Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Thursday

Posted by on August 27th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

……….(Baseball)………

Padres-Mariners…Game postponed after Mariners players hold team meeting and elect not to play in wake of Kenosha, Wisconsin shootings…Mariners players met in clubhouse-voted not to play…met with Padres players rep Austin Hedges…San Diego agreed to not play.

Padres-Mariners..Could play a doubleheader on Thursday….2-games..7-innings…starting at 1pm.

Padres..P-Kirby Yates confirms he had 2-bone chips in right elbow removed…no damage to his elbow ligament that was repaired 14-years ago…Not sure if he will be ready to pitch in October.

Padres…P-Drew Pomeranz begins throwing to test injured shoulder…slated to throw bullpen end of week.

Padres..P-Emilio Pagan throwing-could be available to pitch out of bullpen end of week.

Padres..Owner Ron Fowler says team could take on some ‘payroll’ at baseball trading deadline but says there has to be balance in long term salaries considering team expects to lose 115M this season.

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Dodgers-Giants…Wednesday game postponed-Giants players vote not to play…Meet with Corey Seager-Dodgers who then agrees.

Dodgers-Giants.. play doubleheader on Thursday.

Dodgers..P-Joe Kelly recovery from shoulder inflammation going slower than normal..not ready to come off DL.

Dodgers..Rumors swirling LA-Texas trade talks…Dodgers interested in veteran starting P-Lance Lynn….Rangers want prospects…trade deadline is Monday.

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Angels….off day on Wednesday-Thursday.

Angels….Refusing to bench OF-Justin Upton…hitting (.099) this season.

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(Scoreboard)

Braves-W-Yankees..1st game..Rookie P-Ian Anderson 5-no hi innings
Braves-W-Yankees..2nd game..Freddie Freeman 2R-HR

White Sox-W-Pirates..Sox hit 4-HRs..Chicago (19-12)..Bucs (7-19)

Phillies-W-Washington..Aaron Nola goes 7-innings for Phils

Red Sox-L-Toronto..Rowdy Tellez 2HRs..3H..4RBI for Rays–Boston (10-21)

Orioles-L-Tampa Bay..Brandon Lowe 2RHR…Rays (21-11)

Indians-W-Twins..Jose Ramirez 3R-HR..Minnesota (20-12)..Tribe (19-12)

Cubs-L-Tigers..Detroit 5R in 6th inning..Chicago (18-12)

Miami-L-Mets..Will Ramos RBI single for NY

A’s-W-Texas…Mike Fiers (6inn-1R)…Oakland (22-10)

Reds-Milwaukee..Postponed by Kenosha shootings

Royals-L-Cardinals..KC falls to (12-19(

Colorado-Arizona..Nolan Arenado 2R-double..Rockies led (3-1) Press time

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(MLB)

Colorado…Rockies OF-Matt Kemp elects not to play Wednesday
Cubs..OF-Jason Heyward removes himself from lineup

Cleveland..Indians confirm Manager Terry Francona is suffering from blood clots after multiple stomach surgeries

Mets..Coaches Hensley Meulens-Gary DiSarcena leave team without explanation.

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(Roster Moves)

Mets..Callup OF-Juan Lagares
Texas..Release C-Blake Swihart
Washington..Option 3B-Carter Kieboom to taxi squad (.169BA)

Giants-Yankees…SF sells C-Rob Brantly to New York

Twins..Will activate P-Michael Pineda from suspended list for PED use.

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(Injuries)

Washington..P-Stephen Strasburg has wrist surgery for carpal tunnel-faces 3-months rehab
Washington..Activate P-Sean Doolittle from DL
Tampa Bay..DL-P-Jason Beeks-elbow
Orioles..DL-P-Wade LeBlanc for year-elbow damage
Toronto..3B-Travis Shaw-knee
Yankees..OF-Aaron Judge leave game-calf issue

Arizona..P-Madison Bumgarner throws 70P-bullpen

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…………(Basketball)……………

NBA..Postpones all 3-NBA playoff games Wednesday

NBA…Report Lakers-Clippers elect to remove themselves from NBA playoffs because of Nation’s Civil Unrest…Decision came during heated late night discussions with NBA Players Union at Bubble Hotel in Orlando…Other teams wished to carry on with playoffs….Coaches were allowed in early part of players meeting to make statements..then asked to leave.

