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Archive for August 19th, 2019

No suspense! As expected, Justin Fields to start at QB for Ohio State

 

Ohio State Captains Named Also

 

JUSTIN FIELDS MEETS WITH THE MEDIA

65,292 Ryan Day OSU coach On 7 Captains for 2019 August 19

65,293 Ryan Day OSU coach On Justin Fields as the starting QB 8 19 2019

65,294 Ryan Day OSU coach Why so long naming a QB Everyone knew it would be Fields all along 8 19 2019

65,295 Ryan Day OSU QB Is his decision to bring in Fields working out the way he wanted 8 19 2019

Justin Fields says he worked and studied hard to gain the starting nod (megasportsnews.com photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State football team hit the practice field Monday morning as preparations continue for the season-opener on Aug. 31 versus Florida Atlantic. It was the Buckeyes’ final morning practice, as fall semester classes begin tomorrow and the schedule shifts to late afternoon practice from this point forward.

 

Afterwards, head coach Ryan Day met with the media in the team room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and shared two pieces of news: Ohio State has selected seven captains to lead it in 2019 and sophomore Justin Fields has been named the team’s starting quarterback.

 

The Buckeyes’ seven captains this year are: DE Chase Young, a junior from Hyattsville, Md., DE Jonathon Cooper, a senior from Gahanna, Ohio, SAF Jordan Fuller, a senior from Old Tappan, N.J., junior LB Tuf Borland from Bolingbrook, Ill., RB J.K. Dobbins, a junior from La Grange, Texas, WR K.J. Hill, a senior from Little Rock, Ark., and WR C.J. Saunders, a senior from Dublin, Ohio.

 

Borland and Fuller are repeat selection from 2018 and represent the 13th and 14th two-time captains in program history. Borland has played in 28 career games (with 20 starts) and is an Academic All-Big Ten selection majoring in human development and family science. Fuller is majoring in business marketing and last year was a first team CoSIDA Academic All-American who tied for the team lead in tackles.

 

Joining Borland and Fuller on the defensive side of the ball, Cooper has played in 33 career games and started 13 times last year. He is majoring in consumer and family financial services. Young led the team in both sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (15.5) last year while earning second team All-Big Ten honors. He’s a criminology and criminal justice major.

 

On offense, Dobbins is the first-ever player to rush for 1,000 or more yards as both a freshman and a sophomore. He’s majoring in consumer and family financial services. Hill, who graduated in August with his degree in communications, enters 2019 needing 48 catches to break David Boston’s 20-year-old school record of 191 career receptions. Saunders, who graduated last May with his degree in accounting, initially walked on to the team but earned a scholarship in the spring of 2017.

 

Fields emerged from a three-man race for the starting quarterback job after a strong training camp. He arrived at Ohio State last January after spending his freshman season at the University of Georgia where he appeared in 12 of 14 games for the Bulldogs and was named to the coaches freshman All-SEC Team.

 

Ohio State Tabbed as No. 5 in Associated Press Poll
The Buckeyes will start the 2019 season No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll, the organization announced today. This is the sixth time in the past seven years the Buckeyes have opened the season ranked among the Top 5 teams in the country, after rankings of Nos. 2, 5, 1, 6, 2 and 5 between 2013-2018, respectively. Additionally, 2019 is the 84th season for the Associated Press to produce its college football poll. Ohio State leads the nation in total number of times ranked with this preseason ranking the 902nd ranking for Ohio State through the years out of the 1,153 polls.

 

Head coach Ryan Day on the seven captains selected this season
“I think they are a great representation of the program. They are a group of guys that I think epitomize what we want an Ohio State football player to be. I think they understand what it means to be a captain. Very, very well-respected, unbelievable group of guys. Really cool.”

 

Day on what led Justin Fields to earn the starting quarterback job
“Right now he’s starting to scratch the surface. I still don’t think he’s where he needs to be. After this week, I think he played at a starter level, earned the job. We’ll see where it goes from there.”

 

“I think his reads and his eyes have been much better, where he’s going with the football. His timing, understanding the offense, the more reps he gets. I also think he’s getting a better feel for throwing in the pocket. Mechanically there are a few things that Coach Yurcich has worked on, that Justin has worked on that has closed up a few of his throws. He’s got a strong arm. He’s done a pretty good job with his accuracy the last couple weeks. He can create. When he does create, he has to know when there’s times to take a chance, when there’s times you got to throw it away or eat it. That’s just managing the game, maturity in that position.”

