WVU football: Passing game improvements a focal point of bye week | WVU Gameday

As of this week, the good vibes stemming from the West Virginia University football team’s 27-21 double-overtime win over Baylor have faded and it’s back to the task at hand coming off a bye week for the Mountaineers.

That task is a tall one and unique one and it will begin on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium as WVU (2-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) welcomes in Kansas (0-3, 0-2) for a noon kickoff. The game will air on Fox.

“It’s really unique. We’re the only ones,” WVU coach Neal Brown said of a stretch of five games in five weeks that now lies squarely in front of his team, a span that no other team in the Big 12 will face this season.

While there were obviously positive takeaways from the Mountaineers’ conquest of Baylor, there were plenty of evident deficiencies as well, particularly on offense and, more specifically,

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Passing game improvements a bye-week focus for WVU football | Sports

As of this week, the good vibes stemming from the West Virginia University football team’s 27-21 double-overtime win over Baylor have faded and it’s back to the task at hand coming off a bye week for the Mountaineers.

That task is a tall one and unique one and it will begin on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium as WVU (2-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) welcomes in Kansas (0-3, 0-2) for a noon kickoff. The game will air on Fox.

“It’s really unique. We’re the only ones,” WVU coach Neal Brown said of a stretch of five games in five weeks that now lies squarely in front of his team, a span that no other team in the Big 12 will face this season.

While there were obviously positive takeaways from the Mountaineers’ conquest of Baylor, there were plenty of evident deficiencies as well, particularly on offense and, more specifically,

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The coronavirus ground game gamble hits the homestretch

MILWAUKEE — Nowhere else may the pandemic-year ground game contrast between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden be more apparent than in Wisconsin’s Waukesha County, part of the trio of suburban counties surrounding Milwaukee.

Trump won this part of the state in 2016, but his margin was significantly below that of 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. It is in counties like Waukesha — which has itself become a notorious catchword in some quarters for any potentially contest-defining bellwether area — where Biden hopes to cut into Trump’s previous margin and reclaim the state.

In late September, the Trump campaign’s website advertised a “MAGA Meet-Up” at the Republican Party of Waukesha County office to “connect with other supporters in the area and recruit new volunteers.”

Although the online description nodded to a virtual event option, it was unclear how to take advantage of it. When NBC News arrived at the office,

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MLB playoffs betting odds, picks: George Springer will get Astros going with home run vs. Rays ALCS Game 2

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Hello, fellow bettors. We’ve made it through two rounds of the 2020 MLB playoffs in pretty good shape. The team-level bets show us with a 12-8 record, which, in baseball, that’s a feast. We’ve even hit on our bonus three times by correctly picking a player to homer. Time to ride the wave of success into the league championship series. 

ALCS Game 2

Houston

Tampa Bay (-1.5)

4 p.m.

TBS

8.0

NLCS Game 1

Atlanta

L.A. Dodgers (-1.5)

8 p.m. 

Fox

8.0

All lines via William Hill Sportsbook

Neither team has lost so far this playoff season, so something has to give here. As evidenced by the line, most people believe the give comes on the Braves’ end. It’s the smart pick, that’s for sure. The Dodgers are the obvious best team in baseball this season and don’t have a glaring weakness. I have them winning this series.

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LOOK: Yankees’ Brett Gardner robs Rays’ Randy Arozarena of home run in ALDS Game 5

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Rare is the pitcher who’s been able to keep Randy Arozarena of the Rays in check this postseason, so Yankees fly-catcher Brett Gardner decided to take on the mission himself. In the sixth inning of Friday night’s decisive ALDS Game 5 (NYY-TB GameTracker), Arozarena appeared to have homered off New York ace Gerrit Cole to break a 1-1 tie. 

However, Gardner out in left field was unwilling to accommodate: 

That left Arozarena’s bat at 99.6 mph and with a launch angle of 38 degrees. That launch angle is a little higher than optimal, and in this instance it was probably high enough to get caught up in the San Diego evening marine layer. Arozarena appeared to think it was gone off the bat, but that turned out to be not the case by a hairsbreadth or so. 

