Check out this week's Fantasy Baseball Fearless Forecast
Check out this week's Fantasy Baseball Fearless Forecast
Wednesday night's vigilante chaos between the Capitals and Rangers was predictable, avoidable, and exactly how the league wanted things to play out.
If it comes down to it this fall, Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he would cut a player that isn't vaccinated.
It seems James Dolan was unimpressed by one of the more efficient rebuilds in recent memory.
The end of an era.
For openly questioning George Parros's abilities as the NHL's player safety head, the Rangers have been tagged with a $250,000 fine from the NHL.
Pavel Buchnevich will forfeit more money than Tom Wilson for his role in the bad blood.
Canada's Kerri Einarson defeated Denmark's Madeleine Dupont 10-8 on Thursday to extend her winning streak to five games at the world women's curling championship.
Goga Bitadze appeared to tell Greg Foster to "sit the f*** down," which prompted the feud between the two on the court.
Ortiz, who owns two businesses in Huntington Beach, has been continually employed by the city since December.
Connor Bedard is just 15 years old but he's been easily the best player at the 2021 IIHF World U18 Championships.
Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie was feeling the love from his teammates after he scored a hat trick against the New York Rangers in his first game back since his dad died.
Watch Canelo Alvarez take on Billy Joe Saunders live on DAZN this Saturday.
The final four of the Champions League will reach its riveting end, while two domestic ties carry heavy European implications for next year.
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NEW YORK — José Altuve responded to jeering fans by marking his 31st birthday with a go-ahead, three-run homer off Chad Green in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 7-4 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep. Booed throughout the series by fans getting to express their anger directly at the Astros since their cheating scandal en route to the 2017 World Series title was exposed, Altuve turned on a shoulder-high 96 mph 3-2 pitch and drove it over the left-field scoreboard for a 5-3 lead. Gleyber Torres made an incredible, daring dash for the Yankees, scoring from first base on an infield single, but New York’s five-game winning streak ended. Yordan Álvarez hit a pair of solo homers off Gerrit Cole, who turned a 3-2 lead over to Green (0-3) starting the eighth. After Torres pulled the Yankees within a run in the bottom half, Martín Maldonado hit a two-run homer off Justin Wilson in the ninth, ending a streak of of 75 plate appearances without an RBI. Cole faced the Astros for the first time since leaving them after the 2019 World Series. Alex Scrubb (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh, and Ryan Pressly got six outs for his fifth save. Houston climbed back above .500 at 16-15. Giancarlo Stanton and Clint Frazier homered for New York. RED SOX 12, TIGERS 9 BOSTON (AP) — Franchy Cordero came off the bench with three hits to snap an 0-for-25 slump, then brought home the winning run in the eighth with the help of Detroit’s fourth error, and Boston Red Sox held on after blowing three previous leads. One day after giving up three runs in the 10th, the Red Sox coughed up leads of 4-1, 5-4 and 8-7 before scoring four in the eighth to avoid losing the three-game series to the worst team in the majors. Matt Andriese (1-1) earned the win despite allowing Detroit to take a 9-8 lead in the eighth; he gave up one run on three hits, a walk and a balk in one inning. Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth for his first save. Alex Lange (0-1) was the loser. RANGERS 4, TWINS 3, 10 INNINGS MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Willie Calhoun singled in the winning run in the 10th inning and Texas dropped Minnesota to 0-7 in extra innings. Joey Gallo and Jonah Heim homered for the Rangers. They have won three straight — all in the series — and are 4-0 in extra innings. Brett de Geus and Taylor Hearn (1-1) each pitched two scoreless innings, and Josh Sborz earned his first save with a dominant 10th. Heim was the automatic runner at second in the 10th against Tyler Duffey (0-1), who let him advance with a wild pitch. Calhoun smacked a single to right field to score him. Max Kepler led off the game for Minnesota with a homer. PHILLIES 2, BREWERS 0 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler struck out eight and in a three-hitter and Alex Bohm homered to help Philadelphia beat Milwaukee for a four-game sweep. The Phillies head out on a nine-game trip in first place (17-15) and as the only team in the NL East with a winning record. Wheeler (3-2) and Brandon Woodruff (2-1) engaged in a brilliant pitchers’ duel that ended when Bohm connected on a 97 mph fastball in the seventh for his fourth homer of the season. Rhys Hoskins added an RBI double in the eighth. METS 4, CARDINALS 1 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Taijuan Walker allowed one hit in seven innings and New York scored three runs on bases-loaded walks to beat St. Louis. Walker (2-1) struck out eight and walked none to help the Mets split the four-game series after dropping the first two. Trevor May struck out two in a perfect eighth and Edwin Díaz pitched around a pair of hits in the ninth for his fourth save. John Gant (2-3) was the loser. INDIANS 4, ROYALS 0 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Triston McKenzie pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning and Cleveland beat Kansas City to complete a four-game sweep. McKenzie (1-1) exited after a single and walk in the sixth. He struggled with his control, walking four and striking out five. Franmil Reyes hit his eighth home run, and Cesar Hernandez and Rene Rivera each had three hits for Cleveland. Danny Duffy (4-2) was the loser. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
The Albert Pujols era wasn't what the Angels wanted.
