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2020 MLB Draft: Tigers add more bats, Astros make first picks on Day 2



June 11 (UPI) — Less than 24 hours after taking Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson with the No. 1 overall pick, the Detroit Tigers used their first four picks on hitters during the second day of the 2020 MLB Draft.

The Tigers selected Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler with the No. 38 overall choice to lead off Rounds 2-5 Thursday. Detroit then grabbed LSU outfielder Danny Cabrera at the No. 62 spot before taking Rice shortstop Trei Cruz — the son of former big leaguer Jose Cruz Jr. and grandson of Jose Cruz — just 11 picks later.

Detroit picked another Arizona State prospect in the fourth round, adding Torkelson’s switch-hitting teammate Gage Workman. The Tigers drafted both players as third basemen.

While the Tigers focused on adding offense, the Miami Marlins turned their attention to pitching. The Marlins took pitchers with their first five selections, including right-hander Max Meyer at No. 3 overall Wednesday.

Miami drafted high school prospect Daxton Fulton at No. 40, followed by Ball State right-hander Kyle Nicolas (No. 61), Coastal Carolina right-hander Zach McCambley (No. 75) and Vanderbilt left-hander Jake Eder (No. 104).

The Houston Astros had to sit out the first day of this year’s draft after having their first- and second-round picks stripped by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred as part of the organization’s punishment for illegally stealing signs.

After another wait Thursday, the Astros finally made their first selection by taking Mount Saint Michael Academy (N.Y.) right-hander Alex Santos at No. 72.

This year’s draft was shortened from 40 rounds to five due to the coronavirus pandemic. Undrafted players can sign with any club for a maximum $20,000 bonus.

Below is the round-by-round results from Day 2 of the 2020 MLB Draft:

Round 2:

38. Detroit Tigers: Dillon Dingler, C, Ohio State

39. Baltimore Orioles: Hudson Haskin, OF, Tulane

40. Miami Marlins: Daxton Fulton, LHP, Mustang HS (Okla.)

41. Kansas City Royals: Ben Hernandez, RHP, De La Salle Institute (Ill.)

42. Toronto Blue Jays: C.J. Van Eyk, RHP, Florida State

43. Seattle Mariners: Zach DeLoach, OF, Texas A&M

44. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Jones, RHP, La Mirada HS (Calif.)

45. San Diego Padres: Owen Caissie, OF, Notre Dame Catholic HS (Ontario)

46. Colorado Rockies: Chris McMahon, RHP, Miami

47. Chicago White Sox: Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio HS (Texas)

48. Cincinnati Reds: Christian Roa, RHP, Texas A&M

49. San Francisco Giants: Casey Schmitt, 3B, San Diego State

50. Texas Rangers: Evan Carter, OF, Elizabethtown HS (Tenn.)

51. Chicago Cubs: Burl Carraway, LHP, Dallas Baptist HS (Texas)

52. New York Mets: J.T. Ginn, RHP, Mississippi State

53. Milwaukee Brewers: Freddy Zamora, SS, Miami

54. St. Louis Cardinals: Masyn Winn, SS/RHP, Kingwood HS (Texas)

55. Washington Nationals: Cole Henry, RHP, LSU

56. Cleveland Indians: Logan Allen, LHP, Florida International

57. Tampa Bay Rays: Ian Seymour, LHP, Virginia Tech

58. Oakland Athletics: Jeff Criswell, RHP, Michigan

59. Minnesota Twins: Alerick Soularie, OF, Tennessee

60. Los Angeles Dodgers: Landon Knack, RHP, East Tennessee State

Competitive Balance Round B:

61. Miami Marlins: Kyle Nicolas, RHP, Ball State

62. Detroit Tigers: Daniel Cabrera, OF, LSU

63. St. Louis Cardinals: Tink Hence, RHP, Watson Chapel HS (Ark.)

64. Seattle Mariners: Connor Phillips, RHP, McLennan CC (Texas)

65. Cincinnati Reds: Jackson Miller, C, J.W. Mitchell HS (Fla.)

66. Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Beeter, RHP, Texas Tech

Compensation Picks:

67. San Francisco Giants: Nick Swiney, LHP, North Carolina State

68. San Francisco Giants: Jimmy Glowenke, SS, Dallas Baptist HS (Texas)

69. New York Mets: Isaiah Greene, OF, Corona HS (Calif.)

70. St. Louis Cardinals: Alec Burleson, OF/LHP, East Carolina

71. Washington Nationals: Sammy Infante, SS, Msgr. Edward Pace HS (Fla.)

72. Houston Astros: Alex Santos II, RHP, Mt. St. Michael Academy (N.Y.)

Round 3:

