Reports: MLS proposes June 1 return for a league-wide tournament in Orlando — Press Telegram

Major League Soccer could be back in action as soon as the end of June with a tournament in Orlando involving all of its 26 teams, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The league’s proposed competition, which would need to be approved by the MLS Players Association, would have players and coaches assemble at ESPN’s Wide…

Reports: MLS proposes June 1 return for a league-wide tournament in Orlando — Press Telegram

Major League Soccer could be back in action as soon as the end of June with a tournament in Orlando involving all of its 26 teams, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The league’s proposed competition, which would need to be approved by the MLS Players Association, would have players and coaches assemble at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex for 3-4 weeks of training on June 1. Then a series of matches would be help without fans and take place at the Orlando complex.

The LAFC and the Galaxy, are among a few teams — including Earthquakes in Northern California — that have yet to be cleared to hold workouts because of stringent shelter-in-place orders in their area due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN reported obstacles will need to be overcome for the plan to come to fruition, most notably with testing. Players, coaches and support staff would all need to regularly tested. The league’s plan would prohibit family members from traveling with teams.

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In addition, the players association and the league are currently involved in sensitive negotiations over salary cuts. Owners have asked that all players agree to a 20 percent salary reduction, among other concessions.

There hasn’t been an indication yet whether the tournament games would count toward the regular season standings or not. The tournament winner’s prize could be a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League, according to ESPN.

The league’s proposed tournament would have teams divided into groups, followed by five games in group play. Then a knockout stage will follow, that would include consolation games so all teams played the same amount of games.

An NBA superstar conference call was oddly missing the game’s greatest scorer, James Harden — Onboard 2020

With each passing day, there is a new development between NBA players and owners, with both sides working on resuming the 2019-2020 season. And on Monday, some of the league’s biggest stars came together for a conference call to help provide a united front for the players in their quest to finish what they started. Yahoo Sources: […]

An NBA superstar conference call was oddly missing the game’s greatest scorer, James Harden — Onboard 2020

With each passing day, there is a new development between NBA players and owners, with both sides working on resuming the 2019-2020 season.

And on Monday, some of the league’s biggest stars came together for a conference call to help provide a united front for the players in their quest to finish what they started.Chris Haynes@ChrisBHaynes

Yahoo Sources: NBA superstars LeBron James, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Curry held private conference call on Monday and established united front in favor of resuming season. https://sports.yahoo.com/sources-nba-superstars-establish-united-front-on-private-conference-call-to-resume-season-210518262.html …

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The call featured Chris Paul, the President of the National Basketball Players Association, as well as former league MVPs LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

But there was one noticeable omission that immediately caught the eyes of fans and pundits alike.

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There hasn’t been any explanation for why 6-time All-NBA performer and 2018 NBA MVP James Harden wasn’t on the conference call, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation, with some wondering if he was excluded due to his rocky relationship with Paul, his former teammate in Houston.

The two played together from 2017-2019, and their first season together produced a league-best 66 wins and a trip to the Western Conference Finals, where they would lose in seven games to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.

After an injury-riddled second season in Houston, in which Paul would miss 24 games, the Rockets would once again be eliminated by the Warriors, this time in six games in the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals.

In the postgame press conference after Game 6, Harden alluded to changes that needed to be made to the roster.

Samson: MLB owners should see if their players agree with Blake Snell’s ‘just not worth it’ comments —

David Samson says team owners should ask players whether they’re interested in sitting out the 2020 season

Samson: MLB owners should see if their players agree with Blake Snell’s ‘just not worth it’ comments —

Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell is not planning on playing the 2020 MLB season on a reduced salary. On a Twitch stream this week, he became the latest player to speak out against the proposed 50-50 revenue split that MLB has offered the MLBPA in a potential plan to start the season, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Snell believes that the risk of contracting the coronavirus is “just not worth it” — especially for less money than his contract says he should be earning. 

