Dodgers set record with 11 runs in first inning of Game 3, knock Kyle Wright out

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 10/14/20

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost the first two games of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, but they set out to change that in Game 3 on Wednesday with a record-breaking start.

The Dodgers batted around in the first inning of Game 3 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, put up 11 runs, and knocked Braves starter Kyle Wright out of the game.

Corey Seager got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first. Will Smith made it 2-0 with an RBI double. Then the Dodgers really started to roll with two outs. Cody Bellinger walked, Joc Pederson followed with a 3-run home run to make it 5-0, and then Edwin Rios went back-to-back with a solo home run to make it 6-0.

Wright was finally removed after walking Chris Taylor. The six runs he allowed were as many as the entire team gave up in their previous six postseason games. He was charged with a seventh, meaning he was responsible for more runs allowed in one inning than the Braves had allowed throughout the playoffs prior to the game.

Grant Dayton entered in relief of Wright and didn’t fare much better. He allowed a walk and run-scoring single to make it 7-0. And then things got even worse with a Max Muncy grand slam to make it 11-0.

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Over 20,000 fans attend NASCAR All-Star Race

Over 20,000 fans were in attendance at Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway to watch fan-favorite Chase Elliott pull off another win. The event is believed to have the highest attendance of any sporting event in America since the pandemic began.

The event was set to allow up to 30,000 spectators, and while there was no official count, it’s estimated that there were at least 20,000 fans who were socially distanced throughout the venue. NASCAR has been slowly ramping up attendance, as 10,000 fans were at Road America in Wisconsin last week.

The All-Star Race is typically held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, but it was moved to Bristol Motor Speedway because Tennessee allowed Speedway Motorsports to sell a percentage of the seats. Bristol can hold up to 140,000 people, so the event was set to max out at around 21% of total capacity. While fans were required to wear masks while entering the venue and moving around, they were allowed to remove their masks once they were seated.

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By Blake Harper | Last updated 7/16/20

July 1 in sports history: One last, magical fight for ‘The Bird’

Here’s a look back at notable sports news on July 1 through the years:

1982: In 1976, rookie right-hander Mark “The Bird” Fidrych was a phenomenon with Tigers, finishing 19-9 and winning AL Rookie of the Year. His strange gyrations on the mound and his talking to the baseball and assorted other goofiness made him a fan favorite.

By 1980, though, Fidyrch was out of the big leagues, done in by an arm injury. Hoping to work his way back to the bigs, he signed on with Boston’s Pawtucket, Rhode Island, minor league team.

On a magical night, nearly 9,400 fans somehow packed the Pawtucket ballpark designed to accommodate 5,800 to watch “The Bird” pitch against the Yankees’ Triple-A farm team. Slumping Dave Righetti, the 1981 AL Rookie of Year who had been sent down to the minors, started for Columbus.

Nearly 125 media members had credentials for the game — mostly to see Righetti. “I have never seen anything like it,” Columbus manager Frank Verdi told the Boston Globe.

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By John Banks | Last updated 6/26/2

NASCAR welcomes fans to June 14 Homestead-Miami race, June 21 Talladega event

Pockets of NASCAR fans won’t have to wait long to watch live racing in person despite concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, NASCAR announced its plans to welcome spectators to Sunday’s (June 14) Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and to the June 21 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Per an official statement, NASCAR explained all fans will be screened upon arrival, they will be required to wear masks and they are asked to respect social-distancing guidelines at six feet apart. Social distancing will be enforced by track staffs.

Spectators won’t have infield access. While tailgates are prohibited, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway will both offer concessions. Forty-four RV camping spaces will be made available for the GEICO 500 atop the Alabama Gang Superstretch. Screening for those spots begins Friday, June 19.

The NASCAR statement added that 1,000 South Florida military members will be honorary guests for the Dixie Vodka 400. Up to 5,000 fans can attend the GEICO 500. Ticket information is found on the official websites for those venues.

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 6/9/20

Evander Holyfield interested in charity boxing match with Mike Tyson

Evander Holyfield is open to a charity boxing match with Mike Tyson.

Both Tyson and Holyfield have been posting videos on social media that hint at boxing returns, and they seem to be building toward a fight with each other. Holyfield says he would do it so long as Tyson asks.

“If I ask him, it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,” Holyfield told the BBC. “I don’t want pressure on me that ‘you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him’.”

On May 6, Holyfield even posted a message on Instagram saying he would be returning to the ring for a charity boxing match.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 5/25/20

Belmont Stakes moved to June 20 without fans as race is shortened

The Triple Crown series won’t be business as usual in multiple ways this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As reported by ESPN and other outlets, the New York Racing Association announced Tuesday that the Belmont Stakes has been rescheduled from June 6 to June 20. The race has been shortened from 1½ miles to 1⅛ miles, and fans will not be permitted to attend.

NYRA president Dave O’Rourke offered the following statement:

The Triple Crown’s other races were previously rescheduled. The Kentucky Derby was moved from May 2 to Sept. 5, and the Preakness Stakes will serve as the final leg on Oct. 3.

“The Belmont Stakes is a New York institution that will provide world-class entertainment for sports fans during these challenging times. While this will certainly be a unique running of this historic race, we are grateful to be able to hold the Belmont Stakes in 2020. Thanks to our partners at NBC Sports, fans across the country can look forward to a day of exceptional thoroughbred racing at a time when entertainment and sports are so important to providing a sense of normalcy.”

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 5/19/20

Top takeaways from XFL Week 3

Week 3 of the XFL season featured much better quality of play compared to last weekend. That’s to be expected for the start-up league.

It included the St. Louis BattleHawks putting up a heck of a performance in front of a packed crowd in their home debut. Meanwhile, Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker immediately showed why he’ll be considered by NFL teams.

On the other side of the ledger, Cardale Jones and his DC Defenders laid an egg against the previously winless Los Angeles Wildcats while the Tampa Bay Vipers continue to fall all over themselves.

These are among the top takeaways from Week 3 of the inaugural XFL season.

BattleHawks backfield is scary

The St. Louis BattleHawks absolutely dominated a lesser New York Guardians squad in front of an electric home crowd on Sunday. That included some tremendous play on defense and a few exceptional performances on special teams. It led to St. Louis not having to rely a lot on Jordan Ta’amu under center.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 2/23/20

Report: Greg Olsen could decide NFL future by Friday

After visiting with multiple NFL teams to open the offseason and drawing rave reviews for his work in the broadcast booth, former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen could be nearing a decision regarding his future in football.

According to reports , Olsen could decide by Friday whether or not he will return to the NFL for the 2020 season or step away from the game and move into broadcasting. Olsen, 34, reportedly has multiple television offers, along with offers from the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks to play next season.

Carolina parted ways with Olsen in January. Olsen, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, immediately received interest from other teams following his release.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Matt Johnson | Last updated 2/13/20

Vanessa Bryant honors Kobe and Gianna by renaming foundation

Vanessa Bryant continues to mourn the loss of her husband and daughter in a tragic helicopter accident. They were two of nine people killed after a chopper went down in Southern California on Jan. 26.

As Vanessa and her family attempt to move forward, she has decided to rename the Mamba Sports Foundation to pay homage to her late daughter, Gianna.

Mrs. Bryant made the announcement on Instagram with a heartfelt post.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 2/13/20

Mark Dantonio steps down as head coach at Michigan State

Mark Dantonio has had a successful run as the head football coach at Michigan State for the past 13 years, and that run has officially come to an end.

Dantonio made the shocking announcement on Tuesday that he is stepping down as the head coach of the Spartans.

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 2/4/20

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