NHL Extends Self-Quarantine Period Again, Likely Will Continue To Do So

It could be a while until NHL players and staff will roam free thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The NHL has extended its self-quarantine period an additional seven days to April 15, according to NHL Network’s Chris Johnston. This is the third time the league has extended the quarantine period since the 2019-20 season was paused March 12.

So, unless there's a huge flattening of the curve with COVID-19 in the next 10 days or so, that self-quarantine period will likely be extended by the NHL again.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 31, 2020

All things considered, this likely won’t be the last time the NHL will extend self-quarantine. As Johnston noted, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently said the league would tackle the league’s self-quarantine periods “in chunks.”
NHL chief medical officer Dr. Willem Meeuwisse has even called the league’s restart date “very difficult to predict.”
Several teams are located in areas where stay-at-home orders are being enforced, as well. In Massachusetts, where the Boston Bruins call home, governor Charlie Baker has extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 4. Other teams — including the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils — are facing similar orders in their respective states.
So for now, at least, the NHL remains in a holding pattern.
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Here’s Only Player Jayson Tatum Thought Was Better Entering NBA Draft

Many NBA players would never admit there was a time when they believed someone was better than they were.
Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, however, is not among them.
Tatum, who Boston’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge stole with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017, entered the draft with players like Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr. and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz.
And then there was Duke University teammate, and longtime friend, Harry Giles.
“He (Giles) was always one, I was two. One year, I was one, and he was two,” Tatum told The Athletic’s Michael Lee in reference to the high school rankings for the 2016 class.
“It was funny because we happened to be best friends, so I remember growing up, he was the only player I ever thought, in my class that was better than me. Or if somebody said, ‘Harry is better than you.’ Or they thought Harry was better than (me), I thought, ‘You might be right. You got a point.’ That was the only person I ever thought was on my level or better than me.”
Giles was selected No. 20 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, a big drop from one of the best high school players in the country. However, his only season at Duke came a year removed from tearing the ACL in his right knee during his senior year in high school. Giles had torn the ACL in his left knee two years prior.
While it impacted Giles, and ultimately allowed Tatum to pass him by, the third-year Celtic still vividly recalls his former teammate and friend’s talent.
“I think unfortunate events, like him being injured in college. Because I felt like if Harry would’ve been healthy, we probably would’ve won the national championship because he was that good,” Tatum said. “Always having him, he set the bar really high. In high school, he was the man.”
The power forward Giles is in the midst of his second year with the Sacramento Kings, not playing his rookie season. Tatum certainly would like to see him return to his dominant days, and maybe even join him in an NBA All-Star Game one day.
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NFL Odds: Bengals’ Andy Dalton Has These Lines To Join Patriots In 2020

Oddsmakers won’t dismiss Andy Dalton’s chances of joining the New England Patriots.
FanDuel Sportsbook set the Patriots’ odds of acquiring the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback at +650 on Tuesday, according to The Action Network. With the Bengals almost certain to select Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, uncertainty surrounds Dalton’s position as Cincinnati’s starting quarterback. Although some rumors have linked Dalton with the Patriots, the Jacksonville Jaguars (+175 odds), Bengals (+230) and Los Angeles Chargers (+300) remain the firm betting favorites to have his services on Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.

Which jersey will the Red be sporting Week 1 of the NFL season
Bet now @FDSportsbook: https://t.co/W5TiAQVaug pic.twitter.com/0fcHEyl4Dy
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) March 31, 2020

How the Patriots, or any other potentially interested team, would acquire Dalton remains to be seen. The Bengals presumably would trade him after drafting Burrow, but his suitors will be expected to wait for Cincinnati to cut the the three-time Pro Bowler and sign him as a free agent, instead of swapping valuable assets for him.
As for the Patriots, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer are expected to headline their quarterback corps, although they might pick another signal-caller in the upcoming NFL Draft.
New England’s plans might change if Dalton becomes available on the cheap, as will those of other teams interested in services. In that event, we only can expect his betting lines to change.
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NBA 2K League Live Stream: Watch Three For All Tournament Online

Are you a basketball fan who needs to scratch the itch amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
Well, the NBA 2K League is here to help.
Throughout this week, gamers will compete for a share of a $25,000 prize pool in the Three For All Showdown. The tournament, created after the NBA 2K League postponed the start of its season, will see fan-organized teams, WNBA players, NBA G League players, NFL players, top female “2K” players and social media influencers duke it out in a series of three-on-three matchups.
(You can click here for a full bracket breakdown.)

