^Wednesday's games<

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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Updated at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)

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^TOP STORIES<

^He paints, plays guitar — and sacks quarterbacks: Meet Illinois defensive end Oluwole Betiku Jr.<

^FBC-ILLINOIS-BETIKU-SPORTSPLUS:TB—<His deliberate introspection and patience led "Wole" from the bustling Nigerian capital of 20 million people to become a five-star high school recruit in California, then a seldom-used outside linebacker at USC and now the nation's co-leader in sacks as an Illinois defensive end.

Heading into Saturday night's home game against Nebraska, Betiku has six sacks in three games and also leads the nation with 7 tackles for a loss for the Illini (2-1).

1850 by Shannon Ryan in Champaign, Ill. MOVED

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^BASEBALL<

^Bill Shaikin: Many try, but few finish, the world's toughest baseball quiz<

BBO-SHAIKIN-COLUMN:LA — Even by the standards of baseball's most arduous trivia competition, and even to the competitors whose brains overflowed with arguably useless knowledge, this question was ridiculous.

Other questions had made you think. Some had made you laugh. This one might have driven you to curse.

Who better to solve trivia riddles than the fans dedicated to the study of the sport?

1900 by Bill Shaikin in San Diego. MOVED

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^Quiz: How would you measure up to the world's toughest baseball trivia?<

^BBO-QUIZ:LA—<Try answering some of the questions posed in the annual trivia contest held by the Society for American Baseball Research. We're including five questions from each of the four rounds of competition. If we included questions solely from the final round, you'd have no chance. Answers are at the bottom.

650 by Bill Shaikin. MOVED

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^Gary Peterson: Giants pitcher Barry Zito rooted against his own teammates in 2010 postseason before saving their bacon in 2012<

^BBN-PETERSON-COLUMN:SJ—<Barry Zito has written a book. And since every book has to have a hook, this revelation:

Zito rooted against the Giants, his own team, the organization that was in the process of paying him $126 million, during the 2010 postseason.

850 by Gary Peterson. MOVED

Wednesday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Washington at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m. EDT

NY Mets at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Oakland, 3:37 p.m.

Miami at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.

LA Angels at NY Yankees, 6:35 p.m.

Seattle at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

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

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m.

San Diego at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m.

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

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at LA Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

Texas at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

^NFL<

^Mike Preston: Just how good are Ravens under Lamar Jackson? We'll find out when they face Chiefs.<

^FBN-PRESTON-COLUMN:BZ—<The Ravens have been impressive in their 2-0 start, but the truth about this team will come out Sunday when it travels to Kansas City to play the Chiefs.

So far, the Ravens have beaten a Canadian Football League team masked in NFL uniforms, better known as the Miami Dolphins, who were shut out by the New England Patriots, 43-0, on Sunday.

In two games, the Dolphins have allowed 102 points and scored 10, if you're counting.

On Sunday, the Ravens secured a sloppy 23-17 victory against the Arizona Cardinals, another non-contending team.

900 by Mike Preston. MOVED

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^NHL<

^Martin Fennelly: Lightning's Maroon brings Stanley Cup full of grit<

^HKN-FENNELLY-COLUMN:PT—<Pat Maroon, with his St. Louis Blues teammates, lived the dream last season, winning it all for his hometown and the team he rooted for growing up.

He will always be a Stanley Cup winner, part of St. Louis' remarkable worst-to-first 2018-19 season that ended with the first Cup in 52 years of Blues history.

But did he save some grit and pixie dust?

The Lightning might have that question in the back of their minds after bringing in the 31-year-old Maroon on a one-year deal for $900,000, a song by today's standards.

1250 by Martin Fennelly in Brandon, Fla. MOVED

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^COLLEGE FOOTBALL<

^Mike Jensen: Have you noticed Temple football is pretty good?<

FBC-JENSEN-COLUMN:PH — A Temple football fan of long standing emailed in early August, noting that while the Owls' product on the field has improved dramatically in recent seasons, a general awareness of that improvement seems to be missing in Philadelphia.

"If these so-called 'real football fans' really knew that Temple football has progressed immensely, I like to think they would start coming to games at the Linc and literally buying into the true reality that there is some real good entertaining college football going on in their backyards," the man continued.

700 by Mike Jensen in Philadelphia. MOVED

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^FANTASY SPORTS<

^Fantasy football Week 3 lineups: Start, sit and sleepers<

^FBN-FANTASY-START-SIT-SLEEPERS:TB—<It's the picture of fantasy frustration: You invested early draft picks in your favorite running backs or wide receivers only for them to have slow starts.

Now you're hoping they'll be late bloomers.

Several top-ranked players are prime candidates to break out of their funks. Others face grim circumstances that may not change anytime soon.

1650 by Phil Thompson. MOVED

^OUTDOORS<

^Birders from around the world head to Duluth's Hawk Ridge<

OTD-DULUTH-BIRDERS:DU — Janelle Long was walking up to the bird counting platform at Hawk Ridge when a sharp-shinned hawk fluttered by, alternately flapping then soaring, maybe looking for a little songbird to munch on.

While many hawks prefer a tail wind on their migration south, the sharp-shins don't seem to care as much, and this one was flying through the teeth of a cold, easterly blow off Lake Superior.

"For a lot of the raptors that soar, westerly or even northerly winds are definitely the best days for sheer numbers of birds here," said Long, the only full-time executive director Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory has ever had.

900 by John Myers in Duluth, Minn. MOVED

^Dennis Anderson: True to form, sensing that vivid autumnal vibe<

OTD-ANDERSON-COLUMN-AUTUMN:MS — In Minnesota's "First Report of the State Zoologist," issued in 1892, Philo Hatch said that while ruffed grouse were breeding throughout Minnesota, the bird was most abundant in its northern forests.

In that part of the state, the Slavs, Finns, Croats, Serbs, Italians and Scandinavians who daily climbed down into Mesabi Range mines ground-swatted these birds opportunistically, while market hunters, Hatch wrote, shipped rail cars full of grouse "as fast as about 300 dogs and 700 double-barreled breech-loading shotguns can accomplish their annihilation."

900 by Dennis Anderson in Minneapolis. MOVED

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^Dennis Anderson: Picture from Minnesota Waterfowl Association brings brother back, at least for a moment<

OTD-ANDERSON-COLUMN:MS — Kacie Moosbrugger was surprised and pleased to see her brother's photograph on this page recently, showing him at age 13 blowing a duck call at "Woodie Camp," managed by the Minnesota Waterfowl Association (MWA).

Sourced from Star Tribune archives, the image helped illustrate a column I wrote about the demise of MWA, which was founded in 1967 in Albert Lea.

Surprised because Michael Moosbrugger died in 2010 at age 26 — 13 years after the image was captured by a Star Tribune photographer. And pleased, Kacie said, because "It seemed like Michael was popping up to say hello to all of us. We miss him every day."

400 by Dennis Anderson in Minneapolis. MOVED

^Best times for anglers<

^OTD-LUNAR:MCT—<100. MOVED

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