Colts Will Give Luck Days Off but No Limitations on Field
Andrew Luck should be back in his old spot when the Indianapolis Colts open training camp next week.
Yes, he’ll be behind center. Yes, he’ll take some extra days off. And, no, he may not play the usual preseason rotation.
But when he’s on the field, general manager Chris Ballard expects to see the same old Luck --throwing passes without limitations for the first time in more than 18 months.
“He’s good to go,” Ballard said Friday during a media tour of the team’s new camp site at Grand Park Sports Campus in a northern Indianapolis suburb. “Like (coach) Frank (Reich) and Andrew talked about at minicamp, we’ll try to mimic it like a regular season week. He’s going to have days off. He’s not going to throw seven days a week.”
Luck’s return is the best news yet for a team trying to rebound from a 4-12 season and a third consecutive year without a playoff appearance.
Mariners give Servais extension
The Seattle Mariners announced a multiyear contract extension for manager Scott Servais as the club opened the second half of the season in position to potentially end the longest current playoff drought in the four major pro sports. Servais agreed to the extension with the Mariners sitting at 58-39 and holding the second wild-card spot in the American League. Servais’ original three-year contract ran through this season.
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader has apologized to his team after years-old racist and homophobic tweets surfaced during the All-Star Game. Hader spoke with teammates before a home game Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was first game for the Brewers since the All-Star break. Outfielder Brett Phillips says Hader offered a sincere apology. Manager Craig Counsell described Hader emotional and very remorseful. The 24-year-old Hader also apologized and took responsibility for the tweets after the All-Star Game, saying they did not reflect his values or the person he is now.
Storms delay Lincicome’s bid
Brittany Lincicome must wait out thunderstorms before the LPGA Tour pro resumes her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event. Overnight storms delayed the start of Friday’s second round of the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship and pushed back Lincicome’s tee time. Play at the Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club was then held up about 20 minutes before her scheduled start as thunderstorms rolled in. Lincicome is near the bottom of the field after a 6-over 78 Thursday. The first LPGA Tour pro since Michelle Wie (2008) to start a PGA Tour event needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female golfers to make the cut. With much of the field still to play, Troy Merritt shot a 5-under 67 and is two strokes ahead of Billy Horschel, who had a 66.