Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday

Posted by on November 20th, 2019  •  0 Comments  • 

……..(BASEBALL)………..

Padres….Must turn in 40-man roster for protected players at 5pm-on Wednesday….Padres had 9-minor leaguers they had to account for or risk losing in the Rule 5-draft next month at the Winter Meetings….Friars could package multiple young players for a veteran in a trade…or could ship away veterans like Austin Hedges, Luis Perdomo, Franchy Cordero to buy themselves roster space.

40-man roster decisions include keeping or exposing:

..C-Luis Torrens..C-Austin Allen
..2B-Ian Kinsler..2B-Luis Urias..
..OF-Nick Martini..OF-Josh Naylor-Franchy Cordero-
..P-Anderson Espinoza..P-Luis Perdomo..P-Javy Guerra…P-David Bednar

Minor league prospects Padres forced to make decisions on-
Add to roster or expose to draft:

..OF-Michael Gettys..Buddy Reed..Jorge Ona
..SS-Esteury Ruiz
..P-Henry Henry..Luke Bachar..Hansel Rodriguez..Jordan Guerrero

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(MLB)

Commissioner Rob Manfred….says MLB investigation into sign stealing involves only the Houston Astros-not other organizations…does not believe electronics in sign stealing is widespread.

Congress…100-Congressman sign letter to Commissioner condemning plan to fold at least 4-lower minor leagues and folding as many as 40-minor league teams.

Brewers..Unveil new uniforms to celebrate 50th Anniversary…team reverts back to its “Ball in Mitt Logo”….new uniforms will be Blue & Gold…with pinstripe jerseys.

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(Teams)

Miami..Hire Eddy Rodriguez as catching coach-ex Padres player
Seattle..Hire Kris Negron as scout-ex Dodgers utility man

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(Roster Moves)

Atlanta..Make contact with FA-OF-Marcel Ozuna-ex Cardinals
Pirates..Shopping 1B-Josh Bell..OF-Starlin Marte for pitcing
Orioles..Put P-Dylan Bundy on trading block

Mets..OF-Yoenis Cespedes cleared for full workouts…has played just 119-games in 3-seasons with Achilles-Heel-Calf injuries.

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…………….(FOOTBALL)………….

Chargers…Coach Anthony Lynn criticizes QB-Philip Rivers…”Must execute better”….Rivers 14-interceptions-2 fumbles…Has thrown 7-picks in last two losses.

Chargers..QB-Phillip Rivers…”Going to keep fighting”….Rivers last two games….7-interceptions…8-sacks…19-hits…10-pressures….

Chargers…Rookie Offensive tackles are struggling…Last 2-losses…Trent Scott allowed 3-sacks…3-hits..taken 2-holding penalties….Trey Pipkins given up 2-sacks…allowed 2-hits…taken two holding calls….Combined 5-sacks allowed…5-hits…4-penalties.

ESPN…Calls for benching Philip Rivers….TV anchor Steven A-Smith says Rivers is a ‘choker’…team has 61-losses by a TD or less in his career….says Rivers inability to move pocket leads to turnovers….want team to play Tyrod Taylor in his place.

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(Teams)

Miami..Release RB-Mark Walton hours after domestic abuse arrest-charged with punching his pregnant girlfriend 3-times in the face…his 4th arrest since last summer…Walton currently serving a 4-game suspension for summer arrests on DUI-assault-Marijuana issues.

Pittsburgh..C-Maurkice Pouncey appeals 3-game suspension for throwing punches and kicking Myles Garrett in last weeks brawl.

Cleveland..DE-Myles Garrett appeals his 6G-suspension for helmet hit fight with Steelers QB-Mason Rudolph.

Pittsburgh..Coach Mike Tomlin says everyone in NFL needs to safeguard the reputation and integrity of NFL in aftermath of ‘ugly’ fight in Browns game.

New England…WR-Antonio Brown tweets his apology to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for comments he made a month ago about Kraft’s arrest on prostituion charge in Florida…..says he wanted to be ‘an asset’ to Patriots…regrets making it a ‘media event’.

