WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2020, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 9 Apr 2020 HH:04:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Many athletes who qualified to compete in 2020 Olympics, will be allowed to compete in 2021 https://www.wbrz.com/news/many-athletes-who-qualified-to-compete-in-2020-olympics-will-be-allowed-to-compete-in-2021/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/many-athletes-who-qualified-to-compete-in-2020-olympics-will-be-allowed-to-compete-in-2021/ Sports Wed, 8 Apr 2020 7:32:57 AM WBRZ Staff Many athletes who qualified to compete in 2020 Olympics, will be allowed to compete in 2021

TOKYO, JAPAN - Despite the cancellation of the much-anticipated 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, according to ABC News many of the athletes who'd been accepted to compete will be able to participate in the 2021 games.

About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots for the Tokyo Games are in for 2021 under redrawn qualifying regulations published Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC released its rewritten roadmap for qualifying for the games, which were rescheduled due to the coronavirus. They'll be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year.

The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021, and entry lists are due a week later. 
 


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ESPN to feature historic 2006 Saints vs. Falcons game Monday night https://www.wbrz.com/news/espn-to-feature-historic-2006-saints-vs-falcons-game-monday-night/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/espn-to-feature-historic-2006-saints-vs-falcons-game-monday-night/ Sports Mon, 6 Apr 2020 8:54:32 AM WBRZ Staff ESPN to feature historic 2006 Saints vs. Falcons game Monday night

NEW ORLEANS – The iconic first Saints football game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina will be replayed on ESPN Monday night.

The game featured the Saints hosting the Atlanta Falcons with a packed stadium – more than 70,000 were in the Dome for the return of football to the stadium and the city just more than a year after the storm devastated the region.

“[It was] a game not remembered for its competitive esteem, but one that will forever symbolize the healing of a city,” NFL.com reported.

It was a game to remember – including Steve Gleason's blocked punt.  It also featured the first game with Drew Brees as the quarterback and head coach Sean Payton.

The game will be seen on ESPN at 7 p.m. central Monday (April 6).

"We are excited about the ESPN rebroadcast of our 2006 homecoming game against Atlanta," team owner Gayle Benson said in a statement.

The game is being played again as ESPN looked for ways to program its network without sports amid a shutdown in regular life because of coronavirus. 

Benson said the spirit of making it through 2005 and 2006 will be the guiding light in this crisis.

"That game was such a magical experience and a symbol of what we can overcome and accomplish as a community. Our resilience, strength and care for one another is what defines New Orleans and is what will get us through this crisis just as we have overcome so many before.

The Saints won the game 23-3.

Click HERE to watch the WBRZ sports report from just before kickoff on September 25, 2006.

Click HERE to watch the 10 p.m. news report featuring fans attending the game.

Click HERE to watch the 10 p.m. sports report as the game was ending.


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Saints star, Cam Jordan, expects Drew Brees to stick around for at least two more seasons https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-star-cam-jordan-expects-drew-brees-to-stick-around-for-at-least-two-more-seasons/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/saints-star-cam-jordan-expects-drew-brees-to-stick-around-for-at-least-two-more-seasons/ Sports Fri, 3 Apr 2020 6:30:52 AM WBRZ Staff Saints star, Cam Jordan, expects Drew Brees to stick around for at least two more seasons

Earlier this week, New Orleans Saints head Coach Sean Payton seemed to imply that quarterback Drew Brees was in his final season with the team. 

But according to The Advocate, the Saints defensive end, Cam Jordan, expects at least two more seasons from Brees. 

He laid out his reasoning on ESPN's 'First Things First' Thursday, saying, “In my mind I never have to worry about Drew retiring, because I feel like they’re always fighting. Like, Tom and Drew are fighting for the all-time records. ... Somebody's gotta outlast somebody." 

Jordan was pointing to the similarities between Tom Brady and Drew Brees, the NFL's oldest active quarterbacks.

Brees, who had broken Peyton Manning's yardage record and Brett Favre's completions record a year earlier, returned from an injury in time to break Manning's touchdown mark just ahead of Brady.

"I do know Drew’s a little bit younger than Tom. So I feel like we have a little competitive age of time on our hands," Jordan said. "And I mean at this point Drew is playing at such a high rate. I feel like with Tom Brady signing a two-year deal, I know I’ve got Drew for at least that long.”

While Brees considered retirement during the offseason he eventually announced via Instagram that he'd return for another run. 

"In my mind, every year you deal with some rumor, either Sean’s leaving or Drew’s retiring," Jordan said. "I’ve been dealing with that for the last, what, 6 years of my 9-year career? Until it happens, everybody knows that Drew is going to be playing at the highest level he can."


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Will Wade tapes released, school makes statement following HBO report https://www.wbrz.com/news/will-wade-tapes-released-school-makes-statement-following-hbo-report/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/will-wade-tapes-released-school-makes-statement-following-hbo-report/ Sports Wed, 1 Apr 2020 11:22:34 PM Michael R Cauble Will Wade tapes released, school makes statement following HBO report

BATON ROUGE - A day after the HBO documentary dug into the behind-the-scenes dealings of college basketball, LSU athletic director Scott Woodward released a statement of acknowledgement that his men's basketball coach Will Wade was featured in the report.

“We are aware of the documentary first aired on March 31, 2020, on HBO. There is no change to Coach Will Wade’s employment status at LSU and we will continue to cooperate with all reviews into this matter,” Woodruff said in a release.

"The Scheme" from HBO focused on basketball recruiter Christian Dawkins who was the central figure in a FBI sting that tried to coerce college hoops coaches with cash payments into directing players to specific schools.

Wade was recorded with Dawkins discussing a "strong a** offer" for the recruitment of Scotlandville star Javonte Smart who just finished his sophomore season with the Tigers.

In a profanity laced rant Wade expressed his displeasure with the offer that was made to an unnamed person.

The release of the documentary doesn't add any new information that hasn't been made public already, however hearing Will Wade for yourself does add a new level of cringe-factor that wasn't there previously. 


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WATCH: Former LSU linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson works out ahead of NFL Draft https://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-former-lsu-linebacker-k-lavon-chaisson-works-out-ahead-of-nfl-draft/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-former-lsu-linebacker-k-lavon-chaisson-works-out-ahead-of-nfl-draft/ Sports Wed, 1 Apr 2020 9:06:45 PM Reggie Chatman WATCH: Former LSU linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson works out ahead of NFL Draft

With the NFL draft on the horizon, former LSU stars are continuing to put in work. 

Former LSU outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson has been working alongside well known football trainer Rischad Whitfield aka Footwork King in Houston, Texas. 

He posted a video of the duo training with a caption that said, "Everything K’Lavon does at OLB involves his ability to move his feet and turn his hips. He will have to be able to play in space and in zone coverage in the NFL."

Check out the video below:

He also had a chance to play with Whitfield's pocket American bully following the practice.

Round one of the NFL draft is still scheduled for April 23rd. 


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Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus https://www.wbrz.com/news/wimbledon-canceled-for-1st-time-since-wwii-because-of-virus/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/wimbledon-canceled-for-1st-time-since-wwii-because-of-virus/ Sports Wed, 1 Apr 2020 11:00:37 AM Associated Press Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus

Wimbledon was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament won’t be played.

Britain imposed a nationwide lockdown just over a week ago, and the All England Club announced after a two-day emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020. That hadn’t happened since 1945.

Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the club’s grass courts on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.

Instead, the next edition of the tournament will be June 28 to July 11, 2021.

Also Wednesday, the ATP and WTA announced that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13, bringing the number of elite tennis tournaments affected by the coronavirus to more than 30. The top tours already had been on hold through June 7. Lower-level events on the Challenger Tour and ITF World Tennis Tour also are called off through mid-July now.

Wimbledon first was held in 1877 and has been contested every year since, with the exception of two stretches: from 1915-18 because of World War I, and from 1940-45 because of World War II.

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars,” club chairman Ian Hewitt said in a press release, “but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.”

Wimbledon joins the growing list of sports events called off completely in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

That includes the Tokyo Olympics — which have been pushed back 12 months — and the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments.

Wimbledon is the first major tennis championship wiped out this year because of the coronavirus. The start of the French Open was postponed from late May to late September.

Shortly after the news came from Wimbledon, the U.S. Tennis Association issued a statement saying it “still plans to host the U.S. Open as scheduled,” from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.

Wednesday’s decision by the All England Club means Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep will not get a chance to defend their Wimbledon titles from 2019.

“We are going through something bigger than tennis and Wimbledon will be back!” Halep wrote on social media. “And it means I have even longer to look forward to defending my title.”

Serena Williams retweeted the club’s message about the cancellation and wrote: “I’m Shooked.”