Here are the rules we're playing by during this week's NBA 2K League Three For All Showdown. #2KLTogether
Watch LIVE starting at 8 pm/et! https://t.co/6dc8AW2dsp https://t.co/TRWLhpUX0P pic.twitter.com/AjtFTIaINm
— NBA 2KL Three for All Showdown (@NBA2KLeague) March 31, 2020

The NBA 2K League will stream each game on its Twitch and YouTube channels. There will not be separate videos for separate games, meaning you can watch every matchup in the same place.
Here’s a detailed schedule:

Here's how the XBOX and PS4 NBA 2K League Three For All Showdown pro brackets will play out this week! pic.twitter.com/hrqOalU5Lt
— NBA 2KL Three for All Showdown (@NBA2KLeague) March 31, 2020

And here’s how to watch the NBA 2K League Three For All Tournament online:
When: Tuesday, March 31 to Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET
Live stream: Twitch | YouTube
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Rob Gronkowski, Camille Kostek Help Fight Coronavirus With Nice Gesture

Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek have stepped up in the battle against COVID-19.
MJ Day, editor of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, on Monday posted a photo to Instagram thanking Gronkowski and Kostek for helping the medical community with a very classy gesture.
The couple donated 10,000 medical-grade KN95 masks to both Boston Medical Center and St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in New Jersey — for a total of 20,000 masks — as the world continues its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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So when we all say we are a FAMILY at @si_swimsuit I mean it in the truest sense of the word. @camillekostek is a former #siswimsearch winner, SI Rookie and 2019 Cover Model. @gronk is her partner in life and @patriots legend and friend and supporter of this brand. They just donated 10,000 KN95 masks to both @sjhnj and @bostonmedicalcenter. And I am moved beyond words. But this type of generosity deserves words. On a personal note, I have been appealing to people to #stayinandsew #flattenthecurve and support their local hospitals and caregivers in need. My husband is a physician at @sjhnj and many of our friends and colleagues are on the front lines there fighting this pandemic. Like many of the hospitals in the epicenter of this war, they are critically short on supplies. Especially masks. What Camille and Rob have done for this hospital, the caregivers, the patients, and the community made me cry tears of joy. It’s been restorative to my faith that we can make a difference no matter how big or small. It shows me that the type of people that I get to work with care about me and you just as much as we care about them. And no matter what team they played for, we are all on the same team now. There is no way to quantify the gratitude I have for you both. Let’s motivate others to do the same, or what they can to help our hospitals and caregivers battle for us. Make a mask, stay home, donate, use your platform. Do what you can, because it all matters. These masks equate to lives saved. Period. Thank you.
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“May these bless you and protect you while you do what you do best,” Gronkowski and Kostek wrote in a note accompanying each set of masks. “Thank you for being the heroes we need at such a critical time. We love you!”
Day, whose husband is a physician at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, in her Instagram post encouraged others to do whatever they can to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Gronkowski, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, and Kostek, a famous SI model, certainly are doing their part by donating directly and using their large social media following to heighten awareness.
“Rob and I doing everything we could to figure out how to source these masks properly and get them in the hands of people that need them was not an easy task,” Kostek said Monday on her Instagram story, as transcribed by WEEI.com. “Thank you to the heroes of this crisis for putting yourselves and your family — and everything that you do — on the line to help the wellbeing of the people in our nation. I have cried a lot today.”
If we continue to put our best feet forward, together, it might just be a matter of time before we flatten the curve and regain some semblance of normalcy amid this difficult time.

Here’s When Patriots Schedule For 2020 Regular Season Will Be Announced

We could be waiting a bit longer than usual for this year’s NFL schedule release.
The league plans to announce its 2020 regular-season schedule no later than May 9, NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash told reporters Tuesday on a conference call. The schedule typically is unveiled during the third week of April.

The NFL says the schedule release will likely be around May 9 — no later. So, plan your calendars.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 31, 2020

Pash also said the NFL expects to begin the season on time and play a full 16-game schedule despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which already has closed team facilities and delayed the start of offseason programs.
The New England Patriots are facing an arduous 2020 travel schedule that includes two games in Los Angeles, plus trips to Seattle, Kansas City and Houston. Here’s a look at New England’s full slate of opponents:
HOME
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals
Baltimore Ravens
Denver Broncos
Las Vegas Raiders
San Francisco 49ers
AWAY
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New York Jets
Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
Seattle Seahawks
For Patriots fans interested in following Tom Brady’s next chapter, here are the teams the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face in 2020:
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Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
Minnesota Vikings
AWAY
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions
Las Vegas Raiders
New York Giants
The NFL’s recently ratified collective bargaining agreement signaled a shift toward a 17-game regular season, but that change won’t take place until 2021 at the earliest. The league will, however, debut a new playoff format this season, with seven teams qualifying from each conference and only the top seeds receiving first-round byes.
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Bucs’ Chris Godwin Celebrates Giving Tom Brady No. 12 With Jarring Tweet

Chris Godwin clearly isn’t heartbroken over giving up the number he’s worn since high school.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday announced that Tom Brady accepted the star receiver’s offer and will wear No. 12 next season. Godwin, who confirmed there was no actual transaction with Brady, will switch to No. 14.
Shortly after the news broke, Godwin fired off a celebratory tweet that surely will make New England Patriots fans feel… things.
Take a look:

New number, same mentality . #ItsAlways12szn #1fo pic.twitter.com/WKCRM6UFG8
— Chris Godwin (@CGtwelve_) March 31, 2020

Much like the hype video the Bucs shared earlier Tuesday, seeing Brady promoted as anything other than a Patriots player is just plain weird.
But hey, it’s not like Patriots fans don’t have plenty of fond memories to look back on.
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Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk Names Toughest Opponents, Reds’ Skills Champs In Q&A

Virgil van Dijk is speaking out, much to Twitter’s delight.
The Liverpool defender riffed on a number of topics Tuesday on Twitter during a live question-and-answer session with his followers. Van Dijk revealed his toughest opponents and the Reds’ top players in several categories during the wide-ranging, and sometimes lighthearted, public discussion.
Van Dijk, the 2019 Ballon d’Or runner-up and UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, named superstars Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero as the toughest opponents he has faced in his career.

