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Sunday's college basketball: Georgetown's Mac McClung to test NBA waters, could return

Sunday's college basketball: Georgetown's Mac McClung to test NBA waters, could return

30/03/2020, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 29831764

The sophomore averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season but missed time because of a right foot injury.

       


https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/2020/03/29/georgetowns-mac-mcclung-test-nba-waters-could-return/2937425001/
iRacing Pro Invitational Series Recap: Timmy Hill comes through at Texas

iRacing Pro Invitational Series Recap: Timmy Hill comes through at Texas

30/03/2020, USA, Motorsport-Speedway, Nascar, Article # 29831756


Orlando Pride veteran Kristen Edmonds finds surprise joy in coaching

Orlando Pride veteran Kristen Edmonds finds surprise joy in coaching

30/03/2020, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 29831755

SANFORD -- Two years ago, coaching wasn’t really on the radar of Orlando Pride midfielder Kristen Edmonds.

She had her offseason routine down, focusing on balancing her recovery while maintaining a thriving dog-walking business. But that changed one day as she was walking out of practice with Pride...



http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/pusa-orlando-pride-kristen-edmonds-0330-20200329-xsgfjeiayzfthkqobpxciovasi-story.html
Jimmy Johnson answers whether Jerry Jones will present him at Pro Football Hall of Fame induction

Jimmy Johnson answers whether Jerry Jones will present him at Pro Football Hall of Fame induction

30/03/2020, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 29831742

Two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson revealed on Twitter who will be presenting him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony.

      


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/cowboys/2020/03/29/pro-football-hall-fame-2020-jimmy-johnson-reveals-his-presenters/2937221001/
Casey Martin, former PGA Tour pro who won right to use cart, fighting to save his leg

Casey Martin, former PGA Tour pro who won right to use cart, fighting to save his leg

30/03/2020, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 29831741

Casey Martin, now the men's golf coach at Oregon, broke his leg in October, but his congenital circulatory disorder prevents the fracture from healing

      


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2020/03/29/casey-martin-oregon-coach-former-pga-pro-fighting-save-leg/2937118001/
CU Buffs’ coaches, players keeping lines of communication open

CU Buffs’ coaches, players keeping lines of communication open

30/03/2020, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 29831738

After being hired as Colorado’s head football coach on Feb. 23, Karl Dorrell made it a top priority to meet with each of the Buffaloes’ current players.

There hasn’t been much face-to-face interaction since, but Dorrell and his staff are doing their best to stay in touch with players and recruits during unprecedented times.

Concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) have forced coaches and players to practice social distancing and keep in touch through technology, rather than in person.

For a new coach still getting to know his team, it’s been a challenge.

“I would say it’s more difficult doing this not in person, yes,” Dorrell said this week. “But the players, we all are off to a really good start with my interviews that I made my first week when I was on the job.”

With CU’s campus closed and remote learning being set up for the remainder of the semester, many of the Buffs’ players have gone home, while the coaches are working out of their homes.

“I won’t say it’s a hindrance, but I would say it’s on hold because we’re not together,” he said. “We’re unable to see all of those guys face to face, but we are in constant contact, our coaches are in constant contact. I’ve mentioned to the team … ‘We’re going to use this as a challenge and as a great opportunity, not as something that’s going to set us back.’ Right now that’s the mindset we’re trying to build with our team. What are we doing to maximize this time that might be better than what everybody else is doing?”

While the coaches are staying in contact with players, Dorrell said players staying in touch with each other is “really the most important part, in my eyes.”

“We’re trying to, as coaches, create those lines of communication with our players; coaches to coaches; player to coaches; and coaches to players,” Dorrell said. “We’re trying to create all those lines of communication, but the most important line of communication, I believe, is the peer-to-peer communication that’s going on between your team.

“I know our players are creating that mindset and are talking to each other about making sure they’re doing their workouts and handling their academic situations, things like that.”

CU also has 15 players who signed in the 2020 recruiting class who have not yet enrolled, so Dorrell hasn’t had a chance to meet them in person, but those lines of communication are open, as well.

“The constant communication that was started early is still being in process right now,” he said. “The biggest thing is making sure they’re getting all their paperwork and documentation and things of that nature for getting admitted on campus this summer. We’re in constant communication, both the staff and myself with keeping them kind of abreast of what’s been going on with us.

“They’re part of our family, even though they’re not technically on campus yet.”

If there’s a silver lining to this situation, it’s that Dorrell and his staff have had more time to get to know each other and formulate their schemes. Because of the late timing of Dorrell’s hire – plus the hiring of six new assistants – the Buffs were scrambling to get ready for the original March 16 start of spring football.

CU has never had a chance to start spring practice, giving coaches plenty of time to work together before getting on the field with the players.

“In general, yes, we are spending some time as a staff – offensively, defensively and special teams – kind of working on what our systems are, what our philosophy is, who we think we are going to be,” he said.

However, Dorrell said he’s cautioning his coaches to not spend too much time devising complicated schemes.

“I learned this years ago in coaching: we’ve got to be really careful how much we’re in the laboratory in devising too many things, just because it’s not what we know, it’s what our players know,” Dorrell said. “Sometimes having this type of time as a staff can be a detriment, because we’re not on the field, we’re not evaluating (players) daily. We’re not maximizing their abilities because we’re not seeing it in person, so to speak. So you’ve got to be careful that way.

