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Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SUNDAY PUNCH - — Eric Kolenich

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.

2. CamNew­ton

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.

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