Ducks players, families, pledge meals for staff at UCI Medical Center — Press Telegram

Amid the ubiquitous uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ducks players and their significant others sought to ease the burden on medical professionals as they pledged 200 meals a day for staff at UCI Medical Center. Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli had recently become the first North American pro sports ownership group to pledge…

Ducks players, families, pledge meals for staff at UCI Medical Center — Press Telegram

David Ortiz, Red Sox Team Up With John Krasinski To Honor Healthcare Workers — NESN.com

Looking for a reason to smile Monday morning? This should help. Massachusetts native John Krasinski, an actor most well known for playing Jim Halpert in “The Office,” has started a web series called “Some Good News” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose, as you probably gathered, is to spread some of the good news happening…

David Ortiz, Red Sox Team Up With John Krasinski To Honor Healthcare Workers — NESN.com

Bulls fire GM Forman amid front office changes —

The Chicago Bulls fired general manager Gar Forman on Monday after 10 years in the role and 22 years with the team.

Bulls fire GM Forman amid front office changes —

The Chicago Bulls fired general manager Gar Forman on Monday after 10 years in the role and 22 years with the team.

The move came soon after the Bulls confirmed the hiring of Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas as the franchise’s executive vice president of basketball operations, which ESPN reported last week.

The Bulls also announced Monday that John Paxson, who previously held Karnisovas’ position, will stay with the team in the new role of senior advisor of basketball operations.

“Gar Forman worked tirelessly for the Chicago Bulls organization, first as a scout and then as an executive,” team owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “He made many significant contributions during his time here and helped to bring some of the brightest young basketball talent to our team, from Derrick RoseJoakim Noah and Taj Gibson to Jimmy Butler and Coby White. He has been a trusted advisor and friend to me over the years, and on behalf of everyone I want to thank him for his commitment to the organization. Gar will always be a part of our Bulls family.”

Forman was named the 2011 NBA Executive of the Year. The Bulls reached the playoffs seven times during his tenure as general manager.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the Chicago Bulls for more than two decades,” Forman said in the Bulls’ statement. “There is no better ownership group in professional sports than the Reinsdorfs, and I want to thank Jerry and Michael for their support during my tenure. The Bulls organization will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Karnisovas is planning to start discussing Chicago’s GM job with candidates soon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week. The pool is expected to include several assistant GMs: Calvin Booth (Denver), Marc Eversley (Philadelphia), Mark Hughes (LA Clippers) and Matt Lloyd (Orlando), among others.

Paxson had been EVP of basketball operations since 2003 and also served as general manager until Forman took on those duties in 2009.

“John has an invaluable perspective on our organization and where we want to be, and he played an instrumental role in this change by bringing forward the idea of a restructure and reorganization,” Reinsdorf said of Paxson. “I have always held his knowledge and basketball insight in the highest regard, and he has earned my respect as well as that of his peers.”

Braves commit to paying team employees through the end of May — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

At the moment the other teams have only committed to pay employees through the end of April.

Braves commit to paying team employees through the end of May — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Kiley McDaniel of ESPN reported over the weekend that the Atlanta Braves are the first team to commit to paying both full-time and part-time employees through May 31. All other clubs, at the moment anyway, have only committed to pay employees through the end of April.

This, McDaniel tweeted, applies to “staff” as opposed to game day employees, who are covered by the $1 million fund each team committed to providing for ballpark workers.

One assumes that other teams will follow suit or else risk losing employees as baseball, and most of the rest of the country, remain idled.

Hodgson calls for better government support for the NHS — Inside Croydon

Veteran football manager praises Crystal Palace players and club for their generous work in the community during coronavirus emergency Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has called for the NHS to be given more, and better, resources from government, rather than having to rely on donations and the generosity of the public during the coronavirus emergency. […]

Hodgson calls for better government support for the NHS — Inside Croydon

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has called for the NHS to be given more, and better, resources from government, rather than having to rely on donations and the generosity of the public during the coronavirus emergency.

Fantastic: Roy Hodgson is full of praise for the NHS

Hodgson, the former England boss, issued a long message to Palace fans yesterday, one month since his players had their last Premier League game since the covid-19 lockdown was declared, “and in that time, life as we knew it has been turned on its head”, Hodgson noted.

In his message, Hodgson joined the growing number of voices, such as Gary Neville and Gary Lineker, who have praised the charitable efforts of their fellow footballers at this time, in contrast to Tory-supporting hedge funds, billionaires and tax dodgers who appear to have been granted a free pass – and often millions of tax-payers’ money – to be bailed out or to profit from the crisis.

