Report: Brewers Acquire Starting Pitcher Gio Gonzalez From Nationals

Gonzalez sports a 4.57 ERA in 27 starts this season.

The Brewers acquired Gio Gonzalez in a trade with the Nationals on Friday per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Gonzalez cleared revocable trade waivers on Aug. 23, meaning he was eligible to be traded to any team before the Aug. 31 trade deadline.

The 11-year veteran has struggled in 2017. Gonzalez is 7–11 on the year with a 4.57 ERA, tied for his highest mark since 2009. He registered a 7.47 ERA in six August starts.

Gonzalez joined the Nationals in 2012 following four seasons with the A’s. He was named an All-Star in 2011 and 2012.

Milwaukee acquires Gonzalez while in the thick of the NL playoff race. The Brewers trail the Cubs by five games in the NL Central, but currently hold the second wild-card spot, two games ahead of the Rockies. 

Brewers Acquire Starting Pitcher Gio Gonzalez From Nationals

Gonzalez sports a 4.57 ERA in 27 starts this season.

The Brewers acquired Gio Gonzalez in a trade with the Nationals, Milwaukee confirmed on Friday, 

Gonzalez cleared revocable trade waivers on Aug. 23, meaning he was eligible to be traded to any team before the Aug. 31 trade deadline.

The 11-year veteran has struggled in 2017. Gonzalez is 7–11 on the year with a 4.57 ERA, tied for his highest mark since 2009. He registered a 7.47 ERA in six August starts.

Gonzalez joined the Nationals in 2012 following four seasons with the A’s. He was named an All-Star in 2011 and 2012.

Milwaukee acquires Gonzalez while in the thick of the NL playoff race. The Brewers trail the Cubs by five games in the NL Central, but currently hold the second wild-card spot, two games ahead of the Rockies. 

Which NFC Teams Are the Top Value Bets to Make the NFL Playoffs?

Aaron Rodgers’s injury hurt the Packers greatly last year as they missed the postseason for the first time since he took over as starting QB in 2008. But are the Pack a smart bet this year to make the playoffs?

The absence of Aaron Rodgers hurt the Green Bay Packers greatly last year as they missed the postseason for the first time since he took over as their starting quarterback in 2008.

The return of the two-time NFL MVP Rodgers from a fractured collarbone has Green Bay fans and bettors giddy with excitement though, as the team is currently listed at -170 (bet $170 to win $100) on the odds to make the NFL playoffs this season at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Rodgers should be happy as well after agreeing to a record four-year contract extension worth $134 million.

That appears to be a great bet right now regardless of whether or not the Packers ultimately win the NFC North, where the Minnesota Vikings are the defending champions. The Vikings have a much heftier price to make the playoffs at -260 after paying free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins a fully guaranteed three-year deal worth $84 million. The two divisional matchups between Green Bay and Minnesota should be epic this season, but the former looks to be a much better bet right now at a lower price.

The NFC overall is a lot more competitive than the AFC, making it difficult to predict which teams will make the postseason field. The New Orleans Saints might be the best bet besides the Packers at -130 with quarterback Drew Brees expected to break the career passing yardage mark in 2018.

Brees and the Saints play in a tough division, but the Atlanta Falcons (+115) and Carolina Panthers (+130) are both underdogs to qualify for the playoffs. The short price makes New Orleans very attractive, especially if the team can overcome the loss of suspended running back Mark Ingram early in the year.

Like the Vikings, the Los Angeles Rams also seem to be overhyped as -180 favorites to make the postseason—and +1000 on the Super Bowl 53 odds. While the Rams have a talented roster, it could be hard for them to duplicate last year’s regular season success when running back Todd Gurley (Offensive Player of the Year), defensive tackle Aaron Donald (Defensive Player of the Year) and head coach Sean McVay (Coach of the Year) all won awards.

If Gurley or quarterback Jared Goff were to get hurt, the Rams may not make the postseason. Taking the +150 wager on the “No” could be a good bet if you believe in another NFC West team to take the division.

