Hawks have big 1st half, hold off Magic 86-80


Hawks have big 1st half, hold off Magic 86-80

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks held off a late charge by the Orlando Magic for an 86-80 victory Wednesday night.

Atlanta extended its regular-season win streak against Orlando to eight with its second win over the Magic this season.

Arron Afflalo scored 16 points and J.J. Redick added 13 for the Magic, who were able to dig out of a huge first-half hole couldn't overcome 16 turnovers that led to 24 points.

Orlando also struggled from the field, connecting on only 31 of 81 shots, in dropping its fourth straight home game. The Magic get a chance to end the skid Friday against Golden State.

Investigation ensues after Colorado State players were reportedly told to hide COVID-19 symptoms

Investigation ensues after Colorado State players were reportedly told to hide COVID-19 symptoms

Colorado State University president Joyce McConnell announced Tuesday that the school would launch an investigation into its athletic department after leaders reportedly threatened players to disregard coronavirus safety protocols. 

With the college football season still up in the air, programs across the country are facing major challenges in trying to limit the spread of COVID-19 within their teams while still getting in the preparation needed for the 2020 campaign. According to ESPN's Myron Medcalf, Colorado State has used troubling methods to ensure players don't miss time at practice. 

Athletic department leaders are reportedly discouraging athletes from being tested for the virus, disregarding guidelines to quarantine athletes who might have been exposed and are not providing accurate information to health officials.

Some players alleged that coaches instructed them to hide symptoms because their playing time would be affected by an extended absence due to COVID-19. According to Medcalf's story, a player with a severe cough who eventually tested positive continued to work out as usual. Another player who tested positive was reportedly scared to mention anything to the team's medical staff. 


During a virtual team meeting after Colorado State paused all football activities due to eight players testing positive for COVID-19, Addazio reportedly planned to return to practice before the CDC-recommended 14-day quarantine period had ended. 

"I can confirm he said that 'although the CDC recommends 14 days, we're going to try to come back early,'" an unnamed source told Medcalf.

In response to these allegations, head coach Steve Addazio and athletic director Joe Parker both released statements in support of the investigation and declared the importance of keeping their players safe and healthy. 

While multiple players and staffers revealed the actions of Colorado State's coaching staff to be deeply troubling, some players denied those events altogether. 

Junior tight end Trey McBride and freshman offensive lineman Owen Snively were among those to defend their coaches safety plan, both saying the players' health was the staff's "top" or "main" priority. 

President McConnell told Medcalf that Colorado State would not play football in 2020 unless players felt safe and that the school would protect anyone against retaliation. 

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ESPN’s Karl Ravech: ‘I don’t think the Orioles have staying power in that division’

ESPN’s Karl Ravech: ‘I don’t think the Orioles have staying power in that division’

Baseball, on occasion, lets people’s imaginations run wild. 

From the time the first pitch of a game happens until the final out is recorded, anything — theoretically — is possible. That notion stays relevant even as it’s expanded upon to an entire season. Or, in 2020’s case, a 60-game season. 

And after a 5-3 start to the season, which is now a 5-4 start, some people let their thoughts run free about how likely the Orioles were to make a serious playoff push. 

But some, like ESPN’s Karl Ravech, don’t think the Orioles can sustain their stellar hitting and sturdy-enough bullpen for the entire season.

“I don’t think the Orioles can over the course of 60 games,” Ravech said on NBC Sports Washington’s Nationals Talk Podcast. “I do think over the course of 10, maybe 20, be in it. But a lot of times during a baseball season, the first couple of weeks out of the gate you’re surprised by it. Similarly out west, and I don’t mean to dismiss the Orioles, the Rockies are off to a really good start. To me, the Rockies have better players than the Orioles do.”

After an embarrassing loss to the Red Sox on Opening Day, expectations for the Orioles, which were already low to begin with, cratered amongst the fanbase. But they rebounded to win the next two, and after two-straight losses to the Yankees, swept the Rays in a three-game set at Camden Yards. 


With so many questions surrounding every team in the division aside from the Yankees, some hypothesized that, if a miraculous season for the Orioles were to happen, this is the script for such a year to occur.

The Rays were just swept by the Orioles, the Red Sox have an atrocious pitching staff and the Blue Jays still have yet to settle into a permanent home for the season. With an expanded playoff format, the season started in the right way for the Orioles.

“I don’t think the Orioles have the staying power in that division, and playing against the two divisions that they do,” Ravech said.

But while an impressive start was a bit surprising, especially considering some individual achievements across the roster, it’s still not terribly early to think about a playoff race with nearly one-sixth of the season complete.

Yet, despite blazing starts at the plate for Rio Ruiz, Jose Iglesias and Hanser Alberto, and strong performances on the mound from John Means, Miguel Castro and Alex Cobb, the Orioles still have a lot to prove to show the league they are even capable of staying in the playoff chase. 

After all, this team was projected by many to barely, or not even at all, reach the 20-win plateau. 

For now, though, the Orioles having any realistic, no matter to what degree, conversations about a playoff run are a very welcome sign in Baltimore.

“To me, this was always going to be, for better more than worse, but for better or worse, the most memorable baseball season that I’ve ever experienced,” Ravech said. “I think a lot of the baseball fans at home for a million reasons will look at it that way as well. Especially if your team is in it. If you’re rooting for the Orioles, what you think would be a throwaway year, at least for the first month, you’re not throwing anything away.”

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