Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Monday

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Padres-L-Arizona (5-4)…Eduardo Escobar crushes 3R-HR off Emilio Pagan in 8th inning giving Diamondbacks the win and sweep of series……Padres lost 5-in row……San Diego (11-12)..Now 5-games out of first place….Diamondbacks (11-11)…Friars had 9-walks and hit batsman but went (1-10) with RISP in ugly loss…Arizona starter Robby Ray had no hitter thru 5-innings but walked 6-batters and hit one.

Padres..Lose OF-Tommy Pham with wrist or hamate bone injury while batting in 9th…already without OF-Wil Myers with back tightness.

Padres-Texas…4-game series opens for two games in Texas..then 2-in San Diego….Zach Davies (2-2)-vs-Mike Minor (0-3)

Padres..DL-P-Kirby Yates…MRI shows bone chips in back of elbow…if scope surgery needed..could be out 4-6-weeks…Will get second opinion on Monday.

Padres..Called up P-David Bednar to replace Yates on roster.
Padres..Option out 3B-Ty France to taxi squad.
Padres..Callup OF-Josh Naylor from taxi squad


Dodgers-W-Angels (8-3)…Corey Seager 3R-HR..Max Munchy 2R-HR..Matt Beaty-Kei Ruiz solo HRs in win..Dodgers (16-7)…Halos (7-15)

Dodgers-Seattle…LA opens 4-games with Mariners…first two in LA..then next two at Safeco Field…Monday matchup..Griff Canning (0-3)-vs-Justin Dunn.


Angels-Giants..Monday matchup…Griff Canning (0-3)…SF yet to name a starter.

Angels..P-Taylor Cole-undergoes shoulder surgery



Cardinals-L-White Sox..Chisox hit 4-home runs in a row off rookie Cardinals pitcher Roel Ramirez

Royals-L-Twins…Max Keplar 2R-HR..Minnesota (14-8)

Cubs-L-Milwaukee..Orlando Arcia HR..Keston Hiura HR..Cubs now (13-6)

Mets-L-Phillies..Andrew McCutchen 2R-HR…Mets now (9-14)

Indians-W-Tigers..Tribe beats Detroit 20 games in a row.

Braves-W-Miami..Nick Markakis 3RBIs

Rays-W-Jays..1st game..Brandon Lowe HR in 9th
Rays-W-Jays..2nd game..Willy Adames 2R-HR in 8th for sweep

Red Sox-L-Yankees..Mike Ford 3R-HR for NY..Yankees (15-6)..Boston now (6-16)..

A’s-W-Giants..Stephen Piscotty 3R-HR..Marcus Semien 2R-HR..A’s (16-6)

Astros-W-Mariners..Kyle Tucker HR in 9thy..Mariners (7-16)

Orioles-L-Washington..Max Scherzer 10Ks in 7-innings

Rockies-W-Texas..Ryan McMahon 3R-HR…Colorado (13-8)



Yankees..DL-OF-Aaron Judge-calf injury
Yankees..DL-2B-DJ LeMahieu-sprained thumb..hitting (.411)

Washington..P-Stephen Strasburg-diagnosed carpal tunnel wrist issue..Could be headed back to DL.
Washington..OF-Starlin Castro-broken wrist

Arizona..P-Madison Bumgarner to throw 50-pitch simulated game on Monday.

Yankees..Activate P-Aroldis Chapman from covid list.

Mets..P-Jacob deGrom-neck issue
Blue Jays..OF-Bo Bichette..MRI-knee..hitting (.356)
Cubs..DL-P-Tyler Chatwood-back
White Sox..Surgery 2B-Leury Garcia-thumb
White Sox..DL-P-Ian Hamilton-shoulder
Tigers..DL-P-Ivan Nova-Tricep
Houston..DL-OF-Michael Brantley-quad
Tampa Bay..DL-P-Jose Alvarado-shoulder
A’s..DL-P-Burch Smith-forearm
A’s..P-Frankie Montas-back issue
Royals..Surgery P-Foster Griffin-elbow

Mets..DL-P-David Peterson-shoulder fatigue
Phillies..DL-OF-Roman Quinn-covid issue


(Roster Moves)

Indians..Demote P-Zach Plesac-P-Mike Clevinger to taxi squad and send them home from Detroit for violations of health protocols.

Astros..Activate 1B-Yordan Alvarez from DL

Reds..Sign FA-OF-Nick Williams-ex Phillies
Texas..Sign FA-P-Juan Nicasio-ex Phillies

Miami-Rockies..Trade-Marlins deal P-Jesus Tinico to Colorado

Mets..DFA-2B-Brian Dozier
Cubs..DFA-P-Jharel Cotton
Seattle..DFA-P-Bryan Shaw

Orioles..Option P-David Hess
Reds..Callup P-Tyler Thornberg



MLB-Union..Open discussions about expanding Taxi squad and training camp pools…adding 15 more players to 60-man workout rosters..because of injury and illness issues.

