Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Friday

Posted by on May 15th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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Padres….Begin layoffs-furloughs of employees…Sources at least 110 of 230-Padres staff at Petco Park leave building on Friday….Some may be recalled once baseball returns and others to be added back if fans are allowed to attend games….Ownership had paid employees during 5-pay periods thru this weekend…..Team will continue healthcare for furloughed employees till December 31st.

Padres…Owner Ron Fowler joined Commissioner Rob Manfred for digital power point presentation of 80-page proposal to Union Chiefs Tony Clark to discuss the ‘Return to Baseball’ protocols.  Both sides expected to spend next 3-weeks negotiating for spring training camps to reopen by mid-June.

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(MLB)

MLB….Owners propose to buy Corona Virus-Test Kits for each team…Baseball staffs will be tested 2X-per week with results in 24-hours….Will also adapt ‘Contact Testing’….MLB contracts with Utah Lab for the testing protocols to test total 3,000-people in baseball weekly.

MLB…Commissioner Rob Manfred tells CNN that if no baseball is played this because of the virus-owners will collectively lose 4B this season alone…If baseball is played without fans, it will cost each team 150M per club in local revenue….Critical baseball get to expanded playoffs-worth 1B in revenue.

Tampa Bay….P-Blake Snell says ‘Won’t play at reduced salary…We are taking all the risks….I gotta get my money.”

Houston….Longtime manager Art Howe in ICU-Unit Hospital with serious problems from corona virus…is (73Y)

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……………..(Football)………………..

(NFL)

NFL…Sends out memos to Team Presidents about possibility of reopening all team facilities on June 1st…..Indicates will be ‘All-or-Nothing’….all facilities have to open together….

NFL…Video Conference next Monday with Team Health officials to discuss protocols for handling operation of team facilities….testing…bleaching.

NFL…Ready to announce dates of NFL preseason games in August even though not sure games will be played because of state regulations.

NBC….Runs poll of NFL fans in LA on debut of Rams-Chargers new uniforms.
..Rams fans (75%) dislike uniforms…had (29,275) take part.
..Chargers fans (86%) approve Powder Blues..only (8,765) voted

Rams..NBC reports Owner Stan Kroenke has asked for additional 500M-loan from NFL-G Funds, on top of 400M already received, because of cost over-runs at So Fi Stadium in Los Angeles…also asking the repayment schedule be extended from 15Y to 30Y….Rams-like Chargers-must begin paying 650M-territorial transfer fee over next 5-seasons.

NBC…Reports Chargers owner Dean Spanos has sold only 50M in PSLs for new stadium….is some 360M short of amount he is supposed to commit to co-fund stadium…

Las Vegas…Officials at Allegiant Stadium began laying 9,500-tons of sod in trays on football field.

Miramar, Florida….Police issue arrest warrants for Giants 1st round pick DeAndre Baker and Seahawks DB-Quinton Dunbar…charged with combined 8-counts each of armed robbery for pulling automatic weapons and robbing dinner party guests of 7,000-cash….43,000-jewelry….and theft of luxury car.

Steelers…Deny report that ex-LB-James Harrison said coach Mike Tomlin gave him an envelope of money after big hit injured Browns player…Harrison was fined 75,000 by NFL for intent to injure player…Owner Art Rooney said incident never happened.

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(Teams)

Tampa Bay…Bucs say Tom Brady will run Bruce Arians ‘Throw it deep playbook’.

Patriots..Former OT-Matt Lyght says Tom Brady ‘Will show his best in Tampa Bay-prove the haters and media wrong’

Seattle..FA-DE-Jadaveon Clowney-yet to sign…’Not able to take physicals with teams interested-coming off core surgery’.

Ravens…Best running game in league with Mark Ingram-Gus Edwards-JK Dobbins and Lamar Jackson.

Dallas…Stephen Jones says Dak Prescott contract talks…’Tagged him at 31.4M…offered 33M…have to decide how much to allocate to just 1-player on roster and for how long’.

Denver…John Elway excited at new look ‘Orange offense-with QB-Drew Lock..RBs Phil Lindsay-Melvin Gordon..TE-Noah Fanta..WRs-Courtland Sutton-Jerry Judy-KJ Hamlin”

Colts…Say Philip Rivers chose to sign in Indianapolis because “Indy OL was ranked #3 in effectiveness in league…Chargers were #29.”

Vikings…Taking criticism for letting go of 5-veteran starters off defense.

