Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Thursday, highlighted by rookie quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Kyler Murray making impressive debuts during the first full night of NFL Preseason Football and the White Sox and Yankees scheduled to play at the “Field of Dreams.”
All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this summer Friday!
NFL Preseason Headlines: Giants’ QB Jones Impresses on First Drive; Seahawks’ WR Kearse Breaks Leg
New York Giants’ Rookie QB Daniel Jones Dazzles in First Drive
The first full night of NFL Preseason Football included a slate of 11 games on Thursday night and was highlighted by New York Giants’ first-round draft pick Daniel Jones’ perfect first drive.
Jones, the quarterback who was drafted out of Duke at No. 6 overall, was a controversial pick as many felt the Giants reached to get him when they could have also potentially drafted him later in the first round with the No. 17 pick.
After a conservative three-and-out opening drive with starter Eli Manning at the helm, Jones took the field against the Jets for his professional debut. The 22-year-old rookie was precise, completing all five passes for 67 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Bennie Fowler.
Jones’ night was cut short, as severe weather in the area caused a 59-minute delay at MetLife Stadium. The Giants sent out their third-string quarterback Alex Tanney once the game resumed, so Jones ended on a high note with one perfect drive.
The Giants would go on to beat the Jets in the preseason battle of New York, 31-22.
No. 1 Pick Kyler Murray Debuts by Completing 6-of-7 in First Action
Jones wasn’t the only first-round rookie QB under center on Thursday night, as the No. 1 pick in this past April’s NFL Draft, Kyler Murray, took the field for his debut with the Arizona Cardinals.
Like the Giants’ Jones, Murray’s night lasted only one drive, but it was impressive, as he completed 6-of-7 passes for 44 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Detroit Lions’ WR Jermaine Kearse Breaks Leg and Injures Ankle
Veteran wide receiver Jermaine Kearse suffered a broken leg and also tweaked his ankle during his Detroit Lions’ debut on Thursday night against the New England Patriots.
The 29-year-old was blocking on a running play during the first drive of the game when the injury occurred.
Kearse had played the previous two seasons with the New York Jets, before coming over to the Lions where he was making progress on securing the No. 4 receiver role.
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME: White Sox and Yankees Scheduled to Play at ‘Field of Dreams’ in 2020
The “Field of Dreams” will come to life next year in Iowa as the White Sox and Yankees will play in a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark that will be built on the Dyersville farm site where the famous 1989 baseball movie was filmed.
MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO will take place on Aug. 13, 2020 and will be the first Major League Baseball game held in Iowa. It will be nationally broadcast on FOX at 7 p.m. ET.
“As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular-season game to the site of ‘Field of Dreams,’” Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday. “We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa.”
DON’T MISS THESE STORIES: Rounding Up the Top Sports Headlines
- Cleveland Browns trade RB Duke Johnson Jr. to Houston Texans
- Tiger Woods off to poor start in FedExCup Playoffs, shoots 75 in round 1
- USA Basketball turns down Carmelo Anthony’s request to play for FIBA World Cup team
- San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa suffers ‘significant’ ankle sprain, will miss preseason
- Dallas Cowboys’ DE Robert Quinn suspended two games for violating NFL’s PED policy
WHAT’S ON TAP IN THE SPORTS WORLD
SOCCER: Premier League Season Kicks Off
The 2019-2020 Premier League season gets underway today when last season’s runner-up Liverpool takes on Norwich City. The two-time reigning champion Man City faces West Ham on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
WHEN: Today, 3 p.m. ET (Liverpool vs. Norwich City)
NFL: Preseason Week 1
The first full week of preseason football continues tonight with a slate of two games:
Steelers vs. Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m. ET (NFL Network)
Saints vs. Vikings, 8 p.m. ET
PGA TOUR: FedExCup Playoffs – THE NORTHERN TRUST
The FedExCup Playoffs are underway this week with THE NORTHERN TRUST at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.
This year’s PGA postseason consists of just three tournaments, with the top 70 players in the standings following THE NORTHERN TRUST advancing to the BMW Championship. The top 30 will then book a trip to East Lake for the TOUR Championship, which will begin on August 22nd.
WHEN: Today; Second-round coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET on Golf Channel
Missed Yesterday’s Roundup? Click here for it.