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MLB playoffs schedule, scores: Cardinals hit Padres’ Paddack hard in Game 1 win; Astros, Rays advance to ALDS – CBS Sports

The 2020 Major League Baseball postseason continued Wednesday with a packed eight-game schedule in the best-of-three Wild Card Series. The full slate saw three American League teams advance to the ALDS — including the Yankees in a wild game vs. Cleveland — and two road teams winning in the National League.

Below are the results from Wednesday and key takeaways from the day.

Wild Card Series scores

Yankees outlast Cleveland in wild Game 2

Hands down, the game of the postseason thus far is Game 2 between the Yankees and Cleveland. The game featured multiple lead changes, including one in the eighth inning and one in the ninth, and 19 total runs. At four hours and 50 minutes, it was the longest nine-inning game in baseball history, and that doesn’t include the 76 minutes of rain delays they had to wait out.

The Yankees ultimately prevailed thanks to their ninth-inning comeback against Brad Hand. A walk, a single, and an infield single loaded the bases with no outs, then Gary Sanchez tied the game with a sac fly to center. DJ LeMahieu gave the Yankees the lead with a four-hopper back up the middle. It was definitely well-placed rather than well-struck, which is what the Yankees needed.

New York overcame a poor start from Masahiro Tanaka (six runs in four innings) and some shoddy bullpen work to win Game 2. They drew 12 walks, the most ever in a nine-inning postseason game, and they also hit three home runs. That includes Gio Urshela’s go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Urshela of course started his career with Cleveland.

The Yankees now advance to the Southern California bubble and the ALDS, where they’ll take on the AL East rival Rays. That series will begin Monday. Cleveland goes home for the winter with the franchise’s championship drought now at 72 years.

Dodgers grab close win over Brewers

It’s a rematch of the 2018 NLCS, though this one isn’t nearly as close a matchup on paper. Mookie Betts doubled in each of the first two innings for the Dodgers, who scored three times in those first two frames and never looked back in a 4-2 win over the Brewers. Julio Urias, Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen from the Dodgers’ bullpen combined for five scoreless innings, striking out seven, to lock things down. For full takeaways on the Dodgers taking a 1-0 series lead, click here.   

Cards hit Paddack hard in Game 1 win

In a perfect world, the Padres would’ve had Mike Clevinger or Dinelson Lamet start Game 1 of their Wild Card Series against the Cardinals. In this decidedly imperfect world, the Padres had to start Chris Paddack after both Clevinger and Lamet developed arm issues. 

If the Padres go on to lose the series — and they’ll have to win Games 2 and 3 to avoid elimination after dropping the series opener on Wednesday — they’ll have no choice but to wonder what could have been if Clevinger and Lamet had stayed healthy a little longer. Paddack’s start got off on the wrong foot, as he allowed four runs to cross the plate before the Padres had a chance to bat. 

His troubles wouldn’t end with the first inning, either. By the time he departed, after 2 1/3 innings, he had yielded six runs on eight hits. Paddack managed just one strikeout along the way. The Cardinals will have a chance to advance to the NLDS on Thursday. They would play the winner of the Dodgers-Brewers series.

Astros knock out Twins 

The No. 3 seed Twins saw their postseason nightmares continue this week. With the 3-1 loss to the Astros in Game 2, the Twins extended their record MLB playoff losing streak to 18 games and were knocked out of the postseason in the process. The devastating streak dates back to the 2004 ALDS, and is the longest in North American sports history. Houston, the team with the worst regular season record (29-31) in the playoff field, knocked out Minnesota in two games at Target Field. 

Aside from the fact the the Twins were simply a far better team than the Astros during the regular season, the Twins also held a 24-7 (.774) record when playing at home. Furthermore, the Astros had been terrible when playing on the road during the regular season, compiling an atrocious 9-23 (.281) record on the road. The Twins home record was the highest win percentage since the 1975 Reds, while the Astros away record is the worst road winning percentage by a playoff team in the World Series era.

Frustrations piled up for the Twins in Wednesday’s elimination game when the Twins’ offense went ice cold. Altogether in the two Wild Card Series games, the Twins lineup managed just seven hits and two runs. Minnesota’s usually hot bats going quiet during the postseason isn’t a new storyline. The last time the Twins scored more than four runs in a playoff game was when they scored five runs in a loss to the Yankees on Oct. 9, 2004.

Braves only need one

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman secured a 1-0 victory with a walk-off single in the 13th inning of Atlanta’s series opener against the Reds on Wednesday. Freeman’s knock was just the sixth of the day for a Braves team that reached base six fewer times than the Reds did.

