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|1. NASCAR returns after 10-week hiatus - 5/17/2020|
NASCAR will not be as you remember it when racing returns at old egg-shaped Darlington Raceway. There will be no elaborate infield tailgates, inflatable pools or hundreds of American flags that fly above the campers. The grandstands will be empty gray rows, no spectators allowed.
|2. NFL Season Set to Kick Off September 10th - 5/8/2020|
The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL's annual kickoff game - pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. Another highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady's regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 - the first matchup of 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history.
|3. NBA presidents intend to continue season - 5/1/2020|
NBA team presidents met Thursday and emerged with belief that there are still ways to resume the season, and Dallas owner Mark Cuban also expressed optimism that the league will find a way out of the coronavirus-caused shutdown. The NBA has been shut down since March 11 and 259 regular season games have yet to be played.
|4. NFL draft will likely be most bet on ever - 4/22/2020|
This week's NFL draft gives U.S. gamblers their first opportunity in weeks to bet on an event about which they actually know something. With major sports shut down for more than a month because of the coronavirus outbreak, American sportsbooks say they expect football's annual draft to be the most bet on ever.
|5. MLB considers playing all-Arizona schedule - 4/7/2020|
Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area this season and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward for a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press. Ideas are still in the early stage, and the Arizona option would have many obstacles to overcome, the people said.
|6. Coaches eyeing possible playoff matchups - 4/6/2020|
With NBA games indefinitely on hold there has been a lot of discussion about postseason possibilities - including by coaches around the league. They're preparing for what a resumption of the season that was could look like in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. No one knows what will be thrown at the NBA or the rest of the sports world. Looking at guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if NBA games do resume this season the calendar will play a major factor in how the league proceeds.
|7. NFL gearing up for a normal season - 4/1/2020|
The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs - with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time. Contingencies are being discussed for all potential interruptions caused by the coronavirus.
|8. MLB season could go until Christmas - 3/29/2020|
If the final pitch of the 2020 baseball season comes closer to Christmas than Halloween, that's fine with the players. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the season as long as needed to cover as close to a full schedule as possible. Even if it involves neutral sites in warm-weather cities and domes. Even if it involves playing in empty ballparks. Even if it involves lots of day-night doubleheaders.
|9. Coaches try to fill spring practice void - 3/27/2020|
Normally, college football teams all over the country would be preparing for the upcoming season. Installing new schemes. Working on fundamentals. Developing less experienced players and expanding the skills of veterans. Building a cohesive team, players and coaches connecting. That's gone now and coaches are trying to figure out how to recreate some of what has been lost.
|10. Ballparks remain empty on 'opening day' - 3/26/2020|
MLB ballparks will remain eerily empty on 'opening day'. There will be no hot dogs on the grill, no beer on tap, no vendors in the stands selling peanuts and Cracker Jack. The shiny new stadium deep in the heart of Texas will still be waiting for its first Rangers game. No fantasy baseball, no DFS, and most importantly to baseball bettors, no money lines, totals, or run lines to bet on as we wait to get the "all clear" from Government officials.
|11. NBA's Silver still seeking answers - 3/23/2020|
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver finds himself almost constantly looking at financial numbers and projections. And like the rest of a world that is dealing with the seismic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, he still isn’t sure how bad things will get. Silver said Saturday the league is considering all options - best-case, worst-case and countless ideas in between - as it tries to come to grips with this new normal.
|12. MLB adjusts to coronavirus uncertainty - 3/18/2020|
Major league teams adjusted to their strange new normal, with more players returning to their hometowns as they realized baseball won't be played for months. Major League Baseball responded to the players' association on Tuesday, two days following the union's counteroffer on issues such as salaries, major league service time, performance bonuses, opt outs and the amateur draft. Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement runs through 2021, and the chaos has increased the possibility of talks leading to a modified deal with a later expiration.
|13. Where will Tom Brady land? - 3/17/2020|
Tom Brady made it clear to the world Tuesday that he’s leaving New England after two decades, three league MVPs and six Super Bowl rings. Left unsaid: where he’s headed. What team wouldn’t want the four-time Super Bowl MVP? Only one will get arguably the best quarterback in NFL history, the man dubbed TB12. Here’s a look at six teams that should be interested in the 42-year-old signal caller.
|14. MLB delays opening day to at least mid-May - 3/16/2020|
Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.
|15. NHL pushes back season timeline - 3/16/2020|
The NHL is pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not a month or more. The league and NHL Players' Association told players Monday they can go home - even out of North America - and must self-isolate through March 27 while the season is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL also cautioned that it will not be able to even provide guidance on the potential reopening of team practices for another 45 days, which could make May the earliest possible restart date.
