Kyle Ringo

  • Xavier coach Chris Mack takes shot at Albert Pujols during Home Run Derby

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 17 days ago

    Xavier basketball coach Chris Mack is a fun follow on Twitter and generally seems to be a guy who doesn't take himself too seriously. 

    But he might have gone a bit too far Monday night while tweeting during the Home Run Derby at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Mack took a shot at Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols suggesting he would need steroids to win. He also misspelled Pujols with the insult. 

    Pujhols needs an oxygen tank or 💉💉. I'm sorry, did I tweet that?

    Mack was poking fun a sensitive subject in baseball, but it's just not the kind of comment you expect to see from a major college basketball coach during an event like this. 

    Pujols, who made it to the semifinals but ultimately lost to rookie Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Joc Pederson, was the oldest competitor in the contest at 35. 

    A few fans called Mack out for his poor choice of words and Mack responded. 

    @CoachChrisMack Not much tact for a coach, eh?

     

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  • NBA teams want to know if Harrison twins can live, play without each other

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 mths ago

    Former Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison worked out for the Indiana Pacers this week and said NBA teams have taken particular interest in two issues when evaluating him. 

    First, they want to know how Harrison feels about the prospect of being separated from twin brother, Aaron, this summer when both will either be drafted or signed as free agents, presumably with different teams. The Harrison brothers helped Kentucky reach the Final Four each of the past two seasons but couldn't bring a national title back to Lexington in either year. They decided to turn pro following their sophomore season. 

    "They know we're probably not going to go to the same team and they didn't want that to be a problem," Andrew Harrison told the Indianapoils Star after his workout with the Pacers. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to being an individual and we both can show the world what we can do without each other."

     

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  • Dai-Jon Parker mourned after drowning in Indiana reservoir

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 mths ago

    University of Indianapolis guard Dai-Jon Parker, known for his smile and outgoing personality, drowned Thursday in a boating accident at Morse Reservoir, officials said. 

    The news stunned numerous college and professional players who competed with and against Parker in the past. 

    Parker was a senior on last season's team after transferring from Vanderbilt where he played three years. He grew up in Baton Rouge, La., but played his high school basketball in Milton, Ga., at Milton High School. He was part of a state championship team in 2010. 

    The Indianapolis Star reported Parker and another man were being pulled on an inner-tube behind a pontoon boat when they hit a large wave that knocked them both into the water. Parker never resurfaced according to witnesses, who called 911 for help. He was not wearing a life jacket. 

    Parker was  found at the bottom of an 11-foot deep portion of the lake two hours after he went missing. First responders used sonar technology to help locate him.  

     

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  • Coppin State basketball loses recruits in wake of Baltimore riots

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 2 mths ago

    The unrest that gripped Baltimore last month led several Coppin State basketball recruits to withdraw their commitments to the program. 

    Coppin State coach Michael Grant told the Baltimore Sun that the rioting and violence that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody and later died, scared away two members of his eight-man recruiting class. 

    Grant said he tried to reassure parents that the tensions in the city were a temporary problem and not a regular part of the atmosphere, but he ultimately chose not to push too hard because parents should feel comfortable about the environment to which they are sending their kids. 

    "The parents were very, very concerned," Grant told the Sun. "Some dealt with it pretty well, and a couple of kids we ended up losing because of the activity going on. They said that they didn't want their kids in that type of environment."

     

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  • Polanco's pratfall leads to Cubs' fifth consecutive victory

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 2 mths ago

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    The Chicago Cubs are enjoying a charmed week, or maybe they're just taking advantage of opponents' mistakes and doing what it takes to win. 

    Regardless, they have won five straight, including three times in the final at-bat. Chicago has won on a walk-off walk, a passed ball and an outfielder losing his footing this week.

    That latest unlikely ending came Friday afternoon in the 12th inning when Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco slipped and fell in shallow right field at Wrigley allowing Matt Szczur's flyball to drop for the game-winning hit in a 11-10 victory. 

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    Pittsburgh rallied to score five runs combined in the eighth and ninth innings and forced the game to extra innings. 

    Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle had visited the mount just before the play unfolded and shifted to a five-player infield. The move worked perfectly for the Pirates and frustrated the Cubs. 

