Indians’ winning streak reaches 22 games after walk-off in extra innings

Just when it looked like it was all over, the Cleveland Indians prevailed.

The Indians extended their historic winning streak to 22 games Thursday night after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a come-from-behind victory during extra innings at Progressive Field.

With the Royals on top 2-1 in the ninth inning, Cleveland was down to its final strike when Francisco Lindor doubled to tie the game at two.

Related: Lindor hits 2-out RBI double in 9th to force extras

Jay Bruce hit a line drive in the 10th inning to bring home Jose Ramirez for the game-winning run.

Cleveland’s streak is the longest in the last 100 years, with the New York Giants holding the record at 26 games, although an unrecorded tie-game occurred in the middle of their streak.

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Watt reaches $30M in fundraising towards Hurricane Harvey relief

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is continuing to surpass his own goals as his fundraising towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts topped the $ 30 million mark on Friday.

Watt set an original goal of $ 200,000 on Aug. 26 which was quickly surpassed.

The three-time Defensive Player of the Year revealed on Wednesday that his campaign reached $ 27 million and hasn't stopped since the storm ravaged Houston and its surrounding areas.

Numerous teams and players have donated to Hurricane Harvey relief, but no one has made a greater effort than Watt.

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Watch: Puig reaches into stands, crashes into wall to rob HR

If you wondered why Yasiel Puig had “Wild Horse” on his Players Weekend jersey, wonder no more.

As Milwaukee Brewers slugger Domingo Santana looked to have gotten just enough of reliever Brandon Morrow's pitch in the sixth inning, the Dodgers outfielder galloped all the way to the short porch in right field, and reached into the stands to deny Santana of a home run while simultaneously crashing hard into the wall.

Puig had to take a seat on the field to regain his breath on the play, but not before the Dodger Stadium faithful gave him a rousing ovation as he and his teammates retreated into the dugout.

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U Network: Richt reaches out to Miami alumni needing help

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) The first week of training camp at Miami had just ended, and Hurricanes coach Mark Richt made his way after practice into a luncheon to do some recruiting.

He wasn’t seeking new players.

His aim was to assist past ones.

Richt calls it ”The U Network,” a program he’s been plotting ever since he returned to his alma mater to coach 20 months ago. It is now off the ground with a simple mission: to help any former Miami player, especially those seeking a job. Richt, along with several members of his staff and other university personnel, set up what became a networking event and job fair – the first of what will be many, Richt hopes.

”The U Network is a 365-days-a-year adventure, so to speak,” Richt said. ”We just want to help our guys connect with each other in a reunion-type thing, help friendships that already exist and make new friends within the football alumni. But also, if anybody feels forgotten or anybody feels like nobody cares, we do care. And we want everybody to know that we’re here to find work if they need work, or a good connection, or just know that you’ve got friends.”

For the inaugural event, Miami had representatives from numerous sides of the business world – the plumbers’ union, the Coral Gables Police Department, builders, roofers, a flooring company, the hospitality industry and others come out to talk to job-seeking `Canes.

Dozens of former players from different generations and their families showed up – and at least one got a job on the spot. Others said they left with more meetings scheduled, or at least a better idea of what might be out there in the marketplace.

”I’ve been in business for over 30 years and it’s hard for me to ask for help,” said former Miami player John Fenton, who was a Richt teammate with the Hurricanes and now is a CEO coach in Atlanta. ”I’ve come to the realization that I can’t do it all myself. None of us have all the answers. So this is a great way to connect, build relationships and get the help we need.”

Tolbert Bain has no problem asking for help.

He’s been sufficiently humbled by what he’s gone through.

Bain was a starting defensive back for Miami’s national championship team in 1987. He went to prison in a heroin conspiracy case and served about three years, getting out in 2013. He went to the first U Network event in a suit, hoping someone will give him a chance.

”Coach is straight up, a great guy. We have the right guy back in place to take the program back to its glory days,” Bain said. ”When I heard about this, I knew it was a great idea. Brotherhood here at the University of Miami, it’s for real. It’s not just for TV. It’s for real. This place, everybody truly supports one another.”

Richt said he wants anyone who played for Miami involved. To illustrate that, placards were set up around the event naming all former Hurricanes who Richt’s staff hasn’t been able to reach. Those in attendance were asked to fill in the gaps with a phone number or an email address of anyone they knew who was on that list.

The way he sees it, investing in Miami’s past will also help the present and the future.

”We want our current players to know that when it’s all over, whether it’s after a pro career or whatever it is, that when they need help they’ll have a place to go,” Richt said. ”If they know that coach will care about them then, I think that helps them play even harder for each other now.”

Richt originally hoped to start the program months ago, but planning took longer than first envisioned. It’s training camp right now, and Miami goes into 2017 with the annual set of high expectations that all Hurricane teams carry.

Still, Richt and his coaching staff found the time to be at the network’s debut event. Richt had practice film waiting for him when the event started; he didn’t get to it for hours.

”Mark Richt is asking players to commit three, four or five years, the most important years of their lives to him and this program,” said Don Bailey Jr., a former Richt teammate, the team’s radio broadcast analyst and one of the business owners talking to players. ”In turn, he’s committing to them to make sure their life is secure after football. I think it’s the ultimate payback.”

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Watch: Padres’ Renfroe reaches Western Metal building roof for 2nd time

Hunter Renfroe roofed it.

For the second time in less than a year, the young San Diego Padres slugger sent a pitch to the furthest possible part of Petco: on top of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left-field corner. Renfroe's blast off Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom traveled 462 feet with an exit velocity of 110 mph and an apex of 105 feet, becoming the longest Padres' home run hit this season.

