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...
New York Daily News
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...
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...
The Detroit News
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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'Relief and gratitude': Maya Moore describes Jonathan Irons' freedom
Anyone who watched the video could see the emotion. A day later Maya Moore — relieved, exhausted, exhilarated — remembers racing to the prison where Jonathan Irons was about to emerge, watching him walk through the doors that had kept him, being overcome.“Well, apparently, I couldn’t keep standing,” Moore joked Thursday in a national video conference call. “I fell to my knees. It felt so surreal to watch him walking on the other side of those doors.”It was like winning a championship, said Moore, who should know. The former NCAA and Olympic champion helped lead the Lynx to four WNBA titles.And...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Shannon Ryan: College athletes' voices — such as Illinois linebacker Milo Eifler's — should be a bigger part of the conversation about sports returning
Illinois linebacker Milo Eifler’s comfort level about returning to football will be gauged by one key development in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.“Is there a vaccine?” he asked.There’s not. And there probably won’t be when — or if — the college football season begins in the fall.Eifler spent a one-hour video call Wednesday discussing how he grapples with this dilemma of balancing his passion for football against the risks of playing during a pandemic.“Yeah, we want to come back and want to play,” Eifler said, “but we just want to make sure our health and our safety is the priority. ...
John Niyo: Beefed-up Bryson DeChambeau proving his crazy methods aren't all madness
DETROIT — Bryson DeChambeau hadn’t even played a full 18 holes yet at the venerable Detroit Golf Club this week, but already he felt like he owed an apology to Donald Ross, the famed architect who designed the course more than a century ago.“I think there’s a lot of bunkers that are around like 290 (yards from the tee), so hopefully I’ll be able to clear those and take those out of play,” said DeChambeau, one of the top players entered in this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. “So, sorry, Mr. Ross, but, you know, it is what it is.”And what DeChambeau has become in relatively short ord...
The Detroit News
Why Tom Izzo and Michigan State might get Emoni Bates for two years
Ten years ago, Tom Izzo waited to hear from LeBron James.The call never came.Izzo turned down a chance to jump to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and instead remained at Michigan State. Less than a month later, James announced on ESPN he would be taking his talents to Miami.It turned out to be the right move for Izzo.And on Monday, he finally landed his generational talent in Emoni Bates.Now, he must wait to see when — and if — that union can happen. And if it does, there is a chance Izzo could have the budding superstar for two years, and not one.Bates’ stunning midday announcement to commit to...
Detroit Free Press
How Jim Harbaugh's reputation as a miracle worker has slowly eroded at Michigan football
DETROIT — In his quest to make Michigan football into a national title contender, Jim Harbaugh became an aggressive and innovative recruiter.Having devoted his entire adult life to a sport that leaves little margin for error, Harbaugh understood superior talent almost always wins.So, at the outset of his tenure in Ann Arbor, he immediately set out and toured the country while holding satellite camps that promoted his program — rankling rivals and spurring NCAA rule changes that would eventually restrict the practice.He then staged the “Signing of the Stars,” an event heralding the incoming cla...
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