Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday

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……(Football)………

(NFL Rule Changes)

..2-Minute Rule…NFL votes in new rule….Booth can review Penalty calls and “non calls” for Pass Interference in final 2-minutes of 1st Half and end of game.

..Pass Interference….Approves rule on giving Coaches 1-additional Challenge for Offensive-Defensive Pass Interference…both on flags and non-calls during game.

..Roughing Passer-Hits on Defenseless Players…..Tables any vote on adding that to the list of plays coaches can challenge.

..Overtime Rule…Table proposal for equal possessions till May meeting…Looking at new proposal that equal possessions be used only in playoffs.

..Blindside Block…Vote to outlaw blindside blocks everywhere on field.

..Celebration Rule…Vote to allow team to use 15-yard penalty for celebration either on Point After Attempt to on following Kickoff.

..Onside Kick…Reject proposal to allow teams to use a 4th and 15 play to retain ball rather than onside kick.

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(NFL)

Patriots…Owner Robert Kraft enters not-guilty plea and now asks for Jury trial on 2-charges solicitation of prostitutes….Roger Goodall says he must ‘get all the facts’ before any discipline will be handed out to Kraft……but did say “Personal Conduct Policy applies to everyone”.

Chargers..Owner Dean Spanos says team is seriously looking at building training facility in Los Angeles and would move out of Costa Mesa sight they have used for 3-years.

Carmen Policy…NFL asks former 49ers exec to mediate the Bowlen Family Dispute about order of succession to operate the franchise.

Steelers..Coach Mike Tomlin says the franchise ‘is moving on-will be fine-after Antonio Brown-Le’Veon Bell’.

Saints..Coach Sean Payton wants NFL to drop ‘All Star Crews’ for playoff games…have top rated crews stay intact to work together.

Ravens…New GM-Eric DeCosta says fans need to be patient as team rebuilds defense and WR-corps after free agency.

Rams..GM-Les Snead says team not ready to open contract extension talks with QB-Jared Goff yet.

Raiders..Coach Jon Gruden says he is ‘sick’ team lost TE-Jared Cook to free agency.

Patriots..Coach Bill Belicheck does not praise TE-Rob Gronkowski after his retirement….’off season is off season-that’s what players do’.

Browns..NFL says RB-Kareem Hunt will be allowed to participate in OTA-Mini Camp-Preseason workouts before beginning 8G-suspension for domestic abuse case.

Dallas..Cowboys coach Jason Garrett admits he talked to DE-David Irving about drug issues…report he told him ‘retire NFL-smoke all the weed you want.’

Cowboys…Legendary WR-Michael Irvin confirms he is undergoing tests for throat cancer.

Ravens..QB-Robert Griffin III-sued for failing to pay former agent 750,000 in fees.

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(Roster Moves)

Raiders..Sign FA-QB-Landry Jones-ex Steelers
Arizona..Sign FA-WR-Damiere Byrd-ex Carolina
Ravens..Sign FA-CB-Stanley Baptiste-ex Saints
Carolina..Sign FA-OT-Dillon Gordon-ex Colts

Bills..Release RB-Chris Ivory

Seattle..Workout FA-DT-Earl Mitchell-ex 49ers
Raiders..Visit with FA-RB-Isaiah Crowell-ex Browns-Jets
Vikings..Visit with FA-QB-Sean Mannion-ex Rams

Eagles..Open talks to re-sign FA-RB-Jay Ajayi

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(College Football)

Missouri…Files 64-page brief appealing stiff NCAA sanctions for academic scandal involving tutor and athletes from 3-different programs…Tigers football program hit with 2-years ban on bowls…21-week ban on recruiting both on-off campus…Stripped of 12-scholarships….Stripped of 7M-in conference revenue.

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…….(Baseball)………

Padres-W-Seattle (1-0)….Luis Urias solo HR…Matt Strahm (3inn-0R)…Friars close out successful Cactus League season.

Padres…Roster cuts to 25-man limit likely on Wednesday
..Fernando Tatis says he is ready to play majors..hit (.241)…told Tuesday night he makes the club
..Francisco Mejia impressive (.354) but needs glove work…will open the season as backup to Austin Hedes
..Luis Urias hit only (.224) in spring….surprise sent to AAA-El Paso.

Padres..Final stats with veteran players
..Manny Machado (.261)
..Eric Hosmer (.250)
..Wil Myers (.259)
..Manny Margot (.304)
..Hunter Renfroe (.184)
..Franchy Cordero (.224)
..Franmil Reyes (.291)
..Austin Hedges (.282)
..Jose Pirela (.304)
..Ian Kinsler (.366)

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Dodgers-W-Angels….Dodgers led (7-1) at Press Time…P-Julio Urias 4-perfect innings in start…Cody Bellinger 3R-HR….in Freeway series.

