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NFL Monday Night Football Game Preview Capsule: Chargers visits Saints on ESPN












ON THE AIRWAVES: TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (LAC), 83 (NO) | XM: 226 (LAC), 225 (NO)


LEADER: Chargers lead all-time series, 7-5 STREAKS: Saints have won 4 of past 5 LAST GAME: 10/2/16: Saints 35 at Chargers 34 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/7/12: Saints 31, Chargers 24


L 38-31 at Tampa Bay LAST WEEK

Anthony Lynn: 0-0 COACH VS. OPP.

20.8/23.8 PTS. FOR/AGAINST


Justin Herbert (R): 77-107-931-5-3-102.2 PASSING

Joshua Kelly (R): 52-174-3.3-1 RUSHING

Keenan Allen: 32-327-10.2-1 RECEIVING


Joey Bosa: 3 SACKS

Michael Davis, Melvin Ingram: 1 INTs

-4 (3/7) TAKE/GIVE

Ty Long: 46.7 (41.0) PUNTING (NET)

Michael Badgley: 29 (8/8 PAT; 7/9 FG) KICKING


• QB JUSTIN HERBERT (rookie) completed 20 of 25 passes (80 pct.) for 290 yards & career-high 3 TDs vs. INT for 137.9 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 275+ pass yards & TD pass. Became 1st rookie QB with 2 TD passes of 50+ yards in game since 2017 (DESHAUN WATSON). QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 246 yards & TD for 94.6 rating in his last game vs. NO (9/6/18 with Cle.). Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. • RB JOSHUA KELLEY ranks 4th among AFC rookies with 258 scrimmage yards this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 8 catches for 62 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Has 21 catches (10.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. NFC South. Leads AFC with 32 catches & ranks 2nd with 327 rec. yards. WR JALEN GUYTON had 72- yard TD catch in Week 4. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. WR TYRON JOHNSON had TD catch in NFL debut last week. TE HUNTER HENRY has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had rec. TD in last meeting. TE DONALD PARHAM had TD catch in NFL debut last week. • DE JOEY BOSA has sack in 3 of past 4. Has 6 TFL & 5 sacks in 5 career games vs. NFC South. LB KYZIR WHITE had 10 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Rookie LB KENNETH MURRAY has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. CB CASEY HAYWARD had 5 tackles last week. Had PD in last meeting & has PD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NO. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 5+ tackles. CB MICHAEL DAVIS had 78-yard INT-TD last week, 1st-career TD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on road.


LAST WEEK W 35-29 at Detroit

COACH VS. OPP. Sean Payton: 2-0

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 30.8/30.8


PASSING Drew Brees: 92-129-1006-8-2-108.2

RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 50-236-4.7-4

RECEIVING Alvin Kamara (RB): 30-321-10.7-3


SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 3

INTs Many tied: 1

TAKE/GIVE +2 (5/3)

PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 39.6 (39.2)

KICKING Wil Lutz: 33 (15/15 PAT; 6/6 FG)


• QB DREW BREES passed for 246 yards with 2 TDs vs. INT for 116.4 rating last week. Has 709 pass yards (354.5 per game) & 7 TDs vs. INT for 115.9 rating in 2 career home starts vs. Chargers. Had 12,348 pass yards & 80 TDs in 5 seasons with Chargers (2001-05). Has 7,868 pass yards (302.6 per game) & 57 TDs vs. 20 INTs for 105.4 rating in 26 career starts on MNF. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 300+ pass yards. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 119 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 36 rec.) & rush TD last week. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (557) & scrimmage TDs (7). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ TDs. Has 612 scrimmage yards (102 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 6 career games on MNF. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 2 rush TDs last week. Has 295 scrimmage yards (98.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Chargers. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 33 receptions for 396 yards (99 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career home games on MNF. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS led team with 6 catches & 93 rec. yards last week. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had 2 rec. TDs in Week 4, his 2nd-career game with 2 TDs. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack last week. Had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chargers with sack. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home on MNF. DE TREY HENDRICKSON has sack in 3 of his past 4. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 6+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 vs. Chargers. Has 5 PD in his past 4 on MNF. S MALCOLM JENKINS has 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 5 on MNF.



MLB mourns the death of former baseball official Jimmie Lee Solomon

October 9, 2020


Jimmie Lee Solomon (file photo)


Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the passing of former Major League Baseball official Jimmie Lee Solomon at the age of 64:

“I am surprised and saddened by the news of the passing of our former colleague Jimmie Lee Solomon, who served Major League Baseball in various roles, including as both Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and Executive Vice President of Baseball Development. Jimmie Lee was passionate about providing opportunities to young athletes and advancing baseball in our communities. Our network of Youth Academies across the country is in large part a credit to his hard work and dedication. All of us at MLB send our condolences to Jimmie Lee’s family and friends, and appreciate his impact on our great game.”