BOSTON — Franchy Cordero came off the bench with three hits to snap an 0-for-25 slump, then brought home the game-winning run in the eighth with the help of Detroit's fourth error, and the Boston Red Sox held on after blowing three previous leads to beat the Tigers 12-9 on Thursday. One day after giving up three runs in the 10th, the Red Sox coughed up leads of 4-1, 5-4 and 8-7 before scoring four in the eighth to avoid losing the three-game series to the worst team in the majors. Rafael Devers drove in three runs on a pair of singles. But the Red Sox third baseman also committed two errors — the second to allow the Tigers to tie the game 8-8 in the seventh. Matt Andriese (1-1) earned the win despite allowing Detroit to take a 9-8 lead in the eighth; he gave up one run on three hits, a walk and a balk in one inning. Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth for his first save. After Devers led off the eighth by reaching on shortstop Niko Goodrum's error, Alex Lange (0-1) relieved Kyle Funkhouser. Lange struck out Hunter Renfroe and Marwin Gonzalez before a wild pitch sent Devers to second. Kevin Plawecki walked, Christian Arroyo ran for him and Christian Vazquez pinch hit for Bobby Dalbec, who is in an 0-for-27 slump. Vazquez singled to tie it 9-all and then third baseman Jeimer Candalario botched Cordero's nubber down the third-base line, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Alex Verdugo singled in two more runs to make it 12-9. Cordero, who replaced Kiké Hernandez in the first inning, added a shoestring catch to end the top of the sixth inning; Cordero had had one hit since April 14, dropping his batting average from .348 to .153. Candelario and Willi Castro had three hits piece for the Tigers. Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his worst outing of the season. He was 7-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 10 starts dating to last August. Eovaldi still has not allowed a homer in 52 innings — the longest active streak in the majors and the only qualified pitcher who hasn't given up a homer in 2021. TRAINER’S ROOM Tigers: Wilson Ramos took a Devers foul tip off the inside of his left knee in the first inning. A trainer came out to look at him, but he remained in the game. Ramos left the game in the eighth with lower back tightness. Red Sox: Hernández left the game in the first inning with right hamstring tightness. He doubled to lead off the inning and took third on a groundout before Cordero came in to replace him there. In the fourth, Xander Bogaerts went to the ground after fouling a ball off his left leg. He remained in the game and hit the next pitch for a single. UP NEXT Tigers: Host the Twins for the start of a three-game series. LHP Tarik Skubal (0-4) will face Minnesota’s Matt Shoemaker (1-3). Red Sox: Visit Baltimore for the first of four games. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-0) will face righty Matt Harvey (3-1). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press
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Canadian athletes and officials applauded Thursday's news that Pfizer and BioNTech are donating COVID-19 doses to inoculate athletes and officials preparing for the Tokyo Games. The Olympics and Paralympics are happening, they said. They'll be far safer for everyone if participants are vaccinated. "Before the vaccine roll-out, I was quite worried from a global standpoint, the Olympics are bringing in thousands and thousands of people, and it looked like it was going to be a COVID petri dish," said Erica Gavel, a member of Canada's women's wheelchair basketball team. "Now it looks like things are moving in the right direction, to say the least." The Canadian Olympic Committee said it believes it will have access to donated vaccine doses from Pfizer and BioNTech as part of an IOC initiative. Delivery of doses is set to begin this month to give Olympic delegations time to be fully vaccinated with a second shot before arriving in Tokyo for the Games, which open on July 23. David Shoemaker, CEO and secretary general of the COC, says his organization will work with government agencies to confirm details of the roll-out. "We were happy to learn from the IOC that Pfizer and BioNTech will donate vaccine doses for Tokyo 2020 Games participants. In Canada this represents approximately 1,100 people and will add an important layer of protection for Canadian athletes in the lead up to and during the Games," Shoemaker said in a statement. "The Olympic Games hold special meaning for the millions of Canadians who will be inspired by the resilience and determination of Canadian athletes this summer in Tokyo. As most provinces begin vaccination of the general population, this announcement will help more Canadians receive vaccinations quicker." The COC had steadfastly said Canadian athletes wouldn't jump the vaccine cue. "It's fantastic news," said Athletics Canada's CEO David Bedford. "Athletes are so thrilled to put Canada on their chest and represent all of us, that we owe them an obligation to try and keep them safe." It's unknown how many Canadian athletes would benefit from this initiative. The COC's chief medical officer, Dr. Mike Wilkinson, told The Canadian Press last week that with the pace of Canada's vaccine roll-out, he expected the entire team to have received at least the first vaccine dose before Tokyo. Alberta, for example, is booking vaccines for people aged 12 and up starting Monday. Olympic wrestling champion Erica Wiebe tweeted a photo Thursday of her first dose appointment secured — independent of the IOC's program. Other athletes have been able to access first doses elsewhere in Canada, while numerous Canadian athletes and coaches have been vaccinated while competing or training in the U.S. Canada's men's field hockey captain Scott Tupper, who received his jab through work — he's an assistant coach at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. — said Thursday's news was "great to hear. "I think that anyone who believes in the Olympic Games and wants to see a successful event take place, agrees that vaccine access for competing athletes — Canadian and otherwise — is a positive step towards all nations coming together this summer in the safest way possible," he said. The IOC has said athletes do not have to be vaccinated for the Games. As of Thursday, 3.1 per cent of the Canadian population had been fully vaccinated. The prospect of athletes jumping the cue is a hot-button topic in Canada, particularly while a third wave is ravaging parts of the country. The response on social media Thursday was overwhelmingly negative, with tweets about "privileged athletes" and "misplaced priorities." Race walker Evan Dunfee said it's unfair to attack athletes, "like we had anything to do with this." "If people want to be mad they should be mad at the IOC and these mega-medical corporations. And no-one is getting outraged that the U.S. is vaccinating all their healthy people while people in India die," said Dunfee, a world bronze medallist. "It's not the best use of global supplies of vaccine. But the Olympics going ahead isn't smart either. At the end of the day, that the athletes are being held responsible in the eyes of some in the public, is incredibly disheartening to me." Bedford pointed out the Olympic vaccines would be incremental to what the pharmaceutical companies are delivering to countries. "Anybody who says they should donate them to India or teachers, I get it, I would not argue with that. I understand, it's very personal. But I also believe that these athletes and the support staff is protected. And fortunately, the good news is that Pfizer and BioNTech have said this isn't coming out of any allocations to countries." Swimming Canada's high performance director and national coach John Atkinson said he welcomed the news. "Let's leave nothing to chance," he said. "Having a fully vaccinated team, along with all the well thought out protocols from the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee, makes complete sense to me." Anti-Games sentiments, meanwhile, have been gaining ground in Japan, where just under two per cent of the population has been vaccinated. Almost 80 per cent of Japanese citizens in polls say they want the Olympics cancelled or postponed, and a petition titled "Cancel the Tokyo Olympics to protect our lives" has quickly gained tens of thousands of signatures. Paralympic sprinter Marissa Papaconstantinou said vaccinating athletes benefits not only the Canadian team and their respective communities they'd be returning home to after the Games, but countries that don't have the same access to vaccines, and the people of Japan, who will play host to some 15,000 athletes from more than 200 countries. "You have an Olympic village with thousands of people living in like close quarters, it could be a recipe for disaster if a large chunk of people weren't vaccinated," said Papaconstantinou, who is doing a required quarantine in Toronto after returning home from San Diego. "These Games are happening regardless of if everyone's vaccinated or not." She pointed out the Japanese are already reeling in the economic fallout of hosting a postponed Games without the level of tourism they would have benefited from. "At least they won't have to worry about also dealing with COVID outbreaks, hopefully," she said. It's the second major vaccination deal for the International Olympic Committee. An agreement was announced in March between the IOC and Olympic officials in China to buy and distribute Chinese vaccines ahead of the Tokyo Games and next year's Beijing Winter Games. The new Pfizer offer gives the IOC greater coverage worldwide ahead of Tokyo with most countries — including Canada — yet to authorize emergency use of Chinese vaccines. "We are inviting the athletes and participating delegations of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games to lead by example and accept the vaccine where and when possible," IOC president Thomas Bach said in a statement. The Pfizer donation followed talks between the firm's chairman and CEO, Albert Bourla, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The IOC said any vaccination program must be done "in accordance with each country’s vaccination guidelines and consistent with local regulations." The IOC-China vaccine deal includes two doses being made available to the general public for each dose received by an Olympic participant in that country. The Spanish Olympic Committee said Thursday the nearly 600 members of its delegation travelling to Japan will start being vaccinated with Pfizer doses this month. Other countries, including Australia, South Korea and Italy, have also been making arrangements to vaccinate their teams. — With files from The Associated Press Lori Ewing , The Canadian Press
Longtime Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelley is leaving for Presbyterian College. Presbyterian competes at the FCS level.