Dodgers..Say P-Clayton Kershaw will start the season on the 15-day DL.

Angels-Giants..Trade…Halos acquire P-Chris Stratton for P-Williams Jerez.
Angels..Release P-Dan Jennings…Option P-Jaime Barria to AAA

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(Roster Moves)

Red Sox..Waive C-Sandy Leon
Reds..Option P-Matt Wisler to AAA
Arizona..Waive OF-Socrates Brito
Seattle..Sign FA-OF-Eric Young-ex Orioles
Twins..Sign FA-OF-Adam Rosales-ex Padres
Texas..Sign FA-Kyle Dowdy-ex Mets
Cubs..Re-sign FA-P-Junichi Tazawa

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(Injuries)

Arizona..OF-Steve Souza-knee injury-surgery for 3-torn ligaments-gone for full year.
Reds..OF-Nick Senzel-ankle sprain in minor league game
Houston..SS-Carlos Correa-neck injury-could miss opening day.

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(MLB)

MLB…Suspends Giants President Larry Baer till July 1st-orders him into counseling for Domestic Abuse incident….Has been removed as CEO of team.

Colorado..Ex-Rockies star Todd Helton enters alcohol rehab center in Knoxville after 2nd DUI arrest in 6-months.

Kets..Sign P-Jacob deGrom to (5Y-137M) extension
Cubs..Sign P-Kyle Hendricks to (4Y-55M) extension

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….(Basketball)……

Clippers-Minnesota…..Clippers won 10-of-11…Tuesday night action.

Lakers-at-Utah….Wednesday night game

Lakers…Published reports Lakers might consider hiring ex-Cavaliers coach Tyrone Lue if Luke Walton is fired.

Portland…F-Jusuf Nurke suffers. compound fracture of tibia and fibula…faces 8-months rehab….was averaging (15PPG)

New Orleans..Surgery G-Jrue Holiday-oblique injury

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(College Basketball)

Nike…Denies reports they paid money to top college players DeAndre Ayton and Bol Bol when they played at Arizona-Oregon…Former Lawyer Michael Avenati tweeted Nike was shipping money to recruits…Avenati arrested on Monday for trying to extort 20M from Nike before leaking story.

Nebraska..Fires coach Tim Miles (52-76) in Big 10
Arkansas..Fires coach Mike Anderson after 8-seasons.
BYU..Dave Rose retires as coach after 22-years in Provo
Siena..Jamion Christian quits after just 1-year on job
Washington State…Interviews Kyle Smith-USF for Cougars job.

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(NIT Scoreboard)

Indiana-L-Wichita State….Wheatshockers pull off upset in Bloomington-knocking out #1-seed Hoosiers

TCU-W-Creighton…Frogs coast to 13-point win.

(NIT Schedule)

North Carolina State-vs-Lipscomb

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…….(Hockey)………

Kings-L-Edmonton (8-4)…..Oilers score 5-goals in first period-knock Jon Quck out of game…Oilers led (7-4) at Press-Time

Ducks-Vancouver….Rookie Sam Steele scores all 3-goals…ducks led (3-2) in 3rd period at Press Time.

Gulls-vs-San Jose…AHL action on Wednesday…Gulls in 2nd place-Barracudas in 3rd place in Pacific Division.

Tampa Bay..Coach John Cooper gets 3Y-extension..(301-157-44) in career with Lightning.

Seattle…Report that Dave Tippett-currently director Hockey Ops for expansion team may leave to take NHL head coaching job.

Islanders..Lose F-Andrew Ladd-torn ACL-out 5-months.

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………(General)……….

Connor McGregor….Irish UFC-MMA star retires suddenly….report he is under investigation for possible rape in South Dublin.

Soccer….USA-Ties-Chile (1-1)….Chrisitan Pulisic scores on breakaway 3-minutes into game…leaves with foot injury…..US struggles with Chile press…but winds up in tie (1-1)………Friendly Game….USA is (3-0-1) under Gregg Berhalter as new coach.

Golf…PGA heads into Austin, Texas for Dell Match Play tourney….Tiger Woods will play-would have to play 7-matches in 5-days if he were to get to finals…not sure how his back-neck would hold up.

NASCAR….Announces radical schedule change for 2020…
..Daytona Firecracker 400 moves from July 4th to August 29th
..Final Championship race of season moves from Homestead, Florida to Phoenix
..Indianapolis takes over the July 4th date
..Pocono will host Doubleheader race June 27th-28th.

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