Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Thursday

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Aztecs-Arizona State…Thursday 7pm matchup….SDSU takes (4-0) record onto floor against (3-1) Sun Devils…ASU averaging (84PPG) goes against Aztecs defense (54PPG)…Sun Devils led by G-Remy Martin (17PPG)…freshman G-Josh Christopher (17PPG)…freshman F-Marcus Bagley (13PPG)…G-Alonzo Verge (15PPG) and 6’8-F-Taeshon Cherry (5PPG)…Aztecs defense forcing teams to shoot (38%) from floor…30% from 3-points….have forced 73-turnovers this season..SDSU has averaged 10-steals per game.

USD-L-UCLA…Bruins go on tear midway thru first half into 2nd half…Game was tied (15-15)…UCLA outscored Toreros (43-20) to blow game open…Led by 23 in second half…Toreros debut with 5-Division 1-transfers on roster…UCLA wins 4th in row.

ACC-Big 10…Cancel 3-games in Conference challenge.
Virginia….Shuts down basketball workouts

Duke..Coach Mike Krzyzewski says NCAA needs to ‘reassess’ possible pause in schedule because of nationwide breakout of virus.

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Houston…Rockets G-James Harden reports to camp and begins ‘intake’ testing for covid virus before joining team

Houston…Report that NBA has told Harden he violated league protocols by partying in Las Vegas and Atlanta and must pass6-straight Covid tests before he will be allowed on the court.

Sacramento…C-Mavin Bagley yet to report to camp..failed Covid test two weeks ago.

Lakers…Interested in bringing back C-Pao Gasol…did not play last year.
Utah..Sign FA-G-Shaq Harrison-ex Bulls.
Dallas…Release G-JJ Barea

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………………(Baseball)………………

Padres…Announce 4-minor league affiliates….Lose 2-farmclubs-will not return to Amarillo in Texas League nor Tri Cities in Pioneer League…
..El Paso will be AAA-affiliate
..San Antonio becomes AA-farm club again
..Fort Wayne returns as A-club
..Lake Elsinore remains as lower A-club

..Amarillo becomes Arizona minor league affiliate
..Tri Cities becomes Angels lower league affiliate.

Dodgers..All 4-top farmclubs return..Oklahoma City..Tulsa..Great Lakes..Rancho Cucumonga.

Angels..Salt Lake City returns as top farmclub…Mobile is AA…Inland Empire as A…Adds Tri Cities as A-affiliate.

Padres..3B-Manny Machado…SS-Fernado Tatis named 1st team All MLB…Danelson Lamet voted to 2nd team.

Dodgers..OF-Mookie Betts named 1st team all MLB
Angels..OF-Mike Trout named 1st team all MLB.

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MLB…Announces reorganization of minor leagues….Folds Appalachinan League and Pioneer League….Folds 19-minor league affiliates…more cuts expected later this week.

Hall of Fame…Names Al Michaels as Ford Frick Winner…will be enshrined in Cooperstown next summer in the broadcast wing.

MLB…Rule 5-Draft on Thursday morning…Top candidates to be taken:
..Paul Campbel..P-Tampa Bay
..Brett deGues-P-Dodgers
..Omar Estevez..2B-Dodgers
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Padres…Shopping for a veteran starting pitcher…because of loss of starter Mike Clevinger and not being sure how many innings they can get out of starter Dinelson Lamet coming off foreearm-elbow issues.

Dodgers..Josh Byrnes will remain with team as Director of Baseball Operations..withdrew from consideration for Phillies President of Operations job.

Angels..Expressing interest in veteran starter Cole Hamels-ex Phillies-Cubs….Spent most of last year on Braves disabled list with shoulder-bicep issues.

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(Roster Moves)

Mets…Closing in on deal with FA-C-James McCann…ex White Sox-Tigers
Giants..Sign FA-P-Dom Leone-ex Cardinals-Phillies

Hanshin Tigers..Sign OF-Miguel Rojas to (2Y-5M) deal…hit (.349-41HRs) last year in Korea.

