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Sports Budget for Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC)

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^NBA's Adam Silver notes resumption 'not an ideal situation,' stresses participation not mandatory<

^BKN-SILVER:FL—<NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is neither dodging nor denying the realities facing the Miami Heat and the rest of the league in advance of the planned resumption of play next month.

"Listen," he said, "it's not an ideal situation."

Speaking to ESPN about the NBA plan to return in a campus-like quarantined setting at Disney World in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Silver said the league is aware of the unique realities of moment.

650 by Ira Winderman. MOVED


^Angels manager Joe Maddon helped his Pennsylvania hometown combat racism a decade ago<

^BBO-MADDON-SPORTSPLUS:LA—<The statements flood social media, from athletes and leagues and corporations, all full of promises and pledges and the best of intentions.

And then, Joe Maddon wonders, what next?

The national outrage triggered by the death of George Floyd eventually will subside, and elected officials will be left to consider public policy choices that address the root causes of police brutality and systemic racism. Beyond that, translating anger into action can be a challenge.

"All you read right now is rhetoric," the Angels manager said. "Everybody is incensed, and rightfully so. But what's the next step?"

1050 by Bill Shaikin. MOVED



^There's more to Garrett Crochet, the Chicago White Sox's No. 11 pick, than a 100 mph fastball — just ask his high school and college coaches<

^BBA-WHITESOX-CROCHET:TB—<Tennessee baseball coach Tony Vitello figured Garrett Crochet's season was over.

A line drive back to the mound hit the left-hander in the face during a May 17, 2019, game against Mississippi.

"Next thing you know, he wants to go back in that game," Vitello said in a phone interview. "It wasn't just, 'Hey, give me a couple of weeks and I'll be ready.' It was he was considering going back in that game."

Crochet exited with a broken jaw that required surgery and metal plates to be inserted. But two weeks later, he returned to pitch twice for the Volunteers in the NCAA Tournament.

1250 by Lamond Pope. MOVED


^Orioles to consider new Camden Yards lease that could extend team's commitment, allow more year-round use<

BBA-ORIOLES-CAMDEN:BZ — The Maryland Stadium Authority and the Orioles, in a transition period with their owner in declining health, have agreed to seek a new lease deal that would commit the club to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for years and could open the ballpark to more year-round uses, according to officials from both parties.

The team and the authority — the landlord of the Orioles and Ravens on behalf of the state — have a "mutual acknowledgment" that they want to negotiate a new lease before the current one expires, officials from both sides said. The current lease expires at the end of 2021, although the Orioles have the option to extend it for five years.

950 by Jeff Barker in Baltimore. MOVED


^David Murphy: Baseball's salary fight won't prevent a 2020 season, but the next CBA seems destined to end in strike<

^BBO-MURPHY-COLUMN:PH—<The nickname was not born from cynicism, but the moniker fits. Baseball is America's pastime, and there are few things more American in their spirit than the battle between capital and labor. The National League was founded the same year as the Molly Maguire trials, the American League two years before Mother Jones led her March of Mill Children from Philadelphia to New York.

The history of baseball is as much a history of labor organization and intra-aristrocratic warfare stemming from the competition for talent. The sport's modern organization traces back to the elite social clubs of the industrial revolution era. Yet the sport's talent pool has always been overwhelmingly proletariat, and the financial strain of the competition for this talent has long existed in franchise owners' minds as an existential concern. The ability of the AL and NL to establish themselves as today's major leagues stems in large part from their success in eliminating the "contract jumping" that saw players leverage demand for their services into ever-increasing salaries that more than one owner blamed for leading his club into financial ruin.

1050 by David Murphy. MOVED


^Marlins player rep Rojas calls out MLB commissioner's 'tactic to buy some more time'<

^BBN-MARLINS-ROJAS:MI—<Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas is known for his defensive prowess and leadership on the field and in the clubhouse.

On Monday night, he went on the offensive, referencing a hit Netflix show to call out Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Twitter for using what MLB players are calling a stall tactic to get players to agree to the league's demands for a shortened 2020 season.

"If I hadn't seen Money Heist before I would say this is the first time I'm seeing something like this," Rojas, the Marlins' player rep, wrote. "But like 'El Profesor' would say, This is just a tactic to do What ? . To buy some more time."

1450 by Jordan McPherson. MOVED


^Players called Rob Manfred's bluff. Where does baseball go from here?<

^BBO-MANFRED:PH—<At first, it was a matter of pay. Before long, it became a matter of principle.

Now, it might be a matter of time.

