Alabama hosts Mississippi State...Bryant injured in 2nd practice with Saints...Curry out tonight
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No. 1 Alabama faces its closest rival — geographically, at least — when it hosts No. 18 Mississippi State this afternoon. The Crimson Tide looks to extend its 10-game winning streak over its SEC West Division rival from about 90 minutes down the road. The game is one of three on today’s schedule matching ranked teams. The others are No. 8 Ohio State at No. 24 Michigan State and No. 2 Clemson at No. 17 Boston College.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dez Bryant’s tenure with the Saints may be a short one. In just his second practice with New Orleans, the newly acquired wide receiver has indicated in social media posts that he has had a significant setback. The team’s injury report lists Bryant as questionable for tomorrow’s game in Cincinnati with an ankle injury. But on Twitter, Bryant indicated on Twitter that the injury will be challenging to overcome.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry will miss Golden State’s home game against Brooklyn tonight. Two-time NBA MVP has a mild to moderate left groin strain. Curry had an MRI yesterday. The Warriors will wait a few days to fully determine the severity of the injury but coach Steve Kerr says it doesn’t appear to be significant.
TOKYO (AP) — The MLB All-Stars are down two games to none in their six-game exhibition series in Japan. Yuki Yanagita homered and drove in four runs to lead Japan to a 12-6 win today. MLB starter Erasmo Ramirez took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits over three innings. Enrique Hernandez and Kevin Pillar drove in runs in the seventh and J. T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer is retiring after 15 major league seasons, six All-Star games, three Gold Glove awards, three batting titles and 2,123 career hits, all with his hometown Minnesota Twins. He made the announcement in a full-page ad that will run tomorrow in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. Mauer’s eight-year, $184 million contract expired the day after the World Series ended, creating a natural parting from the game he grew up with in St. Paul.