Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor congratulates Kevin Garnett on Hall of Fame induction
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor have had a tangled history, with Garnett keeping his distance from the franchise in recent years after the end of his playing days in Minnesota left a sour taste in Garnett’s mouth.But upon the announcement that Garnett will be entering the Basketball Hall of Fame, Taylor put out a statement released by the team praising Garnett.“This is an honor so well deserved,” said Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune. “We congratulate Kevin on being selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. From the day we drafted him in 19...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jim Souhan: Postpone WNBA, NFL drafts. It's the right thing to do.
MINNEAPOLIS — April will offer the closest thing we’ll get to real sporting events for months. The coming weeks will also bring us the jet fuel of big-time sports: rampant speculation.The WNBA draft is scheduled for April 17. The NFL draft is scheduled for April 23-25. For at least four days this month, and every day between now and then, we will be blessed with the ability to think, dream, analyze and first-guess the Lynx and Vikings, and every other team in the WNBA and NFL. Then we can second-guess them for years.From the time COVID-19 became an ever-present threat, I’ve thought of these dr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dieter Kurtenbach: We're all asking the wrong question about the return of sports
SAN JOSE, Calif. — When will sports resume? Everyone has a thought. The North American professional sports leagues are hoping for late May, early June. Per ESPN, President Trump told commissioners Saturday that he hopes leagues can resume — with fans in the stands — in August or September.Yes, it’s his hope that the NFL starts, with fans in the stands, on time.California Governor Gavin Newsom disagrees. “I’m not anticipating that happening in this state,” he said Saturday.It’s fair to wonder and project, when normal — or whatever normal will be after this pandemic — will return, but the truth ...
The Mercury News
Shawn Windsor: It's about time Rudy Tomjanovich gets his Hall of Fame due
DETROIT — He’d been on the ballot forever, first as a player, then as a coach. And when Rudy Tomjanovich didn’t make the finalist list a year ago for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a handful of his peers spoke out.How could the former NBA All-Star, the two-time NBA championship coach, the Olympic gold medalist, not be in the Hall of Fame?Well, he is now. Fifteen years after first making the ballot.It’s about damn time.“Long overdue,” said Steve Fishman, who played with Tomjanovich at the University of Michigan in the late ’60s. “But as the saying goes, ‘better late than never.’...
Detroit Free Press
There's a lot of iRacing on television, but Sunday's race is still the one to watch
NASCAR is expanding its iRacing presence beginning this weekend with Saturday’s eNASCAR series for Truck, Xfinity and ARCA drivers. That will be followed by Sunday’s marquee Pro Invitational race and a slew of other virtual races announced earlier this week.Almost every day of the week, live racing will air on either Fox Sports or NBC Sports for NASCAR fans. NBC Sports’ upcoming coverage will be particularly autosport-heavy since the network begins its “Racing Week in America” programming on Monday, which will include a mix of past IndyCar and NASCAR races, as well as a live virtual short-trac...
The Charlotte Observer
Remote preparation is the new normal for Giants as NFL draft nears
NEW YORK — Giants headquarters right now are in Massachusetts, not to mention New Jersey, New York and countless other states where coaches, executives, scouts and staff are working from their respective homes.For first-year head coach Joe Judge, that means working remotely out of his house in North Attleborough, Mass., where he and his family are still based for the time being, waiting out the coronavirus pandemic.This, according to people familiar with how the Giants are operating, is the new normal.Their Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford is shuttered for the foreseeable f...
New York Daily News
NBA, ESPN planning H-O-R-S-E event with star players over conference call
The NBA is planning a virtual game of H-O-R-S-E where star players shoot at home, according to ESPN, which would televise it. The league has been shut down since March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the season resuming seems increasingly unlikely.The players would “shoot in isolation, presumably in home gyms” according to ESPN. Home gyms and hoops are a relative rarity among NBA players. Stephen Curry doesn’t have a home gym; he built an outdoor hoop when the pandemic hit and has been shooting with an outdoor basketball. Giannis Antetokounmpo said he hasn’t shot a basketball in we...
New York Daily News
Not everyone is happy about NASCAR's new iRacing format. Some Cup drivers are left out.
Last week’s virtual NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway drew 1.3 million viewers on Fox and FS1, according to Nielsen. The cable network began broadcasting live iRacing after the official NASCAR season was postponed over three weeks ago to prevent the spread of COVID-19.For the sport’s sanctioning body, the networks and the iRacing community, that viewership number is momentous. It indicates exposure for a sport that has suffered from declining sponsorship and viewership in recent years, and has already provided revenue-generating opportunities for teams forced to cut its staff and salaries am...
The Charlotte Observer
Jaguars legend Tony Boselli on battle with COVID-19: 'I've never felt so overmatched'
ORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time in his life, Big Tony Boselli felt very small.He felt vulnerable.He felt overwhelmed.Boselli is one of the biggest, strongest, fiercest football players I have ever covered. He was a 6-foot-7, 330-pound mountain of a man; a blocking bulldozer; a human wrecking machine who played offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars back in their heyday two decades ago.He should already be in the Hall of Fame and will be someday because of the intimidating way he once dominated opposing defensive linemen — Hall of Famers such as Buffalo Bills icon Bruce Smith and Miam...
Safid Deen: Dolphins should focus on offense on first two days of NFL draft
With the 2020 NFL draft less than three weeks away, here’s a look at the draft focusing on the Miami Dolphins’ top six picks which are in the top-70 selections overall.The Dolphins have 14 total picks in the draft, but their three picks in the first round, two in the second round, and their third-round pick all have the potential to be major contributors in Miami’s rebuild under coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier.Some of these picks could be in line with Miami’s thinking before the draft. Others, most likely, might completely deviate from how Flores and Grier may want to build ...