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……………..(Football)………………

Chargers..Coach Anthony Lynn says he is taking over as special teams coach after a season of failures on Field goals..Point After attempts…Blocked kicks and punt-and-kick coverage…

Chargers…Coach Anthony Lynn says pass protection for QB-Justin Herbert has let him down the last couple of weeks…says OL-blitz pickups have failed….

Chargers..Coach Anthony Lynn says ‘we are down and out–not dead’…told team to ‘ignore the noise’ outside about the coaching situation.

Chargers…Activate LB-Kyzer White from IR list
Chargers…Activate RB-Justin Jackson from IR list

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(NFL)

Tom Brady….His company TB-12 received 965,000 in Paycheck Protection funds from Federal Government…despite fact Brady has made over 200M salaries in career.

Baltimore..Coach John Harbaugh says he trusts “NFL-Contact Testing Program”…after WR-Dez Bryant was taken off field by a positive test before Tuesday game against Dallas.

Ray Perkins…former Alabama head coach…coach of Giants-Tampa Bay…passes away (79Y)…replaced Bear Bryant…went (32-15-1) with Tide…(19-41) in Tampa…(22-34) with Giants…Perkins hired Bill Parcells..Bill Belichick and Romeo Crenell for their first head coaching jobs.

Atlanta..Will interview Rick Smith-ex Houston GM for Falcons GM job
Atlanta..Ex-Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wants to interview
Dallas..Mike McCarthy-now (14-25-1) in last 3-years as head coach
Eagles..Jalen Hurts takes all 1st team snaps in place of Carson Wentz

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(Roster Moves)

Steelers..sign FA-DE-Cassius Marsh-ex Colts-Seattle-Arizona
Vikings..release CB-Holton Hill
Giants..sign FA-QB-WR-Joe Webb..ex Packers-Vikings

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(Injuries)

Baltimore..WR-Dez Bryant re-tested to see if he had ‘false positive tests’

Seattle..WR-Josh Gordon cleared from Covid tests-practices with team
Steelers..Activate RB-James Conner-from Covid IR
Saints..QB-Drew Brees re-examined broken ribs-see if he can practice
Ravens..Activate DE-Matt Judon..TE-Mark Andrews from Covid-IR
Carolina..RB-Christian McCaffrey-quad injury in workout
Carolina..Activate OT-Greg Little from IR list
Bengals..IR-OT-Jonah Williams-knee injury..3rd major injury-2 years
Browns..Activate WR-Ryan Switzer from IR list

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(College Football)

Washington…Huskies shutdown football workouts..may have to cancel game with Oregon this weekend

Army-Navy…Both teams continue test clean heading into game at West Point.

Big 10..Votes to allow Ohio State to play Northwestern in Championship game despite Buckeyes playing just 4-games this season.

Vanderbilt..Interviews former NFL-tight end Johnathon Hayes for vacant Commodores head coaching job.

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……………….(Hockey)………………..

Las Vegas…Puts C-Max Pacioretti (32G) and G-Mark Andre Fleury on trade block because of salary cap problems…Pacioretty earns (7M) a year…Fleury (5M)

NHL…Board of Governors hears presentation on 56-game schedule…forming 7-team All Canadian Division…and Covid Testing protocols…Discussing starting season January 13th.

NHL…Meets with Vancouver-Calgary-Edmonton….Asking for roster waiver to be allowed to keep 5-top prospects in addition to 30-man roster…Canucks-Flames-Oilers concerned they could not recall their top prospects from US-based teams in American Hockey League because of ban on border crossings.

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…………..(General)……………

Formula 1…Driving legend Lewis Hamilton re-examined by doctors because of Covid issues…yet to be cleared to run in Abu-Dhabi Grand Prix.

NASCAR……Pulls Auto Club 400 race from Fontana Speedway…will run December 28th race in Daytona because of Covid Virus.

Indy Car…Arrow McLaren team hires Juan Pablo Montoya to drive for them in Indy 500

Haas-F-1 Team…condemns newly signed driver Nikita Mazepin for posting video of him groping a woman…on social media account.

Champions League…Investigation begins into soccer refs who used racial slur against a Turkish coach over weekend in playoff game….Istanbul and Paris St Germain both walked off field and boycotted game after incident during League playoff game.

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