The move also takes away what might have been one of Roger Federer’s best chances to try to add to his 20 Grand Slam titles, including a record eight at Wimbledon. Federer, who turns 39 in August, is currently recovering from knee surgery and planned to return in time for the European grass-court circuit that now has been erased from the calendar.

In a statement last week, the All England Club said that postponing the two-week event would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the grass surface. The club also said then that it ruled out “playing behind closed doors” without spectators.

Hundreds of thousands of people have caught COVID-19, and thousands have died. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough, but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes requiring hospitalization.

Regular day-to-day life has come to a halt in many ways in many parts of the world in recent weeks, and sports has reflected that.

The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball are on hold indefinitely; the Kentucky Derby, Masters and Indianapolis 500 were pushed back several months until September; England’s Premier League and other club soccer competitions are currently suspended; the European soccer championship — scheduled to end in London on the same day as the Wimbledon men’s final — was postponed from 2020 to 2021.


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Report: Despite his expected return to Ohio, the Dolphins are still hoping to land Joe Burrow https://www.wbrz.com/news/report-despite-his-expected-return-to-ohio-the-dolphins-are-still-hoping-to-land-joe-burrow/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/report-despite-his-expected-return-to-ohio-the-dolphins-are-still-hoping-to-land-joe-burrow/ Sports Wed, 1 Apr 2020 6:16:47 AM WBRZ Staff Report: Despite his expected return to Ohio, the Dolphins are still hoping to land Joe Burrow

LSU's Heisman-winner Joe Burrow has been expected to join the Cincinnati Bengals in his home state of Ohio. But now that he's a mere three weeks away from becoming the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which is scheduled to begin April 23, the Miami Dolphins just might swoop in and upset what seemed to be set in stone.

The Advocate reports that Dolphins columnist Armando Salguero said as much in a recent article, "The Dolphins, as you have read in this space, will make an attempt at that opportunity at some point. It ... could be in vain because the Cincinnati Bengals are said to highly value the No. 1 pick."

It can be argued that the Bengals, who aren't in desperate need of a quarterback, haven't made any indication of moving the pick. 

But in this case, the unexpected can happen. 

The Advocate's Jeff Nowalk explains that the Dolphins own three first-round picks, Nos. 5, 18 and 26, and two second-round picks among their nine total picks in the top four rounds of the 2020 draft. They also own an extra first- and second-round picks in the 2021 draft, all of which could be worked into a monster deal to move up those four spots to No. 1.

The Bengals own all seven of their original picks, but no additional ones in either of those drafts. 

If Cincinnati did move that pick, it'd join a select number of teams that have done so. The most recent such trade came in 2016 when the then-St. Louis Rams moved up from No. 15 to No. 1 to draft quarterback Jared Goff. 

In that trade, the Rams gave the Titans the No. 15 (xx), No. 43 and No. 45 picks in that year's draft, along with the Rams' first- and third-round picks in 2017. The Rams also received a 4th- and a 6th-round pick for that year.

That draft was also notable because the Philadelphia Eagles made a blockbuster trade of their own to move up to No. 2 to select quarterback Carson Wentz.

This deal resulted in the Eagles handing over the 2016 No. 8 pick to the Cleveland Browns, along with the No. 77 and No. 100 picks, along with a 2017 first-round pick and 2018 second-round pick.  

Only time will tell if the necessary package will be available to facilitate a similar trade during the upcoming 2020 draft. 

But at least one NFL analyst thinks it won't even be necessary. 

Former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew released his latest mock draft on Tuesday, with a few surprises that included the Bengals choosing Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert at No. 1 overall. 

He also predicted the Los Angeles Chargers trading up from No. 6 to No. 2 with the Redskins, but using that pick to select Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He then had the New York Giants trading up to No. 3 to select Ohio State EDGE rusher Chase Young, and the Lions using the No. 4 to choose Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown. 

Those trades all combined to hand the Dolphins Burrow at No. 5 in his mock draft, landing the Heisman winner by simply staying put. 

If Burrow did fall in the draft, it could be due in part to a lack of opportunity to show off his craft in workouts for teams at the top of the draft. After LSU's extended run to a College Football Playoff title, Burrow opted to skip on-field workouts at the NFL's scouting combine with plans to work out at LSU's pro day on April 3. That, along with virtually all other events, has been canceled.

LSU is expected to see many of its former players drafted, including multiple first-round picks.

On April 23 the draft will take place remotely as all public events originally scheduled around the Las Vegas draft event have been canceled. Commissioner Roger Goodell will make the first-round selection announcements from a central hub, and the telecasts will have connectivity at the 32 teams and potentially at some players’ or fans’ homes.


