New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has given the United States Tennis Association (USTA) the approval to progress with its scheduled US Open Tennis Tournament without fans in attendance from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 in New York City.
The status of the annual tennis major had been in question earlier in the spring amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Secondly, Major League Baseball has said that it will not set an abbreviated 2020 schedule unless and until its Players Association says it will not file a grievance against the league.
As you’ll recall, on Saturday night, one day before a scheduled deadline from MLB, the MLBPA swiftly rejected an offer for a 72-game regular season with a guaranteed, prorated salary of 80 percent if a postseason is played.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on ESPN Monday evening saying that he’s “not confident” that a season would take place this year.
Tony Clark, MLBPA Executive Director weighed in on Twitter:
Onward to today’s topic:
Top Rank: Pedraza vs. LesPierre:
The middle card of Top Rank Boxing’s weeklong trifecta takes place Thursday night in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Conference Center.
As has been the case in the four previous Top Rank cards, Thursday’s (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN Deportes) will occur without a live audience present due to coronavirus concerns.
In total, this Thursday’s show will feature six bouts, highlighted by a 10-round Super Lightweight main event matching Jose Pedraza (26-3, 13 knockouts) and Mikkel LesPierre (22-1-1, 10 knockouts.)
Heading into Thursday’s main event, both contestants stand level at 5-foot-8.
How they got here:
Jose Pedraza has posted a 3-2 record with one knockout in his last five fights.
Most recently, he dropped a unanimous decision to Jose Zepeda on Sept. 14, 2019 during the Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin card on ESPN+.
In the other corner, Mikkel LesPierre has gone 4-1 with two knockouts in his last five fights.
Last time out, he scored a unanimous decision against Roody Pierre Paul on Dec. 5, 2019.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Pedraza has a 71-inch reach, with no such information for LesPierre.
Prediction: Mikkel LesPierre by unanimous decision.
Other fights on Thursday night’s card:
Co-Main Event: Josec Ruiz (21-2-3, 14 knockouts) vs. Gabriel Flores Jr. (17-0, six knockouts) [Lightweight] (10 rounds at three minutes each)
David Kaminsky (6-0, three knockouts) vs. Clay Collard (6-2-3, two knockouts) [Super Middleweight] (six rounds at three minutes each)
Robert Rodriguez (7-0-1, three knockouts) vs. Adrian Serven (9-0-1, three knockouts) [Bantamweight] (six rounds at three minutes each)
Victor Rodriguez (2-0, one knockout) vs. Justin Horsley (0-1) [Super Lightweight] (four rounds at three minutes each)
Frevian Gonzalez Robles (2-0, one knockout) vs. Jose Martinez (2-0, one knockout) [Super Featherweight] (four rounds at three minutes each)