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Pomona football opens the 2017 football season with “fire in the chest”
It’s about an hour before Pomona’s first official football practice of the season, and Tyler “TD” Madden sits on a bench in the weight room, eating something from McDonald’s. The 11-year-old ball boy is the son of Jay Madden, who’s entering his 15th season as the Panthers’ head coach, and has grown up in the program. Between french fries, TD lays out a simple case about why the “Big Black” — who have been to, and lost, two consecutive Class 5A state championship games to Valor Christian — will once again be in contention for the big-school golden ball this fall. “Last year, we didn’t have everyone (in the title game) because of some big injuries, so it was harder to work together completely as a team,” TD said of a 30-14 loss. “This year, I think we can do it. Almost everyone’s here again, and we’re looking really good. I can tell the players want to win state for this football family.” Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 2017 Post Preps Radio Game of the Week Schedule August 14, 2017 2017 Post Preps TV Game of the Week Schedule August 11, 2017 High schooler dies when log falls on him during football drill in New York August 4, 2017 Q&A: Mullen football standout Adrian Jackson talks Mustangs’ prospects this fall, commitment to Oregon and more July 31, 2017 Colorado prep football coaching changes: Five new head honchos to watch this fall True to TD’s projections, despite the graduation of one of the state’s most highly touted 2017 recruits in CU lineman Jake Moretti (who sat out last season with an injury), Pomona brings back the majority of its offensive skill talent. It’s a list that includes senior quarterback Ryan Marquez, junior wideout Billy Pospisil, senior running back Max Borghi and senior wideout Santos Maguina. Plus, those players are bolstered by an offensive line that features three returning starters in Brock Boyd, Brandon Hodge and Drew Johnson. “Our goal is to get back to the title game, and find a way to win the last one,” Jay Madden said. “And with having our core of playmakers back, as well as Colten Muller and David Ross at wide receiver, we have a lot of really good skill players. All our linemen have to do is get in the defense’s way for a second, and hopefully we can be gone.” Speaking of defense, Madden assures the Panthers — who graduated their nine leading tacklers from last year — “have got some dudes,” including a pair of sophomore linebacker standouts in Kyle Moretti (Jake’s younger brother) and Sanjay Strickland. On paper, Pomona indeed looks equipped to again beat the shortlist of 5A’s toughest teams come November and early December — and that list includes Valor Christian, a budding rival the Panthers topped in the regular season each of the past two years and play again Sept. 22. “Obviously, the fact that these seniors have gone 0-2 in the title game builds a lot of fire in the chest,” acknowledged Borghi, a Washington State commitment. “We’ve thought about that this offseason, but once the season starts, it starts — it’s a new year, new opportunity.” And as the Panthers gear up for a run toward a third straight state championship game — a stage on which the Panthers are 1-6, with their lone title coming in a 1988 4A (then the largest class) triumph over Montbello — Madden noted the lure of the “Big Black” tradition manages to keep the program at an elite level. It’s a lure that’s epitomized by the coach’s son, as TD — who plays running back, wideout and cornerback on the Arvada Sun Devils team that Madden is also coaching this fall — dreams of nothing more than starring for the Panthers one day. And judging by the number of top-tier players who continue to float into the red and black hallways of the relatively small 5A school, TD’s sentiments are pervasive throughout youth football in the city of Arvada and the Jeffco School District as a whole. “Because there’s about 700 ‘open enrolls’ in the school out of 1,500 total students, every year it surprises me who shows up in terms of freshmen and kids from all over the place,” Jay Madden said. “Even with that, it’s getting harder and harder to reload, because obviously our neighborhood is getting older and older. That makes our tradition and our expectations that much more important, and this year’s team understands that.” 2017 Pomona football schedule Date Time Opponent Location Aug. 25 7 p.m. Mullen NAAC Sept. 8 7 p.m. at Fountain-Fort Carson Guy Barickman Sept. 15 7 p.m. at Ralston Valley NAAC Sept. 22 [...]
