If Sergio Aguero is correct, the Premier League must overcome a significant psychological hurdle. The Manchester City star claimed Thursday a “majority of players” are “scared” to return to action following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Having suspended play March 13, the Premier League hopes to resume its 2019-20 season but also awaits notice…Premier League Star Sergio Aguero: Most Players ‘Scared’ To Return To Action — NESN.com
The ownership group of the San Antonio Spurs is selling a minority stake in the team, people familiar with the matter told Sportico. The team has retained Guggenheim Partners to manage the process, said the people, who were granted anonymity because the matter is private. Guggenheim’s chief executive officer is Mark Walter, who is the…San Antonio Spurs Ownership Selling Minority Stake In NBA Team (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety
Terence Davis no longer needs a vet standing over him telling him what to do. Read MoreRaptors rookie Davis wants to be reliable playoff piece — Toronto Sun
erence Davis no longer needs a vet standing over him telling him what to do.
Technically still a rookie until the season is mothballed, if it comes to that, Davis is diligently putting himself though daily workouts in the hopes that there is still a playoff schedule to be played in this his rookie year that was suspended by the Coronavirus pandemic.
He’s been doing it every day since the league shut its doors seven weeks ago and the way he speaks, he’ll be following that routine until those doors are re-opened.
Davis spent 14 days in quarantine in Toronto after the league suspended the schedule. A few days after that he and another Raptors’ rookie, Dewan Hernandez, arranged for the use of a private gym in Miami and made their way there.
He left those workouts recently to return home to Mississippi to be with his 10-month-old son. But he’s been fortunate enough to obtain time there too in a private gym where he gets in workouts with a trainer and a rebounder.
All of it is done with an eye towards being ready to perform at his peak when play does resume, should the time come, and live up to the high expectations of his veteran teammates.
“I really want the veteran guys to be able to trust someone like me in a game in the playoffs,” Davis said. “I’m a rookie, so obviously I don’t know what’s to come in the playoffs — I’ve never been in the playoffs — but I want Fred (VanVleet), I want Kyle (Lowry), I want these guys to be able to trust me when I get in the game in the playoffs — if I get in the game during the playoffs.
“So that’s why I’m in the gym right now, that’s why I’ve been in the gym everyday at 12:00 getting weights in,” he said. “I want to be in the best shape and I just want to be able to be trusted so I can show those guys that I’m ready to be part of you guys.”
On a conference call with the media that cover the Raptors on a daily basis, Davis revealed he came into the season fully expecting to spend at least half the year in the G-League. Instead he dressed for all 64 games of the Raptors’ season, the only Raptor to do that and second to only Coby White of the Chicago Bulls among all rookies in the league. White appeared in 65 games, one more than Davis.
Fact of the matter is Davis has little left to prove to his teammates. He is already very much part of those guys and they do trust him. You see it when they don’t hesitate to get him the ball behind the three point line. As a rookie he’s open more than his veteran teammates might be but he’s shown his teammates that he can deliver hitting that three pointer on just under 40% of his attempts.
And yes there have been times when Davis screws up, as every rookie does. But it’s the good rookies like Davis who learn from those mistakes and take ownership of them and do their best to make sure those mistakes aren’t repeated.
Davis has shown this to all his teammates time and again this season and earned his place among them.
The 14-day self-quarantine period sounds like it was the toughest part of this pandemic thus far for Davis.
He was in Toronto without a basketball and just a bike and some weights to keep him occupied.
It’s why he was so eager to head down to Miami with teammate Dewan Hernandez as soon as those 14 days were up.
“We were able to get in a private gym,” Davis explained. “Dewan knew a guy in a private gym, so I was just getting out of quarantine, I was in quarantine for 14 days, I haven’t touched a basketball, so I’m excited to touch a basketball, get in a gym because, like I said, this is what we do, this is what I love to do, this is my job, so that’s what drove me to go to Florida.”
Davis like everyone in the league these days is unsure of when his next game will come, but he’ll stay ready.
And should the time come that the thought of letting down his veterans isn’t enough to motivate him to stay locked in and stay ready, Davis has another huge incentive in his 10-month old son that arrived six days before the draft.
“He has motivated me to be the best that I could possibly be,” Davis said.
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BLUE JAYS ANNOUNCE TICKET POLICY FOR GAMES THROUGH MAY 31
Refunds and account credits now available for games originally scheduled in March, April, and May
The Toronto Blue Jays today announce the team’s ticket policy for games through May 31.
