How coronavirus changed Hawks' draft preparation, offseason schedule
ATLANTA — Because of the coronavirus, this Hawks offseason will look drastically different than it has in past years.Really, the changes will stretch further than that, as the Hawks won’t get to play another official game until December (the season would normally start in October). They are one of eight teams excluded from the season restart in Orlando, Fla., and the 2020-21 season may be condensed.In this time of social distancing, with in-person activities limited, the Hawks’ routine for scouting and draft preparation has shifted accordingly, as well.“It’s certainly different,” Hawks general...
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Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tests positive for coronavirus
One of President Donald Trump’s top campaign fundraisers — and the girlfriend of his son Donald Trump Jr. — tested positive for coronavirus Friday in South Dakota hours before Trump gave a speech at Mount Rushmore.“After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure,” said Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump Victory Finance Committee, which Guilfoyle chairs.“She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic, but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events,” Gor said in a statement. “Donald Trump Jr was tested ...
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New York's coronavirus progress continues, with few deaths, sinking infection rates: Cuomo
Nine New Yorkers died from coronavirus on Thursday, less than 900 were hospitalized and the infection rate remained low, signaling that the Empire State continues to move in the right direction while most other parts of the country are seeing resurgences of the pandemic.Gov. Andrew Cuomo credited New York’s continued progress to widespread compliance with social distancing restrictions and face mask usage.“Yesterday, hospitalizations continued to decline and we saw a low rate of positive tests, which show the state continues on the right track,” the governor said in a statement Friday. “I cann...
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Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales starts preparations for opening-day start
SEATTLE — The last pitcher to start a game for the Mariners during the interrupted 2020 spring training was supposed to be the pitcher to start opening day at T-Mobile Park vs. the Texas Rangers.On March 11, a day before baseball shut down due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, Marco Gonzales tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing an earned run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. With two more Cactus League starts scheduled, he was on a steady progression to make his second straight start on opening day — an honor he cherished.Instead, Gonzales’ first time on the mound of any Major L...
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NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, will miss Sunday's race
Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, has tested positive for coronavirus.The 44-year-old Johnson got the news Friday afternoon, according to a press release from Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson will sit out Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.“My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates,” Johnson said in the release. “I know it’s going to be very hard to watch from the sidelines when I’m supposed to be out there competing.”Johnson is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms, according to the release. His wife Chandra, however, tested positiv...
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Red Sox pitcher McHugh lends perspective on talks between MLB owners, MLBPA
BOSTON — Collin McHugh was among those well versed in the new safety and security protocols adopted to combat the coronavirus pandemic.McHugh is one of eight players who serve on the Major League Baseball Players Association executive subcommittee. The Red Sox right-hander was involved throughout contract negotiations with MLB owners, helping strike the March agreement and craft the manual distributed prior to summer camp.“We’re happy to be back on the field in a safe way,” McHugh said. “That was our No. 1 priority the whole time.”McHugh is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday as h...
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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...
Will Austin bat-watching crowds stay? Only by keeping distance, city says
AUSTIN, Texas — On the grass under the Congress Avenue bridge last weekend, dozens sat in clumps a few feet away from one another, talking and eating, to watch the bats come out.More stood on top of the bridge, swelling the size of the crowd to more than 100 people. About half wore masks.When the bats started to fly out from under the bridge, after 8:30 p.m., watchers on the ground rushed to the front of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, seeming to forget to keep their social distance.It almost felt like last summer.Now, more than three months after the city first issued stay-at-home...
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...
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