Patriots Make Another Surprising Cut, Eagles Cut Preseason in Half, & More
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Dan here with this week's edition of Fan Made Club Sports News.
Let's see what's going on this week that you actually care about...
Eagles' Doug Pederson says he would vote to cut preseason in half, add more joint practices
Preseason games have always been rather forgettable, but with teams taking more and more precaution in anticipation of the real games, it's not uncommon for even the NFL's most notable executives to lament August's four-week schedule.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, for example, just this week went on the radio to propose an 18-game regular season that would steal two weeks of action from the preseason.
Jones' NFC East counterpart, Philadelphia Eagleshead coach Doug Pederson, did the same. But unlike Jones, who suggested that an additional two regular season contests would make for a "safer game," Pederson thinks games should be cut out altogether, not just replaced with more.
Patriots make another surprising cut at wide receiver, their third cut this month
At the rate the Patriots are going, they might not have any receivers left by the time the regular season rolls around.
The Patriots announced they have decided to part ways with Kenny Britt, marking the third time this month that the team has cut a wide receiver. Back on Aug. 1, the Patriots released Jordan Matthews. Less than a week later, the team followed up that move by cutting Malcolm Mitchell.
Although there was definitely a surprise factor in all three moves, it's pretty clear that injuries played a factor in the Patriots' decision-making process. On Matthews' end, he was cut just days after suffering a hamstring injury in training camp. As for Mitchell, he had been dealing with a knee issue before the team decided to let him go.
David Wright nearing a feel-good return to the majors, but Mets in no rush to activate him
Mets third baseman David Wright is set to play with Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday night in a big step toward finally returning to the majors.
Wright, 35, hasn't appeared in a major-league game since May 27, 2016. He's been saddled with spinal stenosis and has had to undergo three surgeries just in the time since he last appeared in a game.
Widely known as one of baseball's truly good guys, seeing Wright play again through his chronic back injury would be pretty damn cool.
Lance McCullers Jr. unlikely to rejoin the Astros' rotation when he returns from the DL
Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. has been on the disabled list since Aug. 5 because of a muscle strain in his forearm, and Houston manager A.J. Hinch says that he is unlikely to return to the rotation once he's healthy, the Associated Press reports.
When Hinch spoke to reporters on Sunday, he acknowledged that it would be difficult for the Astros to build McCullens back up as a starter before the season's end. McCullers has posted a 3.93 ERA and a career-high 138 strikeouts in 126 innings over 22 starts this season.
McCullers was originally scheduled to throw a bullpen session as early as this weekend in Anaheim, but his rehab was slowed down because of a "continued lack of progress." Hinch told reporters that they are still targeting September for him to resume throwing off the mound.
Junior QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr. to start for Army vs. Duke
Army coach Jeff Monken says Kelvin Hopkins Jr. will start at quarterback on Friday night at Duke.
Hopkins, who had 40 yards rushing and 76 passing in seven games as a sophomore last season, has never played an entire game. He takes over for Ahmad Bradshaw, who helped guide the Black Knights to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in three decades.
Bradshaw averaged 7.2 yards per carry in setting a school record with 1,746 yards rushing in 2017, his final year. The complex triple-option offense he commanded lost only four fumbles in 785 rushing plays. Army led the nation in rushing with 4,710 yards, averaging 6 yards a carry and 362.3 yards a game.
J.D. Martinez has a shot at baseball's Triple Crown, but Jose Ramirez could do something that is much more rare
With four weeks and six days to go in the 2018 regular season, Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez has a very real chance to win the American League Triple Crown. Martinez currently leads in the league in batting average (.337) and RBI (110), and his 38 home runs are one behind Khris Davis for the league lead.
The Triple Crown is a very cool accomplishment that has only happened 16 times in history, and only once in the last half-century. Miguel Cabrera was the last to do it back in 2012, when he lead the league with a .330 average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBI en route to being named AL MVP. Before Cabrera, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was the last player to win the Triple Crown. He won it back in 1967.
That's it for this week's Fan Made Club Sports News!
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