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Cardinals Re-Sign C Yadier Molina for 18th Season

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are bringing back catcher Yadier Molina for an 18th season, agreeing Monday to a $9 million, one-year deal with the nine-time Gold Glove winner.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are bringing back catcher Yadier Molina for an 18th season, agreeing Monday to a $9 million, one-year deal with the nine-time Gold Glove winner.

“We are excited to announce that we have agreed to terms with Yadier Molina on a new contract!” the team said in a statement. “We will have more details (Tuesday) on Yadi continuing his Cardinals legacy.”

The 38-year-old Molina hit .262 with four home runs in 42 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, his last under a $60 million, three-year deal. He ended up making a prorated $7,407,407 of his $20 million salary last year.

The nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion has appeared in 2,025 games for St. Louis since breaking into the majors in 2004, third on the franchise list behind Hall of Famers Stan Musial (3,026) and Lou Brock (2,289).

Molina is a career .281 hitter with 160 home runs, but he’s best known for his defense. He trails only Ivan Rodriguez (13) and Johnny Bench (10) for most Gold Gloves by a catcher.

St. Louis agreed last month to bring back 39-year-old pitcher Adam Wainwright — Molina’s longtime batterymate — on an $8 million, one-year deal. The Cardinals also recently acquired star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies.

In the 10 years since the Platinum Glove Awards were introduced honoring the best fielder regardless of position in each league, Molina and Arenado are tied for the most with four each.

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Bay Area TV Sports: What to watch on Tuesday-Wednesday

Wednesday TV/Radio Baseball Pirates at Brewers 11 a.m. MLB Padres at A’s 12:37 p.m. NBCCA 95.7 Braves at Cardinals 5 p.m. ESPN Giants at Diamondbacks 6:40 p.m. NBCBA 680 Astros at Dodgers (in…

