Rangers’ Willie Calhoun cleared for activity after fastball to face

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun, who suffered a broken jaw after getting hit in the face by a baseball during a spring training game on March 8, said he has been cleared to resume workouts.

“Got cleared to start doing my daily workouts and baseball activities again,” Calhoun said Thursday on Twitter.nfl jerseys nike cheap8

Calhoun’s jaw was broken when he was hit in the face by a fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias. He was taken off the field on a motorized cart and airlifted to the hospital. He underwent surgery the following day to insert a plate and stabilize the jaw.

Calhoun hit .269 with 21 homers in 83 games last season. He is expected to start in left field for the Rangers, who traded outfielders Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara over the winter.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard to have Tommy John surgery for torn UCL

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery this week, the team announced Tuesday.

Dr. David Altchek will perform the surgery Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, according to the Mets.

“After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and our health and performance department have been in constant contact,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “Based on the persistence of his symptoms, Noah underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed the ligament tear. A second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis and the recommendation for surgery.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

“Noah is an incredibly hard worker and a tremendous talent. While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our championship pursuits in the future.”

Syndergaard, 27, who is one of the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in baseball history and has among the best arsenal of pitches in the game, was expected to anchor the Mets’ rotation alongside ace Jacob deGrom.

Syndergaard threw a career-high 197⅔ innings last season, and while his ERA was a career-worst 4.28, the combination of good health and stuff foretold good things.nfl jerseys nike cheap

The health end did not hold up, and Syndergaard will be sidelined until April 2021 at the earliest — and more likely until the early summer. He is the second high-profile pitcher to need Tommy John surgery in recent days, with Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale also confirming he would undergo the elbow reconstruction surgery.

Syndergaard, acquired by the Mets in 2012 when they traded Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto, was an instant phenom. His fastball consistently hit 100 mph, he ripped off sliders as fast as 93 mph, and he struck out 166 batters in 150 innings as a 22-year-old rookie in 2015. His best year came in 2016, when he was an All-Star and posted a 2.60 ERA in 183⅔ innings.

Injuries wiped out most of Syndergaard’s 2017 season and shortened his 2018. He planned to join deGrom and Marcus Stroman atop the Mets’ rotation, with Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha filling out the last two spots.

With baseball sidelined until at least May because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Mets now won’t have to choose among the final three for a rotation spot. Their prospects for 2020, which were bright during a strong spring, got that much more difficult in a National League East with the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals, defending division winner Atlanta Braves and a Philadelphia Phillies team with playoff aspirations.7

New UAB coach Andy Kennedy braces for ‘most unusual’ basketball season

Andy Kennedy acknowledged the bizarre nature of an introductory news conference without any media in attendance.

It wasn’t even the strangest scene the new UAB coach has experienced because of the coronavirus.nfl nike jersey cheap

“We’re living in unusual times, hence a press conference with no people,” Kennedy said Monday, when he was formally introduced as the new coach of his alma mater, replacing Robert Ehsan.

UAB allowed only 10 staffers inside the Green and Gold room at Bartow Arena, with a moderator and live stream on Facebook in an attempt to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Kennedy was introduced by athletic director Mark Ingram, and then he fielded a few questions from radio announcer David Crane, who relayed several taken in advance from reporters. The men sat at opposite ends of a small table, with their chairs pulled back and a 2015 Conference USA tournament championship trophy between them.6

Kennedy, who was living in suburban Birmingham after his 12-year run as Mississippi’s coach, jokingly noted that they might not have the full 6 feet of separation recommended by health officials during the pandemic.

It was a strange scene, but less so than what happened last week — or what Kennedy fears could lie ahead.

Kennedy was working at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville for ESPN and the SEC Network when the remaining games around the country — including the NCAA tournament and many other sporting events — were called off. Suddenly, the arenas were empty.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

“It felt surreal, like, is this actually happening?” said Kennedy. “This is certainly not the introduction that we wanted. I can’t wait for this room to be filled and to see many familiar faces.”

Normally, introductions for new coaches at UAB and elsewhere would include some fans, prominent boosters and a number of reporters and cameras.

But not this time. Kennedy was joined in the room by Ingram, media relations officials and the production crew.

Kennedy, whose hiring was announced Friday, received a six-year contract and an unconventional situation that coaches and athletic programs around the country are confronting.

Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton headed to NBA draft

Iowa State sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Tuesday.

