Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians thinks players are ‘going to all get sick’

Clutch Points

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians might be considered more pessimistic than others in NFL circles.

The Buccaneers leader on the sideline posited a sense of concern with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, adding he feels players are naturally going to get sick. But, as Arians stated, it is a matter of how sick, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

“Tom is probably the healthiest one of all of us,” Arians said. “We’ve got to be careful. The players, they’re going to all get sick, that’s for sure. It’s just a matter of how sick they get.”

Of course, the obvious objective would be to limit potential exposure to illness, and especially COVID-19. But football is played in close proximity, and Arians sees to hint the incessant physical contact will inevitably result in players getting sick.


5 NFL players set to surprise during training camp


NFL training camps are set to get going around the league later this month. It’s been a long time coming for players after the entire off-season program was scrapped due to the ongoing pandemic. 

Players will want to show out for their teams. That includes rookies in both Detroit and Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, youngsters with the Cardinals and Broncos are primed for big showings this summer.

Here’s a look at five NFL players set to surprise during training camp. 

D’Andre Swift, running back, Detroit Lions

The Lions do have a young back in Kerryon Johnson who performed extremely well as a rookie back in 2018, averaging a robust 5.4 yards per rush. However, the Auburn product struggled to the tune of 3.6 yards per rush and missed eight games as a sophomore last season. 

Enter into the equation record-setting former Georgia ball carrier D’Andre Swift. He was selected 35th overall by Detroit back in April. The 5-foot-8, 212-pound back recorded nearly 2,700 total yards with 21 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs. He’ll have an opportunity to show out once camp opens. Expect him to be a major story in Detroit. 

Christian Kirk, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals 

More than any Cardinals player outside of Kyler Murray, this young receiver is going to benefit from Arizona’s acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins. Kirk, 23, is coming off a sophomore season that saw him record 68 receptions for 709 yards while catching 63% of his targets.

Now that Kirk is entrenched in as the Cardinals’ top slot receiver with Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald outside, the sky seems to be the limit for this Texas A&M product. I am highly intrigued to see Kirk work his magic with Murray during training camp. It could be special.


Browns No Longer Pursuing Jadeveon Clowney?

Pro Football Rumors

Now that the Browns have reworked the contract of defensive end Olivier Vernon, Cleveland is likely out of the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes, a source tells Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

The Browns are one of several teams known to have actually offered a contract to Clowney. Cleveland reportedly was willing to pay Clowney up to $15MM on a one-year deal, and also gave the veteran pass-rusher his best multi-year proposal.

Instead, the Browns will now retain Vernon and play him opposite Myles Garrett at defensive end.


Kawhi Leonard not traveling with Clippers to Disney World

Yahoo! Sports

 Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard did not travel with the team on Wednesday to Walt Disney World for the resumption of the NBA season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Leonard was given permission by the organization to tend to a family matter and the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time NBA Finals MVP is expected to join the team on campus in a few days, sources said.



Jamal Crawford Agrees to Contract with Nets Ahead of NBA Restart

Bleacher Report

Jamal Crawford's wait to find a new home in the NBA reportedly has come to an end after he agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Nets agreed to a deal with the 40-year-old on Wednesday.

There was initially some confusion about whether Crawford would be eligible to sign with a team when the season restarted. Per Charania, players who signed an NBA or G League deal within the past two seasons would be made available to clubs. 

Crawford has been a free agent since the offseason began. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner seemed perplexed by the lack of offers he had from teams around the league, via SiriusXM NBA Radio:


Luol Deng rips former Bulls GM Gar Forman

Clutch Points

In an interview with Carol Tshabalala, former Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng went off on ex-Chicago general manager Gar Forman.

Forman chose to trade Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013-14 season after Derrick Rose suffered his second major knee injury. This came after Deng and head coach Tom Thibodeau told Forman that the All-Star swingman wanted to sign a contract extension with Chicago.

The Bulls FINALLY fired Forman in April, as the franchise is under new leadership in Arturas Karnisovas. Fans in Chicago almost threw a parade since Forman is one of the most despised execs in Chicago history.


Ivy League postponing fall sports does not mean college football won’t happen in 2020

Larry Brown Sports

Back in March, the Ivy League was the first to cancel its college basketball conference tournament, setting off a chain reaction of many other conferences doing the same amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ultimately, March Madness was canceled. On Wednesday, the Ivy League announced that they will not be playing sports in the fall. They did not say whether the sports could be played next year.

Though the league’s decision could signal what will be coming for other conferences, the circumstances of this situation are different.

As The Athletic’s Scott Dochterman points out, the revenue gap between what the Ivy League generates in football and what a major college football conference like the Big Ten generates in football revenue is significant. 

The Ivy League generated about $30.1 million in football revenue in 2019, compared to about $1 billion for the Big Ten last year.

#college, #football

Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

The Week

The Ivy League on Wednesday suspended all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first Division I conference to do so.

The decision affects football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and cross country, and could influence other leagues as they decide how to proceed with sports during the pandemic.

#college, #football

Ohio State pauses voluntary workouts after COVID-19 testing

The Score

The Ohio State athletics department has paused all voluntary workouts after recent COVID-19 testing of student-athletes on seven teams.

The school's football team, men's and women's basketball teams…

#college, #football

COVID-19 Outbreak In Edmonton Hospital Doesn’t Alter NHL Plans

Pro Hockey Rumors

All services have been closed to the public at Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital after a COVID-19 outbreak left 20 patients and 15 staff members infected, per Nicole Bergot of the Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, of course, is prepared to be one of the NHL’s hub cities as play resumes on August 1.

The NHL and NHLPA have seemingly put together an amazing week of work to find common ground in the hopes of returning to play – and as of right now, this outbreak doesn’t change the NHL’s plans, per Jason Kay of the Hockey News. These playoffs – should they happen – will be unlike anything the NHL has orchestrated in recent years.

To briefly recap: the 5 through 12 seeds in each conference are preparing for head-to-head five-game series on neutral ice that will determine the final four playoff competitors in each conference. Though the stakes are as high or maybe higher than a traditional NHL playoff series, the scope and logistics are much different.

#hockey, #nhl

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