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Derrick Jones Jr.’s furious comeback attempt falls short in ‘NBA 2K20’ quarterfinals
04/09/2020 8:25pm

Derrick Jones Jr.s Cinderella run at the NBA 2K20 Players-Only tournament is over. The Miami Heat forward nearly staged a furious comeback in the quarterfinals of the nationally televised esports Click to Continue

Get ready for fast and furious as new prolific Miami receivers coach takes the helm
04/09/2020 5:25pm

Connection is a word that University of Miami athletics has emphasized lately. And from the sound of new spread-guru Rob Likens, plenty of sparks will be flying between UMs eventual Click to Continue

Tua camp pushes back on injury report. And Miami Dolphins reach out to several tight ends
04/09/2020 5:05pm

A six-pack of Miami Dolphins notes on a Thursday: The Dolphins would be OK at tight end if they simply began the season with what they have: Mike Gesicki, Click to Continue

Here’s how Miami Heat’s NBA Draft options have been growing. And what Tyler Herro’s up to
04/09/2020 4:00pm

A six-pack of Miami Heat notes on a Thursday: Possibilities for the Heats first-round pick in the NBA Draft continued to expand in the past week with several players Click to Continue

The healthy Marlins are preparing for the unknown as coronavirus keeps baseball on hold
04/09/2020 3:05pm

Michael Hill isnt used to this. Its early April. Baseball is supposed to be in full swing. Instead, the Miami Marlins president of baseball operations has to resort to throwback Click to Continue


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Tokyo Olympic CEO Hints Games Could Be in Doubt Even in 2021
04/10/2020 11:11am

As the coronavirus spreads in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Games said Friday he cant guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year even with a 16-month delay.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued an emergency declaration this week to battle the virus, putting the country under restrictions after it seemed it had avoided the spread.I dont think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get it under control by next July or not, Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said, speaking through an interpreter at a news conference conducted remotely. Were certainly are not in a position to give you a clear answer.coronavirusMar 13Your Guide to the COVID-19 Coronavirus PandemiccoronavirusFeb 26Map: Watch the Coronavirus Cases Spread Across the WorldThe Olympics were postponed last month with a new opening set for July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.Abe has been criticized for being slow to act against the coronavirus. Opposition political leaders have suggested he downplayed the severity of the virus and have said it may have been tied to wanting to hold the Olympics this year.coronavirusMar 13Your Guide to the COVID-19 Coronavirus PandemiccoronavirusFeb 26Map: Watch the Coronavirus Cases Spread Across the WorldWe have made the decision to postpone the games by one year, Muto added. So this means that all we can do is work hard to prepare for the games. We sincerely hope that come next year mankind will manage to overcome the coronavirus crisis.Muto was asked if there are alternative plans to 2021.Rather than think about alternatives plans, we should put in all of our effort, he said. Mankind should bring together all of its technology and wisdom to work hard so they can develop treatments, medicines and vaccines.Japan has reported about 5,000 cases and 100 deaths. The country has the worlds oldest population, and COVID-19 can be especially serious for the elderly.Muto was asked several times about the added costs of postponing, which has been estimated by Japanese media at between $2 billion-$6 billion. He said it was too soon to know the price tag and who would pay.He also acknowledged that Tokyo Olympic organizers had taken out insurance.Tokyo 2020 has taken out several insurance policies, he said. But whether the postponement of the games qualifies as an event that is covered is not clear yet.He was also asked about the Olympic flame, which was taken off public display this week in Fukushima prefecture. Muto had an away-from-the-microphone talk with Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya before talking about the flame.After the Olympic torch relay was canceled, the Olympic flame was put under the management of Tokyo 2020, Muto said. Obviously in the future there is a possibility it might be put on display somewhere. However, for now it is under the management of Tokyo 2020 and Im not going to make any further comment on the issue.There are suggestions the International Olympic Committee is thinking of taking the flame on a world tour, hoping to use it as a symbol of the battle against the virus. However, any tour would be impossible until travel restrictions are lifted.Taking the flame away from Japan could also upset the hosts.

Yanks Most Valuable in MLB at $5 Billion, Forbes Estimates
04/10/2020 1:52am

Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseballs most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9 over last year and 47 more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion.The Yankees are second among all sports in Forbes evaluations to the Dallas Cowboys, listed at $5.5 billion in the last NFL ranking.The Yankees YES Network broadcasts Forbes SportsMoney television show.The Boston Red Sox are third at $3.3 billion, Forbes said Thursday, followed by the Chicago Cubs $3.2 billion, San Francisco $3.1 billion, the New York Mets $2.4 billion, St. Louis $2.2 billion and Philadelphia $2 billion.Miami was last at $980 million, a drop of $20 million. Also near the bottom were Kansas City $1.025 billion, Tampa Bay $1.05 billion, Cincinnati $1.075 billion and Oakland $1.1 billion. Forbes estimates the MLB average team value rose 4 from last year to $1.85 billion, the smallest annual appreciation since a 2 rise in 2010.

