David Ross ‘drawn’ to Cubs’ dugout as potential Joe Maddon successor

first_img“I think it’s one of the best jobs in baseball,” he said on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight.” Ross works as an MLB analyst for the network. “I’ve got a lot of close ties with those guys. I think the interest would be there. I think my heart is drawn to that dugout a little bit.”MORE: Six other candidates to replace Joe MaddonRoss also said he’s “sure waiting for that phone call” if the Cubs’ front office decides to consider him for the job. He is already on the team’s payroll as a special assistant in baseball operations. Ross, though, did make it a point to say he has a “nice job” at ESPN that allows him to spend time with his family.Ross, 42, has never been a manager or coach, but Cubs players viewed him as a coach when he served as the team’s backup catcher/personal catcher for Jon Lester in 2015 and 2016. “Grandpa Rossy” retired after the Cubs won the World Series in ’16.  MORE: Where will Joe Maddon manage in 2020?”From the very get-go, I felt like this guy will be a manager some day for sure,” ESPN.com quoted Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant as saying. Maddon and the Cubs agreed to part ways Sunday after five seasons together. Chicago missed the playoffs this year after four consecutive trips under Maddon. A breakup was expected after Epstein allowed Maddon to become a lame duck in 2019, the final year of his contract.Ross tweeted a tribute to Maddon after the news was announced.It was a honor having the opportunity to play for Joe Maddon and winning a Championship with him during one of the greatest runs in the history of the Chicago Cubs. I learned a tremendous amount from him and wish him continued success in this game. pic.twitter.com/xr0OLFSTiZ— David Ross (@D_Ross3) September 29, 2019Ross has shown interest in managing in the recent past. He interviewed last October with the Twins, who hired Rocco Baldelli to replace Paul Molitor. David Ross would welcome an opportunity to succeed Joe Maddon as Cubs manager.Ross said Sunday that running the club with which he ended his playing career appeals to him.last_img read more

NASCAR at Michigan results: Kevin Harvick shows his power in FireKeepers Casino 400

