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September

09
Nadal returns at Italian Open after 7 months off

Rafael Nadal is preparing his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff at next week’s Italian Open. “The Foro Italico is always a special place for me and even more so this year as it will be my first tournament following a long period without playing,” Nadal, who has gained the Rome tournament a record nine times, said in a video message played at the event’s presentation on Tuesday. Because of concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, Nadal preferred not to travel to New York for the ongoing U.S. Open. He last played in February, when he won a tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. The Sept. 14-21 […]

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August

13
Kentucky Derby scratches general admission

Churchill Downs officials expect less than 23,000 fans will be able to attend next month’s rearranged Kentucky Derby under an updated health and safety plan. The plan eliminates general admission and standing room only areas, with total capacity limited to less than 14 percent of the 2015 attendance record of 170,513. The 146th runnings of the Derby and Oaks for fillies were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 due to coronavirus concerns. Spectators were not permitted for Churchill Downs’ spring meet, but the track had stated in June that general admission would be limited to the 26-acre infield for […]

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August

11
Kuznetsova withdraws from US Open due to covid concerns

Former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has joined a growing list of players who have decided not to play in this year’s tournament due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic. The Russian world No 32 announced her decision on Instagram where she also said she would skip the Western & Southern Open which is being held in New York this year instead of Cincinnati as a lead-up to the US Open, which runs from August 31-September 13. “Due to an unfavorable situation caused by coronavirus, and therefore the inability get together all my team, I made a difficult decision to […]

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July

27
Jose Urena one of four Marlins players to test positive

Before starting their series rubber match with the Phillies and traveling back home to host the Orioles, multiple Marlins players reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. According to Sports Grid’s Craig Mish, at least four players tested positive for COVID-19. One of those players is starting pitcher Jose Urena, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, while one of the position players is reportedly first baseman Garrett Cooper. Urena was booked to start versus Philadelphia Sunday but was scratched a few hours before game time. Jon Heyman reported that Urena “feels fine,” while details regarding the names of the remaining two position players to test positive unclear. […]

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July

24
Red Sox shut down Eduardo Rodriguez for ‘complications’

Boston Red sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has been shut down by the team after experiencing complications in his recovery from COVID-19. The 27-year-old southpaw was slated to step in as Boston’s ace for the upcoming season. Following the latest setback, Rodriguez will now be sidelined for the opening of Boston’s regular-season calendar and will likely need to be eased back in when he is cleared. Just a day before the Red Sox start their 2020 season, the team suffered another blow to its rotation. Rodriguez, who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, underwent medical testing when doctors discovered a […]

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July

14
Rockets Westbrook tests positive of covid-19

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook shed some light Monday regarding his absence from the team at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort by revealing he tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the club’s departure for Orlando, Fla. Westbrook posted the revelation to Twitter and Instagram. “I tested positive for Covid-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando,” Westbrook wrote. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined and 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!” Houston participated in […]

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July

03
Phillies place four on injured list without specifying reason

According to the transactions list on the Phillies’ official website, the team has placed four players on the 10-day injured list. The players are Scott Kingery, Ranger Suarez, Tommy Hunter and Hector Neris. The moves come as the team is about to officially open a three-week training period Friday in preparation of a shortened 60-game season. No official reason was offered for the placements on the injured list and there have been no reports of any of the four players suffering an injury during pre-camp workouts. It is possible that one or all of the players is on the new COVID-19 injury […]

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June

30
Harris English fifth golfer on PGA Tour to test positive

Harris English became the fifth PGA Tour player to record a positive test for the coronavirus on Monday and has been withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic as a result. After just two positive COVID-19 tests over the first three weeks of its return, the PGA Tour has now exceeded that number over the last four days. English joins Nick Watney, Cameron Champ, Denny McCarthy and Dylan Frittelli as players who have tested positive for the virus. English, Frittelli and McCarthy have all done so since Friday. McCarthy had to withdraw from the Travelers Championship, while Frittelli and English cannot […]

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June

24
Djokovic tested positive for covid-19

Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Serbian tennis star released a statement on his diagnosis, saying that he and his wife have both contracted the virus after he organized a series of exhibition matches in southeastern Europe. The events, called the Adria Tour, have been widely criticized for not keeping significant social distancing protocols. The stands were packed with fans, as The Associated Press noted. Tennis.com reported that players were seen mingling without proper social distancing, playing in basketball and soccer games, and visiting a nightclub. Djokovic was photographed in close contact with tennis […]

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March

16
Nationals release reliever Hunter Strickland

Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely due to the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring Training has been suspended and Opening Day will be pushed back at least two weeks, though that remains subject to change. On Friday, MLB and the MLBPA informed teams that players have three options during the shutdown: stay at their team’s spring training facility, return to their offseason homes, or return to their team’s home city. MLB and the MLBPA are still working through the logistics of the shutdown, including a potential roster […]

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