LOS ANGELES — This journey began in 2008. That’s when Clayton Kershaw made the first of his now 33 appearances in a postseason game. A 20-year-old Kershaw made two relief appearances against the Philadelphia Phillies in that National League Championship Series. Oh, the advice a 32-year-old Clayton might give that 20-year-old about his postseason journey…How Clayton Kershaw in midseason form could affect his postseason — Daily News
The Marlins won their first playoff series in 17 years by beating the Cubs 2-0 to complete a two-game wild card series sweep.Cooper homers, Sanchez dominates, Marlins knock out Cubs — MLB | NBC Sports
POZUELO NAMED MLS PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo was voted the MLS Player of the Month for the month of September of the 2020 MLS season.
The Spanish midfielder scored four goals and added two assists across six games in the month of September, leading TFC to wins over New York City FC and Columbus Crew SC. He has been involved in 15 TFC’s goals this season, registering six goals and nine assists. Earlier this season, he was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Weeks 1 and 2 during the MLS is Back Tournament, and Week 6 and 7. This season, Pozuelo has made 14 appearances, starting in all games.
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Boston Celtics team president Danny Ainge thinks Jaylen Brown will be ready to take on a bigger role with the team after a massive 2019-20.Ainge: Jaylen Brown ‘ready to take on bigger roles’ in 2020-21 — Celtics Wire
Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown has truly grown into a larger-than-life figure in his fourth season with the team, becoming a leader not just among his fellow Celtics or even in the NBA, but in his country and world.
In one of the most challenging moments in modern history, the Cal-Berkeley product helped lead his team to the brink of an NBA Finals appearance in a season assumed to be a “bridge year” by many.
He advocated caution in the midst of a pandemic when many were still cavalier; he pushed to protect the health of his fellow players in crafting an ingenuous solution to the pandemic itself, and he helped leverage that moment to provide critical support in the ongoing push for racial equity.
In short, he is a remarkable human being.
Team president Danny Ainge said as much when the topic of conversation with the press on the 2019-20 season on Thursday touched on Brown’s impact on the season, and Ainge was equally effusive in his praise of the young wing.
WATCH: Jaylen Brown’s best plays vs. Miami in the East Finals https://t.co/fQZ0aFqbVk
— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) October 2, 2020
“I’ve said this a few times about Jaylen. He’s an impressive young man, and I’m really proud of him [and] how his game has developed from the time I met him,” began Ainge. “I’m not surprised.”
“Nobody would be surprised that he has become the voice of our locker room, the voice of our organization. He’s in meetings with our owners, and with [Director of Player Development] Allison Feaster, and with [Vice President of Community Engagement] Dave Hoffman, organizing the plans for social justice, so he is special. I knew that from the first time I met him, and I’m not surprised. But I’m also not surprised with the progress that he’s made as a player and how good a player he’s become before our eyes.”
“I think he’s ready to take on bigger roles, bigger opportunities, and I couldn’t be happier to have him on Boston Celtics and, and be with him at this time of his career,” he added.
Danny Ainge gives update on Kemba Walker’s first season, knee health https://t.co/dlGoFWTRtB
— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) October 2, 2020
Jaylen Brown is an extraordinary basketball player, and we are lucky to have him in this league — nevermind on the Celtics.
And he is so much more than just a basketball player.
In an era of pundits telling athletes to “shut up and dribble,” Brown is leading a new generation of Americans, asking them to join him in standing up for their rights.
Tigers GM Al Avila says that Detroit is not ruling out the possibility of hiring A.J. Hinch or Alex Cora for its manager vacancy.Avila says Tigers aren’t ruling out Hinch, Cora for manager — MLB | NBC Sports
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DETROIT — Tigers general manager Al Avila said Friday that Detroit is not ruling out the possibility of hiring A.J. Hinch or Alex Cora for its manager vacancy.
