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Sports Budget for Sunday, September 1, 2019

Updated at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 UTC)

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^California's Trona High fights to keep football alive in wake of earthquakes<

FBH-CALIF-EARTHQUAKES-SPORTSPLUS:LA — Only nine kids show up for football practice on a brutal afternoon in August, the sun lingering stubbornly over this desert town, keeping the temperature in triple digits.

Tugging on shoulder pads and helmets in a cramped locker room, the players hold their chatter to a minimum, cleats ticking across the concrete floor as they head outside to a field that is barren because not a blade of grass grows at the edge of Death Valley. And it seems like the wind blows constantly here, pushing waves of dust across the landscape.

1700 by David Wharton in Trona, Calif. MOVED


^Astros' Justin Verlander throws third no-hitter, 2nd of career in Toronto<

^BBA-ASTROS-VERLANDER:DE—<Justin Verlander, the former Detroit Tigers ace, has thrown his third career no-hitter, blanking the Blue Jays in a 2-0 win for the Houston Astros on Sunday in Toronto.

The 36-year-old right-hander struck out 14 batters, capping the performance by getting rookie Bo Bichette to ground out to third to set off a celebration.

He is the first pitcher ever to throw two no-hitters as a visitor in the same ballpark.

500 by Kirkland Crawford. MOVED


^Cardinals walk off a winner again with 4-3 win over Reds in Game 1<

BBN-REDS-CARDINALS-GAME1:SL -- The Cardinals' late-inning dramatics kept going on Sunday, as they followed Saturday night's walk-off win with another one on Sunday afternoon.

The Cardinals scored a run in the seventh, a run in the eighth and another to walk off in the ninth with a 4-3 win over the Reds in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

650 by Tom Timmermann in St. Louis. MOVED

^The Marlins suffer another road loss to Nationals<

^BBN-MARLINS-NATIONALS:MI—<. While Washington was jubilant on the first day of September, the Marlins just tried to get through another day on the way to an end of a mostly miserable season. They lost again Sunday, this time 9-3 for a franchise-record 15th straight time on the road.

400 by David Wilson in Washington. MOVED


^Rays sweep Indians, pull into wild-card spot<

BBA-INDIANS-RAYS:PT — Courtesy of Major League Baseball's annual September roster expansion, a familiar face joined the Rays to drive in the go-ahead runs in Sunday's series finale against the Indians.

Nate Lowe, back with the big league club after spending August in Triple-A, slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning, leading the Rays to a 8-2 win over the playoff-contending Indians.

500 by Ryan Kolakowski in St. Petersburg, Fla. MOVED


^Mike Ford's first career walk-off homer powers Yankees over A's<

BBA-ATHLETICS-YANKEES:NY — September got off to a slow start. The Yankees were held scoreless for seven innings Sunday, before rallying for their second straight walkoff win in as many days. Mike Ford hit his first career walk-off home run as the Yankees beat the A's 5-4 at the Stadium.

450 by Kristie Ackert in New York. MOVED

^Downward spiral of Tigers' Spencer Turnbull continues in loss to Twins<

^BBA-TWINS-TIGERS:DTN—<The Central Division-leading Twins scored five runs in the second inning against starter Spencer Turnbull and rode that to a 8-3 win over the Tigers.

500 by Chris McCosky in Detroit. MOVED

^Clutch hitting gives Royals series win over Orioles<

BBA-ORIOLES-ROYALS:KC — Royals veteran left fielder Alex Gordon lined a double into the left-center field gap to drive in the tying run with two outs in the seventh, and two batters later, rookie catcher Meibrys Viloria singled up the middle to drive in the go-ahead run.

Those two hits put the Royals on the path to just their second win this season in a rubber match, and Whit Merrifield added an eighth-inning solo home run as they collected a 6-4 victory Sunday afternoon over the Baltimore Orioles in front of an announced 18,208 at Kauffman Stadium.

250 by Lynn Worthy in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^Ben Zobrist returns to the Cubs with no regrets about his time away: 'The timing is right for me to be here now'<

BBN-CUBS-ZOBRIST:TB — Ben Zobrist has no regrets about taking time off from his career to handle family matters in the wake of divorce proceedings with his wife, Julianna, and isn't sure this will be his final season.

