If they can do it, and keep everyone safe, here’s hoping it happens!!

Report: NBA Preparing 25-Day Plan to End Coronavirus Suspension

The NBA’s coronavirus suspension is now in its second month, and the league office has yet to announce a target return date for the 2019-20 season. But Adam Silver and Co. remain active in planning a potential resumption of play.

The league office is currently preparing a 25-day, “back-to-basketball plan,” according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Individual workouts would last 11 days under the NBA’s potential plan, and teams would then come together for a 14-day training camp. , per Windhorst. If parts of the nation begin to re-open, the NBA could begin a four-week program to resume the 2019-20 season.

“In talking to executives and trainers around the league, what they’re looking at is a 25-day return to basketball window,” Windhorst said on ESPN on Sunday. “An 11-day series of individual workouts. …and then hopefully, if the clearance comes that they can play five-on-five basketball, a 14-day training camp.”

“So as you hope for the country to heal and the virus to get better, look for at least about a three-and-a-half to four-week return date before you’d ever get back to games.”

The NBA has reportedly explored a slate of plans for resuming games, including a potential quarantined playoffs in Las Vegas. The league could also alter its schedule upon a return to play, with the possibility of a canceled regular season and shortened playoffs both on the table. Labor Day weekend is the league’s preferred end date for the 2019-20 season.


I want to care. I wish I cared.

Alessia Cara to perform at 2018 Grey Cup halftime

How do you follow Shania Twain?

That was the challenge for Christina Litz, the CFL’s marketing director, who was charged with finding the halftime show for the 106th Grey Cup game in Edmonton.

Twain was the featured performer not only at last years Grey Cup halftime show but also at the last Grey Cup in Edmonton in 2010.

“I think Alessia Cara is actually the perfect follow to Shania,” said Litz of her selection announced at halftime of Saturday’s Edmonton Eskimos game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“This year she presented Shania with her lifetime achievement award at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Hamilton. We thought that was perfect. We had a legend like Shania and then this up-and-coming legend that is going to be around for decades to follow her in her footsteps,” she said of the young star coming off a run of six multi-platinum hits with the release of ‘Growing Pains.’

“Right now in all of airplay, no matter American or Canadian, she has the No. 3 song ahead of all of the biggies and this year, she became the first Canadian ever to win Best New Artist at the Grammys. We don’t need that kind of validation from Americans to know how good our Canadians are but it just speaks to her being a world class talent.”

Speaking to fans via video on the scoreboard and to the national TV audience in the halftime announcement, Cara said she couldn’t wait to ‘Bring The Heat’ to Edmonton.

“Performing at the Grey Cup as a Canadian is such an honour. I’m excited to be part of the halftime show and freeze my finger tips off with you guys.”

Quote-unquote Shania Twain on Cara: “I’m a huge fan of yours. I’m inspired by you, so much. I really am. You’re amazing.”


So it’s just a cliche?! That’s dissapointing!!

Why Do Olympians Bite Their Medals?

Watch the Olympics and you might notice a number of medalists gnawing on their gold or silver prize like an old-time prospector. Do they believe the International Olympic Committee is going to stiff them? Does anyone expect to bite into chocolate?

It turns out it might be because they’re following orders—specifically, the photographer’s. When Olympic winners pose for a victory image, a sea of photojournalists are snapping away and asking athletes to do something besides just stand there and smile. With no other props handy, winners have picked up the habit of nibbling on their medal to satisfy the photographic feeding frenzy.

If you’re wondering whether anyone has chipped a tooth doing this, the answer is: of course. In 2010, German luger David Moeller broke off the corner of his tooth chomping on his silver medal. (Good thing his mother is a dentist.)

Of course, biting on gold used to be a way to tell if it was genuine (the real thing will show slight bite marks). But most Olympians probably know by now that their gold medal is mostly made up of silver and copper. If they were actually solid gold, the prizes would cost the IOC about $17 million.


Hopefully the historic Stanley Cup rings can be put on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.

Here’s Why ‘Rocket’ Richard, Gordie Howe Will Be Taken Off Stanley Cup

By June 14th, either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Nashville Predators will be crowned the 2017 Stanley Cup champions.

