Cardinals unravel in sixth in 8-2 loss to Cubs

St. Louis Cardinals take 2-1 lead on Carlos Martinez single, then give up seven runs in sixth inning of loss to Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO — Kris Bryant had three hits, including his 27th homer, and the Chicago Cubs overcame the ejections of John Lackey and Willson Contreras on their way to an 8-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Bryant went deep in the fourth and singled twice in Chicago’s seven-run sixth, helping the NL Central leaders open a big weekend series on a winning note.

The Cubs moved four games ahead of the Cardinals. Milwaukee, which began the day tied with St. Louis, was scheduled to play Miami on Friday night.

Lackey and Contreras were thrown out with Chicago trailing 2-1 in the fifth. But after outscoring the New York Mets 39-14 in a three-game sweep, the Cubs got enough big hits to improve to 9-4 against the Cardinals this year.

Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis. But the Cubs chased Carlos Martinez in the sixth, sending 11 batters to the plate and grabbing an 8-2 lead.

Bryant led off with a single and Chicago poured it on from there.

Alex Avila — who came in for Contreras — drove him in with a single. Jon Jay put Chicago ahead 3-2 with a single to center.

Avila scored when Martinez (11-11) bobbled Javier Baez’s comebacker and bounced the throw to the plate. Matt Bowman came in and gave up a two-run single to Ian Happ, a sacrifice fly to Ben Zobrist and an RBI single by Bryant that made it 8-2.

Lackey and Contreras were tossed after arguing with plate umpire Jordan Baker in the fifth.

The Cardinals had runners on first and second with two out when Lackey screamed at Baker after he called a ball on a 2-2 pitch to Martinez near the knees and outside corner. Martinez lined the next pitch for an RBI single, giving St. Louis a 2-1 lead, and the 38-year-old Lackey screamed again at the umpire as he ran toward the plate.

Contreras also got into it with Baker and slammed his catcher’s mask to the ground. He was restrained by manager Joe Maddon.

Lackey gave up three hits in 4 2/3 innings. Carl Edwards Jr. (4-4) pitched a perfect sixth for the win.

Martinez gave up seven runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.


Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong departed with tightness in his lower back. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh. … CF Dexter Fowler (bruised knee) remained sidelined. He was hurt when he crashed into the wall trying to make a catch against Pittsburgh on Saturday. … RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow) is expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday.

Cubs: SS Addison Russell hopes to return this weekend after being sidelined since Aug. 2 because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. If not, he could be back early next week. Russell is scheduled to work out Saturday. … RHP Jake Arrieta (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session.


The Cubs send RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 3.35 ERA) to the mound while the Cardinals go with RHP Michael Wacha (12-7, 3.99 ERA).

Badgers-BYU pregame notes

Notes, tidbits and stats for Saturdays game between the Wisconsin Badgers and BYU Cougars in Provo, Utah

Notes, tidbits and stats for Saturdays game between the Wisconsin Badgers and BYU Cougars in Provo, Utah:

— This is the third meeting between Wisconsin and BYU with the series tied at 1. BYU won at Camp Randall in 1980 and the Badgers won at home in 2013.

— This is Wisconsin’s first true nonconference road game since 2013 at Arizona State.

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— Under Paul Chryst, Wisconsin is 16-3 when scoring first (1-0 in 2017), 7-3 when the opponent scores first (1-0 in 2017), 13-3 when leading after the first quarter (1-0 in 2017), 3-2 when trailing after the first quarter (1-0 in 2017), 20-2 when leading at halftime (1-0 in 2017), 2-4 when trailing at halftime (0-0 in 2017), 20-2 when leading after the third quarter (2-0 in 2017) and 3-3 when trailing after the third quarter (0-0 in 2017).

— Wisconsin enters Week 3 as one of eight FBS teams yet to allow a point in the second half this season.

— Alex Hornibrook needs 1 passing TD to tie and 2 to pass Tony Jess Cole, Bud Keyes and Tony Lowery for 16th place and 3 to tie and 4 to pass Greg Bohlig for 15th place on UW’s all-time list.

— Troy Fumagalli needs 44 receiving yards to pass Mel Reddick for 18th place, 118 to pass Jacob Pedersen for 17th place and 157 to pass Tim Stracka for 16th place on UW’s all-time list.

— Jazz Peavy needs 144 receiving yards to pass David Gilreath for 25th place on UW’s all-time list.

