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NCAA rule ending two-a-days forcing teams to adjust

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:37:40 UT

According to the NCAA's Sport Science Institute, 58 percent of the football practice concussions that occur over the course of a year happen during the preseason. Brian Hainline, the NCAA's chief medical officer, says August also is a peak month for catastrophic injuries resulting from conditioning rather than contact, such as heatstroke and cardiac arrest. More than three-quarters of the 89 Football Bowl Subdivision teams that responded to an Associated Press survey on the subject said they conducted multiple practices on certain days last year. Hainline said he didn't know exactly how many programs were still holding multiple contact workouts on certain days before the NCAA ruling, but he said it was more common in the Division II ranks than among FBS schools. Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick, a member of the Division I football oversight committee, agrees that times have changed. Chris Ash of Rutgers is concerned that increasing the length of training camp conflicts with new NCAA rules about time demands placed on athletes and could end up increasing the overall amount of contact practices. "If I were to take the full 29 days of practice, we would have to go back into summer school, and our players would not have a chance ever to get home after summer school and summer program," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. [...] complicating the matter, the oversight committee would like to find a way to have every FBS team have 14 weeks to play 12 regular-season games.

Michael Phelps defends Shark Week 'race' against great white

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:14:15 UT

Don't expect an apology from Michael Phelps to TV viewers who were disappointed with his race against a simulated great white shark for a Discovery Channel Shark Week special. The winningest athlete in Olympic history was bested by two seconds Sunday night in Phelps vs.

Novak Djokovic to miss rest of 2017, including US Open

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:20:15 UT

Novak Djokovic will sit out the rest of this season because of an injured right elbow, meaning he will miss the U.S. Open and end his streak of participating in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. [...] I'm focusing on recovery. [...] Djokovic has never missed a major tournament since he entered his first, the 2005 Australian Open. [...] he also said then that he would seriously consider taking a prolonged break from the tour. Since winning the 2016 French Open to complete a career Grand Slam and become the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive major trophies, Djokovic's form has dipped. Federer returned at the beginning of this season and won the Australian Open to end a 4½-year Grand Slam drought, plus titles at Indian Wells and Miami.

US sets world record in prelims of mixed medley relay

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:32:31 UT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States set a world record in the preliminaries of the 4x100 mixed medley relay at the world championships on Wednesday. The mixed medley relay was added to the world championships two years ago and will become part of the Olympic program at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Giants trade infielder Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:31:26 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Infielder Eduardo Nunez was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night for minor league right-handers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos. Nunez started at third base, hit a two-run double and scored twice before he was removed for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning. The infielder, who was hit by a pitch on the left elbow earlier in the game, was shown on television shaking hands with teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. "A right-handed bat, a proven guy, hitting for a high average, he can play multiple positions," Red Sox manager John Farrell said from Seattle, where Boston lost 6-5 in 13 innings. Nunez drove in 31 runs and had a team-high 17 stolen bases despite being slowed by a hamstring injury this month. The 2012 World Series MVP with the Giants, Sandoval signed a minor league contract with San Francisco last weekend after he was released by Boston, which signed him to a $95 million, five-year deal after the 2014 season.

Segura's single in 13th rallies Mariners past Red Sox 6-5

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:20:21 UT

Heredia went from first to third on a wild pitch and then came home when Jean Segura rolled an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the 13th inning to cap a two-run rally and give the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a game that ended early Wednesday morning. "[...] the biggest play in the game was him going from first to third on the wild pitch, keeping his up head up there and taking the extra base, which allowed him to score the winning run," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Highly touted prospect Rafael Devers, making his debut, walked to open the inning and Andrew Benintendi drew a one-out walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Dustin Pedroia followed with a two-run double. Heredia's three-run homer off starter Drew Pomeranz staked the Mariners to a 3-0 lead in the second. The 20-year-old Devers, who began the season at Double-A and then was called up Monday after just nine games at Triple-A Pawtucket, flied out to center in his first at-bat, walked, hit into a double play in the seventh, and walked again in the ninth. Nunez, 30, hit .308 with 20 doubles, four home runs, and 31 RBI in 76 games for the Giants this season. Moore, the Mariners' second-round pick in 2015, has allowed nine home runs in 30 innings.

