Hodges sets career mark in Samford’s 26-7 win over VMI


Devlin Hodges became Samford’s all-time leader in passing yards and out-dueled his younger brother Duncan as the Bulldogs defeated VMI 26-7 on Saturday.

Devlin Hodges, a junior, completed 26 of 38 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown, pushing his career total to 8,204 yards at Samford (4-2, 2-1 Southern Conference). He needed just nine yards to pass Ray Nelson, who played from 2001-04.

Duncan Hodges, a red-shirt freshman, guided the Keydets (0-6, 0-3) 77 yards in 10 plays and scored on a 3-yard run to open the game but finished 16 of 31 for 121 yards and was intercepted three times.

Samford came right back with a four-play, 63 yard drive, tying it on Moise Satine’s 33-yard run. Satine finished with 97 yards. Jordan Weaver followed with the first of his career-high four field goals. Devlin Hodges’ 23-yard pass to Andrew Harris in the second quarter helped Samford take a 20-7 lead at halftime.

Before the season, many would qualify their quarterback-centric Heisman predictions with, “But Saquon Barkley could be the nation’s best player.” Well, halfway through the season, Barkley is the nation’s best player, and he’s also getting the Heisman love he deserves. A national audience witnessed his 43-touch, 357-yard performance at Iowa, and he has done something to Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal dazzle every time he steps on the field. From running to receiving to returning to pass Cheap Jerseys Wholesale blocking, Barkley does it all, as evidenced by his 1,318 all-purpose yards.

Baseball Prospectus’ 2017 PECOTA projections love Dodgers, still hate Royals


Baseball Prospectus has made headlines with its PECOTA projection system in recent years, most notably in the algorithm’s disregard for the Kansas City Royals.

That hasn’t changed in 2017, as the computer projects the Royals to be the worst team in the American League this season. But it sure does love the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The full PECOTA projections for the upcoming season were released Tuesday, and expectations are highest for the Dodgers, who are pegged for a 98-64 season. That’s five wins better than the top projected AL team, the Houston Astros at 93-69.

Dodgers fans have been waiting with bated breath for Roberts’ decision on Bellinger, who has taken the team by storm since getting called up earlier this season. Bellinger, who is slashing .303/.361/.576 with two home runs and five RBIs, had been filling in for Joc Pederson in left field.

With Pederson set to be activated Friday, Roberts was left with a tough decision on what to do with Bellinger. Originally, Roberts said he would send Bellinger back down to the minors, but he had already softened on that stance earlier this week.

With Gonzalez on the DL, Bellinger could carve out a regular role, whether it be in the outfield or a platoon situation with Gonzalez even after he returns from injury.

Gonzalez said Wednesday that he should have gone Cheap Jerseys Wholesale on the DL to start the season. He understandably wanted to maintain his streak, but it may be time for him to rest up and try to get back to full health.

Bellinger has proven he is willing, and more than capable, to fill in while he rests.