Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Thursday
MLB…Late night report out of New York that Union and MLB lawyers talked on Wednesday night after baseball shutdown and might go back to negotiating table on Thursday to see if they can finish talks and maybe stop cancellation of games. Not much optimism according to reports.
MLB-Union…Fail to reach agreement on new deal after 7-more hours of talks on Wednesday…Rob Manfred cancelled 2-more series on schedule thru April 13th….Sticking point was a proposal for International Draft-Union rejected 3-different ideas on how to structure Global Draft…Problems grow with Union adamant Players must be paid now for missed 13-games…MLB says there is no precedent for paying players….Union will demand service time for missed games…and the Playoff expansion-worth 100M to MLB is off the table..
..Spent 17-hours negotiating Tuesday into Wednesday morning
..MLB wants International Draft starting in 2024-with fixed signing slots
..MLB would drop Qualifying offers and draft pick compensation for draft
..Union against Global Draft…
..MLB insists draft necessary because of corruption in Latin America
..Dominican Republic-Puerto Rico against draft-limits opportunities players
..MLB proposed tabling International Draft decision till 11/15-Union rejected
..Union lowers request Arbitration pool to 65M…MLB stays at 40M
..Union lowers Tax Threshold (235M-to-250M)..MLB offer (230-to-242M)
..Union lowers Rookie salary to (710,000)…MLB stays at (700,000)
..Stalled on talks of ‘Max Tax’ that would kick in if teams go over threshold of 290M.
..Still debating format of 12-team Playoffs..Best of 3-or-Best 5 series
..MLB says was willing to open season April 6th-7th..could make up for the cancelled 6-games for each team on schedule by adding doubleheaders or part of week to end of season.
Padres….Lose 7-more games off schedule…4-at-Arizona..3-at San Francisco…on top of the 6-lost home games…13-games off the schedule.
Padres..Fernando Tatis-critical of MLB proposal of an International draft because it would limit baseball opportunities for Latin American teenagers by limiting draft to 20-rounds.
MLB..Signs TV deal with NBC for Monday-Wednesday package (115M) year
MLB..Signs TV deal with Apple for Friday doubleheaders (85M) year
MLB..TV contracts with ESPN-Fox-TBS net (1.5B) a year
Colorado..Fires Scott Van Linten-Director of Research-hired 6-months ago
Phillies..Sign FA-P-aaron Barrett-ex Washington
Phillies..Sign FA-OF-John Andreoli-ex-Orioles-Mariners-Padres
Phillies..Sign FA-OF-Justin Williams-ex Cardinals
White Sox..Sign FA-P-Jhan Martinez-ex Brewers
Royals..Sign FA-P-Brad Peacok-ex Astros-Red Sox
Royals..Sign FA-P-Dan Mengden-ex A’s
Cubs..OF-Matt Szezcur retires-ex Padres
Aztecs-Fresno State….Thursday MWC-tourney game…State (21-7) with top ranked defense…Allowing (58P)..holding teams (37%) shooting…(30%) on 3’s…State has forced 401-turnovers..217-steals…133-blocked shots on season.
USU-Colorado State..Rams (24-4)
MWC Tourney-play in games:
..Nevada-W-New Mexico (79-72)..Grant Sherfield (27P-10R) Wolfpack win
..Utah State-W-Air Force (83-56)..Aggies 5 in double figures
..Fresno State-W-San Jose State (69-67) OT..Jordan Campbell jumper (:03) left for Bulldogs..Orlando Robinson (31P) in win
Pac 12-play in games:
ASU-L-Stanford (71-70)..Spencer Jones (26P) for Cardinals
Oregon-W-Oregon State (82-72)..Jacob Young (23P-11R) Ducks..OSU (3-28)
Washington State-W-Cal (66-59)…Bears shot just 30% from floor
Washington-Utah…Late starting game
Pac 12-Thursday games
UCLA-WSU Bruins (23-6)
USC- Trojans (25-6) face winner of Utah-Washington
Arizona-Stanford…Wildcats (28-3) .
USD..Source indicate may want to talk to Fresno State coach Justin Hutson
USC..Extension for Coach Andy Enfield thru 2028..(25-6) record this year
Miami..Extension for Coach Jim Larranaga..Canes went (14-6) in ACC
LSU..Hit with Notice of Allegations by NCAA for violations in Slush fund scandal
Lakers-L-Houston (139-130) OT…Rockets score 13-straight points to start OT…Jalen Green (32P)..Alp Sengun (22P-15R) in stunning win…Rockets had 7-in double figures…Shot 51%-from floor…hit 17-3’s…..Lakers lost despite hitting 18-3’s…LeBron James-Russ Westbrook combine (51P)…Lakers lost 9th in row on road….Lakers lost 13-of -17..
