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Steph Curry Interviews Dr. Fauci, MLB Opening Day On Strat-O-Matic

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The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry will host an Instagram Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. As the head of the White House task force on the Coronavirus, Fauci will answer questions about COVID-19 via Instagram Live at 1:00 pm ET.

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Today would have been Major League Baseball’s opening day. MLB is still talking about starting the season in June, but who knows if that’s realistic. In the meantime, Strat-O-Matic is offering a simulated version of baseball based on each day’s games, complete with box scores and standings. Strat-O-Matic’s director explained to USA TODAY Sports, “We’re still able to bring baseball to people’s homes and people are able to enjoy the game that way.”

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Panthers Release Cam Newton, Noah Syndergaard Undergo TJ Surgery

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Cam Newton is no longer a Carolina Panther. The team released the quarterback on Tuesday, bringing an end to his nine-year run with the franchise that included a Rookie of the Year award, an MVP award, and a Super Bowl appearance. No word yet on which team will need Cam’s help.

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The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (nicknamed Thor) announced he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Syndergaard likely won’t be back in the lineup until next year’s All-Star game, but with baseball season delayed, his decision to undergo surgery now might make sense.

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Tom Brady Will Leave Patriots, Texans Trade Hopkins, Vikings Trade Diggs, MLB Delayed, Derby Postponed

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Tom Brady announced on Twitter he will be leaving the Patriots. In a post named “Forever a Patriot”, the six-time Super Bowl champion announced he will become an unrestricted free for the first time in his career.

“To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organization. I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning club built on great values. I am grateful for all that you have taught me- I have learned from everyone. You all have allowed me to maximize my potential and that is all a player can hope for, Everything we have accomplished brings me great joy and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me forever. I couldn’t be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you. I have benefited from all you have given me. I cherish every opportunity I had to be a part of our team, and I love you all for it. Our team has always set a great standard in pro sports and I know it will continue to do just that. Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciated everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to know each and every one of you, and to have the memories we’ve created together.”

In other NFL trade news (and a head-scratcher for most analysts and fans), the Houston Texans announced they will trade one of the best receivers in the league, DeAndre Hopkins, to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a 2020 2nd-round pick and a 2021 4th-round pick.

The Minnesota Vikings announced they will trade Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 1st-round, 5th round, and 6th round pick as well as a 2021 4th-round pick.

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Major League Baseball delayed the start of their regular season until at least mid-May due to the CDC’s recommendation to cancel or postpone all events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks.

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The Kentucky Derby will be pushed back to September 5th.

 

 

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Embiid’s Sprained Shoulder, Tebow To Play For Philippines

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The Philadelphia 76ers season has taken another tough turn. Their star player Joel Embiid (who leads the team in scoring and rebounding) went down with a sprained shoulder on Wednesday night in the team’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Embiid will have an MRI on Thursday to assess the injury. The Sixers are already suffering from the loss of Ben Simmons, who is slated to miss another 2 weeks due to a back issue.

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World Baseball Classic announced Mets minor league outfielder (and former Heisman Trophy winner) Tim Tebow will play for the Philippines in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers. Tebow’s parents were Baptist missionaries in the Philippines when Tebow was born. He moved back to the U.S. when he was 3 years old. The WBC has expanded to 20 teams with 16 automatic bids and 4 qualifiers. The Philippines have yet to qualify for the tournament, but maybe Tebow will be the spark they need to make it happen this year.

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Ionescu Becomes 1st Player Reach 2K Points, 1K Assists, 1K Rebounds, Bumgarner Aka Saunders On Rodeo Circuit

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On Monday night, just a few hours after speaking at Kobe Bryant’s memorial service, Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu became the first player to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds. No player in NCAA Division 1 history, man or woman, has ever achieved this feat.

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been using an alias, Mason Saunders, to compete in the professional rodeo circuit. There’s a provision in every professional baseball player’s contract that prohibits players from “engaging in any sport involving a substantial risk of personal injury”. It’s unclear if the Diamondbacks, who signed Bumgarner to an $85 million contract, will allow him to continue.

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Eddie DeBartolo Jr. Pardoned, Rice Praise Trump, Brees Will Return, Vegas Odds On Astros Hitters Getting Plunked

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President Trump pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. for his involvement in a corruption scandal in 1998. DeBartolo pleaded guilty for failing to report a felony involving former Lousiana governor Edwin W. Edwards’s bribery case for a casino license. DeBartolo paid $1 million in fines and handed over ownership of the 49ers to his sister Denise York.

Former 49er wide receiver and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice thanked Trump for pardoning the owner who, under his leadership, won 5 Super Bowls. Rice said, “I think with Eddie and what he has accomplished, what he has done on the football field, off the football field a lot of charity work so we talked about that. We talked about just being great. You know, trying to be the greatest of all time. And you know, I take my hat off for Donald Trump and what he did.”

After much speculation, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees announced he’ll be returning to the Saints next season. Brees was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, but at 41 years old, he has declared he has no interest in playing for another team. His only options were retiring or re-signing for his 20th season, so he announced via Instagram, I will “make another run at it.”

