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Georgetown coach, Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has coronavirus

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Georgetown coach, Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has coronavirus

Patrick Ewing has tested positive for coronavirus, and is sharing his diagnosis to raise public awareness.

The Georgetown coach is under care and isolated at a local hospital, the school’s athletic department said in a statement.

“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” the Knicks legend and Basketball Hall of Famer said. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”

Ewing, 57, emphasized that he’ll be OK, and he is the only member of the program to contract the novel coronavirus.

“Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines,” Ewing said. “I’ll be fine and get through this.”

The diagnosis comes days after the NCAA lifted its moratorium on workouts, allowing voluntary on-campus activities to resume on June 1. On Friday, the SEC announced student-athletes can begin using school facilities beginning June 8 with strict supervision, though the Big East — the Hoyas’ conference — has yet to reveal any plans.

Georgetown struggled to a 15-17 record in 2019-20, Ewing’s third season running his alma mater’s basketball program, with its season coming to an end with a loss to St. John’s the day before the Big East canceled its remaining tournament games over the coronavirus pandemic on March 12.

Steve Murphy has handled various businesses throughout his career and has a deep domain knowledge. He founded Report Door in an attempt to bring the latest news to its readers. He is glued to the stock market most of the times and just loves being in touch with the developments in the business world.

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NHL Draft Lottery 2020: Date, phases, best odds to win No. 1 pick and Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes

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NHL Draft Lottery 2020: Date, phases, best odds to win No. 1 pick and Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes

The 2019-20 NHL season going on pause back on March 12 came the uncertainty of what it would mean for the 2020 NHL Draft and Draft Lottery. 

While the timing for the NHL Draft is still technically to be determined — as it’ll be after the Stanley Cup playoffs and when those happen is unknown — the date and format for the lottery were announced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — and hold on, the format … it’s a doozy.

With unprecedented times comes an unprecedented draft lottery regarding the order of selection of the next generation of NHL talent. 

“One of the things that went into the decision to create a new lottery system was for the advantage of the seven clubs who aren’t resuming play…that they have the ability to engage with their fan base on something during that long pause between games,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on a call with reporters Tuesday. “We thought the draft lottery was a way to create excitement, create a way for those teams to engage with their fan base, get some certainty early on and not going into kind of a long slumber of creating waves and buzz over the summertime.”

What we do know is that the only officially postseason-eliminated team, the Detroit Red Wings still have the best chance of winning the top pick and that time pick is expected to be Alexis Lafreniere.

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The Rimouski Oceanic and Hockey Canada star has been the consensus No. 1 pick for months, if not years, and should be suiting up in 2020-21. The only question is for whom.

There’s a lot to unpack for the lottery but Sporting News has all of the info to get you primed and ready for where your team could be drafting come the fall.

What are the phases for the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery?

The NHL announced on Tuesday that the lottery could happen in two phases, depending on how Phase 1 goes.

In the first phase, there will be three draws involving 15 teams — technically. The seven teams that do not make the Round Robin or Qualifying Round will automatically be entered into the lottery. To fill out the remaining eight teams, because it’ll be done before games are played, they’ll be listed Teams A-H.

There will then be three draws, in order, for the first-overall pick, second-overall pick and third-overall pick.

So, here’s when it gets a little tricky.

If those three picks include any of the Teams A-H, there will be a Phase 2. If none of the top three picks are Teams A-H, there will not be a Phase 2. 

What happens when all three picks are won by Teams 1-7?

So, if things play out properly where three of the seven worst teams garner the top three picks, the remaining four teams in the seven-team group will be slotted 4-7 based on points percentage at the time of the regular-season pause.

Then, positions 8-15 will be assigned to the eight teams that do not advance from the Qualifying Round, in inverse order of their points percentage at the time of the regular-season pause.

Stanley Cup playoffs: Everything we know about the NHL’s potential resumption

When is the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery’s Phase 1?

Bettman announced that the Phase 1 NHL Draft Lottery drawing will take place on June 26. 

Odds to win the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery’s Phase 1

1. Detroit Red Wings .275 18.5%
2. Ottawa Senators .437 13.5
3. Ottawa Senators (via SJS) .437 11.5
4. Los Angeles Kings .457 9.5
5. Anaheim Ducks .472 8.5 
6. New Jersey Devils .493* 7.5
7. Buffalo Sabres .493* 6.5
8. Team A n/a 6.0
9. Team B n/a 5.0
10. Team C n/a 3.5
11. Team D n/a 3.0
12. Team E n/a 2.5
13. Team F n/a 2.0
14. Team G n/a 1.5
15. Team H n/a 1.0

*Buffalo Sabres ranked higher than New Jersey Devils on the basis of higher regulation/OT win percentage (Buffalo, .406 ROW%; New Jersey, .348 ROW%)

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What is Phase 2?

If Phase 2 is necessary, it will occur between after the eight teams are eliminated and before the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and will only include the eight teams eliminated to determine whichever top-3 seeds needed to be selected.

Once the top-3 seeds are established, the remaining slots will be assigned to the 12 teams that did not win a draw in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the season’s pause.

In this phase, all eight teams will have the same 12.5 percent odds.

