Thanksgiving football schedule 2019GameKickoff timeTV channelBears at Lions12:30 p.m. ETFoxBills at Cowboys4:30 p.m. ETCBSSaints at Falcons8:20 p.m. ETNBCThe Lions, 3-7-1 and limping through a lost season, will play their 80th Thanksgiving game dating back to 1934. Their opponent, the 5-6 Bears, are desperate to stay alive in the NFC playoff picture in what has been a disappointing season following last year’s playoff run. This matchup marks the 18th Thanksgiving day meeting between the Bears and the Lions.When the 6-5 Cowboys play against the 8-3 Bills, it will mark just the 11th regular-season meeting between Dallas and Buffalo. The Cowboys have a 6-4 edge in the all-time series, not including their two Super Bowl victories over the Bills in 1993 and 1994. The Cowboys, playing in their 52nd Thanksgiving game since 1966, have played host on the holiday for 41 years in a row. The Saints, 9-2 and running away with the NFC South, are looking for revenge against the 3-8 Falcons a few weeks after Atlanta inexplicably pulled off an upset in New Orleans.Lions scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Cardinals4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 2Sept. 15vs. Chargers1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 3Sept. 22at Eagles1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 4Sept. 29vs. Chiefs1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 5BYE—Week 6Oct. 14 (Monday)at Packers8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 7Oct. 20vs. Vikings1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Giants1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Nov. 3at Raiders4:05 p.m. ETFoxWeek 10Nov. 10at Bears1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Cowboys1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 12Nov. 24at Redskins1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 13Nov. 28 (Thursday)vs. Bears12:30 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 8at Vikings1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Buccaneers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 22at Broncos4:05 p.m. ETCBSWeek 17Dec. 29vs. Packers1 p.m. ETFoxBears scheduleWeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 5 (Thursday)vs. Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 2Sept. 15at Broncos4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 23 (Monday)at Redskins8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 4Sept. 29vs. Vikings4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 5Oct. 6at Raiders (London)1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 6BYE—Week 7Oct. 20vs. Saints4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 8Oct. 27vs. Chargers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 9Nov. 3at Eagles1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Lions1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 11Nov. 17at Rams8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 12Nov. 24vs. Giants1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 13Nov. 28 (Thursday)at Lions12:30 p.m. ETFoxWeek 14Dec. 5 (Thursday)vs. Cowboys8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 15Dec. 15at Packers1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 16Dec. 22vs. Chiefs8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 17Dec. 29at Vikings1 p.m. ETFox MORE: Watch Bears vs. Lions live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Despite their well-documented offensive struggles of late, the Bears opened as one-point favorites over the Lions due in part toMatthew Stafford (likely) not playing. The Detroit QB has missed the teams last few games with broken bones in his back, and in his place, Jeff Driskel is winless as the Lions’ starter.One of those losses came against the Bears a few weeks ago, a game in which Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky played well for the most part. On Thanksgiving, Trubisky is aiming for his third straight game against the Lions in which he has thrown three or more touchdown passes and posted a passer rating of 130 or better.Below is all the info you need to watch Lions vs. Bears on Thanksgiving 2019, including the TV channels and kickoff time.MORE: Full Thanksgiving football scheduleWhat channel is Lions vs. Bears on today?TV channel (national): FoxTV channel (Detroit): WJBKTV channel (Chicago): WFLDLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)With a national Thanksgiving Day broadcast on Fox, Lions vs. Bears will get the game-of-the-week treatment with the network’s No. 1 crew.Joe Buck will call the Lions vs. Bears play-by-play action, and Troy Aikman will provide analysis. Erin Andrew and Kristina Pink will report from the sidelines. Additionally, Fox NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira will join to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.For those who can’t get to a TV and wish to find Lions vs. Bears on the radio, the Detroit call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226, and the Chicago call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225.MORE: Full betting guide for Bears vs. LionsBears vs. Lions: What time is kickoff?Date: Thursday, Nov. 28Start time: 12:30 p.m. ETThe traditional 12:30 p.m. ET start time for the Thanksgiving game in Detroit is the only such start time in the NFL this season. Thursday’s game marks the second and final time the Lions will play in front of a national TV audience this season.As for the Bears, the Thanksgiving game in Detroit will be their fourth of six appearances in front of a national TV audience this season. Chicago also is scheduled for prime-time games in Weeks 14 (“Thursday Night Football” against the Cowboys) and 16 (“Sunday Night Football” against the Chiefs).WEEK 13 NFL PICKS:Againast the spread | Straight-up predictions Good news for those looking to find the TV channel for Lions vs. Bears on Thanksgiving: This game, scheduled to kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET, is being nationally televised by Fox. So yes, you get the game on TV.Thursday’s game marks the 18th Thanksgiving Day meeting between Detroit and Chicago dating back to1934. The Lions, of course, have played on Thanksgiving more than any other NFL team; Thursday’s game will mark their 80th appearance on the holiday.
