Padres-W-Rockies (3-0)..Clayton Richard 7-shutout innings..Christian Villanueva solo HR..RBI-single….Padres (69-84)….Rkockies fading in wildcard race-now lost 6-of-8…and (24-29) since mid June…only 1-game lead over Milwaukee in wildcard race…1-and-half over Cardinals.
San Diego-Colorado..Friday matchup…Jordan Lyles (1-3) 7.35-ERA-vs-Jon Gray (8-4).
Commissioner Rob Manfred…Spoke at Petco Park on Thursday….says he will continue talks with Union
..Wants :20 pitch clock put into effect next season
..Does not expect change in the strike zone
..Believed had deal for 26-man roster for entire season and 28-in September-Union backed out
..Will reopen talks with Union about roster sizes
..Wants dialogue about visits to mound..shorten between innings breaks
..Padres will increase netting along lst-3rd base lines for next season.
..Home plate collisions-injuries-way down thanks to rule change.
Dodgers-W-Phillies (5-4)….Curtis Granderson-Andre Ethier hit solo HRs…LA won just 6-of-26 games.
Dodgers-Giants..Friday nite pitchers…Rich Hill (10-8)-vs-Jeff Smardzija (9-14).
Dodgers..3B-Justin Turner-XR on injured thumb come back clear..then hit on hand by pitch bruising thumb….SS-Corey Seager sits out after fouling ball off calf
Dodgers..Announce starter Kenta Maeda will move to bullpen for lst round of playoffs.
Angels-L-Indians (4-1)…Francisco Lindor 3R-HR…Edwin Encarnarcion solo HR…Tribe has won 27-of-28….Angels fading-have lost 9-of-13..fall 2 and half behind Twins in wildcard race.
Halos-Astros…Friday night pitchers in Houston…Justin Verlander (13-8)-vs-Garrett Richards (0-2)…Verlander is (3-0)…2R-in-21-innings-26Ks since trade to Astros.
Angels..Send 3B-Yunel Escobar to Arizona League-try get ready playoffs.
Angels..P-Andrew Heaney-begins soft toss.
Orioles-W-Rays..Manny Machardo HR
Royals-W-Blue Jays..Jason Vargas 2-hitter.
Twins-W-Tigers..Joe Mauer-Jorge Polanco combine 6-hits
Cardinals-W-Reds..Dex Fowler 3H-2RBI
Washington-L-Atlanta..RA Dickey (8inn-2R) allowed
Cubs-W-Brewers..Kyle Schwarber-Kris Bryant HRs..Cubs won 8-of-9
Astros-L-White Sox..Tim Anderson HR
Texas-W-Seattle..Carlos Gomez single-double
MLB says it will step up efforts to put up extended netting in all stadiums after young girl hit in head by Todd Frazier lined drive at Yankees Stadium-sitting down 3rd base line.
Raul Mondesi…ex-Dodgers star convicted taking kickbacks-bribe-corruption as mayor in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic…sentenced to 6-years in prison.
Twins..Fire Howard Norsetter-Director International Scouting
Giants…have scouted Japanese star Shoei OItani 6-times this year.
Dany Walton..longtime OF-Astros-Mariners-Yankees-Twins..passes away (70Y)..spent 9-years in majors.
Don Gross…reliever with Pirates-Reds in 1950s-60s..passes away (86Y).
Chargers-Chiefs…Sunday matchup at Stub Hub Center… KC comes in (2-0)..QB-Alex Smith (619P-5TD-0 Int-77% completion)…has 139-QBRating….RB-Kim Hunt ((355APY)…averaging 7.6YPC…TE-Travis Kelce-WR-Tyreek Hill combined (24R) in 2-games…..KC averaging (440Y) on offense…Defense giving up (388Y) but has 9-sacks…
Chiefs have scored 67P vs Patriots-Eagles in two wins.
Chargers…weakened offense line…Injuries to RT-Joe Barksdale-foot…C-Spencer Tulley-knee..both practiced on Thursday….lost veteran depth-Chris Hairston on IR with blood clot…Bolts offense ranked 26th in NFL-averaging just (308YPG)….RBs-averaging just (3.0YPC)….Melvin Gordon (2.5YPC)….Defense ranked 20th..has 6-QB sacks-2-takeaways this year.
