Bivol-Pascal set for 11/24 in Atlantic City

 Dmitry Bivol will defend his WBA Light Heavyweight World Title against former Olympian and former WBC, IBO, and Ring Magazine champion Jean Pascal on Saturday, November 24, 2018 as boxing returns to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
The event will be promoted by Main Events and World of Boxing, Bivol’s promoter, in association with Jean Pascal Promotions. The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Bivol, age 27, of St. Petersburg Russia, risks his perfect record of 14 wins with no losses and 11 knockouts against the time-tested Pascal, who turns 36 on October 28, has 33 wins, 20 by knockout, against five losses and a draw.
Bivol is coming off a dominating 12-round decision victory over crafty Isaac Chilemba of Malawi on August 4. Pascal is fresh from an eighth round TKO over former UFC champion Steve Bosse at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec on July 20.

An amazing Inside-the-park grand slam(watch)

Last night, Philadelphia Phillies minor league prospect SS J.P. Crawford did something very amazing!  Crawford pulled off an Inside-the-park grand slam.  

Crawford, who plays for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies triple-A team, did something very special at the end.

Take a look:

Matt Harvey suspended by Mets

Mets’ star pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended three games for violating team rules. GM Sandy Alderson announced the suspension Sunday morning. The Mets have not disclosed the violation.

“Matt Harvey has been suspended for three days without pay for a violation of team rules and has been sent home,” Alderson said.

Harvey was scheduled to start Sunday against the Marlins. Lefty Adam Wilk will start in place of Harvey on Sunday.

 

Shooting at Busch Stadium

According to the St. Louis PD, a 34-year-old woman was hit by a stray bullet during the Brewers-Cardinals game on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals released a statement about the incident:

We are aware of an incident last night in which a fan reported being struck by a stray bullet that presumably originated from outside of the stadium. The fan was treated for an abrasion and a bruise on her arm at First Aid and released. She was interviewed by police who are investigating the matter. There is nothing more important than the safety of our fans, and the Cardinals are grateful that no one was seriously injured. We will be sharing more information with the media as further details emerge.

Pretty scary stuff!

Fenway shows Adam Jones some love!

Yesterday, Orioles’ OF Adam Jones was called the “N” word and had peanuts thrown at him in Boston. Today, Red Sox’s fans tried to make up for those despicable acts. During his first at-bat, Jones received a standing ovation. The Boston Red Sox organization has since apologized to Jones.

Take a listen:

Pirates’ Starling Marte suspended for PEDs

A big blow was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates today. MLB announced that OF Starling Marte will be suspended for 80 games after testing positive for the ban PED Nandrolone.  Because of the suspension, Marte would not be eligible for the postseason if the Pirates were to make it. Marte will begin the suspension now.  He will be able to return in July. 

Marte, 28, released a statement on Tuesday:

“I have been informed that I have tested positive in one of the tests that are regularly done in my job. In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans, and baseball in general. Neglect and lack of knowledge have led me to this mistake with the high price to pay of being away from the field that I enjoy and love so much. With much embarrassment and helplessness, I ask for forgiveness for unintentionally disrespecting so many people who have trusted in my work and have supported me so much. I promise to learn the lesson that this ordeal has left me. God bless you.”  

The Pirates will have a hard time replacing what Marte brings to the table!

Tim Tebow’s manager: ‘He’s the leader on the team already’

Tim Tebow has gotten off to an okay start with the Columbia Fireflies (Mets Class A affiliate).  After five games, Tebow is batting .200, with 2 home runs and 5 RBI, but his manager is happy with Tebow the leader.

“He’s the leader on the team already,” manager Jose Leger told TMZ Sports. 

We can question Tebow’s ability, but you can’t question his leadership ability. He was a leader at Florida, a leader with the Broncos, and now a leader with the Fireflies!

Listen below:

Ryan Howard is back!

Former Phillies’ 1B Ryan Howard is back! Howard signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.

The 37-year old Howard will go to Triple-A Gwinnett. Before going to Triple-A, Howard will have an extended spring training.

The 13-year veteran did have 25 home runs for the Phillies last season, so maybe he has some production left as a part-time player.