73. Detroit Tigers: Trei Cruz, SS, Rice

74. Baltimore Orioles: Anthony Servideo, SS, Ole Miss

75. Miami Marlins: Zach McCambley, RHP, Coastal Carolina

76. Kansas City Royals: Tyler Gentry, OF, Alabama

77. Toronto Blue Jays: Trent Palmer, RHP, Jacksonville

78. Seattle Mariners: Kaden Polcovich, 2B, Oklahoma State

79. Pittsburgh Pirates: Nick Garcia, RHP, Chapman University (Calif.)

80. San Diego Padres: Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia

81. Colorado Rockies: Sam Weatherly, LHP, Clemson

82. Los Angeles Angels: David Calabrese, OF, St. Elizabeth HS (Ontario)

83. Chicago White Sox: Adisyn Coffey, RHP, Wabash Valley College (Ill.)

84. Cincinnati Reds: Bryce Bonnin, RHP, Texas Tech

85. San Francisco Giants: Kyle Harrison, LHP, De La Salle HS (Calif.)

86. Texas Rangers: Tekoah Roby, RHP, Pine Forest HS (Fla.)

87. Philadelphia Phillies: Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas

88. Chicago Cubs: Jordan Nwogu, OF, Michigan

89. Boston Red Sox: Blaze Jordan, 1B, DeSoto Central HS (Miss.)

90. Arizona Diamondbacks: Liam Norris, LHP, Green Hope HS (N.C.)

91. New York Mets: Anthony Walters, SS, San Diego State

92. Milwaukee Brewers: Zavier Warren, C, Central Michigan

93. St. Louis Cardinals: Levi Prater, LHP, Oklahoma

94. Washington Nationals: Holden Powell, RHP, UCLA

95. Cleveland Indians: Petey Halpin, OF, Mira Costa HS (Calif.)

96. Tampa Bay Rays: Hunter Barnhart, RHP, St. Joseph HS (Calif.)

97. Atlanta Braves: Jesse Franklin V, OF, Michigan

98. Oakland Athletics: Michael Guldberg, OF, Georgia Tech

99. New York Yankees: Trevor Hauver, OF, Arizona State

100. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jake Vogel, OF, Huntington Beach HS (Calif.)

101. Houston Astros: Tyler Brown, RHP, Vanderbilt

Round 4:

102. Detroit Tigers: Gage Workman, 3B, Arizona State

103. Baltimore Orioles: Coby Mayo, 3B, Stoneman Douglas HS (Fla.)

104. Miami Marlins: Jake Eder, LHP, Vanderbilt

105. Kansas City Royals: Christian Chamberlain, LHP, Oregon State

106. Toronto Blue Jays: Nick Frasso, RHP, Loyola Marymount University

107. Seattle Mariners: Tyler Keenan, 3B, Ole Miss

108. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jack Hartman, RHP, Appalachian State

109. San Diego Padres: Levi Thomas, RHP, Troy

110. Colorado Rockies: Case Williams, RHP, Douglas County HS (Colo.)

111. Los Angeles Angels: Werner Blakely, SS, Detroit Edison HS (Mich.)

112. Chicago White Sox: Kade Mechals, RHP, Grand Canyon

113. Cincinnati Reds: MacKenzie Wainwright, OF, St. Edward HS (Ohio)

114. San Francisco Giants: R.J. Dabovich, RHP, Arizona State

115. Texas Rangers: Dylan MacLean, LHP, Central Catholic HS (Ore.)

116. Philadelphia Phillies: Carson Ragsdale, RHP, South Florida

117. Chicago Cubs: Luke Little, LHP, San Jacinto College North (Texas)

118. Boston Red Sox: Jeremy Wu-Yelland, LHP, Hawaii

119. Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Vukovich, 3B, East Troy HS (Wis.)

