Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 12th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We’re kicking off our ‘Daily Noontime’ coverage a bit later than usual this morning – we apologize for the pause, so let’s get right into what you need to know about the sports world being impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

For starters, the NBA has suspended its season due to Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz testing positively for the virus, according to multiple reports last night.

With this news, the Boston Celtics season is at a standstill. But more importantly, players, coaches, and members of the team may have to self-quarantine due to a recent contest with the Jazz, which took place last Friday, March 6th. According to WBZ in Boston, the Jazz practiced at Emerson College’s gym while they were in town last week.

Boston was scheduled to tip-off against the Milwaukee Bucks this evening, but that game is canceled. The Celtics should be back home soon – we hope they are doing well during this unusual time in our country (and the world).

It was reported this morning by Sportsnet that “all NHL clubs have been advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings amid efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19.”

The league is expected to announce later today its plan for its remaining regular-season contests. And we shouldn’t be surprised if they follow the NBA and decide to suspend the current season for a few weeks and months.

Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced they are suspending its season, per multiple reports, including Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated. Wahl tweeted this morning that the reason for suspending the season was due to coronavirus.

Finally – and we reported on this last night – March Madness, which begins next week, will not include fans. Only players, coaches, team representatives, and select family members will be allowed to attend games, pending both tournaments are played.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone – hope you are doing OK this morning (or whenever you are reading this post!).

I’ll do the best to brighten your mood and take your mind off the coronavirus (COVID-19) – I know there is a lot of news and announcements being shared, so allow me to do my very best to change the subject to sports.

Did you watch last night’s Boston Celtics game? If not, I am happy to report that the Green and White defeated the Indiana Pacers, 114-111, and secured a spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Jayson Tatum netted 30 points in the win while Gordon Hayward finished Tuesday’s game with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston will compete against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday before returning home Friday to play against the Washington Wizards.

Patrice Bergeron and Matt Grzelcyk each netted one goal last night as the Boston Bruins topped the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-0.

With the win, the Black and Gold improve to 44-14-12 overall while the Flyers slip to 41-21-7.

Boston has now won three of their last four outings and will head to New York on Friday to skate against the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m.

Last night’s win over the Flyers marked the 50th time Tuukka Rask has recorded a shutout. He stopped 36 shots in his team’s 44th victory of the 2019-20 season.

“It’s a great milestone,” Rask said, via Lauren Campbell of NESN.com.

The 2020 Boston Red Sox season is quickly approaching, which means its time for a prediction. Sports Illustrated believes the Sox will finish third in the American League East Division with a marvelous record of 81-81.

As you (and others) know by now, this weekend’s Ivy League basketball conference tournament has been canceled, which was not the news many student-athletes (and fans) wanted to hear.

“This whole situation is unprecedented,” said Ivy League executive director, Robin Harris, via Bob Hohler of the Boston Globe.

It is unfortunate, but you have to give the Ivy League some credit for not just protecting its student-athletes, coaches, and team representatives, but also its fans, too.

Other leagues, organizations, and teams have begun announcing changes to its upcoming sports schedules, including the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA), which canceled its remaining winter tournaments.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced an update on its website this morning that “the NESCAC Presidents met and concluded unanimously that conference competition, including conference championships, will be canceled for the 2020 spring season.”

We should expect more cancelations and changes to upcoming games over the next few weeks, including the possibility of no fans at future professional games, too.

We’ll be back tomorrow, but in the meantime remember to smile and know we will all get through this together!

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone. I hope you are ALL doing well and ready for another great day – I know I am!

It may not totally feel like spring (or summer) like it did yesterday, but I am confident the weather this morning and early afternoon will put a smile on your face. And you know what will also make you smile (and feel happy) is a brand new Daily Noontime, so let’s get started.

The TD Garden will be the go-to site for some great local high school basketball this afternoon and evening – here is today’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) schedule:

  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Matignon vs. Cathedral, 2 p.m. 
  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Snowden vs. Abington, 3:45 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Andover vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 5:30 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Lynn English vs. Mansfield, 7:15 p.m. 

As of this morning, it appears as if fans will be allowed to attend these four games, but if anything changes due to COVID-19, we will let you know! Fans can also stream all four contests through NFHSNetwork.com.

