Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Friday

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World Series-Game 3…Friday

Dodgers-Tampa Bay…Series tied (1-1)…Pitching matchups…Walker Beuhler-vs-Charley Morton….Rays righthander is (3-0) with (0.57ERA) in this postseason.

World Series-TV Ratings….Game 2-hits all time low 8.9M-viewers….after Game 1-rating had just 9.1M viewers..also all time low.

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(MLB)

Padres…Layoff 25-Baseball Operations employees…including a wide variety of minor league staff memebers….Padres facing 115M in hard dollar losses this year…Reports team may be cutting as many as 4-minor league affiliates of the 9-teams they sponsored last year…Teams likely to be cut include Northwest Rookie League…Arizona Summeer League….1-Arizona Fall League and a Class A team as part of Minor League revisions imposed by Commissioner’s Office…..Employees let go were paid most of money during the season and were given severance package by ownership

Padres..P-Matt Strahm to undergo minor surgery on patella tendon on knee next week..should be cleared to pitch in spring.

Padres…Manny Machado and Trent Grisham nominated as finalists for Gold Glove Award….SS-Fernano Tatis was not among three finalists for SS-position.

NY Mets…Steve Cohen purchase of Mets could be in trouble…1-of his companies (SAC) under investigation…fined 1.8B-for Insider Trading violations.

Cubs..Report that VP-Baseball Operations Theo Epstien will not receive a contract extension…will work 2021-season then leave.

Boston..Interview Will Venable-Cubs for vacant managerial job…will interview Dodgers coach George Lombard.

MLB…Gives 1st Curt Flood Humanitarium Award to longtime Expos-Cubs star Andre Dawson for service to community.

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……………..(Football)……………..

Chargers-Jacksonville….Two battered teams play on Sunday….Bolts (1-4) have lost 4-in row…Jaguars (1-5) have dropped 5-straight.

Chargers had 8-players miss practice or limited practice with injuries coming off bye week…Jaguars had 13-players on their injury report

Chargers..QB-Tyrod Taylor goes thru first full practice since punctured lung incident.

Jaguars…Defense giving up (384YPG)..has just 5-sacks and 6-takeaways…has given up (161-points) in last 5-games….ranked #29 in NFL on defense.

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(Schedule)

Tampa Bay-Raiders…Las Vegas dealing with Covid outbreak Off line.
Patriots-49ers..New England (2-3) on season
Chiefs-Denver..Kansas City (5-1) on year
Seattle-Arizona…Shootout QBs Russell Wilson-Kyler Murray
Green Bay-Houston..Packers second road game in a row
Pittsburgh-Tennessee..Battle unbeatens..Steelers (5-0)..Titans (5-0)
Browns-Cincinnati..Baker Mayfield-Joe Burrow matchup
Lions-Atlanta..Falcons (1-5)
Carolina-New Orleans..Saints (3-2) chasing down 1st place
Buffalo-Jets..Bills try to break 2-game losing streak
Dallas-Washington..Two teams combined (3-8)
Bears-Rams..LA (4-2)

Bye weeks..Colts-Miami-Minnesota-Baltimore

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(Scoreboard)…Thursday Night Football

Giants-L-Eagles (22-21)…Carson Wentz throws 18Y-TD pass to RB-Boston Scott with (:40) to cap Eagles comeback win…Wentz (359P-2TD)…Eagles rally from 11-point deficit in 4th quarter…Giants QB-Daniel Jones (179P-2TD) and 80-yard run in loss.

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(NFL)

NFL…Investigate Raiders for more Covid violations…
..OT-Trent Brown got rid of tracking device use for contact exams
..Raiders OL went to party not wearing masks
..Raiders players violated mask rules in facility
..NFL orders Raiders to put 6-players on Covid list
..NFL considering moving Raiders-Bucs game to Monday

Raiders…Practiced Thursday with all backups in Off Line…after 5-starters put in isolation for Covid exposure.

Raiders..Ordered put all 5-starting Off Lineman on Covid List..must sit out 5-days and test negative twice…were exposed to OT-Trent Brown.

Raiders..Former OT-Mario Henderson passes away (35Y)..spent 4-years with team..was 3rd round draft pick

New England…Former Boston Patriots QB-P Tom Yewcic passes away (88Y)…was starter in early years of AFL.

Minnesota…LB-Matt Blair passes away (70Y)…Played 12-years for Bud Grant teams

San Francisco..Longtime DT-Dana Stubblefield sentenced to 15-years in prison for rape of baby sitter and use of a gun to terrorize woman.

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(Roster Moves)

Vikings-Baltimore….Trade…Minnesota deals DE-Yannick Ngakoue to Ravens for #3-5 draft picks.