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Mark down the dates: NBA unveils full 2017-18 schedule
NEW YORK — DeMarcus Cousins will make an early season trip back to Sacramento, while Gordon Hayward will wait almost all season to see Utah again. Chris Paul’s return to his old Clippers home is part of a Martin Luther King Jr. day tripleheader that includes another NBA Finals rematch, while Paul George and Jimmy Butler also learned the dates of their return games Monday when the NBA released its full 2017-18 schedule — which for the first time in history features no teams playing four games in five nights. The league had unveiled its opening-week national TV games and its five-game Christmas schedule last week. Opening night is Oct. 17, the earliest the regular season has started in 37 years. Cousins will then return to California’s capital city to play for the first time since the Kings traded him to New Orleans last February when the Pelicans visit on Oct. 26 as part of a TNT doubleheader. From there, it’s another five months until Hayward plays in Salt Lake City for the first time since joining the Boston Celtics as a free agent in July. The Celtics visit the Jazz on March 28 for an ESPN game. Other nights of note: — George travels back to Indiana on Dec. 13 for the first time since the Pacers surprisingly dealt him to Oklahoma City. — Butler, another All-Star who went East to West in the summer, takes the Timberwolves into Chicago on Feb. 9. — The NBA’s top two picks go head-to-head for the first time Nov. 15 when Markelle Fultz and Philadelphia visit Lonzo Ball and the Lakers. Related ArticlesAugust 11, 2017 Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA’s early opening night August 10, 2017 Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA’s early opening night August 9, 2017 Wife of Clippers’ Willie Reed wants domestic battery charge dropped August 7, 2017 Stephen Curry vows to do more off court with new contract in hand August 6, 2017 Clippers’ Willie Reed arrested on domestic violence charge — The All-Star Game is Feb. 18 in Los Angeles. The Christmas schedule, as usual, is headlined by NBA Finals foes Golden State and Cleveland meeting for the first time since the Warriors’ five-game victory in June. They will meet again on Jan. 15 on the Cavaliers’ home floor. Later that night, Paul’s Houston Rockets play the Clippers at Staples Center for the first time since acquiring the point guard to play alongside James Harden in their backcourt. The opener of the TNT tripleheader features Memphis’ return to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule, hosting the Lakers. The regular season ends April 11. [...]
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Nuggets release 2017-18 regular season schedule
The Denver Nuggets’ 2017-18 regular-season schedule was released Monday. On 14 occasions this season, the Nuggets will play games on back-to-back nights and nine national television appearances — five on TNT and four on ESPN. Related ArticlesAugust 8, 2017 Nuggets begin golden anniversary celebration by unveiling new uniforms August 8, 2017 PHOTOS: Denver Nuggets’ jerseys through the years August 4, 2017 Nuggets release 2017-18 preseason schedule August 3, 2017 Home at last: Emmanuel Mudiay returns to the Congo, slated to play in 2017 NBA Africa game August 2, 2017 Nuggets hire former NBA player Calvin Booth as new assistant general manager The season begins on the road at Utah (Oct. 18) before hosting the Sacramento Kings in the home opener at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 21. Five of Denver’s first seven games will be on the road and their longest road trip will be seven games from March 