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Kent State, Arkansas State in GoDaddy.com Bowl

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Kent State, Arkansas State in GoDaddy.com Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) No. 25 Kent State will meet Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in the first bowl appearance in 40 years for the Golden Flashes.

The game is played on Jan. 6, the eve of the BCS national championship game.

It's the second straight appearance in Mobile for Arkansas State, which lost 38-20 to Northern Illinois last season.

Kent State has won a program-record 11 games. The Golden Flashes are 0-2 all time in bowl games, including trips to the Refrigerator Bowl in 1954 and the Tangerine Bowl in 1972.

``With it being 40 years since our last bowl experience, it's going to be a wonderful trip for our student-athletes who are very deserving after the year they've had,'' Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen said. ``Our coaching staff, our support staff and especially our fans are excited to come to Mobile. It's also the climate that would attract northeast Ohioans in early January.''

The Golden Flashes lost to Orange Bowl-bound Northern Illinois 44-37 in double-overtime in the Mid-American Conference championship game.

Their last bowl team featured a defense that included eventual Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert and No. 2 Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Kent State coach Darrell Hazell commented in a statement issued before the destination was announced.

``Our guys will be extremely excited to be traveling to a bowl,'' said Hazell, the MAC coach of the year. ``They will continue to work extremely hard to be ready to go, wherever we kick off.''

The Red Wolves won the Sun Belt Conference title for the second straight year and are 9-3 under first-year head coach Gus Malzahn, a former Auburn offensive coordinator.

They beat Middle Tennessee 45-0 on Saturday.

Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir said the game presents ``a fantastic opportunity to play a quality opponent ranked in the top 25 and to potentially end the season as a top-25 team for the first time as an FBS member.''

Kent State is led by running backs Dri Archer (104 yards per game) and Trayion Durham (96 ypg).

Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin leads the nation's 17th-rated offense, ranking 32nd in passing yards.

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Orioles make home run history Tuesday night in more ways than one

Orioles make home run history Tuesday night in more ways than one

The Orioles pitching staff has struggled with the long ball all season long, and it culminated in a couple of historic moments at the ballpark.

First, it was Gary Sanchez joining his teammate Gleyber Torres in torturing Orioles pitchers this season, launching his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone. 

Torres reached that mark earlier in the series, making them the first pair to reach eight home runs in the same season against the Orioles since Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. 

Anytime you’re the first to do something since literally Ruth and Gehrig, two of the greatest home run hitters in the history of the sport, you’re clearly doing something right (or wrong, if you’re an Orioles fan).

What’s especially concerning for the Orioles is how quickly Torres and Sanchez reached this mark, needing less than two months to accomplish what no one else had in an entire season for the last 88 years.

The other piece of history made also came with shocking speed in 2019.

In April, the Orioles became the first franchise to allow at least 50 home runs before May 1. The unfortunate thing for them is they reached the mark with a week and a half to spare.

That trend has continued into May, and the pitching staff now has another claim to fame.

In the sixth inning, the Yankees crushed their third bomb of the evening, bringing the Orioles home runs allowed total to 100 on the season. Per ESPN, the previous fastest team to allow that many was the 2000 Royals, who needed 57 games to make history.

The Orioles did it in just 48. They aren’t just setting records; they’re obliterating them.

With the way the season has gone so far, it’s not hard to imagine the Orioles setting a few more benchmarks for futility in 2019.

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Juan Soto isn't a HR hitter, the Mets broadcast said. Then he immediately went upper deck

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Juan Soto isn't a HR hitter, the Mets broadcast said. Then he immediately went upper deck

Juan Soto did something Tuesday night at Citi Field that made the whole broadcaster's jinx theory come to life. 

During Soto's 2nd inning at-bat, former MLB first baseman, five-time All-Star, 1979 co-NL MVP, two-time World Series champion, and current Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez went out on a limb to describe the 20-year-old phenom. 

He is not a home run hitter even though he had nice power here last year.

So, in a rather timely fashion, the lefty launched a moonshot, 410-foot solo home run to right field for Washington's first run of the game. 

In fairness, Hernandez was just trying to explain that Soto isn't a home run hitter because of the type of swing he demonstrates, one that typically produces more line drives than long-balls. 

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