Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Thursday

Posted by on March 16th, 2017  •  0 Comments  • 

………(Baseball)…………..

World Baseball Classic…US-W-Venezuela (4-2)…With fans chanting USA-USA…Adam Jones answered the call…The San Diego native-Orioles outfielder-hit a rainbow home run into the left-center seats to tie the game, and moments later Eric Hosmer of Kansas City drilled a 2-run line drive homer into the right center bleachers finishing off the US comeback…Rougned Odor had homered early in the game to give Venezuela the lead-but the visitors bullpen faltered….Tampa Bay pitcher Drew Smyly struck out 8-in 4-plus innings before reaching his pitch limit.

World Baseball Classic…Thursday game…Dominican Republic-vs-Venezuela…must win game for both teams.

World Baseball Classic…Dodgers 1st baseman Adrian Gonzalez-highly critical of MLB for invoking strange rules during first round games…Incensed Mexico lost tiebreaker with archaic “runs rule” rather than earning berth by getting win on field….Says WBC isn’t World Cup-more like Little League Baseball.

World Baseball Classic…Attendance at games up 34% from 2013-tourney.

(Spring Training)

Padres-L-Reds..(8-7)…Clayton Richard roughed up again (3.1-inn-3R-7 baserunners)…Kevin Quackenbush (1inn-3R)…Christian Bethancourt (1inn-1R-2H)….Hunter Renfroe hit 2R-HR…Reds SS-Zack Cosart 2R-HR..Billy Hamilton (3-3)christ.

Padres-Royals..Trevor Cahill makes start on Thursday

Padres..OF-Alex Dickerson-returns to San Diego to see spine specialists after severe back stiffness occurred after just 1-game as DH…has been virtually all spring.

DodgersW-Seattle (12-7)…Brandon McCarthy banged around…(3.2inn-3R-5H)..Julio Urias (.2-inn2R-2H)…LA bullpen gave up 9-runs….Justin Turner HR-Trayce Thompson HR-Cody Bellinger 3RBI.

Dodgers-Cubs…on Thursday

Dodgers..Give permission to P-Kenley Jansen to join team Netherlands for final round of World Baseball Classic.

Dodgers..OF-Andre Ethier remains out with hip issues.

Angels-L-Giants &-4)…Madison Bumgarner (6inn-1H-0R)…Mike Morse 2H-2RBI…Tyler Skaggs (2inn-0H)-best outing of spring.
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Halos-Rockies..Thursday matchup

(Injuries)

Reds..P-Anthony DeScalfini to have PPI-injection in strained elbow.
Royals..C-Sal Perez-MRI on hyperextended elbow..knee injury not as severe
Indians..MRI on P-Carlos Carrasco-elbow.

(MLB)

Tampa Bay…Gives OF-Kevin Kiemaier (6Y-53M) extension.

Pirates..SS-Jung Kang cannot get visa paperwork done after pleading guilty to third DUI in South Korea.

Tampa Bay..Release P-Dana Eveland.

Texas…P-Andrew Cashner cleared for throwing program coming off bicep injury

Mets..P-Matt Harvey-roughed up in outing (3.1-inn-4R) allowed.

Miami..Jury in Cuban human trafficking case finds agent Bart Hendricks and trainer Julio Estrada guilty of kidnapping-extortion of Cuban players….They are facing 3-to-5-years in prison and fines of 15M….Agent-and-trainer helped transport Jorge Soler-Jose Abreu and Leonys Martin to Honduras, then held them and families at gun point and charged exorbinant fees from players fist contracts-as much as 35%..

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(NCAA) 1st round matchups tonight

Gonzaga-vs-South Dakota State..Bulldogs (32-1) on season.
Villanova-vs-Mount St Mary’s….Wildcats #1-seed entire tourney field.
Arizona-vs–North Dakota..Wildcats #2-seed
Notre Dame-vs-Princeton
Virginia-vs-NC-Wilmington
West Virginia-vs-Bucknell
Florida-vs-East Tennessee State
Minnesota-vs-Middle Tennessee State
Virginia Tech-vs-Wisconsin
Florida State-vs-Florida Gulf Coast
Purdue-vs-Vermont
St Mary’s-vs-VCU
Vanderbilt-vs-Northwestern-1st time Wildcats in tourney in 77-years
Xavier-vs-Maryland
Nevada-vs-Iowa State..Wolfpack-Mountain West champs
Butler-vs-Winthrop

(NCAA)..Wednesday play-in games

USC-W-Providence (75-71)….Trojans Bennie Boatwright (24P) in comeback win..
Cal Davis-W-NC Central..Aggies lst ever tourney win..survive 18-turnovers

(NIT)…Wednesday games

BYU-L-Texas Arlington..Drew Charles hits 5-3’s for UTA..
Illinois State-W-Cal Irvine..Illini build 18P lead in opening half and coast
Iowa-W-South Dakota..Jordan Bohannon (19P-11R)
TCU-W-Fresno..Alex Robinson (14P) in win-ends Bulldogs season.
Houston-L-Akron..Zips pull off big upset win..Isiaha Johnson (21P)
Syracuse-NC-W-Greensboro..Andrew White (34P) hits 7-3’s
Colorado-L-Central Florida..BJ Taylor (26P) in upset win of Buffs
Georgia-L-Belmont…Bulldogs defense gives up 14-3’s in upset loss

San Diego State…Judge in Beth Burns case increases legal fees payment school much make in losing Beth Burns lawsuit…Increase fees to 1.9M…on top of SDSU own legal fees 1M…and the 3.3M-salary owed to Burns for termination.

(NBA)

Lakers..Decide to bench G-Luel Deng in addition to C-Tim Mozgov…players signed contracts worth (136M)…each has 3-years left on deals.

Charlotte..F-Nick Batum-Brain Scan to determine cause of severe migraines.
Spurs..F-LaMarcus Aldridge cleared by doctors after irregular heart beat incident.

Knicks..Longtime TV voice John Andariese passed away (78Y) in Florida

Lakers-L-Houston (139-100)…Rockets hit 18-3’s…Lou Williams scores 30P for Houston..Lakers now (20-48)..have lost 10-of-11…Juliuis Randle (32P)…DeAngelo Russell benched (2-10) shooting-just 5P.

Clippers-L-Milwaukee..Bucks rally in 4th quarter…hit 10-3″s.

Clippers-at-Denver..Thursday night game.

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………….(Football)……..

Darrelle Revis….Felony assault charges against ex-Jets DB-dropped…friend at scene admits he assaulted two men-knocking them out after they had jumped Revis.

Todd Marinovich..Former Raiders QB-ordered into 6-month drug rehab program and put on 3Y-probation after guilty plea of public intoxification..nudity and trespassing in incident in Orange County.

Chargers..Release LB-Brock Herring-spent 2Y on NFL-Injured Reserve.
Ravens..Release OC-Jeremy Zuttah

Miami..Visit with NT-Dontari Poe-Chiefs
Rams..Visit with FA-DE-Connor Barwin-Eagles…RB-Lance Dunbar-Cowboys
Raiders..Visit with LB-Zach Brown-Bills
Jets..Visit with DE-Howard Jones-Tampa…FB-Zach Line-Vikings
Lions..Visit with Tom Lelito-OG-Saints

Ravens-49ers..Trade-Baltimore deals C-Jeremy Zuttah to SF for 6th round pick.
Steelers..Sign FA-WR-Justin Hunter-ex Titans
Bengals..Sign FA-OT-Andre Smith-ex Vikings
Bills..Sign FA-WR-Andre Holmes-ex Raiders
Washington..Release DT-Ricky Francois
Pittsburgh..May have interest now in CB-Darrelle Revis-ex Jets.

Cincinnati..DE-Carlos Dunlap criticized organizaztion…asking “What’s the Plan”…Bengals lost both offensive tackles and 7-free agents in all.

Patriots..Sign FA-LB-Dont’a Hightower (4Y-43M) extension-19M-guaranteed

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………(Hockey)…………

Gulls-W-Stockton (3-2)…Corey Tropp scores 2-goals in win..AHL at Sports Arena.

Ducks-W-Blues (2-1)…Ryan Getzlaf short handed goals for win.

Flyers…Negotiate with 2-of top undrafted college players in the nation…Union College Mike Vecchione-Spencer Foo.

Dallas..Sign FA-D-Gavin Bayreuther-St Lawrence University

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……….(General)………..

Indian Wells…..Novak Djokovic upset by Nick Kyrgios-made 25-unforced errors…..Roger Federer broke Rafal Nadal serve 4-times in (6-2)(6-3) dominant win.

PGA Tour…Arnold Palmer-Bay Hill Invitational-Orlando-tees off today.

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