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Sean Payton: Drew Brees has returned for his 'final season' https://www.wbrz.com/news/sean-payton-drew-brees-has-returned-for-his-final-season-/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sean-payton-drew-brees-has-returned-for-his-final-season-/ Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:27:14 AM WBRZ Staff Sean Payton: Drew Brees has returned for his 'final season'

NEW ORLEANS — In a Tuesday morning interview on ESPN, Saints head coach Sean Payton implied that quarterback Drew Brees would only be around for one more season and that all eyes would be on Taysom Hill. 

While speaking with Mike Greenberg on the network's 'Get Up' show, Payton seemed to focus on Taysom Hill's role with the team and even said, "The unique situation with our team and our quarterback Drew Brees is he's announced he's coming back for his final season."

Brees recently signed a new two-year contract for $25 million per year, but, as in recent years, that second year seems to be mainly for accounting purposes.

WWL-TV notes that the Saints also lost backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater this offseason to division rival Carolina. Bridgewater was the backup this past season and the Saints couldn't come near paying him the $20 million per year the Panthers are paying AND pay Brees his $25 million.

They likely will have Hill for one more year on a relatively team-friendly deal, before having to decide if he's the guy for the future and ponying up good money.

Payton did say that Hill would remain in his 'flex' spot - playing some receiver, tight end and running back for this season and that it would require the team carry a third quarterback in case Hill is hurt while performing his other duties.

"I think Taysom sees himself as being a starting quarterback in this league and we do too."


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NCAA will officially grant eligibility relief for athletes affected by COVID-19 https://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-will-officially-grant-eligibility-relief-for-athletes-affected-by-covid-19/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-will-officially-grant-eligibility-relief-for-athletes-affected-by-covid-19/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2020 6:17:03 PM WBRZ Sports NCAA will officially grant eligibility relief for athletes affected by COVID-19

The Division I Council on Monday voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.

Members also adjusted financial aid rules to allow teams to carry more members on scholarship to account for incoming recruits and student-athletes who had been in their last year of eligibility who decide to stay. In a nod to the financial uncertainty faced by higher education, the Council vote also provided schools with the flexibility to give students the opportunity to return for 2020-21 without requiring that athletics aid be provided at the same level awarded for 2019-20. This flexibility applies only to student-athletes who would have exhausted eligibility in 2019-20.

Schools also will have the ability to use the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to pay for scholarships for students who take advantage of the additional eligibility flexibility in 2020-21.

Division I rules limit student-athletes to four seasons of competition in a five-year period. The Council’s decision allows schools to self-apply waivers to restore one of those seasons of competition for student-athletes who had competed while eligible in the COVID-19-shortened 2020 spring season

The Council also will allow schools to self-apply a one-year extension of eligibility for spring-sport student-athletes, effectively extending each student’s five-year “clock” by a year. This decision was especially important for student-athletes who had reached the end of their five-year clock in 2020 and saw their seasons end abruptly.

“The Council’s decision gives individual schools the flexibility to make decisions at a campus level,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Penn. “The Board of Governors encouraged conferences and schools to take action in the best interest of student-athletes and their communities, and now schools have the opportunity to do that.”

Winter sports were not included in the decision. Council members declined to extend eligibility for student-athletes in sports where all or much of their regular seasons were completed.

The Council also increased the roster limit in baseball for student-athletes impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the only spring sport with such a limit.


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Month-long football specials to ease your mind: Nightly at 6, 10 https://www.wbrz.com/news/month-long-football-specials-to-ease-your-mind-nightly-at-6-10/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/month-long-football-specials-to-ease-your-mind-nightly-at-6-10/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2020 6:10:00 PM WBRZ Staff Month-long football specials to ease your mind: Nightly at 6, 10

Watch WBRZ News 2 at 6:00 and 10:00 to re-live the record-breaking LSU football season.

CLICK HERE TO STREAM WBRZ NEWSCASTS ONLINE

Check back here for your favorite game, below is our air-dates for LSU games. 

