Best 15 Minutes

Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Thursday

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Padres…Owner Ron Fowler tells my website….
..”Yes-we have talked about startup season in Arizona”
..”Yes we would use spring training stadiums for 30-teams.”
..”This is not close to happening”
..”Give it less than 10% chance of happening”

MLB…Sources say conversations on Arizona startup happened on Monday and Tuesday…but would need Medical officials approval…testing kits…hopefully a vaccine….no conversations since early in the week.

Texas…Ex-Rangers-Reds-Angels slugger Josh Hamilton-indicted in Texas child abuse in assault on his daughter…facing felony charge.

Don Pavletich….Longtime Reds-Red Sox-White Sox catcher in 50s and 60s…passes away (82).

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………………(Football)…………….

NFL…Governors of California-Wisconsin-Ohio-Illinois tell NFL League office they have doubts that any training camps could open in the coming months.

Pittsburgh…Steelers GM-Kevin Colbert…No response from NFL on expanding draft to 10-rounds to give teams more access to players they could develop.

Atlanta…RB-Todd Gurley says Rams have failed to make (7.5M) roster bonus he was due on March 21st…was released and signed with Rams next week.
Chiefs..Sign FA=RB-DeAndre Washington…ex-Raiders

Dallas..Criticism of QB-Dak Prescott for holding 6-player passing workout with Dez Bryant and other players at training facility-violating self isolation requests by state

Bengals..Team chaplain hospitalized-tested positive covid-virus
Detroit..Former TE-Matt Campbell-in ICU with virus-recovering

Arizona..Cardinals buy 1M-meals for 4-Arizona food banks
Arizona…Donalte 1M to Covid-fund in state

Tampa Bay…Tom Brady-in last in-depth interview about decision to leave Patriots:
..Went into 2019 believing it would be my final season-New England
..Accomplished everything we could
..I wept when I told Robert Kraft I was leaving
..Bill Belicheck era-we brought out the best in each other
..He allowed me to the the best I could
..New England had to plan for the future.

Tampa Bay..Tom Brady-buys 750,000-meals for the Tampa Food Bank.

Carolina..Coach Matt Rhule…”Released Cam Newton because I wanted to start with my own QB”.

Atlanta..Falcons unveil 3-new uniforms…all white…all black…red-fade-to-black jersey.

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(College Football)

Oklahoma State…rebukes comments by Coach Mike Gundy…College President says…”We must blunt the spread of the virus in this state-we will do what doctors tell us”

Oklahoma State..Coach Mike Gundy went public on Tuesday night saying:
..College Presidents and ADs need to open universities-bring players back.
..These are strong 18-19-20 year olds who can handle the virus.
..Universities are open with on line courses-let us open football

Mississippi State…University criticizes Coach Mike Leach for his tweet of cartoon with a ‘noose’ in it-signifying ‘lynching’….President of school…’Never appropriate in the South or in Mississippi’….Tells Leach ‘expand your cultural knowledge’…..Demands he visit ‘Civil Rights Museum’ to increase his awareness.

Nebraska..Expel 2-Cornhusker players-Andre Hunt-Kat LeGrone-under investigation now for 6-possible sexual assault incidents last summer on campus.

Virginia Tech…AD-Walt Babcock-Member of NCAA Oversight Committee…’College Football’ looking at pushback to start of season…run football into overlap period with basketball…’Shorten schedule-drop non conference games-rebuilding schedule-start later run longer into December’.

Boise State..LB-Coach Zach Alley-tests positive for virus.

Colorado..Lands Arizona TE-Jake Porter-transfer from Arizona.

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……………(Basketball)…………………

Chicago…Interviews Bryan Colangelo-ex Toronto-Philadelophia-Phoenix GM for vacant Bulls job.

Chicago..Interview Danny Ferry-ex Cave GM..Wes Wilcox-ex Atlanta GM.

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…………(Hockey)……………….

Edmonton…F-Colby Cave undergoes emergency surgery-blood clot on brain….is in coma in critical condition.

NHL…Considering going right to playoffs if hockey restarts…Looking at rolling back schedule to what standing were after 68-games and taking playoff teams from that.

CCM…Hockey manufacturing company has begun manufacturing 500,000 masks for Canadian hospitals.

Florida..Sign F-Cole Sikwindt-F-Mississagua-OHL..scored (71P-57Games)

NHL Draft…Final draft listing ranking players…
..Alex Lafreniere-C-Rimouski-Quebec..(35G-112P)
..Quinton Byfield-LW-Sudbury-OHL (32G)
..Tim Stuetzle-LW-Manheim-Germany..(34P)
..Alex Holtz-RW-Djurgarden-Sweden (9G)

..Nick Daws-G-Guelph-OHL..(2.48GAA)
..Yaro Ashavov-G-St Petersburg-KHL..(2.45GAA)
..Joel Bomqvist-G-Karpat-Finland..(1.66GAA)

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……………………….(General)……………………

Formula 1…Furlough half working staff…..Top Staffers take 30%-cut

Indy Car..Release new schedule…13-races in 18W-window-start June 6th with Texas 400.

PGA…Jack Nicklaus praises Masters Tourney for finding slot for tourney in November in Augusta.

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