UFC: Brian Ortega Ready To Hit Chan Sung Jung In The Face

Brian Ortega, UFC

One of the most interesting fights this coming October looks like the one that will feature Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. It’s not a title fight or even a number one contender fight, but the mild case of bad blood in the runup to the bout paints an interesting picture of the fight between two fan favorites.

Both could reasonably contend for the title within the next year or so, both have their own fanbases rooting for them to win, and the two camps already had a bit of an altercation which saw a police report filed against Ortega. The incident had Ortega slap Jung’s translator, Jay Park, and while Ortega has said things aren’t personal because of that incident, he didn’t deny that it is a bit personal in other ways.

Oretga can’t wait to hit Jung in the face

Just because Ortega isn’t hung up on the incident with Park doesn’t mean he’s not looking forward to getting to lay hands on Jung. While speaking to MMAJunkie, he claimed the fight is semi-personal.

“It’s not too personal. It’s basically semi-personal. Usually, you sign a contract and you fight someone and you understand that that’s your opponent and you have respect for them. But me and him lost respect for each other, and now I guess if you want to call it personal, it’s personal. But it’s more of someone I don’t like that I want to hit in the face that I get to without going to jail,” Ortega elaborated.

He also said that he’s expecting, in his words, a “slugfest.” With some technical work, too, of course.

“Me and him kind of already have our thing where we want to hit each other in the face. So honestly, I just see a slugfest and some technical work. But yeah – we kind of don’t like each other.”

The dislike between the two fighters is interesting because it seems more genuine than some of the feuds in the UFC. Some fighters take to over the top trash talk to sell their fights. Sometimes, there’s back and forth social media wars for weeks leading up to a bout.

This fight doesn’t quite have that. It doesn’t appear Ortega and Jung like each other, and neither one is making a point of publicizing that to get eyes on the fight. It’s not a publicity stunt as much as it is a simple fact.

Their fight is set for October 17th, and it may result in a number one contender rising at featherweight – but that, of course, all depends on how the ranking committee decides to value the outcome.

New York Yankees: Good news and bad news following brutal loss to Tampa Bay

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

The New York Yankees had a tough outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday evening. Featuring Jordan Montgomery on the mound, he was thrashed in the first inning, recording just two outs for his departure.

In that time, he allowed five consecutive hits, four earned runs, and two homers. He tossed 39 pitches in the first inning and now has a bloated 5.76 ERA.

The poor start demoralized the Yankees completely, as they looked weakened and tired.

FINAL SCORE: 5-1

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

The good news, there isn’t any. The Yankees stunk from beginning to end in the final game against the Rays of a three-game series. They will take on the New York Mets on Thursday and enjoy a doubleheader against Baltimore on Friday. Hopefully, they can turn the tables and restart their luck moving forward, as Wednesday’s game was undoubtedly a low point.

The biggest positive — the Yankees don’t have any more regular season games against Tampa.

BAD NEWS:

The New York Yankees had bad news plastered across the board in Wednesday’s loss. After a chaotic end to Tuesday’s game, where Aroldis Chapman threw a 101 mph fastball at the head of Michael Brossuae, they backed up their win with a dud.

The starting pitching was awful, the offense was nonexistent, and the relief pitching even allowed a run. Overall, the Yankees desperately need some of their injured players back. A piece of good news, shortstop Gleyber Torres should be returning to the active roster very soon. That will allow them to move Tyler Wade to the alternate site, as he is currently hitting .163 on the year.

The entire bottom half of the Yankees’ batting order is hitting sub 2.00. The only offense the Bombers currently have exists in DJ LeMahieu, Clint Frazier, and Luke Voit. Hopefully, within the next few weeks they

New York Mets: Conforto Leads Offense to a Much Needed 9-4 Win

The sad news of Tom Seaver’s death puts a damper on the New York Mets victory. Despite the tragic news, the Mets clawed their way through the game and used an excellent offensive output to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4.

