NBA Rumors: Kara Lawson Likely To Leave As Celtics Assistant For Duke

Kara Lawson’s historic tenure in Boston appears set to end in the near future.
The Boston Celtics assistant coach is expected to leave the team in order to become the head coach of the Duke University women’s basketball team, The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reported Friday, citing an NBA source.

#Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson completed her final interviews and is expected to finalize a deal to become the next women’s head coach for the Duke, according to an NBA source.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) July 10, 2020

Lawson is in her first season as an assistant on Brad Stevens’ staff but she reportedly will take her teaching talents to Duke. Washburn’s source didn’t indicate when she’d take the Blue Devils’ job, and she might step down before the Celtics’ season finishes.
Lawson last summer became the first woman coach in the Celtics’ 73-year history. Stevens has praised her for being “as good (a coach) as there is.”
Perhaps it’s little surprise she’ll probably set out to run a program of her own.
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Watch Highlights Of Bruins Workout As David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk Among Many To Return

More and more Bruins are back on the ice.
Provided the NHL’s return to play is approved Friday, training camps are expected to begin Monday for the 24 teams that will take part in the league’s return. And as Phase 2 has gone on, an increasing number of players have returned to Boston and gotten back on the ice.
The Bruins held a workout Thursday that featured the return of many players for the first time since the stoppage, among them Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, Joakim Nordstrom, Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Nick Ritchie, Karson Kuhlman and Anders Bjork.
Here are some of the highlights the Bruins shared Friday.

Looks like a bunch more Bruins are back for voluntary workouts, including David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk, Connor Clifton, Nick Ritchie and Brandon Carlo.
Some highlights of yesterday’s workout, via the Bruins.
— Logan Mullen (@ByLoganMullen) July 10, 2020

With Maxime Lagace on the ice, the Bruins now have three goalies available, the other two being NHLers Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak.
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Jordan Henderson Confirms Injury To Cost Him Rest Of Liverpool’s Season

Jordan Henderson’s incredible season has come to a painful end.
The Liverpool captain confirmed Friday via social media he’ll miss the remainder of the 2019-20 Premier League season due to a knee injury. Henderson limped out of Liverpool’s win over Brighton on Wednesday, and a subsequent MRI revealed damage. Liverpool revealed on its website Henderson won’t require surgery, and he expects to be healthy for the start of next season.
“Unfortunately following the knee injury I picked up against Brighton on Wednesday I will now miss the last two weeks of the season,” Henderson wrote on Twitter. “However, my rehabilitation will start immediately and I’ll be working hard to be back to full fitness in just a matter of weeks in order to be fully ready for the start of the new season.
“Of course it’s not the way I’d have preferred to have finished the season on a personal level but it’s been an incredible campaign for us so far as a team and as a club and I’ll be doing everything I can to support the boys for the final games from the sidelines. I’m sure the lads will ensure we finish the season off on a high.
“Thanks to everyone for the messages of support and I look forward to being back our there as soon as possible. #YNWA ”
The knee injury will sideline Henderson for Liverpool’s final four games of the season.
Henderson, 30, was instrumental in Liverpool’s Premier League title win, as his on- and off-field leadership helped the club end its 30-year English-league championship drought. He scored four goals and assisted five more in 40 games in all competitions for the Reds this season.
Liverpool in August will begin to turn their attention toward defending their Premier League title and reclaiming the UEFA Champions League crown next season. Judging by Henderson’s prognosis and outlook, he’ll shape the Reds’ collective mindset from the first moment of the new campaign.
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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Apologizes To Sen. Josh Hawley For F-Bomb Email Reply

Adrian Wojnarowski found himself in hot water with his employer Friday for something that had very, very little to do with basketball.
The ESPN NBA insider went viral after U.S. Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri posted the screen shot of an email from Wojnarowski’s ESPN email account replying to a message from Hawley’s press account.
The original email sent to Wojnarowski touted Hawley’s decision to “blast” the NBA for “kowtowing to Beijing (and) refusing to support U.S. military and law enforcement.”
Wojnarowski apparently replied to the email from his phone, with a simple message: “(Expletive) you.”
Simple but to the point.
Hawley put Wojnarowski by tweeting the screen shot while also saying “Don’t criticize China or express support for law enforcement to ESPN. It makes them real mad.”
Unsurprisingly, both ESPN and Wojnarowski released statements shortly thereafter.
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 10, 2020

“I’m sorry for the way I handled myself and I am reaching out immediately to Senator Hawley to apologize directly,” Wojnarowski’s statement reads. “I also need to apologize to my ESPN colleagues because I know my actions were unacceptable and should not reflect on any of them.”
ESPN labeled the incident as “completely unacceptable behavior and we do not condone it, ” while also adding it was “inexcusable.”
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Patriots Insider Shares Expectation For New England’s Quarterback Battle