Giants..Begin installing ‘Jason Garrett-Dallas offense’ with young QB-Daniel Jones…Garrett coming in as Off Coord.

Kansas City…DE-Frank Clark will take failed #1 draft pick DE-Taco Charlton ‘under his arm to teach him NFL’.

Atlanta..Off Coord-Dirk Koetter says Falcons have to determine ‘what is proper workload for new RB-Todd Gurley’.

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(College Football)

Mountain West Conference….Commissioner Craig Thompson says he is working with Presidents of San Diego State-Fresno State-San Jose State to determine future of fall sports-players on campus in wake of shutdown of student body on Cal State campuses for first term.

SEC…School Presidents will vote May 15th on proposal of bringing SEC football players back onto campus on June 15th for spring football and then opening of camp.

Florida…Says it is willing to open up campus and stadium to NFL teams from Northeast that might not be able to open camp or play games in home cities-stadiums in August-September.

University of Akron…Money troubled school slashes athletic budget 20%…drops 3-varsity sports…Report school is 487M in debt from new camps construction-enrollment dropped 6% this past year.

Urbana College…Division II-Ohio drops all 17-varsity sports because of money issues due to shutdown of university because of virus.

Liberty University…Division 1-independent…signs contracts to play at Virginia-North Carolina-South Carolina.

Oklahoma State…lands LSU-WR-Dee Anderson-transfers in
Indiana..WR-Cam Wilson leaves school after murder-suicide of his parents.

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…………………..(Basketball)……………….

NBA….Commissioner Adam Silver says league will not shorten Best of 7-playoff series once league reopens….Says NBA plans for full 82-game schedule next year.

NBA….Players begin taking 25% payouts for rest of pay period for this season and playoffs….LeBron James will forfeit 2.8M per pay period for cancelled games.

Lakers…Scheduled to open training facility in El Segundo for small player conditioning drills with trainers but no coaches, no scrimmaging, on Saturday

Georgetown…G-Mac McClung-transfers out of Hoyas program…averaged (14.5PPG).

Cal State-San Marcos…Pt Loma Nazarene cancel fall athletic schedules as part of California Collegiate Athletic Association shutting down all fall sports for Division II programs….CCAA looking at proposal to move all fall sports into winter term…possibly delay start of college basketball season in January-play limited schedule.

UCLA….4-finalists for vacant Athletic Directors job
..Desiree Francois-AD at UNLV
..Martin Jarmond-AD at Boston College
..Carla Williams-AD at Virginia
..M-Grace Calhoun-AD at Penn

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……………….(Hockey)……………….

NHL…conference call to discuss changes in NHL draft-was scheduled for late June….GMs opposed to move up in June….want it conducted after playoffs are concluded-even if it is late summer.

Toronto..Report Leafs-Ducks might talk about NHL trade…Leafs would take on remaining two years of Ryan Kesler contract and receive draft pick to give Ducks salary cap space…Kesler has cap hit of (6.8M) for next two years.

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………………(General)……………..

PGA….Taylor Made-Skins Game…Sunday…Palm Beach, Florida….Rory McIlroy-Ricky Fowler-Dustin Johnson at Seminole Country Club…No fans…No caddies…players carry their own clubs.

PGA…Says when it restarts the schedule….there will be no Pro Am tourneys…no sponsor events….no fans for at least opening month of schedule.

Santa Anita….Resumes racing on Friday…will run 3-days a week without fans thru June 21st.

NASCAR…Darlington 400-Sunday….resume schedule…Teams will be tested 3-times daily-Friday..Saturday…Sunday…No practice sessions..no time trials for Sunday’s race.

NASCAR…Driver Ryan Newman-cleared to race this weekend after horrific crash in Daytona 500….says he was in medically induced coma in hospital for bruised brain…Has no memory of crash or his recovery….video shows his helmet being hit by debris in driver cockpit area when he hit wall head on then flipped and cartwheeled down the track on final lap of race.

Formula 1..Daniel Ricciardi leaves Team Renault…will sign with Team McLaren after 2-frustrating seasons.

Formula 1..Team Ferrari signs Carlos Saint to replace controversial Sebastian Vettel…Sainez was with McLaren.

Soccer…German Bundesliga resumes schedule on Saturday…teams will be allowed 5-substitutions a game.

Soccer..Norwich City-English Premier League…signs young America prospect Sebastian Soto….had been playing in German developmental league.

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