17 to March 30 — the team’s longest since the shortened 2011-12 campaign due to the lockout. The Nuggets’ first match up with the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors comes on Nov. 4 at the Pepsi Center. They’ll take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the reigning Eastern Conference champions, on March 3 at Quicken Loans arena before facing them again four days later at home. Altitude will televise 77 of the 82 games (TNT broadcast-games are exclusive), but all regular-season contests will be broadcast live on Altitude Radio AM-950. 2017-18 Nuggets regular season schedule OCTOBER Opponent Day Date Time TV at Utah Wednesday Oct. 18 7 p.m. ALT SACRAMENTO Saturday Oct. 21 7 p.m. ALT WASHINGTON Monday Oct. 23 7 p.m. ALT at Charlotte Wednesday Oct. 25 5 p.m. ALT at Atlanta Friday Oct. 27 5:30 p.m. ALT at Brooklyn Sunday Oct. 29 4 p.m. ALT at New York Monday Oct. 30 5:30 p.m. ALT NOVEMBER TORONTO Wednesday Nov. 1 7 p.m. ALT MIAMI Friday Nov. 3 7 p.m. ALT GOLDEN STATE Saturday Nov. 4 7 p.m. ALT BROOKLYN Tuesday Nov. 7 7 p.m. ALT OKLAHOMA CITY Thursday Nov. 9 8:30 p.m. TNT ORLANDO Saturday Nov. 11 7 p.m. ALT at Portland Monday Nov. 13 8 p.m. ALT NEW ORLEANS Friday Nov. 17 8:30 p.m. ESPN/ALT at L.A. Lakers Sunday Nov. 19 7:30 p.m. ALT at Sacramento Monday Nov. 20 8 p.m. ALT at Houston Wednesday Nov. 22 6 p.m. ALT MEMPHIS Friday Nov. 24 7 p.m. ALT at Utah Tuesday Nov. 28 8 p.m. ESPN/ALT CHICAGO Thursday Nov. 30 7 p.m. ALT DECEMBER L.A. LAKERS Saturday Dec. 1 7 p.m. ALT at Dallas Monday Dec. 4 6:30 p.m. ALT at New Orleans Wednesday Dec. 6 6 p.m. ALT at Orlando Friday Dec. 8 5 p.m. ALT at Indiana Sunday Dec. 10 3 p.m. ALT at Detroit Tuesday Dec. 12 5 p.m. ALT at Boston Wednesday Dec. 13 5:30 p.m. ALT NEW ORLEANS Friday Dec. 15 7 p.m. ALT at Oklahoma City Monday Dec. 18 6 p.m. ALT MINNESOTA Wednesday Dec. 20 7 p.m. ALT at Portland Friday Dec. 22 8 p.m. ALT at Golden State Saturday Dec. 23 6:30 p.m. ALT UTAH Tuesday Dec. 26 7 p.m. ALT at Minnesota Wednesday Dec. 27 6 p.m. ALT PHILADELPHIA Saturday Dec. 30 7 p.m. ALT JANUARY PHOENIX Wednesday Jan. 3 7 p.m. ALT UTAH Friday Jan. 5 7 p.m. ALT at Sacramento Saturday Jan. 6 8 p.m. ALT at Golden State Monday Jan. 8 8:30 p.m. ALT ATLANTA Wednesday Jan. 10 7 p.m. ALT MEMPHIS Friday Jan. 12 7 p.m. ALT at San Antonio Saturday Jan. 13 6:30 p.m. ALT DALLAS Tuesday Jan. 16 7 p.m. ALT at L.A. Clippers Wednesday Jan. 17 8:30 p.m. ESPN/ALT PHOENIX Friday Jan. 19 7 p.m. ALT PORTLAND Monday Jan. 22 7 p.m. ALT NEW YORK Thursday Jan. 25 7 p.m. ALT DALLAS Saturday Jan. 27 7 p.m. ALT BOSTON Monday Jan. 29 7 p.m. ALT at San Antonio Tuesday Jan. 30 6:30 p.m. ALT FEBRUARY OKLAHOMA CITY Thursday Feb. 1 8:30 p.m. TNT GOLDEN STATE Saturday Feb. 3 7 p.m. ALT CHARLOTTE Monday Feb. 5 7 p.m. ALT at Houston Friday Feb. 9 6 p.m. ALT at Phoenix Saturday Feb. 10 7 p.m. ALT SAN ANTONIO Tuesday Feb. 13 8:30 p.m. TNT at Milwaukee Thursday Feb. 15 6 p.m. ALT SAN ANTONIO Friday Feb. 23 7 p.m. ALT HOUSTON Sunday Feb. 25 6 p.m. ALT L.A. CLIPPERS Tuesday Feb. 27 8:30 p.m. TNT MARCH at Memphis Friday March 2 6 p.m. ALT at Cleveland Saturday March 3 5:30 p.m. ALT at Dallas Tuesday March 6 6:30 p.m. ALT CLEVELAND Wednesday March 7 8:30 p.m. ESPN/ALT L.A. LAKERS Friday March 9 7 p.m. ALT SACRAMENTO Sunday March 11 3 p.m. ALT at L.A. Lakers Tuesday March 13 8:30 p.m. ALT DETROIT Thursday March 15 7 p.m. ALT at Memphis Saturday March 17 6 p.m. ALT at Miami Monday March 19 5:30 p.m. ALT at Chicago Wednesday March 21 6 p.m. ALT at Washington Friday March 23 5 p.m. ALT at Philadelphia Monday March 26 5 p.m. ALT at Toronto Tuesday March 27 5:30 p.m. ALT at Oklahoma City Friday March 30 6 p.m. ALT APRIL MILWAUKEE Sunday Apri [...]
