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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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

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^Bryce Miller: So far, Del Mar survives summer under horse-racing microscope<

RAC-MILLER-COLUMN-SPORTSPLUS:SD — To California Horse Racing Board commissioner Fred Maas, the scrutiny and public-relations shrapnel the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club faced as its annual summer meet loomed equated to a baseball game spiraling out of control.

It's as if Santa Anita, which during the winter and spring hosted a disastrous meet where 30 horses died — causing animal-rights groups and politicians stretching from the governor's office to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to sharpen criticism — had given up a grand slam.

Del Mar became a relief pitcher trotting in from the bullpen, asked to stem bleeding not of its own making to regain the industry's footing.

1900 by Bryce Miller in Del Mar, Calif. MOVED


^Storm point guard Sue Bird ruled out for season<

BKL-STORM-BIRD:SE — Sue Bird will not play for the Storm this year.

Internally, the team wasn't planning on a late-season return from the 38-year-old perennial All-Star guard, but she left the door open on possibly playing this season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on May 30.

On Tuesday, the Storm confirmed what many had already suspected and announced Bird will not play in the final three regular-season games and the playoffs.

350 by Percy Allen in Seattle. MOVED

^Jared Goff agrees to a four-year, $110 million guaranteed extension with Rams<

^FBN-RAMS-GOFF-1ST-LEDE:LA—<At the start of training camp, Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said signing quarterback Jared Goff to an extension was "not a matter of if, it's just when."

That day arrived Tuesday when the Rams agreed to terms with Goff on a four-year extension, the team announced. The extension keeps Goff under contract through the 2024 season and is worth $134 million, with $110-million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, has helped lead the Rams to consecutive NFC West titles and a Super Bowl appearance last season.

Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick in 2016, received a $128-million extension from the Philadelphia Eagles that includes $107 million in guarantees.

500 by Gary Klein in Los Angeles. MOVED



^Mark Bradley: The Braves keep making a hard year look easy<

^BBN-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT—<ATLANTA — That we've begun looking ahead to October tells us that the season's first five months have gone rather well. In March, the Braves' over/under was 84.5 wins. They exceeded it on Labor Day, beating Toronto 6-3. They're 85-54.

900 by Mark Bradley. MOVED

^Rangers still expect Gallo to play again this season, but he's just trying to get a grip<

BBA-RANGERS-GALLO:FT — A late arrival Sunday, an early start Monday and ideal napping weather made for a sleepy group of Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

It was a dreary day in the Bronx.

Among those who did have their motors revving was Joey Gallo.

650 by Jeff Wilson in New York. MOVED


^White Sox call up 4 from Triple-A Charlotte, including catcher Zack Collins, but not Luis Robert<

BBA-WHITESOX-CALLUPS:TB — Catcher Zack Collins was one of four players the White Sox called up Tuesday.

The Sox purchased the contract of infielder Danny Mendick from Triple-A Charlotte and recalled Collins, pitcher Dylan Covey and outfielder Daniel Palka from Charlotte. The Sox also transferred outfielder Jon Jay to the 60-day injured list.

General manager Rick Hahn said the Sox will also call up pitcher Jose Ruiz when he's eligible to return on Wednesday.

The Sox held off on calling up top prospect Luis Robert.

600 by LaMond Pope in Cleveland. MOVED


^Rays fall flat in opening game of doubleheader against Orioles<

BBA-ORIOLES-RAYS-GAME1:PT — So much for any carryover from Monday's dramatics and the push for the playoffs.

The Rays came out flat and finished that way in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, losing 4-2 to the woeful Orioles.

500 by Marc Topkin in St. Petersburg, Fla. MOVED


^Derrick Goold: How a long weekend put Mike Shildt on the short list for NL Manager of the Year<

^BBN-GOOLD-COLUMN:SL—<With something of a summer cold or allergies he declined to say Cardinals manager Mike Shildt entered one of the most challenging weekends any manager in the National League will face this season. With the help of his staff, including pitching coach Mike Maddux, Shildt had to orchestrate a 26-man roster through a doubleheader with the full knowledge that a 33-man roster and three more games in the next 32 hours awaited.