 

Day on his takeaways from last Saturday’s scrimmage
“We had probably I think about 10 to 12 champions on both sides of the ball. I thought guys came out and played really, really well. Nothing in particular in terms of like individuals that really stepped up that maybe hadn’t before, without selling somebody short. But overall it was a good scrimmage. I think the offense and the defense have been getting after each other. It’s been a lot of give-and-take, which has been great.”

 

Day on C.J. Saunders going from walk-on to team captain
“I think it’s unbelievable. You can tell that these guys respect hard work, they respect and really give a lot of credit to the way he’s gone about his work every day, the way he handles himself, his character. C.J. hasn’t played a whole bunch around here. What matters is how he works in the weight room, how he practices, the way he handles himself off the field, the classroom.”

 

Day on how he announced the captains to the rest of the team
“We did it this morning in an 8:00 meeting. Brought the team in, let them know the results of the voting. Called all seven guys up here, congratulated the team. They did an unbelievable job selecting. I talked to them before about what it means to be an Ohio State captain, the tradition that comes with it, the guys that have come before them. Also you’re not voting for your best friend or your buddy. You’re voting for somebody that’s going to represent the school, somebody that you respect. I thought they did a great job.”

 

 

#GoBucks#

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MIKE BASFORD; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS


A’s announce 2019 Hall of Fame inductees: Blue, Campaneris, Haas, Jr. & La Russa & McGwire

1:58 PM PDT

 

OAKLAND, Calif. – Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa; Cy Young and MVP award winner Vida Blue; six-time All-Star Bert “Campy” Campaneris; Athletics all-time home run leader Mark McGwire; and former A’s owner Walter A. Haas, Jr. will be enshrined in franchise history forever as members of the 2019 class of the Athletics Hall of Fame, the Club announced today. The class will be honored during a pregame ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21 when the A’s host the Texas Rangers.

Tony La Russa managed the A’s for 10 seasons from 1986 to 1995 and, under his guidance, won four American League West titles, three consecutive AL Pennants from 1988 to 1990, and the World Championship in 1989. La Russa won 798 games during his tenure with the A’s, which are the most in Oakland history and second only in Athletics history to Connie Mack’s 3,582. When he was hired to manage the A’s on July 7, 1986, his first action was to name Dave Stewart as his starting pitcher that day at Boston. The A’s acquired Dennis Eckersley the following season and, under La Russa’s watch, the modern-day closer was born. The A’s won an Oakland-record 104 games in 1988 and La Russa was named AL Manager of the Year, an honor he would garner again in 1992. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

No pitcher in Oakland history has struck out more batters (1,315) or started more games (262) than Vida Blue. Drafted by the Kansas City A’s in 1967, Blue made his Major League debut in 1969 just eight days before his 20th birthday. He tossed a no-hitter in 1970 and then burst onto the national scene in 1971 when he won both the American League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award as a 21-year-old. Blue set Oakland records with 301 strikeouts and a league-leading 1.82 ERA while compiling a 24-8 record. He was the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star Game that year and again in 1975. Vida won 20 games in 1973 and 22 in 1975 and pitched nine seasons with the A’s from 1969-77. He also holds Oakland career records for complete games (105), shutouts (28) and innings pitched (1945.2).

The Athletics all-time leader in games played (1,795) and hits (1,882), Bert “Campy” Campaneris played 13 seasons for the A’s, including four in Kansas City (1964 to 1967) and nine in Oakland (1968 to 1976). When you trace the roots of the A’s three straight World Championships from 1972 to 1974, it all began on April 25, 1961, when the Kansas City A’s signed a 19-year-old Cuban named Dagoberto Campaneris. Campy made his Major League debut on July 23, 1964 and homered twice in his first game. He famously played all nine positions in a nine-inning game on Sept. 8, 1965. Campaneris hit .353 in the 1974 World Series and was a six-time All-Star. He stole 649 bases in his career and led the American League in steals six times, including four straight years from 1965 to 1968.

The A’s all-time home run king with 363, Mark McGwire played 12 seasons with Oakland from 1986-97. He broke the Major League record for home runs by a rookie with a league leading 49 in 1987 and was named American League Rookie of the Year. McGwire was tabbed to his first of an Athletics-record nine All-Star Games that year, including six straight from 1987 to 1992. The A’s reached the Postseason four times with McGwire, highlighted by a World Championship in 1989. He earned the American League Gold Glove for first basemen in 1990 and set Oakland records with 52 home runs and a .730 slugging percentage in 1996. In addition to home runs, McGwire holds Oakland career records for RBI (941), extra base hits (563), and slugging percentage (.551).

