Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday

Posted by on June 3rd, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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MLB-Union….”Clash” over owners exchange of ideas to cut the season to just 50-regular season games…and then go to post-season….with players getting ‘Pro Rated’ shares of their contract.

Union believes “Owners aren’t trying to save the season-just save money”….

Union says owners told them “will put best foot forward to play games”…now upset going from 82-to-50 game idea….

Union had agreed to 1-season ‘Geographical alignment’ and ‘Universal DH’.

Union said players would only get (30%) of salary with 50-game schedule.

Owners…”Cannot pay players 70% of salaries under last Union proposal…when owners are losing 70% of revenue base”

MLB…Report owners floating idea of expanded Arizona Fall League for all top prospects if minor league season is cancelled…Not sure if that might entail putting 15-Florida spring training teams into Arizona also since travel distances in Florida would be prohibitive.

Cubs..Owner Tom Ricketts denounces agent Scott Boras for criticism of MLB teams…calls financial losses teams are taking ‘biblical’….30-teams have had zero revenue this season and yet have all the expenses…all teams have had to borrow money…..Boras has no insight to our balance sheet….Cubs spent 750M in improvements of Wrigley Field…and plowed big money into player contracts….Team is looking at just 20% revenue it would normally take in…All other sports have partnerships with the players via a salary cap-but also have a committment to grow the game and they have in all other sports.

Cleveland..P-Carlos Corrasco-who battled back from leukemia last year-concerned about returning to play because of his immune system.

Phillies…Former P-Henry Mason passes away (88Y)…pitched in 1960s-very active with Negro League Museum in Kansas City.

Scott Boras…says he is paying salaries of his clients in minor leagues who have been released or not taken care of by MLB teams.

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(Roster Moves)

Padres…Release 26-minor leagues including OF-Mason House and P-Chris Huffman.

Angels..Release 39-minor league players including OF-Dustin Peterson.

Texas..Release 37-players including P-Taylor Jungmann and Austin Dirkx.

Seattle..Release OF-Rymer Liriano..P-Manny Banuelos.
A’s..Release OF-Mac Williamson

Arizona..Release P-David Huff

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……………(Football)……………….

Chargers….Coach Anthony Lynn…”I am angry” ..commenting on shootings-riots….Defended Colin Kaeperneck….”The Flag covers alot…patriotism-civil rights and more….He spoke out solely about injustice…he was not disrespecting the flag….The flag represents alot of different messages”…Says he was pulled over by traffic stop and before being asked for his license-says officer asked him if he was out on parole or had ever been in jail.

Rams..Coach Sean McVay…had ‘Amazing learning experience’ in video conference with players about social unrest and prejudice…..says he has empathy to understand each individual on his roster.

Saints..Coach Sean Payton tweets with picture of the slain George Floyd…”Murdered-not killed…22-weeks from today (November)…you can change it”

Houston..Texans QB-Deshaun Watson confirms he took part in protests in tht city on Tuesday.

New England..owner Robert Kraft says the nation needs ‘deep healing’

Eagles…WR-DeSean Jackson praises owner Jeffrey Lurie and white teammates for stepping up to say something important.

Minnesota..Coach Mike Zimmer says America needs change.

Patriots…Devin McCourty…”Athletes-use your platform to become a leading man”

Jets…Jamal Adams…”Stop killing us”
Eagles..Jason Kelce…”We has systemic racism in our society”

Ravens..Anquan Bolden…”This moment-bring meaningful change”

Vikings..Anthony Barr…”NFL statement said nothing about George Floyd..not mention murder…racisim…violence…injustice….It was vague…The NFL is built on Black Players-standup”

NFL…Orders 9-teams they cannot leave their facilities to move to their traditional training camps in August…Means Steelers cannot go to historic Latrobe, Pennsylvania….Cowboys cannot come to Oxnard…Carolina cannot go to Rock Hill-South Carolina….Rams cannot go to Irvine…

NFL…Also bans joint workouts with other teams in training amp.

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(College Football)

SDSU…Coach Brady Hoke brings in Pastor Miles McPherson-ex Charger-from Rock Church-to do video conference with Aztecs players to talk about the race riots.

USC…Lands top ranked QB-Miller Moss from Mission Hills..chose Trojans over Bruins.

LSU…Schedules pay-day games against Grambling-Southern to help with finances at HBUC schools.

Clemson…Confirms that an assistant coach Denny Pearson was disciplined for using a racial slur while trying to teach his players not to use that language on the field…Pearson had apologized to players and coaching staff.

Marshall…2-Thundering Herd players are ‘quarantined’ by positive virus test…had been part of group working out together on own.

Auburn…WR-Jashawn Sheffield arrested twice in week…DUI and disorderly conduct.

Hawaii…lands WR-Rice Bussey…..transfer from North Texas State…had (128R-21TD) in two years.

Lee Grosscup…longtime broadcaster…former QB-Utah…AFL-New York Titans….also was with NFL-NY Giants….broadcast Cal Golden Bears football for 32-years….passes away (84Y)

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………………….(Basketball)……………………

Washington Wizards…Mourn passing of legendary Player-Coach-GM-‘Wes Unseld…passed away (74Y)….Broke in with Baltimore Bullets…was Rookie of Year and MVP in first season in league….Played 13-years…teamed with Elvin Hayes on Washington championship team…became Head Coach…then General Manager….averaged (10P-14R) in star studded career.

San Antonio…Former #1-draft pick (6’11-C) Nicolo Milutinov rebufs offer to come to NBA…leaves team in Greece but signs with CSKA-Moscow in Euro League.

Sacramento…Fires broadcaster Grant Napear for twitter incident with black players including Doug Christie-DeMarcus Cousins….Napear used the term ‘All Lives Matter’ when referencing incidents….Napear had prior incidents with black players.

Golden State…Warriors to open practice facility to players for conditioning.

New Orleans…Judge rules lawyers can questions Pelicans star Zion Williamson and do ‘discovery’ of documents in massive lawsuit filed  in the Adidas slush-fund scandal…allegations Williamson took money…being sued by marketing firm he broke contract with.

NBA….Meets with Union to discuss 22-team playoff package….#8 seeds in each conference and 6-play-in teams would play single elimination games to determine which teams will join the 16-team playoffs.

NBA…Owners will vote on playoff format on Thursday.

South Carolina…Gamecocks coach Frank Martin confirms he has tested positive for Covid.

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………….(Hockey)……………..

San Diego Gulls…Lose D-Chris Wideman-signs with KHL-team Torpedo in Russia.

Anaheim Ducks..Sign all star D-Kodie Curran….Defenseman of Year with Rogle in Swedish League…(30Y)…had 49-points in 48-games.

Dallas..Sign C-Fredrik Karlstom-Vaxjo-Sweden

Darmouth College…Hires Washington Caps assistant Reid Cashman as head coach.

Winnipeg….Captain Blake Wheeler sounds off….”US-Canada cannot be silent anymore on racism”

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………………..(General)……………..

Boxing..Floyd Mayweather says he will pay for the funeral of murdered George Floyd….6-Houston police officers asked to be allowed to be pall-bearers at his funeral.

MLS…Soccer leaders reopen talks to save the season…Hope to have signed agreement with Union and players by Wednesday.

Formula 1…announces it will open the season with 2-races in Austria..July 5th and 12th.

Indy Car…Opens season this Saturday with Texas 300….Testing-qualifying then race in 1-day.

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