Andrew Kittredge dealt at Ferris High School, overpowering Greater Spokane League hitters for four years before doing much of the same at Washington. After floating around various rungs of the minor leagues for much of the decade, the 29-year-old reliever appears to have a foothold in the majors.
Eric Hisaw, a Cheney native who directed Walla Walla to the 2019 State 4A championship in his 19th season as Blue Devils coach, was named the Boys High School Coach of the Year for Washington by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The USTFCCCA release said “the honor is based upon the performance of the Walla Walla High School team throughout the 2019 season.” The Blue Devils went unbeaten against 4A schools in the Mid-Columbia Conference – their only loss was to State 3A champion Kamiakin – and won several invitational meets and the MCC championship.
Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn’t have though was closure until a trip back there last year. Bleier’s visit to Vietnam is the subject of ESPN’s “The Return”, which debuts Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. A shorter version began airing Saturday on “SportsCenter” as part of its weekly SC Featured series.
Monday qualifier Doug Barron had a one-stroke lead in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open when lightning forced the suspension of play late in the second round. Making his second PGA Tour Champions start after turning 50 last month, Barron was 10 under for the tournament playing the par-4 15th when play was stopped at En Joie Golf Club.
The Green and Gold have a tradition of being one of the best football programs in the state, and producing stars on the gridiron, however the last few seasons haven't been what the team has wanted. Now, the Class of 2020 hopes to turn the program around this season.
Antonio Brown made it through a walkthrough practice for the Oakland Raiders with no issues with his frost-bitten feet and is expected to be a full participant in practice soon for the first time this summer. Coach Jon Gruden says he thinks Brown will be able to get back into practice before the Raiders play their third exhibition game next week against the Green Bay Packers.
Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte says he will miss four to six weeks after straining his right hamstring. It’s the second serious injury this year for Inciarte. He hopes to return before the end of the regular season and be ready for the postseason.
Justin Thomas opens with five straight birdies, adds a pair of eagles and shatters the course record at soft, vulnerable Medinah with an 11-under 61. He has a six-shot lead going into the final round of the BMW Championship and he goes after his first victory in a year.
Kyle Seager hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Austin Nola also went deep, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Saturday.
The Boston Red Sox have placed left-hander Chris Sale on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation. President Dave Dombrowski said Sale had an MRI and the team’s doctors said the results revealed inflammation. Dombrowski also said Sale felt stiffness after his start Tuesday in Cleveland and didn’t tell the team until Friday.
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee is practicing for the first time since tearing three ligaments in his left knee last preseason. Lee took part in drills for the first time since getting carted off the field during the team’s third preseason game in 2018. His goal is to be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener against Kansas City.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias has accepted a 20-game suspension by MLB for a domestic violence incident and is expected to return in September. The league gave him credit for serving five games while he was on unpaid leave in May, leaving 15 remaining.
Monaco is on target for another miserable season in the French league after losing 3-0 to newly promoted Metz for its second loss of the new campaign. Coming off a 17th-place finish last season which saw it narrowly avoid relegation, Monaco has won just once in 11 league games going back to March.
The Philadelphia Phillies have lost pitchers Jake Arrieta and David Robertson for the rest of the season, and outfielder Roman Quinn was placed on the 10-day injured list. Arrieta will have surgery to remove bone chips in his pitching elbow. Robertson, a right-handed reliever, had Tommy John surgery on Thursday and will likely miss all of the 2020 season as well. Quinn strained his right groin trying to beat out a grounder in the eighth inning Friday night against San Diego.
For the first time in about a decade, the New York Giants seemingly don’t have to worry about Eli Manning getting hurt. In just two preseason games, first-round draft pick and heir apparent Daniel Jones has shown he can play in the NFL. Jones has stellar numbers and has already separated himself from Manning’s recent backups.
The New York Yankees have honored former reliever Mariano Rivera with a celebration before their game against Cleveland. Baseball’s career saves leader was driven around the warning track at Yankee Stadium and high-fived some fans. Last month, Rivera was inducted into the Hall of Fame as the first unanimous selection.
It’ll soon be time for Gregg Popovich to pare USA Basketball’s roster from 13 players to 12 in time for the FIBA World Cup this month.
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is cramming as he prepares for his only year with the Sooners. Before transferring from Alabama, he played in three national title games. He lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa last season, but his numbers and overall success still are stellar. He was 26-2 as a starter for Alabama, then completed 73 percent of his passes as a reserve last season. He has made an impression on the Sooners with his work ethic since landing on campus in January.
Ashleigh Barty has lost in the semifinals the Western & Southern Open semifinals, missing her chance to return to the No. 1 ranking ahead of the U.S. Open. Barty lost to a resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets. On the men’s side, defending champion Novak Djokovic also got upset.
The Great Falls High Bison took the field for the first time in 2019, and while the season is young, the team has big goals for the year.