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10:58 p.m. ET (NBA) — Report: Lakers C Dwight Howard has decided to play in the NBA’s restart in Orlando
According to Shams Charnia of The Athletic, Howard has decided he will join Los Angeles as the team heads to Orlando for the continuation of the NBA’s regular season. The 34-year-old has been waffling the past few weeks as to his commitment, with racial injustice protests continuing and COVID-19 running rampant through Florida. Howard’s had a nice return to relevancy so far in 2019-20, averaging 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Lakers in a reserve role. Howard has stated the he will donate his remaining game checks to his non-profit campaign Breathe Again.
6:14 p.m. ET (MLB) — MLB officially releases 2020 regular season schedule
With less than three weeks remaining until the league’s proposed Opening Day of July 23, MLB has released it’s schedule for the condensed 60-game regular season. Highlighting the release is a double-header on the 23rd. First, the New York Yankees will be visiting the reigning World Series Champion Washington Nationals. Then, we pick up one of the sport’s greatest rivalries, as the San Francisco Giants will square off with Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Each team’s schedule is comprised of 40 divisional games, 20 interleague games against opponents from the same region and six off-days. The regular season is set to end on Sept. 27. — Garion Thorne
6:05 p.m. ET (NHL) — The NHL and NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement on their return to play plan, along with start dates
We’ve had the NHL’s plan to return for a while now, but the only thing missing was an actual date. While the agreement is still subject to approval, here’s what we should expect for a timeline for the return of hockey. The tentative agreement would allow the 24 participating teams to start formal training camps on July 13, and then the 12 teams from each conference depart to their respective hub cities on July 26. The real date we care about is August 1, which is when the proposal plans to begin the qualifying round. Stay tuned for an official agreement, along with potential updates. — Julian Edlow
2:54 p.m. ET (NFL) — Report: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has reached an agreement on a 10-year contract extension
The Chiefs have locked down Patrick Mahomes for an extra 10 years, but we can look ahead to 2020 for now. pic.twitter.com/OoNrD79BS8— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) July 6, 2020
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Kansas City has locked up its star quarterback for the long term. It’s unknown exactly how much money the deal is worth although Schefter says the deal is going to be for over $400 million. This makes Mahomes the highest-paid player in NFL history. Coming off a Super Bowl win, Mahomes is the consensus best player in the league at just 24. At +400, he’s the favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook to win MVP next season and the Chiefs (+600) are the favorites to win the Super Bowl. There was no way Kansas City wasn’t going to lock up Mahomes for the long term. — Greg Ehrenberg
1:56 p.m. ET (MLB) — Rangers OF Joey Gallo has tested positive for COVID-19
The good news here is that Gallo is asymptomatic and says he’s feeling good. He tested positive on 6/27, took another test that came back negative and then tested positive again on 7/2. In order to get cleared, players have to have two negative tests 24 hours apart. One of the top power hitters in the MLB, Gallo only hit 22 homers last year, but it was because injuries limited him to 70 games. If not for the missed time, he likely would have had his third consecutive season hitting at least 40 homers. There is currently a Short Season Special on DK Sportsbook that has Gallo at +425 to hit 20 or more homers. — Greg Ehrenberg
12:36 p.m. ET (NBA) — Bradley Beal plans on traveling to Orlando with Wizards
Last week, Beal was unsure if he was going to travel with the team to Orlando for the league restart. The Wizards’ chances to make the playoffs are thin and Beal still hasn’t committed to playing, but him heading to Orlando makes it appear as though he’s trending toward playing. While he didn’t make the All-Star team this season, Beal is still posting gaudy stats for the season and averaging a career-high 30.5 points per game. Washington figures to be more competitive next season when John Wall (achilles/knee) is back in action. — Greg Ehrenberg
11:28 a.m. ET (MLB) — Braves OF Nick Markakis has decided to opt out of the 2020 season
According to Braves manager Brian Snitker, Markakis will not play this season. A core piece of the Atlanta offense, Markakis hit in the middle of the order last season and produced solid results. He finished the season with a 102 wRC+ and was likely going to be an everyday player this season due to the addition of the DH to the National League. Last year, Markakis passed a milestone by hitting the 1,000 RBI mark. — Greg Ehrenberg
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