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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Friday, September 27, 2019

Updated at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 UTC)

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^How many coaches have a grandson on the team? Duke's Coach K does.<

BKC-DUKE-SAVARINO-SPORTSPLUS:RA — Michael Savarino knows there's one mistake he can't make this year with the Duke basketball team.

Blurt out the word "Poppy."

Savarino is a freshman walk-on for the Blue Devils. He's also the grandson of Mike Krzyzewski, a thought the Duke coach considers a little crazy, even at 72.

950 by Chip Alexander in Durham, N.C. MOVED


^'I've just gotta get right.' Panthers QB Cam Newton confirms Lisfranc in newest vlog.<

^FBN-PANTHERS-NEWTON:CH—<In a vlog post released Friday afternoon, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton explained what's really going on with his left foot as he prepares to sit out his second straight game.

Newton, smoking a cigar and sipping a glass of wine, confirmed that his mid-left foot sprain is actually a "mild" Lisfranc injury. The Athletic's Joe Person first reported last week that Newton's foot sprain was a Lisfranc.

500 by Brendan Marks. MOVED



^Anthony Rizzo was part of the Cubs' teardown, rebuild, championship — and now the collapse: 'I don't believe we're just going to go away'<

BBN-CUBS-RIZZO:TB — Before Wednesday's loss to the Pirates, the last time the Cubs had an eight-game losing streak was on Aug. 8, 2012.

New President Theo Epstein had just traded Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson and brought up the team's two best hitting prospects, Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. The Cubs had 16 players on the roster making $600,000, and a rookie first baseman named Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with an error in a 2-0 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.

1150 by Paul Sullivan in Pittsburgh. MOVED


^Martin Fennelly: Tampa Bay Rays' success is anything but 'Cash-less'<

^BBA-FENNELLY-COLUMN:PT—<ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — What the heck is Cash doing?

I can't tell you how many times someone has asked me that — perhaps using a stronger word — over the past five years. In emails, in texts, on talk radio, in grocery lines, they marvel at how much better they are at running a baseball team than the Rays' 41-year-old manager, how they would have kept that pitcher in the game. Kevin Cash just drives them crazy.

1100 by Martin Fennelly. MOVED


^Top Marlins prospect Sixto Sanchez feels like he's 'almost here' after strong season<

BBN-MARLINS-SANCHEZ:MI — The Miami Marlins were cautious with Sixto Sanchez in 2019.

And for good reason.

They know the 21-year-old pitcher — the top prospect in their farm system — has the potential to be a front-of-the-rotation starter in the near future. That's why they made sure he was part of the package they received from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto in February.

550 by Jordan Mcpherson in Miami. MOVED


^Neil Best: Whither playoffs for New York sports team this decade?<

^BBO-BEST-COLUMN:ND—<The Mets' elimination from playoff contention on Wednesday and the combined 1-5 start for the Jets and Giants allows us semi-officially to put a bow on the 2010s in New York-area postseason sports qualification.

You know without researching it that it was bad, but crunching the numbers for the past century reveals just how bad a decade it has been.

550 by Neil Best. MOVED

^Mike Minor's imbroglio with Red Sox spills over from field to social media<

BBN-RANGERS-MINOR:FT — The Mike Minor 200th strikeout imbroglio went from the diamond at Globe Life Park Thursday onto social media Thursday night.

Minor, who called first baseman Ronald Guzman off of a foul pop so he could record his 200th strikeout in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox, responded to Boston Globe Red Sox beat writer Pete Abraham on Twitter after the game.

450 by Stefan Stevenson in Arlington, Texas. MOVED


^Twins will focus on postseason prep this weekend, not 100 victories<

BBA-TWINS-POSTSEASON:MS — If you count hangover management and rookie rewards, the Twins actually began the process of preparing for their first American League Division Series since 2010 on Thursday. But there's a lot to accomplish this weekend at Kansas City, too.

800 by Phil Miller in Detroit. MOVED


^Ben Frederickson: Shildt's case for Manager of the Year could hinge on Cards-Cubs series<

BBN-FREDERICKSON-COLUMN:SL — The response to the question, like the last calendar week of Cardinals baseball, varies by the day.