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NFL’s 1st female scout details groundbreaking path in book
Dennis Waszak Jr., The Associated PressFormer New York Jets scout Connie Carberg poses with a recently released book, “X’s And O’s Don’t Mean I Love You,” outside the Jets practice facility in Florham Park, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. How she helped deliver the sack-dancing Mark Gastineau to the Jets is just one of the many fascinating behind-the-scenes tales told by Carberg and author Elisabeth Meinecke. Gastineau went on to become one of the Jets’ best and most popular players _ and helped cement Carberg’s place in NFL history as the league’s first female scout. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Connie Carberg was incredibly antsy, barely able to contain her excitement a few moments before picking up the phone and making one of the most important calls in New York Jets history. The team was on the clock in the second round of the 1979 NFL draft, and she had just received confirmation of the choice from the front office. An ecstatic Carberg shouted “All right!” and then said the words she had been dreaming about for weeks. “The New York Jets,” Carberg proudly recalled announcing, “select Mark Gastineau, East Central Oklahoma.” Gastineau became one of the Jets’ best and most popular players — and helped cement Carberg’s place in NFL history as the league’s first female scout. “I just wanted to jump out of the chair,” said Carberg, who had discovered the little-known Gastineau while scouting players for the Senior Bowl a few months earlier. “It was so exciting and it was thrilling. Probably the biggest thrill of my life.” Her journey from Jets team secretary to watching game films, traveling and scouting college players is the subject of a recently published book: “X’s and O’s Don’t Mean I Love You.” How she helped deliver the sack-dancing Gastineau to the Jets is just one of the fascinating behind-the-scenes tales told by Carberg and author Elisabeth Meinecke. “You know, it’s a positive book,” Carberg said with a big smile. “I hope it’s an inspiring book for young girls, and for Jets fans in general.” Carberg served in a scouting role for the Jets from 1976-80, breaking a gender barrier in the NFL by opening a door that gradually is becoming less of a novelty. “I want women to see that it’s really possible and they can really do things without saying: ‘Hey, I’m a woman. I want it because I’m a woman,'” Carberg said before a recent Jets practice. “Just do it because you love it and you never know where it’s going to take you.” The sweet and spunky 66-year-old Carberg lives in Coconut Creek, Florida, with her husband, John, but makes a weeklong visit to Jets training camp every summer — decked out in green and white shirts, earrings and necklaces. This year, she is particularly proud of her team, which added Collette Smith to Todd Bowles’ staff as a coaching intern with the defensive backs through camp. New York also has three female scouting interns: Callie Brownson, Rachel Huhn and Marirose Roach. Many other teams around the league are helping narrow the NFL’s gender gap by hiring female coaching interns. “It was a whole different world in the ’70s,” said Carberg, who counts Woody Hayes, Weeb Ewbank, Walt Michaels, Lou Holtz and Al Ward as mentors. “Title IX was just started, or hadn’t even started when I started working for the Jets. So, most people didn’t even think about women in that way.” Carberg helped change that perception with her breakthrough more than 40 years ago when she joined her father, Dr. Calvin Nicholas, who had been the team’s chief internist since 1962, and uncle Dr. James Nicholas, the Jets’ orthopedist. Her passion for football — honed after befriending Hayes while attending Ohio State — got her through the door in 1974, first doing clerical work. The Jets were impressed by Carberg’s passion for the game and keen eye for talent, and gave her the opportunity to select the team’s final draft pick in 1975: Ohio State tight end Mark Bartoszek in the 17th round. She recalled Ward, New York’s general manager, and Mike Holovak, the director of player personnel, asking her one day early in 1976 if she wanted to do some scouting on a regular basis in addition to some of her usual duties. Carberg, of course, jumped at the chance. “It was just something that was part of me and something I felt I could do,” she said. “It wasn’t made into this big kind of story at that time.” There was, indeed, no fanfare — other than sports columnist Dick Young dubbing her “The Girl Scout,” a nickname that makes her laugh to this day. Related ArticlesAugust 14, 2017 Roger Goodell: Have to understand other s [...]
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Broncos' Derek Wolfe: I 'dodged a bullet' on ankle injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe took to social media on Saturday to say he "dodged a bullet'' with a right ankle injury after he was carted off the field during practice. Wolfe found himself in a pile during a running play during a team drill early in practice and stayed down. Trainers helped Wolfe onto a cart, and he was taken to the locker room. Tackle Menelik Watson limped, flexing his own right leg following the play.? Wolfe later expressed on Twitter his relief that the injury wasn't as serious as it initially appeared when trainers helped him into the Broncos' complex, as he couldn't put weight on his right leg. Wolfe also posted a picture of his swollen ankle [...]
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Charles soon gets to prove he's still a playmaker in the NFL
The Denver Broncos will soon discover if Jamaal Charles is still Jamaal Charles. Coach Vance Joseph says he'll take the bubble wrap off the veteran running back sometime this preseason, but he isn't sure if that will be against the 49ers, Packers or Cardinals. Joseph has said all along he'll take it slow with Charles but he did acknowledge that yes, he probably has to see Charles play in the preseason to keep him on the 53-man roster. [...]