Dodgers first to win 70 games with 6-2 victory over Twins

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:35:58 UT

Taylor continued his torrid hitting Tuesday with two run-scoring doubles as the Dodgers became baseball's first team to reach the 70-win mark with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Kenta Maeda (9-4) went five solid innings for the Dodgers. Luis Avilan threw a scoreless sixth and Josh Ravin went the final three innings to earn his first career save. Jose Berrios (9-4) held the Dodgers scoreless until they took command with a four-run fourth. Molitor said plate umpire Lance Barrett misunderstood where he wanted his reliever in the batting order. Ravin said he was unfamiliar with the three-inning save rule and was unaware he was in position to earn one until pitching coach Rick Honeycutt told him before going out for the ninth. Twins: OF Byron Broxton (left groin strain) was scheduled to come off the disabled list Tuesday, but Minnesota held off a least a day because he was experiencing a migraine. ... Dodgers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez (herniated disk) continues to improve and Roberts said he could go out of rehab assignment next week. Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (11-7, 3.26 ERA) was scheduled in the series finale against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

PSU coach Franklin has one eye on present, other on future

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:59:45 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — Restoring Penn State's reputation and returning its star near the top of the college football galaxy once again should have earned James Franklin some long-term job security. In perhaps the funniest moment at the Big Ten media days — no small feat anytime Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh puts in an appearance — Franklin suggested Barkley's parents get to work right away on producing another Heisman Trophy-caliber son. [...] Franklin will have to find a way to keep one of the most lethal offenses in the game — especially after intermission — running at top speed. [...] the program and the school have already managed a much more daunting climb out of the ditch dug by former coach Jerry Sandusky and the child sexual-abuse scandal of 2011. — Harbaugh hardly needs help signing players, but he appeared to be road-testing a new slogan for next season's recruiting trail: "Come for the football, stay for the team-building trips." To help build chemistry, the coach took his young Wolverines squad in April to Rome, where he presented the pope with a Michigan helmet and a pair of Air Jordans. The subject came to light most notably in the Michigan-Ohio State game last November, when an irate Harbaugh slammed his headset to the ground and threw a play sheet so far it ended up in the middle of the field. Athletic director Josh Whitman told the Chicago Tribune that while the school had few reservations about going forward with the new policy, officials wanted a review or appeals process in place for unique cases. In April, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announced the school would not accept "any prospective student-athlete — whether a transfer student, incoming freshman or other status — who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence."

LEADING OFF: Darvish Texas finale? Cobb on mound for Rays

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:36:52 UT

Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish makes his final scheduled start before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline with growing speculation that the potential free agent could be dealt to another team. Darvish (6-8, 3.44 ERA) faces Miami and Ichiro Suzuki, another standout player from Japan. Darvish, an All-Star this year for the fourth time in his five seasons played in Texas, is 0-4 with a 4.26 ERA in his last seven starts. The Tampa Bay Rays will have their 500th consecutive start by a pitcher under 30 years old, the major leagues' longest current run, when 29-year-old Alex Cobb faces the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

Wainwright, Fowler put on DL by Cards, who bring up Bader

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:19:07 UT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright went on the disabled list with back tightness, and St. Louis put outfielder Dexter Fowler on the DL because of a strained left wrist. Harrison Bader, the Cardinals third-round draft pick two years ago, was brought up from Triple-A and made his major league debut against Colorado on Tuesday night. With his mother and sister arriving during the game following a flight from New York to join his father in the stands, Bader doubled down the left-field line against lefty Jake McGee (0-1) leading off the ninth for his first hit. Rookie Luke Weaver, who pitched in two games for the Cardinals this season, was scratched from his start for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday and is expected to be recalled Wednesday. Bader is the sixth Cardinal to make his major league debut this season and got the call for the promotion over rookie outfielder Magneuris Sierra, who is hitting .365 (19 for 52) with 10 runs and a 400 on-base percentage in 13 games in the major leagues this season.