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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Friday, September 6, 2019

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

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^Pac-12's talent pipeline at risk: Football participation continues to drop in high schools across the footprint<

FBC-PAC12-PIPELINE-SPORTPLUS:SJ — Daniel Jeremiah spends hundreds of hours watching film of NFL prospects and talking to coaches while preparing for his role as lead analyst for the NFL Network's draft coverage.

He's also a Southern California resident with a son who plays high school football.

Personally and professionally, Jeremiah's life is the Pac-12's talent pipeline at its entry and exit points.

"You see some individual players" as good as those in the SEC and Big Ten, he explained recently when asked to compare the Pac-12's high-end talent to its Power Five peers.

1050 by Jon Wilner in San Jose, Calif. MOVED


^Raiders' Antonio Brown will play Monday night against Broncos, Jon Gruden says<

FBN-RAIDERS-BROWN:CC — He's playing.

It turns out reports of a suspension were premature. Raiders coach Jon Gruden issued a brief statement Friday and said wide receiver Antonio Brown was back with the team and the plan was for him to play Monday night against the Denver Broncos.

Sure enough, Brown practiced and issued a brief statement to reporters, taking no questions.

"I'm excited to be out here today. I want to apologize to my teammates, the organization," Brown said. "Enough talk now."

500 by Jerry McDonald in Alameda, Calif. MOVED

^Tyreek Hill, Chiefs agree to three-year contract extension worth $54 million<

FBN-CHIEFS-HILL:KC — Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $54 million.

The team announced the extension Friday. The amount was confirmed by The Star.

"It's good to have him. I hope he can still run fast with all that money in his pocket," Chiefs Coach Andy Reid joked.

According to a source with knowledge of the extension, it contains a $5.8 million signing bonus and $35.2 million in guarantees.

700 by Blair Kerkhoff in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^MLB and players' union expected to discuss testing for opioids following Tyler Skaggs' death<

BBO-PLAYERSUNION-OPIOIDTESTING:LA — Major league players are not routinely tested for opioids. Now, one week after Tyler Skaggs' autopsy revealed the Angels pitcher had fentanyl and oxycodone in his system when he died July 1, the commissioner's office and the players' union are expected to discuss whether to expand the major league drug testing program to include random screenings for opioids.

In the minor leagues, where players are not represented by the union, the commissioner's office mandates testing for opioids. Of the 75,000 tests administered over the last five years, only 10 were positive for opioids, according to the league.

700 by Bill Shaikin in Los Angeles. MOVED


^After Duke clears Zion Williamson, Michael Avenatti insists Nike paid the basketball star<

DUKE-WILLIAMSON-NIKE:RA — After a five-month investigation into lawyer Michael Avenatti's allegations that Nike paid athletes, including Zion Williamson, to attend college basketball programs it sponsored, Duke "found no evidence" the former Blue Devils basketball star's eligibility was compromised, according to information provided exclusively to The News & Observer on Friday.

Duke spokesman Michael Schoenfeld, in an email to The News & Observer, confirmed the university's investigation was completed with no findings of any NCAA violations involving Williamson, the 2019 ACC player of the year.

850 by Steve Wiseman in Durham, N.C. MOVED



^Did Craig Kimbrel pitch too soon after joining Cubs? 'We'll never know.'<

BBN-CUBS-KIMBREL:TB — Craig Kimbrel's latest injury raises more speculation that the Cubs' closer joined the team too quickly after missing all of spring training and three months of the regular season.

"We'll never know," President Theo Epstein said Thursday in announcing that Kimbrel would be sidelined due to right elbow inflammation. "That narrative makes some sense if you want to sit here and say he never had a normal spring training, a normal ramp-up."

Kimbrel, a free agent, missed all of spring training and didn't sign with the Cubs until June 5. He joined them three weeks later.

350 by Mark Gonzales in Milwaukee. MOVED


^Dwight Gooden can avoid jail by completing a drug rehab program as part of a plea deal<

^BBO-GOODEN:ND—<Dwight Gooden can avoid jail time as part of a plea deal with Monmouth County (N.J.) prosecutors following his arrest in June on suspected cocaine possession, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said Friday.

Gooden, 54, pled guilty in court Aug. 29 to a lesser charge of third-degree possession and was told he will not have to go to jail if he completes a drug rehabilitation program, spokesman Chris Swendeman said.