Describing the NHS as “magnificent”, Hodgson said, “One simply cannot praise the staff too highly, in my opinion. I’ve always been a huge supporter of the NHS, they do and have always done a fantastic job. We’re so lucky in this country to have a system like it, I’ve always felt that we do have a fantastic service and now it’s being demonstrated to everyone so clearly, that the resources we put in are well spent.

“I hope it might in future make us more aware that if you want this level of service, it needs a certain level of economic support – and I’m hopeful it will come from our taxes. We can’t rely on the NHS being funded by charities or people making donations – it’s nice that such individuals and organisations are doing so, and I’m full of praise for those who are doing it – but the work they’re doing is quite incredible and needs adequate resourcing.

“The praise they’re getting however enormous it is will never be enough. The job that doctors and nurses do is something you only fully appreciate at times like this, or when you are in need of help. To each and every one of them, thank you.”

Sheila Hodgson and Roy have been busy around their Thames-side apartment

Hodgson, who is 72, emphasised how he and his wife, Sheila, remain well and active in the Thames-side home. He explained that the club had had an exercise bike and some gym equipment delivered so that they can both keep active.

The veteran manager also highlighted the important work that his playing squad and the club have been doing in the community around Selhurst Park.

“There is absolutely no doubt that football pales into insignificance at a time such as this. This lockdown will have a major effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing, and I hope that there is positive news soon, especially in relation to us being able to return and finish off the season.

“I’d like to talk about the work the club, and indeed the players, have done to help members of our local community. Whilst it’s incredibly commendable, it doesn’t surprise me at all. I’ve been pleased to hear that work in our community has been stepped up even further than usual, and I was particularly keen to learn of club staff efforts in calling more than 1,200 season ticket-holders over the age of 70 to check they are OK, have a chat, and offer support.

“Our local food bank near the stadium has been overwhelmed with demand, and whilst I’m immensely saddened by the reality of the service they provide, I’m pleased that we – as a club – are continuing to support their cause.

“I think the players in general have a very generous streak when it comes to charity – they’re never slow to step forward when contributions are needed. I was impressed to learn that off their own backs many weeks ago, they got together to contribute to several local causes – but furthermore, that all players across the league have combined to provide extra funding for the NHS.

Paul Pierce, Trae Young Among Four Eliminated In NBA’s H-O-R-S-E Challenge — NESN.com

Two of the biggest favorites in NBA stars Trae Young and Chris Paul, along with ex-Boston Celtic Paul Pierce, were all eliminated in Sunday’s quarterfinal round during the NBA’s HORSE Challenge. And now the Final Four — Chauncey Billups, Mike Conley, Zach LaVine and Allie Quigley — have advanced to Thursday’s semifinal round, with the finals…

Paul Pierce, Trae Young Among Four Eliminated In NBA’s H-O-R-S-E Challenge — NESN.com

Rudy Gobert Confirms Things Between Him, Donovan Mitchell Were Strained — NESN.com

Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 before the league suspended the season March 11. Donovan Mitchell was the second. And, as you might have expected, things between the Utah Jazz teammates are a bit strained. Rumors suggest Mitchell is “reluctant” to mend fences with Gobert after Gobert’s stunts before…

Rudy Gobert Confirms Things Between Him, Donovan Mitchell Were Strained — NESN.com

Rumors suggest Mitchell is “reluctant” to mend fences with Gobert after Gobert’s stunts before testing positive for the coronavirus, though it did not appear “salvageable.” Gobert had joked around about the severity of the virus prior to testing positive. On Sunday, Gobert opened up to Bleacher Report’s Talyor Rooks about his relationship with his All-Star teammate. “It’s true that we didn’t speak for a while after (testing positive), but we did speak a few days ago,” Gobert told Rooks on Instagram Live on Sunday. “And you know, like I said, we’re both ready to go out there and try to win a championship for this team. You know, it’s all about being a professional. Everyone’s got different relationships. It’s never perfect. People that are married, it’s never perfect. So, you know, (things between) me and my teammate, it’s far from perfect. But at the end of the day, we both want the same thing, and it’s winning. We’re both grown men and going to do what it takes to win.”

Read more at: https://nesn.com/2020/04/rudy-gobert-confirms-things-between-him-donovan-mitchell-were-strained/