NBA: No in-person draft workouts or recent video

The NBA informed teams on Monday that organizations are prohibited from conducting in-person workouts or interviews with draft-eligible players until further notice, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.
Source: ESPN

Michigan's DeJulius intends to enter transfer portal

Michigan guard David DeJulius intends to enter the transfer portal
Source: Fox Sports

AP sources: MLB, union discuss playing all games in Arizona

AP sources: MLB, union discuss playing all games in Arizona
Source: Fox Sports

Silver: NBA won't make any decisions about resuming season until at least May

NBA commissioner Adam Silver does not expect any decisions to be made until at least May about the possible resumption of the 2019-20 season.
Source: Fox Sports

Why Al Kaline, known as Mr. Tiger, was the ultimate one-team and one-city ballplayer

Kaline, who became tethered to the Tigers right out of high school, died Monday at 85
Source: CBS Sports

Adam Silver: NBA Won't Deliberate on Season Restart Until May 1

Silver: “At least for the month of April we won’t be in any position to make any decisions.”

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said on Monday the league won’t begin to consider a potential return to play until May 1 at the earliest.

“We should accept that at least for the month of April we won’t be in any position to make any decisions,” Silver told Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson in an interview on Twitter.

The NBA suspended play indefinitely on March 11 after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. A slate of other players subsequently tested positive, including Pistons forward Christian Wood and two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant. 

Silver was on a phone call with President Trump and a slate of other league commissioners on Sunday to discuss the effects of COVID-19. Silver told Johnson the NBA will be “ready to go,” when it is deemed safe to return. 

“Beyond crowning a champion, what would the symbolism be of sports starting back up in this country?” Silver said on Monday.

But a thumbs up from public health officials isn’t the only determination on whether the league will return. Beyond the attempt to crown a legitimate champion in 2020, the NBA will also have to consider the impact of an extended season on 2020-21.

There are more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus globally across at least 176 countries. At least 70,000 people have died.

Source: Sports Illustrated

Will abbreviated camp hurt Justin Gaethje? Does winner get Khabib?

Tony Ferguson is dangerous enough when things are equal, but will the benefit of a full fight camp prove decisive? Our panel weighs in.
Source: ESPN

Breaking down Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje

Will Tony Ferguson’s full training camp ahead of UFC 249 prove decisive? Our experts weigh in.
Source: ESPN

Samson: What the PGA Tour should have said instead of announcing specific dates

David Samson had a different take on the PGA Tour’s schedule release
Source: CBS Sports

Let the Drew McIntyre Era Begin

McIntyre is now the face of WWE, a position he wanted but never attained when he was first hired in 2007. But he finally seized hold of that title at ‘WrestleMania.’

Drew McIntyre’s match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania went very differently than their first meeting.

Their introduction took place seven years ago on a Raw in April 2013. Lesnar came to the ring and destroyed McIntyre, Jinder Mahal, and Heath Slater, the members of the 3MB comedy group. Away from the carnage, Lesnar asked to speak with McIntyre.

“I remember it well,” said McIntyre. “Brock was not long back at that point from UFC. He pulled me aside, and he straight-up asked me, ‘Why are you involved in this?’ He was so confused, but he saw something in me and believed in me. It’s pretty crazy, all these years later, I was the guy to take the title from him at WrestleMania.”

McIntyre is the new WWE champion, words he has been waiting to hear since he first arrived in 2007. He won the title in a high-octane match in the main event of WrestleMania’s second night, finishing off Lesnar following his fourth Claymore Kick. The show went off the air with McIntyre raising the title, while Lesnar enhanced the moment by lying motionless on his back in the center of the ring.

“Brock is a man’s man,” said McIntyre. “He won’t do business with you if he thinks you’re not doing the job you should be doing. Brock is a very private person, he doesn’t like people too much, but he’s all about respect. To have earned his respect means a lot.”

Since WrestleMania was taped ahead of time, McIntyre watched the match from the comfort of home next to his wife and two cats, Chaz and Hunter.

“My wife chose the name Hunter because his breed is known for hunting and intelligence,” added McIntyre. “But now, whenever I hear someone say ‘Hunter needs to see you,’ I immediately think of my cat before realizing I need to see my boss [WWE Executive Triple H].

“Watching at home was a surreal experience. I was having an out-of-body experience watching on the couch.”

McIntyre is well-aware of the enormity of WrestleMania, as wrestling fans usually travel from across the globe to be part of the week’s festivities before watching WWE’s signature show on Sunday night. Despite the coronavirus pandemic ruining those plans, and the match taking place in the Performance Center instead of the massive Raymond James Stadium, McIntyre was immensely proud to share his WrestleMania moment with the world.