Zobrist returned to the Cubs for the stretch run Sunday after leaving the team in May before deciding in July that he wanted to return.

1150 by Paul Sullivan in Chicago. MOVED


^Cubs honor Hall of Fame closer Lee Smith in a Wrigley Field ceremony<

BBN-CUBS-SMITH:TB — Lee Smith was sleeping when he got the call he was going into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"Anybody knows anything about Lee Smith knows I had no problem with relaxing," Smith said with a grin.

The Cubs paid tribute to Smith's Hall of Fame career before Sunday's game in an on-field ceremony. Smith was presented with a replica of the flag bearing his name that now flies on the right-field roof and a specially commissioned painting of him in a Cubs uniform.

350 by Paul Sullivan in Chicago. MOVED


^Cubs offense struggles mightily in a 4-0 loss to the Brewers<

BBN-BREWERS-CUBS:TB — Closer Craig Kimbrel was called in to pitch in a non-save situation Sunday to keep the game close enough for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth.

Kimbrel instead put the game out of reach, serving up a monstrous three-run home run to Christian Yelich to center field with two outs and two strikes in the ninth, giving the Brewers breathing room in a 4-0 win over the Cubs.

450 by Paul Sullivan in Chicago. MOVED


^Mariners cruise to easy win against Rangers<

BBA-MARINERS-RANGERS:SE — Perhaps it was a fitting that the Mariners' final game in the wind-swept mausoleum that is Globe Life Park, a place where many a quick-paced game and mistake pitches disappeared and were never heard from again, was a 3-hour, 39-minute, pitch-filled, baserunner-laden marathon of an 11-3 victory with temperatures on the sun-baked field of more than 100 degrees.

750 by Ryan Divish in Arlington, Texas. MOVED

^Mike Mussina remembers Yankees '03 ALCS game, says it helped get him to Cooperstown<

BBA-YANKEES-MUSSINA:NY — Most Yankees fans remember Aaron Boone's game-winning, 11th inning home run from Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series. Now the Yankees' manager, Boone remembers Mike Mussina.

The right-hander made his first ever relief appearance in that game, got the Yankees out of a huge jam and pitched three scoreless innings. He put Boone in a position for his heroics. But that's not all that Boone remembers about the usually quiet, cerebral and no-nonsense Mussina from that night.

Boone just remembers seeing the joy and excitement in Mussina's face when they were celebrating.

450 by Kristie Ackert in New York. MOVED

^Ty France's two homers lift Padres to series win over Giants<

^BBN-PADRES-GIANTS:SD—<The Padres won a game 8-4 and won their third series among the 15 they have played in the second half.

The victory over the Giants at Oracle Park was one to savor on the first day of the season's final month, a warm and sunny afternoon on the San Francisco Bay before they headed to the airport for a flight to Phoenix.

600 by Kevin Acee in San Francisco. MOVED


^White Sox drop 6th straight as the Braves' Freddie Freeman slugs a pair of 2-run homers off Lucas Giolito<

^BBO-WHITESOX-BRAVES:TB—<The homers served as the difference as the Braves beat the White Sox 5-3 in front of 41,397 at SunTrust Park. Freeman went 3-for-4 and matched a career-high with five RBIs.

300 by Lamond Pope in Atlanta. MOVED


^Joc Pederson's 11th-inning home run lifts Dodgers over Diamondbacks<

^BBN-DODGERS-DIAMONDBACKS:LA—<The pitch clanked off the Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb's bat at 91 mph straight for Dustin May's head and the gangly Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander could not get out of the way in time.

May twisted in pain on his back, his blue cap on the ground, leaving his long red curls uncovered. He laid there for a couple of minutes as Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and trainer Yosuke Nakajima checked on him. Chase Field was silent. Lamb observed from first base, worry etched on his face, on one knee.

The pitcher stood up to cheers. He appeared to attempt to talk his way to stay in the game. He couldn't convince them and he walked off the mound, his second career relief appearance concluding with a scare long before the Dodgers came from behind for a 4-3 win in 11 innings on Joc Pederson's tie-busting home run.

