Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Thursday

Posted by on December 17th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 


Chargers-Raiders…Thursday Night game in Las Vegas…Bolts (4-9)…Raiders (7-6)

..Bolts (0-9) vs AFC West teams dating back 3-years
..Chargers wins against teams (7-44-1) combined record
..Raiders lost two in a row…fired Def Coor-Paul Guenther
..Raiders defense ranked #32-Scoring defense (28PPG)..#32 sacks..#31-yards allowed..#30-takeaways..#29-QB rating

..Chargers-ailing with 8-starters missing practice this week
..Chargers list Keenan Allen-Mike Williams-Austin Ekeler-Uchenna Nwosu-Denzel Perryman as questionable for game..
..Chargers-Joey Bosa-Chris Harris will play Thursday
..Chargers..S-Derwin James placed on Covid IR-list..

..Raiders without starters Jon Abram-Cle Ferrell-Damon Arnette-Nick Morrow on defense because of injuries-Covid tests.


(Roster Moves)

Washington..Sign FA-RB-Lamar Miller-ex Bears-Texans
Miami..Sign FA-WR-Andre Patton-ex Chargers
Saints..Sign FA-OG-Patrick Omameh-ex Raiders
Lions..Sign FA-QB-Jordan Ta’amu-ex Chiefs-XFL
Browns..Release RB-John Kelly



Ravens..Activate WR-Dez Bryant from Covid IR
Carolina..Activate WR-DJ Moore from Covid IR
Arizona..Activate LB-Josh Mauro-TE-Darrell Daniels from IR
Browns..Activate CB-Denzel Ward from IR
Cowboys..Activate CB-Trevon Diggs-CB-Do Wilson-CB-Anthony Brown

Bucs..IR-RB-Ronald Jones-hand surgery
Jaguars..IR-C-Brandon Lindor-ankle injury
Lions..QB-Matthew Stafford misses workout-rib issue
Lions..OC-Frank Ragnow-out surgery hand
Giants..QB-Daniel Jones misses workout ankle-hamstring injuries
Tampa Bay..Place K-Ryan Succop on Covid IR
Jacksonville..Activate OG-Andrew Norwell from IR
Ravens..WR-Marquese Brown goes on Covid IR
Broncos..Activate QB-Jeff Driskel from Covid IR
Houston..Activate RB-David Johnson from Covid IR
Miami..Activate RB-Matt Brieda from Covid IR
Jets..IR-LB-Jordan Jenkins for rest of season.
Washington..QB-Alex Smith-RB-Antonio Gibson miss practice

Steelers..QB-Ben Roethlisberger denies reports he has more knee issues
Saints..QB-Drew Brees goes thru 1st workout since fracturing 11-ribs



Owners hold Zoom call to discuss 2021 season..
..Discuss invoking 17-game schedule next year-do not vote yet
..Approve formula for adding 17th game to schedule
..Salary Cap issues with loss of 4B in local revenues
..Talk to Union about formula for pro rating losses in salary cap
..Covid bubble updates for playoffs
..Updates on Rooney Rule interview protocols
..Discuss honoring health care workers at Super Bowl in Tampa Bay

NFL..Investigating Houston Texans players violating gathering protocols…6-players went to opening of QB-Deshaun Watson’s new restaurant this week.

Detroit…Interviews Louis Riddick-ESPN for vacant GM job
Jets..Coach Adam Gase says ‘I let ownership down’ this year

So Fi Stadium…two contractors fined 54,000 for unsafe working conditions that led to death of inspector who fell thru a skylight while stadium under construction.


(College Football)

Aztecs…Sign 23-recruits on National Letter of Intent Day…land SEC-transfer…2 QBs…5-players Texas..2-San Diego…4-OL..2-DL…1-RB…2TE..3WR…5-DBs.

..QB-Jalen Mayden-transfer Mississippi State-3Y eligibility left
..QB-Will Haskell-Ironwood, Arizona
..RB-Cam Davis-Dallas-scatback-return man
..OT-Chris Jones-(6’9)-San Luis Obispo
..DT-Ross Maseuli-(6’5-350)-Mater Dei
..DE-Pa’a Ewaliko-(6’4)-Seattle
..DT-Ila Goneburg-(6’6)-Rocklin

Aztecs…coach Brady Hoke’s comments on recruiting:
..QB-Jalen Mayden-transfer Mississippi State-will be on campus in spring
..QB-Will Haskell-I learned alot Oregon State recruiting 8-man football-small school kids play
..QB-Marc Salazar-Rancho Bernardo-will graduate in 3-years-may transfer
..Aztecs have 3-scholarships left to use
..SDSU recruited ‘the crap’ out of San Diego..only 2-signed
..NCAA says SDSU could have 12-additional scholarships to use on top of 85-grants
..SDSU did 4500-Covid tests this year..had only 2-positive tests
..SDSU decides to withdraw from bowl consideration despite (4-2) bowl record
..We are a bowl eligible team-we will practice till end of the week.

USC..Sign 2-QBs
..Jaxon Dart-QB-(6’3)-Draper Utah
..Miller Moss-QB-(6’2)-Mission Hills

Rose Bowl…Officials meet with LA County to talk about restrictions on families attending game…Game could be moved to ATT-Stadium in Dallas…to host CFPlayoff semi final game.

