Sport Viewing Picks for August 17, 2021
Red Sox place right-hander Nick Pivetta on COVID-19 IL as outbreak worsens
The Red Sox now have a combination of 12 players and coaches sidelined due to the coronavirus. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts; utility man Enrique Hernandez; second baseman Christian Arroyo; infielder Yairo Munoz; and pitchers Matt Barnes, Hirokazu Sawamura and Martin Perez tested positive for COVID-19, while left-hander Josh Taylor and first-base coach Tom Goodwin are in quarantine as close contacts. Quality control coach Ramon Vazquez has also tested positive for the virus.
All Times Eastern
College Football Live — ESPNU, 6 p.m.
Preliminary Round, Estádio Juan Ramón Loubriel, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Metropolitan vs. Santa Lucía — FS2, 8 p.m.
Preliminary Round, Estádio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador
FAS vs. Forge FC — FS2, 10 p.m.
La Vuelta a España
El Burgo de Osma to Molina de Aragón — Olympic Channel, 9 a.m.
Golf Today — Golf Channel, noon
Golf Central — Golf Channel, 4 p.m.
PGA Tour: The CUT — Golf Channel, 5 p.m.
PGA Tour Champions Learning Center — Golf Channel, 5:30 p.m.
Playing Lessons From the Pros: Sophia Popov — Golf Channel, 7 p.m.
Union urges NFL to adopt daily COVID-19 testing for vaccinated players
There’s a decent chance that the COVID-19 pandemic will play more of a role during the 2021 NFL season than last year. We’re seeing relaxed protocols from the league as it relates to fully vaccinated players with Week 1 of the campaign slated to get going Thursday evening. It has already led to some COVID-related issues for teams. That includes star guard Zack Martin and the Dallas Cowboys with their opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mere days away. Despite being fully vaccinated, Martin tested positive for the virus and will miss the game.NFLPA president JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns touched on this recently.
Lessons With a Champion Golfer: Morgan Pressel-Part 1 — Golf Channel, 7:30 p.m.
Golf’s Greatest Rounds: 1999 Ryder Cup — Golf Channel, 8 p.m.
Mixed Martial Arts
UFC Unleashed: Lightweight Brawls — ESPN2, 11 p.m.
Boston at New York Yankees — MLB Network/NESN/YES, 1 p.m.
Anaheim at Detroit — Bally Sports West/Bally Sports Detroit, 7 p.m.
Baltimore at Tampa Bay — MLB Network/MASN/Bally Sports Sun, 7 p.m.
Boston at New York Yankees — MLB Network/NESN/YES, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Minnesota — Bally Sports Great Lakes/Bally Sports North, 8 p.m.
Houston at Kansas City — AT&T SportsNet Southwest/Bally Sports Kansas City, 8 p.m.
Oakland at Chicago White Sox — NBC Sports California/NBC Sports Chicago, 8 p.m.
Seattle at Texas — Root Sports/Bally Sports Southwest, 8 p.m.
Texans' Deshaun Watson out vs. Jaguars; absence 'not injury related'
Journeyman veteran Tyrod Taylor has served as Houston's unofficial and, later, official QB1 since joining the Texans in March. Watson, meanwhile, wishes to be traded and has been linked with potential buyers such as the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins but is still facing 22 lawsuits alleging acts of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints. Watson is neither suspended nor is he unavailable via the commissioner's exempt list, but it's believed he will be a paid healthy scratch for each of Houston's games until there is more clarity about the ongoing cases against him.
Atlanta at Miami — Bally Sports South/Bally Sports Florida, 7 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati — Marquee Sports Network/Bally Sports Ohio, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at St. Louis — Bally Sports Wisconsin/Bally Sports Midwest, 7:45 p.m.
San Diego at Colorado — Bally Sports San Diego/AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, 8:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Arizona — NBC Sports Philadelphia/Bally Sports Arizona, 9:30 p.m.
New York Mets at San Francisco — SNY/NBC Sports Bay Area, 9:45 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Los Angeles Dodgers — AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh/Spectrum SportsNet LA, 10 p.m.
Toronto at Washington — YouTube, 7 p.m.
MLB Central — MLB Network, 10 a.m.
MLB Tonight: Post Game — MLB Network, 3:30 p.m.
MLB Tonight — MLB Network, 4:30 p.m.
MLB Tonight: On-Deck Circle — MLB Network, 6 p.m.
MLB’s Best — FS1, 7 p.m.
MLB Network Strike Zone — Check your local listings, 7 p.m.
MLB Tonight: Post Game — MLB Network, 9:30 p.m.
MLB Tonight — MLB Network, 10:30 p.m.
Astros right-hander Zack Greinke confirms he tested positive for COVID-19
Greinke has slowly been working his way back to the mound and will start Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers.Greinke provided an update Saturday, saying he, his wife and two sons all tested positive for COVID-19, adding that all four are fully vaccinated, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Quick Pitch — MLB Network, 1 a.m. (Wednesday)
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids — Spectrum SportsNet/Altitude, 10:30 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Minnesota United — NBC Sports California Plus/Bally Sports North Plus, 10:30 p.m.
NASCAR Race Hub — FS1, 6 p.m.
