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The Twins are slowly finding their way back to the top of the American League Central.

Sonny Gray pitched six-plus shutout innings, and seven Twins each drove in a run as Minnesota beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-0, in front of an announced crowd of 23,093 at Target Field on Tuesday.

“We just come here to play baseball,” said infielder Luis Arraez, who went 4 for 5 to raise his major league-leading batting average to .336. “That’s the thing, I know we can do a lot of good things. We can come here and do a lot of things in the game like today.”

The victory, coupled with Cleveland’s 7-5 loss to Detroit, pulled the Twins within one game of the Central-leading Guardians. They started this homestand on Monday trailing by 2½ games.

“We are a good team,” Gray said. “That’s it. … We’re a good team.”

In two victories this week, the Twins have knocked 27 hits against the last-place Royals, 23 of them singles. On Tuesday, the Twins had 16 hits, and only Gliberto Celestino’s solo home run and Nick Gordon’s RBI double went for extra bases.

“It’s clearly having a plan, clearly going in there and using the whole field, knowing what to look for, knowing what to focus your attention on,” Baldelli said of his offense. “Trying to take the tough pitches to get to the ones that you want.”

Gio Urshela and Gordon each drove in two runs, and Arraez, Celestino, Jose Miranda, Max Kepler and Sandy Leon each drove in one. The nine runs were the most the Twins had scored since an 11-1 victory at Cleveland on June 27.

Gray (7-3) allowed only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts in six innings. He faced two batters in the seventh, surrendering singles to Salvador Perez and Vinnie Pasquantino before manager Rocco Baldelli replaced him with left-hander Caleb Thielbar.

Pitching into the seventh, Gray said, “felt great.”
“I told Rocco, I said, ‘Thank you for the opportunity. I will be better in that situation next time,’ ” he added.

As he did in Monday’s 4-2 victory over the Royals, Thielbar got the Twins out of a two-on, none-out jam. The first batter he faced, Michael Massey, grounded into a fielder’s choice, forcing Pasquantino, 3-6. He then struck out Michael Taylor and Nick Prato to end the inning and retain Minnesota’s 3-0 lead.

“That’s two days in a row for Caleb to come in in huge spots and to absolutely maneuver his way, dominate his way through some hitters,” Gray said. “He did it last night, he did it again tonight. That’s huge, what he’s done.”

Veteran right-hander Zack Greinke (4-8) allowed three runs, one earned, on nine hits and struck out five over six innings. Leon drove in the Twins’ first run, scoring Urshela with a sacrifice but in the second inning. Arraez then singled home Celestino – who had reached on an error – before being thrown out at second.

Celestino hit a hanging breaking ball from Greinke off the ribbon board in left field for the Twins’ third run.

Minnesota scored three two-out runs in the seventh, one on a fielder’s choice grounder by Kepler and two on two-out RBI singles by Urshela and Gordon. Miranda, Urshela and Gordon added run-scoring singles in the eighth to make it 9-0.

It was the Twins’ second straight win since returning from a 1-4 trip through Southern California against the Dodgers and Angels, which dropped them 2½ games behind Cleveland in the Central, their biggest Central Division deficit since they were three out on April 17. Afterward, Arraez said, the team gathered for a meeting.

“We just talked,” he said. “Sonny talked. (Carlos Correa) talked. Those guys are amazing. We just come the next day and we just play baseball and enjoy it. I just want to give a lot of energy to my teammates, like we did today. We just played baseball and enjoyed the game.”

The AL Central rivals finish their three-game series with a matinee on Wednesday.

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A convicted smuggler will spend nearly five years in prison for his role in a high-speed chase near an elementary school. The ensuing accident injured six people, including innocent motorists.

This week, Manuel Hernandez, Jr., 30, appeared before U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera in a federal courthouse in Brownsville. Olvera sentenced him to four years and nine months in prison for human trafficking. Hernandez previously pleaded guilty on April 13.

The charges stem from an attempted human smuggling in the western part of Brownsville, in a neighborhood just north of the Rio Grande and the border fence. This attempt ended in a crash after Hernandez tried to evade authorities. According to information released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, during the sentencing hearing, Olvera heard testimony from victims of the crash, including an innocent motorist who had to be rushed to a local hospital. with a punctured lung, a damaged vocal cord, severe head trauma, four broken ribs, a broken collarbone, a broken shoulder blade and knocked out teeth. The judge also saw surveillance video of a high-speed chase and subsequent crash.

