Best 15 Minutes

Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Friday

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Padres…Intrasquad game…OF-Trent Grisham solo HR…P-Michel Baez-Emilio Pagan strong inning apiece…SS-CJ Abrams single-RBI…P-Adrian Morejon struggled with control….Joey Luchessi-Luis Patino impressive 3-innings on mound in Thursday game.

Padres..P-Jose Castillo will miss at least 6-weeks of workouts…undergoes MRI for major strain lat muscle in shoulder….Missed last year with forearm issues then finger injury…Might not pitch this season.

Padres..Manager Jayce Tingler says he is 5-days away from naming his starting rotation.

Padres..Wil Myers..’Team ready to meet things head on-we will all get thru the situations that arise’.

Padres..OF-Robert Hassell sidelined with calf cramps-1st round pick

Padres..2B-Jorge Mateo remains away from team with Covid fever.
Padres..Jurickson Profar in running now for starting 2B-job

Padres..Unveil 2021-schedule…Open with 7-game homestand at Petco Park against Arizona-Giants…have 10-game road trip in May….10-game road trip in September….play 17-of-23 on road in September…will play AL West in interleague play

Dodgers…Batters complain they cannot pick up pitches off mound because of newly renovated centerfield batter’s eye…100M renovation in outfield created smaller batter’s eye….Built ramps-elevators-walkways for additional clubs for fans.

Dodgers..Unveil 2021 schedule…will open at home-April 1st-vs-Washington Nationals in 3-game series…Play AL-West including 6-vs-Angels in interleague play

Angels..P-Julio Teheran confirms he remains in Atlanta-quarantined-entire family tested positive for virus….May not be ready for start of season.

Angels…Unveil 2021 season schedule..Open with 6-game homestand vs White Sox-Astros…play NL West in interleague play.

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(MLB)

Umpires Union voices support for MLB protocol after Umpire Joe West makes ignorant comments…”130-Covid death count is not accurate….Empty hospitals of elective surgery….put patients in because government pays them….Get hit by car-call it covid death.”

Washington Post…Reports MLB failed to test 2-plane load of players coming from the Dominican Republic…At least 7-players in quarantine now for positive tests in US-including Twins slugger Miguel Sano.

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(Roster Moves)

Cubs..Release P-Brandon Morrow
Tigers..P-Daniel Norris tests positive for virus
Royals.Sign FA-SS-Oscar Hernandez
Pirates..P-Hector Noesi-opts out because of virus
Pirates..P-Keone Kela-yet to report to camp-possible positive test

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(Injuries)

Cubs..P-Yu Darvish injures finger in intrasquad game
Giants..1B-Brandon Belt-heel injury
Orioles..SS-Jose Iglesisas-back issue
Royals..OF-Aldaberto Mondesi-cleared play-shoulder rehab

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(College Football)

Big 10…Announces it is cancelling all non-conference games in football..will play only league games-possibly delay start of season…Big games cancelled Ohio State-Oregon..Michigan-Washington….Wisconsin-Notre Dame…Michigan State-Miami…42-games in all cancelled

ACC…Consider cancelling non conference games.

PAC 12…Looking at cancelling all non conference games…instead scheduling 10-game league season…everyone plays 5Home-5 Road.

Ohio State..AD-Gene Smith says he is very ‘concerned’ there will be no college football this season.

SEC..says not ready to make decision for two weeks on its schedule.

NCAA..Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal wants meeting with NCAA to discuss cancelling entire season and moving it to next spring…Says NCAA has ‘failed to come up with national health care protocols’ to protect players….says ‘Vulnerability everywhere’…..NCAA cannot make decision ‘based just on money’.

Notre Dame..AD-Jack Swarbrick…’Pessimistic on starting season on time’…May have to delay start of season…’Blown away by complexities of health protocols’.

Colorado State..Freshman star CB-Brandon Crossley-transfers to SMU.

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(NFL)

Patriots..WR-Julian Edelman wants to take Eagles WR-DeSean Jackson to visit Holocaust Museum in Washington…to help him learn and understand Jewish faith….”Blacks and Jews are the same-both attacked by Hateful-Ignorant people”….response came after Jackson’s social media comments about Hitler and Nation of Islam.

NFL..Releases for information about possible NFL games.
..No postgame gatherings of players
..No uniform-jersey exchanges
..Facemasks for all on sidelines except coaches-players
..Temperature checks all people access to sidelines
..No media access to locker-rooms

Union….Asks NFL to describe why 4-preseason games are unsafe and 2-games are safe for players…Union wants all preseason games cancelled.

Washington…Former Redskins players sound off-want team name retained.
..Mark May-Mob mentality forcing this change
..Mark Moseley-Take away achievements of Art Monk-Darrell Green.

49ers..RB-Raheem Mostert asks for trade…had over (1,200) all purpose yards last year…is due to make just (2.5M) this year…club refuses to upgrade contract.

Patriots…QB-Cam Newton holds private passing workouts at UCLA with WRs N’Keal Harry and Odell Beckham.

CFL…Edmonton Eskimos consider name change….NHL player Jordan Tootoo defends name-he is from Inuk Tribe in Yukon.
..CFL should ask Inuk how they feel
..Is name honoring the tribe or hurtful
..Eskimos does not offend me-honors people who live in cold.

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……………….(BASKETBALL)………………..

Lakers…Team arrives in Orlando to go thru Covid testing
Clippers..Say F-Kawhi Leonard has family matter-did not travel
76ers..C-Joel Embid arrives in medical gear-says not comfortable

NBA Union…says concerned Disney workers-who have access to Orlando bubble are not being tested by same protocols given to players.

Houston…Rockets stars James Harden-Russell Westbrook not on team play enroute to Orlando…will fly individually.

San Antonio…G-Pattie Mills says he will donate 1M-of salary checks to educational programs to fight racism.

NBA…Informs Brooklyn that F-Michael Beasley will have to serve 5-game suspension for drug violation once season re-starts.

Brooklyn Nets..Sign FA-F-Michael Beasley and FA-G-Jamal Crawford because of illness-injury deletions to team.

Knicks..Formal interview with ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau-meets with new President Leon Rose

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………………..(HOCKEY)………………..

NJ Devils…Hire Lindy Ruff as head coach…spent 19-years as head coach with Buffalo Sabres-Dallas Stars.

NHL…Officials say not concerned about virus outbreak at Edmonton hospital where 20-patients and 15-staff became ill this week…Edmonton still sight of hub city for playoffs.

NHL..Evaluates health situation of #1 pick Kaapo Kakko-Finland rookie..is Type 1-diabetic with health issues…had 10-goals as rookie

NHL…Announces all training camps for NHL playoff teams open on Monday….Hubs open on July 26th…Playoffs begin August 1st.

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…………….(GENERAL)……………….

MLS…Sends Nashville team home from Bubble in Orlando after 9-players test positive with virus……….10-Dallas players tested positive earlier in week and team left bubble.

MLS…20-players tested positive inside bubble after reporting to Orlando

English Premier League-scores
..Hot Spur-Tie-Bournemouth…Tottenham no shots on goal
..Manchester United-W-Aston Villa..Marcus Greenwood-Paul Pogba score goals
..Southampton-Tie-Everton..Danny Ing 19th goal year for Southies

EPL…Top weekend games
..Liverpool-vs-Burnley
..Manchester City-vs-Brighton
..Arsenal-vs-Hot Spur
..Leicester-vs-Bournemouth

Tiger Woods…commits to play in Memorial Golf Tourney next weekend in Dublin, Ohio.

PGA…Muirfield Open…
..(65)..Colin Morikawa 6-birdies and eagle
..(66)..Adam Hadwin
..(67)..Zach Johnson
..(68)..Pat Perez
..(69)..Jason Day
..(73)..Phil Mickelson had 4-bogeys and double bogey in 6-hole span

Indy Car…Runs Road America Grand Prix this weekend-Wisconsin
Formula 1..Runs Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday
NASCAR…Kentucky 400-with Kevin Harvick shooting for 5th win year

Del Mar…Opens 28-day summer meet on Friday..will run Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule without fans.

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