The former Mets and Yankees pitcher said in a text message to Newsday on July 12 that he was "going away for a while to try and save my life" and "this is the worst I've ever been through all my struggles."

250 by Jim Baumbach. MOVED

^Tyler Glasnow to be activated Sunday, start for Rays<

BBA-RAYS-GLASNOW:PT — The Rays will activate starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow on Sunday to start against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field, manager Kevin Cash said Friday.

Glasnow, on the injured list since May 11 with a right forearm strain, will likely serve as an opener for the Rays, making the start and contributing about two innings on the mound.

"I'm excited to get back out and pitch in a big league game," Glasnow said. "I've been preparing for this for a while."

Cash said the coaching staff will assess Glasnow's status throughout the start to determine when he should come out of the game.

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


^Yankees' Severino looks good in second rehab start<

BBA-YANKEES-SEVERINO:ND — Luis Severino appears to be Bronx-bound sooner rather than later.

Much sooner.

The right-hander, on the injured list since the start of the season, made his second rehab start Friday night with Double-A Trenton in its playoff game against Reading.

Aaron Boone said before Friday night's game at Fenway Park that if everything went well with Severino's outing, he likely would continue his rehab in the majors with the Yankees.

All indications are the outing went better than well.

350 by Erik Boland in Boston. MOVED

^Brendan McKay pitches well as Rays roll to another win over Blue Jays<

BBA-BLUEJAYS-RAYS:PT — The Rays don't want to get too excited.

Not yet anyway.

There are still innings to be thrown, reports from the training staff to be considered, hurdles to be cleared. Some setbacks, or at least side steps, are likely.


Their starting pitching staff is suddenly looking a whole lot better.

The most tangible evidence came Friday from rookie Brendan McKay, who made an impressive return to the mound Friday in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays.

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


^Marlins shut out for 21st time this season as they drop series opener to Royals<

BBO-ROYALS-MARLINS:MI — Pablo Lopez faced traffic on the basepaths all night on Friday. The 23-year-old starting pitcher could only watch as the Kansas City Royals got their leadoff hitter to reach base in six of his seven innings against him.

Lopez, making his third start for the Miami Marlins since coming off a two-plus month stint on the injured list, found ways to limit the damage.

But with little support from the offense — a recurring theme this season — Lopez and the Marlins fell 3-0 to the Royals to begin a three-game series at Marlins Park. The Marlins (50-90) have been shut out 21 times this season.

400 by Jordan McPherson in Miami. MOVED


^Red Sox bullpen shines, Moreland homers in 6-1 victory against Yankees<

BBA-YANKEES-REDSOX:PJ — Tropicana Field is the more customary setting for the pitching performance authored by the Red Sox on Friday night.

The Rays have generally cornered the market on the opener and bullpenning. They do so by choice, not necessity. With David Price (left wrist) scratched from his scheduled start and Chris Sale (left elbow) still ailing on the injured list, Boston was forced on an adventure to the dark side at Fenway Park.

The result was a surprising success. Jhoulys Chacin set the tone in his Red Sox debut with two scoreless frames and it was smooth sailing from there, as the Red Sox handcuffed the Yankees in a 6-1 victory.

550 by Bill Koch in Boston. MOVED


^Orioles can't hold on in 7-6 loss to Rangers<

BBA-RANGERS-ORIOLES:BZ — The Orioles seemed determined to flip the script on Friday night after a frustrating offensive performance in Thursday's series opener against the Texas Rangers. However, three long balls could not prevent them from coming up short again.

Trey Mancini, Richie Martin and Anthony Santander each homered in support of starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, but the bullpen could not hold a two-run lead and the Rangers rallied for a 7-6 victory before an announced crowd of 10,596 at Oriole Park.

Outfielder Willie Calhoun homered in his first two at-bats and drove in a career-high four runs and shortstop Elvis Andrus delivered a key two-run single in the seventh inning to put the Rangers ahead to stay.

400 in Baltimore. MOVED


^DeJong miscue leads to six-run seventh for Pirates, who beat Cardinals, 9-4<

BBN-CARDINALS-PIRATES:SL — For the second time in three days, normally sure-handed Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong mishandled a potentially inning-ending forceout at second base Friday night and the mistake turned into a disastrous, multi-run inning.

Pittsburgh caught and then passed the Cardinals with a six-run burst in the seventh. The Pirates added two in the eighth to speed off to a 9-4 win, their first over the Cardinals in seven games at PNC Park this season.

