Tribune News Service
Sports Budget for Saturday, October 17, 2020
Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC)
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^No. 1 Clemson leaves no doubt with 73-point outburst in win over Georgia Tech<
FBC-CLEMSON-GEORGIATECH:CS — Clemson started Saturday's game at Georgia Tech with some sloppy play and found itself tied with the Yellow Jackets midway through the first quarter.
The No. 1 Tigers ended Saturday's game at Georgia Tech with 66 consecutive points, 671 yards of offense and its most lopsided victory ever in the ACC.
Clemson pounded Georgia Tech 73-7 at Bobby Dodd Stadium, avoiding any letdown a week after a Top 10 win over Miami — and while playing on the road at noon at a place where they have historically struggled.
500 by Matt Connolly in Atlanta. MOVED
^Looking back at Tony La Russa's stint as White Sox manager: 'I have this fire that burns inside me, and it tells me I want to win any way I can.'<
BBA-WHITESOX-LARUSSA-SPORTSPLUS:TB — Tony La Russa is one of the most accomplished managers in major-league history.
He's third all time with 2,728 victories. He won the World Series as the manager of the 1989 Oakland Athletics and the 2006 and 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. La Russa was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
His major-league managing career began with the Chicago White Sox. La Russa went 522-510 with the Sox from 1979-86.
As speculation continues about a possible reunion, here's a timeline of La Russa's stint with the Sox.
1600 by Lamond Pope in Chicago. MOVED
^Ravens place DT Brandon Williams on reserve/COVID-19 list; game vs. Eagles is still on<
FBN-RAVENS-WILLIAMS:BZ — The Baltimore Ravens have placed defensive tackle Brandon Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Saturday, one day before a road game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Because Williams did not test positive for the virus, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, the game is still expected to be played. Williams was in close contact with an infected person, the source said, which means he will miss Sunday's game.
550 by Daniel Oyefusi and Jonas Shaffer in Baltimore. MOVED
^Jaguars shut down team facility, working remotely due to COVID-19 precautions<
FBN-JAGUARS-CORONAVIRUS:JK — The Jacksonville Jaguars are working virtually only on Saturday after shutting down their facility at TIAA Bank Field because a practice squad player tested positive for COVID-19, the franchise announced.
After confirming the positive test Friday night, the Jaguars said they are working with the NFL to review contact tracing data while the player who tested positive remains self-isolated.
As a precautionary measure, the franchise said they made the decision to conduct their activities for Saturday remotely while following NFL protocols and recommendations.
450 by John Reid in Jacksonville, Fla. MOVED
^Yankees manager Aaron Boone makes improving how team gets analytic information to players an offseason priority<
BBA-YANKEES-ANALYTICS:NY — There was little reason for speculation even after the "cruel" ending. Aaron Boone was always coming back for 2021. Still, in three years as the Yankees manager, Boone has repeatedly talked about learning, adapting and improving as a team. So, it's fair to wonder what did Boone learn from this 2020 season?
The little things matter, apparently. Boone, who is praised for his ability to communicate between the analytics department and the players, said that he and his staff actually have to be better at that.
800 by Kristie Ackert in New York. MOVED
TNS expects coverage from the following games:
Atlanta at LA Dodgers, 4:48 p.m. EDT
Houston at Tampa Bay, 8:37 p.m.
^To really be like Brady, maybe Aaron Rodgers' future is with Bucs<
FBN-BUCCANEERS-RODGERS:PT — There is nothing fans get up for more than a quarterback showdown.
It's even better when involving two future Hall of Famers who rarely make an appearance on the same stage.
Unless there is an encounter in the postseason, this could be the last time Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers cross paths on the football field.
Brady is 43 and Rodgers is 36. Their careers span a combined 37 NFL seasons and 375 regular-season games, but Sunday's meeting at Raymond James Stadium will be only their third.