3/30       GA SOUTHERN – 6P

              TEXAS – 10P

3/31       NW STATE – 6P

              VANDERBILT – 10P

4/1         UTAH ST. – 6P

              FLORIDA – 10P

4/2         MISS. ST. – 6P

              AUBURN – 10P

4/3         ALABAMA – 6P

              OLE MISS – 10P  

4/4         ARKANSAS – 6P

              TEXAS A&M – 10P

4/5         SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – GEORGIA – 6P

              PLAYOFF GAME #1 – OKLAHOMA – 10P

4/6        NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – CLEMSON – 6 & 10P  


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ESPN eyes Drew Brees for top analyst job https://www.wbrz.com/news/espn-eyes-drew-brees-for-top-analyst-job/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/espn-eyes-drew-brees-for-top-analyst-job/ Sports Mon, 30 Mar 2020 10:06:00 AM WBRZ Staff ESPN eyes Drew Brees for top analyst job

ESPN, in the midst of reformatting its Monday Night Football booth, had been hoping to woo two former NFL quarterbacks for their top analyst job, Tony Romo and Peyton Manning.

But the network missed the mark and after failing to snag both former quarterbacks, set its sights on a QB who isn't even retired yet- Drew Brees.

According to a sports site, Outkick ESPN presented the Saints QB with an eight-figure offer to become the network’s Monday Night Football lead analyst. If he gives them a yes, Brees would take on the new role as soon as he retires from the NFL.

The 41-year-old quarterback debated retirement this off-season before electing to return for at least one more year.

Brees, who presently makes $25 million a year this year and is also on track to make $25 million next year, recently donated $5 million to Louisiana charities. He’s a beloved figure in the NFL and there is a nearly universal belief among television executives that he would be fantastic in the broadcast booth.

While he has at least one year remaining on the field, an agreement between Brees and ESPN would solidify ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth for the future. In seeking to lock up Brees ESPN is attempting to avoid a potential bidding war with NBC, which might be interested in Brees as well.

The two sides have not agreed to terms just yet and if they do come to an agreement, the plan would be for a deal between Brees and ESPN to remain quiet until Brees officially retires.

That’s because there is some trepidation inside Disney about announcing an eight-figure yearly deal in the midst of the coronavirus shut down of the company’s sports properties, which could soon lead to layoffs. Not to mention the awkwardness of a player who is still currently playing already having agreed to a post-playing career job in the media.


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Former LSU wide receiver and track star Orlando McDaniel dies from coronavirus https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-wide-receiver-and-track-star-orlando-mcdaniel-dies-from-coronavirus/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-wide-receiver-and-track-star-orlando-mcdaniel-dies-from-coronavirus/ Sports Sat, 28 Mar 2020 3:58:15 PM WBRZ Sports Former LSU wide receiver and track star Orlando McDaniel dies from coronavirus

Orlando McDaniel, a two-sport star in football and track field at LSU Tigers and a former receiver with the Denver Broncos, died from complications related to coronavirus on Friday night.

McDaniel, 59, fell ill after traveling to Washington, D.C., to visit a family member, according to LSU track and field coach Dennis Shaver.

McDaniel, from Shreveport, Louisiana, was an all-state performer at Lake Charles High School. At LSU, he caught 64 passes for 1,184 yards with three touchdowns in four seasons from 1978-81. In 1981, he averaged 17.5 yards per catch, which ranked second in the SEC.

Orlando McDaniel was fourth in the SEC in receiving yards (719) in 1981. 

In track, McDaniel won an SEC championship in the 110-meter hurdles and finished second in that event at the 1980 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He was named All-American in the 60-yard hurdles in 1980 and 110 hurdles in 1980 and '81.

McDaniel still ranks tied for third in LSU history in the 55 indoor hurdles and tied for ninth in the 110 outdoor hurdles.

McDaniel was a second-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 1982 and played three games without a catch as a rookie.

According to McDaniel's LinkedIn profile, he founded the North Texas Cheetahs Youth Track Club in 2003.

Shaver said McDaniel was among the most prominent youth track coaches in the country and mentored hundreds of athletes and other coaches.

"He was such a tremendous athlete in both sports, but the love he had for track and field was really special," Shaver said. "We're fortunate that people like him get involved with our youth.

"He was one of the most important people in our sport. He had to persuade youth to spend their summers doing something productive. Orlando had essentially dedicated his life to it. They'd come to summer meets and have two busloads full of people. It was a real impressive group of people. He's sorely going to be missed."


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ESPN sideline NBA reporter Doris Burke tests positive for coronovirus https://www.wbrz.com/news/espn-sideline-nba-reporter-doris-burke-tests-positive-for-coronovirus/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/espn-sideline-nba-reporter-doris-burke-tests-positive-for-coronovirus/ Sports Fri, 27 Mar 2020 2:04:51 PM Sports ESPN sideline NBA reporter Doris Burke tests positive for coronovirus

ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke has received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 but says she is symptom-free more than two weeks after her initial concerns of an illness.

