Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo using conference calls to raise spirits

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo using conference calls to raise spirits

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Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo came up with a curveball to spice up the regular video conferences he has been holding with his Toronto coaches while baseball is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap "We're having so many Zoom conference calls and stuff, I changed it up a bit and we even did a 'happy hour' conference call so we can have fun with it," Montoyo said Thursday. Montoyo's chat session led to another idea: a conference call exclusively for Blue Jays players to check in on each other and keep their spirits lifted during the shutdown. The first such call is expected to happen before the end of the week "We had great momentum going into the season," Montoyo said of his young…
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Japan’s baseball league delayed again, no date set for start

Japan’s baseball league delayed again, no date set for start

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Nippon Professional Baseball's season openers will not take place in May due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no firm date set for the start. Representatives of the 12 teams decided Friday to also scrap interleague play. The removal of 18 interleague games from each team's calendar would make for a 125-game regular season.nfl nike jerseys cheap Although no specific date had been set to start the season, the representatives agreed in an online meeting to not start before the end of May. The interleague games between the Central and Pacific leagues have started in May since the format was established in 2005. "It was clear that we were going to have to reduce the number of games," said Shosaku Yokota of the Orix Buffaloes. "We decided that in such a…
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How Jalen Green’s decision to play in NBA G League could change the game

How Jalen Green’s decision to play in NBA G League could change the game

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Prep basketball phenom Jalen Green’s decision to go to the G League on Thursday could go down as the moment where the NCAA’s greed finally caught up to it. While the NCAA has made billions on college basketball for years, its student-athletes haven’t received a penny. Student-athletes who receive benefits can be severely punished, along with their schools. The NBA, meanwhile, has offered an opportunity for elite prep stars to spend one year in the G League with the potential to earn more than $125,000 in salary and the ability to net sponsorship money as well. But sources told The Undefeated that the G League could pay more. ESPN.com reported there is a new G League initiative that can pay elite prospects more than $500,000 and provide a one-year development…
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The Luke Walton All-Stars: Nine surprising players from this NBA season

The Luke Walton All-Stars: Nine surprising players from this NBA season

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Erik Spoelstra sat with Robinson before Miami sent him to the G League last season, and delivered two messages. First: Shoot 20 3s in at least one game. "His eyes bulged out," Spoelstra recalled. Second: You are going to guard the other team's best wing scorer every night. "You're gonna get torched," Spoelstra warned. "Picked on, targeted, everything. It's going to be ugly. But I'm not going to judge you. You will be better for this." Robinson was used to bad odds. He attracted so little interest as a high school recruit that he took a post-graduate year at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He drew the attention of Williams -- in Division III. He excelled, and transferred to Michigan -- where he averaged nine points per game.nike nfl…
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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: Playing football without pomp and circumstance could be ‘refreshing’

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins: Playing football without pomp and circumstance could be ‘refreshing’

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Amid uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins remains hopeful that he'll be playing football games this fall. While the NFL has pressed forward with plans to start the season as scheduled, Cousins noted Tuesday that he believes there are "creative and unique ways" to make certain that games take place.nfl nike jerseys stitched Does that mean playing in empty stadiums without fans? Although the Vikings QB said he hasn't given thought to that scenario, the possibility of games having an altered look and feel might not be the most foreign outcome for NFL players. "Honestly, we practice every day in an empty grass area and pump in fake crowd noise for away games," Cousins said on a conference call. "But more often than not, you're used…
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Does Mel Kiper predicting Jordan Love to Raiders make Derek Carr expendable?

Does Mel Kiper predicting Jordan Love to Raiders make Derek Carr expendable?

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It has become an annual rite of passage in the streets of Silver and Blackdom, fans debating the virtues of Carr as their favorite team's $125 million franchise quarterback to the point of Carr telling ESPN.com in January, after a photo of Raiders owner Mark Davis chatting up Tom Brady at a UFC card in Las Vegas went viral, "C'mon, man, when's it going to end?" And now, with the Raiders having signed a quarterback with a skill set that more closely resembles what coach Jon Gruden wants in the versatile-but-needing-a-fresh-start Marcus Mariota to a big-for-a-backup contract that pays him $7.5 million this year, the outcry-- albeit it more muted -- remains. Even as Mariota insists the Raiders are still Carr's team. That makes sense, given that Carr is coming…
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Kane or Sancho? Man United face dilemma over top transfer targets

Kane or Sancho? Man United face dilemma over top transfer targets

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Harry Kane has given Manchester United a dilemma. Here is a player who has been on the Old Trafford wish list since 2015 and, all of a sudden, may be available. He may also be affordable, if football recognises the financial reality check that is coming its way and Tottenham Hotspur's fantastical £200 million valuation of the England captain is halved due to a variety of factors (more of those later). In which case, Kane will not be eclipsing Paris Saint-Germain's £198m outlay for Neymar as the world-record transfer anytime soon.nfl jerseys nike cheap But just as Kane begins to come into range for United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to consider whether to go all-out for one of the most consistent goal scorers of the Premier League era -- and…
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Pogba row with Liverpool legend Souness escalates after ‘medals’ challenge

Pogba row with Liverpool legend Souness escalates after ‘medals’ challenge

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Graeme Souness has told Paul Pogba to "put your medals on the table" after the Manchester United midfielder said he didn't know who the ex-Scotland international was. Pogba, who won four Serie A titles with Juventus, the World Cup with France and the Europa League with United, made the claim on the United Podcast.nike nfl jerseys cheap "I didn't even know who he was, really. I heard he was a great player and stuff like that. I know the face, but [not] the name," he said. "I'm not someone who watches a lot of [punditry]. I watch a lot of football but I don't stay after the game to listen to what they say about why they did this, or why they did that. I like to focus on football."…
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Washington State AD, football, men’s basketball coach take voluntary pay cuts

Washington State AD, football, men’s basketball coach take voluntary pay cuts

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Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, football coach Nick Rolovich and men's basketball coach Kyle Smith will all take voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.nfl jerseys nike cheap In a lengthy letter to fans and alumni, Chun said while the full economic impact of the pandemic is not known, the school's athletic department is taking steps to soften the blow from the loss of expected revenue. In addition to the salary cuts, Chun said all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The school will also freeze the prices of season tickets and student sports passes for fans and continue to be flexible with…
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Father of former Maryland OL Ellis McKennie III out of hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

Father of former Maryland OL Ellis McKennie III out of hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

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The father of former Maryland offensive lineman Ellis McKennie III has been released from the hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Ellis McKennie Jr. was admitted to the hospital on March 18 after falling ill and being diagnosed with pneumonia. Doctors tested McKennie Jr. on March 21 for COVID-19 and the result was positive, which was enhancing the impact from pneumonia. "It was an interesting situation, I was still here in College Park when he went to the hospital, so my mom and sister, just in case, started their quarantine the day he went," McKennie III told ESPN. "So I couldn't go back to the house and be with them while he was in the hospital for that two-week period. When it started to get worse, I drove up to…
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