Tiger Woods

first_imgIt is hard to pick up a newspaper or magazine without seeing some article debating when or if Tiger Woods will ever get back to playing competitive golf.  I am sure there are several factors that have lead to some of his demise.First of all, like many star athletes, his faithfulness to his spouse wavered.  Some of these athletes never seem to be satisfied with one partner.  He obviously does not need the money although his earnings have certainly taken a nose dive.  Another obvious problem is his myriad of injuries which many experts believe were the result of over-training his muscles which he believed he needed in order to maintain his number 1 spot.The one thing that will bring him back is his ego.  He still believes that he can come back on the course and pick up where he left off.  I would imagine that one more failed attempt might bring that ego down to earth by a step or two.  Time will tell.last_img read more

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MBB : Hard to handle: Orange faces tough matchup against West Virginia’s Jones

first_imgOne after another, Syracuse is handed the challenge of defending some of the Big East’s best big men. Following a brutal road trip that saw back-to-back games against Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley and Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates, the return to the Carrier Dome doesn’t provide much relief.Enter Kevin Jones.‘He’s probably having as good a year or better than anybody in the league this year,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Thursday.And on the heels of a 26-point, 14-rebound effort — albeit it in a losing one against St. John’s earlier in the week — Jones leads a young West Virginia (15-6, 5-3 Big East) team into Syracuse for a 1 p.m. date with the No. 3 Orange (21-1, 8-1 Big East) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. But while Cooley destroyed SU almost single-handedly in South Bend, Ind., power forward Rakeem Christmas upped his game significantly to play brilliantly against UC’s Yancy Gates.Syracuse could be without starting center Fab Melo again Saturday, who remains sidelined with an unresolved academic issue. That means Christmas and fellow low-post player Baye Keita must be strong against arguably the conference’s best big man.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPer Scoop Jardine’s postgame admission, Cooley manhandled every player on the Orange with a superior effort. Jardine said the 6-foot-9, 248-pound Cooley simply wanted it more.Seventeen points, 10 rebounds and an upset of then-No. 1 Syracuse backed that up.‘More heart,’ Jardine said. ‘We’ve got to play with heart like we did in the last three minutes of Saturday’s game (against Notre Dame), when we were trying to come back and win. We would have won that game by 20. Tonight we played with heart, and we got a big win (against Cincinnati).’The progression from Cooley to Gates, though, should help prepare the Orange for Jones on Saturday. While Cooley is all about scrappy play and tenacity underneath the basket, Gates had a more polished offensive game with an ability to step out and make a 15-foot jump shot.The Mountaineers’ Jones has perhaps the best all-around offensive repertoire, including the ability to step out to the 3-point line and knock down a long-range jumper.He’s shooting just under 30 percent on the season from beyond the arc, and he’s made at least two 3s in eight games this year. Jardine, SU’s starting point guard, has just five games with two or more 3s.‘I don’t know how much he’s substantially gotten better at anything. I think he’s gotten better at everything,’ West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said in the teleconference Thursday. ‘I think the main thing is he’s just playing with so much confidence. … I think he’s so much more comfortable being the leader of a young basketball team.’In a game against Connecticut earlier this year, Jones, who leads the Big East in scoring (20.9 points per game) and rebounding (11.6 rebounds per game), made three 3s in the opening half to give the Mountaineers a 33-28 lead. He exploited the matchup against UConn center Andre Drummond, who struggled playing defense so far away from the basket.Against SU’s 2-3 zone, Jones possesses the ability to shoot over Jardine and Brandon Triche out on top courtesy of his 6-foot-8-inch frame. But as Boeheim pointed out after the rebound win against Cincinnati, the adjustments his team made defensively slowed down the Bearcats shooters.And Joseph said a team can’t consistently knock down deep 3s for a full game.‘They were shooting deep, and those shots aren’t going to go in the whole game,’ Joseph said of UC’s start to the game Monday. ‘They had great rhythm, they were excited, they were pumped up. We knew they weren’t going to keep hitting those types of shots.’The missed shots by the Cincinnati guards were compounded by the best defensive game of Rakeem Christmas’ career for the Orange. Though Gates finished with a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds, Christmas was exponentially tougher and stronger than he was against Cooley.He drew praise from Boeheim, a slew of his teammates and assistant coach Gerry McNamara.Without Melo, the strength inside for Syracuse instantly became a question mark. The slender Keita proved he was unable to stop a stronger opponent inside, meaning the onus was dumped on Christmas.The same could be true Saturday against Jones. But if Christmas plays like he did Monday night, the Orange should be all right.Said Triche: ‘He should have a chip on his shoulder every game.’mjcohe02@syr.edu Published on January 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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USC routs Oregon for third consecutive Pac-12 victory

