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first_img— Head coach Mike Zimmer says the Vikings are expecting running back Dalvin Cook to report on time for training camp. Cook is in the final year of his rookie contract and took a break from the virtual offseason program last month, seeking a new deal. He had 1,135 rushing yards and 519 receiving yards in 14 games last year.— Tight end Adam Shaheen was traded to the Miami Dolphins by the Chicago Bears for a conditional late-round draft pick. Shaheen was slowed by injuries in his three seasons with the Bears, starting 13 games and catching four touchdown passes.NBA-NEWSAP source: Knicks close to deal to make Tom Thibodeau coachUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks are on the verge of hiring a new head coach. — Nationals pitcher and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from what was supposed to be his first start of the season because of a nerve issue with his right hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Strasburg was given an injection for the issue, likening it to “basically a cortisone shot.” He said Strasburg felt something was wrong with his hand during an exhibition game last week.— Mets relief pitcher Brad Brach (brahk) says he missed preseason camp because he tested positive for the coronavirus. Brach confirmed he and his pregnant wife both had COVID-19 and experienced mild symptoms, including loss of taste. Jenae Brach gave birth to healthy twin boys, Carson and Brody, on July 17. — Brewers shortstop Luis Urias has been cleared to return to baseball activity after testing positive for coronavirus before the start of Major League Baseball’s preseason summer camp. The Brewers are sending Urias to their secondary facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. — Reds infielder Matt Davidson has tested positive for COVID-19. He went on the injured list one day after he started the opener as a designated hitter. — The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was a hit on television. The Nationals-Yankees game on ESPN was the most-watched regular season game in baseball on any network in nine years. It averaged 4 million viewers according to Nielsen fast national ratings and peaked at 8:30 p.m. EDT with 4.48 million viewers. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-RESULTSBarking Brewers win at WrigleyUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs resumed their season-opening series on Saturday and demonstrated there’s no love lost between these local rivals. Update on the latest sports — The Nationals rolled to a 9-2 laugher over the Yankees behind Victor Robles, who contributed a two-run double and a two-run homer. Asdrubel (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera and Michael A. Taylor also went deep for Washington in its first win since capturing the World Series last year. Robles and Cabrera each had three of the Nats’ 13 hits.— Wilmer Flores homered and the Giants beat the Dodgers, 5-4 to give Gabe Kapler his first win as San Francisco manager. Donovan Solano laced a two-run double for the Giants, who were outscored 17-2 in the first two games before avoiding their first 0-3 start in eight years. Dodgers starter and loser Alex Wood had trouble finding the plate, throwing 29 of his 67 pitches for balls over three innings. — The Astros beat the Mariners for the 15th straight time as Lance McCullers Jr. allowed two runs and five hits over six innings of a 7-2 victory. McCullers was pitching for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery that cost him all of last season. Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) and George Springer homered for Houston, which beat Seattle on Friday after going 18-1 against them last year.— Phil Gosselin homered twice and Didi Gregorius went deep for the second straight game as the Phillies dumped the Marlins, 7-1. J.T. Realmuto added a three-run drive that helped Joe Girardi get his first win as Philadelphia’s manager. Zack Wheeler limited Miami to five hits over seven innings of his Phillies debut.— William Contreras delivered an RBI double that capped a three-run 10th in the Braves’ 5-3 comeback win over the Mets. The Mets led 2-1 in the ninth until Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) homered off Edwin Diaz with two out in the ninth. New York wasted a strong performance by Steven Matz, who fanned seven while holding Atlanta to a pair of hits over six innings. BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Richy Werenski birdied three of the last four holes to erase a four-stroke deficit and pull even with Michael Thompson through three rounds of the 3M Open in Blaine, Minn. Werenski and Thompson each shot 3-under 68s to move to 15 under for the tournament. Charl Schwartzel shot a 66 in the third round at the TPC Twin Cities course, pulling even with Tony Finau for third place at 13 under. GOLF-BRITISH MASTERSParatore wins British Masters for 2nd European Tour titleNEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Renato Paratore has won the British Masters for his second career victory on the European Tour. The Italian golfer closed with a 2-under 69 containing his first bogeys of the week. — Brandon Lowe’s two-run triple snapped an eighth-inning tie in the Rays’ 4-1 triumph over the Blue Jays. Lowe also scored an insurance run on a back by Sam Gaviglio. Cavan Biggio went 2 for 3 with a walk, extending his on-base streak to a major league-best 31 consecutive games.