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  • Report: Chances of 2020 MLB Season Happening 'Pretty Close to Zero'

    05/28/2020 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 5/28/20 | Rob Goldberg
    At least one player thinks there won't be a 2020 MLB season as players and owners dispute over money. Jon Heyman of MLB Network discussed a recent call between the league and the players association Thursday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria (via Ryan Hannable of WEEI), relaying a message from someone involved. "The call was last night. I was getting texts. I got a text from a player—and I think they are going to get a deal, I think they are going to work it out. I can't believe they are going to blow it up over economics. But, from...
  • Reopening Sports: ‘Real Sports’ Bryant Gumbel On “Greed” Fueled Pro Leagues Wanting To Start Up Amidst COVID-19 Realities & Second Wave Worries

    05/26/2020 6:27:53 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Deadline ^ | May 26, 2020 | Dominic Patten
    “Any quick history lesson about how owners in sports have acted over time, how they’ve interacted with communities and governments and public coffers and everything else will tell you that greed dictates basically whatever they try to do,” Bryant Gumbel bluntly says of the motivation behind leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL to get their players back in action from the coronavirus lockdown of the past two months. “I think they view athletes as commodities to get them to an end,” the host of HBO’s Real Sports added. Never one to play it safe over the 25-seasons...
  • NHL plans to return with 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs

    05/26/2020 2:30:50 PM PDT · by airborne · 70 replies
    NHL website ^ | 5/26/2020 | Tom Gulitt
    The NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on Tuesday with the Stanley Cup Playoffs that will include 24 teams. The tournament will begin with a 16-team, eight-series Qualifying Round and a Seeding Round Robin among the top four teams in each conference to determine seeds for the First Round. The NHL paused the regular season March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and it will not be completed. The 12 qualifying teams from the Eastern and Western conferences were determined by points percentage as of that date. Seven teams did not qualify. "I want to make clear that...
  • Turner: 'The Match' was most-watched golf event in cable history

    05/26/2020 11:10:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 25, 2020 | Jason Owens
    The sports void is real. Those figuring out how to fill it are reaping the rewards. After ESPN announced record viewership numbers for its 10-part Michael Jordan series “The Last Dance,” Turner Sports recorded similar ratings for a golf exhibition. The network group announced on Monday that Sunday’s airing of “The Match” drew an average of 5.8 million viewers, rivaling ratings recorded by “The Last Dance,” the most-watched documentary in ESPN history. At its peak, 6.3 million people tuned in. Those ratings set a record for a cable golf telecast, according to Turner Sports. That means more people tuned in...
  • Eddie Sutton, legendary college basketball coach, dies at 84

    05/26/2020 6:00:15 AM PDT · by Category Four · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | May 24, 2020 | Wayne Sterling, Dakin Andone
    Eddie Sutton, the first college basketball coach to lead four different schools to the NCAA tournament, died on Saturday, his family said in a statement. He was 84. Sutton's family said he passed away at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, due to natural causes, surrounded by his sons and their families. His wife of 54 years, Patsy, died in 2013. Sutton -- a four-time National Coach of the Year -- was one of nine honorees to be elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in April. He will be inducted posthumously, along with legend Kobe Bryant, on August 29. His...
  • Moment of Glory: Bert Jones, Johnny Unitas' Colts replacement, won an MVP and became a Bill Belichick favorite

    05/26/2020 3:20:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 18, 2020 | Frank Schwab
    Bert Jones is looking around his office at the lumber company he has owned for decades, searching for signs a former NFL star runs the place. There aren’t many. There’s a picture of him in a Baltimore Colts uniform, at training camp with his son. And a Sports Illustrated cover on the wall. “It’s a neat picture,” Jones said, narrating the scene over the phone.
  • "The Fallen Soldier" video from Prager University on the meaning of Memorial Day

    05/25/2020 7:31:38 PM PDT · by MAGA2017 · 2 replies
    Prager University ^ | 05/18/2020
    If you haven't seen this already I hope you will watch this video from Prager University on the meaning of Memorial Day
  • America's empty highways have reignited the Cannonball Run Challenge, apparently. (Record broken 7 times in 5 weeks!)

    05/25/2020 5:06:22 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 31 replies
    The A.V. Club ^ | May 22, 2020 | Dan Neilan
    The highways and byways of America have been eerily quiet over the past several weeks thanks to responsible citizens doing their best to remain indoors and limit unnecessary travel. Meanwhile, a small group of highly irresponsible drivers have taken these open stretches of asphalt as a sign that they should drive as fast as possible from one coast to the other. That’s right, it’s high time to revive the Cannonball Run Challenge, which you may remember from that cruddy Burt Reynolds comedy. In a recent video, former Cannonball Run record holder and éminence grise Ed Bolian reported that, over the...
  • Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin likes idea of incentivizing Rooney Rule

    05/25/2020 1:25:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    ESPN ^ | May 25, 2020 | Brooke Pryor
    Mike Tomlin likes the discussion around an incentivized minority hiring process in the NFL. On "Coffee with Cal," hosted by Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, on Monday morning, the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach said he likes the idea of a change to the Rooney Rule that rewards teams for hiring minority candidates.
  • 'The Match' gave us a once-in-a-lifetime combination of sports greatness

