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NO LINE REPORT: On the NFL board, there is no line on Packers/Vikings game due to Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers . BOXING REPORT: In the WBA/IBF/WBC middleweight title fight on Saturday in Las Vegas, Gennady Golovkin is -$150 vs. Saul Alvarez is +$130; in the IBF/WBA/ WBO heavyweight title fight on Saturday in Cardiff, Wales, Anthony Joshua is -$1600 vs. Alexander “White Lion” Povetkin is +$800. BASEBALL Odds Underdog Favorite American League -$172 ORIOLES A’s RED SOX -$280 Blue Jays -$105 Twins ROYALS ANGELS -$130 Mariners National League -$130 D’backs ROCKIES METS -$180 Marlins -$190 Dodgers CARDS Write-In Game NATIONALS Cubs -$120 NFL Favorite Points Underdog Open Current Ravens 1 1 BENGALS > Sunday 5.5 6 Colts WASHINGTON FALCONS 4.5 5.5 Panthers PACKERS 1 NL Vikings Chargers 7.5 7.5 BILLS Texans NL 1.5 TITANS STEELERS 5 4.5 Chiefs JETS 3 3 Dolphins Eagles 3 3 BUCS SAINTS 8 9 Browns RAMS 12.5 12.5 Cards 49ERS 5.5 6 Lions 1.5 2 JAGUARS Patriots BRONCOS 6 5.5 Raiders COWBOYS 3 3 Giants > Monday BEARS 3 3 Seahawks COLLEGE FOOTBALL Favorite Points Underdog Open Current Boston Coll 5 4.5 WAKE FOREST Old Dominion 2.5 2 CHARLOTTE > Friday MEMPHIS 25 27 Georgia St > Saturday 29.5 30.5 Utep TENNESSEE INDIANA 14 14 Ball St 14.5 15.5 Temple MARYLAND FLA INT’L 4 4 Massachusetts Miami-Fla 10 10 TOLEDO ARMY 6.5 6.5 Hawaii PENN ST 36 35 Kent St C Florida 13 PPD N CAROLINA Florida St 2.5 3.5 SYRACUSE Oklahoma 17.5 17.5 IOWA ST NEBRASKA 8.5 11.5 Troy KANSAS 3 2.5 Rutgers VA TECH 28.5 PPD E Carolina Ga Tech 3 4 PITTSBURGH NOTRE DAME 14.5 14.5 Vanderbilt n-Virginia 6.5 3 Ohio U MICHIGAN 35 35.5 Smu APP’CHIAN ST 16 PPD So Miss 3.5 2.5 Boise St OKLAHOMA ST WISCONSIN 22.5 21.5 Byu 3.5 PPD NC STATE W Virginia MINNESOTA 14 13.5 Miami-Ohio AUBURN 10 9.5 Lsu 9.5 10 ILLINOIS c-S Florida NO ILLINOIS 14 14 C Michigan CLEMSON 34.5 34.5 Ga Southern 6.5 5.5 N MEXICO ST New Mexico Tulane 3.5 3.5 UAB PK 6 Duke BAYLOR FLORIDA 19 20 Colorado St TEXAS TECH 1 PK Houston 21 21 Utsa KANSAS ST ARKANSAS 7.5 7.5 N Texas OREGON 41 41 San Jose St BUFFALO 4 3.5 E Michigan NEVADA 5 3.5 Oregon St Alabama 20 21 MISSISSIPPI Arkansas St 1 1.5 TULSA S ALABAMA 10.5 10.5 Texas St GEORGIA 31.5 33 Mid Tenn St S CAROLINA 13 PPD Marshall Missouri 7.5 6.5 PURDUE N’WESTERN 21 21 Akron MISS ST 31.5 33 UL-Lafayette TEXAS A&M 26 27 UL-Monroe LOUISVILLE 21.5 23 W Kentucky TEXAS 3 3.5 Usc a-Ohio St 13 13 TCU Washington 6 6.5 UTAH UCLA 1.5 PK Fresno St Arizona St 3.5 5.5 SAN DIEGO ST n- Nashville c- Chicago a- Arlington, TX. BOXING Round by round winning proposition Golovkin Winning Round Alvarez 30/1 Round 1 65/1 28/1 Round 2 50/1 25/1 Round 3 50/1 20/1 Round 4 40/1 18/1 Round 5 40/1 15/1 Round 6 40/1 15/1 Round 7 40/1 18/1 Round 8 40/1 20/1 Round 9 40/1 25/1 Round 10 50/1 28/1 Round 11 50/1 30/1 Round 12 50/1 Golovkin by KO, TKO or DQ: ........................5/2 Golovkin by decision: ..................................3/2 Alvarez by KO, TKO or DQ: ..........................8/1 Alvarez by decision: ....................................3/2 Fight will end in a draw:............................ 18/1 Over 9.5 rounds: ..................................... -$340 Under 9.5 rounds:...................................+$280 Home team in CAPS © 2018 Benjamin Eckstein

DNP: did not practice; LIMITED: limited participation; FULL: Full participation: > Thursday BALTIMORE at CINCINNATI: RAVENS: OUT: CB Maurice Canady (thigh), RB Kenneth Dixon (knee), DT Willie Henry (abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (foot). QUESTIONABLE: WR Janarion Grant (hand). DNP: CB Maurice Canady (thigh), RB Kenneth Dixon (knee), DT Willie Henry (abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (foot). LIMITED: WR Janarion Grant (hand). BENGALS: DOUBTFUL: WR Cody Core (back). QUESTIONABLE: LB Preston Brown (ankle). LIMITED: LB Preston Brown (ankle), WR Cody Core (back). FULL: G Clint Boling (foot), CB Darqueze Dennard (neck), DE Carlos Dunlap (calf), TE Tyler Eifert (back), CB William Jackson (shoulder), TE Tyler Kroft (illness), TE C.J. Uzomah (shoulder). > Sunday ARIZONA at LA RAMS: CARDINALS: Practice Not Complete. RAMS: Practice Not Complete. CAROLINA at ATLANTA: PANTHERS: DNP: RB C.J. Anderson (illness), WR Damiere Byrd (knee), TE Greg Olsen (foot), WR Curtis Samuel (medical illness), G Trai Turner (concussion). LIMITED: DT Vernon Butler (shoulder), S Colin Jones (knee). FULL: LB Luke Kuechly (knee), S Da’Norris Searcy (chest). FALCONS: DNP: RB Devonta Freeman (knee), WR Russell Gage (knee), G Ben Garland (calf). LIMITED: TE Austin Hooper (knee), CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle), CB Brian Poole (ankle). FULL: WR Marvin Hall (ankle), LS Josh Harris (hip), RB Ricky Ortiz (neck). CLEVELAND at NEW ORLEANS: BROWNS: DNP: DE Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle). LIMITED: CB E.J. Gaines (knee), LB Christian Kirksey (shoulder, ankle). FULL: LB James Burgess (concussion), T Desmond Harrison (shoulder), WR Jarvis Landry (thigh). SAINTS: DNP: DT Tyeler Davison (foot), WR Ted Ginn (knee), WR Michael Thomas (illness). LIMITED: T Terron Armstead (knee), T Andrus Peat (ankle). DETROIT at SAN FRANCISCO: LIONS: DNP: T Andrew Donnal (knee), G T.J. Lang (back). LIMITED: DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder). FULL: RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), QB Matthew Stafford (shin). 49ERS: Practice Not Complete. HOUSTON at TENNESSEE: TEXANS: LIMITED: CB Johnson Bademosi (knee), LB Jadeveon Clowney (back, elbow), WR Sammie Coates (hamstring), WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), DE Christian Covington (thigh, knee), LB Duke Ejiofor (hamstring), WR Will Fuller (hamstring), WR DeAndre Hopkins (foot), CB Kayvon Webster (achilles). TITANS: DNP: LB Harold Landry (ankle), T Taylor Lewan (concussion), S Kendrick Lewis (foot). LIMITED: T Jack Conklin (knee), WR Corey Davis (hamstring), DT Matt Dickerson (knee), LB Derrick Morgan (knee). FULL: LB Rashaan Evans (hamstring), QB Marcus Mariota (right elbow). INDIANAPOLIS at WASHINGTON: COLTS: DNP: T Denzelle Good (knee, wrist), CB Chris Milton (concussion). LIMITED: DT Denico Autry (ankle), T Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), S Clayton Geathers (knee), RB Marlon Mack (hamstring), DT Grover Stewart (shoulder). FULL: WR Ryan Grant (chest). REDSKINS: DNP: S Troy Apke (hamstring). LIMITED: WR Maurice Harris (concussion), T Morgan Moses (knee). FULL: LB Zach Brown (oblique), QB Colt McCoy (right thumb). KANSAS CITY at PITTSBURGH: CHIEFS: DNP: S Eric Berry (heel), LB Ben Niemann (hamstring). FULL: CB Kendall Fuller (thumb), DT Justin Hamilton (ankle), LB Reggie Ragland (knee), RB Darrel Williams (shoulder). STEELERS: DNP: DE Tyson Alualu (shoulder), G David DeCastro (hand), CB Joe Haden (hamstring), DT Cameron Heyward (knee), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right elbow). FULL: TE Vance McDonald (foot). LA CHARGERS at BUFFALO: CHARGERS: Practice Not Complete. BILLS: DNP: LB Lorenzo Alexander (not injury related), CB Taron Johnson (shoulder), DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring), WR Ray-Ray McCloud (knee), DT Kyle Williams (not injury related). FULL: LB Julian Stanford (nose). MIAMI at NY JETS: DOLPHINS: DNP: WR Danny Amendola (not injury related), G Josh Sitton (shoulder). LIMITED: LS John Denney (shoulder), WR DeVante Parker (finger). FULL: DE William Hayes (finger), T Ja’Wuan James (hamstring), T Laremy Tunsil (hamstring). JETS: DNP: LB Neville Hewitt (knee), LB Josh Martin (concussion), S Marcus Maye (foot). FULL: T Kelvin Beachum (foot), WR Quincy Enunwa (thumb), WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen), C Spencer Long (knee), DT Steve McLendon (knee), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (abdomen), WR Terrelle Pryor (ankle), G Brian Winters (back). MINNESOTA at GREEN BAY: VIKINGS: LIMITED: C Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder). FULL: CB Mackensie Alexander (ankle), RB Roc Thomas (ankle), CB Trae Waynes (knee). PACKERS: DNP: WR Davante Adams (shoulder), S Josh Jones (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (knee). LIMITED: LB Oren Burks (shoulder). NEW ENGLAND at JACKSONVILLE: PATRIOTS: DNP: RB Rex Burkhead (concussion). LIMITED: T Marcus Cannon (calf), S Nate Ebner (knee), TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), RB Sony Michel (knee). JAGUARS: DNP: RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring), C Brandon Linder (knee). LIMITED: T Jermey Parnell (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle), LB Telvin Smith (back). FULL: LB Leon Jacobs (ankle), WR Jaydon Mickens (knee). OAKLAND at DENVER: RAIDERS: Practice Not Complete. BRONCOS: FULL: C Sam Jones (low back), G Ronald Leary (knee), LB Brandon Marshall (knee), WR Tim Patrick (calf), LB Shane Ray (wrist), CB Bradley Roby (wrist). PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: EAGLES: LIMITED: WR Shelton Gibson (knee), WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), QB Carson Wentz (knee). BUCCANEERS: CB Brent Grimes (groin), WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder, concussion), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), DT Vita Vea (calf). LIMITED: G Caleb Benenoch (knee), T Donovan Smith (knee). > Sunday NY GIANTS at DALLAS: GIANTS: DNP: DE Olivier Vernon (ankle). LIMITED: LB Tae Davis (hamstring), RB Wayne Gallman (knee), WR Sterling Shepard (back). COWBOYS: DNP: C Travis Frederick (illness), DE Randy Gregory (concussion), DT Datone Jones (knee), DE Demarcus Lawrence (groin), S Xavier Woods (hamstring). FULL: S Kavon Frazier (shoulder), QB Dak Prescott (groin).

