Boston Cannons 2020 MLL Roster Revealed

On Tuesday the Boston Cannons announced their 25-man roster ahead of the 2020 MLL season which is slated to begin on July 18th in Annapolis. There are 15 returning players and 10 new players on the Cannons roster.

Attack: Mark Cockerton, Randy Staats, John Uppgren, Bryce Wasserman

Midfield: Frank Brown, Bryan Cole, Cal Dearth, Kyle Jackson, Challen Rogers, Ben Spencer, Kyle Weber

Faceoff: Kevin Reisman, Nate Farrell

Short-stick defensive midfield: Tim Edwards, Zach Goodrich, John Yozzo-Scaperotta

Defense: Jason Brewster, Scott Corcoran, Charlie Ford, Matt Gilray, Scott Hooper, Justin Pugal, Mike Skudin

Goalie: Nick Marrocco, Dom Madonna

Boston will play five regular season games in just seven days and in order to make the playoffs they must be in the top four of the six MLL teams.

“It’s a great feeling; it’s been a long road to get here,” said head coach Sean Quirk. “The league has been diligent, and the Cannons have been diligent, getting to this point where we can have a safe season for the coaches, staff, and players. I’m definitely fired up that we’re going to be competing for a championship.”

In addition, Mark Cockerton and Nick Marrocco will serve as co-captains of the team and Zach Goodrich and Mike Skudin will serve as assistant captains.
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Collin McHugh Reveals He Has ‘Sincere Concerns’ About COVID-19 Test Delays

Collin McHugh is considered high-risk due to this chronic asthma, so it’s no surprise he has some added concerns going into the 2020 Major League Baseball shortened season.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher took to Twitter to demonstrate how he’s been getting tested for COVID-19 as Summer Camp begins. And while it appears the Red Sox don’t have any delays in getting their results back, the same can’t be said for other teams around the league.
McHugh on Tuesday joined WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” and revealed he, along with other MLB players, have “sincere concerns” about the issues that have come up.
“I think myself and a lot of players are concerned over MLB’s side of the bargain,” he said, as transcribed by WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin. “We’re getting tested every other day, but making sure they’re getting returned to us in a timely manner so we feel comfortable coming to work every day and not having a guy who may be asymptomatic walking around for three to four days without knowing it. That’s something that can take down this whole thing really quickly. I was talking to (Nationals pitcher) Sean Doolittle and some of the other guys around the league. We have sincere concerns about it. We understand that it’s the first week. Maybe there’s some tweaks that need to happen, but in our opinion they need to happen quickly and we need to get back on top of it as fast as possible.”
The Red Sox have had players test positive for the coronavirus, including starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. And on top of being worried about catching the virus, McHugh still is rehabbing an elbow injury.
Opening Day at Fenway Park is set for July 24. McHugh is unsure if he’ll be ready.
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NFL Rumors: Some Players Want To Forgo 2020 Preseason All Together

The NFL already has cut its 2020 preseason from four games to two due to COVID-19 concerns as the league pushes forward with its plan to hold the regular season as scheduled.
Some players, however, seem to think the preseason should be shorter, or perhaps non-existent.
According to The Washington Post’s Mark Maske, who cited sources, the NFLPA is looking to abandon the 2020 preseason all together. The NFL and NFLPA’s joint medical committee has recommended a one- or two-game preseason schedule.

According to a source, the joint medical committee between the NFL and NFLPA recommended one or two preseason games. The league wants a two-game preseason. The NFLPA is seeking no preseason games. No resolution yet, source says.
— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) July 7, 2020

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III, for what it’s worth, claims to have a source reporting the same thing.

Sources say there will be no preseason this year
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 7, 2020

We’re certainly curious to see how this one plays out, especially with training camps expected to begin later this month.
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What Rex Burkhead’s Restructure Really Means For Patriots’ Running Back

Rex Burkhead had his chances of being a member of the 2020 New England Patriots increase exponentially Tuesday.
Burkhead, who restructured his contract Tuesday morning according to ESPN’s Field Yates, was thought to be a potential cut entering the upcoming season.
The reason behind that?
Well, while Burkhead previously carried a $2.5 million base salary, the Patriots would have saved $3 million by cutting him, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed.
Additionally, Burkhead is a member of one of the deepest position groups on the Patriots with fellow running backs James White, Sony Michel, Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden.
Those combine factors made him an attractive cut.
Burkhead’s restructure, however, provides the Patriots with a much more manageable cap hit tied to his new $1.05 million salary in 2020. Burkhead received a $550,000 signing bonus Tuesday, as well, while freeing up just shy of $1 million in cap space.
It’s good news for the Patriots.
Burkhead is arguably the Patriots most well-rounded running back. He provides another runner between the tackles (65 carries, 302 yards, three TDs in 2019) and a second pass-catching back (27 receptions, 279s yards). He also brings a special teams element as one of the more versatile players in New England.
And now he’ll almost certainly play the final year of his three-year contract in New England.
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Adam Silver Discusses Social Justice Messages After NBA Players Criticize List

As NBA games return on July 30, players across the league have the option replace the last names on their jersey with social justice messages. And commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday said the approved choices were a joint effort from the league and the players association’s executive board.
But upon seeing the list, players like Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtic and NBPA vice president, were disappointed players were being limited to 29 approved messages.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Scott went as far as calling the list “terrible,” alleging players never had a chance to voice their opinion on what was included.
Silver discussed the list further after being asked if the NBA would allow players to put pro-Hong Kong messages on their jerseys while speaking during Fortune Magazine’s Brainstorm Health web conference. Here’s how the commissioner answered, as transcribed by Sopan Deb of the New York Times:
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I take issue with the word “allow,” only because this list came about largely from the players in partnership with the league,”  And I think it was a recognition that we’re living in extraordinary times right now and what we’re attempting to do by coming back in the midst of a pandemic, a recession, possibly worse, and a large amount of social unrest, the players felt it was very important that they have an opportunity outside the normal boundaries of the league to express their heartfelt views on a particular issue. And those were issues around racism and social justice. And so, again, rather than this notion that we “allowed” it, we sat down with the executive committee of the Players Association, they proposed particular terms to us and we worked through it with them that those messages would be included on their jerseys. And incidentally, I understand people could differ but I don’t view them as political messages.
Silver diverted from the Hong Kong storyline as best he could, trying to avoid the drama that unfolded earlier this season after Chinese state television blacked out NBA games in response to Houston Rockets’ manager Daryl Morey’s support of Hong Kong protesters.
Still, it’s questionable that a player as influential as Brown, considering his role within the NBPA, didn’t even approve of the list. His argument was that the league was imposing a new limitation on a movement that’s supposed to be about liberation of oppression.
Time will tell if it the new jersey policy will be modified.
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Patriots’ Cam Newton’s Latest Instagram Has Him Quoting Julian Edelman

It appears Cam Newton and Julian Edelman already are forming a quick friendship.
The wide receiver was quick to welcome Newton to the New England Patriots in an Instagram post shortly after it was reported the QB agreed to sign a one-year deal with the team. (Tom Brady also felt the need to chime in on the picture, too.)
While New England has yet to announce the deal, that hasn’t stopped Newton from working out with Mohamed Sanu and getting some advice from Edelman.
The 31-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday of what appears to be him writing down something, surrounded by papers.
“THÏŠ (expletive) ČÄŁČŪŁŪŠ” [email protected],” part of his caption read. Check it out (it does contain some NSFW language).

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"THÏŠ ŠHÏT ČÄŁČŪŁŪŠ" [email protected] "ŠÄ¥ŁĒŠŠ" -ßØØG1Ē #šhïñëTHRŪthëŠHÄDĒ #ñøtFØRłïkëšJŪŠTførŁÏFĒ -1ØVĒ
A post shared by Cam Newton (@cameron1newton) on Jul 7, 2020 at 1:31pm PDT

Maybe Newton is studying the offense? Who knows, but if Edelman is helping him out, then he’s certainly in good hands.
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NBA 2K League Live Stream: Watch Week 9 Games Online

The best “NBA 2K20” in the world are set for an exciting week of competitive, entertaining action.
Following an eventful Week 8, NBA 2K League teams are ready for what promises to be a fascinating Week 9 schedule. Games will be live-streamed each night from Tuesday through Friday, with Wednesday’s games airing on ESPN2.
Here are the standings entering Week 9:

Here's how things stack up heading into Week 9! #ThisIsNotAGame
— NBA2KLeague (@NBA2KLeague) July 7, 2020

Here’s how and when to watch all Week 9 games:
When: Tuesday, July 7 through Friday, July 10 from 7 p.m. ET to 9 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 (Only on Wednesday)
Live stream: YouTube Gaming l Twitch
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Kemba Walker Is Subject Of Celtics’ ‘Big Question’ Ahead Of NBA Restart