    05/25/2020 7:51:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 25, 2020 | Dan Agnew
    It’s not every day you get two GOATs in the same round of golf. “The Match: Champions for Charity” featured Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. Outside of Manning, who retired from the NFL five years ago, the other three are still active in their sports and among the most accomplished athletes of all time. There were a combined eight Super Bowl rings and 20 major championships in Sunday’s foursome. Talk about legendary.
  • Ace Speedway Jammed With Fans Not Social Distancing or Wearing Masks (North Carolina racefans tell Roy Cooper where to stick it)

    05/25/2020 6:12:53 AM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 48 replies
    TMZ ^ | May 24, 2020
    Thousands of people packed into Ace Speedway in North Carolina Saturday ... and it's a vision of coronavirus. Check out the pics ... most people aren't wearing masks as they squeezed in like sardines to watch the race. Around 4,000 fans paid $15 a pop in rural Alamance County. Only around 1 in 10 folks were wearing masks.
  • NBA Great and Georgetown Coach Patrick Ewing tests positive for coronavirus: ‘I’ll be fine and we will all get through this’

    05/23/2020 9:44:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 05/23/2020 | By HOWARD FENDRICH
    <p>Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.</p> <p>"This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly," the Hall of Famer as a player for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks in the NBA said in a statement issued by the university. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine and we will all get through this."</p>
  • Jerry Sloan, coaching great of the NBA Utah Jazz glory days, dies at 78

    05/23/2020 9:31:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/23/2020 | Tim Reynolds
    Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring. He never wanted the spotlight. “This is pretty tough for me,” Sloan said that night. Talking about himself, that wasn’t easy. But basketball, he always made that seem simple. Sloan, who spent 23 years as coach of the Utah Jazz and took the team to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, died Friday at 78. The team said that for four years he had...
  • Two NFL players face armed-robbery charges in Florida

    05/21/2020 7:28:44 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 14 replies
    SFGate ^ | 5/14/2020 | Staff
    Police in Miramar, Fla., are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party, authorities said Thursday. Police issued arrest warrants for both men on four counts each of armed robbery with a firearm. Baker, a 2019 first-round pick who started 15 games last season, faces an additional four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Baker, 22, and Dunbar, 27, were attending a cookout at a Miramar home Wednesday night when a fight broke out, and Baker pulled out a handgun,...
  • NASCAR lineup at Darlington: Starting order, pole for Toyota 500 without qualifying (tonight @ 6pm on FS1)

    05/20/2020 8:58:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Sporting News via MSN ^ | 5/20/20 | Jordan Greer
    **SNIP** Unlike a typical race, the Toyota 500 will not have a qualifying run. The starting lineup will be based on the finishing order from The Real Heroes 400 with one inversion, per NASCAR: Starting positions 1-20: The top 20 finishers from The Real Heroes 400 will be inverted for the start of the Toyota 500. Starting positions 21-40: The bottom 20 finishers from The Real Heroes 400 will start from their finishing positions for the start of the Toyota 500; any new entries will be placed at the tail of the field. Ryan Preece, who finished 20th on Sunday,...
  • NFL Minority Hire Competitive Edge Explained (Satire)

    05/19/2020 2:39:39 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 2 replies
    5/19/20 | RetiredTexasVet
    The NFL minority hire competitive edge rules change will change the sport dramatically. Before each game, each team will have its minority hire competitive edge points (MHCEP) determined. The team's MHCEPs will be compared and the difference will be awarded to the team with the largest MHCEP. For example: Team A MHCEP = 25, Team B MHCEP = 43, so Team B is awarded 18 points at the start of the game. (Team B = 18, Team A = 0) The number of points per position, the positions eligible for points and the specific minorities are contained in the MHCEP...
  • Tom Hamilton makes epic call

    05/19/2020 4:49:34 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 6 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 5/18/20 | Cliff Pinckard
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Indians play-by-play announcer Tom Hamilton is keeping his skills sharp for the potential return of baseball, turning his attention to the inside-the-park homer of 18-month-old Cleveland resident J.J. It’s episode 3 of the “Home With Hammy” online series.
  • Most Unlikely Homerun Ever! 75 Year Old Luke Appling's Home Run in Old Timers Game in D.C. 1982

    05/18/2020 3:37:23 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2016 | youtube
    A brief break for the insanity of current life. 75 Year Old Luke Appling's Home Run in Old Timers Game in Washington D.C. 1982 2 Video Here.
  • South Korean football club apologizes for filling stands with 'sex dolls'

    05/18/2020 12:18:07 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 23 replies
    CNN Sports ^ | May 18, 2020 | Jack Guy
    South Korean football team FC Seoul has apologized after fans accused the club of using sex dolls to fill empty stands at its second game of the K League season. On Sunday, the club played at home against Gwangju in South Korea's top football championship, which was due to start on February 29 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fans were barred from the ground as part of measures to prevent the spread of infection, but those watching online noticed something off-color about the mannequins drafted in to fill the stands. Some of the figures were holding signs...
  • Coronavirus football: FC Seoul apologises for 'sex dolls' in stands

    05/18/2020 10:34:37 AM PDT · by xp38 · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 18 2020 | BBC
    It is a challenge for sports leagues across the world - if play can only resume in empty stadiums, how can the atmosphere be improved? However, not many clubs will be rushing to follow the example of FC Seoul. The top-flight South Korean side has apologised after fans accused them of using sex dolls in the stands. FC Seoul insisted they were "premium mannequins" rather than sex dolls - but did admit they came from a supplier that produces sex toys. And some of the dolls were holding signs advertising x-rated websites - despite pornography being banned in South Korea....