first_imgThe women’s soccer team defeated Oregon 4-0 on the road on Saturday.The team improved to 5-1 in conference play after dismantling the Ducks. The Women of Troy posted their sixth shutout of the season while scoring a season-high four goals.Jamie Fink opened the scoring in the 12th minute, giving the Women of Troy an early lead and setting the tone for the match. The veteran forward found the back of the net for the fourth time this season.Nicole Molen doubled the lead with just minutes remaining in the first half. Scoring on the stroke of halftime can give a team a tremendous boost, which was certainly the case for USC on Saturday.Molen finished off a corner kick for her second goal of the campaign. Her first goal of the season, which she scored against Oregon State, also came from a corner.Molen once again proved what an asset she is on set pieces, as she has a knack for finding pockets of space inside the box.The most dangerous lead in soccer is said to be 2-0, but USC was not about to let this game slip through their hands. The Women of Troy matched their solid first half with an equally impressive performance after the break.The scoreboard stayed at 2-0 for quite some time in the second half, but with 14 minutes remaining Kayla Mills put the game to bed.After scoring off of a set piece in the first half, USC took advantage of another dead ball situation late in the second half. Mills curled a free kick around the wall and past Ducks goalkeeper Lauren Holden.Amanda Rooney added a fourth and final goal with just two minutes remaining, capping off a tremendous road win for USC.Morgan Andrews was a major asset in the middle for the Women of Troy, logging six shots and two assists on the day. Her chemistry with Nicole Molen and Mandy Freeman continues to grow in what has become a dynamic midfield trio.The Women of Troy have just four losses on the season but cannot crack the NSCAA top-25 rankings at the moment. USC’s strength of schedule, however, is off the charts.In fact, the team’s only losses have come in contests against elite opponents Florida State, Duke, North Carolina and Washington.These four losses must be put into context. The Seminoles are the reigning national champs. UNC is the No. 7 team in the country right now and is the most successful women’s soccer program in history. Duke has fallen out of the top-25 but plays in the grueling ACC along with FSU and UNC.Washington is currently ranked the No. 18 team in the land and figures to make a major postseason push.The Women of Troy lost all of those games by just one goal, and the team was on the road for those four matches. This USC team has challenged the best of the best and has looked like a legitimate national title contender in the process.The team now prepares for upcoming home games against Pac-12 South opponents Utah and Colorado.USC is riding a wave of momentum as it enters the business end of the season, with Stanford, Cal and UCLA also on the horizon.last_img read more

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3 things Dino Babers said on the Week 6 ACC teleconference

first_imgSyracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to take on Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) at 7 p.m. at BB&T Field. The Orange is coming off a 50-33 loss against Notre Dame. Meanwhile, after only winning three games in each of the last two years, the Demon Deacons won their first four games this season before losing to North Carolina State last weekend.Here’s what SU head coach Dino Babers had to say on the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.Syracuse is right where it was expected to beSU has seen some highs, like an offense that’s in the top 25 in yards per game, and some lows, like a defense that’s allowing over 500 yards per game. Through it all, sitting at 2-3, Babers admitted that this is what was expected of his team.“Obviously the numbers don’t look good, but when you look at our opponents, the people we’ve played … I think our record is kind of what a lot of people thought our record would be,” Babers said. “We thought we’d be a little bit better than that, but I think we’re right on pace, we have to keep doing what we’re doing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers later went on to refute a claim that his team might be ahead of schedule despite the high numbers the offense has put up.Multiple plans in place to deal with weather conditionsHurricane Matthew, which had a devastating effect on Haiti, is expected to have a significant impact along the southeastern coast of the United States from Thursday, possibly into Sunday, according to The Weather Channel. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have all declared a state of emergency. Forsyth County, which is where Winston-Salem is located, was one of the counties listed as one of the emergency areas.From a football perspective, Babers said that he has to come prepared with two different game plans going in, depending on the conditions.“You’ve gotta prepare for both situations if you’re really gonna give your team a chance,” Babers said. “You’ve got to do the wet ball drills, you’ve gotta prepare for wind, you’ve gotta maybe know if you can get the snap from shotgun or whether you need to go underneath the center.”No timetable for defensive improvementsIn the past, Babers has stressed that he thinks the SU offense running this new system will reach its full potential by the middle of his second year. But with the injuries and inexperience of his defense, he said it’s hard to put a timetable on when that unit will turnaround.“We’re so young. When you’ve got 18-year-old defensive linemen rushing against … guys from Notre Dame that are 6-foot-7, 300-something pounds and about to be drafted in the first three rounds, it’s hard,” Babers said. “It’s going to be hard to estimate exactly when this is going to turn around, especially with all the injuries on the back end.”Babers added that would he look for in a defense is whether or not it could get three-and-outs, whether or not it could create turnovers and points, and whether or not it could be stout in the red zone. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