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  • Padres grounds crew member goes dancing in the rain

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 2 mths ago

    Rain delays at Padres games in San Diego are few and far between, but the way the grounds crew handled the 1 hour, 56 minute delay Thursday night makes you wish they happened a little more often.

    One member of the crew covering the infield with a tarp began dancing to entertain fans waiting out the delay. He eventually used the tarp as a Slip N Slide to the delight o f many. 

    It was just the fifth rain delay in 12-year-old Petco Park. The Padres also once experienced a delay because of bees. That could have folks doing a decidedly different kind of dancing. Rain is expected again Friday in San Diego for the second game of the four-game set. Perhaps we'll see a second act. 

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  • 2015 MLB All-Star game uniforms and Pillbox caps apparently revealed

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 2 mths ago

    The 2015 MLB All-Star game will be played July 14 in Cincinnati and we now know what the teams will be wearing thanks to Phil Hecken of Uni Watch. 

    New MLB ASG hats have leaked! http://t.co/S9VHwoIL2x (h/t @WallendaNik) pic.twitter.com/olClVyhixJ

    @metspolice @METS_BRO NL jersey front and back pic.twitter.com/iFamLfVeSp

    @metspolice @METS_BRO AL jersey front and back pic.twitter.com/FoHogEgBiS

    We first saw team-specific caps at last year's game in Minneapolis. Those were inspired by the Twins batting helmets of the 1970s. The 'pillbox' caps this year are a throwback to the 19th century. It's a reminder of how long baseball has thrived in Cincinnati.

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  • MLB tells Dodgers it made incorrect call on replay challenge Wednesday

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 2 mths ago

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected from Wednesday's game against Miami when he became frustrated by a replay review that ruled a Howie Kendrick hit to right field was caught by Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. 

    After further review of the play and the incident, MLB called the Dodgers on Thursday to say it had blown the call and Kendrick should have been safe at first to start the fourth inning. While we'll never know how the call ultimately might have changed things in the 5-4 Marlins win, it certainly seems reasonable to consider that it could have made the difference between a win and a loss in a game that was ultimately decided by one run. 

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    We do know this much, if Kendrick was awarded the hit and didn't get himself picked off, he would have scored later in the inning on a triple by Alex Guerrero.

    Mattingly said Dodgers got a call from NY that the replay officials missed last night's call.

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  • Man dressed in ivy watches Cubs and Mets in Wrigley Field

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 2 mths ago

    Baseball needs more fans dressed up in weird costumes celebrating their love for their favorite teams. You just don't see that as much in ballparks in the summer as you do in football stadiums in the fall. 

    A fan in Wrigley Field provided a great example Thursday as the Cubs went for the four-game sweep of the Mets. During a Kris Bryant at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, television cameras followed a foul ball down the third-base line and found Ivy Man sitting in the front row. 

    There's a man sitting down the left field line wearing ivy. Incognito. #Cubs #CubsTalk pic.twitter.com/kpY5gtAotT

    The Cubs went into Thursday's game three games above .500, a mark they never achieved in 2014, and in second place behind St. Louis. Hey, winning is fun and it's likely to lead to more whimsical goings on on the north side.

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  • Cubs beat Mets again when Chris Coghlan draws walk-off walk

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 2 mths ago

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    The Chicago Cubs won for the sixth time this season in the final at-bat on Wednesday and the Mets didn't even make them put the ball in play in scoring the final run.

    Carlos Torres gave up a single to Anthony Rizzo to start the inning and Chicago manager Joe Maddon inserted Matt Szczur to pinch run. Starlin Castor singled to left allowing Szczur to go from first to third with a head-first slide. New York intentionally walked Miguel Montero to load the bases and then brought in Jeurys Familia to pitch.

    Familia got free swinging rookie Jorge Soler to strikeout on balls in the dirt but then couldn't find the strike zone when Chris Coghlan came to the plate. Coghlan drew a walk to force in the winning run, giving the Cubs a 2-1 victory. 

    Chicago has won the first three games in the series and will go for the sweep over New York on Thursday. 

    Chicago starter Jason Hammel provided his third quality start in his past four outings. He went eight innings and struck out six, allowing one earned run. Hammel has a 3.11 ERA. 

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