Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Will Hurricane stop Monday Night Football in New Orleans?; Titans and Bills game moved up to Tuesday; plus more

The Tennessee Titans have up to at least 20 staff and player personnel who have contracted Covid-19. The game between the Titans and the Buffalo Bills has been moved up to Tue Oct 13th. (photo from CNN photo file)

On Headlines podcast with London:

#1 The New Orleans Saints have been working with the NFL in the event of Hurricane Delta hits Southeastern Louisiana. The Saints say their making contingency plans as they plan to host the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.

#2 The Tennessee Titans who are under investigation from the NFL as to how 20 members of the team ten players and ten personnel staffers contracted Covid 19. The league is looking into Covid-19 protocol violations. The Titans will play the Buffalo Bills on Tue Oct 13th.

#3 The Titans have not practiced or played since Sun Sep 27th and their game scheduled this Tuesday against the Bills could prove to be more than just Covid on their minds not playing or practicing for two weeks how out of practice will the Titans be?

#4 London talk about how suceessful having the NBA and WNBA playing their games in a bubble in Lake Buena Vista Florida has been and how they pulled it off without no major outbreaks or interruptions.

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes won another critical game last Wednesday at Earthquakes Stadium against the Vancouver Whitecaps. After going winless in nine games the Quakes now have won three straight games. They play in Portland this Sunday and a win could improve their record to 5-6-5 and are in tenth place in the Western Conference.

London does Headline Sports podcast each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Titans and Steelers reschedule game due to Covid outbreak; AD and LeBron will dominate Finals; plus more

The Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings meet for a post game prayer following their game in Minneapolis last Sun Sep 27, 2020 (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 After ten players and personnel combined on the Tennessee Titans had tested positive for Covid-19. The Minnesota Vikings had to take tests after playing the Titans last Sunday. The Vikings tests came up negative and have returned to practice. The Titans will resume practice on Saturday and were scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday but the NFL will reschedule the game for later in the season .

#2 London, given the recent Titans outbreak does that give concern, alarm that playing a contact game like football is still a high risk situation and asks the question why continue when you have an outbreak like this?

#3 The Los Angeles Lakers trounced the Miami Heat on Wednesday night in game 1 of the NBA Finals, 116-98. The Lakers Anthony Davis led with 34 points and Lebron James followed with 25. With Davis and LeBron the Lakers have been a force in post season.

#4 The Buffalo Bills (3-0) have been playing phenomenal football they’re headed to Las Vegas to play the Las Vegas Raiders (2-1) for week 4. The Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw against a mighty Los Angeles Rams defense last Sunday going 24-33 for 311 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. How do you see this match up this Sunday afternoon?

#5 London turning to the MLB postseason the Oakland A’s who not only won the AL West and won a playoff series and are headed to the Division Series in Los Angeles against the Houston Astros. The A’s pitching had been key in getting them to the post season getting great pitching support from starters Chris Bassitt 5-2 (ERA 2.29) and Sean Manaea 4-3 (ERA 4.50).

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Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Mahomes and Chiefs strong as ever in opener; 49ers have injuries how will they do?; plus more

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws under the pressure of Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt (99) on Thursday Night Football the season opener at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had an evening on Thursday Night Football to open the NFL season throwing for 211 yards and three touchdowns for a 34-28 win over the Houston Texans.

#2 The Chiefs wide receivers didn’t miss a step either Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and Tyreek Hill all caught a touchdown pass each.

#3 The San Francisco 49ers have a number of injuries including Deebo Samuel who will not play this Sunday due to a foot injury. Brandon Aiyuk was listed as limited and could play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in week one at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara.

#4 Turning to the NBA Playoffs the Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis had 29 points on Thursday night and LeBron James missed a triple double by needing just one assist. The Lakers take game 4, 110-100 and take the series lead 3-1 over the Houston Rockets.

#5 Turning to baseball long time Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was released by the Giants on Thursday. Sandoval was on all three Giants World Series teams in 2010, 2012, and 2014 and hit three home runs in one game. The Giants felt that Sandoval ran his course and produced a batting average of .220, 82 at bats, 18 hits, one home run.

#6 The San Jose Earthquakes suffered their worst loss in franchise history in a nine game regular season losing by a six goal loss 7-1 to the Seattle Sounders on Thursday night at Centurylink Field in Seattle.

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Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Fox NFL cuts ties with Brennaman over homophobic slurs; A look back at former Blue Jay Kevin Pillar’s gay slurs

Former Fox NFL play by play announcer Thom Brennaman is serving a suspension with Fox Sports Ohio and the Reds broadcast network for homophobic slurs he’s apologized for. This is a photo of Brennaman during happier times (  Cincinnati Enquirer file photo)

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq:

#1 Thom Brennaman who had pretty solid job security with work at Fox doing baseball and football and his play by play work with the Cincinnati Reds has seen decades of broadcast work cave after making a homophobic slur during the Reds at Royals game in Kansas City on Wednesday. Brennaman after being suspended by the Reds and Fox baseball was let go from doing Fox football on Thursday.

