Tribune News Service
Sports Budget for Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC)
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^The ACC Network launches this week, signaling a new era with new questions<
FBC-BKC-ACCNETWORK-SPORTSPLUS:RA — During the weeks and months leading to the launch of the ACC Network, the people behind it have promoted both the scope of the coverage it promises and the breadth of its technical extravagance. There will be deeply-reported documentaries, they've said. And constant coverage of basketball. And, also, "robotic Vinten camera pedestals" and "26 2 LED lighting fixtures," according to a recent jargon-filled release lauding the network's new studio.
The ACC Network, created in partnership with ESPN, will soon become a reality.
3550 by Andrew Carter in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED
^Browns QB Baker Mayfield reached out to Daniel Jones to 'clear the air' about GQ comments<
FBN-BROWNS-MAYFIELD:AK — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield insisted Wednesday that GQ Magazine took his comments about Daniel Jones "out of context," so Mayfield reached out to the New York Giants rookie quarterback to "clear the air."
Mayfield became the target of public backlash for a story GQ published online Tuesday in which he was quoted as saying, "I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones. Blows my mind."
GQ staff writer Clay Skipper wrote he told Mayfield during their interview he was "mystified that so many supposedly expert quarterback scouts seem unable to predict what makes a good NFL quarterback."
650 by Nate Ulrich in Berea, Ohio. MOVED
^The XFL reveals team names, logos ahead of league's 2020 relaunch<
^FBX-TEAMNAMES-LOGOS:PH—<We now know the teams that will compete in the rebooted XFL, which will kick off its 10-week season on Feb. 8, just a week after Super Bowl LIV.
Here are the eight teams, announced Wednesday afternoon by XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck, ESPN's Laura Rutledge, and FS1 host Colin Cowherd.
200 by Rob Tornoe. MOVED
^Jon Meoli: Only way to stomach Orioles' season is to realize it has nothing to do with where club wants to go<
^BBA-MEOLI-COLUMN:BZ—<It's not as simple as scraping data, building a model, and watching it produce a World Series contender. The Orioles had to do the first two parts just to join the arms race this year. Once they catch up to the rest of the league on all the analytical fronts, the challenge will be to find an edge on the next frontier.
1350 by Jon Meoli in Baltimore. MOVED
^Castillo pitches Reds to 4-2 win over Padres<
^BBN-PADRES-REDS:SD—<With one bad play in the outfield and eight bad pitches in the third inning, a "bullpen game" for the Padres went awry in a hurry Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, as they lost a game 4-2 and lost a series to the Reds to end their six-game trip even.
600 by Kevin Acee in Cincinnati. MOVED
^Rays beat Mariners to avoid series sweep<
^BBA-MARINERS-RAYS:PT—<The Rays finally and barely figured out how to beat their home ballpark on the way out of town Wednesday, and the last-place Mariners along the way, with a 7-6 walk-off win to avoid being swept by Seattle before 7,827 at Tropicana Field.
550 by Martin Fennelly in St. Petersburg, Fla. MOVED
^Lucas Giolito strikes out 12 in a complete-game shutout as the White Sox beat the Twins 4-0<
BBA-WHITESOX-TWINS:TB -- Lucas Giolito pitched his third complete game of the season, leading the White Sox to a 4-0 victory Wednesday against the Twins.
250 by Lamond Pope in Minneapolis. MOVED
TNS expects coverage from the following games:
LA Angels at Texas, 6:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Cleveland at NY Mets, 6:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Miami at Atlanta, 6:20 p.m.
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 6:45 p.m.
San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Detroit at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
NY Yankees at Oakland, 9 p.m.
Toronto at LA Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
^Tom Krasovic: Rivers is why Chargers' 'injury luck' is better than often portrayed<
FBN-KRASOVIC-COLUMN:SD — We'll see whether this is the football year that Philip Rivers, 37, reaches his first Super Bowl.
Related perhaps, years from now we'll find out if football writers admitted Rivers into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Is Rivers a quarterback who's had a good career? That's a settled issue. He is.
Is he a great quarterback? That's the stuff of rousing debate.
Where I think the San Diegan gets short shrift, even now, is from the folks who blame his team's "injury luck" for the failure to reach Super Bowls.
1350 by Tom Krasovic in San Diego.
^Vahe Gregorian: The personal traits that make Patrick Mahomes special on and off field<
FBN-GREGORIAN-COLUMN:KC — Behold The Arm, perhaps someday in itself to be cast in bronze along with the bust in Canton already being prophesied for the man to whom it's attached.
Its uncanny power couldn't be more real.
But it's also an optical illusion.
2900 by Vahe Gregorian in Whitehouse, Texas. MOVED
^Daryl Johnston's message to Cowboys' QB Dak Prescott: Winning comes at a price too<
^FBN-COWBOYS-JOHNSTON-PRESCOTT:FT—< Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston has a message for Dak Prescott during his contract negotiations—winning comes at a price too.