Virginia Tech..Says it will not accept a bowl bid this year
Kentucky..Hires Rams QB-coach Liam Coen to be UK-Off Coord

Coastal Carolina..Gives coach Jamie Chadwell-contract extension thru 2027 after (11-0) season. Clay Helton says top RB-Val Malepeai likely to miss Pac 12-title game with Oregon because of sprained knee

Illinois…Interviews former Wisconsin head coach Brett Beilema for vacant head coaching job…was (68-24) at Wisconsin..but failed at Arkansas…Been assistant coach with Patriots-Giants

Arizona..Wants permission to interview Navy head coach Ken Nuimatalolo who is (101-67) with Midshipmen



MLB…Reclassifies the Negro Leagues as a “Major League”…will incorporate the records of some 3400-Negro League players into major league records from 1920-thru-1948….will add hit and home run totals to Willie Mays-Henry Aaron…Will add 146-wins to Satchel Paige totals…Have to decide the status of Josh Gibson’s.HR totals and the (.441) batting average in 1942.

Union…Players Association says it wants a full 162-game schedule-not a reduced schedule-even if there is a delayed start to the season.

MLB…Agent Scott Boras criticizes MLB leadership for refusing to go ahead and commit to the Designated Hitter for 2021…Says “DH-means Dragging Heels”…says baseball should continue with expanded rosters and taxi squads next year.

MLB..Investigation into allegations multiple incidents domestic abuse involving White Sox minor league manager Omar Visquel.

MLB..Commissioner Rob Manfred told managers on Zoom call to prepare to go to Spring Training in February..despite concerns league might delay start of camps by a month and not start season till May.

Rockies…Manager Bud Black says he expects Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story to be part of team next year…Says 90%-Rockies trade rumors are false.


(Roster Moves)

Angels..Sign FA-P-Alex Claudio…had (15-8) record (3.44-ERA) pitching out of Brewers bullpen for 3-years.

Giants..Sign FA-P-Anthony DeSclafini-ex Reds
Brewers..Sign FA-P-Luis Perdomo-ex Padres..will miss 2021 season with surgery
Brewers..Sign FA-OF-Dustin Peterson-ex-Padres
Mets..Sign FA-P-Jared Eichoff-ex Phillies-Padres
Orioles..Sign FA-P-Fernando Abad-ex Phillies
Cubs..Sign FA-P-Scott Heineman-ex Texas
Mariners..Sign FA-P-Kenyan Middletown-ex Angels
Dodgers..Sign FA-C-Tim Fedorowicz-ex Cubs
Texas..Sign FA-P-Luis Ortiz-ex Orioles

Samsung Lions-Korea..Sign FA-2B-Jose Pirela-ex Padres-was in Japan
LG Twins-Korea..Sign FA-P-Andrew Suarez-ex Giants



Aztecs…Play BYU-Friday afternoon game.
USD-W-Cal Poly (70-61)…Toreros built 13-point lead in first half…used (9-0) run in 2nd half to seal win…Joey Calcaterra (18P)..Josh Parrish (16P) in win…….Toreros (1-2)

UNLV..Shuts down workouts..Coach TJ Otzelberger-positive Covid test

Lakers-Suns…Phoenix goes on (28-8) scoring spurt to start second half…DeAndre Ayton 19P…Suns had (72-61) lead in 3rd quarter at Press time in Lakers final preseason game….Anthony Davis (12P)..LeBron James (11P) in opening half as Lakers built 10P-lead.

Houston…G-Chris Clemons tears Achilles-gone for year

Houston..Sports Illustrated reports G-James Harden became a power broker in Rockets operation the last couple of years…Players-former coaches say “Culture in team changed because ownership gave Harden freedom to miss party…to ask for flights to be changed..Criticism Harden demanded team trade for-then trade away Chris Paul-Russell Westbrook-Dwight Howard.

Rockets..G-James Harden refuses to answer questions about trade demands…’Just here to ramp up for start of season next week”

Charlotte…Newly acquired F-Gordon Hayward breaks finger in preseason game.

Detroit…LaVar Ball rips Pistons for releasing his son LiAngelo in first week of camp…”I offered you a lottery draft pick free of charge”….Ball was not taken in NBA draft.



NHL…Gary Bettman meets with Union to discuss 2-scheduling plans
..Open season in home arenas-no 3-game series vs teams
..Open 4-hub cities..have teams go in and play 3-games a week-then go home…stay in hotel bubbles

NHL..Dr Anthony Fauci tells NHL they should examine a “4-City Hub Plan” to protect players…not allow teams to travel in and out of NHL cities.

Chicago..Name Stan Bowman-President Hockey Operations

San Jose..Discussing moving training camp-home games to Arizona Coyotes facilities in Phoenix.

Minnesota Wild..Sign FA-G-Andrew Hammond-ex Ottawa
Detroit..Recalls #1 pick Felip Zedina-was in Czech Republic playing

Western Hockey League…postpones star of season till January 8th
Ontario Hockey League..yet to set starting date for junior league
Quebec Hockey League..remains in suspended status into January



Boxing Hall of Fame…Names Floyd Mayweather-Vlad Klitschko for enshrinement next summer.

NASCAR…Michael Jordan-Denny Hamlin “23-XI” team announces it has signed 6-partnership deals to sponsor Bubba Wallace car next year.

Formula 1..Team Alpha has signed Japanese driver Yuki Tsunaoda replacing Daniel Kvyat next year.

Formula 1…legendary owner Frank Williams hospitalized with pneumonia in England..2nd time ill since last fall.

English Premier League…Scores:
..Arsenal-Tie-Southampton..Pierre Aubameyang goal averts upset
..Leeds-W-Newcastle..Leeds scores 3-goals in 11-minute span
..Leicester-L-Everton..Richarlison key goal
..Brighton-Tie-Fulham…0-0 ¬†score
..Liverpool-W-Hot Spur..Roberton Firmino scores game winner (90′)
..West Ham-Tie-Crystal Palace

..Manchester United-vs-Sheffield ..Thursday game


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