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For Olson, snap was much more than a play

first_imgDaniel Zhu | Daily TrojanWith under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, there wasn’t much left to see for the fans at the Coliseum who sweated through the entirety of USC’s win over Western Michigan on Saturday.Junior safety Marvell Tell III had just scored USC’s seventh touchdown of the game on a pick-six to put the Trojans ahead of Western Michigan 48-31, and fans started heading for the exits.But before freshman placekicker Chase McGrath kicked the final extra point, head coach Clay Helton curiously called a timeout. Then, he yelled at redshirt sophomore long snapper Jake Olson.“Are you ready?” Helton asked. “Let’s get this done.”Fans who wanted to beat the traffic stayed in their seats. Media members who just wanted the game to end perked both ears up. The announcers on the Pac-12 Network started giving background on Olson. His name was introduced over the public-address system to the roar of the crowd. Slowly, the realization of what was about to happen drifted through the Coliseum: A blind man was about to participate in a real, live college football game.Olson took a few practice snaps with redshirt junior placeholder Wyatt Schmidt, and then he was out there. On the field. In a game. Next thing he knew, he was lined up, the whistle had blown and it was “go time.” He didn’t even have time to be nervous.“Wyatt told me to put my hands on the ball and called the cadence right away,” Olson said. “There wasn’t much time to think about anything.”Of course, the snap was perfect. Of course, the kick was good. And in the ensuing hours and days, Olson’s moment of a lifetime has gone viral, making the rounds on social media and earning him airtime on ESPN and an interview with The New York Times.“What a pressure player,” Helton said. “Was that not a perfect snap? I’m very proud of him. He’s put a ton of work in.”To fully understand the gravity of that snap, you need to know what Olson went through to get to that moment. How he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma — a cancer of the retina — at birth, causing him to lose his left eye at 10 months. How the cancer came back eight separate times despite rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and other treatment. How, at age 12, his right eye was removed to prevent the cancer from spreading to the brain, rendering him completely blind.But the die-hard USC fan from Huntington Beach was determined to not just live while blind, but also accomplish his dream: wear the Cardinal and Gold on Saturdays. So he learned how to long-snap, perfecting the position over a summer in high school.“When I first started I couldn’t snap the ball,” Olson told the Daily Trojan in 2015. “I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. It took two or three months of really practicing hard to start seeing some progress.”Remarkably, he progressed enough to earn the starting long snapper position at Orange Lutheran, a football powerhouse in Orange County. And soon, he not only found himself at USC through a scholarship with Swim With Mike, an organization that helps physically challenged athletes attend college, but he also made the football team.He redshirted his first season, spending time on the practice field working on his snaps. And in one practice in fall of 2015, then-head coach Steve Sarkisian told Olson to jump in and snap the ball in a live field goal drill for the first time.“I felt ready,” Olson said. “It was something I did thousands of times. It was not letting the situation get in your head … Just do the same thing you always do.”Perhaps as a precursor to his first snap in a live game, that attempt was also perfect — as if there was ever any doubt. On Saturday, his family was in attendance, and they were probably more nervous than he was.“I didn’t want them to put him in when the game was so close because I didn’t want that pressure for him, even though I’m sure he would’ve done fine,” said Jake’s mother, Cindy, standing outside the USC locker room following the game.She was quick to add that she was speaking for herself and not her son, who does not lack any confidence. A few weeks ago, Olson was with his family in Atlanta across from the College Football Hall of Fame and the city where the National Championship Game will be played next January, for a speaking engagement, and officials offered to give him a tour. But Olson declined.“I’m coming back in January with my team,” Olson said, according to his mother. “That’s when we’re going to do it.”But Olson also has a sense of humility and appreciation for the opportunities he’s received. It took a concerted effort to set up Saturday’s moment, with Helton reaching out to Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester before the game, offering to not rush the Broncos’ first extra point attempt if Lester would tell his players to back off during Olson’s snap. Lester agreed.“I told my guys, ‘This opportunity for Jake is bigger than the game, you know?’” Lester told USA TODAY.Indeed, the moment was bigger than sports. On the scoreboard, it was merely a point — but for Olson, it was a dream come true. On Saturday, he showed that blindness can’t stop him from doing what he loves. From celebrating with his teammates on the field to being interviewed in the press conference room, Olson was treated to the full college football experience — not just as a 12-year-old when he spent a day with former head coach Pete Carroll and the football team before his surgery, but as an actual player on the official USC roster.  “This has come full circle because he got up there being on the team and actually contributing to his team,” Cindy Olson said.We probably haven’t seen the last of Olson yet, as Helton said he would try to work him into more games. Regardless, Olson has already done without eyesight what most of others haven’t done with vision.And on Saturday, instead of reporters peppering redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold with questions in the postgame press conference room, it was Olson who answered question after question — on getting the opportunity to play, on the emotions of walking on the field, on what surprised him and on his life coming full-circle. One-by-one, he gave thought-out, elaborate answers, but it was his last answer — the one in response to coming full-circle — that drew nods from Helton and junior running back Ronald Jones II and sucked the air out of the packed room.  “I just think there’s a beauty in it,” he said. “If you can’t see how God works things out, then I think you’re the blind one.”last_img read more

