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A’s will set Oakland Coliseum attendance record on Saturday night

The Oakland A’s will make history on Saturday night when hosting nearly 57,000 fans, which will be the largest crowd to ever amasse at the Oakland Coliseum. It will also be the largest single-game crowd for any MLB contest this season, besting the 53,904 fans who showed up for a June 26 game between the…Read More

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A’s will set Oakland Coliseum attendance record on Saturday night

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The Oakland A’s will make history on Saturday night when hosting nearly 57,000 fans, which will be the largest crowd to ever amasse at the Oakland Coliseum. It will also be the largest single-game crowd for any MLB contest this season, besting the 53,904 fans who showed up for a June 26 game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs at Dodgers Stadium.

In order to reach the near-57,000 mark, the A’s will open up Mount Davis for the first time in 13 years, allowing for an additional 8,190 fans.

The exact attendance is expected to be 56,782, which is slightly more than the 55,989 fans who attended a game against the San Francisco Giants in June of 2004.

Walk-up tickets for the Saturday night game will not be available.

With the old school feel of the Oakland Coliseum and a battle between the Bay Area rivals, the atmosphere should be electric and legendary.

Johnny Manziel continues to ride the pine in Canada

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats suffered a 31-20 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 6, and for the sixth consecutive week, quarterback Johnny Manziel didn’t take a single snap.

Part of the reason Manziel has struggled to reach the field has been the play of fellow quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who had tied a CFL record with nine straight 300-yard games. However, in the Week 6 loss coming off the bye, he managed just 184 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Despite Masoli’s sudden struggles, Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones was quick to shut down any speculation on a potential quarterback change, saying that, at least for now, Manziel will remain on the bench.

For his part, Manziel continues to fill the role of a good teammate despite his obvious frustrations with not playing.

“I’m definitely not satisfied with it, but it’s the role that I need to be in as far as being a good teammate and the No. 2 quarterback,” Manziel told the Regina Leader-Post prior to the Week 6 loss. “All I can do is be the best in whatever role that I’m in now. If that changes, then I have to be ready to be the guy.”

The 2-3 Tiger-Cats will take on the 3-2 Ottawa Redblacks in Week 7.

Giants’ Steve Tisch rips President Trump, won’t punish players who protest

New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch ripped President Donald Trump earlier this week, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the president “has no understanding” of why players kneel or protest during the national anthem, and that none of his players will be punished if they decide to protest in 2018.

“Hopefully he’ll have much more going on that he’s going have to deal with and should deal with and must deal with than worrying about what NFL players do,” Tisch said. “He has no understanding of why they take a knee or why they’re protesting. When the new season starts, I hope his priorities are not criticizing the NFL and telling owners what to do and what not to do.

“We support our players. They are not going to be punished. There is not going to be any punitive action taking place against them.”

Tisch’s stance is interesting given that fellow Giants co-owner John Mara, who is also chairman of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, helped construct the initial anthem policy rule change earlier this year — a rule and decision he was quick to defend.

“We’ve been supportive of those in the past who have decided to protest, but I think we’ve gotten to a point now where it’s become such a divisive issue that I think it’s important that we come out of here with a policy that everybody can respect and adhere to,” Mara said in May while appearing on Sirius XM Radio.

“It’s an issue that is very divisive, [for] people on both sides of it. And you have to take the players’ feelings and views into account, as well. So we’re hopeful of coming out of this with some sort of policy that works.”

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement earlier this week stating that the two sides had reached a standstill and that no new policy would be officially instituted for several weeks while discussions continue.

Trump was quick to respond to the league’s sudden pause in moving forward with a new national anthem rule, demanding that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell take a stand.

Trump has yet to respond to Tisch’s comments.

Two Mexican Baseball League umps suspended for horrific call (Video)

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Two Mexican Baseball League umpires have been suspended after the duo collaborated on one of the worst calls in the history of the sport. And no, that is not an exaggeration.

Thoughts of terrible calls undoubtedly plague the mind of most baseball fans, but for those cheering on the Diablos Rojos del Mexico, they can now stake claim to being victims of the most ludicrous call of all-time.

With Algodoneros de Union Laguna’s Jonathan Jones in the hole 0-1, he adjusted his approach and in an attempt to protect the plate, took a weak hack at a 91 MPH fastball.

Simple enough, right? Only, the home-plate umpire, Ulises Domínguez Solís, somehow missed the swing and called it a ball. That, of course, was immediately protested by Diablos Rojos del Mexico, yielding a check with the first-base umpire, Rodolfo Pastrana Tejeda.

Remarkably, Tejeda apparently missed the swing as well and confirmed the pitch was a ball.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the two umpires were suspended for the remainder of the season immediately after the game.

The two umpires in the video were suspended by the league for the rest of the season. The other two umps in that crew were warned by the league after not overruling the call.

That’s a harsh punishment, but the call was egregious.

It’s possible that both umpires simply missed the swing, but that seems hard to believe.

In late June, Major League Baseball banned all transactions with the Mexican League over corruption and fraud allegations, specifically in terms of how contracts were negotiated.

Jon Gruden says Khalil Mack decision is his ‘toughest’

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The honeymoon period for Jon Gruden in his return to the Raiders has ended abruptly thanks to the holdout of one of the team’s best players.

Defensive star Khalil Mack did not participate in OTAs and officially held out of the team’s minicamp as he seeks a new contract. Mack is in the final year of his rookie contract and set to make just over $13 million, but he’s a former Defensive Player of the Year and deserving of a long-term deal.

Speaking at a Raiders fan rally at Ricky’s Sports Theater and Grill in San Leandro, Calif. on Friday, Gruden described the situation as his “toughest decision” right now.

The Raiders clearly want to have Mack in the fold and know they need him. GM Reggie McKenzie has even said they hope to keep Mack for life. A report in April suggested that Mack could set a record for guaranteed money. So far that has yet to materialize, which has led to little movement on the Mack contract front as training camp approaches. That’s not a position either party wants to be in.

Yoenis Cespedes considering surgery that would keep him out 8-10 months

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Yoenis Cespedes returned to action on Friday night for the New York Mets after missing more than two months with hip and quad issues. But those aren’t his only problems.

Cespedes says the root of his problems is a calcification issue in both of his heels. These issues have bothered him for years. There is a surgery that could fix it, but the problem is the operation would knock him out 8-10 months.

Cespedes is making $29 million per season through 2020, so the Mets wouldn’t be thrilled about losing him for a bulk of that period due to surgery recovery. On the other hand, they would probably be just as frustrated seeing him miss time and underperform due to nagging injuries, which he’s endured over the past two seasons.

Cespedes has a .790 OPS this season. Prior to this year, his lowest OPS for a season with the team was .884.

Watch: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg have heated moment in dugout

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Stephen Strasburg’s return from the disabled list did not go well at all.

Strasburg was charged with six runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings in an 8-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday. It was Strasburg’s first start since June 8 and the most runs he’s allowed all season.

After entering the dugout following his start, Strasburg mostly ignored his teammates, and that didn’t sit well with Max Scherzer. Scherzer said something to Strasburg and the two got heated. Strasburg walked into the tunnel so that they would be out of view from TV cameras.

Strasburg would not elaborate on the exchange when asked about it by reporters after the game.

It’s part of family, man,” he said. “You got to be in the family.”

Washington continues to disappoint this season. Despite Scherzer having another Cy Young-worthy campaign, the team is now 48-49 and third in the NL East. That is likely a major cause of frustration within the clubhouse.

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