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Team advances to Little League World Series after brutal call

An umpire makes a controversial foul ball call

Washington advanced to the Little League World Series with a walk-off win over Oregon on Thursday, but the ending of the game was an umpiring disaster.

Washington had a runner on first with one out in the bottom of the 7th inning when Braydon Rudolph chopped a ball down the third base line. The third base umpire clearly held his arms up to indicate that the ball went foul, but the play continued. Ezra Seitz scored all the way from first.

Oregon players were understandably confused. It looked like they gave up on the play after the third base umpire called the ball foul, which allowed the Washington runner to come around and score. Apparently the home plate umpire had ruled that the ball was fair, so replay would have had to show clear evidence that it was foul. The call on the field stood and Washington advanced to Williamsport with a 3-2 victory.

You hate to see a game end that way. It is hard to tell if the ball was foul or fair, but the third base umpire’s call clearly impacted the outcome. That will be tough for Oregon to get over.

Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended 80 games after positive PED test

Fernando Tatis Jr. running

Feb 28, 2020; Peoria, Arizona, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr against the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr’s nightmare 2022 continues.

The MLB commissioner’s office announced on Friday that the San Diego Padres star has been suspended without pay for 80 games after a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. The drug Tatis tested positive for is Clostebol, a banned anabolic steroid. His suspension will begin immediately.

The Padres released a statement on Tatis’ suspension, saying that they were “surprised and extremely disappointed” by the news.

Tatis, 23, had yet to play this season after undergoing surgery in March for a wrist fracture. He was nearing a return to action, but the suspension renders him ineligible for the remainder of the regular season plus the postseason. Tatis’ ban will also carry over into the start of the 2023 campaign.

The Padres signed Tatis to a 14-year, $340 million contract extension before the 2021 season (which locks him up through 2034). Considering that Tatis’ wrist injury arose under questionable circumstances as well, that contract is already starting to look like a monumental mistake for San Diego.

Padres GM rips Fernando Tatis Jr. over PED suspension

AJ Preller in the dugout

Jun 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller looks on from the dugout before the game against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended on Friday for 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and San Diego Padres GM A.J. Preller was notably frustrated with his shortstop.

The MLB commissioner’s office announced on Friday that Tatis would be suspended after testing positive for Clostebol, a banned anabolic steroid. The 23-year-old will start serving his suspension right away, meaning that he will not play for the remainder of the 2022 season and the beginning of the 2023 season.

Preller had a pretty brutal comment regarding Tatis’ immaturity while speaking to reporters Friday during the Padres’ game against the Washington Nationals.

“It’s very disappointing,” Preller said via Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “You have to learn from the situations. We were hoping that from the offseason to now that there would be some maturity, and obviously with the news today, it’s more of a pattern and it’s something that we’ve got to to dig a bit more into.”

The pattern that Preller referred to may include Tatis’ questionable response when talking about what led up to his offseason wrist injury. The injury required surgery and had kept Tatis from playing up to this point.

Tatis did issue a lengthy apology and explanation for his suspension in a statement through the Major League Baseball Players Association. But Preller was apparently only concerned with Tatis proving through actions that he has learned from his mistakes.

“I’m sure he’s very disappointed,” Preller said. “But at the end of the day, it’s one thing to say it. You’ve got to start showing by your actions.”

The Padres have invested $340 million in Tatis through the 2034 season, which could end up looking like a massive overpay if Tatis continues to miss significant amounts of time. Perhaps Preller’s comments will be a wakeup call for the young star.

Zach Wilson gets encouraging news regarding knee injury

Zach Wilson on the practice field

May 7, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during rookie minicamp. Mandatory Credit: New York Jets/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The initial word on New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson’s injury is positive, at least compared to what initial fears suggested.

Multiple reports suggested that Wilson suffered a bone bruise during Friday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brian Costello of the New York Post reported that Wilson also suffered a meniscus tear, and is set to miss 2-4 weeks. The meniscus injury will require arthroscopic surgery, but a full repair is not believed to be necessary.

All things considered, this is good news for the Jets. There were initial fears that Wilson had suffered some sort of ACL injury, but that does not appear to be the case right now. If all goes according to plan, he will not miss much time, if any, in the regular season.