1950 by Derrick Goold in St. Louis. MOVED

^David Murphy: Phillies are where they are because they built a poor pitching staff<

BBN-MURPHY-COLUMN:PH — Let's do some math. Since joining the Braves rotation on June 21, veteran lefty Dallas Keuchel has pitched at least six innings while allowing three or fewer runs in nine of his 14 starts. During that same stretch, the Phillies' entire rotation behind Aaron Nola has done it in eight of its 48 starts. This season, the Phillies are 34-16 in games in which a starter pitches at least six innings while allowing three or fewer runs. They are 37-49 in all other games.

900 by David Murphy in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Luis Severino says he could be ready by Yankees' last homestand<

BBA-YANKEES-SEVERINO:NY — Luis Severino believes that he can pitch in the Yankees final homestand. The Yankees injured ace said Tuesday that he expects to make two more rehab starts — at most — before he is ready to pitch in a major league game.

"Of course. I would see how I feel after the second one. If I see all my pitches working good, I would think after that, if they want me to throw another one down there, I would do it," Severino said before Tuesday night's Yankees game against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

700 by Kristie Ackert in New York. MOVED

^Brandon Hyde denies Tommy Pham's 'ridiculous' claim that Orioles' dugout cheered up-and-in pitches<

BBA-ORIOLES-HYDE-PHAM:BZ — Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has more than a decade of familiarity with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham, having managed against him in the Florida State League in 2008 and seen him regularly as a coach for the Chicago Cubs while Pham played for the rival St. Louis Cardinals. But he found it "ridiculous" that Pham claimed that the Orioles' dugout cheered a couple of up-and-in pitches that rookie reliever Dillon Tate threw to him during a 10th-inning at-bat that ended in Pham hitting a walk-off single to end Monday's game.

800 in St. Petersburg, Fla. MOVED


^James Paxton shines, Yankees' power bats lead way in victory over Rangers<

^BBA-RANGERS-YANKEES:HK—<All told, it became one of those easy-to-dream on nights as Paxton zipped through the Rangers lineup, while the Yankees bashed their way to a 10-1 win before 33,711 fans.

350 by Pete Caldera in New York. MOVED

^Brandon Hyde ejected, kicks dirt on home plate as Orioles miss out on doubleheader sweep with 2-0 loss to Rays<

BBA-ORIOLES-RAYS-GAME2:BZ — A long road trip and a long day came to a quick end thanks to the most efficient start the Orioles have received in 2019, though it wasn't enough for a doubleheader sweep at Tropicana Field.

Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa cruised to a season high in innings, but the Orioles bats backing him managed little against a collection of Tampa Bay Rays pitchers in a 2-0 loss in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader after Baltimore won the first game, 4-2.

750 in St. Petersburg, Fla. MOVED


^Cardinals' Flaherty stymies Giants again in 1-0 win<

BBN-GIANTS-CARDINALS:SL — Jack Flaherty was the National League pitcher of the month for August and he showed Tuesday that pages on a calendar are just an arbitrary construction.

August is gone but Flaherty is still on a roll. He held the Giants to one hit through eight innings on Tuesday before coming out, keeping them hitless for the first 5 1/3 innings. The Cardinals needed him to be on his game because they got only one run, on a homer by Marcell Ozuna for a 1-0 win over the Giants at Busch Stadium.

450 by Tom Timmermann in St. Louis. MOVED

^Bryce Harper picks up 100th RBI as Phillies beat Reds<

^BBN-PHILLIES-REDS:PH—<Harper has carried the offense since the All-Star break, helping to keep the Phillies within reach of a playoff spot. And with a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, they continued to apply pressure to the Chicago Cubs in the quest for the National League's second wild-card berth.