In doing so, the winning team will have an impact on one of the most legendary trophies in sports. This year’s Stanley Cup-winning roster will be the last team to have their names engraved on the bottom ring of the trophy, meaning more space will need to be created at the top, according to The Hockey News.

That said, some legendary teams and players from the 1950s and 1960s will be removed from the Cup in the coming year, including two household names that particularly stick out: Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Gordie Howe.

Richard won eight championships with the Montreal Canadiens. He also was the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a single season. Each year, the Rocket Richard trophy is awarded to the NHL player with the most goals in a season, in honor of the Canadiens legend.

The late Gordie Howe, better known as “Mr. Hockey,” also will be wiped from the trophy. Howe played a remarkable 26 seasons in the NHL, and was a part of four Cup-winning teams.

While these legendary names will soon be erased from the trophy, they never will be erased from the deep history of the game.


Hope he gets into the Hall Of Fame one day!!

Roy Halladay returns to Baseball as guest instructor

CLEARWATER, FLA.—Roy Halladay is back wearing a baseball uniform.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner returned Tuesday to serve as a guest instructor for the Phillies in spring training. Halladay, who threw a perfect game in his first season in Philadelphia in 2010 and a no-hitter later that year in his first post-season start, is considering a more permanent role in the big leagues.

“I definitely want to get back in,” Halladay said. “So just getting here and being around, obviously with a new front office they need to see who you are. I think it’s just a great opportunity to get out here again and be around the guys. Especially with so many new, young players, it’s exciting for a guy like myself to come in and watch them. If I can share anything that’ll help them, that’s awesome.”

The 39-year-old Halladay plans to work with pitchers on the mental side of the game along with the fundamentals and mechanics of pitching.

“Whatever concerns they may have, if any, or talking about things that helped me be successful, so it can cover a range of things,” Halladay said. “For me, it’s just a pleasure to be able to help out. If it’s throwing BP, I’ll throw BP.”

Halladay watched young starters Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson throw and talked with others on his first day in camp.

“He’s probably 95 per cent mental, whether it’s thought process going into pitches or sequence, it’s incredible,” Thompson said.

Eflin said he was excited to introduce himself to Halladay.

Halladay spent 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Phillies. He retired in December 2013 because of an ailing back. Halladay was a guest instructor with the Phillies in 2014 but hadn’t returned until now.

“There are all kinds of options,” he said about his future in baseball. “I don’t ever try to get too far ahead of myself. I’m going to enjoy this first week here, being a guest coach, and see where things go. We’ll continue talking, but, you know, I think it’s always trying to find a good fit, too.”

Halladay was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 416 career games, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts. His resume includes three 20-win seasons, eight all-star games, and three other top-3 finishes for the Cy Young Award.

He’s going to Cooperstown this summer with one of his son’s baseball teams and looks forward to possibly being enshrined in the Hall of Fame one day.

“You see guys get in that are deserving and you see guys that are possibly deserving that don’t get in,” he said. “Boy, it’s a tough thing to figure out. But absolutely I would love to be there. I think every player who ever played the game would love to be there. It would be a tremendous honour.”


If I hadn’t watched the game with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed that it happened!!

Patriots erase deficit, defeat Falcons in Super Bowl LI

The greatest quarterback of all time capped off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, leading an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession of the first Super Bowl overtime ever played. Here’s what we learned in Super Bowl LI:

1. After throwing a second-quarter pick-six to put his team in a seemingly insurmountable 21-0 hole, Tom Brady bounced back in the most dramatic fashion possible, earning Super Bowl MVP honors for an unprecedented fourth time. En route to a Super Bowl-record 466 passing yards, Brady erased a 25-point second-half deficit by orchestrating four touchdown drives and a field goal in New England’s final five series. Thumbing his nose at Father Time in the last game of his thirties, Brady completed 27 of 34 passes (79.4 percent) for 302 yards (8.9 YPA), two touchdowns and a 123.3 passer rating on those five legacy-cementing possessions from the middle of the third quarter through James White’s game-ending touchdown run.

“There were a lot of plays,” Brady told Terry Bradshaw during the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy. “Coach talks about how you never know which play it’s going to be in the Super Bowl. There were probably 30 of them tonight. Any one of those would have been different, the outcome would have been different.”