There are some difficult strikers out there but probably Leo Messi
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

Aguero
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

Van Dijk highlighted some of his proudest moments in soccer, including winning UEFA’s Player of the Year award, captaining the Netherlands’ national team and scoring against Everton in January 2018 on his Liverpool debut.

Incredibly proud. Can’t wait to lead out our nation when it’s safe for the tournament to take place
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

A surreal and proud moment for me and something I’ll never forget
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

An unbelievable way to start my life at Anfield
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

There are a few to mention. Making my debut as a professional footballer, making my debut for the national team, and of course Madrid
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

He hailed Liverpool’s Joe Gomez as his ideal center-back partner and roasted Reds legend Jamie Carragher when asked which of the club’s stoppers he uses as a role model.

@J_Gomez97
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

Tough one … probably Sami Hyypiä
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

Van Dijk widely is recognized as the world’s best defender but he’d be a playmaking midfielder, of questionable ability, if he could deploy himself in any other position.

No 10
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

Van Dijk names himself, Gomez and fellow defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as Liverpool’s fastest players.

Either Joe or me
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

Van Dijk wouldn’t reveal whether he takes better free kicks than Alexander-Arnold or name Liverpool’s best dancer.

come on now
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

However, Van dijk outed Robertson as Liverpool’s worst representative on the dance floor.

Not sure who’s the best but I know the worst @andrewrobertso5
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

Robertson didn’t take long to respond to van Dijk’s jibe.

https://t.co/IdHdm386jf pic.twitter.com/lRGa1cwCso
— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) March 31, 2020

If Liverpool held a Royal Rumble, van Dijk only can imagine one winner: manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Boss
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

We need to film a @LFC x #RoyalRumble then…
Jurgen Klopp entering like 2002 Kane #AskVirgil pic.twitter.com/8ObHQoCXLq
— WWE on BT Sport (@btsportwwe) March 31, 2020

Liverpool was two wins away from clinching its first Premier League title and ending its 30-year wait for a domestic championship when the season was suspended due to coronavirus concerns. When asked about his favorite moment from a season that looked destined to end in glory, van Dijk answered simply with the two-eyed emoji.

— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) March 31, 2020

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Tom Brady Accepts Chris Godwin’s Offer, Will Wear No. 12 For Buccaneers

TB12 lives on.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday announced that Tom Brady will wear No. 12 next season. Consequently, receiver Chris Godwin, who’s worn No. 12 since high school but offered it to Brady out of “respect,” will wear No. 14.
Godwin said there was no transaction made as part of the number switch, according to the Bucs.

The answer you've been waiting for…
Tom Brady: 1⃣2⃣
Chris Godwin: 1⃣4⃣
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 31, 2020

The Bucs understandably are milking the Brady signing for all its worth. Earlier Tuesday, the team shared a new hype video that surely won’t go over well with New England Patriots fans.
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NFL Officially Expands Playoffs To 14 Teams, Unveils Wild-Card Schedule

Change is coming to the NFL postseason.
NFL owners on Tuesday officially approved a new playoff format, detailed in the league’s recently ratified collective bargaining agreement, that will increase the number of qualifying teams from 12 to 14 and decrease the number of first-round byes from four to two.
Under the new system, which will go into effect beginning this season, three wild-card teams from the AFC and NFC will join the four division winners from each conference in the playoff field. With only the two No. 1 seeds receiving byes to the divisional round, the other 12 participants will square off during a beefed-up wild-card weekend.
That weekend will feature three games Saturday, Jan. 9, and three more Sunday, Jan. 10, with the No. 2 seeds facing the No. 7 seeds, No. 3 seeds playing the No. 6 seeds and the No. 4 seeds hosting the No. 5 seeds. As was the case under the previous format, the lowest remaining seed will travel to the No. 1 seed in the divisional round.
NBC and CBS will broadcast the two additional wild-card round matchups. CBS’s coverage also will include “a separately produced telecast of the game … on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience,” per the NFL’s official release.
The NFL playoff setup had remained unchanged since 2002 when the league realigned to four divisions per conference. This marks the first expansion of the postseason field since 1990 when it increased from 10 to 12 teams.
Had this format been in place last season, the 8-8 Pittsburgh Steelers and 9-7 Los Angeles Rams would have earned wild-card berths in the AFC and NFC, respectively.
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