It couldn't be much clearer that Major League Baseball and the Players Association won't reach an agreement on a pandemic-shortened season without fans unless the owners finally give in on paying the players 100% of their per-game salaries, especially given the parties' contrary interpretations of a March accord that was meant to provide an economic framework but served only to complicate everything.

950 by Scott Lauber. MOVED


^Marcus Stroman offers to coach young athletes in Tampa area while MLB season still stalled<

^BBN-METS-STROMAN:NY—<Still no announcement of a baseball season? For Marcus Stroman, that's no problem. The Mets pitcher, in the meantime, is lending his expertise to young athletes.

Stroman, currently living in Tampa, offered to assist youth, high school and college players in the area while Major League Baseball owners and players continue to quarrel over an established deal to begin the season.

250 by Deesha Thosar. MOVED


^David Montgomery and Nick Williams named the Chicago Bears' Piccolo Award winners on the 50th anniversary of the death of Brian Piccolo<

^FBN-BEARS-PICCOLO-AWARD:TB—<Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery and former defensive lineman Nick Williams have been named the 2019 Piccolo Award winners.

Bears players vote on the award, selecting a rookie and veteran teammate they feel "exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo." The award has been given to a Bears rookie every year since 1970 and to a Bears veteran since 1992.

250 by Colleen Kane. MOVED


^Miami Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium drive-in movie theater to open Friday with 'Selma,' Super Bowl VII<

^FBN-DOLPHINS-DRIVEIN:FL—<MIAMI — The drive-in movie theater at Hard Rock Stadium will make its debut on Friday, June 19, with the timely Juneteenth screening of Ava DuVernay's critically lauded 2014 civil-rights drama "Selma."

The film will be shown on four large video boards inside the stadium for an audience in cars parked on the field — home to the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes — as well as on a large screen outside for fans set up on the Fountain Plaza. The film will begin at 7:15 p.m. in both venues.

600 by Ben Crandell. MOVED


^Lamar Jackson says Ravens were 'peeking ahead' before playoff loss to Titans<

^FBN-RAVENS-JACKSON:BZ—<Almost everyone expected the Ravens to make it to the AFC championship game last season. That includes the Ravens, too, apparently.

In an interview released Tuesday on Complex's "Load Management" podcast, Lamar Jackson said his focus for the 2020 season was on winning Week 1. Why?

"We're taking it one game at a time, not peeking ahead," the "Madden NFL 21" cover athlete said. "That's what happened in the playoffs, and we end up losing to the team people had us favored over."

300 by Jonas Shaffer. MOVED


^As deadline nears for Ravens OLB Matthew Judon, he's focused on matters 'bigger than football'<

^FBN-RAVENS-JUDON:BZ—<Matthew Judon made one thing clear Monday: He's more worried about America's social contract than he is the Ravens' contract offers.

Over a wide-ranging conference call with local reporters, his first interview since signing a $16.8 million franchise tag tender last month, the Pro Bowl outside linebacker touched on everything from contract extension negotiations to the potential for fan-free games ("I think it'd be weird") to his quarantine video game diet (a lot of "Call of Duty: Warzone").

But Judon spoke most passionately about the country's civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody. He was especially reluctant to praise NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for endorsing the "Black Lives Matter" message that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Friday echoed.

900 by Jonas Shaffer. MOVED


^When Eagles camp starts, Doug Pederson will face big challenges, starting with loss of Brandon Brooks<

^FBN-EAGLES-PEDERSON:PH—<Doug Pederson's plate will be piled high, and we're not talking about the coach's beloved ice cream, when the Eagles finally gather at NovaCare for training camp, probably on July 28.

As Pederson embarks on his fifth season in charge, there is the matter of already having to replace one of his top stars, three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks, who tore his left Achilles tendon in a Monday workout.

"My heart sunk when I got the news about Brandon's injury," Pederson said Tuesday in a Zoom call with reporters.

1450 by Les Bowen. MOVED


^Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas arrested after high-speed hit-and-run, found 'covered in blood'<

^FBN-GIANTS-ROSAS:NY—<Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas was arrested Monday morning by the California Highway Patrol after a high-speed hit-and-run near Chico, Calif., in which the responding officer said "alcohol impairment is believed to be a factor."

Witnesses told police that Rosas, 25, T-boned a Ford pick-up truck after speeding through a red light. He then fled the scene of the accident.

When the responding officers eventually found Rosas walking down the street about a mile and a half away from the crash, they said "his hands, legs and bare feet were covered in blood."

500 by Pat Leonard. MOVED


^Connecticut Sun's Jasmine Thomas, Kaila Charles are eager to be at the forefront of racial justice, societal change<

^BKL-SUN-THOMAS-CHARLES:HC—<Last Saturday, Kaila Charles made the 20-minute trek from her hometown to the nation's capital to take part in a Black Lives Matter protest following the killing of George Floyd by a former Minneapolis police officer.

