Saturday, December 4, 2021

Wednesday’s games in a nutshell

NFL

Green Bay, Wisc. (NWN) — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol and will miss Sunday’s game in Kansas City.

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Wednesday that Rodgers was in protocol, but would not say whether Rodgers had tested positive nor whether the NFL MVP had been vaccinated.

Rodgers is the latest Packers player to deal with the coronavirus. Wide receivers Davante Adams, a 2020 All-Pro, and Alan Lazard missed last week’s win in Arizona due to COVID-19 protocols.

Green Bay’s backup quarterback is 2020 first round draft pick Jordan Love, who has thrown seven passes in his short career.

mlb

SAN FRANCISCO (NWN) — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey plans to announce his retirement Thursday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision.

The man spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because Posey had yet to make his formal announcement.

The Giants said last month that they would exercise Posey’s $22 million club option for the 2022 season, as long as the veteran catcher wants to continue playing after a stellar year.

Posey hinted during the playoffs that he might be done — the seven-time All-Star ready to embrace more family time with four young kids at home.

— by baseball writer Jenny McCauley.

NHL

CHICAGO (NWN) – The Hockey Hall of Fame has covered an assistant coach’s name engraved on the Stanley Cup after the assistant was accused of sexually assaulting a player during the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2010 championship.

According to the Toronto-based Hall, Brad Aldrich’s name was covered with an X on Sunday, the same day the 2020-21 champions Tampa Bay Lightning were added to the cup.

PITTSBURGH (NWN) – The Pittsburgh Penguins placed star center Sidney Crosby and defenseman Brian Dumoulin into COVID-19 protocols after both tested positive on Wednesday.

Coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby is dealing with mild symptoms while Dumoulin is asymptomatic. Crosby’s positive test came less than a week after making his debut in the season, missing the opening six games while recovering from surgery on his left wrist.

college football

MINNEAPOLIS (NWN) — Division-leading Minnesota and coach PJ Fleck on Wednesday agreed to a new seven-year contract that runs through the 2028 season.

The terms of the deal, which are pending approval by the university’s board of regents, were not immediately available. In the middle of the pack for head coaches in the 14-team Big Ten, Fleck has a base salary of $4.65 million this year.

Minnesota (6-2, 4-1) dropped to 20th place in the first edition of the college football playoff rankings this week after beating Northwestern 41-14 for a fourth consecutive win.

college basketball

The NCAA on Wednesday denied an appeal by Oklahoma State in a breach that meant the Cowboys would be banned from the postseason next spring — a decision that prompted a tearful coach Mike Boynton to declare That there is no point in cooperating with the organization.

Last year, an NCAA violation committee hit the Cowboys with a one-year postseason ban and other penalties after former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted up to $22,000 to help some financial advisors run athletes. Evans was arrested in 2017 as part of a federal corruption investigation, and pled guilty in 2019.

Oklahoma State fired Evans shortly after his arrest, and the school said it had cooperated fully with the NCAA from the beginning. The school felt that the NCAA would see Evans as a rogue employee acting on his own.

golf

scheduled tribe. LOUIS (NWN) – Bellerive Country Club has been selected to host the President’s Cup in 2030, making it the seventh American course to host the biennial event.

It adds to the list of major events from Gary Player completing a career Grand Slam at the 1965 US Open to winning his first major at the 1992 PGA Championship.

It most recently held the 2018 PGA Championship when Brooks Koepka defeated Tiger Woods and Adam Scott.

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The President’s Cup, a match between Americans and international players from outside Europe, will take place at Quail Hollow in North Carolina in 2022, followed by Royal Montreal in 2024 and Medina in a Chicago suburb in 2026. A foreign site has not been selected for 2028.

auto race

DETROIT (NWN) – The Detroit City Council approved a contract Wednesday to repatriate the Detroit Grand Prix downtown from its current home on an island in the middle of the Detroit River.

Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Inc. told council members in September that it wanted to hold IndyCar races from 2023 to 2025 on a 1.7-mile track along city streets instead of Belle Isle.

Next year’s race will still be held in June at the popular Island Park, east of downtown.

running

BOSTON (NWN) — The Boston Marathon will return a full field of 30,000 for next year’s race — and all runners will be required to be fully vaccinated.

The Boston Athletic Association says that taking bib numbers before a race on April 18, 2022 will require proof of vaccination with a World Health Organization-certified vaccine.

BAA President Tom Grilk said 93% of athletes at this year’s race were vaccinated.

Courts

LAS VEGAS (NWN) — Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Rugs III was driving at 156 mph with a blood-alcohol content twice Nevada’s legal limit before his sports car crashed into the back of a vehicle. collided with, causing the death of a 23-year-old woman. , prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The Raiders booked into a Las Vegas prison late Tuesday, hours after the accident and shortly after being released from the hospital.

The 22-year-old former first-round NFL draft pick sat in a wheelchair with a foam brace on his neck and a prison guard on his elbow during his initial court appearance on Wednesday pending felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. death and reckless driving.

Court records showed that Rugs posted a $150,000 bond. His lawyer said he was released from jail on Wednesday evening.

Condolence message

Tom Matt, who spent his entire 12-year NFL career playing a gritty job for the Baltimore Colts — except for a star turn for three games as their quarterback in 1965 — has died. He was 82 years old.

The Baltimore Ravens confirmed Matt’s death during coach John Harbaugh’s news conference on Wednesday. No details given.

After scoring three touchdowns to take Baltimore ahead of Cleveland in the 1968 NFL championship game, Matt became the first player to top the 100-yard rushing mark in the Super Bowl, which upset losses to Joe Namath and the New York Jets. I had a total of 116 yards. . He earned a championship ring with the 1970 Colts.

He rushed for 4,646 yards, caught 249 passes for 2,869 yards and made 57 touchdowns, and spent most of his time with the Colts working in the shadow of future Hall of Famers Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore, Raymond Berry and John McKay.

NEW YORK (NWN) — Jane Brown Grimes, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame for her contributions to the sport as an executive who played roles on the WTA Tour and the Hall’s forerunner, the US Tennis Association, has died at age 80.

Hall announced the death of Brown Grimes on Wednesday, based on information from his daughter, Serena Larson. Hall said Brown Grimes died Tuesday at his home in New York City.

Brown Grimes opened the New York Development Office for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977 and was executive director of the Rhode Island-based hall from 1981–86, then its president and CEO from 1991–2000.

In 1986, she became the Managing Director of the Women’s Professional Tennis Council. She was Chair of the Board, President and CEO of USTA in 2007–08. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.

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