Notre Dame postpones football game at Wake Forest this Saturday due to COVID-19
Saturday’s Notre Dame game at Wake Forest has been postponed and Notre Dame has paused all football-related activities due to COVID-19.The school reported seven positive tests (out of 94 administered) with an additional six players put in isolation because of contact tracing.“We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season,” coach Brian Kelly said in a statement, “and we’ll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making.”This marks the 16th game postponed this season in college football.Both Notre Dame (2-0) and Wake Forest (1-1) have an open ...
Notre Dame cancels Tuesday football practice in wake of COVID-19 positive results and contact tracing
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Monday called his team’s COVID-19 plan “an evolving situation.”No joke. The Irish canceled Tuesday’s practice, as first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, after four players tested positive last week. Another six were quarantined because of contract tracing.None of those 10 played in Notre Dame’ 52-0 dismantling of South Florida on Saturday.The Irish (2-0) are scheduled to face Wake Forest on Saturday in their first road trip of the season.As part of the team’s COVID-19 protocol, players will not be able to meet up with family members before the game.“You’re...
Meet Ross Chastain, 'just a watermelon farmer' driving NASCAR's No. 42 car next year
Chip Ganassi Racing made a long-awaited announcement Monday morning in which the team named Ross Chastain as the driver of its No. 42 Chevrolet for the 2021 season.The move wasn’t totally out of left field since Chastain’s had a relationship with the Ganassi organization since 2018, in which he earned the pole position, won a race and finished in second place in the three Xfinity events he ran for CGR that year.Still, the 27-year-old has just five wins in NASCAR’s lower level series and beat out other full-time Cup drivers for the coveted 42 seat, which was also offered to Bubba Wallace this y...
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Debra-Lynn B. Hook: The power of human presence in an age of 'Don't touch me, you might have COVID'
We can’t visit each other in our homes. We can’t hug. We can’t get together for dinner or go to baseball games or movies or play sports.But there is a mainstay that, some might say, is showing up with greater intentionality, no matter the distance.Presence.I felt this recently as I prepared for an important appointment with a new doctor to discuss the complicated blood disorder I’d had for a decade. While I’d heard this doctor was one who listens to her patients, this was not my experience with previous physicians. Bracing for yet another hard-ball conversation that would leave me feeling defl...
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Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin starting NASCAR team. Their first driver: Bubba Wallace.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin are starting a single-car racing team that will feature Bubba Wallace as the driver for the 2021 Cup season.Jordan’s publicist, Estee Portnoy, announced the partnership in a tweet Monday night. Jordan Brand has been a sponsor of Hamlin’s race team and Hamlin is a longtime Hornets season-ticket holder.Wallace is the only black driver on NASCAR’s top circuit. He previously drove for Richard Petty Motorsports.“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my...
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Adam H. Beasley: The Miami Dolphins did a lot wrong Sunday. Here's an important thing they did right.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores defended his decision to go for the touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on Sunday this way: “You’ve got to be aggressive to beat a good team.”He’s right, even if the result — a dropped touchdown by Preston Williams in a game the Dolphins lost by a field goal — was ugly.More proof:The analytics website EDJ Sports says Flores’ choice was the fourth-best decision of the week, and it increased the Dolphins’ game-winning chance by 5.4 percent.The strategy — score as many points as possible — was sound. The execution — a perfect ball through Williams’ hands — was not....
Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys' legend Deion Sanders named head coach at Jackson State
Jackson State University announced former Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Deion Sanders as the 21st head football coach in school history at a press conference full of Prime Time pomp and circumstance Monday.An eight-time Pro Bowl player, and two-time Super Bowl champion, Sanders was with the Cowboys for five seasons, primarily as a defensive back and return man. His 14-year NFL career also included five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, the team that drafted him in 1989.But Sanders, a two-sport athlete from Florida State, was also drafted by the New York Yankees in 1988. He played Major League B...
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Editorial: Hurrah for Big Ten football (with sensible precautions)
For fans of Big Ten football, this was shaping up to be a season of agony. The calendar said “kick off” but COVID-19 dashed those plans. Even as other college teams took the field, the Big Ten decided it would be safer to stay on the sidelines. No running, passing, blocking and tackling. Just punting.The apparent sensibleness of this decision was contradicted by the other major university conferences, which felt they could go ahead with precautions in place. That meant Big Ten students, alumni and fans were left out.Woe to the Wildcats. Sorry, Spartans. A bummer for the Badgers and Buckeyes. S...
Ira Winderman: NBA can't tackle football, so Heat wind up in a waiting game
Perhaps we now have our answer, one that comes for reasons beyond a 2019-20 NBA season dramatically delayed due to a pandemic.The NBA, based on the signals offered during these playoffs, might as well permanently time shift its future schedules to start on Christmas Day or later.First came the Sept. 10 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, a game that featured the NBA’s biggest star and best scorer.And, even then, the league opted to start at 7 p.m. Eastern (4 p.m. Los Angeles time), despite the matchup of LeBron James vs. James Harden.That one tipped off with exceptional TN...
When Gotham was Eden: The great wins and good times of a magical year in Big Apple sports
NEW YORK — When the Knicks routed the expansion Seattle SuperSonics by 25 points in the season opener at Madison Square Garden, Oct. 14, 1969, the Mets were two days away from winning the franchise’s first World Series title at Shea Stadium in neighboring Queens.Shea’s football denizens had already done their part to electrify New York City sports fans earlier that year, when the Jets marched to Super Bowl III victory, their brash quarterback Joe Namath guaranteeing the win over the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts three nights before the big game.With a young Tom Seaver at the front of a pitch...
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