Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Wednesday
Chargers…Lose RT-Trey Pipkens…tests positive for Covid…placed on IR.
Chargers…Vote of confidence to troubled kickers..Michael Badgley and Ty Long…Badgley missed 9-kicks this year-including FGs, PAT and blocked field goal…Long has 2-punts blocked…Chargers released K-JJ Molson and P-Lac Edwards from taxi squad
Dallas-L-Baltimore (34-17)…Ravens bury Dallas with lead late in 4th quarter at press time…Baltimore ran for (294Y)….RB-Gus Edwards (101R)….QB-Lamar Jackson (107P-94R) in win…Cowboys Greg Zeurlein 3-missed field goals….Baltimore (7-5)….Cowboys (3-9)…..Tuesday Night Football
Ravens…WR-Dez Bryan’ts comeback game was halted an hour before kickoff…Taken off the field after an afternoon Covid test came back positive…Bryant had 2-tests earlier in the day that were inconclusive leading to a third test…Concern the tests might be ‘false positives’….all other Ravens were negative in pregame tests.
Union…DeMaurice Smith-head of Players Association rejects idea of putting teams in ‘hotel bubbles’ for final 4-weeks of season…”Testing results show less than 1%-positive tests….Yes this is a health issue but this is also a human family issue’
NFL..Test results first week of December…(16,475-tests…18-positive tests)
Steelers..Coach Mike Tomlin upset at 6-dropped passes…’Catch the ball or we will get someone who can’….Refuses comment on QB-Ben Roethlisberger might be having more elbow issues-dropping arm and throwing sidearm on delivery.
Houston…Hires Tony Dungy-Jimmie Johnson-Rod Graves to serve on committee to consult hiring of new GM.
Eagles..Name Jalen Hurts as starting QB..Benching Carson Wentz who has a 73QB rating this year…Wentz 16TD-15 Int-10 Fumbles-50 sacks
Eagles..Veteran assistant Jim Schwartz backs head coach Doug Pederson..’we all have his back…believe in him’
Tennessee..Reinstate suspended #1 pick OT-Isaiah Wilson..has played only 4-snaps this year because of off field issues.
Denver..CB-AJ Bouye-suspended 4G-PED violation
Rams…Family of forner NFL LB-Isaiah Robertson files CTE lawsuit against NCAA saying head injuries suffered at Southern University led to degenerative brain damage before his death….Robertson’s autopsy showed extreme CTE.
Tampa Bay..Sign FA-C-Ted Larsen-ex Arizona Cardnals
Raiders..Sign FA-S-Daryl Worley-ex Eagles
Jaguars..Sign FA-DT-Daniel Ross-ex Raiders
Miami..Workout FA-RB-Elijah McGuire-ex Jets
Carolina…Put 8 players on Covid IR list
Titans…IR-WR-Adam Humphrey-2nd concussion
Tampa Bay..WR-Chris Godwin-surgery on finger-to remove pin
Raiders..Activate OT-Trent Brown from IR list
Cardinals..IR-WR-Larry Fitzgerald from Covid IR list
Patriots..WR-Julian Edelman yet to clear Covid IR list
Bears..IR-LB-Mantei Teo-Covid test
Aztecs..Coach Brady Hoke says QB-Jordan Brookshire will be starting QB-at BYU on Saturday…Lucas Johnson will have a package of plays and could play….Says BYU-QB-Zach Wilson reminds him of TCU-QB-Andy Dalton….calls BYU defense ‘salty’-giving up only 300YPG…playing ‘lights out’…Cougars (9-1) on season.
Michigan-Ohio State…Saturday game cancelled by another Covid outbreak over last 7-days in UM football program….Buckeyes (5-0)..want Big 10 to allow them to play in conference championship game eventhough they won’t have required 6-games on season.
Ohio State…Rejects idea they should play unbeaten Cincinnati this weekend even with both teams having had games cancelled…Bearcats game with Tulsa cancelled by outbreak.
Fox Sports..Report network loses 18M in ad revenue with cancellation of Ohio State-Michigan game.
Purdue-Indiana…Boilermakers Old Oaken Bucket game in jeopardy with Hoosiers because Purdue shutdown workouts on Tuesday because of covid.
Indiana…Hoosiers shutdown workouts on Tuesday.
Ohio U-Kent State…Game cancelled by outbreak on Kent football team…Bobcats wind up losing last 3-games of season to cancellations.
Oregon….Athletic officials say school will finish season with 65M-financial deficit because of pandemic
Jackson State..New head coach Deion Sanders hires former NFL players Dennis Thurmond..Kevin Mathis..Alan Ricard for his new football staff.