Hinch and Cora were suspended through the 2020 postseason for their roles in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. The Astros fired Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Jan. 13 and Cora lost his job managing the Boston Red Sox the following day.. Cora spent the 2017 season as bench coach on Hinch’s staff with Houston.
The Tigers are in the market for a replacement for manager Ron Gardenhire, who retired on Sept. 19 with a little more than a week left in the season. Avila was asked about Hinch and Cora, and while Detroit’s search appears to be in a very early stage, the GM at least seemed open to the possibility of hiring one of the suspended managers.
“Really, I can’t say that I’ve eliminated anybody,” Avila said. “The cheating scandal is not a good thing, obviously. They’re serving their suspensions, and once their suspensions are over, then they’ll be free to pursue their careers. So we have not eliminated anybody from our list at this point.”
Avila said interviews will be conducted by video, but he could meet face to face once the list of candidates is down to a small number.
“We could finish this sometime in October. It might go into November,” he said. “Really, we’re not in a rush. We’re kind of taking our time with it.”
The Tigers went 23-35 in the shortened season, finishing in the AL Central cellar for the third time in four years. They did bring up two of their most highly touted pitching prospects in Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, so that duo got some experience in the big leagues.
Avila said it is important that the next manager be able to help with talent evaluation, since there are important decisions to make throughout the roster. He sounds open to a variety of experience levels for managerial candidates.
“I guess one thing you could eliminate is a guy that maybe played and has absolutely no coaching experience, no managerial experience, and goes from being a player directly to a major league manager,” he said. “I probably wouldn’t go that way, but everything else I would say is in play.”
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For as long as anyone can remember, the drill has been the same each summer. Read MoreLogistics completely different, unprecedented for 2020 NHL draft — Calgary Sun
Kristen AndersonPublishing date:Oct 02, 2020 • Last Updated 28 minutes ago • 4 minute read
For as long as anyone can remember, the drill has been the same each summer.
Gary Bettman congratulates the Stanley Cup winner to a chorus of boos and introduces the first team picking first overall at the National Hockey League draft.
The team steps up to the plate and announces their pick. There are cheers from the kid’s friends and family that have travelled ‘X’ kilometres to watch the most important moment in their loved one’s life to date.
The kid walks up to the stage and puts on a jersey. Conducts an awkward interview with the rights holder. And off he goes.
But much like everything in 2020, this year’s draft has been flipped upside down and is set to be one of the most unique experiences in its’ 58-year history.
Beyond being postponed over three months, everything will be different — visually, logistically, and technically.
“The NFL was more limited because it was a little bit earlier in the pandemic,” Flames head scout Tod Button was saying.
“Everyone was at their home work station. Because of different state laws and the NFL does everything uniformly throughout the league, the teams that were allowed to get together and didn’t have as many restrictions, they didn’t allow them to.”
Both Flames general manager Brad Treliving and assistant general manager Chris Snow have been in conversation with National Football League personnel, regarding the 2020 NFL Draft which was held in late April and shortly after the global health crisis hit its’ peak. Their advice?
Make sure things are covered from an IT perspective.
“The basis and the regulations, if you will, around the draft are similar,” Treliving said. “But it will be unique with the virtual (aspect). Normally you have a direct line to each table. The fact we’re not in the same building, that’s unavailable. You have enough contact numbers and people with cell phones so those will be active. What we saw stylistically (from the NFL draft), I don’t know all the things the NHL has planned, but we’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a well-done event.
“The NHL has planned really well on it so I think it’ll be a good event.”
With no mandated restrictions from the NHL except to adhere to the local government COVID-19 rules and regulations surrounding indoor public gatherings, the Flames are able to bring in some of their scouting staff members and management to set up in two different boardrooms at Scotiabank Saddledome. The rest — U.S., European and some Canadian-based scouts — will be present via the team’s WebEx conference call system.
There will be an area set up close-by with a Flames’ backdrop where they will announce their selections. For the Flames, that’s picks No. 19, 50, 96, 143, 174, and 205. (They’ll also potentially select 81st overall, but it’s dependant on the Edmonton Oilers who have conditions on the third-round pick due to the James Neal-Milan Lucic trade last summer).
The time frame to select will be similar to past years with five minutes from when a team goes on the clock until they make a selection in the first round with that allotted time dropping to three minutes in the second through seventh rounds.
Just to be safe, they’re planning to have two dress rehearsals — one on Sunday and one on Monday.
“All the warnings I’ve received from everyone is that IT is going to be essential across the league — fax machines, web, everything has to be working,” Button said. “All the rest of it, how you set up the war-room, the biggest complaint from the NFL and what I’ve read after, you couldn’t tell who was who. If you didn’t know a certain person and what team they were from, you couldn’t tell who they were. Some guys were set up in their kitchen. Some guys were set up outdoors.
“The big thing is when they go to the war-room or the staging area where they’re going to do the picks, it’s going to be easy to identify that it’s the Calgary Flames.”
There are rumblings that a large chunk of players have been given instructions on logging into the broadcast from their homes to be interviewed if they’re taken in the first round. So, if you’re watching on TV, it sounds like there will be an opportunity to see the players’ reactions.
But, like anything these days, working remotely and working from home will change things.
“It’s the first time this has ever happened,” Treliving said. “The biggest thing would be that … so, what do you miss? You miss the in-person stuff, but a lot of that stuff — regardless of whether you’re in the city or not — you’re doing it on the phone. It’ll be interesting to see how it flows. It’ll be new.
“I don’t think it’s going to prevent anything or change anything. It’ll just be a new process, for sure.”
PHILADELPHIA — Doc Rivers takes over a team tasked not with leading a Process-type rebuild or massaging the egos of two talented — yet frustrating — All-Stars. He’s in Philadelphia to bring accountability to an oft-apathetic roster — and win big. Rivers brings his NBA championship credibility to the 76ers to resuscitate a franchise that…Doc is in: 76ers expect Rivers to lead them to NBA title — Boston Herald
LOS ANGELES — For the second time in the past week, the Dodgers have lost a postseason hero from the franchise’s past. “Sweet Lou” Johnson who stepped in for an injured Tommy Davis during the 1965 World Series passed away Thursday night. He was 86. Born Louis Brown Johnson in Lexington, Kentucky, “Sweet Lou” toiled…Former Dodger World Series hero ‘Sweet Lou’ Johnson dies — Press Telegram
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is “excited” Doc Rivers is back in the NBA after being hired as the Philadelphia Sixers head coach.Steve Kerr reacts to Philadelphia 76ers hiring Doc Rivers as next head coach — Warriors Wire
After falling to the Denver Nuggets with a 3-1 series lead in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers decided to move on from Doc Rivers as their head coach. However, it didn’t take the former Coach of the Year to find a new home.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to make Rivers their next head coach. The 76ers fired Brett Brown after getting swept in the first round of the Orlando Bubble playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
Following the news of Rivers joining the Sixers, Steve Kerr was asked about his former Pacific Division rival at Golden State’s offseason minicamp. In a post-scrimmage interview with Bay Area media, Kerr said he was “excited” Rivers is back in the league.
Kerr via Warriors SoundCloud:
I’m excited for Doc and for the Sixers. He’s a great coach, as I mentioned the other day, he’s great for the league. So I’m happy that he’s quickly back in the NBA. He’s important for the league and for the rest of the coaches.
During his tenure as head coach of the Clippers, Rivers squared off against the Warriors 27 times, totaling a record of 8-19. Rivers and the Clippers appeared opposite of Golden State twice in the postseason, each winning a series. In the 2014 opening round, Rivers and the Clippers advanced past the Warriors seven games. Before taking a trip to the NBA Finals in 2019, the Warriors eliminated the Clippers from the first round of the Western Conference postseason in six games.
Instead of matchup up with Rivers on the Clippers sidelines four times a year in the Pacific Division, Kerr will now only meet the championship-winning coach twice a season in the Eastern Conference.