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...
Sam Mellinger: Mahomes needed more than historic leverage to earn mega-contract. He also needed trust.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes’ contract is without precedent because he is without precedent. We know this to be true. That’s the primary reason he now owns the first half-billion-dollar contract in global professional sports history — bigger than contracts commanded by Mike Trout, Canelo Alvarez or LeBron James.But being 24 years old, a league and Super Bowl MVP and the best at sports’ most important position was not enough to earn him a 10-year extension worth $503 million.This historic deal — until now the world’s richest athlete has never played football, and never lived in Kansas Cit...
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Mike Bianchi: If NBA, MLS bubbles burst in Orlando, you can forget football season
ORLANDO, Fla. — We are counting on you, NBA.We are counting on you, MLS.We are counting on you to keep your fragile, delicate Disney bubbles from bursting.We are counting on you to accomplish the nearly impossible task of showing that, yes, team sports can be safely played in the middle of a raging global pandemic.It is appropriate that the grand experiment of these two leagues is being played out in Orlando beginning this week at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports because, after all, the wide world of sports is exactly what’s at stake. If it works, the wide world of sports in our country is up and r...
Sonny Vaccaro explains why William 'World Wide Wes' Wesley is the No. 1 Knicks asset
NEW YORK — Sonny Vaccaro and William Wesley operated in the same sphere of basketball, sneakers and money. Vaccaro observed Wesley’s rise from runner to agent to Knicks executive, and remains impressed, even though Wesley was, in many ways, a competitor assisting a different sneaker company.“He rises to the top,” Vaccaro said in an interview with the Daily News. “He’s had a hell of a journey.”Vaccaro, 80, was the original power broker working in the background, capable of shifting landscapes in both the NCAA and NBA. Wesley emerged later and aligned himself with Nike, the same company that fir...
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How a Marlins player helped save his alma mater's baseball program amid COVID-19 cuts
MIAMI — The news came down in mid-May, about two months after sports around the country were put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Miami Marlins utility man Jon Berti wasn’t sure how to react.Bowling Green university, Berti’s alma mater, was cutting its baseball program as part of an effort to slash $2 million from the athletic department’s budget. Dropping baseball would have saved about $500,000 annually, the school said at the time.It was unexpected, Berti said, considering the athletic department was told a few days earlier that all sports would be safe.“As alumni, we were a...
Sideline Chatter: NBA fans might wonder why games aren't broadcast until an hour after tip-off
Commissioner Adam Silver says he’s considering tape-delayed telecasts when NBA games resume so that any inappropriate words — bound to be picked up by courtside microphones now that there will be no crowd noise from the stands to muffle them — can be dubbed out.Or, he could just go with the flow, have game cards printed up and let the folks watching at home play Curse Word Bingo.———Just say neighThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cut women’s equestrian and seven other varsity programs in a cost-cutting move.Six horses immediately jumped into the transfer portal.———Show of handsSunday’s ...
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Upstart Matthew Wolff rings up 3-shot lead heading into Rocket Mortgage Classic final round
DETROIT — The last most of us saw Matthew Wolff, he was playing with some of the biggest names in golf, giving sports fans starved for something to watch a bone to chew in the midst of a global pandemic.It was in mid-May when Wolff teamed with Rickie Fowler in a match against Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson in a made-for-TV event that raised millions for charity. Wolff’s partners were the draw — McIlroy is the top-ranked player in the world while Johnson is No. 3 and Fowler checks in at 31 and is one of the game’s more popular players — but his inclusion was a nod to the potential Wolff has al...
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Dave Hyde: Sports, not as diversion, but a reminder of our new world
Saturday’s scoreboard reads three Miami Heat players have now tested positive for the Coronavirus and four Miami Marlins player have.That’s the analytics of sports that matter now. No one’s even pretending sports return to America as the diversion they typically are in times of crisis. They’re simply another reminder of the world in which we now live.It’s not just the “bubble” some sports will enter to play or the missing fabric of fans at games. It’s the emerging questions as the virus continues to grow in the United States in a manner it doesn’t in Europe.With aging NBA coaches declining to ...
How coronavirus changed Hawks' draft preparation, offseason schedule
ATLANTA — Because of the coronavirus, this Hawks offseason will look drastically different than it has in past years.Really, the changes will stretch further than that, as the Hawks won’t get to play another official game until December (the season would normally start in October). They are one of eight teams excluded from the season restart in Orlando, Fla., and the 2020-21 season may be condensed.In this time of social distancing, with in-person activities limited, the Hawks’ routine for scouting and draft preparation has shifted accordingly, as well.“It’s certainly different,” Hawks general...
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Five-star recruit Makur Maker commits to Howard University: 'I need to make the HBCU movement real'
Five-star high school basketball recruit Makur Maker announced his commitment to Howard University on Friday morning. Maker is now the highest-ranked college basketball prospect to commit to a historically black college or university.Maker also considered UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis before announcing his commitment to Howard.“I was the 1st to announce my visit to Howard & others started to dream ‘what if,’ ” he tweeted. “I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow. I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenn...
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