Monday’s WSJM Sports Notes

 

The Bears have released tight end Trey Burton. Two years ago, he signed a four year deal with Chicago, making him one of the highest paid tight ends in the league. In the first year of the contract, he had 54 catches for 569 yards and six touchdowns. Burton was limited to just 8 games last season because of a groin injury.

 

In basketball, Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson says she has tested positive for the coronavirus. Dolson announced the news in a video that aired last night during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA draft. She says her “whole family” tested positive, but that only her mother became seriously ill.

 

The idea for the ESPN and Netflix documentary “The Last Dance” came in 1997. Adam Silver helped green-light the whole project well before he became NBA Commissioner. It began with Andy Thompson, uncle of Klay Thompson, pitching his idea to Silver of chronicling the story of the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls. They made it happen.

 

North Carolina freshman point guard Cole Anthony is entering the NBA draft. Anthony announced his decision Friday. He had been considered a likely one-and-done player and a high first-round draft prospect since before his arrival in Chapel Hill. But he had said last month he was delaying any announcements while looking to find ways to help amid the coronavirus pandemic. Anthony averaged 18.5 points to lead the Tar Heels. But they suffered the first losing season in head coach Roy Williams’ career. Anthony missed 11 games due to arthroscopic knee surgery, but returned for the final 13 games.

 

A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is “very pessimistic” the postponed Tokyo Olympics can open in 15 months. Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University says, “To be honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year.” The CEO of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee expressed similar reservations 10 days ago. Since then, the organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have said there is no “Plan B” other than working for the Olympics to open on July 23, 2021.

 

William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race by holding off Timmy Hill in a drama-free event at virtual Richmond Raceway.

 

 

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