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Marte’s homer gives Marlins 3-2 win over Blue Jays

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 07:16 IST Marte’s Homer Gives Marlins 3-2 Win Over Blue Jays Starling Marte celebrated his Miami debut with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, helping the Marlins top the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night First Published: 2nd September, 2020 07:16 IST Written By LIVE TVcenter_img Starling Marte celebrated his Miami debut with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, helping the Marlins top the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night.Marte, who was acquired in a trade with Arizona on Monday, drove a 1-0 pitch from Shun Yamaguchi (1-3) deep to left-center for his third homer. He also reached on an error in the sixth and scored from first on Garrett Cooper’s double.James Hoyt (1-0) got the final two outs in the eighth for the win, and Brandon Kinzler pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.Jon Berti homered for Miami, which had dropped its last eight home games.Image credits: AP COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News last_img read more

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DCMS calls for further review into loot boxes

first_img Submit The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to launch a call for evidence into loot boxes, which could see the video games feature reclassified as a gambling product. Loot boxes have been a topic of controversy in recent years, with concerns raised over whether they encourage children and younger audiences to gamble. Loot boxes are items embedded within games, containing randomised rewards which are uncertain at the point of purchase. These can be cosmetic, such as ‘skins’ that change the appearance of an in-game character, or provide users with an advantage in gameplay.This video game feature is currently not covered by the UK’s existing gambling legislation due to the lack of monetary value associated with the items ‘won’ – as the topic of loot boxes blurs dynamics between competitive gaming and gambling.  “They are a virtually speculative commodity that only help to normalise and encourage young people to take a chance,” said the Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who chairs a cross-party group of MPs investigating gambling-related harm.“All too often this will lead to youngsters developing an addiction to gambling.”In September 2019, DCMS called for further restrictions to be placed on the sale of loot boxes to those under 18. Carrying out a report on ‘addictive and immersive technologies’, the DCMS argued that online games should receive the same levels of age restriction as physical sales of gambling products to best protect its users, and that the gaming industry should contribute financially towards independent research into the long-term effects of gaming.Meanwhile the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) had previously urged the Conservative Government to introduce legislation which would classify loot boxes and skin betting as legally-recognised forms of gambling. Related Articles Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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Black Maidens will make a second impact at the World Cup: Jane Ayieyam

first_imgBlack Maidens striker Jane Ayieyam is confident Ghana can make it to next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.The Black Maidens will lock horns against Equatorial Guinea in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Saturday, 2nd of November at the Accra sports Stadium.Ayieyam, who was the top scorer for the Black Maidens with four goals at the Under.17 tournament in Azerbaijan last year, says she is poised to help Ghana seal another qualification and win another medal.“We believe we can beat them because we have gone through series of tactical game plans and are ready for the game,”Ayieyam said on Asempa FM Sports.“They (Equatorial Guinea) are a very good side but we are better than them. We will go all out and win this game.  Ghanaian’s should expect more from me because I will surely score at least two goals on Saturday.” Meanwhile assistant coach of  the Ghana Black Maidens Ben Fokuo  has added that there is no pressure on the girls to beat Equatorial Guinea on Saturday. “There is no pressure on us. We know expectations are high because of the good performance we showed in the last world cup but we hope to go one step further this time,” the assistant coach said.“We have bulk of the players who featured in Azerbaijan so there wouldn’t be any  problem with teamwork and understanding. Ghana will surely win.”The Black Maidens advanced to the final round of this  stage without kicking a ball following the withdrawal of Congo Brazzaville.last_img read more