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – Player Ratings: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas
... good in the first half, but he had limited opportunities to do anything. The Rapids did not see a whole bunch of the ball (especially in the attacking third), s ... [...]
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[Fox Sports] – FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids | 2017 MLS Highlights
... lights between FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids. More Soccer Videos FOX Sports Go LIVE NOW FEATURED UPCOMING FC Dallas vs. C ... [...]
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C.J. Anderson, Chris Harris Jr. keeping close eye on current undrafted crop
The former undrafted players know the value of preseason snaps better than perhaps anyone on the Broncos' roster. [...]
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Mason's Mailbag: Hall of Fame, O-line and more
Training camp is over, but the hot topics of the summer continue to bubble over. [...]
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Rockies’ Nolan Arenado dodges broken hand, hopes he can avoid DL
MIAMI — His left hand was thickly bandaged, but Rockies all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado was able to breathe a sigh of relief after escaping serious injury Sunday at Marlins Park. “It hurts pretty bad, and it got really tight and that was my concern,” Arenado said in the clubhouse after the Rockies’ 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. “Luckily it’s not broken, but it hurts and it’s going to take some time, hopefully just a couple of days. But it hurts pretty bad right now.” Colorado’s National League MVP candidate departed from the game in the fifth inning after getting drilled on a pitch by Vance Worley. Worley’s inside fastball struck Arenado between the wrist and his left pinkie, catching the fleshy part of his hand. Fortunately for Arenado, X-rays were negative, and the Rockies are officially calling the injury a contusion. Arenado said he didn’t think he would have to go on the 10-day disabled list, but he’ll probably be out at least a few games. “It’s kind of tough to move my pinkie right now,” he said. “But it is what it is. They don’t think I’ll have to (go on the DL), but we will see over the next couple of days. We’ll see if I can start gripping a bat. If not, then there is that possibility.” After he was hit, Arenado was in considerable pain and almost immediately left the field and went into the Rockies’ clubhouse. “Anytime (a player) gets hit in the hand, you are always concerned, for sure,” manager Bud Black said. “Players instinctively know that they can be in trouble. I think that’s why you saw that Nolan’s path was right from the dugout.  … So that told me that this was a pretty direct hit and that we might have some trouble. So in the long run, it’s great news.” Arenado is batting .311 with 26 home runs and a major league-high 100 RBIs. Bettis is back. When the Rockies host Atlanta on Monday at Coors Field, it will mark the first time right-handed starter Chad Bettis will pitch in a major-league game since being diagnosed with testicular cancer last November and then enduring nine weeks of chemotherapy this spring. “He’s super excited. He’s super pumped, as are we to get him back,” said Black, who talked to Bettis on Saturday. “It’s going to be a really good day tomorrow in Denver. I mean, everyone should feel good about this one.” Bettis made six minor-league starts between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque to prepare for his return. He pitched 23⅓ innings, posting an 0-3 record and a 4.24 ERA. Black said Monday would be emotional for the entire team. “To see a guy go through what’s Chad’s had to go through, and see him work his butt off … and go through chemotherapy, to where he is now, what a great story for all of us, but especially Chad and his family,” Black said. Rotation set. Black announced that rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland will start Tuesday night’s game against the Braves after coming off the DL. Freeland departed from his last start against Philadelphia on Aug. 4 in the first inning with a strained left groin. Black said Freeland (11-7, 3.70 ERA) didn’t need a rehab start before rejoining the Rockies’ rotation. “We put Kyle through his paces (Saturday) with a very intense bullpen,” Black said. “He took batting practice. He ran. He did a lot of agility stuff. He did some pitcher’s fielding practice. Our guys put him through the paces, and he responded.” The rest of the Rockies’ rotation vs. the Braves will feature right-hander Jon Gray on Wednesday and rookie right-hander Jeff Hoffman on Thursday. Looking ahead … Photo courtesy of Chad BettisChad Bettis, his wife, Kristian, and their infant daughter, Everleigh.Photo courtesy of Chad BettisChad Bettis, his wife, Kristian, and their infant daughter, Everleigh.Stephen Spillman, Special to the Denver PostRockies pitcher Chad Bettis (35) waits for Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes manager Glenallen Hill to pull him from the mound at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.Stephen Spillman, Special to the Denver PostAlbuquerque Isotopes pitcher Chad Bettis throws against the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.Stephen Spillman, Special to the Denver PostAlbuquerque Isotopes pitcher Chad Bettis prepares to throw against the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. Stephen Spillman, Special to the Denver PostAlbuquerque Isotopes pitcher Chad Bettis throws in the bullpen at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. Show Caption of Expand Braves RHP Julio Teheran (7-10, 5.25 ERA) at Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (2017 debut), 6:40 p.m. Monday, AT&T SportsNet; 850 AM Related ArticlesA [...]