first_imgThough NASCAR will have plenty of time to get the race in before sunset in Brooklyn, Mi. — nearly 9 p.m. ET — the relatively late start time for an afternoon race is notable, as Michigan International Speedway has no lights.Saturday’s race is scheduled for 156 laps around the two-mile oval for a total of 312 miles.NASCAR starting lineup at MichiganHere are the results of the starting lineup draw for Saturday’s NASCAR race at Michigan:Pos.DriverCar No.Team1Joey Logano22Team Penske2Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing3Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing4Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing5Brad Keselowski2Team Penske6Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports7Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing8Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports9Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing10Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing11Ryan Blaney12Team Penske12Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing13Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing14Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing15Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing16Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing17Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports18Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing19William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports20Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing21Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports22Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing23Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing24Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports25Quin Houff00StarCom Racing26JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports28James Davison51Petty Ware Racing29Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing30Reed Sorenson74Spire Motorsports31John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports32Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing33Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing34Ty Dillon13Germain Racing35Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing36Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39Joey Gase7Tommy Baldwin Racing Kevin Harvick dug into his bag of tricks Saturday to claim his third win in a row at Michigan International Speedway. He sent Kyle Busch into a fit of rage with an aggressive run up to the back of Busch’s vehicle that sent Busch wobbling out of contention, before going on to edge Brad Keselowski in overtime.The move on Busch, which happened in the final 10 laps of the FireKeepers Casino 400, again showed why Harvick is such a threat in 2020. The veteran has the top-end speed and composure to dominate a field for long stretches — as he did in Stages 1 and 2 on Saturday — but also the boldness to fight off competitors late in a tight race. “I didn’t touch him. Well, that makes me feel better,” Harvick said in a postrace interview with NBCSN after a replay showed the cars did not make contact.Harvick held onto his advantage through several cautions which forced the overtime, speeding ahead of Keselowski to the checkered flag.Sporting News tracked live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Saturday’s NASCAR race at Michigan. Follow below for complete results from the FireKeepers Casino 400.MORE: Watch Sunday’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)FireKeepers Casino 400 top 20 finish orderFinishDriver1Kevin Harvick2Brad Keselowski3Martin Truex Jr.4Ryan Blaney5Kyle Busch6Denny Hamlin7Chase Elliott8Joey Logano9Bubba Wallace10Kurt Busch11Erik Jones12Jimmie Johnson13Christopher Bell14William Byron15Matt DiBenedetto16Aric Almirola17Matt Kenseth18Tyler Reddick19Clint Bowyer20Chris BuescherLead changes: 12Leaders: 7Cautions: 9NASCAR at Michigan highlights from FireKeepers Casino 4007:43 p.m.: Kevin Harvick wins the FireKeepers Casino 400! Brad Keselowski made it close for a moment before Harvick pulled away.D O M I N A T I O NRetweet to congratulate @KevinHarvick on another @MISpeedway victory! pic.twitter.com/ClwFlzsjJJ— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 8, 2020Top 10 at Michigan:1. Harvick2. Keselowski3. Truex4. Blaney5. KyBusch6. Hamlin7. Elliott8. Logano9. Wallace10. KuBuschChris Buescher and Clint Bowyer on the front row for tomorrow’s race (invert top 20).— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 8, 20207:34 p.m.: Argh, another caution. That means overtime…. and that’ll bring out another yellow. @austindillon3 | @RyanJNewman pic.twitter.com/nMD9EbwjuC— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 8, 20207:33 p.m.: Back to green!7:31 p.m.: Three more laps when this goes to green.7:24 p.m.: Red flag for more track spillage.Red flag because fluid on the track.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 8, 20207:20 p.m.: CRASH. Cole Custer goes into the wall, and Kyle Busch is not happy. “What the f—?” he yells into the radio.7:19 p.m: Kyle Busch and Harvick are going back-and-forth at the restart.CONTACT! @KevinHarvick gets into @KyleBusch at the front of the field! pic.twitter.com/1rhmUUp2AW— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 8, 2020Before the caution came back out…Kevin Harvick vs. Kyle Busch! pic.twitter.com/RS9ecCk8pm— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 8, 20207:18 p.m.: Down to the wire with the choose rule in play. Drama!7:17 p.m.: 10 more laps left. The race is still under caution, though.7:11 p.m.: Caution for Ryan Preece.7:10 p.m.: Chase Elliott pushes to the top of the field.Chase Elliott takes the lead! #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/l8ovXTNK2S— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 8, 20207:07 p.m.: Back to green.7:02 p.m.: Welp.A jet dryer dropped fuel down the backstretch.”Smells like fuel,” Kevin Harvick says.”They’re putting speedy dry down up against the wall,” spotter Chris Lambert tells Denny Hamlin— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) August 8, 20206:55 p.m.: Caution. Debris on the track.6:45 p.m.: With 40 laps to go in the race, Harvick remains in the lead. He’s trailed by Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.6:29 p.m.: Back to green early in Stage 3.6:20 p.m.: Caution for a spinning John Hunter Nemechek..@JHNemechek isn’t going to like that. 😬📺: NBCSN🖥: https://t.co/BHXvTwrLoC pic.twitter.com/R1RQuWrX8R— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 8, 20206:10 p.m.: Harvick wins Stage 2. His impressive season continues.Harvick wins second stage … Harvick Blaney Hamlin Jones Keselowski KyBusch KuBusch Bowman Bowyer Johnson.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 8, 20206 p.m.: Erik Jones, who’s racing for a job in 2021, briefly moved into third position. Joe Gibbs Racing announced during the week that he would not return to the team next season.5:50 p.m.: Blaney takes the lead from Hamlin early in Stage 2 with a pass on the outside.5:40 p.m.: Hamlin wins the race off pit road from Harvick and will lead the restart.5:34 p.m.: Harvick wins Stage 1.Kevin Harvick picks up his third stage win of the year and he now has 23 playoff points, which is second only to Denny Hamlin (29).Others getting stage points in Stage 1:2. Hamlin3. Blaney4. KuBusch5. Keselowski6. Jones7. Bowman8. Elliott9. KyBusch10. Stenhouse— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 8, 20205:30 p.m.: Harvick leads entering the final laps of Stage 1.5:22 p.m.: Update: It was a flat tire for Truex Jr.5:21 p.m.: Something to keep an eye on: Martin Truex Jr. appearing to run into some trouble after the first competition caution.5:14 p.m.: Logano leads with Hamlin just behind him through the first 15 laps.5:11 p.m.: Joey Logano is fast. Joey Gase is not.It’s Lap 12 on a two-mile track and Joey Logano just lapped Joey Gase. Yikes.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 8, 20205:03 p.m.: Green flag. After pre-race inspections some drivers (including Jimmie Johnson) were sent to the back.The Roush Fenway cars (Newman, Buescher) to the rear. and being docked 20 points after rear spoilers confiscated. Chatter among other crew chiefs I’ve texted with is possibly had to do with radius/edge of spoiler. NASCAR said it violated rule that it must be exactly as supplied.— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) August 8, 2020What time does the NASCAR race start today?Date: Saturday, Aug. 8Start time: 5:02 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: NBC Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)The green flag for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan will wave shortly after 5 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have so often been since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.last_img read more

