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WEDNESDAY 06/19/19 – SOFTBALL REGISTRATION DEADLINE TODAY

YESTERDAY AT THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES, THE LOUISVILLE-AUBURN GAME WAS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF WEATHER, AND WILL RESUME AT NOON TODAY.  ALSO ON TODAY’S SCHEDULE IN OMAHA, VANDERBILT PLAYS MISSISSIPPI STATE, AND TEXAS TECH FACES FLORIDA STATE.

CINCINNATI HAS BEEN INHOSPITABLE FOR THE ASTROS.  JESSE WINKER AND DEREK DIETRICH HOMERED OFF JUSTIN VERLANDER IN THE FIRST INNING LAST NIGHT, AND THE REDS HELD ON FOR A 4-3 VICTORY OVER THE HOUSTON ASTROS WINNING THE SERIES.  THE ASTROS WILL FINISH THE SERIES IN CINCINNATI TODAY AT 11:35.  THE TEXAS RANGERS DID NOT FAIR ANY BETTER LAST NIGHT.  THE CLEVELAND INDIANS BELTED THREE HOMERS IN A  ROW,  IN THE 7TH INNING TO OVERWHELM THE RANGERS 10-3.  THE RANGERS HOST THE INDIANS AGAIN AT 7PM TONIGHT.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 HUNTSVILLE MEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE ENDS TODAY.  ROSTERS AND FEES ARE DUE TODAY AND LEAGUE PLAY BEGINS A WEEK FROM TODAY.

Former Bearkat McCown retires from NFL, joins ESPN as analyst

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After a circuitous career that began 17 years ago in Arizona, quarterback Josh McCown is retiring from football, he announced Monday on The Players’ Tribune.

McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets. He made the decision to retire after consulting with his family for the past few months. His body feels fresh — he appeared in only four games last season — but he decided to move on to the next chapter.

“I guess it just goes to show that you don’t always get to choose your own path,” McCown wrote. “But looking back, I’m proud of how my career has gone. I don’t shy away from the journeyman label. I embrace it, full force.

“Because it’s been one heck of a journey.”

Later Monday, it was announced that McCown is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. He will make his debut Wednesday on NFL Live.

“I am excited to make the transition into broadcasting with ESPN which will allow me to still be involved with the game I love. I look forward to bringing ESPN viewers the unique insights that I have gained throughout my career,” he said in a statement.

Jets coach Adam Gase, speaking at the start of the offseason, left open the possibility of McCown’s return, but the team opted to sign Trevor Siemian as Sam Darnold‘s backup.

McCown never was a star player in the league, but his career is extraordinary in its own right. He played for eight teams over 17 years, beginning with the Arizona Cardinals in 2002; in fact, he was the last player from the 2002 draft to still be active. He spent four seasons with Arizona, then played for DetroitOakland and Carolina. He also spent time with Miami and San Francisco, but never played in games for them.

After one season out of the NFL, McCown restarted his career with the Chicago Bears (2011 to 2013), enjoying a terrific 2013 season in which he threw 13 touchdown passes and only one interception.

He spent most of his career as the proverbial “bridge” quarterback, bouncing from one rebuilding situation to another. That was his role with the Jets; he also was heavily involved in mentoring Darnold.

After enjoying a career year in 2017, McCown lost his job in the preseason to Darnold, a first-round pick. It wasn’t much of a competition. McCown spent nearly the entire preseason watching from the sideline as Darnold was given a clear path to the starting job.

McCown embraced his role as Darnold’s mentor. When McCown re-signed in March 2018 (one year, $10 million), he knew there was a good chance the team would draft a quarterback in the first round. The Jets wanted him back because of his unselfish attitude and willingness to help young quarterbacks. It was costly from a financial standpoint, but it was “money well spent,” Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said.

“I think it was just awesome to be able to learn and watch him,” Darnold said of McCown, who lived in the same building as the young quarterback and spent countless hours with him outside the team’s facility.

Well-traveled McCown was pressed into starting duty for three straight games when Darnold was out with a foot injury, weeks 10 to 12, but he wasn’t able to recapture his 2017 form. He struggled mightily, completing only 54.5 percent of his passes for 539 yards, with one touchdown and four interceptions. The Jets lost all three games.

McCown signed with the Jets in 2017 after starting 22 games over the previous three seasons for Tampa Bay and Cleveland. He landed the Jets’ starting job by default, as young quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty struggled in the preseason. McCown wound up setting career highs for completions (267), yards (2,926) and touchdown passes (18). The players voted him team MVP even though he missed the last three games with a broken hand.