On the day of the accident, Hernandez had traveled to the western part of the city to pick up a group of migrants smuggled into the country. Federal authorities spotted the group of migrants as they boarded Hernandez’s SUV. Officers saw it speeding away, reaching speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. Local police and Border Patrol agents followed him and tried to arrest him. One of the areas that Hernandez runs through at high speed is a local elementary school called Garden Park.

As he attempted to flee, Hernandez rammed an innocent motorist and then fled leaving the vehicle and victims at the scene. Authorities tracked him down and arrested him.

Luisana Moreno is a writer for Breitbart Texas.

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1. MANAGE MICAH

Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons is one of the NFL’s most disruptive defensive players. The Giants won the Week 2 turnover battle with the Carolina Panthers, 2-0 and only won the game by three points. Parsons may force Daniel Jones into some mistakes, but the Giants O-line can’t let him wreck the game.

2. LIMIT THE BIG PLAY

Don Martindale’s defense has allowed only two offensive plays of 30 or more yards in two games. They must continue limiting the big play against Cooper Rush’s Cowboys offense featuring receivers Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb and running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Punt returner KaVontae Turpin is a threat, too.

3. GO TO KENNY

Saquon Barkley is the Giants’ top offensive weapon, but they need a second go-to guy. Head coach Brian Daboll needs to let veteran receiver Kenny Golladay out of the doghouse and into Monday’s plans to reach the end zone frequently and improve to 3-0. Daboll’s offense has only four TDs in two games.

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WR Devin Duvernay proving to be an all-around playmaker for Ravens: ‘Dude continues to do it’

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Wide receiver Devin Duvernay is proving to be a reliable playmaker for the Ravens this season, and Sunday’s 37-26 victory over the New England Patriots was yet another example.

In the middle of the third quarter, Duvernay returned a punt 43 yards before making a beautiful 4-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone that gave the Ravens a 28-20 advantage. Through three games, Duvernay has more touchdown receptions (three) than his first two seasons combined (two).

“Dude continues to do it,” coach John Harbaugh said.

Duvernay only has eight catches this season, but he has shown that he doesn’t need a lot of receptions to be productive. The 2020 third-round draft pick entered Sunday ranking 16th in the NFL in yards per reception, totaling 121 yards while averaging 15.1 per catch.

On Sunday, Duvernay only had two catches for 25 yards, but his 21-yard reception over the middle proved to be a crucial play during a 75-yard touchdown drive that gave the Ravens a 21-20 lead early in the third quarter.

“In Year 3, that’s usually, for wide receivers, the year that you’re going to be counted on,” receivers coach Tee Martin said during minicamp in June. “And so, he took his route running to the next level. He’s always had good hands, he’s always been a dependable receiver as far as catching the ball for us. He took the running after the catch to the next level.”

Heading into the season, Duvernay wanted to show he was more than just a special teams ace after being named to his first Pro Bowl and an All-Pro as a returner. “I just come out in practice and show them that I’m a very capable wide receiver and can help this team win,” he said in June.

Duvernay wanted to fly around the field and make plays, and he has done that thus far, using game-breaking speed in the return game and incredible balance and reliable hands as a receiver.

A week after he returned the opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, Duvernay burst down the right sideline for a 43-yard punt return with 6:33 left in the third quarter Sunday, making several Patriots miss before getting pushed out of bounds by punter Jake Bailey.

He became the beneficiary of his own big play. On third-and-goal from the Patriots’ 4 with 4:47 left in the third, quarterback Lamar Jackson lofted a pass into the back corner of the end zone that Duvernay caught over defensive back Myles Bryant while keeping both feet in bounds. It was the kind of acrobatic touchdown catch that might make Duvernay a go-to target for Jackson in the red zone this season.

“He’s mad about a couple other ones that I thought were still pretty darned good plays,” Harbaugh said. “I told him, you made two plays there, and he goes, ‘The punt return doesn’t count.’ I thought it was pretty good. He looked hemmed in, guys made some blocks, he got up the sideline.”

Whether Duvernay was pleased about his performance or not, he has become a valuable weapon for this Ravens offense.

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Dolphins’ Trent Sherfield draws social media craze — and maybe an endorsement — for taking punt to backside

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Among everything seen in the Miami Dolphins’ exhilarating 21-19 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, maybe most unique was wide receiver Trent Sherfield taking a punted football straight to his backside.

With less than two minutes to play and the Dolphins punting up against their own goal line, Sherfield, in as an upback on the special teams unit, backed up into punter Thomas Morstead’s kicking motion as he tried to block for him.

