The University of Wisconsin chancellor said Tuesday that Big Ten football will remain on hold until there are answers to questions about COVID-19 testing and tracing, along with possible long-term heart issues related to the coronavirus.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank said once the Big Ten university leaders have their concerns addressed “we will try to plan a delayed season.”
A month after postponing games, conference leaders are considering playing a fall season after all. There were weekend meetings on a plan to begin play as soon as mid-October.
Blank, appearing at a congressional hearing on compensation for college athletes, was asked by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) about the Big Ten’s decision last month and whether the conference might reverse course.
“There were several main reasons for that,” Blank said. “One was that we were uncertain we could do the level of testing and contact tracing that we needed to keep athletes safe. Secondly, there was this growing evidence about heart-related myocarditis and that evidence was uncertain and it wasn’t clear what it means and we wanted to know more. There were a few other minor reasons.”
She would not predict which way a vote to return to play would go.
“Decisions within the Big Ten are largely majority based decisions, but I’ll be honest, we almost always decide everything by consensus. We very rarely take votes,” Blank said.
A court filing earlier this month disclosed that Big Ten presidents and chancellors voted 11-3 in favor of postponing all fall sports. Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State voted against the move.
When the next decision comes from the Big Ten was unclear, though KETV in Omaha posted video Tuesday of University of Nebraska President Ted Carter saying, “We’re getting ready to announce the Huskers and Big Ten football tonight,” before he spoke at an unrelated news conference.
Carter later told KLKN in Lincoln that statement was taken out of context.
“When there is any news to share or confirm regarding any Big Ten board decision, it will be announced by the Big Ten,” University of Nebraska spokeswoman Deb Fiddelke said.
Big Ten on hold until questions answered originally appeared on NBCSports.com
When do the NBA Finals start, and what time is Lakers-Heat Game 1?
Here’s what you need to know about when the NBA Finals start between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat, what time Game 1 starts and the best-of-seven game series schedule.
The NBA’s championship series will begin Wednesday night at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Fla., where the league restarted its season following a 4 1/2 month hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tipoff for Game 1 is shortly after 6 p.m. PDT.
The best-of-seven game series will be played every other day with the exception of a two-day break between Games 4-5.
The Lakers are going for the franchise’s 17th championship, including its 12th in Los Angeles. The first five came during their time in Minneapolis, hence the name Lakers.
The Heat are seeking their fourth title, the last two coming with LeBron James joining forces with Miami legend Dwyane Wade and talented big man Chris Bosh in 2012 and 2013. The franchise’s initial championship came in 2006 after Shaquille O’Neal left the Lakers to join Wade and Co.
Here is the schedule (Games 5, 6 and 7 will be played if necessary):
Game 1: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. PDT
Game 2: Friday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m. PDT
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m. PDT
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. PDT
Game 5: Friday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m. PDT
Game 6: Sunday, Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m. PDT
Game 7: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. PDT
Zach Banner carted off for Steelers
The Steelers are closing in on a victory over the Giants, but the first game of the season took a toll on the team’s health.
Right tackle Zack Banner had to be helped off the field without putting weight on his right leg after going down on a play that saw Ben Roethlisberger hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Banner had tears in his eyes while getting encouraging pats on the back from teammates who then helped him to a cart for a ride to the locker room.
Banner took over the starting job this summer with Matt Feiler moving to left guard. The Steelers also saw right guard Stefan Wisniewski depart a couple of plays earlier. He got the start in place of the injured David DeCastro.
Running back James Conner is also down with an ankle injury, so those developments represent the bad news with the Steelers up 26-10 in the final minutes.
Zach Banner carted off for Steelers originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Trade chatter connecting Rangers to Jack Eichel: report
With the Rangers’ rebuild ahead of schedule, they were reportedly among the teams recently interested in a potential trade for the Buffalo Sabres’ star center Jack Eichel, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.
According to McKenzie, there was “unverified chatter” that Eichel recently requested a trade from Buffalo, though further investigating by McKenzie revealed that Eichel doesn’t want out of Buffalo right now — something McKenzie said he took at “face value.”
The 23-year-old Eichel had 36 goals and 42 assists in 68 games this season, and has amassed 337 points in 354 career NHL games.
Eichel is under contract through the 2025-26 season, and is set to enter the third season of an eight-year deal worth $80 million.
With New York’s signing last offseason of Artemi Panarin and draft luck leading to them drafting Kappo Kakko No. 2 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft and very likely Alexis Lafreniere at No. 1 overall in 2020, dealing for a potential finishing piece such as Eichel would make plenty of sense.
The Blueshirts also have one of the best crops of prospects in the NHL, meaning they should have no trouble putting together a package for a star they covet should one become available.
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