07.09 - 07.24
July 29, 2020
By Al Ortiz
The San Antonio Spurs had themselves a scrimmage on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. However, the Silver and Black fell short in their practice game by a score of 113-92. The Spurs' first game is Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. against the Sacramento Kings.
The Dallas Mavericks also had a scrimmage on Thursday, beating the LA Lakers 108-104. The game was televised on NBA TV and was the first NBA action televised since the 2020 season was interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mavs star Luka Doncic had 14 points in just under 17 minutes of playing time.
The Dallas Cowboys have inked their prized first round pick, signing Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb to a 4-year, $14 million rookie contract. Lamb dropped to the Cowboys at pick #17 during the NFL Draft in April, a surprising development as some NFL draft experts ranked Lamb the best receiver in the 2020 draft class.
Speaking of the Cowboys, their rivals formerly known as the Washington Redskins have a new name - for now. According to NFL.com, Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera said the team's rebrand could take up to 18 months. As such, Washington will play the 2020 season as...The Washington Football Team.
Don't forget! The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros both have games on Friday night, with the Rangers facing off against the Colorado Rockets at 7:05 p.m., and televised on Fox Sports Southwest, and the Houston Astros going against the Seattle Mariners at 8:10 p.m.
The Texas Rangers are not off to a good start in their Spring Training games - although these games are essentially scrimmages - as they lost their second consecutive game to the Colorado Rockies by a tally of 7-3. The Rangers next play on Friday, again against the Rockies, with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.
The Houston Astros have a game coming up, as they have a perfect record so far with their 2-0 start in these Spring Training games. The 'Stros have gone 2-0, both wins against the Kansas City Royals, and have a game slated for Friday at 8:10 p.m. against the Seattle Mariners.
The Texas Longhorns football team has a plan. The University of Texas will kick off its football season on September 5, but with a catch. The school plans to open its stadium to just half of its capacity. The decision was made public to ticket holders on Monday, but according to ABC Houston, the school also told ticket holders that the season would move forward as planned.
It looks like Russell Westbrook is ready for lift off, as he has been cleared for play with the Houston Rockets. Westbrook said on Wednesday that he is "thankful and blessed" to be able to join his teammates and practice with them after his recovery from the coronavirus. Westbrook arrived in Orlando on Monday after twice testing negative for the COVID-19 virus.
Huge news, Uvalde! And I mean big. We have some sports scores to report! I repeat, we have some sports scores - plural - to report! The MLB has begun its Spring Training games in preparation for the abbreviated 60-game regular season, and the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers have seen some baseball action. Starting with the Astros who had a game on Monday, beating the Kansas City Royals 6 to 3, then beating the Royals in an even more resounding fashion 15-6 on Tuesday. The Astros next take on the Seattle Mariners on Friday at 8:10 p.m.
The Texas Rangers had themselves a game as well on Tuesday, falling to the Colorado Rockets 5-1, and have another game on Wednesday again against the Rockies at 7:05 p.m. Game can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest. None of these games count against records and none of these games have fans in attendance.
Speaking of watching actual games - it was announced this week that the NBA will televise a Thursday workout between the LA Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks. The scrimmage of sorts will be televised on NBA TV.
Finally, some NFL news, as it has been agreed that no preseason games will be played this year. The NFLPA and NFL had a call on Tuesday night to discuss the details. In addition when teams report to camp, an 80 player roster will be the maximum, as opposed to a 90 player roster. All of these precautionary measures are in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Training camps are almost around the corner for the NFL, and even on Monday, the Houston Texans are welcoming rookies a week earlier than the June 28 start date. Over in Dallas, however, All-Pro Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence is reportedly debating whether or not to report to training camp. According to ESPN, Lawrence wants to make sure he can keep himself and his family safe, as his wife, Sasha, is pregnant and due in October. The NFL and NFL Players Association are currently working on protocols to potentially mitigate the spread of the virus.
As the NBA prepares for its restart in late July, Houston Rockets Guard Russell Westbrook seems to be on the recovery after testing positive for the novel coronavirus recently. According to the RocketsWire blog, Westbrook is getting closer to a return to the team. The Rockets' first game is on Friday, July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks in the Orlando bubble on the Walt Disney Resort Campus. No fans are allowed to attend the games.
The NHL is gearing up for its own restart, with games slated to begin on August 1 after a four month hiatus. The NHL will skip the remaining games and zoom ahead with a tournament that includes 24 teams. Eastern Conference games will take place at Scotiabank Place in Toronto, and Western Conference games will be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
In baseball news, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers will soon be back in action! Sort of. The Houston Astros have a spring training game on Monday in what will be the first baseball played by a Texas MLB team since early March. The Astros take on the Kansas City Royals in a game without fans, at 7:05 p.m.. The Texas Rangers play the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, again with no fans. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. as well.
