Sports digest: Agent Scott Boras proposes 162-game season — with World Series Game 6 on Christmas Day

Sports digest: Agent Scott Boras proposes 162-game season — with World Series Game 6 on Christmas Day

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Sports agent Scott Boras has a plan in which MLB's playoffs would begin on Dec. 3 and finish with the World Series Dec. 19-26. (Michael Owen Baker, Associated Press)

There is a growing sense among Major League Baseball executives, with the season being on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, that a best-case scenario for the sport would be an 81-game regular season beginning around July 1 and a postseason in October. There also is fear among some that the season might be canceled.

Agent Scott Boras is more optimistic. He believes a June start is “well within the vision of what could be,” and said he has submitted proposals to MLB for a 162-game season that would begin June 1 and a 144-game season that would start July 1.

Both feature a full playoff schedule that would start with wild-card games on Dec. 3 then finish with the World Series Dec. 19-26. With no days off in each round, that could mean having Game 6 of the World Series on Christmas Day. Postseason games would be played in Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Toronto, St. Petersburg, Fla., Houston and Arlington, Texas. All would be either in Southern California, where the December weather usually is good, or in domes.

Boras represents some of the game’s highest-paid players, and the more games played the more likely players would be paid their full salaries and accrue a full year toward arbitration.

Meanwhile, the idea of playing seven-inning doubleheaders has been floated, as is done in the minor leagues.

“Maybe that’s something we have to consider,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said. (Los Angeles Times)

Cowboys add two former Chiefs: Dallas signed two players who have been with Kansas City, nose tackle Dontari Poe and Blake Bell, a tight end. Bell spent his first five seasons with Kansas City after being picked in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. He played one season with Atlanta and the last two with Carolina. Poe spent his first five seasons with KC then had one year with Atlanta before the last two with Carolina. (Fort Worth, Texas, Star-Telegram)

Elsewhere in the NFL: Minnesota agreed to contract terms with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe and defensive end Anthony Zettel. Sharpe played his first four NFL seasons for Tennessee and, for now, is the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Adam Thielen after a trade sent Stefon Diggs to Buffalo. Zettel was a sixth-round draft choice by Detroit in 2016 and helps make up for the loss of defensive end Everson Griffen to free agency. . . . Former Buffalo linebacker Mike Stratton, a key member of the franchise’s American Football League championship teams in the mid-1960s, died Wednesday because of a heart ailment. He was 78. . . . The Chiefs agreed to one-year deals to keep defensive tackle Mike Pennel and fullback Anthony Sherman.

Toppin to turn pro: Dayton forward Obi Toppin, The Associated Press’ men’s college basketball player of the year, said he is leaving school to be in the NBA draft field. He average 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season as the Flyers went 29-2 and were ranked No. 3 in the final AP Top 25 poll.

The 6-foot-9 forward beat Iowa’s Luke Garza for player of the year honors and was a unanimous choice for the AP All-America first team. (AP){span class=”print_trim”}

Washington State football player dies: A Washington State football player was found dead in his apartment by an officer who responded to a call for help involving “breathing problems,” Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said Wednesday.

Jenkins said there were no signs of foul play and that the Whitman County coroner will determine the cause of death for 22-year-old Bryce Beekman, the senior defensive back who was found Tuesday afternoon.

Coroner Annie Pillers said in an email that the case remains an ongoing investigation and that it may take up to three months to determine the cause of death.

Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College. (AP)

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