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NHL, NHLPA gives 2019-20 Season Pause Break Update

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NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 29, 2020) – Following the NHL/NHLPA Return to Play Committee’s meeting today, and in line with guidance provided by medical experts and national and local authorities, the NHLPA and the NHL issued the following statement regarding the continuing pause in the 2019-20 season:

 

Despite numerous reports and speculation over the last several days, the NHL and the NHLPA have not made any decisions or set a timeline for possible return to play scenarios.

 

Given recent developments in some NHL Clubs’ local communities, we are now looking ahead to a Phase 2 of the transition period that would follow the currently recommended Phase 1 period of “self-quarantine” by Players and Hockey Staff.

 

The precise date of transition to Phase 2, during which Players might return to small group activities in NHL Club training facilities, remains undetermined. However, provided that conditions continue to trend favorably – and, subject to potential competitive concerns as between disparately situated markets – we believe we may be able to move to Phase 2 at some point in the mid-to-later portion of May. Specific guidelines governing Player and Hockey Staff activity would be provided at that time. In the meantime, we expect Players and Hockey Staff to continue to adhere to the recommended guidelines put in place when the season was paused on March 12.

 

The Return to Play Committee will continue to meet regularly.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Dalton asks for and given release from Cincinnati Bengals

 

Andy Dalton 2014 season By emeybee, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The “Red Rifle” is gone!

After no offseason trade materialized and with the Bengals signing Joe Burrow with the #1 pick in last week’s NFL Draft, Dalton saw no need to hang around and tutor the QB that was replacing him. So on Thursday, the NFL veteran asked Bengals management for his release and it was granted. He would have become a free agent after the upcoming 2020 season anyway.

The move saves the Bengals $17.7 Million from the team’s salary cap. They can use that to help sign Green and RB Joe Mixon to long term deals.

 

Dalton, 9-year starting QB for the Cincinnati Bengals, came in and along with WR A.J. Green, made the team relevant and no longer a laughingstock in the NFL. The former TCU star along with the athletic Green, became a prolific quarterback/receiver combination, breaking NFL records for completions and yards for a rookie quarterback/receiver combination.

A former 2011 second-round draft pick by ex-head coach Marvin Lewis, made the Bengals a yearly threat in the always tough AFC North Division. He led Cincinnati to five NFL Playoff appearances, losing each time in the wild card game. But he had a winning record as the starting QB at 70-61-2 and held his own against the AFC North opponents, winning several memorable games on the road.

The 32-year-old from Katy, Texas, leaves the Queen City with several passing records especially with 204 touchdown passes. Dalton is one of ten quarterbacks in NFL history to have thrown for over 3,000 yards and one of six to throw at least 20 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. Dalton is the only quarterback to lead the Bengals to five consecutive playoff berths, and one of five quarterbacks to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. He is also the Bengals franchise record holder for passing yards in a season, passing touchdowns in a season, and career passing touchdowns.

The 6’2, 220-pounder had a memorable final home game last December at Paul Brown Stadium.

In Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns, Dalton threw for 190 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. In addition, he had eight carries for 10 yards and a touchdown during the 33–23 win. After the game, Dalton said that if it was his last game as a Bengal, “It was good to end it taking a knee.” Dalton appeared in 13 games in the 2019 season and recorded 3,494 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

Dalton, if he can stay healthy, still has some productive years in his arm. Where will he find a new home? The candidates include the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and maybe the New England Patriots. Dalton isn’t great, but he is reliable and can lead a team to a division championship. The knock on him is he could not win the big one, a playoff game.

INFORMATION FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Bengals franchise records

  • Completions: playoff game (29 on 2014-01-05 SDG), rookie season (300 in 2011)
  • Pass attempts: season (586 in 2013), playoff game (51 on 2014-01-05 SDG), rookie season (516 in 2011)
  • Passing yards: season (4,293 in 2013), rookie season (3,398 in 2011)
  • Passing TDs: season (33 in 2013), rookie season (20 in 2011)
  • Intercepted: playoffs (6), playoff season (3 in 2011), playoff game (3 on 2012-01-07 @HOU)
  • Passer rating: career (89.1)
  • Sacked: season (46 in 2012)
  • Pass yds/game: career (238.9)
  • 300+ yard passing games: season (6 in 2013), rookie season (2; with Carson Palmer)
  • 4,000+ passing yard seasons: career (2; with Carson Palmer)
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× Pro Bowl (201120142016)
  • 2× MWC Offensive Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
  • 2× First-team All-MWC (2009, 2010)
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Passing attempts: 4,449
Passing completions: 2,757
Percentage: 62.0
TDINT: 204–118
Passing yards: 31,594
Passer rating: 87.5
Rushing yards: 1,221
Rushing touchdowns: 22
Player stats at NFL.com

 

 

NASCAR returning in May with races at Darlington and Charlotte

April 30, 2020

Return Slate Includes Seven Races in Three Series Across FOX Networks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 30, 2020) – NASCAR today announced it will return to racing on May 17, which will kick off a slate of races that includes seven events in three series at two race tracks – Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will each host its first on-track event since mid-March.

 

The NASCAR Cup Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17, with a 400-mile event scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET, live on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

What follows is a unique schedule that includes midweek races in primetime and a NASCAR crown jewel – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – in its traditional Memorial Day Weekend home for the 60th consecutive season.