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Wednesday TV/RadioBaseball

Pirates at Brewers 11 a.m. MLB

Padres at A’s 12:37 p.m. NBCCA 95.7

Braves at Cardinals 5 p.m. ESPN

Giants at Diamondbacks 6:40 p.m. NBCBA 680

Astros at Dodgers (in progress) 8 p.m. MLB

Basketball

Summer League: Spurs vs. Jazz (Blue) 4 p.m. NBA

Summer League: Heat at Warriors 5 p.m. ESPNU

Summer League: Grizzlies vs. Jazz (White) 6 p.m. NBA

Summer League: Kings vs. Lakers 8 p.m. ESPNU

Golf

Women’s amateur 11 a.m. GOLF

*golf listings also under Olympics

Horse racing

Trackside Live 9 a.m. TVG

Saratoga Live 10 a.m. FS2

Race Night 5 p.m. TVG

International racing 9:30 p.m. TVG

Olympics

Women’s basketball: quarterfinal 5 a.m. USA

Women’s volleyball: quarterfinal 5:15 a.m. NBCSN

Men’s marathon swimming 2:30 p.m. NBCSN

Women’s golf: second round 3:30 p.m. GOLF

Beach volleyball, track and field, women’s diving 5 p.m. NBC

Track and field 5 p.m. USA

Skateboarding 5 p.m. CNBC

Diving; canoe 6 p.m. CNBC

Skateboarding 8 p.m. CNBC

Men’s volleyball: semifinal 9 p.m. NBC

Men’s field hockey: Bronze match 10:30 p.m. USA

Diving 11 p.m. USA

Beach volleyball (early Thurs.) 12:15 a.m. USA

Track and field (early Thurs.) 12:30 a.m. NBCSN

Women’s soccer: Australia-USA (early Thurs.) 1 a.m. USA

Women’s water polo: semifinal (early Thurs.) 3:50 a.m. USA

Soccer

CONCACAF: Samaritaine vs. Universitario 5 p.m. FS2

Copa do Brazil: Bahia vs. Mineiro 5:30 p.m. FSPLUS

USL: Phoenix at Oakland Roots 7 p.m. KOFY, ESPN2

MLS: SJ Earthquakes at Portland 7:30 p.m. NBCCA 1050

Tennis

ATP Washington DC; WTA San Jose 11 a.m. TENNIS

Thursday TV/RadioBaseball

Mets at Marlins 9 a.m. MLB

Giants at Diamondbacks 12:40 p.m. NBCBA 680

Phillies at Nationals 1 p.m. MLB

Braves at Cardinals 5 p.m. ESPN

Football

CFL: Hamilton at Winnipeg 5:30 p.m. ESPN2

Golf

xWomen’s amateur 11 a.m. GOLF

*golf listings also under Olympics

Horse racing

Trackside Live 9 a.m. TVG

Saratoga Live 10 a.m. FS2

Race Night 7 p.m. TVG

International racing 9:30 p.m. TVG

NFL preseason

Cowboys at Steelers 5 p.m. FOX

Olympics

Men’s basketball: semifinal 5 a.m. NBCSN

Track and field 1:30 p.m. NBCSN

Women’s golf: third round 3:30 p.m. GOLF

Skateboarding, diving, beach volleyball 5 p.m. NBC

Canoe 5 p.m. USA

Beach volleyball; rhythmic individual 5 p.m. CNBC

Women’s soccer: Gold; women’s volleyball 7 p.m. USA

Women’s soccer: Gold 8:30 p.m. NBC

Women’s basketball: semifinal 9 p.m. NBC

Men’s water polo: semifinal 11 p.m. CNBC

Diving; women’s handball 11 p.m. USA

Track and field (early Fri.) 12:30 a.m. NBCSN

Women’s field hockey; women’s volleyball (early Fri.) 3 a.m. USA

Men’s soccer: bronze match (early Fri.) 4 a.m. NBCSN

Soccer

CONCACAF: Santos de Guápiles vs. Verdes 4:50 p.m. FS2

CONCACAF: Deportivo vs. Comunicaciones 7 p.m. FS2

Tennis

ATP Washington DC; WTA San Jose 11 a.m. TENNIS

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/08/03/bay-area-tv-sports-what-to-watch-on-tuesday-wednesday-51/

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Mirabai Chanu’s Keralite coach reveals how her weight stayed at 49 kg

Chanu earned glory at Tokyo overcoming an injury, which had deprived her of a medal at the Rio Olympics of 2016..Mirabai Chanu. additional coach AP Dathan. Keralite coach. Tokyo olympics 2021. Tokyo 2020

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has a special reason to celebrate the silver medal won for India by weightlifter Mirabai Chanu in the 49-kg category at the Tokyo Olympics.

Chanu’s coaching team includes A P Dathan, a native of Kallekulangara in Palakkad. It is Dathan, an additional coach, who takes care of Chanu’s diet as she has to maintain her weight at 49 kg. Formerly with the Indian Air Force (IAF), Dathan has been part of Chanu’s coaching team for the last five years.

Chanu earned glory at Tokyo overcoming an injury, which had deprived her of a medal at the Rio Olympics of 2016. The injury had also forced the weightlifter to travel to the United States for treatment from the training camp at Patiala. Later, she arrived in Tokyo from the US.

Earlier, Chanu had lifted 119 kg at the Asian Championship held in Uzbekistan, which was a world record.

Chanu’s schedule
“A special schedule has been fixed for Chanu’s food as well as training from morning to night,” says Dathan.

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For breakfast, the champion has an egg, two slices of bread and five varieties of fruits, including avocado. There is fish for lunch and salmon, tuna and pork belly are brought from Norway for the meal. “Mira eats a mere 100-150 grams of these items,” informs Dathan.

“The coaches ensure that Mira doesn’t gain more weight than her 49 kg. She too gives much care to this aspect,” says Dathan.

Regarding training sessions, he explains: “There are two sessions on Mondays, one on Tuesdays, two on Wednesdays, one on Thursdays and two on Fridays.”

Chanu spends six to eight hours in the gym. “The morning session starts at 6.30 am and lasts 90 minutes. The training continues from 10 am to 1 pm. In the evening, the timing is 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm,” says Dathan.

From IAF team to coaching
Dathan started his career in the IAF in 1995 and soon became part of the service’s weightlifting team. He was in the IAF team till 2008 and passed the coaching diploma course in 2010. Subsequently, he was appointed as the coach of the Western Air Command.

Dathan was in the camp of the national junior team in 2014, followed by the senior team in 2015. It was Mirabai’s coach Vijay Sharma who invited Dathan to be her additional coach.

After his retirement from the IAF in February this year, Dathan was appointed as a coach attached to the Weightlifting Federation of India. Presently at the coaching camp in Patiala, Dathan received a call from Chanu from Japan after her victory. “I am proud of Mirabai,” says the coach.

Dathan’s wife Sandhya works at a Cooperative Bank in Pazhayannur in Thrissur and the couple has two children, Sooraj and Sandra, both students.

Earlier, Chanu had lifted 119 kg at the Asian Championship held in Uzbekistan, which was a world record.