The ball went off the foot of Morstead, ricocheted directly off Sherfield’s buttocks and shot up into the air and out of the back of the end zone for a comical, blooper-reel safety.

It could’ve taken a drastically different tone had it cost Miami the game against the AFC East rival. Buffalo then just needed a field goal to win after previously trailing by 4 points, but the Dolphins stopped the Bills one last time to protect the 2-point lead and snap a seven-game losing streak against their divisional foe.

The commentary and reaction to the special teams blunder turned entertaining faux pas began immediately after the game.

“Never seen a butt punt before,” Dolphins star receiver Tyreek Hill said in the locker room. “Next time, he’s going to catch it with his butt cheeks because he’s got strong butt cheeks.”

Sherfield was just happy it took place in a win for the Dolphins.

“My cheeks have a big W tatted on them,” he tweeted with a smiley face on Sunday night.

But he also had fun with the craze.

The NFL’s primary Twitter account posted an image of the football getting booted straight into Sherfield’s hind parts, asking followers, “Is this the greatest photo of all time?” Sherfield quote-tweeted it: “Indeed it is.”

Toilet paper brand Charmin tweeted to Sherfield: “Those cheeks are going to need something soft. Check your [direct messages],” insinuating an endorsement could be on the way.

Sherfield replied: “I’m commercial ready whenever you guys are…”

The DUDE Wipes brand added to Charmin’s tweet: “We’ll cleanup what you leave behind…always up for the sloppy seconds.”

Morstead, who was having a fine afternoon with two punts of 59 yards plus others of 52 and 48, said postgame it was only the second time he had a punt blocked in his 14-year career.

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Ian strengthens into a hurricane, heads toward Cuba, Florida

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HAVANA (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Ian has strengthened into a hurricane as it moves closer to Cuba on a track expected to take it to Florida in the coming days.

Ian was forecast to intensify rapidly and become a major hurricane as soon as late Monday.

Authorities in Cuba suspended classes in Pinar del Rio province and said they will begin evacuations Monday as Ian was forecast to strengthen before reaching the western part of the island on its way to Florida.

A hurricane warning was in effect for Grand Cayman and the Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio and Artemisa. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ian should reach the far-western part of Cuba late Monday or early Tuesday, hitting near the country’s most famed tobacco fields. It could become a major hurricane before a likely landfall in Florida around the middle of the week, possibly the state’s western coast or Panhandle.

Cuba state media outlet Granma said authorities would begin evacuating people from vulnerable areas early Monday in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio. Classes there have been suspended.

At 5 a.m. EDT on Monday, Ian was moving northwest at 13 mph (20 kph), about 90 miles (150 kilometers) southwest of Grand Cayman, according to the center. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

Meanwhile, residents in Florida were keeping a cautious eye on Ian as it rumbled ominously through the Caribbean on a path toward the state.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency throughout Florida and urged residents to prepare for the storm to lash large swaths of the state with heavy rains, high winds and rising seas.

Forecasters are still unsure of exactly where Ian could make landfall, with current models plotting it toward Florida’s west coast or panhandle regions, he said.

“We’re going to keep monitoring the track of this storm. But it really is important to stress the degree of uncertainty that still exists,” DeSantis said at a news conference Sunday, cautioning that “even if you’re not necessarily right in the eye of the path of the storm, there’s going to be pretty broad impacts throughout the state.”

Flash and urban flooding is possible in the Florida Keys and Florida peninsula through midweek, and then heavy rainfall was possible for north Florida, the Florida panhandle and the southeast United States later this week.

The agency placed a tropical storm watch over the lower Florida Keys on Sunday evening and has advised Floridians to have hurricane plans in place and monitor updates of the storm’s evolving path.

President Joe Biden also declared an emergency, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance to protect lives and property. The president postponed a scheduled Sept. 27 trip to Florida because of the storm.

John Cangialosi, a senior hurricane specialist at the Miami-based center, said in an interview Sunday that it is not clear exactly where Ian will hit hardest in Florida. Residents should begin preparations, including gathering supplies for potential power outages, he said.

“It’s a hard thing to say stay tuned, but that’s the right message right now,” Cangialosi said “But for those in Florida, it’s still time to prepare. I’m not telling you to put up your shutters yet or do anything like that, but it’s still time to get your supplies.”

Local media in Florida have reported a consumer rush on water, generators and other supplies in some areas where residents moved to stock up on goods ahead of the storm.

