Mark Bradley: Dan Quinn: A big-picture guy who's making alternate plans
Dan Quinn might just be the right coach at … well, nobody would call this the right time. But if you’re looking for someone who can embrace enforced change and still find reasons to be cheerful, Dan’s your man.The Falcons’ coach held a 30-minute video call via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday. He seemed in his element, and not just because he was displayed at a desk beneath a mantel lined with football helmets. He was in his element because — unlike other football coaches (Dabo Swinney, Mike Gundy) who’ve spoken recently — he sees the whole field. John Prine died Tuesday night. Boris Johnson is in...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Armando Salguero: Former NFL exec unloads on Tua: Uncovers previously unreported injury, failed physical
It is no secret Tua Tagovailoa has an injury history. And that history has teams concerned about his durability going forward.Beyond his well chronicled hip injury.Here are the previously reported and undisputed injuries, according to Forbes:— Broken left index finger (March 2018; no games missed)— Sprained right knee (October 2018; no games missed)— Left high ankle sprain (December 2018; surgery; no games missed)— Right high ankle sprain (October 2019; surgery; 1 game missed)— Dislocated right hip with posterior acetabular wall fracture (November 2019; surgery; missed final 3.5 games)But Mike...
Mariners hitting coach Tim Laker trying from afar to keep players in shape during coronavirus shutdown
During the endless days of spring training, or even the slogging grind of the regular season, trying to get Tim Laker for an interview is almost impossible. Heck, locating him is difficult.As the Mariners’ hitting coach, and with a maniacal work ethic, he’s always on the job, whether it’s observing and instructing in the batting cages, analyzing video, reviewing scouting reports or holding on-field batting practice.But with baseball shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, Laker doesn’t have film to watch, instruction to provide or batting practice to throw. He’s sheltering in place like eve...
The Seattle Times
Seahawks re-sign offensive lineman Jordan Simmons
The Seahawks on Wednesday made a move that likely fills out their offensive line heading into the NFL draft later this month, re-signing three-year veteran Jordan Simmons. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.Simmons was an exclusive-rights free agent but was not tendered by the Seahawks, which made him an unrestricted free agent. The Seahawks apparently did that so that they could offer Simmons what is termed a “split” contract, which will decrease the team’s potential salary-cap hit if Simmons were to again go on Injured Reserve, as he did a year ago when he missed the entire sea...
The Seattle Times
Bulls expand front-office search to interview 3 more candidates; Nuggets GM reportedly emerges as favorite
The Bulls started laying groundwork for their search for a top basketball executive during All-Star Weekend in February, so it’s no surprise they are looking to move this process along quickly.Three more candidates with front-office experience emerged Wednesday after reportedly interviewing with the Bulls this week: former Cavaliers and Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox and former 76ers President Bryan Colangelo.They join Jazz GM Justin Zanik and Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas, who has emerged as the early favorite, according to Yahoo Sports. The Bulls expanded the s...
Charles McDonald: Do not let the NFL's general managers off the hook this year
There is a real sentiment around the NFL that the coronavirus pandemic is going to impact their drafting ability for the 2020 NFL draft. Teams are going in blind compared to other years, with no in-person meetings or workouts available since the NFL combine. When these teams eventually whiff on their premium draft picks, the pandemic will be used as an excuse for their misses.That’s a load of crap. The hit rate on draft picks is so low that it doesn’t matter all that much that they’re missing the ability to do private workouts.There was a full offseason when the Jaguars picked Blaine Gabbert o...
New York Daily News
Luis Rojas is working out in his garage, homeschooling his kid, and managing the Mets over Zoom
It’s entirely possible Luis Rojas could manage his first big-league game in an empty ballpark, as Major League Baseball contemplates a path forward for the sport that could have all 30 teams playing at a neutral site without fans. For the Mets’ rookie manager, the proposal could mean taking a significant step in his baseball career without family or friends in the stands watching as he delivers the lineup card to the crew chief and knocks another ‘first’ off his bucket list.Rojas doesn’t want to speculate on the implications of that budding scenario. For now, he’s staying indoors with his wife...
New York Daily News
Scott Fowler: Dell Curry thought he had COVID-19. What that was like, and what Steph needed during pandemic.
Dell Curry is the patriarch of the first family of Charlotte basketball — the second-leading scorer in history for the Charlotte Hornets, as well as the father of two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry and Dallas Maverick guard Seth Curry.The elder Curry would normally be busy this time of year serving as the Hornets’ TV analyst. Instead, like the rest of us, Dell Curry’s life has been upended by the fallout from the coronavirus.Curry, 55, spoke with me on the phone Wednesday about his own recent health scare, how his family is coping with the quarantine on both coasts and what Steph Cu...
The Charlotte Observer
Derek Jeter doesn't know when the MLB season will start but says Marlins will be ready
With baseball at a standstill because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Derek Jeter has spent the past few weeks at home, taking advantage of some extra family time while also making sure the Miami Marlins are ready when the 2020 Major League Baseball season officially begins.During a media availability early in spring training, Jeter stressed the importance of the Marlins taking a step forward this season as they enter the third year of their rebuild. The team added some key players in the offseason and their top prospects were nearing their MLB debuts.That plan has been put on hold since ...
NBA Player Union Assessing Potential Rapid-Test Options For COVID-19
In recent weeks, officials within the NBA and NBPA have been collaborating in assessing the viability of multiple blood-testing devices for the coronavirus that could provide accurate results within a matter of minutes, a process that would hopefully enable the league to track the virus in what is considered a critical first step toward resuming play in the near future.During these past couple of weeks, many league sources have stated the NBA and players’ union have been looking at different blood tests such as “diabetes-like” test. These tests can take only 15 minutes from just a prick of a f...