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Giants need another Pro Bowl season from Aldrick Rosas

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Giants need another Pro Bowl season from Aldrick Rosas

Part 11 in a series analyzing the New York Giants.

The one thing you notice about the kicking specialists the Giants employ is they look, well, like football players. Aldrick Rosas is a strongly built 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds, and Riley Dixon is the same weight and taller, at 6-4.

Dixon is coming off an excellent year as the Giants’ punter and was rewarded with a three-year contract worth $8.7 million. Rosas, after a sensational 2018 season as the place-kicker, was not as effective in 2019 and was brought back on the one-year restricted free agent tender of $3.2 million.

For the first time since 2007, the special teams will not be anchored by Zak DeOssie, who set a standard of consistency that every long snapper dreams about. The less heard and said about the long snapper, the better, and DeOssie, for 13 years, navigated through coaching changes and players exiting and entering the locker room.

The replacement is Casey Kreiter, a veteran of four seasons with the Broncos, and the transition should be smooth. Kreiter was the long snapper at Iowa for 40 games and for 58 games with the Broncos. In 2018, he snapped the ball back 146 times without incident and was selected to the Pro Bowl.

What the Giants need to find is their leader on special teams, as DeOssie served as a team captain every year since 2011.

Aldrick RosasBill Kostroun/New York Post

Given his background coaching in college and for eight years with the Patriots, new head coach Joe Judge will be extra-demanding when it comes to the special teams operation. He retained Thomas McGaughey, who has a long NFL history on special teams — with the Giants for Tom Coughlin and as the coordinator for the Jets, 49ers and Panthers before returning to the Giants in 2018 as part of Pat Shurmur’s staff.

“I will be involved with all three sides of the ball,’’ Judge said, “but T-Mac is the special teams coordinator here.’’

With a new head coach to impress, this likely is a season of decision for Rosas. He looked like the next big thing at kicker when he made 32 of his 33 field-goal attempts in 2018. He looked like just another kicker in 2019, going 12-for-17 on field goals and missing four extra points. Leg strength is not the problem with Rosas. Far from it. Judge was accustomed to superior kicking during his time with the Patriots, upping the ante even more for Rosas.

There should not be much of an argument if Dixon was named as the Giants player having the best season in 2019. He averaged 46.1 yards on his 69 punts, put 29 punts down inside the 20-yard line and, remarkably, just two of his punts went for touchbacks.

The return game was not bad last season. Corey Ballentine as a rookie averaged 25.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns, and Golden Tate averaged 9.7 yards on 10 punt returns.

It will be interesting to see if Judge and McCaughey turn Jabrill Peppers loose. He was a dynamo with the ball in his hands in college at Michigan and handled those duties his first two years in the NFL with the Browns. As a full-time strong safety, the Giants might want to mitigate the risk factor with Peppers, who is coming off a fracture in his back suffered late last season.

Darius Slayton did not do much (21-yard average) on his nine kickoff returns as a rookie. He figures to be more involved on offense in year No. 2. Corey Coleman was re-signed, and his most direct pathway to the roster is staying healthy (that has been a problem) and proving he can be a difference-maker in the return game. Coleman showed some good stuff in 2018, averaging 26 yards on 23 kickoff returns for the Giants.

Javon Leake went undrafted out of Maryland as a running back, and he adds value in the return game, something that attracted the Giants. He was named the Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year after averaging 26.8 yards per kick return last season. His two touchdown returns tied Torrey Smith’s career Maryland record.

Cody Core was re-signed based on his prowess on coverage units and veteran Nate Ebner was signed after exceling with the Patriots.

Other than Rosas’ downturn, the Giants special teams in 2019 were the most consistent unit on an inconsistent team. With stability at coaching and in the kicking game, Judge’s arrival and some upgrades in the return game, this has the potential to be a top-five unit.

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League proposes steep cuts to players’ salaries for return of games: ESPN

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League proposes steep cuts to players' salaries for return of games: ESPN

FILE PHOTO: A baseball ready for export is pictured at the Rawlings factory in Turrialba, Costa Rica March 3, 2010. To match Reuters Life! COSTARICA-BASEBALLS/ REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A proposal from Major League Baseball (MLB) to bring back live games would see players’ salaries slashed, with higher-earning players taking a bigger hit, ESPN reported on Tuesday here

MLB and its players’ association are in negotiations to resume games without fans at stadiums after the novel coronavirus outbreak put the 2020 season on hold.

Under the league’s latest proposal, a player making $35 million in annual salary would only earn $7.8 million for the 2020 season, ESPN reported, while a player who earned $1 million would make $434,000.

The players’ association called the cuts “massive,” according to the Athletic here and was reportedly disappointed by the league’s proposal.

A league spokesman declined to comment on the negotiations and the MLBPA did not respond to a request for comment.

Several professional sports in North America are taking steps towards resuming, with the PGA Tour expected to start up again in June and the National Hockey League outlining a plan for a 24-team playoff competition on Tuesday.

NASCAR has already resumed racing.

Earlier this month, MLB proposed rigorous screening and testing of players, as well as mandatory social distancing procedures, in its safety guidelines for potentially returning to action during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporting By Amy Tennery; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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