1. Chris Sale
Sale is one of the best pitchers in baseball. Yet he looked nothing like it Thursday in the first game of the American League Division Series. He wasn’t anywhere close. Sale allowed seven earned runs and three homers in five innings, and the Red Sox were pummeled 8-2 by the Astros. Sale’s greatest nemesis these days is a 5-foot-6 terror with a baseball bat named Jose Altuve.
Dannon announced it will “no longer work with” the Panthers quarterback after Newton made a sexist remark to a female reporter. Newton apologized, but only after Dannon distanced itself from Newton. It felt like Newton was saying, “I’m sorry for the comment I made. If I had known it would cost me money, I never would have said it.”
3. LaMelo Ball
LaMelo Ball, the younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, is leaving high school to train and homeschool with his father, LaVar. This is being labeled a boneheaded move by many.
But here’s the upside: We can be guaranteed there’s no shoe company funneling money to the Ball family.
4. Buccaneers’ kickers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted a kicker in the second round last year, Roberto Aguayo, only to cut him in August after repeated poor performances. On Thursday, Bucs kicker Nick Folk missed three field goal attempts in a loss to New England. Since the beginning of 2016, no teamhas missed more field goal attempts than Tampa Bay.