MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s letter to fans ahead of the 2020 season – MLSsoccer.com

MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s letter to fans ahead of the 2020 season  MLSsoccer.comMLS preview – Will Chicharito shine for Galaxy? Can Inter Miami upset LAFC?  ESPNHear the Rockin’ Hans Zimmer MLS Theme  /FILMNashville SC’s journey from supporter-owned club to MLS expansion team  MLSsoccer.comMLS at 25 – 25 predictions for the next 25 years  ESPNView Full Coverage on Google News

James Harden vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo Is the NBA’s Latest Beef – The Ringer

James Harden vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo Is the NBA’s Latest Beef  The RingerStephen A. loves James Harden’s clap back at Giannis | First Take  ESPNJames Harden After Giannis Joke: Wish I Could Be 7 Feet and Dunk, Takes No Skill  Bleacher ReportJames Harden offers scathing critique of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game: ‘Takes no skill at all’  msnNOWColin Cowherd: James Harden Cares More About Statistics than Championships  Fox Sports RadioView Full Coverage on Google News

2020 NFL combine results: Live updates, draft workouts, 40-yard dash times for running backs, O-linemen – CBSSports.com

2020 NFL combine results: Live updates, draft workouts, 40-yard dash times for running backs, O-linemen  CBSSports.comNFL combine winners and losers from Day 1  NFL.comGlauber: Young out to prove he’s best player in draft  NewsdayPrime-time combine? No thanks, NFL  YardbarkerSamsonite Make Your Case: Biggest (non-Edelman) Patriots combine snub?  Patriots.comView Full Coverage on Google News

Tom Brady Drops Encouraging Comment On N’Keal Harry’s Latest Instagram – NESN

Tom Brady Drops Encouraging Comment On N’Keal Harry’s Latest Instagram  NESNFirst Take gets heated over Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady  ESPNWhich team will sign Tom Brady? Let’s examine the BetMGM odds on it  Yahoo SportsHere’s Why Teams Are Lining Up To Pay Tom Brady This Offseason, Despite Ugly Stats In 2019  CBS BostonSpeculation abounds around Tom Brady’s future as NFL free agency approaches  CNN InternationalView Full Coverage on Google News

Jim Walmsley is America’s best ultra runner. Why is he racing the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials? – NBC Sports – Misc.

Jim Walmsley is America’s best ultra runner. Why is he racing the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials?  NBC Sports – Misc.Olympic Trials set for this weekend in Atlanta  11AliveNike’s Offer to U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Runners: Free Shoes  The Wall Street JournalExtra security and traffic: Several large events happening around Atlanta this weekend  FOX 5 AtlantaAtlanta’s Olympic cauldron to be relit for marathon trial  ESPNView Full Coverage on Google News

The worrying ‘friendship’ between swimming chiefs and Sun Yang | Andy Bull

In the Sun Yang case the only thing clear about the way Fina runs swimming is the water in the poolIn August 2016, two years after Sun Yang was banned for three months because he’d been caught using an illegal stimulant, he won the Olympic 200m freestyle. It was his third gold medal, after his victories in the 400m and 1500m at London 2012. Sun explained the drug was medication for a heart problem. Still, it’s fair to say that some people there weren’t too happy about it. Australian freestyler Mack Horton called him a “drugs cheat”, French backstroker Camille Lacourt said he “pisses purple”. Others, though, seemed to be genuinely pleased for him. Particularly Cornel Marculescu, the executive director of Fina, the international swimming federation, who gave Sun a long hug after he stepped off the podium.Afterwards, Sun explained that Marculescu had been “like a grandfather” to him. “He is a very good friend of the Chinese swim team,” he said. “So I was very happy to see him see me win the gold. I hope this friendship will last.” It did. A year later, Fina made a special point of celebrating “this friendship” at its World Aquatics Gala in the Chinese city of Sanya, when it presented Sun with a bespoke award for “Outstanding Contribution to Swimming Popularity in China”. Asked about it afterwards, a Fina spokesman told Inside the Games the award had been made at “the request of the China Swimming Association”. Continue reading…

