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K-State's Snyder signs 5-year, $14.75 million deal

K-State's Snyder signs 5-year, $14.75 million deal

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Bill Snyder turned 73 in October, so it was only natural that folks across college football would start wondering just how long the maestro of Manhattan would remain on the sidelines.

Kansas State delivered its answer Thursday: As long as he wants.

Snyder signed a new five-year contract that includes an increase in base compensation to $14.75 million over the life of the contract. The deal replaces one signed in 2009 that did not specify his compensation past the fifth year, and like that contract, it will roll over annually.

``As I have stated so often we came to Kansas State because of the people, stayed because of the people and returned because of the people, and that remains unchanged,'' Snyder said in a statement.

Snyder, who was voted AP's Big 12 coach of the year after going 11-2 this season, will make $2.75 million for the 2013 season, with annual increases of $100,000 through the 2017 season. The contract also includes several bonus and benefit provisions.

``We have continued to make daily improvement as a football program,'' Snyder said, ``and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue and will do so as long as I feel I am having a positive impact on our university, community and football program and the young men that are involved.''

Athletic director John Currie told The Associated Press that he wanted to reward Snyder after winning the school's second Big 12 title this past season, but he also acknowledged that rumors and questions that always seem to circle around the most successful coach in school history.

Some recruits have begun to question whether Snyder would be around for their entire career, and two assistants have departed the staff this offseason - one for Arkansas, another for Big 12 rival Oklahoma State - and generated more questions about the program's long-term stability.

``This is really recognition of his leadership,'' Currie said in a phone interview, ``and it also sends a signal: How long he's going to coach, whenever he's going to retire, all that stuff, however long it is we're happy to have him here.''

Even when Snyder's coaching career is finished, he'll still have a place at Kansas State. His contract calls for him to become a special assistant to the AD at an annual salary of $250,000.

``The nature of his re-engagement four years ago led to some of those questions,'' Currie said. ``I never had those questions (about how long he'll coach). My interaction with him is always inspiring, because he's always so diligent, working hard and thinking only about those matters at hand.''

Snyder arrived at Kansas State in 1989 and quickly set about turning around one of the worst programs in major college football, one that had gone winless in 27 consecutive games.

Within three years, the Wildcats were a winning team. Within five, they were headed to their second ever bowl game. Within seven, they were producing double-digit victory totals.

The Wildcats finally won the Big 12 title in 2003, but they quickly slipped into a period of mediocrity, and Snyder abruptly retired after two more seasons. But he always remained close to the program, and when it slipped further under Ron Prince, he returned to the sidelines.

He went 6-6 his first year back, took his team to the Pinstripe Bowl in Year 2, and then went 10-3 and landed in the Cotton Bowl to set the stage for this season.

Led by Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, the Wildcats made a mockery of preseason polls that had them sixth in the conference. They won their first 10 games and reached No. 1 in the BCS standings before a loss to Baylor dashed their national title hopes.

Kansas State rebounded to beat Texas and win the Big 12 title, and then lost to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl to finish with 11 wins for the seventh time in Snyder's 21 seasons.

Snyder's career record of 170-85-1, all with the Wildcats, places him seventh among active head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision in victories.

``Bill Snyder is one of college football's most respected legends,'' Kansas State president Kirk Schulz said. ``We are so fortunate to have one of the very best coaches in college football history who also fully embraces and understands the value and mission of our university.''

Kansas State will continue to reward him for future success.

Snyder's contract includes a bonus of $50,000 for a third-place finish in the Big 12, $75,000 for a second-place finish or $100,000 for winning the conference title. He will also receive $50,000 for each bowl appearance, or $100,000 if it's a ``BCS bowl.'' That total increases to $175,000 for making the national semifinals when college football's playoff structure begins in 2014, $250,000 for playing in the championship game or $350,000 for winning the national title.

Snyder is also eligible for a $30,000 bonus for winning one of three coach of the year awards, $50,000 for a top-20 finish in the AP or BCS standings, or $100,000 for finishing in the top 10.

Beyond the compensation and bonuses, Snyder's contract includes similar benefits to his previous deal: group insurance and retirement plans; the use of a courtesy vehicle and a vehicle stipend; the use of a suite in the stadium, which is undergoing $75 million in renovations; membership at a country club; men's and women's basketball tickets, including Big 12 and NCAA tournament tickets; 10 hours of private plane use annually; $50,000 for business-related expenses; other travel benefits, and the use of the school's recreation complex and associated facilities.

``Coach Snyder's daily drive, focus and energy in continuing to build the K-State football program are truly remarkable and inspirational,'' Currie said. ``While he is not one to focus attention on himself, President Schulz and I felt that it was important to recognize in this very significant way his tremendous leadership and commitment to continuing to lead the K-State football program.''

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Max Scherzer set to start Game 1 of the World Series

Max Scherzer set to start Game 1 of the World Series

HOUSTON -- The simplest decision often rests as the correct one.

In this case, the Nationals selecting Max Scherzer to start Game 1 of the 2019 World Series qualified as the simplest decision.

