Sports Tonight: Pete Rose is too slimy for teams to associate with

Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green, center, is hugged by Coach Ruben Amaro, left, and congratulated by first baseman Pete Rose, right, after the Phillies won the National League Championship Series in Houston on Sunday, Oct. 13, 1980.

MLB and the NFL, NBA and NHL make championship t-shirts for both teams playing for a championship or any playoff moment that might elicit quick purchases fueled by celebration.

For nearly 20 years, instead of destroying the shirts of the teams that fell short, the leagues have donated them to charities, which distribute them to impoverished people in other countries.

Tonight, when the Phillies play the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park (7:05; TV: CSN; radio: 94 WIP), they planned on handing out bobblehead dolls of Pete Rose as part of the weekend ceremony of his induction onto their Wall of Fame. Last week, however, a story broke that Rose had been accused of statutory rape by a woman who claimed she had an ongoing sexual relationship with him in the 1970s while she was underage. Rose, who was married with children at the time, did not deny the relationship but said he believed she was 16, making her less than half his age but of legal age in Ohio.

The Phillies wisely decided to rescind Rose’s induction and canceled the related activities.

Bobbleheads, unfortunately, aren’t much use to people who struggle to get clothing, shelter and food. The Phillies reportedly plan to destroy the 35,000 Rose dolls.

Camera icon ap
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a one-handed catch during training camp Tuesday in East Rutherford, N.J.

The dollars are all about numbers

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was right when he said, “You watch people in the NBA, and it’s crazy what they get.”

It’s also crazy what people in Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and, yes, even the National Football League get.

That’s just the cost of sports entertainment these days.

Of course, Beckham Jr. wasn’t complaining about NBA salaries in comparison to average workers’, just to those of NFL players – of whom he wants to be the highest paid.

When OBJ looks at the two sidelines tonight when his New York Giants play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a preseason game at 7 on the NFL Network and sees nearly 200 players vying for 106 roster spots, he’ll know why there’s such a discrepancy.

The maximum NBA roster size is 17 players. The individual pieces of a pie cut 17 ways are much larger than one sliced 53 ways.

Camera icon AP
Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby (28) defends the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Allen Robinson (15) during a game in November.

What I’m reading

Staff columnist David Murphy says the trade with Buffalo for cornerback Ronald Darby gives the Eagles the speed they lacked in the secondary.

The most interesting part of any first preseason game is how the rookies played. Staff writer Jeff McLane breaks down the performance of top pick Derek Barnett and others against Green Bay.

The cornerback position has been the biggest question mark at Eagles training camp. Staff writer Les Bowen gives mixed reviews on how the CBs fared in the preseason opener.

Considering their record, it’s obvious that the Phillies don’t have a lot of great players, but staff writer Matt Gelb wonders if they have any “first-division” regulars.

With the NFL suspending Dallas All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games, the Eagles picked up their first win of the season.  Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Columnist says it’s business as usual for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

For decades, the aura of Notre Dame football cast as big a shadow over college football as any program. At cbssports.com, college football insider Dennis Dodd discusses the continued decline in stature of the once-mighty Irish.

Mike Krzyzewski is 70 years old with a growing history of surgeries. Luke DeCock at newsobserver.com ponders how long his body will allow Coach K to remain at Duke.

The riff

Maybe it’s just me, but we’d be better off if every adult who coached kids realized that he or she was working with children.

On Thursday in Farmington, N.Y., Joshua Mileto, 16, was killed when he and some teammates on the Sachem East High football team were doing a “team-building” drill patterned after one designed for U.S. Navy SEALS. The players were carrying a log described as being about 12 feet long with the diameter of a utility pole. Two players fell, and the log ended up striking Mileto in the head.

No coach anticipated a tragic accident, but this exercise was designed for SEALS, who along with Army Rangers are trained to be the elite fighting forces in the world. Only 6 percent of applicants meet the qualifications to try to become SEALS. Then only 1 in 4 candidates finish the training program.

Should a 16-year-old be doing a SEALS drill to get ready to play high school football?

