April 13, 2020

By Al Ortiz

 A few heartbreaking tidbits to start the update, as the PGA Tour says Doug Sanders died Sunday morning in Houston at age 86, according to the Associated Press. Sanders was one of golf's most colorful figures with his wardrobe and lifestyle. Sanders won 20 times on the PGA Tour, the first one as an amateur in the 1956 Canadian Open.

In addition, former NFL quarterback and Super Bowl champion Tavaris Jackson passed away Sunday night in a car crash in his native Alabama. Jackson was a second round pick in 2006, taken by the Minnesota Vikings. He also played for the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a backup quarterback for the Super Bowl XLVIII championship team. He did take snaps that game, becoming the only backup quarterback to play in the Super Bowl in the last 20 years. 

According to ESPN, as the NBA approaches its May timeline to reassess its shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioner Adam Silver has encouraged all of the league's employees to present ideas and concepts for a potential return to play. One of the ideas is a 25-day program for players to go through before they resume game play, sources told ESPN. Players would go through an 11-day workout schedule in which they could maintain some measure of social distancing while ramping up training and activity. Then, if permitted by medical officials, the idea would allow for a two-week training camp with entire teams participating.