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Headlines from around the sports world (College Basketball, College Football, NBA, NFL)

Tomorrow’s post:The NBA’s restart calendar

Today I’m going to try something new. I will discuss two to three headlines from college basketball, college football, the NBA, and the NFL.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-

The top available guard on the transfer market, former Florida guard Andrew Nembhard, is going to play and continue his education in Spokane at Gonzaga this fall. Nembhard chose the Zags over Duke, Georgetown, Memphis, Stanford, and USC. Nembhard started all 67 games the past two seasons for Florida and averaged 11.2 points, 3 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game last season. While Nembhard will have to sit out this season due to transfer rules, he is expected to replace elite Gonzaga signee Jalen Suggs, as he likely goes to the 2021 NBA Draft next year.

In ESPN’s first ever 2023 rankings, dubbed the 2023 ESPN 25, talented point guard DJ Wagner was ranked number one. A YouTube highlight video in himself, Mikey Williams debuted ranked number three. And the son of LeBron James, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr., debuted at number twenty-four.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-

This may not just be college football news, but it’s important. John Swofford will retire as ACC Commissioner after the 2020-2021 academic and athletic year. Swofford will step down after 24 years, making him the longest tenured commissioner ever to hold the ACC job.

Mississippi State Running Back Kylin Hill has made a statement. The star running back stated in a tweet earlier this week that, “Either change the (Mississippi) flag or I won’t be representing this state anymore & I mean that.. I’m tired.”

NBA-

Legendary former North Carolina wing and longtime NBA wing Vince Carter officially announced his retirement Thursday. At 43 years old, Carter announced his retirement after a 22-year career.

Lakers Guard Avery Bradley has announced he will opt out and not play in the NBA’s Orlando restart. A former teammate of Lakers star LeBron James, free agent guard JR Smith, has emerged as the lead candidate for the vacant spot on LA’s roster.

Mavs Center Willie Caluley-Stein has opted out of the NBA’s restart. To fill the open spot, Dallas is expected to sign Guard Trey Burke.

NFL-

The NFL has advised its teams to expect an on time start to training camps come July. Most players on most teams will report to camp no later than July 28.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame cancelled the NFL’s opening pre-season game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers due to the ongoing coronavirus. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement has also been postponed.

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cbhsports 2021 NFL Mock Draft:Ranking the top five players at each skill position on offense a year ahead of the draft (excluding tight ends)

QBs
1.Trevor Lawrence,Clemson
2.Justin Fields,Ohio State
3.Trey Lance,North Dakota State
4.Jamie Newman,Georgia
5.Kellen Mond,Texas A&M

RBs
1.Najee Harris,Alabama
2.Travis Etienne,Clemson
3.Chuba Hubbard,Oklahoma State
4.Jaret Patterson,Buffalo
5.Amare Jones,Tulane

WRs
1.Jaylen Waddle,Miami Dolphins
2.Justyn Ross,Clemson
3.Terrace Marshall,LSU
4.Devonta Smith,Alabama
5.Rashod Bateman,Minnesota

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cbhsports 2020 NFL Mock Draft

I’m going to pick every first round pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. I also think it’s worth noting Rob Gronkowski is back in the NFL with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hope y’all enjoy. Check out my mock draft on YouTube (with the first ten picks) here:

1.Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow,QB,LSU
Burrow tore apart college football in 2019. But it’s the it factor that makes Burrow the easy top pick.

2.Washington Redskins
Chase Young,DE,Ohio State
Despite the Redskins talent on the front seven, making the pick for Young, easily the best player in the draft overall, could make the Redskins a contender in a who knows NFC East.

3.Detroit Lions
Jeffrey Okudah,CB,Ohio State
Trading All-Pro Corner Darius Slay magnifies a big weakness now on Matt Patricia’s team. Okudah is an athletic corner that rose to the top defensive back list in the draft with excellent play on OSU’s defense.

4.New York Giants
Jedrick Wills,OT,Alabama
While the Giants could trade down, getting a Nick Saban coached offensive lineman would be great to protect young QB Daniel Jones.

5.Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa,QB,Alabama
Back to back members of the Crimson Tide are picked. Yes there are… MAJOR injury concerns for Tua and they could take Oregon’s Justin Herbert or trade down and tank for Clemson phenom Trevor Lawrence (or Ohio State’s Justin Fields) next April but if they’re taking anybody I think they take it slow and easy with the talented Tagovailoa.

6.Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert,QB,Oregon
Despite not having many concerns coming out, similar to Tua, I think the Chargers take it slow with Herbert as they do have a solid starter already in Tyrod Taylor. But if Tagovailoa is picked at fifth, Herbert goes to LA here.

7.Carolina Panthers
Isaiah Simmons,LB/S,Clemson
Simmons fits the bill for new head coach Matt Rhule (former Baylor head coach). A position-less freak of an athlete. Simmons will step in and likely start his rookie season.