120. New York Mets: Matthew Dyer, C, Arizona

121. Milwaukee Brewers: Joey Wiemer, OF, Cincinnati

122. St. Louis Cardinals: Ian Bedell, RHP, Missouri

123. Washington Nationals: Brady Lindsly, C, Oklahoma

124. Cleveland Indians: Milan Tolentino, Santa Margarita HS (Calif.)

125. Tampa Bay Rays: Tanner Murray, SS, UC Davis

126. Atlanta Braves: Spencer Strider, RHP, Clemson

127. Oakland Athletics: Dane Acker, RHP, Oklahoma

128. Minnesota Twins: Marco Raya, RHP, United South HS (Texas)

129. New York Yankees: Beck Way, RHP, Northwest Florida State

130. Los Angeles Dodgers: Carson Taylor, C, Virginia Tech

131. Houston Astros: Zach Daniels, OF, Tennessee

Round 5:

132. Detroit Tigers: Colt Keith, 3B, Biloxi HS (Miss.)

133. Baltimore Orioles: Carter Baumler, RHP, Dowling Catholic HS (Iowa)

134. Miami Marlins: Kyle Hurt, RHP, USC

135. Kansas City Royals: Will Klein, RHP, Eastern Illinois

136. Toronto Blue Jays: Zach Britton, OF, Louisville

137. Seattle Mariners: Taylor Dollard, RHP, Cal Poly

138. Pittsburgh Pirates: Logan Hofmann, RHP, Northwestern State

139. San Diego Padres: Jagger Haynes, LHP, West Columbus HS (N.C.)

140. Colorado Rockies: Jack Blomgren, SS, Michigan

141. Los Angeles Angels: Adam Seminaris, LHP, Long Beach State

142. Chicago White Sox: Bailey Horn, LHP, Auburn

143. Cincinnati Reds: Joe Boyle, RHP, Notre Dame

144. San Francisco Giants: Ryan Murphy, RHP, Le Moyne

145. Texas Rangers: Thomas Saggese, SS, Carlsbad HS (Calif.)

146. Philadelphia Phillies: Baron Radcliff, OF, Georgia Tech

147. Chicago Cubs: Koen Moreno, RHP, Panther Creek HS (N.C.)

148. Boston Red Sox: Shane Drohan, LHP, Florida State

149. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brandon Pfaadt, RHP, Bellarmine

150. New York Mets: Eric Orze, RHP, New Orleans

151. Milwaukee Brewers: Hayden Cantrelle, SS, Louisiana-Lafayette

152. St. Louis Cardinals: J.L. Jones IV, 1B, Long Beach State

153. Washington Nationals: Mitchell Parker, LHP, San Jacinto College North (Texas)

154. Cleveland Indians: Mason Hickman, RHP, Vanderbilt

155. Tampa Bay Rays: Jeff Hakanson, RHP, Central Florida

156. Atlanta Braves: Bryce Elder, RHP, Texas

157. Oakland Athletics: Stevie Emanuels, RHP, Washington

158. Minnesota Twins: Kala’i Rosario, OF, Waiakea HS (Hawaii)

159. Los Angeles Dodgers: Gavin Stone, RHP, Central Arkansas

160. Houston Astros: Shay Whitcomb, SS, UC San Diego

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis channels Kobe with game-winner vs. Denver Nuggets



Sept. 21 (UPI) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis channeled the late Kobe Bryant with a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-pointer against the Denver Nuggets Sunday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Lakers now lead the series 2-0 after the 105-103 triumph in Orlando, Fla. Davis scored a game-high 31 points and had nine rebounds.

“It was a special one for me,” Davis told reporters. “Special one for my teammates. … Right before the [season] hiatus, I missed a shot against the Brooklyn Nets in the same spot [during a] slightly different play. I was upset with myself. And [LeBron James] said, ‘Man, we’re gonna live or die with you shooting that shot.’

“I got the same opportunity tonight. [I was] ready to make it.”

Davis and the Lakers trailed 103-102 after Nikola Jokic hit a hook shot for the Nuggets with 20.8 seconds remaining. Alex Caruso missed a 3-pointer with about seven seconds left in regulation, but the Lakers got an offensive rebound after the attempt.

Rajon Rondo found Davis on the right wing with the inbound bounce pass. Davis caught it and elevated before firing the 3-point shot over Jokic’s outstretched arm. The buzzer sounded just before the shot went through the net to give the Lakers a two-point win.

Davis sprinted up the sideline and yelled “Kobe” as he celebrated with teammates. The Lakers also wore special “Black Mamba” edition jerseys during the game.

“We want to embody what Kobe Bryant stood for and honor his memory,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Obviously, there are certain games where we are going to feel it a little bit more than others. When we have that uniform on, I think we feel it more than others.

“That’s a shot Kobe Bryant would hit. To me, [Davis] coming off just flying to the wing like that, catch-and-shoot with the biggest game on the line of our season, nothing but net, it’s a ‘Mamba’ shot.”