"You've got the Tampa Bay Bradys versus the Green Bay Rodgers. That's the way I look at this game," Packers tackle David Bakhtiari said — a little sarcastically — in a call with reporters. "It's a one-on-one battle."
1100 (with trims) by Rick Stroud in Tampa, Fla. MOVED
^Dolphins' Flores, Jets' Gase have same, awful record with new teams, but that is where the similarity ends<
FBN-DOLPHINS-JETS-COACHES:FL — One NFL coach started the 2019 season 0-7, won five of the last nine to end his first year, and is off to a 2-3 start through five games in 2020.
The other started 1-7, won six of the last eight games to end his first season with his new franchise, and is off to a 0-5 start this season.
The math says they both have the same record, 7-14, in that span.
But Brian Flores and the Miami Dolphins could not be drifting into a direction further away from the abyss New York Jets coach Adam Gase finds himself in before both teams play on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.
950 by Safid Deen in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
^Manish Mehta: Joe Douglas, Adam Gase divorce must happen for Jets GM to create 'best culture in sports'<
^FBN-MEHTA-COLUMN:NY—<The New York Jets have provided a road map to the best circus in town, where laughter is guaranteed even if winning isn't.
Nearly 10 months after general manager Joe Douglas revealed that "the plan is to create the best culture in sports," the wayward franchise has been lampooned by everyone from diehard fans to "Saturday Night Live."
NFL players, coaches and executives giggle behind their backs. Gang Green has morphed into something much worse than just a bad team.
They're a punchline.
800 by Manish Mehta. MOVED
^Falcons have more COVID-19 cases, take 2 planes to Minnesota<
FBN-FALCONS-CORONAVIRUS:AT — Defensive line coaches Jess Simpson and Tosh Lupoi did not travel with the Atlanta Falcons to Minnesota, and defensive end John Cominsky was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.
Earlier in the week, defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Falcons shut down their facilities Thursday after an assistant coach tested positive. The team reopened the facilities Friday with additional protocols.
150 by D. Orlando Ledbetter in Atlanta. MOVED
^Chiefs make Le'Veon Bell signing official but his Kansas City debut might not come this week<
FBN-CHIEFS-BELL:KC — The Kansas City Chiefs officially welcomed running back Le'Veon Bell by announcing his signing Saturday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid mentioned the contract wasn't signed.
"He's got to through all the protocols and that, so nothing is official yet," Reid said. "When it becomes official, then we'll talk."
Life comes fast in the NFL because less than two hours after the team's final media availability, the deal is done.
400 by Herbie Teope in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED
^Chiefs' Sammy Watkins won't play Monday at Bills; Mitchell Schwartz is questionable<
FBN-CHIEFS-INJURIES:KC — The Kansas City Chiefs will play Monday's game against the Buffalo Bills without wide receiver Sammy Watkins after officially ruling him out for Week 6.
The designation doesn't come as a big surprise because Watkins missed three straight days of practice. Watkins injured his hamstring in Week 5 and was unable to finish the game.
Starting right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is a surprise addition to Saturday's injury report. Schwartz showed up as questionable because of a back injury despite the Chiefs indicating he went through a full practice.
300 by Herbie Teope in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED
^Vahe Gregorian: Father figure says Le'Veon Bell will arrive in Kansas City 'a little humble,' run 'very angry'<
^FBN-GREGORIAN-COLUMN:KC—<Shortly after the news broke earlier this week that the New York Jets had released running back Le'Veon Bell, Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones semi-subtly but less-than-cryptically engaged the prospect of Bell joining the Chiefs by simply invoking his name on Twitter.
Even if that wasn't exactly the impetus for what percolated over the next few days, it certainly was an instant spark in what promptly became an informal awareness campaign with, really, a hint of a frenzy among Chiefs fans and even some players.
1050 by Vahe Gregorian. MOVED
^Lisa Leslie pushes hard for change, 30 years after her first encounter with inequity<
BKL-TRIPLETS-LESLIE:LA — Just like she did during her Hall of Fame career, Lisa Leslie is hustling. Now the stakes are higher than a championship trophy.
