Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday

Posted by on February 1st, 2017  •  0 Comments  • 

……(NFL-San Diego)……

NFL Sources…..Reports that Mayor Kevin Faulconer has re-contacted Commissioner Roger Goodell at Super Bowl in Houston to express interest in talking to Raiders if Las Vegas deal comes off the table….Report also that an NFL owner has talked to Mark Davis to ask he consider San Diego market if financing for Las Vegas has disappeared.

……..(Super Bowl)………

Patriots…QB-Tom Brady says he has put Deflategate behind him..not answering questions during Media Day….

Patriots..Coach Bill Belicheck says Patriots enormous success over the years is byproduct of ‘preparation-dedication’ everyday in-season…off-season.

Falcons..GM-Tom Dimitroff says he had to give-in, change philosphy of how front office works after 2-failed seasons and firing of Coach Mike Smith..”reinvent philosophy”

Falcons…QB-Matt Ryan says team cannot get ‘overwhelmed’ by Super Bowl week…wants intense practices this week to keep focus.

(NFL)

Raiders…Financing deal for Las Vegas Stadium on brink of collapse…Goldman-Sachs backs out of 650M financing deal a day after Las Vegas casino operator Sheldon Adelson walks away from deal….Raiders have to find 1.1B financing to make the deal work

NFL…Pro Bowl TV ratings plunged for game in Orlando..dropped to (4.6)…had been at (8.6) in 2011.

USA Football…..Preparing new plan for youth football in America….Players 6-thru-12…”Limited tackle games” much like flag football….Discussing using just 6-to-8 players-not full 11-players…Smaller fields….No 3-Point Stances-all players in a crouch….Since 2009-Youth football participation dropped 20%.

NY Post…Fires lead columnist Bart Hubbuch after tweet calling Donald Trump-Inauguration a “National Tragedy”.

(Teams)

Bills..Fire 14-assistants from Rex Ryan staff…will not be retained under new head coach Sean McDermott….Let go were Ed Reed..John Blake..Chris Palmer…Bobby April and others.

Jets..Hire Robert Nunn-Def Line coach-ex Browns

Denver..Promote Eric Studesville to Assistant Head coach as well as RB-Coach.

Saints..Hire Brad Banta-Special Teams coach-ex Redskins..Hire-Curtis Johnson-WR-Coach-ex Bears.

Rams..Hire Aaron Kromer-OL coach-ex Bills.

49ers..Hire Adam Peters as Vice President Player Personnel…had been at Denver.
49ers..Kyle Shanahan says he will not hire his father-Mike-as consultant.

(Injuries)

Chargers..WR-Travis Benjamin has knee surgery…caught only 9-passes second half of season due to ailing knee.

Miami..LB-Kiko Alonso undergoes 2nd thumb surgery in 4-weeks

(College)

San Diego State…National Letter of Intent Day Wednesday…..Aztecs pick up 4-transfers….including WR-Deshawn Holmes-Pasadena-via JUCO in Mississippi-former 4-star recruit who failed to qualify two years ago…QB-Jimmy Walker-transfer from Cerritos College is transferring out-has 2Y left to play…Biggest name recruits 3-star QB-Cam Roane (‘6’2) Coffeyville, Texas…RB-Kaegun Williams-Cedar Hill Texas.

Virginia….Lands QB-Marv Zanders-transfers in from Missouri.

Colorado…former LB-coach Joe Tumpkin-charged 8-counts assault…3-years of domestic abuse with former girlfriend….Was fired by schoool last week.

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……………..(Baseball)……………….

MLB….Imprisoned Cardinals scout Chris Correa, handed lifetime ban from baseball for hacking Houston Astros computer system to steal information…said MLB knew Astros had done same to St Louis scouting files in 2012-13-14 and did nothing to disipline Astros.

NYM…Anthony Young-hard luck pitcher with Mets diagnosed with non-operable tumor of the brain.

(Teams)

Blue Jays..Sign FA-P-JP Howell-spent 4Y with Dodgers

Washington…Signs FA-P-Joe Nathan-longtime reliever Cubs-Twins….FA-P-Matt Albers-ex White Sox-Twins-Reds.

Indians..Sign FA-DH-Wily Mo Pena..hit 71HRs in 2-years in Japan.

Braves..Sign FA-P-Michael Kirkman-ex Rangers-Padres
Rockies..Sign FA-P-Dom Brown-ex Phillies.
Brewers..Sign FA-2B-Ehire Adrianza-ex Giants.
Mariners..Sign FA-P-Nick Hagadone-ex Indians

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…………..(Basketball)…………………

Aztecs-W-Wyoming (77-68)…Malik Pope scores 17-points..Trey Kell adds 18…Teke Caesar-Gill comes off bench scores 12P…SDSU had 12 point lead early-saw it whittled to 4 by halftime…exploded to build 15 point bulge in second half…Wild game..teams combined score 86-points in 2nd half….56-fouls..47-free throws…30-turnovers in game

Lakers-W-Denver (120-116)…DeAngelo Russell-Nick Young combine for 45P…Lou Williams scores 21 off bench…Lakers survive Denver’s 40P-4th quarter….Nuggets hit 15-3’s but lost….Lakers (17-34)

Clippers-Phoenix…Wednesday night….Clippers lost 4-of-5…Suns suffering thru (15-33) season.

UCLA-at-Washington State..Bruins dropping in ratings…now (19-3) on yer.

Cavaliers…Workout FA-G-Kirk Hinrich..Mario Chalmers…Lance Stephenson.

Cavaliers..G-LeBron James calles Charles Barkley-TNT…a “Hater” for constant criticism of his career

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(Hockey)

NY Islanders…Reports say Barclay Center may evict NHL club as a tenant because of financial losses…Islanders 28th in NHL in attendance, 12,888 since leaving Nassau Coliseum to move into Brooklyn.

NY Rangers..Give coach Alain Vigneault contract extension thru 2020.

American Hockey League…Moving Albany team-New Jersey Devils…to Binghamton…replacing Ottawa Senators top farmclub-which moves to Belville, Ontario in new arena.

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…………..(General)………….

Tim Howard…legendary US World Cup goalie begins full workouts with MLS-Colorado Rapids coming off groin surgery….could rejoin US team in March for workouts.

NASCAR….Officials meeting with Dodge to discuss its possible return as engine builder to racing

Dale Earnhardt….NASCAR legend takes part in off season practices for first time since concussion issues last year….Missed final 18-races of schedule with post concussion syndrome.

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