^Sunday's games<

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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Sunday, August 25, 2019

Updated at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)

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^TOP STORIES<

^McKenzie Milton injury gives glimpse into how colleges, athletes deal with growing medical issues<

FBC-INJURIES-ATHLETES-SPORTSPLUS:OS — McKenzie Milton stretched both feet out in front of him, his injured right leg in a boot, aboard a private plane en route from Orlando to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

"How's your air ambulance?" his mom, Teresa Milton, asked from behind the camera in a video posted on Twitter.

"Solid," answered the star UCF quarterback as he looked at his phone and the beat of music thumped in the jet's cabin.

Milton was on his way to knee surgery at the hospital in Rochester, Minn., along with members of his treatment team, including two Orlando orthopedic surgeons involved in his care.

1900 by Beth Kassab in Orlando, Fla. MOVED

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^BASEBALL<

^Paul Sullivan: Verlander, Astros not above the rules, and their decision to deny a reporter access is a black eye for baseball<

BBO-SULLIVAN-COLUMN:TB — If you're reading this story, you're probably a baseball fan.

Maybe you want to read what the players or managers or general managers had to say or are looking for some news or an opinion on the latest topic of interest.

Imagine for a second no media were there to provide that information. You still could get players' thoughts on Twitter or Instagram or perhaps an essay on the Players' Tribune. But no reporters would be around to ask questions or describe games or write columns.

1200 by Paul Sullivan in Chicago. MOVED

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^Bill Madden: What's driving MLB's attendance woes?<

BBO-MADDEN-COLUMN:NY — By this time nobody has to tell the Commissioner of Baseball, Rob Manfred, his game is in trouble, although you could hardly tell some 15 miles away from his Manhattan office where, at Citi Field, the Mets have been playing some very entertaining baseball of late — with real starting pitchers and in front of real crowds of 30,000-plus.

The Mets' plus 110,000 (and counting) over 2018 notwithstanding, the overall MLB attendance figures as we head into September are grim. For the fourth straight year, MLB attendance will be down (already over one million), with 14 teams experiencing declines from last year.

1000 by Bill Madden in New York. MOVED

Sunday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m. EDT

Atlanta at NY Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 1:10 p.m.

LA Angels at Houston, 2:10 p.m.

Texas at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Washington at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

San Francisco at Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

Boston at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

Toronto at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.

NY Yankees at LA Dodgers, 7 p.m.

^NBA<

^Ira Winderman: Jimmy Butler's next step is arriving as a leader<

^BKN-WINDERMAN-COLUMN:FL—<They are a pair of truths that are self-evident:

It's different here.

And it's different there.

That, in the end, is the story of the Heat's and Jimmy Butler's summers.

Because only now, after his annual journey of discovery, has Jimmy Butler returned stateside, his programming to Heat culture already in progress.

From the moment he agreed to sign with the Heat on June 30 and then put pen to paper on July 6, it has been a world-wide whirlwind for the Heat's latest leading man.

600 by Ira Winderman. MOVED

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^COLLEGE FOOTBALL<

^Mark Story: Have lessons learned set up Kentucky QB Terry Wilson for a huge season?<

FBC-STORY-COLUMN:LX — In Terry Wilson's initial season as a Kentucky Wildcat, he became only the third quarterback in school history to direct UK to a 10-win football season.

The Oklahoma City product became the first Cats QB to beat Florida since 1986 and the first to do it in Gainesville since 1979.

A transfer from Garden City Community College in Kansas, Wilson put a capper on the 2018 season by becoming the first Kentucky Wildcats quarterback to direct his team to a New Year's Day bowl victory since the 1952 Cotton Bowl.

950 by Mark Story in Lexington, Ky. MOVED

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^HIGH SCHOOLS<

^A town's return to normality<

FBO-PARADISE-FOOTBALL:LA — A flattened town rose again Friday night, finding its breath on the backs of a high school football team that furiously carried it toward hope.

The Paradise High Bobcats' first touchdown of their rebirth season was scored by a player who moments earlier had vomited on the field.

"The puking felt real," said Lukas Hartley. "Everything else felt like a dream."

Their second touchdown was scored by a player who turned pale after plopping down on the bench to catch his breath.

2050 (with trims) by Bill Plaschke in Paradise, Calif. MOVED

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^HUMOR<

^Sideline Chatter: They were just asking to have this problem<

^SIDELINECHATTER:SE—<No trophy for him? Oh, man.

This year's Green Lakes Endurance Run 50K in Fayetteville, N.Y., found itself in an embarrassing spot when it came time to hand out its two awards — for top finisher and top female finisher — after Ellie Pell, 27, outran everybody to win it by nearly 8 minutes.

"I felt bad that the first-place man didn't have one," she told Runner's World, "so I tried to convince them to blot out the 'fe' on 'female,' but they said to just keep both trophies."

1150 by Dwight Perry. MOVED

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