Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Friday, July 31, 2020

Updated at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC)

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^How the Mavericks have become 'a model' in the fight against racial injustice and inequality<

BKN-MAVERICKS-RACIALJUSTICE-SPORTSPLUS:DA — Collette Flanagan grew up as an NBA fan, played point guard at Dallas' Kimball High School and later even played pickup games with her son, Clinton.

She professes, though, that when Rick Carlisle emailed her last month she had no idea he still coached her home city's team, the Mavericks, until she Googled to check.

"A lot has changed," she said, "since I lost Clinton."

Clinton, 25, was shot and killed in 2013 by a Dallas police officer. Of the seven bullets that struck unarmed Clinton, one entered his back and another pierced an armpit, indicating that at least one of his hands was raised.

1900 by Brad Townsend in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. MOVED



^Friday's games<

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

St. Louis at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. EDT

Boston at NY Yankees, 7 p.m.

NY Mets at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:35 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, 8:05 p.m.

San Diego at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8:15 p.m.

Texas at San Francisco, 9 p.m.

Houston at LA Angels, 9:10 p.m.

LA Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

Oakland at Seattle, 9:40 p.m.


^Manish Mehta: Jets should trade for Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue with extra picks from Jamal Adams trade<

FBN-MEHTA-COLUMN:NY — The possibilities for Joe Douglas are endless now with a mountain of draft capital at his fingertips to re-shape the Jets however he pleases. The shock of the Jamal Adams blockbuster trade has given way to what lies ahead for the general manager.

An army of premium draft capital has opened the door for a number of creative ways to set a new course.

There's one smart decision staring him in the face: Trade for Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue.

900 by Manish Mehta in New York. MOVED


^Mac Engel: Why the Cowboys' coronavirus season will be among the most difficult in the NFL<

FBN-ENGEL-COLUMN:FT — Every NFL team is beset with historic obstacles, but few franchises have more in 2020 than the Dallas Cowboys.

They have not practiced together since December (or at all in front of their new coaching staff), plus their general manager remains Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Jones.

As we have all learned, a Zoom isn't the same as face-to-face, and having fun at Jerry's expense is possible even during the time of COVID.

We have also learned something that applies to you and NFL players alike.

750 by Mac Engel in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED


^Ravens star Lamar Jackson is an unprecedented quarterback approaching an unpredictable season<

FBN-RAVENS-JACKSON:BZ — The most high-profile offseason of Lamar Jackson's young NFL career was defined, in one sense, by what he did not or could not do.

There was the footage of the Ravens quarterback eluding would-be defenders on a South Florida beach last month, only to end up tumbling over an idling Jet Ski. He emerged dripping but unscathed. "I did not run into a Jet Ski," he said Wednesday, chuckling. "I jumped over the Jet Ski, fell in the water."

There was the $500 million-plus contract signed this month by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and NFL champion Patrick Mahomes, who'd preceded Jackson as the league's Most Valuable Player.

950 by Jonas Shaffer in Baltimore. MOVED



^Friday's games<

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Orlando at Brooklyn, 2:30 p.m. EDT

Sacramento at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Houston at Dallas, 9 p.m.


^Marcus Hayes: Flyers should not chase top seed in NHL round-robin games<

^HKN-HAYES-COLUMN:PH—<Winning isn't everything. In fact, for the Flyers right now, it's virtually nothing.

The Flyers entered COVID-19 lockdown as hockey's hottest team. They became that by implementing new coach Alain Vigneault's system in their first 43 games, then going 19-6-1 in their last 26 games, 12-2 in their last 14. Only a pandemic stopped their charge to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Now, as the No. 4 seed in the Toronto bubble, the Flyers will be part of a four-team round-robin competition to determine the conference's top four seeds, while seeds Nos. 5-12 play best-of-five series to determine which will earn the last four playoff spots.

1000 by Marcus Hayes. MOVED



^Big 12 considering new football options as other leagues make conference-only plans<

^FBC-BIG12-CONFERENCE-PLANS:WI—<Just when it seemed like the Big 12 was ready to push all its chips to the center of college football's metaphorical poker table and bet everything on the hope of pulling off a full-fledged season of 12 games during a pandemic this fall, the conference must now re-evaluate its strategy.

Too many other conferences may have already walked away from the table for the Big 12 to make an aggressive play.

The Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC will only play conference games this season.

1000 by Kellis Robinett. MOVED


^Gainesville, Tallahassee businesses agree: 'God help us all if we don't have football'<

FBC-FLORIDA-BUSINESSES:PT — The strain from the coronavirus pandemic has been so severe that it's causing a rare sight: Florida and Florida State fans cheering for the same thing.

"Even the Gator faithful want Florida State football to play," said Sue Dick, the president and CEO of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.

Whether the Seminoles, Gators or anyone else can play this fall remains uncertain.

But the threat of an abbreviated or eliminated football season is causing economic unease in Tallahassee and Gainesville, jeopardizing tens of millions of dollars that could bail out businesses struggling the most.

900 by Matt Baker in Tampa, Fla. MOVED



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