Maple Leafs’ Muzzin buzzin’ for return — Toronto Sun

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 allows teams to give refunds for lost games —

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.

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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’ Lindblom making progress as he nears end of cancer treatments — ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports

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

Las Vegas prep star to leave UCLA and go to NBA G-League — KLAS – 8 News Now

Las Vegas Trinity Prep star Daishen Nix is reportedly leaving UCLA and going pro. He would play in the NBA’s minor league (the G-League) based in Southern California.

Las Vegas prep star to leave UCLA and go to NBA G-League — KLAS – 8 News Now

Report: NBA increasingly open to delaying next season — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

At one point, the NBA viewed Labor Day as a potential deadline for completing the current season.

Report: NBA increasingly open to delaying next season — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski, via ESPN:

They are more willing than ever to delay the start of next season.

And part of that reason is that might give them more time next year to be able to have fans in the building. But, next season, the fear of having to start the year in empty arenas. And if they were going to start in their normal time – mid-, late-October – it’s hard to imagine that there would be fans in the stands.

And so I think as much time as they can buy for themselves, I think the league is willing to do that right now. And they’re trying to look at everything. And this isn’t just “let’s figure out the next couple months and this season.” This is a two-, three-, four-year look moving forward.

Before going on hiatus, the NBA was approaching its most lucrative time of year – the playoffs. It’d be silly to cancel a postseason just to preserve a future regular season.

Especially when it’s unclear whether the next regular season would actually start on time.

More than a month after the hiatus began, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he didn’t know when his league would resume play and wouldn’t know soon. The coronavirus isn’t easily controlled. Another wave could undermine any plans.

But there’s value in finishing the current season. It’d bring satisfying closure and optimize revenue.

A complication of extending the current season through an indefinite delay: Owners could invoke force majeure only if canceling games. But players already agreed to have salary withheld. These issues – including how to handle player contracts when a season lasts longer than a year – are negotiable. Both sides are in it together, sharing nearly equally in revenue.

Trey Mancini reveals that he has Stage III colon cancer — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

He will undergo chemotherapy for the next six months. He does not believe he’ll play in any version of a 2020 baseball season

Trey Mancini reveals that he has Stage III colon cancer — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Liverpool Mourns Michael Robinson’s Death; Former Reds Striker Was 61 — NESN.com

Liverpool FC is deeply saddened by the death of former player Michael Robinson at age 61. A boyhood Reds supporter, Robinson joined the club from Brighton and Hove Albion in August 1983, following previous spells at Preston North End — where he began to make his name — and Manchester City. Recruited to provide back-up…

Liverpool Mourns Michael Robinson’s Death; Former Reds Striker Was 61 — NESN.com

Celtics’ Brad Stevens Explains What He’s Looking For To Post-Quarantine — NESN.com

[nesn_embed service=dailymotion src=”https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x7tf3co” width=”640″ height=”360″] Brad Stevens, like all of us, is riding out the coronavirus pandemic and waiting for the return of sports. But once the quarantine was lifted, the Boston Celtics head coach knows exactly what he would do. “I’d go straight to the gym early in the morning, hang out with our […]

Celtics’ Brad Stevens Explains What He’s Looking For To Post-Quarantine — NESN.com

NBA to allow limited player workouts starting May 8, but with many restrictions — Kankakee Connected

The NBA has told teams they can set a target date of May 8 to reopen their practice facilities if they play in a location where public health guidelines allow it. “The purpose of these changes is to allow for… Read More: https://ift.tt/3f2RfBd

NBA to allow limited player workouts starting May 8, but with many restrictions — Kankakee Connected

Sebastian Telfair’s mother, brother die after coronavirus battles — Akahi News

One of the best basketball products to come out of New York City lost his mom and brother after they battled coronavirus. Erica Telfair, the mother of former NBA and Abraham Lincoln High School star Sebastian Telfair, died early Monday after battling the virus, although her official cause of death is unknown. She was 64…. […]

Sebastian Telfair’s mother, brother die after coronavirus battles — Akahi News