JUNE 5, 2019
NASCAR APPROVES JULY RACING IN KENTUCKY
Races have been on hold at Kentucky Speedway due to COVID-19, but it was announced yesterday that they will return for the annual July weekend, which includes the 10th anniversary of the NASCAR Cup Series. The races are the Quaker State 400, Kentucky 300, Alsco 300, NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, and Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. All four races will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
GOVS RANKED 13TH, JSU 24TH IN ATHLON POLL
Athlon Sports magazine has picked defending OVC champion Austin Peay No. 13 in its FCS preseason Top 25 poll and named 2019 consensus All-American Kordell Jackson of APSU to its Preseason FCS All-America Team. Joining the Govs among the Top 25 are 2020 opponents Central Arkansas at number 11 and fellow OVC member Jacksonville State at number 24. Kordell Jackson was the OVC leader in interceptions last season with 7 and was responsible for 10 of the Govs 25 turnovers gained. He also added 8 tackles for loss.
DAMERON TAKES HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACHING JOB
After a year of being the senior defensive analyst at the University of Kansas football, former Murray State assistant and Eastern Illinois head coach Kim Dameron has been named Southside High School’s new head coach. He was officially hired this week by the Fort Smith, Arkansas school. Dameron started his coaching career in 1983 as a graduate assistant at Arkansas under Lou Holtz. He also made stops at Missouri State, Nevada-Las Vegas, Murray State, Cincinnati, the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, Eastern Illinois, Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana-Monroe, Ole Miss, Cornell, and Louisiana Tech. Dameron is a former standout at Rogers High School who walked on at Arkansas and played four years as a wide receiver and defensive back.
TITANS COACHES TO RETURN MONDAY
NFL Coaches will be allowed to return beginning today to team facilities closed because of the coronavirus pandemic as the league continues preparation for training camps and its season. Commissioner Roger Goodell told the 32 clubs on Thursday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that coaching staffs may work from team complexes starting Friday. Previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities, with coaches and players not seeking treatment for injuries barred. Tennessee Titans coaches are expected back in the office on Monday.
MORENO WINS COLONELS CHOICE AWARD
Michael Moreno of Eastern Kentucky was named winner of the Colonels’ Choice award as top newcomer in a men’s sport at the school. A 6-foot-7 forward who eclipsed 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds at Scott County High School, he topped teammate Ty Taylor and four others for the honor. Moreno led the Colonels in rebound average and three-point percentage, as well as double-doubles as EKU went 13-3 after he moved into the starting lineup.
LOUISVILLE’S MILLER PROJECTED TO GO TO KC
In Baseball America’s latest mock draft, the magazine has the Kansas City Royals selecting Vanderbilt outfielder Austin Martin with the fourth overall pick and choosing Louisville right-hander Bobby Miller 32nd overall with a Competitive Balance Round A pick. The two-day five-round MLB draft begins on Tuesday.
EVANS FLIP COMMITMENT
Three-star cornerback Nate Evans announced on social media he is flipping his football commitment from Tennessee to North Carolina State. The Virginia Beach Cox High School DB visited the Wolfpack campus in January. He will be part of the 2021 recruiting class.
NO TICKET SALES YET FOR SOUTHERN HERITAGE CLASSIC
The Southern Heritage Classic is holding off on selling tickets to this year’s tailgate event because of the uncertainty of the coronavirus epidemic. The annual football matchup between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University is scheduled for September 12th at the Liberty Bowl. Organizers say they will check updated COVID-19 information from the Shelby County Health Department and the city, but at this time there are no ticket sales for the tailgate.
The NHL will allow Phase Two group workouts to start Monday, but the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues won’t be among the first back on the ice. General manager Doug Armstrong said he is not intending on opening Phase Two on the first day. He said, when the players “want us to open, we will.” He said he has recommended Blues players stay where they are until “we get very close” to Phase Three starting, which isn’t scheduled until July 10th at the earliest. He said only about 10 players are in the St. Louis area.
TRIPLE CROWN ADDS TO ELIGIBILITY LIST
Arkansas Derby runner-up King Guillermo and highly-regarded filly Swiss Skydiver topped the field of 22 more three-year horses make eligible to compete in the 2020 Triple Crown. The deadline was extended to Wednesday for late entry. The Kentucky Derby date was moved to September 5th because of the coronavirus pandemic.
NASHVILLE SC CLOSER TO ACTION
The Nashville SC expansion soccer team is one step to getting back on the field following an agreement between MLS and the players union yesterday. The two sides ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will run through 2025 and pave the way to resume play in 2020. The new return-to-play plan will have Nashville and all 25 other MLS clubs report to Orlando for a training camp at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex beginning on June 24th. In July, MLS is proposing teams play a shortened 18-game season in their home cities or hold a World Cup-style tournament in Orlando with a three-game group stage followed by knockout rounds.
NATIONAL SPORTS BRIEFS
The NBA is moving ahead with its plan to restart the season. The league’s board of governors approved the proposed 22-team format by a 29-to-1 vote. 22 teams will play in Orlando without fans. Games are expected to resume July 31st, with the NBA Finals in October.
Dates have been tentatively set for the NBA Draft Lottery and NBA Draft. According to ESPN, the draft lottery is set for August 25th. The actual draft itself would take place October 15th following the conclusion of the season. NBA Free Agency would start a few days later on October 18th.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is apologizing for saying kneeling during the national anthem is disrespecting the flag. After much backlash, he says he completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing as a country. Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe says Brees should probably retire.
Major League Baseball’s Players’ Association is resoundingly rejecting the league’s 50-game plan to begin the season. That’s according to a statement from union head Tony Clark, who says the players will not take another pay cut. The owners previously rejected the players’ 114-game proposal.
Members of the Minnesota Vikings are among those mourning the loss of George Floyd. In the first of three services across the country, Floyd’s family members spoke along with others. Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams spoke about George being a big LeBron James fan and that he was ecstatic after the Cleveland Cavaliers erased a three-one deficit against the Golden State Warriors in 2016.