Best 15 Minutes in Sports—Friday

Posted by on April 3rd, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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(NFL)

Patriots…Owner Robert Kraft sends team 757-jet to China to pick up (1.4M) N-95 masks purchased from China…Jet landed in Alaska then flew to Boston on way home…Governor of Massachusetts made deal to obtain the masks….Kraft has purchased 500,000 additional masks to be donated to New York City hospitals.

Jacksonville…Former Jaguars OT-Tony Boselli released from hospital after 5-days in ICU at Mayo Clinic for serious virus attack.

Baltimore…Ravens order QB-Lamar Jackson to stop private workouts with Antonio Brown-Hollywood Brown in Florida…was violating state self-isolation guidelines.
Dallas..QB-Dak Prescott criticized for working out with WRs and 5-players huddling together in violation of social distancing

NFL…Medical officials criticize league for draft day plans…that War Rooms of 10-people are safe to be in at this time-violated social distancing

NFL…approves video conferencing with teams coaches and players to provide offseason classroom work for players isolated at home.

NFL…Competition Committee says it supports use of Sky Judge for each officiating crew….Will ask owners to vote on rule change on May 19th….Owners may drop the coaches challenge for Pass Interference.

NFL…Lead physician Dr. Allen Sills contradicts NFL lawyer Jeff Pash who said “NFL was ready to play full schedule with stadiums full of fans”…..Sills said ‘can’t subscribe to full season…virus has to stop spreading…have to test everyone…have to have vaccine”

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(Roster Moves)

Cowboys…Sign FA-DE-Aldon Smith….ex-Raiders-49ers..has been on NFL suspension since 2016 season for drug violations and arrests…Smith has applied for reinstatement….had 47-sacks-56-games.

Lions..Sign FA-CB-Daryl Roberts-ex Jets
Seattle..Sign FA-DE-Benson Mayowa-ex Raiders

Raiders..cancel FA-contract with CB-Eli Apple-ex Saints-failed physical.

Giants..terminate negotiations with LB-Marcus Golden
Vikings…open talks with FA-CB-Dre Kirkpatrick-ex Bengals

Raiders..Re-sign OG-Jordan Devery.
Tampa Bay..Re-sign QB-Blaine Gabbert
Titans…RB-Derrick Henry signs Franchise Tag contract (10.2M)
Rams..Re-sign OT-Andrew Whitworth (3Y-30M)

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(College Football)

Alabama….NFL sets up ‘medical recheck’ with QB-Tua Tagavailoa-Independent doctors says ‘recovery is complete’….All 32-teams were allowed access to question what they wanted…Medical report given to all teams.

Oregon..Lands QB-Anthony Brown-transfer Boston College.
South Florida..Lands QB-Noah Johnson-transfer Alcorn State

Houston..Former 4-year starting S-Earl Foster killed-girlfriend critically wounded in incident at gas station in East Houston.

LSU…Coach Ed Ogeron confirms filing for divorce from wife of 23-years.

Iowa State….Announces all coaches-staff members will take paycuts this year…saving Cyclones 4M in salaries.

Wyoming…AD-Tom Burman announces he is taking payout to help financially strapped Cowboys program.

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……………(Baseball)………………

Padres…Release SS-Rudy Giron-longtime minor league prospect….hit (.217-.197) at stops in Lake Elsinore-Amarillo..

Padres..Send hi priced minor league prospects P-Adrian Morejon and OF-Jorge Ona back to start minor league season in Amarillo in AA-ball.

Dodgers..Send OF-Luke Radley…P-Yadier Alvarez to AAA-Oklahoma City to start season.

Angels…Send P-Ryan Buchter..P-Luke Bard to start season in AAA-Salt Lake City.
Angels..Release SS-Roberto Baldaquin….hi priced Cuban prospect-struggled for 5Y-in farm system…hit only (.232) in AA last year….Halos spent 14M to sign him.

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(Roster Moves)

Mariners..Release P-Cody Anderson.
Yankees..Release P-David Hale
Reds..Release P-Junichi Tawaza…P-Chris Volstad
Giants..Release P-Jerry Blevins..P-Brandon Guyer.

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(Injury)

Texas…Lose pitching prospect James Jones for season-tears patella tendon in knee in fall at home doing off season workouts.

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(MLB)

Yankees..P-Masahiro Tanaka….feeling ‘unsafe’ in both Florida and New York returns home to Japan.

Cardinals…Front office employee tests positive for virus

Cardinals..Former player Jim Edmonds-released from hospital-had pneumonia and virus.

White Sox…Broadcaster-Ed Farmer-passes away (70) kidney failure-had been ill for years…Pitched for 8-teams in 11-years including Indians-Phillies-Tigers.

Giants..Pledge additional 700,000 for workers at their stadium during shutdown…Had already agreed to 1M-donation…will help 2300-total fulltime-part time employees.

Houston…MLB confirms the 1-year suspensions of former GM-Jeff Luhnow and Manager AJ Hinch will end at conclusion of World Series this fall…..If no games are played at all this year, they will be reinstated and eligible to work in 2021 season.

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………………..(Basketball)………………..

NYKnicks…Reports they want permission to interview 76ers GM-Elton Brand for front office job with Knicks.

76ers…C-Al Horvid donates 500,000 to Cover fund in Dominican Republic.

NBA….Negiating to rent 2-sighs in Las Vegas….Thomas & Mack and Cox Arena, to stage NBA playoffs this summer…..NBA studying plan to bring all playoff teams in to play games in Las Vegas….No decision yet whether fans will be allowed to attend games.

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……………(Hockey)…………….

Ducks…The Samueli Family commits to pay 2100 employees who work for NHL team-AHL Gulls-Honda Center-their various ice rinks-and restaurants thru June 30th.

East Coast Hockey League….26-teams in league inform 400-minor league players there will be no further paychecks coming to them with the cancellation of rest of season.

NY Rangers..Sign F-Justin Richards-Minnesota Duluth (25P)
Chicago..Sign F-Andrei Altybarmaykan-Sochi-KHL-Russia
Columbus..Sign D-Tim Berni-Zurich-Swiss League
Detroit..Sign Alex Kadeykin-F-Ulaev-KHL-Russia (40P-50Games)
Toronto..Sign D-Filip Karal-Spokane Chiefs-WHL

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……………(General)…………….

Golf Digest…Reports Royal & Ancient will cancel the British Open scheduled for July 16th in Sandwich, England….R&A says there are talks to possibly moved the 149th Open to a fall date.

USGA….May be looking to move the US Open from Winged Foot in June and play it later in the year because of the virus…..Talking to Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach about a possible October date.

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