2. If the quarterback position wasn’t the most uniquely important in all of professional sports, White would have been the runaway choice as MVP. The shifty scatback authored the most brilliant performance of his career on the game’s brightest stage, hauling in a Super Bowl-record 14 receptions for 110 yards while adding three touchdowns and a clutch two-point conversion. From Kevin Faulk to Danny Woodhead to Shane Vereen and, now, to White, no quarterback utilizes pass-catching “satellite” backs to greater effect than Brady.

3. If the prolate spheroid had bounced differently in the second half, the Falcons could have turned Super Bowl LI into a lopsided laugher. Reminiscent of the Seahawks’ lopsided Super Bowl XLVIII victory, when Dan Quinn’s Seattle defense dominated Denver’s record-breaking offense, the Falcons simply outclassed the Patriots in terms of speed and athleticism for the first 40 minutes of Sunday’s ultimate affair. Atlanta jumped out to a forbidding 28-3 lead, with fleet-footed middle linebacker Deion Jones setting the tone as a true sideline-to-sideline force on defense and big-play tailback Devonta Freeman shredding New England’s defense on the other side of the ball.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff cut his teeth in the Patriots front office, learning how to construct a successful organization from team-building master Bill Belichick. When Dimitroff was afforded the chance to run his own operation in Atlanta, he parted ways with his mentor in one key area: Whereas Belichick emphasized size and power, Dimitroff coined the phrase “urgent athleticism” to describe his own draft philosophy. That difference played out in stark terms for one half at NRG Stadium Sunday evening. Despite the heartbreaking loss, the talented young roster compiled by Dimitroff, Quinn and Scott Pioli is poised to remain an NFC powerhouse for the next few years.


Brady was so amazing to watch. Wow, just wow!!

Patriots QB Tom Brady named Super Bowl LI MVP

On Sunday evening, Tom Brady cemented his legend as the greatest of all-time.

The Patriots quarterback brought New England all the way back from a second-half 25-point deficit, leading New England to an improbable 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Leader of the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, Brady was named the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player once again, his fourth such honor. With the win, Brady is the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history with five championships, breaking his boyhood hero Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw’s record.

Brady bounced back from a poor first half, during which he threw his first postseason pick-six, to lead New England on four second-half scoring drives, including two TD marches in the fourth quarter. After the Patriots won the overtime coin toss, Brady led a game-winning, eight-play drive, capped by a two-yard James White score.

The Patriots legend set Super Bowl records with 466 passing yards, 43 completions and 62 attempts. Brady also threw two touchdowns and one interception in the historic victory.

Of Brady’s five Super Bowl victories and four MVP performances, you’ll be hard-pressed to argue any was more important or significant than this one.

Suspended for the first four games of the season, Brady put up a career-best TD-INT ratio and lost just one game on his road to vindication. The stakes of Brady’s amazing 2016 season were amplified even more during Super Bowl Week when he divulged that his mother had been battling an illness and that his father hadn’t been to a game all season.

Brady said ahead of Sunday’s magical night that he was dedicating this Super Bowl to his mother. After the victory, an emotional Brady let the season, the strife, everything all out.

“They’re all happy,” Brady told FOX’s Terry Bradshaw during the on-field celebration. “It’s nice to have everybody here and it’s going to be a great celebration tonight.

“Thank you to all our fans. Everyone back in Boston, New England, we love you. You’ve been with us all year. We’re bringing this sucker home!”


Such great news! Congratulations to Tim Raines along with Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez!!

Former Expo Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Montreal Expo Tim Raines has finally been granted a place in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Raines was elected in his 10th and final year of eligibility, and will be joined by Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez.

Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short, and steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. But they received a majority of votes for the first time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Raines was on 380 ballots (86 per cent). He started at 24.3 per cent in 2008 and jumped from 55 per cent in 2015 to 69.8 per cent last year.

“Last night probably the worst night I’ve had out of the 10 years,” he said. “I knew I was close, but I wasn’t sure.”

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, is just the fifth player elected in his final year of eligibility after Red Ruffing (1967), Joe Medwick (1968), Ralph Kiner (1975) and Jim Rice (2009). Raines was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport’s dominant speedster. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

“I think social media played a big role,” he said. “There are some things that I did that a lot of the guys that’s already in the Hall of Fame didn’t actually do. So I think it kind of made them look a lot at me a lot closer and they looked a lot deeper, and I think the more they looked, I think the better it turned out for me.”