"The [six] highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL last year weren't in the playoffs. None of them," said Johnston, an NFL analyst on FOX who is also the director of player personnel for the XFL's Dallas Renegades.
450 by Drew Davison in Dallas. MOVED
^NFL suspends Jets LB Brandon Copeland 4 games for PEDs<
^FBN-JETS-COPELAND:NY—<The Jets will kick off this season without one of their pleasant surprises from a year ago.
The NFL announced Wednesday that veteran linebacker Brandon Copeland will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Copeland, who had a career-high five sacks and 35 tackles last year, is eligible to play in the final two preseason games, but won't be around the team again until Oct. 7 after the Jets' game in Philadelphia in Week 5.
150 by Manish Mehta. MOVED
^Bucs receiver Mike Evans out for Friday's preseason game against Browns<
FBN-BUCS-EVANS:PT — Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans will miss Friday's third preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, coach Bruce Arians said following Wednesday's practice.
Evans missed his third straight practice Wednesday, which was the team's final tune-up before hosting the Browns, with an apparent left leg injury.
Asked whether Evans was being held out as a precaution, Arians said, "no, he's injured." Earlier this week, Arians said that injuries to Evans and running back Ronald Jones, who suffered a knee injury, weren't serious. Jones has returned to practice.
300 by Eduardo A. Encina in Tampa, Fla. MOVED
^With De'Anthony Thomas' return, Chiefs just picked up an already fast pace<
^FBN-CHIEFS-THOMAS:KC—<On a team with a glut of speed, the Chiefs have gotten even faster by signing De'Anthony Thomas, who was on course to switch to track and field.
Thomas was working out with the idea of running in meets during the indoor season: the 60-meter-dash, to be specific.
But then his old team called, and Thomas, not with the Chiefs during their offseason workouts, was suddenly catching passes from Patrick Mahomes Tuesday.
500 by Blair Kerkhoff. MOVED
^Mark Bradley: The Falcons have lost 11 exhibitions in a row. OK by me<
FBN-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT — Perhaps you've noticed that the Falcons haven't won an exhibition game since losing a 25-point lead in NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017. Perhaps you're wondering if this correspondent, who rarely misses a chance to ascribe any Falcons failing to that awful night, will write something like, "If you're looking for a reason this franchise hasn't gotten past 28-3, going 0-for-11 in exhibitions is a good place to start."
So there. I just wrote it. Do believe it? No.
900 by Mark Bradley in Atlanta. MOVED
^Former NBA referee Steve Javie goes from the hardwood to homilies, becoming a Catholic deacon<
^BKN-REF-DEACON:PH—<The stirring anthem ended and those in the large Saturday night crowd, some clutching programs, took their seats. Steve Javie, a top-tier NBA referee for 25 seasons, moved into position and got ready once again to interpret the rules.
But this was Mass at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Newtown (Bucks County), not a basketball arena. Javie was wearing a green chasuble and white cassock, not the NBA's two-tone officiating uniform. And the rules he was about to address in one of his first homilies as a permanent deacon in the Catholic church were eternal, not subject to collective bargaining.
1300 by Frank Fitzpatrick. MOVED
^Gary Peterson: Warriors were closer to boycotting 2014 playoffs than we may have realized<
^BKN-PETERSON-COLUMN:SJ—<It was the spring of 2014. The Warriors were involved in a postseason run — for the second season in a row. That hadn't happened since the Jimmy Carter presidency.
So yes, it was a big deal. Which was quickly dwarfed by an even bigger deal.
On April 25, the day after the Warriors lost to the Clippers to fall to 1-2 in their first-round playoff series, TMZ published an audio tape on which then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling was heard spewing racist comments. You may have a recollection of the incident.
You may not recall the role of the Warriors in resolving the matter.
600 by Gary Peterson. MOVED
^Member of 'Miracle' hockey team jailed in Minnesota on assault charges<
HKN-PAVELICH-ARREST:MS — A member of the "Miracle" hockey team that won Olympic gold for Team USA in 1980 remains jailed Wednesday in northeastern Minnesota on charges that he attacked a neighbor with a metal pole after they went fishing.
400 by Paul Walsh in Minneapolis. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED
^Teddy Greenstein: Reasons to believe in teams capable of winning Big Ten West — and reasons to doubt<
^FBC-GREENSTEIN-COLUMN:TB—<Northwestern was such an out-of-nowhere Big Ten West champion last year, I'm still not sure it happened. Duke and Akron might feel the same.
But the Wildcats defense was that good down the stretch, freshman running back Isaiah Bowser became a beast and Northwestern committed only 40 penalties all season. Beyond that, I have no explanation.
So what's in store in 2019?
