49ers and Patriots: Coaches share mutual respect and a history with Jimmy Garoppolo
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers and Patriots don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to the way the two football teams operate, their fan bases or even their climates.“We’d be here for a while if I told you all the differences,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said this week.Garoppolo, of course, is a protagonist in New England’s longstanding melodrama, even while he plays his home games more than 3,000 miles away. The prodigal son once destined to replace Tom Brady is now with San Francisco, and Sunday is heading back to play against the team that drafted him — that might secretly wi...
The Sacramento Bee
Dave Hyde: Does 'The Next Thing' for Pat Riley mean a shot at Giannis or Beal?
Pat Riley enjoyed the afterglow of the Miami Heat season. He thanked everyone from scouts to coaches Friday for that storybook run into the NBA Finals. He said any talk of his retiring is now gone. Dead. Off the table.“This is a dream for me, this late,” he said of that Heat run.There’s just one question now: Who’s traded to improve this team?“If there’s a next thing that can take us to another level, I’m open to it,” Pat Riley said.Surprised? Grow up. Which of course is the central question for the Heat this offseason. Do you trust this roster enough that it can grow into a sustainable conten...
No bands or cheerleaders, piped-in crowd noise and some cardboard fans: What Big Ten football game days will look like in 2020.
CHICAGO — The sounds of horns and a squealing saxophone piped into Camp Randall Stadium at the end of the third quarter begins one of the most raucous traditions in the Big Ten.Wisconsin’s playing at every home game of “Jump Around,” the 1990s hip-hop hit, inspires fans to follow instructions, hopping rhythmically and so enthusiastically on their seats that the press box sways.This season, “Jump Around” will be played, but nobody will be there to jump.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and safety precautions, only a limited number of family members of players and coaches will be permitted into B...
Steve Hummer: If even Tampa Bay can win like this, why not us?
Atlanta doesn’t have an NHL team, having misplaced not one, but two of them, as if they were car keys or the TV remote. Tampa Bay has one, though. And, in fact, an area built on the premise of escaping ice is now the reigning NHL champion. For the second time in 16 years.The Braves haven’t been to the World Series since 1999. It just lost an excruciating seven-game National League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are now tied 1-1 in the World Series with, yes, Tampa Bay. A spring-training site keeps infringing on the fall (it also was there in 2008).With New England, Tom Bra...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2020 NBA mock draft 1.0: LaMelo Ball goes to Timberwolves at No. 1
The postponed, virtual NBA draft will finally take place Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Daily News’ Stefan Bondy takes a look at how it might play out:———1) Minnesota Timberwolves: LaMelo Ball (Illawarra)Age: 18Position: Point guardThere’s no clear-cut top choice in this draft but Ball carries the greatest potential as a flashy 6-8 playmaker. He’s not the best fit for Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell in Minnesota, but there isn’t a great fit on the board. It’s why the Timberwolves could trade the pick for a proven player. As a side note — and not that it affects his stock or potential — but Ba...
New York Daily News
No Winter Classic for Blues: NHL cancels event due to COVID
The coronavirus pandemic took its first bite out of the 2020-21 NHL schedule with the league announcing Thursday that the 2021 Bridgestone Winter Classic has been canceled.The game, featuring the Blues and the Minnesota Wild, was scheduled for Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minneapolis.The league also announced that it has canceled the All-Star Weekend, scheduled for Jan. 29-30 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the home of the Florida Panthers.The league said it planned to return to Minnesota and Florida for both events in the “near future.” It also said that Thursday’s announcement does not impact ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Florida regulators to seek more details about injuries suffered on theme park rides
ORLANDO, Fla. — The public often doesn’t know what happens when someone is hurt at a theme park, in a system where parks self-report visitors’ health problems to the state.State regulators plan to talk with Florida’s biggest theme parks about making their visitor injury reports more accurate after an Orlando Sentinel investigation revealed that Universal Orlando had disclosed a tourist’s broken neck as “numbness” and a child’s broken foot and leg bones as “foot pain.”“It’s not giving a true picture of what’s happening at the theme parks. That has to change,” said state Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Or...
In rare move, Seattle Storm endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: 'These are not typical times'
SEATTLE — In a move rarely seen by professional sports teams, the Seattle Storm voiced its support for the 2020 Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday.The team’s official Twitter account posted a graphic of the Biden/Harris campaign logo along with its team logo accompanied by a short statement that read: “Join us in support of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.” The tweet also included a link for people to register to vote.Team co-owners Dawn Trudeau and Ginny Gilder also offered their own statements supporting Biden and Harris on Twitter.“We don’t typically endorse candidate...
The Seattle Times
The Rays are the antithesis of the Yankees, and that includes winning pennants
The Rays have been a constant pain in the Yankees’ behind this season. They dismantled their richer division rivals and got into their heads before finally putting an end to the Yankees’ 2020 season earlier this month in the American League Division Series. With a payroll that is merely a fraction of the Bombers’, a ballpark that is mocked throughout the game and a fanbase that has had to face the constant threat of the team moving, the Rays are pretty much everything the Yankees are not as an organization.So Tuesday, when the Rays play Game 1 against the Dodgers in Arlington, it has to burn a...
New York Daily News
San Jose Sharks, other NHL non-playoff teams, likely to have longer training camps
It appears the Sharks and six other teams that did not qualify for the NHL’s postseason earlier this year will be allowed to have extra time to train and practice together before the start of any main training camp.This summer, general managers from the seven teams asked the NHL if they could get an extended training camp — possibly as long as two weeks — before the start of the 2020-21 regular season. The GMs were seeking the same chance to skate the 24 other teams got during Phase 3 of the NHL’s Return to Play before the start of the postseason.In an email to this newspaper, NHL Deputy Commi...
The Mercury News