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McNutt Off To Hot Start For Mesa

McNutt Off To Hot Start For Mesa

Friday Oct. 7, 2011
Posted: 6:30 p.m.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox
Trey McNutt had mixed results this season at Double-A Tennessee, a year that could be described as disappointing when considering that he combined to win 10 games at three different levels in 2010.

McNutt, who won five games this season, made his AFL debut Friday afternoon and though he didnt factor in the decision as Mesa dropped a 4-3 decision at Salt River. He pitched three perfect innings, needing only 32 pitches to get through his outing. Twenty of those pitches were strikes as he exited without striking out a batter.

Fellow Cubs pitcher Marcus Hatley wasnt as fortunate. He was charged with the loss after giving up a run in the bottom of the ninth. He allowed a hit and a walk in 1 13 innings and was on the bench watching as Brandon Kloess, who pitched at three levels for the White Sox, induced what could have been a game-ending doubleplay.

Kloess got Nolan Arenado to hit a grounder but second baseman Jack Cunninghams throwing error allowed the winning run to score. Arenado was the first batter Kloess faced.

Josh Vitters went 1-for-4 for Mesa while DJ LeMahieu went hitless in four at-bats though he scored a run. White Sox prospect Brandon Short was had a triple and a walk in three at-bats while Tyler Saladino had a triple in four at-bats.
IBAF WORLD CUP
The undefeated Netherlands handed the United States its second loss of the IBAF World Cup Friday night, earning a 7-5 victory at Remon Cantera Stadium in Aguadulce City, Panama. The Cubs and the White Sox each had players contribute in a positive way after Los Angeles Angels starter Matt Shoemaker allowed seven runs in three innings.

Justin Cassell, who pitched at three levels for the White Sox this season, followed Shoemaker and pitched three scoreless innings. He fanned five and allowed only one hit. Jeff Beliveau, who split the season between Class-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee for the Cubs, then threw two no-hit innings of his own, fanning four.

Sox prospect Andrew Garcia had a pair of hits, drew a walk and scored twice for the US. Teammate Jordan Danks went hitless in a pinch-hitting appearance while former Cubs top pick Brett Jackson went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

The US 3-2 will face Panama on Saturday night at Rod Care Stadium in Panama City while the Dutch improved to 5-0.

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.