Coronavirus and Sports,..The Effects.

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How WWE superstar Becky Lynch found a way to top 2019
WWE superstar Becky Lynh has had quite a year. The 33-year-old defeated Raw women's champion Ronda Rousey and SmackDown women's champ Charlotte Flair in April 2019 at the first all-female WrestleMania main event in WWE history, claiming both titles in the Winner-Take-All match at WrestleMania 35. She followed that up with the longest reign as Raw women's champion, holding the belt for 399 days. But for this WWE superstar, total domination in the ring is just one aspect of her championship life.Last fall, Lynch partnered with Special Olympics -- a sports organization for athletes with in tellectual disabilities to develop the fitness video series "School of Strength." Lynch, who has worked with Special Olympics since 2015, wanted to help make an impact beyond the ring and expand her role with the organization. Special Olympics released the campaign in response to athletes' need for at-home workouts during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus live updates: NHL return to play plan is set; NBA nearing Disney World decision
The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of sporting events and affecting sports around the globe. One of the biggest developments is that Japan and the International Olympic Committee have decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo until next year. As of Tuesday evening, there have been at least 1.4M confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to CBS News, and more than 81,000 people have died worldwide due to the virus. In addition, multiple states are under a state of emergency politicians from the local to federal level along with public health officials are recommending large gatherings of people including sporting events in coronavirus hotspots be canceled or closed to the public.

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NHL teams clear to reopen facilities Monday in Phase 2 of return-to-play plan
On a "strictly voluntary basis," players can participate in small-group team training, with a maximum of six players at one time plus a limited number of staff members in the facility. This training will include small group sessions for on-ice workouts for players only, with no coaches or other team personnel allowed on the ice. Players must wear face coverings at all times in the facility, except when exercising or on the ice.

Penguins say player recovers after testing positive for COVID-19
According to the Penguins, the player is "feeling well," and those in close contact with him leading up to the diagnosis have been notified. "The player is not in Pittsburgh and has been in isolation at his home since first experiencing symptoms," the team said in a statement.
 

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MLB players say teams 'depriving America of baseball games'

Players accused MLB teams of "depriving America of baseball games" as part of a money fight set off by the coronavirus pandemic and raised the possibility baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might push ahead with a shortened season over the union's objection. Bruce Meyer, the Major League Baseball Players Association's chief negotiator, sent a letter to deputy MLB commissioner Dan Halem on Friday threatening that an attempt to play without an agreement could lead players to block any attempt to expand the playoffs and deny consent for neutral-site games in the postseason. "The league's cynical tactic of depriving America of baseball games in furtherance of their demand for unwarranted salary concessions is shortsighted and troubling," Meyer wrote. "Meanwhile, other leagues are moving forward with their plans for resumption." Meyer's letter was first reported by The Athletic, and a copy was obtained by The Associated Press.

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How soccer scouting, budgets during coronavirus could impact transfer market

It will take even longer for general travel -- especially abroad -- to be practical, making it impossible for scouts to function normally for some time to come. Consequently, with so little live football to watch, how are scouts currently spending their time, and what impact could this have on transfers? For the most professionally run household-name clubs of European football, it's practically out of the question to sign a player who hasn't been properly vetted in several physical meetings, something that's obviously been impossible for the past three months. Even with technology like video conferencing, you don't get the full picture, as it hasn't yet come up with an answer to one crucial side of communication: the vital importance of proximity and eye-to-eye contact in negotiations.

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Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which as of June 9 has killed more than 408,811 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has surged past seven million, major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. The most significant one that was due to take place in Japan this summer was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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The Coronavirus Doesn’t Care When Sports Come Back


The prolonged shutdown of the sports world is taking a huge financial toll. And comeback plans all have a pesky hurdle public health.

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MLB draft winners and losers: Who hit it out of the park and who swung and missed?

With the 2020 MLB draft, whittled to five rounds and held under unique circumstances because of the coronavirus pandemic, in the books, we asked three of our MLB experts Alden Gonzalez, Dan Mullen and David Schoenfield to break down the winners and losers, and extol the virtues of their favorite picks.

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Premier League approves Black Lives Matter on club shirts, taking a knee in games

The Premier League has sanctioned displaying the words "Black Lives Matter" on the back of shirts in place of individual players' names and also voiced its support to players who want to take a knee following the resumption of fixtures next week. England's top flight is due to restart on June 17, with Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal scheduled to be the first Premier League games since the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the competition on March 13. And with players across Europe having already paid tribute to Floyd and Black Lives Matter with T-shirt messages and many players taking a knee, the Premier League have agreed to the shirt-name initiative and made it clear that they back any footballers who choose to take a knee.

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Two Clemson football players, one basketball player test positive for coronavirus

Three Clemson student-athletes -- two football players and a men's basketball player -- have tested positive for the coronavirus, the school reported Friday. Clemson conducted 128 tests on football and basketball players. Tests for 12 women's basketball players all came back negative, as did additional tests of 41 staff members who work directly with the athletes. The test results were announced publicly after players on those teams resumed voluntary in-person workouts this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to Clemson's policy, those players testing positive and their possible contacts will be isolated. The school will contact the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to trace the athletes' known contacts. Clemson's fall-sport athletes are scheduled to return to campus in mid-June.

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