The Boston Bruins will return to the ice this evening when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a 7 p.m. face-off. Boston is looking to return to the win column after losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend.

Following their trip to Philadelphia, Boston will head to upstate New York for a Friday evening affair with the Buffalo Sabres before returning home on Saturday, March 14th for a 7 p.m. face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for three wins this week!

The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening, kicking off a three-game set in four days with a visit to the Indiana Pacers with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Boston is looking to return to the win column after being edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Following their visit to Indiana, the Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday followed by a home date Friday, March 13th against the Washington Wizards.

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the New England region, as well as the country, the NBANHL, and MLB are preparing for the possibility of playing games without fans.

Speaking of games without fans, according to D3Hoops.com, Amherst College, which will be the host site of this week’s NCAA D-III Women’s Basketball Sectional semifinals and finals, will not allow supporters of the four teams in their gym after denying access last weekend for three games, including the Mammoths’ initial postseason contest against Framingham State University.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team will play its first NCAA Tournament game against Amherst on Wednesday, March 11th without any fans due to concerns of the coronavirus. And this may not be the first postseason college hockey game to not include fans.

Finally, we’re inching closer to learning where Tom Brady will play this season – will it be with the New England Patriots or somewhere else? Amy Trask of The Athletic thinks there are plenty of teams that would love to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 21st, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Happy Friday, everyone!

Hope you are ALL having a great day thus far – yes, we know we’re posting a bit later than normal, but we wanted to make sure we provided you with something to read at the end of your lunch break or when you’re bored in the afternoon (and want to go home!).

As usual, have a wonderful rest of your day, smile, laugh, be happy, and have a great weekend!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening when they visit the Calgary Flames for a 9 p.m. face-off. Boston is still the top team in the Eastern Conference with 88 points – can they make it to 90 this evening?
  • The Boston Celtics kick-off the second half of their 2019-20 season this evening, when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m. Boston, is currently the third-best team in the Eastern Conference – they are behind the Milwaukee Bucks (first) and Toronto Raptors (second).

The Noontime Headlines (and Links) 

  • It sounds like Tom Brady could be headed to the Tennessee Titans, but maybe he will come back to the New England Patriots(CBS Boston)
  • Here are five things a few NFL experts think will happen when Tom Brady enters free agency in a few weeks. (Boston.com)

  • The NFL wants a 17th game and an expanded postseason. Does that sound good to you? (The Boston Globe)

  • The Bruins are likely to trade David Backes by the NHL Trade Deadline next week. (CBS Boston)

  • Apparently, Colin Cowherd believes the Boston Celtics can win the NBA title later this spring (and early summer!). (NESN.com)

  • An Alabama football staff member is leaving the college football program and heading to the pros to join the Patriots. (247 Sports)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: David Ortiz is calling Mike Fiers a ‘snitch,’ and ESPN had some thoughts on this comment! 

Daily Noontime: Friday, January 17th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s back, everyone – the Daily Noontime has officially returned and is not going to disappear anytime soon!

We’ll have some fun with our Monday through Friday post, sharing news and links, along with some videos, podcasts, and music, so we hope you’re ready for the re-vamped (and 2020 version of one of our oldest and favorite) posts.

So, enjoy our first of many Daily Noontime‘s – as always, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, everyone, and we will be back next Monday, January 20th, 2020!


 The Boston Sports Thursday Scoreboard 


The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask ‘goes on injured reserve with concussion.’ (ESPN.com)
  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams says the “pressure’s really on (the San Francisco) 49ers.” (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • With Carlos Beltran out of a job with the New York Mets, one local outlet claims the organization has ‘no one but themselves to blame for this mess.’ (New York Daily News)
  • Google became the fourth tech giant to reach the market’s BIG milestone behind Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. (New York Times)
  • Joe Burrow‘s father claims his son would be just fine with quarterbacking the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. (ESPN.com)
  • Members of the CLNS Media discuss if the Boston Celtics have the best chance for success compared to the Bruins, Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots(CLNSMedia.com)

Video of the Day: Colin Cowherd receives some insight on the upcoming AFC and NFC Championships from former NFL head coach Jeff Fisher.


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