Is Cardinals manager Mike Shildt deserving of the National League Manager of the Year award?

"Of course!" said Cardinals fans when Shildt's button-pressing and lever-pulling led the Cardinals to a four-game sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

"Not so fast," questioned critics as the Cardinals stubbed their toe twice in the desert, first in a 19-inning loss against an eliminated opponent, and then again in the hangover game Shildt handed over to his bench.

Here's a better answer: We're about to find out.

900 by Ben Frederickson in St. Louis. MOVED

^Rain washes out White Sox-Tigers doubleheader Friday; the teams will try to play 2 Saturday<

BBA-TIGERS-WHITESOX-DOUBLEHEADER:TB — The scheduled doubeheader Friday between the White Sox and Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field was postponed because of rain.

The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday. Game 1 begins at 2:40 p.m.

100 by Lamond Pope in Chicago. MOVED


Friday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Miami at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Atlanta at NY Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

NY Yankees at Texas, 8:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Houston at LA Angels, 10:07 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

LA Dodgers at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.


^Sunday's Bears storylines: Khalil Mack's greatest talent, nudity outside of Club Dub and the hidden stakes of the Week 4 game<

FBN-VIKINGS-BEARS-STORYLINES:TB — The Bears and Vikings will meet Sunday at Soldier Field, jockeying for position in a congested race for the NFC North championship. As kickoff approaches, here's the inside slant on three notable storylines.

1950 by Dan Wiederer in Chicago. MOVED


^Even in Ravens' defeat, John Harbaugh scores a small victory for analytics community seeking warmer embrace<

^FBN-RAVENS-HARBAUGH-ANALYTICS:BZ—<In the analytics community, there is hope that Harbaugh's calls Sunday are not just an aberration, that they will embolden him and others to believe in the numbers. He was, after all, more successful than not.

1250 by Jonas Shaffer in Baltimore. MOVED


^Jaguars vs. Broncos: Following birth of second child, Jalen Ramsey listed as questionable for Sunday's game<

FBN-JAGUARS-RAMSEY:JK — The Jaguars listed cornerback Jalen Ramsey as questionable to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos following the birth of second child.

Coach Doug Marrone said after Friday's practice Ramsey's second child was born and both mom and baby are healthy. Ramsey was permitted to leave the team on Wednesday to be with his family in Nashville.

250 by John Reid in Jacksonville, Fla. MOVED


^Bears receiver Taylor Gabriel is out for the Vikings game; Akiem Hicks and Kyle Long are questionable<

FBN-BEARS-GABRIEL:TB — The Bears ruled wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols out for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

200 by Colleen Kane in Chicago. MOVED


^Pat Riley announces Olynyk sidelined, says of Heat, 'We want to win big'<

^BKN-HEAT-OLYNYK:FL—< Pat Riley offered an update Friday on where the Miami Heat stand and where he stands with his team.

In his pre-camp media session at American Airlines Arena, Riley said forward Kelly Olynyk would not be available for next week's start of training camp because of ongoing rehabilitation from the knee injury sustained last month working with Team Canada in advance of the World Cup.

300 by Ira Winderman in Miami. MOVED


^Dolphins' already-shaky O-line is about to reshuffle for the third time in four weeks<

FBN-DOLPHINS-OFFENSIVE-LINE:MI — Offensive line was enough of a problem for the Miami Dolphins before a pair of injuries hit them in their 31-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

600 by David Wilson in Miami. MOVED


^Mike Preston: Hype or no hype, Ravens ready to play the much-discussed Browns<

FBN-PRESTON-COLUMN:BZ — After 12 years without a winning season, this was supposed to be the Cleveland Browns' breakout year.

But the only thing that appears broken is the Browns. Again.

800 by Mike Preston in Baltimore. MOVED


^Paul Domowitch: Five reasons the Eagles beat the Packers<

FBN-DOMOWITCH-COLUMN:PH — Behind a strong running game and a bend-but-don't-break defense, the Eagles earned an improbable 34-27 victory over the Packers on Thursday night.