What everyone will remember about Game 1 was how dominant the pitching was for both teams. The Braves were paced by left-hander Max Fried, who struck out five over seven shutout frames. Atlanta then received three-plus perfect frames from relievers Chris Martin, Will Smith, and Mark Melancon before turning things over to the rest of the bullpen. Darren O’Day, Tyler Matzek, Shane Greene, and A.J. Minter bent but didn’t break by putting on eight baserunners and stranding them all across 2 2/3 shutout frames.

The Reds arguably outpitched the Braves. Trevor Bauer struck out 12 and allowed just two hits in 7 2/3 innings. Raisel Iglesias, Lucas Sims, and Michael Lorenzen then combined to strike out nine batters and gave up a hit and two walks over four-plus innings. Archie Bradley and Amir Garrett couldn’t keep the good times rolling with no margin for error, however. Every starter on both teams struck out at least once, resulting in a record 37 punch outs. As our Mike Axisa noted elsewhere, the Braves and Reds also set a record for the longest scoreless playoff game. It was just that kind of afternoon.

Oakland flips the script? 

Playoff success for the A’s since the days of the Bash Brothers has been difficult to come by. From 2000-13, there were six Game 5 losses in the ALDS. They did win one ALDS, but then got swept in the ALCS. Since that stretch, there have been three wild card games and the A’s lost all three. Looping in the last two with Game 1 here in 2020, the A’s had zero leads in any playoff game after losing the 2014 Wild Card Game to the Royals

With their backs against the wall on Wednesday, however, the A’s delivered the goods early. They got two in the first thanks to a Nick Madrigal error, though they got three singles before that and putting the ball in play is always preferred to striking out. Then in the bottom of the second, Marcus Semien muscled up for a two-run shot: 

White Sox lefty Dallas Keuchel was chased after just 3 1/3 innings. 

The A’s counterpart, however, was excellent. Chris Bassitt worked seven innings and allowed just one run on six hits. Oakland nearly coughed up a three-run lead in the ninth, but Jake Diekman got Jose Abreu to ground out with the bases load to end the threat and the game.

Looking ahead to Game 3, the A’s could run lefty Sean Manaea out there, but there’s a caveat. The White Sox are now 15-0 this season in games started by left-handers, including Game 1 against Jesus Luzardo. Here’s how the Sox fared in the regular season against each side: 

vs. RHP: .253/.313/.436

vs. LHP: .285/.364/.523

With that in mind, maybe the choice will be righty Mike Fiers

The White Sox’s options are Dane Dunning (2-0, 3.97), Dylan Cease (5-4, 4.01) and Reynaldo Lopez (1-3, 6.49). 

Rays sweep Jays with ease

Three-game series on a one vs. eight matchup in baseball might not typically be quite the bloodbath fans of other sports might expect. In the case of the Blue Jays visiting the Rays, it was every bit of one. The Rays grabbed a run in the bottom of the first, a two-run homer in the second, and then a Bo Bichette error left the door open for Hunter Renfroe with the bases loaded and two outs:

Just like that, it was 7-0 Rays and they never looked back. The series barely felt like it had started before it was essentially over. 

Renfroe’s shot was the first Rays grand slam in postseason history. 

The Rays only had to use Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow among their starting pitchers and now get to wait until Oct. 5 (Monday) before they have to play again. They will be traveling to southern California, but otherwise it’s an easy handful of days working out to get themselves ready for the ALDS, where they’ll face either the Yankees or Cleveland.

Marlins push Cubs to brink

The Marlins surprising 2020 continued Wednesday as Miami scored five times in the seventh inning for a 5-1 win over the Cubs in Game 1. Miami got a strong outing from Sandy Alcantara and finally got to Cubs’ righty Kyle Hendricks in the seventh. You can read more about that game here.

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Big Ten football schedule release — Analysis, predictions and team-by-team breakdowns – ESPN

The Big Ten football schedule is out, with play beginning Oct. 24, led by Nebraska at Ohio State and Michigan at Minnesota. A few highlights on the calendar: Ohio State at Penn State on Oct. 31, Wisconsin at Michigan on Nov. 14 and a big Ohio State-Michigan finale on Dec. 12. Our experts break down what you need to know, including first impressions, title-game predictions and team-by-team analysis.

Jump to team analysis: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State | Minnesota

Nebraska | Northwestern | Ohio State | Penn State | Purdue | Rutgers | Wisconsin

Which weekend are you most looking forward to watching?

