh at LA Angels, 8:07 p.m.

St. Louis at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.


^Mac Engel: Cowboys running back Alfred Morris still drives his infamous $2 1991 Mazda 626<

FBN-ENGEL-COLUMN:FT — Alfred Morris has not been with the Dallas Cowboys since 2017, but he's still got it.

Easy, horribly bad, cheesy cliche lines aside, the veteran Cowboys running back is still in the league and the only thing that matters is whether Morris is in possession of, and drives, that car.

"I do. My '91 Mazda 626," Morris said. "It's the most frequently asked question I get. Still to this day."

For good reason.

400 by Mac Engel in Oxnard, Calif. MOVED



^John Clay: For Kentucky and the SEC, real football can't come soon enough<

^FBC-CLAY-COLUMN:LX—<Less than two weeks before Florida and Miami kick things off in Orlando, and less than three weeks before the rest of the SEC pulls on the shoulder pads for real, the league is full of troubling reports that actually are just par for the course during the early days of camp before the hard stuff takes hold.

650 by John Clay. MOVED


^Mike Bianchi: UCF's Danny White: 'We could schedule 49ers, Dolphins and Bears and still not get in 4-team playoff'<

FBC-BIANCHI-COLUMN:OS — For those UCF bashers out there in the national media who believe UCF should change its football-scheduling philosophy, this just in:

For the first time in school history, the Knights have sold out their entire allotment of some 28,000 season tickets for the 2019 football season. And, believe it or not, they did it without having to schedule inequitable 2-for-1 series with Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Ohio State (not that any of those schools have officially offered to play UCF in a 2-for-1 series).

950 by Mike Bianchi in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Dave Hyde: A good arm, a changed mind and one hot scrimmage made Jarren Williams the next Miami QB<

FBC-HYDE-COLUMN:FL — Why did Jarren Williams win it? Was it simply that final, failing Hurricanes scrimmage, where he kept composed and then got hot? Was it the way he surprised offensive coordinator Dan Enos with his mobility?

Did Williams really not win the University of Miami starting quarterback job until he actually knew it, when he sat in coach Manny Diaz's office Monday morning and heard: "Congratulations, you're our guy."

700 by Dave Hyde in Coral Gables, Fla. MOVED



^Mark Story: Let's have a real talk about Kentucky's home schedule<

BKC-STORY-COLUMN:LX — In 1969-70, Dan Issel's senior year, Kentucky's non-conference basketball schedule included games with West Virginia, Kansas, Indiana and Duke in Lexington.

I thought about that idyllic non-league, home slate recently after some Wildcats fans aired their displeasure with a 2019-20 UK home schedule heavy on the likes of Evansville, Utah Valley, Mt. St. Mary's, Lamar and Fairleigh Dickinson.

800 by Mark Story in Lexington, Ky. MOVED



^Q&A with new Minnesota DNR Fish and Wildlife Division head Dave Olfelt<

OTD-OLFELT-QA:MS — Dave Olfelt, 58, was named Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Division director last month by Commissioner Sarah Strommen, replacing Jim Leach, 65, who retired in April.

Olfelt has worked for the DNR 31 years, most recently as a regional wildlife manager stationed in Grand Rapids. He's also held management positions in the agency's Parks and Trails Division.

Growing up in south Minneapolis, the son of a state of Minnesota attorney who worked closely with the DNR, Olfelt learned at a young age around his family's dinner table of important conservation issues.

900 by Dennis Anderson in Minneapolis. MOVED

^Central Minnesota hunting region split on need to 'try something'<

OTD-MINNESOTA-HUNTINGREGION-GUNRIGHTS:MS — Bob Hines, a retired well driller in central Minnesota, has bought many guns in his lifetime. He supports the Second Amendment and voted straight Republican in recent elections.

But he's also tired of hearing stories of mass shootings on the news. And while he's not sure anything can be done to curb the violence at this point, doing something seems better than just waiting for the next massacre.

1150 by Torey Van Oot in Randall, Minn. MOVED

^Zebra mussels found in northern Minnesota mine pit<

OTD-MINNESOTA-ZEBRAMUSSELS:MS — A mining company was pumping water out of an active pit north of Duluth when its crew spotted in the shallows what looked like a mature colony of Minnesota's most notorious invader — the zebra mussel.

Now the question for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is how the damaging mussels were able to get a foothold in the Rouchleau Mine Pit in Virginia, Minn.

It's not unheard of for the tiny mussels to hitch a ride on boats, pipes or other equipment to establish themselves in abandoned mines that have long been filled with groundwater and turned into lakes.

450 by Greg Stanley in Minneapolis. MOVED

^Brad Dokken: Former DNR commissioner compiles Minnesota hunting history book<

OTD-DOKKEN-COLUMN:GF — When Tom Landwehr's eight-year tenure as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ended in January, he suddenly found himself with time on his hands.

The lifelong conservationist and outdoors enthusiast put that time to good use, compiling a collection of Minnesota hunting stories that had been languishing for 30 years deep in the bowels of his computer.

The result is "Hunting Adventures on the Minnesota Frontier: Sportsmen's Tales from 1850-1900," a self-published book compiled from stories Landwehr gathered on microfiche files of Forest and Stream, a New York-based biweekly publication printed in a newspaper format and predecessor to Field and Stream magazine.

700 by Brad Dokken in Grand Forks, N.D. MOVED

^Best times for anglers<



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