A flurry of baseball trades...Atlanta to reveal starting QB in opener...Indonesia to bid for Olympics
UNDATED (AP) — Josh Donaldson, Ryan Madson and David Freese were part of the 10 baseball trades that contenders made yesterday, the final day they could acquire players and still have them eligible for postseason rosters. The Brewers were busy, getting starter Gio Gonzalez, outfielder Curtis Granderson and reliever Xavier Cedeno. Among other trades, the Yankees acquired Andrew McCutchen from San Francisco and Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY’-nee eh-cheh-vah-REE’-uh) from Pittsburgh.
UNDATED (AP) — Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna is ready to come off the disabled list. He’s been out with right shoulder inflammation. Manager Mike Shildt says Ozuna will see limited action for the near future. Also set to be activated off the DL is Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. The 2017 All-Star hasn’t played since July 23 because of a groin injury.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Nick Saban’s choice as Alabama’s quarterback will finally be revealed publicly when either Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa (tag-oh-vay-LOH’-ah) walks on the field tonight against unranked Louisville. Whoever wins will face enormous expectations of leading the top-ranked Crimson Tide to another national championship. Tonight’s game in Orlando, Florida, is one of 16 games on today’s schedule involving Top 25 teams.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — No. 3 Georgia opens its season today at home against Austin Peay (pee). The game could reveal much about coach Kirby Smart’s plans for freshman quarterback Justin Fields. Jake Fromm is expected to retain his starting job, but Fields is a talented player who could see time in special packages. Austin Peay was 8-4 last season and went 7-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Georgia is coming off a run to the national title game.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks. President Joko Widodo (JOH’-koh WEE’-doh-doh) made the surprise announcement today. IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed Indonesia’s candidacy, saying that the Asian Games provided a “strong foundation” for the country’s bid. He said Indonesia has shown that it has all the ingredients to hold the Olympics successfully.