Diego Valeri stars as Portland Timbers hit six past listless San Jose Earthquakes

Diego Valeri scored twice for the first time since the 2017 season and added an assist to lead the visiting Portland Timbers to a 6-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Jeremy Ebobisse, Yimmi Chara, Julio Cascante and Jaroslaw Niezgoda also scored for the Timbers, who drew the Quakes 1-1 in the clubs’ previous meeting, also in San Jose, on Wednesday.

The win marked Portland’s highest scoring performance of the season as well as their second time in the last six matches of scoring four or more goals. They moved up three spots into fifth place in the Western Conference with the win.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Carlos Fierro scored the lone goal for San Jose, which suffered its second-worst defeat of the season after a 7-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Sept. 10. The Earthquakes had managed two draws between those defeats but are now winless in their last seven matches and remain last in the West.8

The Timbers took the lead in the 25th minute after a somewhat unfortunate bounce for the Quakes, when a bouncing ball struck San Jose defender Shea Salinas in the arm for a clear handball.

Referee Rosendo Mendoza pointed to the penalty spot, and Valeri stepped up and drove a low finish into the left corner past Daniel Vega’s dive.

Portland doubled its lead only two minutes later. A San Jose defender cleared away the initial cross from a free kick from the right. The ball cycled to Jorge Villafana on the opposite flank, who drove in a second cross toward the back post, where Ebobisse met it with a powerful header past Vega.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Fierro pulled the Quakes back within one just before halftime. Marcos Lopez dragged a cross from the left back toward the top of the penalty area, and Fierro hit a first-time, left-footed shot past Aljaz Ivacic and inside the right post.

But Valeri’s second goal 12 minutes after halftime, on a one-time strike of Yimmi Chara’s cross, began a cascade of four unanswered goals for the visitors.

Chara’s goal made it 4-1 in the 70th minute, Cascante headed in Valeri’s free kick in the 85th and Niezgoda completed an attack set up by Diego Chara in the 87th.

Colorado Rapids defeat 10-man LA Galaxy

Cole Bassett and Jonathan Lewis scored goals for the Colorado Rapids in their 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy Saturday night in Carson, Calif.nfl cheap jerseys nike

Lewis’ fourth goal of the season sealed the win for the Rapids, who have lost just once in the past six games. Colorado vaulted into sixth place and a postseason position in the MLS Western Conference.

The Galaxy played with 10 men from the 75th minute on after Julian Araujo was shown a red card. Araujo drew a yellow card for a foul in the 72nd minute, then was given red for his reaction to the call.

Bassett’s 40th-minute goal gave Colorado a 1-0 lead. Bassett scored off a long cross from fullback Sam Vines, who had no one marking him on the left wing as he dribbled and looked for someone in the box.7

The ball found Bassett’s feet, and his shot was too forceful for David Bingham to stop for the Galaxy.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Joe Corona got an open look from outside the top of the box in the 42nd minute for the Galaxy, but William Yarbrough stopped it for the Rapids. Yarbrough finished with four saves.

The Galaxy chose not to start a pair of stars, forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, but both came on as substitutes in the 54th minute. Just before that, Yarbrough stopped Ethan Zubak’s redirected cross from in front of the net to keep the Galaxy scoreless.

Bingham came up big for the Galaxy in the 65th minute. After a shot from Lewis hit the goal bar, the rebound remained with the Rapids. Andre Shinyashiki had a chance from close range, only to have Bingham turn him away.

Tim Anderson homers twice, White Sox overpower Reds 5-0

Tim Anderson hit two of Chicago’s five solo homers, and the White Sox — already guaranteed a playoff spot — took another step toward the AL Central title by overpowering the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday night.

Chicago has won eight of its last 10 games, securing at least a wild card and its first postseason appearance since 2008.

“Just ride the wave now because this team has been fun to watch,” said Nomar Mazara, who started the homer spree.

Jose Abreu hit his fifth homer in eight games as the White Sox piled them up, including three in a row in the eighth off Robert Stephenson. Abreu has 18 homers overall.nfl cheap jerseys nike

The Reds managed six hits as they had their season-high winning streak snapped at six games. Cincinnati (26-27) wasted a chance to move above .500 for the first time since its season-opening win over the Tigers.6

They fell a game behind St. Louis for second place in the NL Central as the Cardinals rallied to beat the Pirates 5-4.

