Excessive heat at Wrigley Field forces 3 Twins players from game

Minnesota’s Eddie Rosario, Bobby Wilson and Max Kepler all left early because of heat illness on a scorching afternoon at Wrigley Field, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Twins 14-9.

The Cubs said it was 96 degrees when Rosario exited during the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday. He hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth, then left shortly after fielding a hit by Anthony Rizzo.

Nats ace Max Scherzer struck out three Rays batters on nine pitches in the sixth inning, joining Lefty Grove, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers in MLB history to record multiple immaculate innings.

Max Scherzer’s surprise single, mad dash beat Braves

The Nationals’ ace wasn’t scheduled for their key series in Atlanta, but his pinch hit set up a win in extras.

Bosh has been retired from the game since 2017, when a second recurrence of blood clots pushed him out of the remainder of his contract with the Heat. Multiple instances of blood clots require patients to be put on blood thinners, and those drugs present potentially fatal risks for high-level athletes — hard contact could lead to internal bleeding, which is especially dangerous when on blood thinners.

Still, Bosh has been adamant that he will return to the NBA, and that he should be ruled eligible to do so. The NBA has a fitness to play clause that prevents players from appearing in games while they have life-threatening injuries or illnesses, and for that reason, Bosh has been kept out of the league.

The NBPA has been silent on Bosh’s case, citing medical privacy.

Latest Yankees Triple-A scouting reports

When told of Mitchell’s assessment, Rothschild made it sound like it’s quite unlikely the Yankees would consider slotting Sheffield into Tanaka’s spot in the rotation soon.

There are some finishing touches that need to be accomplished, otherwise it’s going to be more of a rush to try and get him here, Rothschild said.

Sheffield struck out eight over 6 1/3 innings on Friday. He gave up just one hit and two walks and didn’t allow any earned runs, though Louisville scored two.

In six starts at Triple-A, he’s 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA. He’s struck out 27 and walked 15 in 27 1/3 innings. At Double-A, he went 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts.

Boone was asked how Judge, typically so selective at the plate, can also be so aggressive at times.

Some of that is game plan, Boone said. He’ll pick his spots where he’ll go up there and look for a certain pitch sometimes.

Boone added, I think (Judge) gets in those deep counts, too, because of the way they attack him. They’re a little bit fearful of him, certainly careful with him, so they nibble a lot with him more so than most players and he has the ability to control the zone so more often than not, he’s not leaving the zone.

Chubb commanded high praise from Ware, who believes the Broncos secured an ideal complementary player to outside linebacker Von Miller.

The attributes that he really brings to the game stopping the run and being able to be that strong-side guy for Von that’s what you need, Ware said in the interview. They have that tag team again.

Having an effective one-two punch off the edges served the Broncos well during Ware’s three seasons in Denver (2014-16).

With Ware holding down the strong side and Miller the weak side, the Broncos ‘ sack totals ranked ninth in the league in 2014 (41), first in 2015 (52) and third in 2016 (42).

But after Ware’s retirement following the 2016 season, the Broncos struggled to find a player to man the strong side in 2017, dropping to 22nd in the league with 22 sacks as Shane Ray dealt with a wrist injury.

The Jets chose not to improve the position this year.

With the suspension of Mark Ingram, which includes limitations to in-season game-planning and access to training over the first month of the year, the Saints will have to make up plenty of carries, as Ingram (230 attempts) carried the ball nearly twice as much as Kamara did last year. And the Saints don’t have a proven option behind them. 

For Kamara, every game in the first month of the season will have to look like his effort against Texas A&M in 2016, by far his standout game at the college level. If workload is going to be an issue for Kamara, it’s going to be apparent in Week 1.

For three years, Ereck Flowers has been a liability in pass protection for the New York Giants. If not for Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning embracing the quick passing game, Flowers would have been exposed even more.

Jenkins is going on his third year as a Jets starting pass-rusher. Frankly, that’s unacceptable. After packing picks to move up to third overall in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, New York took itself out of the top pass-rushing market in the draft. At the same time, the Colts took two pass-rushers in the second round and added McCain in free agency.

They had options. Now their only option is Jenkins putting it on himself to record a sack more than once every 200-plus snaps.

Holder worked 2 1/3 shutout innings to run his streak of not allowing an earned run to 24 1/3 innings over 21 outings.

