Reds turn tide in series with Cubs

Not that long ago, the Chicago Cubs probably viewed a series against the Cincinnati Reds as a near-guaranteed way to pick up some quick victories and gain some ground in the National League Central standings.

Those days have changed. And so is the Cubs-Reds rivalry.

The Cubs couldn’t hold a multi-run lead for the second straight night, and the Reds won their fifth in a row and eighth in 10 games — quite a run for a team that played .250 ball for the first month-plus of the season — by rallying for a 6-3 victory on Friday night.

Now, the Cubs are expected to ask their bullpen to carry them through the third game of the four-game series Saturday at Great American Ball Park — a series that isn’t going much like most of those Cubs-Reds matchups for the last four seasons.

The Cubs managed only four hits in the game, David Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings and Raisel Iglesias finished in the ninth for his 12th save.

The Cincinnati bullpen has pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in the series so far.

That was one of the cleaner games we’re played — offensively, defensively, we ran the bases well … and got timely hits, Riggleman said. When you do that, you’re probably going to win.

On a day an ABC News report broke that former Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez was involved in federal and state drug investigations, his former team spotted Seattle four runs in the first inning. The Red Sox immediately caught up and went ahead in the bottom of the first but then trailed 10-5 before charging back again.

After their bats snoozed through the first two games in Minnesota, the Red Sox have scored 23 runs on 36 hits in the last two games — coming back Friday to hand the Mariners their fifth straight loss, including four on their current 10-game AL East road trip.

It would be easy to give up in that kind of situation, just kind of coast through the game, but we kept fighting, said Andrew Benintendi, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in the win.

According to STATS, Friday’s game marked the first time since September 1945 that the Red Sox won a game in which they had a pitcher (Steven Wright) give up 10 or more earned runs.

The Mariners’ pitching failure wasted a two-homer, seven-RBI game by Nelson Cruz.

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The Red Sox reliever is scheduled Cody Zeller Youth Jersey to undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a shoulder injury suffered in a May 14 game against the Athletics when he threw his glove in frustration.

After allowing an eighth-inning home run to Khris Davis, Smith tossed his glove after he was removed from the game, causing the shoulder injury. Boston went on to lose 6-5.

Phillips in LA doesn’t have a DeMarcus Ware or a Von Miller at linebacker. While steadiness is important for those positions, the strengths of the Rams’ front and back ends can allow the coordinator to take risks with the players who provide the most youthful energy and upside vs. those who might be considered safe.

Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett wouldn’t mind seeing running back Leonard Fournette tweak his approach a bit in order to take as many of those carries as possible. Fournette missed three games during his rookie year — two with injuries and one because of a disciplinary matter — and Hackett said he almost took sometimes too many hits.

Hackett stresses that he doesn’t want any major changes to Fournette’s style, but hopes the running back has gained a better understanding of the offensive system that will leave him able to protect himself and get more out of each run play.

I don’t want him to change, Hackett said, via I want him to be him. I want him to do his style. I never want him to change. I just want him to be able to understand the system more so he can run Jason Sanders Jersey even smarter but still never lose that aggressiveness. That’s what makes Leonard Leonard. That’s what gets everybody excited, makes me excited [and] makes me want to call another run.

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In fact, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates reaffirmed what others in the franchise have been saying. Bates said Darnold, who was the No. 3 overall pick out of April’s draft, has a chance to be a starter from the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

He went on to say that Darnold has done a really good job and he hasn’t flinched with everything that has been thrown at him in rookie camp.

Head coach Todd Bowles said last month Josh McCown is projected to be the starter, but Darnold can and will be allowed to win the job in training camp if he is the better quarterback.

Similar to Davidson and Benetti, the Pirates pitchers started their podcast after a Facebook Live event at a fan fest last winter. Since then, when they have a guest, they have them choose the topic in advance, and then they make their rankings separately before hitting the record button to share them.

We ask them, ‘What’s something you’re passionate about?’ It doesn’t have to be something real. We did a cereal episode, for instance. So it’s, ‘What is something you care about?’ ‘I really like steak.’ ‘Alright, we can do steakhouses.’ Brault said. That way we know the person Chris Boswell Youth Jersey who is going to be on the show is going to be really engaged with it.

Their guests have only been teammates so far, but Brault said they hope to eventually coordinate with guys from other teams as well.

Brault and Williams are getting a lot of positive feedback on the show, even T. J. Leaf Jersey when fans disagree with their rankings. It’s an opportunity to see the players on a more human level, and their listeners appreciate it.

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The Bears took Matt Nagy out of his job as the Chiefs offensive coordinator in order to make him their new head coach, but they aren’t taking all of the Chiefs out of Nagy.

The players that will be executing the offense are different than the ones Nagy had last season and from the ones his predecessor had in Chicago. The hope is that moves for the likes of Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton and continued growth for Mitchell Trubisky, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen make the offensive similarities more than skin deep.

Mike Giardi of NBC Sports Boston recently reported, via, that Brady has been throwing passes to receiver Julian Edelman in the Gillette Stadium practice bubble on a semi-regular basis.