The Boston Celtics probably need the best of Kemba Walker in order to fulfill their potential.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps asked “What will Kemba Walker look like?” Sunday as the Celtics’ biggest question ahead of the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season. Walker enjoyed a strong start to the season, but he struggled after the new year due to problems in his left knee. Walker said last week the lengthy NBA hiatus allowed him to rehabilitate his knee fully, and Bontmemps believes the Celtics only will make a deep run in the NBA Playoffs if the All-Star point guard is shines.
“Walker was nowhere near himself in the weeks leading up to the shutdown in March, thanks to lingering knee issues,” Bontempts wrote. “His play particularly dipped after the All-Star Game, as he repeatedly posted poor shooting nights and failed to play with his usual burst. The Celtics were thrilled by Jayson Tatum’s star turn, and they like the balanced offensive attack they have with Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward on the wing, but Walker needs to play like an All-Star if this team is going to have a chance to make it out of the East.”
Bontemps’ question is on the mark, and the prospect of Hayward missing time due to lingering foot soreness or the birth of his fourth child makes the Celtics even needier for a healthy and sharp Walker.
The Celtics’ seeding-round schedule largely is favorable and their good odds to reach the Eastern Conference finals or even NBA Finals excite fans ahead of the restart. However, this sense of optimism might change if any bad news about Walker’s knee emerges in the coming weeks.
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Marcus Smart Believes Jayson Tatum Could Be ‘One Of Best’ To Ever Play

Jayson Tatum has drawn plenty of praise during his three-year NBA career, especially during his dominant stretch earlier this season for the Boston Celtics.
Marcus Smart has joined the chat.
Smart, while speaking with the media from the Auerbach Center on Tuesday, expressed his confidence in the 22-year-old All-Star.
“I think that he’s on the right track to becoming if not the best player, one of the best players to ever (play) this game,” Smart said, per the team.

Marcus Smart on Jayson Tatum: “I think that he’s on the right track to becoming if not the best player, one of the best players to ever [play] this game.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 7, 2020

Smart added how he thought the versatile forward’s defensive impact is underrated, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, and mentioned how Tatum’s progression has always been easy to see, even dating back to the 2018 postseason.
“The impact he had (in the 2018) playoffs, the confidence he played with, the mindset that he played with, you could definitely see that this guy was going to be special,” Smart said, per CLNS Media’s Josue Pavon.
The praise from Smart comes after NBA legend Scottie Pippen expressed optimism in Tatum’s game, saying he was “totally ready” to be the best player on a NBA title team.
Well, Tatum will have that chance as the Celtics get set for the NBA’s return in Orlando later this month.
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Kevin Harvick Defends Bubba Wallace, Decries ‘Misinformed’ Trump Tweet

Kevin Harvick is the latest NASCAR star to defend Darrell Wallace Jr. and denounce Donald Trump’s criticism of the Cup Series’ only African American driver.
Trump on Monday called on Wallace to apologize for last month’s noose incident, which the United States President falsely called a “hoax”. He also falsely claimed the controversy at Talladega Superspeedway, coupled with NASCAR’s recent banning of the Confederate flag, has resulted in historically low TV ratings for the sport.
Harvick on Tuesday reacted to Trump’s tweet during an appearance on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” show.
“There’s definitely some misinformed information inside of that tweet that doesn’t represent anything that’s going on,” Harvick said. “Obviously, the TV ratings are going up. I think, when you sit in NASCAR’s shoes, and you look at the circumstances and the reaction that they had (to the Wallace incident) at Talladega … If you do that any other way and it doesn’t work out the way that it did, the circumstances are way worse on the other side. I support everything that we’re doing. I take my kids to the race track when they let me, pretty much every other weekend. And I want people to be able to go to our race tracks and feel comfortable in the grandstands.
“ … A misinformed tweet is not gonna change the unity and the direction of our sport and our garage, and the way that we feel about each other.”

“A misinformed tweet is not gonna change the unity and the direction of our sport and our garage, and the way that we feel about each other.”
–@KevinHarvick on the tweet that President Trump sent about NASCAR's ratings and Bubba Wallace.
— Golic and Wingo (@GolicAndWingo) July 7, 2020

Wallace took the high road Monday in his own reaction to Trump’s tweet. NASCAR echoed the 26-year-old’s words in its own statement.
Despite criticism from many fans, Wallace currently leads NASCAR’s All-Star fan voting.
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