Wilson is entering his second NFL season. The former No. 2 overall pick struggled as a rookie, throwing for 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games.

Fernando Tatis Jr. criticized by 2 notable teammates over PED suspension

Fernando Tatis Jr. looking away.

Apr 19, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) looks on after the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. may have to win back the trust and respect of a few of his more prominent San Diego Padres teammates after the 23-year-old was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs.

The MLB commissioner’s office announced on Friday that Tatis would be suspended after testing positive for Clostebol, a banned anabolic steroid. His suspension will last through the remainder of the 2022 season and into part of the 2023 campaign.

After the Padres’ 10-5 win against the Washington Nationals on Friday, starting pitcher Mike Clevinger called out Tatis’ lack of maturity this season.

“This is the second time we’ve been very disappointed with him,” Clevinger told reporters. “You hope he grows up and learns from this and learns that it’s about more than just him right now. It would be nice to have somebody else, but we don’t need anybody else. We’ve got everyone we need right here.”

Third baseman and potential National League MVP Manny Machado echoed similar sentiments about how the Padres would be fine without Tatis.

“He hasn’t been part of the team all year,” Machado said. “We’ve gotten to this point so far without him. We were waiting to get him back and hopefully be a spark plug for the team.”

The first instance of disappointment this season that Clevinger was referring to was Tatis’ offseason wrist injury caused by a motorcyle accident. The injury required surgery and had kept Tatis off the field up until his suspension was announced.

Others in the Padres organization shared their displeasure over Tatis’ suspension and apparent lack of maturity, including GM AJ Preller.

While the Padres have managed to stay in a playoff spot for most of the season, Tatis’ presence in the lineup would have provided a big boost to San Diego’s World Series aspirations. He led the N.L. with 42 home runs in 2021, and has a career .596 slugging percentage and .965 OPS.

Melvin Gordon calls out reporter over embarrassing assumption

Melvin Gordon on the field

Feb 16, 2020; Carson, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (left) and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Burley attend the XFL game between the LA Wildcats and the Dallas Renegades Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Gordon is dealing with a foot injury that caused him to miss some practice time this week. Contrary to what one reporter thought, however, the Denver Broncos running back did not warm up prior to Saturday night’s preseason game with some sort of bizarre padding on right leg.

Gordon did not play against the Dallas Cowboys, which was expected. Aron Andersen of KDVR FOX31 in Denver shared a photo of Gordon catching a pass in warmups and mentioned how the veteran was “working out with a pad on his right foot.”

That would have been a bizarre pad/brace for a foot contusion. As it turns out, it wasn’t one. Gordon sent a funny tweet informing people that he had his cell phone tucked into his sock.

To his credit, Andersen took it on the chin.

Gordon’s foot injury is said to be minor. We doubt he would have even be on the field going through warmups if it were anything serious. His response reminded us of the time he trolled fantasy football owners.

Gordon, 29, rushed for 918 yards and eight touchdowns on 203 carries last season. He added 28 catches for 213 yards and two scores.

Aqib Talib’s brother wanted in connection with youth football game shooting

Yaqub Talib wanted in connection with shooting

A man was shot and killed at a youth football game in Texas over the weekend, and the brother of former NFL defensive back Aqib Talib is wanted in connection with the incident.

Police in Lancaster, Texas, announced on Sunday that a warrant has been issued for Yaqub Talib’s arrest. Yaqub has been identified as a suspect, according to a press release from the Lancaster Police Department.

The shooting took place after parents and coaches got into an argument over the ending of a youth football game on Saturday night. The man who was shot and killed is believed to be a coach for one of the teams. The exact charge that Talib is wanted on was not revealed by police, but eyewitnesses allegedly identified him as the shooter.

The video below shows some of the altercation and the gunshots that followed. Beware that the clip contains disturbing content:

Aqib, who is the younger brother of Yaqub, was present at the time of the shooting. His attorney told TMZ that the five-time Pro Bowler is “devastated” by what happened.

“Aqib was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life,” the lawyer said. “He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.”

Aqib, 36, retired in 2020 after playing 13 seasons in the NFL. He has worked as a commentator for FOX since and recently landed another broadcasting gig.