Los Angeles Angels Matt Harvey shown pitching against the Houston Astros on Jul 18, 2019 at the Big A in Anaheim the same year he was to have taken oxycodone pills with the late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs (AP file photo)
On Headline Sports with Jessica:
#1 Former New York Met and Los Angeles Angel and current Baltimore Oriole pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended 60 days stemming from his taking oxycodone pills with former and late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
#2 Skaggs died from asphyxiating on his own vomit and had oxycodone and cocaine in his system. Eric Kay the Angels former Communications director was convicted for distributing the drugs as five former Angels players testified. Kay is looking at 20 years in jail.
#3 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods said it was “unfortunate” and “sad” that Phil Mickelson is not attending the 2022 PGA Championship. Mickelson is taking some time away from golf. Mickelson said that he was going to join the Saudi Super Golf League and had said even with the knowledge that the Saudi King was alleged to have ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi Mickelson said he would still be interested in joining the Saudi Super League and got a lot of criticism for that decision and has been quite since.
#4 Jessica, the NBA is working with the WNBA on Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner’s release from a Russian prison. Griner had been imprisoned since February and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Englebert are working side by side. Silver said that he’s been working with the White House, State Department, and hostage negotiators for Griner’s release. The Russian Government has offered to release Griner for the Merchant of Death Viktor Bout.
#5 Jessica, the Boston Celtics played last night against the Miami Heat in game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in Miami. The Celtics were without Al Horford health and safety issues and Marcus Smart is out with a foot injury both are day to day and could return Thursday night.
Brittney Griner the Phoenix Mercury star has been imprisoned in a Moscow jail since Feb 17, 2022 and was visited by US consular officials this week and reported to be in good condition (photo from the New York Post)
On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong:
#1 Brittney Griner got to meet with US officials who reported that the Phoenix Mercury WNBA star is doing well in a Russian prison. The Russian Government said that Griner will remain in prison as a Russian judge has extended Griner’s imprisonment until May. Griner has been accused of trying to transport smuggle vape cartridges containing hashish oil. Russian officials previous to this week had denied US officials access to Griner.
#2 Ash Barty the No.1 women’s tennis star who announced her retirement at 25 this week. Barty who won the Australian Open grand slam singles final. This is the second time that Barty has walked away from tennis at 15 she was the Wimbledon junior champion and said she was overwhelmed by the pressure and travel required. This time she said “I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top of the level any more. I am spent.”
#3 Jessica, former Houston Astros star Carlos Correa said that he wants to help build a winning culture with his new team the Minnesota Twins after signing a $105 million contract for three years. The Twins have lost 18 straight post season games since 2014 and Correa is hoping to get that turned around.
#4 Changes are coming in MLB one them is rosters will expand from 26 to 28 players between Apr 7 to May 1st. There will also be a rule that will allow a runner at second base in extra innings a rule that was thought to go away from last season but could return, another rule is that pitchers can stay in the line up after they have been replaced. These changes could be in effect if owners ratify them the vote will be next week.
#5 Jessica, former Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone has agreed to reach a multi year deal with the Denver Nuggets for a multi year extension, Malone had next season 2022-23 remaining on his contract and the Nuggets look forward to working with Malone for many years to come. Malone is third winningest coach for career wins in Nuggets history.
The New York Mets have lots to work on in the off season after the recent firing of Zach Scott which now creates three front office openings. AP file photo show the Mets hosting the Washington Nationals Sun Aug 29, 2021
On Headlines with Jessica:
#1 The New York Mets fired acting general manager Zack Scott, Scott who served for the Mets for only two months was arrested for driving under the influence. Mets team president Sandy Alderson has assumed Scott’s general manager duties.
#2 The Mets who fell apart in the second half of the season was an additional reason to the Scott firing, Alderson is now looking for a new general manager, a field manager as Luis Rojas was fired, and a new president of baseball operations.
#3The Mets also were trying to hire former Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin who has signed on with the San Diego Padres and A’s vice president Billy Beane. Beane is part owner of the A’s and it’s very unlikely he will leave Oakland for New York.
#4 Jessica it looks like a quarterback controversy at the New York Jets, back up quarterback Mike White threw for 405 yards and first stringer Zack Wilson came over to congratulate him after the game. White said that Wilson was “more juiced” about the win than he was. Jets head coach Robert Saleh said he’ll see how Wilson is doing coming off his knee injury regarding who he’ll start against the Indianapolis Colts this week on Sunday Night Football.