STLDGA Benson Two Man Championship

TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League NEW YORK YANKEES — Recalled RHP Chance Adams from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). National League NEW YORK METS — Named vice president of media relations, Jay Horwitz, to vice president of alumni public relations and team historian. CARDINALS — Activated INF Jedd Gyorko from the 10-day DL. FOOTBALL | NFL BALTIMORE RAVENS — Placed RB Kenneth Dixon on injured reserve. Signed RB De’Lance Turner from the practice squad. CAROLINA PANTHERS — Placed RT Daryl Williams on injured reserve. Signed OT Chris Clark. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Released QB Matt Barkley from injured reserve/injury settlement. DETROIT LIONS — Waived RB Zach Zenner from injured reserve. HOUSTON TEXANS — Placed T Seantrel Henderson and CB Kevin Johnson on injured reserve. Signed CB Shareece Wright. Signed T Roderick Johnson from the practice squad. Signed CB Breon Borders, WR Malachi Dupre and T David Sharpe to the practice squad. Released NT Darius Kilgo from the practice squad. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS — Signed RB Kenneth Farrow to the practice squad. Released WR Jace Billingsley from the practice squad. NEW YORK JETS — Activated LB Kevin Pierre-Louis from the suspended list. Waived OL Ben Braden. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Placed LS Andrew DePaola on injured reserve. Waived WR Keon Hatcher and LB Shilique Calhoun. Signed WR Martavis Bryant and LS Trent Sieg. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Signed LB Terence Garvin to a one-year contract. Signed OL Najee Toran from the practice squad. Placed LB Brock Coyle on injured reserve. Signed WR Frank Stephens to the practice squad. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Signed WR Jehu Chesson from the practice squad. Signed DB Jeremy Reaves to the practice squad. Placed WR Trey Quinn on the reserve/injured list. HOCKEY | NFL COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Signed coach John Tortorella to a two-year contract extension. BLUES — Signed D Jordan Schmaltz to a two-year contract. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Announced a five-year affiliation agreement with Syracuse (AHL). SOCCER United Soccer League USL — Suspended Reno D Jordan Murrell and Seattle D Tony Alfaro one game each for receiving red cards in their games on Sept. 8. Suspended Penn D Jake Bond and C Ken Tribbett, Fresno MF Alex Cooper, Tulsa G Fabian Cerda and MF Joaquin Rivas and Rio Grande Valley D Kai Greene one game each after receiving their fifth cautions of the season.

WNBA PLAYOFFS Finals (Best-of-5) Seattle def. Washington 3-0 Friday: Seattle 89, Washington 76 Sunday: Seattle 75, Washington 73 Wednesday: Seattle 98, Washington 82

WNBA Champions 2018: Seattle Storm 2017: Minnesota Lynx 2016: Los Angeles Sparks 2015: Minnesota Lynx 2014: Phoenix Mercury 2013: Minnesota Lynx 2012: Indiana Fever 2011: Minnesota Lynx 2010: Seattle Storm 2009: Phoenix Mercury 2008: Detroit Shock 2007: Phoenix Mercury 2006: Detroit Shock 2005: Sacramento Monarchs 2004: Seattle Storm 2003: Detroit Shock 2002: Los Angeles Sparks 2001: Los Angeles Sparks 2000: Houston Comets 1999: Houston Comets 1998: Houston Comets 1997: Houston Comets

FRONTIER LEAGUE Championship Best-of-5 Washington 1, Joliet 1 Tuesday: Washington 3, Joliet 2 Wednesday: Joliet 3, Washington 1 Friday: Washington at Joliet, 6:05 p.m. Saturday: Washington at Joliet, 5:05 p.m. x-Monday: Joliet at Washington, 6:05 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Top 25 schedule No. 1 Alabama at Mississippi, 6 p.m. No. 2 Clemson vs. Georgia Southern, 2:30 p.m. No. 3 Georgia vs. Middle Tennessee, 6:15 p.m. No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 15 TCU at Arlington, Texas, 7 p.m. No. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa State, 11 a.m. No. 6 Wisconsin vs. BYU, 2:30 p.m. No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 12 LSU, 2:30 p.m. No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Vanderbilt, 1:30 p.m. No. 9 Stanford vs. UC Davis, 1 p.m. No. 10 Washington at Utah, 9 p.m. No. 11 Penn State vs. Kent State, 11 a.m. No. 13 Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina, cancelled, hurricane No. 14 West Virginia at NC State, cancelled hurricane No. 16 Mississippi State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. No. 18 UCF at North Carolina, cancelled by hurricane No. 19 Michigan vs. SMU, 2:30 p.m. No. 20 Oregon vs. San Jose State, 4 p.m. No. 21 Miami at Toledo, 11 a.m. No. 22 Southern Cal at Texas, 7 p.m. No. 23 Arizona State at San Diego State, 9:30 p.m.