Since Petco opened in 2004, only two home runs hit during games have reached the Western Metal building’s rooftop patio – and both of them have come off the bat of Renfroe. In fact, before he hit his first rooftop shot last September, the target had only been reached by a select few during some scant rounds of batting practice, and again at last summer’s Home Run Derby.

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Report: RFA Otto Porter reaches offer-sheet agreement with Nets

Washington Wizards restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. has reportedly reached an agreement on a four-year, $ 106-million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, sources told The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

The Wizards have the opportunity to match Brooklyn's offer by 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday night, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

Throughout the offseason, the Wizards have maintained their intention to match any offer Porter were to receive.

Porter was reportedly set to meet with the Utah Jazz prior to this development; whether he still intends to take that meeting is unknown at this time.

Should the Wizards indeed match Brooklyn’s offer, Washington’s salary commitments would total $ 123 million and $ 121 million over the next two years, reports Bobby Marks of ESPN. Those figures would push them into the league’s luxury tax.

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Mauer reaches base 7 times during MLB’s longest game of season

Well, at least Joe Mauer benefited from a six-hour, 26-minute game in which the Minnesota Twins lost to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Mauer reached base a career-high seven times during the 15-inning affair (which was the longest MLB game this season by time, not innings), but it wasn't enough, as the Twins fell 8-6 to the Rays thanks to 15th-inning home runs from Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison.

The 34-year-old Mauer went 4-for-5 with three walks and two runs scored, and became the first Twins player to reach base seven times in a game since Rod Carew achieved the feat in 1972 during a 22-inning contest, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Mauer had actually reached base safely in seven consecutive appearances before he struck out swinging against Erasmo Ramirez in the 15th.

The 2009 American League MVP, Mauer bumped his average up to .283 with his fine day at the plate, while his OPS reached .771.

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Kim Kardashian Reaches Instagram Milestone, Sharing Shocking Pics

Kim Kardashian really is a changed woman.

And this is very bad news for horny young men around the globe.

Just over two years ago, Kardashian crossed the 27 million follower mark on Instagram and celebrated with a seductive photograph of herself in bed.

“27 mil!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I love you all!!!!!” Kim captioned the very sexy snapshot in February of 2015.

When her follower count subsequently climbed to 42 million, Kardashian dropped a MASSIVE cleavage selfie on fans in recognization of the achievement.

When she hit 45 million not long afterward?

You guessed it: more cleavage!

But that was before Kim was a mother of two.

It was before she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris this past October and forced to truly re-evaluate nearly every aspect of her life.

Kardashian has understandably become far more guarded since this incident and, by extension, far more clothed.

Earlier this week, she accomplished a true Instagram feat, becoming just the sixth person to reach 100 million followers.

However, she didn’t strip down in celebration. She didn’t show off her boobs. She chose to show off her family instead.

kim thanks

“I CAN’T BELIEVE I’VE REACHED 100 MILLION FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM, THANKS TO YOU GUYS!!!” she wrote as a caption to the above family portrait on her official website.


On Instagram itself, meanwhile, Kardashian not only didn’t reward followers with a new naked selfie.

She didn’t even feature a new picture of herself!

She went with the following image of daughter North West and wrote as another caption:

“She has no clue what 100 million followers means but she’s excited cause i’m excited lol thanks for the follows and the love.”

This brand new Kim Kardashian is probably good for the reality star’s mental health.

But is it good for her future as an actual reality star? Can a buttoned-up, responsible, conservative, more private Kim Kardashian remain a legitimate A-Lister?

No. Not if the failing ratings for Keeping Up with the Kardashians are any indication.

After the aforementioned robbery in Paris, Kim stepped fully away from the spotlight.

She didn’t share anything at all on social media and she didn’t go out in public.

Following several weeks of being on a self-imposed lockdown, however, Kim re-emerged little by little, posting various pictures of her husband and children at home.

“It was time for Kim to get back on social media and back to work,” an insider told Entertainment Weekly in January, explaining:

“That is a huge part of her career. She has obligations to support her family and has an entire team working for her. It was time to get back to normal.”

Well, not normal.

Normal would have previously meant a Kim Kardashian nude spread in honor of this social media milestone. 

The new Kim Kardashian normal is a portrait of her loved ones.

We’re sorry, fellas. But you had to know this day was coming sooner or later, robbery or no robbery.

As for where Kardashian stands in the grand scheme of Instagram, she still has a ways to go before she can threaten Selena Gomez as the most popular user.

That singer is the most followed person on the platform by far, with approximately 120 million fans.

She is followed by: Ariana Grande at 105 million; Taylor Swift at 102 million; Beyonce and Cristiano Ronaldo, both at 101 million; and then Kim.

Kardashian is a solid 20 million followers ahead of the next person in her family, however, although we could actually see Kylie Jenner catching up someday.

She has her own reality show coming out and she remains very open to taking nearly everything off on a weekly basis.

That’s a tough combination. It’s one Kim can’t really compete with these days.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on both Instagram accounts to see if Kylie can someday usurp her sibling. Stay tuned!

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Ex-Western Michigan football player reaches plea deal in armed robbery case

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A former Western Michigan University football player has reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to armed robbery.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports 19-year-old Bryson White of Mason, Ohio, entered the plea Friday. Court documents say prosecutors dropped charges of home invasion and larceny and won't pursue a firearm charge.

A sentencing agreement calls for White to serve 38 months to 15 years in prison. His sentencing is set for July 3 in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.

Co-defendant Ronald George of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in March to armed robbery. He’s due to be sentenced May 22.

White and George were accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint last August after planning to smoke marijuana with her. The two were dismissed from the football team following their arrests.

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