Yankees’ Hopes for an Early Clinching Go Down in a Hail of Homers

TORONTO— The Yankees began their final road trip of the season with a small chance of clinching a wild-card playoff berth by the end of their first night here in Toronto. It would have required a Yankees victory and the right outcomes in two other games, but the Blue Jays and Ryan Goins thwarted any possibility of a celebration with a combination of power and guile.

The Blue Jays came into Friday’s game in last place in the American League East, but they played as if they were the team fighting for postseason glory. In Toronto’s 8-1 win, Goins hit a grand slam and pulled off a hidden-ball trick to embarrass Todd Frazier. Marco Estrada and three relief pitchers allowed only three Yankee hits. And Jose Bautista, who turns 37 next month, played like a 22-year-old in right field.

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka gave up three home runs, including Goins’s slam, and the team also played uncharacteristically sloppy baseball. In addition to Frazier’s uncomfortable moment on the basepaths, Starlin Castro made an error that cost a run.

“Those are mental mistakes, and those do bother me,” said Joe Girardi, the Yankees’ manager.

The only power generated by the Yankees came on another Aaron Judge home run. After thrilling the fans here with a typical display of raw power in batting practice, Judge hit his 46th homer of the year and his third in the last four games. But shortly after it, Goins caught Frazier off guard.

With one out in the third inning, Frazier was on second base after a double. Jacoby Ellsbury lined a ball into right field, and Bautista made one of three fine plays in the game — a leaping grab of the ball over his head. As Frazier scrambled back to the bag, Bautista threw the ball back in to Goins, the second baseman.

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Goins pretended to casually throw back to Estrada, but actually placed the ball in his glove as Frazier stood on the base, looking toward the outfield. When Frazier stepped of the base by just inches, Goins tagged him for the final out.

Frazier blamed his lack of concentration for the play. “I thought the ball was thrown in, and it was one of those things,” he said. “Nothing you can do about it afterward.”

Castro also took the blame for his mistake — failing to catch Frazier’s throw in the first inning with a runner coming into second base. Castro said he had rushed to turn the double play, and missed the ball. The runner, Teoscar Hernandez, ended up at third and scored on a groundout by Bautista.

Perhaps both of those mistakes could have been overcome if Tanaka had pitched better. But he gave up a bases-empty homer to Hernandez in the third and a two-run shot by the former Yankee Russell Martin in the fourth, and the Blue Jays led, 4-1.

Then in the sixth, Tanaka walked Bautista as the leadoff batter, just as he had done before Martin’s homer in the fourth. Kevin Pillar singled, but Tanaka struck out Martin and Miguel Montero, hinting that he still had the stuff to get safely out of the inning. Photo

But he walked pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales (he said he was not pitching around him to face Goins) to load the bases. Goins was 0 for 20 against Tanaka coming into the game and had made two outs already, which is why Girardi left Tanaka in to face him. But this time was different.

Trump Says N.F.L. Players Should Be Fired for Anthem Protests

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — President Trump said on Friday night that N.F.L. owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem, and he encouraged spectators to walk out of stadiums in protest.
In an extended riff during a speech in Alabama, Trump also bemoaned what he sees as less violence in football games.
“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.
Several athletes, including a handful of N.F.L. players, have refused to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest of the treatment of minorities by the police. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the trend last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, has not been signed by a team for this season.
Trump says those players are disrespecting the flag and deserve to lose their jobs.
“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” he said, encouraging owners to act.

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Trump, who was in Alabama campaigning for Senator Luther Strange, also attributed a decline in N.F.L. ratings to the nation’s interest in “yours truly” as well as to what he described as a decline in violence in the game. He said that players were

being thrown out for aggressive tackles, and that it’s “not the same game.” Over the past several seasons, the N.F.L. and college football have increased penalties and enforcement for illegal hits to the head and for hitting defenseless players. A July report on 202 former football players found evidence of a debilitating brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them. The league has agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the concussion dangers associated with playing football.

Jim McDaniels, 69, Dies; Led Western Kentucky to Final Four

Jim McDaniels, a star center who led Western Kentucky University to the N.C.A.A. Final Four but whose professional career was marred by contract disputes at the start, died on Wednesday in Bowling Green, Ky. He was 69.
His wife, Carolyn McDaniels, said the cause was complications of diabetes.
A 6-foot-11 center and power forward with an unusually soft touch for a big man, McDaniels led the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to the most successful years in their program’s history.
In his senior year he averaged 29.3 points per game in helping Western Kentucky reach the Final Four of the 1971 N.C.A.A. tournament. Meeting at the Astrodome in Houston, the Hilltoppers lost to Villanova in a semifinal match and beat the other semifinal loser, the University of Kansas, to take third place, their best finish to date.
McDaniels was named a consensus all-American that year.
But the next season, after McDaniels had started to play professionally with the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association, the N.C.A.A. found that he had violated college rules by signing professional contracts (with an agent, the team and the league) before the start of his senior season.

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The N.C.A.A. vacated Western Kentucky’s third-place finish and required the university to repay its share of tournament proceeds, more than $66,000 (the equivalent of more than $360,000 today)..

Engaged Tennis Players Prefer to Be on the Same Side of the Net

The first time Tara Moore and Conny Perrin attempted a relationship, it ended in a split.
The two professional tennis players, who were introduced in 2011 by a mutual friend at a tournament in France, found it too difficult to sustain a relationship through the constant travel of the tour and often separate schedules. Perrin, from Switzerland, even prefers playing on clay, the least favorite surface of Moore, a Hong Kong-born Londoner.
But they learned how to manage a life together and apart on the tennis tour, and now Moore and Perrin are believed to be the first active players in the WTA to be engaged to one another.
Moore proposed last September, on an island in Lake Garda in northern Italy. They plan to marry next year in Thailand.

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“If she’s happy, I’m happy for her,” Perrin, 26, said. “If I’m happy, she’s happy for me. At the end of the day, we are like a team, also. At the end of the day, we are in a relationship, but she’s also my best friend and I’m her biggest fan.”

Only once during their relationship have they had to play each other: in April, in the second round of qualifying at a WTA tournament in Rabat, Morocco. Perrin won easily, 6-1, 6-2.
Moore said the experience did not feel as strange for them as many of their friends on tour feared it would be.
“It was like as if you played your best friend,” she said. “You go on court, play your match, then you give each other a little bit of space afterward, and then you’re fine. I think you just have to be mature enough to differentiate between a game and your life.”
There was soon business at hand for the pair: Perrin’s next match.
“We started speaking about her next match because I was her on-court coach,” Moore, 25, said. “We watched a bit of her next opponent’s match, and so the world goes back to normal. Life goes on.”
Professional tennis can be a lonely road for lower-ranked players like Perrin (No. 193) and Moore (No. 328). But they have each other to lean on.
“You don’t travel with a coach,” Moore said. “You don’t travel with your family that often. We’re really lucky that we do the same sport and have each other.”
Dating someone outside tennis, Perrin added, can lead to resentments.
“It’s different when you date someone else who doesn’t really understand tennis and all the traveling and stuff like that,” Perrin said. “We understand that of course we need to travel sometimes apart.”
The two mostly travel together now and are each other’s most frequent training partners.
“I think people would be shocked at how normal it is,” Moore said. “After we practice together, we give each other a high-five; it’s not like we start making out on the court. We’re best friends at the end of the day. That’s the foundation of our relationship, and that’s more important to me than anything else.”
They are also partners on the court, playing doubles together whenever possible.