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Blue Jays beat Baltimore...MLB’s 2019 opening day will be earliest ever...Sooners name their starting QB

August 22, 2018

TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays have completed a 10-game season sweep of The Orioles in Toronto. Kendrys Morales homered for the fourth consecutive game and Thomas Pannone and two relievers combined on a two-hitter as the Blue Jays beat Baltimore 6-0. Pannone pitched six no-hit innings in his first major league start after four relief appearances, before Baltimore’s Trey Mancini reached on a ground-ball single to begin the seventh.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says all 30 teams will play on March 28, the earliest opening day in history, excluding international openers. The previous earliest opening day was March 29 of this year. The 2019 schedule will begin with the Japan opening series between the Seattle Mariners and host Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will play the first-ever MLB games in Europe, June 29-30 in London.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State board of trustees has been meeting behind closed doors, for more than five hours as they consider the fate of Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer. The trustees are meeting with university President Michael V. Drake to consider whether Meyer should be punished for his handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach, and if so, how? Meyer has been on paid leave since Aug. 8. The Buckeyes open their season Sept. 1.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma University has named Kyler Murray the starting quarterback. The seventh-ranked Sooners say Murray will start the season-opener Sept. 1 against Florida Atlantic. The Oakland A’s took Murray with the ninth pick in the Major League Baseball draft this summer, but he chose to return to school for a year. He was the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield last season. Murray and Austin Kendall battled throughout the spring for the position, and no clear-cut leader was established.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson has announced he’s retiring from the NFL. Johnson played in 143 games, more than any Carolina defensive lineman. He spent all 11 seasons with the Panthers, recording 67 ½ sacks, 20 forced fumbles and 12 multi-sack games before being released by the team in February. Johnson started 11 games last season but his production fell off. He failed to record a sack and had just 16 tackles.

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