Dallas…Owner Jerry Jones says he is disappointed that the Colin Kaeperneck workout in Atlanta became ‘more than a football event’.

Carolina..owner David Tepper says he is not giving up QB-Cam Newton despite chronic foot injuries….Tepper says he won’t ‘accept mediocrity’ in franchise however.

Washington…Wife of Redskins QB-Alex Smith releases emotional video showing intense workouts as Smith tries to recover from 17-surgeries on his badly broken leg.

Minnesota…Coach Mike Zimmer praises Gary Kubiak’s work as a ‘consultant’ helping grow QB-Kirk Cousins and offense.

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(Roster Moves)

Steelers..Sign FA-LB-Tuzar Skipper-ex Giants
Denver..Sign FA-TE-Orson Charles-ex Chiefs

Browns..Workout FA-DE-Tank Carradine-ex 49ers
Raiders..Workout FA-RB-Rod Smith-ex Cowboys
Jets..Workout FA-C-Russell Bodine-ex Bills

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(Injuries)

Cowboys..IR-CB-Anthony Brown-torn tricep
Chiefs..IR-DE-Emmanuel Ogbah-torn pectoral
Chiefs..MRI-WR-Tyreek Hill-hamstring injury
Patriots..Activate OT-Isaiah Wynn-from IR list
Patriots..IR-LB-Gunnar Olczewski-foot injury
Rams..WR-Brandin Cooks-cleared full workouts from concussion

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(College Football)

Aztecs…QB-Ryan Agnew sat out practice on Monday and Tuesday with minor calf injury….says he will be ready to play on Saturday in Aloha Stadium.

Aztecs…Coach Rocky Long says his top rated defense faces most explosive passing attack in conference when they play at Hawaii….”Short work week to line up and play 4-and-5 receiver sets each week is as hard as trying to practice on short work week against triple option”

Minnesota..Golden Gophers big play QB-Tanner Morgan placed in concussion protocol.

Vanderbilt…Vote of confidence to coach Derek Mason…has (2-8) record this year…(26-46) with Commodores…just (10-37) in SEC.

 

College Football Playoff rankings…1-LSU…2-Ohio State..3-Clermson…4-Georgia…5-Alabama…6-Orwgon…

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……………(BASKETBALL)………..

Aztecs-at-USD….Wednesday cross-city matchup….USD is (2-3) in rebuilding season..Aztecs (3-0) coming off wins over BYU-Grand Canyon.

Aztecs..Coach Brian Dutcher says he’s not sure SDSU can continue to play USD each year….Mountain West considering going to 20-game conference schedule because MWC schools having hard time scheduling non-conference games with Power 5-conferences….Dutcher says SDSU could not afford to schedule both USD-and-UCSD in the same season and have few open slots for “name non conference opponents”.

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Lakers-W-Oklahoma City (112-107)…Anthony Davis-LeBron James combine for 59P…..Lakers hit 14-3’s…. …..LA (12-2) on season

Clippers-Boston Celtics…Wednesday matchup…F-Kawhi Leonard status questionable…has missed last 3-games with bone bruise on knee.

Portland..F-Carmelo Anthony suits up for first game..has sat out since last November as unsigned free agent.
Portland..G-Damian Lillard-out of action-back issues.

Knicks..G-Elfrid Payton reinsures hamstring for 2nd time this season.

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…………..(HOCKEY)…………

Kings-Ducks…both have off nights
Ducks..play in Florida on Thursday
Kings-host Edmonton on Thursday

Gulls..off till Saturday game with Stockton Heat.

Kings..put F-Mario Kempe on waivers.
Penguins..F-Nick Bjugstad goes on longterm IR with back issues
Calgary..Sends F-Tobias Reider to Stockton of AHL
Tampa Bay..F-Steven Stamkos saluted for scoring 400th career goal at age (29).

Don Cherry…Fired from Hockey Night in Canada-said he refused to apologize for his rant on ‘immigrants’ on Hockey Night segment.

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…………..(GENERAL)……….

Soccer…Tottenham Hot Spur-fire manager Mauricio Pochettino in midst of rebuilding programs..Spurs (3-4-5) record this season.

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