Michael Conforto had a big day at the plate. He recorded four hits, including a double and home run, and drove in five of the nine Mets runs. Pete Alonso also hit a majestic home run into the second deck at Camden Yards at a scorching 113 miles per hour. Jake Marisnick and Jeff McNeil also recorded RBIs for the Mets.

Peterson Saves Bullpen

It was another poor start for Michael Wacha, who allowed only two runs in three innings but had little command throughout. Manager Luis Rojas showed the urgency he lacked on Tuesday and immediately turned to David Peterson, who was assigned to the bullpen on Wednesday.

Peterson stabilized the game and kept the Orioles from scoring against him. He pitched four innings, allowing two hits and two walks while only striking out one batter. With his ERA dropping to 3.03, it makes it very surprising that the Mets still opted to move their second-best starter to the bullpen. 

Miguel Castro made his Mets debut throwing a scoreless eighth against his former team. Todd Frazier did not have the same success as Castro in his Mets return. He went hitless in five at-bats, leaving four runners on base.

On Thursday, the Mets play a makeup game with the New York Yankees at Citi Field. J.A. Happ faces Robert Gsellman at 4:10 p.m. from Citi Field as the Mets try to even up the season series with their crosstown rival.

Giants’ Evan Engram Still Poised For His Breakout Season

New York Giants, Evan Engram

Last year at this time, New York Giants tight end Evan Engram was getting ready for what every pundit and football insider was calling his time to shine. His first two seasons were potholed with trouble and the odds were with him that he’d finally reach the peak of his talents.

It didn’t happen. Engram missed eight games due to various injuries, most notably the Lisfranc injury that required surgery. So, he’s back to the drawing board when it comes to getting his career off the ground. In 2018, Engram also suffers through multiple ailments, playing in just 11 games.

The Giants selected Engram with the 23rd overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss. As a rookie, he flashed with 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns.

This summer, Engram is being held back but he appears ready for the season. The Giants are banking on him to be the player the Giants thought they were getting three years ago. They exercised his fifth year option this past spring and he knows his career is on the line. He has had quite a camp, impressing the new coaching staff and his teammates with his expansive abilities.

“Talk about a guy who loves football, wants to work at it and wants to refine his craft and everything he does,” offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said last week. “He’s done an outstanding job from minute one with us. He loves it. You can see it every day. He’s engaged in meetings, he works hard at practice. There’s this idea that, hey, this is a receiving tight end, this is a play-making tight end. I don’t think there’s any question about that. But he’s also someone who’s willing to be a complete tight end and block, block in line and do the things he needs to do to be an every down player for us. He’s been fantastic. He has a great thirst for knowledge, a great thirst for trying to understand what we’re asking him to do and it shows up in his work every day.”

Engram did not participate in the Giants’ first scrimmage last week and is unlikely to be active for this week’s. The team knows what he can do and he’s already built up a rapport with second year quarterback Daniel Jones. He is ready to contribute come opening night, Sept. 14 versus the Steelers.

“I feel confident, I wouldn’t say comfortable, just because I am trying to find ways to get better each and every day,” Engram said on Wednesday. “I’m definitely confident in the work we have been putting in as a tight end unit and our role in this offense. We’re asked to do a lot and I think we have a great opportunity to really make an impact for our offense and complement the other positions and come together as a unit. Me personally, I’m glad to be here working, I’m glad to be running around and having fun with my guys. I can’t wait to get out there against Pittsburgh.”

Engram also likes what he sees in Jones and the offense.

“I’m very confident in this offense by the work we have been putting in together. As far as DJ, I feel really confident in him because I have seen how hard he’s been working. We were together in the offseason before everything shut down in the facility, pushing each other in January, February and part of March. Seeing that and obviously keeping up with each other through the shutdown and obviously the work we’ve been putting in here, I feel one hundred percent confident about him and the momentum we’re going into the season with.”

If the Giants can keep their core weapons (Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton) healthy, something they couldn’t do last season, the offense should be one to be reckoned with and Engram will play a major role in their success.