Bagwell , on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 per cent. Players needed 75 per cent, which came to 332 votes this year.

“Anxiety was very, very high,” Bagwell said. “I wrote it on a ball tonight. It was kind of cool.”

Rodriguez , at 45 the youngest current Hall member, received 336 votes (76 per cent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

“”I’ve been having trouble sleeping for three days,” the popular Pudge said. “Johnny Bench was my favorite player growing up.”

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

“Falling short of this class is disappointing,” Hoffman said in a statement. “I am truly humbled to have come so close. I hope to one day soon share a Hall of Fame celebration with my family, friends, teammates and all of San Diego.”

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 per cent, followed by Clemens (54.1), Bonds (53.8), Mike Mussina (51.8), Curt Schilling (45), Lee Smith (34.2) percent and Manny Ramirez (23.8).

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time all-star for Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs. Among 220 Hall of Fame players, he is the 50th who spent his entire career with one big league team.

Rodriguez, a 14-time all-star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball’s 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: “Only God knows.”

Rodriguez displaced Pedro Martinez as the youngest of the record 74 living Hall members.

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 per cent in his initial appearance, in 2013 and jumped from 44.3 per cent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 per cent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time all-star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball’s drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

“Barry Bonds was the best player I played against in my entire life,” Bagwell said.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones and Jim Thome in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Twelve players have been elected by the BBWAA in the past four years, the most over a span of that length since the first four ballots from 1936-39.

Lee Smith, who had 478 saves, got 34 percent in his final time on the ballot. Jorge Posada, Tim Wakefield and Magglio Ordonez were among the players who got under 5 per cent and fell off future ballots.

Pete Rose, the career hits leader who has never appeared on a ballot because of a lifetime ban that followed an investigation of his gambling, received one write-in vote.


This is great, so great! So very, very great!!! Go Jays Go!!!

Jose Bautista strikes 1-year deal with Blue Jays: reports

He doesn’t fit the Blue Jays’ off-season mantra to get younger, more athletic and left-handed, but Jose Bautista was probably the most productive bat remaining on the free-agent market Toronto could have secured.

The 36-year-old’s re-signing on Tuesday, pending a physical, is reportedly a one-year guaranteed contract worth $18 million US with two mutual option years that could make the deal worth $60 million. It would address the team’s need for a corner outfielder, and unlike free agents Mark Trumbo and Brandon Moss, Bautista is familiar with his teammates, the Jays’ clubhouse and manager John Gibbons.

“I’d be stupid to leave. I love the city,” Bautista told Sports Illustrated last spring, about seven months before rejecting the Blue Jays’ $17.2-million qualifying offer for one season in November.

Bautista, who was said to have demanded a contract extension for more than $150 million US for at least five years last spring training, will make more than the rejected qualifying offer in 2017, according to reports. The Blue Jays would have gained a compensatory draft pick had he signed elsewhere.

After posting a .234 batting average with 22 home runs in an injury riddled 2016 season, many believed Bautista would leave Toronto, thus allowing management to spend some extra money to bring back fellow free agent Edwin Encarnacion.

But Encarnacion officially left for Cleveland recently after agreeing to a three-year contract worth $60 million with the team that knocked out the Jays in the American League Championship Series and finished one win shy of a World Series.

Toronto has had a fairly quiet off-season, signing slugger Kendrys Morales, utilityman Steve Pearce and prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but failing to bring back the popular Encarnacion did not go over well in the Ontario capital.

Before last season, Bautista hit .268 with a .390 on-base percentage, .555 slugging percentage and 45 home runs per 162 games played since his 2010 breakout campaign (.260, 54 homers, 124 RBIs, .378 OBP).

But the Dominican’s 22 long balls in 2016 were his fewest since he hit 13 in 2009, and his 69 runs batted in were his fewest since 2012 (92 games). Bautista, who was in the final year of a team-friendly contract of six years and $78 million, also failed to make the AL all-star team last summer for the first time in seven seasons.