400 by Jorge Castillo in Phoenix. MOVED


^Marcus Hayes: Phillies GM Matt Klentak, suddenly a realist, is excited about next season?<

^BBN-HAYES-COLUMN:PH—<"It's going to take a really impressive September run for us to overcome the Cubs and/or Washington (who led the Phillies in the wild-card race by 7 games). And we know that," Klentak said. "What I like about this year's team is that it's a team that's built to compete this year, but it's also a team that's built to compete in future years."

Maybe next year, kids.

750 by Marcus Hayes in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Phillies salvage series finale as Zach Eflin turns in solid start<

^BBN-METS-PHILLIES:PH—< Zach Eflin and Hector Neris tamed the Mets and Scott Kingery delivered a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to provide the Phillies with a crucial 5-2 win over their National League East rival.

650 by Bob Brookover in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Cards go 3 for 4 on weekend, fall to Reds 5-3 in Game 2 on Sunday<

REDS-CARDINALS-GAME2:SL — The Cardinals couldn't finish their sweep of their weekend doubleheaders. After winning Game 1 of Sunday's two games 4-3, they couldn't pull off another comeback in Game 2 and lost 5-3 to the Reds at Busch Stadium.

550 by Tom Timmermann in St. Louis. MOVED


^Nick Canepa: It's Andrew Luck's life and he's the one who has to live it, the way he wants<

^FBN-CANEPA-COLUMN:SD—<Andrew Luck didn't retire too soon. He retired before it was too late.

All right, so it's my turn at bat on Luck. Bottom of the order.

I say good for him. Congratulations for getting out while the getting's good at 29 years of age with his considerable wits still about him.

Of course the talk show/unsocial media furor over Luck's retirement hasn't been surprising, because people are idiots — and that includes certain numbskull members of the media.

I may be a numbskull, but I wasn't shocked.

600 by Nick Canepa. MOVED


^Dave Hyde: It's official, the Dolphins' season is in the tank<

^FBN-HYDE-COLUMN:FL—<Tank-wagon. Tank-wagon. Tank-wagon. Tank-wagon.

All-l-l-l-l abo-o-o-oard?

So much for 2019, losers. And I mean that in a good way. The best way. The only way to view this Miami Dolphins season without losing your lunch or your mind, though you might as well lose those, too, considering all else is lost.

Any idea of this team having even the veneer of a real NFL team left the locker room with Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills in Saturday's trade to Houston for a poker hand of future draft picks.

700 by Dave Hyde. MOVED


^Bob Glauber: If Carli Lloyd can kick field goals, why not sign her to play in the NFL?<

^FBN-SOC-GLAUBER-COLUMN:ND—<What started off as a friendly competition might one day turn into NFL history.

Soccer star Carli Lloyd paid a recent visit to Eagles training camp when the team was having a joint practice with the Ravens at their NovaCare complex in Philadelphia. After practice, she tried some field goals alongside Eagles kicker Jake Elliott and Justin Tucker of the Ravens. At one point, with an Eagles social media staffer shooting on an iPhone video, Lloyd nailed a 55-yard attempt through narrowed uprights. Straight down the middle, with plenty of room to spare.

800 by Bob Glauber. MOVED

^Chargers GM Tom Telesco says team is suspending Melvin Gordon contract talks<

^FBN-CHARGERS-GORDON:LA—<The discord between the Chargers and Melvin Gordon grew colder Sunday when the team announced it was suspending negotiations on a contract extension.

General manager Tom Telesco said he informed the running back's representatives that, with Week 1 beginning, any such talks would now be put off until after the season.

200 by Jeff Miller. MOVED


^Eddy Pineiro will be the Bears' Week 1 kicker against the Packers<

FBN-BEARS-PINEIRO:TB — The Bears officially concluded their eight-month search for a kicker Sunday.

Eddy Pineiro will kick for the Bears when they take on the Packers at Soldier Field in the season opener Thursday, coach Matt Nagy announced.

300 by Colleen Kane in Chicago. MOVED


^Dolphins' Kiko Alonso dealt to the Saints for Vince Biegel<

^FBN-DOLPHINS-ALONSO:MI—< The Dolphins aren't done dealing.

On Sunday morning, they traded linebacker Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints, the Miami Herald has confirmed. NFL Network was first to report the move.

The Dolphins got linebacker Vince Biegel in return.

