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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Updated at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 UTC)

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^Vahe Gregorian: Chiefs' Frank Clark spent part of his childhood homeless. It shapes his identity now.<

FBN-GREGORIAN-COLUMN-SPORTSPLUS:KC — On the outskirts of Country Club Plaza on his way to the Chiefs' training facility for an introductory news conference on April 26, Frank Clark's gaze became riveted to a sight many of us either are oblivious to or consciously avoid seeing.

Passing what he recalled as a bridge by Brush Creek, his scan locked in on what he instinctively recognized as homeless people. Even en route to his first public appearance since the Chiefs had acquired the defensive end in a trade from Seattle, he had an urge to get out of the car.

"I know where to look; I understand where they are and what they do," he said. "I have some pity."

1850 by Vahe Gregorian in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^Daniel Jones replaces Eli Manning as Giants starting quarterback<

FBN-GIANTS-JONES-MANNING:ND — And just like that, Eli Manning's Giants have become Daniel Jones' Giants.

The team announced on Tuesday morning that the rookie quarterback will start in place of Manning on Sunday in a Week 3 game against the Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. It is a transition that seemed inevitable when they drafted Jones with the sixth overall pick in April, yet comes as a bit of a shock this early in the season.

But after two consecutive uninspiring losses, head coach Pat Shurmur said he made the decision in an effort to help the team win now.

950 by Tom Rock in New York. MOVED

^Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez charged with child solicitation<

^BBN-PIRATES-VAZQUEZ-ARREST:NY—<Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was arrested in Pennsylvania and accused of a continuing relationship with a then-13-year-old Florida girl.

Vazquez, 28, came under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in August after agents "obtained information" that he was having a sexual relationship with the now-15-year-old Lee County victim, beginning when she was 13.

The left-handed pitcher allegedly sent the victim a video in July "in which he is shown performing a sex act" and texted her suggesting they meet for sex after the baseball season was over, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement obtained by the Daily News.

250 by Kate Feldman. MOVED


^Paul Sullivan: Theo Epstein's honeymoon could be over if Cubs miss the playoffs<

BBN-SULLIVAN-COLUMN:TB — A couple of hours before Monday night's game at Wrigley Field, Cubs President Theo Epstein was asked if rookie Nico Hoerner's hot start was aided by coming up to the majors with basically no notice.

"Sure, it could help," he said. "It would help me, not worrying about it. 'Oops, here we go.' It's kind of how I became GM."

It was a rare light moment with the media for Epstein, who has called this the most difficult of his eight seasons in Chicago.

850 by Paul Sullivan in Chicago. MOVED


^Phillies outfielder Corey Dickerson out for season with a broken foot<

BBN-PHILLIES-DICKERSON:PH — The Phillies' path to a wild-card spot is difficult enough, but it became even more challenging Tuesday when they announced that Corey Dickerson's season is over because of a fractured left foot.

200 by Matt Breen in Atlanta. MOVED


^Whitey Herzog suffers minor stroke at his golf tourney<

^BBN-CARDINALS-HERZOG:SL—<Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, who will be 88 in November, suffered what was termed a "minor stroke" Monday during his charity golf tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club. A Cardinals statement said that the family "wanted to let everyone know that he has received treatment and is currently resting and doing well."

250 by Rick Hummel. MOVED

^Chris Sale will join Red Sox on upcoming road trip<

BBA-REDSOX-SALE:PJ — Chris Sale (left elbow) will meet Boston's traveling party during its upcoming four-game series with Tampa Bay. Heath Hembree (right elbow) and Michael Chavis (right oblique) could be on the verge of activation by the time the Red Sox finish the seven-game road trip in Texas.

Sale is at home in the Fort Myers, Fla., area recovering from a platelet-rich plasma injection into the elbow. He's been receiving treatment at JetBlue Park ahead of an October visit with Dr. James Andrews.

