Sign Up Now To Play ‘Coca-Cola 600 Challenge’ Predictive NASCAR Game At NESN’s New Games Site

When the field heads to green Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, you can play along thanks to NESN Games.
NESN’s new gaming site, Games.NESN.com, is hosting a predictive betting game for Sunday’s race, which will be the third NASCAR Cup Series race in eight days. The Coca-Cola 600 routinely is one of the premier events on the NASCAR calendar, and remains so this season despite the obvious changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rules for our “The Coca-Cola 600 Challenge” are simple: Pick the outright winner and four head-to-heads! You must make your picks by the 6 p.m. ET start time.
Sign up now to play. Do well enough, and you could win a $25 gift code to the ’47 online store!
Go to Games.NESN.com to play!

2020 NASAR Live Stream: Watch OSS Inspection From Charlotte Online

It’s race day at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR drivers will compete Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600, the third Cup Series race in seven days. However, before drivers take part in the afternoon qualifying and eventually the race, they must pass OSS inspection.
NASCAR will live-stream the inspection, which actually is fascinating to watch. We recommend it for all NASCAR fans, especially those who might be new to the sport.
Here’s how and when to OSS inspection from Charlotte:
When: Sunday, May 24 at 8:30 a.m. ET
Live Stream: NASCAR.com
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The Match 2 Live Stream: Watch Tiger And Peyton Vs. Phil And Tom Online

It’s match day for four of the most famous athletes on the planet.
Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning will square off with Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady on Sunday in The Match: Champions for Charity at Medalist Golf Club in Florida. Money raised before, during and after the event will go toward various COVID-19 relief efforts.

Woods/Manning Mickelson/Brady.
Four competitors. One goal. pic.twitter.com/VQbrjamgbn
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 23, 2020

The match will feature unique, one-off competitions, like the “one-club challenge”. It should be a lot of fun, especially if Brady lets loose for a minute.
Oh, and Charles Barkley and Justin Thomas will be involved in the telecast which, unlike the first “match” between Woods and Mickelson, won’t require pay-per-view purchase to watch.
Here’s how to watch The Match 2:
When: Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET
TV: TNT, TBS, truTV, HLN
Live Stream: FuboTV — free trial | TNT
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Isaiah Zuber Takeaways: What To Know About Patriots’ Highest-Paid UDFA Receiver

The New England Patriots’ highest-paid undrafted wideout isn’t Jarrett Stidham’s old slot receiver or the former four-star recruit from Miami.
It’s Isaiah Zuber, whose rookie contract with the Patriots reportedly includes $100,000 in guaranteed money and a $10,000 signing bonus.
Will Hastings, Stidham’s ex-teammate and close friend, got $57,500 guaranteed with a $7,500 signing bonus. New England guaranteed former Syracuse slot receiver/return man Sean Riley $15,000 with a $5,000 signing bonus. Jeff Thomas, an immensely talented but frustratingly unreliable speedster, received a minuscule $2,500 guarantee, all in the form of a signing bonus.
Hastings and Thomas both are more intriguing prospects than Zuber, but the latter’s contract value alone will make him a player to watch this summer. Of the Patriots’ 15 UDFAs, only linebacker De’Jon Harris ($140,000) and defensive tackle Bill Murray ($125,000) banked more guaranteed money.
So, who is Isaiah Zuber?
Listed at 6 feet, 190 pounds, he was a productive pass-catcher for Kansas State in 2017 and 2018, lining up both in the slot and outside. He led the Wildcats in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns (52 for 619 and five) in his final year with the program, then underwent hip surgery and transferred to Mississippi State ahead of the 2019 season.
Zuber wasn’t nearly as productive after his move to Starkville, finishing the year with just 14 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns and going without a catch on five targets over his final four games.
But even in that down season, Zuber showed glimmers of potential.
Two of his greatest strengths are his reliable hands and aggressive catching style. He catches the ball with arms fully extended, snaring it out of the air rather than letting it reach his body. That may sound simple, but it allows him to make catches like this one against LSU:

This one against Louisiana:

And this touchdown against Texas A&M:

Zuber also is an above-average route-runner — watch him create separation here, here and here — and does a nice job of securing the ball and holding on through contact.
All of these traits were evident in his K-State film, as well.

