As major sports leagues across the U.S. and around the world cancel or postpone events, there is one league that’s still in play.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) plans to hold its UFC Brasilia bout between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira Saturday in Brazil despite the ever-evolving updates on coronavirus.
“I talked to the President and the Vice President of the United States today about this. They’re taking this very serious. They’re saying be cautious, be careful, but live your life and stop panicking,” UFC President Dana White told ESPN Thursday. “Instead of panicking, we’re actually getting out there and working with doctors, health officials and the government to figure out how we keep the sport safe and how we can continue to put on events.”
White told ESPN the governor of Brazil issued a decree limiting the size of public events.
“Can’t have over 100 people there, so we’ll just have the staff that’s running the event inside the arena that night,” he said. “These guys are ready to go. They want to fight. They want to compete and we’re going to do everything we can to keep them safe.”
The next two UFC events are scheduled in London and then the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. White says the London event will proceed as planned and that the UFC is working with the government.
The Vegas event was originally supposed to be in Columbus, Ohio, but was moved, White said.
“Unfortunately, fans may not be able to attend these events,” he said in a video on UFC’s Twitter account.
Officials with NBA and NCAA men’s and women’s basketball both originally contemplated having games without fans. The NBA has suspended its season while the NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in divisions I, II and III.
The men’s Division I championship, known as March Madness, has been played every year since its inception in 1939.
Young, Paul to headline H-O-R-S-E field starting Sunday on TSN – TSN
Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks will headline the field of NBA, WNBA and NBA alumni in a H-O-R-S-E challenge beginning Sunday night on TSN.
Catch it beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on TSN2, TSN.ca, the TSN App and on TSN Direct.
Other members of the field include former WNBA star and Naismith Hall-of-Famer Tamika Catchings, WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky, Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls, Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz as well as retired stars Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups.
ESPN’s Mark Jones will serve as the event’s host.
The challenge will be held in tournament format, with the quarter-final round happening this Sunday and the semifinal and final round taking place the following Thursday.
Sunday’s quarter-finals will see Young take on Billups, Catchings face Conley, LaVine against Pierce, and, finally, Paul match up with Quigley.
State Farm will donate more than $200,000 on behalf of the participants to charities focused on coronavirus relief efforts.
Here is the complete broadcast schedule for the tournament.
Report: Paul, Young headline HORSE field – TSN
The NBA and ESPN’s plan to televise a HORSE competition is nearing completion according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: The NBA and ESPN plan to televise a HORSE competition is nearing completion and among those expected to participate include Chris Paul, Trae Young and Zach LaVine. Competition will also include a couple of WNBA players and recent NBA alumni.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 8, 2020
Among those expected to participate are Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine. Wojnarowski adds the competition will include a couple of WNBA players and recent NBA alumni.
More to come.
Tom Brady opens up about marital problems with Gisele Bundchen – Canoe
American football superstar Tom Brady was forced to reevaluate his career priorities after his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen made it clear she was no longer “satisfied” with their marriage.
The couple, which shares two children, celebrated its 10th wedding anniversary in 2019, but the former New England Patriots quarterback reveals the two hit a rocky patch in the lead up to the relationship milestone, as the Brazilian beauty became frustrated with Brady’s intense focus on football and his other non-sporting endeavours.
During a candid chat with U.S. shockjock Howard Stern on Wednesday, Brady explained, “There was a couple years ago, she didn’t feel I was doing my part for the family (sic).
“She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house, and then all the sudden when the season would end, that I’d be like, ‘Great, let me get into all my other business activities. Let me get into my football training.’ And she’s sitting there going, ‘Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take the kids to school and do that?’ And that was a big part of our marriage. I had to, like, check myself. Because she’s like, ‘I have goals and dreams too.’”
Bundchen, who retired from the fashion runway in 2015, even detailed her unhappiness in a “heartfelt” letter to her husband, which made Brady realize he needed to make a “big transition” to get their marriage back on track, which included attending therapy sessions and skipping off-season organised team activities with the Patriots.
“She wasn’t satisfied with our marriage,” Brady confessed. “So I needed to make a change in that.”
“What worked for us 10 years ago won’t work for us forever,” he added. “We’re growing in different ways.”
The new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback also opened up about how his life plan to settle down and start a family after his football retirement was turned upside down in 2007, when his ex-girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, learned she was pregnant shortly after they split.
“I didn’t want to have kids or get married until my late 30s, that was the plan,” the athlete, now 42, recalled. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t want anything to get in the way,’ once my football career kind of got rolling.”
Moynahan gave birth to their son Jack later that year – while Brady was dating his now-wife Bundchen, and the sportsman admits the tricky situation was tough to navigate for all involved.
“That challenged me in a lot of ways,” he said. “It was hard for my wife and for my son’s mum because she didn’t envision that either.”
The trio eventually found a way to co-parent together, and Brady is proud of the person his eldest son is becoming, describing Jack as “the greatest 12 year old you could envision”.
He is also dad to 10-year-old Benjamin and seven-year-old daughter Vivian with Bundchen.
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