800 by Teddy Greenstein. MOVED
^Mike Bianchi: Florida shouldn't play Miami every year — if it's serious about playing a national schedule<
FBC-BIANCHI-COLUMN:OS — Florida State legend Bobby Bowden recalled with a chuckle the other day his famously funny quote about the epitaph he would like to see written on his tombstone:
"At least, he played Miami."
Decades ago, this was Bobby's way of humorously lamenting how many national championships his Seminoles might have lost because of their annual Sunshine State showdown with the bombastic, dynastic Hurricanes. More important, it was Bobby's way of poking fun at the Gators, who chicken-heartedly dropped UM from their schedule when the 'Canes transformed into a national power in the mid-1980s.
950 by Mike Bianchi in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^Jimmy Johnson pays Manny Diaz, Miami a visit at practice<
FBC-MIAMI-JOHNSON-DIAZ:FL — The last time the Miami-Florida rivalry involved an annual showdown, Jimmy Johnson was coach of the Hurricanes.
As UM and UF get set to renew that rivalry, which has only had six meetings since 1987, Johnson was back in Coral Gables on Wednesday, watching Wednesday's practice, speaking to the Hurricanes and spending some private moments with Miami coach Manny Diaz.
"We're all like kids in a candy store," said Diaz, days before he makes his head-coaching debut against No. 8 Florida in a 7 p.m. kickoff from Orlando's Camping World Stadium on Saturday night.
550 by David Furones in Coral Gables, Fla. MOVED
^Maryland implements final recommendation after McNair's death, hiring head of new sports medicine department<
FBC-MARYLAND-MCNAIR-RECOMMENDATION:BZ — The University of Maryland said Wednesday that it has fulfilled the final recommendation from a panel of medical experts looking to improve the care of the school's athletes after the June 2018 heatstroke death of football player Jordan McNair.
The university announced the appointment of Dr. Yvette L. Rooks as the lead team physician, director of the University Health Center's newly created sports medicine department, and assistant director of the UHC.
1000 by Don Markus in Baltimore. MOVED
^Loyola Chicago's Sister Jean turns 100. Her secret to a long life? 'I eat well and sleep well. And hopefully I pray well.'<
BKC-LOYOLACHICAGO-SISTERJEAN:TB — When Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt was a 20-year-old nun, she heard someone say that age 40 is when "you're put on the shelf."
She thought to herself: "That's kind of foolish to be talking about life that way. What will I do if I'm put on the shelf at 40?"
She passed that milestone 60 years ago. At 40, she was just getting started. Heck, at 98, she was living a dream life.
Sister Jean has enjoyed some of her most exciting years as the Loyola Chicago basketball team chaplain.
1300 by Shannon Ryan in Chicago. MOVED
^Documentary tells story of how one recruiting class saved the Duke career of Coach K<
^BKC-DUKE-KRZYZEWSKI-DOCUMENTARY:RA—<Duke basketball's brotherhood, coach Mike Krzyzewski said, began decades ago, long before players even entertained thoughts about being one-and-done players.
The ACC Network's debut Thursday night includes an original program that backs up Krzyzewski's proclamation.
"The Class that Saved Coach K," is the new network's feature-length documentary that reveals how Duke's 1982 recruiting class improbably came together.
850 by Steve Wiseman. MOVED
^Brad Dokken: Trophy walleyes come in fours for 5-year-old angler<
OTD-DOKKEN-COLUMN:GF — Wow.
That pretty much sums up the weekend of fishing 5-year-old Maxson Hangsleben, of East Grand Forks, had Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10, on Lake of the Woods, catching four walleyes measuring from 26 inches to 31 inches.
Many anglers don't do that in a lifetime, much less a single weekend.
Especially when they're only 5 years old.
It all started Friday night, when Maxson released a 26-inch walleye. He followed that up the next day with walleyes measuring 26 1/2 inches, 29 inches and 31 inches.
500 by Brad Dokken in Grand Forks, N.D. MOVED
^Minnesota falconer is still raptor-crazy after all these years<
OTD-FALCONER:MS — Frank Taylor didn't so much struggle in third grade as he did daydream his way through it.
"It was in third grade I started going crazy about birds of prey," he said. "I had read 'The Once and Future King," by T.H. White, and thought, 'Wow, if they flew those birds in the Middle Ages, we should be able to fly them now.' "
Thus began for Taylor, who recently appeared at Minnesota's Game Fair for the 38th consecutive year, a life enraptured by winged critters that spend their days scanning the ground — and skies — for dinner.
900 by Dennis Anderson in Minneapolis. MOVED
^Minnesota's ancient lake sturgeon could get endangered species protections<
OTD-MINNESOTA-LAKESTURGEON:MS — They lived through the fall of the dinosaurs and were there as the Great Lakes formed, surviving as a species relatively unchanged for some 200 million years. But the life of the sturgeon of North America may be nearing its end.
Over the past century, lake sturgeon have lost more than 99% of their population and have been wiped out of more than half of their native spawning grounds.
1000 by Greg Stanley in Minneapolis. MOVED
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