Scott Fowler: If the Panthers have a plan for how they will rebuild, they're not saying what it is
Scouring the Marty Hurney press conference for usable nuggets of information Monday feels a bit like a waste of time.The Carolina Panthers general manager spoke about 2,000 words over 20 minutes, and about 1,900 of those were of the pleasantly vague variety. There was a lot of “We’re preparing for every scenario” and “Those were private conversations” and “We have a plan” — without saying much at all about what the plan is.Still, there’s plenty of time to scour. The coronavirus has postponed every notable sports event for months.So here are five things Hurney said — or didn’t say — that I foun...
The Charlotte Observer
Twins won't find late bloomers this time in MLB draft
Keoni Cavaco last year. Trevor Larnach in 2018. Royce Lewis in 2017. Alex Kirilloff in 2016.Those are four former first-round drafts picks made by the Twins that probably would not be made this year because the club would not have had the time to build enough conviction to select on them.Major League Baseball usually holds its draft in early June. But that event, just like most on the baseball calendar, has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. There will be a draft but, based on an agreement struck late last month between owners and players, it could happen anywhere between June 10 and Ju...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
A silent Masters week unlike any other begins in Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Monday was to have been the first public practice round of Masters week, scheduled long before a virus intervened. For the first time since World War II, though, there would not be a major golf tournament here bookmarking the Georgian spring.“It just kind of feels like we’re out of place,” said Billy DeLoach, astride his golf cart working security at the course neighboring Augusta National, the Augusta Country Club. Having also worked nearly two dozen Masters and having attended the tournament dating to 1960, he had every right to be a little disoriented.The lords of the Masters...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mark Bradley: Will there be a college football season? Vince Dooley isn't sure.
“I’ve switched to being hopeful,” he said Sunday. “Optimistically hopeful, put it that way.”The famous former Georgia coach and athletic director had spent most of the day in his lush Athens garden. “I went out to plant one thing,” he said, “but I’ve got so much out there I have to move something else to make room. I told Barbara (his wife) I’d be out there two hours; I was out there for eight.”Like many among us, Dooley is sheltering in place. He doesn’t even go to the grocery. “She does 99% of it,” he said. “If I go, I can’t find the one thing I’m looking for. So I stay away from that as wel...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kansas State point guard David Sloan will transfer after one season with Wildcats
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber will be staring at a large group of new faces whenever the Wildcats are allowed to welcome players back to campus.David Sloan announced Monday that he will transfer away from K-State following one season with the team, which means the Wildcats’ roster will feature eight new scholarship players next season.“This past year has been filled with many blessings as I am grateful to have spent it with Wildcat Nation,” Sloan wrote on social media. “However, I would like to announce I will be completing my degree and final year of eligibility ...
The Kansas City Star
If NFL season starts on time, get ready for a drop in quality
Let’s assume for a second that the coronavirus pandemic is solved by Week 1 of the NFL season. Getting football back would be excellent as we attempt to heal from the damage that coronavirus has inflicted upon the world, but it wouldn’t be the football that we’re used to.The quality would be much, much worse.Football is a sport that takes an incredible amount of organization and synchronization to make the most simple plays work. Even after months of preparation in a normal year, preseason football is usually a mess and it takes the starters weeks to reach the peak of their play.We’re already ...
New York Daily News
Gleyber Torres isn't filling Derek Jeter's shoes. He's just playing his spot
TAMPA, Fla. — Today, if the season and the world were not put on hold by the coronavirus, Yankees fans would be getting their first up-close-and-personal glimpse of Gleyber Torres as the everyday shortstop against his favorite prey: the Orioles. On the now postponed 2020 schedule, Baltimore would be beginning a four-game series in the Bronx today.Watching the 23-year-old infielder hit .394 with 13 homers, four doubles and 20 RBI against the lowly Orioles last season was fun. It helped him finish with a 3.1 WAR hitting .278 with 38 homers over the season.It also helped gloss over the big questi...
New York Daily News
Rams’ COO Kevin Demoff Confirms Logo Change Despite Backlash From Eric Dickerson & Fans
Los Angeles Rams’ COO Kevin Demoff confirmed Monday that the brand new logo released in March will be donned by the team starting next season despite backlash from former Rams’ Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson and fans on social media.Demoff has been working on the new logo for the last two years and promised to read mean tweets if the Rams’ telethon with KABC, a local Los Angeles ABC partner, raised more than $2 million for coronavirus (COVID-19) relief. The effort helped raise over $2.2 million, so Demoff honored his promise and read negative tweets about the Rams’ logo alteration in...
Bryce Harper confident Phillies will keep J.T. Realmuto, his favorite player
J.T. Realmuto played against Bryce Harper for five years, but those seasons as division rivals did not allow the catcher to know what to expect last spring when the Phillies signed Harper three weeks after trading for Realmuto.Was the $330 million superstar a diva? Did Harper care more about his personal brand than the team? Did he even want to win? Would he play hard?Those worries were quickly washed away. Harper, Realmuto said on MLB Network after last season, is “one of the most misunderstood people in baseball.” Whatever he heard about Harper was untrue. The former rivals grew so close the...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Miami Dolphins announce plans for scaled-down (and socially distant) draft party
The original plan was for a Las Vegas blowout, a Sin City draft party with an exclusive VIP area for season-ticket holders with food and drink included.And then coronavirus happened, and the Miami Dolphins had to downsize considerably.On Monday, they announced Plan B (or perhaps C or even D):A virtual draft party, providing fans access to interviews with draft picks, Q&As with current players and live video analysis from Dolphins analysts. The event will be available on the team’s Facebook group.“While we remain vigilant of the ongoing situation that continues to impact so many, we hope the Fa...