250 by Bill Koch in Boston. MOVED


^Luis Severino quickly up to speed in first 2019 start as Yankees crush Angels<

BBA-ANGELS-YANKEES:ND — Luis Severino looked like his old ace self with four shutout innings and a fastball that touched 98 miles per hour in his 2019 debut in the Yankees' 8-0 victory over the Angels before 41,026 on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

600 by Anthony Rieber in New York. MOVED

^Marco Gonzales pitches (and hits!) Mariners to 6-0 victory in Pittsburgh<

^BBN-MARINERS-PIRATES:SE—<Gonzales' final line Tuesday: 7 innings, 0 runs, 6 hits, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks. He lowered his season ERA to 4.14.

It's his first scoreless outing since April 25 against Texas, when he also threw seven shutout innings.

350 by Adam Jude in Pittsburgh. MOVED

^Indians 7, Twins 2: Indians win 15th consecutive game over Detroit<

^BBA-TIGERS-INDIANS:AK—<As the Indians rebound for the wild card race, there's some good news: they get to play the rebuilding Detroit Tigers, a team they have virtually owned all season, three times. And on Tuesday night, the Indians took care of business with a 7-2 victory over the Tigers at Progressive Field.

400 by Ryan Lewis in Cleveland. MOVED

^In what appears to be likely season finale, Paddack strong in Padres' loss to Brewers<

BBN-PADRES-BREWERS:SD — It is only the legitimately excellent things in life that are cherished, the most enjoyable that make us wonder when we will experience them again.

It is also those things that are handled most carefully.

So it is that the Padres have treated Chris Paddack as a precious commodity all season and that recently people in his camp have quietly pushed to make Tuesday the final start of his rookie season.

While he has said he will accept the decision when it comes, the 23-year-old Texan has no interest in his 84 pitches in the Padres' 3-1 loss to the Brewers being the last ones he throws in 2019.

400 by Kevin Acee in Milwaukee. MOVED


^Orioles fall to Blue Jays despite Mancini's big night<

BBA-BLUEJAYS-ORIOLES:BZ — The Orioles opened their final homestand of the season with one of those games that would tear a team's heart out if it really meant anything.

They entered the eighth inning with a lead and ended the evening with their 102nd loss, falling, 8-5, to the Toronto Blue Jays before an announced crowd of 9,280 at Camden Yards.

Jays slugger Justin Smoak led off the ninth inning with a mammoth home run off reliever Mychal Givens to put the Jays ahead in a back-and forth game that had Trey Mancini's fingerprints all over it.

500 by Peter Schmuck in Baltimore. MOVED


Tuesday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

San Francisco at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 7:40 p.m.

Washington at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8 p.m.

Texas at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

NY Mets at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.

Miami at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Kansas City at Oakland, 10:07 p.m.

Tampa Bay at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.


^Mike Sielski: Nelson Agholor's drop cost the Eagles. Now he has to let go of the past again.<

^FBN-SIELSKI-COLUMN:PH—<After the game, someone asked Agholor if the glare from the stadium lights had caused him to lose sight of the football. Agholor acknowledged that it had, then swerved his answer away from excuse-making.

"I've still got to make that play," he told reporters. "It's something we prepare for in pregame. We were trying to track it in the lights. I've got to find a way to catch them all — remember where it's going to be, look it all the way in."

850 by Mike Sielski. MOVED


^Mike Preston: Lamar Jackson is the Ravens' No. 1 weapon and will carry the team if he stays consistent<

^FBN-PRESTON-COLUMN:BZ—<During the offseason, the Ravens emphasized that they wanted to help quarterback Lamar Jackson improve just enough as a passer so that he could complement the running game.

Now, two games into the 2019 season, he is the major reason they are winning.

1000 by Mike Preston. MOVED


^Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey: 'I'm going to let my agent do his work'<

FBN-JAGUARS-RAMSEY:JK — Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey marched to the podium on Tuesday ready to talk but not willing to elaborate much on his trade request.

Instead of providing details on why he wants out of Jacksonville, he elaborated mostly about not wanting to be a distraction during his 16-minute news conference in a crowded room inside TIAA Bank Field.

Ramsey did say he has yet to speak to Coach Doug Marrone since their ugly sideline confrontation during Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

850 by John Reid in Jacksonville, Fla. MOVED


^Dolphins GM Grier explains Fitzpatrick trade and team plan<

FBN-DOLPHINS-FITZPATRICK-TRADE:MI — Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said Tuesday that nobody remaining on the team has asked for a trade and explained that Miami decided to trade Minkah Fitzpatrick after attempts to get him to change his mind were unsuccessful.

950 by Barry Jackson in Miami. MOVED


^Jets QB Trevor Siemian out for season with left ankle injury<

^FBN-JETS-SIEMIAN:ND—<The Jets will have their third starting quarterback in three games.

Adam Gase named Luke Falk the starter for Sunday's game at New England. Backup quarterback Trevor Siemian will miss the rest of the season with an injury he suffered in Monday's loss to the Browns, Gase said. Sam Darnold remains out indefinitely with mono. But there was a positive development there. Gase said Darnold was in the Jets' facility Tuesday morning and is feeling better, but there is still no timetable for his return.

500 by Al Iannazzone. MOVED

^Michael Vick says Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson's historic start to season is 'no fluke'<

^FBN-RAVENS-JACKSON-VICK:BZ—<Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is all-in on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, telling TMZ Sports that Jackson's fast start to the season is "no fluke."

Jackson has set a number of records in the first two games of the season, leading the Ravens to a 2-0 record and early lead atop the AFC North, albeit against lesser opponents in the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals.

Vick, however, is sold on Jackson.

200 by Daniel Oyefusi. MOVED


^Omar Kelly: What now with Fitzpatrick gone; how will Dolphins replace such a versatile defender?<

^FBN-KELLY-COLUMN:FL—<On Monday night, the Dolphins shipped defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, the team's 2018 first-round pick, and 2020 fourth- and seventh-round picks to Pittsburgh for a 2020 first-round pick, and the Steelers' 2020's fifth- and sixth-round picks.

"We're all wondering who's next." one prominent Dolphins player said. "I hope it's me."

750 by Omar Kelly in Davie, Fla. MOVED


^Brad Biggs' Week 3 NFL rankings<

^FBN-RANKINGS:TB—<Who sits atop Brad Biggs NFL rankings heading into Week 3?

2750 by Brad Biggs. MOVED


^Sam Mellinger: Jalen Ramsey or not, Chiefs want another corner<

FBN-MELLINGER-COLUMN:KC — In the Chiefs' ideal version of reality, this column would not exist or, rather, this column would be about how Minkah Fitzpatrick would instantly improve their most glaring weakness.

That's what the team wanted, you know. Fitzpatrick convinced the Dolphins to allow him to seek a trade away from perhaps the most shameless tank job in NFL history, and he carries at least four qualities that made front offices from coast to coast swoon: He is talented, versatile, cheap and under four more seasons of club control.

950 by Sam Mellinger in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^Detroit Lions keep shuffling backup quarterbacks, adding Jeff Driskel. Here's why.<

^FBN-LIONS-QUARTERBACKS:DE—<The Detroit Lions continued their game of musical chairs at the backup quarterback position Tuesday, releasing Josh Johnson and signing Jeff Driskel to compete with untested rookie David Blough as Matthew Stafford's backup.

550 by Dave Birkett in Detroit. MOVED

^Get ready for a fresh round of Kirk Cousins vs. Teddy Bridgewater comparisons<

^FBN-VIKINGS-COUSINS:MS—<Perhaps the nicest thing you can say about Kirk Cousins' Week 2 performance, in which he missed several throws and was intercepted late, is that he managed to emerge injury-free despite being pressured on 65.7% (roughly 2 of every 3) of his dropbacks against the Packers (according to Pro Football Focus).

