The Cardinals are discussing the idea of pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim returning to South Korea. St. Louis President John Mozeliak said the two sides haven’t determined whether Kim will go home to be with his family. The left-hander relocated to St. Louis to get settled in after spring training ended early due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 31-year-old signed a two-year, eight-million-dollar deal this offseason with the Cards.
Former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds who tested positive for coronavirus and pneumonia announced he is symptom free. The 49-year old thanks his followers on Instagram for their support.
Rams executive Kevin Demoff is optimistic SoFi Stadium will be completed on time. Demoff told the L.A. Times that this is not the ideal time to be finishing the stadium. A Taylor Swift concert on July 25th is the first scheduled event at the new stadium in Inglewood.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in a conference call he is working from his basement during the coronavirus pandemic. The Chiefs were to start offseason conditioning programs on April 20th and begin practice in May. Reid said no Kansas City player or coach has tested positive for the virus.
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, a huge charity event in Kansas City each year, has been canceled by coronavirus concerns. The event includes a celebrity softball game before a Royals’ game at Kauffman and was scheduled for June 5th and 6th. Celebrities in prior years included Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, and Eric Stonestreet.
Royals owner John Sherman announced on behalf of team investors, players and Royals Charities to fund more than a half-million meals to Harvesters, a Greater Kansas City community food network.
>>Bucs Add Gabbert To Be Brady’s Backup QB
(Tampa, FL) — The Buccaneers are bringing back quarterback Blaine Gabbert to serve as Tom Brady’s backup. Gabbert has started 48 games in his career and has played under head coach Bruce Arians in Arizona.
>>Brady Rents Jeter’s Waterfront Tampa Mansion
(Tampa, FL) — New Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is living in style in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times reports the six-time Super Bowl champ is renting Derek Jeter’s waterfront mansion on Davis Islands. The 30-thousand square-foot home has seven bedrooms and nine baths.
When the NFL officially reinstates defensive end Aldon Smith, he will play for the Cowboys. He’ll get a one-year deal for up to four-million dollars with two million in base salary and two-million in sack incentives. Smith has not played since 2015, when he received an indefinite suspension for violations of the league’s substance-abuse and personal-conduct rules while with the Raiders. Smith was the 7th overall pick in the 2011 draft by San Francisco and was released by Oakland in 2018 after he was named a suspect in a domestic violence occurrence. At Mizzou, Smith a Raytown High product registered 14.5 sacks in 24 career games with the Tigers.
I’ll share a story, I remember then 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh coming out to Mizzou’s Pro Day. Many speculated the former quarterback himself was coming to personally get a look at Blaine Gabbert. Instead, Harbaugh picked Smith at 7, Gabbert went 10th to Jacksonville and in the second round Harbaugh did take a quarterback…Colin Kaepernick.
The NBA, National Basketball Players Association and 2K have partnered to produce an NBA 2K tournament that will air on ESPN and ESPN2 starting Friday. The NBA 2K20 Player Tournament will run through April 11, according to a statement, and will begin airing on ESPN on Friday with a half-hour preshow at 7 p.m. ET. The tournament will run on ESPN until 8:30 p.m. and then is scheduled to transition to ESPN2 until 11:30 p.m.
Sixteen NBA players will compete including former Mizzou player Michael Porter Jr, now a member of the Denver Nuggets.
Scheduled participants, with player ranking in parentheses, include:
Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (96)
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (90)
Hassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers (87)
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (87)
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (86)
Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers (85)
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (85)
Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (85)
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (85)
Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (85)
DeMarcus Cousins (81)
Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (81)
Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards (79)
Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (78)
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (78)
Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat (78)
The schedule for the NBA 2K20 Player Tournament:
Friday, April 3, ESPN, 7-8:30 p.m. ET
Friday, April 3, ESPN2, 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, April 5, ESPN2, 12-4 p.m. ET
Quarterfinals: Tuesday, April 7, ESPN2, 7-11 p.m. ET
Semifinals/Finals: Saturday, April 11, ESPN, Time TBD
Look, I admit that the headline was used for click-bait. The story on Keyon Dooling takes maybe two minutes of my 28 minute podcast but it’s a good story about how he’s helping NBA players and his advice is well worth taking for all of us as we deal with his pandemic.
Also in this podcast, Tiger King talk, which athlete from Missouri is taking part in a fundraising beer pong tournament plus a story of a former college basketball player who is somewhat stranded in his own apartment in Italy.
What I’m telling you is there are some really cool stories in this podcast. Enjoy listening while you practice social distancing.
While just in the planning stages, the Missouri National Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were in Columbia last week to consider whether Mizzou Arena or Hearnes Center could be used as an emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients.
The Missouri National Guard posted photos on their Facebook page with the update “The #MONG is fully integrated in the planning and execution of the COVID-19 response with our state and national partners. Yesterday, Missouri Guardsmen met with representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Missouri’s state officials to discuss and assess sites that could be used as Alternate Health Care Facilities.”
According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, the request to assess the University of Missouri Athletic sites came from FEMA. There are currently 1,200 beds in Columbia hospitals.