— Derrick Tindal needs 1 pass breakups to pass Lamarr White, Joey Boese, Roderick Rogers and Darius Hillary for 14th place and 2 to tie Brett Bell for 13th place on UW’s all-time list.

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— Tindall needs 3 passes defensed to tie Troy Vincent, Lamar Campbell, Brett Bell and Aaron Henry for 15th place on UW’s all-time list.

— Rafael Gaglianone needs 8 points to pass P.J. Hill for 9th place on UW’s all-time scoring list.

— Gaglianone needs 4 field goals to tie Taylor Mehlhaff and Rich Thompson for 3rd place on UW’s all-time list.

— Gaglianone needs 1 field-goal attempts to tie and 2 to pass Mike Allen for 5th place and 4 to tie Taylor Mehlhaff for 4th place on UW’s all-time list.

— Gaglianone needs one 50+-yard field goal to join Taylor Mehlhaff and Philip Welch as the only to have three FGs from 50+ in Wisconsin history (Mehlhaff 52, 51, 51; Welch 57, 52, 50; Gaglianone 51, 50).

— Natrell Jamerson needs 1 kick return for a touchdown to tie Ira Matthews and Nick Davis for the most in UW history (2).

NFL Pipeline: Long Beach Poly second among high schools for most active NFL players

The Jack Rabbits got game.

Perennial CIF Southern Section power Long Beach Poly has the second most NFL players in the league according to a recently released NFL survey of the 2017 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters. The Jack Rabbits seven players is second to only St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida with 12.

Of the seven players Long Beach Poly has currently in the NFL, five players are on offense and two are on defense. Wide receiver is the most popular position with three Jack Rabbits currently doing their thing on Sundays including: JuJu Smith-Schuster of Pittsburgh, Kaelin Clay in Buffalo and DeSean Jackson in Tampa Bay.

With their 12 players, St Thomas Aquinas leads the way for the state of Florida, which came in with the most players by state at 212. California was second among states with 191, while Texas takes third with 179 players.

Other notable CIF-SS high schools on the list include Colton High School with five players active in the NFL and Servite High School with four players in the league.

Bradford expected to play Sunday for Vikings despite knee injury

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was limited all week in practice due to a left knee injury.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to play at Pittsburgh despite a knee injury that limited him all week in practice.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Friday he anticipates that Bradford will play Sunday. Bradford was listed as questionable on the injury report.

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Bradford was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance Monday in the opener against New Orleans. He showed no signs of trouble during the game.

ESPN reported that Bradford felt pain and swelling in his left knee that has twice been surgically repaired. The network says he had an MRI test Tuesday that revealed no specific damage. Zimmer declined to confirm the MRI.

Two defensive starters were also listed as questionable: cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hip) and linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring).

Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife Michelle Rounds dead of suicide

Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife Michelle Rounds committed suicide, Fox News confirmed on Friday. She was 46.

Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife Michelle Rounds committed suicide, Fox News confirmed on Friday. She was 46.

O’Donnell told us in a statement, “I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy. Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s family, her wife and their child.”

O’Donnell and Rounds married in June 2012 and divorced in February 2015. They adopted a daughter together but the former “View” co-host reportedly has sole custody of the child.

Rounds’ mother stated in part to TMZ, “… If anyone would like to give to the National Suicide Prevention it would also be greatly appreciated. There are so many out there in this world that have demons that they think suicide is the only way out …”

Back in 2015, Rounds was reportedly hospitalized for a drug overdose after taking too many prescription pills.

Odd ‘away’ series at Miller Park favors Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers gear up for a road series at Miller Park against the Miami Marlins.

It will be an interesting weekend at Miller Park, as the Brewers put on their road uniforms to visit the Marlins for a three-game series.

The series was relocated to Milwaukee after Hurricane Irma struck SouthFlorida last week. Major League Baseball and theMarlins decided to play it safe and pack their bags for a weekend series atMiller Park while their home state recovers from tropical storm damage.

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This situation has now happenedfive times in MLBsince 2010 when a series between the Phillies and Blue Jays was moved to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia because of security concerns at the G20 Summit in Toronto, which was scheduled for the same weekend.

The Reds played host to the Giants at AT&T Park for one game in 2013 in order to make up a rainout from earlier in the year.

In 2015, a home series for the Orioles against the Rays was relocated to Tropicana Field due to civil unrest.

And, by far the most entertaining instance, the Marlins had to move a three-game series in 2011 against the Mariners to Safeco Field because of a scheduling issue with a U2 concert.

Rumors have it that U2 told the Marlins theyd go on with the concert With or Without You.