“No matter what team I was on, I tried to serve it to the best of my ability, and I tried to influence my team in a positive manner,” McCown wrote on The Players’ Tribune. “I hope I did that. And I made sure that when my number was called, I was prepared, and I gave it everything I had, every time.”

For his career, McCown has 17,707 yards, 98 touchdown passes, 82 interceptions and a 79.7 passer rating.

 

[https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/26994811/mccown-retires-nfl-joins-espn-analyst]

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MONDAY 06/17/19 – HORNETS REPRESENTED IN IN H.S. RODEO FINALS

THE TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ASSOCIATION FINALS TOOK PLACE OVER THE WEEKEND IN ABILENE AND SEVERAL HUNTSVILLE HORNETS PARTICIPATED.  SAVANNAH JENSEN FINISHED 3RD IN BARREL RACING, RHODY NILES FINISHED 5TH IN BAREBACK RIDING AND BRADLEE MILLER FINISHED 8TH.  BRADLEE MILLER FINISHED 5TH IN BULL RIDING AS WELL.  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HORNETS FOR A GREAT STATE SHOWING!

GARY WOODLAND DENIED BROOKS KOEPKA‘S BID AT HISTORY AND MADE U.S. OPEN MEMORIES OF HIS OWN SUNDAY WITH A BIRDIE PUTT ON THE FINAL HOLE THAT GAVE HIM THE SILVER TROPHY IN AT PEBBLE BEACH.  KOEPKA, TRYING TO MATCH A 114-YEAR-OLD RECORD WITH HIS THIRD STRAIGHT U.S. OPEN, KEPT THE PRESSURE ON UNTIL THE VERY END. WOODLAND GOT BETTER WITH EACH BIG MOMENT HE FACED, FINISHING IN STYLE WITH A 30-FOOT BIRDIE PUTT FOR A 2-UNDER 69, GIVING HIM THE LOWEST 72-HOLE SCORE IN SIX U.S. OPENS AT PEBBLE BEACH AND A THREE-SHOT VICTORY OVER KOEPKA.

THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES GOT UNDERWAY OVER THE WEEKEND IN OMAHA.  MICHIGAN OPENED THE SERIES WITH THEIR FIRST COLLEGE WORLD SERIES WIN SINCE 1983, DEFEATING TEXAS TECH, 5-3.  FLORIDA STATE BEAT ARKANSAS, 1-0.  IT WAS VANDERBILT DEFEATING LOUISVILLE, 3-1, AND A 4-RUN 9TH INNING LIFTS MISSISSIPPI STATE OVER AUBURN, 5-4.  TODAY, THE RED RAIDERS TAKE ON ARKANSAS AT 1PM, AND MICHIGAN PLAYS FLORIDA STATE AT 6PM.

TRENT THORNTON WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SUNDAY’S GAME AGAINST THE ASTROS SINCE HE WAS TRADED TO TORONTO IN THE OFFSEASON.  HE DELIVERED ARGUABLY HIS BEST START OF THE SEASON, ROUTING THE ASTROS IN A SHUT OUT, 12-0.  THE ASTROS HEAD TO CINCINNATI TO BEGIN A SERIES WITH THE REDS TONIGHT AT 6:10.

THE REDS’ JESSE WINKER HOMERED AND SET CAREER HIGHS WITH FOUR HITS AND FIVE R-B-I’s AS CINCINNATI BEAT THE TEXAS RANGERS 11-3 SUNDAY TO AVOID A THREE-GAME SWEEP.  THE RANGERS HEAD BACK TO ARLINGTON TO HOST THE CLEVELAND INDIANS TONIGHT AT 7:05.

THE HOUSTON TEXANS WILL NO LONGER PURSUE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL NICK CASERIO FOR THEIR GENERAL MANAGER POSITION.  AS A RESULT, THE PATRIOTS DROPPED THE TAMPERING CHARGES THEY FILED WEDNESDAY AGAINST THE TEXANS FOR THE ATTEMPTED HIRE OF CASERIO.  TEXANS CEO CAL MCNAIR SAID IN A STATEMENT, “WHEN WE STARTED THE PROCESS TO INTERVIEW NICK CASERIO FOR OUR G-M POSITION, WE CONSULTED THE LEAGUE OFFICE ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS, FOLLOWED THE PROCEDURES OUTLINED IN THE LEAGUE’S RULES AND BELIEVED WE WERE IN FULL COMPLIANCE.”  MCNAIR WENT ON TO SAY, AFTER LEARNING THE DETAILS OF CASERIO’S CONTRACT WITH THE PATRIOTS, HE CALLED ROBERT KRAFT TO TELL HIM THE TEXANS WERE DROPPING THE PURSUIT.

