Review: At $100 per car, was Garth Brooks' drive-in concert worth leaving the house for?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On the one hand, Garth Brooks’ drive-in event could be considered a positive step in the right direction for those who crave a return to “normal” — with normal, in this case, being a time and a place for large numbers of people to come together to enjoy big-budget entertainment.On the other: If this is what the future of “concert-going” looks like, go ahead and count me out.Honestly, I don’t know exactly what I was expecting to get out of the experience of seeing “Encore Live Presents Garth Brooks: A Drive-In Concert Experience,” a prerecorded performance screened Saturday ni...
The Charlotte Observer
Editorial: Shut down sports during COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the lie that professional sports leagues put the health and safety of their players before the teams’ bottom line.It’s the height of irresponsibility for MLB, NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, MLS and NWSL teams to resume play while COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. And that goes double for California colleges and high school programs that are moving forward with plans to play games this fall.The competition endangers the players; accelerates the general spread of the virus; risks the players’ exposing their parents, grandparents and other highly vuln...
The Mercury News
University of Michigan backs out of October presidential debate, citing coronavirus
DETROIT — Citing coronavirus-related safety issues, the University of Michigan has opted out of the presidential debate it was scheduled to hold Oct. 15, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision.The university was wary of bringing together so many people — candidates, staff, media and the viewing public — during the pandemic, said the sources, who requested anonymity.UM spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said he didn’t “have any information to share at this time” about the move to step away from the debate between President Donald Trump and presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden on...
The Detroit News
As sports face more COVID-19 cases, NFLPA tells players to stop working out together
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As coronavirus cases spread throughout sports organizations, the NFL Players Association sent its players a strong advisement Saturday:Stop working out together.In a statement authored by Dr. Thom Mayer, the association says “no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts.”“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase of COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” Mayer’s statement read. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as...
The Kansas City Star
Analysis: What injuries to Samuel, James mean to 49ers receivers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There was significant news Friday coming out of Nashville, Tennessee, where a slew of 49ers skill players were holding on-field training sessions. An unknown member of the team tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an NFL Network report, which came on the heels of other concerning news about the team’s receivers.All the players there are supposed to be tested and contact tracing will be performed. The team issued a statement saying, “Federal and state privacy laws prohibit our organization from commenting on the personal health of our employees.”It’s unknown wh...
The Sacramento Bee
The Week Ahead: Is America ready for a new, new normal in response to pandemic?
The stock market is behaving as if it is immune to COVID-19. It isn’t, but the Federal Reserve’s financial medicine has been a powerful treatment so far.That monetary balm may be tested in the week ahead as more states move forward on reopening plans while others are forced to revisit their phases.The coronavirus is not contained across America. More than a half dozen states, including Florida and Arizona, were experiencing an upward trend in their 14-day moving average of new positive diagnoses according to data analyzed by John Hopkins University. While testing has increased, so has the infe...
49ers WR Deebo Samuel needs surgery on broken foot
The 49ers took a body blow Thursday with the news that wide receiver Deebo Samuel will need surgery for a broken left foot, the club confirmed.Samuel sustained the injury during throwing sessions with teammates in Nashville and will have surgery, according to the NFL Network.The injury is described as a “Jones fracture,” which a break between the base and middle part of the fifth metatarsal of the foot.Since such fractures can vary in terms of severity and healing time, the 49ers will have a better idea once they report for training camp later this month at an undetermined date how long they w...
The Mercury News
Person to Person: How to deal with depression in tough times
Are you feeling emotionally down these days? Do you wake up feeling weird and unclear about your future?With the pandemic affecting us, our choices are limited in many ways.On top of the COVID-19 worries, our country is dealing with demonstrators and law enforcement trying to come together on important issues.It’s impossible to avoid negative thoughts, but it also takes a lot of strength to replace those thoughts with something positive. We all need to focus on what we do have control over.“My adult daughters, who lived five hours away from me in Nashville, had to temporarily move back home,” ...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: Kids give hope for less racist future
I learned of the murder of George Floyd not on the news or in a newspaper, but on my 11-year-old son’s Instagram page. The story ran with the hashtags #EndRacism and #BlackLivesMatter and featured a series of images depicting the fight against police brutality and racial injustice.When I asked my son what drew him to these posts, he answered: “Because without racism, everything would be fairer.”In the United States and throughout the world, young people are playing a prominent role in helping raise the volume of calls for racial equality. At a protest in Ohio, one young demonstrator, 9-year-ol...
Tribune News Service
Could full convention remain in Charlotte after all? NC lawmakers are prepared to try
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republicans in the North Carolina House will file a bill to require capacity attendance at all events for the scheduled Republican National Convention in Charlotte in August.The move is aimed at keeping the Republican National Committee from moving parts or all of the event to another state.Organizers have said President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech — the signature event of the convention — would be moved from Charlotte because Gov. Roy Cooper won’t guarantee that 19,000 people would be allowed in the Spectrum Center due to the coronavirus pandemic.North Carolina House Sp...
The Charlotte Observer