— Anthony Santander and Renato Núñez each drove in two runs to help the Orioles hold off the Red Sox, 7-2 and even their season-opening series. Hanser Alberto finished with three hits, while Austin Hays and José Iglesias each added two. Alex Cobb was steady in his first start after missing most of last season with a hip injury, limiting Boston to a run and four hits while fanning six in 5 1/3 innings.— Leury (lay-OOR’-ay) García homered from both sides of the plate in helping Dallas Keuchel and the White Sox pound the Twins, 10-3. Edwin Encarnación belted a two-run drive as the White Sox bounced back nicely after losing 10-5 to the reigning AL Central champions on Friday night. Eloy Jiménez and James McCann also went deep for Chicago.— Dylan Bundy was sharp in his Angels debut, allowing three hits and carrying a shutout into the seventh inning of a 4-1 verdict over the Athletics. Juston Upton opened the scoring with a solo blast in the fourth, one inning before Andrelton Simmons and David Fletcher provided RBI doubles. Losing pitcher Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) looked sharp early, retiring the first 11 batters on just 32 pitches before faltering.— Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit a two-run single, Matt Carpenter added a two-run double and Tommy Edman delivered a two-run triple that capped the scoring in the Cardinals’ 9-1 dismantling of the Pirates.Paul Goldschmidt smacked a solo homer to back Adam Wainwright, who worked the first six innings of a combined three-hitter. Wainwright retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced as the Cardinals beat the Pirates for the 12th time in their last 13 games. His return is a big development for Chicago as it prepares to face the Oilers in a best-of-five qualifying series that begins on Aug. 1.In other NHL news:— Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton missed a second straight practice Saturday, and his status remains unclear as the team prepares for the return to play in the coming week. The team said on its website Wednesday that Hamilton left that day’s practice early in “some visible discomfort” and he didn’t practice Thursday. Hamilton broke his left leg in January and was sidelined until the NHL suspended the season because of the pandemic.PGA-3M OPENWerenski, Thompson remain co-leaders July 26, 2020 Nationals catcher Tres Barrera banned 80 games for drug testUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals catcher Tres Barrera has been suspended for 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.MLB says Barrera tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance DHCMT, the chemical compound used in a drug that fueled Olympic athletes in the former East Germany decades ago.Barrera said Saturday that he appealed his suspension but it was upheld by an arbitrator. In other MLB news: The Brewers’ 8-3 win at Wrigley Field included a shouting between the two clubs that could be heard throughout the empty ballpark at the start of the fourth inning. Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras seemed to be barking the loudest from the warning track in front of the dugout, and several players from both sides popped out onto dirt near their benches. Umpires jumped in and calmed things down quickly before players could cross the foul lines.The Brewers also made some noise with their bats as Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) slammed a two-run homer and Justin Smoak added a solo shot. Ben Gamel put Milwaukee ahead to stay with a two-run triple in the fourth.Lorenzo Cain was 3-for-4 with an RBI single for the Brew Crew.Elsewhere around the majors: NFL-NEWSMahomes ready but apprehensive for campUNDATED (AP) — Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) acknowledges there is “some risk” in returning to the team facility for training camp. But he says he’s comfortable with the protocols established by the NFL and its players’ union to ensure a safe environment. The Super Bowl MVP was at the facility Saturday along with rookies and select veterans, a day after the league and union agreed to a proposal opening camps in earnest next week. The players’ board of representatives voted to adopt changes to the collective bargaining agreement that provide for new training camp and roster rules, economics and protocols for operating amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an opt-out clause.Also around the NFL:— The Jets have traded disgruntled Jamal Adams to the Seahawks for fellow safety Bradley McDougald and a trio of high-round picks. Seattle sends a first-round pick in each of the next two drafts, along with a third-rounder in 2021. The Jets ship off a fourth-round selection in 2022. New York parts with a talented player whose relationship with the franchise quickly deteriorated because of a contract dispute. — Tyler Myers launched a three-run homer and Manny Machado added a two-run shot that gave the Padres breathing room in a 5-1 decision over the Diamondbacks. Dinelson Lamet struck out eight while allowing a run and five hits over five innings. Robbie Ray fanned seven over 3 2/3 innings but was reached for three runs and four hits in taking the loss.— Daniel Bard won in his first major league game in more than seven years, pitching 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief for the Rockies in a 3-2 win over the Rangers. Bard stranded two runners in the fifth and worked around two more base runners in the sixth before getting Willie Calhoun on an inning-ending flyout to cap an 11-pitch at-bat. Colorado went ahead to stay with two runs in the fourth off Mike Minor, helped by two fielder’s choice plays and two errors.