Central Michigan edges Western Kentucky 24-21


Central Michigan edges Western Kentucky 24-21

DETROIT (AP) Ryan Radcliff threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Wilson with 5:11 remaining to give Central Michigan the lead, and Western Kentucky was stopped on fourth down when a field goal would have tied the game in the final minute, giving the Chippewas a 24-21 win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Wednesday night.

Lance Guidry, coaching the Hilltoppers on an interim basis before Bobby Petrino takes over, decided to play for the win on fourth-and-2 from the 19 with 51 seconds left, but Kawaun Jakes threw incomplete.

Western Kentucky (7-6) fell just short in its first bowl since joining college football's top tier in 2009.

Avery Cunningham blocked a punt for Central Michigan (7-6) to give the Chippewas a short field before Wilson's TD.

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Numbers Don't Lie: Juan Soto is statistically better than Mike Trout through 200 games

Numbers Don't Lie: Juan Soto is statistically better than Mike Trout through 200 games

Mike Trout is widely considered the "best player in baseball," but Juan Soto might actually be better, depending on what numbers are used.

Soto has more home runs, RBI and walks, fewer strikeouts and a higher OPS than did Trout for a full season and a quarter.

That's not to suggest that Soto will be better than Trout is, but also, the numbers don't lie, and that's exactly what they say.

Other numbers tell a bit of a different story. Through the first 200 games of Trout's career, the Angels were 112-88, while the Nationals are 104-96 through Soto's first 200. Trout has a career WAR of 70.5. Soto's is 5.6. Trout's 2019 WAR is 6.3.

Trout was an All-Star during his first full season and has been every year since. He was also the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year. He's been the AL MVP twice and is a six-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Soto is having a pretty great season in his own right. He's batting .301 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI.

There's no telling what the future will hold for Soto, but if he keeps up the same kind of production he's posted during his first 200 games, this could be an interesting discussion in a few years. For now, it's just a fun comparison using an admittedly small sample size. One thing that's certain, Soto and Trout are two of the most exciting young names in the game.


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Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

Best birthday ever? 107-year-old Redskins fan celebrates in Burgundy and Gold

When Carletha "Nana" West was growing up, she began to take an interest in football. In particular, she took notice of a certain Redskins quarterback. 

"When Sammy Baugh was quarterback I liked him and I was just learning football at that time," West said. "I was young myself."

Baugh commanded the Redskins offense from 1937-1952 and became one of West's favorite player. With that, her fandom for the Redskins grew.

Decades later, her love for the Redskins remains. So for her 107th birthday -- yes, 107th -- she, of course, celebrated it with some Burgundy and Gold festivities.

Joined by Redskins GM Bruce Allen, West took in her birthday on Thursday, July 18, at Brandywine in Alexandria, Va. Not only was she given a customized Redskins jersey with the number 107 and the name "Nana", but West also got a day named after her. In Alexandria, July 18 will now be known as Carletha "Nana" West Day.

West spent some time reminiscing about her years as a Redskins fan, singing 'Hail to the Redskins' and even sharing her advice on how to live a long, fulfilling life. Besides loving football, she shared some simple words of wisdom.

"Make friends," West said. "And keep them."