It’s been an exhausting week of coronavirus sports news — and yes, that is its own thing now. From Monday’s bombshell about the COVID outbreak in the Miami Marlins locker room to yesterday’s decision by the KHSAA to delay the start of high school football and all the hand-wringing about college football in between, it’s perfectly natural to want to bury your head in the sand and dream of the day you can watch the Cats play again.
But, it’s not all doom and gloom. Thus far, the Marlins are the only team with positive cases and the MLB season is still on. Last night, we even got our first “fight” courtesy of Joe Kelly and Carlos Correa:
Joe Kelly strikes out Carlos Correa. Pleasantries are exchanged … then we get our first socially-distanced bench clearing altercation of the season.pic.twitter.com/dmQElWppqd
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) July 29, 2020
If 2020 were a mood, Joe Kelly would be it:
The NBA and NHL also return this weekend, and thanks to their bubble environments, it seems like there’s a shot it will work. NFL players across the nation reported to training camp yesterday. As for college football, the clock is ticking, but it seems more and more like the powers that be are going to take as much time as possible to decide on a plan. Last week, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said that the league may wait until August to make the call on football in hopes of evaluating potential spikes during enhanced summer activities and pro training camps. The NCAA is even helping out, allowing teams to begin their seasons on August 29 to allow for further flexibility with the schedule in case of COVID delays.
Like always with all of this, fingers crossed. Let’s run through the news.
The Reds seek revenge vs. the Cubs
It ain’t easy being a Reds fan. After starting the shortened season with a 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Reds have face planted, losing four straight, most recently last night’s 8-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs. You can read Brandon Ramsey’s recap of the game here, but in short, it was depressing.
Tonight, the Big Red Machine looks to get back on track in Game 3 vs. the Cubs. The fun begins at 6:40 p.m. Here’s the rest of today’s MLB schedule:
If you’d rather watch hockey, NHL exhibition games have begun ahead of Saturday’s restart. NBCSN will be airing games starting this afternoon:
- Carolina vs. Washington – NBCSN – 4 p.m. ET
- Chicago vs. St. Louis – NBCSN – 6:30 p.m. ET
- N.Y. Rangers vs. N.Y. Islanders – NBCSN – 8 p.m. ET
The Preds take the ice tomorrow at 4 p.m. for an exhibition vs. the Dallas Stars, so if you need me, I’ll be in front of the TV in my Winter Classic sweater.
Louisville City FC hosts Sporting KC II
If you’d like to see sports in person, grab a mask and head on down to Lynn Family Stadium to watch LouCity FC take on Sporting KC II. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. If you’d rather watch from home, you can see it on WMYO/My TV, stream online via WDRB Now/ESPN+, or listen on 790 WKRD or 840 WHAS.
LouCity won their first match against Sporting KC II on Saturday with our very own Nick Roush in the stands. If you missed it on Monday, check out his post about what it’s like to attend a sporting event during a pandemic.
It’s NBA Restart Eve
Yesterday was the final day of scrimmages in the NBA Bubble ahead of Thursday’s opening night. Bam Adebayo took the court for the first time after missing two weeks of workouts due to the coronavirus and looked good, posting 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes. Elsewhere, Hamidou Diallo had 16 points in 20 minutes for the Thunder and Devin Booker threw down this dunk in the Suns’ surprising win over the Raptors:
— NBA (@NBA) July 28, 2020
The real games begin tomorrow night with the Jazz vs. the Pelicans and the Clippers vs. the Lakers. We’ll have plenty more on the restart before then to get you ready.
More pictures of the current Cats practicing!
Summer gym session ?? pic.twitter.com/u5jLXryEnE
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 28, 2020
Shoutout to UK for putting the guys’ names at the bottom of each photo. That is very helpful, especially this year.
GIRLS TRIP on “Love Lines With Lemond”
Amanda Lemond is treating herself to some much-deserved time off at the beach this week, but the show must go on. Tonight at 9 p.m., Amanda will check in with Ryan from her girls trip on the latest episode of “Love Lines With Lemond.” Pour a 606 and tune in on Facebook or the website to see what shenanigans Amanda and her friends have gotten into — and how Ryan’s coping while she’s gone.
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