Tom Seaver was a true Mets legend and had a virtually perfect career

New York Mets, Tom Seaver

The New York Mets got some sad news to share on Wednesday night. The best pitcher in the history of the franchise, Tom Seaver, passed away at 75. He will be dearly missed because of his contributions in the sixties, seventies and eighties and for being a key cog in the team’s first World Series championship in 1969.

That year, Seaver won 25 games and lost only seven, with a microscopic 2.21 ERA in 273.1 frames.

Seaver spent 12 years with the Mets, and earned nicknames such as “The Franchise” and “Tom Terrific.” He was the face of the famous 1969 “Miracle Mets” and also led the team to another pennant in 1973.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame revealed on Wednesday night that Seaver died on Monday at his home in California due to complications from Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.

Seaver, a true Mets’ icon had retired from public life in 2019 upon being diagnosed with dementia.

“We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has passed away,” Seaver’s wife Nancy, and daughters Sarah and Anne, said in a statement, seen here at The Score. “We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”

With the New York Mets, Seaver won the National League (NL)’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1967, and three NL Cy Young Awards as the league’s best hurler.

The best of the Mets

Seaver made the All-Star team 12 times and is the Mets’ all-time leader in wins. He finished his illustrious major league career with a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts and 311 wins. He is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame since 1992.

A no-hitter is among the highlights of his career, and it came in 1978 with the Cincinnati Reds.

He will be forever remembered as one of the best pitchers ever to step on a mound and the greatest hurler associated with the New York Mets. May he rest in peace.

New York Mets Legend Tom Seaver Passes Away at 75

New York Mets, Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver, the Hall of Fame pitcher who led the New York Mets to their first World Championship and changed the culture of a losing franchise, died on Monday at his home in Calistoga, California, from complications of dementia, Lyme Disease, and COVID-19.

Seaver spent 20 seasons in the big leagues and 12 came with the New York Mets. He was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, with what was at the time the highest vote percentage any inductee at 98.8%.

Seaver was the greatest Met of all time and earned the nicknames “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” from Mets fans. He was a 12-time All-Star, won three Cy Young awards, three ERA titles, and the 1969 World Series with the Mets. His number 41 is one of the five retired by the franchise.

In 1969, he helped lead the Mets to a World Series ring with a 2.21 ERA, 25 wins to lead the MLB, and won his first Cy Young award. His first World Series win came in a 10-inning victory where he gave up only one run, which came from a sac fly on Ron Swoboda’s miraculous catch. The same year he flirted with perfection for 8 1/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs but lost it on a single to the infamous Jimmy Qualls.

In 1970, he set a major league record by striking out the final 10 San Diego Padres he faced. The performance also tied the National League record with 19 strikeouts in a single game. In 1973, Seaver led the league with a 2.08 ERA and a league-leading 18 complete games. In his four starts in the postseason that year, he went at least seven innings in all of them and gave up two runs or less.

Midnight Massacre

In 1977, free agency started, and contract negotiations between Seaver and Mets’ ownership were not progressing. Seaver wanted to make what other great pitchers were making, but the chairman of the board, M. Donald Grant, refused to pay.

New York Daily News veteran columnist Dick Young wrote many negative columns about Seaver’s “greedy” demands. Seaver tried to smooth things by talking to team owner Lorinda de Roulet and general manager Joe McDonald. They had a principle agreement for a three-year contract extension.

Before the deal was signed, Young wrote an unattributed story in the Daily News that said Seaver was being “goaded” by his wife to ask for more money because she was jealous that Nolan Ryan was making more money. The story did not sit well, and he and Seaver told de Roulet that he wanted to be traded immediately. Seaver was dealt to the Cincinnati Reds in 1977 for Pat Zachry, Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn, and Doug Norman.

On June 16, 1978, Seaver threw the only no-hitter of his career against the St. Louis Cardinals. Seaver threw five one-hitters with the Mets but was never able to seal the deal in blue and orange. He spent six seasons with the Reds and won 75 games with a 3.18 ERA.

