The Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano charges first base on a Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe ground ball in first inning action at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg on Sat Apr 30, 2022. The Twins announced that Sano will be on the IL due to having knee surgery (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:
#1 Jessica, we’ll start tonight talking about the Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano who will need knee surgery the Twins have said that they have no idea when he will be returning. Sano is going into surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. Sano has been on the team 10 day IL since Monday night.
#2 The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani has had to go through all sorts of pains and injuries including have Tommy John surgery two years ago. Ohtani hit a ninth inning double on Sunday and he slowed down his running and left the game but is expected to be back on the mound to pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Thursday night in the last game of that three game series.
#3 Another player has join the Coivd 19 IL the Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto who has been put on the list as a precautionary measure and is day to day according to Reds manager David Bell. Votto who was a six time all star was hitting just .122.
#4 The Chicago Cubs left handed pitcher Drew Smyly who is on bereavement was replaced by Robert Gsellman who was called up from the Cubs minor league Triple A Iowa club. Gsellman was 0-1 ERA 3.77 with the Mets last season.
#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers will be offering backdrop events in two venues for the 2022 All Star Game one location at LA Live in downtown and the other at Santa Monica Pier which are 18 miles apart from each other. “No city and no city’s fans have supported their team like the Dodgers’ fans have,” said Dodgers team president Stan Kasten.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman, center, gets congratulated by Mookie Betts, left, and Edwin Rios after they scored on a double by Trea Turner in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Mon Apr 18, 2022 (AP News photo)
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#1 Former Atlanta Brave Freddie Freeman didn’t waste anytime taking his former teammates deep. Freeman now with the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a first inning second pitch was a line drive that went straight over the left centerfield Dodger Stadium fence. The Dodgers wound up winning Monday night’s thriller 7-4. Freeman said this was not poetic justice or anything like that but he was happy reuniting with his former teammates.
#2 Former pitcher Jake Arrieta who spent his best years of his 12 year career with the Chicago Cubs has announced his retirement. Arrieta started his career with the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-13 and then went to the Cubs where he won 68 games between 2014-2019 before signing on with the Philadelphia Phillies for three years. Arrieta said “it’s time to step away from the game.”
#3 The Los Angeles Angels will miss his bat in the line up but are relieved that outfielder Mike Trout had a negative test on his MRI after Trout was hit on his left hand by a pitch Sunday. Angels trainer Mike Frostad said Trout’s return is based on his pain tolerance.
#4 The Astros Jose Altuve in the same game on Monday night against the Angels experience hamstring issues in the eighth inning after running after hitting a single. Altuve while sitting on the ground was frustrated by the injury but said after the game he was feeling better. Manager Dusty Baker said the team is waiting for answers and Altuve will be seeing a doctor.
#5 The state of Florida has removed mask mandates under cutting federal mandates. The Florida mandate removal might be a big mistake as in Philadelphia they are going back to mask mandates after having a huge Covid outbreak as the Oakland A’s who played a three game series in Philadelphia earlier this month had seven players out with Covid protocols on Monday night’s home opener in Oakland.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred seen addressing the media on Tue Mar 1, 2022 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter FL site of the Lock Out negotiations (AP News photo)
Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong:
#1 Fans polled blame the lock out on the owners by 45% and 34% say they didn’t know and 21% blame the players.
#2 Amongst one of the hottest buttons in the talks is the Collective Balance Tax the union didn’t budge from it’s $238 million to a $263 million tax growth. The league proposed a slow climb on the CBT starting at $220 million to $230 million. Four owners have voted no on the players proposal and it’s been the sticking point in these negotiations.
#3 On Sunday MLB negotiations the players did permit a 14 second clock for the pitchers to throw with the bases empty. A 19 second clock with runners on base, larger bases, both sides are close on the draft lottery and no shift.
#4 Los Angeles Lakers Russell Westbrook’s wife Nina has just about had enough of fans calling Russell out of his name at games and she said she has stopped bringing the children to the game to hear the awful things the fans call Russell as she said on Twitter.