600 by Scott Lauber in Cincinnati. MOVED


^Eloy Jimenez's 2 home runs and James McCann's 3-run shot help end the White Sox's 7-game losing streak<

BBA-WHITESOX-INDIANS:TB — The White Sox snapped their seven-game losing streak in dramatic fashion.

James McCann and Eloy Jimenez hit back-to-back homers in the eighth as the Sox rallied Tuesday for a 6-5 win against the Indians in front of 17,397 at Progressive Field.

350 by Lamond Pope in Cleveland. MOVED


^Two homers help Marlins beat Pirates in extras and snap 15-game road losing streak<

BBN-MARLINS-PIRATES:MI — The Miami Marlins were three outs away from dropping yet another road game.

Miguel Rojas and Garrett Cooper weren't going to let them give up that easily.

Rojas, with two outs in the ninth inning, took a 1-1 offering from Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Felipe Vazquez over the center-field wall for a game-tying home run that forced the series opener into extra innings.

And then Garrett Cooper — the Marlins' offensive catalyst all night — put them back in the lead for good with a 10th-inning, 444-foot home run to center field. It sealed a 5-4 win over the Pirates at PNC Park and snapped the Marlins' 15-game road losing streak.

450 by Jordan McPherson in Pittsburgh. MOVED


^Twins hang on to beat Boston 6-5 in series opener at Fenway Park<

BBA-TWINS-REDSOX:MS Rick Porcello may have made Target Field his second home. But Fenway Park isn't Target Field.

Porcello, whose eight wins in the Twins' home park are the most by any visiting pitcher, was ragged and a frazzled by Minnesota's lineup in his own current home on Tuesday, finally breaking down under the weight of the inevitable Twins homers. Nelson Cruz cracked his 35th of the season, and Miguel Sano followed moments later with a 450-foot blast that knocked Porcello out, and the Twins held on for a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox.

600 by Phil Miller in Boston. MOVED


^Epic bullpen meltdown sinks Mets in 11-10 loss to Nationals<

BBN-METS-NATIONALS:ND — The Mets found a stunning new low Tuesday night.

Up by six with three outs to go, the Mets lost to the Nationals, 11-10, after three pitchers combined to allow seven runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Edwin Diaz took the loss and the blown save, allowing a walk-off, three-run home run to Kurt Suzuki after a two-run double to Ryan Zimmerman. He inherited a bases-loaded, one-out mess created by Paul Sewald and Luis Avilan and did not record an out.

With the loss, the Mets (70-68) missed a chance to clinch what would have been their 12th series win out of 16 since the All-Star break.

650 by Tim Healey in Washington. MOVED

Tuesday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Seattle at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Detroit at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

LA Angels at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

Colorado at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


^Andrew Luck's retirement, and pain he endured, hit close to home for former Charger<

^FBN-OHRNBERGER:LA—<When Andrew Luck recently announced his retirement at age 29, citing the physical and mental toll of coming back from injuries, NFL fans were stunned. Some NFL players, less so. One of them, former Chargers offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, 33, explained why during an interview with Times reporter Sam Farmer.

3100 by Sam Farmer. MOVED


^How Matt Nagy blended success, failure and an epic offseason itinerary into his message to the 2019 Bears<

^FBN-BEARS-NAGY:TB—<A bittersweetness has guided Nagy and the Bears through the offseason to Thursday night's season opener against the Packers. It became an eight-month-long balance beam Nagy has tiptoed with extreme focus and care.

2100 by Rich Campbell. MOVED


^Bob Glauber: Eli Manning will be the first to play 16 seasons with Giants, a remarkable feat no matter how it plays out<

^FBN-GLAUBER-COLUMN:ND—<When he walks onto the field at AT&T Stadium on Sunday to face the Cowboys, Eli Manning will become the first player in Giants history to begin his 16th NFL season, an ironman streak that will break a tie with the legendary Michael Strahan, Phil Simms and Mel Hein.