NFL Network Patriots insider Michael Giardi back in early May reported that while Patriots coaches planned to make things awfully tough for Jarrett Stidham, the starting quarterback job was the second-year pro’s to lose.
Well, there’s been a pretty significant change to New England’s signal-caller situation since then.
The Patriots on Wednesday officially added Cam Newton, who will join Stidham, Brian Hoyer and a pair of undrafted free agents in the team’s quarterback room. Position battles are more open in Foxboro than elsewhere around the league, but Giardi is having a tough time seeing Newton not winning the starting gig.
“I don’t think it is a competition,” Giardi said Thursday on “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria,” as transcribed by WEEI. “The only way it is a competition is if Cam falls flat on his face. In which case, if Cam falls flat on his face, whether it’s because he’s washed, or he just hasn’t recovered from the injury, then I don’t even think he’s going to be here. So, I think it is his job — his job to lose.
“… He is one of those guys who people just look at. He is going to own that room when he walks into it because of who he is, his personality, because of his resume, and I think that’s just a lot for Stidham to overcome.”
NFL analyst Emmanuel Acho is singing a tune similar to Giardi’s. The former linebacker believes it’s “asinine” to think Newton won’t win the Patriots’ starting quarterback job out of training camp.
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Red Sox Check-In With Julian McWilliams; MLS Is Back Bubble With Paul Tenorio | Ep. 10

It’s a double guest episode of the NESN After Hours podcast, brought to you by People’s United Bank.
First, hosts Cealey Godwin and Emerson Lotzia welcome Boston Red Sox beat writer Julian McWilliams from the Boston Globe who provides an update on Summer Camp from Fenway Park. Then, national soccer reporter Paul Tenorio from The Athletic gives an inside look at life in the MLS is Back Orlando bubble and discusses the New England Revolution’s 1-0 win on Thursday. Finally, Godwin and Lotzia also discuss why they think the NFL will play on in 2020.
Listen to the full podcast below, or click here to listen on Spotify or iTunes.

Giants’ Buster Posey Opts Out Of 2020 MLB Season For Very Good Reason

Buster Posey, one of the best players of his generation and one of the best to play his position in recent memory, just became the latest Major League Baseball player to opt out of the 2020 season.
The San Francisco Giants catcher on Friday announced he won’t be playing in MLB’s abbreviated 60-game season due to begin later this month due to concerns over COVID-19.
As multiple media members pointed out, Posey couldn’t afford the risk to his growing family.

Buster Posey and his wife, who already had 8-year-old twins, just adopted premature-born twins yesterday and simply couldn't take the health risk.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 10, 2020

Buster Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls. That is why he has missed time in camp. The twins were born prematurely and stable but will be in NICU for some time. He is opting out of the season.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) July 10, 2020

The six-time All-Star and former MVP became the 10th big leaguer to opt out of the upcoming season. Posey joins David Price as the biggest-name players to sit out the campaign.
Here’s a full list of the players deciding not to play in 2020, with an important distinction, per the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

11 players have declined participation (term opt out is technically for those deemed high risk who would receive salary/service time): Welington CastilloIan DesmondFelix HernandezMike LeakeNick MarkakisHector NoesiBuster PoseyJoe RossTyson RossDavid PriceRyan Zimmerman
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 10, 2020

New England Revolution Shining With Three DP’s

So what does having three Designated Players on the pitch look like? On Thursday night in Orlando New England Revolution fans found out. With Carles Gil, Adam Buksa, and Gustavo Bou all on the pitch for the first time together the Revs downed the Montreal Impact 1-0. With the win the Revs pick up a critical win in the MLS is Back tournament.

“Well first of all, it definitely makes training pretty interesting every day,” said Revs goalkeeper Matt Turner on having three DP’s on the field. “These guys are extremely talented. Gustavo, Adam, Carles. Anytime they have the chance to shoot, they will. They create good opportunities. It keeps our defenders on their toes in training. It keeps me on my toes in training. It just raises the level of everybody when you have quality around each other. It’s been great. We know that if we can do our job defensively, at minimum those guys up front are going to get one goal. It really holds us accountable to do our job and we know we’ll put ourselves in a position to get at least one, hopefully three points in every game.”

Carles Gil who missed the first two matches of the year with a foot injury was on point creating a match-high 12 chances. The rest of the field combined had 11 chances and according to Opta, the 12 chances are the highest single-match total for the Revolution since they started tracking the stat.

“He was excellent,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena on Carles Gil’s play.” Carles plays like that every game. He’s one of the better players in the league. You can see what a difference he makes in our team. We certainly missed him in the first two games of the year. It’s great to have him back and it was great to see him perform so well tonight.”