Teams Playing as Home Team in Opponents Park, Last 5 Instances

June 25-27, 2010 Blue Jays Phillies Citizens Bank Park Phillies won series 2-1
June 24-26, 2011 Marlins Mariners Safeco Field Mariners won series 2-1
July 23, 2013 Reds Giants AT&T Park Giants won game 5-3
May 1-3, 2015 Orioles Rays Tropicana Field “Home team” Orioles won series 2-1
Sept 15-17, 2017 Marlins Brewers Miller Park TBD

Out of the four most recent instances, the relocated “home team” has won a series just once. After losing 2-0 in the opening game, Baltimore went on to beat the Rays 4-0 and 4-2 to take the series.


— Miami started the month of August hot — winning 13 of 16 — but have significantly fallen off, going 2-15 since Aug. 28.

— Expect a lot of first-inning runs to be scored. These two teams are the best at getting out to good starts: The Marlins lead MLB in first-inning runs (112), and the Brewers are tied for second with the Mets (103).

— Zach Davies is knotted with the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw for the league lead in wins (17). The last 20-game winner for the Brewers was Teddy Higuera in 1986. More detail here.

— Eric Thames has gone deep twice in the last two games for Milwaukee. Twenty-seven of his 30 homers in 2017 have come when he’s slotted at theNo. 2 spot in Milwaukee’s lineup. Only Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has more out of the two-spot this year (43).

— Miami right-handed pitcher Jose Urena has nine road wins this year. He could become the first Marlins pitcher to have 10 victories on the road in a single season since Ricky Nolasco in 2010.

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ESPN in ‘crisis mode’ after Trump controversy, according to report

The ongoing controversy surrounding ESPN host Jemele Hill calling President Trump a “white supremacist” continues to build, with the network in “crisis mode” according to a new report.

The ongoing controversy surrounding ESPN host Jemele Hill calling President Trump a “white supremacist” continues to build, with the network in “crisis mode” according to a new report.

Citing “four sources familiar with the situation,” the news website Think Progress reported that “a top executive at ESPN” told Hill to go home on Wednesday and she was spotted in the parking lot when production meetings for her show are typically occurring.

On Thursday, Think Progress reported that ESPN tried to replace Hill with another African-American host for her show on Wednesday evening. However, the network quickly denied the claim, telling media outlets it “never asked any other anchors to do last night’s show. Period.”

Think Progress fired back on Friday with a follow-up story reporting ESPN is in “crisis mode” and its statement was “highly misleading.”

According to the latest Think Progress report, Hill was sent home on Wednesday morning and her co-host, Michael Smith, refused to do the show without her. ESPN then reached out to several anchors to check their availability to host the edition of “SportsCenter” that is typically anchored by Hill and Smith – but eventually decided to let the show go on without sidelining Hill.

Think Progress says ESPN’s original statement “can be regarded as true, only if you accept the fine distinction between asking other anchors to ‘do last night’s show’ and asking the same anchors if they are available to do the show.”

An ESPN spokesman declined comment on the report when reached by Fox News.

The turmoil started earlier this week when Hill, an outspoken liberal, tweeted anti-Trump rhetoric that has been a hot topic at back-to-back White House Press briefings.

“Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists,” Hill wrote. She called him “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.” She also called Trump a “bigot,” and “unqualified and unfit to be president.” She even added: “If he were not white, he never would have been elected.”

On Friday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reiterated that she thinks Hill’s comments are a “fireable offense” but made it clear that it’s her job to make that type of decision. Trump himself even chimed in on Friday morning, mocking ESPN on Twitter and asking for an apology.

“ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers,” Trump wrote. “Apologize for untruth!”

Meanwhile, Hill has tweeted that she regrets painting ESPN in an “unfair light” but stands by her comments about the president – which have not been deleted. She has refused to apologize, according to Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News.

Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

Stephen Colbert’s controversial Trump comments

Comedian Stephen Colbert may crack a few jokes at President Trump’s expense when he hosts the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Stephen Colbert may crack a few jokes at President Donald Trump’s expense on Sunday when he hosts the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

“We are storytellers: The story we are telling is what happened on television this year,” he told Variety in a story published this week. “It’s not a political monologue, but you can’t keep politics out of it, because politics was the biggest TV story this year.”

“The Late Show” host has frequently criticized the president — but not everyone has found his quips funny. Below are some notable remarks Colbert has made about Trump.