Leslie, a two-time WNBA champion with the Sparks and four-time Olympic gold medalist, is part of three voting rights groups — LeBron James' More Than a Vote, Hoopers Vote and Rock the Vote — with less than a month before the election. This second act is what the Sparks legend believes could be her greatest area of influence.
"My ability to speak, my ability to inspire people, that's my God-given talent," Leslie said. "The platform just happened to be the basketball court."
950 by Thuc Nhi Nguyen in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Miami Hurricanes grind out win vs. Pittsburgh to bounce back from Clemson loss<
FBC-PITT-MIAMI:FL — The No. 13 Miami Hurricanes returned home from their loss at No. 1 Clemson needing a win.
As ugly as it may have been at times, Miami got exactly that against the gritty Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday afternoon.
Quarterback D'Eriq King threw four touchdown passes, along with two interceptions, and the Hurricanes topped Pitt, 31-19, in front of an announced attendance at Hard Rock Stadium of 9,000 scattered fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
750 by David Furones in Miami Gardens, Fla. MOVED
^UK football ends another bad streak with impressive road win over Tennessee<
FBC-TENNESSEE-KENTUCKY:LX — Kentucky went down to Rocky Top and pushed Tennessee off the mountain.
The Wildcats, losers of 17 straight in Knoxville, never trailed in a 34-7 victory over the Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
It was the Wildcats' first win at Tennessee since 1984, and their first victory in the series since a 2017 decision at Kroger Field.
850 by Josh Moore in Knoxville, Tenn. MOVED
^USF squanders double-digit second-half lead in 39-37 loss at Temple<
^FBC-USF-TEMPLE:PT—<On a crisp Philadelphia afternoon when it delivered its most uplifting performance of the season, USF couldn't quite deliver a watershed moment.
But it sure beats the woodshed ones this program recently has endured.
What shaped up as the Bulls' first American Athletic Conference victory in nearly a year was thwarted by untimely turnovers and penalties, as Temple (1-1, 1-1 AAC) rallied from an 11-point second-half hole for a 39-37 victory.
500 by Joey Knight. MOVED
TNS expects coverage from the following games featuring teams in the AP top 25:
Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.
No. 11 Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 4 p.m.
No. 5 UNC at Florida State, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama, 8 p.m.
^UCLA coach Mick Cronin envisions players forgoing extra year of eligibility<
BKC-UCLA-ELIGIBILITY:LA — The calculus of college basketball rosters is changing. UCLA coach Mick Cronin now must navigate not only who's leaving early but also who wants to extend their stay.
The NCAA earlier this week granted winter sport athletes an additional year of eligibility amid the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that Bruins senior guard Chris Smith, a candidate for the Pac-12 Conference player of the year, could stay an additional season.
In theory, anyway.
"He's not coming back for a fifth year," Cronin told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. "Let's just get that out to our fan base now. He's going to graduate and get his chance at the NBA for sure."
750 by Ben Bolch in Los Angeles. MOVED
^HIGH SCHOOL <
^With no high school football, a frustrated trainer staged his own game, violating Washington's COVID-19 protocols<
FBH-WASH-STAGEDGAME:SE — Tracy Ford doesn't mince words explaining his motivations for lobbying to get high school football players back on the field.
"These kids need to be seen," said the man behind the Ford Sports Performance center in Bellevue, which trains professional and up-and-coming amateur players. "They need to be seen and they need to be evaluated."
And when Gov. Jay Inslee's office declined to recommend that the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) resume fall sports after a meeting last month involving the WIAA, the governor's office, Ford and student athletes, the trainer took matters into his own hands. He organized an invitation-only, three-day mini-camp and showcase game two weekends ago in Tacoma that involved up to 112 top in-state players.
Only problem is, the governor's office says the game, videotaped for college recruiters, should never have happened.
1650 by Geoff Baker in Seattle. MOVED
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