Blackhawks face Oilers in NHL play-in round. Here are 10 factors that could tip the scales in their playoff series.
CHICAGO — With a plus-130 line at several sports books, the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t the worst bet to advance past the NHL play-in round. That would be the Montreal Canadiens, a fellow 12th seed, at plus-170.If the league’s return-to-play plan goes on without a hitch — namely, a surge in coronavirus cases among players or a hub city — the fifth-seeded Edmonton Oilers will be heavy favorites (minus-150), but they won’t take the Hawks lightly.Remember that it was out of concern about facing stars such as the Hawks’ Patrick Kane and Canadiens goalie Carey Price that players and team executives n...
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...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, will miss Sunday's race
Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, has tested positive for coronavirus.The 44-year-old Johnson got the news Friday afternoon, according to a press release from Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson will sit out Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.“My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” Johnson said in the release. “I know it’s going to be very hard to watch from the sidelines when I’m supposed to be out there competing.”Johnson is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, according to the release. His wife Chandra, however, tested positiv...
New York Daily News
Red Sox pitcher McHugh lends perspective on talks between MLB owners, MLBPA
BOSTON — Collin McHugh was among those well versed in the new safety and security protocols adopted to combat the coronavirus pandemic.McHugh is one of eight players who serve on the Major League Baseball Players Association executive subcommittee. The Red Sox right-hander was involved throughout contract negotiations with MLB owners, helping strike the March agreement and craft the manual distributed prior to summer camp.“We’re happy to be back on the field in a safe way,” McHugh said. “That was our No. 1 priority the whole time.”McHugh is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday as h...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
While getting sober in 2019, Chris Kirk didn't care about golf. Now, he's co-leading the RMC.
DETROIT — They’re back, and more than anything, that’s the thrill of it all.Webb Simpson is back from a COVID-19 scare that cost him a spot in last week’s field and threw him on what he called on emotional rollercoaster. And Chris Kirk, Simpson’s co-leader at the halfway point of a thrilling second showing of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, has his life back.Kirk shot a blistering 7-under 65 at Detroit Golf Club on Friday in a round that included back-to-back holeouts for birdies to surge to the top of the leaderboard — just 14 months after he decided he had to get himself sober, with the first o...
The Detroit News
Rocket Mortgage Classic's Round 2 hits and misses: Low scores and a stacked leaderboard
DETROIT — It was another day of beautiful weather and perfect scoring conditions Friday in the second round of PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.There were some flirtations with a 59. Webb Simpson showed why he’s the world’s sixth-ranked player. Bryson DeChambeau continued to pulverize the ball. And no one was able to pull away and take control of the tournament.Here are the hits and misses from the second round.———Hit: Chris Kirk and Webb SimpsonWho doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned run at 59? Kirk flirted with golf’s magic number after he shot 30 on the front nine and ...
Detroit Free Press
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...
New York Daily News
In a 60-game season with so much uncertainty, Marlins ask: 'Why not us?'
MIAMI — In a sea of more than 3,500 words over a span of a 30-plus minute conference call this week, three words from Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill stand out above all else.“Why not us?”Under normal circumstances, the Marlins would likely once again be long shots for the playoffs this season regardless of the internal optimism the organization has as it maneuvers through the third year of its rebuild under the Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter ownership group.But now? With the usual 162-game marathon replaced with a 60-game sprint sure to be filled unknowns and unpred...
Larry Stone: Coronavirus is surging again as sports leagues eye returns. Is this all worth it?
SEATTLE — In 1995, while working for another newspaper, I covered the bleak spectacle of replacement spring training. Each MLB team – including the one I was following, the San Francisco Giants — was populated with a motley crew of strikebreakers that owners were using to show their absent players that the season would proceed without them.Yet throughout February and March, and then still on the verge of opening day in April, I had the nagging feeling in the back of my mind that this was all an exercise in futility. I had extreme doubts that these replacement players would ever see the field i...
The Seattle Times
Chicago might host 2nd NBA bubble for the 8 non-contending teams, report says
CHICAGO — Chicago reportedly might get to play host to the eight NBA teams not invited to compete this month within the league’s so-called bubble in Orlando, Fla., largely sealed off from the public in a bid to limit risk of COVID-19 exposure.The Chicago bubble would allow the Bulls and seven other also-runs to stage mini training camps and then games against each other, according to ESPN, which reported a target date of September.Such a format would need to be cleared by not only the league, but also the NBA Players Association. It would incorporate daily testing of players for the coronaviru...