Former Auburn linebacker Takeo Spikes (55) will deliver the game ball to Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.AUBURN — A former Auburn All-America selection will deliver the official game ball prior to the start of the 2015 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between the No. 6 Tigers and Louisville.Former Auburn linebacker Takeo Spikes will be the school’s representative before the coin toss of Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (2:30, CBS).Spikes was a first-team All-American selection in 1997 and his 331 career tackles still ranks 10th in school history. He was drafted in the first round (No. 13 overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1998 NFL Draft. Spikes went on to play 15 seasons in the league and a two-time Pro Bowl performer. Spikes is one of only seven linebackers to achieve more than 200 career starts with the NFL. Spikes has the distinction of playing in 219 regular season games without a playoff appearance, which is the most in NFL history.Spikes, born in Augusta, Ga., earned All-American honors from Parade and USA Today and was named Mr. Football by the state coaches as a senior at Washington County High School in Sandersville, Ga.Spikes is currently a football analyst on NBC Sports Network, and he co-hosts SiriusXM NFL programsFormer Super Bowl most valuable player Deion Branch will present the game ball for Louisville. In his two years with the Cardinals, Branch caught 143 passes for 2,204 yards and 18 touchdowns. The New England Patriots picked him in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He won two Super Bowls with the Patriots and was named the MVP of Super Bowl 29.Previous other Kickoff game ball honorees include Herschel Walker (Georgia), Charlie Ward (Florida State), Shaun Alexander (Alabama), Julio Jones (Alabama) and Archie Manning (Ole Miss).
In the Premier League, defending champions, Manchester City welcome Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium today. The game will be aired lie at SuperSport Select 2 at 4pm.Manchester City, led by Pep Guardiola, know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups as they attempt to close the 14-point deficit created by Liverpool and successfully defend their league title..Also to be broadcast today is the Serie A encounter between Napoli and Fiorentina at the Stadio San Paulo. The game is at 8:45pm and will be shown live on SuperSport Select 5.Sunday’s action will see Leicester City hopes to continue their improbable challenge for the Premier League title when they travel to face Burnley at the Turf Moor. The game begins at 3pm and will be live on SuperSport Select 2.The weekend’s coverage will be concluded with the game at the Camp Nou between the defending La Liga champions, Barcelona, and Granda at 9pm on Sunday on SuperSport Select 5.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A series of top-flight games involving elite European teams across various football competitions will be aired live on GOtv during this weekend.The games, scheduled to hold from today and tomorrow, will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select 2 to GOtv Max and GOtv JOLLI subscribers, and on SuperSport Select 4 and SuperSport Select 5 exclusive to GOtv Max subscribers.A fascinating game lies in prospect when Real Madrid host Sevilla at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga today at 4pm and will be aired live on SuperSport Select 4.
LeBron James will refuse to play if the Los Angeles Lakers had to stage games behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak the superstar revealed after becoming the third player to reach 34,000 points in NBA history.The NBA has started to prepare for any eventualities arising from the spread of the virus with an escalation in infections and deaths recorded in the USA.On Friday, the league asked teams to start preparing for the possibility of playing without fans in attendance.According to ESPN, the NBA has also asked teams to identify “essential staff” in order to limit attendees.“Play games without the fans? No, simple answer,” said James after the Lakers’ win over the Milwaukee Bucks.“I ain’t playing if we haven’t got the fans in the crowd, that’s who I play for.“I play for my team-mates, I play for the fans, that’s what it’s all about.“If I show up to an arena and there are no fans in there, I ain’t playing.”The Lakers’ 113-103 victory over the Bucks saw them clinch a spot in the NBA play-offs for the first time since 2013. The Bucks had already clinched a place in the play-offs ahead of the encounter between the teams with the best record in the regular season.James excelled for the Lakers with 37 points in a compelling match-up with reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 32 points for the Bucks.Lakers forward Anthony Davis also hit 30 points at the Staples Center.James’ points haul meant he became the third player in NBA history to score 34,000 points. The three-time champion and four-time MVP was already third on the NBA’s all-time list for scoring after leapfrogging Kobe Bryant in January before the Lakers legend tragically died in a helicopter crash.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) still owns the record, ahead of Karl Malone (36,928) and the 35-year-old James.Entering the Lakers’ clash against the Bucks, James had been averaging 25.4 points, 10.7 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game this season.The Lakers are top of the Western Conference with a record of 48 wins and 13 losses from 61 games.The Lakers were swept 4-0 in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs in their last appearance in the play-offs, with the late Kobe Bryant missing the series through injury.The 16-time NBA champions struggled in the subsequent years, missing the play-offs last year even after three-time champion James joined.But since acquiring Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans last summer, the Lakers have been one of the most impressive teams in the league this season as they seek to win a first title since 2010.Related
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