200 by Adam H. Beasley in Miami. MOVED


^Raiders quarterback intrigue — DeShone Kizer claimed off waivers from Packers<

FBN-RAIDERS-KIZER:SJ — The Raiders have claimed former Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns DeShone Kizer off waivers.

Kizer was waived by Green Bay Saturday with Tim Boyce earning the job to back up Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay opted to keep two quarterbacks.

600 by Jerry McDonald in Alameda, Calif. MOVED

^Mike Preston: Late Ravens guard Jeff Blackshear mauled his way through the NFL with quiet tenacity<

FBN-PRESTON-COLUMN:BZ — When guard Jeff Blackshear died Saturday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, the Ravens lost one of the toughest players ever to wear their uniform.

Few fans will remember Blackshear, 50, because he was only a starter at right guard from 1996 through 1999, a time after the Ravens first moved from Cleveland and were struggling to win games. But he was a dominant run blocker and the strongest player on the team during his time here.

750 by Mike Preston in Baltimore. MOVED


^Luke DeCock: This season will be as good as the Ron Rivera-Cam Newton Panthers ever get<

FBN-DECOCK-COLUMN:CH — There are excuses everywhere, and you don't even have to look that hard to find them. Multiple Cam Newton joints in various states of disrepair. Holes in the roster that may or may not have been plugged. A kicker who may or may not be able to kick. A star linebacker with a history of concussions.

For all that, and for how much everything about the Carolina Panthers hangs on Newton's health, the reality is none of that matters. For this regime, this iteration of the Newton-Ron Rivera-Luke Kuechly Panthers, this is as good as it is going to get.

550 by Luke DeCock in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED


^This Vikings defense sticks, and sticks together<

^FBN-VIKINGS-DEFENSE:MS—<The Vikings defense is at a crossroads. They have finished in the NFL's top five in fewest yards allowed the past three seasons but have only one playoff victory in that time as they grow older.

1000 by Andrew Krammer in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Significant ground remains to be covered in negotiations between Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott: source<

FBN-COWBOYS-ELLIOTT:DA — A source said there remains significant ground to cover as talks between the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott continue.

The two sides returned to the table in the last 24 hours in the hopes of hammering out an agreement that would get Elliott back on the field for the regular season opener. That remains the goal.

300 by David Moore in Dallas. MOVED

^Patriots rookie Gunner Olszewski details his wild cut-down day<

^FBN-PATRIOTS-OLSZEWSKI:PJ—<The biggest underdog in Foxboro became a part of the wildest cut-down day story in Foxboro this weekend. Not only did he go from being told he was cut to making the team, but he almost wasn't with the Patriots in the first place.

750 by Mark Daniels in Foxborough, Mass. MOVED


^Dave Hyde: Crank the tank and embrace the losing (no matter what the Dolphins are saying)<

^FBN-HYDE-COLUMN:FL—<It's all confusing, this new Dolphins reality. The only crystal-clear part is the Dolphins are going to lose every game and, like it or not, you'd better equip thyself accordingly.

Seriously, raise your hand if you think the Dolphins are not tanking. Anyone? Anyone at all?

850 by Dave Hyde. MOVED



^Ira Winderman: Nothing Olympian about basketball's World Cup<

BKN-WINDERMAN-COLUMN:FL — You start here: Any basketball that bridges the gap between NBA seasons is good.

NBA Summer League. The $2 million winner-take-all The Basketball Tournament. And, yes, even the halfcourt Big3.

That goes, as well, for the current World Cup in China that runs through the next two weeks.

Of all the offseason basketball, it is the World Cup that is intended to bring together the highest level of competition.

Emphasis on "intended."

600 by Ira Winderman in Miami. MOVED



^Matt Murschel: Boise State captures thriller at FSU after rough trip<

FBC-MURSCHEL-COLUMN:OS — Boise State made itself right at home at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.

With the clock counting down to the end of the game, several hundred Broncos fans gathered in the stands at the 50-yard line to form a sea of blue and orange. A chorus of "Boise State" rose to a crescendo as disappointed Florida State fans made their way to the exits.

Moments later, Boise State players spilled out of the sideline onto the field to celebrate the team's 36-31 come-from-behind victory over the Seminoles. The 18-point comeback was the largest against a Power 5 program in school history.

