New York Governor Gives Teams Green Light To Return To Their Facilities

Another major sports market slowly is opening its doors.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced “all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps,” effectively giving teams permission to return to their respective facilities. Facilities have been closed for more than two months after leagues paused their seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 cases in New York have plummeted since April 24, though the state still is reporting more than 1,000 new cases a day. Still, Cuomo thinks it’s about time to get sports back up and running in his state.
“I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena — do it! Do it!” Cuomo said, via ESPN. “Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy. So we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible. And we’ll work with them to make sure that can happen.”
Since the governor’s announcement Sunday morning, the Brooklyn Nets have announced they will open their practice facility Tuesday.
“The organization will strictly follow the protocols outlined by the NBA and infectious disease experts to ensure that all precautions are taken,” the team said in a statement, via The New York Times’ Marc Stein.

After Governor Cuomo’s announcement earlier today, Nets say they will open their practice facility for voluntary player workouts Tuesday: pic.twitter.com/aSpLhiMtO2
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 24, 2020

New York is home to about a dozen major pro sports teams, making this a key milestone in the return of professional sports amid the coronavirus outbreak. Though only light workouts will be allowed for now, this certainly is a step in the right direction.
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Saints’ Sean Payton Hilariously Trolls Bucs’ Tom Brady During ‘The Match’

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and New England Patriots fans likely were in a similar position Sunday — laughing at Tom Brady’s expense.
Brady was off to a rough start while playing with partner Phil Mickelson, and against Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods, during “The Match” on Sunday.
And Payton depicted that he couldn’t pass up on throwing a jab at the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, whom the Saints coach will see twice a year in NFC South competition.
“I’m liking this Florida @TomBrady right now,” Payton tweeted.

I'm liking this Florida @TomBrady right now. #TNT
— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) May 24, 2020

Ouch.
Payton’s comments weren’t the only to come out of New Orleans either as Saints quarterback Drew Brees took to Instagram to share that he and professional golfer Sergio Garcia would take on the winner of Sunday’s event.
While the Manning-Woods pair held an early advantage over Brady-Mickelson, it will be interesting to see how it plays out as they make the turn.
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Drew Brees, Sergio Garcia Challenge Winning Team Of ‘The Match II’

This whole charity gold thing really is taking off, and Drew Brees and Sergio Garcia want in.
Brees took to Instagram on Sunday to wish Brady and Manning good luck ahead of “The Match II” alongside Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in Florida. And the New Orleans Saints quarterback made it quite clear: He wants to take on the winners of this weekend’s event.
“Wishing @tombrady and Peyton Manning best of luck in their Semi Final Match today w Phil & Tiger… look forward to watching. @thesergiogarcia and I will take on the winners!” Brees said Sunday on Instagram.

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Wishing @tombrady and Peyton Manning best of luck in their Semi Final Match today w Phil & Tiger… look forward to watching. @thesergiogarcia and I will take on the winners!
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Garcia confirmed he’s in, as well.
‘I’m in cuz! Should be fun to watch today! Let’s see if they’re willing to take us on in the finals! ,” Garcia tweeted.
 

I’m in cuz! Should be fun to watch today! Let’s see if they’re willing to take us on in the finals! @drewbrees @TigerWoods @PhilMickelson @TomBrady #PeytonManning https://t.co/skZC5tkRdn
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) May 24, 2020

Sounds like the next matchup should be fun to watch, too.
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Peyton Manning Throws Bill Belichick Jab At Tom Brady Prior To ‘The Match’

“The Match” hadn’t even started yet and Peyton Manning went in on Tom Brady.
Manning, who is playing with Tiger Woods against Phil Mickelson and Brady, was asked who he would’ve brought as a caddy (if they had them).
In trying to get in Brady’s head, Manning put together a list that, while a bit harsh, was certainly hilarious.
“… You know, it’s hard to get to him. Do you bring Eli (Manning)? You could do that. Do you bring (former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback) Nick Foles? Maybe,” Manning said. “I was thinking maybe Belichick. If Bill Belichick caddied for me, and just to see how that kind of could have worked. You know, and that may not have been good for me either. Bill (Belichick) brings out bad things for me as well.”

Peyton was asked who he would bring to caddie:
Nick Foles to get under Bradys skin #GoBirds #TheMatch2 pic.twitter.com/onnHKQX2ld
— Fox Sports PHL Gambler (@foxphlgambler) May 24, 2020

If that’s Manning just getting started, we’re eager to hear how the rest of the day goes between the foursome.
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NASCAR Charlotte Lineup: Here’s Full Running Order For Coca-Cola 600

The field is set for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
Following two races for which lineups were determined by unconventional means, NASCAR Cup Series drivers competed in a full qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch will start from the pole alongside Jimmie Johnson, with Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.
Here’s the complete running order:
1. Kurt Busch
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Chase Elliott
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Tyler Reddick
6. Austin Dillion
7. Joey Logano
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Brad Keselowski
10. William Byron
11. Kyle Busch
12. Alex Bowman
13. Denny Hamlin
14. Erik Jones
15. Christopher Bell
16. Ty Dillon
17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18. Ryan Newman
19. Chris Buescher
20. Clint Bowyer
21. Ross Chastain
22. Kevin Harvick
23. Darrell Wallace Jr.
24. Corey LaJoie
25. John H. Nemecheck
26. Ryan Blaney
27. Michael McDowell
28. Cole Custer
29. Ryan Preece
30. Quin Houff
31. Gray Gaulding
32. Timmy Hill
33. Matt DiBenedetto
34. JJ Yeley
35. Brennan Poole
36. BJ McLeod
37. Daniel Suarez
38. Garrett Smithley
39. Joey Gase
40. Aric Almirola
The race is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET. There will be no fans in the stands; however, NASCAR will honor fallen United States military veterans, as it always does during its Memorial Day Weekend Cup race.
You can click here for information on how to watch the Coca-Cola 600.
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NASCAR 2020 Live Stream: Watch Qualifying For Coca-Cola 600 Online, On TV

