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No. 14 Oregon State beats Washington State 19-6

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No. 14 Oregon State beats Washington State 19-6

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Jordan Poyer was confident he would play well heading into Saturday's game against the Cougars.

``To be honest with you - I wouldn't lie to you - I did,'' Oregon State's cornerback said after his three interceptions in the No. 14 Beavers' 19-6 win over the Cougars.

``It's just something you feel.''

With the entire varsity squad from Poyer's alma mater, Astoria (Ore.) High School, attending the game, the senior handled Washington State quarterbacks Connor Halliday and Jeff Tuel.

Poyer's second interception forced Halliday from the game. His third, with 3:18 remaining, sealed the victory.

``It was the biggest performance,'' said Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton, who added three sacks. ``That's a superstar right there. He carried us.''

The Beavers (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) needed the defensive effort, as the offense - and quarterback Sean Mannion - struggled.

Mannion threw three interceptions and finished 25 of 42 for 270 yards. He was sacked three times.

Markus Wheaton had 95 yards receiving and a touchdown. Oregon State has surpassed its win total for the 2011 season and is 4-0 for the first time since 2002.

Tuel was 11 of 17 for 126 yards after replacing Halliday, who threw three interceptions.

Marquess Wilson had four catches for 54 yards to lead the Cougars (2-4, 0-3). Halliday was 9 for 20 for 81 yards.

Turnovers hurt the Cougars as they continue to implement new coach Mike Leach's pass-heavy offense.

Crichton and sophomore defensive end Dylan Wynn kept both Halliday and Tuel on the run. All together, the Cougars had four interceptions and a fumble.

``(The Beavers) were jumping routes because they were playing a lot of man coverage,'' Tuel said. ``They were playing it tight, and honestly, it's just a small place to throw a football.''

Mannion was selected the Pac-12 offensive player of the week after throwing for 433 yards last week in a 38-35 win over Arizona. But he was not sharp to start Saturday's game, missing receivers and throwing two interceptions early.

The Beavers had another promising drive stopped when they failed to convert a fourth-and-2 at the Washington State 24. Oregon State had to settle for Trevor Romaine's two field goals and a 6-3 halftime lead.

Mannion showed more poise in the second half. He led the Beavers down the field for a 75-yard scoring drive to start the third quarter, hitting Wheaton for a 12-yard touchdown pass.

``I'm really proud of the way our team came out in the second half,'' Mannion said. ``I think that says a lot about us.''

In the fourth quarter, Mannion led a 13-play, 86-yard drive that Tyler Anderson capped with a 1-yard run. The Beavers were 3 for 3 on third downs during the drive.

``And two of those third-down conversions were major league,'' said Oregon State coach Mike Riley, who became the school's winningest coach in last week's win at Arizona.

Helped out by two 15-yard Oregon State penalties, Tuel completed 5 of 7 passes on a drive early in the fourth, but the drive ended in Andrew Forney's 32-yard field goal.

``I thought we were pretty disjointed on offense,'' Leach said. ``Oregon State's defense was more physical than our offense.''

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Cubs drop protest, but not stance about Sean Doolittle's delivery

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Cubs drop protest, but not stance about Sean Doolittle's delivery

WASHINGTON -- Sunday afternoon’s discussions still revolved around Saturday night’s close, which Washington manager Davey Martinez referred to as a “fiasco” on Sunday.

Chicago manager Joe Maddon started a chaotic situation when he popped out of the dugout following Sean Doolittle’s first pitch in the ninth inning Saturday. Maddon contended Doolittle’s “toe-tap” was an illegal delivery, akin to when Chicago reliever Carl Edwards Jr. tried to add a pause in spring training, but was told the move was illegal.

The umpires told him, and Doolittle, the delivery was legal. Chicago filed a protest with the league. After consulting with Major League Baseball and MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, Joe Torre, the Cubs dropped their protest Sunday morning.

A point of differentiation is whether the pitcher is taking a second step. Umpires previously determined Edwards was taking a second step. They determined Doolittle was not. This is a judgment call for the umpires and is not reviewable.

Official Baseball Rule 5.07(a) states in part: “The pitcher may not take a second step toward home plate with either foot or otherwise reset his pivot foot in his delivery of the pitch. If there is a runner, or runners, on base it is a balk under Rule 6.02(a); if the bases are unoccupied it is an illegal pitch under Rule 6.02(b).”

The league, according to Maddon, said there is a difference between Edwards placing his full foot on the ground and Doolittle grazing the mound with a cleat when he delivered. Maddon continued to not agree with the interpretation.

“We went through the whole process,” Maddon said. “Our guys in the office spoke to MLB and I talked to Mr. Torre. The whole thing I wanted to really get done was protect Carl. I really didn’t anticipate a whole lot to be done with it. Even though I still don’t agree with the conclusion, because I think it’s exactly what Carl did, only a different version of it. But the point was, I would not be a good parent if I had not spoken up for my guy. And that’s what I was doing last night and, again, it’s just to eliminate any gray area there just for future because it’s going to happen again down the road somewhere and you’re just trying to delineate what is right and what is wrong. In my mind, it wasn’t a judgment call, I thought it was black-and-white. It wasn’t gray.”

Maddon said multiple times that Doolittle tapped with his toe in addition to grazing the mound, both of which, he contended, were not legal or different than Edwards' attempt at deception.

The congenial Doolittle was steamed postgame Saturday and remained irritated Sunday. Saturday, he took multiple shots at Maddon during his postgame commentary. He also taunted the idea when throwing warmup pitches while Maddon argued with umpires by making exaggerated kicks with his leg and multiple stops with his foot. Doolittle switched to a delivery without any stops -- one he often uses -- after the protest as a way to show Maddon he didn’t need the tweak to be successful.

“In that moment, he's not trying to do anything other than rattle me and it was kind of tired,” Doolittle said Saturday. “I don't know. Sometimes he has to remind people how smart he is and how much he pays attention to the game and stuff like that. He put his stamp on it for sure.

"I actually have to thank him. After they came out the second, the [Kyle] Schwarber at-bat, I threw two fastballs and a slider and a fastball to [Kris] Bryant and those were probably the best ones I've thrown in a while. I don't do the tap when there's somebody on base so I can keep my pickoff move available if I need it. I've had a lot of traffic recently, so I've had practice doing it, so it wasn't like a huge adjustment to me. I don't know. In a way, I kind of need to thank him."

Asked Sunday if Doolittle’s comments were relayed to him, Maddon smiled and said yes.

“Listen, I have no issue with that whatsoever,” Maddon said. “We’re all emotional. I’ve said a lot of things I didn’t want to say years ago -- even in this ballpark. I think if he understood the entire context, he might have had a different opinion. Even if he was the manager himself -- if he was me -- or if he was being protected by his manager under similar circumstances, I think his stance may be different.”

No one -- the league, Maddon or Doolittle -- changed their perspective a day later.

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.

The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.

St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game. 

Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.

Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.

Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.

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