Baseball: PL presidents agree April 24 Opening Day is difficult
The six team presidents of Japanese pro baseball's Pacific League agreed in an online meeting Tuesday it will be difficult to open the season on April 24, during the current coronavirus outbreak, a source within the league said.Both of Nippon Professional Baseball's six-team, top-flight leagues, the Central and Pacific, were originally slated to open play on March 20, but due to the spread of the coronavirus that date has now been postponed until April 24. Representatives of the 12 teams are set to meet on Friday, when the PL is expected to suggest another postponement."Currently, the number o...
At age 48, former boxing champ Shannon Briggs interested in bare-knuckle fighting and WWE
MIAMI — Former pro boxing champion Shannon Briggs, 48, is a longtime South Florida resident, who sill trains.He has aspirations in continuing his boxing legacy, competing in growing bare-knuckle fighting and even doing something with World Wrestling Entertainment.In my interview with Briggs, he discussed boxing, bare-knuckle fighting, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Tyson Fury, WWE, The Rock, Rocky Johnson, Tony Atlas, “Bad Boys 2” with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, South Florida and more.A two-time heavyweight boxing champ, Briggs grew up in a tough, rough area, the Brownsville se...
Quarantine reading: What Nick Foles' 'Believe It' book tells us about the new Bears quarterback and his wild 8-year NFL career
Nick Foles’ text to Andy Reid in July 2016 was supposed to end his football career.After a dismal season with the Rams, Foles had lost his love of the game and asked for his release from the organization, which had just drafted Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick. Other teams inquired about signing the former Pro Bowl quarterback, including Reid, who was looking for a backup to Alex Smith with the Chiefs.But Foles, who spent his rookie season with the Eagles under Reid, had made up his mind.In a McDonald’s parking lot, on the way to a camping trip in the Sierra Nevada, Foles texted Reid to tell him...
Even current world's fastest man can't outrun uncertainties of our time
ATLANTA — In normal times — remember those? — your reigning active world’s fastest human would be just gearing up. He’d be preparing to run a relay or two at a meet in Florida next week. He then gradually would build speed over a handful of other meets around the world, his carefully tapered training designed to come to a sharp point at the Tokyo Olympics come late July, early August.Instead, Christian Coleman finds himself just as out of alignment as those of us who couldn’t sprint for 100 meters without leaving behind pieces of hamstring all along the way.The 24-year-old Coleman is back home...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Can Eagles build for the future around Carson Wentz and still contend for a Super Bowl now?
PHILADELPHIA — As is often the case this time of year, pandemic or no pandemic, the Eagles are being judged by what they didn’t do rather than what they did.Yes, they added an ascending defensive tackle (Javon Hargrave) and a cornerback who was a first-team All-Pro selection three years ago (Darius Slay).But they also bowed out of the bidding for the top-rated cornerback in free agency (Byron Jones), and they passed on an opportunity to get one of the league’s top wide receivers (DeAndre Hopkins).And maybe, most egregiously in the eyes of many fans, they had the audacity to let popular three-t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sale undergoes elbow surgery
Chris Sale underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday.The Red Sox left-hander had the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow repaired by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The procedure was performed at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.Boston announced the operation in a two-sentence email on Monday evening. Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and general manager Brian O’Halloran confirmed on March 19 that Sale would require surgery after unsuccessful attempts to rehabilitate his ailing elbow.“Chris will return to Florida soon to begin his rehab,” Bloom said on Monday night. “It’s a long pro...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Bob Wojnowski: As the sports world flickers, Tom Izzo keeps the passion burning
It’s late March and Tom Izzo is busy cleaning his garage, and his attic, and his home office with the overstuffed drawers. He’s thinking about going back to woodworking and refinishing furniture. And he finds himself talking more to his 93-year-old mother, Dorothy, about surviving the polio epidemic.In this upside-down world, everyone’s finding things to do and things to think about (and not think about.)“I’m being a human again,” Izzo says. “It’s a scary time for our country. I feel like, who needs to hear about basketball?”The menacing new world affects people in such starkly different ways,...
The Detroit News
New Giants LB Blake Martinez seeks to set record straight on his Packers days
The photograph of Blake Martinez signing his Giants contract in a weight room was a perfect metaphor on Monday for the heavy responsibility the new inside linebacker is expected to shoulder.Martinez, 26, is reunited with Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, his 2018 Green Bay Packers linebackers coach, on a three-year, $30.75 million deal. His charge: to lead, to communicate, to continue being a tackling machine.He already has a team-issued iPad to review the Giants’ 2019 game film. And to stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic, fortunately he is “basically quarantined” in a bra...
New York Daily News
Pete Alonso hits back at Noah Syndergaard critics after Mets pitcher had Tommy John surgery during coronavirus pandemic
Is it wrong for professional baseball players to get Tommy John surgery during the coronavirus pandemic? When a Sports Illustrated piece about that exact topic was published Monday, many people weighed the pros and cons of the issue on Twitter. Mets’ slugger Pete Alonso, however, was not entertained that his teammate, pitcher Noah Syndergaard, was included in the discussion.“Who is to judge someone’s medical needs in order to perform their job,” the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year wrote on Twitter. “Noah’s (Syndergaard) surgery, or any other athlete’s surgery during this time shouldn’t...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Coronavirus postpones the Olympics — and almost everything else in our lives. Best remedy? Patience
All signs pointed to the biggest sporting event on the planet becoming the best prescription for a world reeling from coronavirus malaise. In July, a world pummeled by the pandemic’s physiological and psychological hurt would have watched in awe as 11,000 athletes from six continents marched through Tokyo’s National Stadium during the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies.It’s an extravaganza brazen and bold enough to captivate and connect citizens around the globe, every four years. This year, it would have been beautiful therapy.Alas, the pall of COVID-19 has put on ice so many aspects of ...