Tribune News Service
Sports Budget for Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 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
^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
TNS expects coverage from the following games:
Baltimore at Tampa Bay, Game 1, 3:10 p.m. EDT
Texas at NY Yankees, 6:35 p.m.
Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay, Game 2, 6:40 p.m.
NY Mets at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Miami at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
San Francisco at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m.
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
^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
^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
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