750 by Matt Murschel in Tallahassee, Fla. MOVED

^Could Clemson's Amari Rodgers play against Texas A&M? 'Anything is possible.'<

^FBC-CLEMSON-RODGERS:CS—<Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said during fall camp that there was "zero" chance injured receiver Amari Rodgers would be ready to play against Texas A&M in Week 2.

However, nearly three weeks after ruling out that possibility, Swinney left the door open Sunday night.

"I think he's really in a good place," Swinney said during his weekly teleconference with reporters. "I think he's really close, so we'll see."

250 by Matt Connolly. MOVED


^USC's JT Daniels suffers torn ACL and will miss rest of 2019<

^FBC-USC-DANIELS:LA—<It took less than two quarters of football for USC's worst fears to be realized.

One day after JT Daniels lay crumpled in a heap on the Coliseum turf, clutching his right knee, the nightmarish consequence of the sophomore quarterback's injury is now painfully clear. An MRI exam revealed on Sunday that Daniels tore multiple ligaments in his knee, ending his sophomore season just after it began.

"He will be missed," USC coach Clay Helton said, "but we will have to move forward. We wish him nothing but the best with his surgery. We know he'll be back. He's going to get well."

700 by Ryan Kartje in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Mark Bradley: Georgia State ecstasy, Big Orange humiliation<

^FBC-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT—<On paper, a game between a team picked to finish last in the Sun Belt East and one tabbed to finish third-from-last in the SEC East looked to be among the least appealing of a not-exactly-scintillating opening week. Which only goes to show

Well, something. Darned if I know exactly what. Georgia State beat Tennessee, 38-30, in Neyland Stadium.

1100 by Mark Bradley. MOVED


^Barbara Barker: Why women and men should play an equal number of sets in tennis majors<

TEN-BARKER-COLUMN:ND — Women have been running the full Boston Marathon since the late 1960s. Girls stopped playing six-on-six and half-court high school basketball in the early 1990s. Why then do women still play best-of-three sets in Grand Slam tennis tournaments while men play five?

The answer is quite simple: tradition and sexism.

And that is why it is time to stop. It's time for women and men to play the same number of sets in Grand Slams, just like they do on the rest of the tour where all matches are three sets.

850 by Barbara Barker in New York. MOVED

^Media attention is cuckoo for Coco Gauff, but 15-year-old is handling it like an old pro<

TEN-USOPEN-GAUFF:NY — What's been happening with Coco Gauff in the tennis Grand Slams this summer has a lot of people wondering what they were like at 15.

300 by John Jeansonne in New York. MOVED

^Roger Federer slices up opponent to reach quarterfinals<

TEN-USOPEN-FEDERER:ND — To play Roger Federer is to stand in the way of the man's pursuit of yet more success — and regularly get run over. That certainly was the case Sunday for Belgian David Goffin, the U.S. Open's No. 15 seed, steamrolled by Federer, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.

450 by John Jeansonne in New York. MOVED

^Serena Williams breezes as the road ahead clears up for her<

TEN-USOPEN-WILLIAMS:ND — Serena Williams' road to a U.S. Open championship match keeps getting shorter, and the potential speed bumps keep getting leveled.

Williams had little difficulty in dispatching Petra Martic, 6-3, 6-4, on Ashe Stadium Court on Sunday while a potent potential quarterfinal opponent, No. 2 seed and French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, was shown the door by Wang Qiang. The No. 3 seed also made an exit when Johanna Konta eliminated Karolina Pliskova. Elina Svitolina, the fifth seed, managed to advance past Madison Keys 7-5, 6-4.

450 by Jeff Williams in New York. MOVED


^Sideline Chatter: And they might not notice when the next 'Woj bomb' drops<

^SIDELINECHATTER:SE—<Maybe sports and politics shouldn't mix, after all.

"If ESPN opened the door to politics, when would it ever close?" asked syndicated columnist Norman Chad. "If Dan Le Batard's shorts are all bunched up, maybe Bomani Jones will disagree on 'High Noon,' then Woody Paige chimes in on 'Around the Horn' before, God forbid, Stephen A. Smith blows a gasket about the entire natural gas industry on 'First Take.' "

1050 by Dwight Perry. MOVED


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