Tuesday Sports Update

Tuesday Sports Update

Major League Baseball unveiled the shortened 60 game regular season schedule on Monday. The season will kick off with The World Series champion Nationals as they host the Yankees on July 23rd, followed by the Giants at the Dodgers.

The White Sox  opener is at home against the Twins on July 24th. 

The Cubs will open the shortened season on the same day at Wrigley Field against the Brewers. The Cross Town Classic begins with the North Siders hosting for three games on August 21st through the 23rd and then head to the South Side for a three-game series on September 25th through 27th to end the regular season.  The Sox travel to Dyersville, Iowa to face the St. Louis Cardinals at the site of the baseball movie “Field of Dreams” on August 13th. 

The Cardinals open the season by hosting the Pirates at Busch Stadium also on July 24th. 

The Blackhawks are set to begin training camp next week.  The NHL and the Players’ Association reached an agreement on a Return to Play Plan.  As part of the deal, formal training camps start July 13th.  Chicago will travel to their hub city on July 26th before beginning their qualifying-round matchup on August 1st.  The 12th seeded Hawks are expected to face the fifth-seeded Oilers in a best-of-five series.

 FC Dallas is out of the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.  Major League Soccer says Dallas will not participate after a high number of positive coronavirus tests within the club.  Ten FC Dallas players and one staff member have tested positive since arriving at the Walt Disney World complex June 27th.

 NBA teams are due to start arriving in Orlando, Florida today.  Players for the 22 participating teams in the league’s restart will report to the Walt Disney World complex over the next three days to avoid congestion.  Players will then be quarantined in their hotel until two negative coronavirus tests.

The WNBA is dedicating its upcoming 2020 season to social justice movements.  The league and its Players Association announced the new efforts in a statement Monday.  When the season starts later this month in Florida, players will wear uniforms asking for justice for women.

The Kansas City Chiefs are locking up QB Patrick Mahomes with a record contract.  The 24-year-old Super Bowl MVP has  agreed to a 10-year, 503-million-dollar extension, with 477-million in guarantee money.  The deal surpasses the Angels’ Mike Trout for the richest contract in pro sports.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is agreeing to a partnership deal with ESPN.  Kaepernick is set to be featured in a docuseries produced by ESPN Films detailing the past five years of his life.  The 32-year-old still wishes to play in the NFL, but has yet to sign with a team.