Chargers..RB-Melvin Gordon shows up on injury report-knee issue-limited in Thursday practice…CB-Jason Verrett remains on injury report…did not practice again with knee issues after playing 62-snaps in first game of season.
Rams-W-49ers (41-39)..Jared Goff (292P-3TD)..Todd Gurley (113R-3TD)…WRs-Sammy Watkins-Robert Woods combine (12R-213Y)….Rams Defense (Int-FuRec-4-sacks)…Niners QB-Brian Hoyer (332P) in loss…Rams now (2-1)…SF (0-3)
Ravens-Jacksonville..Battle of two tough defenses.
Saints-Carolina..Cam Newton vs leaky Saints defense-Orleans (0-2)
Tampa Bay-Minnesota..Jameis Winston-vs-ailing Sam Bradford.
Denver-Bills..QB-Trevor Simian goes for 2nd win in a row on road
Pittsburgh-Chicago..Mike Glennon stays at QB for Chicago.
Miami-NYJets…Jets with QB-RB issues
Giants-Eagles..NY yet to score offensive TD this year
Atlanta-Detroit..Martchup QBs-Matthew Stafford-Matt Ryan
Houston-New England..Deshaun Watson against Bill Belicheck defense.
Browns-Colts…DeShone Kizer returns to starting QB role.
Seattle-Tennessee..Seahawks offense yet to score offensive touchdown
Cincinnati-Green Bay…Bengals yet to score offensive TD this year
Raiders-Washington..Big road test for Derek Carr-Marshawn Lynch offense
Dallas-Arizona…Cowboys try rebound awful home loss-Cards struggling offense.
NFL..Exploring London franchise…possibly 4-home games in London and 4-home games at a fixed US sight….Not sure league can get logistics done for 2019-game in China.
NFL Union..Willing to reopen talks if NFL wants to add more practice time off season after cutbacks went into effect two years ago…must be negotiated thru CBA though.
New England…Lawyer for ex-Patriots TE-Aaron Hernandez files suit against league and Patriots..says player had severe CTE from head injuries.
Washington..Former Redskins DT-Albert Haynesworth says he has been victim of domestic abuse for years with longtime girlfriend from University of Tennessee…Police investigating.
NFL TV…Ratings dropped 10-to-12% on each network in weeks 1-2 of season….9-of-13 network windows in first two weeks had ratings drops.
San Francisco…Bernie Casey-longtime 49ers-Rams WR-passes away (78).
Bengals..Vote of confidence QB-Andy Dalton..wants offense play faster
Dallas..RB-Ezekiel Elliott says lack of effort last weekend was from frustration.
Jets..Will go to RB by committee…Matt Forte-Bilal Powell
Seattle..Drop RB-Eddie Lacy-4th on depth chart
Ottawa…Ex-Aztecs QB-Ryan Lindley gets first CFL start tonight in Winnipeg.
Atlanta..Sign FA-DE-Joe Vellano-ex-Patriots
Ravens..Sign FA-RB-John Crockett-ex Packers
Lions..Release De-Alex Barrett-ex Aztecs
Saints..Sign FA-DE-Kendall Langford-ex Colts
Saints..Release FB-John Kuhn
Jets..Sign FA-DE-David Bass-DE-ex-Seattle
Jets..Release LB-Freddie Bishop
Carolina..OT-Ryan Kalil misses practice-neck
Denver..OT-Garrett Boles returns to practice-leg injury
Packers..LB-Nick Perry-hand surgery
Packers..IR-OT-Jason Spriggs-knee injury
Packers..OT-David Bakhtiari-misses practice-knee
Packers..WR-Randall Cobb-misses practice-chest
Houston..Trainer says LB-Brian Cushing took illegal supplement-knew it.