31 days to go!
Isaiah Zuber touchdown catch! vs Baylor '17 pic.twitter.com/TXoP4P4bXN
— The Kansas State Fan (@Thekstatefan) August 1, 2018

#KState leads 21-14 at halftime over No. 25 Iowa State, thanks in part to this tremendous TD pass from Skylar Thompson to Isaiah Zuber. pic.twitter.com/1Ei8pB9WRM
— Greg Woods (@GregWWoods) November 25, 2018

Skylar Thompson to Isaiah Zuber TD! pic.twitter.com/RQrrmTlIpj
— The Kansas State Fan (@Thekstatefan) September 17, 2018

8 Days until Kansas State football!
Isaiah Zuber Touchdown! vs Central Arkansas '17 pic.twitter.com/ZKLXXSMrXS
— The Kansas State Fan (@Thekstatefan) August 24, 2018

4 days until Kansas State football!
Isaiah Zuber takes the contact and holds onto the ball for a TD! at Oklahoma '17 pic.twitter.com/QCdfSJfaJB
— The Kansas State Fan (@Thekstatefan) August 28, 2018

Zuber also returned punts and kicks in college, taking a punt back 85 yards for a touchdown against South Dakota in 2018. He displayed some questionable ball security in the return game, though — a big no-no in New England.
From a March 2019 article in The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury:
“After returning a punt for a touchdown in the comeback win over South Dakota in the season opener, Zuber had an uneven showing in the return game the remainder of the fall. He muffed the opening kickoff of the second half against Baylor; the Bears went on to score a touchdown less than a minute later, and ended up losing that contest 37-34. On Nov. 3 at TCU, Zuber couldn’t hang on to a punt following a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession. The Horned Frogs capitalized, scoring a pivotal touchdown in a 14-13 win over the Wildcats.”

The momentum changer. Zuber took a punt return to the house to pull the 'Cats within a TD #KStateFB | #SpecialTeamsU pic.twitter.com/tIDKVnlmE1
— K-State Football (@KStateFB) September 2, 2018

Zuber played a minor role on special teams in his lone season at Mississippi State, returning 12 kickoffs for 189 yards (15.8 yards per return) and one punt for 2 yards.
The Patriots added a slew of players with return experience this offseason in second-round pick Kyle Dugger, free agent wideout Damiere Byrd and UDFAs Zuber, Thomas and Riley. They’ll compete with incumbent Gunner Olszewski for the top punt return job. New England also could use a new primary kick returner after Brandon Bolden provided reliability but little else in that role in 2019.
Zuber and the rest of the undrafted rookie wideouts also will battle Mohamed Sanu, Jakobi Meyers, Byrd, Marqise Lee, Olszewski, Quincy Adeboyejo and Devin Ross for reps and roster spots this summer. Julian Edelman, 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry and special teams captain Matthew Slater currently look like New England’s only roster locks at receiver.

Paw Sox History: Trifecta Network Officially Starts To Cover The Paw Sox

The Pawtucket Red Sox were supposed to continue their five game weekend series with the Syracuse Chiefs late on Sunday afternoon. But due to Covid-19, we will have to wait for baseball to return. Instead, we will take a look back at what the Paw Sox have done on this day in history.

2019: Game 1- Pawtucket Red Sox (6) at Rochester Red Wings (1)

Teddy Stankiewicz came up big for the Paw Sox in game one of a doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings. Stankiewicz went six strong innings, giving up just one run on three base hits.The only run allowed by Stankiewicz was on a solo home run by John Andreoli. Mike Miller went 3 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI. Every Paw Sox hitter had at least one base hit in the seven inning game.

Game 2- Pawtucket Red Sox (6) at Rochester Red Wings (1)

This was a makeup of a game from April 27th. The Paw Sox went with a bullpen game, with Jeremy Bleich going three innings, Adam Lau going two innings, and Trevor Kelley going 2 innings. Juan Centeno had four RBI’s in the game, which included a three run double in the third inning.

2018: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders (3) at Pawtucket Red Sox (1)

Dustin Pedroia made his last rehab appearance for the Pawtucket Red Sox prior to getting activated off of the disabled list. He was activated for May 25th. Pedroia went 0 for 3 at the plate in the game. Justin Haley got the start for the Paw Sox on the afternoon, going 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five base hits. He also walked two and struck out five. Jordan Betts went 2 for 3 on the afternoon, and he drove in the only run for the Paw Sox on the afternoon. Ty Buttrey had two scoreless innings in relief for the Paw Sox.

