Update on the latest in sports:
UNDATED (AP) – Noah Syndergaard is set to pitch – “likely” to Wilson Ramos, manager Mickey Callaway says – when the playoff-contending Mets open a weekend series at home against Clayton Kershaw (13-5, 3.06 ERA) and the NL West champion Dodgers. Kershaw is 9-0 in 14 career starts against the Mets.
The issue of who catches Syndergaard has been a topic in New York all week, ever since it got out the big right-hander isn’t completely comfortable throwing to Ramos. Syndergaard (10-7, 4.06) has a 5.09 ERA in 15 starts with Ramos as his catcher and a 2.22 ERA with backups Tomas Nido or Rene Rivera.
Ramos’ bat has helped keep the Mets in the playoff picture. Coming off a four-game sweep in which they outscored Arizona 26-4, the Mets are two games behind the Cubs and Brewers for the second NL wild-card spot.
In other MLB news:
– Ryan Braun and the Brewers have won seven in a row, matching their longest streak of the season, and are tied with the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot. Braun homered Thursday at Miami while wearing injured teammate Christian Yelich’s No. 22 jersey underneath his own. Yelich is out for the year after breaking his kneecap on a foul ball this week. Milwaukee trails the NL Central-leading Cardinals by four games, and now plays a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Adam Houser (6-5, 3.59) starts for the Brewers against Adam Wainwright (11-9, 4.16 ERA).
– Beset by injuries all season, the AL East-leading Yankees have more health concerns going into the weekend. All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez is set for tests after he exited the second game of a doubleheader in Detroit because of tightness in his left groin. Sanchez left in the fourth, an inning after he was thrown out in his first stolen base try this year. He has been on the injured list three times in the past two seasons because of groin strains. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion was forced to leave the first game with an oblique issue. J.A. Happ pitched the opener, but is dealing with left biceps tendinitis and headed back to New York for an examination.
– Shohei Ohtani is ending his second major league season early to make sure he’s prepared to resume his two-way career in 2020. The Los Angeles Angels slugger and pitcher will miss the rest of the season to have surgery on his left kneecap. Ohtani will put his throwing program on hold while recovering, but he should complete the throwing portion of his Tommy John rehabilitation by December. The team will wait until later to formulate a plan for Ohtani in spring training in February, when he hopes to be a two-way player again.
T BOONE PICKENS-MEMORIAL
Oklahoma State announces ceremony to honor Pickens
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – A public memorial is planned at Oklahoma State University to honor the late T. Boone Pickens, who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to his alma mater during his lifetime.
Pickens died Wednesday in Dallas at age 91. OSU says the university will honor Pickens on Sept. 25 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.
Pickens said last month in his annual letter to Oklahoma State fans that he checked with the school and learned he had donated $652 million over the years, with much of it going to athletic facilities. The school’s football stadium was named for Pickens in 2003 after he made a $70 million donation, which included $20 million set aside for a stadium expansion.
A funeral service is also planned for Sept. 19 in Dallas, where Pickens lived.
Longtime gymnastics federation president Grandi dies at 85
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Bruno Grandi, the longtime president of the international gymnastics federation who oversaw changing the “perfect 10” scoring system, has died. He was 85.
The FIG says Grandi, the federation’s leader from 1997-2016, died today in Italy after an unspecified illness.
Disputes in gymnastics at the 2004 Athens Olympics led to a review of the scoring system and the maximum mark of 10.
Under Grandi’s leadership, the gymnastics body also imposed minimum age limits in competition – 16 for females and 18 for males.
Grandi was an International Olympic Committee member for four years through 2004.
Top bobsledder Kaillie Humphries seeking to race for US
UNDATED (AP) – Kaillie Humphries, a two-time Olympic bobsled gold medalist for Canada and one of the top drivers in her sport’s history, is planning to race for the U.S. this coming season and beyond.
Humphries has been seeking her release from Canada for several weeks, and it still has not been received. She is marrying former U.S. men’s bobsledder Travis Armbruster on Saturday, and that would allow her to represent the U.S. in competition – provided she is released by Canada.
Humphries has been estranged from the Canadian bobsled program for more than a year after filing harassment and abuse claims. She did not race last season and hasn’t competed in a major international race since winning a bronze medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
Humphries says, “They have not provided me a safe place to come back to compete.”