Reds’ Joey Votto Once Again Denies Cubs Fans, Rockets Ball Out Of Wrigley

If you plan on watching the Cincinnati Reds on the road, and you’d like to go home with a foul ball, we suggest not sitting on the first baseline.

That’s because Reds first baseman Joey Votto will straight up ignore you, and launch the ball where almost no one can get their hands on it.

During a game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday, Votto fielded a foul ball and, instead of tossing it into the front row like most players would, rocketed the sucker into the upper deck at Wrigley Field. He pulled the same stunt Tuesday night, but this time he threw it much further. Here’s the first attempt:

Joey: Let’s find a Reds fan to give this to.

— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 15, 2017

And the mulligan:

Tonight Joey Votto decided to throw a foul ball over the roof

— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) August 16, 2017

Hey, when you’re 20 games under .500, you have to do something to keep things interesting.

The Reds play the Cubs again on Wednesday and Thursday, so Votto likely will get a few more chances to finally send a ball out of Wrigley entirely.

Thumbnail photo via Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports Images

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Canadian striker Nichelle Prince enjoying a rollercoaster season

Nichelle Prince has had a tremendous year.

The Canadian women’s team forward won an Olympic bronze medal in Rio last summer, she wrapped up a prolific college career at Ohio State, and then she was drafted 28th overall by the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League.

After logging minutes as a substitute to start the 2017 NWSL season, the 22-year-old from Ajax, Ontario is now putting in work as a starter alongside American Carli Lloyd, Andressa of Brazil and fellow Canadian Janine Beckie.

Sportsnet recently had a chance to chat with the striker to hear more about her rookie NWSL campaign and how she’s adjusting to life in the Lone Star State.

You were a big part of the Buckeye attack during your time at Ohio State. How have you found the jump from college soccer into the pro game?
It was a quick turnaround from college into professional, but I think what’s helped a lot is that I’ve had experience on the international level with the Canadian national team. That’s helped with the professionalism, playing with top players. Day in and day out, the difference is you’re playing with and against some of the best players in the whole world and it helps raise my standards. It helps me set higher goals for myself. It’s good.

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Have you had to make any adjustments to your game now that you are teammates with some of the world’s best, such as Carli Lloyd?
Playing with someone like Carli Lloyd, who has been the FIFA World Player of the Year, it can be uncomfortable at times because she challenges me and she expects a lot from me. But, it’s also a good feeling because I know I’m getting better and players like her expect a lot from the players they’re playing with. They expect you to come in and give it your all every training session, every game. They’re very supportive and I know they’ve got my back while trying to help me succeed. She’s been great for me and it challenges me. I know I’m getting better playing along someone like her.

How about Janine Beckie? How did she help you get settled in Houston?
It was great being drafted to a team where I knew someone like Janine, whom I’ve known since I was with the U-20 Canadian team. She’s a quality player who had a good …read more

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Dixie State soccer: women’s team voted fifth in 2017 PacWest preseason poll

Heading into its final season of Pacific West Conference play, Dixie State was picked to finish fifth in the league’s annual women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll released on Tuesday.

Defending PacWest champion Azusa Pacific was the overwhelming choice to repeat as the Cougars received 10 out of a possible 14 first-place votes in topping the poll with 189 points. California Baptist, which is also in its final season of PacWest membership before its move to the NCAA Division I ranks, placed second in the poll with 169 points.

Concordia-Irvine received one of the other four first-place votes to finish third in the poll with 160 points, followed in fourth by Point Loma, which collected three first-place nods and 152 points. DSU (144) checked in fifth, while PacWest newcomer Biola (114 points) and Fresno Pacific (113 points) rounded out the top half of the poll in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

Senior forward and reigning PacWest Player of the Year Darian (McCloy) Murdock (Herriman, Utah/Herriman HS) was the Trailblazers’ lone representative on the league’s preseason all-conference list. Murdock, who was also tabbed 2017 PacWest Preseason Player of the Year, earned first-team all-conference and second-team NSCAA all-West region honors last season after she led the conference with 12 goals scored and was second overall in total points (26). She started in all 18 games in 2016 and accounted for nearly half of DSU’s offensive output (27 goals), including a school single-season record five game-winning goals.

The Trailblazers open camp with 39 players on the roster, including 20 returning letterwinners and six regular starters from last season’s 11-7-0 team (9-4-0 PacWest/T-3rd). Joining Murdock in the offensive third this season is junior college transfer Jamie Iurato (Mesa, Arizona/Heritage Academy), who earned NJCAA First Team All-America honors after she led the nation in goals (48) and finished second nationally in points (103) as a sophomore at Paradise Valley CC. Iurato, who originally signed at Oklahoma and played one year for the Sooners in 2013, also netted 11 game-winning goals at PVCC in helping lead the Pumas to a 2016 NJCAA national championship.

On the defensive side, DSU returns nine letterwinners who helped lead the Trailblazers to seven shutout wins last year, including five in PacWest play. The unit, anchored by 2016 second-team all-PacWest pick senior defender Montana Hadley (Bountiful, Utah/Viewmont HS), along with junior Nichole Mertz (Springville, Utah/Springville HS) and sophomores Kilee Lamb (Smithfield, Utah/Sky View HS) and Bailey Kroll …read more

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