“Sorry, I’m a little testy tonight,” said Trevor Bauer, who gave up the first two homers. “It sucks. I hate losing, especially in those situations.”

Mazara was in a 3-for-25 slump with 11 strikeouts when he connected off Bauer (4-4) in the fifth inning for his first homer.

“Oh man, I think everybody was waiting for that moment,” Mazara said. “It felt good.”

One out later, Anderson’s ninth homer made it 2-0. Bauer had allowed only two earned runs in his last three starts combined. He went seven innings and gave up five hits while throwing 107 pitches.

Anderson connected again in the eighth off Stephenson, and Yasmani Grandal and Abreu followed with homers during a seven-pitch sequence. It was the second time this season that the White Sox hit three homers in a row.cheap nfl nike jersey

“It was the ice breaker to pull away a little more,” Anderson said. “To go back-to-back-to-back, that says a lot about our lineup and what we can do when we’re clicking.”

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel went four innings in his return from back spasms and allowed four hits while fanning seven. Keuchel threw 75 pitches in his first start since Sept. 6. The Reds stranded five in scoring position against the left-hander.

O’Neill ends no-hit bid, Cardinals rally past Pirates 5-4

Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run double to end a no-hit bid started by Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to beat the Pirates 5-4 Saturday night.

Keller threw 84 pitches over six no-hit innings and was pulled from the game leading 4-0, but the Cardinals scored five runs off relief pitchers Geoff Hartlieb and Sam Howard in the seventh. O’Neill broke up the no-hit bid and keyed the inning with his bases-loaded double against Howard (2-3).nike nfl jerseys cheap china

St. Louis improved to 25-24 and is a game ahead of Cincinnati and Milwaukee for second place in the NL Central. The top two teams in each division advancing to the expanded postseason.

“Tonight was a microcosm of this group,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Down 4-0, getting no-hit after six innings, it’s not the most ideal conditions but this group thrives when there aren’t ideal conditions. Our guys stayed mentally ready and scratched and clawed and did what it takes to get the job done.”8

The 24-year-old Keller spun a gem in his second start since missing six weeks with a strained left oblique, but was pulled well short of finishing it off. He walked two and hit O’Neill with a pitch before retiring his final 14 batters, finishing with six strikeouts.

Keller knew his chances of going nine innings were slim.

“I was thinking just go out there and get quick outs and go as deep as I can,” he said. “I knew I had a no-hitter from the first batter. I had a few walks, but other than that, I was pretty pleased.”

Hartlieb relieved in the seventh and promptly loaded the bases by walking Brad Miller and Paul DeJong and drilling Yadier Molina. Howard then came in and allowed O’Neill’s line drive into the left field corner.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“I felt I had to do the job there and put the ball in play hard somewhere,” O’Neill said. “It’s time for us to make some noise. The guys are scrapping together and it’s the mentality we’re taking every day.”

Keller entered with a 1-1 record and 5.06 ERA in three games. He was activated from the injured list Monday after being sidelined since Aug. 2.

Golden State Warriors hire Leandro Barbosa as player-mentor coach

Former NBA guard Leandro Barbosa has retired from playing professional basketball and will join Steve Kerr’s staff with the Golden State Warriors as a player-mentor coach.

Barbosa, who played 14 years in the league, and most recently was playing professionally in Brazil before the COVID-19 pandemic cut his team’s season short, won a championship with the Warriors in 2014-15 and is excited to be reunited with Kerr and several of his former teammates.cheap nfl nike jersey

“He’s been my coach, when I was here he also was my friend,” Barbosa said of Kerr during a Monday conference call with reporters. “We had a really close relationship when he was a GM for the Phoenix Suns, so every once in a while we used to talk. And he mentioned to me what I want to do after I played and I always told him that I wanted to be an assistant coach, not a head coach, but be able to talk to the players, kind of teach them, I think I’m kind of good at that. He gave me the opportunity and I talked to the family, my wife, and she said, “Yes, let’s do it.”

Livingston, 35, spent five seasons with the Warriors and won three NBA championships before retiring before last season. A formal announcement by the team is expected Tuesday.7

Barbosa, 37, said he has kept in touch with Kerr via texts, but talks got more serious in the last week after Barbosa decided to retire from playing and transition into coaching. His new role will include sitting on the “back of the bench” during games, but also working out with players during practice and teaching them off-the-court lessons as well.