Bill Connelly: Week 2. “Whatever week has Ohio State-Penn State” was likely to be my answer regardless, but when you add Michigan State-Michigan and Wisconsin-Nebraska to the mix, you’ve got a winner. We won’t have to wait long to figure out the hierarchy in both divisions. Add in Auburn at LSU from the SEC and we might have our first true “Yeah, college football season is rolling now” weekend.

Harry Lyles Jr.: Week 1 — given everything that happened this offseason, specifically with Nebraska’s involvement in the push to play football. At one point after the Big Ten initially decided to postpone its season, the Huskers were considering not playing in the league to play games during the pandemic. Now the Huskers have been rewarded with an opening game against Ohio State. I want to see what they do with that opportunity. Michigan-Minnesota should be a good game, while Penn State-Indiana always seems to be a fun matchup.

Tom VanHaaren: I agree with Bill, Ohio State-Penn State is going to be a ton of fun. I’m going with Michigan-Ohio State, though. Even though this is a strange year and there have been unusual challenges, no one is going to give Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh a pass in this rivalry. If his offense can’t put up better numbers against the Buckeyes and Don Brown’s defense can’t slow Justin Fields and Ohio State’s offense, questions around Harbaugh’s inability to beat Ryan Day will grow even louder.

Which individual clash is already on your radar?



Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren says he reversed his decision on postponing fall 2020 sports after reviewing new testing protocols that became available.

Connelly: The Nebraska vs. the Big Ten front office matchup has been pretty fruitful of late, but we’ll go with something that might decide the West — Minnesota’s offensive line against Wisconsin’s defensive front. The Gophers might get WR Rashod Bateman back, but even if they don’t, they’re going to have an experienced and enormous line. If they can out-physical the physical Badgers, they could finally jump into the driver’s seat in the West.

Lyles: I’m looking at Nov. 7, when Rutgers goes to Columbus to play Ohio State. I really want to see what Justin Fields does against Rutgers’ defense. Usually you’d like a competitive game in this spot, but I can always appreciate a good blowout and watch one player impose his will on an entire unit. Fields will do that, and I’ll enjoy it until coach Ryan Day decides the Scarlet Knights have had enough.

VanHaaren: Jim Harbaugh vs. Mel Tucker in Week 2. It will be a tough task for new Michigan State coach Mel Tucker, who has to go to Ann Arbor and face his in-state rival so early in the season. It’s not ideal to not have as much time with his team as he normally would during a regular offseason, and the Wolverines are going to be looking to make a statement. Having this matchup so early in the season is going to be an opportunity for Michigan to set the tone within that rivalry and Tucker’s tenure.

Predictions for the conference title matchup? Which team wins?

Connelly: Ohio State and Wisconsin. A bold, creative pick, I know. Ohio State might have the best combination of experience and talent in the country. And while there will be three or four West teams entertaining title thoughts at the start, Wisconsin is the steadiest, best-known entity. The Badgers’ biggest question marks tend to be, “Will a star RB emerge?” and “Will they find a new playmaking LB?” Wisconsin tends to answer those questions well.

Lyles: Ohio State and Wisconsin. Sorry, everyone. I wanted to pick a team that wasn’t Wisconsin, but it’s hard for me to see a world where another team crashes this matchup. Ohio State is easily one of the top teams in the country, and I’m excited to see just how well Fields plays now that he’s being given the chance. For Wisconsin, I don’t see any other team in the West giving them a hard enough challenge. Of course, with the way 2020 has gone, it won’t be either Ohio State or Wisconsin.

VanHaaren: Ohio State and Wisconsin. I really wanted to say Minnesota, but losing offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca to Penn State and a few key players on both offense and defense makes that too difficult. It doesn’t look like anyone will be able to stop the Buckeyes, especially with some of their players reversing their decisions to opt out after the season was reinstated. Ohio State will once again win the conference with Fields at quarterback; he will have an even better season than last year, with some of the young, talented receivers stepping up to keep this offense ranked as one of the nation’s best.

Team-by-team analysis



Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields reacts to the Big Ten’s schedule announcement and reassures that the safety precautions will be followed going into the season.


