Marlins Players Test Positive And Could Jeopardize Season, Dr. Fauci Trading Cards Hit Record High

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Just a few days into the baseball season and we’re already having issues. The Miami Marlins had to postpone their home-opener on Monday night because at least 14 players tested positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend, a few players had tested positive, but instead of postponing their matchup against the Phillies on Sunday, they decided via a group text chat to play. According to MLB’s operation manual, the teams have the ability to decide what to do if there are multiple positive results.

No one knows what this means for the rest of the teams and for the rest of the MLB season. It’s possible these players will quarantine, and there won’t be any major outbreaks. It’s also possible, however, that other teams could have been infected by the Marlins players, and the season could be compromised.

According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, “I don’t put this in the nightmare category. It’s not a positive thing, but I don’t see it as a nightmare. … That’s why we have the expanded rosters. That’s why we have the pool of additional players.”

Unlike the NBA and MLS, major league baseball rejected the idea of playing in a “bubble” (where, as of now, there are no reported cases). The NFL also rejected the idea of playing in a quarantine “bubble” so will be paying close attention to how this all develops.
In other baseball news, baseball card manufacturer Topps set a record for selling over 50,000 limited edition trading cards featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci (who threw out the ceremonial first pitch last week to kick off the MLB season).

 

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Cespedes Hits HR As DH, Verlander’s Forearm Strain, Jamal Adams A Seahawk, Together Mode In NBA, Lou Williams Quarantined After Strip Club

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On Friday, the New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes became the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball to hit a home run in a regular-season game between two National League Teams. The new designated hitter rule allows players like Cespedes, who have suffered injuries, to perform during this shortened season.

There was a buzz over the weekend about the Houston Astros Justin Verlander missing the rest of the season due to a forearm strain, but Verlander weighed in and said he would be back.

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The Seattle Seahawks picked up safety Jamal Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick from the New York Jets in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald and a 2021 first-round and third-round pick as well as a 2022 first-rounder. Adams hasn’t been shy about wanting to leave the Jets, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise that the Jets unloaded him prior to the beginning of the season.

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The NBA is getting creative in bringing the fan experience to the arena. They are experimenting with allowing fans to virtually appear and interact with each other at upcoming games. They will be using Microsoft Team’s new together mode” which will allow fans to feel like they are participating. “Together Mode uses AI segmentation technology to digitally place participants in a shared background, making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else in the meeting or class.”

The NBA is also working with its broadcast partners to use more camera angles to enhance the at-home viewing experience.

Los Angeles Clippers Lou Williams will need to quarantine for 10 days inside the Disney bubble. He left the bubble for a funeral (which would have required a 4-day quarantine), but then photos of him at a strip club with rapper Jack Harlow appeared on social media getting Williams in trouble. Williams will miss two seeding games and forfeit up to $150,000 in salary.

 

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Yankees Prevail In Rain Delayed Debut, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s First Pitch, Mookie Betts Kneels, MLB Expanded Postseason, Washington Football Team, Tyson Out Of Retirement

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Major League Baseball kicked off the season Thursday night with a matchup between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals. Of course, this is 202o so the debut of North American live sports didn’t go smoothly. Before the game, Nationals star Juan Soto tested positive for COVID-19, but even though he was with teammates earlier in the week, the game did not get called off. Then, a massive rainstorm hit causing the game to wrap up after only five innings. The Yankees recorded a 4-1 win.

Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch at the Yankees game and it was a bit off-center. With everything he has going on, it’s doubtful he had time to practice, so let’s give him kudos for his attempt.

In the second game of the night, the Los Angeles Dodgers put away the San Francisco Giants 8-1. Mookie Betts made his debut for the Dodgers, but no one was talking about his hitting. Betts made his statement by kneeling during the National Anthem, while most of the team stood.

In an announcement prior to the first pitch, Major League Baseball announced they are expanding the number of teams competing in the postseason from 10 to 16.

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After officially scrapping the name Redskins, Washington announced its new name will be the “Washington Football Team” for the 2020 season. The colors will remain the same, and the logo on the helmets will be replaced by a gold player number decal.