600 by Michael Rand in Minneapolis. MOVED


^If Cam Newton sits, Panthers are ready to let season ride (or die) with Kyle Allen<

^FBN-PANTERS-ALLEN:CH—<Untested Kyle Allen is the backup plan.

If Cam Newton is sidelined beginning this weekend against Arizona, there's no veteran passer on his way to Charlotte to try and salvage this season; coach Ron Rivera said as much Tuesday. The NFC South is as open as it has been in years — it's the only NFC division without a 2-0 team, not to mention Saints quarterback Drew Brees will miss time nursing an injured thumb — yet, Carolina's best bet for making it back to the playoffs after a two-year absence may be an undrafted second-year QB.

1100 by Brendan Marks. MOVED


^Eli Manning's legacy? Greatest quarterback in Giants history<

^FBN-GIANTS-MANNING-LEGACY:ND—<No longer the starting quarterback for the Giants, Eli Manning can now assume his new role with the franchise as its greatest quarterback of all-time.

He's held that title for a while, but it was always in the background. In the day-to-day, week-to-week churning of the NFL, Manning remained focused on trying to beat the upcoming opponent and make the team better. Now, he and fans can fully embrace it.

1350 by Tom Rock. MOVED

^Jets' Jamal Adams admits he made 'boneheaded' mistake, but benching still doesn't sit well<

FBN-JETS-ADAMS:ND — Jamal Adams revealed he was benched in Monday night's 23-3 loss to the Browns, and he's upset about it.

"Yeah, I was benched," the Jets' All-Pro safety said during an interview on WFAN Tuesday afternoon. "They benched me. I tried to anticipate a play, which I anticipated wrong and I was benched. It happens. I got to continue to do my job to the best of my ability as well as help lead the guys around me."

500 by Al Iannazzone in New York. MOVED

^At least this time, Mike Groh and the Eagles have a chance to gameplan around the remaining receivers<

^FBN-EAGLES-GROH:PH—<The Eagles' offense ought to look better Sunday against Detroit than it looked in the early going in Atlanta, Mike Groh said, even though the team probably will still be missing DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Goedert.

The biggest difference will be having all week to practice and prepare with the offensive pieces that are left, Groh said Tuesday, instead of trying to fit them into a game plan designed mostly for guys who were out of the Atlanta game by the end of the first quarter.

1050 by Les Bowen. MOVED



^Report: Warriors 'a big threat' to sign Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo<

^BKN-WARRIORS-ANTETOKOUNMPO:SJ—<Kevin Durant may have left town, but the Warriors might not be done "ruining the NBA," according to an ESPN report.

Should Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo become a free agent in 2021, the Warriors are "a big threat" to sign the NBA's most recent MVP and create another super team, Ramona Shelbourne said Monday on "The Jump."

Milwaukee has said it will offer the super max (five years, $247 million) to Antetokounmpo as a means of keeping the three-time All-Star who just led the Bucks to the NBA's best record.

500 by Jon Becker. MOVED

^Knicks PG Dennis Smith Jr. says he feels like he's 'got something to prove'<

BKN-KNICKS-SMITH:NY — In a Tuesday night interview with YouTuber Chris Henderson, Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. put an end to the idea that he and reigning Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic had issues with each other during his time in Dallas.

Smith was moved ahead of the trade deadline to the Knicks in the Kristaps Porzingis deal amid reports he and Doncic were a bad fit with each other on the court. In reality, Smith celebrated his 21st birthday with Doncic last November, and said he and Doncic didn't just workout together this summer, but also hung out off the court.

550 by Kristian Winfield in New York. MOVED


^Brendan Perlini is a free spirit still searching for NHL success. Will he find it this season with the Blackhawks?<

^HKN-BLACKHAWKS-PERLINI:TB—<For Brendan Perlini, time has seemingly come to a halt. It has been nearly a year since he joined the Hawks from Arizona in the Nick Schmaltz trade and not much has changed for him.

He's still a happy-go-lucky sort who is as comfortable talking about soccer and movies as he is hockey.

