MLB….The Cactus League and Mayors of 10-spring training cities in Arizona ask Commissioner Rob Manfred to delay start of Cactus League for 1-month, till March 15th because of the continued high Covid numbers in the state…MLB wants to meet with Arizona Department of Health…Camps supposed to open on February 17th.
MLB-Union….Union rejects proposal to adopt “DH” in National League full time as a trade off for expanding Playoffs from 10-to-14 teams for 2021 season…Union wants more than 50M additional pay for the expanded round of playoffs…MLB proposed 7-teams in each league make post season…Top club gets first round bye…other 3-division winners play 3-wildcard teams….Union wants a bigger slice of the 1B-pie from playoff revenue.
MLB…ESPN work TV contract extension giving network the first round of playoffs…ESPN would cut back on regular season telecasts from 90-games to 30-games….Would keep Sunday night baseball….Home Run Derby….and Select special games in season.
Hall of Fame…Early survey of ballots show that controversial players on ballot are failing to reach threshold again for enshrinement…Vote to be released on Tuesday:
..Curt Schilling fell from 72% to 69%
..Barry Bonds fell to 62% from 65%
..Rogers Clemens dropped from 65% to 62%.
Tampa Bay..Hire Denard Span as Assistant GM
Washington..Sign FA-P-Brad Hand-ex Indians-Padres..(1Y-10.5M)
Yankees-Red Sox..Trade..NY deals relief P-Adam Ottavino and a minor leaguer to Bosox for future considerations..Boston takes on 9M contract to help Yankees get below the MLB luxury tax.
Giants..Open contract talks with FA-OF-Eddie Rosario-Twins
Giants..Make contract offer to FA-OF-Jackie Bradley-Red Sox
Phillies..Open talks with FA-SS-Andrellton Simmons-ex Angles
NY Mets..Re-open talks with FA-P-Trevor Bauer-ex Reds…Mets join Blue Jays-Dodgers in bidding for Bauer.
Green Bay…Sullen QB-Aaron Rodgers may ask for a trade….Packers would take a (31M) cap hit if they released Rodgers…Would take a (14.5M) cap hit if they traded him as a post-June 1st deal.
Denver-Detroit…Reports Broncos interested in Lions QB-Matthew Stafford…Detroit would want QB-Drew Lock and a #1 pick in deal….Stafford cap figure is (22M) each of next two years.
Steelers..C-Maurkice Pouncey says he is retiring
Ravens..Release LS-Morgan Cox-9 year veteran
Rams..Sign FA-QB-Duck Hodges-ex Steelers
Toronto Argonauts-CFL…Sign former Steelers-Raiders WR-Martavis Bryant-been suspended two years by NFL for drug issues.
Chargers..Hire Renaldo Hill-Def Coord..was DB-coach Denver
Chargers..Hitre Joe Lombardi-Off Coord..was QB coach-Saints
Chargers..Lose Off Coord-Shane Steichen-hired by Eagles as Off Coord
Chargers..Fire offensive staff..Pep Hamilton-QBs..Phil McGeoghan-WR..Mark Ridgley-RBs
Lions..Hire Duce Staley-Asst Head coach-ex Eagles
Lions..Hire Aubrey Pleasant-DB coach-ex Rams
Houston..2nd interview with David Culley for head coach job-Ravens
Colts..Want to interview Scott Milanovich-Off Coord job..currently head coach CFL-Edmonton Eskimos
Seattle..interview Shane Waldron-QB coach Rams-for Off Coord job
Titans..interview Pep Hamilton-Chargers QB coach-for Off Coord job
Eagles..Fire Press Taylor-Passing Game Coordinator
Steelers..Hire Alfredo Roberts-TE coach-ex Chargers
Steelers..Promote Matt Canada to Off Coord
Arizona..Tom Clements-QB coach-retires
Carolina..Fire-Mike Phair-DL coach
Carolina..Hire Sean Ryan-QB coach
Chiefs..Lose LT-Eric Fisher for Super Bowl-Torn Achilles tendon
Aztecs…QB-Carson Baker enters transfer portal-was last year starting QB SDSU
USC…Lands #5 recruit in nation…CB-Domani Jackson-Mater Dei-
USC…Last week landed #1 recruit…6’4-DE-Korey Foreman-Corona
Cal..Hires Keith Hayward-Oregon-Def Coord
Alabama..Hire Darone Jones as Def Coord…was DB-coach Vikings
Lakers-W-Cleveland (115-108)…LeBron James (46P-8A)..hit 7-3’s…….Monday night action…Lakers (14-4)
Lakers…Play 3-road games in next four nights on road.
Lakers..Mourn 1st anniversary of death of Kobe Bryant in helicopter crash on January 26th
Washington..Reinstate G-Russell Westbrook from Covid list.
Dallas..G-Josh Richardson-cleared from Covid list
Miami..G-Jimmy Butler cleared for workouts from Covid list
Chicago-Memphis..Wednesday game cancelled-Covid issues…5th game in a row postponed for Bulls.
UMichigan…Pauses workouts-games 14-days after positive tests.
Ducks-at-Arizona…Tuesday game…Anaheim (2-2-2)
Kings-at-Minnesota…Tuesday game…LA (2-2-2)
NHL..Suspends former Arizona Coyotes GM-John Chayka for 1-year for tampering with prospective draft picks and illegal workouts
NHL..Cancels Carolina Hurricane games….Canes had 6-games in a row postponed by Covid virus.
Nashville..G-Conor Ingram leaves team to enter Rehab program.
Tampa Bay…Lose F-Mitchell Stephens for 2-to-4W-ankle injury
Edmonton..Sign FA-G-Angus Redmond-ex Ducks-Gulls goalie
Calgary Flames.. pulling Stockton Heat team out of Northern California and moving home games to Calgary so they have access to callup players.
San Diego Gulls…cancel AHL preseason games this week with Stockton Heat..scheduled for Monday-Wednesday.
Gulls…coach Kevin Dineen praises rookie 1st round picks Trevor Zegras and Jamie Drysdale in AHL training camp:
..Two kids come out World Junior Championships
..Did not show up with ‘Woe is Me’ attitude because they did not make Ducks
..On Ice talent…As Advertised.
American Hockey League…will have to rework Pacific Division schedule just 2-weeks before start of season..Only 6-teams left in Pacific Division with move of Stockton Heat to be based in Calgary.
English Premier League
..Chelsea…Fires Coach Frank Lampard..team has 5-losses in last 8-matches…Ownership spent 300M on contracts-team fallen to 5th place.
Rolex 24-Hours of Daytona….NASCAR driver Chase Elliott and his team claim pole for next weekend race.