This Weekend In Sports

Navy QB makes watch list, Orioles begin life without Machado, things boil over in D.C., and The Open Championship’s Wild Finish.



Malcolm Perry may not be a household name just yet, but many college football insiders are getting excited about the kid who looks to take over the QB position for Navy football this season by adding him to the Maxwell Award watch list. Perry is entering his junior season at the Naval Academy after a tremendous sophomore season that saw him start 12 games, including the final three games under center.

During those 12 games last season, Perry finished second on the team in rushing with 1,182 yards on 138 carries and 11 touchdowns. He was also Navy’s second-leading receiver with 13 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Perry’s 8.6 yards-per-carry set a Navy school record and ranked third nationally, while his 150.2 all-purpose yards per game was the sixth-best average in the country.

Perry had touchdown runs of 92 vs. SMU and 91 vs. Air Force making him just the third player in FBS history to have two runs of 90 yards or more in the same season (Navy has just five 90-yard runs in its history). His 92-yard run vs. SMU was a Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium record.

Perry joins fellow AAC players Ed Oliver of Houston, Darrell Henderson and Tony Pollard of Memphis, Xavier Jones of SMU, Frank Nutile of Temple and McKenzie Milton of UCF on the list.

Orioles (28-72)

Orioles opened up the season getting swept by the Toronto Blue Jays. There really isn’t any reason to hope for contention. Britton should be traded soon, so the farm should be full of potential.


Welp, it finally happened. The Baltimore Orioles finalized their trade with the L.A. Dodgers for All-Star SS Manny Machado.

Machado spent his last few moments in an Orioles uniform in the All-Star game where he went 0-2, but fans were happy to get one last glimpse of him in the DMV before the move was official.

Machado was traded for five prospects, including Yusneil Diaz. Diaz has gone 1-7 in two games with the Bowie Baysox. We’ll know in a year or two if this deal was worth the drama, but it’ll still sting for much longer than that.

The Orioles announced that they’ve designated right-hander Chris Tillman for assignment. His roster spot will go to infielder/outfielder Renato Nunez, whom they’ve selected from Triple-A Norfolk.

Tillman’s designation continues an abrupt fall from grace for a pitcher who was a solid mid-rotation starter earlier in his career. Acquired from the Mariners in a 2008 heist, Tillman broke out in 2012 with 86 innings of 2.93 ERA ball and then threw between 172 and 206 1/3 frames in each of the ensuing four seasons. During that 844 2/3-inning span, Tillman logged a 3.81 ERA with 6.98 K/9 and 3.07 BB/9.

Chris Tillman | Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Nats (49-49)

The Nat’s opened up the “second half” of the MLB season at home against the Atlanta Braves after hosting a memorable All-Star game.

The Nat’s and Braves split the series after Saturday’s game was rained out, but things didn’t exactly start out well. Strasburg had a rough outing which saw him get the hook in the 5th inning.

The Nat’s have obviously been struggling, and the pressure has obviously affected some more than others. Strausburg has not had his best season, and the last two games have been especially troublesome.

  • Vs Braves- 4.2 IP/ 8 H/ 6 R/ 6 ER/ 2 BB/ 6 SO/ 9 ERA
  • Vs Giants- 2.0 IP/ 5 H/ 3 R/ 3 ER/ 0 BB/ 2 SO/ 3.46 ERA

Nat’s look to turn it around this week when they open up a three-game series in Milwakee tonight.

The Open

This year’s Open Championship was one for the ages. Seven players were all within two strokes through the back nine, including big names like Rory Mcilroy, Jordan Spieth, and Tiger Woods.

The world watched with bated breath as Tiger Woods attempted to win his first major tournament in ten years. He started the day two strokes off of the lead before finally taking the lead after the 10th hole.

Then he hit a group of spectators on his 11th-hole tee shot, double-bogeyed and never fully recovered.

Instead, the Claret Jug went to Francesco Molinari. Molinari became the first Italian man to win a major championship after he holed a 5-foot putt for birdie on the 18th hole to go 8-under.


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