8.Arizona Cardinals
Derrick Brown,DT,Auburn
Brown is the best player on the board here. And if the Cardinals aren’t careful, playoff contenders San Francisco and Seattle will run it down their throat.

9.Atlanta Falcons
CJ Henderson,CB,Florida
With Desmond Trufant in Detroit now (oh and Drew Brees hasn’t gone to the booth at NBC yet), Henderson makes the most sense with this pick.

10.Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tristan Wirfs,OT,Iowa
If you’re going to win games with Tom Brady, they’re going to need to make picks like this.

11.New York Jets
Mekhi Benton,OT,Louisville
If the Jets pick this athletic offensive lineman, theJets QB Sam Darnold and RB Le’Veon Bell may smile on draft night.

12.Las Vegas Raiders
CeeDee Lamb,WR,Oklahoma
Lamb leads a loaded wide receiver group at Oklahoma. And Jon Gruden needs a receiver for whichever QB he’s catching from (whether that be Mariota or Carr or someone else).

13.San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Jeudy,WR,Alabama
Coming into the season, I had Jeudy as a top three pick. While his stock might have dropped, the 49ers will have their choosing of Alabama wide receivers (Jeudy or Henry Ruggs). But my pick for the 49ers gives them another long, tall receiver for Jimmy Garappolo to throw to.

14.Cleveland Browns
Andrew Thomas,OT,Georgia
QB Baker Mayfield needs a rebound season. What better than to get an offensive linemen to help him.

15.Denver Broncos
Henry Ruggs,WR,Alabama
Ruggs is a speedy wide receiver. New QB Drew Lock needs some guys to throw to. Ruggs is the perfect pick here.

16.Jacksonville Jaguars
Javon Kinlaw,DT,South Carolina
The Jags pick Kinlaw to replace the production of All-Pro defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Marcell Darius.

17.Dallas Cowboys
K’Lavon Chaisson,LB/DE,LSU
I considered Chaisson’s teammate WR Justin Jefferson but replacing Robert Quinn’s 11.5 sacks is going to be harder than the Cowboys might think. Cowboys take Chaisson with this pick.

18.Miami Dolphins
Austin Jackson,OT,USC
Not too early to get the injury prone Tua Tagovailoa some protection.

19.Las Vegas Raiders
Jordan Love,QB,Utah State
Jon Gruden might have two decent starting quarterbacks in Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota but why not draft young-in who can compete?

20.Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Jefferson,WR,LSU
While I would love to slot Jefferson with my Cowboys, to be second year QB Gardner Minshew needs more than just speedster DJ Chark to throw to. If not, the Jags will likely be in the Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields sweepstakes next April.

21.Philadelphia Eagles
Tee Higgins,WR,Clemson
This past season it became very apparent that with experienced wide receiver Nelson Agholor on the move and Alshon Jefferey pretty much gone, Philadelphia needs and gets a long tall receiving option with this pick.

22.Minnesota Vikings
Jaylon Johnson,CB,Utah
With Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackenzie Alexander all gone, Mike Zimmer needs to find some kind of replacement.

23.New England Patriots
Kenneth Murray,LB,Oklahoma
If the Pats don’t trade up for a QB, then why not go with a leader that will (try) to replace the leadership and game management of Tom Brady.

24.New Orleans Saints
Patrick Queen,LB,LSU
The Saints need some help when defending the top offenses in the NFC (49ers, now the Bucs with Brady, etc.), so they go with a guy in Queen that is less than an hour down the road at LSU.

25.Minnesota Vikings
AJ Epenesa,DE,Iowa
Needing to replace veteran Everson Griffen, the Vikings take a guy that can get around blockers easily in Epenesa.

26.Miami Dolphins
Xavier McKinney,S,Alabama
Why not bring in McKinney, one of Tagovailoa’s teammates at Alabama, to help out their defense?

27.Seattle Seahawks
Yetur Gross-Matos,DE,Penn State
With the questionable return of Jadeveon Clowney, Gross-Matos makes for a perfect pick for Pete Caroll.

28.Baltimore Ravens
Cesar Ruiz,C,Michigan
With Lamar Jackson’s offensive line losing some to retirement and getting up there in age, Ruiz makes the most sense for this pick.

29.Tennessee Titans
AJ Terrell,CB,Clemson
Terrell gets picked up here to help a star-studded Titan secondary.

30.Green Bay Packers
Josh Jones,OT,Houston
Jones is picked for obvious reasons. He’s another guy that can come in and help protect veteran QB Aaron Rodgers. I considered a wide receiver here but that can wait until the second round for the Pack.

31.San Francisco 49ers
Trevon Diggs,CB,Alabama
With Richard Sherman getting up there in age, the athletic Alabama corner can come in and make his name known in a decent 49ers secondary while getting mentored by Sherman.

32.Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Gladney,CB,TCU
My friend Ted is a diehard Chiefs fan. And he said they need some defensive help. So, I go with the best corner on the board to finish the mock draft.