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Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals for the Cyclones. Despite his season being cut short because of a fractured wrist in February, Haliburton established himself as one of the most intelligent, versatile and efficient playmakers in the country.5

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Considered a mid-major recruit for much of his high school career, Haliburton made a rapid ascent in his game to become a likely NBA lottery pick. He took advantage of an injury to Iowa State’s starting point guard as a freshman and eventually emerged on NBA radars with a strong showing at the FIBA U19 World Cup last summer, leading Team USA to a gold medal.

Selection of Jordan Love in first round would be decisive move for Bill Belichick, Patriots

The New England Patriots have three quarterbacks who account for less than $3 million in salary-cap space in Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler, easily the lowest financial total at the position in the NFL.

The top question facing the budget-conscious team is obvious: Which low-cost option rises up? With the Patriots so snug to the salary cap, they are limited in what type of significant free-agent addition they might be able to make, which leads to another question: Could a high 2020 NFL draft pick be an avenue they consider?nfl cheap jerseys nike

The Patriots haven’t selected a quarterback in the first round since 1993, when Drew Bledsoe (No. 1 overall) was the pick. That was a different era, when Bill Parcells had just arrived as coach, and hope was restored to a region starved for winning football.4

Under coach Bill Belichick (2000-present), the highest quarterback selected was Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014 — in the latter portion of the second round (No. 62 overall). Third-rounders Kevin O’Connell (2008, No. 94), Ryan Mallett (2011, No. 74) and Jacoby Brissett (2016, No. 91) are next in line.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

So if the Patriots follow through on what ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. says is possible in his latest mock draft — tabbing Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the No. 23 pick — it would be a decisive move that breaks the Belichick mold.

In that scenario, the Patriots would have to be confident Love is an upgrade from Stidham, who in 2019 had the best preseason of any rookie quarterback under Belichick. They would also have to be willing to concede that Love projects more to 2021 than 2020; considering there will be limited practice time in the offseason — if any during the coronavirus pandemic — relying on any rookies for big things this season seems like risky business.

The Patriots also have several other needs to address, and going with a quarterback would push the team’s opportunity to focus on other spots into the late third round (No. 87), which is when they pick next.

Why Dolphins happily draft QB of future in Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock

The Miami Dolphins filled a bunch of holes in NFL free agency but finding a long-term quarterback remains a top priority headed into the 2020 NFL draft. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is the beloved incumbent quarterback, and the 37-year-old is comfortable being a bridge starter and mentor for whoever Miami brings in as the quarterback of the future.

Since 1979, the Dolphins have drafted two quarterbacks in the first round — Dan Marino (1983) and Ryan Tannehill (2012). Since Tannehill was selected No. 8 overall in 2012, the Dolphins haven’t drafted a quarterback before the seventh round. That lack of quarterback investment helped land them in this situation, but that should change during April’s draft during which Miami is expected to secure its franchise quarterback in the first round.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has the Dolphins selecting Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall selection. Tagovailoa is projected as the second quarterback off the board — behind Joe Burrow to Cincinnati — and a pick that certainly would make a lot of Dolphins fans very happy.3

Tagovailoa is a perfect fit for the Dolphins and the city of Miami. It’s a win for the franchise to land him without having to trade up. Tagovailoa, during three seasons under coach Nick Saban, displayed a propensity to rise in the biggest moments, an elite accuracy and field vision that makes him seem near ready for the NFL, and an innate leadership that would make him a great figure to build an ascending franchise around. Simply put, Tagovailoa has “it” on and off the field.nfl cheap jerseys nike

It’s not a pick without risk, as Tagovailoa’s injury history, most notably his dislocated right hip and posterior wall fracture suffered in November, presents a valid concern — particularly in a year when predraft visits, pro days and medical evaluations have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Dolphins will have to feel confident that Tagovailoa will return to his previous playing ability. But the benefit here is that the Dolphins don’t have to rush Tagovailoa on the field in 2020, and he learn the NFL and work on his rehab while sitting behind Fitzpatrick for a season.

The Dolphins have two more first-round picks — assuming those aren’t used to trade up for Tagovailoa — and Kiper addresses two of Miami’s biggest needs with them in his mock, projecting Georgia running back D’Andre Swift (No. 18) and Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones (No. 26) to Miami. The Dolphins finished tied for worst in sacks allowed (58) and last in rushing (72.3 yards per game) in 2019, so the additions of Swift and Jones would help Miami close out Round 1 on a strong offensive note.

Coronavirus: Ex-Man United star Fellaini latest to test positive

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been diagnosed with the coronavirus following his return to China, the Belgian’s Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng announced on their official website on Sunday.

Fellaini, who joined Shandong last January from the English Premier League side, returned to the country on Friday and was placed in immediate 14-day self-isolation upon his arrival in the city of Jinan where he was then tested.nfl cheap jerseys nike

A statement read: “The official test confirmed that Fellaini tested positive for the coronavirus during his quarantine observation period. The player’s body temperature has been normal and he is comfortable. He has received further treatment at a designated medical institution.