NBA Union…Suspends late night meeting…will bring players back for further discussions Thursday morning…Teams say “no credibility” to holding playoffs without top teams in league…Players want owners to use their influence with Congressman to mandate social changes in country.

NBA Union…Told players if they cancelled rest of playoffs…would have devastating impact on next year’s salary cap….Players could lose 35% of revenue next year on top of money lost this year….Owners could invoke exit from CBA if players refused to finish this season.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calls ’emergency Board of Governors’ meeting for Thursday morning… yet to make a statement at Press Time.

Milwaukee Bucks…vote not to play Orlando as protest to Kenosha killings….Bucks refused to go on floor for pregame warmup and informed officials they would not play 3-minutes before game-time…Bucks players did Zoom call with Wisconsin Attorney General..and Lieutenant Governor….Magic then elected not to play…refusing to accept a ‘forfeit’ of game.

Lakers-Portland..followed up moments later agreeing not to play
Oklahoma City-Houston..voted not to play

Toronto-Boston..Game 1-playoff series in jeopardy for Thursday…Raptors players met thruout Wednesday in coaching staff and Celtics players to discuss their move.

NBA Players Association…held Zoom meeting with all players in bubble on Wednesday night…then in person meeting later in evening

Clippers…Coach Doc Rivers emotion-filled speech about killings drawing rave reviews nationwide for his public stance
..”It is amazing how we keep loving this country..this country not love us back”
..”You don’t need to be black to be outraged…need to be an American and outraged”
..”Trump keeps spewing fear…we’re the ones getting killed..getting shot:

LeBron James…”We are scared as black people”
George Hill..”By playing we took focal point off real issues”
Pascal Siakam..”Are we doing something meaningful by playing”
Jayson Tatum..”We can’t play and forget about what’s happening”
Kenny Smith..”I can’t be on this TNT set and talk basketball”

Harry Edwards..”Use your platform to deliver message-murdering our people”

LeBron James…Criticized by NYPD-Police Commissioner…”No idea how policing works…No way to subdue angry man without force…Come to our police training center to learn….Lying to African-Americans”

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(NBA)

Indiana…Pacers fire coach Nate McMillan after team got knocked out of playoffs in first round for third time in a row…was (183-136) with Pacers.

Brooklyn-Philadelphia…want to interview Tyronne Lue-Clippers for vacant head coaching job.

USD…Former NBA Coach Bernie Bickerstaff sets up foundation for students for Diversity-Inclusion learning.

Aztecs…Losing games off schedule…Non conference game at Arizona State cancelled…3-games in Diamondhead Classic likely to be cancelled…game at St Louis in jeopardy

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………..(Football)…………..

Washington Post…Breaks story that Team VP ordered “Voyeur Video” put together from Cheerleader promotion-showing private parts-and sent video to owner Daniel Snyder…incidents in 2008 and 2010…Post interviewed over 100-former employees…42-more women have come forward and said Snyder allowed a toxic culture against female employees to operate unchecked….Staff members used term ‘Fresh meat’ in discussing female employees and interns..12-of the women have hired lawyers to take legal action against Snyder…Owner called the Post story a ‘hit job’…denied every asking for DVDs of cheerleaders..Former VP-broadcaster Larry Michael implicated for ordering staffers to put together video.

NFL..Commissioner Roger Goodell condemns Washington situation..but will not start a separate investigation…will allow independent probe to continue as they continue to monitor…then will make a decision on further discipline…5-former VPs under Snyder left organization last month in wake of story from 15-female employees about toxic culture that existed.

NFL…Facing another ‘concussion lawsuit’…filed by 200-players led by RB-Najeh Davenport-Kevin Henry saying NFL doctors have denied payments to African American players for dementia-Parkinson’s because of a ‘cognitive testing formula’ that discriminates against black players.