2017: Louisville Bats (6) at Pawtucket Red Sox (13)

This was the first Pawtucket Red Sox game that was covered by Trifecta Network full time. Any Paw Sox game at McCoy Stadium after this date, we were at the ballpark for covering.

David Price was on the mound for the Paw Sox, making his final rehab start prior to getting reactivated for the season. Price was knocked around hard in 3 and 2/3 innings. He gave up six runs (three earned) on seven base hits. He also walked one and struck out four on 89 pitches, 61 for strikes.Price had his velocity on the night, reaching 94-95 MPH on the radar gun, which was a positive sign for Price going forward. After his appearance, Price told the Paw Sox PR staff that he would talk to the media about his appearance. However, instead of stopping to talk to the media, he just walked out the door and left the ballpark. The Paw Sox hit three home runs on the night, one by Brian Bogusevic, one by Bryce Brentz, and one by Steve Selsky.

2016: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (1) at Pawtucket Red Sox (2)

Eduardo Rodriguez got the start for the Paw Sox, going seven strong innings. In those seven innings, he gave up one run on four base hits. The one run that he gave up was a solo home run by Cameron Perkins in the fifth inning. The Paw Sox were down 1 to 0 going into the eighth inning. That’s when Chris Marrero hit his ninth home run of the season. A two run home run to put the Paw Sox up 2 to 1. Pat Light got the save for the Paw Sox in a scoreless ninth inning.

2015: Pawtucket Red Sox (4) at Louisville Bats (5)

Brian Johnson got the start for the Paw Sox on the night, going seven innings. In those seven innings, he gave up four runs on eight base hits. He also struck out seven batters and allowed a solo home run to Chris Dominguez. Yorman Rodriguez also hit a solo home run for the Bats in the eighth inning for the Bats. Luke Montz hit a two run home run in ninth inning to make it a one run ball game. Allen Craig went 2 for 4 on the night with one RBI.

2014: Pawtucket Red Sox (1) at Syracuse Chiefs (4)

Rubby De La Rosa got the start on the night for the Paw Sox, going six scoreless innings and giving up just four base hits. Jeremy Kehrt came into the game for De La Rosa in the seventh inning. He got hit hard, allowing four runs on three hits and walking three batters. The only run by the Paw Sox was on a solo home run by Corey Brown in the ninth inning.

2013: Pawtucket Red Sox (4) at Louisville Bats (3)

Allen Webster got the start for the Paw Sox on the night, and he earned the win in five and 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on four base hits. He also gave up two walks and struck out four batters. One run that he gave up was on a solo home run to Denis Phipps. Armando Galarraga got the start for the Bats, allowing four runs in six innings of work. Brandon Snyder went 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBI’s.

2012: Toledo Mud Hens (1) at Pawtucket Red Sox (4)

Ross Ohlendorf got the start and the win for the Paw Sox. In six innings of work, he gave up just three base hits and he struck out six batters. Nate Spears went 1 for 4 on the night with his second home run of the season. Ryan Lavarnway went 2 for 3 with two runs scored.

2011: Pawucket Red Sox (3) at Toledo Mud Hens (2)

Andrew Miller got the start for the Paw Sox on the mound, going five innings and allowing two runs on six base hits. Michael Bowden was credited with the win, going two innings and giving up three base hits. The game went into extra innings, and the game winning run for the Paw Sox came in the tenth inning on batted ball by Tony Thomas. That came after catcher Omir Santos had a throwing error to first base.

2010: Pawtucket Red Sox (0) at Durham Bulls (1)

Kris Johnson pitched well in six innings of work, just not well enough. While Johnson gave up one run on three base hits, he got the Loss in the game. Jeremy Hellickson was dominate in the game for the Bulls, going eight scoreless innings, allowing just one base hit and striking out five. The one base hit for the Paw Sox was a single in the eighth inning, spoiling the no hit bid by Hellickson. The only run in the game was a solo home run by Ryan Shealy in the second inning.
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Celtics Players Tacko Fall, Jaylen Brown, Enes Kanter Fasted For Ramadan

