Tribune News Service
Sports Budget for Saturday, July 20, 2019
Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC)
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^One-handed MMA fighter Nick Newell isn't done chasing dreams yet<
MMA-ONEARM-SPORTSPLUS:HC — The walls of Fighting Arts Academy are filled with Nick Newell's accomplishments: a giant check from the World Series of Fighting, the Xtreme Fighting Championships lightweight championship belt he won in 2012, various newspaper clippings telling the story of the one-handed fighter from Milford who nearly earned a UFC contract.
Three days earlier, Newell was in Las Vegas, standing just outside the UFC octagon while training Justin Sumter, a middleweight who was fighting for a UFC contract on Dana White's Contender Series TV show. Sumter was knocked out in the first round.
1150 by Jonah Dylan in West Haven, Conn. MOVED
^Paul Sullivan: A man of few words, Harold Baines let his bat do the talking — all the way to the Hall of Fame<
BBA-SULLIVAN-COLUMN:TB — Harold Baines was getting ready to throw the ceremonial first pitch before a White Sox game a couple of weeks ago, standing alone on the field behind home plate.
I asked Baines if he was getting excited about his upcoming Hall of Fame induction.
"Not yet," he replied. "When it happens, I'll let you know."
2300 by Paul Sullivan. MOVED
^Kevin Sherrington: In new book, Bud Selig details just how close President George W. Bush came to replacing him as MLB commissioner<
BBA-SHERRINGTON-COLUMN:DA — Bud Selig was the guy in charge during baseball's biggest troubles since the Black Sox Scandal, yet he lasted longer as commissioner than any except the original, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, because he made friends out of natural enemies. A gift, is what it is. His genial but insistent nature eventually wore opponents down.
And if Selig hadn't been such an affable type, George W. Bush might have been remembered as the steroids commissioner instead.
800 by Kevin Sherrington in Dallas. MOVED
^Paul Sullivan: Cooperstown sells baseball better than baseball sells itself<
BBO-SULLIVAN-COLUMN:TB — Cooperstown is like a pop-up town that reopens one weekend every July so everyone can feel young again remembering when baseball was great.
It's basically a Norman Rockwell version of small-town America, with a nod to Gordon Gekko, as evidenced by the $42 parking-lot fee specially priced for Mariano Rivera's number.
If only Harold Baines had worn a number significantly higher than 3, perhaps they would have priced it for him.
Outside of Sunday's inductions of six players — Rivera, Baines, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay — the real purpose of Hall of Fame weekend is to sell memories for cold, hard cash, though credit cards are accepted too.
450 by Paul Sullivan in Cooperstown, N.Y. MOVED
^Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera bookend Sunday's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, much the way they did on the field<
BBO-HOF-MUSSINA-RIVERA:BZ — During the rehearsal on Friday for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera raised his hand.
"Can I ask a question," Rivera quipped. "Why do I always have to go last?"
Former Oriole and Yankee Mike Mussina, who will be the first of the new inductees to speak on Sunday, had the answer.
"You know why, Mariano," he replied, "starters go first and closers go last."
800 by Peter Schmuck in Cooperstown, N.Y. MOVED
^Bob Brookover: Roy Halladay's Hall of Fame induction forecast: 100% chance of tears<
BBO-BROOKOVER-COLUMN:PH — It is supposed to be one of the happiest days of a major league baseball player's life, and that will be true again Sunday for five of the six players being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Harold Baines, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera, and Lee Smith will look out from a stage at waves and waves of adoring fans while previous Hall of Fame inductees sit behind them and listen to their personal stories of struggle and glory.
This year, however, there will be some tragic mixed in with the baseball magic this event annually provides.
1000 by Bob Brookover in Cooperstown, N.Y. MOVED
^Will Derek Jeter be the next unanimous Hall of Fame selection?<
BBA-YANKEES-JETER-HOF:ND — It had been among the worst traditions in sports, and the word "dumb" is not too strong a description either.
Until this past January when Mariano Rivera final broke through, there had never been a unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Deserved, obviously, as there was nothing in Rivera's resume remotely disqualifying.
There, of course, wasn't anything disqualifying on the resumes belonging to Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson well, the list goes on and on, either. And none of those iconic players — and plenty of others — were unanimous picks though they should have been.
600 by Erik Boland in New York. MOVED
^How napping through the early innings helped Lee Smith reach the Hall of Fame<
BBO-HOF-SMITH-BAINES:TB — Former Cubs closer Lee Smith was asked during a Hall of Fame press briefing Saturday what he would say to a manager if asked to be an "opener" for an inning or two.
"It wouldn't work," Smith replied. "Because I was sleeping."
A little later at a separate briefing, Harold Baines was asked what Smith was like as a teammate with the Orioles.
"When he wasn't sleeping?" Baines said with a grin.
Smith was one of the greatest closers in baseball history, recording 478 saves over 18 seasons and, like Baines, getting into the Hall through the Veterans Committee vote.
