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Sunday Column: Amid COVID-19 Still Have Complying News & Notes From The World Of Sports

April 12, 2020

Malcolm Perry: Embracing his NFL dream from Naval Academy to the pros
Photo: From North Jersey

LeSean McCoy hasn’t decided to hang up the cleats just yet. Talking with Sirius XM NFL Radio in an interview, he talks to Frank Gore for career advise and he says. ‘Never put a ceiling on your career.’ The 31-year-old McCoy thinks his body feels fine and hopes to continue his career in the NFL.

Navy’s Malcolm Perry is being compared to Julian Edleman the great slot receiver for the New England Patriots. Perry 5’9 190 pounds led the Midshipmen to an 11-win season and ran for 2, 017 yards the most by a quarterback in FBS history.

Several teams are looking at Jordan Love as a first-round pick in the draft. Love, fron Utah Sate University passed for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2018. In 2019 his completion percentage dropped from 64% to 61% and his stat line of 17 interceptions to 20 touchdowns is a concern. Among the teams high on Love are the Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins.

Tua Tagovailoa is the most interesting QB in the upcoming draft. His health is the biggest issue facing the former Alabama Crimson Tide signal caller. Tua has spent most of the last several weeks playing down his recent hip surgery on his dislocated right hip. On Thursday, Tua participated in a private hourlong workout with 55 scripted throws and another 20 throws in a dynamic drill setting. Because of the coronavirus pandemic pro days held on college campuses were cancelled.

The Minnesota Vikings released CB Xavier Rhodes and NT Linval Joseph. The Vikings also released TE David Morgan who didn’t pass his physical. The Vikings created more than 19 million in salary-cap space by releasing the three players.

Ohio States DE Chase Young says he is the best player in the draft. On Instagram ESPN’s Maria Taylor asked Young if he was the best player in the draft. “Yes, definitely,” Young said, doubling down on a similar claim he made back in February about being the NFL draft’s most dominant defender. “I know I’m the best, definitely.” Young missed two games last season but still put up 16.5 sacks, 58 quarterback pressures and 46 total tackles.

Like most start up companies during the coronavirus pandemic, the XFL has issued mass layoffs. The league has suspended operations and currently have no plans to return in 2021.

Washington Nationals have reported that an employee tested positive for the coronavirus while the team was at the spring training facility. GM Mike Rizzo says the person has been in quarantine and is now symptom free.

The 10-team Korea Baseball League is set to play exhibition games as early as April 21. It will start its regular season in mid-May and play it’s full 144- games schedule.

The Milwaukee Brewers all-stars Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun have teamed up with the 3rd Street Market Hall to provide meals to local health care worker and their families.

Former Arizona Diamondback and Colorado Rockies slugger Mark Reynolds has called it a career. Reynolds 36-years-old retires as the first batter to reach 200 strikeouts, and he has three of the 13 200-strikeout seasons by big league batters.

ESPN will televise an NBA HORSE tournament — a single-elimination shooting competition — beginning on Sunday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET. The semifinals and championship of the NBA HORSE Challenge will air April 16, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, also on ESPN and streaming on the ESPN App.

LSU freshman guard Trendon Waters will enter the 2020 NBA Draft. Waters was the No. 73 prospect in the ESPN Top 100 and was selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team.

Kentucky Wildcat Kahlil Whitney also is entering the NBA Draft. Whitney was the No. 19 ESPN Top 100 in 2019. Having only turned 19 in January, the 6-foot-7 Whitney, whose wingspan has been measured over 7 feet, could still capitalize on the long-term potential he displayed prior to Kentucky.

Greek guard Georgios Kalaitzakis is making himself eligible for the 2020 NBA draft. Kalaitzakis, the No. 96 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, had a productive season in Lithuania with Nevezis, averaging 12.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29 minutes per game.

Iowa Hawkeye junior Luka Garza, a first-team All-American who finished second in voting for the John R. Wooden Award this season, has declared for the NBA draft while maintaining his eligibility.

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died Saturday morning after suffering a brain bleed earlier in the week. He was 25.

Cave’s wife, Emily, released a statement confirming the news.

“It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away this morning,” the statement said. “Both our families are in shock but know our Colby was loved dearly by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community and many more. We thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time.”

Scott Perunovich, a junior defenseman from Minnesota Duluth, has won the 2020 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player. Perunovich is the sixth Minnesota Duluth player to win the Hobey Baker Award, joining defenseman Tom Kurvers (1984), right wing Bill Watson (1985), left wing Chris Marinucci (1994), right wing Junior Lessard (2004) and center Jack Connolly (2012).

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith knows the resumption of college sporting events in venues without fans is an option amid the coronavirus pandemic, but he doesn’t see how it would ensure the safety of those on the field or the court.

Smith said Friday that he needs more information from experts on how holding sporting events in empty stadiums or arenas would ensure the health of student-athletes. The NCAA canceled all spring events because of the outbreak, and no decisions have been made on fall sports, which include football.

“I struggle with that concept,” Smith said on a conference call with reporters. “When I first heard that, I said, ‘OK, that could work.’ But I figured if we don’t have fans in the stands, we’ve determined it’s not safe for them in a gathering environment. So why would it be safe for the players?”

The NCAA could be set for a busy spring, with a vote expected on a one-time transfer waiver and proposals being discussed regarding name, image and likeness.

According to a report by D1 Baseball, the NCAA Division I Council is expected to discuss a one-time transfer waiver on April 24 and then vote on May 20. The report also states that the waiver would go into effect immediately, granting all first-time transfers immediate eligibility for the 2020-21 season.

A federal judge in California ruled Saturday that celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, who was convicted of attempting to extort as much as $25 million from Nike, will be temporarily released from prison because of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Court judge James Selna ruled that Avenatti should be released from a federal detention center in New York for 90 days. He’ll have to spend 14 days quarantined at a federal facility before moving to Los Angeles.

Avenatti’s attorneys had argued that Avenatti, who rose to fame two years ago while representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, was susceptible to the coronavirus because he recently was sickened with pneumonia.

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