Update on the latest sports
Boston’s Hernandez sidelined after positive test…3 Phillies go on COVID list
UNDATED (AP) — Red Sox infielder Kiké (KEE’-kay) Hernández has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Manager Alex Cora said Hernández is experiencing symptoms. He’ll be placed on the COVID-19 list along with second baseman Christian Arroyo, who had close contact with Hernández. Cora expects both to miss “an extended period of time.”
Boston is in the thick of a postseason race as it continues a three-game series against Cleveland. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) starts for the Red Sox. He got a no-decision in his previous start despite not allowing an earned run in seven innings. He’ll face right-hander Cal Quantrill, who is coming off his gem in last week’s Little League Classic. He didn’t give up a run and allowed two hits over seven in beating Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) and the Angels.
Meanwhile, the Phillies have placed pitcher Zach Eflin, catcher Andrew Knapp and infielder-outfielder Luke Williams on the COVID-19 IL and delayed Friday night’s game against Arizona by 26 minutes to allow for contact tracing. Knapp had been in the lineup but was replaced by J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) about 45 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson is scheduled to face Arizona righty Humberto Mejia Saturday night in the finale of their three-game series.
Elsewhere on Saturday:
— Giants right-hander Logan Webb takes a 12-start unbeaten streak into an outing against Atlanta in a showdown of division leaders. Webb hasn’t lost since May 5, going 6-0 with a 1.63 ERA in 12 outings. He’ll face emerging young right-hander Huascar Ynoa (ee-NOH’-ah), who is 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA in two starts since breaking his right hand in May punching a bench.
— The Mets will retire pitcher Jerry Koosman’s uniform No. 36 before their game against Washington at Citi Field. The 78-year-old Koosman is the top-winning lefty in team history with 140. His most famous victory came in the clinching Game 5 of the 1969 World Series against Baltimore that gave the Miracle Mets their first championship. A two-time All-Star, Koosman pitched for the Mets from 1967-1978. He will become the third Mets player to have his number retired by the club, along with Tom Seaver’s 41 and Mike Piazza’s 31. The team also has retired a pair of numbers for managers, Gil Hodges’ 14 and Casey Stengel’s 37.
Jaguars trade QB Gardner Minshew to Eagles for 2022 pick
UNDATED (AP) — Minshew Mania is on the move. The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded backup quarterback Gardner Minshew to Philadelphia for a conditional draft pick in 2022.
The Jaguars on Saturday received a sixth-round pick that would become a fifth-rounder if Minshew plays 50% of snaps in three games.
Minshew joins a QB room that already has starter Jalen Hurts and veteran backup Joe Flacco. The Eagles cut third-string quarterback Nick Mullens to make room for Minshew.
In other NFL news:
— Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel (VRAY’-bul) will miss the Titans’ preseason finale a week after testing positive for COVID-19. A pair of coaches and another player also have joined the protocols as the team’s outbreak grows. The Titans announced special teams coach Craig Aukerman is back after missing a couple practices under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Wide receiver coach Rob Moore and offensive line assistant Jason Houghtaling will miss Saturday night’s preseason finale with Chicago because of protocols. Rookie wide receiver Racey McMath also was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. A total of 12 players and coaches have been on the reserve list or in league protocols.
— The New Orleans Saints have canceled their home preseason game set for Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals because of the potential for Hurricane Ida to batter Louisiana’s coast with wind as high as 140 mph by Sunday. After initially moving kickoff up by seven hours, the Saints decided to cancel the game came after consultation with city officials in New Orleans, Gov. John Bel Edwards, the National Weather Service, the Department of Homeland Security and the NFL.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FANS RETURN
Fans to head back to stadiums, some with vax cards and masks
UNDATED (AP) — College football fans head back into stadiums this weekend. Many will need face masks and some will need proof of vaccination. It depends on local rules.
Schools are eager to let fans back in. Power Five teams bring in an average of $18.6 million annually from ticket sales in a typical year. That’s according to research by Patrick Rishe, director of the Business of Sports Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Schools were hit hard with limited attendance last season. The pandemic is still raging but college football is going ahead with mostly full stadiums planned.
DeChambeau takes 1-shot lead into weekend at Caves Valley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau is starting his third round of the BMW Championship with a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay. Jon Rahm is two shots behind.
Rahm had a chance to take the lead when he returned Saturday morning to complete the storm-delayed second round. He missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th and a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th. And then he three-putted from the fringe on the 18th for bogey and a 66.
DeChambeau knows about missed chances. He missed from 15 feet and 6 feet on the last two holes Friday and had to settle for a 60.
F1-BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Verstappen takes pole position for Belgian GP, Russell 2nd
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Max Verstappen produced a brilliant last lap in the rain to take the pole position for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix and deny George Russell his first career pole in Formula One.
Verstappen found extra pace to cross the line .321 ahead of Russell and .334 clear of world champion Lewis Hamilton as pouring rain drenched the track.
Verstappen now leads Hamilton 6-3 for pole positions this season and is in a good position to claw back Hamilton’s eight-point lead in the championship.
US to play Britain for gold
TOKYO (AP) — The United States will play Britain for the gold medal in wheelchair rugby at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The U.S. defeated Australia 49-42 on Saturday to reach Sunday’s final. Britain defeated host nation Japan 55-49 in the other semifinal.
Wheelchair rugby features constant mayhem as athletes strapped into wheelchairs smash into each other much like bumper cars at the amusement park.
The United States won gold in 2000 in Sydney and in 2008 in Beijing.