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Frank Robinson honors teammate Don Baylor at Texas memorial
AUSTIN, Texas — Players who crossed paths with former MVP Don Baylor in his 19-year major league career paid their last respects Saturday at the memorial service for a popular player known as “Groove.” KXAN-TV reports Hall of Famer Frank Robinson recalled coining the nickname for his former teammate, after Baylor used that word in an interview to describe getting a couple hits that broke his slump. “He said, ‘I’m going now, I’m on my way. I’m in the groove, I’m in the groove.’ I pinned that name on him. I said from now on Don, you are groove,” Robinson said. Robinson acknowledged he “wasn’t too friendly with too many people in baseball” but said there was nothing bad he could say about Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP who died Monday after a 14-year battle with cancer. Others who attended the memorial service Saturday at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church included MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and Baylor’s longtime teammate, Bobby Grich. Grich shared stories from several players who felt Baylor’s guidance in their career. [...]
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Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem in Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his first game in an Oakland Raider uniform, Marshawn Lynch didn’t play a down. Yet he provided the most vivid image of the night, sitting for the national anthem before the Raiders’ 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. The ex-Seattle running back, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood. Although he rarely talks to the media, Lynch has voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest what he saw as a pattern of police mistreatment of people of color. Lynch was gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived. Coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke to him about the issue after the game. “He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,'” Del Rio said. The coach said that he told Lynch “just so you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing.” “So that’s a non-issue for me,” Del Rio said. Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn’t know Lynch hadn’t stood for the anthem. “Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he’s part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing,” Manuel said. “I can’t really comment on it too much.” Arizona dominated the game in the first half, building a 17-3 lead. Carson Palmer threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brittan Golden to cap his brief preseason debut, while Oakland quarterback Derek Carr watched the game from the sideline. Palmer, at age 37 beginning his 15th NFL season, directed Arizona on a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to start the game. It looked as if the Cardinals were headed for a short field goal, but the Raiders were called for covering the snapper on the kick, giving Arizona a first down and setting up its opening TD. He would like to have played more than one series. “I thought I was going to get the first quarter,” Palmer said. “That’s what (coach Bruce Arians) said last night at the team meeting. I missed a couple. I missed a long one to Jaron (Brown) and wanted to kind of redeem myself. I didn’t get that chance. I’ve got to wait until next week.” Two of the Raiders’ top defensive players, All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack and linebacker Bruce Irvin, joined Carr and Lynch as spectators. While it was the preseason opener for Oakland, it was Arizona’s second outing. The Cardinals starters did not play in the team’s 20-18 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game. NO CARR: Carr had been expected to see his first action since breaking his right leg in a game last Christmas Eve, but Del Rio chose to have his starter sit out the opener. “It was my decision,” Del Rio said. “There were several guys that didn’t play and that was one of them. We’ll get ready for next week.” BACKUP BATTLE: Manuel got the start at quarterback for Oakland and had a strong showing in his battle with Connor Cook for the backup job. Manuel completed 10 of 12 passes for 107 yards. Cook played the entire second half, going 10 of 21 for 81 yards. CARDINALS QBs: Drew Stanton, who appears to have a firm hold on the backup quarterback job despite the addition of Blaine Gabbert, had a strong first half in relief of Palmer. Stanton, Palmer’s backup for the past four seasons, completed 11 of 15 passes for 112 yards, including a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Niklas. Gabbert played most of the second half, completing 5 of 9 passes for 53 yards. JUST WATCHING: Neither of Oakland’s two top draft picks played. Cornerback Gareon Conley, the first-round pick, and the second rounder, safety Obi Melifonwu, are nursing injuries. Arizona wide receiver John Brown, slowed by a quadriceps issue, did not play. OFFENSE RESTS: The only members of Oakland’s first-team offense to play were tackles Marshall Newhouse and Vadal Alexander. QUOTABLE: “That’s where I’m from. That was very tough to see. Not to get all into politics, but just the division that we’re seeing in our country is saddening and we’ve got to get it figured out,” Manuel, who comes from Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the violent events in his home state on Saturday. [...]
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