#2 In another story Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Pillar had used the same word that Brennaman used when Pillar played for the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17 2017 on Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte but like Brennaman immediately apologized for it. Pillar was suspended for two games and returned to play and the incident was quickly forgiven will Brennaman be in different situation than Pillar as he’s already been fired by Fox football broadcasts and it looks as if he will never call a game again for Fox Sports Ohio or for the Reds?

#3 Lastly on this Brennaman said he was deeply sorry for what he said on the telecast but has received criticism for what some say is insincere apology because he apologized to those who write his check out first and never mentioned the LGBTQ community.

#4 London turning to the NBA Playoffs, talk about how you see the match up between the Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Lakers how surprising was it for you to see how the Trailblazers took that first game of this first round from the Lakers on Tuesday night 100-93 and in game two the Blazers just couldn’t shut down the Lakers and LeBron’s game as the Lakers win game 111-88 what was the difference these two contests in stopping the Lakers in game one and just getting beat offensively on Thursday night?

#5 Toronto Raptors team president Masai Ujiri who was pushed after the clinching game of the NBA Finals at Chase Center in San Francisco by San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Strickland on June 13, 2019. Ujiri said he was pushed twice by Strickland because he was black and Strickland was denying him access to the Raptors’ on floor celebration after beating the Golden State Warriors. Ujiri said for no other reason he was pushed twice and told to “get the F— back ” by Strickland. At the time of the incident the Sheriff’s department said Ujiri did not display proper credentials and was being denied access to the floor. Strickland filed a lawsuit against Ujiri, the Raptors, and Maple Leafs Entertainment saying Ujiri shoved him and caused permanent injuries. Video taken from the incident is being argued by Ujiri’s attorneys that Strickland didn’t suffer any swelling and bruising as he claimed on the night of the incident at the hospital. Ujiri has filed a counter suit against Strickland and the Sheriff’s Department for assault.

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Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Quakes having early success in first two games; Face Chicago Sunday

The San Jose Earthquakes Shea Salinas (left) celebrates after scoring in the eight minute of stoppage time in the second half on Wednesday night scoring the winning goal for a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Orlando (AP photo)

On Headlines with London:

#1 London you never would have predicted it but the San Jose Earthquakes came back from a two goal deficit on Wednesday night to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3. It’s something that you didn’t see much of last year.

#2 Eight minutes into stoppage with the scored tied 3-3 the Quakes Shea Salinas scored the tie breaking goal for the Quakes first win of the second match group B Wednesday night at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

#3 Salinas took the shot 40 yards out worked the ball past three Whitecap defenders then took a shot past the Whitecaps goalie Maxime Crepeau for his first goal of the season. Talk about Salinas and the fashion of is goal?

#4 The game started out typical to some of the games you saw from last year’s Quakes games including a goal that was scored off the Quakes foot of Judson Silva Taveras who pulled inside on a centering pass that went off his foot and went into the Quakes net for a score for Vancouver that put them up 2-0.

#5 The come back in of itself and it has to inspire the Quakes to fight for another victory they came off a 0-0 draw with Seattle previous to facing Vancouver and now face the Chicago Fire this Sunday in Orlando could playing on a neutral site be the difference for the Quakes?

London does Headline Sports each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Can WNBA, NBA, and MLS withstand Florida outbreak as their season’s begin; More than 170 black MLS players march before games in Florida; plus more

Members of all the MLS soccer teams march around the stadium before a soccer match Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla., wearing shirts and masks with messages about race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 There are three leagues playing in the bubble called Disney World the WNBA, the NBA and MLS. MLS rushed to be the first league to start play as they opened on Thursday night with Philadelphia and Chicago with Covid cases spiking and Florida being a hot bed how much of a big mistake could this be asking the players to play during a huge epidemic like this?

#2 More than 170 Black players from different MLS teams marched around the stadium at Kissimmee Florida wearing masks and messages about race. The coalition Black Players for Change the players raised their fists for eight minutes and 46 seconds the same time that a Minneapolis cop had his knee on George Floyd.

#3 Justin Morrow of FC Toronto said that the players are standing with players in the European Soccer League as well who face discrimination as well.

#4 There will be no season for FC Dallas as six players who arrived in Orlando tested positive. FC Dallas arrived in Orlando on June 27th and are now quarantining in their hotel rooms. Nashville FC also had ten players who came down with Corona and have to withdraw. Which again raises the issue of how risky is it to play during a huge outbreak in a state that is simply out of control?