“The club will do its best to cooperate and provide help for the player’s treatment and rehabilitation, and wishes for his swift recovery.4

“Fellaini has expressed his gratitude to the fans and his friends at the club, adding that he will get better soon and be stronger than ever when he returns.”

Chinese football has been hit hard by the outbreak, with the start of the Chinese Super League pushed back indefinitely from its intended Feb. 22 start date.
Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala has tested positive but has no symptoms, the Serie A club said on Saturday, making him the third Juve player to be infected so far. Fellow Juventus teammates Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi both tested positive for the virus earlier this month.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel, a player for the same club, have both contracted the coronavirus, while the former president of Real Madrid, Lorenzo Sanz, has died at the age of 76 after contracting the virus.

Fellaini scored 22 goals in 177 appearances for Manchester United, from 2013-19. His former club, along with Manchester City, have donated £100,000 between themselves to help the vulnerable during the pandemic.

Coronavirus crisis could keep Liverpool target Werner at Leipzig

The coronavirus crisis could keep Liverpool target Timo Werner at RB Leipzig, the club’s sporting director Markus Krosche has told Sport1.

Germany attacker Werner is under contract at Leipzig until 2023, but has a release clause worth in the region of €55 million which allows him to leave the Bundesliga side this summer.

Last month the 24-year-old dropped strong hints that he could leave for Liverpool as it would “be a good fit.”

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Sport 1 claimed that Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City were all prepared to trigger Werner’s release clause, but Krosche now believes that “everything is possible.”

“We can’t say how the transfer market will develop. We are starring into a very foggy crystal ball. We don’t know how our resources will be and what options other clubs might have,” Krosche said.

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However, Krosche said he believes financial constraints will not only be of concern to German clubs.

“England has similar problems like us. To bank on clocks running differently there just because they have investors is wrong,” he said.

“Investors also have economic constraints. The crisis does not only hit our branch but has a worldwide impact. Today, we are not able to gauge if the current numbers [transfer fees] are sustainable in six months from now.”3

Padres reliever Andres Munoz has Tommy John surgery

Hard-throwing Padres reliever Andres Munoz and minor leaguer Reggie Lawson underwent Tommy John surgery Friday.

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Munoz, 21, made his big league debut last year and appeared in 22 games. He went 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 30 strikeouts, against 11 walks. He would have been a key member of the Padres’ beefed-up bullpen this season, if and when it resumes.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

The 22-year-old Lawson was 3-1 with a 5.20 ERA in six starts with Double-A Amarillo last season before being shut down with an elbow injury. He returned for the Arizona Fall League, going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in three appearances, including two starts.

Rockies’ Bud Black open to doubleheaders when MLB returns

Let’s play two? Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black would be down for doubleheaders.

Maybe even a couple a week.

That might be a necessity to make up games once a baseball season delayed by the new coronavirus gets under way.

“In theory, yeah, I think all of us would be up for some sort of doubleheader situation,” Black said during a conference call Thursday. “The thing that’s going to be in front of all of us is it’s going to be the same for everybody. It’s got to make sense for the clubs and the players.”

Opening Day has been pushed back from March 26 to mid-May at the earliest, and both sides are committed to playing as many games as possible.

Translation: Doubleheaders could be on the docket.7

“I know that when we’re able to safely play, we’re going to have to think of creative ways to get in as many games as possible given all the time that’s going to be lost,” said Farhan Zaidi, the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. “I don’t really have any specific thoughts on that, but I know everybody’s going to be thinking through ways to do that.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

More than anything, Black wants his players to treat this time away like it’s December and the season is still in the distance.

Don’t ramp up.

Black said when a timetable is known, the teams will be given approximately three weeks to get back in shape as part of a second spring training. That’s plenty of time for a starting pitcher to work his way into form.

“There’s no need to throw bullpens. We’re a ways away from that,” Black said.

Hit in a cage — if one’s available. Work out at their gym at home. Or play catch — with social distancing in mind.

“They get together and go to a local park, they go to a high school, they go somewhere where there’s a stretch of grass and they play catch,” Black said. “They’re not going to play closer than six feet together, right? You can play catch.

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Opening Day would have been next week. That’s hard for Black to fathom in light of what’s happening around the world.

“I miss the build-up to opening day. I miss what that’s all about. I love our sport. I love the people in it,” Black said. “I’m probably as practical as they come and a realist, and aware of what’s going on and that takes a precedence over our sport and our jobs.”