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Coach Mike Singletary out at Texas high school after two seasons

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Coach Mike Singletary out at Texas high school after two seasons

Success as a head coach continues to elude Mike Singletary.

The former 49ers head man stepped down as the football coach of the Texas high school Trinity Christian Academy-Addison, the Dallas Morning News reported on Thursday. The report states that the former NFL Defensive Player of the year made the decision in December after going a comb ined 1-21 in two seasons at the school – including 0-11 in 2019. Singletary will focus on motivational speaking and consulting enterprises.

Trinity Christian has had past success under former and returning coach Steve Hayes, but also struggled in the years leading up to Singletary being hired.

His disastrous record there does come with a small caveat: The 61-year-old Singletary was in charge of two teams in 2019 as he was also the head coach of the AAF’s Memphis Express during the league’s short run. He went 2-6 with Johnny Manziel and Christian Hackenberg as his quarterbacks in Memphis.

His recent poor performances follow up three mostly mediocre seasons with the 49ers from 2008-2010 in which he went 18-22. Singletary took over for the fired Mike Nolan in San Francisco eight weeks into the 2008 season.

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2020 MLB season ‘not looking promising’

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2020 MLB season 'not looking promising'

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman is losing hope that baseball will be back this summer.

“This season is not looking promising,” Stroman tweeted Tuesday after the players union was left disappointed by MLB’s latest financial proposal, which entails the highest-paid players taking greater pay cuts than their peers — and more pay cuts than the union thought it would need to take for baseball to return from its shutdown.

The player’s union remains steadfast in abiding by the money agreement the two sides reached in March, which stated the union would earn their salaries on a prorated basis — without pay cuts — with the return of baseball.

MLB, meanwhile, says that agreement included a provision that would allow for further negotiating should games be played without fans, which would be the case because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLB is hoping to begin this season in July.

Stroman, who is signed to a one-year, $12 million contract, would make around $3 million in an 82-game season under the league’s latest proposal, according to an ESPN estimate.

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Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, who is slated to earn $36 million this season, would earn around $8 million in this scenario, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported.

Sixty-five percent of players make less than $1 million, and so their wallets wouldn’t be hit has hard.

As part of that March agreement, owners made a $170 million advance payment to teams covering April and May.

“Keeping the mind and body ready regardless,” Stroman said. “Time to dive into some life-after-baseball projects. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Brighter times remain ahead!”

Because MLB and the union already agreed that players would receive a full year of service time even if the entire season is canceled, there is a chance Stroman could have played his last game in Queens.

When asked by a fan if this could be his last season, the 29-year-old Stroman responded, “Very possible. No clue if they’ll want to extend me. Just have to wait and see how it all plays out!”

The 2019 All-Star righty would be among the top free-agent pitchers available if the Mets don’t resign him.

Stroman, a Long Island native, was 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA after being traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets last season.

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NHL restart plan makes dollars and sense

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There remain as many questions as answers as the NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan Tuesday, but give the league credit: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a road map is in place.

Sure, we don’t know whether the league will actually resume action paused on March 12, but the hope that 24 teams will begin training camps sometime in July, play games in two hub cities and hand out the Stanley Cup is trying to make the best of a horrible situation.

Although a second wave of the virus that has officially resulted in the death of approximately 350,000 people around the world could derail the NHL’s plan, some hope of normalcy in our lives is welcome news.

Even trying to decipher the draft-lottery system is a lot more fun than looking at the latest virus figures from Johns Hopkins University or being caught in the political vortex that’s resulted from it all.

As the NHL optimistically looks to the future, here are five takeaways from the restart plan that catch our eye:

1. It’s OK to think about dollars and cents

It’s easy to say the league wants to finish the season for no other reason than to collect as much sponsorship and television revenue as possible, but provided everyone is able to stay safe, that’s not a bad thing. It is a business that impacts the economy.

The teams have paid players the bulk of their annual salaries, so it’s fair for the owners to try recouping some money even without ticket sales and connected revenue from concessions, parking and souvenirs.

