Scott Lauber: How habits of Bryce Harper, other millennial stars could help MLB mitigate spread of COVID-19
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper will soon begin his ninth season in the majors, coronavirus-permitting, so it’s easy to forget that he’s 27, two years younger than the average age of his big-league peers. And if you know any 27-year-olds, you might be able to guess what the Philadelphia Phillies’ star right fielder likes to do in his free time when the team is on the road.“A lot of us play video games,” Harper said Friday. “You can be on Xbox Live or PS5 Live or on the PC and things like that, and you can communicate after games.”Whether or not that means anything to you, it might just be among th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Where in the world is Tiger Woods when we really need him?
Granted, Tiger Woods could retire his clubs to the attic today, and he will have done more to advance his sport and put money in the pastel pockets of his peers than anyone since the invention of the hole.That doesn’t mean we are not allowed to feel a little let down by him these past few weeks. After all, a life as big as his comes with big expectations. Swinging without pain during a well-hyped charity match May 24 and spotted Father’s Day weekend enjoying an outing with his son at the Frederica Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Woods is seemingly quite fit. And, yet, he has been as absent as ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mariners' contingent of Black players will make sure their voices are heard
SEATTLE — They will no longer be silent. They will no longer be afraid to speak up for what they believe is right and speak out against what they know to be wrong. They’ll educate teammates and others who don’t understand. And they won’t back down from this fight.The movement to fight the long-standing systemic racism in this country reached a breaking point with the death of George Floyd and the days of protests that followed. Instead of adhering to the antiquated thinking of “being seen, not heard” for young and unproven professional athletes, several African American players on the Seattle ...
The Seattle Times
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...
The Detroit News
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