Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL to host two games in London this season

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The NFL will be "back in London this fall for two regular-season games, a development the league will disclose on Wednesday when the full season schedule is revealed," according to sources. The determination has been made it is safe and that two teams -- the Falcons and Jaguars --...

NASCAR tracks starting to open up, guests allowed in infields

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
NASCAR’s attempts to get back to its pre-pandemic ways are “ready to hit another gear,” as five tracks now plan to “open to full capacity later this year,” according to Jenna Fryer of the AP. The racing circuit “re-opened its infield to sponsors, guests and media at Darlington Speedway...

N.J. Gov. bullish on full NFL capacities at MetLife Stadium this fall

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that he is "hopeful capacity crowds will be allowed into MetLife Stadium for the 2021 NFL season," calling the prospects "pretty good," according to Tom Rock of NEWSDAY. No fans were allowed to attend Giants or Jets home games last season because...

LeBron

Sbblogs / Monday, January 1, 0001
LeBron James is expected to make his return to the court tomorrow night against the Rockets after missing significant time with an ankle injury. The NBA ’s most prominent player this season has had his share of issues with the league office,  such as taking...

NBA play-in tournament drawing interest as season concludes

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
The NBA play-in tournament "has achieved what it set out to do," as fans are "going to be glued to the television" when the regular season concludes next Sunday, and the teams involved in the tourney are determined, according to ESPN's Mark Jones. Marquee teams like the Celtics, Lakers...

NHL beginning to ease protocols for playoff-bound teams

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
The NHL is beginning to ease some protocols for players heading into the playoffs, "especially around teams that have gotten the vaccine," according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. Half of the 12 U.S.-based teams that have qualified for the postseason “meet that requirement of 85% vaccinated." While none of the Canadian...

League Notes

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
In Boston, Peter Abraham noted MLB hitters through Friday "had a .233 batting average with a .701 OPS" and were "striking out 24.2 percent of the time." This season’s on-base percentage of .310 is the "lowest since 1968, the year of the pitcher." The "rash of no-hitters and plunging statistics...

Nine Super League clubs renounce project, recommitted to UEFA

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
A declaration agreed to by nine of the European Super League’s dozen founding clubs and released on Friday "formally renounced" the project and "recommitted the breakaway teams to Europe’s existing system," according to Tariq Panja of the N.Y. TIMES. European soccer's governing body, UEFA, offered a statement "welcoming...

Baffert, horse still eye Preakness after positive test

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
Trainer Bob Baffert said that Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit "will still run in the Preakness" on Saturday despite testing positive for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone. The Maryland Jockey Club, which operates the Preakness, issued a statement saying that it "will review 'the relevant facts' before...

Tom Brady calls on NFL players to boycott OTAs

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
Buccaneers QB Tom Brady in a Zoom call open to all players "delivered an impassioned six-minute speech that implored players to stick together and boycott offseason workouts," which the NFL and NFLPA have been "embroiled in a bitter negotiation over," according to Ben Volin of the BOSTON...