Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19
Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook said he has tested positive for COVID-19.Westbrook made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter, saying he tested positive before the Rockets left Houston to resume the NBA season at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.“I tested positive for covid-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook said. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined, looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared. Thank you all for the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!”Westbrook, a nine-time NB...
The Sacramento Bee
3 Hornets practiced against the NBA's wishes. Don't expect fines for this dedicated trio
Video surfaced on Twitter last week of three Charlotte Hornets playing 5-on-5 in a non-Hornets gym.Why they’d want to do that is understandable, considering they were told to stay home for nearly three months, and now can only shoot individually or lift weights when at Spectrum Center. However, Devonte Graham, Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon playing at Miami-based Taylor Sports Group’s facility goes against what the NBA and the players union have asked of them and players from the other seven teams not in the restart.The league and union are trying to keep players from contracting COVID-19. But...
The Charlotte Observer
Wild coach Dean Evason has interim tag removed, gets two-year contract extension
Pucks slammed into goalie pads with a thud, skate shavings went flying, and sticks clapped against the ice.For the first time in four months, the Wild practiced at Tria Rink in St. Paul — kicking off training camp with all the familiar sights and sounds despite restarting in mid-July after the coronavirus pandemic halted the season in March.But that wasn’t the only reason why Monday was significant.In a pair of moves that make the team’s future clearer, the Wild removed Dean Evason’s interim tag and named the former assistant its fifth head coach in franchise history and it locked up coveted p...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'I don't know how I'm going to do this:' How A's players are breaking bad habits in order to stay safe
Baseball players are creatures of habit, often chained to some superstitions and in-game quirks. They spit, high-five, lick. They get close even if the sport is naturally distanced. When tensions mount, one stink eye or misguided pitch can ignite a brawl.Now, baseball players will have to curb all their habits and quirks and put aside some superstition in the name of health.“Last thing we want to do is be one of the teams that cause a problem and put this thing at risk,” A’s third baseman Matt Chapman said.With a week remaining in camp, how are the A’s managing with the habit kicking?———Franki...
The Mercury News
Washington's NFL team will retire team name, announce new mascot at later date
The Washington NFL team’s controversial name is one step closer to being put to bed.The team announced Monday a name change is imminent, ousting the polarizing name and mascot that dates back almost 87 years. On July 3, the team started a “thorough review” of the name “Redskins,” which is widely considered a derogatory slur against Native Americans.After 10 days, Washington’s owner, Dan Snyder, is ready to listen to the public calls for a change. According to a release, Snyder will involve newly hired Washington coach Ron Rivera, a Latino man, while coming up with a new name and uniform design...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Energized' Flyers focused on Stanley Cup playoffs, not round robin, as NHL training camp starts
It had been 124 days since the Flyers were last on the ice at their Voorhees practiced facility, but who’s counting?Not the players, who opened Training Camp II on Monday. And not management.During the NHL’s long pause caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the players weren’t counting the days they missed. They were looking ahead to getting back on the ice and trying to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1975.“As a group, you can tell in our players’ faces when we saw them this morning that there was excitement and understanding of the opportunity in front of us,” coach Alain Vigneault ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Shin-Soo Choo to let fate decide Rangers future. For now, he's happy playing baseball.
ARLINGTON, Texas — On his 38th birthday Monday, Shin-Soo Choo obliged the media with around 15 minutes of his time.He is long past the point when birthdays become just another day, something that has remained a constant for the seasoned crowd during the life-altering coronavirus pandemic.To wit, in the spirit of social distancing, Choo was available via a Zoom call.He was the first Texas Rangers player to make his second Zoom appearance of summer camp (manager Chris Woodward does a Zoom availability every day) and brought to the podium the same upbeat attitude he did a week ago.“I feel really ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ben Simmons playing exclusively at power forward in Sixers' practices; Shake Milton takes over point guard duties
As a point guard, Ben Simmons is a two-time NBA All-Star.That’s impressive considering this is the former Rookie of the Year’s third season. Yet, the 6-foot-10, 250-pounder is at his best playing point forward.Traditional post players can’t guard him because he’s too athletic. He’s also too big and strong for wings to defend. Simmons’ play in the post, at times this season, has been like a cheat code for the 76ers.They intend to take advantage of that during the 22-team NBA restart at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla. Coach Brett Brown said before Monday’s practice that the 23-year-old play...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mets' mellow camp could just be calm before the storm
Look around Citi Field: Pete Alonso is taking batting practice in a tank top, Jacob deGrom is throwing routine bullpens in midseason form, Yoenis Cespedes is polishing his timing at the plate. It’s calm waters. The July sun is shining bright in Queens and the Mets have suffered hardly any setbacks halfway through camp.Rookie manager Luis Rojas is on cruise control with his cool attitude and uncomplicated communication skills. Sure, his veteran All-Star second baseman has missed a week of workouts without an explanation, but the Mets have backup in a productive super-utility defender and additi...
New York Daily News
Aaron Judge's stiff neck is 'better,' but he still might miss Tuesday's scrimmage
Aaron Judge may not be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s intrasquad scrimmage, as expected, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the slugger is improving. After missing all of the first, pre-coronavirus spring training with a fractured rib, Judge has been limited in the spring training reboot for the past three days by a stiff neck.“Better today. Was able to do some more stuff. He’s actually in there right now working out in the weight room. He was able to take some swings in the cage. So another good step for him today,” Boone said after Monday’s workout at Yankee Stadium. “So we’ll see if he’...
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