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The Astros cheating scandal continues to make headlines. Even LeBron James weighed in on social media saying, “Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!” Las Vegas weighed in as well setting an over-under on the number of Astros players who will be hit by pitches this season. The over-under is 83.5, and considering there were 41 Astros players hit last season (and the MLB average is 66), that’s a considerable jump.

 

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Hamlin Wins Daytona, Newman’s Horrific Crash, Mike Trout Weighs In On Astros Cheating

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Denny Hamlin made history by winning his second straight Daytona 500 (third overall), edging out Ryan Blaney in a photo finish. There was no victory celebration, however, as the 62 running of the race will be remembered for Ryan Newman’s horrific crash. Newman was in the lead until Blaney nudged him on the final lap causing his car to spin out of control, hit the wall and flip in the air. NASCAR issued a statement two hours after the race saying Newman is in “serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life-threatening.” The crash comes nineteen years after racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. died on the final lap of the Daytona 500. According to Hamlin, however, “NASCAR is a safer sport now than it was then.”

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The Houston Astros cheating scandal is making news every day. Players and fans are not forgetting how the players and coaches of the Astros cheated their way to a 2017 World Series-winning season. And, they are not forgetting MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s weak punishment. Manfred suspended the team’s general manager and manager for a year (both have subsequently been fired), but none of the players received a punishment, which isn’t sitting well for the players and the fans.

One of the best players in the game (and not someone who makes a scene), Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout, recently excoriated the Astros for cheating and Major League Baseball for the weak punishments. Trout told ESPN, “It’s sad for baseball. It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected, a lot of people lost jobs. It was tough. Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming — it would be pretty fun up there. I lost some respect for some guys… All the stuff coming out, it’s tough to see.”

 

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NBA All-Star Game Big Success With New Format, Kawhi Wins Kobe Bryant MVP, A-Rod Buying Mets?

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The 2020 NBA All-Star Game had a new format, and judging by the social media comments after the game, it was a big success. The game featured the Elam Ending, which has the game ending when one team reaches a specific score.  The score agreed on was 157 which came by taking the points scored by the team leading after three quarters (Team Giannis’s 133 points) and adding 24 to honor Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jersey number. The game ended when Anthony Davis landed two free throws to give Team LeBron a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis. Kawhi Leonard won the newly renamed Kobe Bryant MVP Award. Both teams played hard in honor of Kobe, making for an exciting and entertaining evening. After the game, LeBron said, “You could definitely feel [Bryant’s] presence. So he was definitely here.”

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Former New York Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez is rumored to be considering buying a stake in the New York Mets. According to reports, Rodriguez would submit a bid as part of a larger group of investors. Rodriguez’s girlfriend and mega popstar Jennifer Lopez is also rumored to be interested in buying a sports franchise. No word yet on whether they’ll be pooling their money to go in on the Mets together, but a source close to Rodriguez told the New York Post, “{Rodriguez] genuinely loves the Mets. He and J-Lo have talked about him buying a team ever since Jeter got the Marlins.” Rodriguez has an estimated net worth of $350 million, while Lopez’s estimated net worth is even higher at $400 million.

 

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Dodgers Sign Mookie Betts, Cohen Deal For Mets In Jeopardy, 12 Year Old Star Of Super Bowl

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The LA Dodgers added some spark to their roster by signing superstar right-fielder and former MVP Mookie Betts. After a first-round exit in last year’s postseason, the Dodgers wanted to show they are serious by acquiring Betts from the Boston Red Sox. They also signed former Cy Young winner David Price and assumed the bulk of his $96 million salary. It’s been 32 years since the Dodgers won the World Series.

In other baseball news, hedge fund manager Steve Cohen’s deal to purchase the New York Mets might be in jeopardy. Cohen was slated to spend $2.6 billion to buy 80% of the team, but according to the New York Post, the negotiations have stalled.

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Many fans were wondering who was the charismatic kid starring in the “NFL Next 100” and running on to the field to kick off Super Bowl LIV. He’s a 13-year old named MaxwellBuncheYoung who plays football in LA, broke the 10 year old world record for the 100-yard dash (12.4 seconds), and at the age of 11 was named the Sports Illustrated Kids “SportsKid of the Year” award. He’s already received a scholarship from the University of Illinois to play football after he graduates high school.

 

 

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Derek Jeter & Larry Walker Hall Of Fame, Zion’s Debut

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To no one’s surprise, Derek Jeter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The big surprise was he was one vote shy of being a unanimous pick, receiving 396 out of 397 votes. Last year, his teammate Mariano Rivera was the first and only unanimous selection. Also making it into the Hall was Larry Walker (Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals) who was in his last year of eligibility. Earlier in the day, Walker tweeted he thought he’d be a little short in the voting, so he was overwhelmed when he got the call and heard he cleared the 75% threshold.

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On Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, we’ll see the long-awaited debut of the 2019 #1 pick, the Pelicans’ Zion Williamson. Zion suffered a knee injury and had meniscus surgery on October 21st.

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