Ravens..Sign FA-WR-Dez Bryant-ex Dallas Cowboys
Jets…Sign FA-K-Sergio Castillo-CFL-BC Lions

Seattle..Activate CB-Demetrious Randall-ex Packers
Miami..Workout FA-DT-Malik McDowell-ex Seahawks

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(Injuries)

Cowboys..DE-Aldon Smith-neck injury in practice
Seattle…S-Jamal Adams suffers setback from groin injury
Saints..WR-Michael Thomas suffers hamstring injury-rehabbing ankle
Vikings..DE-Danielle Hunter-neck surgery-herniated disc
Vikings..IR-S-George Iloka-torn ACL practice
Browns..WR-Jarvis Landry-treated for cracked rib
Bengals..RB-Joe Mixon-foot injury-misses practice
Bengals..Activate DT-Mike Daniels from IR
Arizona..WR-DeAndre Hopkins injures ankle in practice
Broncos..Activate DE-Dre’Mont Jones from IR
Jaguars..Activate K-Josh Lambo from IR
Rams..Activate DT-A’Shawn Robinson IR
Titans..Activate CB-Adoree Jackson from IR
Titans..WR-AJ Brown-knee issue

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(College Football)

Holday Bowl…Cancels this year’s December Bowl game because of pandemic…Faced with enormous financial losses if they had staged game at USD without fans…Would have still been on the hook to pay the teams from Pac 12 and ACC 3.2M-each.

Aztecs-UNLV….SDSU opens season without fans-Saturday night game at Carson vs Rebels…
..Brady Hoke returns as head coach..was (13-12) SDSU
..Unveils new offense under Off Coord-Jeff Hecklinski
..Kurt Mattix takes over as Def Coor..9-starters return
..Aztecs been to 10-Bowl games in a row
..SDSU without Rocky Long..(81-38) as head coach
..Rebels new coach Marcus Arroyo makes debut
..UNLV returns QB-Kenyon Oblad..RB-Charles Williams
..Rebels-21 transfers on roster

(Mountain West Games)
..Boise State-Utah State
..Wyoming-Nevada
..Hawaii-Fresno
..Air Force-San Jose
..New Mexico-Colorado State-cancelled by outbreak

(College Schedule)
1-Clemson-Syracuse
2-Alabama-Tennessee
3-Notre Dame-Pitt
5-Ohio State-Nebraska

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(Notes)

LSU…In midst NCAA probe for 3-violations…Offers to forfeit 8-scholarships and limit recruiting visits by Coach Ed Ogeron..also bans NFL-WR-Odell Beckham for two years interaction with football program.

Alabama…Defends use of a private jet to fly Coach Nick Saban Covid test to Mobile at clinic, so he could coach last weekend against Georgia…Saban took 4-Covid tests after a false positive…Circumvented 14-day quarantine.

Florida…Says it will return to practice on Monday after Covid outbreak last week.

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…………………(Basketball)………….

NBA…Announces draft will be held November 18th

Penn State..Fires coach Pat Chambers for multiple incidents of racial slurs…was (21-10) last year.

Big West Conference..announce 20-game schedules…Teams will play same opponent on Friday-Saturday to cut down travel and health risks.

UCSD…Yet to be cleared to begin preseason basketball practice…Big West season to begin January 1st…yet to schedule non conference games.

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……………..(Hockey)………………

LA Kings…Prospects suspended in Sweden
..#1-pick Tobias Bjornot-3 games for dangerous knee check
..Lias Anderson-5 games for blow to head of opposing player

American Hockey League…President Scott Howsam says AHL may postpone December 4th start because of continued covid outbreaks in nation and fact fans might not be allowed to attend games.

Swedish Hockey League…cancels 2-games on Thursday because 3-players on Djurgarden team test positive for Covid.

Carolina…Sign FA-G-Antoine Bibeau-ex Avalanche
Calgary..Sign FA-F-Dom Simon-ex Penguins
NJ Devils..Sign FA-D-Dmitri Kulikov-ex Winnipeg

NHL…Cancels Winter Classic in January involving Minnesota Wild
NHL…Cancels All Star Weekend festivities for next year.

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………………..(General)………………

NASCAR….Texas 500..Kevin Harvick starts on pole-has 9-wins.

Indy Car..Grand Prix-St Petersburg…Scott Dixon-Josef Newgarden to dual for points championship

Formula 1….Grand Prix-Portugal….Lewis Hamilton goes for 92nd career win.

Formula 1…Team Haas fires drivers Romain Grosjean-Kevin Magnusson after 4-years of struggles…Drivers have just 3-points in 11-races this year….Team Haas may pursue Sergio Perez-Niko Hulkenberg for 2021.

Indy Car..Team Penske says Super Car Champion Scott McLaughlin will drive this weekend for team.

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English Premier League-Top games
..Manchester United-Chelsea
..Manchester City-West Ham
..Arsenal-Leicester City
..Everton-Southampton
..Hot Spur-Burnley

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Golf…Zozo Championships-Thousand Oaks
..(64)..Sebastian Munoz
..(65)..Ty Hatton

..(73)..Phil Mickelson..2-bogeys and double bogey in opening six holes
..(76)..Tiger Woods..had bogey-double bogey in first three holes..never recovered

PGA…Veteran golfer Adam Scott tests positive for Covid..pulls out of tourney

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