April 13: What to Watch in Sports This Week When There Are No Sports This Week

"The Last Dance," a 10-part docuseries on Michael Jordan, premieres Sunday on ESPN.JEFF HAYNES/Getty ImagesWe may still be without live sports, but this week gets a huge boost when the Michael Jordan documentary drops on Sunday night. The Last Dance is part of a full week of basketball new and old across sports networks (all…


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“The Last Dance,” a 10-part docuseries on Michael Jordan, premieres Sunday on ESPN.JEFF HAYNES/Getty Images

We may still be without live sports, but this week gets a huge boost when the Michael Jordan documentary drops on Sunday night. The Last Dance is part of a full week of basketball new and old across sports networks (all times ET).

What’s On



The Last Dance

Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN

The highly anticipated premiere of the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary airs Sunday night. The in-depth look at the player who many consider the greatest of all time was scheduled to debut after the NBA Finals in June, but after pressure from fans and even LeBron James on social media, ESPN pushed up the docuseries in the absence of live sports. Two parts will air each Sunday for the next five weeks.

ESPN @espn

On April 19 … IT BEGINS 🍿

#TheLastDance | @StateFarm https://t.co/BTxWjWyqdY

NBA HORSE 

Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN

NBA’s new HORSE competition began Sunday with current and former NBA players as well as current and Hall of Fame WNBA players. Chauncey Billups came back from three letters down to beat Trae Young. Mike Conley Jr. defeated Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings. Zach Lavine took down Paul Pierce, and Allie Quigley eliminated Chris Paul. Seven of the eight players hooped outside, while the star of the night was Conley’s indoor home gym.

CJ Fogler @cjzero

Mike Conley’s gym is bigger than any house I’ve lived in https://t.co/BpF7NuLjHd

If you missed any of the action, Sunday’s quarterfinals will replay Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the semifinals and final from 9-11. State Farm will donate $200,000 to coronavirus relief efforts as the presenting sponsor of the HORSE competition.

Kobe’s last two rings

Wednesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN

Watch Kobe Bryant grab his fourth NBA championship ring in 2009 against the Orlando Magic in Game 5. Then watch as he got his revenge on the Boston Celtics from 2008 and won his fifth and final title when the Los Angeles Lakers took down the Celts in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals.

ESPN @espn

The final seconds.

Lakers go back-to-back. Kobe wins his 5th title. https://t.co/9Cg4dpxRyf

NBA Together with Ernie Johnson

Monday and Wednesday nights

The NBA and NBA on TNT have partnered for a twice-weekly live interview series featuring some of the biggest names in the sport of basketball. Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson Jr. hosts the show, which debuted last week with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

NBA on TNT @NBAonTNT

“It’s too early to project or predict where we’ll be in a few weeks.”

@NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks with @TurnerSportsEJ on the current state of the league. #NBATogether https://t.co/8UUmg3r8K5

#NBATogether with Ernie Johnson will stream live on the NBA’s Twitter account every Monday and Wednesday night, with upcoming guests including the legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri.

NBA TV

Hardwood Classics

Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings, 2007: LeBron James’ NBA debut

Legion Hoops @LegionHoops

LeBron’s NBA debut.

One of the most hyped athletes ever, and he lived up to it. 👑 https://t.co/FRBNmHzLTl

Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Philadelphia 76ers at Cleveland Cavaliers, 1997: Rookie Allen Iverson scores 50 points.

MLB The Show: Players Tournament

Over the weekend, another video game tournament began, this time among players in Major League Baseball. One player from every MLB team will play together in a virtual season, competing for money to go toward charities. Each player will play every other team once during the regular season, with the top eight players in the standings reaching the postseason, which begins April 30.

Fans can watch on MLB.com as well as on the social channels of MLB, MLB The Show, the players’ teams and the players’ accounts. Here’s more information on the format, every team representative, schedule, and all options to watch.

MLB Communications @MLB_PR

MLB, @MLB_PLAYERS
& Sony Interactive Entertainment have announced the creation of the MLB The Show Players League, the first-ever competitive @MLBTheShow league solely featuring Major Leaguers.

Games start tonight. More details: https://t.co/pMXYrMqTAe

Here are the 30 players: https://t.co/i2ISX393s6

Shaq Life

Thursday at 9 p.m. on TNT

Shaq’s new show continues this week after a two-episode premiere last Thursday night. And even away from the Inside the NBA set, the Shaq vs. Chuck jokes still fly.

