Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he'd be OK with delaying training camp
SEATTLE — NFL training camps remain scheduled to start on July 28.But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday he hopes the league will consider pushing that date back if needed to make sure that all players, coaches and support staff are kept safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Whatever we need to do to do this right is what I hope we do,” Carroll said during an interview on ESPN 710 Seattle Friday with host John Clayton. “If we’ve got to slow down a little bit to get started, that would be OK. There (are) a lot of unsettled issues right now between the league and the players.”Indeed, w...
The Seattle Times
Missing players revealed: Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn away from Heat as Disney practices open
The Miami Heat held their first team workout since mid-March on Friday, with the session coming in the absences of center Bam Adebayo and guard Kendrick Nunn.Coach Erik Spoelstra declined to say which players were with the team for the session on a makeshift court in a ballroom at Disney World, but guard Goran Dragic noted in his post-practice comments, “Hopefully Bam can come and K-Nunn, and we can be a whole team and make some damage.”The Heat had three players test positive in advance of their Wednesday departure for the “bubble” type of setting at Disney, amid the new coronavirus pandemic....
Nets are excited for Jamal Crawford both on and off the court in the Orlando bubble
Jamal Crawford is excited for his latest opportunity with the Brooklyn Nets.Crawford, the 40-year-old veteran guard who has won Sixth Man of the Year a record three times (tied with Clippers guard Lou Williams), signed a rest-of-the-season contract with the Nets on Thursday. He will provide firepower — and lots of it, the Nets hope — for a Brooklyn team that has been battered by either injury or coronavirus-positive diagnoses.The Nets are missing seven players in the Orlando bubble: Kevin Durant (Achilles), Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and rookie Nic Claxton (shoulder) are each out due to injury; S...
New York Daily News
Jimmie Johnson's COVID-19 scare left him frustrated with 'more questions than answers'
Oddly enough, it was hearing he tested negative for COVID-19 that upset Jimmie Johnson.“I started cussing, and used every cuss word that I knew of,” the typically mellow Johnson said Friday. “And then I think I invented a few new ones.”The negative tests came a few days after Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, and his wife, Chandra, tested positive for the virus, forcing the No. 48 driver to miss his first race in his 18-year Cup career last Sunday. He was medically cleared to return to racing Wednesday and is entered for Sunday’s race at Kentucky Speedway.“It was just so weird, the ange...
The Charlotte Observer
Mike Sielski: Joel Embiid keeps nudging Ben Simmons. The Sixers need both of them to take the hint.
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid decided that, as the 76ers’ alpha dog, it was time for him to mark his territory, and he did so in the languid manner of a basset hound who had just finished a big meal. Sitting on the floor of the franchise’s practice facility, propped up against a blue padded wall, his phone a few feet in front of him, Embiid joined a Zoom call Tuesday and was asked about his clunky partnership with Al Horford. His head listing to the left, as if he could barely be bothered to answer the question, he reminded the call’s participants that it was more important for him, and for the S...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sean Marks says Kevin Durant had nothing to do with Michael Beasley signing
The Nets have an incomplete roster with a number of players bowing out of the Orlando bubble due to injury or coronavirus concerns. Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks has already begun piecing together his team with what’s left on the free-agent market now that the NBA’s transaction window has closed.His latest order of business was signing Michael Beasley, a good friend of Kevin Durant.Durant signed a four-year deal worth $164 million with the Nets last summer, headlining a star-studded Brooklyn haul that also included Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan. In a recent conference call, Marks said ...
New York Daily News
Heat's Meyers Leonard offers tour of NBA life at Disney hotel: Food OK, bed average, Wi-Fi shaky
He hasn’t posted yet on TripAdvisor.But Meyers Leonard certainly will have ample free time amid the Miami Heat’s quarantine life at Disney World.Required to remain in his room until recording two negative coronavirus tests after Wednesday’s arrival, Leonard took to Instagram Live to offer an initial review of his home away from home for the foreseeable future, the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Resort.“Welcome,” he said on his selfie video, “to bubble life.”Initial complaint?“I still got to figure out what I’m going to do about internet,” he said, having arrived well stocked with tech...
Greg Cote: As other sports resume amid pandemic, do NFL, college football have heart to be smarter?
The Ivy League, the high-brow conference of Harvard and Yale, last claimed a national championship in football in 1927, when you could buy a new Ford Model A Roadster for $385. Ivy League teams appear in the Top 25 about as often as Halley’s Comet appears in the sky.Yet the Ivy League, where “student-athlete” actually still describes the priority, had the attention of all of college football Wednesday.It is because, in the void of definitive answers to the question, we are all looking for harbingers and hints. Signs.Will there be college football in the fall? Will there be pro football? Will i...
Nashville SC removed from MLS tournament due to COVID-19 cases; Orlando City group adjusted
ORLANDO, Fla. — Nashville SC became the second team removed from the MLS is Back Tournament due to COVID-19 cases, triggering changes to Orlando City’s pool and the overall tournament format.Nashville had five players test positive for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived in Orlando and another four turned up inconclusive results. Follow-up testing confirmed nine total players had the virus.The team was isolated at the Swan and Dolphin Resort following the initial positive test results and was unable to train while getting tested daily.“We have withdrawn Nashville SC from the MLS is Back Tourname...
Former Dream star Angel McCoughtry speaks about Kelly Loeffler, WNBA season
ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who also co-owns the Dream, released a letter Tuesday objecting to the WNBA’s plans to honor and participate in the “Black Lives Matter” movement during its coming season.Loeffler’s comments were met with backlash and calls for her to be removed from the league.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with longtime Dream star and two-time Olympian Angel McCoughtry, who now plays for the Las Vegas Aces, about her former owner’s comments, Loeffler’s place in the league and the WNBA season.This conversation has been edited for clarity.———Q: You led the campaign t...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution