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Bears kicker Gould to miss rest of season

Bears kicker Gould to miss rest of season

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago kicker Robbie Gould will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left calf, another blow to the stumbling Bears with a big NFC North showdown coming up Sunday against the Packers.

The Bears placed Gould on injured reserve Tuesday and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to a one-year contract. They also placed cornerback Sherrick McManis (knee) and safety Craig Steltz (chest) on IR while signing linebacker Jerry Franklin to a two-year deal, elevating receiver Joe Anderson from the practice squad and waiving offensive lineman Andre Gurode.

Gould strained his left calf in warm-ups before Sunday's loss at Minnesota, and punter Adam Podlesh handled kickoffs in his place. Gould kicked the extra point after both of Chicago's touchdowns and tried on onside kick late in the game. But when the Bears reached the Vikings 35-yard line late in the first quarter, Podlesh came out to punt.

Chicago has been hit hard by injuries lately and dropped four of five after a 7-1 start. The Bears (8-5) now trail Green Bay by a game in the division heading into their matchup at Soldier Field on Sunday, and now they'll be without one of the most accurate kickers in league history.

Gould, who ranks fourth all-time in the NFL at 85.6 percent on field goals, converted 21 of 25 this season. He also extended his streak of attempts from 50 yards or more without a miss to 10 dating back to 2010, one shy of Tony Zendejas' league record.

Chicago will now go with Mare, a 15-year veteran and career 81.2 percent kicker. He was with Carolina last year and was let go after getting beat out by Justin Medlock in the preseason.

Other than returner Devin Hester's recent concussion, the special teams had been largely unscathed. That changed with the injuries to Gould, McManis and Steltz.

Either way, the injuries continue to mount for a team that could be without Brian Urlacher (hamstring) for the remainder of the season. The Bears were also without cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) last week, and quarterback Jay Cutler left the game with neck soreness, although he expects to play against Green Bay. He also missed a game against San Francisco on Nov. 19 because of a concussion.

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Orioles pitcher Ty Blach to have Tommy John surgery, Richie Martin to have wrist surgery

Orioles pitcher Ty Blach to have Tommy John surgery, Richie Martin to have wrist surgery

The Orioles were bitten by the injury bug early in camp, as they lost both pitcher Ty Blach and infielder Richie Martin for the season. 

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde confirmed Monday that Blach will have Tommy John surgery and Martin will have wrist surgery, which will sideline him for two to three months.

“Richie and Ty Blach, they’re both having surgery on Wednesday,” Hyde said on a conference call Monday afternoon. “Richie on his right wrist. Ty Blach is having Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.”

Blach, a left-handed pitcher, made his major league debut in 2016 as a member of the Giants. 

Last season in Baltimore, the 29-year-old threw in five games (all starts). He contributed 20 ⅔ innings pitched, posted a WHIP of 2.177 and an ERA of 11.32. He allowed 32 hits and six home runs with 17 strikeouts.

Recovery time for Tommy John Surgery is typically longer than a year, meaning Blach will be sidelined for this season as well as the majority — if not all — of next season.

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‘I just talked to Ty, and it’s awful for both of them,” Hyde said. “I felt really badly. Ty put himself in a really nice position, he’s been working really hard these last three months and he’s never been on the IL before in his career. To just feel something wrong in the second inning of an intersquad and it turns out to be Tommy John surgery, your heart goes out to him for the work he’s put in.”

Martin will likely miss the entire 2020 season, with his recovery expected to be two-to-three months. The regular season ends on Sept. 27.

Martin, 25, slashed .208/.260/.322 with 59 hits in 120 games last year for the Orioles. He made 89 starts at shortstop and posted a fielding percentage of .971. 

In 11 games of spring training this year, he slashed .286/.333/.536 with eight hits in 30 plate appearances. He also had seven RBIs.

“I loved the swing adjustments he was making,” Hyde said. “I just like the way Richie plays. He plays with energy, he comes to play every day, he’s an ultra-pro and it’s going to be tough not to have him.”

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Washington Mystics release revised 2020 schedule, open July 25 vs. Indiana Fever

Washington Mystics release revised 2020 schedule, open July 25 vs. Indiana Fever

The Washington Mystics are officially 12 days away from beginning their title-defending shortened season in Florida.

The WNBA released its updated 2020 schedule where each team will travel to Bradenton, Fla. to play a condensed 22-game season at IMG Academy spanning from July 25 to Sept. 12. 

The Mystics will open their year with the Indiana Fever and conclude the regular season with the New York Liberty.

Their schedule features eight nationally televised games on CBS Sports Network, ESPN and ESPN2. The Mystics will return to the national spotlight on July 25 against Indiana (CBSSN), July 30 against Seattle (ESPN), Aug. 7 against New York (ESPN2), Aug. 13 against Los Angeles (ESPN2), Aug. 19 against Atlanta (CBSSN), Aug. 28 against Phoenix (CBSSN), Sept. 2 against Seattle (CBSSN) and Sept. 10 against Connecticut (CBSSN).

The reigning WNBA champions will kick off their season on Saturday, July 25th at 5:00 p.m. against Indiana.

For the Mystics’ full 2020 schedule, click here.

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