More on that plus three other reasons for the win:

950 by Paul Domowitch in Green Bay, Wis. MOVED


^Working 'in the shadows,' Giants' special teams are NFL's best through three weeks<

FBN-GIANTS-SPECIAL-TEAMS:NY — They're a lot like referees and interior offensive linemen. When NFL special teamers are doing their jobs well, they do so anonymously. You only hear about them when they make a mistake.

The Giants have the best special teams unit in the NFL right now. That's right. No. 1. You'd be forgiven if that's news to you.

800 by Pat Leonard in New York. MOVED

^Cowboys not focused on a contract extension for Jason Garrett<

FBN-COWBOYS-GARRETT:DA — The Cowboys' 3-0 start to the 2019 season still hasn't prompted team officials to give coach Jason Garrett a contract extension.

Garrett enters the final year of his contract with his team in first place in the NFC East and one of seven undefeated teams in the NFL.

Yet, the Cowboys don't seemed pressed to give the coach a new contract.

300 by Calvin Watkins in Dallas. MOVED

^Jeff McLane: Eagles' Derek Barnett felt remorse after his hit on Jamaal Williams but won't apologize for aggressive nature<

FBN-MCLANE-COLUMN:PH — Derek Barnett was remorseful about his hit on Jamaal Williams that sent the Packers running back off on a stretcher and had some labeling him as dirty. But the Eagles defensive end made no apologies about his aggressive style of play.

"I'm going to have a penalty here and there," Barnett said late Thursday after the Eagles improbably beat the Packers, 34-27. "It is what it is. I'm not going to be tip-toeing out there, though."

950 by Jeff McLane in Green Bay, Wis. MOVED


^With Josh Kline out, Dakota Dozier takes over as Vikings right guard<

^FBN-VIKINGS-DOZIER:MS—<Wednesday's practice had just ended when Dakota Dozier made his way to the nearest padded goalpost. For the next 10 minutes, the versatile Vikings backup put himself through a series of hand-placement drills designed to sharpen the speed and precision an offensive lineman needs to survive that split second after the ball is snapped.

"In the NFL, inside hands win," said Dozier, who will start in Chicago on Sunday as right guard Josh Kline recovers from a concussion that kept him out of practice all week.

750 by Mark Craig. MOVED


^Raiders look to get more out of Williams, Joyner, Jacobs against Colts<

FBN-RAIDERS-COLTS:SD — Three of the Raiders' biggest acquisitions made little impact in Week 3 and their contributions will be crucial if there is hope of upsetting the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wide receiver Tyrell Williams, slot corner Lamarcus Joyner and running back Josh Jacobs had minimal contributions in last week's 34-14 road loss to the Minnesota.

800 by Jerry McDonald in Alameda, Calif. MOVED

^Gene Frenette: Jaguars' Chark, Williams prove first impressions can be deceiving<

^FBN-FRENETTE-COLUMN:JK—<JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It's impossible to put a stop on the rush to judgment in the NFL. Everyone wants immediate results from the higher draft picks, and there's often little forgiveness for those players who don't produce right away.

1300 by Gene Frenette. MOVED


^Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia doesn't care about your September standings<

FBN-LIONS-PATRICIA:DE — The Detroit Lions are alone in first place in the NFC North for the first time since Week 3 of the 2017 season, but Lions coach Matt Patricia — as you'd expect — had no interest in reveling in the fact Friday.

"Yeah, we're just — none of that really matters," Patricia said at his morning news conference. "We're just trying to go play well this weekend."

400 by Dave Birkett in Detroit. MOVED

^Bob Glauber: Unlike Daniel Jones, Redskins' first-round pick Dwayne Haskins is still a spectator<

^FBN-GLAUBER-COLUMN:ND—<One of the many criticisms about the Giants' selection of Daniel Jones with the sixth overall selection in the 2019 draft was who they didn't pick.

Should Jones really have been the choice when Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins was available after a brilliant season in 2018?

