Best 15 Minutes in Sports—Friday

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

…………….(BASEBALL)…………………

Padres…Open 2nd spring training with 53-players on hand…Undergoing COVID temperature check at home each morning and then upon entering Petco Park….Team meetings…Conditioning drills….Determination of splitting camp between Petco Park-USD.

Padres….Players receive 113-page Protocol book…details MLB rules…traffic flow in building-tunnels-clubhouse….Only 20-players in each clubhouse because of spacing…use visiting clubhouse and auxiliary clubhouse…..Change restaurant into coaches clubhouse….ban group video meetings in rooms.

Padres…Players underwent saliva test…blood tests in first day in camp….will have temperature checks at home..then entering Petco Park on Friday.

Padres…Release 2B-Breyvic Valera-claimed on waivers by Toronto

Padres…To make decision on status of veterans Brian Dozier-Juan Lagares-not included on 52-players on spring training list…both had ‘opt out’ clauses in minor league contracts.

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(MLB)

Commissioner Rob Manfred….says negotiations with Union all along had to be about 60-game season because CDC told MLB feared second outbreak and it arrived early.

MLB…Closing book on possible 16-team playoffs after Union requested reopening those talks this past week.

MLB…Report that star players Justern Verlander-Max Scherzer-Corey Kluber-Giancarlo Stanton-Paul Goldschmidt held private workouts the last couple of weeks in Palm Beach, Florida.

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(Injuries)

Cubs..P-Jose Quintana undergoes thumb surgery for cut.
Cardinals..DL-P-Jordan Hicks-rehab going slow-elbow surgery
Phillies..DL-OF-Scott Kingery..P-Tommy Hunter..P-Hector Neris
Toronto..DL-OF-Brandon Drury

Mets..Say Hitting Coach Chili Davis will not report to camp-age-illness issues-will work on remote with coaches and hitters

Tyson Ross…Veteran pitcher ‘opts-out’..will not play in 2020.

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(Roster Moves)

Dodgers..Sign FA-P-AJ Ramos-ex Mets-Marlins

Toronto..Sign FA-OF-Pat Kivlehan

Phillies..Invite FA-2B-Logan Forsythe..2B-Josh Harrison..2B-Neil Walker to Taxi Squad camp.

Syvens-KBO…Korean League team releases ex-Pirates P-Nick Kingham-reinjured elbow.

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………………(FOOTBALL)……………..

NFL-Union….Developing protocol about “Opt-Out” clause for players….Discussing schedule for decisions
..Will there be deadline to ‘opt out’ before camp opens
..Should players be allowed to report to camp-then ‘opt-out’
..Can players ‘opt-out’ then ‘opt-back-in’ during the season.
..Do players lose entire salary and free agent service time ‘opt-out’
..Can players with medical issues ‘opt-out’ but still be paid

NFL-Doctors-Union….Hold conference call with NFL team Player Reps
..Informs players of protocols in camp-lockeroom-meeting rooms
..Told players they could be fined by NFL if they break protocols away from facility
..Tell players about possible use of full shield masks in helmets
..Players will not stay in hotels during training camp but at home
..Ban on all ‘team meetings’ with coaches
..Union objects to testing just 3-times a week..wants daily testing despite cost
..Reps question is it safe to open camps in wake of explosion of disease

NFL..announces it will play the Black National Anthem ‘Lift Every Voice’ before games.

Washington City Council-Mayor…Indicate city will not lease RFK Stadium land to Owner Dan Snyder for new stadium unless he changes name of the team.

Redskins….Lead sponsor Fed Ex-asks Washington ownership to change the name of the team.
Redskins..Nike removes sale of Washington gear from its website

Rams-Chargers…So Fi Stadium announces 26-workers have now contracted virus…Stadium is 97% complete

Raiders…Alleigiant Stadium-Las Vegas-now 98% completed.