Burke addressed her diagnosis with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday's episode of The Woj Pod. She told Wojnarowski she was tested March 17 but did not find out until eight days later, on Wednesday, that she had a positive diagnosis.

The delay gave Burke time to process that she could be positive for the virus, she said.

"I started to believe, even though my symptoms did not seem to line up with the typical symptoms, I believed, given the nature of my profession, the number of people I encounter, that I did in fact have exposure to the virus," Burke said.

Burke said she felt her first symptom March 11 -- the same day the NBA shut down play after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Burke was working the Denver Nuggets-Dallas Mavericks game for ESPN, and she said she noticed feeling tired during lunch with her broadcast crew.

"Man, I am so tired right now and my head is pounding," Burke recalled thinking. "And looking back, those were my symptoms. And we've heard so much about shortness of breath, fever, tightness in your chest, chills, body aches, etc. ... That really was my primary symptom throughout this was this extraordinary fatigue."

She told Wojnarowski the fatigue was so bad that she could not be out of bed for more than five minutes from March 14 to 17.

Burke acknowledged feeling a moral dilemma about being tested amid a shortage of tests in the United States, but she wanted to know if she could be exposing others in her family, particularly her daughter and her daughter's fiance. She also said she tried to reach out to people she had been in contact with to let them know she wasn't feeling well.

She said she is now symptom-free, telling Wojnarowski, "I'm so incredibly thankful to be feeling well." She said she continues to keep a safe distance from others but is glad to no longer be spending all her time limited to her bedroom.

Burke has covered basketball for ESPN since 1991. She was named a full-time NBA game analyst before the 2017-18 season, becoming the first woman to hold that role, and received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame


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Jazz players, staff cleared of coronavirus by Utah Dept. of Health https://www.wbrz.com/news/jazz-players-staff-cleared-of-coronavirus-by-utah-dept-of-health/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/jazz-players-staff-cleared-of-coronavirus-by-utah-dept-of-health/ Sports Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:00:46 PM Reggie Chatman Jazz players, staff cleared of coronavirus by Utah Dept. of Health

All Jazz players, including Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert as well as the rest of their staff have been cleared by the Utah Department of Health. 

This comes after they completed the time required to isolate themselves and quarantine after being exposed to the coronovirus. 

The players and staff no longer pose a risk to infection to others, regardless of prior testing status according to the Utah Department of Health.


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'Today' host Hoda Kotb moved to tears over Drew Brees' generosity https://www.wbrz.com/news/today-host-hoda-kotb-moved-to-tears-over-drew-brees-generosity/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/today-host-hoda-kotb-moved-to-tears-over-drew-brees-generosity/ Sports Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:34:39 AM Reggie Chatman 'Today' host Hoda Kotb moved to tears over Drew Brees' generosity

Longtime 'Today' host Hoda Kotb became emotional while on air on Friday morning after interviewing Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

This interview coming a day after Drew Brees and his wife Brittany committed $5 million to Louisiana amid coronovirus crisis. 

At the end of the interview, Kotb thanks Brees for coming on the show and after Brees got off the air, Kotb lost control of her emotions on air and struggled to read her toss to the commercial break. 

It was a light and happy moment that will bring you a smile during tough times. 


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LSU Track and Field Coach Dennis Shaver Named National Coach of the Year https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-track-and-field-coach-dennis-shaver-named-national-coach-of-the-year/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-track-and-field-coach-dennis-shaver-named-national-coach-of-the-year/ Sports Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:08:30 AM Sports LSU Track and Field Coach Dennis Shaver Named National Coach of the Year

Baton Rouge, La. – LSU's Dennis Shaver was named the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Indoor National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Friday morning.

"It's such an honor to receive this award, and I accept it on behalf of the amazing staff I have working alongside me here in Baton Rouge," Shaver said. "We all work so hard and put so much time and effort into our profession. We want the best for our student-athletes. We want them to succeed in the classroom, on the track, and in the real world. I'm so proud of what our student-athletes were able to accomplish this season."

Shaver had the LSU women ranked No. 1 in the nation for four straight weeks as they headed into the NCAA meet as the favorite to win it all. Just a day before competition was slated to begin at the NCAA Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., all remaining NCAA events for the 2019-20 academic year were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Shaver had LSU in prime position to capture its 26th women's national title in program history as the LSU women had an NCAA leading 13 scoring opportunities. Tonea Marshall (60 meter hurdles) and Abby O'Donoghue (high jump) were legitimate contenders to win individual national titles as well; Marshall had not lost a race in the 60 hurdles all season long, and O'Donoghue's only defeat of the year was to the NCAA leader by less than an inch.

