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...
Social distancing partly to blame for NASCAR's pit road pileup
A pileup on pit road during NASCAR’s Sunday Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway sent at least six cars to the garage and out of the race, and one team member to the hospital.The rear tire changer for Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 team, Zach Price, suffered a lower left leg injury during a multi-car accident on pit road, Team Penske said. Although Price was shown on NBC’s broadcast being carried away on a stretcher, smiling and flashing a “thumbs up” in the wake of the incident, the wreck had teams shaken up.“That’s when racing stops and compassion comes out to a fellow crew member that could be hur...
The Charlotte Observer
Giants suspend workouts at Oracle Park, hope to restart on Wednesday
The San Francisco Giants planned to hold their first modified scrimmage of the summer on Tuesday at Oracle Park, but the team announced it was temporarily suspending workouts pending coronavirus test results.Manager Gabe Kapler said Giants players, coaches and staffers who were tested for COVID-19 on Saturday had not yet received results before Tuesday’s practice was set to begin. Kapler said he anticipated the team would receive test Saturday’s results later in the day on Tuesday, but a decision was made at noon to cancel team activities.“I just maintain a level of empathy for everybody that’...
The Mercury News
'A perfect place for me.' Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City have always been ideal marriage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The richest contract in sports now resides in one of its smallest markets. Patrick Mahomes will be paid half a billion dollars to play quarterback for the Chiefs over the next dozen years, his decision to sign a contract extension representing one of the biggest days in Kansas City history.The Chiefs are locked in to a 24-year-old Super Bowl and regular-season MVP at a position that only nine seasons ago included Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko throwing footballs.How did we get here?It traces to a decision Mahomes made years earlier. One that had less to do with m...
The Kansas City Star
NBA teams to begin arriving Tuesday at Disney World
ORLANDO, Fla. — Welcome to Orlando, NBA.Teams will begin rolling into the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World during the next few days as the league moves closer to the season restart.Several teams are scheduled to arrive Tuesday as part of the first phase of arrivals. The second group is set to arrive on Wednesday and the third on Thursday.Teams in the first group are expected to start training camps on Thursday after a two-day quarantine.Players, coaches and staff will be required to remain on the Disney campus for the duration of the restart, and daily COVID-19 testing wi...
Mike Jensen: Chances for Ivy League sports this fall look slim, with announcement expected Wednesday
The announcement is due Wednesday from the Ivy League, about what that league’s plans are for sports in the fall.Here’s what to expect: No sports.You can’t read Harvard’s announcement Monday about its own campus plans for the full 2020-21 academic year and think the Crimson folks are hoping to wedge football games into their campus fall plan up in Cambridge. Even sports during the spring semester sound in question, although don’t expect clear guidance anytime soon on that front.Harvard announced it will have no in-class learning for the entire academic year, fall and spring, but will have up t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Aces and duffs from the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic
DETROIT — It could’ve been an unremarkable dud, with no fans, and no top-five players from the Official World Golf Ranking.But Detroit, as it so often does, surprised this week, turning a tough situation into another successful Rocket Mortgage Classic.This was Year 2 of a four-year deal between Quicken Loans and the PGA Tour, though all indications, especially after this week, point toward an extension sooner than later.Here’s a look back at the week that was at Detroit Golf Club.ACESBUBBA AND FRIENDSThe Rocket Mortgage Classic couldn’t have started any better than it did, with a Wednesday exh...
The Detroit News
Chiefs, Mahomes strike 10-year, $503 million deal — richest contract in sports history
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs have their guy for the long haul.Superstar quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes has agreed to terms on a 10-year contract extension in Kansas City worth approximately half a billion dollars — a staggering new record for all of sports worldwide — that will keep him in Kansas City through the 2031 season.“This is a significant moment for our franchise and for the Chiefs Kingdom,” Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement announcing the rich and long-awaited extension. “Since he joined the Chiefs just a few years ago, Patrick has developed into...
The Kansas City Star
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...
Shannon Ryan: Let's face it — our break from sports needs to last longer
Look, it’s just not working out.It’s clear now that we tried to get back together too soon. Although it would be easy to continue in denial — after all, love is blind — the timing just isn’t right.Sports, I say this with love: We need another break. Not a breakup. Just a break.The evidence is obvious and abundant, and it needs to be confronted, especially when it comes to college athletics where safety plans appear especially precarious.At the start of the pandemic in March, sports leagues were willing to shut down play as a precaution. Without a single positive COVID-19 case following one pos...