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Brewers face key test — Keeping playoff hopes alive without Yelich

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Horrible information from Miami, the place the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 4-3, however introduced after the sport that Christian Yelich will miss the remainder of the season after breaking a kneecap on a foul ball within the first inning. The freak damage got here on a 1-1 slider from Elieser Hernandez that Yelich fouled off the highest of his proper knee. He crumpled to the bottom and lay there for a pair minutes earlier than strolling off underneath his personal energy, however grimacing in ache as he retreated into the clubhouse.

It is a devastating damage for the Brewers, who lose not simply their finest participant, however a participant who had an opportunity to win his second consecutive Nationwide League MVP award, as Yelich’s season ends with him batting .329/.429/.671 with 44 house runs and 30 stolen bases. His mixture of hitting with energy, hitting for common and thievery on the bases has made him one of the thrilling gamers within the sport the previous two seasons, an apparent fan favourite in Milwaukee but additionally one of many faces of the sport as a celebrity slugger.

The Brewers started the evening two video games again of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card berth and pushed throughout the successful run within the prime of the ninth. Trent Grisham, Yelich’s alternative within the lineup, contributed a key double. With nearer Josh Hader unavailable, Drew Pomeranz labored round two hits within the backside of the ninth for his first save.

Basic supervisor David Stearns commented after the sport on the crushing loss:

David Stearns with the information that Christian Yelich has suffered a fractured proper kneecap: pic.twitter.com/HxMVzccDxJ

— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) September 11, 2019

Lorenzo Cain additionally commented on dropping his outfield mate:

Lorenzo Cain mentioned Christian Yelich had tears in his eyes after studying his kneecap was damaged, understandably so: pic.twitter.com/MO6dyvsYOk

— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) September 11, 2019

The Brewers are already taking part in with an injury-riddled lineup. Standout rookie second baseman Keston Hiura, second on the staff in OPS, has been out since Aug. 30 with a hamstring pressure. Mike Moustakas, who pinch-hit on Tuesday, has had simply seven plate appearances since Aug. 26 as a result of a wrist damage. Cain (knee) and Ryan Braun (again) have been taking part in via accidents.

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In some way, the Brewers have nonetheless gained 5 in a row — together with the ultimate three video games of a four-game collection in opposition to the Cubs — and eight of their previous 10. There’s not a lot solace right here, however Yelich has missed time this 12 months with recurring again issues and the Brewers are 10-7 when he does not begin (11-7 should you depend Tuesday’s win). The Brewers even have the simplest remaining schedule of the NL playoff contenders as they’ve just one collection remaining in opposition to a playoff contender (this weekend at St. Louis). They’ve two extra video games in Miami and, after the Cardinals collection, end up with the Padres, Pirates, Reds and Rockies.

Nonetheless, a makeshift lineup will now be much more makeshift. Travis Shaw began at third base on Tuesday and he is hitting .151. Cory Spangenberg began at second and he has a .273 OBP. Hernan Perez performed shortstop and he has a .276 OBP. Cain is hitting simply .253/.321/.353. With out their MVP candidate, and minus Hiura and Moustakas, you need to marvel the place the runs will come from. A minimum of the Brewers have some depth within the outfield with Grisham — who has hit .263/.324/.455 in 33 video games — and Ben Gamel, however they don’t seem to be going to come back near Yelich’s manufacturing.

This Brewers staff has discovered a strategy to overcome adversity, nevertheless. Final 12 months, they gained their ultimate seven video games and 9 of their ultimate 10 to drive a tie with the Cubs for the NL Central title after which beat the Cubs within the tiebreaker recreation. This 12 months, they’ve needed to overcome the struggles and accidents within the rotation. Jhoulys Chacin, who began that tiebreaker recreation a 12 months in the past, went from workers ace to getting launched in late August with a 5.79 ERA. Brandon Woodruff, their finest starter this season, has been out since July 21 with an indirect damage. Corbin Burnes was imagined to be a key a part of the rotation, however he is 1-5 with a 9.00 ERA. Then there’s reliever Jeremy Jeffress, an All-Star final season who was not too long ago minimize free as effectively.

In some way the Brewers have fought via all of this and remained within the playoff race. They are going to want Grisham or Braun or Eric Thames to get on a roll. They want Moustakas again ASAP. Supervisor Craig Counsell confirmed restraint in not utilizing Hader on Tuesday after he had pitched Saturday and Sunday in opposition to the Cubs, however he is in all probability going to have experience the dominant lefty a little bit tougher these ultimate two-plus weeks.