“Homophobic” remark — May 2017

Colbert came under fire after making a lewd joke about Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As part of a May 1 episode, Colbert included clips of Trump speaking with CBS journalist John Dickerson. In one, Trump said that he refers to “Face the Nation” as “Deface the Nation.”


“Mr. Trump, your presidency? I love your presidency. I call it ‘Disgrace the Nation,’” Colbert said, launching into a rant.

He eventually made a R-rated joke about Putin and Trump that was accused of being homophobic, with critics using the hashtag #FireColbert on Twitter.

Colbert addressed the issue on the show May 3, explaining he had been “a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine.”

“So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” he said. “Now, I’m not going to repeat the phrase. But I just want to say, for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is, to me, an American hero. And I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that — nothing else but that.”

Complaints over the May 1 broadcast poured into the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which said later that month that it had reviewed them and would not take action.

“Apology” to Trump — June 2017

Colbert offered an “apology” as part of a June 26 episode.

The remark came after Trump had tweeted about alleged Russian meddling.

“There is no collusion & no obstruction,” Trump said in a tweet. “I should be given apology!”

“I’m a big enough man to apologize,” Colbert said. “And I believe I speak for the majority of Americans when I say this: I’m sorry you’re president.”

The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017

..under a magnifying glass, they have zero “tapes” of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017

“Crazy but cruel” — July 2017

In a July 26 episode, Colbert criticized Trump’s ban on transgender military service members, which he wrote about in a series of tweets.

“I began my day today like I often begin my days by checking Donald Trump’s Twitter feed to see how far the crazy has spread,” Colbert said. “And today, I really think he’s off his meds. Because, today, he went from crazy to cruel.”

Colbert also criticized Trump’s “Thank you” note that concluded the series of tweets.

“Thank you?” he said. “F— you!”

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

….victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

“What the hell are you talking about?” — August 2017

In an Aug. 15 show, Colbert tore into remarks Trump made earlier that day at a press conference in New York City. At the event, Trump spoke about violence that erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

“I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either,” Trump told reporters at the time.

“The only thing I’m doubting right now is whether you’re going to be president on Friday,” Colbert said. “Because what the hell are you talking about?”

Imitating Trump’s voice, he continued, “You know, one side hates minorities, the other side hates people who hate minorities. OK? Two sides. All right? It’s just like D-Day. Remember D-Day? Two sides. Allies and the Nazis. There was a lot of violence on both sides, OK?’”

Hurricane Harvey comments — September 2017

Colbert spoke about the powerful storm in a Sept. 5 show, urging people to donate and praising relief workers. The joker called the hurricane “an unprecedented disaster,” and looked to his side, asking if the statement was correct.

“Speaking of unprecedented disasters,” he said, “Donald Trump.”

During the bit, Colbert repeated a passage from a Politico report which said the president “didn’t meet a single storm victim, see an inch of rain or get near a flooded street” during a late August trip to Corpus Christi, Texas.


“The president wants to be very cautious about making sure that any activity doesn’t disrupt the recovery efforts that are still ongoing,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had said.

Trump’s early September trip to Texas was eventually brought up. While Colbert poked fun at how the president handed a bucket to a truck driver through a window — instead of putting it in the truck bed — he skipped over Trump meeting with victims.

Hitler salute — September 2017

Colbert spoke about the president and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in a Sept. 7 episode.

He played a clip of Bannon telling “60 Minutes” about how he defended Trump after the president commented on Charlottesville.

“I was the only guy that said, ‘He’s talking about something, taking it up to a higher level,’” Bannon said in the bit shown by Colbert.

“Yeah, he’s definitely taking it to a higher level,” Colbert quipped. “I’d say his support is about uh, about up there,” he said, doing a Nazi salute. “Right around here.”

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

‘Growing Pains’ star Joanna Kerns underwent a double mastectomy after breast cancer diagnosis

Joanna Kerns is opening up about her double mastectomy after a scary breast cancer diagnosis.

Joanna Kerns is opening up about her double mastectomy after a scary breast cancer diagnosis.

The 64-year-old actress, best known for starring as Maggie Malone Seaver on “Growing Pains,” was recently “given an all clear” after the surgery.

“Had I not caught my cancer this early on, I would have had to have a year of chemotherapy, and because of the reoccurrence and aggressiveness of this particular type of cancer, which was non-invasive HER2, I chose to do the mastectomy,” Kerns told People Magazine Friday.

In November 2016, the star was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive, stage zero cancer trapped inside the milk ducts. She received the shocking news during a routine mammography screening. After two lumpectomies, Kerns chose to have a double mastectomy in December.

