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Drummond to give backpacks at Hubbard
Hubbard High School graduate Kurtis Drummond will return to the area on Saturday to host a backpack giveaway. Drummond, who plays for the Houston Texans, will be donating 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to students in grades 4-9.
Check-in will begin at 1 p.m. The giveaway will follow at 2 p.m. in the Hubbard High School auditorium. Participants must register online at http://www.kurtisdrummondnfl.com.
Hall of Fame player Schoendienst dies at 95
Red Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday. He was 95.
The Cardinals announced Schoendienst’s death before the top of the third inning during their game against the Miami Marlins. A photo was shown on the video board with “1923-2018” written along the bottom. Fans gave him a standing ovation and players stood and applauded.
“Red Schoendienst has passed away today surrounded by his family,” Schoendienst’s family said in a statement. “He had a life full of happiness for 95 years. He inspired all that knew him to always do their best. Red was a great ball player, but his legacy is that of a great gentleman who had respect for all. He loved his family, friends, teammates, the community and his country. He will be greatly missed.”
Cardinals pitcher has season-ending surgery
One start after his return from Tommy John surgery, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes had a season-ending operation Wednesday that repaired a tendon attached to the strained latissimus dorsi muscle in the upper right side of his back.
St. Louis said Dr. Anthony Romeo operated in Philadelphia. Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said there was partial fraying between the lat tendon and the bone and the surgery reattached the tendon to the bone. Recovery time is expected to be six months.
Girsch said the team expects Reyes to make a full recovery and to be ready for spring training.
Reyes, widely regarded as the Cardinals’ top prospect, pitched four innings in a 3-2 loss at Milwaukee on May 30. That was his first big league appearance after missing 22 months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm.
Reyes’ velocity dropped in the fourth inning of that start, prompting the training staff to make a mound visit. He finished the inning with pitches back in the mid-to-upper 90 mph range.
After the game, Reyes reported extreme soreness around his lat. He was placed on the disabled list the next day.
Ravens fined by NFL, lose 2 OTA days
OWINGS MILLS, Md.
The Baltimore Ravens have been fined by the NFL and forced to forfeit two days of practice this week for violating offseason workout rules.
The NFL cited the team for pass coverage contact during earlier Offseason Team Activity sessions, according to coach John Harbaugh, who was also fined by the league.
For violating the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the Ravens must cancel their scheduled OTA workouts on Thursday and Friday.
Harbaugh insisted the Ravens have “heavily emphasized these CBA pass coverage rules in meetings, and coached them diligently.”
He insisted Wednesday that coaches have “done everything within our power and ability to practice within the rules and pulled players from practice who failed to adhere to the rules.”
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says breaking old practice habits by players competing for jobs, especially rookies, “takes more repetitions.”
Newsome says the Ravens will “continue to be vigilant about this.”
The amount of the fine levied against the Ravens and Harbaugh was not disclosed by the NFL.