49ers..CB-DJ Reed-torn pectoral in weightlifting

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(Roster Moves)

Jets..Open talks with FA-WR-Demaryius Thomas-ex Broncos

Jacksonville..DE-Yannick Ngakoue refuses sign franchise tag-wants trade.

Chiefs..DT-Chris Jones-not reporting to camp without a multi-year contract-not signing franchise tag.

Packers…Sign QB-Jordan Love-#1 draft pick (4Y)-contract

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(College Football)

San Diego State….Cal Systems have not yet approved July 7th reporting date back on campus for players.

USC…Announces fall classes ‘on-line’ for students-do not live on campus…willing to allow Football players on campus in ‘low density living plan’…..LA County Medical Office yet to sign off on plans.

PAC 12-Commissioner Larry Scott says Power 5-Conferences are discussing later start to season and playing only conference games….Says there has been discussion about a spring schedule.

Penn State..AD-Sandy Barbour says playing season in spring is a ‘last resort’ to save the season.

South Carolina…Governor threatens population-“Wear masks-if not-might not lift restriction on college football at
Clemson-South Carolina-Citadel and high schools around the state.

Texas AM…Coach Jimbo Fisher fined 5,000..[placed on 3-years probation…Aggies placed on 1-years probation for minor recruiting violations…Stripped of 17-days recruiting visits…Banned from recruiting players in one Texas high school for 3-years.

Boise State..cuts 3M-from athletic budget-folding baseball and women’s swimming programs.

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………………..(BASKETBALL)………………….

NBA…Confirms it tested 344-players last week-9 positive tests….Tested 844-staff employees-10 positive tests.

NBA…Confirms it is negotiating to create a second bubble in Chicago for non playoff teams to hold rookie mini camps…Likely in September.

Clippers…G-Lou Williams says he will report to team to practice
Clippers…Shutdown practice facilitiy on Thursday afrter 1-staff member tests positive for virus….no players positive yet.

Oklahoma City…F-Andre Roberson-out 2Y-knee issues-cleared for full workouts with Thunder.

Washington..G-Brad Beal still contemplating ‘opt-out’ health issues.

Sacramento…C-Marvin Bagley-cleared full workouts-foot injury

Sacramento..Assistant coach Igor Kokoskov accepts head coaching job in Istanbul, Turkey.

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………………..(HOCKEY)………………..

NHL…Expected to name Edmonton and Toronto as ‘Hub Cities’ for playoffs…Edmonton would host Western Conference Teams…Toronto would host Easter Conference Teams in playoffs….Camps in Hubs open July 10th.

Buffalo..Veteran G-Patrick Berglund signs with Brynas-Sweden-not return to NHL.

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……………………(GENERAL)……………….

English Premier League
..Manchester City-W-Liverpool (4-0)…stunning blowout of 1st place team…Kevin DeBruyn and Raheem Sterling score 2-goals in 7-minute span to blow game open…Liverpool now (28-2-2)

..Hot Spur-L-Sheffield…United jumps to (3-0) lead easy upset win

EPL-Top games on weekend:
..Manchester United-Bournemouth..Saturday
..Arsenal-Wolverhampton
..Chelsea-Watford
..Leicester-Crystal Palace

..Liverpool-Aston Villas..Sunday
..Manchester City-Southampton

MLS…Beginning of Summer Tourney in Orlando in jeopardy with Dallas Sidekicks reporting¬†9-players testing positive for virus.

MLS…confirms 26-players tested positive since June 4th

LA Galaxy…Lose Jonathon DeLos Santos-has hernia surgery

Indy Car….Indy Grand Prix-runs 12 noon Saturday
NASCAR…Brickyard 400 runs 4pm Sunday at Indianapolis

PGA…Rocket Mortgage Classic-Detroit
..(65)..Scott Stallings..Doc Redman..Kevin Kisner
..(66)..Bryson DeChambeau
..(67)..Ricky Fowler-Adam Hadwin

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