Source: https://www.onmanorama.com/sports/other-sports/2021/07/24/mirabai-chanu-keralite-coach-ap-dathan.html

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Ohtani Hits Milestone 32nd Homer, Angels Edge Red Sox 5-4 | Sports News | US News

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani fouled a 2-2 pitch off his ankle in the fifth inning. He fouled the next pitch off his leg, just above his knee.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, heads to first after hitting a solo home run as Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, center, and home plate umpire Adam Beck watch during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) The Associated Press

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani fouled a 2-2 pitch off his ankle in the fifth inning. He fouled the next pitch off his leg, just above his knee.

The Los Angeles Angels slugger shook off the pain, stepped back in and immediately hit a 433-foot homer that gave him a new place in Japanese baseball history.

“That’s how tough he is,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He stayed in there, got himself right and hit a homer.”

Ohtani hit his major league-leading 32nd homer and broke the single-season major league record for homers by a Japanese player during the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

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Fellow All-Star Jared Walsh homered twice for the Angels, who won for the sixth time in seven games and took two of three from the AL-leading Red Sox on another landmark day for Los Angeles’ two-way superstar.

A day after Ohtani pitched seven innings to beat Boston, he broke Hideki Matsui’s record with his solo shot to right off Eduardo Rodríguez (6-5), putting the Angels ahead to stay in the fifth inning.

Matsui hit 31 homers for the Yankees in 2004, but Ohtani surpassed the mark in just 81 games before the All-Star break with his 15th homer in his past 20 games.

“I’ve said it before, but he’s someone I’ve been watching as a child growing up, so it’s a huge honor to do something he’s done,” Ohtani said through his translator.

Matsui, who played for the Angels in 2010, returned the love.

In a statement issued by the team, Matsui said Ohtani “exceeds what is considered conventional for a major league player, and there is no one else like him. I hope he continues his success this season, as he carries the hopes and dreams of many fans and young children. As a baseball fan myself, I can’t wait to see what he is able to do next.”

Walsh homered right after Ohtani’s blast and added another solo shot in the seventh, giving him 22 homers in his breakthrough season as Albert Pujols’ full-time replacement at first base. Walsh drove in three runs for the Angels (44-42) as they moved two games above .500 for the first time since April 21.

Xander Bogaerts had three hits and drove in a run for the Red Sox, who lost for just the third time in 13 games while finishing 3-3 on their six-game California road swing. Boston hadn’t lost back-to-back games since June 24.

“We had our chances the last two days,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “We had traffic all over the place. We weren’t able to get the big hit. That happens. We were so good offensively coming into this trip. We just haven’t had that big hit the last few days.”

After Mike Mayers escaped an eighth-inning jam with a lead, Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save.

Andrew Heaney (5-6) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning for the Angels, bouncing back from three straight rough starts with a solid effort against the AL’s best team. He walked two and struck out five while giving up three runs.

Rodríguez yielded nine hits and four runs over five inconsistent innings for Boston, striking out five. The Angels made little solid contact against him until their back-to-back homers.

“It’s kind of hard when you know your pitches are working pretty good and they start hitting balls like that, but those things happen,” Rodríguez said. “I have to get out of those. Blooper, homer, whatever, that’s something you have to take out of the game.”

COULDA BEEN

The Red Sox were unhappy when video review failed to conclude José Iglesias hadn’t touched second base while turning an inning-ending double play in the sixth.

Boston also got the benefit of two misplays by Angels outfielders during rallies.

Phil Gosselin misplayed Bobby Dalbec’s catchable fly to left in the fifth, allowing a run. J.D. Martinez then led off the eighth with a triple when Luis Rengifo apparently lost his fly ball in the sun, and Bogaerts doubled him home before Mayers got three straight outs.

FLETCH PART 21

David Fletcher singled in his first two at-bats, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 21 games and giving him a hit in seven consecutive plate appearances since Monday.

Fletcher’s hitting streak is the longest in the AL this season, and it matches the 21-game streak by Cincinnati’s Nick Castellanos for the longest in the majors in 2021. The streak is also the longest for the Angels since Garret Anderson went 23 straight in 2008.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Tanner Houck could return to Boston’s rotation after the All-Star break to keep the starters on proper rest. Houck hasn’t pitched in the majors since early May because of a right arm flexor injury, but he is making rehab starts for Triple-A Worcester.

Angels: LF Justin Upton will be out through the All-Star break. The veteran hasn’t played since June 22 because of lower-back tightness.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Longtime Angels starter Garrett Richards (4-5, 4.88 ERA) takes the mound Friday at Fenway Park against Philadelphia.

Angels: Alex Cobb (6-3, 4.60 ERA) takes the mound in Seattle on Friday, looking to continue his impressive 5-1 run in seven starts since returning from the injured list.

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