Wellington’s Siarah Walker.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington Crusaders played one of its two triangulars Tuesday in front of a raucous crowd, winning the first match against Mulvane 25-15, 25-12 before losing the nightcap to Clearwater 25-22.Wellington is now 7-5 for the season. The junior varsity team swept the competition including a tough three-set victory over Clearwater.The statistics for the games are as follows:Wellington vs Mulvane:McKenna Oathout – 13 digs.Erin Goodrum -18 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs.Abby Goodrum – 1 assist, 4 kills, 8 digs.Siarah Walker – 12 kills, 6 digs.Mariah Moore – 7 kills, 1 dig, 1 ace.Tayland French – 3 kills, 1 dig, 3 blocks.Jill Wiley – 2 kills.Kira Hills – 7 digs.Tatum Haskins – 1 assist, 2 digs.Team serving percentage was 93.6 percent.Â Erin Goodrum with the serve receiving.Wellington vs ClearwaterMcKenna Oathout – 2 assists, 15 digs.Erin Goodrum – 9 assists, 1 kill, 14 digs, 1 block.Abby Goodrum – 1 assist, 1 ace, 3 kills, 12 digs, 2 blocks.Siarah Walaker – 7 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace, 2 blocks.Tayland French – 2 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks.Jill Wiley – 3 kills.Shayland French – 1 assist, 4 digs.Kira Hills – 5 digs.Mariah Moore was out with an ankle injury for the Clearwater game.Team serving percentage was 90%.Kira Hills delivers the serve.Pictures of the double dual can be found here.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 13 Wellington Sailfish were on hand to compete in DII qualifying swim tournament.Â by Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow correspondent â€” This weekend, 13 Wellington swimmers â€“ Marisa Black, Ralphie Cornejo, Michael Davis, Emberly Gonzalez, Macy Gonzalez, Colin Green, Chance Hamel, Derick Kotchavar, Dakota Lynnes,Â Jensen Lynnes, Nash Oswald, Jordan Thompson, and Mackinze Tracy â€“ tackled a whole new rodeo.League Finals offered a taste of what was to come, but it could not compare in size, length, or competition to Missouri Valley Districts. Swimmers from all over the western portion of the state competed in 92 events over the course of three days.Each day had two sessions â€“ 13-and-overs in the morning and 12-and-unders in the early afternoon â€“ so while swimmers were not at the meet for as many hours at a time as they were the weekend before, most had to report three times.Wellington Head coach Lyndsie Oathout and families that have children on both sides of the age-group divide toughed out all six sessions! Wichita Swim Club hosted the marathon meet, a blessing that cut costs and travel time. The indoor, 50-meter pool provided a more stable environment, eliminating variables such as wind and cloud cover. One thing it did not eliminate, however, was heat. Granted, it was cooler inside than in the full sun outside, but the humidity made everyone feel like a swimmer â€“ and want to be one.Ralphie Cornejo, Michael Davis and Nash Ogden.For first-time qualifiers Ralphie Cornejo, Michael Davis, Colin Green, and Derick Kotchavar, there was another unfamiliarity to overcome. In the Great Plains Swim League, the clerk of the course directs swimmers to their races in an orderly fashion, but Districts imitates year-round swim meets where kids are responsible for getting themselves to the correct heat and lane on time.These young men were up for this challenge and all the others. The excitement of their first Districts meet propelled all to impressive performances. Ralphie Cornejo cut time on his 50 free and swam the 50 fly legally for the first time, never an easy feat for a 9 year old but especially remarkable on a 50-meter pool.Michael Davis cut time on all the races he had swam before, including an almost six second cut on the 100 free that achieved the long course Districts standard for the first time! Like Michael, Derick Kotchavar cut in all his races, the largest improvement being a 2.78 second drop on the 100 free.The 100 breaststroke was a bonus swim for Colin Green (an unqualified race that a swimmer who is qualified in at least one other event is allowed to swim), but no more! Colin cut close to five seconds to beat the Districts cut by almost four seconds. He also dropped nearly three seconds in his 100 free.Diving into competition in DIIs.To make up for its unique challenges, Districts provides rare opportunities. While GPSL does not give twelve year olds the chance to swim 100 meters of butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke or the 200 free, Districts lets even the youngest swimmers try their hands (and feet) at those more challenging events. To say that Nash Oswald took advantage of the chance to experiment with a longer race is an understatement. Though seeded eighth, Nash out-touched all the other swimmers, qualifying for Championships at the same time!Jensen Lynnes also experienced great success in a long event. She almost made Championships in the 100 back and placed eighth. Ten-year-old Michael Davis bonus swam the longest event available to his age group: the 200 free. After carefully planning his strategy, the young swimmer executed his paces perfectly, right down to â€œsprint with everything you have on the last 50.â€ He placed 12th.Â Districts even expands choices for older swimmers. Marisa Black swam the 200 back, placing sixteenth.Another opportunity available at Districts is time trials. For a small fee, kids are allowed to swim a race of their choosing. While they cannot place, score points, or earn ribbons, their time will count towards personal records and Championship qualifications. Jensen Lynnes entered the weekend motivated to punch her Championship ticket at her last chance to do so, motivated enough to time trial twice!On Saturday afternoon, she tried the 50 free; on Sunday morning, the 100 back, a heartbreak in which she landed just 0.2 shy of her goal! In the end, her persistence paid off. Her stellar performance on the 100 back time trial increased her confidence prior to the 50 back, and she sailed to her first championship cut of the season and a third-place medal.In addition to individual swimmers making a name for themselves in the broader swimming community, the team became recognizable for its spirit. Marisa Black, Chance Hamel, and Jordan Thompson made about as many signs for Wellington as all the other teams had combined.Every time a Wellington swimmer hit the water, a group of others crowded at the end of his or her lane, cheering and waving elaborate posters with slogans like â€œShe is really a mermaidâ€ and â€œWill win for doughnuts.