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“He’s Gotta Play Better”- Kyle Shanahan Wants Jimmy Garoppolo to Take Charge

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“He’s Gotta Play Better”- Kyle Shanahan Wants Jimmy Garoppolo to Take Charge

Kyler Murray was the star in Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Levi’s Stadium. The former Heisman Trophy winner threw for 230 yards with one passing TD and one interception.

He had 13 carries, with 90+ rushing yards and one rushing TD. He was fantastic throughout the game. The same could not be said for his opponent, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo threw for 249 passing yards and got two TDs. However, he just completed 19 of his 33 attempted passes.

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Kyle Shanahan reiterates the need for Jimmy Garoppolo to step up his game in 2020

Here’s what Kyle Shanahan said about his star quarterback in the post-game presser.

“He had some good plays in there, but just like the rest of the offense (he) had some missed opportunities. He’s gotta play better. We’ve all gotta play better. The entire offense missed opportunities. Shanahan told NFL reporter John Dickinson.

The seasoned coach further added, “I thought we had a chance to run away with it in the first half.”

Sep 2, 2020; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks to the field during training camp at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

Garoppolo himself wasn’t too pleased with his display on Sunday. Here’s what he told the press after the game. He said, “I can’t really put my finger on one (play) right now, but there’s a number of them. Missed throws, missed opportunities we usually make.”

The 49ers don’t have any time to sulk following their opening week disappointment. Kyle Shanahan’s boys go on the road now as they play New York Jets and the New York Giants over the next two weeks.

He will hope that his experienced group of players will learn from this loss. Can Shanahan guide the 49ers to the Super Bowl once again?

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Nets’ Joe Tsai on NBA navigating ‘tricky’ future amid COVID-19

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Nets owner Joe Tsai isn’t deluding himself. He knows coronavirus will make next season a tough one for his team and the rest of the NBA, and that the league is a long way from playing to full arenas, or even crowded ones.

But the e-commerce billionaire is predicting a strong eventual rebound thanks to rapid testing and a thirst for live sports, which he calls a “rare commodity.”

“We’re kind of looking at — obviously we’re in the playoffs right now, very excited about the Lakers and the Heat, congratulations to them – and the next season is going to be a little bit tricky, because we don’t anticipate having a lot of fans or having full buildings into the arena anytime soon,” Tsai said during CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference.

“But guess what? You know, the following season, 2022-23, we look for a very nice rebound. And the thing is, live sports is a rare commodity. You could tell just during the COVID period when there was no sports on TV, people just were craving for it. And once you put the games on, people have come back to watch sports enthusiastically. So I’m very, very positive, very excited about the future of live sports.”

The coronavirus pandemic that’s killed over 200,000 people in the U.S. suspended the NBA season back in March. Play restarted in the so-called bubble in Orlando, with all the games played at Disney with no fans present. That’s played havoc with the league’s finances, and could for another season or two.

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Tsai’s Nets finished seventh in the Eastern Conference to reach the playoffs behind interim coach Jacque Vaughn. He’s stayed on staff as the lead assistant since the hiring of new head coach Steve Nash, and next season they’re expected to contend upon the return of injured stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

It’s still unclear whether they’ll do so in Brooklyn or in another bubble, playing before how many fans or in front of any at all. But Tsai – the Alibaba co-founder who has seen his personal fortune rise by $5.6 billion since the start of last year – suggested that rapid COVID testing on-site could be a game-changer and help the NBA regain some semblance of normalcy.

“Well, first I have to say the Nets did pretty well in the bubble. We didn’t advance beyond the first round, but we won a few games especially against the Bucks and the Lakers. But we had an early exit,” Tsai said. “Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go into the bubble. But the thing about live sports is that a very big part of the economics of the teams comes from having fans in the building.

“So in the COVID era, with social distancing and people not being able to congregate in a place, that’s really going to prevent the economics. But these are challenges that can be overcome with time because we know…that there’s going to be a vaccine. You can have rapid testing programs before people come into the building. So at some point, that’s going to come back to normal.”

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Louisville coach Chris Mack fires up Cards fans with sarcastic video aimed at archrival Kentucky, John Calipari

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Louisville coach Chris Mack fires up Cards fans with sarcastic video aimed at archrival Kentucky, John Calipari

There has been no competition since the afternoon of March 12, when Creighton and St. John’s were informed that their Big East Tournament was over after they’d played the first 20 minutes.

Louisville coach Chris Mack chose to fill that void with a video Tuesday evening.

He earlier had gone public, in an interview with “Full Court Press” podcaster John Fanta, with complaints about the inequity of Louisville getting a home game in its rivalry series against Kentucky with few or no fans in 2020-21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and then likely facing a full house at Rupp Arena the following season.

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UK coach John Calipari was asked about the Louisville series and Mack’s statements during an online news conference. He said the Wildcats had a backup plan for the 2020-21 season if the Cardinals were not inclined to play the game as planned this season, apparently on Saturday, Dec. 26.