Shaver had seven other individuals and a relay that were ranked inside the top eight of the NCAA rankings and projected to score points for the Tigers at the national meet. All in all, LSU women set 13 top-10 marks in program history during the indoor season that included school records by Marshall in the 60 meter hurdles (7.86) and O'Donoghue in the high jump (6' 2.25"/1.89 meters).

This marks the third time in Shaver's career that he has been named the national coach of the year. He received the award on the women's in 2008 and 2012 following the outdoor season in both of those years. Shaver was also one of three finalists for the Men's National Coach of the Year award as the LSU men's track and field squad was ranked No. 1 headed into the NCAA Championships. Todd Lane (Men's Assistant Coach of the Year) and Tonea Marshall (Women's Track Athlete of the Year) were LSU's other finalists for national awards.


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Scotlandville's Reece Beekman named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year https://www.wbrz.com/news/scotlandville-s-reece-beekman-named-louisiana-gatorade-player-of-the-year/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/scotlandville-s-reece-beekman-named-louisiana-gatorade-player-of-the-year/ Sports Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:18:43 PM WBRZ Sports Scotlandville's Reece Beekman named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year

CHICAGO— In its 35th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Reece Beekman of Scotlandville Magnet High School as its 2019-20 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Beekman is the second Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Scotlandville Magnet High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Beekman as Louisiana’s best high school boys basketball player.

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award, Beekman joins an elite alumni association of past state boys basketball award winners, including Karl-Anthony Towns (2012-13 & 2013-14, St. Joseph High School, N.J.), Dwight Howard (2003-04, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Ga.), Chris Bosh (2001-02, Lincoln High School, Texas), Paul Pierce (1994-95, Inglewood High School, Calif.), Chauncey Billups (1993-94 & 1994-95, George Washington High School, Colo.) and Jason Kidd (1991-92, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Calif.).

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior guard led the Hornets to a 33-3 record and a berth in the Division I state tournament semifinals at the time of his selection. Beekman averaged 19.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 2.7 blocks and 2.3 steals through 36 games with 13 tr iple-doubles as Scotlandville pursued its fourth-straight state title. He entered the state semifinals with 2,220 points, 949 rebounds and 927 assists in his prep basketball career. Beekman has volunteered locally delivering food to families in need, and he has donated his time to elementary school literacy programs and as a youth basketball coach. “Reece has a great team, but he is the reason why they are so great,” said Dirk Ricks, head coach of Jehovah-Jireh Christian Academy. “He is a great defender, rebounder and most of all a great leader.”

Beekman has maintained a weighted 4.11 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Virginia this fall. Beekman joins Gatorade Louisiana Boys Basketball Players of the Year Jalen Cook (2018-19, Walker High School), Ja'Vonte Smart, (2017-18, 2016-17 & 2015-16, Scotlandville Magnet High School), and Wayde Sims (2014-15, University Laboratory School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport. The 2019-2020 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year announcement has been temporarily postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, The Gatorade Company will follow the guidance of experts and health officials as it determines the appropriate time to announce this year’s winner. As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Beekman also has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing. He is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year. Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients have won hundreds of professional and college championships, and many have also turned into pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators.


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Janoris Jenkins gets restructured deal with Saints; signs 2 year extension https://www.wbrz.com/news/janoris-jenkins-gets-restructured-deal-with-saints-signs-2-year-extension/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/janoris-jenkins-gets-restructured-deal-with-saints-signs-2-year-extension/ Sports Wed, 25 Mar 2020 3:27:22 PM WBRZ Sports Janoris Jenkins gets restructured deal with Saints; signs 2 year extension

METAIRIE, La. -- The Saints worked out a new contract agreement with cornerback Janoris Jenkins that will save the team $6-7 million in salary-cap space this season and keep the ninth-year veteran in New Orleans.

Jenkins, 31, was originally scheduled to earn $11.25 million in the final year of his contract after the Saints claimed him off waivers from the New York Giants in December.

Now he will receive a $9 million signing bonus, while lowering his base salary for 2020.

The Saints began this offseason with less than $10 million in cap space. But they have reworked deals with several players to create enough room to add receiver Emmanuel Sanders and safety Malcolm Jenkins, while re-signing quarterback Drew Brees, guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle David Onyemata, among others.