900 by Bob Glauber. MOVED

^Ziggy Ansah expects to be a productive pass rusher for the Seahawks. But can he stay healthy?<

FBN-SEAHAWKS-ANSAH:SE — The $200,000 bonus check sat in the glove compartment of Ziggy Ansah's car for a couple weeks.

Word spread though the Detroit Lions locker room about the uncashed check, and soon Jim Washburn heard about it. That, Washburn was learning, sounded like something his young defensive end might do.

"He's so unassuming," said Washburn, one of Ansah's first position coaches in the NFL.

550 by Adam Jude in Renton, Wash. MOVED

^Melvin Gordon cites 'one and two' reasons for returning to Chargers<

^FBC-CHARGERS-GORDON:LA—<Melvin Gordon had an economical three-word, two-number response when asked why he returned to the Chargers this week without the lucrative extension the running back sought during his 64-day holdout.

"One and two," Gordon said Friday, referring to the team's record after an overtime win over Indianapolis and fourth-quarter losses to Detroit and Houston. "Know what I'm saying?"

750 by Mike Digiovanna. MOVED



^Drip, swag, confidence — Heat rookie Tyler Herro has it. But where does it come from?<

BKN-HEAT-HERRO:MI — Tyler Christopher Herro.

The middle name is almost always left out when discussing the Heat's 2019 first-round pick, but it's probably the name that defines him most as a player. That's because the 6-6, 195-pound guard got his middle name from his father, Chris Herro.

Label the personality trait as arrogant, cocky, swag, drip or simply confidence, Chris and his son both have it.

1950 by Anthony Chiang in Miami. MOVED


^Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving excited to be a part of the Nets<

^BKN-NETS-DURANT-IRVING:ND—<The Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving era officially started for the Nets on Friday morning.

Durant and Irving both signed with the Nets in free agency over the summer but hadn't spoken publicly yet. That changed on Friday when the superstars met with the media.

600 by Mike Rose, Greg Logan and Barbara Barker. MOVED

^The Kenny Atkinson-Kyrie Irving dynamic will define the Nets' season<

BKN-NETS-ATKINSON:NY — Kenny Atkinson doesn't think he's some type of point guard whisperer.

Despite the success floor generals like D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Jeremy Lin have had during Atkinson's tenure in Brooklyn, he says it's mostly been luck on his end.

600 by Kristian Winfield in New York. MOVED

^Mark Bradley: The Hawks aren't yet hot, but they're definitely getting warm<

^FBN-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT—< With an autumn calendar featuring the Braves in the playoffs and Georgia ranked No. 3 nationally and Atlanta United readying to defend a title and the Falcons doing whatever it is the Falcons do, an NBA preseason might have gone unnoticed. The Hawks have rebuilt so fast and so well they've forced us to pay attention.

1000 by Mark Bradley in Atlanta. MOVED

^Kyrie Irving rips Warriors for Durant's injury, but Cavs did similar to him in 2015 Finals<

^BKN-IRVING-DURANT:SD—<The Brooklyn Nets convened their media day Friday. Kyrie Irving took the first shot.

It was aimed at the Warriors and their handling of Kevin Durant's injuries during the playoffs — specifically the Achilles tear in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

400 by Gary Peterson. MOVED

^Did Kings guards De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield go camping with NBA legend Kobe Bryant?<

^BKN-KINGS-FOX:SA—<When Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox withdrew from consideration for USA Basketball's FIBA World Cup team, he cited his desire to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. Fox apparently wasted little time in following through on that promise.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that Fox and Kings teammate Buddy Hield attended a multi-day, invitation-only basketball camp hosted by Kobe Bryant, a player they both idolized growing up. Stein reported that Bryant held the camp in mid-August shortly after Fox withdrew from Team USA at his new facility in Thousand Oaks.

250 by Jason Anderson. MOVED


^Dave Hyde: Here's why the Heat and Jimmy Butler are a perfect marriage<

^BKN-HYDE-COLUMN:FL—<So here is what I was left thinking after listening to Jimmy Butler talk Friday about why he came to the Heat and Pat Riley talk about what Butler will get here:

They're back to being the Heat again.

