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MLB Considers Cancelling Draft Plus NBA Looks At Charity Game In Today’s Sports Update

In the midst of the sports world on lock down, the NFL free agency period is moving forward for the most part. Contract cannot become official until players take a physical. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, players are unable to meet with teams to conduct those physicals.

In the final NCAA men’s AP poll the Kansas Jayhawks finished number one after going 28-3 before the season abruptly ended.

Major League Baseball is considering the idea of abandoning both the 2020 draft and the upcoming international signing period due to the coronavirus, sources told Ronald Blum of The Associated Press. Skipping both events would help the league save money while games are paused during the ongoing pandemic.

NFL

The New York Giants are beefing up the unit that they charge with protecting prized quarterback Daniel Jones. They have reportedly taken a player from a rival within their division. On Wednesday night, the Giants had agreed to sign former Dallas Cowboys’ offensive tackle Cameron Fleming to a one-year deal. It is reportedly for $4 million.

NBA

It seems like a month, but it was a week ago last night that the NBA pulled the plug on play. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a SportsCenter interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday night that as the league attempts to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, one potential option for bringing back the sport would be some kind of charity competition. It would be one separate from regular play just to give millions of NBA fans stuck at home something to watch.

The Net’s said Wednesday that several Brooklyn Nets’ players and staff were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, prompting the team’s traveling party to get tested for the virus. The statement from the Nets came on the heels of public outcry about NBA players having disproportionate access to scarce tests, when the general public, even those who are critically ill, are struggling to get tested.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball forward Alexis Bryant has been named to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Basketball All-Texas D-II Team, as announced this week. Bryant helped lead the Lions to one of their most successful seasons in program history. The team tied the program record for most wins in a single season and set the record for the highest win percentage in a single season. The team set records for most wins in a regular season (26), most conference wins (20), most wins in a row (25), most conference wins in a row (19), highest national ranking (3rd), best scoring margin (+18.4) and lowest scoring defense (56.8).

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The West Division Women’s Player of the Week goes to Hope Turner, freshman at McMurry from Wills Point. Turner won at No. 6 singles 6-0, and team with Claire Hillver at No. 1 doubles for an 8-3 win.

Sports Almanac:

On this day in 1995, Michael Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls after nearly two years of retirement. He scored 19 points in the loss to the Indiana Pacers. The game, televised on NBC, was the most watched regular season game in NBA history with an estimated 35 million viewers.

And did you know in 1986 Danny Heep became the first player in a World Series to be a designated hitter (DH) with the initials “D.H.”