— The Royals pulled out a 3-2 win over the Indians on Maikel Franco’s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. Alex Gordon opened the 10th as the runner on second and was bunted to third before scoring the tiebreaking run. Indians starter Mike Clevinger allowed just four hits over six innings and settled down after Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR’) and Salvador Perez in the top of the first.— JaCoby Jones crushed a two-run homer in the ninth inning to power the Tigers past the Reds, 6-4. Austin Romine and Miguel Cabrera homered to put the Tigers ahead, 4-3 in the seventh, but Cincinnati tied it on Curt Casali’s solo blast in the bottom of the inning. Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) and Freddy Galvis (GAL’-vees) also went deep for the Reds.MLB-NEWS A person with knowledge of the details says the team is finishing a deal to make Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) their coach. ESPN first reported that the Knicks and Thibodeau were completing a five-year contract. Thibodeau was the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year in Chicago and is a former Knicks assistant under Jeff Van Gundy.Mike Miller finished the season as interim coach after David Fizdale was fired 22 games into last season. In other NBA news:— Bucks reserve guard Pat Connaughton flew to Florida on Saturday after a positive coronavirus test had kept him from joining his teammates at Walt Disney World two weeks earlier. Connaughton and starting point guard Eric Bledsoe hadn’t been part of the Bucks’ original traveling party to Disney World because both had tested positive, though both players have said they were asymptomatic. — Zion Williamson will be out of quarantine by the time New Orleans plays in the first official game of the NBA restart at Walt Disney World. Whether the Pelicans will play him that night or not remains anyone’s guess. The NBA said Saturday that Williamson will have to serve a four-day quarantine for leaving the league’s Disney bubble on July 16 to tend to an urgent family matter. He returned to Disney last night and immediately went into quarantine. NHL-NEWSCrawford to Hawks after battling COVID-19UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has revealed that he missed the start of training camp following a positive test for COVID-19. He said he was in quarantine at his place in Chicago.The 35-year-old Crawford skated with the team on Saturday and faced shots from teammates. Associated Press Paratore was trying to become the first player to win a European Tour event without a bogey since Jesper Parnevik (YEHS’-pur PAR’-nek-vihk) in the 1995 Scandinavian Masters. Paratore finished on 18 under overall, three strokes ahead of Rasmus Højgaard.last_img read more

Football: O-line ready for Alabama no matter who plays on right side

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team released its depth chart Monday in anticipation of its prime-time matchup against No. 3 Alabama Saturday. While Walker Williams and Hayden Biegel are listed as starters on the right side of the offensive line, Joe Rudolph, University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, said that isn’t set in stone.Rudolph said Micah Kapoi, who practiced with the first team the past two weeks of training camp, could still rotate in and Rudolph expects him to play at some point Saturday.If Kapoi does enter the game, it’s likely he’d take some snaps for Williams at right guard. It’s hard to envision Kapoi playing at right tackle and taking Biegel’s place since he hasn’t played the tackle position in college.Kapoi said although he would’ve liked to see his name as a starter, he sees it as a chance to prove himself.“Now I just need to lock everything in,” Kapoi said. “I’ve got the basics down. Now I just gotta get in the film room, that’s the biggest thing.”Kapoi is also listed as the backup center, a position he feels comfortable playing, he said.Biegel, Williams Return to PracticeBiegel had been sidelined for more than two weeks with a concussion. He’s battled concussions his entire playing career, he said.Williams, meanwhile, only had mild concussion-like symptoms and was out just a week. After Biegel and fellow right tackle Beau Benzschawel went down, Williams moved to tackle, but is now back at guard, which he prefers.“I’m feeling real comfortable at right guard, even though I can play tackle,” Williams said. “I think I might’ve found a home settling in at guard.”With their health back, Biegel and Williams have quite the challenge in front of them, when they’ll both be making their first career college starts.Alabama’s defensive line boasts three all-SEC defensive ends, A’Shawn Robinson (first-team), Jonathan Allen (second-team) and Jarran Reed (third-team).“I think it’s pretty big time if your first start is against Alabama and one of the best d-lines in the country,” Williams said. “It’s a great opportunity to see really how good we are.”One of the main challenges with that is the lack of time the right side has spent playing together. Tuesday was the first practice that Biegel and Williams had pads on together.  Communication between the two was a point of emphasis for the pair during practice this week, they said. The challenge of playing together for the first time is exacerbated by the formidable Alabama defensive line.Regardless, Biegel said that despite the limited number of snaps with Williams to his inside, he feels comfortable with him there.“You always wish you could have more snaps with somebody,” Biegel said. “That’s just what it is. I’m comfortable right now working with Walker.”Williams said right now he and Biegel are erring on the side of more communication and still getting a feel for one another.“It’s one of those things where you don’t know exactly what they know, or you don’t know what they see,” Williams said.last_img read more