#5 San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Poppovich tied former Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson for the most regular season wins in NBA history 1335 and needs one more Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night to break the all time wins record. Some of the players he coached have called him one of the best coaches of all time.
2022 Beijing Olympics logo (image from pixellogo.com)
On Headlines podcast with Jessica:
#1 Jessica the excitement is building as the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is just eight days away beginning Feb 4th through 22nd. All nations attending are looking forward to the games.
#2 Tough break for Olympic downhill skier Breezy Johnson who tore her right cartilage on a downhill slope during on a training run. Breezy will miss this Winter Olympic. Breezy skied the last two seasons with teammate Mikaela Shiffrin.
#3 Jessica some baseball writers are saying that not allowing former MLB players Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens in the Hall of Fame is dangerous because that will also keep out other steroid era players but isn’t that the whole idea keeping out dishonest players?
#4 Jessica the Kansas City Chiefs are on the fringes of advancing to the next round to play in Super Bowl LVI. The Chiefs have won four of their last five games but one trick the loss in those five games came against their next opponent the Cincinnati Bengals back on Jan 2 in Cincinnati 34-31. Quite a climb for both teams to get here with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow both who are having a bang up season.
#5 The San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams will slug it out for the NFC Championship at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles this Sunday. The 49ers have defeated the Rams six consecutive times over a three season period. The Rams have home field and will be fired up and try to knock off the 49ers. The 49ers are looking to keep it going with the Super Bowl on the line.
Dallas Cowboys fans throwing garbage and trash at NFL officials and Cowboy players after the Cowboys loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (Daily Snark news photo)
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#1 “Credit to them. Credit it to them” Famous last words from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after learning fans were not throwing trash and garbage at his teammates but rather to officials on Sunday after the loss to the 49ers blaming officials for not spotting the ball in time as time ran out and the Cowboys were eliminated from the post season. Prescott had since apologized on Tuesday for what he said.
#2 The Seattle Seahawks front office kept busy this week as they fired their defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr and defensive passing game coordinator Andre Curtis in what was the worst season for the Seahawks in more than ten years under head coach Pete Carroll. The Hawks have asked permission to speak with the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell.
#3 According to head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin all options are on the table as his starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is presumed not to be returning for the 2022 season after 18 seasons as starting quarterback Roethlisberger will most likely be hanging it up and Tomlin will be searching for a new quarterback for next season.
#4 Golden State Warriors minority owner Chamath Palihapitiya (polly who said 15 minutes into an interview on Saturday that “Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK?” Palihapitiya continued saying “I’m telling you a very hard, ugly truth, OK, of all the things that I care about, yes it is below my line.” The Uyghurs Muslims are being are reportedly being persecuted and suffering from genocide in China according to the US Government. The Warriors embarrassed by the comments are reportedly keeping themselves away from Palihapitya and his remarks and sources say Palihapitya share of the team could be bought out depending on how much the team has to do damage control over the remarks.
#5 Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving re-enforced his no Covid 19 vaccine stance telling the media on Tuesday that his life outside of basketball is his choice not be vaccinated. Irving is not eligible to play in Brooklyn his home building the Barclay Center where the vaccine shot is mandated to be able to play.
Cleveland Browns guard Wyatt Teller (77) and offensive tackle James Hudson (66) pick up quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) last Mon Jan 3, 2022 at Heinz Field in Cleveland (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong:
#1 Jessica, the Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is having shoulder surgery and the Browns won’t wait it will be as soon as possible. Mayfield will not play this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The surgery will for a torn labrum in his non throwing left shoulder.
#2 Jessica, the Tennessee Titans linebacker Bud Dupree has been charged with misdemeanor assault after some individuals came back into a Walgreens store in Nashville after having an argument with a 20 year old male employee last Sun Jan 2. It was reported that Dupree grabbed the employee’s phone who was filming the incident. A male and female employee ended up getting cuts. The male employee on the forehead and the female employee on the hands. The Titans said they are aware of the situation. Dupree and the Titans had just won earlier that day defeating the Miami Dolphins 34-3.