1050 by Paul Sullivan in Cooperstown, N.Y. MOVED
^Yankees offense stays red hot in 11-5 rout of Rockies<
BBO-ROCKIES-YANKEES:HK — Not even the steamy summer weather could wilt the offense of the Yankees. Excessive heat warnings were met with excessive displays of offense as the Yankees batted around in a five-run second inning and nearly again with three runs in the fourth during an 11-5 rout of the Rockies on Saturday.
Aaron Judge got the Yankees offense early with a double in the first inning that scored DJ LeMahieu from first. Judge would be thrown out at home on a fielder's choice later in the inning to limit the damage to just one run.
More would come an inning later as 11 Yankees came to bat.
500 by Robert Aitken Jr. in New York. MOVED
TNS expects coverage from the following games:
San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
NY Mets at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
Toronto at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Texas at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
Miami at LA Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
LA Angels at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.
^Greg Cote: In midst of winning offseason for Heat, Riley might not be done yet<
BKN-COTE-COLUMN:MI — They could close the summer ledger right now and claim victory. The Miami Heat won the NBA offseason — no, not on the top tier, where Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant were changing uniforms, but on the lower level of teams that did the most with nothing.
What was supposed to be a dead summer in South Florida for Heat activity ended up delightfully noisy. Pat Riley somehow maestro'd a four-team trade to get genuine star talent in Jimmy Butler despite being salary cap-strapped.
850 by Greg Cote in Miami. MOVED
^Anthony Davis calls Chicago 'the Mecca of basketball,' would consider playing for Bulls someday<
BKN-LAKERS-DAVIS-CHICAGO:TB — With the heat index hovering near 105 and the thermometer climbing higher inside the second-floor gym at Kenwood Academy High School, Anthony Davis didn't just offer inspirational words for the sweaty mass of middle schoolers who hung on his every word Friday at Nike's Rise camp.
The Chicagoan sweated his way through overseeing some drills and tossed the jump ball to begin a scrimmage, the winners of which get to sit courtside with him Sunday at the Sky-Fever WNBA game at Wintrust Arena.
And you thought this summer's NBA transaction game was filled with hot, frenetic action.
750 by K.C. Johnson in Chicago. MOVED
^Matt Calkins: NHL Seattle believes new GM Ron Francis can deliver — if given some chips<
HKN-CALKINS-COLUMN:SE — What's the rudest thing you can say to people that have already invested hundreds of millions more dollars into a project than expected? That they better keep the money coming.
But that's the advice for the NHL Seattle ownership group when it comes time to build a team. And that's what this hockey-hungry fan base should expect of them.
700 by Matt Calkins in Seattle. MOVED
^Ben Roberts: Ranking John Calipari's 10 best Kentucky players in the NBA<
BKC-ROBERTS-COLUMN:LX — One of the lasting legacies of the John Calipari era — and the one the Kentucky basketball coach himself might be the most proud of — is the number of Wildcats that have gone on to fulfill their dreams of playing in the NBA.
Calipari has coached a total of 38 players at Kentucky that have become NBA Draft picks, starting with five first-round selections in the 2010 draft, when Calipari infamously declared it to be perhaps "the biggest day in Kentucky basketball history."
1100 by Ben Roberts in Lexington, Ky. MOVED
^British Open spectator hit by ball after Kyle Stanley doesn't yell 'fore'<
GLF-BRITISHOPEN-STANLEY-SPECTATOR:LA — Golfer Kyle Stanley isn't being criticized for what he said — but for what he didn't.
The controversy concerns something that happened during the second round of the British Open.
First, Stanley accidentally struck a course marshal on the shin with an errant shot on No. 14. Then, on No. 17, Stanley hit a shot that sailed toward some spectators, and he only watched as it did. It's customary to yell "fore" if someone could possibly be struck by a shot.
500 by Sam Farmer in Portrush, Northern Ireland. MOVED
^Amid heat wave and pressure, Monmouth Park cancels six races, pushes back post time for Haskell Invitational<
RAC-HASKELL-HEAT:ND — After running its first two races Saturday, Monmouth Park canceled six of its 12 remaining races because of a dangerously high heat index (approximately 110) and pushed back post time of the $1 million Haskell Invitational from 5:47 to 8:05 p.m. NBC had planned to show the race live from 5-6 p.m.
Dennis Drazin, Monmouth's president and CEO, said, "I made the call. This was Plan B, the backup plan. We spoke with the jockeys after the second race and they were OK with continuing. I think we could have run (the entire card) safely. I don't think we would have had any incidents, but I'm supposed to be responsible for the safety of the horses."
450 by Ed McNamara in Oceanport, N.J. MOVED
^Phil Rosenthal: Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes deserves a Hall of Fame honor next year, but don't book a Cooperstown trip yet<
BBN-ROSENTHAL-COLUMN:TB — Cubs radio announcer Pat Hughes deserves to receive the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, the sport's highest honor for a broadcaster, when it's handed out at this time next year.
Certainly, no one is better than Hughes, a distinction that might even be enough to snag it for him. You never know.
The man is a consummate professional who has studied and honed his craft through good seasons and bad with the Twins, the Brewers and, since 1996, the Cubs.
950 by Phil Rosenthal in Chicago. MOVED
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