#5 London talk about the opener tonight as the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders battle. Will Chris Wondolowski have another great season as he leads the Quakes in the opener.

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Headline Sports podcast with David Zizmor: Kings Hield, Parker, and Len test positive for Covid-19; Gerould interim TV play by play announcer for Kings

Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker who tested positive for Coronavirus with teammates Buddy Hield and Alex Len puts the breaks on the Kings practices for now. (yahoo!sports.com file photo)

On Headlines pod with David:

#1 The Sacramento King’s guard Buddy Hield, forward Jabari Parker, and center Alex Len all have tested positive for Coronavirus. After the discovery it was suggested by a number of media outlets that the NBA should shut it down.

#2 The Sacramento Kings announced on Thursday that longtime radio play by play announcer Gary Gerould will be the team’s television interim play by play announcer while the team tries to find a replacement for former television play by play announcer Grant Napier who resigned after tweeting “All Lives Matter” which the Kings organization was under pressure to do something about Napier at the time.

David is filling in for London Marq Fridays for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Belmont Stakes one of the very few sports live; MLB negotiations

Tap with jockey John Valazquez is a favorite to win 6-1 in the Belmont Stakes this Saturday at American Grade Stakes Race (AP file photo)

On Headline Sports pod with London:

#1 London one of the very few sports that are live and with little doubt draw millions of fans who are starved for sports action of any kind the Belmont Stakes this Saturday the first of the Triple Crown races.

#2 The Belmont normally is the third race of the Triple Crown behind the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. The other differences in the Belmont as expected no spectators and the length will be 1 1/8 miles instead of the traditional 1 1/2 miles.

#3 Somewhere between 60-70 games the haggling continues with the MLB and the players union, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred proposed 60 games with full prorated pay to MLB players rep Tony Clark and the union has come back saying 70 games and they would have a deal.

#4 MLB also wants to have expanded playoffs with an extra round also with sponsors on the jerseys. These changes although nothing is officially announced are expected to be permanent to help raise revenue.

#5 Some of the NBA players are questioning if coming back is the right thing to do and not because of Coronavirus issues but is it the right thing to do with such racial strife happening in the US?

London joins Sportstalk each Friday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Kareem says he’s proud of players from all sports speaking out against racism; Covid-19 spiking NBA players question if it’s safe? plus more

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kareem Abdul Jabbar said he’s proud of professional athletes taking a stand against racism and hopes for a big change soon (New York Post file photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with London Marq:

#1 London in an interview with Yahoo! News on Thursday former Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar said he’s so proud of professional athletes speaking up about racial injustice, Jabbar said that when you have someone like LeBron James speaking up “that this is awesome this is going to make change.”

#2 London with the latest spike in Corona positive cases now reaching over 2 million in the US NBA players have expressed concerns about returning. Some of the players have questioned whether or not it’s safe to play in Orlando’s bubble facility at Disney World basically saying there is no guarantee of not getting the Coronavirus spread.

#3 The NBA said if some of the players who choose not to come back because of safety concerns that will not be a problem however those players not participating will lose a portion of their salary.

#4 At the funeral of George Floyd MSNBC contributor and Rev Al Sharpton said that if the NFL and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall was serious about racial equality and racial injustices he would not only allow the players to take a knee during the national anthem but also hire Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL working in some capacity in the game.

#5 Portland Trailblazers veteran Carmelo Anthony said that he also has reservations about returning saying as far as playing in Orlando there is just not enough answered questions about safety concerns and Melo said he could not commit 100%.

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Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: If he’s really sorry should Brees take a knee himself

Malcom Jenkins safety for the New Orleans Saints sends out a message directly to Saints quarterback Drew Brees about how he got the message wrong about taking a knee. Brees spent Thursday trying to do damage control with apologies all around. (photo from espn.com)

On Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 When football returns should the New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to demonstrate his sincere apologetic feelings about his saying the players are disrespecting the flag by taking knee should Brees take a knee himself?

#2 Brees has been heavily involved in the black community in New Orleans but said on Thursday that he needed to do more listening and less talking.

#3 Other NFL players are voicing their opinion about Brees saying taking a knee is disrespectful to the flag that it’s disrespectful to the US military might. In response the San Francisco 49ers’ Jerick McKinnion tweeted a middle finger amoji.

#4 Brees certainly didn’t expect the firestorm of criticism for his tweet saying his teammates and NFL players are disrepectful for taking a knee and that it’s an insult to the flag and the US military. Richard Sherman of the 49ers says that Brees has lost creditbiltiy and that Brees interjecting the military into the conversation is part of the problem.

#5 What’s the next step for Drew Brees now will he be able to be a team leader at quarterback for the Saints and help the Saints drive towards the post season? Or will he be pretty much persona non grata and the players will request not to play with him in anymore in NFL games?

London does Headline Sports podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com