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Indians’ infielder José Ramirez named AL Player of the Week


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Cleveland Indians infielder José Ramírez has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 3rd.

José’s All-Star teammate, starting pitcher Corey Kluber (2-0, 1.69 ERA, 16.0 IP, 14 SO), posted a pair of strong outings for the Indians last week. Since the All-Star break, Kluber, who was named AL Pitcher of the Month for August over the weekend, has compiled a 7-1 record with a 2.27 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 10 starts and 75.1 innings pitched. Led by their staff ace, Indians starting pitchers rank first among AL Clubs in ERA (3.77), strikeouts (900) and wins (65). Other noteworthy performances last week included starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (1-0, CG SHO, 12 SO) and backstop Welington Castillo (.500, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 1.042 SLG) of the Baltimore Orioles; and two-time AL MVP Mike Trout (.625, 11 R, 5 XBH, .714 OBP) of the Los Angeles Angels.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, José Ramírez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Ramírez posted a slash line of .538/.556/1.308 with seven runs scored, 14 hits, six doubles, a triple, four home runs, six RBI and two stolen bases over six games played to earn his second career AL Player of the Week Award after claiming his first honor earlier this season for the period ending June 18th. Ramírez is the first American Leaguer, and the second in the Majors (also Giancarlo Stanton), to win a pair of weekly awards this season. Among AL leaders, José finished the period first in hits, doubles, extra-base hits (11), total bases (34) and slugging percentage; tied for first in home runs; second in batting average; third in on-base percentage; and tied for fourth in stolen bases.

On August 28th against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, the 24-year-old posted his fourth multi-home run game of the season (also: April 15th, June 17th and July 2nd) to propel the Tribe to a 6-2 victory over the Yankees. With the long ball, the Bani, Dominican Republic native became the fourth different player in Indians history to post at least 40 doubles and 20 homers in a season prior to turning 25 years old, joining Hal Trosky (1934, 36), Manny Ramirez (1996) and Grady Sizemore (2006). In addition, José’s round-tripper was his 20th of the season, becoming the fourth Indians player this season to reach the milestone (also: Edwin Encarnacion, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks the first time in 17 years in which Cleveland had at least four different players with 20-or-more home runs prior to September. Travis Fryman, David Justice, Jim Thome and the aforementioned Manny Ramirez accomplished the feat for Cleveland during its 90-win season in 2000. The 2017 All-Star saved his best performance for Sunday afternoon, batting 5-for-5 with three runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and three RBI. Per Elias, Ramírez became the 13th player in Major League history with five extra-base hits in a single game, and only the fifth Major Leaguer to accumulate three doubles and a pair of homers in one contest, joining Jackie Bradley Jr. (2015), Kelly Shoppach (2008), Steve Garvey (1977) and Hall of Famer Willie Stargell (1970). Entering play today, Ramírez is pacing the AL with 76 extra-base hits, nine extra-base hits above the next-highest total (José Abreu & Justin Upton – 67), and the most for an Indians player since Sizemore (77) in 2008. The first-place Indians (81-56) won each game during José’s excellent week at the plate, and are in the midst of a 12-game winning streak dating back to August 24th.





Giants’ pitcher Jeff Samardzija named NL Player of the Week




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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending September 3rd.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Jeff Samardzija will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Samardzija compiled a 1-0 record with a 0.56 ERA over 16.0 innings pitched to claim his second career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning for the period ending August 26, 2013 as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Jeff tallied 14 punchouts and issued just two free passes along with five hits in two dominant starts last week. This is San Francisco’s first weekly honor of the 2017 campaign, and the first for a Giants hurler since Jeff’s teammate Johnny Cueto on May 29, 2016. Among qualified NL starters, the Indiana native finished the period with the highest innings total, as well as the third-most strikeouts.

In Jeff’s first start of the week on August 28th against the San Diego Padres, the 6’5″ right-hander tossed his first complete-game shutout of the season, limiting the Friars to just three hits while not permitting a free pass. The dominant outing was his fourth career shutout, and first since September 21, 2015 against the Detroit Tigers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, “Shark” joined Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and Chris Sale as the only Major League pitchers to have thrown a complete game in each of the last six seasons (2012-17). In his second start during his award-winning week, the 32-year-old tossed 7.0 innings of two-hit ball with nine strikeouts and two walks, holding the St. Louis Cardinals to just one run. Over a span of eight starts dating back to July 26th, the 2014 All-Star has recorded a 5-1 record with a 2.60 ERA and 46 strikeouts (13 walks) over 55.1 innings of work. Reaching the 6.0-inning mark in each start, the Giants have posted a 6-2 record during his recent string of impressive starts. Entering play today, the former multi-spot Notre Dame athlete ranks fourth in the Majors in strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 6.57 mark on the season, trailing only All-Stars Sale of the Boston Red Sox (7.30), Kershaw (7.29) of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Corey Kluber (6.73) of the Cleveland Indians.

Three-time All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo (.385, 9 R, 7 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs also posted a strong week. With Saturday’s multi-hit and three-RBI effort, Rizzo joined Hack Wilson, Billy Williams and Sammy Sosa as the only players in team history to post at least 30 home runs, 30 doubles and 100 RBI in three separate seasons. Other noteworthy performances last week included Rizzo’s teammate Ian Happ (.421, 4 R, 8 H, 7 RBI); outfielder Tommy Pham (.467, 4 R, 4 XBH, 6 RBI) and starting pitcher Luke Weaver (2-0, 2.84 ERA, 12.2 IP, 19 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; and outfielder Ender Inciarte (.448, 13 H, 5 RBI, 3 SB) of the Atlanta Braves.




Justin Thomas wins fifth tournament of the season to pull ahead in Player of the Year race



Spieth maintains lead in Vardon Trophy Standings

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2017) – Reigning PGA Champion Justin Thomas  outdueled Open Champion Jordan Spieth this past weekend in the Dell Technologies Championship, grabbing the No. 1 spot in the chase for the 2017 PGA of America Player of the Year, one of the season-ending awards presented by the PGA of America for excellence by a PGA TOUR professional.

Thomas’s fifth victory of the season vaulted him past Spieth atop the season money list and collect 106 total points. Spieth has 88 total points after his second runner-up finish in the past two weeks. Dustin Johnson is next with 68, followed by Hideki Matsuyama with 58.

Justin Thomas (courtesy PGA Tour)

Johnson and Matsuyama have each won four times this season, while Spieth owns three  victories.

Since 1948, the PGA of America has honored the game’s best players with the PGA Player of the Year Award. It is presented to the top TOUR professional based on a point system for tournament wins, official money standings, and scoring averages. Points for the 2016-17 season began with the Safeway Open on Oct. 16, and conclude Sept. 24, at the TOUR Championship.

In the Vardon Trophy race, Spieth has a 68.800 adjusted scoring average based upon 77 complete rounds. Rickie Fowler is next at 68.945, followed by Thomas (69.315), Matsuyama (69.359); and Johnson (69.427).

Since 1937, the Vardon Trophy, named by the PGA of America in honor of legendary British golfer Harry Vardon, has been presented annually to the touring professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average. It is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA TOUR. The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each event.

The PGA TOUR also recognizes its annual Player of the Year, with the winner announced in early October, determined by a vote of the membership.

For more information about the PGA of America, visit, follow @PGA on Twitter and find us on Facebook.


2017 PGA Player of the Year Standings

(Through 9/4/17)
Player Victory
1. Justin Thomas 70 20 16 106
(CIMB Classic, SBS Tournament of Champions, SONY Open in Hawaii, PGA Championship,
Dell Technologies Championship)
2. Jordan Spieth 50 18 20 88
(AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Travelers Championship; Open Championship)
3. Dustin Johnson 40 16 12 68
(Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play,
The Northern Trust)
4. Hideki Matsuyama 30 14 14 58
(WGC-HSBC Champions, Waste Management Phoenix Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational)
T5. Brooks Koepka 30 8 38
(U.S. Open Championship)
T5. Rickie Fowler 10 10 18 38
(Honda Classic)
7. Sergio Garcia 30 6 36
(The Masters)
8. Jon Rahm 10 12 4 26
(Farmers Insurance Open)
T9. Si Woo Kim 20 20
(The Players Championship)
T9. Marc Leishman 10 2 8 20
(Arnold Palmer Invitational)
2017  Vardon Trophy Standings*
(through 9/4/17)

1. Jordan Spieth 77 68.800
2. Rickie Fowler 70 68.945
3. Justin Thomas 78 69.315
4. Hideki Matsuyama 75 69.359
5. Dustin Johnson 69 69.427
6. Paul Casey 86 69.454
7. Marc Leishman 82 69.489
8. Sergio Garcia 57 69.591
9. Jon Rahm 82 69.621
10. Francesco Molinari 71 69.782

Points are distributed based upon the following:

A) Tournament victories                                          Points

PGA Championship                                                    30

U.S. Open                                                                    30

Open Championship                                                  30

Masters                                                                       30

The Players Championship                                        20

All other PGA TOUR events, including

World Championship events                                     10


B) Money winnings: PGA Tour official money list


1st                                                        20

2nd                                                      18

3rd                                                       16

4th                                                       14

5th                                                       12

6th                                                       10

7th                                                       8

8th                                                       6

9th                                                       4

10th                                                     2

C) Adjusted scoring average:   min. 60 rounds



1st                                                        20

2nd                                                      18

3rd                                                       16

4th                                                       14

5th                                                       12

6th                                                       10

7th                                                       8

8th                                                       6

9th                                                       4

10th                                                     2




Akron football coach Terry Bowden on Zips LIVE Thursday

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AKRON, Ohio— University of Akron football coach Terry Bowden and Director of Athletics Larry Williams will be the guests on Thursday’s Zips LIVE, presented by Lee Hyder and Associates, from 7-8 p.m. ET live from the Spaghetti Warehouse (510 South Main Street).


The weekly hour-long radio show covering Zips Athletics, which will be held on Thursdays during football season, airs locally on Akron-IMG Sports Network flagship Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM (WARF). The broadcast can also be heard via web stream on the WARF homepage (click on the Listen Live tab in the top left corner). Bill Morgan is the host of the program.


Zips LIVE will be re-played weekly two hours prior to kickoff of that week’s football game.


Akron hosts Arkansas Pine Bluff in the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3.  Prior to the game, the University of Akron will hold its second annual Touchdown Music Fest, featuring roots-rockers JD McPherson and Nikki Lane.

The music festival is FREE to the public. Gates to the Lee R. Jackson Track & Field Complex (next to InfoCision Stadium) open at 2 p.m.  Nikki Lane will take the stage at 3 p.m., followed by JD McPherson at 4:45 p.m.


Local radio station The Summit FM (91.3 FM Akron/Canton and 90.7 FM in Youngstown) is the official promotional partner for the Touchdown Music Fest.


General admission tickets for football game as part of the Touchdown Music promotion are only $10 each. Enter code TDMF17 online during checkout to get the $10 deal.


Fans will have the opportunity to special meet JD McPherson and Nikki Lane at halftime inside InfoCision Stadium.






Maddy Humphrey stars but Ohio State Women’s Field Hockey loses to Kent State, 2-1


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FH: Ohio State Falls to Kent State

Maddy Humphrey scored her second goal of the season in Tuesday’s loss

Box Score

Columbus, Ohio – The 23rd ranked Ohio State women’s field hockey team dropped its first contest of 2017 on Tuesday at Buckeye Varsity Field by a score of 2-1 to Kent State. Ines Delpech scored the game winner for the Golden Flashes with 4:39 left to play in the game.


A game that Ohio State (2-1 overall) dominated on the stat sheet, the Buckeyes had a hard time cashing in on their opportunities. Kylie Leblanc of Kent State racked up five saves in the Golden Flashes second win of the year (2-3 overall).


For the second game in a row, the Buckeyes found themselves facing a deficit in the first half. At the 19:01 mark, the Golden Flashes received a goal from Jamie Fries off a penalty corner with the assist going to Jessica Nesbitt.


The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Flashes to the tune of 13-3 in the 70-minute affair. In the 25th minute of the first half, Maddy Humphrey scored an acrobatic goal after receiving a delicately placed long-distance pass from Juliette Duquesne. After Humphrey secured the ball on her stick, she was on the left side of the circle and had a one-on-one with Leblanc of Kent State. Humphrey poked the ball out to the right, dodged the goalie, and then dove to her right and whipped the goal in for her second goal of the season.


Humphrey’s career goal total is now up to 36 which ties her for 10th all-time in program history with her former teammate Peanut Johnson (2012-15). In addition to goals scored, Humphrey’s career point total now sits at 92, only four points behind Lucy Clayton for 10th all-time in program history.


Closing out the first half with a penalty corner, Maartje Bongers nearly gave Ohio State the lead heading into the locker room. With Humphrey taking the Buckeyes’ second penalty corner of the first half, Bongers’ shot easily beat the keeper but was just a tad bit too wide and ricocheted off the post and out of bounds to end the half.


The Buckeyes dominated ball possession in the second half and made a final charge after Kent State took the one goal lead. Trailing by one with less than five minutes to play, Ohio State pulled Liz Tamburro from the net for an extra attacker for the final push.


The one-man advantage helped Ohio State secure four straight penalty corners in the closing minutes. Of the four penalty corners, only Esther Clotet Alsina’s shot made it to the keeper and Leblanc turned it away. The other three opportunities for Ohio State were all blocked before reaching the goal keeper.


Ohio State hits the road for the next two weeks starting with away games at Miami (OH) and No. 19 Wake Forest this Friday (Sept. 8) and Sunday (Sept. 10).




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