Ex-MLB Star Josh Hamilton Indicted, Accused of Beating Daughter
04/09/2020 2:49am

Former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after his teenage daughter accused him of beating her.A Tarrant County grand jury indicted the 38-year-old Hamilton on Monday. He remains free on $30,000 bondafter he turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 30. If convicted, he faces two to 10 years in prison.Hamiltons attorneys say the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer is innocent of the charge. The former MLB stars 14-year-old daughter told her mother, Hamiltons ex-wife, that her father struck her after he became enraged by a comment from her.According to an affidavit by a Keller Police Department detective, Hamiltons daughter told police that he went on a rampage Sept. 30. She says she made a comment to Hamilton that upset him, and he threw a full water bottle overhand at her, hitting her in the chest, then cursed and shouted at her.He pulled away the chair on which she rested her feet and threw it, breaking the chair, she told detectives. It didnt hit her, but he then grabbed her by the shoulders and lifted her from the chair where she was sitting. She fell to the floor, and he lifted her up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her to her bedroom.The girl said at this point she was telling Hamilton, Im sorry. Upon reaching her bedroom door, he tossed the teen onto her bed, pressed her face onto the mattress and began hitting her legs with an open hand and closed fist.She said that after he finished striking her, he told her, I hope you go in front of the f judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I dont have to see you anymore and you dont have to come to my house again.As he left the room, Hamiltons daughter said he told her to gather her things for school. When she replied that she had already put them in the car, he responded, Well, arent you just the perfect child.Hamilton was the first overall pick out of high school in the 1999 amateur draft by Tampa Bay, but his career was nearly destroyed by cocaine and alcohol addictions. He returned to baseball with Cincinnati and made his big league debut in 2007, when he hit 19 homers in 90 games before being traded to the Rangers. He was part of their only two World Series teams 2010 and 2011 and was an All-Star five seasons in a row.In anawe-inspiring displayin the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008, the first-time All-Star led the American League with 130 RBI while hitting .304 with 32 homers in his first full season. He hit four homers in the 2010 AL Championship Series and had a four-homer game at Baltimore in 2012.Hamilton left the Rangers in free agency, signing a $125 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels before the 2013 season. He was recovering from shoulder surgery when the Angels traded him back to Texas in 2015 after his two injury-plagued seasons with Los Angeles. He played 50 games for Texas in 2015 before undergoing at least three more surgeries. He never played again.

NBA Players Could Refund Millions to Owners, Sources Say
04/08/2020 1:26am

National Basketball Association owners could get some financial relief in the form of returned pay in any compensation deal with players, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.In an hour-long call on Tuesday afternoon, executives at the National Basketball Players Association NBPA, the players union, cleared up misinformation and told agents that any compensation deal constructed by the NBPA and league owners will include refunds on all NBA contracts.The repayments will hit hardest for players who receive their paychecks on a six-month cycle, who receive more money per pay cycle but dont get checks during the off-season.Agents usually prefer 12-month payment plans to protect players from over-spending, and to keep them from struggling once the season ends and paychecks stop rolling in. It will also hit hard for some players who received advance payments on their contracts.Teams often use advances to lure free agent players to sign deals sooner, at times offering full or partial payment of contracts upfront.According to the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the call was confidential, NBPA executive director Michelle Roberts offered no road map as to how owners will want to recover funds, but warned agents returns would be solicited should the league cancel the remainder of its games due to the coronavirus pandemic.According to the people, players under contracts that run past the current season could be partly spared, as owners could decide to recoup funds over the life of deals. But upcoming free agents who havent completed the last year of contracts could be forced to write checks to NBA owners if they got advances.Last month, New York Times reporter Marc Stein reported players who received advances include Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant scheduled to earn roughly$37 million this season and Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin $34 million.He also said nine of super agent Rich Pauls clients atKlutch Sports Groupare on six-month pay cycles.According to the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league, the NBA is already allowed to retain roughly 1 of players paychecks for each canceled game via force majeure that it, an unforeseeable event like a natural disaster or pandemic. ESPN reported the NBA and playersdiscussed a plan to withholdremaining salaries and place funds in a league escrow if games are canceled.One NBA agent who spoke to CNBC about the issue on condition of remaining anonymous believes the league may try to halt 50 of players remaining pay until the completion of the leagues 2019-20 accounting, which is expected in early July. Agents will also feel the trickle-down effect of players losing pay, as they will not receive commissions tied to contracts.Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul, who is president of the NBPA, told CNBC on Tuesday players communicate as best we can to stay afloat to league discussions involving compensation.Were aware, Paul said. As long as we have the conversations about it and try to make sure that guys are prepared as possible, I think well be fine.The NBA become the first league to suspend its season last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move triggered other pro sports leagues to follow.NBA commissioner Adam Silver said decisions about any return is still weeks away, but with this possible repayment clause included as part to any revised compensation deal, the regular-season portion of the NBA could be over.The NBA and NBPA did not return calls seeking comment.This story first appeared on CNBC.com. More from CNBC:New York coronavirus deaths jumped by 731 Monday, the biggest daily increase, Gov. Cuomo saysNew Jersey closes most public parks, extends emergency order as deaths surgeTheres a lot of anxiety as small businesses worry the loan money will run outThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Athletes Already Qualified for Tokyo Games Get to Keep Spots
04/07/2020 7:53pm

About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots for the Tokyo Games are in for 2021 under redrawn qualifying regulations published Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee.The IOC released its rewritten roadmap for qualifying for the games, which were rescheduled due to the coronavirus. Theyll be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year.The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021, and entry lists are due a week later. Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures.Many sports allow athletes to qualify by compiling results over a series of events. The IOC urged the federations to find a balance between protecting those athletes who were close to qualifying based on the previous 2020 deadlines and also ensuring the best athletes at the Olympic Games by taking into consideration performances in 2021.The IOC announcement confirmed reports last week that the sports had agreed to let athletes keep spots they already had earned. It clarified a number of points, including the need for boxing to relax a rule that sets the top age in the sport at 40. It also requires sports such as gymnastics to decide whether to allow athletes who wouldve been too young to compete in 2020 to try to be eligible for 2021.The IOC also said athlete health is the guiding principle in the scheduling of any remaining Olympic qualification events. It urged sports not to confirm rescheduling until the impacts of COVID-19 can be assessed.Along those lines, World Athletics announced it was shutting down all qualifying procedures through Nov. 30. Its new window for qualifying will run from Dec. 1 through June 29, 2021.

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