â€ The unity held up even though Wellingtonâ€™s year-round swimmers were required by USA Swimming to compete for their other team.Wellington-registered swimmers extended support to their friends in different caps, and year-round swimmers returned the favor by recruiting some of their Wichita teammates to yell with them for the Sailfish.This District meet was notable for another reason. Long-time Sailfish Mackinze Tracy wrapped up her swimming career on Saturday after competing in the 200 free, 100 back, and 50 free. She will be missed!Next weekend, Nash Oswald and Jensen Lynnes will venture to Lawrence to compete at Missouri Valley Championships. Nash has a busy weekend competing in the many races that he could not swim at this meet because of overqualification (swimmers with Championship times prior to Districts are not allowed to swim those races at Districts) as well as his new qualifications, the 50 and 100 breast, and possibly bonus swims! Jensen will swim the 50 back and bonus swims. As Wellingtonâ€™s post-season shirts say, â€œJust keep swimmingâ€¦swimmingâ€¦swimming.â€Here are the results for Wellington swimmers. Performances earning medals (firstÂ through fourth) and those earning ribbons ( fifthÂ through eighth) are bolded. Unfortunately, information on how much time was cut by swimmers who swam under year-round clubs (Marisa Black, Ralphie Cornejo, Macy Gonzalez, and Dakota and Jensen Lynnes for Wichita Aquashocks and Nash Oswald for Wichita YMCA Neptunes) is not available. Best times for these swimmers are noted with a (PR) while those that swam for Wellington at this meet have time cuts listed.â€¢ Marisa Black â€“ 16th on 200 Back; 16th on 100 Fly (PR); 17th on 100 Back; 20th on 100 Breast (PR); 21st on 50 Free; 26th on 100 Free (PR)â€¢ Ralphie Cornejo â€“ 19th on 50 Fly; 22nd on 50 Free (PR); 30th on 100 Freeâ€¢ Michael Davis â€“ 12th on 200 Free; 18th on 50 Free with a 0.7 second cut; 19th on 100 Free with a 5.77 second cut; 21st on 50 Back with a 0.95 second cutâ€¢ Emberly Gonzalez â€“ 25th on 50 Free; 26th on 100 Breast with a 2.7 second cut; 26th on 100 Free with a 0.2 second cut; 28th on 200 Freeâ€¢ Macy Gonzalez â€“ 18th on 100 Breast (PR); 20th on 50 Breast (PR); 23rd on 200 IM (PR); 27th on 50 Free (PR); 28th on 50 Fly; 28th on 50 Back (PR)â€¢ Colin Green â€“ 16th on 100 Breast with a 4.82 second cut; 20th on 100 Free with a 2.91 second cut; 24th on 50 Freeâ€¢ Chance Hamel â€“ 16th on 100 Breast with a 1.59 second cut; 17th on 200 IM with a 3.15 second cut; 30th on 100 Free with a 1.18 second cutâ€¢ Derick Kotchavar â€“ 16th on 100 Free with a 2.78 second cut; 19th on 200 Free with a 0.62 second cut; 21st on 50 Free with a 0.12 second cutâ€¢ Dakota Lynnes â€“ 16th on 200 IM (PR); 19th on 100 Back (PR); 28th on 50 Freeâ€¢ Jensen Lynnes â€“ 3rd on 50 Back (PR); 8th on 100 Back (PR); 14th on 50 Free; 17th on 50 Breast; 21st on 100 Free; 21st on 100 Breastâ€¢ Nash Oswald â€“ 1st on 100 Breast (PR); 5th on 50 Breast (PR)â€¢ Jordan Thompson â€“ 20th on 50 Free with a 0.09 second cut; 27th on 200 Free; 27th on 100 Back; 29th on 100 Free with a 1.06 second cutâ€¢ Mackinze Tracy â€“ 28th on 200 Free; 30th on 100 Back; 35th on 50 FreeFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.