Solomon joined MLB in 1991 and served in a variety of operational capacities. In addition to management of MLB’s Youth Academies, he played a significant role in Minor League Operations, the Civil Rights Game and many initiatives and special events aimed at baseball development. Solomon served as Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations from June 2005 until being named the head of Baseball Development in June 2010.




MLB announces umpires for NLCS and ALCS

LCS Crew Chiefs Are Jeff Nelson (AL) and Jim Reynolds (NL)

October 11, 2020

Umpire Jeff Nelson in 2011 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

MLB umpire Jim Reynolds - Pirates at Orioles June 12, 2012 photo by By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Major League Baseball on Sunday announced the Major League Umpires who have been assigned to the 2020 League Championship Series, with Jeff Nelson (ALCS) and Jim Reynolds (NLCS) as crew chiefs.

The AL Championship Series presented by GEICO is scheduled to begin today at San Diego’s Petco Park, featuring the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays and the #6 Houston Astros, the defending AL Champions. Nelson’s seven-umpire crew has Lance Barksdale, regular season crew chief Ted Barrett, Chris Conroy, Manny Gonzalez, Tim Timmons and John Tumpane. All ALCS games will be telecast exclusively by TBS.

The NL Championship Series presented by Camping World is set to start on Monday, October 12th at Globe Life Field in Arlington, showcasing the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers and the #2 Atlanta Braves. The crew led by Reynolds includes Cory Blaser, Pat Hoberg, James Hoye, regular season crew chief Dan Iassogna, Will Little and Alan Porter. FS1 will exclusively broadcast all NLCS games.

Each of the seven umpires assigned to the LCS crews could receive a plate assignment. Each umpire will be off the field during the game prior to their scheduled plate game. The Replay Officials during the League Championship Series will be Major League Umpires Marty Foster (ALCS) and Mike Muchlinski (NLCS), while Jordan Baker will assist both. A complete listing of the rotations for the LCS accompanies this press release.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2020 MLB Postseason games. MLB Network will provide comprehensive coverage throughout the Postseason. All games telecast on FOX, FS1 and TBS will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. The 2020 Postseason schedule, subject to change, can be viewed at




Cincinnati Reds mourn the death of a ‘Big Red Machine’ favorite, Joe Morgan


Joe Morgan with Reds in 1977 photo By Hostess via, Public Domain, https


12:14 PM EDT

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, and share in the loss of this beloved member of the organization. A special advisor to Reds CEO Bob Castellini and the club’s baseball operations department since 2010, Morgan died last night at age 77.

“The Reds family is heartbroken. Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city,” Castellini said. “He had a lifelong loyalty and dedication to this organization that extended to our current team and front office staff. As a cornerstone on one of the greatest teams in baseball history, his contributions to this franchise will live forever. Our hearts ache for his Big Red Machine teammates.”


Cincinnati Reds

To this day the trade is considered an epoch-making deal for Cincinnati, although at the time many “experts” felt like the Astros got the better end of the deal. Power-hitting Lee May, All-Star second baseman Tommy Helms, and outfielder/pinch hitter Jimmy Stewart went to the Astros. In addition to Morgan, included in the deal to the Reds were César Gerónimo (who became their regular right fielder and then center fielder), starting pitcher Jack Billingham, veteran infielder Denis Menke, and minor league outfielder Ed Armbrister. Morgan joined leadoff hitter Pete Rose as prolific catalysts at the top of the Reds’ lineup. Morgan added home run power, not always displayed with the Astros in the cavernous Astrodome, outstanding speed and excellent defense.

As part of the Big Red Machine, Morgan made eight consecutive All-Star Game appearances (1972–79) to go along with his 1966 and 1970 appearances with Houston. Morgan, along with teammates Pete RoseJohnny BenchTony Pérez, and Dave Concepción, led the Reds to consecutive championships in the World Series. He drove in Ken Griffey for the winning run in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. Morgan was also the National League MVP in 1975 and 1976. He was the first second baseman in the history of the National League to win the MVP back to back. In Morgan’s NL MVP years he combined for a .324 batting average, 44 home runs, 205 runs batted in, 246 bases on balls, and 127 stolen bases.

Morgan was an extremely capable hitter—especially in clutch situations. While his lifetime average was only .271, he hit between .288 and .327 during his peak years with the Reds. Additionally, he drew many walks, resulting in an excellent .392 on-base percentage. He also hit 268 home runs to go with 449 doubles and 96 triples, excellent power for a middle infielder of his era, and was considered by some the finest base stealer of his generation (689 steals at greater than 80% success rate). Besides his prowess at the plate and on the bases, Morgan was an exceptional infielder, winning the Gold Glove Award in consecutive years from 1973 to 1977.