Observing Ramadan, the 30-day period of fasting and reflection for Muslims, can certainly be difficult, because as long as the sun is out during the day, those practicing must not eat or drink a thing.
Now, imagine fasting as a professional athlete training to restart an NBA season?
Thats what Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown, Enes Kanter and Tacko Fall have done the last month, according the the Boston Globe’s Nicole Yang, amid the league’s coronavirus pandemic hiatus.
And for Fall, the rookie who grew up in Senegal, he’s been more disciplined this year than any other since he moved to the United States at age 16.
“This is the first year, ever, that I’ve consistently fasted, like the way that I’ve done,” Fall said. “I don’t like to boast, but I’m really proud of myself. I’m not perfect, but I can say that this year, I’ve really tried to step it up.”
Half-way through the month, Fall ate iftar, the meal eaten after sunset, with Brown, his brother and other family members. Celtics director of player development Allison Feaster and assistant coach Jay Larranaga decided to partake initially as well, but neither lasted more than a few days.
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“It’s challenging,” Fall said. “A lot of times when you would tell people from here that you’re fasting, they’re like, ‘Oh, but you can drink water.’ No, you can’t drink water.”
It must be especially tough during shelter-in-place orders, where many find themselves eating all day out of pure boredom. And as Fall participates in virtual workouts with members of the Celtics coaching staff, he admits he’s broken his fast with water on recent occasions.
But beyond abstaining from food and beverage, Muslims are also supposed to fast from negative thoughts and behaviors. Fall decided to cut back on social media and lyrics with profanity.
The holy month of fasting began on Thursday, April 23 and concludes the evening of Saturday, May 23. Fall feels proud of his progress.
“I feel like I have more self-control,” said Fall. “Ramadan, we believe, is the best month of the year. You just come out of it a better person than you came in.”
Between Ramadan and quarantines, this sounds like a nice time of self-reflection.
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Here’s Where Rafael Devers Landed On Ex-MLB Exec’s List Of Top Third Basemen

Rafael Devers quickly is becoming one of the league’s top third basemen.
At just 23-years-old, the Boston Red Sox third baseman has displayed elite offensive ability, and over the 2019 season his defense came around quite a bit. In due course, he could be in the conversation with the Alex Bregman’s and Anthony Rendon’s of Major League Baseball as one of the best options at the hot corner.
Former big league executive Jim Bowden, writing for the Athletic, assembled a list of the top 10 third basemen in the league. Devers was picked eighth.
Here’s his list.
1. Alex Bregman
2. Nolan Arenado
3. Anthony Rendon
4. Manny Machado
5. Matt Chapman
6. Josh Donaldson
7. Chris Bryant
8. Rafael Devers
9. Yoan Moncada
10. Eugenio Suarez
“Devers is well-rounded as a hitter; he can hit lefties, righties, fastballs, breaking balls and changeups,” Bowden wrote of Devers. “He has tremendous plate coverage and awareness as well. Defensively, he made 22 errors at third base with -10 defensive runs saved with a UZR of 2.7. He continues to work hard on his defense and the improvement is steady and should continue to trend in an upward direction.”
At this point, that’s probably a fair ranking for Devers, though you could argue he probably could be as high as sixth.
Regardless, he’s got plenty of time ton continue blossoming, which bodes well for he and the Red Sox.
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‘The Match’ Odds: Betting Lines, Props For Brady/Mickelson Vs. Woods/Manning

It’s not quite PGA Tour Golf, and it’s certainly not the NFL, but on Sunday afternoon the two worlds will collide for the sole purpose of giving us something competitive to watch on television while raising money for coronavirus relief — which of course is the reason we have no sports in the first place.
Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson will face off against Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods in “The Match: Champions For Charity” on TNT at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Even if you don’t like golf, there are plenty of reasons why this will be compelling. First and foremost they’ll be mic’d up, giving viewers a firsthand look at what it’s like to hang out with them.
Between the foursome, there are a total of eight Super Bowls and 20 major golf championships won. Imagine the stories that could be told during 18 holes of golf?
And with athletes as competitive as Brady, Mickelson, Manning and Woods, expect all the smack talk we’ve seen on social media to translate right to Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.