Tom Brady: Touchdown at the CarnivalOK, this one isn’t that funny, but it’s entertaining to watch Tom Brady miss throw after throw, even if it’s by design. Eddie Murphy. Steve Carrell. J.J. Watt?The Texans star is next to enter the pretty exclusive club of pro athletes to host “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday, Feb. 1. Some have been memorable, others … less so. J.J. Watt is hosting SNL on Saturday — and he has a lot of studying to do. pic.twitter.com/reVvZaKDQO— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 30, 2020For every Peyton Manning, there’s been countless Michael Phelps. There’s been no clear formula for who succeeds on the show and who doesn’t, but not for lack of NBC’s trying. In all, there have been 32 different professional athletes to host “SNL” in 882 episodes to air on NBC in the 45-year run of the show.Given Watt’s personality, it seems like he could definitely be one of the better sports stars to host the show in some time, and he’s the first since pro athlete to host the show since Charles Barkley in 2018, and the 12th football player to get behind the mic.J.J. Watt joins list of athletes to host ‘SNL’AthleteEpisodeAir dateSportFran TarkentonSeason 2, Episode 13Jan. 29, 1977FootballO.J. SimpsonSeason 3, Episode 12Feb. 25, 1978FootballBill RussellSeason 5, Episode 3Nov. 3, 1979BasketballJohn MaddenSeason 7, Episode 10Jan. 30, 1982FootballBob UeckerSeason 10, Episode 2Oct. 13, 1984BaseballAlex KarrasSeason 10, Episode 12Feb. 2, 1985FootballHulk HoganSeason 10, Episode 15March 30, 1985Pro wrestlingMarvin HaglerSeason 11, Episode 17May 17, 1986BoxerBilly MartinSeason 11, Episode 18May 24, 1986BaseballJoe MontanaSeason 12, Episode 9Jan. 24, 1987FootballWalter PaytonSeason 12, Episode 9Jan 24. 1987FootballCarl WeathersSeason 13, Episode 10Jan. 13, 1988FootballWayne GretzkySeason 14, Episode 19May 13, 1989HockeyChris EvertSeason 15, Episode 5Nov. 11, 1989TennisMichael JordanSeason 17, Episode 1Sept. 28, 1991BasketballCharles Barkley*Season 19, Episode 1Sept. 25, 1993BasketballNancy KerriganSeason 19, Episode 15March 12, 1994Figure skatingGeorge ForemanSeason 20, Episode 9Dec. 17, 1994BoxingDeion SandersSeason 20, Episode 13Feb. 18, 1995Football/baseballThe Rock**Season 25, Episode 15March 18, 2000Pro wrestlingDerek JeterSeason 27, Episode 11Dec. 1, 2001BaseballJonny MoseleySeason 27, Episode 13March 3, 2002Olympic skiingJeff GordonSeason 28, Episode 9Jan. 11, 2003NASCAR driverAndy RoddickSeason 29, Episode 5Nov. 8, 2003TennisTom BradySeason 30, Episode 17April 16, 2005FootballLance ArmstrongSeason 31, Episode 4Oct. 29, 2005CyclingPeyton ManningSeason 32, Episode 16March 24, 2007FootballLeBron JamesSeason 33, Episode 1Sept. 29, 2007BasketballMichael PhelpsSeason 34, Episode 1Sept. 13. 2008SwimmingEli ManningSeason 37, Episode 11May 5, 2012FootballJohn CenaSeason 42, Episode 9Dec. 10, 2016Pro wrestlingJ.J. WattSeason 45, Episode 12Feb. 1, 2020Football*Barkley would host three more episodes of “SNL.”**The Rock would host four more episodes of “SNL.”Best ‘SNL’ athlete sketchesPeyton Manning: United WayNo surprise here. Manning has made a second career out of commercials and endorsements, and his true range as an actor was on display in this 2007 SNL digital short. If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “Get your head out of your ass! You suck!” I could retire comfortably in Lake Como, Italy.Joe Montana and Walter Payton: Church TalkThe best part about this sketch starring the great Dana Carvey, is that Montana and Payton were barely able to keep it together. Reminder: Sunday is the Satan Bowl. I mean Super Bowl. Well, isn’t that special?Derek Jeter: Point, counter-pointSeth Myers with the perfect impersonation of baseball Twitter in this sketch.Derek Jeter: Yankee wivesNo. 2 for No. 2: The iconic image of him in a wig and lipstick is everlasting. The Rock: Mr. Peepers and Papa PeepersI wonder if this Dwayne Johnson guy has a career in Hollywood.Eli Manning: Embarrassing textManning and his “aw, shucks” demeanor couldn’t really touch what brother Peyton had done on the show five years earlier, and that’s what makes this sketch pretty good: Manning was probably playing himself.Michael Jordan: Daily AffirmationSome years before “Space Jam” entered pop culture’s consciousness for eternity, Jordan hosted an episode of “SNL.” “His Airness” wasn’t all that bad on the show, and how he held it together in this sketch is stuff of legend.