Hockey fans will happily tune in to the Stanley Cup sprint and be thankful for the distraction from all the negative we’ve survived.

2. It’s no debate: The Cup champ will be legitimate

It’s absurd to say whichever team hoists the Stanley Cup when the season ends should have an asterisk next to their crown. That’s not the case with the New Jersey Devils’ title from 1995, and it won’t be this year, either.

No matter what happens, the champion must win at least four series to claim that honor. (Count the qualifying-round series in which 16 teams must play, and it could mean winning five rounds.)

Don’t think for a second that any team will be given a free pass. In fact, with the layoff allowing most players to be 100 percent healthy, some underdogs will be even stronger than they would have been had life been normal.

3. Skewered in Buffalo

The poor Buffalo Sabres officially have missed the playoffs nine straight seasons, sidelined by the points-percentage format. Buffalo (.493 points percentage) was three points back of the Montreal Canadiens (.500) with two games in hand, but it won’t get a chance to erase that gap.

The other six teams eliminated on Tuesday (the Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, New Jersey, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks) weren’t even remotely close to a playoff position, so they happily avoid the indignity of playing out the string. (The Devils had the same points, 68, and games played, 69, as the Sabres but were buried in the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.)

A saving grace for the downtrodden Sabres franchise would be a draft-lottery win, but not having a chance to skate in a playoff game is a tough consequence of an improvised system that never could be perfect.

4. Missed opportunity to renew a great rivalry

Other than the obvious of not being able to watch games live and in person, there aren’t many negatives.

Had the league gone straight into playoffs based on existing standings, though, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames would have renewed Battle of Alberta hostilities in the playoffs for the first time since 1991.

(We also miss out on a Pennsylvania showdown between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, but they last met in the postseason two years ago, so it’s not the same).

It’s possible these rivalries will be fired up after the qualifying round, but there are no guarantees.

5. Give the underdogs their due

The Columbus Blue Jackets were a bubble team when the games were halted. However, no team in the mix was as besieged by injuries as they were. Not far behind were the Winnipeg Jets.

The long layoff certainly gives everyone as much an opportunity to skate with a full roster as we’ve ever seen before the playoffs begin, so don’t be shocked if the Blue Jackets provide another opening-round upset.

Other teams to watch are the Minnesota Wild, who were finding their form just before time stood still, and the veteran-laden Chicago Blackhawks, who will face the young Oilers.

—By Randy Sportak, Field Level Media

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League says players should expect daily COVID-19 testing if play resumes

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League says players should expect daily COVID-19 testing if play resumes

FILE PHOTO: Feb 12, 2020; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Gary Bettman commissioner of the National Hockey League with a smile prior to a game between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – National Hockey League (NHL) players can expect daily COVID-19 testing if a proposed 24-team playoff competition is able to go forward this year, league officials said.

The NHL, on hold since March due to the global coronavirus outbreak, outlined a roadmap for a return to competition on Tuesday, with plans to hold games in two hub cities without fans but stopped short of suggesting a potential start date.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly outlined the league’s “rigorous and comprehensive” testing protocol, which would include nightly COVID-19 testing once the competition gets underway.

“Those results are obtained before they would leave their hotel rooms the next morning, so we’ll know if we have a positive test and whether the player has to self-quarantine himself as a result of that positive test,” said Daly.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league could end up doing 25,000 to 30,000 tests costing “millions of dollars” as a result.

“It’s conceivable that we’re playing at the end of July,” said Bettman, but added that “anyone who gives you a date is guessing.”

The NHL plan comes as a handful of professional sports operations, including NASCAR, return to action, even as many parts of North America are still observing quarantine or social distancing measures.

Daly said, depending on the circumstance, a player testing positive would “not necessarily shut the whole operation down,” citing guidance from NHL’s medical advisors.

“Obviously we can’t be in a situation where we have an outbreak,” said Daly. “But a single positive test or isolated positive test throughout a two-month tournament should not necessarily mean an end to the tournament.”

Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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