Gil completed 54 of 63 pass attempts and in the final third he went 26-for-33. His 26 passes in the final third were the highest of the match.

In addition to having Gil back on the pitch, you could see how far the chemistry between him and Bou has come since the end of last season. Gil completed 14 passes to Bou throughout the match, the highest number of pass combinations between two players in the entire match. Bou completed 11 passes to Gil. Combined the pair had 25 passes between them to each other.

“I feel very good, very comfortable,” said Gustavo Bou on his chemistry with Carles Gil. “I’m fortunate to have great chemistry with him. He knows my game, I know his game. Carles is truly an excellent player. He’s the type of player that every team wants to have. We have a lot of confidence in Carles. He’s a very good technical player. We know that at any moment Carles can set you up for a big goal or a big play. I’m very comfortable with the dynamic I’ve built with Carles.”

So how about Adam Buksa? The tall striker only completed 9 of 10 passes but was very efficient in doing so and was credited with one chance created. He also was solid on defense with three clearances and one aerial duel won.

New England will be back in action next Thursday when they take on D.C. United at 8 p.m. on FS1.
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Hear What MLB’s Pumped-In Crowd Noise Might Sound Like At Fenway Park

Major League Baseball definitely will look different in 2020, but how will it sound?
If the league is able to get the sport off the ground at the end of July, it will do so without fans in the stands. As teams around the league have started to play intrasquad scrimmages, it’s clear we’ll need some time to get used to seeing empty major league ballparks.
Obviously, when you take fans out of the equation, you also lose the sound they make. The roar will be gone, but the lack of a constant buzz perhaps will be even more awkward. However, it sounds (literally) like MLB will give artificial crowd noise a shot as the 2020 season gets started.
MLB is supplying teams with pre-recorded crowd noise to play during games, The Athletic reported Friday, citing sources.
“MLB is supplying some, and there are also companies popping up and offering it,” an unnamed team executive told The Athletic. “We’re just trying to get it as soon as we can so we can start utilizing it.”
The Boston Red Sox gave artificial crowd noise a test run Friday morning at Fenway Park.
Here’s what it might sound like, courtesy of NESN’s Tom Caron.

The crowd goes wild, as they experiment with piped-in audio here at an empty Fenway Park.
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) July 10, 2020

Here’s a little more from TC:

They seem to be playing tracks for different scenarios: a homer, a strike out, the end of an inning. Roenicke has nodded enthusiastically several times after hearing them.
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) July 10, 2020

Fake crowd is now booing someone. Maybe the fake left fielder from yesterday’s intrasquad game.
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) July 10, 2020

It’s interesting, to say the least. That’s just another part of trying to play baseball in the middle of a pandemic.
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Will Cam Newton Be Patriots’ Week 1 Starter? NFL Analyst Has Confident Take

Cam Newton is a Patriot, but his role in New England still is to be determined.
Yes, Newton will be arriving to Foxboro with plenty of fanfare and no shortage of accolades. But as former Patriot Rob Ninkovich explained, everyone, even longtime NFL starters, needs to earn their playing time in New England and nothing is handed out. Bill Belichick and Co. also seem to like what they have in 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham, who spent a year learning under arguably the greatest quarterback of all time.
Still, NFL analyst Emmanuel Acho believes it’s foolish to think Newton won’t be under center for the Patriots when they open up their 2020 slate in mid-September.
“Cam is going to start Week 1,” Acho said Thursday on FS1’s “Speak For Yourself.” “Now, going into training camp, on the depth chart Cam might not be the No. 1 guy on the depth chart starting training camp. Bill Belichick’s mantra: tear you down before building you up and hopefully you do eventually get built up. …Bill Belichick’s whole M.O. is to tell you how good you aren’t so that you continue to play with a chip on your shoulder. But is Cam Newton going to start Week 1? Let’s not act like we haven’t seen Cam and Jarrett compete at similar places before. They both were at Auburn. Cam, 14-0, national title. Stidham, not so much. Stidham, great quarterback. I covered him in college, I liked his game in college. I don’t have anything yet to say in the NFL because there’s inconclusive evidence to rule a decision as the jury. However, Cam — I’m not even going to say it. I’m tired of saying it. Cam, NFL MVP, is he going to start Week 1? Yes, and to think otherwise is asinine.”

"Is Cam Newton going to start Week 1? Yes and to think otherwise is asinine."@EmmanuelAcho reacts to opinions that Cam won’t start Week 1 for Bill Belichick
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 9, 2020

With the assumption he’s 100 percent healthy, Newton should win the starting QB job out of training camp. But as another player-turned-analyst, Dominique Foxworth, recently broke down, the three-time Pro Bowl selection might actually benefit from starting the campaign on the sideline.
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