|16. Inside NCAA's attempt to save Tournament - 3/14/2020|
As it became apparent the NCAA basketball tournaments could not be held during their usual three-week window because of concerns about the coronavirus, organizers scrambled to devise a plan for a 16-team event to salvage the postseason in one long weekend. NCAA vice president of men's basketball Dan Gavitt told AP on Friday that he started to consider ways of condensing the tournament Wednesday night after the NBA announced one of its players tested positive for the virus and the league suspended its season.
|17. NBA: Hiatus will last at least 30 days - 3/13/2020|
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday night that the league’s hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic will likely last at least a month, or roughly what would have been the remainder of an uninterrupted regular season. The league suspended play Wednesday night after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
|18. Big East Tourney tips off at MSG - 3/11/2020|
Creighton is hoping for a change of fortune after crushing losses in its last two Big East Tournament openers and another late-season injury to a key player. The Blue Jays finished the season with a 13-5 conference record earning a 3-way tie for the regular season championship, along with co-champions Villanova and Seton Hall. Other contenders include Butler and always dangerous Providence, a program who's made it a tradition of making deep runs in March.
|19. B1G Title Down to 3 Teams - 3/6/2020|
Michigan State, Maryland and Wisconsin have locked up double byes for the Big Ten Tournament and are in the running for the regular season title as the schedule reaches its final weekend. All three teams will face challenging matchups in their final game. Michigan St hosts an Ohio State team currently on a 4 game winning streak. Wisconsin pays a visit to Indiana, a team desperate for a win to help secure an NCAA Tournament bid. While Maryland hosts 25th ranked Michigan who has turned their season around with 6 wins in their last 8 games.
|20. CBB enters regular season's final week - 3/3/2020|
The calendar has switched over to March and College basketball has reached the final week of the regular season in all the major conferences. There is still alot left to be decided. While No. 6 Kentucky has wrapped up the SEC title and No. 8 Seton Hall has earned a share of the Big East, the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 all will come down to the wire. 4 teams are still in the running for the Big Ten title.
|21. Kentucky closes in on another SEC title - 2/28/2020|
Kentucky has won seven in a row and can secure at least a share of the regular season SEC title with a victory Saturday afternoon vs. Auburn. The Wildcats will be looking to avenge a 75-66 loss to the Tigers back on February 1st. Tennessee also faces a critical week in their attempt to get on the right side of the bubble with games vs. Florida, Auburn, and Kentucky. Here are some key storylines as the SEC enters the final week of the regular season.
|22. Road weary Celtics visit slumping Utah - 2/26/2020|
The Celtics will conclude their 4 game West Coast road trip when they visit Utah on Wednesday night. It will also wrap up a stretch where Boston played 7 of 8 on the road. Boston, who currently trails Toronto by 1.5 games for the Atlantic Division lead and #2 seed in the East will likely be without All-Star point guard Kemba Walker again. Walker, Boston's leading scorer at 21.8 PPG has missed the recent road trip with a sore knee. Utah comes into the game on a 3 game losing streak - all 3 of which came at home. They're just 4-8 in their last 12 games.
|23. Three teams battle for ACC title - 2/21/2020|
It's been an unusual season for the usually deep ACC conference. According to most bracketologists, only 3 conference members would be considered locks for the NCAA tournament. This is a conference accustomed to sending 8 or more teams to the tournament on a regular basis. The three locks - Florida State, Duke, and Louisville also happen to be in a tight battle for the regular season title. In what should be a critical week, Louisville hosts a dangerous North Carolina team before visiting FSU on Monday.
|24. 3 Point Shooting Down Due to Rule Change - 2/18/2020|
The NCAA moved back the 3-point line this season to create more room in the lane and cut down on the barrage of 3's in college basketball. Shooting percentages are down, historically low. Attempts also have dropped, slightly. Division I teams are shooting 33.3% so far this season, lowest since the 3-point line was added to college basketball in 1986-87.
|25. B1G leader Maryland visits Michigan State - 2/14/2020|
Riding a seven-game winning streak and alone atop the conference standings, No. 9 Maryland (20-4, 10-3) seeks to keep the momentum going at Michigan State (17-8, 9-5) on Saturday night.The Spartans ended a three-game slide with a last-second 70-69 victory at Illinois on Tuesday night, and now have the opportunity to get within a game of the first-place Terps. The teams meet again on Feb. 29 at Maryland, where the Terrapins are undefeated. So this is pretty much a must-win situation for the Spartans.