September 2, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/1/20 Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEMiami 3, Toronto 2Baltimore 9, NY Mets 5Atlanta 10, Boston 3Detroit 12, Milwaukee 1AMERICAN LEAGUENY Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 3Cleveland 10, Kansas City 1Minnesota 3, Chicago White Sox 2Texas 6, Houston 5Oakland at Seattle (Postponed)NATIONAL LEAGUESt. Louis 16, Cincinnati 2Philadelphia 6, Washington 0Chicago Cubs 8, Pittsburgh 7LA Dodgers 6, Arizona 3San Francisco 23, Colorado 5NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSBoston 102, Toronto 99 (Boston leads 2-0)Denver 80, Utah 78 (Denver wins series 4-3)NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSPhiladelphia 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT) (NY leads 3-2)Vancouver 2, Vegas 1 (Vegas leads 3-2)WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONConnecticut 70, New York 65Atlanta 102, Indiana 90Phoenix 92, Las Vegas 85MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERMontreal 1, Toronto FC 0Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman started her season out well at the PEpperdine Classic smashing 49 kills on the weekend en route to MVP honors.[/media-credit]After beginning its 2013 season with a perfect 3-0 start and taking the Pepperdine Classic last weekend, the injury-ridden Wisconsin volleyball team looks to stay undefeated at the North Dakota State Classic this weekend.Wisconsin will first face Northern Iowa, a team that hasn’t missed an NCAA appearance since the 2005-2006 season, before taking on its first ranked opponent of the season in the No. 17 Louisville Cardinals, who posted a 30-4 record last year, in addition to tournament host North Dakota State.The banged-up Badgers were without five of their 16 available players last weekend. In addition to the absence of junior Julie Mikaelsen, whose broken foot forced her to redshirt this season, Wisconsin sat freshman Lauren Carlini and junior Caroline Workman with leg injuries as well as junior Crystal Graff and sophomore Victoria Ito with ankle injuries.Head coach Kelly Sheffield said the team has done a good job of rolling with the punches that come with a depleted roster.“I thought we battled,” Sheffield said. “I think we did a pretty good job of trying to figure things out on the fly … We threw out some lineups that we didn’t really spend any time practicing. We really kind of went in there a little bit blinded. I was proud of our toughness and our figure-it-out ability.”Junior Ellen Chapman was named the Pepperdine Classic MVP after putting up a total of 49 kills on the weekend, including 22 against the tournament host Waves.Chapman has moved this season to right-side hitter in place of Mikaelsen from her previous left-side position. She said the team has been successful thus far in dealing with the numerous lineup adjustments.“I think we’ve overcome it,” Chapman said. “Adversity is one of the main things we’ve been talking about during the whole preseason … I think it’s made us become closer because even if Lauren’s [Carlini] out or if we’re missing a main player like Jules [Mikaelsen], someone needs to step in and fill their spot regardless if you’ve done it in the past.”Juniors Courtney Thomas and Dominique Thompson were named to the all-tournament team, with Thompson setting a school record in hitting percentage of .909 with 10 kills on 11 attempts and no errors.Thompson said she’s always looking to stay aggressive and seize every opportunity she is given at the net.“I’ve just been working a lot on being up every time in practice,” Thompson said. “I think that’s what helped me the most is just wanting the ball instead of just playing the game.”This weekend may prove to be more challenging for the Badgers. Northern Iowa leads a balanced offense that has five players averaging more than two kills per set, while also digging an average of almost 19 balls per set. Sheffield said the Panthers run a controlled and quick offense that does not make many mistakes.Louisville swept its first match of the season against Syracuse before falling to the country’s top team in Penn State. The No. 17 Cardinals won the Big East conference last season with a 13-1 league record.Chapman said the team needs to improve its serve-receive game for this weekend’s tournament – Wisconsin committed 20 service errors in its win against Pepperdine, the only opponent that UW did not sweep.“Just trying to get those serves in and still staying aggressive is something we need to work on,” Chapman said. “It’s a hard balance to get, but we’re trying to get there.”Sheffield stressed that this early in the season, Wisconsin needs to focus more on improving its overall skills than worrying about its opponents. With so many players currently out of the lineup, he said the team is a “work in progress.”Sheffield said he likes some of the pieces that he has in place and thinks the team flashes some signs of success, but he said the Badgers have a lot of work to do in all areas to reach a high level of play.“It’s going to take us a good month or two before we look like a pretty good team,” Sheffield said. “We’re young, we’ve got a new coaching staff to try and figure people out, and we’ve had very little preseason with these guys. But we have some talent … we’re all just trying to figure it out right now.”