“We can’t be too crazy about getting too much ahead of ourselves, but yet we have to be prepared … about being ready to go in any moment.”

Notable

CU has hired Junior Tanuvasa as a quality control analyst, according to 247Sports.com. Buffzone has previously reported that CU retained Bryan Cook as quality control for defense, while hiring Reggie Moore (quality control for offense) and Chris Reinert (quality control for special teams). … 247Sports also reported that CU is hiring Bob Lopez as director of player personnel. He was an associate athletic director at the University of Delaware for the past 28 months.



https://www.denverpost.com/2020/03/29/colorado-buffaloes-coaches-players-keeping-lines-of-communication-open/

					MLB programs opening doors for women, including Cards' Christina Whitlock

MLB programs opening doors for women, including Cards' Christina Whitlock

30/03/2020, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 29831723
Recognizing the importance of representation when it comes to growing the game, MLB continues to look at ways to bring more women into the sport.

https://www.foxsports.com/midwest/story/mlb-programs-opening-doors-women-st-louis-cardinals-christina-whitlock-032920

					MLB programs opening doors for women, including Cards' Christina Whitlock

MLB programs opening doors for women, including Cards' Christina Whitlock

30/03/2020, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 29831727
Recognizing the importance of representation when it comes to growing the game, MLB continues to look at ways to bring more women into the sport.

https://www.foxsports.com/midwest/story/mlb-programs-opening-doors-women-st-louis-cardinals-christina-whitlock-032920
Timmy Hill virtual winner of NASCAR’s live iRacing event

Timmy Hill virtual winner of NASCAR’s live iRacing event

30/03/2020, USA, Multi Sports, USA Publications, Article # 29831726

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sang the national anthem from a remote location. Troy Aikman, borrowing Matthew McConaughey’s trademark phrase “Alright, alright, alright,” commanded drivers to start their, uh, simulators.

NASCAR’s new normal resumed Sunday with another virtual event, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped nearly all sports. NASCAR’s 36-race season was suspended four events into the year.

Timmy Hill won the virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, where a highlight came when Daniel Suarez was parked by iRacing officials for intentionally trying — but failing — to crash Ty Dillon.

Hill is considered among the top competitors in iRacing, a subscription-based gaming platform. His virtual victory was his 674th in the game.

Fox Sports again used its team of Mike Joy and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon to call the race, which was aired both on Fox in some markets and nationwide on its cable channel.

The first iRacing event last Sunday drew 903,000 viewers to Fox Sports One and was the most watched esports event in U.S. history, bettering the 770,000 viewers Mortal Combat drew to The CW in 2016. That led Fox to offer affiliates the option to air the Texas virtual race on broadcast.

Those who tuned in watched a live video game of 35 NASCAR racers competing at an exact replica of Texas Motor Speedway, where the series was scheduled to be Sunday before the coronavirus shutdown. Fox was able to obtain feeds of drivers racing on simulators everywhere from their bedrooms, basements, garages and, in the case of last week’s winner, Denny Hamlin’s living room.

Clint Bowyer was the in-race reporter again, but when the booth cut to him to ask about an early race incident, he gave a quick update and shooed Joy and Gordon away.

“You guys are bothering me, sorry,” Bowyer said.

Alex Bowman again entertained fans via social media with commentary. It included his tweet “I just virtually drove through somebody,” after a wreck. Bowman also missed his pit stall, was speeding on pit road, bemoaned his need for a snack and ultimately decided “I’m a disaster.”

Chase Elliott, racing in striped socks, posted a video during a commercial break of his feet working the pedals. Michael McDowell talked fans through his pit decisions. With racing on hold and drivers desperate to give exposure to their teams and sponsors, Hill’s virtual victory gave the NASCAR journeyman a rare live opportunity to thank his sponsors, the staple speech of any successful racer.

The Texas event was done with a fixed setup and drivers used varying levels of rigs. Hamlin’s, at more than $40,000, is one of the most advanced in the field, with motion sensors and premium technology. Alternatively, Fox showed Garrett Smithley racing with a wheel and a computer at a desk, under a framed poster of Richard Petty, in what appeared to be Smithley’s bedroom.

With nothing else to do, Texas track President Eddie Gossage tweeted live during the race, joking he was going to bill Christopher Bell for virtually tearing up the grass and paint with a spin through the infield. Gossage also continued Texas’ tradition of awarding mid-race prizes to fans — even though his speedway is currently closed.

IndyCar made its iRacing debut Saturday in a race entered by 25 drivers and won by Sage Karam. NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson was a special guest in the race as he works toward an obvious IndyCar debut. He’d been scheduled to test a car in Alabama next month before the coronavirus shutdown.

NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA and many of of Formula One’s drivers are using iRacing as a tool to keep their skills sharp during this pause, and now iRacing has seized on the popularity of esports and absence of live sporting events to create events for the idled leagues.

IRacing is one of the very few professional sports that can come close to delivering a decent show because of the granular detail and precise rendering of each NASCAR track. The venues are laser-scanned to capture the bumps and imperfections in the asphalt, as well as duplicate the grandstands and billboards and pit lane.



https://www.denverpost.com/2020/03/29/timmy-hill-nascar-live-iracing-event/
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