El probable equipo de River para enfrentar a San Lorenzo

La competencia no afloja para River. Después de aplastar a Racing por la revancha de los octavos de final de la Copa Libertadores, el equipo de Marcelo Gallardo se prepara para una nueva batalla que no será nada senciilla cuando este sábado visite a San Lorenzo en el Nuevo Gasómetro desde las 20.00 Hs.

Tras su ausencia en el partido del miércoles (ni fue al banco), el Muñeco sorprendió con la inclusión de Gonzalo Martínez en la lista de concentrados. El 10 volvería a estar desde el arranque, tal como lo hizo la última fecha ante Argentinos Juniors cuando sintió la molestia en el aductor que lo dejó fuera del choque por Copa.

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Juan Fernando Quintero le dejaría su lugar al Pity, mientras que Lucas Pratto tendría descanso para permitir el ingreso de Ignacio Scocco en la delantera. En la mitad de la cancha, Leonardo Ponzio volvería a ocupar el puesto de volante central (no estuvo ante Racing por su expulsión), mientras que abajo hay una duda: Jonatan Maidana o Lucas Martínez Quarta.

Con esto dicho, este sería el once para ir contra el Ciclón: Franco Armani; Gonzalo Montiel, Jonatan Maidana o Lucas Martínez Quarta, Javier Pinola, Milton Casco; Leonardo Ponzio, Exequiel Palacios, Ignacio Fernández, Gonzalo Martínez; Ignacio Scocco y Rafael Santos Borré.

Revisiting the Biggest Comeback in College Football History

A brief look back at the remarkable 35-point comeback between Michigan State and Northwestern.

The biggest comeback in NCAA Division I history happened in 2006, when Michigan State rallied and scored 38 unanswered points to beat Northwestern 41–38.

Michigan State had fallen behind 38–3 with 9:54 left in the third quarter. The Spartans were down 38–17 at the end of the third quarter.

Quarterback Drew Stanton re-entered in the fourth, leading the team back. A blocked punt returned by Ashton Henderson for a touchdown in the fourth helped chip away at the lead. 

With the game tied in the fourth quarter, Brett Swenson hit a 28-yard field goal to win. 

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The two teams finished the year at 4–8 each. 

Most recently, UCLA pulled off the second-biggest comeback in FBS history when the Bruins came back from a 34-point deficit to beat Texas A&M 45–44 in 2017.

AC Milan 2-1 AS Roma: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Rossoneri Grab Dramatic 95th Minute Winner

In a game that flipped back and forth, young substitute Patrick Cutrone found himself the hero as AC Milan toppled Roma 2-1 in the final minute on Friday night at San Siro. 

The deadlock was broken in the 40th minute, as I Rossoneri’s top class build up play was rewarded with a beautiful goal. A fantastic Giacomo Bonaventura through ball found Ricardo Rodriguez, who swivelled to fire a thunderous pass down the corridor of uncertainly. Arriving late at the back stick was Ivorian Franck Kessie, who swept home into an empty net. 

However, the second 45 started off with a completely different story. Roma changed formation from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3, and they improved greatly. After fifteen minutes of concerted pressure it was Federico Fazio who found the net.

Only sixty seconds later, it looked as if the game of ebbs and flows had once again turned its tide. A sensational fifty yard pass from Bonaventura found Higuain, who rounded Oslen to slide home. Although, as the Serie A has adopted VAR, the goal was disallowed for a marginal offside – with Steven Nzonzi having a strike of his own chalked off shortly afterward. 

Then, with the last kick, youngster Partick Cutrone stepped up. In the final minute of additional time, Gattuso’s substitute found himself in space after a coolly slotted through ball from Higuain. Away from a weary Daniele De Rossi, the 20-year-old fired past Olsen to send the Curva Sud wild.


Key Talking Point

VAR.

