Friday, August 31, 2018

What Did You Miss Thursday?

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--Andrew McCutchen is headed to the New York Yankees as they look to add some depth to their outfield. The 31-year-old McCutchen, a former NL MVP and long the face of the Pirates' franchise, is batting .255 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs in 130 games this season. He was traded to San Francisco for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and cash during the offseason.

--The Houston Astros will have manager A.J. Hinch in their dugout for another four years after extending his contract through 2022 on Thursday, the team announced during a press conference. Hinch, who managed the Astros to the franchise's first World Series title in 2017, has also led them to the best record in the American League West this season.

--Tennessee defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo was named the top prospect for the 2019 CFL draft Thursday in the league scouting bureau's first top-20 list. The native of Surrey, B.C., has started 12-of-24 games over two seasons with the Volunteers. Kongbo has amassed 40 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown.  Laval defensive lineman Mathieu Betts, a Montreal native, was the No. 2 prospect. The six-foot-three, 250-pound Betts has appeared in 24 games over three seasons with the Rouge et Or, recording 73 tackles, 26 1/2 sacks and four forced fumbles. Betts was Canadian university football's top rookie in 2015 and twice its outstanding lineman (2016-17). He's the first player ever to capture the rookie and lineman awards over the course of his career.

--Noah Hanifin has a contract.  The Flames defenceman, acquired in a draft-day trade from the Hurricanes, has signed a six year deal worth just under 5 million a season. 

-- Canadian Brooke Henderson is two shots off the lead at the Cambia Portland Classic after an 8-under 64. American Marina Lee shot 62 to lead.  It was Henderson's first round since winning the CP Canadian Women's Open at the Wascana last weekend. 


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