800 by Bob Glauber. MOVED

^Jim Schwartz's Eagles' defense doesn't get the attention of the offense. Maybe this year, it should.<

^FBN-EAGLES-DEFENSE:PH—<People who predict a return to Super Bowl form for the Eagles this season mostly talk about the weapons added on offense, about Carson Wentz, and the improved health and depth of the offensive line.

But what about the defense?

1400 by Les Bowen. MOVED


^Clock is ticking as Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott try to finalize $90M contract extension<

FBN-COWBOYS-ELLIOTT:FT — There is no deal yet.

But holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys are getting prepared just in case.

After spending the last month training in Cabo San Lucas in a contract dispute, Elliott flew back to Dallas on Tuesday so he can be available and ready to practice on Wednesday to play in Sunday's season opener against the New York Giants if a deal did get done in the next 24 hours, according to sources.

400 by Clarence E. Hill Jr. in Frisco, Texas. MOVED


^Matt Calkins: Seahawks fans should just enjoy the moment with Jadeveon Clowney, and not fret about the future<

FBN-CALKINS-COLUMN:SE — They don't appear to be available yet, but I imagine at some point soon, the Seahawks are going to start selling Jadeveon Clowney jerseys. The question is whether such a purchase would be a wise long-term investment for fans of the team. After all, nobody knows whether the Pro Bowl defensive lineman will be in Seattle past this season, as he is free to go wherever once the year wraps up.

700 by Matt Calkins in Renton, Wash. MOVED

^Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills may be gone, but here's what excites Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea<

FBN-DOLPHINS-OFFENSE:FL — The Miami Dolphins may have settled their quarterback competition, and have a number of players recovered from preseason injuries heading into the 2019 season. But here's one strategy to solve a big issue the Dolphins face heading into Sunday's regular-season opener: Get the ball to their playmakers in space. And do it quickly.

700 by Safid Deen in Davie, Fla. MOVED


^Brad Biggs' Week 1 NFL rankings<

^FBN-RANKINGS:TB—<Brad Biggs ranks teams from first to last heading into the 2019 season.

2300 by Brad Biggs. MOVED


^Trey Burton could be a 'game-time decision' for Bears after another limited practice<

FBN-BEARS-BURTON:TB — Bears tight end Trey Burton was limited again in practice Tuesday in the final tune-up for the opener against the Packers on Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Coach Matt Nagy said it will be "pretty much a game-time decision" whether Burton will play after he suffered a minor groin strain last week. Nagy said he thinks the injury is "getting slightly better" but the Bears are preparing for both possibilities.

Offensive lineman Rashaad Coward (elbow) and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols (knee) also were limited.

350 by Colleen Kane in Chicago. MOVED


^2019 Detroit Lions will start the season 0-11, ESPN simulation says<

FBN-LIONS-SIMULATION:DE — Depending on how you look at preseason predictions, this is either a really good omen or a terrible sign of things to come.

With the 2019 NFL season beginning Thursday, ESPN took it upon itself to simulate all 267 games in the regular season and playoffs, using its "Football Power Index" (FPI) to see what scores and storylines would be generated.

400 by Brian Manzullo in Detroit. MOVED

^Dieter Kurtenback: Three reasons why the 49ers will make the playoffs in 2019<

^FBN-KURTENBACK-COLUMN:SJ—<After an interminable preseason, the Niners are finally going to kick off the 2019 regular season on Sunday.

And the expectations for this season are crystal clear: that Niners fans are not willing to wait until next year anymore. It's time to make a playoff push.

1250 by Dieter Kurtenbach. MOVED

^Ezekiel Elliott returns to Dallas with a deal close, says he's 'been ready'<

^FBN-COWBOYS-ELLIOTT-ARRIVES:FT—< Ezekiel Elliott is back in Texas and ready to play football.