Even though the game was won with seconds to go, it would have been a very different story if Serie A didn’t employ video assistant referees.

Correctly disallowing two goals in tonight’s match, the polarising system showed its beneficial side.

With neither team really complaining about the calls, it was clear that referee Marco Guida had an easy night thanks to the help of Paolo Mazzoleni upstairs. 

Higuain rolled away in happiness after his finish, and it was likely the decision would’ve stood if not for the eagle eye of VAR. Inches offside, it was a call that the linesman couldn’t be scolded for missing.

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As for Nzonzi’s goal, his reaction did slightly give it away. However, with the ability to take his time and check it over on the pitch side screen, Guida correctly denied the finish. Without the option to review, he could well have seen himself surrounded by all colours of shirts.


AC MILAN

Player Ratings

Starting XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma (6); Calabria (5), Musacchio (7), Romagnoli (7), Rodriguez (8); Kessie (7), Biglia (6), Bonaventura (8*); Suso (6), Higuain (7), Calhanoglu (6)

Substitutes: Laxalt (6), Castillejo (5), Cutrone (8)


Star Man – Giacomo Bonaventura

Controlling the play with his technical mastery, the midfielder helped create the first goal with an incredible line ball to Ricardo Rodriguez. Fantastic throughout, he also guided in what would’ve been a majestic assist for Higuain, if the number nine had not found himself offside.

A special mention has to be given to Patrick Cutrone also, as any match winning goal can make you a star. However, the striker was only on the pitch for a mere ten minutes, whereas Bonaventura set the tempo for the game’s duration.


Worst Player – Davide Calabria

Not covering himself in glory for Roma’s goal. the centre-back’s sliced clearance landed straight at the feet of scorer Federico Fazio.

Apart from that, Calabria was okay, but never involved himself in the game. There were no outstanding tackles or passes, therefore the only thing that really stands out was his mistake. 


ROMA

Player Ratings

Starting XI (3-4-2-1): Olsen (7); Manolas (6), Fazio (7*), Marcano (5); Karsdorp (6), De Rossi (5), Nzonzi (6), Kolarov (6); Pastore (5), Schick (6); Dzeko (6)

Substitutes: El Shaarawy (5), Cristante (7), Santon (6)


Star Man – Federico Fazio

Roma’s scorer, Fazio had a solid game all round. Not at fault for either goals that were conceded, he once again showed his ability to give I Giallorossi an extra dimension in attack.

Defensively, the away side will look to improve as a whole unit, but Fazio’s leadership after a change to four at the back was noticeable.


Worst Player – Ivan Marcano

Subbed at half time, Marcano was caught ball-watching for Kessie’s goal. Failing to pick up the Ivorian’s late burst, he left Olsen with an impossible save to make.

As manager Eusebio Di Francesco changed the formation at the break, Roma greatly improved. Possibly a tactical error to start the way they did, I Giallorossi’s back line solidified after Marcano’s removal.


Looking Ahead

Milan will be happy they’ve put things right after squandering a lead to Napoli last time out. Fantastic in stages, consistency throughout 90 minutes has to be the objective for their next clash against Cagliari.

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As for Roma, the travelling side will be bitterly disappointed to lose this game in such a manner. After a 3-3 draw against Atalanta the week previous, coach Di Francesco needs defensive stability going forward if they are to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto.

Everton Snubbed Late £25m Offer From RB Leipzig for Attacking Ace Ademola Lookman

Everton rejected a late bid for Ademola Lookman from German side RB Leipzig, as the Bundesliga outfit attempted to bring the youngster back to the Red Bull Arena. 

The 20-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Leipzig and is believed to have been open to returning on a permanent deal. However, new boss Marco Silva opposed the notion and turned down Leipzig’s £25m offer for the young Englishman.

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The Toffees had been fighting off interest from Leipzig all summer, given the side’s relentless pursuit of Lookman – and they are reported as having rebuffed an initial £12m offer back in July.

Since then, they have been annoyed by multiple enquiries for the winger. And despite the player’s hopes of the Merseyside Blues accepting an offer, the club remained intransigent over their stance.

Silva previously admitted that the player needed to be convinced that Everton was the best place for him to develop his career and described him as the Toffees’ ‘present and future’. Yet he kept him out of the squad for their opening-weekend clash with Wolves and has since questioned his attitude in training.

According to a report in German paper Bild, Leipzig’s £25m offer was not enough for the English side, who only spent a reported £7m on Lookman when they bought him from Charlton Athletic back in January of last year.

The source claims that Everton were looking for a sum in excess of €30m in order to part with their 2017 signing.

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The transfer window has already closed for German clubs, which means that Lookman will be staying put unless another team from either Spain, Italy or France come knocking before 11 pm UK time.

Report: Raiders Cornerback Daryl Worley Suspended Four Games Following Arrest

Raiders cornerback Daryl Worley was suspended four games by the NFL on Friday according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. The suspension is subject to appeal.

Worley signed with the Raiders in April after being released by the Eagles earlier that month. He was arrested on April 15 in Philadelphia, pleading guilty to driving under the influence, resisting arrest and a firearms charge.

The West Virginia product previously spent two seasons with the Panthers after Carolina selected him in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. Worley tallied 111 tackles and three interceptions in Carolina.

Worley was traded from Carolina to Philadelphia in exchange for Torrey Smith in March.

Hannover 96 0-0 Borussia Dortmund: Report, Ratings & Reaction as BVB Held to Goalless Draw

Borussia Dortmund stayed top of the Bundesliga table with a 0-0 draw against Hannover on Friday night, but missed a crucial chance to keep up the pressure on Bayern Munich in the title race by dropping two points in just their second game of the season.

The first half saw both sides trying to assert themselves in possession, but both defences did well to prevent the opposition attacks from creating too many chances. Max Philipp was isolated as the lone man up front for Dortmund, whereas Takuma Asano and Niclas Fullkrug for Hannover struggled to find space against a deep-lying Dortmund defence. 

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The second half saw even less chances created as neither side ever truly took the game into their own hands. 

Dortmund will be the more disappointed of the two teams, as they will feel this has been two points dropped in the race for the Bundesliga title and for the league’s coveted Champions League places.  


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Key Talking Point

Hannover’s best chance of the game, and really their only chance of the game, fell to centre-back Waldemar Anton following a cross into the box. His half-volley looked to be heading in, but Thomas Delaney’s crucial intervention deflected the ball wide. 

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Hannover never did enough to trouble Roman Burki in Dortmund’s goal though, despite the efforts of Linton Maina on Hannover’s right-wing – who was their only bright spark in the game. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Esser (8); Sorg (7), Anton (7), Wimmer (7), Albornoz (6); Bebou (6), Walace (8), Fossum (7), Maina (9*); Fullkrug (5), Asano (5).

Substitutes: Wood (5), Ostrzolek (5), Bakalorz (5). 


STAR MAN – Hannover’s young right-winger Linton Maina put in a standout performance for his side. Maina came through Hannover’s youth team and made his debut last season, showing on Friday night just why Hannover have placed such faith in him. 

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The 19-year-old was Hannover’s best player on the pitch. He showed youthful exuberance, getting forward well and taking on his man whenever possible, and his determination to get back to defend stopped several dangerous Dortmund attacks. He will be a player to watch out for in the Bundesliga this season. 

WORST PLAYER – It may be harsh to label Hannover striker Asano as their worst player of the game, as he did not do anything wrong per se. Both Asano and his strike partner Fullkrug lacked the supply needed to cause problems for Dortmund. 

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Asano was substituted at half-time and was replaced by another striker in the form of Bobby Wood though, which meant Hannover’s manager was not seeing enough from Asano during the game. 