MLB statistics
Batting average .271
Hits 2,517
Home runs 268
Runs batted in 1,133
Stolen bases 689
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Induction 1990
Vote 81.8% (first ballot)





NFL Top 7 Statistical Highlights from Week 5 Sunday


A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 11, the fifth week of the 2020 season.

  • Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver CHASE CLAYPOOL, a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, registered seven receptions for 110 yards and three touchdowns, and added a rushing touchdown, in the Steelers’ 38-29 win over Philadelphia. Pittsburgh advanced to 4-0 for the first time since 1979.

    Claypool is the third rookie wide receiver to record four touchdowns in a single game in NFL history, joining JERRY BUTLER (September 23, 1979) and HARLON HILL (October 31, 1954).

    Claypool is the fourth rookie with at least two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a single game since 1970, joining LYNN CAIN (October 14, 1979), JOEY GALLOWAY (November 12, 1995) and KAREEM HUNT (September 7, 2017).

    Claypool is the fourth player since 1990 to register at least three receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a single game, joining JAMAAL CHARLES (December 15, 2013), ERIC METCALF (September 20, 1992) and DANNY WOODHEAD (December 20, 2015).

    The Steelers defense recorded five sacks and two interceptions on Sunday. Pittsburgh is the fourth team since 2000 to register at least three sacks and an interception in each of its first four games of a season, joining the 2018 CHICAGO BEARS, 2016 DENVER BRONCOS and 2009 DENVER BRONCOS.

  • Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY passed for a career-high 380 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a 103.4 rating and added a rushing touchdown in the Cardinals’ 30-10 win at the New York Jets in Week 5.

    Murray has five rushing touchdowns this season and is the fourth quarterback since 1970 with at least five rushing touchdowns in his team’s first five games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRY BRADSHAW (1972), CAM NEWTON (2011) and KORDELL STEWART (1997).

    Cardinals wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS recorded six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in the team’s win on Sunday.

    Hopkins, who is 28 years and 127 days old, has 9,130 career receiving yards and is the fourth-youngest player to reach 9,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (27 years, 310 days), CALVIN JOHNSON (28 years, 56 days) and LARRY FITZGERALD (28 years, 81 days) reached the milestone at a younger age.

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 340 yards, his 20th career game with at least 300 passing yards, while wide receiver TYREEK HILL rushed for a touchdown in the team’s Week 5 loss to Las Vegas.

    Mahomes is the fourth quarterback with 20 games with at least 300 passing yards in his first four seasons in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (26 games) and DAN MARINO (22), as well as ANDREW LUCK (21).

    Hill, who has 36 receiving touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns during his career, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (197 receiving touchdowns, 10 rushing touchdowns) as the only players with at least 35 receiving touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns since 1970.

  • Appearing in his 80th career game, Cleveland wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM JR. had five receptions for 58 yards in the Browns’ 32-23 win against Indianapolis.

    Beckham has 6,805 career receiving yards and surpassed TORRY HOLT (6,784) for the third-most by a player in his first 80 career games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (7,854) and JULIO JONES (7,676) had more.

    Beckham has 485 career receptions and surpassed KEENAN ALLEN (482) for the third-most by a player in his first 80 career games in league annals. Only ANQUAN BOLDIN (502) and JULIO JONES (501) had more.

  • Dallas rookie wide receiver CEEDEE LAMB had eight receptions for 124 yards in the Cowboys’ 37-34 win over the New York Giants in Week 5.

    Lamb is the second player with at least five receptions in each of his first five career games in NFL history, joining TERRY GLENN (1996).

  • Atlanta running back TODD GURLEY rushed for 121 yards and one touchdown in Week 5 against Carolina.

    Gurley recorded his 75th career touchdown in his 78th career game on Sunday, becoming the fourth-fastest player to reach the mark in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (72 games), LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (72) and EMMITT SMITH (77) reached the milestone in fewer games.

  • Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman AARON DONALD tied his career high with four sacks while linebacker TROY REEDER registered three sacks in the team’s 30-10 win at Washington in Week 5.

    Donald and Reeder are the first pair of teammates to each record at least three sacks in the same game since Week 17 of the 2015 season [Houston's WHITNEY MERCILUS (3.5 sacks) and J.J. WATT (three sacks) on January 3, 2016].

    Donald, who also recorded four sacks in Week 7 of the 2018 season, is the fifth player with two games with at least four sacks since 2000, joining JUSTIN HOUSTONCHANDLER JONESJOEY PORTER and CAMERON WAKE.




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