Roger Goodell…”State of NFL Address” at Super Bowl:
..Pleased to get thru the 256-game season
..Avoid the * Asterisk season
..Extraordinary effort with the Union and Doctors-Science
..Don’t know what normal will be like again
..We found “safest place to be is in NFL facility”
..We always chose safety first over competition
..We learned so much as we went thru our crisis with Balt-Tenn-Cleve
..Best example of business leaders working together
..Virtual learning coaches-players will be here forever
..Best Days of NFL are ahead of us
NFL…Union-Owners negotiating next years salary…Expect cap to drop from (198M-to-185M)…but not to bottom floor 175M
Atlanta..Owner Arthur Blank contributes 17M to African American Heritage Museum in Atlanta
New England..Former LB-Teddy Bruschi says Jared Goff-Matthew Stafford would not do well with Patriots…”Not tough enough to be be coached hard”….Salutes mental toughness Tom Brady..”Brady spent 20-years under Bill Belichick”.
Chargers..QB-Justin Herbert praises QB coach Pep Hamilton for working him so hard to play this year.
Denver-Houston..Report Broncos-Texans have talked about the price tag on a trade for QB-Deshaun Watson…would involve QB-Drew Lock…a WR…and #1-#1 draft picks.
Colts-Eagles..Open trade talks for QB-Carson Wentz…Indianapolis might offer #2-#3 pick and a player in trade..but not interested in #1.
Chicago-San Francisco…Talking about possible Jimmy Garoppolo trade to the Bears for mid round draft pick.
Saints..Open contract extension talks with QB-Jameis Winston…Saints 91M-over cap..will take 22M-cap hit when Drew Brees retires.
Chiefs..Activate WR-Demarcus Robinson..C-Daniel Kilgore from Covid IR list…both tested negative 4-days in a row.
Bears..Hire Michael Petry-RB coach-ex Oregon State
USC…finishes up huge haul in late signings in recruiting:
..DE-Korey Forman-Corona..#1 in state
..LB-Raesjon Davis-Mater Dei..#3 in state
..CB-Cejair Wright-LA Loyolo..#9 in state
..FS-Xavion Alford-transfer Texas
..RB-Keontay Ingram-transfer Texas
..WR-KD Nixon-transfer Colorado
..DT-Ishmail Sopsher-transfer Alabama
Clemson ..Extension to Off Coord-Tony Elliott..will make 2M
Arizona State..6Y-Extension to Athletic Director Ray Anderson
Oregon State..Received 50M-from donor to help with 153M-renovation of Reser Stadium.
Lakers-Denver……Nuggets led (66-59) midway thru 3rd quarter at press time….LA (16-6)…Thursday night action
Clippers-Boston….LA opens homestand…Clippers (16-6)
NBA-Union…Agree to hold All Star game in March in Atlanta despite criticism from NBA players
Toronto..Contract extension to GM-Bobby Webster
Toronto..Backup C-Lucas Nogueira retires..former #1 pick-has had problems with injuries and substance abuse.
NY Knicks..Bench #1 pick F-Obi Toppin-limited to 12-minutes per game..Demote starting F-Kevin Knox to play off the bench.
MLB…President Biden’s health team meets with Commissioner Rob Manfred…recommends they not start the season in April…Asks for delay till May so that all players-staff can be vaccinated…Union-refused to take part in meeting
Union…President Tony Clark has private Zoom meeting with President’s health team to ask questions about virus vaccine program.
Cleveland..GM-Mike Antonetti said he had no knowledge of behaviour problems with Mickey Calloway when he worked for team….NY Mets President Sandy Alderson expressed same lack of knowledge…as did Angels who hired him as pitching coach…Calloway facing dismissal after 12-women came forward saying Calloway used lewd behaviour in their presence over the last five years.
Trevor Bauer…Agent for top FA-P says negotiations are down to two teams..Mets-Dodgers….Mets have (183M) payroll…Dodgers payroll (205M)…both teams attempting to stay below the (210M) luxury tax threshold…Reports Mets offer is (3Y-100M) with opt outs after 1st-2nd-years…Dodgers offers could be 1-2-3 years back end loaded to stay away from luxury tax-could include deferred payments.
Cardinals-Angels…Trade..St Louis deals OF-Dexter Fowler and 12M to Halos for players to be named later..Fowler-13Y veteran..can play all 3-OF positions…hit (.233-15HRs) last season…has played with Rockies-Astros-Cubs-Cardinals is (34Y)
Giants-Minnesota…Trade…SF deals P-Shaun Anderson to Twins for OF-LaMonte Ward.
Milwaukee…Makes contact with FA-3B-Justin Turner-Dodgers…Brewers might use money Ryan Braun earned to sign Turner…Braun not offered deal.
Toronto..Open contract talks with FA-P-James Paxton-ex Yankees
Cardinals..Open talks with FA-P-Jake Odorizzi-ex Twins
Tampa Bay..Open talks with FA-P-Rich Hill-ex Dodgers-Twins
White Sox..Sign FA-C-Jonathon Lucroy-ex Brewers
Indians..Sign FA-P-DJ Johnson-Hiroshima Carp-Japan
Cubs..Sign FA-P-Joe Biagini-ex Blue Jays
Cubs..Sign FA-OF-Nick Martini-ex A’s
Dodgers..Broadcaster Jorge Jarrin retires after 9-years in radio booth..worked with his father Jaime Jarrin.
San Diego Gulls-Bakersfield….Gulls open AHL-season on Friday night in Irvine…Gulls start season with 9-rookies on 23-man roster:
..Trevor Zegras-#1 draft pick-star of USA Team
..Jamie Drysdale-#1 draft pick defenseman from Team Canada
..Jacob Perrault-#3 draft pick RW
..Lukas Dostal-European rookie goalie from Norway
..Ollie Ericksson-Ek-goalie from Sweden
..Keegan Lowe-D-from Edmonton Oilers
..Trevor Carrick-D-veteran AHL star from Charlotte
..Simon Benoit..Josh Mahura..Hunter Drew played in San Diego
..Sam Carrick-C-25 goal scorer with Gulls
..Matt Lortio-RW-veteran AHL goal scorer
Kings-at-Las Vegas..Friday matchup..Kings (3-4-2)
Ducks-San Jose..Saturday matchup..Ducks (4-5-2)
AHL..Cancels San Jose-Tucson….Cleveland-Rockford games-Covid issues…opening weekend of season
Buffalo..Coach Ralph Krueger-tests positive for virus
Minnesota..5-more Wild players isolated because of tests
NHL…40-players sidelined this week by virus…90-players impacted in 3-week span since season started.
NHL…Shuts down Colorado Avalanche facility…Cancels 4-Avs games thru February due to latest Covid outbreak…Avs have 4-players in isolation.
NHL..Invokes additional guidelines to fite outbreak…Players limited access to arena-allowed in building just (1:45) minutes before game starts…Removal of glass behind benches during games..more spacing of players in locker-rooms…all meetings virtual.
Kings..Callup D-Tobias Bjornfot from AHL-Ontario
Kings..Send rookie Arthur Kaliyev to Ontario
PGA-Phoenix Open….1st round
(-8)-63..Mark Hubbard..8-birdies on day
English Premier League..Scoreboard
..Chelsea-W-Hot Spur..Jorginho scores on penalty shot for Blues
English Premier League…Schedule..Top weekend games
..Manchester United (13-4-5)-vs-Everton
..Manchester City (14-2-5)-vs-Liverpool (11-4-7)