NY Mets..Ask for final offer from buyers to purchase club by August 31st…Alex Rodriguez group appears to have made biggest offer.

Washington..P-Stephen Strasburg ejected from game for criticism of umpires while sitting in stands behind home plate.

A’s..OF-Ramon Laureano 6-game suspension reduced to 2-games for part in brawl with Astros.

Cardinals..Coach Willie McGee opts out for rest of season because of virus.

Cubs..Suspend broadcaster Mark Grace for derogatory comment about ex-wife on telecast.



NBA Playoffs….Begin on Monday

Clippers-Dallas…LA hopes to have C-Montrzl Harrell for game..missed 3-weeks because of death in family.

Denver-Utah…Jazz without G-Mike Conley-left bubble for birth of child

Toronto-Brooklyn…Nets make playoffs with patchwork roster

Miami-Indiana..Pacers led by explosive forward TJ Warren.


Lakers..Open playoff series on Tuesday against Portland Trailblazers

New Orleans..Fire coach Alvin Gentry after team went (2-6) in seeding games and missed playoffs..was (175-225) with Pelicans

Chicago..Fire coach Jim Boylan…was (39-84) in Chicago…will interview David Vanterpol-Minnesota…Stephen Silas-San Antonio

Sacramento..Fire GM-Vlade Divac and Assistant GM-Peja Stojakovic after team misses playoffs for 14th year in a row

Toronto..Assistant coach Adrian Griffin denies reports he has been involved in domestic abuse cases while in midst of ugly divorce case.

Suns…upset that team went (8-0) in seeding games and missed playoffs.

Orlando..F-Mo Bamba leaves bubble to have exam for virus symptoms

Miami..F-Derrick Jones to miss playoff games with sprained neck.

FDA…Approves a Saliva Based Test with real time results..NBA financed research.



Chargers…Move RT-Sam Tevi to LT…name him starter…with second year player Trey Pipkins as backup…will not move LG-Forrest Lamp to LT.

Chargers..Melvin Ingram not take part in opening of helmet practices…is in final year of his contract.


(Roster Moves)

Giants..Sign FA-K-Graham Gano-ex Washington-Carolina
Jets..Sign FA-WR-Chris Hogan-ex Patriots-Bills-Miami
49ers..Sign FA-WR-JJ Nelson-ex Houston
49ers..Sign FA-WR-Tavon Austin-ex Rams
Bucs..Sign FA-DT-Kyle Love-ex Carolina-Patriots

Vikings..Workout FA-S-Jahleel Addae-ex Chargers-Texasn
Raiders..Workout FA-LB-Mychael Kendricks-ex Seattle

Carolina..Release LB-Kyahava Tezino-ex Aztecs
Carolina…Sign FA-TE-Andrew Vollert-ex Chargers
Carolina..Sign FA-TE-Tommy Lee Lewis-ex Saints

Lions..Workout FA-QB-Trevor Siemian-ex Broncos
Colts..Sign FA-CB-Tramon Smith-ex Packers
Jaguars..Sign FA-FB-Bruce Miller-ex 49ers
Bengals..Sign FA-DE-Brian Sterk-ex Miami

Vikings..Sign FA-RB-Tony James
Vikings..Sign FA-S-Steven Parker-ex Miami

Miami..Release CB-Adrian Colbert
49ers..OG-Spencer Long leaves camp-retiring



Washington…QB-Alex Smith activated off PUP-begins full workouts after recovering from 17-surgeries.

Dallas..DE-Tyrone Crawford activated off PUP list

Browns..C-JC Tretter-scope surgery on knee
Carolina..WR-Keith Kirkwood-broken collarbone
49ers..WR-Deebo Samuel to miss at least 6-games-foot surgery
Jets..RB-Frank Gore-out hamstring issue
Jets..WR-Denzel Mims-injures hamstring
Seattle..Dt-Jarron Reed-leg injury
Chiefs..CB-Alex Brown-torn ACL
Houston ..LB-Duke Ejiofor-torn ACL
Saints..Put WR-Deone Harris on covid list
Rams..Activate CB-Terrell Lewis-from covid list

Raiders..Activate DE-Maxx Crosby from covid list


(NFL Notes)

NFL…5-officials opt out of season because of Virus issue.
NFL…Sources say 8-coaches have tested positive for virus in 5-months

NFL-Union..finalize plans for 53-man active roster and 16-players on developmental squad.

Houston..Announces no fans at home games to start season
Green Bay..Confirm over 80% season ticket holders transfer to 2021 season-will not attend home games.