“You guys know I like to be ahead of this. You’re not going to throw the fire hose at me and it’s hitting me in the nose and mouth and I’m trying to figure out a schedule,” Calipari told reporters. “I’m not going to do that. So we kind of knew, we’re going to have some home games with no fans, which is crap but we’ve got no choice. We’re also going on the road a couple of times without fans, which isn’t fair to them, but there’s no competitive equity. It is what it is.”

Mack’s video was posted to Twitter hours later, at 6:08 p.m.

“I keep getting asked: Coach, are we playing the game? Are you scared? Are you a chicken? You won’t play Kentucky?” Mack said. “As for the UK series, here’s the thing: I want to do what is most convenient for John and his program.”

There is no such thing as a “sarcasm font” in video.

But one usually can sense it if paying attention.

Sarcasm practically was bleeding through the screen as Mack spoke.

“You do believe that, right? That I want to do what’s best for John?”

Mack explained that Kentucky previously had agreed to play the game on Dec. 12, a date he said Kentucky later withdrew because it would have been six days after the Wildcats returned from a trip to London to play Michigan. That game was canceled because of COVID. It’s not clear how those machinations affected the fact that the KFC Yum! Center would be missing its homecourt advantage on Dec. 12 or any other date this season, but Mack was building his case.

He alleged Kentucky called ESPN “and tried to change one of our ACC games without our knowledge or permission.” Mack said UK “honored that request” to move Louisville’s home game in the football series to 2021, although he did not mention that SEC teams are playing no non-league games in that sport this season.

“If you could do it in football, it seems like you could do it in basketball,” Mack said. “Listen, I don’t want to stand in the way of college basketball’s best rivalry. Whatever is most convenient for Coach Cal, we’ll do it.”

He pounded on his desk to punctuate that statement. Something out of the picture rattled. Perhaps it was a Coach Cal bobblehead.

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‘Awful’ double-bounce controversy causes French Open stir

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Martina Navratilova has accused German star Laura Siegemund of failing to call a double bounce in an incident that’s divided tennis.

Siegemund profited from a clear violation of the rules in her match against Kristina Mladenovic to help knock the Frenchwoman out of her home grand slam on Wednesday.

Mladenovic was up 5-1 and with a set point against Siegemund when the German scooped up a winner despite the ball appearing to bounce twice. The incident was missed by chair umpire Eva Asderaki.

World No. 44 Mladenovic pleaded in vain before Siegemund took full advantage, racing into the next round with a 7-5, 6-3 win.

While both players were quick to place responsibility for the call on the umpire, Navratilova said Siegemund could have stepped up and shown sportsmanship.

“That was awful,” Navratilova tweeted. “The umpire, who is usually great, missed that one.

“In the old days we would have called it ourselves but these days it’s different. For sure Siegemund knew she didn’t get it on the first bounce et voilà – it totally turned the match as Mladenovic knew it … shame.”

Mladenovic called for a football-style VAR system to be introduced in tennis after her tournament ended.

Kristina Mladenovic; Laura Siegemund
Kristina Mladenovic; Laura SiegemundGetty Images

“It would be great to have that,” Mladenovic said. “It’d be a pity to replace a human with a camera but to err is human. I don’t see how the umpire could not see it. Unfortunately, she continues at Roland Garros but I do not.”

The other grand slams do use a replay system for line calls.

Despite her disappointment, Mladenovic refused to blame Siegemund for not calling the incident on herself.

“Well, she would have been the best and most fair player on the tour if she would have done that. Unfortunately, she didn’t. I didn’t expect her to do it,” Mladenovic said.

“But if she would have done it, she would have all my respect and (it would) be super-fair play. She’s not the one responsible. I think the chair umpire is the one that should be really focused on that call. The set was mine. It was just unlucky for me that the chair umpire didn’t do her job.”

Siegemund defended not calling the double bounce herself.

“If in that call, I’m coming running full speed, if in that call I say, ‘Oh, it was a double bounce,’ and later I see on the video it was not, I would be angry at myself. So I think in that situation, that was a close call,” said the 66th-ranked player.

“That’s what the umpire is there for. I think she has better chances than me to see what has happened exactly.”

Siegemund backed Mladenovic’s call for video replays which would allow controversial calls to be reviewed courtside and, if necessary, overturned.

“If we have the technical devices to get a quick replay, I think that’s a good thing for all sports,” she said.

However, Siegemund insisted that Mladenovic had plenty of chances to kill off the first set even before the controversy erupted.

“I can understand her frustration. I can maybe understand a little bit that she’s getting at me, but I think she should get at the umpire,” Siegemund said.  “She had plenty of other opportunities. It was just the wrong call, and that happens in sport.”

Mladenovic has seen crucial leads disappear before — at the US Open, she led Russia’s Varvara Gracheva 6-1, 5-1 and had four match points but went on to lose in three sets.

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