On paper, the Brewers have little likelihood. They have been outscored on the season, their finest participant is down, they’ve floor to make up and treasured little time left. However do not depend them out:

The temper within the #Brewers clubhouse was predictably muted. However that did not cease plenty of gamers from cheering a Cubs throwing error that allowed the Padres to take a 4-2 lead in San Diego with the sport taking part in on the TVs.

— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) September 11, 2019

As they are saying, in baseball, something can occur.

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Spinal surgery gives UConn’s Hurley new outlook

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HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn males’s basketball coach Dan Hurley says he spent his life believing that when it got here to his well being, he was bulletproof.

That was earlier than he was informed by docs in August that he had a degenerative spinal situation that might have left him paralyzed.

Hurley returned to work full-time Wednesday, lower than two weeks after he had surgical procedure to interchange two disks in his neck with synthetic ones. He expects to make a full restoration however says that as well being scares go, this was terrifying.

“I began worrying and having quite a lot of anxiousness about my well being and my skill to get again to being myself,” he stated. “You begin enjoying worst-case situations in your head.”

Hurley stated docs informed him the situation was partly hereditary and partly the results of years of the wear and tear and tear related to being a lifelong athlete.

UConn coach Dan Hurley stated Wednesday that he has a brand new perspective after present process surgical procedure to interchange two disks in his neck. With out the surgical procedure, docs informed him a tough fall or bump may have left him paralyzed. Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire

He stated he hoped to take care of the discomfort and tingling he was feeling by way of bodily remedy or possibly an injection, however docs shortly informed him that he wanted fast surgical procedure and that any onerous fall or bump may depart him paralyzed.

He had the surgical procedure on Sept. 6, with the physician utilizing an incision in his throat to get to his backbone. He stated he was informed that for consultants, it is a comparatively routine process.

The 46-year-old coach stated he felt higher instantly however has some restrictions for the subsequent month, comparable to being prohibited from flying or lifting something heavier than 10 kilos.

Hurley, recognized for his animated teaching model, stated he has saved recruits knowledgeable and may be very assured the scenario will not have any long-term results on his skill to do his job the best way he has all the time finished it.

Nevertheless, he stated his first main well being situation has modified his perspective on life.

“How necessary my religion is to me was bolstered. How necessary my household is to me was bolstered,” he stated. “And simply how necessary I’m to my gamers, to not simply succeed and excel of their careers. My true sense and goal as a coach got here into a lot clearer focus for me.”

His gamers gave him a heat welcome again on Wednesday. He stated that meant quite a bit to him, nevertheless it did not make him go any simpler on them.

“Any of, like, that feeling sorry for me or goodwill towards the coach getting back from damage went out the door once I bought on guys for his or her lack of defensive prowess,” he stated. “Yeah, all that love is gone.”

UConn opens its season Nov. eight in opposition to Sacred Coronary heart.

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Jerry Jones, Texas Gov. speak at Pickens’ funeral

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DALLAS — T. Boone Pickens was remembered at a funeral on Thursday for his humor, tenacity and larger-than-life character.

“Boone was greater than life. The truth is, Boone was greater than Texas itself,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned on the service at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

Abbott recalled that when Pickens was as soon as requested if he was from Texas or Oklahoma, he replied: “Each.” Abbott mentioned, “Boone was too massive to be confined to only one state.”

The brash and quotable oil tycoon, who grew even wealthier by way of company takeover makes an attempt, died Sept. 11 on the age of 91 at his Dallas house.

There will likely be a public memorial Sept. 25 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at his alma mater, Oklahoma State College. Pickens donated lots of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} to OSU.

Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones advised these gathered that when confronted with difficulties, Pickens typically used humor and tenacity. Jones mentioned that was very true as Pickens’ well being failed close to the tip of his life.

“Boone would get slapped again. Boy, right here he’d come once more. He’d get slapped again. He’d name on that humor. He’d name on every part he might. He would encourage the folks round him,” Jones mentioned. “Boone was a fourth-quarter participant. Most likely one of the best fourth-quarter participant you and I’ll have ever had the privilege of being on the crew with.”

A message Pickens wrote earlier than his loss of life recalling life classes was posted on-line Wednesday.

“If I needed to single out one piece of recommendation that is guided me by way of life, probably it might be from my grandmother, Nellie Molonson,” a part of the message learn. “She at all times made some extent of creating positive I understood that on the street to success, there isn’t any level in blaming others whenever you fail.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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What happens now for Nico Hulkenberg?

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Nico Hulkenberg of Renault F1 Staff within the paddock through the Method One Grand Prix of Italy. Getty Pictures

SINGAPORE — When Nico Hulkenberg awoke to a hazy Singapore on Thursday morning, he should have felt assured his Method One profession may realistically survive past 2019.