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Ranking landing spots for QB Cam Newton

4.Buffalo Bills
Buffalo might already have Josh Allen as a longterm starter but the Bills would be fine overpaying for a QB2 that could potentially take over as their starter. Plus, Newton worked alongside Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane.

3.Las Vegas Raiders
Everyone knows Cam Newton can step up and take the starting spot in Las Vegas over two tenured QBs, Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota. But I don’t know if it’s the best fit for Cam.

2.Los Angeles Chargers
Tyrod Taylor is not a guy that’s going to stay longterm as a starting QB. But why not get a former NFL MVP if you’re Los Angeles?

1.New England Patriots
If Bill Belichick is upset with New England’s QB room (young QBs Jarrett Stidham and a potential drafted QB plus veteran QB Brian Hoyer), he can choose to go after Newton who seems to be a good fit for the Patriots.

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Tom Brady is leaving Patriots (NFL Free Agency News)

QB Tom Brady announced on social media that he won’t be returning to Foxboro next season. Brady spent twenty seasons as a New England Patriots. Brady is likely looking at going to the LA Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, and more for his future.

Texans Wide Receiver De’Andre Hopkins has been traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a deal centering Running Back David Johnson.

Dallas Cowboys have re-signed Amari Cooper on a five-year contract worth $100 million.

The Carolina Panthers have decided to let QB Cam Newton seek a trade.

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers are nearing a deal with the Carolina Panthers on a three-year deal around sixty million dollars.

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Cowboys use exclusive franchise tag on QB Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have placed the exclusive franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott the team announced Monday. That said, Dallas wants to ink a long term deal with Dak at some point. With the exclusive tag, Dak can’t talk with other teams. Prescott is the sixth quarterback ever to receive the exclusive franchise tag, most recently it being Kirk Cousins with the Washington Redskins back in 2017. The exclusive tag is worth $33 million according the the franchise.

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Reacting to the Chiefs comeback win over the 49ers in Super Bowl 54

For a third time this postseason, the Kansas City Chiefs trailed big in the postseason. It took three clutch drives by QB Patrick Mahomes and three stout defensive series by the Chiefs defense to seal it. They proved that they could win on the biggest stage even if they were down by ten entering the fourth quarter. Congratulations to the Chiefs and everyone involved in the organization.

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cbhsports 2020 Super Bowl 54 Preview

Super Bowl
San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami,FL)
Sunday February 2, 5:30 PM CT
FOX

Though the Chiefs are favored in this game, the 49ers have been the best team in football this season. Let’s take a look at how each position battle fares. The Chiefs have the 49ers quarterback wise as Patrick Mahomes is a top five NFL QB and Jimmy Garappolo is not even a top ten QB. At running back the 49ers have em. At tight end, it is an even match up as the game’s two best tight ends will square off in Kansas City’s Travis Kelce and San Francisco’s George Kittle. The offensive line battle is even. Wide Receivers are owned by Kansas City. On defense just overall the 49ers are so much better than the Chiefs are. This is a fifty-fifty game so I’m going to go with the 49ers. Prediction:49ers 34, Chiefs 33

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cbhsports 2020 NFL AFC and NFC Championships Preview:Predicting who will be headed to Miami

AFC Championship
Tennessee Titans at. Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City,MO)
Sunday January 19, 2:05 PM CT
CBS

Before I say anything about this game, Tennessee has had to play two almost perfect games for them to get here. First, they had to beat what many people call the “GOAT” in Tom Brady and his New England Patriots. Then, they beat the presumable MVP this season and the Baltimore Ravens, who were playing the best football in the NFL this season many think. But the way that the Chiefs mounted a comeback, coming back from 24 down, was magical. Plus, I don’t see the Titans coming into Arrowhead and beating this Chiefs team. So, I’ve got the Chiefs but watch out for the Titans. Prediction:Chiefs 38, Titans 28

NFC Championship
Green Bay Packers at. San Francisco 49ers
Levi Stadium (San Francisco,CA)
Sunday January 19, 5:40 PM CT
FOX

The last time these two teams squared off, the 49ers walked into Lambeau Field and destroyed this Packers team. But with a trip to Miami (the Super Bowl) on the line, things may be a little different. So, I give the home team in this one an advantage too. And not just for that reason. Using their running game and defense to get to this game might have been easy but now young QB Jimmy Garapollo will have to step up and make big time throws against the Green Bay defense. On the other side of things, Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur led the Packers to the NFC Championship in his first year there. But, like in their first matchup this season, the 49ers will fluster QB Aaron Rodgers and will come away a win away from winning the Super Bowl. Prediction:49ers 24, Packers 20

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Mike McCarthy to be next Cowboys Head Coach

Former Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy will be the next Dallas Cowboys head coach. McCarthy’s contract will be five years. McCarthy won a Super a bowl with Green Bay in 2011. New Orleans Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan will be the Cowboys’s defensive coordinator.