“What was really interesting about this process is that breast cancer does not run in my family,” she explained. “I have been vigilant about screenings and exams, except this time I had missed a couple of years in there due to work and family issues, and suddenly I turn around, and it’s two years later, and I hadn’t done it and I have cancer — it was quite shocking.”

Just one week after Kern’s mastectomy, Alan Thicke, who played her husband Jason Seaver on ABC’s hit sitcom, died from a heart attack at age 69.

“Growing Pains” aired from 1985 until 1992.

“It was so devastating,” said Kerns. “It was just a very, very hard time. I did go to the memorial four weeks out, and I was very happy to see my whole cast and my producers and dear friends.”

These days, Kerns is feeling great again and has followed a “whole-food, plant-based diet” to stay healthy.

“Today, I take care of myself and I’m vigilant — and I’m working out!” she said. “[My husband and I] went to Scotland and I played golf for nine days.”

Badgers defense looks to feast on struggling BYU offense

The Wisconsin Badgers go for win No. 3 on the year as they travel to Utah to face BYU

PROVO, Utah — Wisconsin hasn’t been tested so far this season, and this week could be more of the same when the No. 10 Badgers face a BYU team with a meager offense.

The Cougars rank 125th in total offense and may be without starting quarterback Tanner Mangum.

BYU coaches declined to answer questions about Mangum’s health or if he practiced. Neither he nor backup Beau Hoge was available to the media this week.

“I can’t say anything right now,” BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer said. “We’ll just kind of see what happens come Saturday.”

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The Badgers rank No. 19 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 24 points so far. They are 19-3 under coach Paul Chryst when allowing 20 points or less. BYU has allowed 46 points and scored just 13 combined points in two games, including a shutout by No. 12 LSU. The Cougars were held to -5 rushing yards against the Tigers and failed to cross midfield. They also lost 19-13 to Utah.

Detmer said there wouldn’t be a change in the offensive scheme under a different quarterback, but they always tailor things to the strengths of players on the field. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hoge is considered more mobile than Mangum, who’s a traditional pocket passer.

“They run a real similar offense to what we run here,” Wisconsin defensive end Alec James said. “Going against our offense in camp has helped us. We’ll be ready for them. They do a great job with what they run and we’ll just have to be ready for them.”

Other things to watch when BYU hosts Wisconsin:

ON THE RUN: Freshman running back Jonathan Taylor has had quite the start to his college career, including 223 yards and three scores on 26 carries last week against Florida Atlantic. He boasts the kind of power, speed and big-play potential that the Badgers haven’t had in the backfield in a few seasons. Now he’ll be playing in his first college road game. It’s also unclear whether Wisconsin will have sophomore Bradrick Shaw back after he missed the Florida Atlantic game with a right leg injury. Regardless, Wisconsin already has good depth in the backfield with Taylor and junior Chris James, who rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries last week.

ON GUARDS: The effectiveness of the run game though might be affected by the health of the offensive line. LG Jon Dietzen and RG Beau Benzschawel were each listed as questionable this week with right leg injuries. Micah Kapoi, a junior who has started 13 games in his career, would probably slide in at left guard if Dietzen can’t go. But Chryst would decide between a pair of sophomores at right guard if Benzschawel sits out. Either Jason Erdmann or David Moorman would make their first career start.

JACOBS’ RISE: Leon Jacobs is off to a fast start in his return to outside linebacker. The athletic senior was shuffled to other positions earlier in his career before returning to the edge to start opposite Garrett Dooley. Jacobs leads the Big Ten with four tackles for losses.

HOLDING DOWN THE FORT: The BYU defense has been the bright spot for the Cougars. The unit ranks No. 39 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 17.3 points per game. They allowed Utah in the end zone just once in seven red zone trips last week. Linebacker Fred Warner is tied for No. 8 in the country with 26 tackles and defensive end Sione Takitaki has four tackles for loss, two sacks and two quarterback hurries.

“You hate to praise one and then just crap on the other one, but let’s be honest (the defense) has been doing really good,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said.

RB ROTATION: BYU went into the season with a running-back-by-committee approach after losing all-time leading rusher Jamaal Williams to the Green Bay Packers. Junior Squally Canada started the first two games, but had just one carry against Utah last week. Junior Kavika Fonua started and had a team-high eight carries last week, but managed just 22 yards. There’s optimism that 6-1, 255-pound Ula Tolutau is healthy. He rushed five times for 25 yards and a touchdown against the Utes.