June 2017

Win totals for the NFL’s 2017 regular season are open for wagering at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, where oddsmakers have posted the Patriots at an unheard of 12.5 wins.

While 12.5 is the highest opening win total that sports betting observers can remember, the number is not necessarily surprising. New England is the favorite in its first 15 games of the season, according to another Las Vegas sportsbook operator, CG Technology, which last week posted point spreads for all the NFL’s games from Week 1-16.

It’s fair game, if you’re a fan. I’m not the blaming [the] fan or anything. He’s within his rights to do that, Ausmus said Thursday, via mlive.com. We have to make the adjustment.

Ausmus said he has never dealt with something like this before in the majors. He also indicated that the light crowd 12,281 people were in attendance contributed to the fan’s voice being louder.

I think the acoustics of Tropicana Field helped and the fact that there’s not a huge number of people sitting in the stands, Ausmus told reporters. Most of the time, when you have a decent-sized crowd, it’s all kind of white noise. All the noise kind of mixes together and nothing really stands out.

The Rays won 8-7 after Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias committed a throwing error in the ninth by tripping over himself on what should have been an easy double play.

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Brad Ausmus isn’t mad at the Rays fan who kept throwing off his Tigers outfielders.

During Wednesday’s game at Tropicana Field, confusion erupted in when pop-ups turned into hits during the first three innings.

Center fielder JaCoby Jones, right fielder Tyler Collins and second baseman Ian Kinsler all missed balls when they heard someone screaming, I got it! However, it was a rowdy fan in the stands, not a member of the team.

He has been instrumental in the success of the Atlanta Falcons on and off the field and has played a very important role in making Mercedes-Benz Stadium a reality, and in bringing Major League Soccer to Atlanta. Rich is a great champion of our core values and will continue to be a strong leader in our organization and community for years to come.

McKay, 58, is entering his 14th season with Atlanta after joining the organization in 2004. He also serves as president of AMB Sports & Entertainment, which oversees the Falcons, MLS’s Atlanta United, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The $1.53 billion facility, which will be home to both of AMB’s pro teams, is scheduled to open in July.

Amid the Falcons’ 11-5 season that ended with a Super Bowl 51 appearance, the team also signed general manager Thomas Dimitroff to a three-year extension in November. Dimitroff’s new deal now coincides with coach Dan Quinn’s contract.

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Kirk Cousins and the Redskins are like two high school sweethearts unwilling to depart from one another.

For the second straight year, Washington slapped the franchise tag on Cousins this offseason. And for the second straight year, it appears a major long-term contract between the two sides will come down to the July 15 deadline.

While neither camp seems overly eager to commit to one another long term, they don’t seem comfortable moving on, either.

Facing right-hander Evan Marshall, he ambushed a belt-high, first-pitch fastball, sending a low line drive just over the wall in right field for a solo homer. The crowd of 27,147, which was already standing and applauding in his final at-bat, roared in amazement and approval as the ball cleared the fence. If only for a moment, they were transported back to a time when every one of his at-bats brought a buzz to the city. Chants of I-CHI-RO! filled the park like in years past. He saluted the cheering fans after crossing home plate, removing his helmet and giving a slight bow.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, who congratulated Ichiro as he rounded the bases, said (via ESPN.com): “You don’t want to see your opponent hit a home run, but at that moment, that was pretty special. I had chills for him.”

And Ichiro was happy to give Seattle fans one last thrill. “This,” he said, “is home.”

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Fenway Park will hold three college football games in November, including one involving Boston College, which turned down an offer to play a home game at the Red Sox ballpark this past season, the Boston Globe reports.

In the most recent college football game played at Fenway, Notre Dame beat host Boston College in 2015 in front of a sellout crowd of 38,686.

While Boston College will play UConn at the ballpark on Nov. 18, 2017, it will be a home game for the Huskies, not the Eagles.

David Benedict, UConn’s new athletic director, liked the offer put forth by the Red Sox: a $1.125 million guarantee, the largest in school history, plus 22,000 tickets.

We’re not going to pitch him in a game right away, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. We’re going to give him a few days to get acclimated.

Cueto’s late arrival means he will not be able to particpate for the D.R. in the World Baseball Classic’s first round. The team begins play Thursday in Miami. Cueto said Maybe when asked if he might join the team if it makes the semifinals.

The 31-year-old Cueto went 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in his first season in a Giants uniform. Although he signed a six-year deal, it includes an opt-out clause after this season that could return him to the free agent market.

Cueto insisted Saturday he’s not thinking about that.

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How Belichickian would that be — to grab Revis after one stint as an ex-Jet, win a Super Bowl, turn him loose for the Jets to grab again, see him flop in New York, then grab him off their scrap heap again to torment them? Especially with the Jets picking up part of the tab.

Going back to New England likely would stir up Revis’ juices one more time. Plus, while they’ve signed Stephon Gilmore, they’ve lost Logan Ryan and could move Malcolm Butler. This needs to happen, really.

Noah Syndergaard has been told not to resume throwing for six weeks.

The Mets’ ace thought he was going to be fine after skipping a start with some arm soreness, but five runs in an inning and a third, and six days later, Thor is now a candidate to go to the 60-day disabled list.

After skipping his start April 27, the Mets considered getting an MRI for the Texas native and former supplemental first round pick, but the 6-6 behemoth wanted to go Sunday. He wasn’t ready. After the start it was found he had a partial lat tear and that he had to be shut down.

We don’t know when he’ll be back, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in an interview with reporters Saturday.

Now Syndergaard is being told by doctors to wait at least six weeks before throwing again, and that he will need to take additional time building back up to pitching strength.

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While the Cubs are nowhere near panic mode, they certainly have some things to worry about early in the season. They are in the bottom five in the National League of multiple offensive categories, including batting average (11th), slugging percentage (12th) and OPS (12th), and they are in the top five in strikeouts.

That has resulted in a less than stellar 18-17 record and a current fourth-place standing in the N.L. Central before Saturday’s action.

[Andrews and ElAttrache] expected it to be a lot worse than what it was, Price said. That was both of them. They said it multiple times; we expected this to be a lot worse than what it really is.

Price said that the two experts’ explanation for the improvement was simply that his elbow is special.

They were like, ‘Your elbow is extremely unique. It’s found a way to kind of heal itself,’ Price said. It’s pretty neat, bionic elbow,

Perhaps it is that bionic elbow that allowed Price to lead baseball in innings pitched last year.

The Red Sox certainly hope the self-healing arm remains potent, as they look forward to pairing Price with new acquisition Chris Sale and reigning AL Cy Young Rick Porcello in their pitching rotation.

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