Sorry not sorry… pic.twitter.com/qSbYVsHXVz
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 7, 2020

Especially because it’s ranked as one of the most difficult courses in the world, so we’re hopefully bound to see Brady lose his mind and chuck a fairway wood or two.
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Also, Charles Barkley, who will be on the broadcast with PGA golfer Justin Thomas, will be called in for a celeb shot, too. We promise, seeing his golf swing is reason enough to tune in if his commentary hasn’t already sold you.
And of course, anything can be compelling if there’s money on the line.
There’s no shortage of things you can wager on Sunday, so here are some of the odds and prop bets, via the DraftKings Sportsbook.
To win: Woods/Manning -200, Mickelson/Brady +175
Woods has been playing better golf recently compared to Mickelson, not to mention that the 2019 Masters champion is a member at Medalist. And having retired from the NFL a few years ago, Manning has had way more time to get out to the links in comparison to Brady. Take that as you will, because the format for Sunday certainly isn’t match play.
Leader after 3 holes: Woods/Manning +138, Mickelson/Brady +180
Leader after 9 holes: Woods/Manning -110, Mickelson/Brady +175
Leader after 12 holes: Woods/Manning -175, Mickelson/Brady +138, Tie +400
Leader after 15 holes: Woods/Manning -125, Mickelson/Brady +200
Back 9 winner: Woods/Manning -106, Mickelson/Brady +188, Tie +350
First to go 1-up: Woods/Manning -150, Mickelson/Brady +120
Hole 1 longest tee shot: Tom Brady +100, Peyton Manning -125
Hole in one during tournament: Yes +5000
Eagle in the tournament: Yes +300, No -400
Either team to hole a shot from off the green: Yes +240, No -305
Hole on which the Match will be won: Holes 15-17 -110, 18th Hole or extra holes +160, 14th hole or earlier +450
To be decided by a playoff: Yes +400, No -590
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Maple Leafs Get Roasted Over Potential Matchups In NHL’s 24-Team Proposal

The last decade-plus or so haven’t been particularly kind to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For one, they’ve made the postseason just four times since reaching the second round in 2004, and all four appearances resulted in first-round exits. Three of said exits have been to the Boston Bruins (2013, 2018 and 2019), with the series ending each time in a Game 7 at TD Garden.
This Maple Leafs season has been plenty bumpy, but they started to look like they might’ve been getting on track a bit, as they were sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division when the NHL season paused.
Had that result held, they would’ve avoided playing the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs for a change. However, the Covid-19 pause on the NHL has forced the league to get creative, and the players on Friday agreed to a 24-team playoff format.
Based on what the reported seedings would be, the Leafs would have to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in the “play-in” round in order to get to the traditional 16-team playoff.
If the Leafs did that, do you know who they would face in what technically would be the first round? You guessed it, the Bruins.

I’d just like to say I think it’s some sick joke that if the Leafs beat Columbus they’re still gonna have the play the Bruins after and then probably blow it in Game 7 again and I can’t wait to pass this pain of liking this team to my children
— Acacia Aster Broder (@AcaciaAster) May 23, 2020

I only like this idea because there could be Leafs vs Bruins….AGAIN
— Randle Carpenter (@RandleCarpenter) May 21, 2020

LEAF FANS: We're sick of playing Boston first round every year.
NHL: No worries fam. We're gonna put you up against a team that wouldn't normally make the playoffs but that won a huge upset last season.
LEAF FANS:
NHL:
LEAF FANS
NHL: Also if you win that you face Boston
— Acting the Fulemin (@ATFulemin) May 21, 2020

No solution is going to be perfect, but it would be hilarious if the Leafs and Bruins met in the first round for the third straight year when under normal circumstances they wouldn’t have.
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NFL Rumors: Here’s Jets’ Asking Price In Jamal Adams Trade Discussions

The New York Jets’ contract negotiations with Jamal Adams might be stalled, but they don’t appear to be willing to trade him for nothing.
Although the Jets reportedly want to hold on to the All-Pro safety, he wants a new contract before the upcoming season, while New York would rather wait and handle that prior to the 2021 campaign. Because of that difference, trade rumors surrounding Adams have heated up over the last couple days.
In a thread about the Adams-Jets situation, specifically as it relates to the defensive back possibly ending up with the Dallas Cowboys, Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson shared that it likely will take a first- and third-round pick to get a deal done, albeit with a caveat.

4. The price for Adams may be more complicated than what was reported by Michael Irvin. The 1st & 3rd round pick is correct. But last year's trade deadline mess involving Adams and #Cowboys left the #Jets feeling burned. That could linger into the price point this time around.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) May 23, 2020

The Jets aren’t in a position where they necessarily have to extend Adams right this moment, so they do have a good bit of leverage in this situation. In short, they can continue to hold on to him until they get blown away by a deal
Certainly this will continue to develop, one way or the other, over the coming weeks and months.
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