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Mets fail in clutch, Porcello flops in brutal loss to Phillies

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Mets fail in clutch, Porcello flops in brutal loss to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA – Zack Wheeler, Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard are three names that probably would have looked better than Rick Porcello pitching for the dire-straits Mets on Tuesday.

For various reasons, the aforementioned trio was unavailable, starting with the fact the Mets didn’t re-sign Wheeler last offseason, letting him defect to the Phillies. Syndergaard’s season ended before it ever got started because of Tommy John surgery and Stroman last month opted out on 2020.

The nicest thing that could be said of Porcello – and probably also of his season – is he wasn’t a complete disaster. With a blah performance from the right-hander when more was needed, the Mets lost their third straight 4-1 to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

While the Mets have top guns Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo to pitch the next two days, the three-game sweep they needed against another National League postseason contender won’t happen. The Mets (21-27) began the day two games behind the Giants for the NL’s second wild-card spot, but have competition from the Reds, Brewers and Rockies, who are all ahead of them.

This one wasn’t all on Porcello, who allowed four earned runs over six innings in increasing his ERA to 6.08. The Mets lineup was also quiet for a third straight game since scoring 18 runs on Friday against the Blue Jays. Most notably, Wilson Ramos hit into an inning-ending double play after the Mets had loaded the bases in the sixth.

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Rick PorcelloAP

Pete Alonso batted with five runners on base throughout the night and left them all stranded, finishing hitless in four at-bats. The inconsistent slugger has nosedived into a 1-for-17 slump at a time the Mets need him most.

The Mets had their chance in the sixth, loading the bases when Jake Arrieta plunked Andres Gimenez. After the pitch, Arrieta clutched his right hamstring and hobbled off the field. JoJo Romero entered and got Ramos to hit into a 6-4-3 double play that ended the inning. It was the second time in three games that Ramos hit into a double play in a big spot – Saturday night in Buffalo he was doubled up, swinging at a 2-0 pitch outside the strike zone, after Brandon Nimmo had walked leading off the ninth. The Mets lost 3-2.

Didi Gregorius two-run homer in the fifth against Porcello buried the Mets in a 4-1 hole after J.D. Davis had his glove knocked off on Alec Bohm’s one-hop shot to third. Davis lost his glove, but fielded the ball bare-handed and nearly nailed Bohm at first base. Gregorius followed with a shot off the right-field mezzanine.

Porcello created his own mess in the fourth, before pinch-hitter Adam Haseley stroked a two-run single. Jean Segura and Adam Knapp both walked in the inning, with a double sandwiched in-between by Scott Kingery. With the bases loaded, Phillies manager Joe Girardi went for the kill by using Haseley to pinch hit for Kyle Garlick. Two runs scored on Haseley’s single and further damage was avoided with Michael Conforto’s extended grab in front of the right-field fence on Ronan Quinn’s drive.

Nimmo led off the fifth with a homer to pull the Mets within 2-1. The blast was Nimmo’s seventh of the season.

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“It’s Not Going To Be Like a Normal Roland Garros” – Victoria Azarenka Before French Open 2020

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"It's Not Going To Be Like a Normal Roland Garros" - Victoria Azarenka Before French Open 2020

French Open 2020 is set to commence soon. Delayed because of the COVID-19 situation, the French Open will be a big challenge for the players. While some big names have pulled out from the tournament, the talent pool is still very competitive. Victoria Azarenka is one of those players who will add great value to the red clay.

In stellar form, the Belarusian will look forward to her maiden French Open finals.

Talking about the delay, Azarenka said that Roland Garros would be different this time. There will be certain changes this year and players will have to adapt themselves accordingly.

“It’s not going to be like a normal Roland Garros where the ball bounces high and the court gets faster. I feel like it’s going to be something different. I feel like it’s going to be a day-to-day adjustment,” the tweet read.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka in action during her quarter-final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza |REUTERS

Victoria Azarenka all set to make an impact in Paris

Victoria Azarenka is in fine touch this season. She won the Cincinnati Open and made it to the US Open finals.

She steps into the European session with a realistic chance at the French Open 2020 trophy.

Well you’re right, I feel like especially from last year, I felt that I finally start to kind of finding my rhythm, actually enjoying myself playing on clay, siding instead of cussing the play out of every single time I play on it,Azarenka stated.

“I was actually looking forward to playing. I feel like I enjoy better, I adjust better. As I said earlier, I think it’s going to be a lot about adaptation from day-to-day. I’m actually excited about kind of building up my game on clay. The second-year I’m enjoying after 16 years on tour. It’s time to make some evolution on clay. I’m looking forward to it.”

The void in the French Open 2020

With some of the biggest names missing in action from the French Open 2020, it is anticipated that the tournament won’t be as successful as the previous years.

Victoria Azarenka in action
Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 16, 2020 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka in action during her second round match against Venus Williams of the U.S. Pool via REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

However, it is difficult to overlook the existing block of players. The fascinating aspect of this year’s talent pool is that there is a blend of youth and experience. It’s difficult to make predictions because every player comes with their own unique strengths and weaknesses.

Even though the absence of some of the biggest names will be felt, some exceptional clay court tennis by the current batch of players will fill the void.

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“I Don’t Have to Focus on Mahomes”- Lamar Jackson Hell Bent on Proving Doubters Wrong

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"I Don't Have to Focus on Mahomes"- Lamar Jackson Hell Bent on Proving Doubters Wrong

Patrick Mahomes has started the ongoing NFL season right where he left off in 2019. The 2018 NFL MVP winner has helped the Chiefs to a 2-0 record. Andy Reid’s boys will take on another high-flying outfit in Week Three in the form of the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens ran riot in Week One against Cleveland Browns. They beat the Browns by a 38-6 scoreline. The Ravens followed that up with another convincing win over Deshaun Watson’s Houston Texans in Week Two. They host the Chiefs on Monday night. This is easily the most-anticipated game of the week.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson talks about rival Patrick Mahomes

Aug 17, 2020; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws during training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson is not focusing on his upcoming battle against rival Patrick Mahomes. Both these quarterbacks are at the top of their game right now. Some critics have even compared their rivalry to that of the legendary Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. However, Jackson is not taking those comparisons seriously, at least not for now.

“I don’t have to focus on Mahomes and I have to focus on their defense. I have to focus on scoring but also have to focus on my job and making my offense do our thing. But my defense has to worry about him – and their offense,” Jackson told the press on Monday.

Jackson is focused on beating the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night

The reigning NFL MVP award holder is confident heading into Monday’s blockbuster tie at the M&T Bank Stadium. He spoke about how the Ravens will not hold back when they face the Super Bowl LIV winners, Kansas City Chiefs, in Week Three.

He said, “When we go into the game, it’s always a statement. It’s any given Sunday, any given Monday, Thursday – whenever you play. When we go into the game, like I said, we’re going to focus on our assignment, focus on doing what we’re supposed to do, which is go win that game. That’s what our goal is.

“We’re focusing on winning this game. All [of] our goal is beating the Chiefs right now. They’re the only ones in our way for on and on in the season right now. We just have to focus on beating them – that’s all,” Jackson said.

The Ravens and the Chiefs are yet to taste defeat in the 2020 NFL season. Both teams have outperformed their opponents over the first two weeks of the regular season. Between the two teams, coach John Harbaugh’s side has looked more confident, both from a defensive and offensive point of view.

Mahomes and Co. will pose a threat to the Ravens’ unbeaten streak in Week Three. But if anyone can beat the red-hot Chiefs at the moment, it is Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens.

ALSO READ- Bill Belichick Raves on About ‘Underrated’ Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson

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Why was Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest postponed? COVID-19 cases alter Fighting Irish’s football schedule

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Why was Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest postponed? COVID-19 cases alter Fighting Irish's football schedule

Notre Dame and Wake Forest have postponed their Week 4 game on Saturday, both schools announced on Tuesday.

Per a release from the Fighting Irish, the team produced seven positive COVID-19 results on Monday out of 94 tests administered. Those seven players have been placed in isolation while the university begins contact tracing. The total number of players in isolation is 13, with 10 in quarantine, when combining results from this week and last.

Because of the results, Notre Dame decided to pause all football-related activities “until further testing is completed.” The school notified both Wake Forest and the ACC of its decision and is currently attempting to reschedule the game originally planned for Sept. 26.

“With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” said coach Brian Kelly. “We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully.”

MORE: Florida State’s Mike Norvell contracts COVID-19, won’t coach vs. Miami in Week 4

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson echoed Kelly’s sentiments, even while expressing disappointment of the postponed game:

“We are obviously very disappointed that we will not be able to compete this weekend,” Clawson said in a statement. “However, the health and safety of Wake Forest’s and Notre Dame’s student-athletes and staff is the highest priority. We will continue to work with the ACC and our administration on rescheduling options.”

Regardless, Tuesday’s announcement means four ACC games have been upended due to coronavirus issues among teams: Virginia Tech-N.C. State (originally scheduled for Sept. 12); Virginia-Virginia Tech (Sept. 19); North Carolina-Charlotte (Sept. 19) and Notre Dame-Wake Forest (Sept. 26).

That leaves the question of when the teams will make up the game: The likeliest option is Oct. 3, a bye date which both teams share (and which Wake Forest athletic director John Currie listed as a possible makeup date). If that comes to pass, the Fighting Irish (2-0) and Demon Deacons (0-2) will have one bye remaining in their schedules: Nov. 21 and Nov. 7, respectively.

Assuming Notre Dame can recover in time to make up the Wake Forest game in Week 5, here is what the teams’ restructured 2020 schedules will look like:

Notre Dame football schedule 2020

Game Date
at Wake Forest Saturday, Oct. 3
vs. Florida State Saturday, Oct. 10
vs. Louisville Saturday, Oct. 17
at Pitt Saturday, Oct. 24
at Georgia Tech Saturday, Oct. 31
vs. Clemson Saturday, Nov. 7
at Boston College Saturday, Nov. 14
at North Carolina Friday, Nov. 27
Syracuse Saturday, Dec. 5

Wake Forest football schedule 2020

Game Date
vs. Notre Dame Saturday, Oct. 3
vs. Campbell Friday, Oct. 9
vs. Virginia Saturday, Oct. 17
vs. Virginia Tech Saturday, Oct. 24
at Syracuse Saturday, Oct. 31
at North Carolina Saturday, Nov. 14
at Duke Saturday, Nov. 21
at North Carolina Saturday, Nov. 28
Syracuse Saturday, Dec. 5

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