#3 Jessica, the railing collapsed right after the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Team concluded their game last Sunday in Washington in an Eagles 20-16 win. As Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was exiting the railing collapsed and six fans fell six feet. Hurts ended up helping one of the fans and was afraid someone could have seriously got hurt. Hurts wrote to NFL vice president Brian McCarthy and the Washington Football Team about the incident and McCarthy assured Hurts that the league will look into with Washington and promised nothing like this will happen again.
#4 There is certainty that the Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson will join the Warriors after two and a half years of recovering from a torn left ACL and right Achilles tear missing two seasons. Thompson is expected back in the line up against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday Jan 9th at Chase Center in San Francisco.
#5 Big effort by the Atlanta Hawks Trae Young who scored 56 points but the Hawks ended up losing to the visiting Portland Trailblazers 136-131. Young had a hot hand going 17-26 and 7-12 on three pointers. What more does Young has to do to prove that’s a core player on the Hawks.
The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to not have players attend the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics scheduled between Feb 5-22 and will make up postponed games during that time as announced Tue Dec 21, 2021 (image from Vegas Hockey Now)
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#1 Jessica tonight we start with the NHL calling for this week’s leaguewide shutdown which was announced on Monday due to the positive coronavirus outbreak that has ten NHL teams facilities already shut before the shutdown was announced.
#2 The Holiday break was announced two days earlier and the NHL isn’t schedule to be back until Monday. Five games scheduled for Thursday has been postponed a total 50 games postponed this season.
#4 The NHLPA and the NHL have come to an agreement that no players will be participating in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics Feb 5-22. The NHL with it’s massive Coronvirus outbreak and travel between Canada and the US has been banned the NHL decided to not send players to Beijing. The NHL will use those dates to make up games that are currently postponed.
#3 Jessica, in women’s college basketball the U Conn Huskies 16 year steak of being in the top 10 is over. The Huskies lost to Louisville and dropped four places in the AP poll on Monday dropping to 11th. The last time the Huskies were in 11th place was back on Mar 7, 2005.
#4 Monday was also another brutal day for the NFL as 47 players were put on the Covid 19 list a record for one day since the pandemic began in 2020. Some of the 47 keynote players in the Covid 19 quarantine are Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff.
#5 New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will be out for the rest of the season with a sprained neck injury. According the Giants head coach Joe Judge doctor recommended that Jones sit out the remaining three games this season after scans showed the extent of Jones’ neck injuries.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, second form left, looks for some assistance from his teammates and on defense from Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant, left, and center Isaiah Stewart (28) Sun Nov 28, 2021. LeBron went on Covid 19 protocols on Tue Nov 30, 2021 (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast:
#1 Jessica, LeBron James is out for health and safety Covid 19 protocols starting on Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers announced that LeBron will be out for several games. LeBron has missed 11 of 22 games this season and are below .500 in games without him at 4-7.
#2 Jessica, with the Omicron scare actively spreading the NBA has issued a recommendation on further boosters and vaccinations for it’s players. The league has completed a study of 2300 players and staff according to the study the league wants to create more antibodies and are recommending shots from Moderna and Pfizer. They say the Johnson and Johnson shot declines after a while.
#3 Tiger Woods who said he will not be golfing full time for the rest of his career but making part time tours said that he’s lucky to be alive and have his leg after the vehicle crash. Woods said on cutting back on golf tours that after many back injuries and his fracture leg from the auto accident that he’s made the climb enough times and he’s at peace with that.
#4 The New Jersey Devils Jack Hughes returned to action on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks after suffering a separated shoulder and was out on the injured list since Oct 19th. In addition to Hughes return he was given a contract extension eight years for $64 million. Hughes 20 was headed to free agency once this season was over but the Devils secured him for the long future.
