Nats walked off again, this time by Cards’ DeJong

ST. LOUIS — Paul DeJong handed the Washington Nationals their second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-6 victory Monday night.

DeJong took Koda Glover (0-1) deep leading off the ninth on a 3-1 pitch. A night earlier, Ryan Madson allowed a game-ending ninth-inning grand slam to the Chicago Cubs’ David Bote to end a 4-3 defeat.

Matt Carpenter kicked off a wild ending with a three-run go-ahead homer during a four-run eighth inning for St. Louis. It was Carpenter’s 17th homer during a 31-game on-base streak.

Washington tied it at 6 in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and Matt Wieters off closer Bud Norris. Dakota Hudson (3-0) relieved Norris and stranded two baserunners by retiring Wilmer Difo and Adam Eaton.

Jedd Gyorko sparked St. Louis’ big eighth inning with a homer off Justin Miller. Kolten Wong and Patrick Widsom then singled to set up Carpenter’s 33rd homer. Carpenter has homered in seven of his past 10 games.

Washington’s bullpen has blown saves in three of its past four games. All-Star closer Sean Doolittle has been on the disabled list since early July, and top setup man Kelvin Herrera went to the DL with right rotator cuff impingement last week.

Juan Soto and Bryce Harper homered for Washington, which has lost five of seven.

Harper won a 10-pitch battle with starter Miles Mikolas by drilling his 29th homer leading off the fourth to lead 2-1.

Ryan Zimmerman added a run-scoring double in the second for the Nationals.

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Bears, Roquan Smith appear to reach agreement, end standoff

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The standoff between the Chicago Bears and No. 8 overall draft pick Roquan Smith appears to be over.

The Bears say they will make Smith available to reporters after Tuesday’s practice, amid reports that he and the team have a contract agreement in place. They did not say in a release late Monday night that he has signed.

Smith is the final pick from this year’s NFL draft class to reach an agreement — because of a hangup over the contract language. The two sides disagreed over whether the team would be allowed to take back guaranteed bonus money from him if he was suspended for disciplinary reasons, including a violation of the league’s new rule preventing players from leading with their helmet.

Smith participated in off-season activities, but has been absent since Chicago reported to camp on July 19 and has missed two preseason games. The Bears visit Denver on Saturday.

Smith is the first Chicago player of note to hold out since running back Cedric Benson missed 36 days in 2005. The Bears are usually among the first teams to sign all their picks.

With his speed and athleticism, Chicago views Smith as a potential cornerstone at inside linebacker for a defence that ranked 10th overall last year. Smith helped lead Georgia to the national championship game last season and was the Butkus Award winner as college football’s best linebacker.

Chicago has four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North and just one playoff appearance since the 2006 team’s Super Bowl run. The Bears fired coach John Fox and replaced him with Matt Nagy after last season.

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Google San Jose village panel ponders jobs, economic, housing impacts

SAN JOSE — Google’s proposed transit village in downtown San Jose provides both opportunities — and poses challenges — for a wide array of jobs and affordable housing in the Bay Area’s largest city, according to presentations to a meeting Monday night of an advisory group that’s studying the game-changing project.

Jobs for all income levels and affordable housing for local residents were themes that dominated a meeting of the Station Area Advisory Group. The panel is gathering community input to guide development of a Google transit-oriented community near the Diridon train station.

“There has been a lot of discussion about the links between jobs and housing,” Dave Javid, principal with Plan to Place, and a consultant to the Station Area Advisory Group, told the panel. “We want to be sure that lower-wage workers can find a place to live here.”

The Monday night meeting was effectively the first public airing — and the emergence of a laundry list of issues and demands in connection with the Google village proposal. As the meeting progressed, panelists and San Jose city staffers made it clear that the process is only in the early stages.

“We need to maximize high-density housing in the Diridon Station Area,” said Lori Severino, civic engagement program manager for the Diridon Station Area. High-density housing should also be built, according to Severino’s presentation, in corridors well-served by transit, including east San Jose.

What’s more, these housing opportunities should be made available for a wide array of San Jose residents.

“At least 25 percent of the new housing units should be affordable for moderate-, low-, very low- and extremely low-income residents,” according to recommendations presented to the advisory group.

Mountain View-based Google has proposed a development in downtown San Jose of offices, homes, restaurants, shops and open spaces where the search giant could employ 15,000 …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business


Region 2 race should be competitive as all of the teams have something to prove

There is only one thing that is certain when it comes to Region 2 football — every team has something to prove.

Whether it’s defending champion Kearns or last-place finisher Hillcrest, the teams in Region 2 are a mix of talent, experience and new blood, and the region race promises to be more competitive than ever.

The region is made up of five programs trying to maintain a tradition or build something special, and the result should be a competitive region race. Preseason expectations for Kearns are high, despite the Cougars losing most of last year’s region championship team, including the state’s top running back in Sese Filila.

Kearns had the fourth-best 6A scoring offense, and much of that was due to the team’s ground game. But with just three returning starters, the weight of defending that title falls to running backs Isaiah Afatasi and Kalux Manuo and junior quarterback Dakota Linde.

Linde was injured early in the season, and he’s looking forward to making his mark on the team. He said he has no concerns about so many new faces in starting roles because of how they approached the offseason.

“I think the guys that are stepping in are a lot of hard workers,” Linde said. “I trust them, just like they trust me.”

Kearns has 10 seniors and some real talent, especially in the skill positions.

The defense will be led by linebacker Audrick Afatasi.

“He was our defensive leader last year as a junior, even with all of that senior-heavy group,” coach Matt Rickards said. “It’s his personality, the way he plays and his work ethic.”

The Cougars don’t see a complicated recipe for success.

“Like everybody, we have to be healthy,” Rickards said. “We have some talent, we’re just inexperienced. But these guys have been working hard. If we can stay healthy, we just do what …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


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