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April

21
Jaguars release OFT-Injured WR Marqise Lee

The Jacksonville Jaguars are parting ways with wide receiver Marqise Lee, the team informed Monday. Lee battled injuries throughout his career and never became the game-changing player the team hoped he would be when he was drafted in the second round in 2014. Lee, who turned 28 in November, is due to make $6.25 million in base salary and count $8.75 million against the salary cap in 2020, but the emergence of DJ Chark along with veteran Chris Conley made Lee expendable. The Jaguars save $5.25 million with the move, but they also absorb $3.5 million in dead money. Jacksonville […]

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April

20
Japan’s Baseball league delayed again;no date set for start

The start of the baseball campaign in Japan has again been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nippon Professional Baseball hoped to open play in May, but team officials decided Friday that the season will not begin before the end of May. There is no firm date in place for the beginning of the season, the Associated Press reported.  Additionally, per the AP, NPB officials decided to nix interleague play — which removes 18 games from each team’s schedule. The result, as currently constructed, is a 125-game regular season for the 12-team organization, which includes six teams out of the […]

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April

17
No. 13 ranked prospect Isaiah Todd signs with G League

High school senior Isaiah Todd has signed to play in the NBA G League next campaign, it was announced today by NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim.  Todd is ranked by ESPN as the top player in Virginia and No. 13 in the nation in the Class of 2020. The NBA G League gives top young prospects an opportunity to start their professional careers while receiving mentorship and life skills training. A forward at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., Todd was named a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection this year.  “We’re excited to have Isaiah […]

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April

16
Astros’ Justin Verlander resumes throwing after groin surgery

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has resumed throwing as he recuperates from March groin surgery. Houston manager Dusty Baker stated Wednesday that Verlander, who had surgery on March 17, is “doing great” and is throwing as he continues his rehabilitation. Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. His first start was delayed until March 3 due to discomfort in his right groin. He made two starts pitching 4 2/3 innings with a 3.86 ERA. Verlander left his second start on March 8 with a mild strain of a back muscle and said at the time that it would […]

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April

14
Charles Fipke gives small breeders relief by waiving fees for seven stallions

Owner and breeder Charles Fipke will be waiving the 2020 breeding fees on all his stallions in order to provide some help to small breeders who could be particularly hard-hit by the economic drop from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to longtime consultant Sid Fernando. “What can I say? Small breeders will especially be affected by the economic conditions, and they are the backbone of this industry,” Fipke said in statement. “None of my stallions stand for more than $5,000, and they are primarily supported by small breeders. Because I own my stallions outright and don’t have shareholder responsibilities, I […]

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April

13
South Korea’s baseball league targeting early May return

With new cases of the coronavirus falling in South Korea, the country’s baseball league is targeting an early May restart with teams ready to play preseason exhibition matches as early as April 21. On Wednesday, the country recorded 53 new infections, the third straight day that has seen new cases around the 50-mark. The downward trend from a Feb. 29 peak of 900 is increasing the chances of the 10-team Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) League, not only starting in May but playing a full 144-game season. “If the situation continues to improve from here and on, teams will start facing […]

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April

10
Mark Reynolds says he’s retiring after 13 year career

Slugger Mark Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 campaigns with eight teams. The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday on SiriusXM Radio. When the free agent was asked whether he still was pursuing a new team, Reynolds said he has “moved beyond that, I’ve retired.” He added that he’s enjoying spending time with his family and it was time for him “to find something else to do.” Reynolds was a prime example of the rise of all-or-nothing masher. His best years came with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit .260 in 2009 and set a career high with 44 […]

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April

08
Players, Managers considering option of MLB’s all-Arizona idea

Boston’s Chris Sale, out for the season following Tommy John surgery, thought about the prospect of his teammates sequestering in the Phoenix area for an extended period if Major League Baseball and its players adopt an all-Arizona start to the campaign. “I don’t know if I could look at my kids just through a screen for four or five months. Same thing goes with my wife,” the pitcher stated Tuesday. “That’s a long time. But people have done it in harsh scenarios, I guess. I think there’s a lot of figuring out to do.” Putting all 30 teams in the […]

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April

07
Hannum: Outlook uncertain for flat racing season in Virginia

Last year, the recovery of the horse racing industry in Virginia was one of the good news stories of the summer. This year, Virginia Equine Alliance executive director Jeb Hannum stays hopeful the flat racing meet at Colonial Downs can go on as programmed, but there are some challenges, he told Glenn Petty of Old Dominion Horseracing News. Hannum pointed out that OTBs are closed right now due to the coronavirus outbreak, which means there is no money coming in to fuel purses for this summer’s meet. Obviously, the longer those closures go on, the longer the purse accounts will […]

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April

06
President Trump states NFL season should start on time

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a shutdown of sports worldwide, but the NFL has been able to sidestep any major postponements or cancellations by virtue of its regular season not being programmed to get underway until September. While that’s currently four months away, the COVID-19 outbreak has yet to reach its crescendo, and the league is doing all it can to avoid cancelling the 2020 NFL Draft — as some owners consider virtual drafting from quarantine. The outlook for professional football starting on time looks bleak on its face. However, on an April 4 conference call with major league […]

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