The Lakers led by as many as 16 points in the game, which featured eight lead changes and was tied four times.

James paced the Lakers with 12 points in the first quarter for an early 29-21 lead and the team outscored the Nuggets 31-29 in the second quarter to earn a 60-50 edge at halftime.

In the third, the Lakers used a 10-2 run to push the lead to 16 points with 8:12 remaining. The Nuggets chipped away at the lead, outscored the Lakers 28-22 and tied the score at 82-82 with 9:58 in the game.

Denver and Los Angeles then exchanged the lead multiple times before Jokic hit his late hook shot for a one-point edge. The Lakers fought for two key rebounds down the stretch before Rondo hit Davis for the decisive shot.

“You’re not going to make them all, but the belief to just take it and live with the results is what it’s all about,” James said.

“[Sunday] was his moment. It was his moment to find a space, hunt the ball down and one of our top 10 assists leaders, Rondo, found him and he knocked it down. A big-time play.”

James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the win. Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 11 points apiece for the Lakers and Rondo had three points and nine assists off the bench.

Jokic scored 30 points and had nine assists, six rebounds and four steals for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray had 25 points, six rebounds and four assists in the loss.

“We gave ourselves a chance to win tonight,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Obviously, Anthony Davis hits a big three to win the game at the buzzer. We’ll watch the film, see what happened on that last play.

“The message is we’re down 2-0. Let’s go out and win Game 3.”

The Nuggets, however, might have the Lakers right where they want them. Denver came back from a 3-1 series deficit in their first two playoff series against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers, the only team in NBA history to do it twice in the same postseason.

Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals is scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

Moments from LeBron James’ career

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School senior LeBron James (L) drives around a Zanesvuille defender in Akron, Ohio, on February 14, 2003. James is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. A couple months later, the Cleveland Cavaliers coach was suspended because James worked out with the team before he graduated from high school. Photo by Tom Cammett/UPI | License Photo

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NFL legend Deion Sanders to coach football at Jackson State



Sept. 21 (UPI) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has been named the head football coach at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Sanders, 53, announced the new role Sunday on his podcast 21st & Prime. Jackson State President Thomas Hudson and athletic director Ashley Robinson appeared on the show and confirmed the hire.

“It’s a match made in heaven,” Sanders said on the podcast. “God called me to Jackson State and to these men.”

“We are just so very fortunate to be in this space and have a man like this joining us,” Hudson said.

“It’s very big for Jackson State University,” Robinson said.

The longtime Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys cornerback has never coached a college football team, but has coached at the high school level.

Jackson State is expected to make the announcement at a news conference Monday morning.

Jackson State competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, which announced in August that it will play a six-game conference schedule between February 27 and late April. The season was scheduled to begin September 12, but was delayed by five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grambling, Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Prairie View A&M, Southern University and Texas Southern also compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Sanders isn’t the first hall of famer to set foot on the Jackson, Miss., campus. Legendary Chicago Bears tailback Walter Payton spent four years at Jackson State and rushed for more than 3,500 yards before he was drafted as the fourth overall pick by the Bears in 1975. The school has also produced three others who were ultimately inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jackson State fired coach John Hendrick in August after he posted a 4-8 record in 2019 and ended the season with three consecutive losses. The Tigers haven’t had a winning season since 2013.

Sanders, who played collegiately at Florida State, will finish his tenure as offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, before he takes over at Jackson State.

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens meets with team leaders after locker room incident



Sept. 18 (UPI) — Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens on Thursday held a late-night meeting with team leaders to clear the air after a Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

League sources told ESPN and The Athletic on Friday that Celtics guards Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown needed to be separated by teammates after a heated confrontation inside the locker room following the Game 2 loss. According to ESPN, Stevens met with Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Brown and Smart to talk through the issues that led to the incident.

During the locker room spat and the late meeting between Stevens and the players, Smart’s focus had been on increasing the urgency among the team, according to the outlets. Boston has blown double-digit leads in both games of the East finals and trail the Heat 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Another part of the discussion in the late-night meeting was about making sure the team smoothly integrated All-Star forward Gordon Hayward back into the lineup, according to ESPN. The Celtics upgraded Hayward — who has been dealing with an ankle injury — to questionable Friday and are hopeful he can play a role off the bench in Saturday’s Game 3.

After the meeting, the coaching staff and players believed the issues were resolved and preparations could begin for the next game, according to ESPN.

Game 3 of the series is set for 8:30 p.m. EST inside the NBA bubble near Orlando, Fla.

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