He's still as friendly and laid back as he was on the day he arrived on a 5:45 a.m. flight from Phoenix, hours after learning he'd been traded to the Hawks.

He's still trying to find his place in the NHL.

700 by Jimmy Greenfield in Chicago. MOVED


^'I feel ready.' Is this the season Martin Necas sticks with the Hurricanes?<

^HKN-HURRICANES-NECAS:RA—<Is this the year for Martin Necas?

Is this the year the Carolina Hurricanes forward, a former first-round draft pick, finally combines his offensive cleverness and creativity, his slick hands and his innate speed with some dogged 200-foot intensity and determination all over the ice to make himself a full-time NHL player?

900 by Chip Alexander in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED


^Evgeny Svechnikov dealing with knee pain, Red Wings future, as season nears<

^HKN-REDWINGS-SVECHNIKOV:DTN—<Recovering from ACL surgery on his right knee, which forced him to miss all last season, Svechnikov didn't downplay how he's feeling currently with the exhibition season beginning.

Is he feeling like his old self?

"Not even close," said Svechnikov, the Wings' 2015 first-round pick who was in the lineup Tuesday against Chicago. "I don't feel like myself out there yet. It's tough. It's not easy. I just have to go through it and push myself."

550 by Ted Kulfan. MOVED


^His dream school passed on him. Now he's Clemson's best player on defense<

^FBC-CLEMSON-SIMMONS:CS—<As Isaiah Simmons stood on the turf at the The Carrier Dome answering questions after Clemson's 41-6 victory against Syracuse on Saturday night, the Tigers' redshirt junior linebacker couldn't help but smile.

Simmons seriously considered entering the NFL Draft following the 2018 season to pursue his lifelong dream of playing at the next level, but "unfinished business" led to his decision to play one more year for the Tigers.

1900 by Matt Connolly. MOVED


^Iowa State fan holds up sign asking viewers to Venmo beer money — raises $6,000<

^FBC-IOWASTATE-FAN-VENMO:NY—<This Hail Mary was good for a quick six.

Iowa State football fan Carson King raised $6,000 after ESPN television cameras showed him holding a sign reading "Busch Light Supply needs replenished. Venmo Carson-King-25" prior to Saturday's game between his team and their cross-state rivals at the University of Iowa.

Much to King's surprise, beer-money started pouring in from around the country as he sat in the stands in Ames, Iowa, watching his phone blow up.

300 by Brian Niemietz. MOVED

^UConn football coach Randy Edsall on California bid to let college athletes profit: 'I hope every state in the union passes the bill'<

^FBC-UCONN-EDSALL:HC—<A California bill that would allow college athletes to be paid for use of their names and likenesses has support from one of the most outspoken advocates for NCAA reform: UConn football coach Randy Edsall.

"I hope every state in the union passes the bill," Edsall said Tuesday. "I hope the governor signs it in California, and I know South Carolina is doing something about it. I wish Connecticut would do something about it."

300 by Alex Putterman. MOVED


^Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is tough on the field, and on himself<

^FBC-PENNSTATE-CLIFFORD:PH—<Throughout his first three games as Penn State's starting quarterback, Sean Clifford has shown how tough he is on the field, carrying the football on run-pass option plays and standing tall in the pocket against the rush.

Clifford shows another area of toughness off the field, in his self-evaluation of his performance when speaking to the media. That was especially true after Saturday's 17-10 win over Pittsburgh, when he completed 14 of 30 passes and missed all five of the downfield shots taken by the Nittany Lions.

700 by Joe Juliano. MOVED


^Notre Dame should be the test Georgia needs<

^FBC-NOTREDAME-GEORGIA:AT—<Notre Dame in Sanford Stadium, for the first time ever: That sells itself. But there's another facet to this massively anticipated game, and it's a far more prosaic that the memory of the Four Horseman and the sight of the leprechaun. Notre Dame is an opponent that might — might, we say — give Georgia a game between the hallowed hedges.

