Kings rookie Kyle Guy urges public to heed coronavirus orders after grandfather's death
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kings rookie Kyle Guy is urging people to follow public health orders after losing a loved one to the coronavirus.Guy shared his grief in a moving tribute to his grandfather Saturday on Instagram. Guy said his grandfather died Friday night, apparently after contracting COVID-19 in the global coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 57,000 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.“Last night my grandpa passed away to be with the Lord,” Guy said. “Covid-19 has destroyed a lot of families. I urge and beg you all to take this seriously. You don’t want this to b...
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Derrick Jones Jr. takes down Kevin Durant in No. 16-No. 1 upset in NBA2K
MIAMI — If this was the NCAA Tournament, Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. would stand as the ultimate underdog story.But it isn’t. It isn’t even real. But it’s also about all we have at the moment.So there was Jones on Friday night, featured in ESPN’s first broadcast of the “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” playing as the No. 16 seed in the field, knocking off No. 1 seed Kevin Durant, 78-62.While the seedings for the NBA 2K20 gameplay tournament were determined by ratings based on actual on-court abilities, Jones got the better of Durant on the sticks in the single-elimination game.Jones chose ...
Mike Bianchi: Saban? Krzyzewski? Which college coach will step up, give up salary amid coronavirus crisis?
ORLANDO, Fla. — OK, who wants to be first?Who wants to be the first benevolent big-name college head coach to voluntarily step up and give up his salary to save jobs amid the coronavirus crisis?Will it be Alabama football coach Nick Saban, who makes $8.9 million a year?Will it be Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, who makes $9.3 million a year?Or maybe Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who makes $9 million a year?Or maybe Florida Gators football coach Dan Mullen, even though he only makes a paltry $6 million a year?Come on, guys, somebody has to be the first and then you know the others...
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has 'zero doubt' football will be played this fall
There have been plenty of theories floated around over the past couple of weeks in regards to what will happen to the college football season in 2020.ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is on record as saying he would be “shocked” if the NFL or college football takes place this fall, while Brett McMurphy of Stadium recently reported that one of the possibilities being considered is playing games into next spring, with the national title game taking place in May or June of 2021.Then there is Dabo Swinney’s opinion.Clemson’s head coach went an entirely different route when speaking with the media Frida...
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DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao gets a contract extension through 2023-24
DePaul men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao received a contract extension through 2023-24, the school announced Thursday.Financial terms were not released. Leitao’s contract was set to expire after the 2019-20 season.The athletic department announced in September it was working on contract extension for Leitao, who finished his fifth season in his second stint with DePaul. He previously coached at DePaul from 2002-05, leading the Blue Demons to their most recent NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005.DePaul is 64-98 in Leitao’s second stint.“We are happy to reach an agreement to continue the improve...
Swinney, Clemson being as creative as they can to recruit during coronavirus outbreak
Recruiting never stops, and that includes during the coronavirus outbreak.The NCAA announced Wednesday afternoon that the recruiting dead period for all sports has been extended through at least May 31 due to COVID-19. But Dabo Swinney and the rest of the Clemson coaching staff are continuing to communicate with prospects for the class of 2021 and beyond.During a dead period, coaches are not allowed to have in-person contact with recruits and they cannot watch them compete or visit their high school. However, coaches can talk on the phone, send messages and write letters to prospects.“There’s ...
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Matt Calkins: With Isaiah Stewart and likely Jaden McDaniels NBA-bound, Washington should be done with one-and-done players
SEATTLE — It was as surprising as San Diego sunshine, but it happened Wednesday. Huskies big man Isaiah Stewart declared for the NBA draft, and the best player to suit up for the Washington men’s basketball team last season is gone for good. His UW teammate, Jaden McDaniels, is expected to make the same announcement at some point, which would leave the two big ones officially done.Such decisions seemed inevitable when the pair signed with the Huskies before the 2019-20 season, but the results on the court were among the more unpleasant surprises this town has seen between the lines.And it begs...
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Beaty's lawyers plan to subpoena NCAA for documents on Self, KU basketball investigation
Former Kansas football coach David Beaty’s lawyers are prepared to file a subpoena to the NCAA in pursuit of numerous documents, including those involving its investigation into coach Bill Self and the KU men’s basketball program.Beaty’s lawyers, in a memo dated Wednesday, made the request as part of Beaty’s current lawsuit against KU Athletics. Beaty’s counsel is requesting 22 different subsections of documents from the NCAA, with those relating to the men’s basketball program, including:— Documents submitted by anyone on behalf of KU Athletics, Self or assistant Kurtis Townsend relating to t...
The Kansas City Star
Mac Engel: College football needs MLB to play ball to feel safe to return
The offices of the University of Texas athletic administration are closed, so of course athletic director Chris Del Conte is going to work.“It’s like ‘The Shining,’” Del Conte said Wednesday morning of the empty offices in Austin.Never thought of Chris Del Conte as Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance, but these days everyone is capable of saying, “Heeeere’s Johnny!”Before delving into this, Del Conte mentioned something about our current era of the coronavirus, “In my opinion I think this has been here for a long, long time. I don’t think this just got here.”Agreed.What was unfathomable one month a...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Bryce Miller: Baseball book explores lives of former Padres Garry Templeton, Randy Ready
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Huddled in a coffee shop back when such things happened, a Bay Area college biology professor explained how a PhD on insects in Tahiti lives in the same brain as a book about the unbridled joy of baseball cards.Thoughts about the 18 species of creepers, crawlers and flyers found solely in one corner of French Polynesia share space in Brad Balukjian’s noodle with the early-1980s comings and goings of former Padres shortstop Garry Templeton.As Balukjian peeled back the process behind “The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife,” the 39-year-old detailed ...
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