Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Monday

Posted by on June 22nd, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

 

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MLB…Orders all spring training facilities in Arizona-Florida shutdown…to be bleached-cleaned…remain closed indefinitely after outbreak of virus involving players at facilities in Clearwater, Dunedin, Tampa, Scottsdale, Surprise.
..Phillies 5-players-3 staffers test positive..20-others being tested now
..Yankees 4-staff members test positive
..Toronto 1-player positive
..Giants 1-player positive
..Texas 1-player positive
..Angels 2-staffers test positive

MLB-Union…Players postpone vote over concern of new virus outbreak…
MLB Union…Union Executive Committee vote (7-1) against accepting 60-game schedule from owners last proposal…Will forward proposal for player membership vote.
MLB…Commissioner sends Memo to Union on Sunday night….”fighting over impoissible number of games”….
Union…May withdraw requests for 2021-expanded playoffs and the DH-rule over fears 2020 season could be interuppted…willing to talk just abou 2020 season..
MLB-Union…both expressing fear that 2020 post season might be cancelled…idea…’Let’s play 60-games-see if we can get to expanded postseason this year only’

MLB..Commissioner rejects proposal for 70-game season…telling Union league not willing to play doubleheaders on Sunday and put players together for 10-hour periods to play those games….10-extra games would add 250M in expenses to owners.

Rob Manfred…Commissioner critical of Union chief Tony Clark…going against all the advice of Dr. Anthony Fauci about the virus spread..’Union ignoring all health warnings’.

MLB…Owners discuss possible push back start of spring training into July because of latest outbreak…Might push start of season back to July 24th.

MLB..Owners discuss possible use of a ‘bubble setup’ for playoffs…games to be played at Dodgers Stadium, Angels Stadium, Petco Park in October.

MLB…Proposed rule changes for shortened season…Extra Inning games-each inning starts with runner on 2nd base….Extended extra innings games would end in a tie.

Union..Expressing concern for Players who might want to opt out because wives are pregnant…Mike Trout and Gerritt Cole would be in that category.

Union…Rejects request from MLB to allow a 3rd party Mediator to join stalled contract talks with owners.

Scott Boras…Denies accusations from other agents that he is advising Union chief Tony Clark on negotiations with owners…continuing demands for expanded season…Boras represents 71-players including 15-highest paid players in game.

Yankees-Mets…NY Governor Anthony Cuomo gives permission to teams to hold spring training at Yankees Stadium-Citi Field when camps open.

Toronto…Blue Jays explore playing home games at Tropicana Field if Canadian quarantine laws remain in effect.

Minnesota Twins…Tear down statue to former owner Calvin Griffith, who moved the Washington Senators to Minneapolis…was avowed racist in the 50s-60s.

Korean League…Former Cubs SS-Addison Russell signs to play with Kuvoom franchise.

Chinese League..Former Yankees-Braves P-Manny Banuelos-signs with Fubon franchise.

Dodgers..Sign 1st round pick P-Bobby Miller-U Louisville..inks (2.2M) deal
Cubs..Sign 1st round pick SS-Ed Howard…(3.7M) deal

Tampa Bay..Sign 1st round pick SS-Alika Williams-Arizona State..inks (1.1M) package.

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………………….(Football)………………..

NFL Union….Orders all players to ‘cease’ private workouts with other players after outbreaks involving NFL players around the country..

NFL Union…Bans Arizona QB-Kyler Murray from holding a 20-player workout he had planned to begin on Monday in Texas.

NFL….Orders all training facilities shutdown because of outbreaks, and re-cleaning of all training facilities.

NFL…Sources say league considering cancelling preseason games weeks 1-and-4…try guarantee health of players before season starts

Tampa Bay Bucs…shuts down facility after 2-players rehabbing from injuries and a trainer test positive….Assistant coach also tested positive away from facility.

49ers..Confirm 1-player who was working out with QB-Jimmy Garoppolo tested positive in Nashville.

Los Angeles…So Fi Stadium…18-workers now tested positive at construction sight.

Washington..Remove status infront of RFK Stadium honored George Preston Marshall-who was against signing black players….Will honor WR-Bobby Mitchell-naming inside of stadium for him…he broke color barrier in 1960s.

Miami…Former RB-Jim Kiick passes away (73Y)….teamed with Larry Csonka on legendary Dolphins teams…Had (3,759Y) rushing in career…played with Bob Griese, Paul Warfield on legendary Don Shula teams.

USC…Former Trojans C-Mat Tuerk passes away (26Y)…was draft pick of Chargers-spent 2-years on taxi squad…no cause death revealed.

