Nationals baffled by R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball in Braves’ win

ATLANTA — R.A. Dickey frustrated Washington with his knuckleball for eight innings, Ozzie Albies had three hits and the Atlanta Braves beat the Nationals 3-2 on Thursday night.

After Ryan Zimmerman’s leadoff homer in the second inning, the 42-year-old Dickey gave up only one hit — a two-out single by Trea Turner in the third — over the next five innings. Turner was picked off first base.

Dickey (10-10) gave up two runs, four hits and no walks. He made a strong case that the Braves should pick up his $8 million club option for 2018.

Zimmerman lined his homer into the left-field seats, tying the game at 1. He set a career high with his 34th homer, his fourth off Dickey this season.

Arodys Vizcaino struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances. It was a strong return to form after Vizcaino walked all three batters he faced in a blown save Wednesday night.

The Braves scored two runs in the fourth off Tanner Roark (13-10). Albies singled, moved to third on catcher …read more


Blue Jackets RFA Josh Anderson contacts Hockey Canada about Olympics

The NHL’s regular season is right around the corner yet Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson remains an unsigned restricted free agent.

According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, this has resulted in the Burlington, Ont., native’s representatives reaching out to Hockey Canada to inquire about the possibility of Anderson donning the red and white maple leaf at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics.

Hockey Canada source confirms that Anderson’s people have been in contact about 2018 Olympics.

— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) September 22, 2017

RFA Josh Anderson,still at an impasse with CBJ,on term and dollars…looking to go to Europe next week…and perhaps play in 2018 Olympics.

— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) September 22, 2017

Anderson scored 17 goals and added 13 assists last year in his first full season with the Blue Jackets, but he and his agent, Darren Ferris, are finding it difficult coming to terms on a new deal with the team that selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

“Word is the Jackets want a three-year term to protect against Anderson’s upcoming salary arbitration eligibility, but the two sides are nowhere close on value,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman wrote in his …read more


Frida the Rescue Labrador Is Doing Her Best to Save Lives in Mexico After Back-to-Back Earthquakes


Not all superheroes wear caps. Some wear collars, specially designed “doggles” and tiny boots.

Frida the Labrador has been saving lives in Mexico and melting hearts around the world as her rescue efforts go viral.

Frida, who is the star of the Mexican navy’s Canine Unit, has found 52 people — 12 alive — in several world disasters, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While her time serving her country has taken her to various places around the world, including Ecuador during the earthquake of April 2016, Frida is focusing her efforts on home, after the country was devastated by two repeat earthquakes this month..

#México Frida, labrador de la unidad canina de la Marina lleva 53 localizaciones, de las que 12 son personas vivas en #Juchitán, #Oaxaca

— A primera hora (@PueAPrimeraHora) September 12, 2017

Called a “legend” within the navy, Frida is 7-years-old and is currently stationed in Mexico City where she is helping rescue efforts in the collapsed Colegio Enrique Rebsamen where 11 children were found alive. Twenty-five people, of which 19 were children, were found dead.

Frida is usually outfitted with a harness, a visor and special booties when digging through rubble for people, according …read more