Hacksaw’s Headlines-Wednesday

Posted by on June 24th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

…………………(NASCAR)………………..

FBI…Finishes 48-hour probe of Talladega Speedway….”Not a hate crime”….Video shows the noose found in Bubba Wallace garage was in that area since October 2019 and was used to open garage doors…found similar noose in another stall attached to a garage door…Video showed no one illegally entering the garage…Wallace had been assigned that garage stall last Friday….15-agents took part in interview process and video reviews.

NASCAR…Driver Ricky Stenhouse confirmed he had Mississippi State Flag patch removed from his driving suit morning of the race.

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Union…Agrees to have players report to Spring Training camps July 1st…with likely start of season on July 24-25-or-26….Approves rule changes for shortened season.

..Accepts 60-games season
..Accepts 10-teams playoff
..Accepts extra inning rule-baserunner will start at 2nd base
..Accepts games will be called ties after 12-innings.
..Relief pitchers will have to face 3-batter minimum
..Pitchers (:20) clock in effect this year
..Spring Training Camps…40-man roster..20-man taxi squad
..Teams to determine whether all 60-players come to camp
..Alternative to send 20-taxi squad members to Spring Training sights
..MLB will set up 20-player free agent camp-Nashville-teams access
..Players to all have virus testing-July 1st.
..Spring training workouts will be staggered thruout day
..Opening day rosters 30…decreased to 28….then 26 in August.
..MLB can move playoffs to neutral sight if virus outbreak occurs.

..Media-no access to players…only Zoom interviews
..Broadcasters likely to do play-by-play from studios

MLB…Commissioner Rob Manfred to announce specific schedule at midweek….Total 60-games….Teams will play 40-games against divisional rivals-10 games each…Play 20-games against division in other leagues…4-games each.

Toronto Blue Jays…Considering playing home games in Tropicana Field-Tampa Bay or at Buffalo Bisons Stadium because of Canadian Quarantine laws still in effect.

Padres…Player Rep- Austin Hedges says ‘hopes all negativity spread the last few months during negotiations-will be taken care of by playing baseball games’

Rockies..OF-Charlie Blackmon tests positive for virus…1-of 4-players on Colorado roster with postitive tests.

Phillies…4-more players test positive for virus in Clearwater…12-total

Yasiel Puig…Approached to sign contract in Korean League.
Royals..Sign #1 pick..P-Asa Lacey (6.6M) deal
Cardinals..Sign 3B-Jordan Walker-#1 pick (2.9M) package
Pirates..Sign SS-Nick Gonzales..#1 pick
Tampa Bay..Sign P-Nick Bitsko-#1 pick.

University of Cincinnati…Trustees approve removal of name Marge Schott from baseball stadium.

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…………………….(BASKETBALL)………………..

Denver…Leading scorer Nikola Jokic-tests positive for virus in Serbia.
Phoenix..Report 2-members of Suns have tested positive

Cleveland..F-Kevin Love donates (500,000) to UCLA for Medical Health Awareness program.

Lakers..Veteran C-DeMarcus Cousins turns down contract offer to return for playoffs..will continue rehab from quad-knee surgeries.

Cleveland..F-Andre Drummond opts in to remain with Cavs..will be paid (28.7M) next season.

Lakers…give Assistant Coach Jason Kidd permission to interview for vacant NY Knicks job.

Toronto…Raptors players arrive at Florida Gulf Coast University to begin conditioning drills before opening of NBA-Bubble camp in Orlando.

NBA…asks questions about players being put ‘at risk’ if Disney Hotel Workers are allowed to enter and leave NBA bubble hotels daily to return home.

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………………………..(Football)………………………..

Tampa Bay….QB-Tom Brady goes against NFL medical advise…leads 11-players in passing drill workouts on Tuesday.

Arizona…QB-Kyler Murray leads 21-players in workouts in Dallas-despite NFL asking he not do drills

49ers…..OT-Trent Williams restructures contract…Niners will not have right to ‘franchise tag’ him for 2021 season.

Raiders..TE-Nick O’Leary emergency surgery for heart blockage..will sit out 2020 season.

Steelers…Confirm 2-players have had positive virus test.

Detroit…Principal owner Martha Ford steps away from day to day operation of franchise.

NFL..Admits for first time teams may have to play with empty stadiums to start the season…Says it will be decided ‘state-by-state’

NFL-Union….says it projects the league would lose 3B-dollars if they had to play season without fans.

Cincinnati…Former S-George Iloha confirmed owner Mike Brown met with team in 2016 and begged them ‘not to kneel’ during National Anthem….Iloha said lockeroom was divided…Black players wanted to knee…White players want to stand…Team decided to link arms instead.

49ers…Hoise “Black Lives Matter” flags atop the stadium.

Washington….Film director Spike Lee is beginning public drive to pressure NFL to get Washington to drop the ‘Redskins’ name and logo.

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(College Football)

Alabama….Athletic Department says it would los 175M-revenues if Tide games are played without fans.

San Diego State…Awaiting Direction from Chancellor’s office on the safety of bringing 125-athletes onto campus July 7th for conditioning for fall sports.

Boise State…close down practice facilities after 8-players test positive in one week of off season conditioning.

Fresno State…Lose starting DT-Matt Kjelgaard-decides to transfer.

Mississippi State..RB-Kylin Hill says he will transfer unless State removes Confederate Bars & Stripes from state flag.

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………………(Hockey)………………..

Hockey Hall of Fame….2020 Class to be named on Wednesday…top candidates:
..Jerome Iginla…(625G) in career with Calgary Flames
..Daniel Alfredsson..(444G) with Ottawa Senators
..Marian Hossa (525G) with Blackhawks-other teams
..Mike Keenan (672-wins) with Blackhawks-Rangers other teams
..Ken Hitchcock (848-wins) in NHL career
..Viktor Tikhonov-Coach of Soviet Olympic teams

NHL…announces Draft Lottery will be on Friday
Vancouver…drops plans to move training camp to US

NHL..informs teams they can bring 30-players and 6-goalies to training camps when 2-hub cities announced.

NJ Devils…Interview Lindy Ruff for vacant coaching job.

Ducks..Promote Martin Madden to Assistant GM-Director of Scouting.

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……………………..(General)………………

English Premier League
..Hot Spur-W-West Ham…Harry Kane key goal.
..Leicester-Ties-Brighton (0-0)..Foxes get goalie save on penalty kick

English Premier League…Top games on Wedneday
..Liverpool (27-1-2)-vs-Crystal Palace
..Manchester United-vs-Sheffield United.

Manchester City…Loses F-Sergio Aguero-knee injury

Tennis..Novak Djokovic leaves Pro Tour-tests positive for virus
Golf..Ryder Cup-Wisconsin…cancelled till 2021.

Alex Zanardi..former Indy car champ placed into induced coma-severe head injuries in cycling crash in Italy on weekend.

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