FAGAN: Players must speak out to stop cheating in real timePlayers watch video in the clubhouse during games to analyze swings and pitches. The ’17 and ’18 Astros used video technology to intercept opposing catchers’ signs, decode them in real time and then deliver them to hitters through various methods, in violation of MLB rules.Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that players have been discussing ways to possibly curtail video use.”We need to come up with rules now that limit how many cameras we can have on the field, how much replay we can actually have,” Scherzer told Ken Rosenthal. “We’re trying to decide how much access players should have to that during the game.” Scherzer is the Nationals’ player representative and a member of the players association’s executive subcomittee.Houston’s sign-stealing scheme also relied on an Excel program named “Codebreaker,” which employed an algorithm to discover patterns of signs in real time. Algorithms are another area of discussion between baseball and the players, according to Scherzer.MORE: Former Astros manager Hinch answers five key questions”We’re trying to come up with ways — (whether) punishments need to be in place for that or whatnot, what kind of rules need to be in place to get the algorithms out of the game as well, and try to just get it back to baseball,” Scherzer told Rosenthal in an interview that aired on MLB Network.MLB players are angry with the Astros for their cheating, and many of them believe the team has never stopped flouting the rules even though MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said last month that Houston ended its relaying of signs during the 2018 season. There are allegations Astros hitters last year received signs via buzzers that were taped to their bodies and worn under their jerseys. MLB and the MLB Players Association are working to devise rules that will limit the availability of in-game video to players and thus reduce the risk of electronic sign-stealing, The Athletic reported Friday night (subscription required).The sides want those rules in place before Opening Day as part of their reaction to the Astros using video illegally to steal signs in 2017 and 2018, the report said. MORE: MLB players rip Astros for sign-stealing schemeHouston shortstop Carlos Correa denied that happened, and MLB has said it found no evidence buzzers were used.Members of the Astros’ 2017 World Series championship team have used the first few days of spring training to apologize for their actions, but opposing players consider most of those apologies inadequate. Astros team owner Jim Crane said at a press conference Thursday that the team’s sign-stealing “didn’t impact the game.” Opposing players reject that position outright.
José Bautista could be coming to a bullpen near you.People are familiar with the former outfielder of Blue Jays fame for his propensity of launching dingers a long way, his bat flip and the one time he got decked by Rougned Odor. But Bautista, now 39, is attempting a comeback — with a twist. The idea of the two-way player is more invited in MLB than ever. The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani and the Rays’ Brendan McKay are the two big names in the sport today designated as two-way guys. But for a 39-year-old player, it’s a tough sell.In any case, Bautista is planning to help the Dominican Republic qualify for the Olympics later this month. He represented the DR in the 2009 and 2017 World Baseball Classic.It’s a novel idea that could make for a great story, and Bautista has a puncher’s chance of getting it done, even if the likelihood is slim. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Bautista has been working out in the Dominican Republic as both a hitter and a pitcher. That’s right, Bautista is attempting to make a comeback as a two-way player.I’ve seen video of Jose Bautista throwing a bullpen session. Couldn’t tell the velocity, but one source said he can run his fastball up to 94. His slider had legitimate tilt — threw a short one and a bigger bender. @STR0 said in January he could pitch in a big league bullpen.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 2, 2020Per Passan, Bautista can run his fastball up to 94 mph., which is nothing to thumb your nose at, especially since he is an aging player. Bautista also boasts a slider that apparently has some depth. (Just so you know, Bautista doesn’t have a single pitch thrown in the majors.)Bautista last played in the majors in 2018, splitting time between the Braves, Mets and Phillies. He slashed .203/.348/.378 with 13 home runs in 122 games.It’s certainly admirable for Bautista to attempt a comeback, so don’t rule it out, but there are obvious questions surrounding his effort. Will a team be willing to take a shot on him? How much has his offensive skill deteriorated?