Mets Return

Seaver returned to the Mets in an offseason trade after the 1982 season. The 38-year old Seaver only won nine games but had a 3.55 ERA in 1983. In 1984, the Chicago White Sox claimed Seaver from the Mets in a free-agent compensation draft. Seaver only spent two and a half seasons with the White Sox but recorded his 300th win as a White Sox.

In 1986, Seaver pitched in his 16th and final Opening Day as a member of the White Sox. The White Sox dealt him midseason to the Boston Red Sox, who the Mets defeated in that year’s World Series. Seaver’s 311th and final win came on August 18, 1986, against the Minnesota Twins. He tried to come back during the 1987 season, but he said, “I’ve used up all the competitive pitches in my arm.” At that point, Seaver announced his retirement, and in 1988 the Mets retired his number. It was the first position player to have his number retired by the Mets.

Seaver entered a broadcasting career in 1989 with Vin Scully. He worked for the New York Yankees on WPIX from 1989 to 1993 and the Mets from 1999-2005. He ranked 32nd on the Sporting News list of the 100 greatest baseball players in 1999.

Over the years, the Mets brought him back for multiple special occasions. He threw out the last pitch at Shea Stadium, the first at Citi Field, and the first pitch of the 2013 MLB All-Star game at Citi Field.

Unfortunately, his dementia impacted him to a point where he could no longer make any public appearances starting in March 2019. Seaver was absent for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 championship team. Seaver married his wife, Nancy Lynn McIntyre, on June 9, 1966. They had two daughters, Sarah and Annie. He was one of two pitchers to have 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts, and an under 3.00 ERA. Seaver has a special place in baseball history and is an immortal figure in Mets history.

New York Giants trade for Denver CB Isaac Yiadom

New York Giants, Isaac Yiadom

The New York Giants made a value trade on Wednesday evening, sending a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for former third-round pick, Isaac Yiadom.

Yiadom won’t become a Giant until he passes COVID-19 protocols and a physical, but if he evidently joins the team, the Giants will now have another player to compete at cornerback.

At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Isaac is going into his third season in the NFL. Formally a Boston College stand out, he has played in 29 games with nine starts over two seasons. He has a total of 55 tackles, one interception, and seven passes defended.

In 2019, he enjoyed eight starts and 16 appearances, earning 38 tackles, four passes defended, and five special teams tackles.

How will the New York Giants utilize the young corner?

Worst case scenario, he becomes a valuable special-teams player, but his ability to play cornerback fits well with the mold head coach Joe Judge is trying to implement.

The Giants are currently trying to supplement the loss of DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal at the CB2 position, so Yiadom will join the ranks and try to earn starting reps immediately.

Nonetheless, he has a tall task ahead of him as the Giants recently signed Logan Ryan to a one year, maximum $7.5 million deal.

New York Islanders: How the Islanders can Win Game 6

New York Islanders, Islanders

The New York Islanders are one win away from making the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in 27 years. The problem is, the Philidelphia Flyers aren’t ready to roll over. The Islanders were atrocious in game 5. The Islanders cannot repeat that performance; there cannot be a game 7. There are some mistakes the Islanders need to fix if they want to take the next step to the dance of immortals.

Breakout Passes

The Islanders have a lot of trouble breaking out of their own zone, especially in overtime. This is an elementary problem that is an easy fix. But, this one simple problem could be the end of this Cinderella run. A breakout pass creates offense and takes the pressure off the defense. If a team can break out of their own zone, they most likely will live to see another shift. That’s two overtime’s in a row where a line got caught on a long shift, and the Isles paid the price. Barry Trotz isn’t stressing over the little things, but the teams who perfect the little things win championships. This problem is not about the system, it’s the players.