While it’s a far cry from being all in, it’s also not the same as being all out. Given that Edelman missed all of last year with a torn ACL suffered during the preseason, it makes sense for Brady to be working out with his long-time friend and teammate.

But plenty of other Patriots players would benefit from being around Brady during the portion of the calendar that lays the foundation for training camp. He’s expected to be present for mandatory minicamp later this month.

If for some reason he doesn’t show, then it really would be time to sound the alarm in New England.

I think there’s all sorts of different viewpoints and different beliefs, and one thing you learn quickly in this league is, everyone has different beliefs, but you learn to quickly put that aside and as a team you accomplish great things, you develop empathy and sympathy for one another, to learn and develop the ability to work together, and to be honest, I think our country could follow that a little bit more.

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That’s relevant news for Bengals fans as Indianapolis hosts Cincinnati in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season.

Today, Manziel still grapples with his well-being — he revealed in February that he suffers from bipolar disorder — and his fight for control. 

That’s the scary thing about my mental health: If I don’t continuously take care of it and make it the biggest priority in my life, I’m going to struggle,Manziel said. That’s hard to say. You’re making mental health a priority over your Deion Sanders Authentic Jersey job? Well, there is no job without my James Daniels Youth Jersey mental health. There is no life and there is no family for me without my head.

Yet amid this struggle, he still finds solace.

I sit here today and know that if I wouldn’t have gone through the hell that I went through I wouldn’t be who I am today. I know it for a fact,Manziel said before gesturing to the person seated to his right.

If I wouldn’t have gone through what I went through, I never would’ve met her.

Smith made the Giants as a 2017 undrafted rookie out of San Jose State, was re-assigned to the practice squad in late September and promoted to the active roster when injuries mounted. In all, he played only 50 offensive snaps while earning his keep on special teams.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said a fullback in today’s NFL must play special teams to survive. Smith was No. 7 on the team in special teams snaps (192) despite missing five games.

If you look at the Patriots, Smith said, they have had tremendous success over the last 20 years, and they use the fullback (James Develin) all the time.

The Giants official roster still lists Smith as a tight end, as was the case under McAdoo, but he joins the halfbacks with running backs coach Craig Johnson during positional meetings.

It’s definitely changed from the past, Smith said. Fullback is more of an offensive weapon, and I think that’s why Shurmur lines up people in different places. You have to know how to use one, I think. I worked on my hands a lot this offseason, and I think I’m catching the ball pretty well.

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Jhoulys Chacin (5-1) allowed four runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings for Milwaukee, which held onto a half-game lead over the Chicago Cubs atop the NL Central.

Phillies: LF Rhys Hoskins (broken jaw) was eyeing a Saturday return after a successful pregame workout. He looked absolutely normal, Kapler said. … RF Dylan Cozens exited in the second inning with left quadriceps tightness. … Multiple doctors have determined RHP Jerad Eickhoff won’t need thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. But it’s still uncertain what’s causing numbness in his right hand.

Cain in center field made an acrobatic, sliding catch of Nick Williams’ popup in the eighth that initially bounced off the glove of shortstop Orlando Arcia. A smiling Cain then took off his cap and bowed to his teammates.

George Springer scored the tiebreaking run on Kela’s balk after homering on the first pitch of the game, and the Astros beat the Rangers 8-7 Sunday despite blowing a six-run cushion early and a one-run lead late.

Kela had already thrown the pitch to Evan Gattis with two outs when Hinch came out of the dugout. Crew chief Sam Holbrook Charles Leno Youth Jersey said the umpires stopped Hinch before he could argue to discuss whether Kela had declared that he would pitch out of the windup with runners at second and third.

Once the umpires agreed Kela hadn’t made such a declaration, they awarded Springer home. Replay showed Kela (3-3) not pausing in his delivery, and Banister was ejected by Holbrook while arguing the decision.

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25. A politics-free season. The NFL’s new anthem policy took care of that, amiright? But in the unlikely event that a teensy bit of protesting seeps through the airtight new doctrine somehow, we’ll get to enjoy Mike Pence walking along the sideline with a tape measure to make sure players are standing up straight enough.

24-23. The Titans and Buccaneers. Your annual reminder that these teams have young quarterbacks and lots of Authentic Graham Gano Jersey talent and should therefore be entertaining once in a while.

Jones said he and the rest of the Tiger-Cats coaches were going to meet Thursday afternoon to craft a script and come up with a strategy on playing time for each of the team’s quarterbacks against the Argonauts.

Masoli is going to play until I feel good about it,Jones said of the preseason game. And then the rest of Frederik Andersen Authentic Jersey the game will be whatever we decide – 15 plays each, or whatever.

A former Heisman Trophy winner and first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Manziel is returning to professional football after being waived by the Cleveland Browns in 2016. He signed a contract with the Tiger-Cats on May 19 and has spent his time getting up to speed on the CFL’s rules and style of play.

I’m enjoying my time here,Manziel said. I have nothing negative to say about anything that has happened in my time since I’ve been here the last two weeks.

