Omar Kelly: A look at the top NFL free agents still available
The physical nature of football ensures that talent acquisition never stops in the NFL, but the COVID-19 pandemic has gotten in the way for most of the 2020 offseason.Teams can’t put free agents through workouts or physicals, and that has created a surplus of talented, productive NFL veterans — many of whom are aging or coming off injuries — who are still looking for work.There are so many decent free agents still available, an expansion team could be created from them, and it might be good enough to produce a winning record with good coaching.With training camps starting later this month, her...
Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka is released from hospital after taking line drive to the head
NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka was released from New York-Presbyterian Saturday evening for tests and observation after being hit in the head by a comebacker during live batting practice. The veteran right-hander was hit by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive on the right, top side of his head.“He had concussion-like symptoms originally before leaving for the hospital that have since dissipated. He went through a battery of tests at the hospital. Everything checked out well,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced. “He had a CT scan, it’s negative. … I would say right now he’s doing well. He’ll go into ...
New York Daily News
NASCAR at Indianapolis race results: 3 takeaways from Kevin Harvick's overtime victory
Drivers took hits as hard as bricks on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Brickyard 400 race won in overtime by Kevin Harvick.Harvick sailed to his second consecutive win at the track after a tire blew out on the No. 11 car of Denny Hamlin, who was running in first place in the final laps of the race. The blown tire forced Hamlin into the wall and out of the race.Harvick then moved into first off the final restart ahead of Matt Kenseth and Aric Almirola, who finished in second and third place, respectively.HARVICK AND HAMLIN DOMINATE AGAINThe race at Indy further cemented the ong...
The Charlotte Observer
Better together: Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic deserve to start for the Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings have a shooting guard situation that could be seen as either a blessing or a curse. Both Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic are quality options at the position, and most teams would be happy to have either one in their starting lineup.Hield, who is averaging 19.8 points per game, is one of the best shooters in the league. Bogdanovic, who is adding 14.5 points per game, offers a well-rounded selection of skills on both sides of the ball.Hield’s scoring prowess earned him the starting job to begin the 2019-20 season. However, he struggled in other areas o...
The Sacramento Bee
Jamaal Wilkes, former UCLA and Lakers star, weighs in on George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and his own frightening experience with police
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jamaal Wilkes supports the police, up to a point.The former Golden State Warriors forward said he’s proud to be an American and wants law and order while at the same time seeing the need for change in the wake of demonstrations after the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.“I’m not an activist. I’m not in the guts of the stuff, but we need some kind of reform with the police department (while) recognizing that the majority are good police,” Wilkes said in a recent conversation with the Bay Area News Group’s Wes Goldberg. “And they are probably as s...
The Mercury News
Cardinals lefty Andrew Miller: 'There's still some doubt we're going to have a season'
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — There were times throughout the negotiations between the players’ union and Major League Baseball owners that Andrew Miller, a veteran on the committee involved in those talks, that he felt a season was unlikely because of disagreements between the sides.The biggest threat of all to the season both sides agreed on.And it’s still there.“Absolutely. I think there’s still some doubt that we’re going to have a season now,” Miller said. “We’re here, but I’m from Florida – I read my local every day and I think we’re over 10,000 (coronavirus) cases again. By no means is this a slam d...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Whit Merrifield says he had an obligation to his KC Royals family despite pandemic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For Kansas City Royals All-Star do-it-all defender and MLB hits leader Whit Merrifield, the decision to play this season came quickly and decisively. But it wasn’t without thoughtfulness or consideration of the seriousness of COVID-19.At the end of a week that has seen notable major league players such as Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price, Atlanta Braves pitcher Felix Hernandez and Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond opt out of playing this season and others including LA Angels star Mike Trout on the fence amid the cor...
The Kansas City Star
Miguel Sano sits out Twins workouts after positive test for COVID-19
MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Sano, the Twins’ All-Star slugger, will miss the beginning of summer training camp after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team has revealed.Sano is the player that President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey declined to identify Friday in announcing that two Twins major leaguers — utility player Willians Astudillo is the other one — had been flagged in the first round of viral tests upon arriving in the Twin Cities this past week. Neither player has exhibited COVID symptoms, the team said, but will remain in quarantine for several days until they test negativ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jim Souhan: Restarting sports in virus-deep Florida was the worst of miscalculations
A bunch of sports leagues have decided to stage their return this summer in Florida. Apparently Hades was booked for a coronavirus party.Maybe the better way to think of it is that Florida is a coronavirus party. And the party promises to never stop.The United States might have handled the pandemic worse than any other developed country, and Florida might have handled it worse than any other state. Sending thousands of athletes and staffers to Florida right now is like asking them to jump from the frying pan into the sun.Restarting in Florida might be the worst idea in sports since the White S...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Triple-birdie finish powers Bryson DeChambeau to Rocket Mortgage Classic title
DETROIT — Bryson DeChambeau birdied the final three holes Sunday, holding off a surge from Matthew Wolff to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.DeChambeau had seen his three-shot lead dwindle to one after a bogey at No. 14, but birdies on 16, 17 and 18 helped him seal the deal, finishing at 23-under to bring home the $1.35 million first-place check and earning him his first victory of the season and sixth of his career.Wolff had a chance late to keep the pressure on, but an eagle putt at No. 17 was an inch short. The third-round leader finished at 20-under, unable to overcome ...
The Detroit News