Category: National Sports

Outbreaks, tantrums and opt-outs: Major sports leagues attempt to restart amid pandemic

iStock/Vadim ZhakupovBY: KARMA ALLEN (NEW YORK) — As the National Basketball Association prepares to restart its season, commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged that the season likely would “cease completely” if a coronavirus outbreak occurred within the league’s carefully crafted pandemic bubble. Silver’s comments came as Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins announced that 18 combined players and …

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NFL issues PSA on death of Stephon Clark as part of larger social justice initiative

EricVega/iStockBy ELLA TORRES and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The National Football League has released a public service announcement around the death of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by Sacramento, California, police in his grandmother’s backyard, as part of the organization’s new social justice campaign to end …

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Marlins’ season on hold due to COVID-19

manusapon kasosod/iStockBy ABC News (NEW YORK) — Just days after kicking off their shortened regular season, the Miami Marlins have put gameplay on hold. Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that the team’s games will be postponed through Sunday after numerous Marlins players were diagnosed with COVID-19. “Given the current circumstances, MLB believes that it …

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MLB postpones 2 baseball games as Marlins members test positive for COVID-19

Pete Van Vleet/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Two Major League Baseball games scheduled for Monday were postponed as coronavirus testing is underway, the league confirmed in a statement. The Miami Marlins canceled their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles scheduled for Monday night after multiple members of the team tested positive for …

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The return of baseball and potential for youth arm injuries

Matt_Brown/iStockBy: ERIC MOLLO, ABC News (NEW YORK) – Major league ballplayers have gotten into full swing with the 2020 season officially underway. Even though the pandemic shut down spring training, professional pitchers were still throwing a lot in preparation for a shortened season amid the pandemic. High school pitchers were also prepping for what was …

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Toronto Blue Jays to play in Buffalo

cmannphoto/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News (TORONTO) — The Toronto Blue Jays, displaced from their home stadium due to the pandemic, will play the greater part of its home season at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y., the team announced Friday. The Canadian government denied the Blue Jay’s request to play its games in …

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LeBron James calls Black Lives Matter ‘a lifestyle,’ demands justice for Breonna Taylor

Scott Clarke / ESPN ImagesBy KARMA ALLEN, ABC News (ORLANDO, Fla.) — LeBron James praised the Black Lives Matter “lifestyle” and doubled down on calls for justice as the Los Angeles Lakers returned to court for the first time since play was suspended because of the pandemic. James made the comments on Thursday after the …

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NBA players call for justice for Breonna Taylor in wake of civil unrest

Breonna Taylor FamilyBy KARMA ALLEN, ABC News (NEW YORK) — NBA players are using their media time to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a young Black medical worker who was fatally shot by plainclothes officers in her Louisville, Kentucky home in March. Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma spoke about the 26-year-old’s death for about …

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Dear Black girls: WNBA player’s essay hits home for young women

A’ja WilsonBy NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A WNBA player’s powerful message to young Black girls is resonating with readers as the nation continues to grapple with conversations on racism. “People see me as an athlete, a basketball player out there entertaining — at end of the day, I’m still a Black woman,” …

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Mike Tyson explains decision to return to the boxing ring for 8-round exhibition match

iStock/leolintangBY: KELLY MCCARTHY (MINNEAPOLIS) — Mike Tyson is stepping back into the boxing ring this September for the first time in 15 years. On Thursday, the former undisputed heavyweight champ announced his return on Twitter, along with a video previewing the matchup with Roy Jones Jr. Tyson, 54, will square up with Jones Jr. in …

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