11:40 LRN Sportscast

Big news for the Independence Bowl as they have reached an agreement with Radiance Technologies who will serve as the title sponsor for the football game for the next five years. Radiance Technologies is a contractor that provides cybersecurity, systems engineering and integration to the Department of Defense, national intelligence community and other government agencies.

Saints Coach Sean Payton has donated his plasma so that it can be used to treat hospital patients who are trying to fight off COVID-19. Payton tested positive for the coronavirus on March 19th and suffered from a low-grade fever, body aches, and chills. He never had respiratory symptoms. Some doctors are using convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus patients because their antibodies in the plasma can help fight off the virus.

ESPN reports the NFL tested its virtual draft on Monday and there was a minor hiccup at the start, but everything went smoothly after a two-and-a-half minute delay.

LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade said on the LSU Sports Radio Network they are only one more big body away from being an elite team next season. The Tigers have signed seven new players, including five-star shooting guard Cam Thomas and UCLA transfer Shareef O’ Neal, the son of former LSU great Shaquille O’ Neal. Wade says starting forwards Trendon Watford and Darius Days have put their names in the draft, but can return. Wade says they have a pretty good idea of what they will do.

Tim Floyd told ESPN Radio in Baton Rouge the Chicago Bulls were interested in hiring him as their head coach after Michael Jordan and Company just completed a record 72-win regular season and the franchise’s fourth NBA championship. Floyd eventually became the Bulls head coach after Chicago completed its second three-peat.

In a memorandum to baseball operations employees around the game, commissioner Rob Manfred said he fully anticipates baseball will return this summer, but difficult to say when they’ll resume the season.