Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is going with #1, on his new jersey.The Alabama quarterback will not be able to wear the #13 jersey he donned while playing for Alabama because the number 13 retired for former Dolphin QB Dan Marino. Dan Marino QB for the Miami Dolphin action during the super bowl XIX, against San Francisco at Palo Alto, California, on Jan. 20, 1985. (AP Photo)Tua says he doesn’t care what number he wears. The Fins selected Tagovailoa fifth overall in last month’s NFL Draft.
CHICAGO >> Throwing to a new catcher didn’t matter. Wearing a new number on the back of his jersey didn’t matter. A different media market in a different time zone, even the absence of his family in the bleachers — nothing Thursday could alter the fact that Julio Urias is simply not ready to be a major league pitcher.The cold truth played out on a warm day before 37,422 at Wrigley Field, as the Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs improved on baseball’s best record (37-15) by winning three of four games in the series, while the Dodgers (28-27) return home having won three and lost four on a seven-game road trip.Urias kicked off the trip Friday by failing to complete three innings against the New York Mets. He ended it with his first major league loss.For the Dodgers, the decision to give their top prospect a second chance presented a bit of a Catch-22: The only way anyone could know whether Urias would rebound in his second start was to give him a second start. When Urias was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth inning, the Dodgers trailed 6-1. After two starts, his ERA stands at 9.39. “Julio’s going to be just fine,” Roberts said reassuringly. “He’s going to be better.” It’s usually safe to bet on baseball’s top pitching prospect approaching his potential.In the moment, though, this trip forced the Dodgers to grapple with Urias’ learning curve while simultaneously measuring their championship hopes against two of baseball’s best teams. The Mets are the defending National League champions. The Cubs are the presumptive favorites this year. Of greater concern than Urias: The Dodgers scratched only eight runs and 16 hits over four games in Chicago.“Their starting pitching — you win with starting pitching and they’ve got it,” Roberts said of the Cubs. “The offense there’s always terrific. Guys are always getting on base. They slug. They have swagger.”It was this combination that exposed the gap between the best team in the majors and the best pitcher in Triple-A. Roberts did not commit to giving Urias another start in another five days, when the Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies. Ready or not, the Dodgers had little choice but to promote Urias after he threw 27 consecutive scoreless innings for their top affiliate and Alex Wood was sidelined with an elbow injury. Wood is expected to miss more than a month.Urias “has the most talent probably in this locker room,” Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson said. “I mean, he’s 19 years old. He can compete up here. That’s why he’s up here.”Thompson’s solo home run against Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks (4-4) gave the Dodgers their first run Thursday. Corey Seager’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning drove in Kiké Hernandez with the second run.The loss dropped the Dodgers 5 1/2 games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants — their largest deficit all season. Clayton Kershaw will take the ball Friday after being named the National League’s pitcher of the month. He’ll face the rebuilding Atlanta Braves at home, a simple formula for success for a team that could use one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error To his credit, the 19-year-old left-hander rarely nibbled around the edges of the strike zone or overthrew catcher A.J. Ellis’ target. Both were problems in his debut, a game caught by Yasmani Grandal. Urias copped to being nervous in that game, which is understandable. His body language and composure on the mound were better Thursday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, but so was his opponent. The Cubs scored six runs against Urias — five were earned — on the strength of three laser-tagged home runs.Chicago was already ahead 2-0 when Javier Baez hit a two-run blast in the fourth inning. Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant hit home runs on consecutive pitches in the fifth. “I felt like my pitches were hitting their spots,” Urias said through an interpreter. “That’s what I liked about my outing.“It’s just those pitches I missed on, they were able to capitalize.”
The L.V. Rogers Bombers have qualified for the BC High School Boy’s AA Soccer Championships in Burnaby after recently capturing the Kootenay Zone title. The 16-team tournament runs Monday to Wednesday, with the provincial champion crowed later Wednesday.The Bombers are in a division with W.L. Seaton of Vernon, Brentwood College of Mill Bay and Sands High School in Delta.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to wish the boys well with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, Coaches Kerry Dyck and Simon Liddell, Joan Marcos, Gareth Bracewell, Jack Mckimm, Marco Falcone, Spencer Atkins, Juna Williams, Jona Caney, Milo Sheppard, Jaden Dyck, Jacob Erickson, Moss Caney, Aiden Mushumanski, Robin Bachmann, Thomas Baxter, Jesse Thurston and Ryder Marzicola.