Anyhow, that’s not the typical home run robbery, as Gardner didn’t undertake the

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Yankees’ Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez crush home runs before ALDS Game 2

SAN DIEGO — Watch Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hammer balls out of Petco Park during batting practice before Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the Rays.

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Notes from the Yankees:

21 BUMP STREET: At 21 years, 140 days old, RHP Deivi García will be the youngest pitcher in franchise history to start a postseason game (previous: Whitey Ford at 21 years, 351 days old in 1950 World Series Game 4 vs. Philadelphia) and the third-youngest Yankee to pitch in a playoff game (Phil Hughes, 21 years, 102 days old for Game 1 of the 2007 ALDS at Cleveland and 21 years, 105 days old in Game 3 of that series and Tom Morgan, 21 years, 137 days old for Game 1 of the 1951 World Series vs. the New

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Yankees takeaways from 9-3 win in ALDS Game 1 over Rays, including a home run party

The Yankees homered their way to a 9-3 win over their division-rival Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the ALDS. >> Box Score

Takeaways from Monday’s game

1) Gerrit Cole has been hurt by the homer all season long, and prior to this game, the Rays accounted for five of his 14 allowed. Well, Randy Arozarena and Ji-Man Choi added two more to the list. Both homers came off the fastball – Arozarena’s a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning while Choi’s was a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth – that caught the middle of the plate.

But the Yankees’ offense would help out Cole (more on that in just a bit), allowing him to leave the game after six innings with the lead. He also helped himself in the bottom of the fifth when he struck out Manuel Margot to strand the

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Broncos approved to host 5,700 fans for each remaining home game

The Broncos announced Monday they have been permitted to host at least 5,700 fans for their final six home games this year.

In a letter to season-ticket holders, the Broncos said they have received approval from the state of Colorado and the Department of Public Health and Environment, which is an extension of the guidelines used for the Sept. 27 home game against Tampa Bay.

“Working together closely with the state and public health experts, the Broncos will continue to re-evaluate fan attendance for future home games and will adjust based on the latest recommendations from health officials,” the statement read.

Beginning with the Oct. 18 game against Miami, season-ticket members will have the opportunity to purchase a six-game ticket package (decided by priority number). The team will also reserve selected single-game tickets for an Oct. 13 presale. Seats will be sold in “pods” of two and four tickets in

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A’s, Astros play home run derby in Houston’s Game 1 win in L.A.

Welcome to the new Launching Pad?

Dodger Stadium is more than 1,000 miles away from Coors Field, but it sure resembled the notorious home run haven Monday for the A’s and Astros in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Balls were flying over the fence early and often as the teams combined for five home runs — three by the A’s — with just 3 1/2 innings completed on a sunny, 90-degree Los Angeles afternoon. In all, there were six home runs hit in Houston’s 10-5 victory.

Although Khris Davis, Sean Murphy and Matt Olson are probably the physically strongest A’s hitters, they each got a bit of a boost from the elements while blasting home runs off Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr., who hadn’t given up an earned run in his last four starts.

Astros

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MLS game result New York City FC 3, Inter Miami 2

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Inter Miami forward Gonzalo Higuain (9) reacts after the end of his match against New York City FC an MLS soccer match at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inter Miami lost the match 3 to 2.

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Gonzalo Higuain had an eventful home debut for Inter Miami against New York City FC on Saturday night, but Miami lost 3-2 and the $7 million Argentine forward remains goalless and winless in two games with his new team.

The skies unloaded a driving rainstorm onto the Fort Lauderdale stadium late in the game, leaving the Inter Miami players drenched and demoralized as they left the field.

To make matters worse, coach Diego Alonso confirmed after the game that they will lose midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro for the next “four or five games” as he travels to Netherlands to play two friendlies with

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