Category: National Sports

NFL’s Washington Redskins to change name following years of backlash

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images By ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News (ASHBURN, Va.) — The NFL’s Washington Redskins have decided to change their team name. “On July 3rd we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. … Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion …

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Valentina Sampaio becomes 1st openly transgender ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit model

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImageBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Valentina Sampaio has become the first transgender model to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated’s highly coveted swimsuit issue. “I was so surprised,” Sampaio told Good Morning America. “It means a lot, not just for myself but for all the LGBTQ+ community.” Sampaio …

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Andy Murray, Duchess Kate surprise students with video call on would-be start of Wimbeldon

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LONDON) — Along with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Duchess Kate surprised tennis fans from Bond Primary School in South London on a video call Friday. “The former Wimbledon Champion shared his experiences of playing tennis growing up, some vital tips to better their game and how he’s managed training over the …

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Sports franchises face pressure to change names with Native American emblems

fstop123/iStockBy: ERIC MOLLO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — With America in the midst of a reckoning over racial inequality, more athletes are continuing to speak out across the sports world. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, and star running back Adrian Peterson are just a few of several athletes announcing they …

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Orlando Magic player tests positive for coronavirus, team official says

cmannphoto/iStockBy ABC News (ORLANDO, Fla.) — On the same day the Orlando Magic arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the upcoming NBA season restart, officials said one of their players will be temporally benched by the coronavirus. Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman made the announcement during a …

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WNBA dedicates 2020 season to social justice efforts

iStock/olcaytoibili(NEW YORK) — BY: MEREDITH DELISO The WNBA and WNBPA announced on Monday that they will be putting work into social justice and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement in the 2020 season. This includes a new platform, The Justice Movement, and a social justice council, as players have been increasing their efforts to support …

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NHL, NHLPA finalize protocols for season to resume in Edmonton and Toronto

francisblack/iStockBy ABC News (NEW YORK) — The NHL and NHLPA have finalized the protocols for the season to resume this summer in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN. As of Sunday night, the sides still were finalizing the details of a memorandum of understanding for a collective bargaining agreement extension. …

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Report: Redskins’ minority owners looking to sell shares in team

33ft/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The minority owners of the Washington Redskins are reportedly looking to get rid of their shares in the NFL team. The Washington Post reports Robert Rothman, Dwight Schar and Frederick W. Smith have enlisted the help of an investment banking firm  to search for possible buyers. The …

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Trump lashes out at Bubba Wallace, NASCAR over noose investigation, Confederate flag ban

Official White House Photo by Tia DufourBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump lashed out at NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver on Twitter Monday morning, demanding he apologize for an investigation into an apparent noose found in the driver’s garage. In the same tweet, the president also blasted NASCAR for banning Confederate …

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Washington Redskins considering changing name just to be ‘politically correct’: Trump

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — BY: OLIVIA EUBANKS President Donald Trump on Monday weighed in on the Washington Redskins football team and Cleveland Indians baseball team considering changing their names — names Native Americans have long complained are racially offensive. While he didn’t flat-out say he’s opposed to a change in their names, he tweeted that the …

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