Greg Cote: Fall with no football: Big Ten, Pac-12 set moral compass for NFL, other schools to follow
Something amazing and nearly unimaginable is happening.Major college sports is doing the right thing. Not the popular thing. Not the best thing for its financial bottom line. But the right thing.If reports are true the Big Ten and Pac-12, major Power 5 conferences, will not play college football in the fall of 2020.Big Ten presidents voted 12-2 on Sunday to not play this year, with only Nebraska and Iowa dissenting. Reports are official announcements from both leagues are expected Tuesday.The much smaller Ivy League and Centennial Conference previously had opted out of football season. The Mid...
NASCAR rookie Christopher Bell will replace Erik Jones at Joe Gibbs Racing
NASCAR Cup rookie Christopher Bell will drive the No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing next year, the team announced Monday. Bell is replacing Erik Jones, who is parting ways with his longtime JGR team next season.Bell, 25, is a Toyota developmental driver racing the No. 95 for Leavine Family Racing. LFR will have new ownership in 2021 and Bell will transition to the No. 20.“I’m so appreciative of the opportunity I have this year with LFR and I want to finish this season strong for Bob (Leavine) and everyone there,” Bell said in a release from JGR. “At the same time, I’m extremely excited ...
The Charlotte Observer
Mark Zeigler: Is Tiger running out of time in pursuit of Jack Nicklaus?
SAN FRANCISCO — On Friday afternoon, Tiger Woods had an approach shot from the fairway into the 15th green at the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. Airmailed it over the green into the thick rough.“Where’d that go?” he asked his caddie.A day later, Jordan Spieth was in the same fairway on the same hole facing almost the identical shot. Airmailed it over the green into the thick rough.Where’d that go?Their ball, their mojo, their aura of invincibility.They slumped their shoulders, handed their clubs back to their caddies and trudged forward into the brittle wind, chasing an elusive piece of...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Two other people are skating in this Texas Tech fiasco, including a Red Raider icon
There is one face, and voice, Texas Tech needs to see right now.Coach Sharp, where are you? Texas Tech needs your presence, immediately.Because the new mess in Lubbock is not all on the Texas Tech athletic director, Kirby Hocutt.Marsha Sharp, and Texas Tech senior women’s administrator Judi Henry, grab a broom, a mop, a nail gun, glue gun or duct tape, and help fix this.These two are the ones who would have hand picked women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings to come to Lubbock in 2018. Hocutt would have signed off on it with minimal to zero hesitation.Two years after the best season in the ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Mark Zeigler: Trump likes golf but he won't like the PGA leader's hat
SAN FRANCISCO — The morning after President Donald Trump, an avid golfer, signed an executive order banning the popular Chinese app WeChat because it “continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” an unassuming, affable Chinese man shot a bogey-free 65 to lead the PGA Championship at the tournament’s midpoint … while strolling down the fairways of TPC Harding Park wearing a white hat with WeChat in bright, green lettering across the front.You can’t make this stuff up.Trump already says he won’t watch football and other pro sports if players kne...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Between here and Masters, Tiger Woods looks to get busy, get better
Tiger Woods began his workday Sunday morning hearing some of the most dreaded words in golf for a fellow of his stature about to play the final round of a major championship:“This is the 8:30 starting time … “Yes, even with no fans on the course for these big pro tournaments, they still formally introduce the players at the first tee. Strange — it’s rather like offering communion in an empty church — but true.Anyway, at 2 over through the first three rounds of the PGA Championship, cobwebs draping his game over Friday and Saturday rounds in which he could only amass a total of four birdies, Wo...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bob Wojnowski: Big Ten football shouldn't pull the plug, just yet
It may seem inevitable, that the pandemic will outflank football and the college season will be lost. It would be the safe, easy call for the Big Ten, to shut it down as the Mid-American Conference did, as some health experts are recommending, and revisit it in the spring.The tough call is to wait a bit longer, to keep testing and learning. I’d make the tough call, for now, and push ahead. I don’t quite understand the rush to finality. More and more players are publicly pleading to play, amid only scattered virus outbreaks inside programs. Schedules were revised and protocols put in place prec...
The Detroit News
Cardinals series vs. Pirates postponed, team puts distance between new positive COVID-19 tests and next game
What’s next for the Cardinals in the coming days will be an attempt to put greater distance between their next gathering at the ballpark and the outbreak that spread through more than a week of their season.The Cardinals and Pirates three-game series set to start Monday at Busch Stadium has been postponed, a source confirmed. One reason for the complete series being postponed is the the Cardinals have received word Sunday of an additional positive since the three new positives Friday, two sources with knowledge confirmed.The Cardinals identified this possibility as early as Thursday or Friday ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan are hoping to expand Bears' legacy of linebackers
CHICAGO — In the bright lights of the prominent Thursday night NFL season opener last September, Roquan Smith shot through a gap on the left side of the Green Bay offensive line and made a fine ankle tackle of Packers running back Aaron Jones for no gain.On the next snap, Aaron Rodgers ran a play fake and Jones tried sneaking out of the back side of the formation for a screen pass, but Smith deftly avoided the block by center Corey Linsley and again tackled Jones for no gain.The Packers faced third-and-10 just 30 seconds into the game, the first of seven third-and-7 or more situations Green Ba...
For Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, stability comes with responsibility
MINNEAPOLIS — In one sense, Kirk Cousins’ ninth NFL season finds the quarterback with the stability he’s long sought and often lacked in his career.He’s set to take home more cash ($40 million) than any quarterback in the NFL in 2020, thanks to a new deal that rewarded him with a $30 million signing bonus in exchange for a lower cap number.He’ll spend another season working with Gary Kubiak, the architect of the offense that Cousins directed during a career year in 2019. And he’ll direct an attack that’s spent two first-round and two second-round draft picks on accoutrements for the quarterbac...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)