It should be known by lunchtime whether or not the Aviva Stadium will host part of Euro 2020.The FAI is bidding for one package that will see three group games and a second round tie played in Dublin.Scotland and Wales are also among the nations competing for a similar package. Germany and England are the only two countries competing to host the semi finals and final.In all, Euro 2020 will be spread across 13 European nations.
The NBA’s response to the death of David Stern, the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner who oversaw the league’s growth into a global powerhouse, on Wednesday was swift and heartfelt, with public reaction including those with ties to the Clippers.“RIP DAVID STERN,” tweeted Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.The team also released a statement on Twitter: “The L.A. Clippers and #ClipperNation are saddened by the loss of David Stern, whose vision and leadership over his 30 years as NBA commissioner transformed our sport into the game we love today. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”Stern, 77, suffered a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12 and underwent emergency surgery. He died with his wife, Dianne, and their family at his bedside, according to the league. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Tweeted Brian Sieman, the Clippers’ TV play-by-play man: “Thank you Commissioner Stern for giving us all a great life in the NBA.”“The entire basketball community is heartbroken,” the NBPA said in a statement. “David Stern earned and deserved inclusion in our land of giants. His impact on our game and our business is immeasurable and the rewards we reap will continue to be appreciated by NBA players.”Former Clippers center Marcin Gortat also expressed his condolences: “Mr. Stern! What U have accomplished it’s beyond everyone expectations!! U have created the most powerful league in the world. It’s such a sad news:/ Rest In Peace!”Garrett Temple, another former Clipper, echoed those thoughts, tweeting: “RIP commissioner Stern. Condolences and prayers to his family.”Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before he became its fourth commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984. By the time he left his position in 2014, the league had grown to a more than $5 billion a year industry. Clippers fans will remember that Stern was instrumental in Chris Paul’s tenure with the team, which acquired him in December 2011 from the New Orleans Hornets for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice.Prior to that trade, Stern vetoed the original Paul trade that involved the New Orleans Hornets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.“I’m going to correct your language: What ‘cancelation’? The GM (Dell Demps) was not authorized to make that trade,” Stern told Brian Berger in 2016 on the Sports Business Radio Road Show. “And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to ‘void.’ It just never got made.“When you’re the commissioner and you have two teams that are ticked off at you, as in the Lakers and Houston, and the GMs without wanting to be attributed, spend their time trashing you, the wrong impression can be granted. It was one of the few times I decided to just go radio silent and let it play out, I got killed. So, the answer is: there was never a trade. It wasn’t approved by me as the owner rep.”In six seasons with the Clippers, Paul averaged 18.8 points and 9.8 assists and was a star of the “Lob City” era.
Superflex and two-QB leagues are becoming more popular in fantasy football, but if you’ve never played in one, you might be wondering what the best draft strategy is and how a standard top-200 rankings translates. You also might be wondering why anyone would play in such a ridiculous format. I mean, they don’t play two QBs in real life, so…you know…whatever. If you belong in the former group, the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Show podcast is for you. We break down a recent superflex mock draft, highlighting the QB runs, the order in which players at other positions were drafted, and more.If you belong to the latter camp, you can hate-listen and mock us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. Win/win. Sporting News Fantasy podcasts available on Youtube and SoundCloudFantasy Football Podcast: Superflex mock draft breakdownSEASON PREVIEW PODCASTS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetOur look at this superflex mock includes breaking down the team that drafted Andrew Luck and Baker Mayfield in the first two rounds (starts at 9:37), the relative value of Nick Chubb (12:44), how drafting Travis Kelce in the second round affects your draft strategy (13:54), what happens if you start your draft with Saquon Barkley, Kerryon Johnson, and Todd Gurley (15:43), how low is too low for Antonio Brown (18:05), how high is too high for Chris Godwin (23:35) and David Montgomery (29:00), which Rams receiver should be drafted first (34:30), whether you should take a third QB (36:46), Kyler Murray’s season outlook (40:51), which Chargers’ handcuff RB is better (43:48), the best-looking QB duo (50:58), and much more.