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^Saturday’s games<


Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Saturday, August 11, 2018

Updated at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)

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^A grown-up Michael Phelps looks back on Beijing, 10 years later<

OLY-SWM-PHELPS-SPORTSPLUS:BZ — Michael Phelps apologizes for calling 15 minutes late.

“Boomer is in the process of making a pizza right now,” he explained, referring to his 2-year-old son. And as any young parent knows, a toddler’s priorities are the priorities of the household, even if Dad is a 23-time Olympic gold medalist.

What if, Phelps is asked, he could jump back a decade and describe this scene to his 23-year-old self? What would that fearfully driven world-beater have thought of this happy husband, father of two and mental health activist? Would he even have recognized this as a potential path forward?

2700 by Childs Walker in Baltimore. MOVED



^Jeff Gordon: ‘Super nerds’ make baseball better, not worse<

BBO-GORDON-COLUMN:SL — Baseball is really big business. Finally realizing this, more and more owners are relying on business-trained executives to guide their baseball operations.

One result of this shift: Owners are giving out fewer stupid contracts to fading ballplayers.

While you don’t need an MBA to know that paying players in their 30s for what they did back in their 20s is dumb, such training helps executives gather information that makes their owners smarter.

650 by Jeff Gordon in St. Louis. MOVED

^Anthony Rieber: Bartolo Colon, believe it or not, may be Cooperstown-worthy<

^BBO-RIEBER-COLUMN:ND—<Bartolo Colon has become a larger-than-life, almost cult-like figure in baseball. His roly-poly body, jolly nature and unusually athletic exploits on the mound and at the plate have made him a favorite of GIF makers everywhere.

But Colon is respected throughout baseball for more than the videos featuring him that have gone viral over the years, whether it was his first career home run in 2016, his behind-the-back toss to first base in 2015 or a play this May when he stopped a line drive to the mound with his ample belly and recovered to get the out.

900 by Anthony Rieber. MOVED

Saturday’s games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Boston at Baltimore, 1 p.m. EDT

Texas at NY Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Washington at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 p.m.

Minnesota at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 7:10 p.m.

NY Mets at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

St. Louis at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.

LA Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.

Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.

Oakland at LA Angels, 9:07 p.m.


^Jim Souhan: Functional offensive line might be enough for Vikings<

FBN-SOUHAN-COLUMN:MS — The Vikings train at a complex named for orthopedists. Time to name their practice fields after an exorcist. They need both.

In 2016, a promising Vikings team lost Teddy Bridgewater less than two weeks before the season opener, quickly traded for Sam Bradford and started 5-0.

The Vikings found themselves so shorthanded on the offensive line that they signed Jake Long off the street, made the dubious decision to start him in Philadelphia, got Bradford sacked six times, went on a four-game losing streak and finished 8-8.

650 by Jim Souhan in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Luke DeCock: The clock is ticking on one-and-done basketball. Krzyzewski says Duke will adjust<

BKC-DECOCK-COLUMN:RA — The chair where R.J. Barrett had been sitting for his first interview session as a Duke player was still warm when Mike Krzyzewski took the same seat, minutes later. Those are the two poles around which this Duke team will spin: the foremost star of the trio of freshman stars that already have reached supernova status before playing a college game and the veteran coach that put the group together, in many ways starting from scratch. Again.

Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson would all be the top recruit at any program they chose, but they all chose Duke.

750 by Luke DeCock in Durham, N.C. MOVED



^Kyle Martino wants to help bring US soccer out of ‘country club’ suburbs and into cities<

SOC-US-MARTINO:PH — When Kyle Martino lost his bid for U.S. Soccer president in February, he did not lose his energy to grow the sport’s foundations here. He simply needed a new outlet for it.

During his campaign, Martino met Lawrence Cann, CEO of Street Soccer USA, an organization that runs soccer tournaments for underprivileged kids and adults in cities nationwide. The organization also builds small, hard-court soccer venues in areas where the game is often inaccessible. One such venue went up two years ago in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

1000 by Jonathan Tannenwald in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren on NASCAR playoffs and more<

CAR-NASCAR-WARREN-QA:KC — With the regular season winding down for NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series and the playoffs inching ever closer, The Kansas City Star caught up with Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren to discuss how the year has played out so far and the overall vibe heading into the postseason.

The Cup Series will visit Kansas Speedway on Oct. 21 for the Hollywood Casino 400, acting as the cutoff race before the playoffs are pared down to just eight drivers.

1400 by Shaun Goodwin in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED



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