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Mike Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, will come out of retirement to take on four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. in a fight scheduled for September 12th.

 

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MLB Season Starts, Mookie Betts Signs Huge Deal, Rookie Bol Bol Makes Splash

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The Major League Baseball season starts tonight, marking the first North American major sports league to play since the pandemic shut down the world. Tonight’s matchup features:

  • 7 pm ET: Yankees (Cole) at Nationals (Scherzer)
  • 10 pm ET: Giants (Cueto) at Dodgers (Kershaw)

For the full MLB schedule click here.

Mookie Betts signed a huge deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. His 12-year contract extension worth $365 million is the second-largest in Major League Baseball history. Only Mike Trout’s 12-year $430 million contract with the Los Angles Angels ranks higher.

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Denver Nuggets rookie Bol Bol (son of NBA player Manute Bol) made a splash in his on-court debut, a scrimmage over the Washington Wizards. The 7-foot 2 Bol Bol finished the game with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and six blocks.

 

 

 

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Natalie Portman Among Group To Buy Soccer Franchise, NFL Preseason Cancelled, CFL Deems Eskimos Offensive, Garnett Or Vikings Owner Could Buy Timberwolves

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Natalie Portman, Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Abby Wambach are among the actresses and athletes joining together to add a National Women’s Soccer League franchise in Los Angeles for the 2022 season. The ownership group includes venture capitalist Kara Nortman, OUYA founder Julie Uhrman, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The new team will reveal its official name later in the year, but for now, will be called WFC LA/Angel City.

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The NFL and the NFL Players Association have reportedly agreed to cancel all preseason games in hopes of starting the season without any COVID-19 issues.

The Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos have decided to change their name after determining the name was offensive to indigenous groups in North America. The team will be known as the Edmonton Football Team or EE Football Team until they choose a new name.

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According to reports, former NBA superstar Kevin Garnett and Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf are among a handful of candidates looking to purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves.

 

 

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CA HS Football Postponed, Dr. Anthony Fauci Throwing First Pitch For Nationals, Giants Manager Kneels During Anthem

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The California Interscholastic Federation announced it is postponing the high school football (and other fall sports) season. The earliest we’ll see fall sports in the state will be December 2020 or January 2021.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the first pitch on for the Washington Nationals on Opening Day, July 23rd. The defending World Series champions will host the New York Yankees. The Nationals explained their pick by stating,  “Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title.”

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler became the first Major League Baseball manager to kneel during the national anthem when he took a knee prior to the team’s exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. Many other players and personnel joined him.

 

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NFL Players Concerned About Logistics Of Season, LeBron’s Rookie Card $1.845 Mill

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Some influential NFL players are not satisfied with the logistics of how the League is planning to start the season. Training camps are expected to open this week, and the players are concerned about the lack of information on what’s been put in place to maintain health and safety standards. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the league can impose report dates, and the teams can fine players if they refuse to show up. Some notable stars took to twitter. Here’s a sampling of what they said,

Drew Brees: “We need football! We need sports! We need hope! The NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of their own medical experts will prevent that. If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy, there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple. Get it done, NFL.”

Patrick Mahomes: “Getting ready to report this week hoping the NFL will come to agreement with the safe and right protocols so we can feel protected playing the sport we love”

Clemson’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence proposed to his girlfriend Marissa Mowry at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Lawrence led the Tigers to back-to-back College Football Playoffs where he helped them beat Alabama for the Championship in his freshman year and led them to an undefeated season in his sophomore year (where they ended up losing to LSU in the championship). Lawrence and Mowry have been dating since high school.

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LeBron James set yet another record when his rookie card sold for $1.845 million, the most money ever paid for a basketball card at an auction.

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A-Rod/J-Lo Take Tour With Krafts In Mets Bid, Sexual Harassment Claims In Washington, NABC Proposes Eliminating SAT/ACT

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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are still actively pursuing purchasing the Mets. According to reports, A-Rod, J-Lo, and a group of bankers flew to Foxborough to meet Bob and Jonathan Kraft (owners of the New England Patriots) to discuss a partnership on stadium operations for Citi Field and Willets Point (a development around the ballpark). The Krafts toured the duo around the stadium and the adjoining entertainment complex near the field. The potential owners are interested in turning Willets Point into a destination entertainment area where they can leverage J-Lo’s brand to book concerts.

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The Washington Post published a damaging report on the Washington NFL team (formerly the Redskins). Fifteen former female employees claimed to have experienced sexual harassment and a toxic work environment.  The allegations span from 2006-2019 and include specific examples of harassment such as sexual text messages and male employees looking up female employees’ skirts.

New head coach Ron Rivera put out a statement saying, “Biggest thing is we have to move forward from this and make sure everybody understands we have policies that we will follow and that we have an open door policy with no retribution. Plus my daughter works for the team and I sure as hell am not going to allow any of this!”

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The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) proposed eliminating the SAT and ACT requirements for NCAA eligibility. The proposal originated in the NABC’s Committee on Racial Reconciliation to address racism and social justice issues. The statement reads, “The NABC Committee on Racial Reconciliation believes that the SAT and ACT are longstanding forces of institutional racism and no longer have a place in intercollegiate athletics or higher education at large. This is an important step towards combating educational inequality in our country.”

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Garrett $125 Mill Extension, Beer Pong causing Post Malone’s Tattoos, Tommy Tuberville Wins Primary, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar On Anti-Semitism

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Myles Garrett and the Cleveland Browns are close to finalizing a five-year $125 million extension making him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

Rapper Post Malone has a tattoo of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce’s signatures. Mahomes told GQ magazine that after the Chiefs beat the Niners in the Super Bowl, Mahomes and Kelce got VIP tickets to a Post Malone concert. Before the concert, the two Super Bowl champs were invited backstage to play some beer pong. After continuing to lose, Post upped the ante and said he’d get their autographs tattooed on his body if he couldn’t win. Mahomes and Kelce tried to talk him out of it, but he went through with the bet.

Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville defeated Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary for the Alabama US Senate seat. He will now face incumbent Senator Doug Jones (D) in November.

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Former LA Laker superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote in his column for The Hollywood Reporter “Where is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood” and called out the anti-Semitic comments of DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, and Ice Cube.  He wrote, “It’s a very troubling omen for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement, but so too is the shocking lack of massive indignation. Given the New Woke-fulness in Hollywood and the sports world, we expected more passionate public outrage. What we got was a shrug of meh-rage.” Abdul-Jabbar quoted Martin Luther King Jr. explaining, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” He ended with, “So, let’s act like it. If we’re going to be outraged by injustice, let’s be outraged by injustice against anyone.”

 

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Washington Red Tails Odds On Favorites, 2 NBA Players Flout Bubble Rules

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The Washington Redskins officially announced they will change their name for the 2021 season. Oddsmakers are getting in on the action and taking bets on the new franchise nickname. As of now, the Redtails is the favorite at 3/1 odds. The National Office for Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, the office for the military aviation group called the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first Black aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps and helped desegregate the military, weighed in. Nicknamed the “Red Tails” because they painted the tails of their planes crimson, the group was known for their heroics in World War II.  The organization offered up a statement saying, “If the Washington D.C. NFL franchise chooses to rename themselves as the Washington Red Tails, it would honor the Tuskegee Airmen legacy and be symbolic for all of America.“

After Redtails, the Washington Generals are at 4/1 odds with the Washington Presidents at 5/1 odds.

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NBA players are entertaining us with stories of quarantining in the Disney Bubble in Orlando in anticipation of the season resuming on July 30th, but two players (Houston Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo and Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes) flouted the rules and will now have a longer quarantine period. Part of the protocol required players to quarantine in their rooms for 48 hours after arriving at their hotels. After 48 hours, players could roam the bubble grounds, but if they left the site, they would have to immediately quarantine again. Caboclo vacated his room during the 48-hour window, while Holmes left the bubble to get food delivery.

 

 

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