, Gloucester, MA

September 14, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Sox tohonor Rivera

The Boston Red Sox will honor New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s career during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park on Sunday.

It will the 43 year-old’s last regular season game at the ballpark.

The 19-season veteran and all-time saves leader announced his retirement before this year began.

Rivera has made more appearances than any other visiting reliever in the history of Fenway Park.

Sunday’s games is scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m. Fans who want to see the full ceremony should be in their seats at approximately 7:30 p.m.

League investigating

The NFL is looking into Jets center Nick Mangold’s cheap shot on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib after a game ending interception in the waning seconds of Thursday’s brutally ugly 13-10 Pats win.

Mangold dove at Talib’s knees as he was running out of bounds sparking a melee between the two teams in front of the Patriots sidelines. Mangold was whistled for a flag and two other Jets were ejected from the game for throwing punches.

Mangold will certainly be fined given the fact that lesser hits have called for fines in the league. The cheap shot was a fitting end to a horrible game, as both the Patriots and Jets both left the game looking like pretenders Thursday night.

Hit the books

It’s rare to receive a college football for FBS programs. Just how rare?

The article mentioned above that was on stated: “Slightly more than 2,300 high school seniors a year sign LOIs to play for football with FBS programs. Based on official population estimates from the US Census, that works out to just about exactly 0.75 recruits per 100,000 population. Based on a 50/50 gender split (and I know that is not exact, but I can only spend so much time digging for data on websites ending in .gov), that is 1.5 recruits per 100,000 males nationally.”

Thus, high school football players should hit the books and not depend on being offered a football scholarship.

— Compiled by Times Staff