Chicago Bulls tab Adam Amin to succeed Neil Funk on TV broadcasts
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls did not have to look far to find a replacement for the retiring Neil Funk. The team on Monday announced Adam Amin, an ESPN veteran who graduated from Addison Trail High School and lives in Chicago, will start in the 2020-21 season.“Adam knows our fans because he grew up a Bulls fan,” team President Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. “That was important to us. We wanted to find someone who not only had the talent, but who also understood our history and the role the Bulls play in the lives of our city and our fans.”Amin said he is “absolutely ecstatic … the littl...
Royals won't lay off or furlough baseball operations employees despite MLB uncertainty
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With unemployment nationwide reaching historic levels and the professional sports landscape at a relative standstill, Kansas City Royals ownership and management have taken steps to avoid layoffs and furloughs amid Major League Baseball’s uncertain future.Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed an ESPN report Friday afternoon that the club has opted to institute tiered pay cuts at the upper levels of executive pay, including Moore’s salary, to avoid cutting employees.All 30 MLB franchises have taken steps to address revenue losses due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronaviru...
The Kansas City Star
Editorial: Sports needs to (safely) relaunch, and Florida is just the place
Professional sports are stirring out their coronavirus hibernations. They are looking for places to train and play, but they aren’t sure where to do it.Come on down to Florida.That’s what Gov. Ron DeSantis has been preaching, and it seems people are listening. Among them are the governors of California, New York and New Jersey.Until last week, they were skeptical of games being played in their states before a coronavirus vaccine was developed. The prospect of their teams temporarily locating to Florida might have changed that view.“Money changes everything,” tweeted Richard Sherman, a cornerba...
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives New York's pro sports teams the OK to start 'training camps'
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support to get sports back up and running took another step forward on Sunday, as he encouraged New York’s professional sports teams to begin working out.Cuomo, while speaking during a news conference at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, said all New York professional sports teams — like the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers and Islanders (plus his beloved Bills) — can start training in the state beginning immediately.The governor has been adamant about reopening facilities to sports teams for weeks, which is a good sign for the Mets and Yankees as they hope to open the re...
New York Daily News
Larry Stone: As MLB negotiations near critical juncture, mutual motivation will be key to saving weird 2020 season
SEATTLE — In case you haven’t checked your pocket schedule lately, the Mariners would be in New York facing the Yankees this weekend, more than 50 games into their 2020 season. You’re left to your own imagination what their record would be — or to phrase it differently, how many games would they be sitting behind the Astros?By now, we’d have a good idea of how the Mariners’ youth movement was progressing, with Evan White, Shed Long, Jake Fraley, Kyle Lewis, Justus Sheffield and maybe Justin Dunn having had two months to show whether or not they were ready for The Show.Maybe Jarred Kelenic or L...
The Seattle Times
Jim Souhan: Ignoring blacks for top NFL jobs is racist and stupid
The NFL believes it is time for team facilities, and hiring minds, to open.The former could prove to be a long, slow process.The latter is a public admission of institutional racism.As the NFL tries to get back to work, the league is tweaking the venerable Rooney Rule, installed to give minority coaching candidates a chance to at least interview for jobs before being ignored.On Tuesday, the league tabled a proposal to reward teams via the draft for hiring minority candidates, which amounted to NFL owners saying: “Our hiring history is so racist that we need to incentivize not being racist.”The...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'Character' and 'genius,' Pepper Rodgers was more than a caricature
To Georgia Tech great Lucius Sanford, Pepper Rodgers was a coach for whom he had to learn how to do somersaults and also who helped advance the integration of the Yellow Jackets football team.To college football hall of famer Randy Rhino, Rodgers was an innovator and a playcalling maestro. To Tech grad and longtime NFL coach Jimmy Robinson, Rodgers was a coach who gave him his first professional break. To Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury, Rodgers was a man who changed his life’s course as a teenager and later became a mentor. To Buck Shamburger, Rodgers was a teammate and later a coach he...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael Jordan severed a tendon in his right index finger with a cigar cutter after the 1997-98 season. How much did that influence his decision to retire?
“The Last Dance,” ESPN’s 10-part documentary about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, presents that season as one that management declared would be the final chapter of the dynasty before it even began.The series, which concludes Sunday night with Episodes 9 and 10, has left viewers to ponder how long the Bulls could have kept winning championships if management (aka general manager Jerry Krause) had not been so intent on breaking up the team.The reality, however, is a bit more complicated, especially considering Jordan severed a tendon in his right index finger during the summer af...
A small step: Miami Heat reopens AmericanAirlines Arena practice facility to players
MIAMI — For forward Udonis Haslem, the decision to enter the Miami Heat’s practice facility for a Wednesday afternoon workout was a fairly easy one.The Heat began allowing players Wednesday to participate in voluntary individual workouts at the team’s AmericanAirlines Arena practice facility under strict NBA guidelines. Haslem, who has served as a Heat captain in 13 consecutive seasons, was among those who took advantage on the first day the downtown Miami facility was open to players since NBA facilities were ordered closed to players and staff on March 20 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“From a l...
Why Matt Williams left the A's to manage a team in Korea
Kia Tigers general manager Cho Gye Hyun put a contract on the table at a Los Angeles restaurant and made his intent clear: He wanted Matt Williams to manage his team in South Korea and he wasn’t leaving the United States without him.The two men had met once before, nearly 40 years ago. Cho pitched for the South Korean amateur national team. Williams played for the US amateur national team. An impromptu catch-up in California turned into a life-altering job offer. Could Williams upend his life and move to Gwangju, South Korea?Williams, 52, was content as third base coach for the Oakland A’s. On...
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