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Cleveland Indians and LA Angels to play in Williamsport, Pa. in 2021 for the ‘MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO’

ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and ESPN Radio to air game nationally at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, August 22, 2021

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Game Date Winning team Losing team Attendance
2017 August 20 Pittsburgh Pirates 6 St. Louis Cardinals 3 2,596
2018 August 19 New York Mets 8 Philadelphia Phillies 2 2,429
2019 August 18 Chicago Cubs 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 1 2,503
2020 August 23 Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles cancelled
2021 August 22 Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:19 AM EDT

 

The Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians are headed to Williamsport, Pa. in 2021 to play in the “MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO,” as announced today by Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Little League International. The game, which will take place on Sunday, August 22nd and serve as a home game for Cleveland, will air nationally that evening exclusively on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” at 7:00 p.m. (ET), and also will be available on ESPN Radio, the ESPN App and ESPN Deportes.

“We’re very excited to be selected for what has become a highlight of MLB’s unique lineup of annual showcase games,” said Cleveland Indians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti. “The future of baseball will be determined by the next generation of players and fans, so to have the opportunity to engage these young athletes to celebrate and continue to grow this great game will have a powerful and lasting impact on our organization and especially our players. It’s a young baseball player’s dream to play on the Little League World Series stage in Williamsport and only a select few get the opportunity. We look forward to bringing our Major League team to participate next August and fulfill some of those young baseball dreams we had when we were just getting started in this game.”

“Investing in the future of our game has always been a central focus for our organization,” said Los Angeles Angels Owner Arte Moreno. “We are honored to participate in this special event that unites MLB’s brightest stars with the game’s next generation.”

Major Leaguers on the Angels and Indians will attend Little League Baseball World Series games earlier in the day on August 22nd, demonstrating their commitment to helping grow the game at the youth level. As is tradition, a significant portion of the capacity at Historic Bowman Field that evening for the Little League Classic game, which is part of the “GEICO Summer Series,” will be filled with the players and families of the participating Little League Baseball World Series teams, as well as local Williamsport youth baseball and softball organizations.

Participation in baseball at the youth level continues to have significant growth, according to a prominent, independent source that collects data on youth sports participation. In January 2020, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced their Topline Participation Report for 2019 for individual and team sports played in the United States. For the fourth consecutive year, baseball and softball combined to rank as the most participated team sports in the United States in 2019 with 25.1 million participants. Overall, Baseball has grown 20% in participation since 2014, which is the year prior to the launch of ‘PLAY BALL.’ This growth more than doubles the percentage of the second closest sport (basketball at +8%). In that same timeframe, baseball has added 2.65 million new participants while casual participation (playing 12 times or less in a given year) has increased by 55%.

MLB and the MLBPA launched the Little League Classic at the renovated Historic Bowman Field in August 2017. The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017, the Philadelphia Phillies hosted the New York Mets in 2018, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 installment featuring the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox was unfortunately cancelled.

Historic Bowman Field, in which Major League Baseball and the State of Pennsylvania invested a multi-million-dollar renovation prior to the 2017 MLB Little League Classic, opened in 1926. More than 560 Major Leaguers, including Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Bill Mazeroski, Jim Rice and Jim Bunning, have worn a professional baseball uniform for Williamsport.

The Little League Baseball® World Series is an international championship tournament for children, ages 10-12, held annually in Williamsport, the headquarters for Little League International. Each year, countries from around the world compete on a global stage, with games airing on ESPN and streamed via the ESPN App.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

GRAPH COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

Dodgers activate catcher Will Smith from IL

 

Will Smith catching for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2016 By Dustin Nosler, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

9:12 AM PDT

 

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated catcher Will Smith from the 10-day injured list and have optioned catcher Keibert Ruiz.

Smith, 25, returns to the Dodgers after missing ten games with neck inflammation. In 14 games with the Dodgers, he is batting .188 (6-for-32) with two homers and eight RBI. He made his Major League debut last season, playing in 54 games, batting .253 (43-for-170) with 15 homers and 42 RBI. Prior to being called up, he hit .243 (251-for-1034) with 55 homers and 180 RBI in 288 career minor league games in the Dodgers’ farm system. The Louisville native was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the first round of the 2016 First Year Player Draft out of Louisville.

Ruiz, 22, appeared in two games for the Dodgers, batting .250 with a homer and one RBI. In his Major League debut on August 16, Ruiz connected for his first homer in his first career at bat, becoming the seventh Dodger in franchise history to homer in their first plate appearance. The Venezuelan backstop has been with the Dodgers organization since 2015, hitting a combined .299 (430-for-1580) with 29 homers and 199 RBI in 387 minor league games.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY DODGERS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Morgan State University mourns the death of football player Jordan Cofield from Motorcycle accident (8-4-2000 to 8-22-2020)

  • HEIGHT
    5-8
  • WEIGHT
    155
  • CLASS
    Junior
  • HOMETOWN
    Baltimore, Md.
  • HIGHSCHOOL
    New Town HS
    As a Sophomore in 2019: Saw action in 11 games … ranked No. 2 in the MEAC in kick return average (20.4 avg) … had 10 receptions for 105 yards (10.5 avg), including a touchdown … added one carry for 16 yards …

    As a Freshman in 2018: saw action in every game (11) … led the Bears special teams unit as a returner … averaged 18.0 yards on 22 kickoff returns, including a long of 75-yards … ranked No. 4 in the MEAC in punt return average (6.4 yards) on 70 punt returns … finished with a season-high 120 yards on three kickoff returns vs. Howard … had a 5-yard catch vs. Florida A&M …

    High School: was a two-sport athlete at New Town HS … as a track standout he was a two-time 200m and 100m state champion … he was also a three-time 60m champion.

BALTIMORE, Md. (August 23, 2020) – It is with deep sadness that the Morgan State Athletics Department mourns the tragic loss of student-athlete Jordan Cofield, who lost his life in a single vehicle motorcycle accident during the evening hours of August 23, 2020.

Cofield, 20, was a junior wide receiver on the MSU football team and key member of the track & field team.  The Baltimore (New Town HS) product ranked No. 2 in the MEAC in kick return average (20.4 avg) last year. Adding 10 receptions for 105 yards (10.5 avg) and a touchdown.

Jordan Cofield

Cofield also excelled off the field as a Business Administration major, holding a 3.26 GPA as a member of the Dean’s List and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

“On behalf of the entire Morgan State University community and the Department of Athletics we are heartbroken at the loss of Jordan,” said MSU Athletic Director Edward Scott, Ph.D. ”This is a very difficult loss for the Bear family and we are extremely saddened.  Jordan was an outstanding young man who touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.  Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the Cofield family, Jordan’s friends and teammates.”

 

Support and counseling services have been offered and will remain available to MSU student-athletes, coaches and staff of Cofield.  Funeral proceedings will be announced by the family at a later date.

ABOUT MORGAN STATE
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.

 

 

 

STORY, PHOTOS AND BIO COURTESY OF MORGAN STATE ATHLETICS

 

Curtis Luck continues to lead Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after 3 rounds; Young in the hunt

 

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Curtis Luck 68-66-68 – 202 (-11)
2 Cameron Young 66-69-68 – 203 (-10)
3 Erik Barnes 69-67-68 – 204 (-9)
T4 Will Zalatoris 69-70-66 – 205 (-8)
T4 Jimmy Stanger 65-71-69 – 205 (-8)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Curtis Luck carded a bogey-free, 3-under 68 on Saturday to take the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at 11-under 202. Cameron Young sits alone in second, one stroke off the pace at 10-under 203.

Luck, who began the day one stroke clear of the field, tallied back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to reach 10-under for the week. After pars on Nos. 8 and 9, Luck headed to the back nine at the top of a crowded leaderboard.

Curtis Luck

Luck stayed in control of the round carding six consecutive pars to begin the back nine. On the par-4 16th, the Australian stuck his approach and drained his birdie putt to claim the solo-lead at 11-under. He closed his round with two pars to take the 54-hole lead into Sunday’s final round.

“I think that the strategy for me was limit the bogeys and I went bogey‑free, so I’m pretty stoked about that,” Luck said. “I just tried to play really smart. Once again, like the first two days, if I was slightly out of position, just get it back in position as best I can and hit good shots to recover.”

Luck is making his 44th Korn Ferry Tour start this week and fourth appearance at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. In 2018, the 24-year-old finished T5 in Ohio, matching his best finish on the Korn Ferry Tour. That season, he went on to earn his PGA TOUR card through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

“I’m yet to sort of remember having a bad round in the final round here,” Luck said of his experience at the Scarlet Course. “So yeah, no doubt in my mind it’s a huge advantage being here the fourth year and also putting in good results each and every year being back.”

Luck and Young played together in Saturday’s third round but it was far from the duo’s first time competing together. The two played junior golf growing up and competed against one another several times. In 2016, Luck defeated Young in the Round of 16 en route to winning the U.S. Amateur title.