DORTMUND

Key Talking Point

Dortmund came into this game knowing they just needed to get the job done away from home against a dogged mid-table side in Hannover. This meant Dortmund would need someone to step up when a good chance presented itself. Both of Dortmund’s best chances of the game fell to Marco Reus. 

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Reus was denied by a great save by Michael Esser in goal before then hitting the crossbar. The game showed why Dortmund made the loan signing of Paco Alcacer from Barcelona, as Max Philipp as the lone striker did not do enough to add to Dortmund’s chances to win the game. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Burki (6); Piszczek (6), Diallo (8), Akanji (8), Schmelzer (6); Delaney (6), Witsel (6), Dahoud (6); Wolf (4), Philipp (5), Reus (8). 

Substitutes: Sancho (5), Guerreiro (5).


STAR MAN – Reus was the best of an average bunch for Dortmund against Hannover. He looked lively in the first half, and was front and centre for Dortmund’s best two chances of the game. 

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His first chance would have led to a goal if it wasn’t for a brilliant save off the foot by Esser in goal. Reus could have arguably done better with his second chance, however, managing only to hit the crossbar. 

WORST PLAYER – Wolf was anonymous on Dortmund’s left wing throughout the entire match. He was often caught in two minds, opting to pass back into midfield to Schmelzer rather than taking on defenders. 

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Dortmund will be counting the days until the return of Christian Pulisic, who will surely replace Wolf on his return to the first team. 


Looking Ahead

Dortmund did not do enough against Hannover to win all three points, and their manager Lucien Favre will be demanding vast improvements for his side, going forward. 

For Dortmund to compete against the likes of Bayern for the Bundesliga title this season, they will have to put in better attacking displays than what they showed against Hannover. 

August Trade Deadline Recap: Josh Donaldson Reportedly Traded to Cleveland

Aug. 31 is the last day for teams to add players that they hope to use in the postseason. On this date in 2017, the Astros acquired Justin Verlander from the Tigers one month before they’d begin their playoff journey. By the end of the season, he became one of the most important players on a World Series-winning team. An Aug. 31 acquisition can matter, so let’s break down the moves made on Friday.

Indians acquire Josh Donaldson from Blue Jays

By late Friday afternoon, it was clear that Toronto was going to trade Josh Donaldson; the only question was where he would land. After being linked with the Indians, Cardinals and Braves, Donaldson is reportedly headed to Cleveland for the stretch run. Don’t expect to see Donaldson in tomorrow’s lineup, he hasn’t played since May 28 because of a strained calf, but he’s reportedly due to return to action sometime next week (and the Indians just happen to play the Blue Jays next weekend).

It’s a worthy gamble for the Indians. A free agent at the end of the season, Donaldson is one of the game’s marquee hitters when healthy. The 2015 AL MVP hit a combined 111 homers from 2015-17 and ended the ‘17 season on an absolute tear, hitting 24 homers and slashing .302/.406/.698 over the his final 54 games. The question this year has been his health. Donaldson started the season seemingly unable to throw to first base in his opening day game against the Yankees, and his production was rather paltry (234/.333/.423) in the 36 games he played before heading to the disabled list.

The Blue Jays will pick up the remaining $3.7 million of Donaldson’s salary, while the 32-year-old will play third and MVP candidate Jose Ramirez will presumably move to second base. That likely leaves second baseman Jason Kipnis, scuffling along with a .229 average and 13 homers, as the odd man out.

Even if Donaldson doesn’t return to top form, this trade is a gamble the Indians had to take. It’s a great pickup for them that only boosts their chances in the hyper-competitive AL pennant race.