TNT Drama @tntdrama

Chuck can’t get any respect around @SHAQ 🤣 @NBAonTNT #ShaqLife https://t.co/ja3cP6u2Vk

ESPN

Monday Night Football Classic Replay, Tonight at 8 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, 2009: Brett Favre’s first game against the Packers since coming out of retirement and signing with the rival Minnesota Vikings.

Tuesday MLB Classic at 7 p.m.

1988 World Series Game 1: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Dodgers: Kirk Gibson hits a dramatic walk-off home run off Dennis Eckersley.

NBCSN

Monday-Wednesday from 7-11 p.m.

Return to Rio: Highlights and features from the 2016 Summer Olympics

Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m.

Return to London: Highlights and features from the 2012 Summer Olympics

CBS Sports Network

Monday-Friday 7-11 p.m.

Tournament Rebound: Encore showings of some of the best NCAA tournament games

Best of B/R Live

Featured event of the day

B/R Live

Monday: Classic Champions League: Liverpool vs. Juventus, 2005

Tuesday: 2018 Champions League Final: Real Madrid vs. Liverpool

Wednesday: 2019 Champions League Group Stage: Tottenham vs. Bayern Munich

Thursday: Classic Europa League: Fulham vs. Juventus, 2010

Friday: ONE Championship Greatest Rivalries: Angela Lee vs. Xiong Jin

Saturday: Champions League Classic Matches, featuring extended highlights and recaps from three matches:

  • Barcelona’s comeback against PSG in 2017
  • Tottenham’s thrilling 3-2 win over Ajax from the 2019 semifinals
  • Manchester United’s wild 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the 2003 quarterfinals

Bleacher Report Live @brlive

Biggest comeback in #UCL history 🔥

Stream Barcelona vs. PSG in the 2017 Round of 16 free on today’s #BestofBRLive: https://t.co/ggpCeUxX0K https://t.co/FQeHw7AxvP

Sunday: AEW Dynamite Replays

Also new on B/R Live this week is the premiere of an interview series on Instagram Live. Head to @BRLive on Tuesday at 1 p.m. for an interview and fan Q&A with Demetrious Johnson, ONE Championship’s most prominent American athlete. Have questions for DJ? Tweet us @BRLive or submit in the comments during the live stream.

Latest League Updates, Schedules, Status

Baseball in Arizona and only Arizona?

Major League Baseball made some waves this week when ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that discussions between the league and players association were focusing on a May return, with all games being played throughout Arizona.

Excitement around the report was outweighed by skepticism surrounding a number of contingencies and uncertainties within the plan, which included unanswered questions on how safe a May return is; the amount of testing; how to keep older higher-risk managers, coaches and umpires safe; separating players from families for the whole season; and bringing in revenue without fans in the stands.

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

NEWS: Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are focusing on a plan backed by federal health officials that could have players in training camps by May and games soon thereafter.

Details at ESPN on how MLB may return — and the difficulty in doing so: https://t.co/zDoNa3k4pm

UFC 249 postponed

Nearly one week before UFC 249 was scheduled to take place this Saturday night, UFC President Dana White received a stand-down order from high-level executives at Disney and ESPN, forcing him to postpone all UFC events indefinitely.

Even with headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov out due to travel restrictions and locations in the U.S. not wanting or being allowed to host the event, White had been adamant about continuing uninterrupted, reportedly securing a private island to stage UFC 249 and future events. All of that went away late last week.

ESPN MMA @espnmma

UFC President Dana White spoke to Brett Okamoto about #UFC249 no longer taking place on April 18.

(via @bokamotoESPN) https://t.co/VRP5jL3k9J

Wimbledon was ready

While a number of events, leagues and teams around the world are in financial purgatory with the absence of games, Wimbledon is likely not sweating much. The tournament has paid for pandemic insurance for years, resulting in quite the payout this year to cover the lost two weeks at the All England Club.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Wimbledon reportedly paid $2 million a year for pandemic insurance for the last 17 years

(Total: $34 Million)

For this year’s cancellation as a result of the Coronavirus, Wimbledon will reportedly receive $141 million from the policy.

New schedule for golf majors in summer and fall

The announcement last week that the Masters had been rescheduled for later this year was joined by more announcements regarding changes in the golf calendar. With the British Open canceled outright, here’s the new schedule for the remaining three major tournaments:    

Brad Galli @BradGalli

New scheduled dates for golf majors:
•The Masters: Nov. 9-15.
•U.S. Open: Sep. 14-20
•PGA Championship: Aug. 3-9

https://t.co/xAlvcSSUPk

Remember that these are still dependent on public safety and risk at the time of play and could still be adjusted or canceled.