Scores South Coastal Carolina 58, Campbell 21

COLLEGE SCORES Women’s soccer Webster U. 4, Monmouth (Ill.) 1 Washington U. 5, Millikin U. 0 Men’s soccer Eastern Illinois 0, IUPUI 0

Dalhousie GC, Cape Girardeau Monday-Tuesday, 6477 yards Day 1 Fourball, Day 2 Foursomes > GROSS DIVISION Champions Matt Lewis/Steve Hyten 66/72 Runners-up Brevin Giebler/Drew Denton 68/71 Third Place Dave Koob/Kerry Morgan 69/76 Ryan Dilberto/Jeff Eldred 72-73 Buddy Allen/Tom Sinak 65/80 > NET DIVISION Kevin Hundelt/Matt Nemwich Mike Sandy/Jerry Thomas Drew Santee/Bob Kozyak Dave Diemer/Jeff Marquita Cord Dombrowski/Woody Harrelson

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HOLES-IN-ONE St. Albans • Phil Kumnick, hole No. 12 (Lewis & Clark), 137 yards, pitching wedge, Sept. 11. St. Peters • Richard Hensley, hole No. 12, 125 yards, 8-iron, Sept. 11. Old Hickory • Dave Hall, hole No. 13, 132 yards, 8-iron, Sept. 10. Quail Creek • Sue Vierling, hole No. 13, 108 yards, 7-iron, Sept. 4 Birch Creek • Tony Duffner, hole No. 12, 110 yards, wedge, Sept. 12 St. Louis • Ginny Orthwein, hole No. 7, 71 yards, wedge, Sept 12

SOCCER English Premier League GP W D L GF GA Pts Liverpool 4 4 0 0 9 1 12 Chelsea 4 4 0 0 10 3 12 Watford 4 4 0 0 9 3 12 Man City 4 3 1 0 11 3 10 Tottenham 4 3 0 1 9 4 9 Bournemouth 4 2 1 1 6 5 7 Everton 4 1 3 0 7 6 6 Leicester 4 2 0 2 6 5 6 Arsenal 4 2 0 2 8 8 6 Man United 4 2 0 2 6 7 6 Wolverhampton 4 1 2 1 4 5 5 Southampton 4 1 1 2 4 4 4 Fulham 4 1 1 2 7 9 4 Brighton 4 1 1 2 5 7 4 Crystal Palace 4 1 0 3 3 6 3 Cardiff 4 0 2 2 2 5 2 Huddersfield 4 0 2 2 2 10 2 Newcastle 4 0 1 3 3 6 1 Burnley 4 0 1 3 3 9 1 West Ham 4 0 0 4 2 10 0 Saturday Tottenham vs. Liverpool, 6:30 a.m. Huddersfield vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Bournemouth vs. Leicester, 9 a.m. Newcastle vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. Man City vs. Fulham, 9 a.m. Chelsea vs. Cardiff, 9 a.m. Watford vs. Man United, 11:30 a.m. Sunday Wolverhampton vs. Burnley, 7:30 a.m. Everton vs. West Ham, 10 a.m. Monday Southampton vs. Brighton, 1 p.m.