Norwich City v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scores: all the goals from around the UK and EuropeAnd feel free to email Ed here or tweet @ed_aarons 9.01pm GMTThe teams are back out and it doesn’t look like there have been any changes. Let’s go! 8.57pm GMTSome half-time reading if you will forgive the shameless self-promotion….”It’s important for him not to lose his mind because all of hard drive passwords are in his head”. Rui Pinto’s evidence has already contributed to Man City’s Champions League ban and numerous other high-profile investigations. But what else does he know? https://t.co/mC7wxN2pLp Continue reading…

Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla gets eight-game ban for racist language

Player found to have used racist language against CharltonLeeds hit out at FA ruling while keeper denies the chargeThe Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been given an eight-match ban after he was found to have used racist language towards a Charlton player during a Sky Bet Championship match in September.Casilla had denied the charge but an independent regulatory commission found the breach proven. The Spaniard has also been fined £60,000 and ordered to attend face-to-face education.Casilla was alleged to have made the discriminatory comments towards Jonathan Leko during the fixture on 28 September. Continue reading…

Rugby needs to wake up to the slow strangling of the grassroots game

The RFU is midway through its latest review to better cater for the needs of the 1,500 rugby clubs in its membership and they urgently need nurturingLiverpool St Helens: a case study in community rugby It has been a bad month for the RFU. The furore sparked by the recent decision to cut funding for the Championship has revealed a fault line running throughout rugby union in England. It might best be termed as the tension between recreation and ambition, community and elitism, the amateur ethos and the professional.The question has never quite been resolved since professionalism. What is the purpose of the clubs beneath the elite? What is the purpose of the sprawling, seamless pyramid of leagues in which they play? There are those at the heart of it now proclaiming the future death of grassroots rugby, a slow strangling of the community game. Continue reading…

Harden’s right, Giannis doesn’t have a lot of skill, talks Burrow & Tua draft — Gottlieb | THE HERD – The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Harden’s right, Giannis doesn’t have a lot of skill, talks Burrow & Tua draft — Gottlieb | THE HERD  The Herd with Colin CowherdJames Harden After Giannis Joke: Wish I Could Be 7 Feet and Dunk, Takes No Skill  Bleacher ReportJames Harden offers scathing critique of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game: ‘Takes no skill at all’  msnNOWJames Harden talks Rockets’ small-ball lineup, MVP standings & Giannis’ assist joke | The Jump  ESPNColin Cowherd: James Harden Will Never Have Success in the Playoffs  Fox Sports RadioView Full Coverage on Google News

‘We were in coronavirus lockdown’: my life in quarantine at the UAE Tour

Cycling journalist Sophie Smith describes the experience of being held in quarantine in an Abu Dhabi hotelWhen we arrived in Dubai a week ago to cover the UAE Tour there was a heightened awareness of coronavirus; the airports looked a little emptier and there seemed to be more people than usual wearing masks to cover their nose and mouth. The masks varied from surgical to the type tradesmen utilise. One man even walked through baggage claim with an old oxygen ventilator mask dangling around his neck like an accessory.Some of my journalist colleagues voiced their concern during the tour, referencing websites that documented the spread of the virus. I admittedly made light of it and told them not to worry. We travel globally, covering bike races every year in a multinational bubble. Someone has always got a cold. Continue reading…

2020 NFL combine: Winners and losers from receiver and tight end drills; Denzel Mims and Chase Claypool shine – CBS Sports

2020 NFL combine: Winners and losers from receiver and tight end drills; Denzel Mims and Chase Claypool shine  CBS SportsCoronavirus fears, Trump hits South Carolina, NFL Combine Day 2: 5 things to know Friday  USA TODAYGlauber: Young out to prove he’s best player in draft  NewsdayWide Receivers Run the 40-Yard Dash at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine  NFLBuckeyes DE Chase Young says he’s ‘the best player in the draft’  ESPNView Full Coverage on Google News

