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Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

 

Loren Cristian Jackson Akron

MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week

Loren Cristian Jackson, Akron, Guard Junior, Chicago, Ill. (Victory Rock Prep)

Jackson had a historic week by establishing a new career-high scoring mark with red-hot shooting en route to collecting his 1,000th career point. He led the Zips to a pair of road wins over Miami (81-60) and Ohio (88-86) while averaging 27.5 points per game. Jackson shot a sizzling 70.0 percent from the field (21-of-30), including an incredible 78.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (11-of-14).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marreon Jackson Toledo

MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week

Marreon Jackson, Toledo, Guard Junior, Cleveland, Ohio (Garfield Heights)

Jackson continue his great start to conference play by leading the Rockets with 28.0 ppg and 6.5 apg to go along with 4.0 rpg in two games last week. He also shot 44.4 percent (16-of-36) from the field, 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from three-point range and 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the free-throw line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Player Of The Week Winners

East Division Nov. 11 – Justin Turner, G, BGSU Nov. 18 – J.Preston, G, Ohio/D.Pippen, F, KSU Nov. 25 – Dylan Frye, G, BGSU Dec. 2 – J.Graves, G, Buffalo/J.Dartis, G, Ohio Dec. 9 – X. Williams, W, Akron / J.Preston, G, Ohio Dec. 16 – D.Plowden, F, BGSU / B.Bowman, F, MIA Dec. 23 – Davonta Jordan, G, Buffalo Dec. 30 – Jason Preston, G, Ohio Jan. 7 – Loren Cristian Jackson, G, Akron Jan. 13 – X.Williams, W, Akron/A.Williams, G, KSU Jan. 20 – D. Plowden, G, BGSU/J.Williams, F, UB Jan. 27 – Loren Cristian Jackson, G, Akron

West Division Nov 11 – Michael Flowers, G, WMU Nov. 18 – T.Teague, F, BSU/L.Knapke, C, UT Nov. 25 – K.Mallers, F, BSU/E.German, G, NIU Dec. 2 – Kevin McKay, G, Central Michigan Dec. 9 – Luke Knapke, C, Toledo Dec. 16 – W.Jackson, F, UT/ B.Johnson, F, WMU Dec. 23 – Tahjai Teague, F, Ball State Dec. 30 – Ishmael El-Amin, G, Ball State Jan. 7 – Eugene German, G, NIU Jan. 13 – T.Teague, F, BSU/M.Jackson, G, UT Jan. 20 – Tahjai Teague, F, Ball State Jan. 27 – Marreon Jacksoon, G, UT

 

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Conference USA Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

Javion Hamlet North Texas

Jahmir Young Charlotte

 

January 27, 2020
DALLAS – After guiding his squad to three wins in five days behind a 20-point scoring average, North Texas guard Javion Hamlet secured his first career C-USA Player of the Week award. Charlotte guard Jahmir Young claimed his fifth C-USA Freshman of the Week honor following another balanced showing across three contests. Awards are chosen by a vote from a media panel representing the 14 member schools. All C-USA weekly awards are presented by Top of the World. 

Player of the Week
JAVION HAMLET, NORTH TEXAS
RS-Junior, 6-4, 191, G, Memphis, Tennessee
Hamlet led North Texas to three wins this week, extending the program’s overall win streak to eight and C-USA record to 8-1. The Memphis native played exactly 100 minutes and averaged 20.0 points and 5.3 assists per game while not committing a single turnover. The redshirt junior turned in balanced performances in each game beginning with 24 points, five assists and three boards against Rice. Against UTSA, Hamlet’s encore included 22 points, six assists and three rebounds before finishing the week with 14 points, five helpers and four more boards against UTEP. Hamlet is now averaging 16.6 points per game with a 2.8 assist/turnover ratio in conference play. It is his first C-USA weekly award.

Freshman of the Week
JAHMIR YOUNG, CHARLOTTE
Freshman, 6-1, 185, G, Hyattsville, Maryland
Young averaged 18.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the week. Across his three outings, the freshman star shot 50 percent from the field (15 of 30) and 46.7 percent from deep (7 of 15). Against Florida Atlantic, he scored a season-high-tying 24 points while grabbing seven rebounds with two assists and two steals. He scored 20 of his 24 points to guide the 49ers back from a 14-point second-half deficit with a 26-10 run over the final seven and a half minutes to win the game. Against FIU, the Maryland product recorded 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. In the second half alone, he scored 16 points while going 5 for 5 from the field and 3 for 3 from the three-point arc. It is the fifth C-USA weekly award in Young’s career.