Barbosa praised former teammate and new Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash as someone who helped with lessons on and off the floor.

“I will be on the court, on the practice facility,” Barbosa said. “I also will be practicing with the guys because I’m capable, I’m still in shape … I will be talking to the players, all the experience that I have over the years that I play on the NBA [stage], I think I have a chance to talk to them and make them understand what this business is all about.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

For Barbosa, the new chapter comes after some emotional ups and downs over the past year, which included him and his wife testing positive for COVID-19.

“When we had that, it was [a] crazy time,” Barbosa said. “Especially for me, because I didn’t know it was that bad when I got the virus. I’m glad I had somebody that could take of me and talk to the doctors because I couldn’t fight. I didn’t have the power to fight against this virus.”

Now healthy and recovered, Barbosa admitted that he was “sad” to be leaving his home country of Brazil to come back to the United States in the midst of the pandemic, but he was looking forward to when things were back to normal in the future.

Lonzo Ball, looking to ‘lead my career,’ signs with Klutch Sports

Three years into his NBA career, New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball views this as a pivotal offseason, which began with an important business decision: Ball has signed with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the 22-year-old told ESPN.

“I wanted to lead my career,” Ball told ESPN. “Picking my own representation — just solely as my decision — was step one in that process. For me, it was an easy call, and it was the right time to make that call.”

Ball joins Klutch Sports after brief stints with Creative Artists Agency and Roc Nation.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Weeks removed from a disappointing team showing in the NBA seeding games in Orlando, Florida, Ball said he was beginning his offseason training regimen Monday, which includes two-a-day sessions on the basketball court and workouts in the weight room.

The No. 2 pick out of UCLA in 2017 blazed an unconventional path into the NBA, signing family friend Harrison Gaines as his agent and turning down endorsement opportunities with legacy sneaker companies to wear the family’s Big Baller Brand.

Coming into the league, Ball’s father, LaVar, who worked as a trainer at one point, was omnipresent. LaVar and his wife, Tina, raised three sons — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo — who all became basketball standouts in Chino Hills, California.8

During Lonzo Ball’s draft process, LaVar became a pop culture figure in his own right. LaVar publicly steered his son toward the Los Angeles Lakers, was spoofed on “Saturday Night Live” and regularly made sports talk headlines. Ball, his father and family associate Alan Foster had a falling out in May 2019 after a dispute over missing funds.

“We had a couple rumblings here and there, but everything got squared away,” Lonzo Ball said. “When your son gets older, they’re going to butt heads with their dad, and that’s what I did for about a year and a half. But everything is cool now.”

Said LaVar Ball, reached over the phone by ESPN: “He’s always been his own man. As a father, all I can do is guide him. I’m not going to take a lesser role. I am going to be his father, and that’s it.”

Lonzo Ball said the birth of his daughter, Zoey, and moving to New Orleans to get some space were helpful in mending his relationship with his father. Ball added that, despite no longer working together, he and LaVar talk almost every day.cheap nfl nike jersey

“My dad put me in a position where I am comfortable making my own decisions now,” Ball said. “I think coming into the league, he was very controlling of everything that was going on. But that was an 18-, 19-year-old kid. But now I am 22 years old with my own family. Seeing how he watched over me and stuff — it was time for him to finally let go of everything and watch me be my own man.”

However LaVar Ball’s approach may have been perceived, the basketball results cannot be argued: LaMelo Ball is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2020 draft, just like his oldest brother was.

San Francisco 49ers monitoring George Kittle’s knee sprain

The already banged-up San Francisco 49ers pass-catching corps added even more uncertainty Sunday when tight end George Kittle suffered a sprained left knee in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

That injury could put Kittle’s status for Week 2 against the New York Jets up in the air depending on how this week plays out, coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.

“We’ll see how he comes in on Wednesday,” Shanahan said. “He was a little sore today but we’ll wait to see how he is on Wednesday to see if he’s able to practice or be able to go this week. We know there will be some question.”

Kittle came up hobbling near the end of the first half after taking a hit from Cardinals safety Budda Baker. Kittle was able to walk to the sideline, where he was evaluated by medical staff before heading to the locker room early.