Major League Soccer EASTERN W L T Pts GF GA New York 17 7 4 55 50 29 Atlanta United FC 16 5 6 54 56 33 New York City FC 14 8 7 49 51 38 Columbus 12 8 7 43 35 34 Philadelphia 12 11 4 40 39 41 Montreal 11 14 3 36 37 45 D.C. United 9 11 7 34 45 45 New England 8 10 9 33 40 42 Toronto FC 7 14 6 27 45 52 Orlando City 7 17 3 24 40 62 Chicago 6 15 6 24 37 52 WESTERN W L T Pts GF GA FC Dallas 14 6 7 49 47 37 Sporting K.C. 14 7 6 48 49 33 Los Angeles FC 13 7 7 46 54 42 Real Salt Lake 13 10 5 44 48 46 Portland 12 7 8 44 40 36 Seattle 12 9 5 41 35 27 Vancouver 11 9 7 40 45 52 LA Galaxy 10 10 8 38 51 54 Minnesota United 9 16 2 29 39 54 Houston 7 13 7 28 43 42 Colorado 6 15 6 24 31 50 San Jose 4 15 8 20 41 52 NOTE: Three points for win, one point for tie. Wednesday D.C. United 2, Minnesota United 1 Saturday Atlanta United FC at Colorado, 2:30 p.m. LA Galaxy at Toronto FC, 6:30 p.m. Montreal at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. Columbus at FC Dallas, 7 p.m. Portland at Houston, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota United at Real Salt Lake, 8:30 p.m. Seattle at Vancouver, 9 p.m. New England at Los Angeles FC, 9:30 p.m. Sporting K.C. at San Jose, 9:30 p.m. Sunday New York at D.C. United, Noon Orlando City at Chicago, 4 p.m.

United Soccer League Eastern W L T PTS Cincinnati 19 3 6 63 Pittsburgh 13 4 10 49 Charleston 12 4 12 48 Louisville 13 6 8 47 Indy 12 8 9 45 Bethlehem 12 12 6 42 New York 10 8 10 40 Nashville 10 8 9 39 Ottawa 11 13 5 38 North Carolina 9 10 8 35 Penn 9 10 8 35 Charlotte 9 11 8 35 Tampa Bay 8 12 7 31 Atlanta 5 13 8 23 Richmond 6 18 4 22 Toronto 3 20 3 12 Western W L T PTS Orange County 16 7 6 54 Salt Lake City 17 11 2 53 Phoenix 16 7 5 53 Sacramento 14 7 7 49 Portland 15 11 3 48 St. Louis 13 8 9 48 Kansas City 13 9 7 46 San Antonio 12 9 7 43 Reno 11 7 9 42 Okla. City 11 15 5 37 Los Angeles 10 14 6 36 Fresno 8 10 11 35 Colo. Springs 10 15 4 34 Las Vegas 7 14 6 27 Rio Grande Valley 5 11 12 27 Seattle 5 17 5 20 Tulsa 2 14 11 17 Wednesday St. Louis 1, Salt Lake City 0 Penn 1, Indy 0 Okla. City 3, Los Angeles 1 Thursday Toronto at New York, 6 p.m. Saturday St. Louis at Kansas City, 4 p.m. Louisville at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Ottawa at Richmond, 6 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Rio Grande Valley at Colo. Springs, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Tulsa, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Reno, 9 p.m. Phoenix at Seattle, 9 p.m.

