The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released 1,000-plus pages of documentation tied to the helicopter crash that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others as part of a “public docket” that does not include conclusions regarding the cause. The documentation released by investigators includes reports and interview transcripts but not…Kobe Bryant crash: NTSB releases 1,000-plus pages of documents — Press Telegram
Longtime Giants pitcher Mike McCormick, who won the Cy Young Award in 1967, has died. He was 81.Former Cy Young winner Mike McCormick dies at age 81 — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
The NBA has been plotting its return since the season was paused in March, but the nation’s hyperfocus on racism and police brutality since the death of George Floyd has changed some players’ sentiments on returning to play. Some fear that games could distract people from the progress being made by protesters, and some have…NBA’s ‘Central Goal’ Of Season Is To Bring Attention To Social Injustice — NESN.com
Three hours, without a minute to spare. That’s the amount of time each Maple Leaf gets for treatment, workouts and skating once he arrives at the Ford Performance Centre to voluntarily participate in Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return to Play plan. Leafs winger Zach Hyman laid out the new world order, for NHL players […]Hours in the life of a Leafs player in NHL’s Phase 2 are used efficiently: Hyman — Toronto Sun
Three hours, without a minute to spare.
That’s the amount of time each Maple Leaf gets for treatment, workouts and skating once he arrives at the Ford Performance Centre to voluntarily participate in Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return to Play plan.
Leafs winger Zach Hyman laid out the new world order, for NHL players in the midst the COVID-19 global pandemic, to reporters during a conference call on Tuesday.
“It’s pretty air-tight with time,” Hyman said, adding that his check-in time for Tuesday at the rink was slated for 12:15 pm.
“(After checking in), you see the doc, get your temp taken, and if it’s your testing day, you get tested.
“Then you go into the change room. You get ready, get treatment if you need it, and then you’re in the gym for probably 45 (minutes) to an hour.
“You rush over (to the dressing room), get changed to go on the ice, go on the ice for 40 minutes or so, then you hop off, you have to quickly shower off, take turns.
“And then you’re out of there. So it’s real quick turnaround — three hours in and out — and it sounds like enough time, but it’s tough when you’re trying to get everything through. It’s just great to be on the ice, so it’s worth it.”
Hyman and his teammates — in his small group are Alex Kerfoot, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, Travis Dermott, Joseph Woll and Ian Scott — will take whatever they can get right now.
“Just getting out of the house and everything that goes with that,” Hyman said when he was asked what has been most helpful about taking part in Phase 2, which began last week for the Leafs. “Seeing the guys and feeling like it’s a little bit normal, even though everybody is wearing masks.
“Skating is the biggest (advantage). You can always work out wherever you are, you can modify your workouts, I was working out in my condo, so I felt I was in good shape, but you can’t modify skating.
“And you can’t modify interacting with people, interacting with friends and teammates. Actually interacting with your friends and being on the ice is the best.”
One of the unique aspects of the NHL’s Return to Play is teams in the qualifying round — assuming we get to that point in Phase 4 — will have known for months who their opponents will be.
Hyman doesn’t have any doubt about the Columbus Blue Jackets’ work ethic, but won’t take much for granted.
“The funny thing is, you never know,” Hyman said. “Things could change from a system perspective. Coaches in the off-season sometimes tweak their systems and this is the unknown.
“When you go from the regular season to the playoffs, you don’t really tweak too much. You just roll into the playoffs.
“This is a completely different beast where what you watched a couple of months ago may not be the team you are playing against in the summertime. It’s almost like a brand-new year with the same roster. It will be interesting to see how everything turns out around the league with the long layoff.
“I think the team that comes back the best in shape is going to have a massive advantage.”
We should count on the notion that the Blue Jackets, under coach John Tortorella, will be in tune physically and mentally from the opening faceoff of Game 1. That the Jackets managed to earn a chance to compete for a playoff spot, considering the losses last summer of Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene to free agency and then a raft of injuries during the 2019-20 regular season, is a minor miracle.
“Columbus was never a team that we envisioned playing,” Hyman said. “They’re a hard team. They upset Tampa last year, their style of play is a lot different than our style of play.
“I’m sure our coaching staff loved the fact they have a couple of months to prepare and watch video, and once we get back in the swing of things (at camp in Phase 3, scheduled to start on July 10), we’ll get caught up on all of that.”
Hyman on the potential of living in a bubble in a hub city for an undetermined length of time, if and when Phase 4 starts: “It’s a tricky question. There are not many guidelines (yet) to what the bubble is. It’s going to be tough. These are circumstances that are difficult and affect everybody. If we’re going to have a chance to play, we’re going to have to be in a bubble and isolate and potentially not see our families for a period of time and that’s a decision that guys have to make.” … This, to us, from Ottawa 67’s general manager James Boyd on Leafs prospect Nick Robertson, who will try to earn a spot in the Toronto lineup for the Columbus series after scoring 55 goals for the Peterborough Petes last season: “He can make split-second decisions, which translates really well to pro, and he senses pressure. The coaching staff can go over it — ‘Watch Robertson, watch Robertson,’ — they can say it 100 times, but he scores the winner with no one within 30 feet of him. The pass is behind him, in front of him, in his feet, but he is going to get a shot off. He has that dexterity, even off back passes, he can let it go.”
The last decade of the NBA has seen players protest police brutality and gun violence through shirts, through social media posts, through calls for change. This time, with the nation rapt with attention on the social issues of race, Lakers’ guard Avery Bradley is one of the NBA players who wants to see more. ESPN…Lakers’ Avery Bradley pitches NBA for more support for social issues, per report — Daily News
While there won’t be school buses of fans hoping to see a New York-bred horse make Belmont history, there is a busload of Triple Crown expectations heading into Saturday’s race. Seventeen years ago, Jack Knowlton and the other owners of Funny Cide packed into school buses and headed to Belmont Park in New York, hoping…Tiz the Law is class of Belmont field, Triple Crown favorite — Daily News
The league’s plan also spells out how training rooms and meeting rooms will be utilized, the procedures for practice-court usage – three-hour blocks per team, all scheduled, with one open hour in between sessions for cleaning and sanitizing – and even how team and player laundry will be handled.NBA lays out its vision for Disney restart to teams, players — WFLA
y: The Associated PressPosted: Jun 16, 2020 / 10:19 PM EDT / Updated: Jun 16, 2020 / 10:19 PM EDT
Here’s some of what awaits NBA players going to Disney next month: game rooms, golf course access, cabanas with misters to combat the heat, fishing areas, bowling, backstage tours and salon services.
It only sounds like vacation.
The NBA described very specific plans to players and teams for the restart on Tuesday, doing so in a memo and handbook both obtained by The Associated Press. With safety being of the foremost importance during the coronavirus pandemic, players were told they will be tested regularly – but not with the deep nasal swabs – and must adhere to strict physical distancing and mask-wearing policies.
The league and the National Basketball Players Association have been working on the terms of how the restart will work for weeks, all while constantly seeking advice from medical experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, perhaps the best-known physician in the country when it comes to the battle against COVID-19.
“My confidence, it didn’t exist at the beginning of this virus because I was so frightened by it,” union executive director Michele Roberts told AP. “Now having lived, and breathed, and suffered through the hours and hours of understanding the virus, and listening to our experts, and comparing different alternative protocols, I can’t even think of anything else we could do short of hermetically seal the players that would keep them safe.”
Players must tell their teams by June 24 if they intend to play or not, according to a memo sent to NBPA members. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said that if a player does not feel comfortable playing at Disney – whether for health reasons or because of social causes facing the country right now – then he does not have to report with his team and will not be disciplined, other than losing salary for games missed.
Most teams will arrive in Florida on July 7, 8 or 9. A person with knowledge of the situation said the reigning champion Toronto Raptors, the lone NBA team based outside of the U.S., will be permitted to gather for some pre-camp workouts – under strict guidelines that other teams will follow in their own cities – before that arrival date. The Raptors are likely to train somewhere in Florida, said the person who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because no deal with a training site has yet been signed.
For the Raptors, it’s been an area of concern largely because of current Canadian government regulations that call for a 14-day quarantine for people returning to Canada. Some Raptors players are in Toronto right now; some are in the U.S.
Nobody on the NBA’s Disney campus, which has been loosely described as a bubble, will be allowed in anyone else’s sleeping room. The NBA also told players and teams that it will work with one or more outside health care companies to provide a medical clinic with X-ray and MRI capability on the campus – critical, since in theory the league would not want players and team staff leaving and potentially facing coronavirus exposure by going outside of the Disney property for such exams.
The league’s plan also spells out how training rooms and meeting rooms will be utilized, the procedures for practice-court usage – three-hour blocks per team, all scheduled, with one open hour in between sessions for cleaning and sanitizing – and even how team and player laundry will be handled.
It also addresses the polarizing issue of how the league and its players will be able to address social injustice and racial inequality — two issues of constant importance, particularly now across the country.
The NBA said it would be “a central goal of our season restart” to bring attention and what it called “sustained action to issues of social injustice, including combating systemic racism, expanding educational and economic opportunities across the Black community, enacting meaningful police and criminal justice reform and promoting greater civic engagement.”
The league said it remains in talks with the NBPA how best to make that happen. Some NBA players, such as NBPA executive board member Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, have suggested that playing could take away from the movement to spur immediate and dramatic change on racial issues in the country.
Roberts lauded Silver’s willingness to work with players who may be uncomfortable restarting the season.
“The very fact that our players have the option of not playing, I think says a lot about the commissioner’s ability to appreciate how big an issue this is, not just for African-American players but for all of our members,” Roberts said. “There’s not been one ounce of skepticism about the sincerity of the players’ feelings about this.”
The NBA is planning on games in three arenas during the seeding-game portion of the restart, the ones where each of the 22 teams going to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex will play eight games before the playoffs begin. Teams will be housed in three hotels, with between six and eight teams in each.
Other plans the NBA has for the restart include mental health professionals being available for players and coaches; pregame chapel services, done virtually; yoga and meditation; three meals a day and four meals on game days; and restaurant availability.
Teams can bring up to 35 people as part of the basketball operations group, which includes players, a senior executive, an athletic trainer, a strength and conditioning coach, an equipment manager and security.
A small group of NBA players are expressing concerns over the league’s return-to-play plan, and it seems at least one member of the Boston Celtics is among them. Jayson Tatum reportedly is one of the players reluctant to resume play at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. in July, according to The New…NBA Rumors: Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Among Players Reluctant To Resume Play — NESN.com
Major League Baseball and the Players Association have been at odds over a plan to play an abbreviated 2020 season for weeks. And while they still disagree about plenty of things, both sides agree they’d like to play baseball into the fall. A late-October or November completion date doesn’t appear to be out of the…Dr. Anthony Fauci Urges MLB To Avoid Playing In October, If Possible — NESN.com
Major League Baseball and the Players Association have been at odds over a plan to play an abbreviated 2020 season for weeks. And while they still disagree about plenty of things, both sides agree they’d like to play baseball into the fall. A late-October or November completion date doesn’t appear to be out of the question just yet, though negotiations are at a standstill.
Should they come to some sort of agreement, however, Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks the season should go no longer than September. “If the question is time, I would try to keep it in the core summer months and end it not with the way we play the World Series, until the end of October when it’s cold,” the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said in a telephone interview with The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. “I would avoid that.”
Several MLB players and coaches reportedly have tested positive for the coronavirus of late, leading the league to wonder if it’s even safe to begin a season at this time. And with cases expected to spike in September, Fauci believes it’s probably a good idea not to let the season go much further than that. (Underscore the “probably” part, he says.) “This virus is one that keeps fooling us. Under most circumstances — but we don’t’ know for sure here — viruses do better when the weather starts to get colder and people start spending more time inside, as opposed to outside,” Fauci said. “The community has a greater chance of getting infected. “The likelihood is that, if you stick to the core summer months, you are better off, even though there is no guarantee. … If you look at the kinds of things that could happen, there’s no guarantee of anything. You would want to do it at a time when there isn’t the overlap between influenza and the possibility of a fall second wave.” The clock is ticking, and MLB is running out of time, and fast.
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