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On The Farm: Charlotte takes a pair from Toledo

On The Farm: Charlotte takes a pair from Toledo

Friday, Aug. 6, 2010
11:15 PMBy Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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Charlotte (AAA)
The Knights swept a pair of games from Toledo on Friday, winning the completion of Thursdays rain-suspended game, 5-4, before taking the nightcap, 6-1, at Knights Stadium.

Charlotte rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the opener, scoring two in the eighth inning and then plating the game-winner in the ninth on an Alejandro De Aza sacrifice fly. Jordan Danks hit a pair of solo homers for the Knights, allowing Clevelan Santeliz to earn his first victory of the year.

Danks had two more hits in the nightcap but it was Luis Rodriguez who drove in a pair of runs. Matt Zaleski earned the win after allowing a run in five innings.

Birmingham (AA)
The Barons, powered by a five-run seventh inning, squeaked by Jacksonville on Friday, 8-7.

Sal Sanchezs two-run single was the capper to the big inning. Jim Gallagher had a solo homer in the fourth inning after Christian Marreros two-run homer gave Birmingham a first-inning lead. Despite giving up three runs in 1 23 innings, Henry Mabee picked up the victory.

In other action, Kannapolis and Hagerstown were rained out on Friday and will make up the game Sunday afternoon in a doubleheader at Fieldcrest Canon Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. Bristol split a pair with Johnson City, taking the opener, 2-1, before dropping the nightcap, 11-3, at Boyce Cox Field. John Spatola had a homer and two RBIs in the opener while Dan Black duplicated the feat in the nightcap. Winston-Salem also split a twinbill on Friday, losing the opener to Frederick, 6-2, before taking the second game, 10-1, at BB&T Ballpark. Jon Gilmore went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the second game. SS Greg Paiml joined the team from Birmingham. To make room on the roster, outfielder Jordan Cheatham was sent to Kannapolis. The Dash announced that the White Sox will play an exhibition game at BB&T Ballpark on March 30th, 2011.

CUBS

Iowa (AAA)
The I-Cubs slammed five home runs on Friday night to defeat Tacoma, 11-6, before a season-high crowd of 13,206 at Principal Park.

Marquez Smith paced the barrage with a pair of homers and three RBIs. Brad Snyder, Micah Hoffpauir and Bryan LaHair also went deep. Snyder had three hits and his solo homer gave him a career-high 83 RBIs. Hoffpauir had two hits, including the homer, and two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to season-high 15 games.

Jay Jackson (9-6) earned the victory after allowing five runs in 6 23 innings.
In other action, Daytona topped Jupiter, 3-2, at Roger Dean Stadium to snap a four-game losing streak. Rebel Ridling had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs. Trey McNutt tossed six shutout innings to improve to 3-0 in the Florida State League. Tony Campana had a pair of hits and three RBIs to lead Tennessee to a 6-1 victory at Montgomery. Jae-Hoon Has three-run homer in the sixth inning lifted Peoria to a 3-1 victory over Wisconsin. Nick Struck allowed a run in 5 23 innings to pick up his seventh win.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

Kobe Bryant reportedly dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas

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Kobe Bryant reportedly dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas

According to TMZ Sports, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash over Calabasas Sunday morning.

Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirmed the crash:

ABC 7 News and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski both later confirmed the report that Bryant was among those that perished:

Bryant played 20 years in the NBA, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships, two MVPs and appearing in 15 All-Star games. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters.

The story appears to still be developing, but this is heartbreaking and stunning news for the basketball world at large, and, above all, Bryant's family.

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Kirk Cousins on John DeFilippo: 'He’s going to add a lot to Bears' staff'

Kirk Cousins on John DeFilippo: 'He’s going to add a lot to Bears' staff'

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley at the 2020 Pro Bowl and offered a glowing review of Bears quarterback coach, John DeFilippo, whose addition to Chicago's coaching staff is expected to bring the best out of Mitch Trubisky, the Bears' incumbent starter who's entering a make-or-break offseason with the team.

“He’ll be outstanding,” Cousins said. “He’s a great coach. He’s been around this league for a long time. I think it says a lot when someone like Matt Nagy, who knows quarterbacks so well, hires him. I think that says a lot about ‘Flip.’

“When you look at what he did with Carson Wentz as a young player, I think there’s a lot to like there. And he’s going to add a lot to that staff. It’s going to be to my detriment, because we’re in his division. But he’s a great coach.”

DeFilippo was the Eagles quarterback coach for two seasons (2016-17) and played an integral part in Wentz's development between his rookie and second seasons. Under his DeFilippo's tutelage, Wentz went from enjoying a solid rookie season to an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017. It's also noteworthy that DeFilippo managed to get the best out of veteran Nick Foles, who replaced Wentz after a season-ending injury. Foles went on to enjoy a miraculous Super Bowl run.

DeFilippo certainly has his work cut out for him with Trubisky. The former second-overall pick has looked like an average starter (at best) through 41 regular-season starts and regressed mightily in 2019. Blame for his regression has been shared among the offensive line and play-calling, but he deserves much of the criticism too. His mechanics were sloppy, his accuracy was lacking and he just didn't play with the kind of downfield killer instinct Nagy wants from his starter.

Nagy's end-of-year comments about Trubisky needing to learn how to identify coverages didn't create much confidence in his near-term trajectory, either.

But that's why DeFilippo is in town. And if Cousins' comments prove to be true, then we may be on the precipice of a breakout season from Trubisky.

Or maybe DeFilippo will be the tie-breaking voice that allows the Bears to move on if Trubisky's struggles continue.