Maryland..Confirms passing of 1950s star QB-Jack Scarbath at age (90Y)…Elected to College Football Hall of Fame…had (24-4-1) record…also played in NFL for Redskins-Steelers.
Padres…Lose out on potential trade for starting P-Lance Lynn..refused to put P-Joey Luchessi in deal…Lynn would have been a 1-year rental.
Padres…Awarded a Comp B-draft pick…Pick up the 47th pick in draft between 2nd and 3rd rounds next summer.
Padres..Sign FA-OF-Brian O’Grady-ex Tampa Bay…hit only (.213) with Rays but (.289) in AAA.
Texas-White Sox…Rangers trade P-Lance Lynn to White Sox for minor league pitchers Dane Dunning-Avery Weems….Lynn (104-71) in career.
Giants..Sign FA-P-Matt Wisler-ex Twins-Padres-Reds
Royals..Sign FA-1B-Carlos Santana-ex Indians-Phillies
White Sox..Sign FA-OF-Adam Eaton-ex Nationals
Reds..Sign FA-3B-Chris Cuthbert-ex White Sox
Mets..Sign FA-P-Trevor Hedenberger-ex Twins
Marlins..Open negotiations wtih OF-Mel Rojas..Yomiuri Giants…(.321-132 HRs) in career in Japan.
Rogelio Moret…former Red Sox-Indians-Rangers reliever passes away (71Y)..left baseball with emotional disorders
Phillies..Retiring uniform number of legendary slugger Richie Allen who died on Monday
Denis Menke..Longtime Braves-Phillies-2nd baseman passes away (71Y)
Mets..Fire minor league administator Marlon Anderson
Tigers..Hire Jose Cruz Junior as coach-ex Astros star
Cubs..Hire Willie Harris as 3B coach-ex Reds
Washington…Lays off entire baseball sales staff.
Tampa Bay…Owner Stewart Sternberg says playing split schedule-Tampa-Montreal is only way to save franchise.
Aztecs-Arizona State…SDSU changes travel plans
..Workout Wednesday morning
..Players go home to shower
..6-hour bus trip to Tempe
..Play Thursday 8pm
..Bus home arriving on campus 5am.
Aztecs…(4-0) on season..ranked 24th in polls.
UCLA..Signs Uniform-Shoe deal with Jordan Brand-Nike..ending relationship with Under Armour.
Houston..Cougars shutdown workout because of Covid issues
Wake Forest..Cancels next 3-games because of virus outbreak on campus
NBA…Getting resistance from teams about operating “G-League” in a bubble in Orlando….Lakers-Clippers-Dallas-Denver might pull out and not operate team.
Houston…G-James Harden says he would accept trade to Brooklyn-Boston-76ers…Day 4-of his holdout
Knicks..sign FA-C-Skal Lasbissiere-ex Portland
Knicks..sign FA-F-James Young-played in Italy
NHL…Says it will open the season with reduced schedule
..Covid tests all clubs-December 26th
..Open camps January 1st
..Open 56-game schedule January 13th
..Expand rosters to 26-players per game
..Add 4-man taxi squad on game day who could be added if team has outbreak
..Allow up to 20-minor league prospects to practice with NHL team
..Will pro rate salary
..Players will pay some portion of salary (10%) into escrow account
..NHL drops plans for deferred salaries
..Considering All-Canadian Division
..Reworking scheduling format for mini hub schedule of games
Pittsburgh…Penguins sued by former minor league assistant coach Jarrod Skalde…Asks for damages after Penguins AHL coach Clark Donatelli sexually molested Skalde’s wife in a car in 2018…Penguins allowed Donatelli to stay on as coach for another year before firing him for multiple offenses….Penguins says Skalde waited 7-months before informing team of incident…Skalde fired last season…Skalde says he is victim of ‘whistleblower retaliation’.
Florida Panthers…Hire Francois Allaire as goaltending coach…former Assistant with Ducks.
Washington…Lose F-Beck Malenstyn-8 months-torn achilles.
Djurgarden-Sweden….Loses 3-players in a day with positive covid tests
Indy 500…Track historian Don Davidson retiring..has worked for Speedway for 55-years.
Formula 1…Driver Lewis Hamilton yet to clear Covid protocols..could miss Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Indy Car…Andretti Autosport sign Colton Herta…will be part of 5-car team this year.
Soccer…Team USA-vs-El Salvador in Wednesday friendly game
Wolverhampton..Mexican star Raul Jiminez released from hospital after surgery for blood clot after fractured skull in a game two weeks ago.