Matt Calkins: Washington coach Mike Hopkins out to show that last season's struggles were an anomaly
SEATTLE — Short memories.They are a staple of the sports world. Athletes will say they are paramount to their confidence.Go 0 for 4 in the batter’s box? Delete it from your mind. Get beat on a go route? Act as though it never happened.But sometimes short memories can work against those in sports. Sometimes all the previous success one has had can be deemed irrelevant if he or she doesn’t perform in the present.Enter Huskies men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins. The former Syracuse assistant came to Washington as a low-profile name who quickly remade UW into a high-profile program. Inheriting a ...
The Seattle Times
MLB owners expected to vote in favor of Steve Cohen Friday
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball owners are expected to vote Friday on Steve Cohen’s approval to take over the Mets from Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz, according to people familiar with the situation. Cohen needs to acquire at least 22 out of 29 votes of approval. Just two owners were on the fence with one firm ‘no’ vote as of Tuesday, per sources.The clock is ticking for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to do his part in approving Cohen. If he waits any longer de Blasio can seriously harm Cohen’s offseason plans, including acquisitions of sought-after free agents.The owners’ vote, whic...
New York Daily News
Ira Winderman: Pat Riley's Finals 'asterisk' neither headline news nor Heat hubris
The asterisk deserves an asterisk.Because Pat Riley deserves better.Because to lose candor, spontaneity, passion is to lose the essence of conversations and interviews with the Miami Heat president.So after addressing any and all questions during Friday’s postseason state-of-the-franchise media session during a Zoom videoconference, Riley moved on to what might come next, with the NBA seemingly putting aside the notion of an offseason.What he awoke to over the weekend were headlines such as:“Pat Riley on Lakers’ NBA Finals win over Heat: ‘There will be always be that asterisk’ “ — Yahoo Sports...
Oakland A's lay off 20% of employees across business, baseball operations
A wave of layoffs are sweeping Major League Baseball this offseason because of the pandemic’s impact on revenues. The Oakland A’s are part of the wave, with employees losing jobs on both the business and baseball operations side of the organization.A source said approximately 20% of employees were impacted across baseball and business operations, nearly all of which came from the pool of 150 employees that were furloughed in April of this year. Those impacted were set to return when the furlough was lifted on Oct. 31, but they were informed their positions would not be there for them at the ye...
The Mercury News
49ers and Patriots: Coaches share mutual respect and a history with Jimmy Garoppolo
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers and Patriots don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to the way the two football teams operate, their fan bases or even their climates.“We’d be here for a while if I told you all the differences,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said this week.Garoppolo, of course, is a protagonist in New England’s longstanding melodrama, even while he plays his home games more than 3,000 miles away. The prodigal son once destined to replace Tom Brady is now with San Francisco, and Sunday is heading back to play against the team that drafted him — that might secretly wi...
The Sacramento Bee
Dave Hyde: Does 'The Next Thing' for Pat Riley mean a shot at Giannis or Beal?
Pat Riley enjoyed the afterglow of the Miami Heat season. He thanked everyone from scouts to coaches Friday for that storybook run into the NBA Finals. He said any talk of his retiring is now gone. Dead. Off the table.“This is a dream for me, this late,” he said of that Heat run.There’s just one question now: Who’s traded to improve this team?“If there’s a next thing that can take us to another level, I’m open to it,” Pat Riley said.Surprised? Grow up. Which of course is the central question for the Heat this offseason. Do you trust this roster enough that it can grow into a sustainable conten...
No bands or cheerleaders, piped-in crowd noise and some cardboard fans: What Big Ten football game days will look like in 2020.
CHICAGO — The sounds of horns and a squealing saxophone piped into Camp Randall Stadium at the end of the third quarter begins one of the most raucous traditions in the Big Ten.Wisconsin’s playing at every home game of “Jump Around,” the 1990s hip-hop hit, inspires fans to follow instructions, hopping rhythmically and so enthusiastically on their seats that the press box sways.This season, “Jump Around” will be played, but nobody will be there to jump.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and safety precautions, only a limited number of family members of players and coaches will be permitted into B...
Steve Hummer: If even Tampa Bay can win like this, why not us?
Atlanta doesn’t have an NHL team, having misplaced not one, but two of them, as if they were car keys or the TV remote. Tampa Bay has one, though. And, in fact, an area built on the premise of escaping ice is now the reigning NHL champion. For the second time in 16 years.The Braves haven’t been to the World Series since 1999. It just lost an excruciating seven-game National League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are now tied 1-1 in the World Series with, yes, Tampa Bay. A spring-training site keeps infringing on the fall (it also was there in 2008).With New England, Tom Bra...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2020 NBA mock draft 1.0: LaMelo Ball goes to Timberwolves at No. 1
The postponed, virtual NBA draft will finally take place Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Daily News’ Stefan Bondy takes a look at how it might play out:———1) Minnesota Timberwolves: LaMelo Ball (Illawarra)Age: 18Position: Point guardThere’s no clear-cut top choice in this draft but Ball carries the greatest potential as a flashy 6-8 playmaker. He’s not the best fit for Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell in Minnesota, but there isn’t a great fit on the board. It’s why the Timberwolves could trade the pick for a proven player. As a side note — and not that it affects his stock or potential — but Ba...
New York Daily News
No Winter Classic for Blues: NHL cancels event due to COVID
The coronavirus pandemic took its first bite out of the 2020-21 NHL schedule with the league announcing Thursday that the 2021 Bridgestone Winter Classic has been canceled.The game, featuring the Blues and the Minnesota Wild, was scheduled for Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minneapolis.The league also announced that it has canceled the All-Star Weekend, scheduled for Jan. 29-30 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the home of the Florida Panthers.The league said it planned to return to Minnesota and Florida for both events in the “near future.” It also said that Thursday’s announcement does not impact ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch