Category: National Sports

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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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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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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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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Shortened MLB season kicks off Thursday with no fans

33ft/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The 2020 MLB season officially kicks off Thursday night after being put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. America’s national pastime, however, will look and sound much different than what we’re used to. For one, the regular season will be reduced from 162 games to 60. …

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Washington NFL Team to be called ‘The Washington Football Team’

artisteer/iStock By CARMEN J. COX, ABC News (ASHBURN, Va.) — The NFL’s Washington, D.C., franchise has decided on a new name — at least for now. The team announced Thursday that, effective immediately, the organization will call itself the “Washington Football Team,” sources told ESPN. The change comes after the team’s July 13 announcement that …

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NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul create fund for social change

ABC NewsBy GMA TEAM, ABC News (NEW YORK) — As the NBA kicks off scrimmages Wednesday in the Orlando “bubble,” several basketball superstars are speaking out to advocate for social justice. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James have each worked to generate change for communities across the country, but Anthony, Paul and …

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Serena Williams’ husband shares why they invested in women’s soccer team

pepifoto/iStockBy GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A professional women’s soccer team may be coming to Los Angeles in spring 2022, the National Women’s Soccer League announced Tuesday. The exclusive rights to bring a team to the city were secured by a mostly female group led by Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, venture …

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