Month: March 2020

Alex Ovechkin’s goals quest on pause: How the superstar is dealing with a season interrupted

7:30 AM ET Every year, before the NHL preseason and again before the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Alex Ovechkin‘s longtime trainer, Pavel Burlachenko, flies in from Russia to work with the Washington Capitals‘ captain at his home gym in Northern Virginia. Burlachenko arrived in the U.S. shortly before the NHL paused its season due to the …

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Boxing’s ‘Tiger King,’ Mike Tyson, says he was wrong to own tigers

5:25 PM ET As the world acquaints itself with Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,” the Oklahoman “Tiger King” made famous by a recently released Netflix documentary, former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson has admitted he was “wrong” for keeping two tigers at his Las Vegas residence years ago. Tyson, 53, said that although …

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Lowe: How NBA players are parenting through the coronavirus shutdown

8:06 AM ET Al Horford never expected to become a live-in physical education teacher for his three children — especially for the oldest, Ean, his 5-year-old son. But when the COVID-19 hiatus and accompanying self-isolation hit the United States, the Horfords found themselves together in an apartment in the Philadelphia area without a yard. There …

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Townsend takes wage deferral; Scottish Rugby season ‘null and void’

1:28 PM BST Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has taken a 25% wage deferral, along with the Scottish Rugby board, due to the growing financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill and Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie have taken also taken 25% salary deferrals, while Scottish Rugby chief executive …

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Townsend, Scottish Rugby board take wage deferrals due to coronavirus

1:28 PM BST Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has taken a 25% wage deferral, along with the Scottish Rugby board, due to the growing financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill and Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie have taken also taken 25% salary deferrals, while Scottish Rugby chief executive …

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ECB announces £61 million support package to confront ‘biggest challenge in our history’

5:14 PM GMT George Dobell Matt Roller Close Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98 The ECB has announced a £61 million financial support package in a bid to ensure that cricket can withstand what chief executive Tom Harrison has described as “the biggest challenge” the governing body has faced …

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Golf’s truck drivers have tales of cracked clubs, late-night rides and food poisoning

8:07 AM ET When the PGA Tour suspended activities due to the coronavirus, it halted what is affectionately known as golf’s traveling circus. Approximately 12 near-semi-sized trucks operated by equipment manufacturers drive from tournament to tournament throughout the season — building, adjusting and maintaining the equipment for the tour players. That caravan is operated by …

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