First game: 10/24 at Wisconsin

Most important game: 12/12 at Northwestern

Overall takeaways: The Fighting Illini had one of the most shocking upsets of the 2019 season when they beat No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23. Now they get to open up this season with a trip to Camp Randall, with Wisconsin as a favorite to represent the Big Ten West in the conference title game. As far as the rest of the schedule, it’s nice they get to host Minnesota, Ohio State and Iowa, but with no fans in the stadium, those games won’t get any easier. — Lyles


First game: 10/24 vs. Penn State

Most important game: 11/21 at Ohio State

Overall takeaways: Indiana opening against Penn State seemed like a bad draw on first impression, but after seeing the rest of its schedule, it might have been a favor. The Hoosiers get to travel to East Lansing and Columbus in consecutive weeks in November. They’ll get somewhat of a breather as they welcome Maryland but then go on the road to face Wisconsin before closing the season against Purdue. It’s going to be a challenging season. — Lyles


First game: 10/24 at Purdue

Most important game: 11/14 at Minnesota

Overall takeaways: Iowa is a quarterback away from having a top-20 (or better?) team, and while no one gets a truly easy stretch this season, the Hawkeyes were given Purdue, Northwestern and Michigan State to start. That’s as light as you’re going to get (without involving Rutgers), and it could give the Hawkeyes a chance to figure out what they’ve got before a huge mid-November matchup with Minnesota. Can’t ask for much more with a conference-only slate. — Connelly


First game: 10/24 at Northwestern

Most important game: 11/7 at Penn State

Overall takeaways: Maryland has a tough road ahead of it in coach Mike Locksley’s second season. The team went 3-9 in 2019 and is going to be breaking in a new quarterback in either Alabama transfer Taulia Tagovailoa or redshirt freshman Lance Legendre. Last season’s starter, Joshua Jackson, opted out of the season, which will bring some challenges after a unique offseason. The offense is going to be tested quite a bit, starting in Week 2 against Minnesota and continuing during a tough consecutive stretch of Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan. That is a brutal slate to endure while trying to acclimate a new quarterback. — VanHaaren


First game: 10/24 at Minnesota

Most important game: 12/12 at Ohio State

Overall takeaways: Michigan has a good test in the season opener against Minnesota before taking on in-state rival Michigan State in Week 2. There will be no transition into the season for presumptive starting quarterback Joe Milton, who will be starting his first season if he wins the job. No matter what happens early on, Michigan’s season is going to come down to what happens against Ohio State. Harbaugh and his staff, especially the defense, need to have their best showing against what could be one of the better Ohio State teams they have faced at Michigan. — VanHaaren

Michigan State

First game: 10/24 vs. Rutgers

Most important game: 10/31 at Michigan

Overall takeaways: Coach Mel Tucker will get to ease into his first season at Michigan State, opening against Rutgers. The heat will immediately pick up after that, when the Spartans have to play at Michigan in Week 2. Facing your in-state rival in the second week of your first season, after one of the weirdest offseasons we’ve ever seen, is not ideal for Tucker and his staff. — VanHaaren


First game: 10/24 vs. Michigan

Most important game: 11/28 at Wisconsin

Overall takeaways: P.J. Fleck’s Gophers are considered the biggest challenger to Wisconsin in the Big Ten West. They’re going to be losing the school’s all-time all-purpose yardage leader in Rodney Smith, but star wide receiver Rashod Bateman has re-enrolled and hopes to play in 2020. The best news schedule-wise for Minnesota is that Ohio State is nowhere to be seen on it. — Lyles


First game: 10/24 at Ohio State

Most important game: 10/31 vs. Wisconsin

Overall takeaways: If you are a believer in sports conspiracy theories, you’d think this schedule tells you that the Big Ten wasn’t all that happy with Nebraska’s loud complaints over the past month. In the first four weeks, the Huskers will play Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State, sandwiching in a Northwestern game that almost always goes down to the wire. Even if the Huskers have definitively improved, they still might start 1-3. — Connelly


First game: 10/24 vs. Maryland

Most important game: 10/24 vs. Maryland

Overall takeaways: Northwestern should again have a strong defense, while its remodeled offense only needs to be competent enough to either become a contender in the West or score a big win or two and help to determine the winner. In that regard, they couldn’t have been handed a better first opponent. The Terps’ defense will likely be challenged itself, and we’ll quickly learn what Northwestern might have to offer this fall and early winter. — Connelly

Ohio State

First game: 10/24 vs. Nebraska

Most important game: 10/31 at Penn State

Overall takeaways: The Buckeyes are going to have every opportunity to make a run at the College Football Playoff and try to win the national championship. The team is going to be tested in Week 2 when it travels to Happy Valley; but unlike the last time the Buckeyes were there, with a sold-out crowd at night, there will be no fans in attendance. If Ohio State can come out of that game unscathed, it will only have a few other games that could trip them up. If all goes right, this could be a special season for the Buckeyes. — VanHaaren

