Utley suspended after controversial slide
According to ESPN, Mets’ Ruben Tejada suffered a fracture to the fibula of his lower right leg in a collision at second base Oct. 10 in the seventh inning of a game two loss to the Dodgers in the NL Division Series.
The Dodgers’ Chase Utley slid late and hit Tejada just as the short stop was attempting a double play on a ground hitter by Howie Kendrick, the article stated.
ESPN revealed the play proved pivotal in the game. The Dodgers scored the tying run, and after a replay review, Utley was awarded second as the umpires ruled Tejada had never touched the base’s bag. Los Angeles went on to score a total of four runs in the inning, resulting in a 5-2 victory, which tied the series at 1-1.
After the game, Joe Torre, Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer, reviewed the slide and suspended Utley for two games.
US falls to Mexico in CONCACAF Cup
According to the official United States soccer website, the U.S. Men’s National Team fell to Mexico 3-2 after extra time in an intense 120 minutes of action in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup.
The U.S. MNT came from behind twice to equalize at 2-2 in the 108th minute, which appeared to be enough to send the game to penalty kicks, until Paul Aguilar gave the go-ahead volley in the 118th, ussoccer.com stated.
The match was played in front of a sold-out stadium of 93,723 fans at the Rose Bowl — the second largest crowd ever to attend an MNT game, the website reported. With the victory, Mexico will be the region’s representative for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, an eight team dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup.
Sarkisian taking leave of absence at USC
University of Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian will take an indefinite leave of absence to seek treatment for an undisclosed condition, the school announced on Oct. 11.
Sarkisian was not in attendance at the Trojans’ practice on Oct. 11. A player text messaged ESPN’s Shelley Smith that Sarkisian “showed up lit to meetings again today.”
“He was dealing with family issues all [Saturday] night, but he hasn’t been in a good place all season,” a source said to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Sarkisian is in the midst of a divorce and recently had an incident at the Troy Salute function where he was seen exhibiting inebriated mannerisms after mixing prescription medications and alcohol, ESPN stated.
According to ESPN, offensive coordinator Clay Helton will take charge of the college team (3-2, 1-2, Pac-12), who have lost two of their last three games, the article reported.
Published October 14th, 2015