Anthony Edwards to the Draft — Game7even Sports Blog

You knew it, I knew it, and even your mother knew it. Anthony Edwards is going to the draft. The projected number 1 draft pick on ESPN’s draft stock announced his decision on Friday via twitter. “Georgia will always be my home but I am ready to take my game to the next level and […]

Anthony Edwards to the Draft — Game7even Sports Blog

Salary cap issues could become greater problem for Leafs in wake of coronavirus — Toronto Sun

When the Maple Leafs skated off the ice 11 days ago — it seems more like weeks — after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Arena, none might have thought they could have just finished their final game as a member of the organization …. Read More

Salary cap issues could become greater problem for Leafs in wake of coronavirus — Toronto Sun.

For the Leafs headed for unrestricted free agency, a group that includes forwards Jason Spezza and Kyle Clifford and defencemen Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci, that the game against Tampa concluded their respective tenures with the Leafs is a clear possibility in the wake of the pandemic.

With the future of the 2019-20 regular season up in the air — and with the status of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs unclear — everything, as the saying goes, is on the table.

There’s no telling yet what the salary cap for the 2020-21 season will amount to once the NHL returns, whenever that may be. The $81.5-million US cap for this season was expected to rise to anywhere between $84 million and $88.2 million, based on numbers being projected at the conclusion of the general managers meetings in Florida two weeks ago.

Among the possibilities is that the cap could remain flat for next season, which could mean some trouble for the Leafs.

The Leafs have in the range of $77 million US committed to 17 players (including goalies Andersen and Jack Campbell) for ’20-21, using data from the web site capfriendly.com. Four restricted free agents with varying degrees of importance — forward Ilya Mikheyev, defenceman Travis Dermott and forwards Frederik Gauthier and Denis Malgin — are going to be looking for new contracts.

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Salary cap issues could become greater problem for Leafs in wake of coronavirus — Toronto Sun

Jets players score in the clutch, donate $100K to Harvest — Winnipeg Sun

Winning on the ice may be on hold at the moment for the Winnipeg Jets, but that’s not stopping them from doing so off of it. Read More

Jets players score in the clutch, donate $100K to Harvest — Winnipeg Sun.

Winning on the ice may be on hold at the moment for the Winnipeg Jets, but that’s not stopping them from doing so off of it.

While the National Hockey League hit the pause button on the 2019-20 regular season last week thanks to the coronavirus, Jets players came together to deliver a big win for Winnipeg Harvest on Friday.

A donation of $100,000 was made to the food bank, which feeds roughly 70,000 Manitobans each month.

“We know times are difficult right now,” read a tweet that was sent out by Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and other players on Friday. “We know there are people in the community struggling. more…

Jets players score in the clutch, donate $100K to Harvest — Winnipeg Sun

Sparks’ Sydney Wiese, WNBA colleagues flock home amid coronavirus outbreak — Press Telegram

For WNBA players competing overseas this winter, the coronavirus outbreak didn’t only interrupt their seasons – it sent them hurrying home, racing against the global pandemic that has shuttered much of an anxious world. One of them: The Sparks’ Sydney Michaels, who was based for the winter in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain. A 24-year-old guard…

Sparks’ Sydney Wiese, WNBA colleagues flock home amid coronavirus outbreak — Press Telegram

For WNBA players competing overseas this winter, the coronavirus outbreak didn’t only interrupt their seasons – it sent them hurrying home, racing against the global pandemic that has shuttered much of an anxious world.

One of them: The Sparks’ Sydney Wiese, who was based for the winter in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain. A 24-year-old guard from Phoenix, Wiese saw the outbreak hit Spain fast, and hard.

She’d only started hearing that the coronavirus outbreak was causing cancellations of schools and universities in the country on Tuesday, March 10. By the next night, her Liga Femenina league was suspended (the NBA paused play hours later).

The following morning, Wiese awoke to texts, emails and notifications: President Donald Trump had announced a travel ban from Europe. (American citizens and legal residents would be permitted to come home, but there was uncertainty about the parameters immediately after Trump announced the policy.)

“By late morning Thursday, I had a flight booked for the next day, and would be home before the ban was initiated,” Wiese wrote in an email a week later. “My club (AE Sedis Basketball) was incredibly understanding, sad for all of us that this was taking place, but health was top priority, and they supported my decision to get on home.”

On Friday, March 13, Wiese flew from Barcelona to Mexico City and then to L.A.

“As I was traveling, my town in Spain was placed on lockdown and there was talk about shutting down the Barcelona airport by the end of the weekend,” she said. “By Monday, Spain was on total lockdown and has been this entire week.”

As of Friday, March 20, Spain has logged 21,510 coronavirus cases, the second-most in Europe beside Italy. More than 1,000 people in Spain have succumbed to the disease.

“I was on my way home right on time,” said Wiese, who was met with long lines and confusion upon re-entering the United States, her experience aligning with those of many travelers who also rushed home from abroad.

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Here Is Red Sox’s Strategy To Get Players Ready For Postponed Season — NESN.com

With so much uncertainty around when Major League Baseball’s opening day will be, the Red Sox are trying to keep its players prepared to resume with spring training, (or maybe, summer training). In a conference call Thursday, interim manager Ron Roenicke gave insight on what the team has both pitchers and position players doing to…

Here Is Red Sox’s Strategy To Get Players Ready For Postponed Season — NESN.com

With so much uncertainty around when Major League Baseball’s opening day will be, the Red Sox are trying to keep its players prepared to resume with spring training, (or maybe, summer training). In a conference call Thursday, interim manager Ron Roenicke gave insight on what the team has both pitchers and position players doing to stay prepared. According to him, the coaching staff has instructed their projected starters to simulate two innings during unofficial bullpen sessions. “So pretty good effort to throw the first inning, sit down for a little bit and then get back up and throw another 15 pitches or whatever it is,” Roenicke said, via MassLive’s Chris Smith. “And we feel like if we do that, whenever we come back depending on the time period they give us, (it will be enough). If they give us three weeks to get ready, those guys will have four starts. And if they give us four weeks to get ready, they’ll have five starts. And either one of them (three or four weeks), we feel like as long as they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing now and getting a couple innings in, that we can ramp up and get them really close to where they need to be.” Red Sox Roster Projection: How Chris Sale News Impacts Opening Day Plan Instructions for position players aren’t as intricate, however. Coaches simply asked that group to treat it like it’s January. And while the coaching staff has returned to its normal residences, many of the players have stuck around Fort Myers. “They are showing up in waves (at the JetBlue Park complex),” Roenicke said. “The pitchers are showing up first in the morning, the guys who are in the area. And then in the afternoon, the guys who are still there, the regulars, are showing up to hit in the batting cages and stay sharp that way. Some of the pitchers really didn’t feel like they had somewhere else to go to stay in shape, whether it was another country or whether it is up north where it’s harder to work out in the cold.” The MLB is hoping to squeeze in all 162 games, which seems more and more unlikely every day. Regardless, the Red Sox hope with this down time, they’ll be ready when Opening Day does come

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/03/here-is-red-soxs-strategy-to-get-players-ready-for-postponed-season/