WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball: World Series, South Korea vs. Japan, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Nevada vs. Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Jets coach Rex Ryan had his team employ a variety of blitzes against the Bengals backups after Cincy starting quarterback Andy Dalton lit up New York’s struggling secondary, going 8-for-8 for 144 yards and a touchdown, with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
“Notice he didn’t bring that stuff when our starters were out there,” Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander said (via Cincinnati.com). “We’d have scored quicker. If he wants to put his starting defense out there and blitz all that garbage against our third-stringers, if he feels good about it, then all the power to him.”
Said Bengals backup quarterback Jason Campbell (who was inactive, leaving third-stringer QB Matt Scott to deal with the blitzing): “Some of it was a little extreme. I remember back in the day, preseason games you didn’t see any blitzes. Everyone was so vanilla all the way to the regular season. Now it’s a different day and age and teams really just throw it all out there.”
Kluwe will not receive any money, but the Vikings will donate to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years.
“This will help a lot of people that really do need that help,” Kluwe said at a press conference, adding that team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf “want to make this a reality where there is no discrimination in sports, there is no homophobia.”
The team also will require all employees to undergo sensitivity training four teams per year. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer already was ordered to attend training and serve a three-game suspension for insensitive comments he made to Kluwe.
“In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff,” Zygi Wilf said in a statement.
– A decade after then-Canucks player Todd Bertuzzi attacked Avalanche rookie Steve Moore from behind and caused him to hit his face on the ice and suffer a concussion and fractured vertebrae, the two sides reached a settlement regarding Moore’s lawsuit. A trial had been set for Sept. 8 in the multimillion-dollar case.
Bertuzzi’s lawyer confirmed the settlement but said the terms are confidential.
Moore, who played at Harvard, alleged that the Canucks had put a bounty on him as revenge for his hit that injured Canucks captain Markus Naslund in a game the previous month. Moore never fully recovered from his injuries and did not play again. He said earlier this year he still has headaches and low energy.
Bertuzzi, who played for the Red Wings last season, was suspended for the rest of the 2003-04 regular season and playoffs after the March 8 incident. He also served one year of probation and 80 hours of community service after pleading guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 20, 1967, in one of the more memorable days during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Angels, winning Game 2 by a 9-8 score after trailing 8-0. Which clutch-hitting Red Sox infielder hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve been asked this question a few times: What’s more challenging, this or last October? It’s always now. This is always more challenging because it’s the one that’s here and now. We felt we had a good offensive team, so that was challenging and frustrating at the same time. You’re looking for ways to try to figure it out and what you can do differently. We’re all wired differently to think, ‘What could I do differently?’ ” – Red Sox manager John Farrell, on the struggles of this year’s team
STAT OF THE DAY: 4 1/2 – Hours of rain delays during Tuesday night’s Giants-Cubs game, which finally was called at 1:16 a.m. after 4 1/2 innings, with the Cubs taking a 2-0 victory — following some struggles from the Wrigley Field grounds crew
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun leaps over the bullpen wall to take a home run away from Red Sox batter Brock Holt.
Giancarlo Stanton wins the game for the Marlins with an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Rangers.
The Cardinals walk off against the Reds when John Jay is hit by a J.J. Hoover pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Announcer Bob Costas gets a second first pitch after he throws wide and Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski can’t haul it in.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Jerry Adair
SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Isaac Hayes was born on this day in 1942.
One of the nation’s top recruits, Mixon is accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch and breaking several bones in her face last month.
“That’s not something I’m going to delve into right now, because it leads to further questions in that regard, and I’m going to talk about the guys that are eligible to play right now,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday.
The university said in a release Monday that Mixon may continue as a student and may be eligible for financial aid.
“As the university has demonstrated in the past, we are committed to winning the right way,” the school said in the release. “As an example to others, OU sets the highest possible standards for its student athletes, coaches and staff.”
The potential loss of Miller would be a crushing one for the No. 5 Buckeyes. The senior is a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and was considered a top candidate for the Heisman Trophy this season.
Miller missed spring practice after receiving “minor, outpatient surgery” on his throwing shoulder. He had been held out of a scrimmage and a few practices through August training camp due to some soreness in the shoulder, but said he felt healthy.
If Miller can’t go, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett would likely get the start in the season opener Aug. 30 against Navy.
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network) Little League Baseball: World Series, Canada vs. Tennessee, noon (ESPN) Little League Baseball: World Series, Mexico vs. Venezuela, 3 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball: World Series, Texas vs. Illinois, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal at Besiktas, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Supercopa de Espana, Atletico Madrid at Real Madrid, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
– Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel lived up to his billing in Monday night’s game against Washington, drawing attention for both his play and his behavior — and neither was positive.
On a second-and-7 play late in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 24-23 loss, Manziel rolled out near the Washington sideline and threw an incompletion. As he headed back toward his huddle, he stuck out his middle finger over his right shoulder.
“I get words exchanged throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week, and I should’ve been smarter,” Manziel said. “It was a ‘Monday Night Football‘ game and cameras were probably solid on me, and I just need to be smarter about that. … It’s there, and it’s present every game, and I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play.”
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It wasn’t clear what the Washington players said to Manziel to irritate him, although earlier in the game Washington linebacker Brian Orapko twice celebrated plays by doing the money gesture that Manziel is known for.
Manziel was not penalized, but he’s likely to face a fine from the league.
“It did not sit well,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “I was informed of it after the game and it’s disappointing. Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused — that you have to be able to maintain your poise.”
Added Pettine: “That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure. So that’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”
Manziel went on to throw a touchdown pass on the drive, but he finished the night just 7-of-16 for 65 yards. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer also struggled, going 2-for-6 for 16 yards.
Ballmer high-fived and chest-bumped fans as he walked to the stage at Staples Center to join coach Doc Rivers and players Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, among others, and he threw his hands in the air to fire up the crowd before taking the microphone.
“We’re looking forward,” he said. “Everything is about looking forward.”
Ballmer spent a record $2 billion to buy the team previously owned by Donald Sterling, who was banned by the league after being taped making racist comments.
“We’re going to be bold. Bold means taking chances,” Ballmer said. “We’re going to be optimistic. We’re going to be hard-core. Nothing gets in our way, boom! The hard-core Clippers, that’s us.”
Said Griffin afterward: “When he came through the crowd, I literally had goose bumps. I don’t know if there’s one good word to describe him. I know all our guys are excited about the energy he brings. It’s completely different.”
Added Rivers: “I love energy. You get caught up in that and that’s good. That was great for our fans.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 19, 1921, which baseball legend recorded his 3,000th hit against the Red Sox?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I was just disappointed in myself, not necessarily about the move, because if you play better, then they won’t send you down. It’s one of those things where, you get the news and you just move on.” – Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., on being sent to the minors Monday
Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans manager Joe Mikulik puts on a show after being ejected from Sunday’s game against the Salem (Va.) Red Sox, sliding into home and then removing his jersey and cleats and neatly leaving them on the plate.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy visit Jimmy Fallon to play a game in which they chip golf balls at glass pictures of themselves.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb, who would finish his career with 4,189 hits
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan was born on this day in 1945.