In addition to his power numbers, Bautista’s on-base percentage of .366 would also help a batting order that he would co-anchor with third baseman Josh Donaldson, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Morales.

Knee and toe injuries saw Bautista placed on the disabled list a couple of times, and his on-base-plus slugging percentage of .817 was his lowest since 2009.

From 2010 through 2015, only Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (.996), Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (.971), Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (.963) and retired Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz (.945) had a higher OPS mark than Bautista’s .929.

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins and Bautista’s representatives reportedly met face-to-face at the winter meetings six weeks ago, with the understanding the team was interested in exploring potential trades for an outfielder.

Unsuccessful in completing a deal — some say the Blue Jays were interested in Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets — Toronto circled back to Bautista, who struck out 103 times in 423 at-bats last season, compared with 106 strikeouts in 543 at bats in 2015, and is on the decline defensively.

According to, Bautista’s slugging percentage on four-seam fastballs also declined from .554 in 2015 to .475 last season.

But since 2010, Bautista has hit more home runs than any player in Major League Baseball with 249. With 265 overall as a Blue Jay, he ranks second behind Carlos Delgado (336) on Toronto’s all-time list.

Shortly after the Jays snapped a 22-year playoff drought with an AL East title in 2015, Bautista hit an epic three-run homer in Game 5 of the Division Series against Texas, punctuating his shot with a bat flip.

Toronto is now expected to focus on improving its depth in the bullpen and at the backup catcher and left field positions.


Thanks for everything A.A.!!

Alex Anthopoulos returns to Toronto with Dodgers

Alex Anthopoulos has few regrets from his time with the Toronto Blue Jays, but he can’t deny thinking about his old team.

The former Blue Jays general manager spoke with media on Friday night, ahead of Toronto’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Anthopoulos, who was born in Montreal, joined the Dodgers organization after he declined a contract extension from incoming Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro.

“Anyone that says they don’t look back is lying,” said Anthopoulos, who still lives in Toronto with his family. “In these jobs you look back all the time, you’re evaluating all the time.”

Anthopoulos was the driving force behind Toronto’s playoff push last season. He acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics in the winter of 2014, then made a flurry of trades ahead of the 2015 trade deadline to acquire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and ace pitcher David Price amongst others, catapulting the Blue Jays to an American League East division title and the team’s first post-season appearance since the 1993 World Series.

Despite that success, Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays parted company when he turned down a five-year contract extension from the team. He became L.A.’s vice-president of baseball operations on Jan. 12.

The only trade Anthopoulos regrets is one he didn’t make: bringing in utility fielder Ben Zobrist from Oakland, who instead went to the Kansas City Royals, the team that eliminated the Blue Jays from the American League Championship Series.

“As time has gone on, I guess it’s been a few months, I look back and what if we had gotten Ben Zobrist?” said Anthopoulos. “Kansas City, they don’t have him. It may have influenced some other deals, we may not have had some of the players to make some of the other deals.

“That’s probably the one I’ve thought about the most. What if we had done it, you know? We get to Game 7 in Kansas City, who the heck knows what happens?”

Zobrist hit .320 with two home runs and four RBIs in the ALCS against Toronto, before helping the Royals win the World Series.

Despite his sudden departure from Toronto, Anthopoulos has no ill will toward Shapiro or anyone else in the Blue Jays organization. When told by a reporter that the current administration has never mentioned him by name since leaving for Los Angeles, Anthopoulos laughed.

“My relationship with Mark has always been good,” said Anthopoulos, who sat at the podium in the bowels of the Rogers Centre where he often sat to announce trades. The difference now was a black curtain behind him, covering the Blue Jays backdrop. “Not that there’s a pre-existing relationship, other than the time we spent together in the organization, he treated me great.

“Really great conversation with him over the course of (negotiations). He was great, he was honest the whole way, treated me with respect. You could say the same of the ownership group.”

Anthopoulos’s exit came as a surprise to many fans, with the former Jays GM admitting that he saw himself in Toronto for the foreseeable future.

“I would say through to the end of the month of August I expected to be here for five, 10, 20 years, whatever it was going to be,” said Anthopoulos. “And then things rolled into September and it was probably the first time it entered into my mind that I might not be back.

“But certainly the decision wasn’t done until later.”