Bryant, 41, was killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people also died when the aircraft slammed into a hillside in Calabasas, Calif. If you want to learn the song’s now-viral dance, here’s the full video, courtesy of Drake’s YouTube channel. (Also, peep Rogers Centre, home of the Blue Jays, in the opening shot): Drake dropped new music Thursday night, a single titled “Toosie Slide.” The hip-hop superstar used the song’s video to acknowledge the late Kobe Bryant.In the official video’s opening sequence, the camera follows Drake as he dances across the floor of his home and then quickly pans back to two white Bryant Lakers jerseys — one No. 8, one No. 24 — draped over a desk. A halo rises above the 24 jersey. Drake included a tribute to Kobe in his Toosie Slide music video 🙏pic.twitter.com/5vq43gbfnh— The Laker Files (@LakerFiles) April 3, 2020MORE: NFL’s Darius Slay to wear 24 in honor of Bryant
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus, per Hendrick MotorsportsJohnson becomes the first NASCAR driver to test positive for the coronavirus. NASCAR has come back with flying colors as one of the United States’ first major professional leagues to return amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but Johnson is the first major name to test positive during the pandemic. With no spectators at events and drivers observing COVID-19 protocols, NASCAR was praised for its broadcasts and handling of the virus.NASCAR is the latest sport to field a positive test for one of its athletes, with NFL, NBA and MLB players all having tested positive for the virus in recent months. One member of Johnson’s team is also self-quarantining after being in close contact with Johnson.Johnson is winless in 2020 and currently sits 12th in the standings. “My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” said Johnson per release (via NASCAR). “I’ve never missed a race in my Cup career, but I know it’s going to be very hard to watch from the sidelines when I’m supposed to be out there competing.”Although this situation is extremely disappointing, I’m going to come back ready to win races and put ourselves in playoff contention.”Johnson was tested after finding that his wife, Chandra, tested positive after experiencing allergy-like symptoms. Johnson had not experienced symptoms himself.Justin Allgaier will drive the No. 48 Chevy on Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
DES MOINES — The Republican-led Iowa Legislature has again endorsed a proposed gun rights amendment to Iowa’s constitution. Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, said the amendment’s “strong language” is necessary “in case of laws coming out of D.C. or in case of any court decisions that would weaken our Second Amendment rights.”Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, was among those who suggested that if voters approve the amendment, it could lead to the repeal of current gun-related laws.“Just say it. You don’t want any laws when it comes to guns and arms and ammunition and restrictions,” Bisignano said during Senate debate. “You don’t even want training.”Legislators had discussed this same proposal before and had hoped to place the issue before voters in 2020, but the Secretary of State failed to meet a publishing deadline last fall, so the process has been restarted. 2022 is the earliest Iowa voters could decide whether to add the amendment to the state constitution.Senator Zach Whiting, a Republican from Spirit Lake, noted a number of gun rights activists were at the capitol yesterday, lobbying for it.“This constitutional amendment, if adopted by the people, is the single most important thing that we can do for the Second Amendment in the state of Iowa,” Whiting said.Senator Claire Celsi, a Democrat from Des Moines, was a “no” on the proposal.“I’m here representing one of the 90 percent of Americans who say they want universal background checks,” she said. “Those are the kind of laws that would keep guns out of the hands of those who have no business possessing a gun.”Celsi went on Twitter to announce she had asked that security officers be dispatched to the balcony overlooking the senate, as she said supporters of the amendment sitting in the gallery were giving her “dirty looks” and she was “fully aware that most of them are carrying guns.”The Senate approved the gun-rights proposal early yesterday afternoon on a 33-to-16 vote. The House took up the issue, too, and passed it last night by a narrower, 53-to-46 margin.