#5 New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is listed as a question mark for this Sunday in Miami due to a strained neck he received in the Giants 13-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones got injured early after taking a hit on the second play of the game and most likely will be replaced by back up Mike Glennon.
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino returned to the pitcher’s mound Tue Sep 21, 2021 as he has recovered from Tommy John surgery and could be a big push in the Yankees bid to make the post season. Severino watches the Yankees from the dugout on Jun 20, 2021 and was activated on Mon Sep 20, 2021 (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports with Jessica:
#1 The Major League Players Union are prepared to sue MLB over the 2020 season shortened season due to the Coronavirus epidemic that the 60 game schedule was too short. Martin F Scheinman an arbitrator will hear grievance proceedings as the Players are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for losing out on some 102 regular season games.
#2 The entire 2020 regular season was played in front of no fans, limited amounts of media, front office employees and player personal were allowed during the 60 game season. The loss hit the players in 2019 that went from $3.99 billion to $1.54 billion in 2020. This could be a stigma in negotiations in the Collective Bargaining Agreement which expires Dec 1st as the 2022 season could face a lock out.
#3 The New York Yankees on Monday who are a 1/2 game back in the AL Wild Card race were glad to announce the return of pitcher Luis Severino who made his first appearance in two years after having Tommy John surgery on Tuesday . Yanks manager Aaron Boone says he’ll be using Severino out of the bullpen. Severino signed a four year $40 million deal before 2019 campaign. He also could make appearances in the post season.
#4 After the Las Vegas Raiders came calling to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers the Steelers came away with multiple injuries which included quarterback Joe Roethlisberger who is suffering a left pectoral injury. The Steelers don’t know when in the game Sunday that Roethlisberger got the injury.
#5 Despite the Green Bay Packers win over the Detroit Lions Sunday 35-17 critics on the Pat McAfee show are questioning Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers his performance, work skills, mental make up and are questioning Rogers work habits. Rogers in return called out BS in his response to the McAfee show saying, “”It’s absolute (expletive) to give people a platform who have no idea what they’re talking about as far as my mental state and my focus, my work habits – people who are not in my life or I’ve not had communication with them or not in the locker room,” Rodgers said. “That’s just (expletive). It’s so ridiculous that people can get a platform to do this.”
Former Washington Football Team player Clinton Portis is one of three NFL players who have plead guilty in a fraud case, Porter is facing a maximum of 20 years (file photo from CNN)
On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:
#1 Former Washington Football Team player Clinton Portis, former Kansas City Chief Tamarick Vanover and former Washington Football Team player Robert McCune all have plead guilty for fraud schemes trying to scam the NFL’s retiree health benefits plan. They submitted claims worth $3 million the Justice Department said. Porter is facing a 20 year maximum sentence, Vanover will be sentenced on January 22 and McCune will be sentenced Jan 6th.
#2 New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is not surprised that he won the starting job for the Patriots saying “Not really. Like I always say, I prepare to be the starter. I got a chance to get a lot of reps. Nothing really changes.”
#3 Jones also said that he got along with Cam Newton who was released from the team that he was there to help Cam and Cam was there to help him. Jones said he hopes Newton lands somewhere and that he is a great guy.
#4 Jessica turning to baseball, Former St Louis Cardinal and current Los Angeles Dodger Albert Pujols had a memorable evening hitting his career 679th home run against his former team on Tuesday night to a standing ovation. There is little doubt that Pujols will go into the Hall of Fame as a Cardinal when his career is over.
#5 The New York Yankees are slipping they have lost seven of their last ten games and they are now 8.5 games behind first place Tampa Bay. They haven’t been getting the pitching in the loses and were landslided by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night 8-0, on Tuesday night the Yankees suffered another loss again 5-1 and dropped Wednesday night’s contest 6-3 their just one more game from being swept in a four game series with the Jays.