Colts..CB-Vontae Davis returns to practice from groin injury
Miami..RB-Jay Ajayi sits out practice-bruised knee
Miami..WR-Jarvis Landry misses practice-knee
Aztecs-Air Force….San Diego State (3-0)-ranked 19th…Falcons (1-1)…SDSU beaten Air Force 6-times in a row….Rocky Long won two in a row at Colorado Springs since taking over as head coach…SDSU (6-11) at Air Force in history of rivalry
Aztecs…Averaging (242YPG) running the football….Falcons giving up (122YPG) on ground with blitzing package….Aztecs defense giving up (298YPG) has 10-sacks-7-takeaways and 21-tackles for loss in 3-wins….Air Force averaging (447YPG) on offense-including (330YPG) rushing and 5.7-YPC.
USC-Cal…QB-Sam Darold (1,002P-7TD) in 3-games.
UCLA-Stanford..QB-Josh Rosen (1,283P-13TD) in 3-games
USD-Butler..Toreros off to disappointing (1-2) start-host Bulldogs.
(Mountain West Conference)
Boise State-Virginia…Broncos QB problems host Cavaliers of ACC
UNLV-Ohio State…Rebels start freshman QB in Columbus
New Mexico-Tulsa..Lobos off to slow (1-2) start.
Nevada-Washington State…Wolfpack struggling with new QB
Utah State-San Jose State…Aggies-Spartans both off to bad starts
Wyoming-Hawaii…Cowboys QB Josh Allen coming off (9-24) outing last week
Colorado State…bye week.
(Pac 12 Conference)
Arizona-Utah…Friday night game..Utes (3-0)..Wildcats (2-1)
USC-Cal…Sam Darold (1,002Y) in 3-games
UCLA-Stanford..Cardinal (1-2) start-defense vs Josh Rosen (1,283Y-13TD)
Washington State-Nevada..Luke Falk (900P-9TD)
Washington-Colorado..Buffs QB-Steve Montez-RB-Phil Lindsey vs Huskie defense
Oregon-ASU..Ducks RB-Royce Freeman (460Y)
Oregon State…bye week
(Top Ranked Games)
1-Alabama-vs-Vanderbilt..QB-Jalen Hurts red hot
2-Clemson-vs-Boston College..Tigers (3-0)
3-Oklahoma-vs-Baylor…Baker Mayfield vs (0-3) Bears
4-Penn State-Iowa..Trace McSorely-takes Lions on road
5-USC-Cal…Trojans against improved Bears defense
6-Oklahoma State-vs-16-TCU…Cowboys QB-Mason Rudolph on roll
7-Washington-Colorado..Huskies head into Boulder
8-Michigan-Purdue..Wovlerines against wide open Jeff Brohm led offense
10-Ohio State-UNLV..Buckeyes face non conference Rebels.
Nebraska…Fires Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst…owed 2-years salary….Huskers coach Mike Riley catching heat for (16-13) record in Lincoln-lost last week to Mid American Conference
Minnesota…Timberwolves negotiating max contract with high scoring Andrew Wiggins (23PPG)…would e (5Y-148M) contract.
Cleveland..Sign FA-C-Kendrick Perkins..journeyman center-had been with Dallas..Oklahoma City other clubs.
LAKings-W-Vancouver (5-2)…Tanner Pearson 2-goals…game in Shanghai, China….Play Saturday in Beijing.
Ducks-L-Arizona (5-1)….Game marred by 20-penalties.
Gary Bettman…NHL Commissioner says if Calgary Arena problems not resolved…”Consequences to be dealt with for franchise.”
St Louis..Hire Larry Robinson-Senior Consultant to front office.
Montreal…Lose D-Noah Juulsen-fractured foot
Boston..D-Torey Krug-fractured jaw.
Golf…Tournament Players Championship-Atlanta…Kyle Stanley reels off 4-birdies in a row….(6-under-64) for first round lead….Webb Simpson in big group (66)….Jordan Spieth (67).
NASCAR….Chase for Championship continues…New Hampshire 400…Martin Truex-Kyle Larson 1-2 in points.
NASCAR…Last weekend Chicagoland 400-lowest ever TV rating for a Chase race (1.4) rating…losest in 17-years….22-of-26 races have seen drop-off in ratings this year.
Formula 1…Off weekend
Soccer..Chelsea sells Diego Costa to Atletic Madrid in 77M deal..scored 59G for Chelsea…but feuded with Manager Antonio Conte.