Dallas..Report that QB-Dak Prescott will sign (31.4M) franchise tag tender on Monday..then continue negotiating contract in offseason.

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(College Football)

UCLA…30-players sign petition demanding independent 3rd party oversee testing program of Bruins players in vote of distrust towards Coach Chip Kelly’s past handling of injury-illness issues….QB-Dorian Thompson Robinson led player drive to meet with University officials about concerns within program.

UCLA…Football players return to campus on Monday facing new protocols upon arrival..Temperature checks..Swab Nasal exams..Blood tests…Single room dorms….Isolation dorm for any player testing positive.

Clemson…confirms 23-players tested positive this past week.
LSU…30-players test positive after going to night clubs
Kansas State..14-players positive leads to shutdown of workouts

Pitt..Longtime broadcaster Bill Hillgrove arrested DUI after crashing his car into front of grocery store…went in and shopped…then drove home..arrested later in day.

Palomar College…folds 6-sports because of money issues-pandemic
Southwestern College..folds football program because of virus.

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…………………(Basketball)……………….

NBA….Commissioner Adam Silver meets with CDC officials to discuss plans for ‘bubble’ in Orlando…after record (4,049) cases breakout in state of Florida on Saturday.

NBA…Announces Free Agent Window will open on Tuesday for teams headed to playoffs to sign veteran players for their 17-man rosters…Veteran free agents DeMarcus Cousins..Jamal Crawford..JR Smith could sign this week.

NBA…Confirms draft will be held October 16th…Free Agency to begin October 18th.

Clippers…Will re-sign C-Joakim Noah on Tuesday when free agent window opens.

Portland..G-Klay Thompson begins full scrimmage workouts coming off knee surgery.

Knicks..To interview Jahmal Mosely-Mavericks assistant-for head coaching job.

San Antonio…Assistant Becky Hammon withdraws name from consideration for Knicks coaching job.

Chinese Basketball Association….Commissioner Yao Ming announces league resumed play on Sunday after virus shutdown.

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………………….(Hockey)……………….

NHL…Tells General Managers to prepare to report to Hub Cities for playoffs on July 23rd…two week training camp….then start playoffs.

NHL…Expected to name Hub Cities to host playoffs on Monday….Los Angeles and Las Vegas may be sights…Canadian cities might be bypassed because of Canadian quarantine rules.

NHL…met with Canadian Government officials to discuss easing 14-day quarantine on players coming back to Canada.

Tampa Bay Lightning…close training facility after 3-players and 2-staffers test positive for virus on Friday.

Toronto…C-Auston Matthews tests positive while working out in Arizona.

Arizona Coyotes…3-players test positive while working out on their own in Phoenix.

NHL…Confirms that of first 200–players tested for virus at facilities this week..there were 11-positive tests of players or staff members.

Vancouver…F-Reid Boucher signing with CSKA-Moscow in KHL…disappointed never ‘given true chance’ to play with Canucks despite impressive minor league stats.

Boston…D-Vic Berglund-signed last week…will play this year for Lulea-Sweden.

Rangers..F-Liass Andersson says he will remain in Sweden and not be put on Rangers playoff roster.

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………………….(General)…………………

PGA-Heritage Classic-Hilton Head….Final round began with 11-golfers separated by 1-shot at the turn in rain delayed final round….Webb Simpson reeled off 5-birdies in 6-hole span to grab lead…finishes (-22) under for win…Abraham Ancer winds up second (-21)…Daniel Berger (-20)

PGA…Veteran golfer Nick Watney leaves tour…tested positive for virus at Hilton Head.

NASCAR….Talladega 500………Rained out-postponed-will be run on Monday.

Indy Car…Former driver Alex Zanardi-suffers severe head injuries in hand bike paralympics race crash…Zanardi racing career ended lost both legs in terrible Indy car crash.

Belmont Stakes…’Tiz-the-Law’ posts 3-length victory in Triple Crown race in New York….Kentucky Derby to be held in September…Preakness in October.

English Premier League:
..Liverpool-Everton…(0-0) tie…Liverpool played without star F-Mo Salah….Now (27-1-2) on season..23-point lead in standings..
..Chelsea-W-Aston Villa…Blue struggle to (2-1) win
..Sheffield-W-Newcastle..Score 3-goals after Newcastle red card-played shorthanded for 40-minutes
..Crystal Palace-W-Bournemouth…Palace wins (2-0)
..Wolverhampton-West Ham..Wolves get 2-goals in 11-minute span
..Brighton-W-Arsenal..Neal Maupay scores (95′) in big upset win
..Leicester-W-Watford..Craig Dawson scores bicycle kick (93′)

EPL..Monday match…Manchester City-vs-Burnley

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