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CYCLING Vuelta a Espana Wednesday | At Balcon de Bizkaia, Spain 17th Stage • A 97.5-mile leg from Getxo to Balcon de Bizkaia 1. Michael Woods, Canada, Edu. First P/B Cannondale, 4 hours, 9 minutes, 48 seconds 2. Dylan Theuns, Belgium, BMC, 5 seconds behind 3. David de la Cruz Melgarejo, Spain, Sky, :10 4. Rafal Majka, Poland, Bora, :13 5. Ilnur Zakarin, Russia, Katusha, :38 6. A. De Marchi, Italy, BMC Team, :44 7. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Eritrea, Dimension, :48 8. Jesus Herrada, Spain, Cofidis, :51 9. Jai Hindley, Australia, Sunweb, :55 10. Vincenzo Nibali, Italy, Bahrain, 1:48 11. Stephane Rossetto, France, Cofidis, Solutions Credits, st 12. Merhawi Kudus, Eritrea, Dimension, 1:51 13. Jonathan Castroviejo, Spain, Sky, 1:57 14. Enric Mas, Spain, Quick-Step, 2:40 15. A. Valverde, Spain, Movistar Team, st Also 17. Simon Yates, Britain, Mitchelton, 2:48 18. M. Angel Lopez, Colombia, Astana, 2:50 23. Nairo Quintana, Colombia, Movistar, 3:44 33. Thibaut Pinot, France, Groupama, 5:26 55. Benjamin King, U.S., Dimension, 10:48 114. Brent Bookwalter, U.S., BMC, 22:36 119. Joey Rosskopf, U.S., BMC, 22:44 136. Sepp Kuss, U.S., LottoNL, 24:03 138. Kiel Reijnen, U.S., Trek, st 139. Ian Boswell, U.S., Katusha, st Overall Standings (After 17-of-21 stages) 1. Simon Yates, Britain, Mitchelton, 69:05:34 2. Alejandro Valverde, Spain, Movistar, :25 3. Enric Mas, Spain, Quick-Step, 1:22 4. M. Angel Lopez, Colombia, Astana, 1:34 5. Steven Kruijswijk, NET, LottoNL, 1:48 6. Nairo Quintana, Colombia, Movistar, 2:11 7. Jon Izagirre, Spain, Bahrain, 4:09 8. Rigoberto Uran, Colombia, Edu. First, 4:36 9. Thibaut Pinot, France, Groupama, 5:31 10. Tony Gallopin, France, AG2R, 6:05 Also 27. Benjamin King, U.S., Dimension, 42:24 65. Sepp Kuss, U.S., LottoNL, 1:37:44 73. Brent Bookwalter, U.S., BMC, 1:49:44 83. Joey Rosskopf, U.S., BMC, 2:12:11 133. Ian Boswell, U.S., Katusha, 3:41:41 139. Kiel Reijnen, U.S., Trek, 3:50:49


Blues goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick, shown defending against Jake Walman during last year’s training camp, helped the team’s prospects to an 8-4 victory Wednesday. BY JIM THOMAS st. Louis Post-dispatch

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. • Expectations were high. There was talk of dominating and winning the tournament title. But there was no dominating and no winning for the highly touted Blues prospects. At least not until Tuesday. In their first three contests of the NHL prospects tournament, the Blues had no victories, and never held a lead. They did show moxie in rallying from a 3-1 deficit to tie Game 2 Saturday, against Columbus, in what became a 5-3 loss. They had an even bigger comeback Monday night against Chicago, rallying from a 3-0 hole but lost 4-3 in overtime. Finally on Tuesday, in the seventhplace game against the New York Rangers, the floodgates opened and the goals came in bunches. Finishing with a hat trick, Jordan Kyrou sparked the Blues to an 8-4 victory. The Blues finished the tournament with a 1-2-1 record. Better late than never, right? “Obviously it was a good game, but it kind of (stinks) that we broke out this game and not earlier in the tournament,” Kyrou said Tuesday. “But it was a good hard finish from us.” And from goalie Evan Fitzpatrick: “Sometimes when you have a lot of expectations it plays with your head a little bit. I’m really proud of the effort we put in (Tuesday). We showed that we’re not the team that played the last three games, and that our prospect system as a whole is a lot better than what people may think right now. But I was proud of everyone’s effort.” You don’t make the big club with what happens in Traverse City. But you certainly can get the attention of your team’s front office and coaching staff in this setting. There are lots of high draft picks on the ice and dozens of scouts and team executives watching from the stands from all eight participating teams. The games are fast and physical. “There’s some elite hockey players here right now, some very good hockey players,” Blues prospects coach Drew Bannister said. “This is a great tournament. It’s a good tournament for these young players to kind of see what they’re up against, and see where they are and what they need to do to get to the next level.” It was the first prospects tourney for Bannister, who was hired in the offseason to coach the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio. Based on the first three games it is fair to ask: Are the Blues’ prospects overrated? Were they trying too hard to impress on offense, and thus forgetting about defense? Do the Blues lack quality organizational depth behind their top prospects? It’s hard to make sweeping conclusions based on four games. And there were some extenuating circumstances. For one, the Blues had one of the younger teams in Traverse City, where players can be as old as 24. “We’re a young group here,” Bannister said after the loss to Chicago, a game in which the Blues were out-shot 41-16. “A lot of guys will go back to junior, but the lack of details in their game will have to be fixed, there’s no question about that, if they’re gonna play at the National Hockey League level.” And as general manager Doug Armstrong pointed out, the nature of the Blues’ travel schedule wasn’t conducive to a fast start. The prospects had a 6 a.m. wakeup call on Sept. 6, getaway day in St. Louis, followed by physical testing, a practice at the IceZone in Hazelwood, and the flight to Traverse City. There was another early wakeup call on Sept. 7, followed by an afternoon contest against Columbus. “So you could see their legs were a little bit weary out there,” Armstrong said. “We’ve seen some flashes of good play. And we’ve seen some areas that certainly need to be improved on. And I think a lot of that’s going to come with coaching over time.” Armstrong watched the tournament with a particular eye on prospects who might be able to help the team this year. “So whether it’s a Kyrou or a (Klim)