Former Trojan football players make NFL impact

first_imgFormer USC quarterback Sam Darnold steps back in the pocket to throw a pass at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)USC continued its annual tradition of sending multiple players to the NFL, with four Trojans selected in the 2018 Draft and others signed to teams as undrafted free agents. With this year’s four draft picks, the Trojans have had 504 players drafted into the league, the most of any school in the country. Here’s a look at this year’s Trojan draft class and the undrafted free agents with a chance to make an impact on NFL rosters this season.QB Sam DarnoldRound 1, Pick 3 Overall New York JetsThe Rose Bowl winning signal caller will begin his NFL career in the Big Apple, looking to turn around a Jets team that went a 10-22 over the last two years. Though he was picked to be their quarterback of the future, he’ll have to fight for the opportunity to start Week 1 of the season, as he’ll compete with veteran quarterbacks Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for that chance. Darnold has performed fairly well so far through two preseason games, going 21-of-29 passing for 158 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Although Bridgewater and McCown have played well to this point, reports suggest that the team might be leaning toward letting the former Trojan start under center Week 1.RB Ronald Jones IIRound 2, Pick 38 OverallTampa Bay Buccaneers Jones was the fourth running back selected in this years draft, going to a Bucs team desperately in need of playmaking from the tailback position. So far, Jones has ceded the starting role to Payton Barber, but has shared some of the first team work with him. Jones has struggled thus far in the offseason, with reports of trouble in pass protection and ball security, as well as subpar performances in the two preseason games to date. Jones is still a uniquely talented player, and the Buccaneers use of a second round pick on him shows the faith they have in him to be a dynamic part of their offense. If he can flip the switch soon, he has the opportunity to have a big year down in Tampa.OLB Uchenna Nwosu Round 2, Pick 48 Overall Los Angeles ChargersThe edge rusher had a huge season for the Trojans last year, serving as a terror to opposing quarterbacks with 9.5 sacks and 14 pass breakups. His production earned him a high draft spot from the Chargers, with whom he’ll be able to play in his home city of Carson, Calif. The Chargers add Nwosu to a front seven already featuring Pro-Bowlers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, a fact that should open up plenty of opportunities for the ex-Trojan as a pass-rusher. He’s impressed so far through the offseason, drawing rave reviews from coaches and teammates, and has done well in the preseason, securing a sack in his first game and adding a number of quarterback pressures in both his performances.DE Rasheem GreenRound 3, Pick 79 Overall Seattle SeahawksSomewhat an enigma of a prospect, projected everywhere from the first to the fourth round during the pre-draft process, Rasheem Green has probably gotten off to the hottest start of all the Trojans entering the league this year. Through two preseason contests, Green has racked up an  impressive three sacks, 13 tackles and seven quarterback hits. The Seahawks are in desperate need of players to step up on the defensive line after the departures of Pro-Bowlers Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson and Cliff Avril this year. If Green continues to maintain his stellar level of play through the season, he’ll make a huge difference for a reloading Seahawks defense.WR Deontay BurnettUndrafted Free Agent Tennessee TitansOne of the bigger surprises of this year’s draft for the Trojans was Burnett going undrafted after a year, where he led the Trojans in receiving, posting an impressive statline of 1,114 yards and 9 touchdowns. He seems to have been a steal so far for the Titans, who lack strong options at the wide receiver position. Burnett has performed remarkably well so far for the Titans in training camp, developing a strong chemistry with quarterback Marcus Mariota as well as showcasing great route running and hands. He’s been nagged by some injuries in the preseason so far, but managed to make some nice plays in the last game. Look for him to potentially become an important part of Tennessee’s passing attack.WR Steven MitchellUndrafted Free Agent Los Angeles RamsMitchell went undrafted after another unspectacular but solid season at USC, finding an opportunity to play in the Coliseum once more as an undrafted free agent for the Rams. He’s impressed his coaches so far, and has made some nice plays throughout training camp and the preseason. On a team lacking any real wide receiver depth, Mitchell has a chance to make the roster or practice squad this year. He’ll be fighting to get a spot on the team’s final 53-man roster over the next few weeks.last_img read more