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $95,169 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS 11 A.M., WITH GATES OPENING AT 9 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2015)–Sent to the lead, Callback opened up leaving the three furlong pole under Martin Garcia and went on to a hard-fought half length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes as she ran a mile in 1:36.92 while outrunning eight rival 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Bob Baffert, lightly raced Callback ran without blinkers for the first time in her four-race career.“I was just cruising all the way around there,” said Garcia, who has ridden her in all of her starts. “I asked her a little going into the far turn and then again when (second place finisher) Light the City came back at us, she took off. There was no way they were going to go by us. I don’t see why stretching out further would be any problem, she’s a good filly. She can do anything you want.”The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Callback paid $7.20, $5.00 and $4.40.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Callback, a Kentucky-bred filly by Street Sense, came off a second place finish in the Grade II Santa Ynez and tried two turns for the first time on Saturday. She picked up her second win and with the winner’s share of $180,000, increased her earnings to $245,450.“We’ve always been pretty high on her,” said Baffert, who also saddled 2-1 favorite Maybellene, who finished eighth with Rafael Bejarano. “They were high on her when they sent her in. I wanted to run one-two. My other filly, she just didn’t kick today…It was nice to get a win for Wayne Hughes. He couldn’t make it today.”Baffert indicated that Callback would be pointed for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, “Unless the earth moves or something.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Light the City broke from the far outside and was four-wide into the Club House turn but settled nicely into a good stalking trip down the backside as longshot Suva Harbor pressed the winner to the far turn. Light the City appeared to have Callback measured a furlong out, but was second best, finishing 3 ½ lengths in front of Achiever’s Legacy.Off at 7-1, Light the City paid $8.20 and $6.20.“In hindsight, maybe I should’ve switched posts with the winner, then they might have been taking my picture,” said Desormeaux. “I think that situation might have been the difference…She ran an incredible race. I’m thinkin’ she’s got a few Grade I’s with her name on them.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Achiever’s Legacy rallied from far off the pace to finish third, 2 ½ lengths in front of Majestic Presence. Achiever’s Legacy paid $6.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.89, 46.88, 1:11.42 and 1:24.22.There is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday of $95,169. Sunday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $500,000. First post time on Super Bowl Sunday at Santa Anita is at 11 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m.
RUBEN ALBARADO, ASSISTANT TO PETER MILLER, POSHKY, WINNER: “He was back with Cal-breds and I think that was the key. He likes this track and we knew there was speed in the race, so we just told him (Fernando Perez) to sit back and he’ll run big.“He rode the horse perfect. No questions asked. Poshky has always been a nice horse. He tries. We knew we had a good shot.” TYLER BAZE, ALERT BAY, SECOND: “I was sitting right where I wanted until Bejarano (Rafael on Ashleyluvssugar) moved at the five-eighths pole and when he moved, he made me move. You can’t make a five-eighths mile move and go on to win. I tried to give him a little breather around the turn but . . .“He ran hard, he’s such a nice horse. He always gives it to you and we’re proud of him.” JOCKEY QUOTES Albarado has been with Miller the past six years and before that was with Don Warren for 27 years. TRAINER QUOTES FERNANDO PEREZ, POSHSKY, WINNER: “Peter said there is a couple of speed horses but just try to relax, don’t fight him too much. I knew we would be in trouble if I couldn’t get him to relax. I had a really good trip, we broke well and I was able to have him relax, sit behind the speed, I went to the outside and we made it.” NOTES: The winning owners are Gary Barber of Los Angeles, Leonard Friedman (Silver Ranch Stable) and Adam Wachtel.
THE CAL CUP SPINT STAKES IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017) – Graded stakes winner Solid Wager heads a field of seven 4-year-olds and up in Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes at Santa Anita going 6 furlongs on the main track.Trained by Peter Miller, Solid Wager was most recently victorious in the 6 ½ furlong, Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 31 over a sloppy main track in a thrilling Dead Heat finish with stablemate St. Joe Bay.Off for more than five months in mid-2016, Solid Wager is a two time winner of the 7 furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar both in Nov. 2015 and 2016.Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable, Solid Wger is a 6-year-old bay gelding bred in California by Madera Thoroughbreds. He is by Birdonthewire out of the Valid Wager dam, G Ma. Solid Wager will be reunited with Martin Pedroza, as his most recent regular rider, Victor Espinoza, is set to ride two-time Horse of the Year, California Chrome, in the inaugural running of the $12 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream, also on Saturday (Approximate post time 2:44 PST.)Solid Wager is 31-8-3-4 for lifetime with $469,921 in earnings.The field, including jockeys and weights, for the Sunshine Millions Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint Stakes – Race 6 – Approximate post time of 2:15 p.m. Solid Wager, Martin Pedroza, 126Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 124Senator Robert, Martin Garcia, 120Tough But Nice, Rafael Bejarano, 120Well Measured, Kent Desormeaux, 122Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 124Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 122Special first post time for a 10-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 11:45 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.