#5 Jessica, the New York Giants (2-6) are struggling having lost the Kansas Chiefs (4-4) last Sunday in Kansas City. The Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was 22-32 for 222 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Giants host the Las Vegas Raiders (4-2) this Sunday in the Meadowlands.
Stanford Cardinal guards Haley Jones, left, and Kiana Williams try to take the ball away from Oregon Ducks forward Erin Boley during the first half of action at Oregon University on Tue Feb 16, 2021 (AP News photo)
Headlines Sports podcast with Jessica:
#1 The No.3 Stanford Cardinal (19-2) women’s team who defeated Oregon (12-5) on Monday night have won eight straight games in a row and continue to steam roll ahead.
#2 The Cardinal host Arizona State (10-7) on Friday night. The Cardinal have been getting some great offensive help from Kiana Williams, Cameron Brink, and Lexie Hall all three delivering on offensive scoring.
#3 The Utah Jazz head coach Quin Synder will be head coach of the NBA Western team has lead the Jazz with the best record in the NBA at 23-5 and the Jazz has won 19 of their last 20 games. The Jazz are fourth with the NBA’s best offensive rating and are second best in defense in the league.
#4 Los Angeles Laker LeBron James was asked about the tandem of the Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. LeBron then said have you forgotten the Golden State Warriors tandem when they had KD, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson during the Warriors glory days.
#5 Jessica, MLB has introduced strict Covid-19 protocols for spring training in Arizona for the Cactus League. Those include the following social distancing, wearing a mask at all times, practice fields will be closed to the public, no bags allowed in the park except for medical staff and media, and the new policies can be found at the website camelbackranchbaseball.com
Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Fred Dean shown here during his hey days with the 49ers. He played for the 49ers between 1981 to 1985 and won two Superbowls (file photo from 49erswezbone.com)
On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:
#1 The Coronavirus spares no one and former San Francisco 49er defensive end Fred Dean was no exception. Dean passed away on Wednesday at age 68. Dean played for the San Diego Chargers from 1975-81, with the 49ers from 1981 to 1985. In 2008 Dean was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. Dean played a huge part of the 49ers Super Bowls winning two rings.
#2 The Houston Astros avoided elimination with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night with the Rays leading the series by two games 3-1. The Astros Jose Altuve who committed multiple errors in game 3 made amends with a home run in the first inning and an RBI double in the third inning.
#3 The Miami Dolphins (2-3) came into Levis Stadium to battle the San Francisco 49ers (2-3). The Dolphins and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick dominated in the first half with a 30-7 lead and eventually buried the 49ers 43-17 with the Los Angeles Rams (4-1) coming to Santa Clara to face the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.
#4 The Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) shocked the NFL world with a any given Sunday 40-32 win over the Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders quarterback Derek Carr came in with a solid game plan throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns.
#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers quickly got behind the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS losing the first two games of the series but the Dodgers a team who never gives up and they’ve showed that all season who lost by just a run on Tuesday night 8-7. Braves have the series lead and the Dodgers came right back on Wednesday in game 3 for a 15-3. Braves lead the series 2-1. Dodgers ace pitcher Klay Kershaw is slated to start tonight in game 4.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) gives chase to the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) who runs past Sherman in the second half of Sun Sep 13th’s game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)
On Headlines podcast with Jessica:
#1 Jessica, problems continue to happen for the the San Francisco 49ers. Wednesday they announced that their cornerback Richard Sherman will be out until week 5 which will be at home against the Dolphins. Sherman sustained a calf strain injury it was from a previous injury.
#2 NFL league spokesman Brian McCarthy said that NFL teams may sign Colin Kaepernick “if they choose to.” Kaepernick has not played in the NFL in three years. Did the issues of social unrest put enough pressure on the NFL to reconsider to bring back Kaepernick?
#3 MLB playoffs and World Series will be held in a bubble for this October with the National League playing post season either in Minute Maid Field in Houston or Globe Life in Arlington and the American League playing either at Petco Park in San Diego or Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. The NLWCS will be on Sep 29th and game one of the World Series will be on Oct 20th.
#4 MLB players say they like the seven inning games in doubleheaders. The seven inning game average has been 2 1/2 hours.
#5 The LA Lakers and Denver Nuggets tip off for the Western Conference Finals on Friday night. The Lakers won their last round beating the Houston Rockets 4-3 and the Nuggets won their last round beating the Los Angeles Clippers 4-1.