The County Senior Hurling Championship gets underway tomorrow with a total of 14 games down for decision between Saturday and Sunday. With the Tipperary Senior Hurlers finished their League campaign for this year and with a few weeks to go before the opening clash of the Munster Championship all eyes in the Premier County will now turn to club action. And its a bumper weekend of games in the hunt for the Dan Breen Cup. One of the more highly anticipated matches will be that of reigning county hurling champions Thurles-Sarsfield who are out to defend their title – They play Borrisoleigh on Sunday afternoon in Templemore at 3.30.. while another that will draw in the crowds will be the clash of neighbours Drom-Inch and Upperchurch Drombane in Boherlahan at 2.Elsewhere and newcomers Clonakenny who were promoted from the Intermediate ranks last year take on Ballingarry in Leahy Park Cashel while another cracking encounter is likely to be the game between Kilruane MacDonaghs and Clonoulty Rossmore in Dolla.There are 14 matches in all – 5 evening games on Saturday with 6.30 throw in’s and a further 9 across the day on Sunday – Several of the games were expected to be double bills but this plan had to be scrapped given the recent poor weather conditions and the possible impact on pitches
There’s no telling whether a spring season for the Big Ten and Pac-12’s fall sports, football included, is possible despite the former conference’s promise to “continue to evaluate” the option. There’s also no telling how many college football teams will see their 2020 seasons suspended if and when other conferences follow suit. So in the immediate wake of the first two Power 5 conferences at best pushing back and at worst canceling the 2020 football season, there is definitely no telling how the NFL will react to the possibility of a spring college football season colliding with the league’s NFL Draft-focused schedule early in 2021. For now, the NFL has more pressing issues. MORE: Explaining the cancellations in college footballBut the actual NFL football schedule (and the COVID-19 protocols helping it play out on time) is all the league needs to worry about in mid-August. For now, the NFL can simply sit back and watch the early draft declarations roll in.Hope you’re ready for mock draft season about seven months early. MORE: Updates on college football cancellationsAs noted by CBS Sports on Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell possesses the authority to move the 2021 draft back to as late as June 2. In coordination with the NFL Players Association, the league also has the ability to expand the draft beyond the typical seven rounds under unique circumstances.But given the fluidity of the situation in the college ranks, and with the NFL’s priorities understandably focused on beginning and finishing a complete 2020 season, any questions about the 2021 NFL Draft will be met with some variation of, don’t know, don’t care.We do know that the NFL views the timing of its draft as sacred. USA Today’s Dan Wolken suggested as much last month when he reported that the league “isn’t interested” in moving the draft, which currently is scheduled to begin April 29 in Cleveland. Former NFL running back C.J. Anderson expressed a similar sentiment Tuesday regarding the NFL’s refusal to modify its draft process.Big-time college football is essentially a free minor league system for the NFL, and the league knows the cancellation and/or suspension of the fall college football season will only lead to more players declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft ahead of schedule. Several top-tier prospects made that decision well before the Big Ten and Pac-12 school presidents made theirs. The players will flock to the pros regardless.So, for now, the NFL has no reason to consider a new date for the draft.”That would be something (the NFL) would tackle in the spring depending on what happens with college football,” NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo noted Tuesday. “As of now, everything NFL-wise remains on schedule.”From Inside Training Camp on @nflnetwork: Discussing what the the Big Ten’s postponing the football season means for the NFL. pic.twitter.com/OS5UgoK8vV— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 11, 2020This is why NFL Media draft expert Daniel Jeremiah noted Tuesday that the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine “will be the most important one in league history.” Added Jeremiah: “We always preach ‘it’s all about the tape’ but if you haven’t seen a player on grass in over a year, this event will take on a whole new meaning.”Which is another way of saying the NFL show will go on. That is, of course, unless a coronavirus-related issue interrupts the league’s plans to both start and finish the 2020 season on time. In theory, any suspension of the regular season and/or playoffs could also lead to new dates for the combine and the draft.
DES MOINES — New Jersey Senator Cory Booker says he’s taking a gamble that he’ll be among the top three candidates when the Iowa Caucus results are announced.“We’ve said from the beginning that this is our state, that this is going to be the determining factor for us,” Booker told Radio Iowa. “…We’re playing to keep here in Iowa, kind of Texas Hold ‘Em in some ways.”Iowans who watched seven of the Democratic Party’s other 2020 presidential candidates debate in December saw Booker’s first campaign ad. He’s spending far more to buy time on Iowa TV stations this month.“I’m going to confess we have taken a risk in Iowa by pushing a lot of our resources that we might need to continue on into getting up on TV to compete with those people who are millionaires or who have more resources than us,” Booker said.Booker has not joined former competitor Julian Castro in criticizing Iowa’s role as the first voting event in the 2020 presidential selection process. Booker just launched “Black Americans for Cory” with a gathering of about 50 women in Des Moines and he said Iowa’s minority voters may be the deciding factor on February 3rd.“In a Caucus where the difference between finishing fifth and second is probably going to be a few thousand votes, those who appeal to the Sudanese community or can appeal to the Latino community, the black community, if you can generate support in those communities,” Booker said, “it’s the diversity that swings the hinge one way or the other.”Booker has been urging voters to pick the candidate who is best able to motivate Obama-level turn-out among diverse communities. Booker’s duty as a U.S. Senator to sit as a juror in the expected impeachment trial for President Trump will take him off the Iowa campaign trail. He is also unlikely to meet Friday’s deadline for a strong enough showing in public opinion polls to be included in next week’s televised candidate debate in Des Moines.Booker returns to Iowa today with events scheduled in North Liberty and Mount Vernon.