Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Fournette joins very improved Buccaneers; LAFC looks to be the best in MLS

Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday strengthening the Bucs running backs position. The Bucs now have Ronald Jones, LaSean McCoy and Fournette on the roster at running back. (AP News file photo)

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 Draft pick running back Leonard Fournette who was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars  was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but head coach Brian Arians says that the running back position belongs to Ronald Jones.

#2 Also the Bucs running back LeSean McCoy will still have a spot on the roster with Fournette and Jones in the line up will there be room for McCoy?

#3 Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Arden Key entering his third season with the Raiders is preparing himself for the season. Key has only three sacks last season said that before coming off an injury that ended the 2019 season for him that he had a pretty good two games before he left with the injury.

#4 Turning to the MLS and the San Jose Earthquakes it was too much LAFC for the Quakes on Wednesday night in LA as the Quakes just couldn’t put the breaks on LAFC in a four goal loss 5-1.

#5 LAFC were tough in the bubble and their one of the toughest teams in the MLS led by Diego Rossi who scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season. LAFC is undefeated and looks like a second to none team.

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

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Emotions raw as players in sports evaluate what to do next; Could sports be cancelled over racial injustice?

The Tennessee Titans stand united in cancelling their practice on Thursday and today with other NFL teams joining against social injustice and in light of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin (photo from touchdownwire.usatoday.com)

Headline Sports with London Marq:

#1 On Wednesday night the NBA, MLS, cancelled their games and MLB had six teams cancel their games in the news of the shooting of Jacob Blake of Kenosha Wisconsin. The WNBA took the night off on Thursday.

#2 The NBA players and coaches discussed on Thursday the future of going on and the players feel at this time this is not the right thing to do and go out and entertain while America is suffering from more racial injustice issues.

#3 London the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James said his emotions are all over the place and Doc Rivers head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers said that he loves the country but the country is not loving him back.

#4 Turning to the MLB, MLB looks as if they will postpone more games like the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants who were scheduled to play on Wednesday and cancelled and rescheduled played a double header on Thursday. Right now it looks as if the players want to get through this season. The New York Mets Dominic Smith gave a very emotional interview saying “no one cares” regarding the racial injustice situation.

#5 The New York Jets and Tennessee Titans had cancelled their practices on Thursday and more teams might be expected to cancel today. Like the Jets and Titans social injustice is on the minds of professional sports right now than playing the game. The NFL released a statement today saying in addition to the Jets and Titans the Packers, Bears, Colts, Cardinals, Broncos and Chargers have all cancelled their practices today.

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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: Kings win their last two games to close season; Can Warriors get high draft pick?; plus more

Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield (24) defends against Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 London the Sacramento Kings won their last two games to close out their regular season. They defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 136-122 on Thursday although they won’t go the the playoffs winning that last game was a good note to end the season.

#2 The Kings defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 112-106 on Tuesday so Sacramento got to string two wins together after losing five of six games.

#3 Are the Golden State Warriors in rebuild? After their dismal 2019-20 season their looking for a high draft pick in the lottery. The Warriors are a 14% chance of getting a number one draft pick.

#4 This past week for the Oakland A’s had it’s twists and turns. They had a nine game win streak come to an end last Monday night in a loss to the Angels. A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano who is expected to serve a six game suspension soon for charging the Houston Astros dugout on Sunday had a spectacular game with three amazing catches and a hit for two RBIs on Wednesday.

#5 The Big 12, SEC, and the ACC will schedule non conference games for September 1st and then starting September 26th they will start the regular season. Despite other conferences in the NCAA canceling they will push on with games and people have to ask if this is such a safe idea?

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

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