Washington let the options publicly simmer until Monday afternoon when Davey Martinez said Scherzer would start Game 1. Stephen Strasburg will follow. The Game 3 starter is to be determined.

Scherzer has not pitched since Oct. 12. Monday, he was in left field throwing, the crack of a catcher’s mitt among the few sounds in Minute Maid Park before the Nationals’ evening workout began, prior to skulking around on the center field warning track by himself.

The six-day break between games prompted by an NLCS sweep was key for the Nationals’ biggest strength, their starting pitching. Strasburg is No. 1 in pitches thrown in the postseason. Scherzer is No. 2. They are the only two to throw more than 300 pitches in the postseason. No pitcher in the major leagues has thrown more pitches than Strasburg this season.

Scherzer and Strasburg starting Games 1 and 2 in Houston means they are in line for Games 5 and 6, respectively. Patrick Corbin’s availability for Game 3 will be dependent on his bullpen role in Games 1 and 2. Corbin brewed a mess in his first relief outing of the postseason. He allowed six earned runs in ⅔ of an inning against Los Angeles in Game 3 of the National League Division Series before pitching more effectively in future relief appearances.

“I haven’t really thought about it because we’ve kept winning,” Corbin said. “That night stunk. The next day, after that series [I] was fine. Never really thought about it. Right now, I’ve had a lot of time off, about a week now, I’ll be fresh to come in and give what they want. I’ve felt fine. I’ve kind of developed a little routine down there to stay loose. If they need me, I’ll be available.”

The Nationals considered pitching Aníbal Sánchez in Game 1, which would bump Scherzer and Strasburg to Games 2 and 6, and 3 and 7, respectively. They opted to send out their biggest strength immediately in the series, then will figure out Game 7 (which would be the Game 3 starter on normal rest). Martinez will go step by step following the first two games. 

As for Scherzer, he opted to skip the canned answer and express his excitement about pitching the same game as Houston starter Gerrit Cole, who has dominated for more than a year. 

“Of course,” Scherzer said. “I mean, I've been in the situation, faced really good pitchers here in the National League over the years; [Clayton] Kershaw, [Jacob] deGrom, those guys. You just know you've got to come out there, you're going to be throwing up zeros. And you've got to try to match the intensity from your opponent.”

Taken away from Scherzer is his chance to hit. Howie Kendrick will be the designated hitter in the first two games. Scherzer said not being part of the offense alters the vibe of the game for him. 

“It's just a different feel to the game of not grabbing a bat,” Scherzer said. “I've definitely grown accustomed to doing that, it kind of keeps you in the game flow even more. It feels weird when you get to the DH and you're not in that flow of the game offensively.”

That will be his situation Tuesday night when he opens the World Series in Houston.

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How To Watch Nationals-Astros World Series Game 1: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

How To Watch Nationals-Astros World Series Game 1: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

With the Washington Nationals pulling off a clean sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, there was a rather long break before the team could make its much anticipated World Series appearance. But, that wait has reached its end, as Tuesday marks the beginning of this year's fall classic.

On Saturday night, the Washington Nationals learned of their opponent: the Houston Astros. The AL West division winners took care of the New York Yankees in six games, clinching a berth in the World Series with a walk-off homerun by Jose Altuve. For Houston, this will be the second World Series appearance in three seasons, as the team took home the title in 2017.

But, this team maybe even better than that one. The core of Altuve and Carlos Correa now also features a rising superstar in Alex Bregman and a stellar bat in Michael Brantley to make the lineup one of the most potent. As for the pitching rotation, it's equally as dominant. One could make the case for either Justin Verlander or Gerrit Cole to take home the AL Cy Young, and the Astros have both. Oh, and they can also run out Zack Greinke for good measure. Cole hasn't lost a start since May (yes, you read that right) and while Verlander and Greinke have struggled at times in the postseason, they aren't exactly arms you want to face.

As impressive as Houston is, the Nationals pack their own punch as well. Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Juan Soto and NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick star in a lineup that has thrived on timely hitting in October. Add that to the four-headed monster of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez that handled the Cardinals with ease, and you have the formula for an exciting World Series.

It will be Scherzer against Cole in Game 1, here's everything you need to know about the series opener.

2019 World Series Game 1: Washington Nationals @ Houston Astros

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.

Time: 8:08 p.m. ET

TV Channel: FOX

Broadcasters: Joe Buck and John Smoltz

Live Stream: FOX Sports

Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Washington DC Market), ESPN Radio (Nationally)

Weather: 70° F

World Series Schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 22:
- World Series Game 1: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:08 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Wednesday, Oct. 23:
- World Series Game 2: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Friday, Oct. 25:
- World Series Game 3: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Saturday, Oct. 26: 
- World Series Game 4: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Sunday, Oct. 27: 
- World Series Game 5*: Astros @ Nationals. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: 
- World Series Game 6*: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:07 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

Tuesday, Oct. 30:
- World Series Game 7*: Nationals @ Astros. Time: 8:08 p.m. TV Channel: FOX.

*If necessary 

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