CINCINNATI — Joe Burrow’s next challenge is daunting: return to his home state and resurrect the woebegone Bengals.
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Cincinnati took the Heisman Trophy winner first overall in the NFL draft Thursday night, a move expected by everyone, including Burrow. The national title winner at LSU has spent weeks fielding questions about going to a franchise synonymous with futility.
Burrow developed his quarterback skills in southeastern Ohio, leading his prep team to the playoffs. A failed stint at Ohio State became a launching point to a national title and Heisman Trophy at LSU.
For the draft Thursday, he wore a white shirt with the outline of Ohio and the 740 area code for southeast Ohio. He also held a black Bengals cap, waiting for the pick to become official.
He moves to a team that went 2-14 last season under first-year coach Zac Taylor, losing a club-record 11 games in a row. Cincinnati has lost 21 of its last 24 games.
That’s what the Heisman winner is up against now.
Not that it’s all up to Burrow, of course. In Cincinnati, it’s about ownership. The Bengals have been through a dizzying list of coaches, co-ordinators and quarterbacks during one of the worst stretches in the league’s 100-year history.
They’ve had only seven winning seasons in the last 29 years, a stunningly bad result in a league built upon parity. They haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the fifth-longest streak of post-season futility.
The Bengals have had 18 different starting quarterbacks over that span, including Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer in 2003 who eventually demanded a trade rather than stay with the franchise.
Burrow’s career bloomed in Athens, Ohio, where his father, Jim, was an assistant coach at Ohio University, taking his high school team to the playoffs. He couldn’t win the starting job at Ohio State and transferred to LSU, where he had one of the best seasons by a quarterback in college history. Burrow threw a record 60 touchdown passes as the Tigers rolled to the national title.
Alex Ovechkin mourns the passing of legendary soccer player Diego Maradona – Russian Machine Never Breaks
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin mourned the death of Diego Maradona on his Instagram Story, Wednesday. The Argentinan soccer legend passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack at his home, according to the BBC.
Maradona was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, bleeding in the skull, in early November and had surgery to relieve the pressure. His doctors said he had no complications from the operation and was recovering well, according to the AP. He was initially hospitalized for dehydration, anemia, and depression.
Maradona is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. The legend was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award along with Pele.
Ovechkin posted a photo of Maradona with the text “RIP.”
Maradona was the captain of Argentina’s 1986 men’s soccer team that won the World Cup. During the quarterfinal against England, the legend tallied one of the most famous soccer goals of all time. Entitled the “Hand of God goal,” Maradona touched the ball with his hand and scored. Referees should have given Maradona a yellow card, but they did not detect it and allowed the goal to stand.
Maradona said after the game, according to Wikipedia, that the goal was scored “a little with his head, and a little with the hand of God”. The Argentines beat England 2-1 and went on to win the entire tournament. He would later be given the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
Ovechkin is a well-documented soccer fan. The Great 8 was an ambassador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
During the run up to the tournament, Ovi got to meet Pele. He also attended games and took a photo in front of the World Cup Trophy.
Ovechkin has attended several Dynamo Moscow soccer games during the offseason as well.
Report: Ravens Discipline Strength and Conditioning Coach for COVID-19 Conduct – Sports Illustrated
The Baltimore Ravens announced on Wednesday night that they disciplined “a staff member for conduct surrounding the recent COVID-19 cases that have affected players and staff at the Ravens.”
Sources later told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that the Ravens disciplined a strength and conditioning coach “for not reporting symptoms and not consistently wearing a mask or tracking device.”
This comes hours after the NFL announced the Ravens-Steelers matchup that was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night has been postponed until Sunday afternoon.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter originally reported that the Ravens had five players and four staffers test positive for COVID-19 this week.
But by Wednesday evening, seven Ravens were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list with positive tests or close contacts following tracing, including running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, defensive linemen Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and offensive linemen Matt Skura and Patrick Mekari.
Multiple Steelers players expressed their frustration on Twitter.
The Ravens have lost three of their four previous games and were scheduled to travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday before Thursday’s matchup. The Steelers enter the AFC North divisional matchup undefeated.
While the Ravens were proactive with their internal discipline, they could still face penalties from the league.
Hockey Canada shuts down camp, mandates 14-day quarantine after positive tests – CBC.ca
Hockey Canada has temporarily shutdown national junior team selection camp following the confirmation of two positive COVID-19 tests among players.
Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that players, coaches and staff at the camp have entered a 14-day quarantine retroactive to Monday. All camp activities will be paused until Dec. 6.
The original announcement of the positive player tests came on Tuesday — three days after Hockey Canada said a “non-core member” of the team’s staff also tested positive. Hockey Canada said it was suspending all camp activities for the day, including a scheduled intrasquad game, at the time.
Players, coaches and staff all took mandatory COVID-19 tests upon arrival at the camp and have been tested regularly while there.
Hockey Canada is in the midst of their selection camp ahead of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton that opens on Christmas Day.
“Hockey Canada has confirmed that all players, coaches and staff are considered close contacts and are therefore subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period under Alberta Health Services,” said senior vice-president of national teams, Scott Salmond.
“Upon learning of the positive tests on Monday, the decision was made to suspend all camp activities and quarantine players and staff immediately. As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members will go through additional testing before resuming any camp activities.”
Canada seeks its second consecutive gold medal at the tournament, which would be its 19th title all-time.
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