The two will be paired together again during Sunday’s final round.

Cameron Young (courtesy Wake Forest Athletics)

“I’ve known Cameron since I think I was 18 and we’ve always got along really well,” Luck said. “Out on Tour a couple weeks ago, I didn’t actually realize he was out here because I skipped Nebraska (Pinnacle Bank Championship), so it was great to see him here and playing good.”

Young began the day with five consecutive pars before carding his first birdie of the round at the par-3 fifth. After pars on Nos. 6-8, he went on to add another birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at 9-under. The 23-year-old tallied his third birdie of the round at the par-5 12th but immediately gave the stroke back on No. 13. After a par on No. 14, he tallied his fourth birdie of the round on the par-4 15th to reach 10-under for the week and claim solo-second.

Three weeks ago, Young made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aeta and finished the week T11. A week later, the Wake Forest University product continued his strong play, finishing T14 at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz. Last week, Young played in the final group at the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco and finished the week T6.

Now, Young will look to capture his first Korn Ferry Tour title as he plays in Sunday’s final group for the second week in a row.

“Yeah, it’s been exciting. Obviously, I had no idea I was going to be here a month ago,” Young said of his recent play. “It’s been a lot of fun. To see a lot of it firsthand and be a part of it and compete, especially to do well, has been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed it.”

Erik Barnes sits alone in third at 9-under 204. Will Zalatoris and Jimmy Stanger sit T4 at 8-under 205, three strokes off the lead.

Final-round tee times will run from 7:00 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. EDT on Sunday. The tournament will be broadcast live on Golf Channel from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

 

SATURDAY NOTES:

* Saturday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 86. Wind S at 3-6 mph.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion. The champion will also receive 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* This marks the first time that Curtis Luck has held the 54-hole lead on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* Luck and Cameron Young previously competed against one another in the Round of 16 at the 2016 U.S. Amateur. Luck would eventually go on to win the event contested at Oakland Hills Country Club.

* In his previous three starts at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Luck has finished T7-T5-T19.

* Seven of the 16 54-hole leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season. Stephan Jaeger won at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco after holding the third-round lead.

* Cameron Young played in the final group at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco and finished the week T6. Young is making his fourth career Korn Ferry Tour start this week.

* Will Zalatoris, who leads the Korn Ferry Tour points list, sits T4 at 8-under 205 after a third-round 66.

* Ryan McCormick (T6, -7) had the low round of the day posting a 6-under 65 on Saturday.

* In his first competitive event since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas sits T60 at 2-over 215 after three rounds.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship serves as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-4 second hole (472 yards) played as the hardest hole on Saturday with a scoring average of 4.187.

* The par-5 sixth hole (618 yards) played as the easiest hole on Saturday with a scoring average of 4.613.

 

*The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

Front                 Back                   Total                           Cumulative

R1                       36.285               35.688               71.972

R2                       36.167               35.333               71.500               71.736

R3                       35.920               34.880               70.800               71.424

 

 

ROUND RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF THE PGA TOUR & NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S COMMUNICATIONS

 

Second straight Stanley Cup Playoffs collapse by Washington Capitals costs Todd Reirden his job

 

Todd Reirden (courtesy Washington Capitals)

The Washington Capitals have relieved head coach Todd Reirden of his coaching duties, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We have higher expectations for our team, and we felt a fresh approach in leadership was necessary,” said MacLellan. “We would like to thank Todd for all of his hard work and efforts with our organization. Todd has been a big part of our team for more than half a decade, including our Stanley Cup run in 2018, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

Reirden, 49, was the 18th head coach in franchise history and led the club to a 89-46-16 record from 2018-20.

On June 29, 2018, Reirden became the head coach of the Capitals, replacing Barry Trotz, who left the team after winning the Stanley Cup with the Capitals due to a contract dispute. In his first season as head coach of the Capitals, he guided them to a 48–26–8 record and the top record in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, but they would lose in the First Round of the playoffs to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games. After the Capitals again lost in the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, this time to the New York Islanders, the Capitals fired Reirden today on August 23, 2020.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win% Result
WSH 2018–19 82 48 26 8 104 1st in Metropolitan 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round (CAR)
WSH 2019–20 69 41 20 8 90 1st in Metropolitan 2 6 .250 Lost in First Round (NYI)
Total 151 89 46 16 5 10 .333 2 playoff appearances

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WASHINGTON CAPITALS COMMUNICATIONS

SOME INFORMATION IN STORY FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

 

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