Reds relief pitcher claimed off waivers by Cubs

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 2:38 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 2:39 PM


            MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Luke Farrell #52 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the sixth inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 26, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Luke Farrell #52 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the sixth inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 26, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Reds reliever Luke Farrell was claimed off waivers today by the Chicago Cubs.

Farrell, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound right-hander, posted a 2.61 ERA this season in nine games — all in relief — with the Reds.

Relievers Alejandro Chacin and Asher Wojciechowski cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Louisville. Starting pitcher Nick Travieso was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.

The Reds’ 40-man roster stands at 36 players.

USC secures verbal commitment from 4-star 2018 guard Elijah Weaver

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 9:15 PM

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USC lost a 4-star recruit a week ago, but rebounded nicely on Monday by picking up another.

Guard Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar, Fla.) announced his verbal commitment to the Trojans on Twitter.

Weaver, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard from Oldsmar Christian School, is USC head coach Andy Enfield’s third top-50 commitment from the class of 2018, according to Scout.com’s rankings. Weaver joins Scout top 50 (and ESPN 100) prospects Taeshon Cherry (San Diego, Calif.) and Kevin Porter (Seattle, Wash.) in the Trojans’ 2018 class.

“I just trust their coaching staff,” Weaver told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “Their player development is second to none. They are all point guards on the staff and some that went to the league and and they can develop me.

“I just felt like USC the style was way better for me.”

The Trojans now have commits filling both guard positions and small forward, and if it weren’t for J’Raan Brooks’ retraction of his verbal commitment, they’d have four of the five positions filled with 4-star prospects. Brooks decommitted in part because of the program’s implication in an FBI bribery investigation. Enfield has quelled any worries Weaver might have about the investigation, the prospect told Scout.

“I’m trusting their program and I know they didn’t do anything crazy that will cost them sanctions or penalties,” Weaver said. “I talk to their coach all the time and he reassured me that there’s nothing serious that’s going to happen to them so that’s why I went ahead and committed.”

Including USC, Weaver had 2 total offers from Pac-12 schools, and had a total of 26 offers from major Division I schools. Cross-town rival UCLA did not extend an offer to Weaver.

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Brian Bowen hires former Cats star Derek Anderson amids Louisville recruiting scandal

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 9:05 PM

In the always changing, but never quiet world of Brian Bowen comes word that the Louisville recruit has hired former Kentucky basketball star Derek Anderson as his personal trainer on Monday.

Bowen’s attorney, Jason Setchen, feels the youngster is in limbo as he remains suspended from all team’s activities until further notice. The decision to hire Anderson helps Bowen to remain sharp on the basketball court until he is allowed to become part of the Cardinals program once again. Or in a worse case scenario, Bowen abandons all hope of playing college basketball and heads overseas to play professionally until he becomes eligible for the NBA draft.

“One of the things I’ve seen in guys in these eligibility holding patterns is they’re not able to practice and they’re not getting any coaching,” Setchen said in an interview with Louisville Courier-Journal writer Tim Sullivan, “No kid is running suicides (on his own). No kid is doing the stuff he doesn’t want to do.”

Bowen was suspended indefinitely for his alleged involvement in a bribery scheme that gave his family $100,000 from Adidas executives and Louisville coaches in exchange for him to commit to playing basketball at the university. Being implicated in a pay-for-play scandal that’s being currently investigated by the FBI led to school administrators to formally fire coach Rick Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Zurich last week.

The NCAA is reluctant to act upon Bowen’s reinstatement request until the FBI has cleared him of all charges. Setchen is optimistic that his client will become eligible to play this season, but it won’t come at the expense of the ongoing development of Bowen’s talents.

“I told him when he came in here, the mental preparation is what separates you,” Anderson said in the same interview, “People want to see if you can handle situations, the game, the pressure. When you come into a game, you have to block out family, friends, everything.”

Bowen continues to live on campus at the program’s dormitory, and is allowed access to the team’s practice facility, but must leave when practice is in session.

 

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Alabama football podcast: Alabama smokes Tennessee again, 3 biggest takeaways from the Crimson Tide’s 11th consecutive win over the Vols.

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:58 PM

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily  Alabama Crimson Tide podcast  with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talked with a former Alabama offensive lineman and CFB analyst for SEC Country, Mike Johnson about the Crimson Tide’s victory over Tennessee. Nick Saban’s reaction following Saturday’s game and more.

Topics discussed:

  • Nick Saban provides several comments and one that grabbed our attention following Alabama’s victory over Tennessee
  • Former Alabama OL, Mike Johnson recaps Alabama’s performance over Tennessee and highlights several players who played well on Saturday
  • Mike Johnson also breaks down several SEC teams and forecasts which teams could give the Crimson Tide trouble
  • Johnson also talked about how the Crimson Tide can improve during the bye week and before going into the LSU game.
  • More audio from Nick Saban about the intensity of practice

Miss a previous edition? Find every episode of SEC Country’s daily Alabama Crimson Tide podcast  right here .

Vance Joseph won’t commit to C.J. Anderson as Broncos starting RB

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:31 PM

With their season at a crossroads, the Denver Broncos will likely be making some changes to their starting lineup in the coming days and weeks. One player that could be in danger of losing his starting job is running back C.J. Anderson.

After turning in outstanding performances in each of the team’s first two games season (45 carries for 199 yards and 1 touchdown, and 4 catches for 43 yards and 1 touchdown), Anderson has seen both his touches and production decrease in the four games since.

Anderson is now a part of a three-man running back rotation that features him, Jamaal Charles, and Devontae Booker. All three players have been productive at times, but it has been Charles who looks like a potential game-changer.

Last week, Denver head coach Vance Joseph said that the team would like to increase Charles’ workload. That didn’t prove to be the case against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon, but the fact that Joseph was non-committal on Monday afternoon when asked if Anderson would remain the team’s starting running back speaks volumes.

“Again, it’s not just C.J.,” Joseph explained during his press conference on Monday afternoon. “We have three backs playing and I thought the backs ran the ball hard yesterday. When there was space to make yardage, they did. When there wasn’t, they didn’t. I’m not down on C.J. Again, the offensive issues are a unit issue.”

While that wasn’t necessarily a vote of confidence or a solid sign of a pending demotion for Anderson, it does bear pointing out that Joseph had this to say (also on Monday) when asked if Trevor Siemian would remain the team’s starting quarterback:

“Absolutely. He’s our quarterback.”

Anderson will still likely factor heavily into the Broncos’ offensive plans either way, but this could be the first sign that Denver could be moving in the direction of giving Charles a much heavier workload.