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Associated Press writer Julie Walker contributed to this report from New York.

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It didn’t take long for Eli Manning to become a giant at ESPN.

The two-time Super Bowl winner continues to revolutionize sports TV with the “Manningcast,” an alternate telecast of “Monday Night Football” in which the former Giants quarterback and older brother Peyton Manning break down plays, tell stories and interview guests as they watch a game live.

Now in his second season, Eli Manning loves the informal nature of their show, which they shoot remotely from their homes. He’s especially excited to call this Monday’s game between the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.

“I pretty much said I do not want to do broadcasting,” Manning told the Daily News. “I did not want to do games, and technically I don’t think I’m a broadcaster. I don’t know, I just kind of feel like I’m just sitting at home on my couch with my brother, talking football.

“It’s a more casual approach,” he said. “If I make a mistake, I know Peyton’s going to call me out before the media’s going to have an opportunity to call me out the next day, or on social media. That’s what we like. We’re not sensitive, and we can take criticism, but if you’re going to take criticism, you’d rather take it from your brother.”

The “Manningcast” airs on ESPN2 and ESPN+, while the traditional “Monday Night Football” broadcast airs on ESPN and ESPN+ with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling the same game.

The idea for a separate telecast hatched during the COVID-19 pandemic after both Mannings appeared on football broadcasts as guests.

“We basically took that idea and said, ‘We can make it much better,’ ” said Eli Manning, who retired from the NFL after the 2019 season.

The “Manningcast” quickly emerged as a smash hit, averaging well over a million viewers during its first season while earning praise as an innovative new choice for football fans. Guests included Tom Brady, LeBron James and Charles Barkley.

ESPN extended the broadcast through 2024 and introduced a similar alternate telecast of “Sunday Night Baseball” with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez.

The Mannings will call 10 games this season and embrace the challenge of finding ways to enhance each show.

“We definitely looked at last year and tried to look at what worked and what we can improve on,” Eli Manning said. “I think we’ve done a good job at that, just with, ‘Hey, how many guests do we want to have on? When’s the best time to have guests on? When do you have current players versus veteran players versus an actor, a comedian?’ Just trying to get the flow of things.”

Manning, 41, played each of his 16 seasons with the Giants, winning MVP of Super Bowls XLII and XLVI and setting franchise passing records with 57,023 yards and 366 touchdowns.

The “Manningcast” schedule included two Giants games last year — losses against the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manning looks forward to analyzing the new-look Giants, who are 2-0 for the first time since 2016 under a new coaching staff.

“The good teams, they find a way to win the close games,” Manning said. “It’s not always pretty. It’s still a lot of new players and a new offense and a new scheme. I feel like the defense can learn a scheme faster than an offense. Offense, it can take four or five weeks into the season before you really can get into a rhythm.

“They’re finding ways to win as they get more comfortable with what’s going on, and I think that’s a great ability to have.”

The “Manningcast” is only a piece of Manning’s burgeoning sports TV career. He also hosts the ESPN+ college football show “Eli’s Places,” which takes him to different universities to explore what makes the sport so popular. Like the “Manningcast,” “Eli’s Places” is executive-produced by Omaha Productions, an entertainment company created by Peyton Manning.

The latest episode of “Eli’s Places” included a viral segment in which Manning disguised his appearance with a long wig and facial prosthetics and tried out for the Penn State football team as a walk-on quarterback named Chad Powers.

“I was like, ‘This can be pretty funny.’ They were asking, ‘Can you still throw?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I can still throw, I’m not gonna forget how to do that.’ Or, ‘Do you need to warm up and practice a few weeks beforehand?’ I’m like, ‘No, it’ll be there. It’ll come back,’ ” Manning said.

“I didn’t know I was going to have to run a 40, or do a 5-10-5 and broad jump and all these things. I’m saying, ‘Think fast, run fast,’ but I’m thinking, ‘Don’t pull a hammy. Don’t go all out on this.’ I still got to make it through the rest of the workout and do the throwing and do all the quarterback drills.”

Beyond ESPN, Manning hosts “The Eli Manning Show” for the Giants, interviewing fans and celebrities with connections to the team.

He’s enjoying his work as an oncamera personality and is open to adding to it.

“That’s keeping me pretty busy and entertained,” Manning said. “The more you do … some of these projects, other opportunities might come up, so I think it’s just weighing those opportunities and seeing what else can be a fun project to get involved in.”

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