Cincinnati…Bengals CB-Mackensie Alexander arrested in Florida for assaulting man who was with his father-night father disappeared…has not been found yet.

Atlanta..Falcons confirm PSL ticket holders have defaulted on 11M-in payments this year for season tickets…Falcons have had 43M in cancellations over last 3-years at new Stadium.

Chargers…Go thru first scrimmage on Thursday afternoon at So Fi Stadium.

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(Roster Moves)

Carolina..Sign FA-WR-Cam Phillips-XFL star
Carolina..Sign FA-WR-Darrell Stewart-ex Arizona
Bengals..Sign FA-CB-Maurice Smith-Redskins
Giants..Sign FA-CB-Brandon Williams-ex Arizona
Eagles..Sign FA-DT-TY McGill-ex Lions-Chargers
49ers..Sign FA-WR-River Cracraft-ex Denver
Redskins..Sign FA-RB-Jeremy McNichols-ex Broncos
Redskins..Release RB-Cam Scarlett

Seattle..Workout FA-WR-Paul Richardson-ex Redskins-Jets
Seattle..Workout FA-C-Justin Britt
Houston..Workout FA-RB-CJ Prosise-ex Seattle
Houston..Workout FA-QB-Cody Kessler-ex USC

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(Injuries)

Giants..S-Xavier McKinney-fractured foot
Vikings..DE-Danielle Hunter..has missed 9-practices in row-injuries
Colts..WR-Parris Campbell-concussion-auto accident
Bears..RB-David Montgomery-groin injury
Houston..WR-Keke Coutee-stress fracture foot
49ers..DE-Dee Ford-hobbled-calf issue
Jets..RB-Le’Veon Bell-held out workouts with hamstring

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(College Football)

Pac 12-Network…Lays off 88-staff members at TV network…but does not ask top 3-executives to take pay cuts-including Commissioner Larry Scott (5.3M)

North Carolina State…22-staffers in Athletic Department test positive for virus.

LSU…Report 8-of-12 offensive lineman test positive or put into isolation

Oklahoma..Confirmed 17-players tested positive last week
Texas Tech…20-players test positive

New Mexico…Former Lobos coach Bob Davie sued by family of DT-who committed suicide….Charged that Davie did not help player Naji Flowers who had depression…told him to play…Flowers committed suicide the next week…autopsy showed player had CTE.

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………….(Hockey)………..

(Scoreboard)

Flyers-W-Islanders (4-3) in OT…Kevin Hayes scored 2-goals…Flyers jumped to (3-0) lead…blew lead..won in OT…Series tied (1-1)

Boston-L-Tampa Bay (7-1)…Lightning explode for 4-goals in 2nd period against shakey goal-tending…Tampa leads (2-1)

Dallas-Colorado……Avalanche led (3-1) at Press time…Stars led (2-0)

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Hockey Night in Canada…analyst Kelly Hrudey says NHL should not be playing games in midst of social unrest in Wisconsin.

NBC…San Jose’s Evander Kane criticizes Gary Bettman for not taking a public stance on tragedy in Wisconsin.

NHL…Strips Arizona Coyotes of 1st and 2nd round draft picks for tampering with 21-players-illegal workouts-testing before 2019-NHL draft.

Blues..F-Vlad Tarasenko to have 3rd shoulder surgery…will need 5-months rehab

Edmonton…D-Mike Green retires after 15-year career.

Montreal..Coach Claude Julien cleared by doctors to return to coaching in fall-recovering from stent-heart surgery.

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…………….(General)……………

Champions Tour….Phil Mickelson wins 1st ever senior tourney going wire-to-wire..finishes (-22) under at Ozark National Course.

PGA-BMW Championship…Dustin Johnson-ranked #1 in world-leads field on Thursday.

Soccer..FC Barcelona…Superstar Lionel Messi invokes escape clause in contract…wants to move to Manchester City..Inter Milan…or Paris Ste-Germaine…Could be as much as 836M-buyout of contract to execute a transfer.

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