Cardinals lefty Andrew Miller: 'There's still some doubt we're going to have a season'
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — There were times throughout the negotiations between the players’ union and Major League Baseball owners that Andrew Miller, a veteran on the committee involved in those talks, that he felt a season was unlikely because of disagreements between the sides.The biggest threat of all to the season both sides agreed on.And it’s still there.“Absolutely. I think there’s still some doubt that we’re going to have a season now,” Miller said. “We’re here, but I’m from Florida – I read my local every day and I think we’re over 10,000 (coronavirus) cases again. By no means is this a slam d...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Miguel Sano sits out Twins workouts after positive test for COVID-19
MINNEAPOLIS — Miguel Sano, the Twins’ All-Star slugger, will miss the beginning of summer training camp after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team has revealed.Sano is the player that President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey declined to identify Friday in announcing that two Twins major leaguers — utility player Willians Astudillo is the other one — had been flagged in the first round of viral tests upon arriving in the Twin Cities this past week. Neither player has exhibited COVID symptoms, the team said, but will remain in quarantine for several days until they test negativ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jim Souhan: Restarting sports in virus-deep Florida was the worst of miscalculations
A bunch of sports leagues have decided to stage their return this summer in Florida. Apparently Hades was booked for a coronavirus party.Maybe the better way to think of it is that Florida is a coronavirus party. And the party promises to never stop.The United States might have handled the pandemic worse than any other developed country, and Florida might have handled it worse than any other state. Sending thousands of athletes and staffers to Florida right now is like asking them to jump from the frying pan into the sun.Restarting in Florida might be the worst idea in sports since the White S...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Detroit Will Breathe protesters make noise at Rocket Mortgage Classic
DETROIT — Detroit Golf Club wasn’t quiet on Sunday.The first three days of the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic, played without spectators, were so silent that third-round leader Matthew Wolff could hear an ice cream truck playing in the distance.Just before 3 p.m. Sunday, the noise level at the tournament increased as 75 or so protesters from “Detroit Will Breathe” showed up outside the main gates of the clubhouse, which is near the ninth green and 10th tee box.The demonstrators brought megaphones to protest against an “exclusive event” that shows how Mayor Mike Duggan and his administratio...
Detroit Free Press
2 Chicago White Sox players test positive for COVID-19
CHICAGO — The reality of the challenges for the upcoming season hit home Sunday for the Chicago White Sox, who announced two players tested positive for COVID-19.The Sox did not disclose the names and said in a news release that the players requested privacy at this time.Both players are asymptomatic and have been isolated in Chicago, the team said.“I just wish for both of those guys a good and fast recovery,” first baseman Jose Abreu said through an interpreter during a conference call. “We’re going to be here waiting for them. We support them.”The Sox medical staff is monitoring the players,...
Bryson DeChambeau, citing 'damage' to his brand, has heated confrontation with cameraman
DETROIT — Make no mistake, Bryson DeChambeau has been enjoying the white-hot spotlight over the last month.A rising superstar on the PGA Tour, he basks in all the questions about his new physique, his to-the-moon drives, his calorie-overload diet. He loves all the attention, and all the camera time he’s been getting, particularly in the four weeks since the Tour restarted.But DeChambeau didn’t love the camera time walking off the seventh green at Detroit Golf Club on Saturday.DeChambeau confirmed he confronted a videographer after completing the hole, because he wasn’t pleased that his reactio...
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Sideline Chatter: NBA fans might wonder why games aren't broadcast until an hour after tip-off
Commissioner Adam Silver says he’s considering tape-delayed telecasts when NBA games resume so that any inappropriate words — bound to be picked up by courtside microphones now that there will be no crowd noise from the stands to muffle them — can be dubbed out.Or, he could just go with the flow, have game cards printed up and let the folks watching at home play Curse Word Bingo.———Just say neighThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth cut women’s equestrian and seven other varsity programs in a cost-cutting move.Six horses immediately jumped into the transfer portal.———Show of handsSunday’s ...
The Seattle Times
Ira Winderman: Heat's Jimmy Butler, NBA 2019 free agents approach moment of truth
Understand, this is a year from when it all happened.Jimmy Butler joined the Miami Heat on July 6, 2019.Kawhi Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers three days later.And the day after that, the Philadelphia 76ers backed up the dump truck for … gulp … Tobias Harris.Typically, a year later, we would have definitive reads.But now, nothing is typical.So as we look back on the opening-week madness of 2019 NBA free agency, the reality is that weighing the merits and shortcomings of that process well could come down to the eight games to close the 2019-20 season and then the playoffs that will ...
Four Marlins players have tested positive for COVID-19, team confirms
MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have had four players in their 60-man roster pool test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Saturday.One result stems from Wednesday’s mandatory intake screening. Three more had previously tested positive within the past two weeks and have been in self-quarantine. The Marlins are not disclosing the names of those who tested positive because the players did not give permission to announce their names. Hill did not confirm if any of the four players were experiencing symptoms but d...
Tony Finau regaining his groove as Rocket Mortgage Classic heats up
DETROIT — The restart has been a slow one for Tony Finau.The 17th-ranked player in the world played OK at the first two events since the PGA Tour resumed — the Charles Schwab Challenge and the RBC Heritage — but was never really in contention with a tie for 23rd followed by a tie for 33rd. And last week at the Travelers Championship, Finau missed the cut.It looked like a similar fate awaited Finau this week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic as he double-bogeyed his first hole of the day in the second round on Friday followed by a pair of bogeys on the final three holes of his opening nine.But Fin...
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