PHILADELPHIA – Jacob deGrom’s bid for a Cy Young award three-peat took a double hit Wednesday night.
First, the Mets ace – with some shaky defense as a chief culprit – allowed three runs against the Phillies over two innings. Then he departed the game with an apparent injury.
Michael Wacha entered to begin the third inning, after deGrom was spotted on the Mets bench speaking with team trainer Brian Chicklo.
In two innings, deGrom allowed three earned runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. He began the night as the major league leader with a 1.69 ERA, but that number had jumped to 2.09 by his departure.
Andrew Knapp’s shot off Dominic Smith’s glove for a double sparked the Phillies’ big inning against deGrom. In the inning, Andrew McCutchen’s RBI fielder’s choice brought in a third run as Wilson Ramos dropped Andres Gimenez’s throw attempting to apply a quick tag on Scott Kingery at the plate.
Serena Williams barred from staying at Paris flat for French Open
The French Open is shaping up to be a vastly different experience for Serena Williams.
Earlier this month, it was announced a limited number of fans would be able to attend the tournament, currently underway with qualifying at Roland Garros in Paris, and that participating players will have to stay at one of two hotels booked by owners. Williams, who has pre-existing medical conditions, will be unable to stay at her Paris apartment given it’s outside the tournament’s bubble.
“We cannot speak about Roland Garros as a bubble. But it’s a ‘corridor’ where the players are protected,” Bernard Giudicelli, the French Tennis Federation president, recently said on the “Rock n Roll Tennis” podcast, according to The Sun.
“But even French players who own flats, we have told them you cannot be in your own houses,” he continued. “If you are, then we multiply the risks to get COVID-19.”
As of Thursday, there has been a total of 468,039 cases reported in France, according to the New York Times, and 31,416 deaths.
For this month’s US Open, Williams rented a home on Long Island in lieu of the player hotels. She previously addressed the French Open protocols, noting she had been hoping to stay at her Parisian flat.
“Yeah, I was hoping to stay at my apartment in Paris, but, you know, I’m just taking it a day at a time,” Williams said, according to Forbes. “I feel the French, they are doing the best that they can. You know, it’s hard. Every organization, every country is trying to do the best that they can in this pandemic, so I can’t point fingers and tell them what to do, because I’m not running the tournament.”
Williams, who experienced health complications following the 2017 birth of daughter Olympia, preferred private living quarters for the US Open due to her medical history.
“In a house, I can control more, there’s no housekeeping [staff], none of that stuff. I needed to put my mind at rest so that I could perform in New York,” she said.
Williams fell to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals of this year’s US Open. She appeared to hurt her Achilles late in that match and withdrew from last week’s Italian Open.
Full list of 2020 college football games canceled or postponed by COVID-19
The 2020 college football season continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
A total of 91 of the 130 FBS teams are scheduled to play college football in 2020, and more could be coming if the Pac-12, Mountain West Conference and Mid-American Conference join the season. Among the other Power 5 conferences, the ACC and Big 12 are in action, the SEC starts this weekend and the Big Ten will join the season on Oct. 24.
The schedule, however, remains subject to change. The college football season has seen a handful of postponements and cancellations every week so far heading into Week 4. that will continue to be a logistical challenge for conferences as the season presses on into October.
To date, Oklahoma State-Tulsa is the only game that was rescheduled and played. Oklahoma State beat Tulsa 16-7 in a game that was originally scheduled for Sept. 12.
Here is a list of games that have been postponed, rescheduled or canceled since the 2020 college football season because of COVID-19 (rescheduled game dates in parentheses).
- ULM at Troy (rescheduled for Dec. 5)
- SMU at TCU
- Marshall at East Carolina
- N.C. State at Virginia Tech (Sept. 26)
- Tulsa at Oklahoma State (Oklahoma State won 16-7 on Sept. 19)
- Louisiana Tech at Baylor
- Virginia at Virginia Tech (Dec. 12)
- Charlotte at North Carolina (Canceled)
- BYU at Army
- Houston at Memphis
- Houston at Baylor
- FAU at Georgia Southern
- Central Arkansas at Arkansas State (Oct. 10)
- Notre Dame at Wake Forest (Dec. 12)
- Memphis at UTSA (Canceled)
- Tulsa at Arkansas State
- South Florida at FAU
- North Texas at Houston
- Temple at Navy (Oct. 10)
Week 6 (Oct. 10)
Robert Kraft’s Sex-for-cash case dropped by prosecutors
The sex-for-cash case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been dropped, Florida court documents confirm.
The documents, filed in Palm Beach County, include notices from prosecutors stating they are not willing to move forward with the two misdemeanor soliciting prostitution charges against him, NBC News reports.
Dave Aronberg, the county’s State Attorney, has scheduled a press conference on the case for 2:30 p.m.
Prosecutors had first tipped their hand on Monday, when they said they would not challenge an appeals court ruling that had significantly weakened their case by banning them from using secretly-obtained incriminating surveillance video.
The appeals court ruling found that the surveillance video — which allegedly showed him paying for sex acts at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, violated Kraft’s right to privacy.
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