Refunds for games scheduled to take place between March 26 to May 31, inclusive, are now available for all ticket and suite products. Purchasers of Season Ticket Memberships, Ticket Packs, Group tickets, and Executive Suite licences will receive an account credit, with the option to obtain a refund, while fans with single game tickets can request a refund through their Ticketmaster account. Fans who purchased tickets from a secondary site should reach out to the company’s customer service department.
Affected ticket buyers will be contacted directly with more information about their options. Fans can also visit bluejays.com/tickets.
The Blue Jays would like to thank fans for their incredible support and patience during this difficult time. The club will continue to communicate updates about the 2020 schedule as they become available.
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Due coronavirus concerns, the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been rescheduled to July 2021. There will be a dual ceremony.Hall of Fame officially reschedules 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
For an estimated 3 million American high school seniors, there won’t be a walk across a stage this year. But a televised special across several major networks and backed by LeBron James could help add a sense of community next month in the midst of graduation season. The LeBron James Family Foundation announced a partnership…LeBron James announces nationwide special in May to honor graduating seniors — Press Telegram
The A’s are likewise the only team in Major League Baseball that has yet to commit to paying employees through May 31Oakland Athletics discussing “extensive layoffs” — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
UCLA forward Jalen Hill has declared early for the NBA Draft. The redshirt sophomore was among the 163 players on a list released by the league Tuesday night naming those who had declared early for the draft. Hill is the second Bruin to test the NBA waters, joining junior guard Chris Smith. Both still have…UCLA forward Jalen Hill declares early for NBA Draft — Press Telegram
18-year-old LaMelo Ball has reportedly declared for the 2020 NBA Draft after one season abroad in the National Basketball League, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Ball was named the NBL Rookie of the Year after averaging 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, seven assists and 1.7 steals in 12 games with the Illawarra Hawks. His season was cut short due to a foot injury but he is expected to be fully healthy prior to next season.
Ball is considered to be in the discussion for the No. 1 pick given his potential and ability to lead a team on the court. He filled up the stat sheet on a number of occasions in the NBL and became the first player in the 40-minute era to have consecutive triple-doubles.Shams Charania✔@ShamsCharania
Sources: Potential top pick LaMelo Ball has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Ball was under “professional” category of early-entry candidates distributed to teams Tuesday night. Virtual pre-draft process can now begin with teams.2
His broken hand is healed, his infant daughter now knows his face and it has been two months since Jake Muzzin has fired a puck or popped an opponent. So if the NHL moves to a few hub cities to finish the regular season, an idea that might see players on the road and isolated […]Maple Leafs’ Muzzin buzzin’ for return — Toronto Sun
MLB will allow teams to offer refunds to fans for games that haven’t been played due to the coronavirus pandemic.MLB allows teams to give refunds for lost games —
- Jesse RogersESPN Staff Writer
Major League Baseball is allowing teams to offer refunds to fans for games currently not being played due to the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, games were considered postponed, instead of canceled, allowing teams to hold on to revenue generated from ticket sales.
But with little chance of MLB playing 162 games this season, the league has decided to allow for refunds. MLB is not requiring refunds, and each team will set its own policy, with many likely offering a credit for 2021 as an option. Teams can announce their new policies beginning Wednesday.
The decision comes a week after two fans filed a complaint in California, seeking class-action certification on behalf of fans seeking refunds. Additionally, several state attorney general offices around the country had received complaints about the no-refund policy.
MLB has no start date for the 2020 season.
Though baseball could still return this summer, it’s likely to be without fans in attendance for at least a portion of the season — which would kick in another set of refunds.
Flyers assistant GM Brett Flahr said that Lindblom “looks terrific” and “as he gets his last treatments, the worst is over for him.”Flyers’ Lindblom making progress as he nears end of cancer treatments — ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
Oskar Lindblom is coming to the end of his treatments for Ewing’s sarcoma, though it’s still unknown if he’ll be able to play for the Flyers next season.
Flyers assistant GM Brett Flahr told The Philadelphia Inquirer this week that the forward, who was diagnosed with the form of bone cancer in December, “looks terrific” and “as he gets his last treatments, the worst is over for him.”
“Oskar’s going through his last treatments coming up here, but everything I’ve been told from [team trainer] Jimmy [McCrossin] has been very positive,” Flahr told Sam Carchidi. “He feels great, considering the condition he’s in. He’s such a great kid and he’s determined. His focus is to play as soon as possible.”
While many players have returned home since the NHL suspended the season on March 12, Lindblom, who hails from Gavle, Sweden, stayed in Philadelphia to undergo treatments at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Since his diagnosis, he’s visited his teammates a few times, and even dropped by during team photo day.wayne fish@waynefish1