It was Valediction Day at the Mal Moore Athletic Complex today, as underclassmen Christian Barmore, Mac Jones, Patrick Surtain II, and Jaylen Waddle announced their intentions to enter the NFL draft. Dylan Moses, who is a senior, but could return for a COVID year, also announced that he would be entering the draft.
Nick Saban wasn’t the only Alabama awardee at the Bryant Awards yesterday. Cyrus Jones was the Bryant Awards’ Heart Survivor honoree. The American Heart Association, which sponsors the Bryant Awards, put together this story on Jones and how his heart defect was discovered during a physical with Denver after being cut by Baltimore.
Bradley Bozeman was interviewed by Sports Illustrated to discuss the work of the Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation.
Frank Menechino was interviewed by MLB Radio Network, and he’s excited about the White Sox’s prospects in 2021.
Martin Houston, who already has three jobs, announced today his intentions to run for mayor of Tuscaloosa. Houston’s campaign website is houstonfortuscaloosa.com.
JaMychal Green had another big game off the bench for Denver, posting a 15 point, 9 rebound line and making 3 of 4 3-pointers.
Alabama volleyball fans are well aware of the obstacles that Krystal Rivers has overcome in her life. Volleyball Bundesliga, Rivers’ league in Germany, produced this video on how Rivers beat birth defects and cancer to become one of the top players in Germany.
Minkah Fitzpatrick spoke to the Pittsburgh media today on a wide range of topics, including the disappointment of being eliminated in the playoffs, the late-season slump, and pending free agents on defense.
Alex Leatherwood has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
With running back Zach Moss landing on Injured Reserve, Buffalo announced today that T.J. Yeldon would be active for the Bills’ divisional round game against Baltimore this weekend. Yeldon was only active for three weeks this season, and none since Week 5.
The New York Jets announced this evening that they were hiring San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as head coach. Speculation is that DeMeco Ryans will be promoted to the vacated DC position in San Francisco.
Kent Matthes has left his position as an agent with CAA Sports to join the WME Sports agency. WME, a division of William Morris Agency, has just recently started representing baseball players, so Matthes is getting in on the ground floor of a fledgling division.
Robert Horry appears on The Jump, and discusses how the aborted trade that would have sent him from Houston to Detroit was one of the best thing to happen in his career.
The G League officially announced today that Donta Hall has been signed to the G League Ignite team. Hall will join Ignite at its training facility in California before the team departs to the G League bubble in Orlando in February.
We got the first of what will be many agency announcements today, as Deonte Brown signed on with Young Money APAA Sports for representation. Brown will be represented by Nicole Lynn, who also represents Quinnen Williams, Jedrick Wills, and Jalen Hurts. We also learned that Mac Jones is signing with Everett Sports Marketing for endorsement and other off-the-field representation.
Alex Avila appears on this week’s Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney podcast, where he discusses Tommy Lasorda, this year’s slow free agent market, and working with Justin Verlander. The Avila interview runs from about the 21:00 mark to the 45:00 mark.
- Donta Hall – officially signed by G League Ignite.
Game Status Report (Saturday Games)
- Questionable – D.J. Fluker (knee)
- Doubtful – N/A
- Out – Terrell Lewis (ankle)
Divisional Round Practice Report – Thursday
- Did Not Practice – Terrell Lewis (ankle)
- Limited Participation – D.J. Fluker (knee)
- Full Participation – N/A
SOCCER Adelaide United 2, Perth Glory 1. Maruschka Waldus (ADE) – no stats; played full match. VOLLEYBALL Stuttgart 3, Schwerin 0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-16) Krystal Rivers (STU) – 17 points, 16 kills. BASKETBALL Denver 114, Golden State 104. JaMychal Green - 29 minutes, 15 points (2-6 2pg, 3-4 3pg, 2-2 FT), 9 rebounds, 1 turnover, 2 fouls GOLF Sony Open in Hawaii Rd 1: Michael Thompson – 66, -4, T23 Robby Shelton – 66, -4, T23