Update on the latest in sports:
Win or go wild
UNDATED (AP) – In a big league first, a pair of tiebreaking Game 163s will be played on the same day to sort out the NL playoff picture. First, the Cubs host the Brewers to settle the NL Central at Wrigley Field. Then the Dodgers host the Rockies to determine an NL West champ. The losers of those games will play Tuesday in the NL wild-card game.
Chicago will call on left-hander Jose Quintana (13-11, 4.09), who is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts against Milwaukee. The Brewers are countering with Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.56). The Midwest rivals might not be done with each other after Monday, either – the winner of the wild-card game will face the NL Central champ in the NL Division Series. How about a rematch?
Colorado is attempting to end Los Angeles’ five-year reign atop the division and win its first NL West crown. Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers, and the Rockies will counter with German Marquez (14-10, 3.76 ERA), who struck out eight straight to begin his last start.
In other MLB action:
– Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) will start the NL Central tiebreaker for the Milwaukee Brewers. The 30-year-old Chacin is 15-8 with a 3.56 ERA in 34 starts. The right-hander pitched five innings of one-hit ball in a 2-1 victory at St. Louis on Wednesday night. Jose Quintana pitches for the Cubs.
– Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman will interview to lead Cincinnati full-time in 2019, though the club may wait until the end of October to fill the position. Riggleman took over after Bryan Price was fired following a 3-15 start, and the Reds went 64-80 under him. Among the other potential candidates, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin has told the team he isn’t interested at this time.
– A few longtime stars said seeming farewells Sunday amid uncertainty about their futures, and this week might bring some clarity on whether they’ll keep playing. Joe Mauer suited up at catcher for one more pitch with Minnesota in between standing ovations, and Adrian Beltre got a nice cheer from fans in his former home of Seattle when he was pulled midgame. Jose Reyes got a similar treatment with the Mets, while Hunter Pence may also decide to hang it up after a touching goodbye in San Francisco. None of those players confirmed they’re calling it quits just yet, though.
Trial expected to explore ‘underbelly’ of college basketball
NEW YORK (AP) – What some call the sleezy side of college basketball recruiting will be on display at a criminal trial starting today in New York.
The trial features an aspiring sports agent, an Amateur Athletic Union coach and an Adidas executive. They’ve pleaded not guilty and their lawyers say the charges are a stretch.
Other defendants, including former assistant coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State, face separate trials.
Prosecutors say the Manhattan federal court trial will expose “the dark underbelly of college basketball.”
The corruption scandal already has brought down a coaching legend, Rick Pitino of Louisville. It also embarrassed sportswear giant Adidas and showed how high school players were pawns for profiteers violating NCAA regulations.
Russia goalkeeper Akinfeev ends 15-year national team duty
MOSCOW (AP) – Igor Akinfeev, whose penalty shootout saves helped host Russia eliminate Spain from the World Cup, has retired from the national team.
The 32-year-old Akinfeev says it is a “logical conclusion” after 111 appearances over 15 years. He made his debut within weeks of his 18th birthday.
Akinfeev says he wants to concentrate on playing for CSKA Moscow, which hosts Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.
As Russia captain, Akinfeev helped the team exceed all expectations at this year’s World Cup. His two penalty saves lifted Russia to a 4-3 shootout win over Spain in the round of 16 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Akinfeev’s last national-team appearance was a shootout loss to Croatia in the quarterfinals.
JEMELE HILL-THE ATLANTIC
Outspoken Jemele Hill joining The Atlantic
NEW YORK (AP) – Jemele Hill is joining the staff of The Atlantic weeks after the outspoken personality left ESPN after 12 years as a commentator, anchor, reporter and writer.
Hill posted on her Twitter feed a message from the publication’s editor-in-chief. Jeffrey Goldberg wrote Hill will be a staff writer “covering the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender and culture.”
Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a tweet that referenced President Donald Trump as a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”
She also targeted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. She tweeted that fans who disagree with Jones should not buy the team’s merchandise.