Caris LeVert might have to do it all for the Nets in Orlando
NEW YORK — When the Nets take the floor for their first of eight games in the NBA’s 22-team restart in Orlando, the ball is going to be in Caris LeVert’s hands. There’s no doubt about it.Brooklyn’s point guards have evaporated. Kyrie Irving underwent shoulder surgery and will not travel with the team to Orlando. Spencer Dinwiddie tested positive for the coronavirus and began exhibiting symptoms of chest tightness and a fever. His status for the Orlando bubble is undecided.G-League call-up and third-string point guard Chris Chiozza impressed in the games leading into the coronavirus hiatus, ave...
New York Daily News
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a cancer survivor, says he's comfortable playing amid the pandemic
CHICAGO — A slimmed-down Anthony Rizzo said there might be levels of trepidation as he and his Cubs teammates returned Friday to Wrigley Field for a three-week summer training session.But Rizzo, a cancer survivor, spoke confidently about his decision to play with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc worldwide.“As far as my body and the immune system, everything is up to par, if not stronger than when I was 18,” said Rizzo, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2008.Rizzo said his oncologist contacted him soon after the coronavirus shut down spring training March 12, and he stressed that...
Florida Democratic legislators sign letter demanding DeSantis issue mask mandate
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ten Democratic state lawmakers issued a letter on Friday demanding Gov. Ron DeSantis order a statewide mask mandate as cases of COVID-19 spike throughout Florida.Citing public-health experts, the legislators — which include Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith from Orange County — called on the governor to issue the order, insisting that doing so is “not a partisan issue.”“In watching the devastation that COVID-19 is causing in our communities,” the letter said, “we strongly recommend that the State of Florida implement a mandatory use of face covering over the nose...
Masks are putting people at each other's throats, especially in Palm Beach County
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In the increasingly nasty debate about coronavirus masks, Palm Beach County became the nation’s focus for the all the wrong reasons.A woman stood before county commissioners a couple weeks back and demanded that they vote against requiring people to wear face coverings in public to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. She was one of about 45 angry people making the plea that day.Then she spoke the words that would catch social media by storm: “I don’t wear a mask for the same reason I don’t wear underwear … things gotta breathe.”The woman’s frank admission made headl...
Citing coronavirus fears, Mexico shuts border with Arizona over holiday weekend
The Mexican state of Sonora is temporarily shutting its border with neighboring Arizona to prevent an influx of coronavirus infections over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich said the measure would prohibit nonessential travel so foreign visitors don’t place “a greater burden” on her virus-stricken state, a popular summer destination among American tourists.Arizona is one of at least 40 U.S. states dealing with a spike of coronavirus cases in recent weeks, along with California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and others. The Grand Canyon State recorded nearly 5,00...
New York Daily News
After George Floyd's death, south Minneapolis asks: Who does 38th and Chicago belong to?
MINNEAPOLIS — Pastor Curtis Farrar didn’t want to build his church at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.There was a building he liked further south at the time. But this one was available, so at the southwest corner he opened Worldwide Outreach for Christ, where he has led services for the last 38 years.Now Farrar believes it was divine intervention that his church ended up just steps away from this south Minneapolis corner where, last month, George Floyd was pinned to the ground by police officers and suffered his final breaths.“I believe God planted me here,” Farrar said recently. “This one eve...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bob Brookover: Phillies must practice hitting, pitching, fielding, and social distancing at summer camp
PHILADELPHIA — Summer camp is the name baseball has settled upon for the rebooted training portion of the 2020 season.The semantics are so inviting.It makes you think of arts and crafts, swimming in the lake, nature walks, and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. Maybe a scary story about how the coronavirus once haunted the Phillies’ spring-training facility down in Clearwater, Fla., can even be told late at night before bed time.This, of course, is not that kind of summer camp. This is baseball business at its most unusual and it started for the Phillies at two very different parks this we...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Second Heat player tests positive for COVID-19, team facility shut down
A second Miami Heat player has tested positive for coronavirus, leading the team to cease workouts at its practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed.The Heat will continue to test players on an every-other-day basis at the arena prior to their July 8 departure for the NBA’s quarantine setting at Disney World, but no longer will host what had been ongoing individual workout sessions.The latest positive test result comes in the wake of Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. previously being identified by an NBA source as testing positive for COVID-19. The latest player, ...
More testing, clusters of cases drive Michigan coronavirus numbers higher, officials say
DETROIT — Michigan’s coronavirus curve continues to climb upward as 543 newly confirmed cases were reported Thursday, the highest number of new cases in the state since May 29.Calling it “one of the highest case counts we’ve reported in several weeks,” Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, said a few things might have contributed to the rise in cases.Among them is testing.In all, 23,423 diagnostic COVID-19 tests were reported in Michigan on Wednesday, the most in a single day since the pandemic began. It’s an increase of 6,648 tests from the day befo...
Detroit Free Press
Chicago will rely largely on signs announcing self-quarantine for people from states seeing COVID-19 surge
CHICAGO — Chicago health officials said Friday they have no plan for enforcing the city’s abrupt quarantine order for people arriving from states where coronavirus cases are surging, but will rely largely on signs posted along highways and at the two airports.“We do not have a plan to, for example, look for out-of-state license plates and pull people over,” the city’s public health commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, said at a news conference. “We do not have a plan to create a list of individuals who are traveling and try to track them down.”Arwady said the city’s main goal with the order is to...