The Dallas Cowboys running back arrived at DFW Airport from Mexico on Tuesday afternoon with reports swirling that he and the team are close to agreeing on a multi-year contract.

150 by Stefan Stevenson in Dallas. MOVED


^Vikings assistant applies mathematical precision to offensive line play<

^FBN-VIKINGS-DENNISON:MS—<Rick Dennison is a grandfather who has coached in the NFL for a quarter-century.

1300 by Mark Craig. MOVED


^Mac Engel: Ezekiel Elliott will smoke Jerry Jones, Cowboys on this contract<

^FBN-ENGEL-COLUMN:FT—<Congrats, Zeke. You found your sucker.

We should all be so lucky.

The 24/7 posturing and talk about the greatest running back to ever carry any ball of any dimension is coming to an end, and the only way Jerry Jones wins this deal is if his toy wins the Super Bowl in the next three years.

Three years is essentially the window for Ezekiel Elliott's top-end production. Three years is essentially the life-span for a second contract for most NFL players who sign the five or six-year deals (quarterbacks don't apply here).

800 by Mac Engel. MOVED


^Longshot Panthers rookie Jordan Kunaszyk's next goal: You learn how to say his name<

FBN-PANTHERS-KUNASZYK:CH — He wasn't recruited by a single Division I program out of high school. He broke his hand and couldn't play for his entire first year of junior college. And even after he righted his career at California, it wasn't enough to make him one of the 254 players drafted in April.

Yet Jordan Kunaszyk made the Carolina Panthers' 53-man roster over the weekend as the longest of long shots — an undrafted rookie free agent.

850 by Scott Fowler in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED



^JaVale McGee has Warriors championship ring stolen from LA-area home<

^BKN-WARRIORS-MCGEE-RING:SJ—<Question: How many championship rings does JaVale McGee have from his time with the Warriors?

Answer: One fewer than he had a week ago.

According to TMZ Sports, McGee's Los Angeles-area home was ransacked over the weekend. The ne'er-do-wells, law enforcement officials told TMZ, escaped with two safes which contained at least $200,000 in cash and jewelry. The lost jewelry included one of two NBA championship rings that the spring-legged McGee earned with the Warriors in 2017 and '18.

150 by Gary Peterson. MOVED

^Nets' Rodions Kurucs arrested for allegedly choking woman in his apartment<

^BKN-NETS-KURUCS-ARREST:ND—<Nets forward Rodions Kurucs was arrested Tuesday for allegedly choking a woman during an altercation in his Brooklyn apartment in June, an NYPD spokesman confirmed.

Kurucs, 21, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, police said. Police said the woman, who is 32, reported the incident on Aug. 27.

150 by Laura Albanese. MOVED

^Divac says Kings are 'working on' contract extension for Hield, but it could be a while<

BKN-KINGS-DIVAC-HIELD:SA — The Kings believe Buddy Hield is an important part of their future and they want him to stay in Sacramento for years to come.

Kings general manager Vlade Divac told The Sacramento Bee the organization hopes to re-sign Hield, who is entering the final year of his contract. Divac and his front office have about six weeks to sign Hield to a rookie-scale contract extension or the 26-year-old sharpshooter will likely become a restricted free agent next summer.

550 by Jason Anderson in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED



^With Justin Williams gone, who wears the 'C' for the Canes?<

HKN-HURRICANES-CAPTAIN:RA — The subject was being the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, of wearing the "C" and being the acknowledged team leader.

Jordan Staal shared the "C" with Justin Faulk two seasons ago as co-captains. Last season, it was Justin Williams, alone.

For the third straight year, there will be a change. Williams on Monday announced he would "step away" from the NHL and would not be with the Hurricanes when they begin training camp this month or at the start of the 2019-2020 season.