The A’s may never have been Rooted in Oakland had Walter A. Haas, Jr. not purchased the team following the 1980 season. Haas owned the club for 15 years from 1981 to 1995 and during that time the A’s won five American League West titles, three AL Pennants, and the 1989 World Championship. The A’s set a franchise record for attendance in Haas’ first season by drawing 1.3 million fans, a record that would be broken four more times, topping out at 2.9 million in 1990. But Haas will be remembered just as much for what went on off the field, beginning with a commitment to the community. Haas stayed in the background while bright young innovators such as Walter J. Haas, Roy Eisenhardt, Sandy Alderson, and Andy Dolich grew the A’s reputation to one of the best in baseball.

The group joins Baseball Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter, and Reggie Jackson; 1989 World Series MVP Dave Stewart; and former A’s owner Charlie Finley in the Athletics Hall of Fame. The A’s annually induct a class that is voted on by a committee.

Read more: Oakland Athletics
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY PADRES MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Red Sox issue medical update on LHP Chris Sale

 

Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

6:18 PM EDT

BOSTON, MA – Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski released the following medical update today on left-handed pitcher Chris Sale:

“Sale was evaluated by Dr. James Andrews this morning in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Andrews confirmed that Sale has inflammation in his left elbow and treated it with a platelet-rich plasma injection. Dr. Andrews also recommended a period of shutdown from throwing. Sale will be re-evaluated in six weeks by Dr. Andrews.”

Read more: Boston Red Sox
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY RED SOX MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Braves claim speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from Kansas City

Billy Hamilton with Reds in 2018 By Ian D'Andrea, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

6:31 PM EDT

Atlanta options RHP Bryse Wilson to Gwinnett

 

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves today claimed switch-hitting, five-time Gold Glove finalist OF Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. Additionally, the club optioned RHP Bryse Wilson to Triple-A Gwinnett, while recalling RHP Jacob Webb from the Stripers and placing him on the 60-day injured list with a right elbow impingement. The Colorado Rockies also claimed RHP Wes Parsons off waivers from Atlanta, after the Braves designated the righty for assignment on August 16. The Braves’ 40-man roster is full.

Hamilton, 28, spent the season with Kansas City, appearing in 93 games with the Royals and hitting .211 (58-for-275) with 18 stolen bases. The switch-hitter signed with the Royals last December after spending the first six seasons of his major league career with Cincinnati, where he was a five-time Gold Glove finalist in center field.

Hamilton has 295 career stolen bases, the fifth most of any active player, while his 81.3% success rate (363 attempts, 68 caught stealing) is 10th highest among active qualifiers. He is a career .242 hitter (669-for-2766) with 21 home runs in 783 games.

Read more: Atlanta Braves
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY BRAVES MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

NFL Network & NFL Red Zone announce distribution agreement renewal with PlayStation Vue

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2019

NFL Network today announced it has renewed its agreement with Sony Interactive Entertainment for national distribution of NFL Network and NFL RedZone programming services on PlayStation™Vue, the pioneering live streaming TV service. Available on popular TV-connected and mobile devices, PS Vue will offer its customers continued access to NFL Network and NFL RedZone for the 2019 season, the historic 100th season of the NFL.

PlayStation Vue subscribers receiving NFL Network and NFL RedZone will also continue to have access to the services through NFL.com and the NFL and NFL Network apps across multiple devices. To get these channels, NFL Network will be included in the Core plan for $54.99/month on PS Vue. NFL RedZone will be included in the Sports Pack, which goes for $10.00/month (requires Core or higher package).

In addition to airing all 65 preseason games, for the upcoming season NFL Network will feature Thursday Night Football (including 7 exclusive live games); popular shows such as Good Morning Football, and NFL GameDay Morning, and a suite of programming and content in celebration of the NFL’s 100th season including two series – The NFL’s All-Time Team and The NFL 100 Greatest – that pay tribute to the people, players, coaches, memories and moments that have, and continue to contribute to, the NFL’s legacy.

Every Sunday afternoon of the NFL’s regular season, the NFL RedZone channel brings fans every touchdown and all the big moments from every game across the League.  Produced by NFL Network, NFL RedZone cuts from stadium to stadium and delivers fans the most exciting plays as they happen, live and in high definition.

PS Vue offers over 80 top live news, sports, kids, and lifestyle channels. All monthly plans include live streaming HD Channels, a powerful Cloud DVR, five simultaneous streams, thousands of On Demand Shows, and 10 viewing profiles each with a personalized DVR. For more information, please visit: http://www.psvue.com.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

NFL content has never been more popular across the media landscape. According to the Nielsen Company, 187 million people tuned into the 2018 NFL regular season, representing 71 percent of all television homes and 61 percent of potential viewers in the U.S. NFL games accounted for 24 of the top 25 and 46 of the top 50 most-watched TV telecasts during the 2018 regular season.

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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