MINNEAPOLIS—He was the third base coach who gave Kirby Puckett a high-five to punctuate his winning homer in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.
He was the trusting candidate who took Minnesota’s managing job when many thought the Twins were about to be contracted in 2002.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—It made sense that Andy Reid spoke in baseball metaphors after Kansas City whipped the New England Patriots last night, with the Royals poised to end a long playoff drought just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium.
He may have stretched things a bit when it came to Jamaal Charles, though.
During last season’s playoffs, Canadiens’ players couldn’t help but wonder how Montreal might respond if the team won the Stanley Cup.
“The way the city reacts when we win one playoff round, it’s almost shocking,” Max Pacioretty said.
“We joke around like, ‘Could you imagine winning a Stanley Cup there and what the reaction would be?’”
P.K. Subban has thought about it.
GLENEAGLES—The tone was set by Rory McIlroy, the best player in the world.
The winning shot came from Jamie Donaldson, a Ryder Cup rookie.
Europe added another layer to its Ryder Cup dominance yesterday by leaving no doubt who had the best team, if not the best players.
Behind two early comebacks that showed its resolve, Europe clinched the Cup with four matches still on the course.
MINNEAPOLIS—That sprained left ankle was not about to spoil Teddy Bridgewater’s first career start for the Minnesota Vikings.
“He’s going to get an MRI,” noted coach Mike Zimmer, then deadpanning, “But I told him he’s fine.”
Bridgewater didn’t finish what he started but he was good enough that his departure didn’t matter.
TORONTO—Frustrating. Entertaining. Disappointing.
The Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up yet another roller-coaster season yesterday rife with emotion.
“We were an entertaining team,” manager John Gibbons said before a season-ending 1-0 loss to Baltimore.
“A frustrating team but very entertaining.
“I think we gave our fans some pretty good entertainment along the way,” he reiterated.
Sonny Gray pitched Oakland into baseball’s last playoff spot—shutting out “King Felix” this October.
David Price delivered the AL Central crown to Detroit while St. Louis scratched ace Adam Wainwright after wrapping up the NL Central.
DOVER, Del.—Jeff Gordon doused Team Penske’s hot streak with a champagne bath in Victory Lane.
Sticky and sweet, Gordon had secured an emphatic automatic spot in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
But Gordon’s entry in the field of 12 was all but guaranteed even before he dominated the closing laps yesterday at Dover International Speedway.
WUHAN, China—Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard will be hoping for a slightly different outcome when she plays Petra Kvitova for the inaugural Wuhan Open title tomorrow in a rematch of their Wimbledon final.
Kvitova overwhelmed Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in 55 minutes to win her second Wimbledon trophy in July in what was the most lopsided women’s final in 22 years.
LANDOVER, Md.—He wasn’t drafted, people mispronounce his name, and he had no idea where he was going when he was ushered into the room for his first big NFL post-game news conference.
But Larry Donnell can find the end zone.
And once he gets there, all he has to do is turn his 6’6”, 265-pound body around and haul in the pass from Eli Manning.