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Sports Update For March 25

The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to terms with former Dallas Renegades tight end Donald Parham to a two-year deal, according to sources. Parham finished top five in the league in receiving yards with 304 yards on 24 receptions with four going for a touchdown. Parham becomes the fifth player in the XFL to receive a contract from the NFL.

The Carolina Panthers released quarterback Cam Newton on Tuesday, ending his tenure with the club after nine seasons. The former MVP was declared healthy Monday after passing a physical the team and his agency organized.

The NFL plans for the 2020 draft to go ahead as scheduled on April 23-25 despite the league’s general manager subcommittee’s unanimous recommendation to postpone it amid the coronavirus pandemic. With much of the league’s operations shutting down in response to the COVID-19 crisis, general managers are reportedly concerned there won’t be enough time for teams to do essential pre-draft tasks, such as conducting player physicals.

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, the team announced Tuesday.

OLYMPICS

You may not have COVID-19, but it is proving to be more than dangerous. Fire Departments learned yesterday that the virus puts out fires. COVID-19 snuffed out the Olympic torch Tuesday. The Tokyo Olympics happen next year. Gregg Popovich says he remains committed to coaching Team USA in 2021. The San Antonio Spurs head coach is the coach for the US Men’s Basketball Team in the Olympics. The NBA’s calendar push-back could cause some dates to conflict with the Olympics. They announced no future dates.

NFL

The NFL will implement league-wide workplace and operational mandates tonight. It primarily reflects those put in place by local and state governments across the country as protections against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

First, it was the Rams. Now it is the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers join the Rams in Los Angels in the logo unveiling business. Just one day after the highly anticipated Rams Logo reveal, the Chargers released an updated logo of their own.

HIGH SCHOOL

There goes high school baseball and softball season. San Antonio school districts are announcing extended closures in response to the coronavirus pandemic and Bexar County’s new “Stay Home, Work Safe” order. Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a public health emergency declaration, which bans gatherings of ten or more people and required school districts to close through at least April 3. Now, yesterday, most schools in the Alamo City have extended their closures through April 24.

Hallsville ISD has hired former Waco Robinson’s Head Coach Tommy Allison. Allison planned to remain at Robinson. He became Waco Robinson’s Athletic Director in 2009. During that time, he recruited former MLB pitcher Chris Clemons as one of his coaches. Allison is a state title-winning coach with 27 years of experience.

Sports Almanac

On this day in 2004, The NHL suspended Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars for four games for a high-sticking incident the night before against Ryan Smith of the Edmonton Oilers. Turco forfeited more than $195,000 in salary.

And did you know, if Michael Phelps were a country, he’d rank No. 35 on the all-time Olympic list of the gold medal, ahead of 97 nations?