Florida State's Thompson out for rest of season

Florida State's Thompson out for rest of season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State senior running back Chris Thompson is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left knee in the Seminoles' win at Miami on Saturday.

It's the second straight season the 5-foot-8, 187-pound speedster has suffered a season-ending injury, this one a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He suffered two broken vertebrae in the fifth game of the 2011 season and worked strenuously to get back for this season.

``A very big blow to us,'' coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday. ``He may be our most dynamic offensive player.''

Thompson was well on his way to becoming the 11th-ranked Seminoles' first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn did it for a third consecutive season in 1996. Thompson finished the season with 687 yards rushing, averaging 7.5 yards a carry, and was the team's third leading receiver with 21 catches for another 248 yards. He has 1,735 career yards rushing.

``It's tough to see,'' Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel said. ``He was having a fabulous season.''

Thompson was also on his way to another huge game when he sustained the injury early in the second quarter. He already had 47 yards rushing and had two receptions for another 47 yards, including a 32-yard gain on the play he was injured.

Although no decision has been made yet on when Thompson will have surgery, Fisher said he was confident his star tailback would rehabilitate fully and be able to resume his career, perhaps at Florida State. Fisher said the school will look into asking the NCAA to grant Thompson a redshirt season since he was injured on his first carry of last year's game at Wake Forest, the fifth game of the year.

It was the third significant personnel loss for the Seminoles this year. Their most heralded defensive player and top pass rusher, Brandon Jenkins, suffered a broken foot in the first game that ended his season. A month before the season began, starting cornerback and punt return specialist Greg Reid was dismissed by Fisher for violating team policy.

Thompson was part of Florida State's all-senior backfield that included fullback Lonnie Pryor and Manuel.

``I was just hoping he'd get up,'' Manuel said.

James Wilder Jr., will start in Thompson's place on Saturday against Duke (6-2, 3-1) with Devonta Freeman sharing playing time at tailback. The two sophomores have combined to rush for 656 yards and 10 touchdowns this season while Pryor has run for 169 yards and six scores.

``You have to move on,'' Fisher said Monday. ``This game is very unforgiving.''

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Nearly two weeks have passed since the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights to raise their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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Those away from the ice had 'a lot' on the line, too.

Prior to the start of the series, each city's mayor agreed on a bet that would force the losing team's member to wear an opposing jersey at the conclusion of the Cup.

Well, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman followed through on her end of the bargain.

Here is proof of her wearing the jersey of a man who led what was arguably the greatest post-championship celebration in sports history.


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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

The 2018 Major League All-Star Game is less than a month away. Fan votes are well underway and early frontrunners are close to locking their position in the Midsummer Classic.

Yesterday, we projected how the National League roster will play out. Today it is time to look at the American League roster projection.

For five straight seasons, the AL has had the upper hand in the MLB All-Star Game. In 2018, it does not appear that will change as the American League roster will be loaded from top to bottom.

As a reminder, here is how the process shakes out, first with the fan vote, players’ ballots, and the MLB Commissioner’s Office:

  • Fan vote: nine position players in AL (DH)/ eight in NL; plus final vote for each league
  • Player’s ballots: next 17 players in AL/ 16 players in NL; (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: five AL players (four pitchers, one position player) and seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players)

One player from each team must make the initial roster (before injury withdraws, etc.). Below is how it looks the American League roster will play out, considering the latest fan vote returns:

American League All-Star Roster Projection:

C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (Fan Vote), Gary Sánchez, Yankees (Player Ballot)
1B – José Abreu, White Sox (Fan Vote), Joey Gallo, Rangers (Player Ballot)
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (Fan Vote), Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Player Ballot)
3B – José Ramírez, Indians (Fan Vote), Yangervis Solarte, Blue Jays (Player Ballot), Mike Moustakas, Royals (Commissioner’s Office)
SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (Fan Vote), Jean Segura, Mariners (Player Ballot),
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Mike Trout, Angels (Fan Vote), Aaron Judge, Yankees (Fan Vote), Michael Brantley, Indians (Player Ballot), Eddie Rosario, Twins (Player Ballot), Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (Player Ballot),
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Shohei Ohtani, Angels (Player Ballot)

SP – Justin Verlander, Astros (Player Ballot), Luis Severino, Yankees (Player Ballot), Corey Kluber, Indians (Player Ballot), Chris Sale, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Gerrit Cole, Astros (Player Ballot), Blake Snell, Tampa Bay (Commissioner’s Office)

RP – Edwin Díaz, Mariners (Player Ballot), Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (Player Ballot), Joe Jiménez, Tigers (Commissioner’s Office), Delin Betances, Yankees (Commissioner’s Office), Chris Devenski, Astros (Commissioner’s Office)

Manager: Jeff Luhnow, Astros

Based on this projection, the New York Yankees will have the most representatives with six. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox will both have four.

Ensuring no snubs, there will be five players selected for the final fan vote to get one more All-Star into the game for a total of 32 for the American League. As you can see, no matter how the AL roster plays out, it will be a dominant team once again as they look for six straight All-Star wins.

Four of those five wins were inside a National League stadium and that will not change as the Washington Nationals will host this season.