- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the key relievers of the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants all rested and available for Game 7 of the World Series, it was widely anticipated the bullpens would figure prominently.
And they did. Really prominently.
Game 7 starting pitchers Jeremy Guthrie and Tim Hudson combined to pitch just five innings in the Giants' series-clinching 3-2 victory Wednesday night. The 15 outs tied the mark of fewest outs by Game 7 starters and meant the teams' bullpens –including that guy Madison Bumgarner – had to combine for 13 innings.
Though he got a no-decision, Hudson was the first pitcher to exit. After the Giants' offense gave him a two-run lead in the top of the second, the 39-year-old and oldest pitcher to start a Game 7 of the World Series didn't make it through the bottom half of the frame.
Royals designated hitter Billy Butler led off the inning with a single. Then left fielder Alex Gordon doubled him home. After Gordon, Hudson's next pitch hit Salvador Perez in the knee.Wed, Oct 29San Francisco3 - 2Kansas CityGame Recap
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler has become synonymous with Royals baseball.
The longest-tenured member of the Royals – a man who even has his own brand of barbecue sauce – lunched at Oklahoma Joe's BBQ in a Kansas City suburb for a second-straight day before Wednesday's Game 7 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.
Trust us, there's nothing more Kansas City than eating barbecue before one of the city's biggest moments in the last quarter century.
However, it's hard not to wonder if Butler and the city will be separating after the season. Was his foul pop-up to first baseman Brandon Belt in the ninth inning of the Royals' 3-2 loss to the Giants his last at-bat in a Kansas City uniform?
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Florida State plays Louisville on Thursday night in Louisville, so the Seminoles held their Wednesday walk-through at a public park.
was on a run Wednesday, he was approached by a parks employee who told him that the Seminoles were practicing not far from where he was running. So Himmelsbach went over to watch. After he was told to step back on the sidewalk by a security guard -- yes, in a public park -- he went to take a picture.
Then I took out my phone to take a picture, and two FSU staff members started freaking out.
"Put that away!"
I calmly told them that this was a public park, and that anyone can take pictures at a public park. They told me they had reserved the field. I said that I wasn't trying to use the field they had reserved. I was just taking a picture of it.
Himmelsbach then said FSU staffers noticed people further away taking pictures and they chased over toward them screaming for no pictures.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Julius Whittier, a former Texas player, has filed a $50 million class-action lawsuit against the NCAA on behalf of everyone who he says played NCAA football from 1960-2014, didn't play professionally and has head injuries from his playing career.
The lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in Austin, Tex., says Whittier seeks damages for "a latent brain injury, early onset Alzheimer's disease, caused by repeated traumatic head impacts suffered" by the players.
Whittier played offensive lineman and tight end at Texas from 1969-1972. According to the lawsuit, which you can view in full here thanks to KEYE-TV in Austin, Whittier experienced repeated traumatic head impacts.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Boise State announced Tuesday that it would be providing full cost-of-attendance scholarships to its athletes if and when it is permitted by the NCAA.
The push for full cost-of-attendance scholarships has been part of the move for autonomy in the NCAA by the Power Five conferences. The conferences want greater flexibility to create their own rules within the NCAA when it comes to scholarships and other reforms.
While Boise State isn't a member of a Power Five conference, the school can keep up with any perceived advantages Power Five conference teams could have if they agree to offer full cost-of-attendance scholarships in the near future.
"Boise State is a proven program in the collegiate athletics landscape," Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. "Our intent is to provide the resources available not only for football, but for each of our 20 sports, to not only win conference championships but to compete with any program on a national level."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen would like to offer TCU coach Gary Patterson some friendly advice.
Move quarterback Trevone Boykin back to wide receiver.
After all, Holgorsen said Tuesday, Boykin was the best wide receiver on the field in West Virginia's win over TCU last season.
"Offensively, it starts with Boykin, their quarterback," Holgorsen said. "Probably – well, not probably – he is the most improved player in college football. He is playing well. I thought he was good two years ago. As a true freshman, he came out here and beat us in overtime. Last year, i thought he was the best receiver on the field – possibly the best player on the field. I texted those guys earlier in the week and told them to move him back to receiver because he was so dang good."
Yeah, TCU isn't taking his advice, as Boykin as flourished as a full-time quarterback this season after splitting time last year between both positions.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Texas A&M is wearing uniforms commemorating its 1939 team against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
Yes, that's faux stitching on the helmets to make them look like leather helmets. Pretty cool, isn't it? The Adidas gear is a good look. The uniforms are simple and would look good as a primary uniform. But the helmet is just awesome. It's the best throwback helmet we've seen this year in college football.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Georgia RB Todd Gurley is coming back, but he won't be available for Georgia's game Saturday against Florida.
The NCAA announced Wednesday that Gurley will be eligible to play starting with Georgia's game on Nov. 15 against Auburn. Gurley's suspension will be a total of four games because the NCAA said Gurley accepted more than $3,000 in cash over a two-year span.
He was first suspended before the Bulldogs' win against Missouri on Oct. 11. He must do community service and repay a portion of the money to charity.
Todd Gurley, University of Georgia football student-athlete, must sit a total of four games, or 30 percent of the season, for accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. Gurley, who acknowledged violating NCAA rules, must repay a portion of the money received to a charity of his choice and complete 40 hours of community service as additional conditions for his reinstatement. Gurley will be eligible to play on Nov. 15.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Suddenly, Alabama's running back depth isn't so great. Will it stay that way for the LSU game on November 8?
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that RB Tyren Jones is suspended "for now" and did not give a reason for the suspension.
"If Tyren Jones does what he's supposed to, maybe he'll be back sometime soon,' Saban said (via Al.com) at his press conference.
Jones has been playing late in games that have already been decided this season. He has 22 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown this season. However, given the circumstances surrounding Alabama's running backs, he was in line for potentially some more work.
Kenyan Drake is out for the season with an ankle injury and T.J. Yeldon had a boot on his right foot Tuesday. Saban said that Yeldon isn't expected to practice much this week and could be back on Monday.
The suspension and injuries leave Derrick Henry and Altee Tenpenny as Alabama's running backs and if Jones and Yeldon don't return for next week, they'll likely receive a lion's share of the carries. But given that the Crimson Tide is off this week, the picture at running back could be much different in 10 days.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew1 day ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Journey lead singer and monster San Francisco Giants fan Steve Perry traveled to Kansas City Tuesday night in the hopes of seeing his team clinch the World Series.
The clinching didn't happen as the Giants lost 10-0 to the Royals to force Game 7 on Wednesday night. But Perry was more than happy to pose for pictures – sans the eyeblack he wears while singing "Don't Stop Believin'" at AT&T Park – with Royals fans.
I MET STEVE PERRY FROM JOURNEY!!! pic.twitter.com/t2ztBgF8U8
Where can we get a Royals Christmas sweater like that?