 

The opening slate of races is as follows:

 

DATE               TRACK             SERIES                        DISTANCE        NET      START (ET)

Sun, May 17      Darlington          Cup                              400 mi              FOX     3:30 PM

Tue, May 19      Darlington          Xfinity                           200 mi              FS1      8:00 PM

Wed, May 20     Darlington          Cup                              500 km             FS1      7:30 PM

Sun, May 24      Charlotte           Cup                              600 mi              FOX     6:00 PM

Mon, May 25     Charlotte           Xfinity                           300 mi              FS1      7:30 PM

Tue, May 26      Charlotte           Gander Trucks              200 mi              FS1      8:00 PM

Wed, May 27     Charlotte           Cup                              500 km             FS1      8:00 PM

 

Each of NASCAR’s return events will be run without fans in attendance. Further schedule adjustments will be announced in the future.

 

“NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community. We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track.”

 

“We are excited to welcome back the FOX NASCAR season to our airwaves to provide a return to live sports, a move toward normalcy and a much-needed distraction during these unprecedented times,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports. ”While we are thrilled to return to the race track, the health and safety of our employees and all race participants is our top priority.  We will continue working in lockstep with our partners at NASCAR and the race tracks to follow all national and local health guidelines.”

 

Following thorough collaboration with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials, NASCAR has implemented a comprehensive health and safety plan. In accordance with CDC, OSHA and state and local government recommendations, nearly every aspect of how the event is conducted will be significantly modified, including:

 

  • One-day shows;
  • Mandated use of personal protective equipment throughout the event;
  • Health screenings for all individuals prior to entering the facility, while inside the facility and exiting the facility;
  • Social distancing protocols throughout the event;
  • Strict limits on the number of individuals who are granted access into each facility

 

As NASCAR works towards the execution of these events, the sanctioning body will continue to work with state and local authorities based on trends and local restrictions.

 

In-race competition procedures remain largely unchanged, though NASCAR will eliminate practice for all events during this opening return slate, as well as qualifying for all events except the Coca-Cola 600.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Mike Forde; COURTESY NASCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

Alex Bowman wins eNASCAR iRacing event at virtual Talladega Superspeedway

Hendrick Motorsports earned their third straight eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series victory Sunday, April 26, 2020, when driver Alex Bowman held off Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece in a three-wide finish in the GEICO 70 at virtual Talladega Superspeedway.

The final frantic laps in a re-start with three laps remaining was every bit the dramatic close-quarter conclusion that race fans expect at the 2.66-mile superspeedway – virtual or real-life. Bowman’s margin of victory was a scant .037-seconds over runner-up LaJoie and .038-seconds over third-place finisher Ryan Preece. Garrett Smithley and Landon Cassill rounded out the top five.

Alex Bowman 2019 photo By Zach Catanzareti - https www.flickr.com photos, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

The rest of the top finishers included William Byron, Bowman’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate and a two-race winner in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, finished sixth. Brennan Poole, brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch and Daniel Suarez finished inside the top-10.

There were 14 leaders and 27 lead changes in Sunday’s 74-lap overtime race featuring a full field of 39 cars that included NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon’s virtual driving debut. The six-time Talladega NASCAR Cup Series winner was running among the top five early, making his way remarkably up through the field after a 29th-place starting spot.

Bowman’s Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Greg Ives noted that Sunday’s virtual victory was technically his second trophy of the 2020 season because 27-year-old won at California’s Auto Club Speedway in March, before the schedule was put on a safety hold as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski and NASCAR Cup Series rookie John Hunter Nemechek led the most laps on the day – 11 each. Keselowski, who earned his very first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Talladega back in 2009 and has five wins there, finished 19th after being collected in a late race Talladega pileup. Nemechek finished 25th in his No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford.

The next eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race is set for Sunday, May 3 at virtual Dover International Speedway.

 

eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

Date: April 26, 2020

Race Results: GEICO 70 at Talladega Superspeedway

Total Race Length: 74 laps

 

1. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 74.

2. (32) Core LaJoie, Ford, 74.

3. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 74.

4. (51) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 74.

5. (89) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 74.

6. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, 74.

7. (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 74.

8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 74.

9. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 74.

10. (96) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 74.

11. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 74.

12. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 74.

13. (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 74.

14. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet ,74.

15. (52) JJ Yeley, Ford, 74.

16. (77) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 74.

17. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 74.

18. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, 74.

19. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 74.

20. (53) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 74.

21. (49) Chad Finchum, Toyota, 74.

22. (31) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 74.

23. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 74.

24. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 74.

25. (38) John Hunter Nemechek, Ford, 74.

26. (41) Cole Custer, Ford, 74.

27. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford, 74.

28. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 74.

29. (6) Ross Chastain, Ford, 74.

30. (8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 74.

31. (19) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 74.

32. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 74.

33. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 74.

34. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, 74.

35. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 73.

36. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 67.

37. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, 67.

38. (024) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 65.

39. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 51.

INFORMATION FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS ON ALEX BOWMAN

NASCAR Cup Series career
157 races run over 6 years
Car no., team No. 88 (Hendrick Motorsports)
2019 position 12th
Best finish 12th (2019)
First race 2014 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2020 FanShield 500 (Phoenix)
First win 2019 Camping World 400 (Chicagoland)
Last win 2020 Auto Club 400 (Fontana)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 27 2

 

 

 

FINAL RACING REPORT COURTESY OF NASCARmedia.com

 

 

 

Daily Almanac for Friday, April 30, 2020: The final day of the month

(courtesy Pinterest)

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DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

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