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J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson helping each other through rehab

The Texans’ two most important players have spent more time together than with their families over the past six months. Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt have rehabbed together, worked out together and supported each other in their comebacks from major injuries.

It was similar as me, Watson said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. We have the same mindset: Grind and feel like we’re in last place, never get complacent. Each and every day is an opportunity for us to get better, and we know that we have a long way to go to get back to where we were but we understand the process.

Watson got in some work during the team’s OTAs this week. Watt watched from the side. But both have made progress.

Watt played in five games last season before a tibial plateau fracture ended his season prematurely. He is expected to return in time for training camp.

Watson played seven games before tearing his right ACL last season. He has said he definitely expects to be ready for training camp.

Hours after he was released on a summons after allegedly threatening an Uber driver with a weapon in New Jersey, Dykstra offered up an apparent window into his mindset — by tweeting lyrics to Swift’s hit Shake It Off.

The speedy Chark also ranked second in the Southeastern Conference by averaging 10.6 yards a punt return. He finished his college career with 1,817 all-purpose yards.

Chark says to finally put your name on that piece of paper to solidify that you are indeed a player here is a surreal moment. I can’t even put it in words right now.

The Jaguars have six of their seven draft picks under contract. Only first-round defensive lineman Taven Bryan remains unsigned.

That inexperience could be what limits the potential for a defense that added defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, but Littleton expects the linebackers to respond to the challenge.

We’re all still developing, but by the time the season comes I feel we’ll all be ready and we can all show that we have more to offer than people might think, said Littleton, who is getting the first chance to replace Ogletree in the middle.

Suh is emphasizing the little details to his youthful teammates, but understand that they take time to be refined.

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Reaves’ movements over the past year still don’t make a ton of sense. The Penguins acquired him for a first-round pick, then didn’t fully utilize him. They then traded him to the Golden Knights for a fourth-round pick, along with salary retention to facilitate a Derick Brassard trade. Nonetheless, Reaves was a factor in the series win over the Jets — not just with the game-winning goal in Game 5 but also with his physical presence against a big, bruising team.

Authentic Mens Matt Bryant Jersey The Sharks protected the 27-year-old forward in the expansion draft before waiving him in December, as he was unable to find a regular spot in the lineup. Vegas, as usual, made the right call: Carpenter played 36 games with 14 points and assisted on the series-winning goal to eliminate the Sharks in the semifinals.

That doesn’t speak well for Browns head coach Hue Jackson. Nor does Jackson’s record of 1-31 in Cleveland. Crowell started all 32 of those games, and he says it frustrated him to keep losing.

It wasn’t a good feeling. Nobody likes to lose, Crowell said. I’m a sore loser. I do whatever I can to win. It wasn’t a good feeling.

Of course, by leaving the Browns for the Jets, Crowell is still on a team that hasn’t been winning much recently. He’ll hope he can be a part of changing that.

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The Titans took care of inside linebacker in the first round with can’t-miss Rashaan Evans. Now they turn their attention to the future of their edge rush in Landry, who should have been a first-round pick. Age is starting to catch up with Brian Orakpo and Derrick Brandon LaFell”>”>Brandon LaFell Jersey Morgan, who are both free agents in 2019.
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The judge overseeing the Reuben Foster criminal case will decide by next week whether the case will go to trial after the San Francisco 49ers linebacker’s former girlfriend recanted her domestic violence accusations against him.
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After listening to hours of testimony at Foster’s preliminary hearing in San Jose on Thursday, California Superior Court Judge Nona Klippen said she will review the evidence and rule on Wednesday whether Foster will stand trial on felony domestic violence and weapons charges.

Foster, 24, has not participated in the 49ers ‘ offseason program since being charged in mid-April and will not take part in the start of organized team activities on Monday. Regardless of whether he continues to face criminal prosecution, he remains subject to potential NFL discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy.

The Sixers are expected to target LeBron James, and probably will put out feelers for Paul George. They’ve been mentioned as a possible trade partner for Kawhi Leonard.

Sixers coach Brett Brown recently mentioned that the team does need to add one more star.

But what about two more?

Per The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, that’s a legitimate possibility.
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The Sixers are in an intoxicating position heading into the future, with two of the NBA’s brightest young stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the No. 10 pick in the upcoming draft, and the cap space to sign a free agent to a max contract.

It doesn’t matter which of the teams wins or loses, making it the perfect antidote to the Monday Night or Thursday Night Football blues. While most fans complain about how boring the Giants-Falcons game is, you’ll hang on to every fourth-quarter 49-yard Matt Bryant field goal.

However intriguing that sounds, though, the Sixers would likely be reluctant to move all of Fultz, Saric, Covington and the first-round draft pick, in turn decimating the roster beyond the starting five. Still, if the option to acquire Womens Moe Harkless Jersey two superstars is on the table, Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo would at least have to consider the possibility.

Seton Hall has not had any athletics programs in recent years that have been in position to potentially host NCAA championship events, a spokesman said.