Orange Bowl: Harbaugh confident in turnout

Orange Bowl: Harbaugh confident in turnout


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) Jim Harbaugh is sure Stanford fans will show up for the Orange Bowl.Even though the Cardinal are playing some 2,500 miles away from the home stadium they don't always fill, Harbaugh is confident."We sold 8,000 tickets in one morning after the announcement,'' Harbaugh said. "That's more tickets than we sold last year to the Sun Bowl. And that was only the first 12 hours. Our fans and alumni are really excited about this trip, so I think they'll turn out for us.''No. 5 Stanford (11-1), whose only loss of the season was to undefeated Oregon (52-31), has already received ticket requests from alumni located as far away as Moscow after one of the best seasons in school history. RELATED: Stanford's Harbaugh has issues with BCS
For the 12th-ranked Hokies, an ACC title and Orange Bowl appearance is almost business as usual - this is their third trip to South Florida in four seasons.Led by ACC player of the year, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech won 11 straight after losing its opener to Boise State and FCS team James Madison."I think it's going to be two great quarterbacks, two teams who have really worked hard and play very similar - tough and hard-nose,'' Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "It has the makings of a great football game. We look forward to giving it our best shot.''Harbaugh's first Orange Bowl experience was as a 12-year-old when the family accompanied his father, then a coach at Michigan, to the game.For Harbaugh, that trip was as much about seeing his first coconut, and a visit to Disney World, as it was about football.This time, Harbaugh's Orange Bowl trip will be all business. RELATED: Orange Bowl tabs No. 5 Stanford, No. 12 VaTech
"To bring a team here, myself, is a great honor and to play in such a traditional bowl as the Orange Bowl,'' Harbaugh said. "Our single focus and purpose for coming down to this game will be to bring back the Orange Bowl trophy.''

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season.