San Francisco..Investigating video showing OT-Trent Williams doing 125mph in Ferrari.

Detroit..Herb Orvis-DE-passes away (73Y)-Parkinsons…Former #1 pick-played for Lions-Colts.

Atlanta…Chip Banks-LB..former #1 pick…seriously wounded in shooting incident….1-friend died…another wounded when 6-man attacked them in dispute…Banks played for Browns-Chargers-Colts.

New England…coach Bill Belichick says ‘rookie players’ are in turbulent waters…not enough time to learn facts of playing in NFL.

San Diego…Longtime NFL coach Dick Coury passes away in senior facility…had been QB coach and NFL assistant plus head coach in USFL for Portland Breakers….Was legendary hi school coach at Mater Dei…head coach at Cal State-Fullerton…spent 30-years in NFL as assistant with Eagles-Patriots-Rams-Chargers-Vikings.


(College Football)

NCAA…Doctors say College Conferences are ‘playing with fire’ by trying to start the season next month….says ‘cardiac issues are real’….would not play unless ‘virus can be brought under control’…Advise Conference commissioners ‘not to play’ this year.

SEC-ACC..Defends its decisions saying it has followed each phase with approval of its own doctors game plans..says it is testing players 3-times a week…is cautious..and willing to re-evaluate for short term and long term plan

PAC 12..Doctors say league made right decision…’Virus does not stop at edge of practice fields”

Big 10…Ohio State QB-Justin Fields begins petition drive-wants league to re-evaluate decision to shutdown.

David Cutcliffe…Longtime coach criticizes NCAA for ‘lack of uniformity’ in dealing with pandemic.

Rutgers…confirms that school has had 30-positive tests.
Oklahoma..confirms school had 9-positive tests last week
Syracuse..going to test players 3-times a week beginning Monday

Liberty..Coach Hugh Freeze critical of school for lax testing protocols

..tested only when player showed symptoms…have not tested for last two weeks.

Holiday Bowl…Confirms if Bowl game is cancelled..would lost 48% of its revenue.

Oklahoma..Star RB-Kennedy Brooks opts out-will not play this year.



(NHL Playoffs Scoreboard)

Washington-L-NY Islanders..Anders Lee-Matt Barzal score goals…Islanders take (3-0) lead in series

Calgary-L-Dallas..Joe Pavelski hat trick for Stars…John Linkberg scores game winner in OT…Series tied (2-2)

Las Vegas-L-Chicago..Hawks goalie Corey Crawford 41-saves to stay alive in series..Knights lead (2-1)

Montreal-Flyers..Philadelphia led (1-0) in 3rd period at Press Time

Vancouver-St Louis…Tied (0-0) in 1st period at Press Time


Montreal..Coach Claude Juilien recovering from stent surgery for blockage while in hospital for tests..will not coach this week…would need 14-day quarantine and 4-negative tests in row for leaving Toronto bubble to go home.

Boston..G-Tuuka Rask leaves team two hours before playoff game…not comfortable playing with virus-crisis.

Carolina..F-Andre Svechnikov-severe leg injury from check

Nashville..GM-David Poile says team play ‘unacceptable’
Florida..Panthers to interview Mike Futa-LA Kings assistant GM

Kings..Hire John Wroblewski to coach AHL-Ontario Reign..was coach of US National Development team.

Columbus..Loan F-Tim Berni to Zurich-Swiss League
Las Vegas..Sign FA-D-Ryan Murphy..played in KHL last year

Quebec Major Junior League..announces it will open season in October and play full schedule….Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League delaying opening till December..same as NHL-AHL-ECHL.



PGA..Wyndham Championships-Greensboro..
(260)..Jim Herman 6-birdies and eagle on Sunday-finish (-20)
(262)..Webb Simpson-Kevin Kisner
(263)..Harold Varner-Zach Johnson

Indy 500..Time Trials…Marco Andretti takes poll with (231) lap driving thru high winds….Scott Dixon will start alongside in front row (230)…Takuma Sato starts 3rd….Rookie Rinius VeeKay starts 4th…Ryan Hunter-Reay with 5th spot on grid…Josef Newgarden will start 13th..Simon Pagenaud starts 25th after struggling to find speed.

NASCAR…Daytona Grand Prix…Chase Elliott dominant on road course..led 34-laps..pulled away from Denny Hamlin for win.

NASCAR…Drivers Austin Dillon tests positive for virus-leaves the tour for at least a week.

Formula 1..Spanish Grand Prix…Lewis Hamilton wins by whopping (:24) over Max Verstappen.

LA Times…lead sports columnist Bill Plaschke remains in isolation for treatment of Covid virus.

LA Times..Report paper has fired columnist Arash Markazi for multiple counts of plagiarism charged by fellow reporters.


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