Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday

Posted by on April 8th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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MLB-Union….Continued intense discussions with different committees on proposal of opening spring training camps, all in Arizona, in mid-May with ideas starting season on June 1st…Would use Chase Field-Diamondbacks Stadium, and 10-other Cactus League stadiums as training facilities and then to host regular season games for 1-month…No fans would be allowed at games…Only local-national television.  *See my 1-Man’s Opinion Column for details*

Angels…P-Shohei Ohtani rehab elbow surgery takes next step in rehab…Moves from throwing 180-feet to throwing full speed at 60-feet…projected to throw off mound in May.

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……………………(Football)……………..

NFL….Teams asking NFL about potential problems with Virtual Draft to be held April 23rd…
..Atlanta..GM-Tom Dimitroff questions ‘what happens if there is an IT-failure at one of draft locations involving 1-club-what happens to draft process.
..Baltimore..GM-Eric deCosta expresses concern about possible electronic hacking during live draft coverage.

NFL..Issues new memo….Mandating all NFL facilities will remain in lockout mode till June 1st…Mandates all teams will do draft from remote locations…no team gathering at one location.

NFL…Report Competition Committee wants to use preseason games for experiment with ‘Sky Judge’.

Ron Mix….ex-Chargers Hall of Famer-now part of Retired Players Association…praises NFL-Union for recently upgraded CBA that nearly doubles pensions of longtime retired players.

HBO…Announces it will feature Rams-Chargers on ‘Hard Knocks’ in preseason…covering teams moves to LA…training camp…move into new stadium.

Denver…Ex Broncos OG-Ron Leary buys 100,000-meals for impoverished families in hometown of Memphis.

Rams..GM-Les Snead says about release of RB-Todd Gurley…”Wish partnership had gone on…..He earned his 43M-contract extension….No one could predict what would happen”

Steelers…GM-Kevin Colbert writes letter asking NFL to add 3-rounds to draft this year because clubs have not been able to scout, workout, interview all prospects.

Tampa Bay…Former owner Eddie DeBartolo donates 2.6M-to Covid research in Florida.

CFL…Canadian League postpones start of season…was slated to start June 11th.

ESPN…Talking about moving Chris Fowler-Kirk Herbstreit into lead broadcast booth for Monday Night Football.

Tampa Bay Bucs..Announce new uniforms…All White uniforms….Red jerseys at home…All Pewter as 3rd jersey…Did not go back to the Orange-White scheme fans wanted.

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(College Football)

Arizona State..WR-Brandon Alyuk-undergoes sports hernia surgery.

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…………………(Basketball)……………….

NBA…Commissioner Adam Silver meets with CDC-officials to discuss use of blood test devices to determine if players have covid-virus.

NBA…says it is no closer to determining if season can start up again than it was a month ago….’too many complications’ yet to be resolved.

Lakers..Ask senior staff employees to take 20% pay deferrals.

Chicago…Interview Utah Jazz-GM-Justin Zaink for vacant Bulls GM job…Will interview candidates from Denver-Toronto this week also.

Aztecs….Land transfer G-Terrell Gomez from Cal State Northridge…averaged (19P) last two years for Matadors.

Duke..G-Cassius Stanley files for NBA draft (12P-4R)..6’6-G
Villanova…F-Saddiq Bey files for draft (16P-4R)..6’8
Maryland…F-Jalen Smith-files for NBA draft..(15P-10R)..6’10-C
Purdue..C-Matt Haarms-to transfer..(8P-4R-2BS)..7’3-C
UCLA..F-Chris Smith files for NBA draft..(13P-5R)
Arizona..G-Nico Mannion files for NBA draft..(14PPG)

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……………………..(Hockey)……………………..

Edmonton…Oilers F-Colby Cave in coma…suffers blood clot on brain…is only (25Y).

Colorado…3rd Avalanche player tests positives for Virus-put in isolation.

NHL…Commissioner Gary Bettman says cancellation of Olympics ‘gives NHL broader calendar’ to play games into summer-June-July-August.

Toronto..Sign FA-F-Alexander Barabov-KHL-St Petersburg…scored (51G) in 4-years in Russia.

Winnipeg…Sign FA-Dylan Samburg-ex Minnesota Duluth star.

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………………(General)……………

Formula 1-…..Cancels June 14th-Canadian Grand Prix-Montreal….9th race cancelled this year.

Manchester City….Coach Pep Guardiola…mother passes away from Virus in Spain….he had donated 1M to Covid-research in Spain.

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