Brewers acquire LHP Gio Gonzalez from Nationals

It’s a move that’s long overdue, but at least the Brewers acquired another starting pitcher. Now that Milwaukee has dipped five games behind the Cubs in the playoff race as of Friday and is clinging to the second Wild Card spot, GM David Stearns opted to bolster his starting rotation with the veteran lefty. Gonzalez had a great start to the season (a 2.10 ERA and 8.33 K/9 over 11 starts), but has been pretty dreadful since then (6.53 ERA, .304 batting average against in 16 starts). Despite his struggles, the Brewers need the help. While lefty Wade Miley has been a pleasant surprise (2.18 ERA in 11 starts), Milwaukee’s starters don’t strike many hitters out (their leader is Junior Guerra at 8.5) and none between Guerra, Jhoulys Chacin and Chase Anderson have an ERA under 3.60.

What Gonzalez can offer the Brewers is a rubber arm. One of the league’s most reliable innings eaters, Gonzalez has made at least 31 starts in seven of the last eight seasons. Having already relied heavily on the bullpen all season (we’ll talk about that more below), manager Craig Counsell can use a starting pitcher who can give top relievers Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress a rest.

Dodgers acquire RHP Ryan Madson from Nationals 

Madson is a worthy boost for a tired Dodgers bullpen, but it remains unclear how healthy the 38-year-old righthander is. A year after producing a 1.86 ERA and 10.2 K/9 for the A’s and Nationals, Madson has battled injuries and ineffectiveness throughout 2018. He currently sits with a 5.28 ERA and a paltry 2.73 K/BB rate (compared to 7.44 last year) and is coming off of the disabled list due to shoulder irritation.

Despite the red flags, the Dodgers are willing to take the risk. Since he was activated from the disabled list on Aug. 20, closer Kenley Jansen has a 15.75 ERA with four home runs allowed over four appearances. Jansen allowed just four home runs in his 45 prior appearances, and a combined nine home runs over 136 regular-season games in 2016 and 2017. Even if Jansen corrects his issues, manager Dave Roberts isn’t sure how to get to him. One option is starter Kenta Maeda, an ace reliever in last year’s playoffs who has been working out of the bullpen since Aug. 14. Maeda closed out a recent 3–1 win over the Rangers, but surrendered the winning run in a 2–1 loss to the Giants in his first relief outing of the season. Another option will be Ross Stripling, who earned All-Star plaudits as a starter this season, but was moved to the bullpen after Hyun-jin Ryu returned from the disabled list. Stripling has been on the disabled list since late July with a toe injury, but is expected to return soon.

After that, few, if any of the relievers inspire confidence in high-leverage situations. Pedro Baez is loathed by most of the fan base, but he’s been the team’s best reliever in August (0.34 ERA, 11.57 K/9 over his last nine appearances). Scott Alexander was briefly offered the closer’s job in Jansen’s absence and quickly proved himself better as a situational lefty than a closer or a setup man. Righty Dylan Floro shows flashes of a shutdown righty, but has surrendered the winning run in two of his three high-leverage ninth-inning appearances. Daniel Hudson and J.T. Chargois, key components for most of the season, are currently on the 10-day DL.

The point of it all? Madson may not inspire great confidence right now, but Roberts needs all the help he can get for an inconsistent unit.

Brewers acquire Xavier Cedeño from White Sox

It’s a small move, but more proof that the Brewers plan on using an arsenal of relievers to win games late in the season. Cedeño is a journeyman lefty (167 IP over eight seasons) who is compiling a strong year in Chicago (2.84 ERA, 9.9 K/9 in 33 appearances). He’ll probably be no more than a situational lefty, but adds another layer to a bullpen that is reeling a bit since the demotion of former closer Corey Knebel. Expect Cedeño to be a seventh-inning option before the likes of Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader.

Athletics acquire Cory Gearrin from Rangers

Gearrin will play for his third team in 2018 and will add bullpen depth to an A’s team that may have to consider the Rays’ “bullpenning” strategy. In the last two weeks, Oakland has lost starting pitchers Sean Manaea and Brett Anderson to the disabled list. General manager David Forst conceded that the A’s are considering the “bullpenning” strategy with a dearth of available starters, so Gearrin exists as a bullpen reinforcement just in case manager Bob Melvin adopts that strategy.