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St. Louis Cardinals scout dead of COVID-19 complications at 46

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A St. Louis Cardinals scout has died from COVID-19 complications after nearly a month battling the bug in a hospital, the team said.

Charles Peterson, 46, who had worked for the organization since 2012, succumbed to the virus on Sunday, news station WLTX reported. He had been in the hospital since Aug. 17.

The Cardinals released a statement extending their “condolences to the Peterson family and Charles’ many friends.”

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of amateur scout Charles Peterson,” the team wrote on Twitter.

“Hired by the team in 2012, Charles was the signing scout for our 2020 1st [round] pick Jordan Walker.”

Assistant General Manager Randy Flores said Peterson had an “incredible impact on our scouting department.”

“He brought a tremendous work ethic, keen eye, and booming laugh with him every day,” Flores said in a statement. “My prayers are with his wife Karen and family as anyone who ever talked to CP knew how proud he was of them.”

Peterson was also a volunteer assistant football coach at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, where his son plays defensive lineman, news station WSPA reported.

His death marked the second virus-related death in the last week in the school district.

Demetria Bannister, a 28-year-old third-grade teacher at Windsor Elementary, died September 7 due to complications from the virus.

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Broncos fill empty seats with 1,800 ‘South Park’ cutouts

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They went down to Denver to have themselves a time.

With the coronavirus pandemic limiting fan attendance at sporting events, cardboard cutouts are in vogue. But the Denver Broncos took the fad to a whole new level on Sunday, putting cutouts of the entire town of “South Park” in the upper bowl of the stadium for its game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There were more than 1,800 cutouts, according to ESPN, featuring characters from the Comedy Central series that began in 1997 and is based in a fictional Colorado town, and all of them were wearing masks.

Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny — along with Chef, ManBearPig and even Mr. Hanky — were all spread out across five sections of the stadium.

The Broncos reached out to Comedy Central about buying cutouts of the characters, per ESPN, which along with fan-purchased cutouts has raised $130,000 for local charities.

There were 5,700 actual fans in attendance to witness the Broncos’ 28-10 loss to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.

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Another NBA Finals appearances reminds us that LeBron James has won the GOAT debate

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Another NBA Finals appearances reminds us that LeBron James has won the GOAT debate

We do not need a 10-part miniseries to remind us of the greatness of LeBron James. We have the entirety of the 21st century.

From his formal introduction to the basketball world at the 2001 ABCD Camp to his two years as the preeminent high school basketball player at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary to the NBA career that began in the autumn of 2003 to his 68 games as a member of the USA Basketball senior men’s national team, James has been on a court, somewhere, demonstrating to the legions of non-believers there never has been anyone who played the game at such a level.

Saturday night, James recorded a triple-double for the 27th time in an NBA playoff game — 38 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists — in guiding the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Nuggets to complete a 4-1 series victory in the Western Conference finals of NBA Playoffs.

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When the Lakers tip off this week in the NBA Finals, it will be the 17th championship series in the league since the day James debuted. He’ll have taken part in 10 of them. Bill Russell can look at that astonishing achievement and chuckle, but pretty much everyone else should be floored.

The great Magic Johnson reached the Finals in nine of his 13 seasons, but, upon entering the league, he joined a team already featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar made it in 10 of his 20 seasons, Michael Jordan in six of his 15.

James has gone from Cleveland to Miami back to Cleveland and then to LA, and Finals appearances follow him wherever he goes.

And still there are those unwilling to cede the point: He’s the best there’s ever been.

His presence in the Finals presents another occasion to engage in one of the most common and frustrating debates of the decade, at least in the non-political category. The debate probably ought to have been settled when James turned the city of Cleveland into a champion for the first time in five decades, but it persists.

Why? MJ was a childhood obsession when many prominent media voices came of age. Oh, and the shoes. The refusal to acknowledge the evidence subsequently presented by James contains the nostalgic obstinance of those who claim to have walked a mile to school, uphill both ways.

Well, I actually did that for a dozen years — three-quarters of a mile, to be precise, to catch the school bus — and I learned enough to trust the facts.

The stats and accomplishments mostly are in James’ favor, now.

Regular season? James has more career points (34,241 to 32,292), rebounds (9,405 to 6,672), assists (9,346 to 6,672) and blocks (957 to 853). James is superior in field goal percentage (.504 to .497) and 3-point percentage (.344 to .327). Jordan is superior in steals (2,514 to 957) and free throw percentage (.835 to .734).

Jordan won five MVP awards to James’ four. James made All-NBA first-team 13 times to Jordan’s 10.