Penn State

First game: 10/24 at Indiana

Most important game: 10/31 vs. Ohio State

Overall takeaways: Since 2016, Penn State has basically measured itself by its game against Ohio State. In 2016, the Nittany Lions upset the Buckeyes and went to the Rose Bowl. In the past three years, they’ve lost by a combined 13 points. With the OSU game falling in Week 2, they will have plenty of time to reset expectations after a loss; but if they win, they’ll have to maintain their focus for quite a while to get to the conference title game. — Connelly


First game: 10/24 vs. Iowa

Most important game: 11/21 at Minnesota

Overall takeaways: The Boilermakers get a nice warm-up at the beginning of the season by welcoming Iowa to West Lafayette but have a stretch of games in November that includes trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota. There is a home game against Rutgers, but the schedule isn’t the most favorable. If Purdue is able to beat Indiana in Bloomington on Dec. 12, Boilermakers fans will take whatever else comes with the season. — Lyles


First game: 10/24 at Michigan State

Most important game: 11/7 at Ohio State

Overall takeaways: The Scarlet Knights are going to be challenged early with games at Michigan State and Ohio State. In a shortened, conference-only season, it’s going to be more difficult to find a lane for a victory, with their 2019 wins coming at home against UMass and Liberty. The lone chance could be Nov. 14, when Rutgers hosts Illinois. — Lyles


First game: 10/24 vs. Illinois

Most important game: 11/28 vs. Minnesota

Overall takeaways: The Badgers are going to have another shot at the Big Ten championship after a 10-4 season in 2019 that resulted in a loss versus Ohio State in the conference title game and a loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The season is going to get tough in Week 4, when Wisconsin plays at Michigan and then hosts Minnesota in Week 6. That matchup against the Gophers could be pivotal in deciding which of those two teams ends up representing the West. — VanHaaren

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SEC football schedule 2020: Games begin Sept. 26 with Alabama-Georgia on Oct. 17, Alabama-LSU on Nov. 14 – CBS Sports

The SEC intends to move forward and play the 2020 college football season. On Monday, the league officially released its retooled 10-game conference schedule. As previously announced, the SEC will begin play on Sept. 26, which would normally be Week 4 of the season.

A number of big-time games have been moved as a result of the adjusted schedule. The Florida-Georgia game, which normally takes place within seven days of Halloween weekend, will instead be played in the new “Week 7” on Nov. 7. The game is still scheduled for Jacksonville, Florida. Speaking of the Gators, their annual rivalry game at Tennessee has been moved to Dec. 5, marking the first time since 2001 that the game will be played in the last week of the season. 

Although the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn will stay on Nov. 28, it will no longer be the last regular-season game of the season for either team. The Crimson Tide travel to Arkansas the following week with the Tigers hosting Texas A&M. 

Each SEC team has a built-in bye week between Week 5 and Week 7, plus a conference-wide open week on Dec. 12 to accommodate any disruptions that might occur. The SEC Championship Game, originally scheduled for Dec. 5 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, will instead be played on Dec. 19. 

Check out the full schedule below.

Week 1 (Sept. 26)

Alabama at Missouri

Florida at Ole Miss

Georgia at Arkansas

Kentucky at Auburn

Mississippi State at LSU

Tennessee at South Carolina

Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

Week 2 (Oct. 3)

Texas A&M at Alabama

Arkansas at Mississippi State

Auburn at Georgia

South Carolina at Florida

Ole Miss at Kentucky

LSU at Vanderbilt

Missouri at Tennessee

Week 3 (Oct. 10)

Alabama at Ole Miss

Arkansas at Auburn

Tennessee at Georgia

Florida at Texas A&M

Mississippi State at Kentucky

Missouri at LSU

South Carolina at Vanderbilt

Week 4 (Oct. 17)

Georgia at Alabama

Ole Miss at Arkansas

Auburn at South Carolina

LSU at Florida

Kentucky at Tennessee

Texas A&M at Mississippi State

Vanderbilt at Missouri

Week 5 (Oct. 24)

Alabama at Tennessee

Auburn at Ole Miss

Missouri at Florida

Georgia at Kentucky

South Carolina at LSU

Byes: Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Arkansas

Week 6 (Oct. 31)

Mississippi State at Alabama

Arkansas at Texas A&M

LSU at Auburn

Kentucky at Missouri

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

Byes: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee

Week 7 (Nov. 7) 