The Dak Prescott decision was made this week, and as reports have clearly and consistently stated, the fifth year QB will play that Year 5 on the franchise tag. The deadline for an extension passed on Wednesday, with some rumors from Cowboy beat reporters saying the team and Prescott tried to get a deal done at the 11th hour.
Houston Rockets Guard and All-Star James Harden has finally arrived in the Orlando NBA campus bubble in preparation for the restart of the NBA season. Harden did not travel at the same time as the team to the Walt Disney World Resort, citing family issues as the reason behind his delay.
As the San Antonio Spurs prepare their team for the NBA restart, they' sadly have to do so without forward Trey Lyles. Lyles, a free agent acquisition during the 2019 offseason, recently had an appendectomy. . This now leaves the Spurs without the services of both big men, Lyles and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Some strong words from Houston Texans All-Pro Defensive End JJ Watt, who called the NFL out on Thursday for their preparation of the upcoming NFL season - or lack thereof. Watt used his Twitter platform to criticize the NFL and its unclear guidance on an upcoming season - listing off the certainties and uncertainties in a bulleted format in a recent tweet. This comes as the Texans are set to have their rookies report to facilities for training camp on Monday.
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As the NBA season gears up for its restart on its Bubble campus on the Walt Disney World resort, it has been reported that All-Star and Houston Rockets Guard Russell Westbrook has tested positive for coronavirus. No word on if this will affect his playing status, but players must quarantine for two weeks, and the restart is scheduled in - two weeks. More on this story as it develops, as it is a significant blow to the Rockets, if it indeed impacts his playing time.
Some Houston Dynamo news as the MLS team tied with Los Angeles FC in a 3-3 draw on Monday. LAFC fell behind the Dynamo in the first half, 3-1, but came back to even the score with goals from Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez that were just six minutes apart.
The University of Texas announced changes related to racial issues - as reported by the Texas Tribune - as the university revealed that it would rename specific buildings and erect statues honoring Black figures in the university's history. Specific changes include the production of a Julius Whittier statue inside its football stadium - Whittier is the first black football letterman at the university. In addition, the Joe Jamail Field will be renamed in honor of Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams, two legendary running backs for the Longhorns, and both Heisman Trophy winners. More information can be found at news.utexas.edu.
The Houston Dash have paved the way for a sports oasis for which fans have thirsted ever since they were interrupted back in March. However, be that as it may, the women's soccer team fell to the Washington Spirit in a final score of 1-0 on Sunday during the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are "not close" to a deal as the July 15 deadline approaches. The Cowboys have until that date to sign the fifth-year quarterback to an extension. If that deadline passes, Prescott will play the season under the franchise tag, earning approximately $31 million under an essentially 1 year contract.
Some news out of the NBA bubble! As most sports fans know, the NBA is restarting its season in Orlando in a bubble campus, with all games being played in Central Florida on the Walt Disney World campus, sans fans. News out of Orlando is saying that the NBA is now requiring players to be in full uniform when arriving at games, as a precaution to combat COVID-19 infections.
Finally - a development out of Washington DC regarding the Dallas Cowboys' longtime rivals. According to the Washington Post, the Washington franchise will drop the name "Redskins" and will reveal a new team name later. The moniker has been retired amid calls from team sponsors to drop the name, requests that have been related to racial-based allegations surrounding the term "Redskins".
Besides the NBA restart, NFL stay-at-home orders, NHL restart - which comes in the form of a 24-team tournament - and MLB's start of an abbreviated 60-game season, not much to highlight in sports today, so here are some news headlines to get you through the day:
- Spurs Sports & Entertainment confirmed that the company was forced to layoff employees due to the pandemic.
- Houston Texans All-World Defensive End JJ Watt stated recently that he's unsure he'd play if the NFL makes players wear a full face shield in an attempt to implement coronavirus safety precautions.
- The University of Texas Longhorns basketball team has landed in the top-10 choices for two 5-star recruits in the 2021 class - those two players: Charles Bediako, the nation's 20th best prospect, and Daimion Collins, the nation's 22nd prospect.
- The Texas Tech Red Raiders were in Collins' top-ten rankings as well.
- Houston Rockets Head Coach Mike D'Antoni will be in Orlando for the restart of the NBA season, after rumors swirled that he was considering sitting it out.
- Astros Third Baseman Alex Bregman missed Wednesday's workout after a COVID-19 test result did not arrive on time.
- Texas Rangers Outfielder Joey Gallo has tested negative twice in the last 10 days for COVID-19, but has also tested positive twice in the same span via a different testing method. This is now raising questions on the MLB's testing accuracy among the club.