This was the sixth career walk-off homer and fourth walk-off homer for Stanton.

The 2010 No. 1 overall pick also helped the Devils get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. When the race got tight in the second half of the season, Hall played his best. He started the 2018 calendar year by recording a point in 26 consecutive games played a run that lasted from Jan. 2 through March 8.

It’s been more about, how can we clinch a playoff spot? How can we keep climbing up the standings and chasing teams in front of us Hall late in the season. Like I’ve said before, I’m relied upon to produce offense for our team, and that’s my role. A lot to guys have roles on this team, and I’m just trying to do my best job with mine.

He entered the season with a career high of 27 goals, and Hall managed to match that number in 2018 after scoring 12 over October, November and December.

ESPN’s Mike Golic Blasts NFL For Julian Edelman’s Four-Game Suspension

ESPN’s Mike Golic Blasts NFL For Julian Edelman’s Four-Game Suspension More Julian Edelman’s suspension isn’t sitting well with ESPN’s Mike Golic. The New England Patriots wide receiver is facing a four-game ban for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, pending an appeal.

We knew in our heads we were right, the new governor said. And we knew in our hearts that we would win. And we did.

He also thanked both Lesniak and former Gov. Chris Christie, whose administration spearheaded the case for seven years before Murphy took over in January. Christie was invited to the ceremony but did not attend.

It’s been very competitive the whole camp, Shurmur said. There’s certain things that certainly we can’t do. We got it settled down, and in this situation where scuffles break like that, we just take them out of the practice, let them cool off. … Will Hernandez is a very competitive guy and they just kind of butted heads.

Asked about Solder getting his leg tweaked, Shurmur said he hadn’t seen the whole deal and would watch the tape later, but insisted the leg of the Giants’ free-agent prize was fine.

Baseball fans in San Francisco and outside San Francisco pretty much all agree that Lincecum was a perfect fit to be a superstar in that city. So it’s strange to think that might not have ever happened had Lincecum decided to sign a professional contract with the Cubs after they drafted him out of high school. Or even if Cleveland had been able to lure him away from the University of Washington when the Indians picked him in the 2005 draft. But Lincecum didn’t sign either time, a fact Giants fans will eternally be grateful for.

But he didn’t come close to matching that production with the Redskins last season, limited to 20 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown. Pryor tore the deltoid ligament in his right ankle Week 1 and tried to play on it before opting for surgery and going on injured reserve Nov. 21. He couldn’t practice much, and it hindered his production significantly.

I just really couldn’t focus on my game, because I was too worried about my foot, he said. It kind of took control and controlled my mind.

In an effort to ensure future health, Pryor has been talking to different veterans about how they prepare for training camp. He plans to spend money over the next month on different techniques to build up the muscles around his ankle.

John Harbaugh: Terrell Suggs is on a mission, headed for the Hall of Fame

Terrell Suggs is 35 years old and heading into his 16th season as a pass rusher for the Ravens, but he’s not slowing down.

That’s the word from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who said he’s been blown away by the way Suggs looks better than ever this offseason.

Greg Rinckey, an attorney specializing in military law, said it’s rare for an officer out of West Point to receive an other-than-honorable discharge. He added that it’s also possible the military academy could seek repayment of the cost of Rapone’s education because he didn’t serve the full five-year service required upon graduation.

I knew there could be repercussions, said Rapone, who is scheduled to speak at a socialism conference in Chicago next month. Of course my military career is dead in the water. On the other hand, many people reached out and showed me support. There are a lot of veterans both active duty and not that feel like I do.

Nicolas was a sixth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2016. He appeared in 11 games with Kansas City as a rookie, then missed the 2017 season with a patellar tendon injury.

Nicolas signed with Seattle last month after being released by the Chiefs.

I could’ve settled with the Cowboys for just my back wages and unpaid wages that they owed me — they offered that, she said. But I am not willing to settle . . . My goal is to help other cheerleaders, and women as a whole.

The daughter of an electrical-engineer father and a dance-instructor mother, Wilkins wanted to be a DCC since seventh or eighth grade. My mom ran a dance studio, and she had a couple of students that went on to become Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

At a dance competition when she was 16, Wilkins was approached by a DCC scout.

Giants coach Pat Shurmur said he remains in daily communication with Gettleman as his boss undergoes cancer treatment.

Senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara — brother of co-owner John Mara — told Mad Dog Sports Radio that  Gettleman’s voice will be heard loud and clear on major issues, such as Odell Beckham’s contract negotiations.

Beckham plans to attend Giants training camp as of now. But if the Giants do not scrap the one-year, $8.45 million deal for Beckham and replace it with a long-term extension as the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL by the start of training camp, there is a possibility of a holdout.

Stewart is a 10-year veteran and Pro Bowler who has seen up-close all of the league’s top players in that era. He was teammates with Smith, who ranks No. 12 in NFL history in receptions, for six seasons.

So how does Beckham compare?

Obviously one of the most freakishly talented athletic people I’ve ever seen touch a football. The routes he is running are very amazing, Stewart said. Steve Smith is one of those guys that come to mind as far as a guy who is a savage on the field. Odell definitely has that.

For years Luck has been a salmon swimming upstream in the Colts’ building, playing for a head coach who constantly referred to him as the quarterback – it always jarred me that in Pagano’s mind, Adam Vinatieri was Vinny, Darius Butler was D-Buts, and Andrew Luck was the quarterback – and playing for offensive coordinators and QB coaches who were hired because they were someone’s buddy (Pep Hamilton and Rob Chudzinski), or someone’s son (Brian Schottenheimer). Meatheads, all of them.

Now Luck is playing for a cutting-edge offensive coach, Reich, who last worked for Super Bowl-winning Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles, and with an even more innovative offensive coordinator in 36-year-old Nick Sirianni, who’s just out there as far as the way he sees and talks the game. And out there is right where the Colts need to be, to get the most out of a quarterback whose talent is superior but whose game was stagnating even before all those meatheads put him through a grinder that ultimately cost Luck the 2017 season.

Gettleman’s prognosis is positive, according to the team.

The 67-year-old longtime Giants executive was in the thoughts of several players who spoke Wednesday night at the David Tyree Charity Bowl to benefit Children of the City, a Brooklyn-based organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children.

Our thoughts and prayers are with him, quarterback Davis Webb said. He is one of the leaders of our organization. A lot of us wouldn’t be here without him. We’re wishing him a speedy recovery. I know he’s going to beat it and can’t wait to get him back in the facility.

He is part of the reason why I’m here, why I got drafted to the New York Giants, Barkley said. It sucks to hear that for someone you care about, but at the same time you know the type of person he is and it sounds like he is in very high spirits. He knows for sure that everyone on the team has his back. We’re there for him. We’re going to continue to love him and pray for him.

Kevin Abrams, who has been a Giants’ assistant general manager for 16 years, could take on more in Gettleman’s absence. Gettleman’s right-hand man during his stint as general manager of the Panthers, Bills general manager Brandon Beane, issued his own statement of support for Gettleman.

I want to take this opportunity to explain why young Americans stand for the national anthem, Trump said. Maybe it’s about time that we understood. We stand to honor our military and to honor our country and to remember the fallen heroes who never made it back home. We stand to show our love to show our love to our fellow citizens and our magnificent constitution. Despite Trump’s insistence that everyone should stand for the national anthem at all times, there was at least one person at the White House on Tuesday who decided to kneel, as captured by a correspondent for Sweden’s SVT:

Apparently, the relationship between the Eagles and the White House started going south on Friday when the two sides began finalizing the details for Tuesday’s trip. According to multiple reports, the Eagles were planning to send fewer than 15 players to the event, which didn’t sit well with the White House.

Cardinals sign four tryout players

The Cardinals signed four players who tried out during their rookie minicamp last weekend.

Defensive tackle Siupeli Anau, wide receiver C.J. Duncan, linebacker Airius Moore and offensive lineman Greg Pyke now are under contract. The Cardinals cut cornerback Elijah Battle, linebacker Mike Needham, offensive lineman Austin Olsen and wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman in corresponding moves.

Anau re-joins the Cardinals after he was released on May 9. He spent last season on the Cardinals’ practice squad after signing as a rookie free agent out of Northern Arizona. Anau made 55 tackles and a Big Sky-leading 8.5 sacks during his senior season of 2016.

If the NFL wanted to use the allegations of memorabilia fraud, the evidence generated during the trial, the fact that Eli Manning settled the lawsuit in lieu of testifying in open court about the situation (including but not limited to answering aggressive questions about an email message in which he asked for “ 2 helmets that can pass as game used “) as the basis for an investigation, it easily could have.

Garcia spent all of last season on the non-football illness list due to blood clots in his lungs. He said he was cleared to play in March, but was waived with the same designation.

Garcia made 42 starts at left tackle over four years at Troy and didn’t allow a sack in his final college season. The Jets worked out Byron Bell on Monday, so they are looking for offensive line depth on a couple of fronts.

Count Richard Sherman among those who aren’t sure what the future holds for Earl Thomas and the Seattle Seahawks .

Thomas’ current contract with the Seahawks expires after the 2018 season, and Sherman believes his former Legion of Boom co-conspirator should get paid.

I think Earl Thomas deserves the money he’s asking for, Sherman told NFL Network’s Michael Robinson during Robinson’s youth football camp in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday. “I think he deserves to be compensated as the top safety in the league. Whether Seattle does that or not is up to them.”cardinals_024

Pre-draft process fueled Baker Mayfield’s rise to No. 1

A week ago, it was becoming more and more clear that the Browns were serious about taking quarterback Baker Mayfield at No. 1. It’s now becoming more and more clear that plenty of teams had Mayfield as the top quarterback in the draft.

So how does that happen? Specifically, how does a six-foot quarterback who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds become not only the first pick in the draft but also a guy who was coveted by more than a few of the teams that needed quarterbacks?

So, basically, Mayfield was at one point on track to be Drew Brees, the prospect — a high second-round pick. Now, many think he has a realistic shot at becoming Drew Brees, the franchise quarterback — a highly-paid, highly-successful, first-ballot-Hall-of-Famer.

Not bad for a couple of six-foot quarterbacks who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds.

Tickets for two games at Wembley Stadium went on sale yesterday, and the NFL announced early today that the Eagles-Jaguars game on October 28 has already sold out, while the Titans-Chargers game a week earlier has only “very limited single tickets available.”

That’s a healthy sign that the NFL is profitable in London, and it’s one of the reasons that Jaguars owner Shad Khan is eager to buy Wembley Stadium and put more NFL games there. At the same time, it was frustrating to local fans who couldn’t get tickets, especially when many of those tickets immediately popped up on resale sites for significantly more than the listed price.

“Due to the unprecedented demand for this sale, we understand that fans who missed out on tickets are frustrated,” the NFL said in a statement.

Liz Fox, who writes about the NFL from a UK perspective, noted that tickets on resale sites are priced so high that fans might as well buy a plane ticket and fly to the United States for a game.broncos_029_d884c04e6b13ded7-180x180

Severino makes Stanton prediction

Harvey’s tumultuous run with the Mets appeared to come to end Friday when Sandy Alderson, their general manager, told reporters the team would soon designate Harvey for assignment after Harvey refused a minor-league assignment.

A team could claim Harvey and the rest of his $5.6-million salary for 2018 off waivers or trade for him, but both scenarios seem highly unlikely.

A fourth-round pick in 2015, Petty started seven career games for the Jets over the past two seasons (1-6 record), completing just 53.1 percent of his passes for a total of 1,353 yards with four touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

Steve Wilks had a sign posted for his defensive backs when he coached in Carolina, a sign Josh Norman remembers to this day. Hands, feet, eyes, hips are going to be the key on every play, the current Washington cornerback recalled, whether you make it or not. Wilks is a head coach now, but he got here in large part by the way he guided defensive backs through his career. The draft brought Wilks a quarterback of the future with Josh Rosen, and a veteran to quarterback now in Sam Bradford. The draft also gave him a wide receiver in Christian Kirk to pair with Larry Fitzgerald, and more help on the offensive line with third-round pick Mason Cole.

The truth is, as one Patriots player told me this week and another former player confirmed, there have been issues—both players called them minor—between Brady and Belichick for at least five years. They just haven’t entered the public sphere. Or kept the Patriots from winning their division every year or going to the Super Bowl three of the past four.

The issues Brady and Belichick have are typical for any two people who have had a highly productive relationship but have been around each other as much as they have. The edges are frayed.

Belichick is the opposite. He’s an android. Cold and calculating. This isn’t a bad thing. In many ways, it’s what a coach should be.

But the emotional quarterback and the man with the positronic brain are bound to irritate each other over time. tigers_072-115x115