Tennessee at Arkansas

Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, FL)

Vanderbilt at Mississippi State

Texas A&M at South Carolina

Byes: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Missouri

Week 8 (Nov. 14)

Alabama at LSU

Arkansas at Florida

Auburn at Mississippi State

Georgia at Missouri

Vanderbilt at Kentucky

South Carolina at Ole Miss

Texas A&M at Tennessee

Week 9 (Nov. 21)

Kentucky at Alabama

LSU at Arkansas

Tennessee at Auburn

Florida at Vanderbilt

Mississippi State at Georgia

Ole Miss at Texas A&M

Missouri at South Carolina

Week 10 (Nov. 28)

Auburn at Alabama

Arkansas at Missouri

Kentucky at Florida

Georgia at South Carolina

LSU at Texas A&M

Mississippi State at Ole Miss

Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Week 11 (Dec. 5)

Alabama at Arkansas

Texas A&M at Auburn

Florida at Tennessee

Vanderbilt at Georgia

South Carolina at Kentucky

Ole Miss at LSU

Missouri at Mississippi State

The league agreed to its modified schedule at the end of July and announced early in August that team would be given two additional games on top of their normal eight-game conference schedule. Naturally, not everyone came out a winner, and reports indicated that a coaches conference call got “contentious” over some competitive imbalances, if you will. 

Still, football is being played — or at least is planned to, but that’s far from a given in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the globe. 

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SEC football schedule 2020: League will play 10-game, conference-only slate beginning Sept. 26, per reports –

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Analysis: SEC Reportedly To Move To 10-Game Conference Schedule For Football Season

With college football schedules across the country in flux amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the SEC announced Thursday afternoon that it has moved to a 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. The SEC is also pushing the start of its season to Saturday, Sept. 26, what was originally scheduled to be Week 4 of the 2020 campaign.

With the shift of the start of its season to Sept. 26, the SEC Championship Game will be pushed back two weeks to Saturday, Dec. 19. This creates flexibility amongst teams with two opportunities for makeup games as the adjusted schedule will feature a midseason bye week for each school and an open date for all programs on Dec. 12, one week before the title game.

It is unknown at this time how the SEC will fill out the additional two games of its conference-only schedule as the revised set of games will be announced by the league at a later date. SEC members traditionally play eight conference games each season: six inside their respective divisions, one permanent cross-division opponent and one rotational cross-division opponent.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said Thursday evening the SEC will maintain its two-division structure and not play the 2020 season as a single division, a model the ACC moved to on Wednesday. He also believes the SEC will factor “competitive fairness” into determining the two additional conference games that each team will play this season.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey explained the conference’s decision in a release:

“This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus. This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities. …

“We believe these schedule adjustments offer the best opportunity to complete a full season by giving us the ability to adapt to the fluid nature of the virus and the flexibility to adjust schedules as necessary if disruptions occur. It is regrettable that some of our traditional non-conference rivalries cannot take place in 2020 under this plan, but these are unique, and hopefully temporary, circumstances that call for unconventional measures.”

The 14 SEC presidents met virtually on Thursday to come to this scheduling decision one day after the league’s athletic directors proposed sticking with a conference-only model.

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The SEC joins the Big Ten and Pac-12 by deciding to play a conference-only schedule in 2020. The ACC announced Wednesday that it will play an 11-game schedule with 10 intraleague contests and one nonconference game.

It is unknown at this time how the SEC’s decision may affect the ACC’s scheduling plans considering four key nonconference rivalry games (Florida-Florida State, Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Kentucky-Louisville) will be lost by the SEC’s move. Auburn-North Carolina and Arkansas-Notre Dame were other SEC-ACC games scheduled this season. (The Fighting Irish are operating as a full-fledged ACC member in 2020.)

Other marquee nonconference games featuring SEC teams that will be lost this season include LSU-Texas and Tennessee-Oklahoma. (Alabama-USC was previously canceled due to the Pac-12’s scheduling announcement.) The Big 12 has not yet announced any firm plans for its 2020 schedules, though losing those games may affect its decision-making process.

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UFC 251 start time, TV schedule for Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal – MMA Fighting

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The UFC 251 start time and TV schedule for the Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal event at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night is below.

The fight card is broken into three different parts and airs on two different mediums. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The card kicks off with an eight-bout preliminary card on ESPN and ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET.

Undercard (ESPN/ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)

Marcin Tybura vs. Maxim Grishin

Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo

Davey Grant vs. Martin Day

The card then moves to ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka

Elizeu Zaleski vs. Muslim Salikhov

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry

Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov

The main card will be on ESPN+ pay-per-view.

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway

Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo

Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas

Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant

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NBA schedule release: Afternoon basketball, an easy road from the Pelicans and other key takeaways – CBS Sports

Early on Friday, the NBA and the players association finalized a plan to resume the 2019-20 season on July 30 at Disney World in Orlando. Despite all of the concerns, ranging from health and safety, to basketball being a distraction from the social justice movement, all signs point to them playing basketball later this summer. 

While the whole thing is still somewhat hypothetical, especially with coronavirus cases surging in Florida, the plan has never felt more real than it did on Friday evening, when the league announced the schedule. All 22 teams invited to the bubble will play eight “seeding games” that will help fulfill regional TV contracts, make some money for the league and give teams and players a chance to get back in game shape before the playoffs. Essentially it’s playing out a shortened version of the rest of the regular season.

The seeding games will start on July 30, and run through Aug. 14. There will be a maximum of seven games per day, and just two of the three courts in use will be set up for national TV. With the schedule now set, here are some key takeaways:

Afternoon basketball

The league has just over two weeks to schedule eight games for 22 teams, all with only three courts available. With a real crunch on time and resources, and in an effort to maximize the audience for each game, the league is giving us a rare treat: afternoon basketball. 

Sure there will be games on during the afternoon on weekends during a normal season, but only a few here and there. On weekdays, the earliest tip-offs are almost always 7 p.m. ET. But due to the extenuating circumstances, games during the afternoon aren’t just a necessity but will be accessible to even more people, as work situations have changed dramatically across the country. Plus, with fans not allowed in the arena, getting more games on TV just makes sense. 

There will be at least one afternoon game every single day, except for July 30, which is the new “opening night.” The earliest scheduled game right now is a 12:30 p.m. ET tip-off between the Wizards and Thunder on Sunday, Aug. 9. 

All roads point to the playoffs for Pelicans

When the season was shut down, the Pelicans were 28-36, which put them 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. They would have had some major ground to make up down the stretch, but with an easy schedule and Zion Williamson’s arrival, many thought they had a real chance at pulling it off. 

Now that we know their schedule for Orlando, that feeling remains the same. The Pelicans have the easiest schedule based on opponent winning percentage. In fact, at .495, they’re the only team out of 22 with an opponent winning percentage that’s under .500. They’ll play the Jazz and Clippers to start, but then finish up with the Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards, Spurs, Kings and Magic

All told that’s six games against teams who are under .500, just three against teams currently in a playoff spot, and only one against an actual contender. Passing the Grizzlies in just eight games will be difficult, but they should have a chance of being within four, which would put them in a play-in tournament situation. 

The conspiracy theorists will suggest that the league set it up that way to get Williamson into the playoffs, and there’s no doubt that the league wants that to happen from a marketing standpoint. However, the Pels had the easiest remaining schedule prior to the suspension of the season, and the league tried to maintain that balance in Orlando.

National TV disparities

Obviously the league and the TV networks are going to want the best teams on TV more often than the bad teams. In general, that’s not a surprise, but even still, the disparity in national TV games is pretty interesting. 

The Lakers, for example, will have at least seven of their games on either ESPN, ABC or TNT. Up next is the Celtics with six, while other contenders such as the Bucks and Clippers have five each. On the other hand, you have teams such as the Wizards and Suns with zero such games on either of those channels, which is just another reminder that they shouldn’t even be there in the first place. 

Perhaps the most surprising notes in the national TV breakdown is that the Sixers have only two games on ESPN, ABC or TNT, and Luka Doncic and the Mavericks were limited to three. 

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Plots schedule

CBS Fall 2020 Schedule Plots Return of Most Scripted Series Despite COVID-19 Production Shutdown – Variety

CBS is planning to bring back the vast majority of its scripted lineup come fall despite the ongoing production shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We believe and are hopeful that we can go into production at some point this summer and have most if not all of these shows on at some point in the fall,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl tells Variety. He went on to say that CBS is in contact with “other studios, guilds, unions, medical experts, city, county, and state officials” in order to determine best practices for restarting production as soon as is safely possible.

The move comes after Fox and The CW, the only other broadcasters to announce their fall schedules thus far, are seriously changing up their lineups with acquired series and other stop gaps in the event that full-scale production is unable to resume any time soon.

Kahl did not rule out the possibilty that CBS could adopt a similar approach should the network’s shows fail to restart production in time for fall launches.