Injuries stand in the way of Egypt’s AFCON hopes

first_imgAction in the group stage match, Egypt versus Uganda 10pm: Egypt vs Burkina Faso – Weary Pharoash seek another semi-final triumphLibreville, Gabon | AFP | Weariness will worry Egypt as they seek to extend an Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals winning streak to six matches by beating Burkina Faso in Libreville Wednesday.Surprise survivors Burkina Faso overcame Tunisia in the first quarter-final last Saturday evening, more than 24 hours before Egypt edged Morocco in the last.Many pundits believe this could give the west Africans an advantage at Stade de l’Amitie in the Gabonese capital, especially if the match went to extra time.Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was concerned about the shorter recovery time his team have compared to Burkina Faso.“It is not an ideal situation, but we have no choice but to adapt,” said the greying 61-year-old former Valencia and Inter Millan manager.“The players will be given time to rehabilitate and hopefully they will be ready come Wednesday night.”A calf injury rules out Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and striker Marwan Mohsen is a doubtful starter owing to a knee problem.Despite the disadvantages, record seven-time African champions Egypt will be expected to continue a remarkably successful semi-finals run spanning 31 years.The Pharaohs eliminated Morocco (1986), Burkina Faso (1998), Senegal (2006), the Ivory Coast (2008) and Algeria (2010) to reach finals, all of which they won.Egypt have reserved some of their finest performances for the last-four stage, thrashing Didier Drogba-led Ivory Coast 4-1 in Ghana and Algeria 4-0 in Angola.A wide winning margin against the Burkinabe Stallions is unlikely, however, as Egypt have clawed rather than cruised past opponents in Gabon.Following a 0-0 draw with Mali, they achieved three consecutive 1-0 victories against Uganda, 2015 runners-up Ghana and Herve Renard-coached Morocco.– Rock solid defence – While scoring only three goals — an average of one every 120 minutes — must trouble Cuper, his team are the only one not to concede a goal in this tournament.Much credit for that goes to goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who turned 44 this month and became the oldest footballer to play at a Cup of Nations.“He is first on to the training field and the last to leave,” said Cuper in admiration of an Egyptian chasing a fifth Cup of Nations winners’ medal.El Hadary was part of the squad that went to Burkina Faso 19 years ago, and beat the hosts 2-0 in the semi-finals en route to lifting the trophy.Morocco did give the veteran shot-stopper moments of severe anxiety from crosses — a fact that will not have gone unnoticed by Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte.Given the outstanding semi-finals record of Egypt, the Portuguese handler studiously avoided making any gung-ho predictions.“We dream of doing better than in 2013,” he said, referring to the 1-0 final defeat by Nigeria in South Africa after a giant-killing run.“My team is capable of producing fantastic football. There is quality and confidence among the boys.”Like Egypt, Burkina Faso enter the semi-finals boasting an unbeaten record after victories over Guinea-Bissau and Tunisia and draws against Cameroon and Gabon.Goalkeeper Herve Koffi, 24 years younger than El Hadary, has conceded two goals, but none from open play.Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo beat him with a free-kick and 2015 African Footballer of the Year and Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty.In front of Koffi, Burkina Faso have an experienced ‘spine’ in Bakary Kone, captain Charles Kabore, Prejuce Nakoulma and supersub Aristide Bance.Cameroon and Ghana, both four-time African champions, meet Thursday in the second semi-final in southeastern city Franceville.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

French Open Showdown: Serena vs. Sharapova

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. clenches her fist after scoring against Italy’s Sara Errani, defeating Errani in two sets 6-0, 6-1, in their semifinal match at the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, June 6. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  by Howard FendrichAP Tennis WriterPARIS (AP) — For a decade, the French Open has presented more problems for Serena Williams than any of the other Grand Slam tournaments.Her collection of 15 major championships includes five from Wimbledon, five from the Australian Open, four from the U.S. Open … and one from Roland Garros.Ever since she beat her sister in the 2002 final in Paris, starting a run of four consecutive titles at tennis’ most important events, one thing or another has prevented Williams from a second French Open trophy. She’d love to change that by beating defending champion Maria Sharapova in Saturday’s final.“It would be awesome for me,” Williams said. “I don’t think there’s anything that can describe how happy I would be.”When asked whether she now feels comfortable on the tournament’s red clay courts, Williams replied: “Incidentally, I have always felt really comfortable. I just haven’t done great.”Her history at the tournament has been filled with tough times and earlier-than-expected departures.In 2003, her 33-match Grand Slam winning streak ended with a three-set loss to Justine Henin in a semifinal marked by Henin’s gamesmanship, a mean-spirited crowd that cheered Williams’ faults, and the American’s post-match tears.In 2004, Williams lost in three sets to Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals, the same round that saw her bid adieu in 2007 (against Henin again), 2009 (Svetlana Kuznetsova) and 2010 (Sam Stosur). Williams lost in the third round in 2008, and missed the French Open in 2005, 2006 and 2010 with various health problems.Last year brought the most surprising defeat of all, against 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France, the only first-round exit for Williams in 51 career Grand Slam appearances.“She was so mad,” Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, recalled Thursday.Instead of sulking, Williams got right back to work, sticking around Paris — where she owns an apartment — and training at coach Patrick Moratouglou’s tennis academy. How did that work out? Well, since that Razzano match, Williams is 73-3, with titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the WTA Championships last season, along with a tour-leading five titles so far in 2013. At 31, she is the oldest woman to be ranked No. 1.last_img read more