“I was thinking about all the people that wanted to be at WrestleMania but couldn’t,” said McIntyre. “I was thinking about all the people who made sacrifices for me to be in that position, I was thinking about my mom and I was thinking about my wife.

“I wanted to bring WrestleMania to the world during an especially difficult time. I went into that match with Brock exactly as I would have had there been 80,000 people. I looked into Brock’s eyes, which is pretty intimidating, and I treated the match with the same intensity. When I was presented the title, I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it was in my hands. I couldn’t believe Brock Lesnar was just lying there. It was a moment to remember, and that was a moment for everyone.”

A WrestleMania highlight that did not air was the post-match embrace between McIntyre and Vince McMahon.

“He was happy for me,” said McIntyre. “He knows the journey I’ve been through and how hard I’ve worked, and nobody works harder than Vince McMahon, so his respect means the world to me. Triple H was there too, and he’s the reason I’m back in WWE. Both of them believed in me, and it was very special to hear them say they’re proud of how far I’ve come as a performer and a man.”

McIntyre is now the face of WWE, a position he wanted but never attained when he was first hired in 2007. It appeared to be an impossibility after he was released from the company in June 2014, but he finally seized hold of that spot at WrestleMania.

“This is what I’ve always been preparing for,” said McIntyre. “Before I wasn’t ready, but my journey prepared me to be the top guy. The boss has got a saying that, ‘Sometimes you’ve got to eat crap and learn to like the taste.’ I’ve eaten banquets of crap, and I’ve learned from it and I fought through it. I can lead the company in any situation, especially the difficult one we are in right now.”

The McIntyre era begins Monday night on Raw. The next six-to-eight months of television will be centered around his title reign, with the potential for more if McIntyre succeeds as champ.

“It’s been an incredible journey to get to the top and get the title, but this is when the hard work starts,” said McIntyre. “WWE is still bringing original content. Our wrestlers and our crew behind the scenes worked so hard to make sure our fans were entertained during WrestleMania. We’re still bringing smiles to people’s faces. That’s fun during the easy times, but I’m going to make sure WWE is represented in the right way right now. It’s a tough time in the world and everyone is affected, so this is where I’ll step up and work even harder.

Justin Barrasso can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JustinBarrasso.

Source: Sports Illustrated

Eight questions raised by the new 2020 golf schedule as majors shuffled to end of year

While some answers were provided Monday, they raised even more questions
Source: CBS Sports

Like old times: Houston Open moved to week before Masters

For this most unusual year, the Houston Open gets its old spot back one week before the Masters
Source: Fox Sports

Former heavyweight boxing champion Shannon Briggs signs deal with Bare Knuckle FC

Briggs is a former lineal heavyweight champion but has been retired since 2016
Source: CBS Sports

Silver says he does not expect any NBA decisions before May

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver does not expect any decisions to be made until at least May about the possible resumption of the 2019-20 season
Source: Fox Sports

Why Drew McIntyre stored WWE title away until WrestleMania victory aired

Drew McIntyre finally appreciated his championship to the fullest on Sunday night.
Source: ESPN

New FIFA indictment confirms paid bribes to vote for World Cups in Qatar and Russia

FIFA executives were bribed to vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, the U.S. Department of Justice alleges
Source: CBS Sports

Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend and Baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 85

Kaline spent all 22 of his MLB seasons with the Tigers
Source: CBS Sports

Oregon Senior Sabrina Ionescu Wins Wooden Award

Ionescu is the sixth woman to win multiple Wooden Awards, joining Seimone Augustus, Brittney Griner, Maya Moore, Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart.

Oregon senior Sabrina Ionescu won her second straight Wooden Award on Monday.  

Ionescu is the sixth woman to win the Wooden Award multiple times. She joins Brittney Griner, Candace Parker, Seimone Augustus and Breanna Stewart as the only female players to win the award in back-to-back seasons. 

The 5’11” guard dominated the Pac-12 in 2019-20 before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Ionescu averaged 17.5 points and 9.2 assists per game, and she ranked third in the conference in rebounding as Oregon cruised to its third consecutive Pac-12 championship.

Ionescu broke a slate of NCAA records in her senior season with the Ducks. She became the first player to ever tally 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds, and she finished her college career with a record 26 triple-doubles. 

The New York Liberty are likely to select Ionescu with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. The draft is slated to be held virtually on April 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Sports Illustrated

LA Rams hope to run ball by committee without Todd Gurley

The Los Angeles Rams don’t expect to replace Todd Gurley with just one running back
Source: Fox Sports

Ionescu completes awards sweep with Wooden

Oregon senior Sabrina Ionescu completed a clean sweep of this season’s major individual honors in women’s college basketball by winning the John R. Wooden Award.
Source: ESPN

© 1992-2018 DC2NET™, Inc. All Rights Reserved