How 49ers' Robbie Gould is navigating offseason workouts, home schooling children
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — 49ers kicker Robbie Gould is one of many NFL players trying to navigate an uncertain offseason that includes being stuck at home, home schooling children and preparing physically for the upcoming campaign.It’s all a bit hectic, particularly because there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.“Right now, the biggest problem for us is, when’s everything going to start back up?” Gould, 37, said in a phone interview from his home northwest of Chicago this week. “You’re normally training with a certain perspective to have yourself ready at certain stages of the spring and the su...
The Sacramento Bee
2020 NFL mock draft: Five-round projections
So we’re really doing this.Commissioner Roger Goodell informed all 32 NFL teams the 2020 NFL draft will proceed in a fully virtual format in a memo sent out Monday.My bet is on the Browns asking if Isaiah Simmons is still available in the fifth round.Look, we’re in uncharted waters. I understand those who feel this might be inappropriate, but I believe the NFL is actually doing the right thing here. For once.Team personnel will be in separate locations, handling their responsibilities from the comfort of home. Safety first (for once).Plus, there will reportedly be a telethon aspect, where dona...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Marcus Hayes: Eagles should target Randy Moss protege Henry Ruggs, Alabama star in limbo due to COVID-19
Henry Ruggs was supposed to muzzle the doubters this week. Instead, the fastest man in college football, who spent almost three months working with Randy Moss, will enter the draft with the same question marks that dogged him at Alabama:Sure, he’s fast, but can he run routes? Can he impact a team enough to warrant a top-15 pick? Can a team like the Eagles justify trading up from No. 21?Those questions would have been answered at Alabama’s pro day, initially scheduled for March 24, then moved to April 9 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, then canceled March 12 when the NFL shut down p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Vahe Gregorian: An Olympian is still making peace with 1980 USA boycott. He feels for canceled dreams.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Like many University of Kansas basketball fans as the NCAA Tournament was supposed to begin, Cliff Wiley felt disillusioned and deprived: His team, atop the game by virtually every metric, couldn’t compete for a national title because the COVID-10 coronavirus pandemic had shut down sports.So on March 19, the day the tournament was to start in earnest, he was absorbed in a KU-produced version of “One Shining Moment” as he tried to reconcile it all.“This can’t happen,” he said in the Missouri Valley Track & Field office in the 18th & Vine District the next day. “But it does ha...
The Kansas City Star
I was never a runner. Now, to stay sane during coronavirus lockdown, I am running. And you can, too
I am not a runner.And if you knew me, I would not need to tell you this. It would be immediately evident. It always has been. As a child, I was simultaneously oddly tall and improbably skinny — a lethal cocktail of long limbs and sharp edges and a seemingly unconquerable clumsiness. I was like a pale, uncoordinated Gumby. I was the teenage equivalent of a baby giraffe on roller skates that you pushed down a hill. I was former NBA center Shawn Bradley in “Space Jam,” after the aliens stole his talent.Which is all to say that, while I loved sports, I was aggressively mediocre at most of them. I ...
The Seattle Times
Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. eliminated by Clippers' Montrezl Harrell in NBA2K tournament
Derrick Jones Jr. will have to go back to beating up on his Miami Heat teammates, with his run in ESPN’s NBA2K Players Tournament ending with a quarterfinal loss Thursday night to Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell.Playing as the Dallas Mavericks, Jones lost 71-66, with Harrell playing as the Portland Trail Blazers.Heat teammate Kenrick Nunn said he was not surprised Jones advanced to the quarterfinals.“He goes to the game 24/7,” Nunn said.But after upsetting top-seeded Kevin Durant in last week’s opening round, Jones ran into an opponent who was coming off a first-round blowout of ...
Sid Hartman: Kevin Garnett was a risk worth taking for Timberwolves in 1995 draft
MINNEAPOLIS — In 1995 there were all kinds of signs coming out of Target Center that the Timberwolves were interested in drafting Kevin Garnett, the top prep basketball player in the nation.Then-head of scouting Jerry Sichting had been following Garnett around and watching tons of his games, and Flip Saunders, then working as general manager, had been giving hints that Garnett was a special player.At the time, Michigan was the top basketball program in the nation. The Wolverines were a few years removed from the Fab Five, and coach Steve Fisher was bringing in top players every year. The Wolve...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
SDSU's Nathan Mensah remains on track to resume basketball career
For San Diego State center Nathan Mensah, coronavirus social-distancing mandates have meant for everyone else what it did for him over the past three months.Work out all you want, just don’t play basketball against anyone else.Mensah has remained in that sort of medical purgatory since late December, when he suffered what the Union-Tribune reported was a pulmonary embolism — a blood clot in his lungs treated with anticoagulant (or blood thinning) drugs that preclude contact sports for fear of internal bleeding. With the college season’s abrupt end before the NCAA Tournament, and with weeks or ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Kristian Winfield: Trae Young is the heavy favorite in H-O-R-S-E — unless dunking is allowed
The NBA is bringing back the H-O-R-S-E competition, and Trae Young is probably going to win it.Young headlines an eight-person group of NBA and WNBA players, who will compete in a tournament-style series of games of H-O-R-S-E that will be streamed live from their homes. The other competitors include Thunder guard Chris Paul; 2020 Hall of Fame inductee and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings; Jazz guard Mike Conley; three-time WNBA All-Star and Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley; Bulls guard Zach LaVine; and NBA stars turned television broadcasters Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups.It should be fun. It sh...
New York Daily News
How SMU coach Tim Jankovich is leading the basketball program during lockdown
The context to pretty much everything that head coach Tim Jankovich talks about as it relates to SMU basketball has to have a caveat.When talking about the future of college basketball, there’s the underlying and undeniable uncertainty of when that future resumes.As the coronavirus pandemic continues its deadly rush through the United States population, it’s unclear what that will mean for the 2020-21 basketball season. It’s a thought college programs are pondering while still mourning the loss of 2019-20 finale.“I’m trying to stay optimistic and hope that, you know, the brilliant people in th...
The Mercury News