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The NBA, National Basketball Players Association and 2K have partnered to produce an NBA 2K tournament that will air on ESPN and ESPN2 starting Friday, it was announced.
The NBA 2K20 Player Tournament is Friday through April 11, according to a statement, and will begin airing on ESPN with a half-hour preshow at 7 p.m. ET. The tournament will run on ESPN until 8:30 p.m. and then is scheduled to transition to ESPN2 until 11:30 p.m.
Sixteen NBA players will compete, including Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Hassan Whiteside, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker and others.
The winner of the event will receive $100,000 to give to a charity in support of coronavirus relief efforts.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the NBA and NBPA to bring basketball back to fans throughout the world and to help those in need during these uncertain times,” said Jason Argent, 2K senior
Tom Brady is officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the future Hall of Fame quarterback will continue to rock the same jersey number that he wore in New England.
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers announced that Brady will wear No. 12 for the 2020 season, his first with the franchise. Brady accepted receiver Chris Godwin’s offer to switch numbers. Godwin, a Pro Bowler for the first time in 2019, will switch to No. 14 for the 2020 season. Godwin told the team’s website that there no transaction took place between himself and Brady in exchange for the number, with Godwin expressing his respect for Brady as the reason why he wanted to give the six-time Super Bowl champion his old number.
The 24-year-old pass catcher sported the number for all three of his seasons in the NFL
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LOS ANGELES — Two weeks after two unnamed Los Angeles Lakers players tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday that all of its players are currently symptom-free.
After the Brooklyn Nets revealed that four of their players, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for the virus, the Lakers quickly arranged for their players to be tested because their last game was against the Nets on March 10 at Staples Center.
The NBA suspended its season indefinitely the following day.
The Lakers had to wait two days for test results and then all of their players were placed in a 14-day home isolation prescribed by the team. Fourteen players out of the Lakers’ 17-man roster (including two-way contracts) were tested at the time, league sources told ESPN.
The Lakers never had to leave their vehicles once arriving at the test site for the procedure, which involved a
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MIAMI — Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat said Tuesday that he is prepared to forgo his annual offseason move back to his native Slovenia if that is what the NBA schedule necessitates.
Dragic, his wife and their two children are in Miami and have no plans to leave for Slovenia amid the global coronavirus pandemic. His parents recently left Miami to return home, but the Heat guard says he’s staying
“Three days ago they flew back home because they had to, the government said that all the Slovenian citizens needed to get back,” Dragic said, referring to his parents, adding that they wore masks and gloves on their not-very-full flight back to Slovenia. “But my situation is different. Here is my home. We have health insurance in America and we have a home to go to, so we’re going to stay
MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat said Tuesday that he is prepared to forgo his annual offseason move back to his native Slovenia if that is what the NBA schedule necessitates.
Dragic, his wife and their two children are in Miami and have no plans to leave for Slovenia amid the global coronavirus pandemic. His parents recently left Miami to return home, but the Heat guard says he’s staying.
“Three days ago they flew back home because they had to, the government said that all the Slovenian citizens needed to get back,” Dragic said, referring to his parents, adding that they wore masks and gloves on their not-very-full flight back to Slovenia. “But my situation is different. Here is my home. We have health insurance in America and we have a home to go to, so we’re going to stay here.”
Dragic and his family have gotten
The SEC has canceled its 2020 spring meetings that were originally scheduled for the last week of May in Destin, Florida, due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will explore alternate methods to hold the meetings, which include conversations regarding rule changes, recognition of award winners and administrative meetings which include information on the financial health of the conference.
“The SEC Spring Meetings represent one of our Conference’s great traditions and provide an opportunity to celebrate the past year, plan for the future and focus on our mission to serve people through our universities,” said commissioner Greg Sankey. “We regret this year’s event will not be held as planned, but we know cancellation is appropriate in the light of supporting safety and well-being during this unprecedented public health crisis.”
Coaches from all sports, presidents and athletic directors all
The first of several expected NBA Draft defections for Arizona trickled in Tuesday as Zeke Nnaji, the Wildcats freshman big man from Minnesota, made himself available for the draft. Nnaji won Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors in his first — and likely only — collegiate season, averaging 16.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.
Nnaji ranks No. 31 on the CBS Sports Big Board and sixth among players at his position. He’s one of three likely draft-bound Wildcats along with fellow freshman teammates Nico Mannion and Josh Green. All three are projected top-35 picks.
As commitments to enter the draft continue to roll in in the coming days and weeks, we’ll monitor each with our continuously updating tracker below along with each player’s updated projections. Remember, these are all subject to change due to new NCAA
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I have absolutely no idea what to make of the Utah Jazz. As a basketball writer, this is less than ideal, but I suspect there are others like me, who after 64 games still don’t know exactly what we’ve learned about them.
The Jazz rank eighth in offense and 11th in defense in the possibly finished 2019-20 season, but those numbers fail to capture how they repeatedly picked up steam and then lost it. If this is it, I will remember them as one of the more confusing teams in recent history.
On the morning of March 11, had you asked me to make the case that the Jazz were dark horse championship contenders, I could have. With equal ease, I could have made the case that they weren’t,
The lightweight division within MMA has a complicated history. The UFC simply did away with the 155-pound ranks for years, leaving the division to flourish outside the Octagon until the stars aligned to finally construct a fully-functioning lightweight division. In recent years, the lightweight division has flourished into a big-money division on the strength of Conor McGregor’s title win and the dominant run of reigning champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
One of those two bitter rivals — the man currently in possession of the 155-pound title — made the cut for CBS Sports’ top 10 lightweights of all time, but is Nurmagomedov the greatest lightweight in MMA history? That’s a question the CBS Sports experts attempted to answer as we voted to establish the best fighters across a deep history of talented lightweights in the sport.
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Arizona freshman Zeke Nnaji is entering the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Tuesday.
“Ever since 4th grade I have had the dream of playing professional basketball in the NBA. After consulting with my family and praying about it, we have submitted the required paperwork to the league office. I’m officially making myself available for the draft,” Nnaji told ESPN in an email.
Nnaji, the No. 34 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, emerged as one of the top big men in college basketball while earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-12 first-team honors.
The 7-footer averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, establishing himself as one of the hardest-playing big men in the country and vastly exceeding early expectations thanks to his agility, soft touch and efficient style of play.
“It still feels like I’m dreaming because I have