Clippers-Washington…LA led (57-55) at halftime at Press Time.
Washington..Signs FA-G-Jordan Schakel-ex Aztecs to 2-way contract…Averaging (14P-3R-2A)..shooting 55% from floor..35%-3s in NBA-G League.
Brooklyn…Report G-Ben Simmons will file grievance against 76ers for withholding 19M in salaries while he was away from team with ‘mental health issues’
Oklahoma City..G-Lu Dolt-shoulder surgery-out for year
Suns..Activate G-Devin Booker from Covid protocols
Brooklyn..F-LaMarcus Aldridge-MRI-hip issue
Pistons..C-Isaiah Stewart-bruised knee
Pelicans..F-Brandon Ingram-hamstring injury
Sacramento..F-Dom Sabonis-suspended 1G-confrontation with refs
Atlanta..Hire Jeff Teague as scout-longtime NBA guard
Golden State..Workout FA-G-Tyreke Evans-coming off 2Y suspension
Golden State..C-James Wiseman cleared to play NBA-G League
Chargers..WR-Mike Williams said he signed (3Y-60M) extension to stay with QB-Justin Herbert
Chargers..Had 56M-cap space..now down to 36M…Could clear 17M-cap space by releasing OT-Bryan Bulaga..DT-Linval Joseph
Chargers..Must still re-sign DE-Uchenna Nwosu and do extenson for S-Derwin James.
Colts-Washington…TRADE… Indy deals QB-Carson Wentz to Commanders for #-#3 and swap of #2…Wentz (27TD-7Int) for Colts…Indy gave up #1-3 to get him from Eagles.
Colts-49ers..Report Indy would offer #3-3 for San Francisco QB-Jim Garoppolo.
Houston..QB-Deshaun Watson due in court Friday for beginning of testimony in sexual misconduct lawsuits filed by 8-women.
Houston..Grand Jury convenes in Texas to hear evidence about Deshaun Watson sexual misconduct lawsuits.
Seattle..Clear (36M) in cap space by release of LB-Bobby Wagner and trade of QB-Russell Wilson
New Orleans..Express interest in FA-S-Tyrann Mathie
Buffalo..Release LB-AJ Klien-5M cap savings
Browns..Release FB-Andy Jankovich
Colts..Release OT-Eric Fisher-former #1 pick
Dallas..Expresses interest in FA-LB-Anthony Hitchens-released by KC
Chiefs..Sign WR-Josh Gordon to 1Y extension
Giants..Sign OT-Matt Goin-ex Rams
Titans..Sign LB-Harold Landry (5Y-25M)
Bills..Release OG-Jon Feliciano
Ravens..OT-Alejandro Villanueva retires
Ravens..Release CB-Trayvon Young
Arizona..Release LB-Jordan Hicks..(6.5M) cap savings
Johnny Grier…Longtime NFL Referee passes away (74Y)..worked in NFL-24 years.
Dallas..Cowboys owner Jerry Jones being sued by 25-year old woman who says Jones is her father from affair…Jones had been paying into a trust fund since 1990s for the child-who was born to woman in Little Rock-Jones had a relationship with after he bought the team…Jones had Non Disclosure agreement and has never met the child
Deion Sanders…Undergoes surgery for amputation of two toes on left foot because of blood clots
Gulls-Stockton….Gulls trailed (3-2) in 3rd period at Press Time…Ben Groulx-..Brent Gates scored for Gulls…..Wednesday night AHL action…Gulls (19-24-2)…Heat (31-9-5)
Ducks-at-Nashville..Thursday game..Ducks lost 8-of-12..(27-23-9)
Kings-San Jose..Thursday game..LA (32-19-7)
Ducks..Ryan Getzlaf..Issac Lundestrom out with injuries
Ducks..Callup D-Brednan Gruhle from AHL-San Diego
Kings..Put D-Mikey Anderson IR..Callup D-Jordan Spence from Ontario
Chicago..Hire Norm McIver as Assistant GM
PGA…1st round TPC-Sawgrass-Florida
PGA..Commissioner Jay Monahan refutes criticism of tour policies….’Rules drawn up by the players-for the players’
Formula 1…Haas Team has hired Danis driver Kevin Magnusson as replacement for fired Russian driver Nikita Mazepin
Soccer…Mexican state officials say they file ‘Attempted Murder’ charges against 10-gang members who went on rampage brawl during Liga Mx soccer game last Sunday that injured 36-3 critical…Liga Mx hands out (70,000) fine to owners of Queretaro team…Owners expelled from the league…Also ordered the team be put up for sale…5-execs fired from team…Fans banned from games for 2-years…Gang member fan club banned for 5-years.
Soccer…English Premier League..4-games on Thursday-Top games: