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Dallas Keuchel apologizes for 2017 Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme

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Jan. 24 (UPI) — Former Houston Astros ace and current Chicago White Sox pitcher Dallas Keuchel apologized Friday for the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme used during their 2017 run to the World Series.

Speaking at a fan convention for the White Sox, Keuchel became the first member of the 2017 Astros to offer a public apology for the cheating scandal. He was both apologetic and surprised at the attention surrounding the sign-stealing operation.

“I think first and foremost, apologies should be in order … for everyone on the team,” Keuchel told reporters. “When the stuff was going on, it was never intended to be what it’s made to be right now.”

Keuchel pitched for the Astros from 2012 through 2018 before signing with the Atlanta Braves last season. He signed a three-year, $55.5 million contract with the White Sox in December.

Earlier this off-season, a league investigation confirmed the 2017 Astros cheated during the regular season and postseason of their World Series-winning 2017 campaign. According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Astros used an illegal camera-based system to steal signs of opposing teams.

The sign-stealing operation led to the suspension and subsequent firing of Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch.

“When stuff comes out over the course of a big league ball season, it’s always blown up to the point of, ‘Oh my gosh, this has never happened before,'” Keuchel said. “I’m not going to go into specific details, but during the course of the playoffs in 2017, everyone was using multiple signs. For factual purposes, when there is no one on base, when in the history of baseball has there been multiple signs?

“There was probably six out of eight teams using multiple signs. It’s just what the state of baseball was at that point and time. Was it against the rules? Yes, it was, and I personally am sorry for what has come about, the whole situation.”

Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers revealed the team’s sign-stealing operation in an interview with The Athletic in November. Keuchel was measured in his response when asked about Fiers’ role in revealing the scheme.

“A lot of guys are not happy with the fact that Mike came out and said something, or the fact that this even happened,” Keuchel said. “At the same time, there is some sorrow in guys’ voices. … This will be going on for a long time, but I’m sure in the back of guys’ minds, this is still fresh.

“I don’t think anyone is going to come out from other teams. They see what happens now. … It sucks to the extent of the clubhouse rule was broken and that’s where I’ll go with that. I don’t really have much else to say about Mike.”

The scandal also extended to other MLB teams. In the aftermath, the Boston Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora, who served as the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, earlier this month for his role in the scheme.

The New York Mets did the same with Carlos Beltran, a veteran player with the 2017 Astros who was named the Mets’ manager in November. Manfred said the league is still investigating allegations that the 2018 Red Sox, under Cora, also used technology to steal opponents’ signs.



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College football: Notre Dame-Wake Forest postponed due to COVID-19

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Sept. 22 (UPI) — Saturday’s game between Notre Dame and Wake Forest has been postponed after the Fighting Irish announced 13 players are currently in isolation.

Notre Dame said in a statement Tuesday that seven student-athletes tested positive for the coronavirus out of 94 tests administered Monday. Combined with testing results from last week, 13 players are isolated — with 10 in quarantine.

Due to the positive results over the past two weeks, Notre Dame has paused all football-related activities until further testing is completed. Both schools are working on rescheduling the matchup.

“With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully.

“We knew COVID-19 would present challenges throughout the season, and we’ll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on the playing field.”

Wake Forest athletic director John Currie said the programs are attempting to reschedule the game for Oct. 3 — an open date that both schools share.

“I know everyone involved is saddened to be unable to play this weekend, but based on the circumstances it is the right decision,” Currie said in a statement Tuesday. “We are already discussing options for rescheduling with the ACC and our future opponents, including the possibility of playing on the October 3rd weekend.”

Notre Dame beat South Florida 52-0 at home last week and opened the 2020 season with a victory over Duke.

Wake Forest began the season with a blowout loss to top-ranked Clemson in Week 1 and a 45-42 setback to North Carolina State in Week 2.

This is now the fourth ACC contest impacted because of coronavirus issues.



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Atlanta Falcons to allow limited number of fans at games starting Oct. 11

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Sept. 22 (UPI) — The Atlanta Falcons will allow a limited number of fans to attend games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium beginning Oct. 11 against the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Tuesday.

The team said in August that no fans would be allowed at the stadium through the month of September due to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest decision to welcome fans back was based on the decline in COVID-19 cases in Georgia.

MLS club Atlanta United, who shares Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the Falcons, also will compete in front of a small number of fans. All fans will be required to wear masks.

“We are thrilled to invite fans of both the Falcons and Atlanta United back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement Tuesday. “Having fans watch from alternative locations was a difficult, but important, decision.

“It’s been challenging for both teams to play without fans, but their well-being as well as the safety of our associates and fans was paramount.”

The Falcons said they will host about 500 friends, family and associates for their Week 3 home game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday to test stadium operations and protocols.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium initially planned to host between 10,000 and 20,000 fans at the 71,000-seat stadium until the coronavirus disrupted those plans. Officials haven’t determined how many fans will be allowed to attend games come Oct. 11.

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Ex-Falcons RB Devonta Freeman signing 1-year deal with Giants

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Sept. 22 (UPI) — The New York Giants are signing former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman to a short-term contract after losing Saquon Barkley to a season-ending knee injury.

League sources told ESPN and NFL Media on Tuesday that Freeman agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with the Giants. According to ESPN, the two-time Pro Bowl tailback is expected to officially sign the pact Wednesday morning and could play as soon as Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

“Devonta turned down more money from other teams because he likes the opportunity with the Giants best,” Freeman’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN.

Barkley tore the ACL in his right knee during Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. In his absence, veteran running back Dion Lewis saw a larger workload in the game.

Freeman, 28, will become the top candidate to replace Barkley on early downs, with Lewis serving as a pass-catching back. The Giants also have Wayne Gallman on the active roster, and veteran Rod Smith is on the practice squad.

The Falcons selected Freeman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He spent his first six seasons with the Falcons before the team let him walk in free agency this past off-season in favor of All-Pro tailback Todd Gurley.

In 77 career games with the Falcons, Freeman recorded 3,977 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns on 950 carries. He added 257 receptions for 2,015 yards and 11 receiving scores on 323 targets.

Earlier Tuesday, the Giants placed Barkley on injured reserve. Cornerback Ryan Lewis was added to the active roster in his place.

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