But Kittle returned after halftime and seemed to make it through the game OK, though he had no catches and was not targeted in the final two quarters after posting four catches for 44 yards on five targets in the first half.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Last season, Kittle suffered what Shanahan called a “popped capsule” in his left knee in a Week 9 win at Arizona in which he also returned and finished the game. He missed the ensuing two games, though it’s worth noting he also was dealing with an ankle injury that was considered the more troubling of the two ailments at the time.8

Keeping Kittle, 26, in the lineup could be even more important for the Niners this week than it normally would be. That’s because they continue to deal with an onslaught of injury issues at wide receiver.

San Francisco put receiver Deebo Samuel (Jones fracture in his left foot) on injured reserve Saturday. Shanahan acknowledged Monday that Samuel, who the team had hoped would be ready for Week 1, suffered a setback in a recent workout.

“We didn’t think it was a setback because he was just real sore after running one day,” Shanahan said. “But the soreness never got better. It just got worse and worse after one specific day, and usually after one day when it was sore, we thought it was just because he worked it hard, but when that got worse each day and not better, it ended up being a little bit of a setback, so that’s why we ended up putting him on IR.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Shanahan said the hope remains that Samuel will be able to return for the Oct. 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles and that the setback wasn’t serious enough to extend that timetable right now.

In addition, Richie James Jr. suffered a hamstring injury Sunday. Like Kittle, James will have to be monitored as the week goes on.

After James’ departure Sunday, the Niners were down to just three healthy wideouts — Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor — on the 53-man roster. That group struggled to produce, collecting a combined four catches for 41 yards on 11 targets.

Fresh off win, Ben Roethlisberger ‘just so excited’ to be leading Pittsburgh Steelers yet again

If Ben Roethlisberger had any jitters Monday night, the veteran quarterback shook them off in time for a vintage performance in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 26-16 victory against the New York Giants.

Playing for the first time in a year since a season-ending elbow injury sustained in Week 2 of 2019, Roethlisberger completed 21 of 32 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns — and an 11-yard keeper for a first down.

“There obviously were a little bit of jitters, I was excited and nervous to be out there,” Roethlisberger said after the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey. “I just wanted to not let my guys down, that was the biggest thing.”

Roethlisberger looked most like his old self in an abbreviated two-minute drill just before halftime, leading the Steelers on an eight-play, 78-yard drive capped with a touchdown throw to James Washington on which the third-year wide receiver muscled his way into the end zone for the score.nike nfl cheap jerseys

“Us being out there right before half, having two minutes to go down, put points on the board, it was like, ‘OK, that is the Ben we know,'” receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said. “Being able to go down and have those points on the board [on that] drive — that is what we do.”7

Just before that drive, Roethlisberger stood on the sideline between drives with a jacket transformed into a wrap for his surgically repaired elbow to keep him loose and warm.

Roethlisberger said afterward he might feel some pain Tuesday following the game, but that said there was nothing seriously wrong with his knee, which he briefly grabbed after his 11-yard run in the second quarter, or his elbow.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“I probably just grabbed my knee because I was moving so fast, but I feel great right now,” Roethlisberger said. “Obviously, adrenaline still pumping and we won the game. I’m going to be sore tomorrow and might have some bumps and bruises, but in terms of elbow and everything else I feel really good right now.”

With his third scoring pass of the night — and second to Smith-Schuster — Roethlisberger notched his 366th career touchdown, setting a franchise record and tying Eli Manning for eighth most in NFL history.

“I am just so excited, I am just thankful,” Roethlisberger told ESPN’s Maria Taylor in his postgame interview. “I told the guys in the locker room before the game that I’m back because of them. I don’t need to accomplish anything personally anymore. It’s about being with a defense that I think is as good as any I have ever played with, skill guys that are young and fun to play with and then, of course my line, who I love to death and they love me.

Lopez, Marlins win finale in 7-game set against Phils, 6-2

Pablo Lopez allowed one run in seven innings with the help of flashy defense by right fielder Matt Joyce, and the upstart Marlins won the finale of their marathon seven-game series against Philadelphia on Monday, 6-2.nfl nike jersey cheap

The series, the majors’ longest in the regular season in 53 years, included three makeup games and two doubleheaders. The Marlins’ only other Game 7s were in the 1997 and 2003 postseasons, and they won the World Series both years.