The rally in the seventh came after Tommy Edman's second homer of the game had sparked a two-run Cardinals flurry in the top of the inning.

300 by Rick Hummel in Pittsburgh. MOVED

^Mets get walk-off win against Phillies despite Edwin Diaz's blown save<

BBN-PHILLIES-METS:HK — As Friday's game reached its late stages, the Phillies were four games out of a wild-card berth and the Mets were five back. Both teams understand the importance of this weekend.

The Mets captured an emotional 5-4 win when Pete Alonso drew a walk-off walk against Nick Vincent. He strolled to first and met his teammates, who mobbed him.

It became the latest special moment at Citi Field in a second half full of them.

700 by Justin Toscano in New York. MOVED

Friday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

LA Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

Colorado at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

San Francisco at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


^Vahe Gregorian: Why reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes will be a better quarterback this season<

FBN-GREGORIAN-COLUMN:KC — At this time a year ago, the NFL profile of Patrick Mahomes consisted of his promising debut in a late-season game at Denver the year before and impressive-but-inconclusive hints in his preseason performances.

Even as anticipation bubbled for the kid with a launch-pad for a right arm, caution lights flashed about how quickly he could become the sort of force that might change fortunes for the Chiefs.

For all his raw talent, this was going to be a process, after all.

1100 by Vahe Gregorian in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^Mike Bianchi: '72 Dolphins should be ashamed of today's tanking, disgraceful team<

FBN-BIANCHI-COLUMN:OS — Those shrinking few of us who grew up native Floridians desperately and pridefully cling to the enduring accomplishent of our 1972 Miami Dolphins — the only professional sports team in the state at the time and an immortal collection of players and coaches who became the first team in modern NFL history to win every game in their eternal march to pro football perfection.

Now, here we are nearly a half-century later and all we can do is just hang our heads in shame.

1100 by Mike Bianchi in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Rams have faith in Blake Bortles as their backup quarterback<

FBN-RAMS-BORTLES:LA — In 2017, Blake Bortles was busy passing for touchdowns, scrambling for first downs and leading the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC championship game.

But the quarterback was aware of what was happening in the NFC.

Philadelphia backup Nick Foles replaced injured starter Carson Wentz late in the season and led the Eagles on a Super Bowl run that concluded with Foles winning Super Bowl MVP.

800 by Gary Klein in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Matt Connolly: Can Bucs kicker Matt Gay solve years of heartache and failure?<

FBN-CONNOLLY-COLUMN:PT. — The scientific term for what ails us is collective obsessional behavior or, in laymen's terms, mass hysteria.

Around here, we just call it football season.

This psychological phenomenon occurs when a close-knit community experiences heightened physiological symptoms over a shared anxiety. Missing field goals, for instance.

It's irrational, I know. The idea that the inability to consistently kick a football through a pair of uprights should cause an entire fan base to lose its marbles.

800 by Matt Connolly in Tampa, Fla. MOVED


^Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs listed questionable; cornerback Mike Hughes out<

FBN-VIKINGS-DIGGS-HUGHES:MS — The Vikings will begin the 2019 season on Sunday without cornerback Mike Hughes (knee), who returned to practice this week but was limited and will not play against the Falcons.

Receiver Stefon Diggs, who injured a hamstring at some point between the Vikings' last open preseason practice Aug. 27 and this week, is listed questionable. However, Diggs ran routes during practices Thursday and Friday, meaning there's a likelihood he plays.

100 by Andrew Krammer in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV donates money to family of assault victim<

^FBN-RAVENS-SNEAD:BZ—<Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV was spending time in the offseason in his hometown of West Palm Beach, Fla., just one hour from Hard Rock Stadium where the Ravens will open their season Sunday against the Dolphins, when he heard the story of a local woman who had been hospitalized.

According to a GoFundMe page, 69-year-old Delores Allen was placed in the intensive care unit in July after being assaulted and her home set on fire. Snead and Allen had a mutual friend and the receiver felt compelled to donate money to the GoFundMe for medical expenses.

200 . MOVED


^Cowboys QB Dak Prescott remains focused, won't be distracted by contract<

FBN-COWBOYS-PRESCOTT:FT — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is not oblivious to the money being passed out in his own locker room, let alone across the league.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff inked a four-year, $134 million contract extension, including an NFL record $110 million in guaranteed money on Tuesday.