2020 NFL DRAFT:Grades | Winners & losers | All 255 picksWe understand and agree with the idea that Rodgers likely was and is not thrilled by Green Bay’s selection of Love at No. 26 overall. That doesn’t mean the future Hall of Fame passer should ask to be traded, a point of view from at least one ESPN debate specialist. Pro Football Focus included Rodgers in a list of trade candidates. You can even place a bet on whether Green Bay will trade him before the 2020 NFL season.Before you do that, though, you probably should type “Aaron Rodgers contract” into your Google search engine.Let’s ignore for a moment that Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur have repeatedly stated the Love selection does not put a clock on Rodgers’ run as Green Bay’s starter. (To be fair to the doubters, NFL GMs and coaches have trained media and fans to absorb their words as mostly meaningless.) More important is that the Packers literally can’t afford to trade Rodgers.Based on the figures of the contract extension Rodgers signed with Green Bay in 2018 and restructured in 2019, if the Packers were to trade him in 2020 with a pre-June 1 designation, they would actually lose $29.5 million in salary cap space. In addition to that, Rodgers would count for $51.148 million in dead cap charges in 2020.So in that scenario, more than $80 million of the Packers’ 2020 salary cap space would be devoted to a quarterback who plays for another team. (Green Bay has just south of $11 million in cap space, by the way.)A post-June 1 trade designation would address the cap savings issue — the Packers would save $2 million rather than costing themselves almost $30 million — but that $51 million dead cap charge would remain on their books, albeit spread over two years.Courtesy of Spotrac, below are the financial implications of a Rodgers trade for the Packers through the remainder of his current contract, which expires after the 2023 season. YearPre-June 1 cap savingsPre-June 1 dead capPost-June 1 cap savingsPost-June 1 dead cap2020-$29.5 million$51.148 million$2.05 million$19.6 million (2020); $31.6 million (2021)2021$4.8 million$31.6 million$22 million$14.4 million (2021); $17.2 million (2022)2022$22.65 million$17.2 million$25.5 million$14.4 million (2022); $2.9 million (2023)2023$25.5 million$2.9 million$25.5 million$2.9 millionAs the table illustrates, Rodgers becomes more tradable for Green Bay financially as he ages. But there’s no sense in pondering a potential deal in 2020.In theory, the earliest a Rodgers trade could become plausible is next offseason, when a post-June 1 trade would save the Packers $22 million in salary cap space and spread out the dead cap charges over two seasons.Until then, Rodgers, who before the draft described himself as a “realist” and claimed he understood the possibility of the Packers drafting his potential replacement, will play for Green Bay and attempt to deliver on his warning: “No matter who you bring in, they’re not going to be able to beat me out anytime soon.” These days, a blockbuster sports transaction can be more intriguing to the general public than any single game. A good example is the hype that surrounded last spring’s Odell Beckham Jr. trade followed by what was, in comparison, a thud of a Browns season. The possibilities related to these transactions typically are much more intriguing than the reality they produce.So when a hypothetical blockbuster sports transaction arises, like the nonsensical idea of the Packers trading 36-year-old quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the wake of their moving up to select Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, it receives an aimless injection of life.