“For Game 7 you have in your mind a lot more fans and more energy, but these were huge games for us,” Joyce said. “We played really well, and we’re excited to be in the position we’re in.”

Marlins Park was mostly empty because of the coronavirus, but the home team still created some buzz by winning five of seven from Philadelphia, including the final three in the series.8

The Marlins (24-21) moved into second place in the NL East, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Phils, and have a shot at their first playoff berth in 17 years after overcoming an early season COVID-19 outbreak that sidelined more than half the team.

“We’re just kind of doing what we believed we could do,” manager Don Mattingly said. “Before the season, nationally nobody was thinking about the Marlins at all, but we felt pretty good about ourselves.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Lopez (4-4) bounced back from his worst outing of the year by allowing only three hits and retiring his final 13 batters. He was helped by not one but two over-the-shoulder basket catches on the warning track by a retreating Joyce, who robbed Scott Kingery and Jean Segura.

“Way more fun if you catch those, right?” Joyce said. “Definitely that football feel. The Phillies’ bullpen was giving me a hard time — I said it was a touchdown, and they said I didn’t keep my feet in. Got to go to the replay.”

The only run Lopez allowed came on Andrew McCutchen’s seventh homer to start the game. Philadelphia totaled four hits without J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins, both nursing injuries.

“It’s always frustrating when you’re not scoring runs,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We hit the ball hard; just didn’t have any runs to show for it.”

Jesus Aguilar put the Marlins ahead with a two-run double in the third. Miguel Rojas hit his third home run and Starling Marte added his fifth, both off David Phelps.

Kingery, reinstated from the injured list before the game, hit his second homer. Phils catcher Rafael Marchan made his major league debut and went 1 for 3.

Stephenson hits 2-run homer as Reds beat Pirates 3-1

Mike Moustakas hit a big three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 on Monday night for a doubleheader sweep.

Moustakas drove in Shogo Akiyama and Eugenio Suarez with a two-out shot to center off Nik Turley (0-2). Pittsburgh had just taken a 4-3 lead on rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes’ two-run shot with two out in the top half of the inning.

“I’ve hit quite a few big home runs in my career, for sure,” Moustakas said. “It was two huge wins for us today to get momentum going into this last little stretch.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Brian Goodwin and Joey Votto also connected for Cincinnati, which won a third straight game for the first time since Aug. 28. Sal Romano (1-0) got the victory, retiring Gregory Polanco with the bases loaded for the final out of the fifth.

Romano was promoted on Sunday from the taxi squad.7

“It was a good feeling for sure to contribute to the team,” Romano said. “I knew in my heart I could get back here. I know I can pitch here. I had to grind it out and it paid off today,”

In the opener, rookie Tyler Stephenson hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, lifting the Reds to a 3-1 win.

With two out and the bases empty, rookie Jose Garcia singled to left against Sam Howard (2-2). Manager David Bell then sent Stephenson up to hit for Shogo Akiyama, and the catcher hit a drive to left for his second homer.

The 24-year-old Stephenson lifted his batting helmet off his head with his left hand and pumped both arms in the sir before being swarmed by teammates at the plate.

“I had one of these at High A, but this was so much more exciting,” Stephenson said. “(Coach) Freddie (Benavides) told me right before that, if Jose gets on, I’m going to pinch-hit. I had been hitting in the cage all game, but that time I didn’t get a chance to put my gloves on because it was the next pitch he got a hit.”

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“It was two great team wins,” said Reds manager David Bell, celebrating his 48th birthday. “When Moustakas hit his home run it was as excited as I’ve seen our team. Against a tough left-handed pitcher, he just hung in there.”

Colin Moran connected for Pittsburgh in the opener, and Josh Bell went deep in the second game.

The Pirates struck out a combined 25 times in the two games, and their pitchers issued nine walks in the nightcap. The Pirates were swept in a doubleheader for the first time since May 1, 2014, at Baltimore.

“Those are the things that bother me the most,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “You can’t strike out 25 times in 14 innings and walk nine guys in a seven-inning game.”

The Reds broke open the second game by scoring three runs in the sixth without getting a hit. Akiyama walked with the bases loaded. Shortstop Erik Gonzalez had a costly error, and Curt Casali scored on a wild pitch by Geoff Hartlieb.

Anthony DeSclafani struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings for Cincinnati in his first start since Sept. 5. He was charged with four runs and seven hits.