Having grappled with horror, sadness, fear and anger over the last few weeks, the Connecticut Sun rookie found the scene in Washington, D.C. — one that featured a large, racially diverse turnout — to be "beautiful." She left with a renewed sense of hope.

Beyond using her First Amendment rights that day in D.C., Charles knows that she has a platform that she can use to help bring about societal change. The same goes for her Sun teammates and her peers across the WNBA, where 80% of the players are black and whose athletes don't typically shy away from activism.

1200 by Alexa Philippou. MOVED



^Dan Mullen: Gators remain focused on preparing for season opener<

^FBC-FLORIDA-MULLEN:OS—<UF coach Dan Mullen said the Gators expect to open training camp Aug. 7 and kick off the 2020 season on Sept. 5 at home against Eastern Washington.

Things certainly could change at a time when nothing is predictable due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mullen, speaking via videoconference Tuesday, said he sees no alternative but to take a business-as-usual approach despite all the remaining unknowns and potential obstacles to playing football this season.

600 by Edgar Thompson. MOVED


^Ken Dorsey is on the ballot for CFB Hall of Fame, but Schnellenberger gets snubbed again<

^FBC-MIAMI-DORSEY-SCHNELLENBERGER:MI—<Ken Dorsey is finally getting his due as a candidate on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021 and two other former Miami Hurricanes are again up for consideration, but Howard Schnellenberger was snubbed yet again.

Dorsey, who played quarterback for Miami from 1999-2002 and was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, is a new addition to the ballot and one of 78 FBS players in consideration for the Hall of Fame's 2021 class.

Ray Lewis and Dan Morgan, two of the most accomplished linebackers in Hurricanes history, are also on the ballot after missing the cut for the Hall in recent years. Members of the National Football Federation will now vote on who makes the cut for the class, which will be announced in early 2021.

700 by David Wilson. MOVED


^UK's Terry Wilson feared for his football life. Now? 'I'll be 100% ready.'<

^FBC-KENTUCKY-WILSON:LX—<One hundred percent.

That's where Terry Wilson plans to be, health-wise, whenever the University of Kentucky takes the field for its first practice of fall camp, regardless of when that might occur given the uncertainty surrounding college football because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If things ramp up around the start of August as usual, Wilson has every intention of being out there with dozens of other Wildcats eager to chase a fifth straight bowl appearance.

"We don't know what date, but I've been putting in so much work just to be able to get back running and do all the little things," Wilson said in a recent phone interview with the Herald-Leader. "I've put in so much work and my confidence level is raising. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll be 100% ready for the season right before camp."

850 by Josh Moore. MOVED



^Road to the Kentucky Derby: Top 10 contenders with Belmont Stakes coming up next<

^RAC-BELMONT-CONTENDERS:LX—<There were no major Kentucky Derby prep races this past weekend, but the road to the first Saturday in September is about to get busy again, with the biggest points race on the scrambled calendar coming up next.

The Belmont Stakes — traditionally the third and final leg of the Triple Crown — is scheduled for Saturday, and 150 points will go to the winner. The Belmont will be one of six Derby points races over the next four weeks, which will culminate with next month's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park — the final two 100-point races on the prep calendar.

That means we should have a much clearer picture of the top Derby contenders by this time next month. As of now, the prospective field is a muddled mess.

2450 by Ben Roberts. MOVED



^Phil Rosenthal: After 'Long Gone Summer' and 'The Last Dance,' here are 8 Chicago sports documentaries we'd like to see next<

^ROSENTHAL-COLUMN:TB—<Beyond obvious would-be crowd-pleasers such as Walter Payton, Stan Mikita, Dick Butkus, Harry Caray, Jack Brickhouse, Bill Veeck and Michael Jordan's security team, here are some suggestions for other Chicago sports documentaries with potential national appeal we'd like to see if ESPN, HBO, PBS or some independent producer would please give them the big-time treatment.

1050 by Phil Rosenthal. MOVED



^WWE suspends tapings after developmental wrestler tests positive for coronavirus<

^WRE-WWE-SUSPENDED:NY—<WWE will test all of its wrestlers and other talent Tuesday after one of their own tested positive for coronavirus.

A developmental wrestler who was at the training facility in Florida last week has tested positive, WWE confirmed to the Daily News Tuesday.

"Since that time, no other individuals that attended the facility have reported symptoms," Jeffrey Dugas, WWE's associate medical director, said in a statement.

250 by Kate Feldman. MOVED


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