850 by Mark Bradley. MOVED

^Joey Knight: What happened to the ACC? We've got four explanations.<

^FBC-KNIGHT-COLUMN:PT—<These are hardly the salad days of ACC football.

If you're going with a gastronomic theme, omelette days may serve as a more apt description, considering the eggs some of its teams have laid so far in 2019.

700 by Joey Knight. MOVED


^Despite blowouts, Ryan Day says film shows that Ohio State still needs work<

FBC-OHIOSTATE-DAY:OH — Ohio State may look like a college football team in midseason form after three lopsided victories, but coach Ryan Day said Tuesday that his team has plenty of room to grow.

"We played well, but we didn't play great," he said during his weekly news conference, three days after the Buckeyes went on the road and handled Indiana 51-10 in their Big Ten opener.

450 by Bill Rabinowitz in Columbus, Ohio. MOVED


^Mike Bianchi: Tim Tebow is not a racist<

FBC-BIANCHI-COLUMN:OS — Tim Tebow is not a racist.

Sadly, in this alternative universe where even the most charitable and decent among us is not safe from the social-media mob and the hot-take debate shows, this actually needs to be said.

It needs to be said because Tebow actually had the audacity to say — brace yourself! — he doesn't think college football players should be paid.

Tebow was on ESPN's "First Take" with Stephen A., Max and Molly the other day and was asked about the "Fair Pay to Play Act" that was passed by the California Senate last week.

1300 by Mike Bianchi in Orlando, Fla. MOVED



^Is Louisville about to land Kentucky's best hope for a five-star point guard recruit?<

BKC-KENTUCKY-RECRUITING-LOUISVILLE:LX — There's still plenty of time in the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle, but Kentucky's prospects of landing a top point guard for next season are already getting interesting.

The first player at that position to earn a UK scholarship offer was Jeremy Roach, who committed to Duke several months ago.

By the time of Roach's decision, the Cats had already moved on to other point guards that seemed more likely to end up at Kentucky, namely Sharife Cooper and Cade Cunningham.

Now, both of those players appear to be long shots, as well.

700 by Ben Roberts in Lexington, Ky. MOVED



^Liberty win WNBA draft lottery, get No. 1 pick for first time in franchise history<

BKL-LIBERTY-DRAFT:ND — Yes, at least one New York pro basketball team has won the right to make the No. 1 pick in the draft.

During halftime of the Connecticut Sun-Los Angeles Sparks WNBA semifinals series game Tuesday night, the WNBA announced the order in which teams will pick in the 2020 WNBA draft. For the first time in franchise history, the Liberty were given the No. 1 pick after years of missing out on the top selection to the Las Vegas Aces, who got the top pick for three consecutive seasons.

"This is a major thing for our franchise and our fans," Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said Tuesday night.

300 by Barbara Barker in New York. MOVED


^Another horse dies at Santa Anita; 31 thoroughbreds have died at track since Dec. 26<

RAC-SANTAANITA-DEATH:LA — Less than two weeks before the start of perhaps the most important meeting in Santa Anita's history, there was a fatality during training Monday at the Arcadia facility.

Zeke, a 4-year-old gelding for trainer Dean Pederson, was working on the training track, considered to be the safest surface at Santa Anita, when he was pulled up and was eventually diagnosed with a pelvic fracture. Veterinarians tried to save the horse but at 11 p.m. decided that euthanasia was the best option.

Zeke last ran on Aug. 29 at Del Mar, where he finished fifth in a claiming race. He was claimed out of that race by Pederson for owners Tom Acker, Rudy Lapera, Scott Knight, Alan McKean and Jason Ehrlicher for $25,000.

600 by John Cherwa in Los Angeles. MOVED



^Fantasy football Week 3: Add and drop<

^FBN-FANTASY-ADD-DROP:SD—<Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Here are my best bets off the waiver wire for Week 3.

700 by Eddie Brown. MOVED



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