Goodell: Many lessons NFL learned in 2020 will carry forward

Andreas Milano

TAMPA, Fla. — The many lessons learned from 2020 will be needed as the NFL moves forward, Commissioner Roger Goodell noted Thursday in his annual state of the league news conference ahead of the Super Bowl.

Held before both in-person and virtual audiences and staged outside of the arena that is home to the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, Goodell said developments ranging from dealing with the coronavirus pandemic to minority coaching hires to scheduling to the NFL’s working relationship with the players’ union all will carry forward as major topics.

“I don’t know when normal will occur again or if

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TCU looks to knock off No. 2 Baylor

Andreas Milano

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The versatile Jared Butler has averaged 17 points, 5.2 assists and 2.4 steals to lead the way for the Bears. Complementing Butler is Davion Mitchell, who is putting up 13.6 points, 5.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game. The Horned Frogs have been led by RJ Nembhard, who is averaging 14.9 points.

KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Mike Miles has directly created 41 percent of all TCU field goals over the last three games. Miles has 25 field goals and 11 assists in those games.

TWO STREAKS: TCU has dropped its last three road games, scoring 65 points and

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Giants prefer trade for outfielder instead of MLB free agency signing

Andreas Milano

If you’ve been holding out hope that the Giants will bring Jackie Bradley Jr. in as their center fielder, you might want to instead spend some time on FanGraphs looking for outfielders with minor league options remaining. 

On a Zoom call to discuss the addition of left-handed-hitting infielder Tommy La Stella, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants still could add a left-handed option in their outfield, but their preference is not the open market. 

“My guess is we may, rather than going the free agency route, target somebody in a trade who has options who could maybe

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MLB, union check in with Anthony Fauci as spring training nears

Andreas Milano

After a year of contentious negotiations about how to handle this past season, with the end of their collective bargaining agreement looming after this one, the sides are at a standstill, their interactions marked by unrelenting mistrust and blatant animosity.

The saga continued recently as both sides consulted with government officials on health and safety guidelines.

MLB scheduled a call with the Biden administration to solicit information about the pandemic’s trajectory and the vaccine distribution effort, according to multiple people familiar with the call, who spoke on the condition of anonymity so they could freely discuss the matter. The Athletic

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Motor racing-F1 season could start with two Bahrain races, says Domenicali

Andreas Milano

LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Formula One could start the season with two races in Bahrain due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is still confident of putting on a record 23 rounds, chief executive Stefano Domenicali said on Thursday.

The current schedule has the Gulf kingdom opening on March 28, followed by Imola in Italy on April 18. Australia, the regular start to the season, was last month postponed to November.

Domenicali, who took over at the helm in January, told a virtual media round table that Formula One had plenty of backup options.

“Everyone was thinking this year would

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Jorginho 8/10 as penalty sees Chelsea beat Tottenham, leapfrog rivals in the table

Andreas Milano

After an impressive first-half performance, Chelsea held on for a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday in north London, leapfrogging their hosts and climbing to sixth in the Premier League table.

Thomas Tuchel’s side dominated the early stages of the contest, and were rewarded with a penalty after Timo Werner had been taken down inside the area by Eric Dier, with Jorginho duly converting the spot kick. Jose Mourinho made adjustments at half-time and Spurs were fare more menacing in the second period, but the visitors bent but never broke, securing all three points.

Positives

Chelsea showed brilliant intent

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