Renault’s choice to companion Daniel Ricciardo with Esteban Ocon for 2020 had left the skilled German scrambling to discover a place on the grid, however there have been nonetheless choices out there. Probably the most fancied was at Haas with the out-of-sorts Romain Grosjean considered from the surface as a 50-50 shot at finest to retain his seat alongside Kevin Magnussen.

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However at 3:00pm, across the time the haze had subsided, all the things modified. Haas introduced they have been retaining Grosjean for subsequent season, and with it, Hulkenberg’s 2020 choices narrowed even additional.

“I sort of knew it was coming, or may see it coming,” a dissatisfied Hulkenberg informed a packed media contingent at Marina Bay. “Haas was positively an choice, and we have been speaking, however we simply could not agree on a deal.

“Proper now I do not know [what I will do] however I feel there’s nonetheless potentialities and life like possibilities, we simply want a bit extra time. I feel you may see for your self what’s out there and what’s not. That is fairly apparent.”

There are at present 5 seats out there for 2020.

Crimson Bull is but to announce who will companion Max Verstappen, whereas the 2 Toro Rosso slots will likely be stuffed as soon as that call is made. The trio of Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat are all vying for the primary seat with the unfortunate two drivers anticipated to take the positions on the junior staff. Whereas potential, it is unlikely Hulkenberg would come into consideration — primarily as a result of he is by no means been concerned within the Crimson Bull household — leaving simply two life like choices.

The primary is at Williams, following Robert Kubica’s announcement he could be leaving the staff at season’s finish. However does Hulkenberg, a person with eight seasons of expertise and 172 races below his belt, actually need to be preventing with George Russell behind the grid?

“As a lot as I need to proceed, for me it must make sense,” Hulkenberg stated. “I am not determined to remain in Method One. It must be smart and it must be the appropriate deal. I am not disregarding or disrespecting Williams.”

With Hulkenberg all however drawing a line by way of Williams, that leaves one closing seat at Alfa Romeo — at present occupied by Antonio Giovinazzi. Ever since Alfa Romeo’s involvement with the staff happened at first of 2018, a Ferrari junior driver has occupied that seat as a part of a wider technical relationship with Maranello, however proper now it is his finest shot of remaining within the sport.

Whereas it is clear Hulkenberg’s choices have dried up, it doesn’t suggest he is wanting outdoors of Method One.

“There was curiosity from different [motorsport] sequence,” Hulkenberg stated. “However I’ve probably not pursued that. My head may be very a lot right here nonetheless.”

Why did Haas select Grosjean over Hulkenberg?

Gunther Steiner of Germany and Haas F1 through the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 04, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. Getty Pictures

Each Guenther Steiner and Gene Haas have been in negotiations with the out-of-contract Hulkenberg all through the summer season break, however there was a motive he by no means acquired a proper contract to look over.

“Generally you want the brand new hearth ignited, however typically you should take into consideration how we did it between 2017 and 2018,” Steiner stated. “So why would I need to change and take a danger? With Romain, we all know what we have got.”

Being a identified amount was a serious benefit for Grosjean. The 33-year-old has had his ups and downs — together with a sequence of avoidable accidents at first of final season — however he has been there for the reason that first race in 2016 and contributed to lots of the staff’s higher outcomes.

Hulkenberg could also be equally as gifted, however how lengthy would it not take for him to stand up to hurry at a brand new staff? And will he attain the identical heights? Plus, would it not actually be honest to dump Grosjean following Haas’ season-long battle with tyre points that he cannot precisely be blamed for.

“This 12 months our automobile isn’t performing as we wish it to carry out, which in the long run has nothing to do with the drivers we’ve within the automobile,” Steiner stated. “Romain was a giant a part of understanding what’s incorrect with the automobile. I do not know if altering driver would assist us to be higher.

“They’re each superb drivers, however in the long run we determined to stick with Romain. He has been with the staff for 4 years and he is aware of the staff effectively.”

Grosjean could have acquired the contract, however he can contemplate himself a tad lucky to retain his place at Haas. The Frenchman has solely tallied eight championship factors this season and has been outscored by Magnussen 74-45 for the reason that starting of 2018.

If he hopes to proceed past 2020, he might want to discover consistency and scale back the errors which have plagued him in current seasons.

However for now, he’s simply excited to proceed his journey with Haas.

“It is nice information that I will likely be with the staff for a fifth consecutive season,” Grosjean stated. “We have been collectively from day one and it feels just like the story isn’t but over.

“Clearly this 12 months has been a problem, however it has additionally been a great 12 months when it comes to rising for the staff and what went incorrect and the way we will transfer on sooner or later. I am wanting ahead to many extra races in black and gold below the Haas colors.”

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