650 by Dave Hyde. MOVED



^Kirby Dach returns to the Blackhawks from a concussion, and the 1st-round pick has his sights on winning a roster spot: 'It's my time to show I belong'<

HKN-BLACKHAWKS-DACH:TB — When Blackhawks first-round pick Kirby Dach suffered a concusion during the NHL Prospect Tournament this month, the timing couldn't have been worse.

The injury occurred three days before training camp started. Instead of competing for a roster spot, Dach wasn't even allowed on the ice.

The timing of Dach's first full practice with the Hawks couldn't have been better.

550 by Jimmy Greenfield in Chicago. MOVED


^Blackhawks arrive in Europe in style as they finalize preparations for a pivotal season: 'It's going to be good for us'<

^HKN-BLACKHAWKS-EUROPE:TB—< The standard charter jet the Blackhawks use to whisk them around North America is more Four Seasons than Holiday Inn.

Leg room is never an issue, and the seats are cushy. But no flight during a season is longer than four hours. The Hawks' direct flight Thursday from Chicago to Berlin was about nine hours, a long time for an athlete to stay comfortable.

400 by Jimmy Greenfield in Berlin. MOVED



^Mike Thibault must defeat a Sun franchise he spent 10 years building<

^BKL-MYSTICS-THIBAULT:HC—<Here he is all these years later, still coaching, still winning, still looking to take the last remaining step into rarefied basketball air, one that might even inch him toward Springfield as a Hall of Famer.

Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault, a basketball nomad for half his career before becoming a consistently steady WNBA force over the past 17 years, is back in the Finals.

So are the Connecticut Sun, the franchise he built in Uncasville with some pillars shipped up from Orlando, Fla., as part of a 2003 relocation and others put in place over 10 seasons.

1300 by Mike Anthony. MOVED



^Its odds of beating Clemson are low, but UNC football is 'trying to shock the nation'<

FBC-CLEMSON-UNC:RA — North Carolina's players know this opportunity does not come often.

The Tar Heels last played a No. 1 team in 2015, when they lost 45-37 to Clemson in the ACC Championship game.

They have another shot at No. 1 Clemson (4-0) on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. Vegas sees this game being a blowout with Clemson a 27.5-point favorite as of Friday morning.

"I don't think I've ever been that big of an underdog," UNC coach Mack Brown said in a press conference Monday.

700 by Jonathan M. Alexander in Chapel Hill, N.C. MOVED


^Fired Michigan State football staffer Curtis Blackwell seeking millions in damages<

^FBC-MSU-BLACKWELL:DTN—<The former Michigan State football staff member who is suing current and former university officials over unfair termination and two MSU Police officers over unlawful arrest is seeking as much as $5,580,000 in damages, according to federal-court filings.

700 by Tony Paul. MOVED

^'Don't sleep on Joe': Milton and his powerful arm move into key role for Michigan<

FBC-MICHIGAN-MILTON:DTN — The backup to the backup doesn't always get the benefit of prime practice reps, but this week Joe Milton has had more opportunities to put his powerful arm on display against Michigan's defense.

Milton, the Wolverines' third-string quarterback, was elevated to Shea Patterson's backup heading into Saturday's game against Rutgers at Michigan Stadium after backup Dylan McCaffrey suffered a concussion from a brutal hit during the Wisconsin loss.

850 by Angelique S. Chengelis in Ann Arbor, Mich. MOVED


^Dylan Hernandez: Spence vs. Porter is an appetizer to a main course that may never get served<

BOX-HERNANDEZ-COLUMN:LA — Boxing remains a realm of smoke and mirrors, perhaps even more so now with the sport's talent pool shallower than it's ever been. Fights rarely sell themselves anymore.

The latest questionable pay-per-view offering will be staged Saturday at Staples Center. The main event, a welterweight contest between unbeaten Errol Spence Jr. and twice-defeated Shawn Porter, has been advertised as a matchup of two world champions. In actuality, it's an appetizer before a main course — a main course that might never be served.

850 by Dylan Hernandez in Los Angeles. MOVED



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