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THURSDAY 06/13/19 – NEW BASEBALL COACH FOR HORNETS

THE HUNTSVILLE HORNETS HAVE A NEW HEAD BASEBALL COACH.  JUSTIN JENNINGS HAS BEEN THE HEAD COACH AT SHERMAN HIGH SCHOOL THE PAST FOUR YEARS.  COACH JENNINGS HAS ALSO HAD COACHING STOPS AT CLARK UNIVERSITY, PERU STATE COLLEGE AND EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, AS WELL AS ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL IN ARKANSAS.

GOBEARKATS.COM REPORTS THE SAM HOUSTON STATE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS HAD SEVEN STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS.  GRADUATE STUDENT MICHAEL NICHOLS, SENIORS TYLER ADAMS, JOSHUA HERNANDEZ AND AARON AKENS AND JUNIOR CLAYTON FRITSCH MADE IT ON THE MEN’S SIDE AND SENIORS HALIE DANIEL AND JAMIE ECKFORD WERE SELECTED TO THE WOMEN’S TEAM.

THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FILED TAMPERING CHARGES YESTERDAY AGAINST THE HOUSTON TEXANS FOR THE ATTEMPTED GENERAL MANAGER HIRE OF NICK CASERIO.  THE NFL’S ANTI-TAMPERING POLICY STATES, “ANY INTERFERENCE BY A MEMBER CLUB WITH THE EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP OF ANOTHER CLUB OR ANY ATTEMPT BY A CLUB TO IMPERMISSIBLY INDUCE A PERSON TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT WITH THAT CLUB OR WITH THE NFL” IS IMPERMISSIBLE.

SIX MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN THE BRAZEN AMBUSH SHOOTING OF BOSTON RED SOX ICON DAVID “BIG PAPI” ORTIZ THAT OCCURRED AT A CROWDED NIGHTCLUB IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SUNDAY NIGHT.  PROSECUTORS SAID WEDNESDAY THAT THE SUSPECTS SET OUT TO KILL THE RETIRED BASEBALL PLAYER TO COLLECT AN $8,000 BOUNTY PLACED ON HIS HEAD.  ORTIZ WAS FLOWN TO BOSTON LATE SUNDAY NIGHT ON AN AIR AMBULANCE JET CHARTERED BY THE RED SOX TEAM AND UNDERWENT A SECOND SURGERY.

ON THE DIAMONDS LAST NIGHT, THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS PILED UP STRIKE-OUTS LIKE CORD-WOOD.  EVEN WITH A CAREER NIGHT FROM JUSTIN VERLANDER, THE ASTROS LOST THE MATCH IN 14-INNINGS, AFTER A MIKE MOUSTAKAS 2-RUN HOMER LED THE BREWERS INTO THE CLUB HOUSE WITH THE WIN.  THE ASTROS GET THE DAY OFF, AND WILL RETURN TO HOST THE BLUE JAYS ON FRIDAY.  TEXAS RANGER RELIEVER, JESSE CHAVEZ, GAVE BOSTON’S MOOKIE BETTS 4 STRAIGHT PITCHES OUTSIDE THE ZONE TO GIVE THE RED SOX A BASES-LOADED WALK AND THE  4-3 WIN.  THE RANGERS AND SOX FACE OFF AGAIN AT 6:10 THIS EVENING.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS’ STAR FORWARD KEVIN DURANT CONFIRMED THAT HE RUPTURED HIS RIGHT ACHILLES TENDON DURING GAME 5 OF THE NBA FINALS IN TORONTO MONDAY NIGHT.  DURANT ALSO CONFIRMED THAT HE HAD UNDERGONE SURGERY AND THAT IT WAS A SUCCESS.  IF TORONTO WANTS TO WIN THEIR FIRST EVER NBA CHAMPIONSHIP TONIGHT, IT WILL BE IN THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA.  TORONTO LEADS THE SERIES 3-2.  TIP-OFF IS 8PM ON ABC.

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