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Ghanaians Abroad: Badu, Adomah (twice), Dodoo score in Cup games

first_imgThree Ghanaians were on the scoresheet on Tuesday as cup and league matches were played in England and Italy respectively.The pick of the goal scorers was youngster Joe Dodoo who scored on his home debut for Leicester at the King Power Stadium against high flying West Ham United.The forward opened the scoring in the sixth minute to score his fourth in the competition. Incidentally, it was his fourth shot taken in the Capital One Cup, too!He calmly slotted the ball into the net from 10 yards as he profited from a flick on from Leandro Ulloa.The goal followed the impressive hat-trick he bagged against Bury in the second round.  The game ended 2-1 in favour of Leicester after extra time to see them progress to the fourth round.Fellow Ghanaian Jeffrey Schlupp also made an appearance in the game at the King Power Stadium all be it as a substitute. Elsewhere, Christian Atsu made his second start Bournemouth and lasted for 80 minutes as the Cherries scrapped a 3-2 penalty win over Preston North End while striker Jordan Ayew was a half time substitute in Aston Villa’s 1-0 derby victory Birmingham.At the Riverside, Albert Adomah bagged a brace for Middlesbrough as they trounced Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0.The winger who turned in a transfer request earlier in the summer after a fallout with coach Aitor Karanka opened the scoring after applying the finish to Carlos De Pena’s cross.Adomah wrapped up proceedings with his personal second and Boro’s third after some delectable play from Carlos De Pena yet again. In Italy, there were no Cup games.The Serie A saw Emmanuel Agyeman Badu strike, but his Udinese team failed to mount a comeback, falling 3-2 to giants A.C Milan.The energetic midfielder fired a loose ball in the box beyond Diego Lopez’s reach to pull a goal back for Udinese who were trailing 3-0.Duvan Zapata fetched a second but that was not enough to earn Udinese a share of the spoils. The Capital One Cup games are live on SuperSport, your world of champions. Catch the entire 2014/15 season’s games live.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Angels Offseason Options: Gio Gonzalez

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Why he makes sense: By now you’ve probably picked up on the theme of durability, which was also one of the traits shown by Julio Teheran and CC Sabathia. Gonzalez fits between those two in terms of age. He’s also a free agent, so he won’t cost any talent, as Teheran would. The most attractive element of Gonzalez’s resume is he’s been a workhorse. He has averaged 31 starts and 187 innings over the last nine years. They’ve been mostly quality innings, too. As recently as 2017, he posted a 2.96 ERA in 201 innings. His career ERA is 3.69. By contrast, Patrick Corbin’s is 3.91. But Gonzalez is older, and coming off a down year, so he is going to cost a fraction of what it takes to get Corbin. A deal with Gonzalez would perhaps leave enough room for adding a second starting pitcher. A Gonzalez deal could be something like two years, at $10 million per year. Gonzalez certainly isn’t an ace, but he is a major league caliber pitcher who takes the ball every turn, which could help the Angels avoid some of the issues they’ve had scraping the Triple-A barrel to find starters.Why he doesn’t: Although he hasn’t had many below-average years in his career, two of them have come in the last three years, so that’s a red flag. Also, his strikeout-to-walk ratio this season was another career-worst, perhaps another reason for caution.Previous players: C J.T. Realmuto, RHP Nate Eovaldi, RHP Sonny Gray, LHP Patrick Corbin, LHP CC Sabathia, UT Daniel Descalso, RHP Julio Teheran.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros (This is the latest in a series of quick profiles on players who fit for the Angels to add over the winter. They are purely “informed speculation,” based on what we know about the Angels’ roster needs along with General Manager Billy Eppler’s preferences and history. We’ll have a new one every weekday, until the GM Meetings, which are the unofficial start of the hot stove season.)GIO GONZALEZ, LHP, Milwaukee BrewersThe basics: Gonzalez has been one of baseball’s most consistent, if not spectacular, performers during an 11-year career that has included two All-Star appearances and two top-six Cy Young finishes. He will pitch next season at age 33.2018 season: Gonzalez had a 4.21 ERA, mostly with the Washington Nationals before finishing with the Brewers. He made his customary 32 starts, the eighth time he’d hit 30. It was just his second time in nine seasons his ERA had been over 4.00, although the previous time was in 2016.Contract status: Gonzalez is a free agent, coming off a seven-year, $65.5 million deal. He made $12 million in 2018.last_img read more

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