Tonight’s schedule

TV/Radio

Baseball
Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m. (CSN; WIP-FM 94.1, WNPV-AM 1440)
Red Sox at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

NFL Preseason
Steelers at Giants, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
49ers at Chiefs (joined in progress), 10 p.m. (NFL Network)

Golf
U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, 6 p.m. (FS1)

Tennis
ATP: Rogers Cup, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Auto Racing
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup: Michigan 400 qualifying, 5 p.m. (NBC-SN)

Little League Baseball
World Series, 5, 7, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Diving
U.S. Championships, 9 p.m. (NBC-SN)

Track & Field
World Championships, 11 p.m., 5 a.m. Saturday (NBC-SN)

WNBA
Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)

Local Events

Baseball
Phillies vs. Mets, 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park

Minor League Baseball
Charlotte at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m.

Harness Racing
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, Chester, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule

TV/Radio

Baseball
Pirates at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Red Sox at Yankees, 4 p.m. (FS1)
Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m. (NBC10; WIP-FM 94.1, WNPV-AM 1440)
Cubs at Diamondbacks, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Padres at Dodgers (joined in progress), 11 p.m. (MLB Network)

NFL Preseason
Cowboys at Rams, 9 p.m. (NFL Network)

Golf
PGA Championship, 11 a.m. (TNT); 2 p.m. (CBS3)
U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, 7 p.m. (FS1)

Tennis
WTA: Rogers Cup, 1 p.m., 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
ATP: Rogers Cup, 3 p.m., 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Soccer
Premier League: Watford vs. Liverpool, 7:30 a.m. (NBC-SN)
Premier League: Everton vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. (CNBC)
Premier League: Chelsea vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. (NBC-SN)
Premier League: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Manchester City, 12:30 p.m. (NBC10)
NWSL: Boston Breakers at Washington Spirit, 3:30 p.m. (LIFE)
MLS: Montreal Impact at Union, 8 p.m. (CSN)
MLS: New York City FC at Los Angeles Galaxy, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

Auto Racing
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup: Michigan 400 practice, 8:30 a.m. (CNBC)
NASCAR Trucks: LTI Printing 200 qualifying, 9:30 a.m. (FS1); race at 1 p.m. (FS1; WNPV-AM 1440)
NASCAR Xfinity: Mid-Ohio Challenge qualifying, noon (CNBC); race at 3:30 p.m. (NBC-SN; WNPV-AM 1440)
Red Bull Global RallyCross Series from Atlantic City, 5 p.m. (NBC10)

Little League Baseball
World Series, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Track & Field
World Championships, 3 p.m. (NBC10)

Horse Racing
Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, 6:30 p.m. (NBC-SN)

Cycling
Colorado Classic, 1:30 a.m. Sunday (NBC-SN)

Local Events

Baseball
Phillies vs. Mets, 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park

Soccer
Union vs. Montreal Impact, 8:05 p.m., Talen Energy Stadium

Arena Football
Soul vs. Baltimore Brigade, 4:05 p.m., Wells Fargo Center

Minor League Baseball
Charlotte at Lehigh Valley, 6:35 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule

TV/Radio

Baseball
Indians at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (TBS)
Mets at Phillies, 1:30 p.m. (CSN; WIP-FM 94.1)
Cubs at Diamondbacks, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Red Sox at Yankees, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

NFL Preseason
Lions at Colts, 1:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
Seahawks at Chargers, 8 p.m. (NFL Network)

Golf
PGA Championships, 11 a.m. (TNT); 2 p.m. (CBS3)
U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, 4 p.m. (FS1)

Tennis
WTA: Rogers Cup, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
ATP: Rogers Cup, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

Soccer
Premier League: Newcastle vs. Tottenham, 8:30 a.m. (NBC-SN)
Premier League: Manchester United vs. West Ham, 11 a.m. (NBC-SN)
Supercupa de Espana: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Auto Racing
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup: Michigan 400, 3 p.m. (NBC-SN; WNPV-AM 1440)
Red Bull Global RallyCross Series from Atlantic City, 4:30 p.m. (NBC10)

Cycling
Colorado Classic, 8:30 p.m. (NBC-SN)

Track & Field
World Championships, 2:30 p.m. (NBC10)

CFL
British Columbia Lions at Saskatchewan Roughriders, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

WNBA
Los Angeles Sparks at New York Liberty, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)

Local Events

Baseball
Phillies vs. Mets, 1:35 p.m., Citizens Bank Park

Minor League Baseball
Charlotte at Lehigh Valley, 1:35 p.m.

Harness Racing
Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, 12:40 p.m., Chester