NBA Summer League
Thomas & Mack Center, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Dallas vs. Miami — ESPNU, 3 p.m.
Houston vs. Portland — ESPNews, 5 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State — ESPNews/TSN2, 7 p.m.
Sacramento vs. Boston — ESPN/Sportsnet/TSN2, 9 p.m.
Cox Pavilion, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Utah vs. Philadelphia — NBA TV, 3:30 p.m.
Brooklyn vs. Toronto — NBA TV, 5:30 p.m.
New Orleans vs. Minnesota — NBA TV, 7:30 p.m.
Report: Texans rejected offer of three first-round picks, three third-round picks for Deshaun Watson
No team is interested in meeting Houston's asking price for Watson unless conditions are attached to draft picks included in a deal due to the quarterback's legal issues.According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports (h/t Pro Football Talk), the Texans were offered three first-round picks and three third-round picks for Watson before the draft. Houston declined.
The Jump — ESPN, 3 p.m.
High Tops: Best of Conference & NBA Finals 2021 — NBA TV, 9:30 p.m.
Shaqtin’ a Fool: Season Finale 2020-21 — NBA TV, 10 p.m.
NBA GameTime — NBA TV, 12:30 a.m. (Wednesday)
Good Morning Football — NFL Network, 7 a.m.
NFL Live — ESPN, 4 p.m.
NFL Total Access — NFL Network, 7 p.m.
Fantasy Football Now — ESPN, 9 p.m.
NHL Tonight — NHL Network, 6 p.m.
Misión Europa — TUDN, 5 p.m.
Serie A Season Preview — CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.
Sports News & Talk
Packer and Durham — ACC Network, 7 a.m.
SportsCenter — ESPN, 7 a.m.
Get Up — ESPN, 8 a.m.
SportsCenter — ESPN2, 8 a.m.
SportsCenter — ESPN2, 9 a.m.
The Dan Patrick Show — Peacock/YouTube, 9 a.m.
Sport Today — BBC World News, 9:45 a.m.
Sky Sports News — NBCSN, 11 a.m.
The Jim Rome Show — CBS Sports Network, noon
SportsCenter — ESPN, noon
The Rich Eisen Show — Peacock, noon
SportsCenter — ESPN, 1 p.m.
Jalen & Jacoby — ESPN, 2 p.m.
Highly Questionable — ESPN, 2:30 p.m.
Tiki & Tierney — CBS Sports Network, 3 p.m.
Daily Wager — ESPN2, 3 p.m.
The Paul Finebaum Show — SEC Network, 3 p.m.
Sport Today — BBC World News, 3:30 p.m.
Around the Horn — ESPN, 5 p.m.
Pardon the Interruption — ESPN, 5:30 p.m.
Time to Schein — CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m.
The Inside Line — Fubo Sports Network, 6 p.m.
SportsCenter — ESPN, 6 p.m.
Sports Confidential — Fubo Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.
SEC Now — SEC Network, 7 p.m.
We Need to Talk — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
WNBA star Breanna Stewart and wife Marta Xargay Casademont welcome first child, Ruby
WNBA star Breanna Stewart welcomed her first child, a daughter named Ruby, with her wife Marta Xargay Casedemont just days after winning Olympic gold.Now, she can add mother to that list.
Sport Today — BBC World News, 9:45 p.m.
SportsCenter at Night — ESPN, 11 p.m.
SportsCenter at Night — ESPN, midnight
Contacto Deportivo — Univision/TUDN, midnight
TMZ Sports — FS1, 2 a.m. (Wednesday)
Boomer and Gio — CBS Sports Network, 6 a.m. (Wednesday)
Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin — ESPN2/ESPNews, 6 a.m. (Wednesday)
U.S. Open Series/ATP Tour/WTA Tour
Western & Sampson Open, Linder Family Tennis Center, Mason, OH
1st and 2nd Round — Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.
Tennis Channel Live — Tennis Channel, 10:30 a.m.
Track & Field
IAAF World Athletics U20 Championships
Men’s and Women’s, Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya
Day 1 (Heptathlon, Qualifying Heats and Mixed 4 x 400 meters relay final) — Olympic Channel, 5 p.m.
Minnesota Lynx at Connecticut Sun — Amazon/NESNplus, 7 p.m.
Dallas Wings at Chicago Sky — CBS Sports Network/WCIU, 8 p.m.
Indiana Fever at Phoenix Mercury — Facebook/Bally Sports Arizona Plus, 10 p.m.
Washington Mystics at Las Vegas Aces — CBS Sports Network/KHSV, 10 p.m.
Atlanta Dream at Los Angeles Sparks — NBA TV/NBA TV Canada/Spectrum SportsNet Plus, 10;30 p.m.
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Lions HC Dan Campbell: Jared Goff is playing with a high level of confidence .
Goff, the 2016 first-overall pick, as completed 68.8% of his passes this season for 584 yards and five touchdowns against two interceptions. He's averaging 6.3 yards per attempt, the lowest since his rookie campaign. If Goff is playing at a "high level of confidence," as Campbell says, he's certainly not confident enough to throw the deep ball. His longest completed pass this season went for 46 yards, the lowest of his career thus far. The Los Angeles Rams traded Goff partially because of his inconsistencies. If he can't work things out in Detroit, he could be on his way out.