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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Monday, October 21, 2019

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

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^TOP STORIES<

^Paradise High players take out their anger at devastating fire on opponents<

FBO-PARADISE-FOOTBALL-SPORTSPLUS:LA — It's a homecoming game being played by boys who have lost their homes.

"We're playing with anger," running back Lukas Hartley says.

It's in the middle of a high school football season in which they've been taunted for their circumstances, doubted for their schedule and wearily pitied as that poor little team whose town burned down.

2000 (with trims) by Bill Plaschke in Paradise, Calif. MOVED

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^BASEBALL<

^Analyzing what makes Mike Matheny a polarizing candidate for the Royals next manager<

^BBA-ROYALS-MATHENY:KC—<Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny became the presumptive leading candidate to replace Ned Yost since last winter when he joined the organization in an advisory role.

Matheny, who ended a 13-year playing career in the majors in 2006, didn't post a losing record in any of his seven seasons at the helm in St. Louis — even his abbreviated seventh season, which led to his firing in the middle of a July 2018 playoff push.

Despite a 591-474 overall record, three division titles, four consecutive playoff appearances to start his managerial career and one National League pennant, Matheny's tenure in St. Louis raises legitimate questions about his fit for a Royals organization still building towards contention.

1700 by Lynn Worth in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED

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^NFL<

^Mark Bradley: The Falcons' season is gone. Dan Quinn needs to go.<

FBN-BRADLEY-COLUMN:AT — It's over. This has become a fait accompli. Whenever Arthur Blank decides to pull the plug — be it this Monday, next Monday headed into the bye week or Black Monday at season's end — the decision has made itself. Dan Quinn, who came closer to winning a Super Bowl than anyone who hasn't won a Super Bowl, is no longer capable of steering the Atlanta Falcons to brighter horizons. Heck, he can't win a game.

1000 by Mark Bradley in Atlanta. MOVED

^Armando Salguero: Dolphins showing marked improvement and even in this misbegotten season that matters<

FBN-SALGUERO-COLUMN:MI — They lost again and that's what counts most, so its what must be said first. But it's different now for the Miami Dolphins.

It's better.

The team that began the season soiling itself and the legacy of their once-proud brand isn't embarrassing itself now. The games aren't shameful, or at least they haven't been the last two weeks.

1150 by Armando Salguero in Orchard Park, N.Y. MOVED

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^Dieter Kurtenbach: Six reasons why the 6-0 49ers' best might be yet to come<

^FBN-KURTENBACH-COLUMN:SJ—<Yes, the rest of the NFL should be scared of this Niners' team.

But the scariest thing about these 49ers is that they are nowhere near optimized — there's plenty of room for this young team to improve as the season approaches its second half.

1350 by Dieter Kurtenbach. MOVED

Monday's game

TNS expects coverage from the following game:

New England at NY Jets, 8:15 p.m. EDT

^NBA<

^New Sixers forward-center Al Horford has proven to be the ultimate teammate<

^BKN-SIXERS-HORFORD:PH—< Jayson Tatum remembers coming into the NBA as a wide-eyed 19-year old after one season at Duke, a young player in much need of some veteran guidance.

For Tatum, now a third-year Boston Celtics forward who is considered a potential future All-Star, there was no better player, he says, to have as a teammate that first season than 33-year-old Al Horford, who will begin his first year with the 76ers after spending the last three seasons in Boston.

1150 by Marc Narducci in Boston. MOVED

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Monday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Columbus at Toronto, 7 p.m. EDT

Vegas at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Ottawa at Dallas, 8 p.m.

^COLLEGE FOOTBALL<

^Chip Towers: Georgia, Florida approaching hyped matchup differently<

FBC-TOWERS-COLUMN:AT — The bad blood runs deep between Georgia and Florida. With two weeks to go before the 97th renewal of their rivalry, it could reach the boiling team before the teams arrive in Jacksonville for their Nov. 2 matchup (CBS, 3:30 p.m. EDT).

1550 by Chip Towers in Athens, Ga. MOVED

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