It came just hours before his teammate Ezekiel Elliott became the highest paid running back in NFL history early Wednesday morning with a six-year, $90 million deal to end his holdout and return to the Cowboys just in time for Sunday's season opener against the New York Giants.

1000 by Clarence E. Hill Jr. in Frisco, Texas. MOVED


^Dieter Kurtenbach: Jon Gruden sent two clear messages by not suspending Antonio Brown<

^FBN-KURTENBACH-COLUMN:SJ—<Mike Mayock will continue to play the good soldier, but only because that is what he's paid to do.

But you have to wonder what he's thinking now that he knows — without equivocation — that he is effectively powerless with the Raiders.

Sure, Jon Gruden will let Mayock, the ex-NFL Network draft guru, make some picks in April, and he'll let him give press conferences where he pushes a narrative of "culture" and "accountability. But he's not really the team's general manager. He's a glorified spokesperson for the Raiders' player-personnel department.

900 by Dieter Kurtenbach. MOVED

^Dan Wiederer: 4th-and-10 vs. a 51-yard field goal? Matt Nagy's explanation is puzzling<

FBN-WIEDERER-COLUMN:TB — The Bears' second-longest play of a patience-testing Thursday night brought a sliver of light into the massive hole in which the offense had been burying itself. The line was in disarray. The quarterback was unsettled. Rhythm was nonexistent.

But when Mitch Trubisky found running back David Montgomery wide open up the left seam for 27 yards late in the third quarter, it looked as if the Bears had sneaked one hand — or at least a few knuckles — out of the ditch, ready to pull themselves to the surface.

950 by Dan Wiederer in Chicago. MOVED


^Larry Stone: Pete Carroll says Russell Wilson has never been better, and just might be right<

FBN-STONE-COLUMN:SE — Here's how Pete Carroll put it this week: Russell Wilson is the best he's ever been.

Now, we know Carroll is a fount of relentless optimism and occasional hyperbole, especially as a new season looms. But there is ample reason to believe that he is absolutely correct, and that alone is reason for Seahawks fans to dream their biggest.

The acquisition of Jadeveon Clowney and what he adds to a potentially lethal defensive front seven is a major boost to Seattle's hopes. The transformation of the offensive line, the proven running game, the high hopes for the rookie class — all bode well for the upcoming season.

750 by Larry Stone in Renton, Wash. MOVED


^Joe Thornton officially returns to Sharks<

HKN-SHARKS-THORNTON:SJ — Joe Thornton will be back with the Sharks for what will be his 22nd NHL season.

Thornton and the Sharks have come to terms on one-year deal worth $2 million, a source confirmed, as general manager Doug Wilson completed his last big piece of business before the start of training camp next week.

It's the third consecutive year that Thornton, 40, has agreed to a one-year deal to remain in San Jose. Thornton and the Sharks agreed to an $8 million contract for the 2017-18 season and a $5 million deal for last season.

550 by Curtis Pashelka in San Jose, Calif. MOVED

^Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti hired by Sharks as a scout<

^HKN-SHARKS-COLLETTI:LA—<Former Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is heading back to the Bay Area, but his new job won't involve baseball or a reunion with the San Francisco Giants.

In a somewhat surprising development Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced that Colletti will join the organization as a scout. His primary tasks will be scouting players at the American Hockey League and NHL levels.

Colletti, who served as the Dodgers' general manager from 2005-14, is returning to his roots with the hockey team after he worked as a beat writer covering the Philadelphia Flyers before embarking on a career in baseball management.

250 by Austin Knoblauch. MOVED



^As the son of a coach, Maryland LB Ayinde Eley grew to love football. A health scare nearly took it away.<

FBC-MARYLAND-ELEY:BZ — Ayinde Eley's path to a starting position on Maryland's defense began before he could even walk and after he had to learn to walk again.

Eley grew up around the game with his father, former Morgan State head coach Donald Hill-Eley, who often took his infant son to his office at Hampton University while his former wife was in medical school.

Eley went on to become a three-star prospect at Good Counsel. But after he returned from unofficial recruiting visits as a junior, he suffered two seizures right before Thanksgiving.

1200 in College Park, Md. MOVED


^Mike Bianchi: Lane Kiffin is right: UCF belongs in the SEC<

FBC-BIANCHI-COLUMN:OS — We sometimes chuckle and roll our eyes at some of the outlandish statements that come from the mouth of FAU coach Lane Kiffin, but in this case, the Lane Train is absolutely correct when he says UCF belongs in the SEC.