The field for the Coca-Cola 600 soon will be set.
Drivers will participate in a qualifying session Sunday afternoon ahead of the evening’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The qualifying event represents something of a return to normalcy, as the lineup for last Sunday’s season-resuming race at Darlington Raceway was decided via random drawing, whereas Wednesdays’ race at Darlington was determined by inverting the top 20 finishers from the Real Heroes 400.
Who will earn the pole for the Coca-Cola 600? We’ll find out soon enough.
Here’s how and when to watch qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 online and on TV:
When: Sunday, May 24, at 2:05 p.m. ET
TV: FS1
Live stream: FuboTV — free trial | FOX Sports Go
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Here’s Phil Mickelson’s Winning ‘Formula’ For Golf Match With Tom Brady

OK, somebody has to say it: Phil Mickelson is better at Twitter than he is at golf.
(And “Lefty” is pretty darn good at golf.)
Mickelson will team up with Tom Brady on Sunday to face Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in The Match: Champions for Charity at Medalist Golf Club in Florida. Ahead of the event, Mickelson shared his keys to victory, or something.
“Today’s formula for victory is going to be c^2=B+HS=I&V,” Mickelson said in a video he tweeted Sunday afternoon.. “What does that mean? Well, ‘C-squared’ is coffee — not just any coffee with sugar and crap, no. It’s coffee for wellness with good stuff that gets your body to function right, your brain to function right. You couple that with calves and you have exponential performance. That equals ‘B’ plus ‘HS’ — which is ‘bombs’ and ‘hellacious seeds’ — which equals ‘I’ and ‘V’: intimidation and victory.
“And that is how Tom Brady and I are going to come home with yet again another belt from The Match. Let’s go.”

Here is today’s winning formula! pic.twitter.com/nVUo5JemVq
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) May 24, 2020

An exact science, truly.
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NASCAR 2020 Live Stream: Watch Coca-Cola 600 From Charlotte Online, On TV

For the first time since March 8, the NASCAR Cup Series will race somewhere other than Darlington Raceway.
Drivers will compete Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600, the third Cup Series race in eight days. Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin won last Sunday and Wednesday, respectively, at Darlington.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic will put an obvious damper on what normally is a marquee event for NASCAR, it still should be a memorable day at Charlotte. As it usually does during its Memorial Day Weekend Cup race, NASCAR will honor fallen United States military veterans.
Will Martin Truex Jr. win his second Coca-Cola 600 in a row? We’ll find out soon enough.
Here’s how and when to watch the Coca-Cola 600 online and on TV:
When: Sunday, May 24, at 6 p.m. ET
TV: FOX
Live stream: FuboTV — free trial | FOX Sports Go
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Rob Gronkowski’s ‘Main Reason’ For Ending Retirement Actually Is Believable

Tom Brady obviously had a hand in luring Rob Gronkowski out of retirement — both players have admitted as much.
However, Gronkowski on Friday claimed his primary motive for joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn’t the presence of Brady. And, you know what? We believe him.
“You know, everyone keeps asking me ‘Did Tom (Brady) get you to Tampa?’” Gronkowski said during an appearance on “The Ellen Show”. ” “Well, of course it didn’t hurt that Tom went to Tampa, you know, and the opportunity to go to Tampa was there too. But you know, Tom was like the appetizer, and then there’s a few other reasons. I love the weather.
“But the main course, the main reason why I came down to Tampa to play is because my mother live two hours away. She can get to all the games, all eight of our home games. Whenever I have days off, she’s two hours down the street and I get to see her. So she’s super excited.”

[email protected] is out of retirement, thanks to an influential friend of his. @TomBrady pic.twitter.com/cnX8X23MiO
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 22, 2020

Hard to argue with that reasoning.
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Bucs’ Tom Brady Receives Tongue-In-Cheek (?) Dig From Providence Bishop

For two decades, Tom Brady was treated like a saint in New England. Any criticism directed at the then-Patriots quarterback was viewed as blasphemy.
Well, those days apparently are over.
Thomas Tobin, a Roman Catholic bishop in the Dioceses of Providence, fired a shot at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB in a tweet Friday morning. Whether the dig was toungue-in-cheek remains up for debate.
“Bob Kraft is auctioning a Super Bowl ring for charity,” Tobin tweeted. “Very admirable indeed. But is it true that tom Brady bid on it because he knows it’s the only way he’ll get another ring?”

Bob Kraft is auctioning a Super Bowl ring for charity. Very admirable indeed. But is it true that Tom Brady bid on it because he knows it's the only way he'll get another ring?
— Bishop Thomas Tobin (@ThomasJTobin1) May 22, 2020

Yeesh.
Will Super Bowl LV serve as Tobin’s day of reckoning? We’ll find out next February.
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