Kostin or a Robert Thomas, or a (Niko) Mikkola,” Armstrong said. “There’s players there that you keep a focus on.” Or a Jake Walman, a defenseman whose career swerved off course last season, being shuttled from the Chicago Wolves to the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League. The Wolves are a Vegas farm team and when the Golden Knights sent down defenseman Shea Theodore at the start of the season, and then Jason Garrison at the end of October, Walman’s playing time shrunk. “So he got pushed out, and he has to take responsibility,” Armstrong said. “Didn’t handle it probably correctly and got frustrated. In reality I think when you turn pro you just have to make sure you control the things you can control, and that’s your work ethic and preparedness. “I think he got so consumed with other things he couldn’t control, it affected his game. This is a big training camp for him coming up to re-establish himself as a solid prospect.” Walman finished with two goals, three assists and was plus-3 in the tournament, including a highlight-reel goal against the Rangers in which he basically passed the puck to himself off the boards during an end-to-end rush to elude a defender. It’s also a big training camp for Kyrou and Thomas in their efforts to make the big club. Kyrou finished with five goals in Traverse City, tied for the tournamenthigh with Kevin Stenlund of Columbus. Thomas had a good, not great, tournament. Keep in mind, he came out of his 2017-18 junior hockey season with an ankle injury, missing the Blues’ development camp in late June, the World Junior Summer Showcase for Team Canada in late July, and some offseason training. “It’s definitely a bit of rust knocking off, but it’s not really an excuse. I gotta be better,” he said after the Chicago game. He was better against the Rangers, with a nifty second-period wraparound goal off a feed from Kyrou. Thomas finished third on the Blues in tournament scoring, behind Kyrou and Walman, with two goals and two assists.


Just in time for the start of camp, defenseman Jordan Schmaltz has signed a two-year contract. Schmaltz had been one of nine unsigned restricted free agents throughout the NHL before his contract agreement. Schmaltz’s contract is a two-way deal this season, meaning he gets paid $700,000 if he’s with the Blues but just $150,000 if he’s in San Antonio. It’s a one-way deal in Year 2, meaning he gets paid the same ($700,000) whether he’s with the Blues or in San Antonio. Schmaltz, 24, was a first-round draft pick by the team in 2012. He appeared in 13 games for the Blues last season, registering one assist, and played 31 games for the Rampage (five goals, 18 assists). He’s part of a group of younger defensemen that includes Walman, Mikkola and Mitch Reinke that will be pushing for a Blues roster spot in camp.


Coming out of the prospects tournament, the Blues already have trimmed six players from their camp roster: Dominik Bokk, Mathias Laferriere, Tyler Tucker, Jared Thomas, Trenton Bourque and David Noel. All were part of the Blues’ team in Traverse City. Bokk, a forward and the team’s firstround draft pick in June, is heading as planned to play in Sweden for the Vaxjo Lakers. Laferriere, a forward drafted in the sixth-round in June, is returning to his junior hockey team of last season, Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior League. Tucker, a defenseman taken in the seventh-round in June, also is returning to his junior team of last season — Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League. It’s also back to juniors for defensemen Bourque (Owen Sound/OHL) and Noel Val-D’Or (QMJL). Thomas is heading San Antonio of the AHL. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com