Faceoffs in Big Moments

The Islanders are loaded at the center position, and they win a lot of faceoffs in regular time. Once overtime came around, the Flyers won almost every faceoff. If you have JG Pageau, Brock Nelson, and Derick Brassard on the same roster, there is no excuse to lose multiple faceoffs in a row. That’s normally why the powerplay conversion percentage is so low. If you lose the faceoff, it takes another 20 seconds to get back into the offensive zone. The same thing goes for overtime; the Islanders must win more than half of the faceoffs.

Fighting Screens

The Flyers might have three actual goals all series. Every Flyers’ goal has been some sort of tip-in. There is way too much traffic in front of Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov is a great goalie who has been on fire, but it’s hard to stop a 101MPH slapshot when five guys are in your face. The Islanders need to start using their bodies more. Ryan Pulock, Anders Lee, and Matt Martin are all big guys who have to use their bodies more. If you can move people out of the crease, Varlamov will have a field day.

Conclusion

The Islanders need to shore up on the little things before they can think about the big things. It all starts with the fundamentals of the game. Barry Trotz will whip them into winning shape, so Isles fans, there is no need to worry.

The New York Yankees are in a weird position with Miguel Andujar

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

After missing most of the 2019 season due to injury, the New York Yankees had high aspirations for Miguel Andujar in 2020. Unfortunately for them, Andujar’s struggled and have placed the team in a weird place with him.

When Andujar went down in 2019 after an impressive 2018 season, Gio Urshela took his spot and couldn’t have been better. Urshela bat .314 with an OPS near .900, driving in 74 batters and hitting 21 bombs. Although he hasn’t been quite as dominant in 2020 as 2019, he’s been solid with a .250 average, an .833 OPS and 22 runs batted in already.

Andujar on the other hand, is just 4-for-31 and has yet to collect an extra-base hit. He’s not on the major league team and is training at the alternate site in Scranton. Urshela has proven to be the third-baseman of the future, and the team has other guys like Tyler Wade, Thairo Estrada, and even DJ LeMahieu who can play third.

So, what do the Yankees do with Andujar? The trade deadline has come and gone, and they will have to wait for the offseason if they want to make a move. Do they trade him? Do they keep him and try to develop his outfield skills more? His defense has continued to struggle at both third and the outfield while Urshela has defended well.

The Yankees could be looking to make a few moves this winter, such as finding a potential replacement for the injured Tommy Kahnle, or for more prospects. Could Andujar possibly be dealt? We’ve seen a reluctance from Brian Cashman to trade young talent in the past, but will he finally pull the plug this winter?

Only time will tell, but the Yankees need Miguel Andujar to perform better if given another opportunity in 2020.

UFC’s Ricardo Lamas comfortable walking away from the sport

One of the UFC‘s top featherweight contenders over the last eight years is ready to walk away from the sport. “The Bully” Ricardo Lamas (20-8) is comfortable walking away from the sport after his victory at UFC Vegas 8.

The Bully won against Bill Algeo (13-5) in a fight that won Fight of the Night. Lamas shocked some when he announced after the fight that it might be the last time UFC fans see him inside the octagon. Lamas seemingly confirmed he would be walking away in an interview with MMA on SiriusXM.

Lamas’ UFC legacy

Lamas did point out in his interview that he never became a UFC champion. However, he’s comfortable walking away because he did accomplish good things in this sport despite never being a champion. He’s been a top contender for years.

Lamas is 11-6 in his 17 fights inside the UFC. While the record is not the best, his losses have come to some of the very best in the business. His losses include: Jose Aldo, Max Holloway, Calvin Kattar, Chad Mendes, and Josh Emmett.

All of those men are either former UFC champions or top UFC contenders. Lamas has some very quality wins on his resume including: Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, Diego Sanchez, and Dennis Bermudez. Not a hall of fame resume, but one that attests to the fact that Lamas was a very good fighter.

Lamas is going out on his terms, and I respect that. He hopes that his legacy will be the impact he has on his Cuban community. He stated in his interview with SiriusXM, “With my post-fight speech, if I can be one tiny spark that sparks the fire to bring down the dictatorship in Cuba, that’s worth more than ten world championships.”