“I’m not going to go into specifics but we have a lot of options at our disposal,” he says. “We’re getting pitches everyday on series, specials, acquisitions, and another benefit to this merger with Viacom is we have access to a lot more material should we need it.”

As the lineup currently stands, CBS is largely banking on stability. The lineups on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays remain the same as last season. On Wednesdays, “Amazing Race” returns to the fall, as the network delayed the original May premiere of Season 32 of the series back in April. “SEAL Team” will move to a new time slot at 10 p.m. on the night.

Along with returning series, CBS will air its new Chuck Lorre comedy “B Positive” and “The Equalizer” reboot starring Queen Latifah this fall. “B Positive” will air Thursdays at 8:30 as part of the network’s comedy block on the night, while “The Equalizer” will debut Sundays at 8. “Clarice,” the network’s only other new scripted series order to date for next season, will be held for midseason.

“Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon” will lead into “B Positive” on Thursdays, while “The Unicorn” will move back an hour to 9:30.

Along with “Clarice,” other CBS shows held for midseason include scripted drama “SWAT” and the unscripted series “Undercover Boss.” In addition, CBS is planning to broadcast Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021.

Read the full CBS fall schedule below. All times are ET/PT. N=New series, NTP=New time period.



8:30-9:00 PM BOB ♥ ABISHOLA

9:00-10:00 PM ALL RISE

10:00-11:00 PM BULL


8:00-9:00 PM NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM FBI

10:00-11:00 PM FBI: MOST WANTED


8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR


10:00-11:00 PM SEAL TEAM (NTP)



8:30-9:00 PM B POSITIVE (N)

9:00-9:30 PM MOM

9:30-10:00 PM THE UNICORN (NTP)

10:00-11:00 PM EVIL


8:00-9:00 PM MACGYVER

9:00-10:00 PM MAGNUM P.I.

10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS




10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS


7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM THE EQUALIZER (N)


10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

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Kansas schedule

NFL 2020 schedule: Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans will kick off season on September 10 – CBS News


The NFL announced Thursday night that the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, will kick off the 2020 season in a game against the Houston Texans on September 10 — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. 

The league debuted the entire 2020 schedule Thursday night, including another highlight on opening weekend: Tom Brady’s regular-season debut with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers’ new quarterback will face off against New Orleans’ Drew Brees on September 13 — the first matchup of two quarterbacks over the age of 40 in NFL history.

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The Chiefs, who won their first Super Bowl in a half-century last February, still have a logistical hurdle to overcome. The city’s baseball team, the Royals, will need to move their game scheduled for the same day, because the teams’ stadiums share parking lots.

The NFL schedule, not to mention offseason activities and the preseason, has to be considered tentative given the current prohibition on large gatherings.

But commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league is planning for a normal season — although it is making contingency plans.

“The league and the clubs have been in contact with the relevant local, state and federal government authorities and will continue to do so,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

The traditional Monday night doubleheader on opening weekend will have Pittsburgh at the New York Giants, which has a rookie head coach in Joe Judge, and Tennessee at Denver.

“The number one positive is we’re getting ready to play football, so that’s the biggest thing,” Judge said. “Once you get the schedule, it starts moving a little bit faster in your mind in terms of preparing for what’s in front of you.”

Top overall draft pick Joe Burrow and the Cincinatti Bengals start off against the sixth overall selection in April’s draft, Justin Herbert and the Chargers. The Bengals also will face the other highly rated rookie quarterback Tua Tagavailoa and the Dolphins in Week 13.

New England, without Brady at QB for an opener for only the second time since 2001, hosts Miami on the opening Sunday.

Thanksgiving games will feature Houston at Detroit, Washington at Dallas, and Baltimore at Pittsburgh — one of the league’s fiercest rivalries — in the night game.

Late-season Saturday games will be scheduled but with undetermined matchups for flexibility, something the NFL has done previously.

Certain to draw heavy early season interest will be the past two league MVPs, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, facing off in Week 3 on Monday night at Kansas City. The Chiefs and Ravens each have five prime-time games, as do New England, Dallas, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, defending NFC champ San Francisco, and the Rams.

Detroit and Washington have no prime-time outings.

There’s one Friday night contest, on Christmas, when Minnesota visits New Orleans.

Every team has two home and two away games in the first month of the schedule. The season ends January 3 with all divisional matchups, as in recent years. Then follow the playoffs, with the Super Bowl slated for February 7 in Tampa, Florida.

Ranking every Super Bowl, from worst to first

Ranking every Super Bowl, from worst to first

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