Likelihood of college football in the fall

While many sports fans around the country are hoping that the 2020 football season will be unaffected by the virus, that notion is still very much up in the air. Defending national champion head coach Ed Orgeron of LSU is teaming with team doctors to help fans understand what they must do in order to kick off this fall.

LSU Football @LSUfootball

You Think We’ll Play Football?

#StayHome https://t.co/olvVFLw2a1

For a complete list and timeline of cancellations and postponements in the sports world, go here.

Actual Sports News Catch-Up

Tavaris Jackson dies in car accident

Former NFL quarterback Tavaris Jackson was killed in a car accident Sunday night in Alabama. Jackson played with the Vikings, Bills and Seahawks during his career and had been the quarterbacks coach at Tennessee State University.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Former Seahawks quarterback and Tennessee State QB coach Tarvaris Jackson died in a car crash last night, the school confirmed to @RapSheet.

He was 36. https://t.co/AvisfzVVHp

No more XFL

After already canceling the remainder its first season back, the XFL has had to take the next step of suspending all league operations.

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

Breaking: XFL is suspending operations and has laid off all of its employees because of the COVID-19 pandemic, per @FieldYates https://t.co/j2xiwWAzE9

NBA 2K champion

Devin Booker claimed the NBA 2K Players Tournament title over the weekend, defeating Phoenix Suns teammate Deandre Ayton in the final. Booker swept the best-of-three final and won $100,000 for a charity to help fight the coronavirus.

ESPN @espn

Undefeated to the title 🏆

@DevinBook wins the #NBA2KTourney and $100K for charity! https://t.co/Tvjrc1SUwC

Hard Knocks, LA style

HBO’s Hard Knocks will feature two teams this season, following both Los Angeles teams, the Rams and Chargers, whenever training camp begins.

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

Hard Knocks is planning to feature both the LA Rams and LA Chargers if there’s a training camp this year, per @AdamSchefter.

First time the @HBO hit is featuring two teams 👀 https://t.co/T32NSRj0Bz

Son to serve

Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son will utilize the suspension of the Premier League to carry out his mandatory military service in his home country of South Korea.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Tottenham confirms Heung-Min Son will complete mandatory military service in South Korea while the Premier League is suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/uVUZfQn0Hj

College basketball deja vu

A week after winning the Naismith Player of the Year Awards, Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Oregon’s Sabrina Ionsecu both were named winners of this season’s John Wooden Award.

ESPN Events @ESPNEvents

Congrats to the John R. @WoodenAward winners – Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) of @OregonWBB and Obi Toppin (@obitoppin1) of @DaytonMBB! #WoodenAward https://t.co/2qr0IjNNA0

Sports Internet, Quarantined

Steph sends love to Bay Area nurses

Steph Curry spent a couple of minutes on FaceTime with nurses on the front lines in Oakland to send his support and help lift their spirits.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Steph FaceTimed nurses in Oakland and thanked them for all their help on the front lines of this pandemic 🙏

(via shelbalaney/IG) https://t.co/rUZtsJpEir

New uniforms in the NFC South

Division rivals Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both revealed new uniforms this week.

Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons

New day, new drip. https://t.co/Lvc74QgJgh

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @Buccaneers

Which combo is your favorite? 🔥

📸: https://t.co/SPXaxIzgtF https://t.co/66E0EjZNT3

Speaking of the Falcons, their new running back, Todd Gurley, told his old team to pay up his guaranteed money.

Todd Gurley II @TG3II

@RamsNFL past due. Send me money ASAP

The James household does not belong to LeBron

Daughter Zhuri James has turned into a TikTok star, with the five-year-old routinely leading the family through dance challenge videos.

adna @AdnaAIA

Look at how Zhuri ate them all up per usual. https://t.co/zkHjIquqpg

Federer staying sharp, having fun

Roger Federer is sharing videos of tennis drills from his home, challenging athletes and fans around the world to send in their efforts for some direct feedback from the legend himself.

ATP Tour @atptour

.@rogerfederer asked celebs & fans to show their tennis skills…

@DjokerNole, @CocoGauff, @lindseyvonn, @RealHughJackman, @SofiaKenin & many more came up with these classic videos! 😂

#tennisathome https://t.co/QZ2g8GT8jd

How far do you need to social distance?

In Chicago, they have a method:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

This social distancing sign in a Chicago restaurant is brutal @brgridiron

(via @CraycraftBrett) https://t.co/xMh1FmAk2a

Epic dog one-on-one

Dogs continue to be our only solace.

Andrew Cotter @MrAndrewCotter

Some sports are slower. More about the strategy. https://t.co/JMBaGJ1tSd

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