1050 by Chip Alexander in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED


^'Journey ends here': Niklas Kronwall retires after 15 seasons with Red Wings<

^HKN-REDWINGS-KRONWALL:DTN—< Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is retiring, he announced Tuesday.

In a video from the Red Wings, Kronwall said, "They say every journey has to come to an end. Well, my journey as player for the Detroit Red Wings ends here."

Kronwall will stay with the team and take over a role as special adviser to general manager Steve Yzerman.

800 by Ted Kulfan in Detroit. MOVED


^Texas A&M matchup is 'a personal game' for a lot of players on Clemson's team<

FBC-CLEMSON-TEXASA&M:CS — Clemson safety K'Von Wallace had seven tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup during last year's 28-26 victory at Texas A&M.

But Wallace and the Clemson defense also had plenty of mistakes.

550 by Matt Connolly in Clemson, S.C. MOVED


^Florida State OC Kendal Briles says team's offense has to sustain momentum<

FBC-FSU-BRILES-OFFENSE:OS — Florida State offensive coordinator Kendal Briles said the Seminoles should know what their offense is capable of doing after dominating Saturday's first half against Boise State. Now he wants them to sustain the effort for four quarters.

Briles said FSU's offensive rhythm in the second half was disrupted due to a lack of momentum and, to get that back, the Seminoles have to avoid putting themselves in tough third-and-long positions.

750 by Chaunte'l Powell in Tallahassee, Fla. MOVED


^Georgia State looks to build upon 'monumental' win over Tennessee<

^FBC-GASTATE-VICTORY:AT—<Georgia State had no previous experience at beating anyone from the highfalutin conferences. Hadn't beating anyone of any size been practically a biblical trial?

And, yet, when it did happen in the Panthers' 10th year of football existence, when they upset 26-point favorite Tennessee on Saturday and sent the college realm into a seizure of disbelief, they seemed to know almost instinctively the right notes to sound during the after-party.

1050 by Steve Hummer. MOVED


^How the rise of the Williams sisters made way for young women of color in tennis<

TEN-WILLIAMSSISTERS-DIVERSITY:ND — The bigger names among them are gone from the U.S. Open now, but the wave of young women of color in elite tennis is becoming increasingly obvious. Naomi Osaka. Coco Gauff. Sloane Stephens. Madison Keys. Taylor Townsend.

And here is the thought experiment: Roughly a generation past the original impact of the Williams sisters, is this a see-it-and-be-it phenomenon? A culmination of the realization of possibilities, when Venus and Serena Williams began to dominate, not only by little black girls but also by their parents?

600 by John Jeansonne in New York. MOVED

^Serena Williams needs only 44 minutes to cruise past Wang Qiang, into semifinals<

TEN-USOPEN-SERENA:ND — Serena Williams looks like a player on a mission.

Williams won her 100th match in the U.S. Open Wednesday night, rolling over China's Wang Qiang, 6-1, 6-0, in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday

The match lasted all of 44 minutes.

Williams, who is looking to tie Margaret Court's record and win her 24th Grand Slam, advanced to the U.S. Open semifinals for the 13th time. She will face No. 5 Elina Svitolina, who defeated Johanna Konta, 6-4, 6-4, in a Tuesday afternoon quarterfinal.

200 by Barbara Barker in New York. MOVED

^Daniil Medvedev stays hot, defeating Stan Wawrinka in US Open quarterfinal<

TEN-USOPEN-MEDVEDEV:ND — Daniil Medvedev is hurting. Sore adductors, painful right shoulder, heavily taped thigh. He said he considered withdrawing mid-match in Tuesday's U.S. Open quarterfinal against the tournament's 2016 champ, Stan Wawrinka.

Medvedev won rather convincingly, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

He has been fined $19,000 so far in the tournament — for snatching a towel from a ball person, for holding a middle finger to his temple in defiance of crowd booing, for verbal and equipment abuse.

500 by John Jeansonne in New York. MOVED


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