Franklin’s late TD earns Toronto Argonauts home win over B.C. Lions

TORONTO — James Franklin’s one-yard TD run with under three minutes remaining rallied the Toronto Argonauts to an exciting 24-23 win over the B.C. Lions on Saturday afternoon.

Franklin staked Toronto (3-5) to a 24-20 advantage at 2:59 of the fourth. It capped an impressive 87-yard, 12-play march.

Tyler Long’s 46-yard field goal at 6:37 pulled B.C. (3-5) to within 24-23.

Toronto appeared poised to clinch the win when Marcus Ball had a clear path to the endzone on an interception. But he fumbled and it was recovered by the Lions’ Chris Rainey at the B.C. 22.

But Ball earned his redemption when he recovered Manny Arcenaux’s fumble at centre field with 38 seconds remaining. That thrilled the season-high BMO Field gathering of 18,104 with the CNE underway.

It marked Toronto’s second straight comeback win with starter McLeod Bethel-Thompson as B.C. led 17-10 at the half. Bethel-Thompson threw four second-half TD passes to rally the Argos from a 24-point deficit for a stunning 42-41 home win over the Ottawa Redblacks on Aug. 2.

Bethel-Thompson finished 18-of-29 passing for 260 yards with a TD and interception in his second CFL start.

Lions’ starter Travis Lulay was 21-of-35 passing for 285 yards with a touchdown and interception.

The game was Lions coach Wally Buono’s final regular-season visit to Toronto. The CFL leader in coaching victories (276-161-3) and seven-time Grey Cup winner (twice as a player, five times as a coach) will retire at the end of the year and fell to 32-16 against the Argos.

Toronto improved to 11-4 coming off the bye since 2011. B.C. fell to 0-5 on the road this season.

Bethel-Thompson was drilled on the play but still found Anthony Coombs on a 20-yard touchdown pass at 10:26 of the third, cutting the Lions’ lead to 20-17. Coombs was playing in his first game of the season after recovering from an ankle injury.

Long gave B.C. a 20-10 lead with a 45-yard field goal at 5:46.

Jeremiah Johnson and Bryan Burnham had B.C.’s touchdowns. Long booted three field goals and two converts.

Medeiros finished with three field goals, two converts and a single.

Medeiros’s 44-yard field …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sports news

      

Alex Cobb pitches Orioles past Indians

CLEVELAND — Alex Cobb pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in five years, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped Cleveland’s six-game win streak with a 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday.

Cobb (4-15), the major league leader in losses, struck out three and walked one in his fourth career complete game. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 69 for strikes, while going the distance for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, for Tampa Bay against Oakland.

Cobb retired his first nine batters. He made his biggest pitch of the game when Melky Cabrera bounced into an inning-ending double play with the tying run on third in the seventh.

Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer in the third for Baltimore. Rookie Cedric Mullins hit his first major league home run in the eighth.

Francisco Lindor’s RBI single and Michael Brantley’s sacrifice fly cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-2 in the sixth.

Cleveland right-hander Adam Plutko (4-3) allowed three hits in seven innings. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus to step into the rotation for Trevor Bauer, who is out with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Orioles jumped in front in the third, taking advantage of a mistake by the Indians. With one out and a runner on first, Mullins pushed a bunt past the mound that was fielded by first baseman Yonder Alonso. He turned to make the throw to first, but no one covered the bag. Mullins beat Jason Kipnis, running from second base, to the bag for the infield hit.

Villar then drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for his third homer since coming over in the July 31 trade that sent infielder Jonathan Schoop to Milwaukee.

Lindor opened the fourth with an infield hit for Cleveland’s first baserunner, but Jose Ramirez bounced into a double play.

Ramirez drew a leadoff in the seventh and took third on Yonder Alonso’s one-out single. Cabrera, swinging at the first pitch, then hit a slow roller to the right side that was turned into a quick double play, prompting Cobb to pump his fist as he headed to the dugout.

The Indians retired Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s No. 25 before the game, …read more

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Dick Harmon: You have to feel for Tanner Mangum and the spot he’s in as BYU picks a starting QB

You have to feel for Tanner Mangum.

If he triumphs over all before him, he’ll be a legend. If he does not? Well …

He’s coming off an injury. He’s a senior. He’s paid his dues. It wasn’t all his fault that BYU’s offense faltered a year ago. He’s had golden moments, highlights like game-winning TD passes against Nebraska and Boise State. He’s got a worthy resume. He’s a great spokesman for the team. He’s done service, spoken to myriad groups, worked his butt off all summer. He’s made a remarkable comeback after Achilles’ tendon surgery 10 months ago.

Yet, he’s embroiled in a duel for the starting job for BYU.

He’s fighting for the starting job at a school where his family has storied roots in generations. A building is named after his bloodline.

He’s caught in the crosshairs of a head coach and new offensive coaching staff doing everything possible to turn BYU’s offense around. In the past six months, it’s been scorched earth. Nothing has been left protected, not titles, iconic faces, roles, schemes, routines, mantras, credos, drills, the form of practices, meetings, and, well, just all of it.

And here’s Mangum.

BYU’s last QB to have a 300-yard passing game is entering a final week of a “neck-and-neck,” winner-take-all decision by pass game coordinator Aaron Roderick and offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes as to who will start at QB. Mangum knows the first thing they did when they obtained job notices to work at BYU was to recruit Corner Canyon QB Wilson.

If Wilson were a doe-eyed rookie stumbling around and tripping over himself, it would be one thing. But Wilson stepped on the field early in winter, got a spring session under his belt, and turned heads with his moxie, arm strength, confidence and fundamentals.

Whether fair or not, earned or not, Wilson represents the ever-popular new face at a position that has produced All-Americans, Hall of Famers, and two Super Bowl champions in Jim McMahon and Steve Young. It is a position that always has accompanying drama. Even a QB converted RB Beau Hoge found himself gobbled up in a 48-hour news cycle this week when his dad publicly aired salty feelings about the change and he didn’t do anything but go to practice.

Being a quarterback on University Avenue in Provo isn’t just being on a hot seat, it’s a dance on glowing embers of briquets.

Wilson represents a clean slate. There is no video …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News