Report | Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 2 PPV falls under the ‘break-even’ point – BJPenn.com

Report | Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 2 PPV falls under the ‘break-even’ point  BJPenn.comDeontay Wilder video surfaces to crush his bizarre excuse: ‘Lying coward’  New York Post Deontay Wilder: Crossing the Rubicon  BoxingInsider.comFury promoter slams Wilder over costume excuse, wants rematch waived: ‘He’s made some stupid statements’  Yahoo SportsDetails On Tyson Fury’s Potential Involvement In Wrestlemania  411mania.comView Full Coverage on Google News

People crave the redemptive violence of Tyson Fury: it’s worth asking why | Barney Ronay

Fury has come back from a place people don’t come back from yet we as a society don’t usually forgive like this, let alone cherish and adoreIt is hugely disappointing that Tyson Fury isn’t fighting again this weekend. Or indeed, that he isn’t fighting every Saturday and midweek too, part of a 68-game Tyson Fury fixture pileup, bookended in summer with four weeks of Tyson Fury tournament competition.It is still worth saying. How good was that fight? How good was the buildup? How good was it watching Fury sit behind a table saying stuff, looking like some ancient mulch-stinking ogre, driven out of his cave, hosed down, crammed into a tracksuit and asked to offer his thoughts on belts and rematches, on maypoles, solstice and the vengeful ways of the earth goddess. Continue reading…

Will the Olympics be cancelled? The sports events coronavirus threatens

Multiple sporting events have been postponed, moved or cancelled, with others now cast into doubtTokyo 2020 officials are sounding defiant but options are being discussed. The events start on 24 July and 25 August respectively; IOC member Dick Pound says a final decision could be made as late as the end of May, with cancellation, rather than postponement or relocation, the most likely outcome. The athletics world indoor championships, scheduled to take place in China next month, are already off. Continue reading…

UFC Fight Night 169 Weigh-in Results: Figueiredo Misses Weight, Only Benavidez Can Win Belt – Sherdog.com

UFC Fight Night 169 Weigh-in Results: Figueiredo Misses Weight, Only Benavidez Can Win Belt  Sherdog.comMegan Olivi takes rare cageside seat as husband Joseph Benavidez fights for UFC flyweight title  MMA JunkieJoseph Benavidez: ‘I’ve always believed I was going to win a world title’  Yahoo SportsDeiveson Figueiredo misses weight for UFC Norfolk flyweight title main event  MMA FightingUFC Norfolk: Challenger vs Challenger  UFC – Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipView Full Coverage on Google News

Trump Voters Big Mad at Garth Brooks Because They Can’t Tell NFL Great Barry Sanders and Bernie Sanders Apart – The Root

Trump Voters Big Mad at Garth Brooks Because They Can’t Tell NFL Great Barry Sanders and Bernie Sanders Apart  The RootGarth Brooks wears ‘Sanders’ shirt at Michigan show, gets attacked online  Fox NewsCountry music world erupts as fans mistake football jersey for political endorsement  WYMT NewsCountry Fans Confused Over Garth Brooks’ Barry Sanders Jersey, Think It’s For Bernie Sanders  WWJ Newsradio 950Garth Brooks wore a ‘Sanders’ football jersey and Trump fans were freaking out  indy100View Full Coverage on Google News

Speculation abounds around Tom Brady’s future as NFL free agency approaches – CNN International

Speculation abounds around Tom Brady’s future as NFL free agency approaches  CNN InternationalColin talks destinations for Brady, says legacy won’t be affected if he leaves Pats | NFL | THE HERD  The Herd with Colin CowherdHere’s Why Teams Are Lining Up To Pay Tom Brady This Offseason, Despite Ugly Stats In 2019  CBS BostonTom Brady’s odds of returning to Patriots ‘not looking good’  Boston HeraldTom Brady will sign with the Giants when pigs fly  New York Daily NewsView Full Coverage on Google News