Frazier & Kubiak go from teammates to opponents

Frazier & Kubiak go from teammates to opponents

HOUSTON (AP) Corey Frazier and Klein Kubiak are teammates at Rice and friends off the field.

But on Sunday they'll be pulled in different directions. Their fathers - Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak - will be on opposite sidelines.

``The first thing he said to me when I saw him on Sunday was that me and him were enemies from here on out this week,'' Corey said. ``That just started it off, and there's been a lot of little jawing back and forth, a lot of little remarks.''

Corey and Klein both plan to be on the sidelines with their fathers for Sunday's game, where the Texans need a win to secure a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Vikings are trying to keep their postseason hopes alive with Adrian Peterson entering the game just 294 yards shy of breaking the NFL single-season rushing record - a fact that Corey has mentioned often.

``He's got a pretty big card in (Peterson), so he's been building that one up,'' Klein said, laughing. ``We've gone back and forth.''

Corey got to Rice first, and Klein didn't realize his father also coached in the NFL until Gary mentioned it to him. They've since become close after bonding over the shared experiences of growing up with fathers who were NFL coaches.

``We just had so much common ground,'' Corey said. ``Our parents both have similar qualities, similar rules as to how they want us to live our lives, and since we are under so much scrutiny that made me and Klein pretty close.''

The pair find it odd that they ended up at the same school because their fathers, who both played in the NFL before moving to coaching, have known each other for decades.

``That is pretty interesting,'' Gary said. ``I've got a lot of respect for Leslie and the job he does. His son does a (heck) of a job at Rice, too. It's been pretty cool ... you kind of take that for granted.''

Leslie said their sons playing together has given himself and Gary a unique opportunity to interact away from the high-pressure world of NFL coaching.

``We get a chance to sit in the stands and mingle at the spring game and so on,'' Leslie said. ``It's a good relationship and I'm just happy for what he's done.''

Klein, a junior receiver, and Corey, a senior safety redshirting after an injury, will return to being friends after Sunday's game as Rice prepares for its first bowl appearance since 2008 when it faces Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29.

The Owls lost five of their first six games this season before bouncing back to win five of their last six to become bowl eligible.

``We haven't had anybody on our team go to a bowl game,'' Klein said. ``So it's new to all of us, but it's also really, really exciting.''

Corey received a redshirt after injuring his knee in the first game this season. But he's looking forward to taking part in the bowl experience with his team.

``I'm definitely proud and glad that I'm getting to enjoy the ride with them,'' Corey said. ``I'll be on the sideline cheering them on when they play Air Force.''

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Furious rally falls short as Loudoun South suffers first loss of Little League World Series

Furious rally falls short as Loudoun South suffers first loss of Little League World Series

Loudoun South battled back from an 8-2 deficit to tie the game but ultimately fell 12-9 to the West Regional champ out of Hawaii on Wednesday.

Heading into Wednesday’s game, Loudoun South had not allowed a single hit. That changed quickly as Hawaii jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the first inning. Justin Lee, who had pitched all four innings in Sunday’s win, could not get out of the first inning as he allowed one hit, two walks, and four runs in 26 pitches.

Hawaii extended the lead to 8-2 in the third inning, but Loudoun South battled quickly back with a furious rally. They chipped away at the deficit with five singles, three walks and one hit by a pitch all in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 8.

Hawaii, however, would not be denied. The West champs retook the lead with a run in the fourth and extended it with three runs in the fifth for a deficit Loudoun South ultimately could not overcome.

After not allowing a hit for two games, Loudoun South gave up 13 hits to Hawaii. Fielding was also an issue with five errors on the night.

The tournament is not over for Loudoun South as the team will get one more shot to advance. They will play Thursday against the Southwest Regional champ from Louisiana at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to play Hawaii in the United States Championship game. A loss, however, will end Loudoun South’s tournament.


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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore takes series against Royals

Orioles Roundup: Baltimore takes series against Royals

Great pitching and a handful of home runs combined for a whopping 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards. Here are the latest news and notes.


SP Dylan Bundy threw only one run in seven innings, collecting seven strikeouts and two walks. This was the sixth outing in 24 starts that Bundy did not give up any home runs. Bundy will likely start against the Rays at Camden Yards again this weekend.

RP Mychal Givens earned his first save of the month after protecting a three-run lead. He only gave up a one-out single to Alex Gordon.

2B Hanser Alberto launched a three-run tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning over the center field wall. Between manning second and third base, Alberto is batting .318/.339/.435.


OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Calf, 10-day IL, may return late August 

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 60-day IL, out indefinitely

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day IL, 2020

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day IL, may return in September 


Thursday, 8/22: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Friday, 8/23: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday, 8:24: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source Credit: Rotoworld