C-USA Players of the Week
N11:       Xavier Green, Old Dominion
N18:      Trey Murphy III, Rice
N25:     Osasumwen Osaghae, FIU
D2:       Charles Bassey, WKU
D9:       Bryson Williams, UTEP
D16:      Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA
D23:     Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA
D30:     Jarrod West, Marshall
J6:        Devon Andrews, FIU | Carson Williams, WKU
J13:      Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA
J20:     Bryson Williams, UTEP | Taveion Hollingsworth, WKU
J27:      Javion Hamlet, North Texas

C-USA Freshmen of the Week
N11:       Jahmir Young, Charlotte
N18:      Jahmir Young, Charlotte
N25:     Jordan Rawls, WKU
D2:       Jalen Benjamin, UAB
D9:       Kenan Blackshear, Florida Atlantic
D16:      Tyson Jackson, Middle Tennessee
D23:     Andrew Taylor, Marshall
D30:     Goran Miladinovic, Marshall
J6:        Jahmir Young, Charlotte
J13:      Jalen Benjamin, UAB
J20:     Jahmir Young, Charlotte
J27:      Jahmir Young, Charlotte

 

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Cubs looking to bolster bullpen, signs former Brewer Jeremy Jeffress

 

Jeremy Jeffress with Brewers 2019 photo By Ian D'Andrea on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

CHICAGO – On February 1, the Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress have agreed to terms on a 2020 contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

Jeffress, 32, is a career 28-11 with 44 saves, 74 holds and a 3.16 ERA (141 ER/401.0 IP) in 392 major league appearances, all but one in relief, covering all or part of 10 major league seasons with Milwaukee (2010, 2014-16, 2017-19), Kansas City (2011-12), Toronto (2013-14) and Texas (2016-17). He has posted a sub-2.81 ERA and issued fewer than 3.00 walks per nine innings in four of his last six seasons. In his career, Jeffress is 23-8 with 36 saves and a 2.83 ERA (89 ER/283.0 IP) in 278 outings against National League competition.

A 2018 N.L. All-Star with Milwaukee, Jeffress went 8-1 with 15 saves, 18 holds, a 0.99 WHIP and a 1.29 ERA (11 ER/76.2 IP) in a career-best 73 relief appearances that season, his last full big league campaign. Jeffress limited foes to a .182 batting average, including a near-identical .183 mark by left-handed hitters and .182 mark by right-handed hitters, while turning in a .530 opponents OPS. He went 3-4 with 12 holds, one save and a 5.02 ERA (29 ER/52.0 IP) last year with the Brewers, limited to 48 relief outings due to injury before being granted his release on September 1.

Jeffress broke into the big leagues with Milwaukee in 2010 but spent the next three-plus seasons in the American League before returning to the Brewers during the 2014 season, going 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA (6 ER/28.2 IP) in 29 relief outings with Milwaukee the rest of that campaign. He went 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA (20 ER/68.0 IP) in 72 relief appearances in 2015 and set a career high with 27 saves with the Brewers in 2016 before being traded to Texas at the trade deadline. He was reacquired by Milwaukee from Texas at the 2017 trade deadline.

The six-foot Jeffress was originally selected by the Brewers in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 Draft out of Halifax County High School in South Boston, Virginia.

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Rockies, SS Trevor Story, agree to 2-year deal

 

Trevor Story By Jennifer Zambrano CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced on Friday, January 31, that they have agreed to terms with shortstop Trevor Story on a two-year contract to avoid arbitration that will span the 2020-21 seasons.

• Story, 27, batted .294 (173-for-588) with 111 runs, 38 doubles, five triples, 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 58 walks and 23 stolen bases in 2019, his second consecutive All-Star season and his second consecutive season as a Silver Slugger winner … it was his fourth consecutive season with at least 20 home runs, making him the first shortstop in Major League history to begin his career with four consecutive seasons with 20 or more home runs … also became the first player in Rockies history and the second shortstop in Major League history (also: Alex Rodriguez, 1998-99) with multiple seasons of at least 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases.

*• *Defensively, Story ranked first among National League shortstops with a 2.98 assists per nine innings, second with 4.40 total chances per nine innings and a .987 fielding percentage … also ranked second with 17 defensive runs saved and a 2.4 defensive WAR.

*• *Since his debut for the Rockies in 2016, Story has batted .276 (568-for-2,061) with 334 runs, 133 doubles, 18 triples, 123 home runs, 347 RBI, 189 walks and 65 stolen bases … over that span, ranks first among all Major League shortstops in home runs and slugging percentage (.537).

The Rockies currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

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San Francisco Giants announce 2020 Spring Training non-roster invitee update

San Francisco, Calif. – The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on minor league contracts and have extended non-roster invitations for Major League Spring Training to infielder/outfielder Darin Ruf, infielder Yolmer Sanchez and infielder Pablo Sandoval, President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi announced today. The Giants have now invited 24 players to Major League Spring Training.

The three additional invitees are listed below in bold.

Pitchers (12)

LHP Jerry Blevins

RHP Matt Carasiti

RHP Tyler Cyr

RHP Rico Garcia

RHP Sean Hjelle

RHP Trey McNutt

LHP Sam Moll

RHP Carlos Navas

RHP Tyson Ross

RHP Andrew Triggs

RHP Raffi Vizcaino

RHP Sam Wolff

Catchers (4)

Joey Bart

Rob Brantly

Tyler Heineman

Chad Tromp

Infielders (6)

Cristhian Adames

Zach Green

Drew Robinson

Darin Ruf

Yolmer Sanchez

Pablo Sandoval

Outfielders (2)

Joey Rickard

Jamie WestbrookF

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