During Thursday’s edition of “Nothing Personal with David Samson,” David Samson weighed in on Snell’s recent comments and believes that owners should press their players to see if they agree with what Snell is saying.

“The union looks at what Blake Snell says and doesn’t even give it a thought,” Samson said. “The owners look to see what Blake Snell says and they latch onto it because if they see one little fissure in the union, what they would try to do as I would try to do. I would get to my players and say listen ‘Do you believe and agree with what Blake said? Do you not understand that A.) We’re trying to take care of the health aspect? and B.) Do you understand that you’re getting older and you’d have a full year of not playing making no money. Blake Snell says you’re all fine with that.”https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?e=CBS5990299485

The players’ union has yet to agree to the proposal, and many stars have said they are not on board with the new revenue split plan. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer called the proposal “laughable.”

It’s going to be interesting to see if many players side with Snell as the process of resuming baseball rolls along. Samson thinks this will be a great opportunity to see if the majority of the players truly feeling this way in regards to playing with COVID-19 still being in everyone’s minds.

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Doc Rivers says LeBron James ‘may have been the greatest football player ever’ — My worldwide

Doc Rivers says LeBron James ‘may have been the greatest football player ever’ How many times have you heard the question asked, “What if LeBron James had chosen football over basketball?” Even at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where James was one of the top football recruits in the state of Ohio, it was clear […]

Doc Rivers says LeBron James ‘may have been the greatest football player ever’ — My worldwide

Even at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where James was one of the top football recruits in the state of Ohio, it was clear his future was on the hardcourt. His run of dominance in the NBA has been so profound since 2003, however, that even today, at 35 years old, James has people thinking about what might have been.

So it is for Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who interviewed with Austin Rivers on Wednesday and said that James “may have been the greatest football player ever” had he chosen that route.

“Michael (Jordan) was a super athlete, so was Kobe (Bryant), so was Kawhi (Leonard),” Rivers said. “I don’t know that there’s ever been an athlete like LeBron James in our league. I really believe if LeBron James had have played football, he may have been the greatest football player ever, at whatever position.”

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“I really believe if LeBron James had to play football, he may have been the greatest football player ever.”

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— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) May 13, 2020

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Per this news clip James shared to his Instagram page, he caught 60 passes for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior (The New York Times reports that he actually caught 61 passes for 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns; an improvement from his 42-catch, 820-yard, seven-touchdown season as a a sophomore).

With James standing at a listed 6-8, 232 pounds, it’s easy to see how he would have been one of the most coveted high school recruits in the nation, regardless of position. It stands to reason that James — an Akron, Ohio native — probably would have gone to powerhouse Ohio State had he chosen football as his career choice. James’ football career ended the summer before his senior year after he broke his wrist in an AAU game.

MLB partners with its PED testing lab for COVID-19 testing — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

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Leafs sign Brooks to two-year contract, Robertson named OHL’s most sportsmanlike player — Toronto Sun

Put Adam Brooks in the mix for a Maple Leafs forward spot next season. Read More

Leafs sign Brooks to two-year contract, Robertson named OHL’s most sportsmanlike player — Toronto Sun

And while we realize Brooks was probably in that conversation anyway, the notion became a little more official on Thursday when the Leafs announced they have signed the 24-year-old Winnipeg native to a two-year, two-way contract with an annual average value of $725,000 US.

Brooks got his feet wet in the National Hockey League this past December and January, playing in seven games for the Leafs and recording three assists.

In 29 games with the Toronto Marlies, Brooks had 20 points (nine goals and 11 assists).

“He got his first taste of the NHL this year and it was really impressive to see him thrive within those opportunities,” Marlies coach Greg Moore said earlier this week. “When he came back you could also see a level of confidence that he gained from that experience.”

A fourth-round pick by the Leafs in 2016 (92nd overall), Brooks has compiled 79 points in 147 regular-season games with the Marlies. He has 14 points in 33 career playoff games, including six in 20 when the Marlies won the Calder Cup in 2018.https://www.youtube.com/embed/GKWKVn7kAnI?

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