One free agent the Saints did not bring back is cornerback Eli Apple, who signed instead with the Las Vegas Raiders. That departure made it evident that the Saints were planning to keep Jenkins as their starting cornerback opposite Marshon Lattimore.

The Saints liked what they saw from Jenkins during his brief audition with the team last season. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder appeared in their final three games, including the playoffs, and wound up starting the last two because of Apple's ankle injury. Jenkins had an interception and two pass defenses in their Week 17 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Jenkins began his career as a second-round draft pick with the St. Louis Rams in 2012 and spent four years each with the Rams and Giants. He made the Pro Bowl with New York in 2016. He has started a total of 112 regular-season games and two playoff games in his career, with 23 interceptions and 107 pass defenses.


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Former Saints safety Vonn Bell to sign with Bengals https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-saints-safety-vonn-bell-to-sign-with-bengals/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-saints-safety-vonn-bell-to-sign-with-bengals/ Sports Wed, 25 Mar 2020 2:34:42 PM WBRZ Sports Former Saints safety Vonn Bell to sign with Bengals

Former New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell is expected to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals, sources told ESPN.

Bell's deal is for three years and $18 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bell, who turned 25 in December, has shown steady improvement since being drafted in the second round out of Ohio State in 2016.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder was an every-down player for the Saints when healthy in 2019. He set a career high with 89 tackles in just 13 games played, and he reeled in his first career interception. He also led the NFL with five fumble recoveries in the regular season -- then added a sixth in the Saints' playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

As valuable as Bell was to the Saints, he became somewhat expendable for the salary-cap-strapped team because of the emergence of 2019 rookie C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

Bell has settled in as a strong safety in recent years, though he showed the versatility to play both spots early in his career. He has nine career sacks and seven career forced fumbles, including the playoffs.

Bell gives the Bengals another experienced safety, providing defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo more flexibility with his personnel.

In 2019, the Bengals used a strong safety closer to the line of scrimmage as the team struggled with its depth at linebacker. This left free safety Jessie Bates centered at the top of the defensive formation for most of the season. With Bell in the fold, the Bengals could opt to play him and Bates at the traditional safety spots while using Shawn Williams in the role he played in 2019.

Cincinnati is looking to improve a defense that surrendered more yards per play than any other unit in the NFL last season and continued its free-agency overhaul Wednesday with commitments from Bell and former Tennessee Titans cornerback LeShaun Sims. The Bengals have now added six new defenders on deals that are worth at least $115 million combined.


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'New football journey': Tom Brady signs with Buccaneers https://www.wbrz.com/news/new-football-journey-tom-brady-signs-with-buccaneers/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/new-football-journey-tom-brady-signs-with-buccaneers/ Sports Fri, 20 Mar 2020 9:57:40 AM Associated Press 'New football journey': Tom Brady signs with Buccaneers

TAMPA, FLA - Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying he is embarking on a “new football journey.”

The 42-year-old quarterback who spent the first 20 years of his career with the New England Patriots announced his decision Friday in an Instagram post and thanked the Bucs for the opportunity.

The deal is worth $30 million per season.

“Excited, humble and hungry ... If there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that,” Brady wrote.

The signing comes three days after Brady announced on social media that he would not return to New England, ending his historic run with the Patriots.

He joins an offense that led the NFL in passing yards last season, featuring a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, tight ends O.J.

Howard and Cameron Brate, and a young, developing running back in Ronald Jones.

What the Bucs didn’t have in 2019, when they went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the 12th straight season was a quarterback who protected the football.

Brady, who turns 43 in August, will be counted on to change that.

The three-time league MVP is coming off what generally is regarded as the worst non-injury season of his career, throwing for 4,057 yards and 24 touchdowns vs. eight interceptions in his final season with the Patriots.

Still, New England won 12 games before a sputtering offense was held to 13 points in a first-round playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Jameis Winston, meanwhile, was a turnover machine with Tampa Bay, leading the league with 5,109 passing yards while also becoming the first “30-30” player in NFL history with 33 TD passes and 30 interceptions.

Opponents returned a league-record seven interceptions for touchdowns last season. Winston also lost five fumbles, with opponents converting his combined 35 turnovers into 112 points.

“It’s not a talent issue, it’s a performance issue ... turning the ball over,” Arians said after the season, summing up why the Bucs, who scored a franchise-best 458 points in 2019, were unable to end their long playoff drought.


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