Playoffs? James has played more games (253 to 179), accumulated more conference final appearances (11 to eight), more playoff points (7,274 to 5,987) and is superior in every field goal accuracy category, including effective field goal percentage (.531 to .504).

That’s the basic stuff. In advanced stats such as VORP — value over replacement player — James’ lead over Jordan (133.67 to 116.08) is roughly twice as large as Jordan’s over third-place John Stockton (106.50). Abdul-Jabbar leads in win shares, but again James (236.44) stands superior to Jordan (214.02).

When Jordan was 35 he was … retired, for the second time, albeit temporarily. Shaquille O’Neal no longer was a 20-point scorer. Neither was Wilt Chamberlain. Abdul-Jabbar was productive and essential, but Johnson was the Lakers’ foremost player. James just finished second in MVP voting for the second time in the past three years.

Certainly, James has needed help from his teammates to 10 times accumulate the dozen playoff victories necessary to reach the Finals, but it hasn’t always seemed to matter so much who those teammates might be.

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In his six championship series appearances, all with the Bulls, Jordan helped 28 different players appear in the Finals. He was surrounded by one terrific core group from 1990 to 1993, then another from ’95 to ’98. James has been accompanied there by 65 different teammates, presuming only the Lakers’ primary rotation players appear in the Finals. If Jared Dudley or Quinn Cook gets in a game, it’ll be that many more.

James is the common denominator.

“As much as I love Michael Jordan, man, LeBron James is the one,” Hall of Famer Allen Iverson told “The Fat Joe Show” in August. “He’s the one, man. That (man) is the one.”

Iverson did not use the word “man” in that last sentence.

Two-time NBA champion Bill Laimbeer of the “Bad Boys” Pistons took the same position in an April interview with ESPN. His wording did not require any euphemistic adjustment.

“I’m very vocal on this: I think the LeBron is the best player who has ever played the game,” Laimbeer said. “He’s 6-foot-8, 285 pounds, runs like the wind, jumps out of the gym. … At the end of the day, I firmly believe he’s the best basketball player in the history of the game.”

One beauty of the NBA postseason structure is that we will not have an entire week for James’ habitual antagonists to use their amplified voices to take the errant position against him. The NBA Finals start Wednesday, so there are only two days for them to spread disinformation.

We already get enough of that from day to day.

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Lewis Hamilton Convinced the FIA ‘Are Trying to Get Him’ Following Sochi Controversy

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Lewis Hamilton Convinced the FIA 'Are Trying to Get Him' Following Sochi Controversy

The day that Lewis Hamilton should have conquered with ease, two very simple mistakes cost him. Instead of coasting through as a race winner at Sochi, he had to settle for a podium finish.

Although the investigation’s results were to be revealed after the race, the FIA communicated the decision during the race. And Lewis Hamilton was not particularly happy when he heard about the time penalty.

Regardless, he kept his focus and tried to speed up. Eventually, he finished 10 seconds behind Bottas in P3 and joined Verstappen on the podium.

Lewis Hamilton feels the FIA are ‘out to get him’

The British driver obviously felt that the sanctions levied on him were quite harsh. Speaking in a brief interview with Sky Sports F1, he stated,

“I need to go back and see what the rules are, what exactly I did wrong. I’m pretty sure no one’s got two five-second penalties for something so ridiculous. I wouldn’t put anyone in danger, I have done this at a million tracks. But yeah, it is what is.”

The Race Control panel imposed a time penalty because Hamilton was practicing in an undesignated area and thereby endangering the safety of other drivers.

As per the guidelines, for safety reasons, drivers must keep to the right of the pit entry while entering the pits.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race. Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

In addition, the FIA also added two points, one point per violation, to his racing license. And should a driver accumulate 12 points, it results in an automatic race ban. And Hamilton had some strong words for the sport’s governing body.

“Of course it is (on whether the points penalty was excessive). But it’s to be expected, they’re trying to get me. They’re trying to stop me, aren’t they? But it’s okay, I just need to keep my head down and stay focused. And we’ll see what happens.”

Mercedes enjoys a good outing under the sun at Sochi

If on the one end Mercedes endured puzzlement with regards to Hamilton, their other driver Valtteri Bottas won the Russian GP. The Finn was absolutely superb in the race, pulling similar moves from his 2017 win.

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton Celebrate On The Russian GP Podium
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia -Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the race alongside third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

It is now the second time that Bottas has won in Russia from P3. Overall, having both drivers on the podium was business as usual for Mercedes. And by doing so, they took one step closer towards retaining the Constructors’ title.

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