Actually, after watching some SEC teams embarrass themselves in Week 1 of the college football season, UCF probably belongs in the top half of the SEC — just below Alabama and Georgia and right there with Florida, Auburn and LSU.

During a teleconference with reporters earlier this week, Kiffin talked about this week's game against UCF and playing the Knights last season when they handed the Owls a 56-36 loss.

800 by Mike Bianchi in Orlando, Fla. MOVED



^UConn coach Dan Hurley undergoes successful surgical procedure, expected to be ready for start of practices<

BKC-UCONN-HURLEY:HC — UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley underwent a successful surgical procedure Friday, the school said in a statement.

Hurley, 46, underwent surgery to relieve persistent neck and upper back discomfort at the Center for Comprehensive Spine Care in New York.

According to the school, Hurley is resting "comfortably" and is expected to be released from the hospital over the weekend, after which he will recuperate at home. Hurley's recovery will be handled by his personal physicians, and the UConn medical staff. He will return to coaching and recruiting activities once he has completely recovered.

150 by Shawn McFarland in Hartford, Conn. MOVED



^Arash Markazi: Lisa Leslie deserves a statue at Staples Center, and she could be getting one soon<

BKL-MARKAZI-COLUMN:LA — Before Tuesday's Sparks game against the Atlanta Dream, an idea struck as I sat in the chair at the announcer's table connected to Chick Hearn's statue in front of Staples Center.

The bronze sculpture of the legendary Lakers play-by-play announcer is one of 10 statues displayed in Star Plaza, and as fans filed into the arena wearing Sparks jerseys and shirts I couldn't help but notice a glaring omission.

900 by Arash Markazi in Los Angeles. MOVED



^Serena Williams' fire still burns as she seeks record-tying title at US Open<

TEN-USOPEN-SERENA:ND — Bill Clinton was president. "Friends" was the hot television show. And the Knicks had just played in the NBA Finals.

So much has changed since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in 1999. But one thing hasn't.

Williams, who will attempt to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title Saturday when she faces Canada's Bianca Andreescu in the U.S. Open final, wants to win as much as she did when she was a 17-year-old. In fact maybe even more.

650 by Barbara Barker in New York. MOVED

^Daniil Medvedev beats Grigor Dimitrov, reaches US Open final<

TEN-USOPEN-MEDVEDEV:ND — Tennis observers have come to the conclusion that there is Russian meddling in the U.S. Open. Young Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev of Moscow on Friday completed an unlikely run to his first major tournament final with a convincing 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 victory over unseeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Medvedev, 23, entered the semifinal — his first push past the fourth round in a Grand Slam event in only his 12th Slam appearance — as the hottest player on the men's tour: 49 match victories in 2019, the most by anyone, and seeded an impressive No. 5.

400 by John Jeansonne in New York. MOVED

^Rafael Nadal defeats Matteo Berrettini in US Open semifinal<

TEN-USOPEN-NADAL:ND — If Rafael Nadal can't hold off this sudden threat of youth in Grand Slam tennis then, forget it, it can't be done.

The hunger of the younger was on full display in the U.S. Open semifinals Friday, as Nadal held off 23-year-old Matteo Berrettini in the second match, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 after 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev got past veteran Grigor Dimitrov in the first.

That made Medvedev the youngest U.S. finalist since 2010 when Novak Djokovic, then 23, played for the title. He was beaten by one Rafael Nadal in what was the first of three times that Nadal, now 33, was champion at Flushing Meadows. It was one of 18 major-tournament crowns for Nadal — second only to Roger Federer's 20.

500 by John Jeansonne in New York. MOVED


^'Shocked' Turfway Park plans to fight Churchill Downs dates takeover<

RAC-TURFWAY-CHURCHILLDOWNS:LX — Turfway Park, which is in the middle of changing hands, plans to fight moves by Churchill Downs Inc. to take away the northern Kentucky's track's racing dates.

Churchill Downs Inc. announced Thursday that the Louisville-based gambling and racing company is applying for the traditional winter racing dates that Turfway has held and plans to build a new $200 million gambling parlor, hotel and racetrack, New Latonia.

450 by Janet Patton in Lexington, Ky. MOVED



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