Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday
Managers of Year…
..National League…Don Mattingly-Miami…Took 105-loss team to playoffs..survived Covid outbreak on roster…Padres Jayce Tingler finished 2nd-took 90-loss team into 2nd round playoffs.
..American League…Kevin Cash-Tampa Bay…Lead Rays to (40-20) record…got 22-first place votes….Ex White Sox manager Rick Renteria-runnerup.
Boston…Manager Alex Cora tells media…”I served my penalty” after 1-year suspension…’I made a mistake’ for part in Sign Stealing scandal….Critical Boston media wrote ‘You made conscience decision to cheat for a whole year-was not a mistake’.
Chicago..Manager Tony LaRussa tried to talk way out of February-DUI by showing officer his World Series ring and telling him he was a Hall of Famer.
Pirates…Hire John Baker-Assitant GM-Cubs as VP-Player Development.
Giants..Former OF-Mac Williamson sues team and ATT-Park for negligence…suffered career ending and life changing concussion-stumbling
over a bullpen mound in foul territory chasing a foul ball suffering permanent head injury.
Mets..P-Marcus Stroman says he would never consider playing for Tony LaRussa-cannot communicate with today’s players..
Yankees…2B-DJ LeMahieu rejects qualkifying offer (18.9M) to become a free agent
Mets…Incoming owner Steve Cohen says Luis Rojas will remain as manager.
Mets..President Sandy Alderson says new ownership will make a run at big money Reds FA-P-Trevor Bauer.
Mets…Drop Columbia as longtime minor league affiliate in South Atlantic League
Angels…Report there are 3-finalists for vacant GM-job
Angels..Express interest in FA-P- Charley Morton-Toronto…Matt Schumacher-Toronto.
Padres-Indians….Trade..San Diego acquires P-Matt Waldron from Cleveland as part of Mike Clevinger trade…had (2.96-ERA) in Class A ball.
Toronto..Open talks with FA-SS-Andrelton Simmons-ex Angels.
NFL…Owners vote ‘Alternate Playoff Plan’ to go to 16-team playoffs if teams cannot complete 16-game regular season….4-division winners and 4-wildcards in each conference….No first round byes.
NFL…Owners vote for a Bonus Draft Pick Plan for teams who develop Black GMs or Black Head Coaches….Teams that lose minorities to head coaching jobs would be awarded #3-#3 draft picks as bonuses for developing them.
NFL..Commissioner Roger Goodell says league will evaluate replacing ‘On Side Kick’ with a 4th and 15 play in the offseason.
NFL…Confirm uptick in positive Covid tests in first week of November….Administered (42,918-tests)…had 56-positive tests.
Bears..Sign FA-QB-Kyle Sloter-ex Vikings
Denver..Sign FA-CB-Davaunte Busby-ex Arizona
Houston..Sign FA-DE-Nate Orchard-ex Bills-Packers
Jaguars..Sign FA-K-Chase McLaughlin-ex Vikings
Steelers…Place TE-Vance McDonald on Covid IR-list
Steelers..Put QB-Ben Roethlisberger and 3-others on Covid list-close contact.
Bengals…Place DE-Margus Hunt on Covid IR list
Jets..OT-Mekhi Becton-MRI-chest injury
Dallas..CB-Trevon Diggs-fractured foot
Aztecs…Coach Brady Hoke-confirms RB-Chase Jasmin has left the team…opting out this season with injuries and concern about Covid…still on campus-could return next season.
Aztecs..Coach Brady Hoke says he may make a change at Punt Returner after Jordan Byrd fumbled 2-punts in first three games of season…WR-Jesse Campbell could replace him.
Aztecs…Coach Brady Hoke admits he has not yet signed his contract despite replacing Rocky Long as head coach in January…says there are no holdups.
SEC..Cancels LSU-Alabama game..Upwards of 41 players either test positive or are in contact testing because of outbreak at LSU
SEC..Cancels Texas AM–Tennessee game..up to 12 positive tests Aggies
SEC..Mississippi State-Auburn…Cancelled..Positive tests both teams
SEC..says it is not sure how it will handle LSU situation…Tigers have had 2-games postponed now.
Pac 12…Utah has had 22-players miss practice with either positive test or isolation because of close contact.
Pac 12…Cal Golden Bears considering moving home games out of Berkley because of Covid outbreak..would play all road games.
Aztecs….Outspoken coach Brian Dutcher disagrees with Mountain West rescheduling of games because of Covid.
..Not in favor of this Thursday-Saturday back to back schedule
..MWC has not told us of formula who plays where in schedule
..Playing back to back games at Altitude will be very hard
..You will see one team win by 20-one night..lose by 20-next game at altitude
..It is a Covid schedule…5-sets home games..5-road trips..this year only
..Not offended Aztecs not in Top 25 of preseason despite (30-2) record
..Was not excited about idea of playing in tourney in Orlando
..UCLA history-does not play road games in state of California
..UCLA could not stage 4-team tourney in Pauley Pavilion-LA county rules
..Hope to wind up with 7-non conference games
..Somebody will be mad when this is over..realize it will be unfair..MWC formula
Michigan State..Spartans coach Tom Izzo tests positive-Covid
Syracuse…Orange coach Jim Boeheim hit with wrongful death lawsuit in trazffic accident on icy highway last year that killed a man…Boeheim was not charged on case as his SUV skidded on icy bridge to avoid hitting a car that was stuck blocking two lanes sideways on highway…Boeheim hit a man standing in road after skidding.
Wichita State..Report school will buy out and fire Greg Marshall as Wheatshockers coach because of racial abusive comments directed at players…at last two head coaching jobs.
AP-Preseason poll out…1-Gonzaga..2-Baylor..3-Villanova..4-Virginia..5-Iowa
Boston….Legendary Celtic Tom Heinsohn passes away (86Y)…Played for 8-title teams in Boston..became head coach…then broadcaster for 40-years.
NBA-Union….Agree on 109M-salary cap for next year…same as this year…
Union..Sets free agent Max Salaries…can range 27M to 38M for veteran free agents on 5Y-deals.
Phoenix Suns-Oklahoma City…Open trade talks about Thunder G-Chtis Paul.
NHL…Commissioner Gary Bettman confirms league is looking at 1-Year realignment and Hub scheduling for season that would start January 1st….NHL would consider All-Canadian Division….Would consider 10-day hubs-where teams would play 5-games in10-days in a hub quarantine against 5-other teams…then would return home for a week….No fans at games
ECHL…Lower minor league says half of teams (13) will open training camps on December 1st and start schedule December 14th…Other half of teams (12) would not open camps till January 1st with start on January 14th…
Masters…Pairings announced for Thursday….Will play both 1st and 10th tees because of limited daylight at Augusta….Early tee times in cold weather likely.
..(7:55am)Tiger Woods tees off.
..(12noon)..Dustin Johnson-Rory McIlroy
Horse Racing….Authentic…Derby and Breeder Cup Classic winner….retirxed to stud in Kentucky.
Soccer…FA-Chairman of Board-Greg Clark forced to resign after making racist and homophobic comments to members of Parliament in London about race problems in soccer in England