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MLB’s Cleveland Indians Signal Coming Name Change

ESPN reports: They have been known as the Cleveland Indians since 1915. But those days could be over. Amid new pressure sparked by a national movement to correct racial wrongdoings, the Indians said Friday night that they will review their long-debated nickname, which has been in place for 105 years. “We are committed to making a positive impact in our …

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MLB Cancels All-Star Game For First Time Since WWII

ABC News reports: Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home to the Braves since 2017. Because of the pandemic, …

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Redskins Undergoing “Thorough Review” Of Team Name

The New York Post reports: Facing mounting pressure to change the franchise’s moniker, the Washington Redskins said Friday it will “undergo a thorough review of the team’s name.” “This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks,” the team said in a statement. The heat was turned up Thursday when FedEx — …

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Nike Pulls Washington Redskins Gear From Website

Mediaite reports: Nike has pulled all of its merchandise for the NFL’s Washington football team from its website, as of Thursday afternoon. The brand’s website shows no results for the team’s gear, and instead tries to re-direct users to other  D.C.-based teams like the NBA’s Washington Wizards. A search of other NFL teams on the site shows their gear is …

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NFL May Play “Black National Anthem” Before Games

ESPN reports: “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during the upcoming season to recognize victims of police brutality, a source familiar with the league’s discussions told The Undefeated on Thursday. …

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November’s 50th NYC Marathon Canceled Over COVID

The New York Post reports: The New York City Marathon — the world’s largest — has been canceled because of safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Wednesday. “Canceling this year’s TCS New York City Marathon is incredibly disappointing for everyone involved, but it was clearly the course we needed to follow from a health and safety perspective,” said …

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MLB To Hold 60-Game Season Despite Players’ Cases

CBS Sports reports: Major League Baseball is set to return. The MLB Players Association (MLBPA) informed the league on Tuesday that players will comply with commissioner Rob Manfred’s imposed outline for a 2020 season. Players are set report for another version of “spring” training on July 1, and the league’s imposed 60-game season will start either July 23 or 24, …

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FBI: Noose In NASCAR Garage Was There Since 2019

ABC News reports: The FBI has determined that the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway has been there since at least October, 2019. In a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr, it was announced that after numerous interviews and a thorough review of …

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Anti-Vax Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Tests COVID+

Yahoo Sports reports: Novak Djokovic has undergone COVID-19 testing after a Croatian charity tennis tournament he organized resulted in three positive cases, drawing backlash from the tennis world. Djokovic, a vaccine skeptic, initially declined testing in Croatia after the tournament was canceled on Sunday before his media team announced Monday that he would undergo testing upon flying home to Serbia. …

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Confederate Flag Banner Flies Over NASCAR Race

ESPN reports: NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from being displayed at its events, but supporters of the symbol still managed to be seen Sunday before the race was postponed to Monday because of inclement weather. Vehicles lined the boulevard outside Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, waving the flag and a plane flew above the track towing a banner of …

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NASCAR Says Noose Found In Garage Of Black Driver

ESPN reports: A noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, on Sunday, less than two weeks after Wallace, who is NASCAR’s only black driver, successfully pushed the stock car racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities. “Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose …

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NCAA Warns Mississippi It Must Change The State Flag

NBC News reports: The NCAA’s Southeastern Conference on Thursday told the state of Mississippi it could miss out on SEC championship games if it doesn’t change its state flag, which includes a Confederate symbol. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement, “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi.” “Our …

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Nassau Coliseum Shutters Indefinitely Due To Pandemic

Long Island’s Newsday reports: NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum will shut its doors indefinitely as billionaire operator Mikhail Prokhorov seeks investors to take over the lease of the 13,000-seat venue and assume the remaining $100 million in debt, a Prokhorov spokeswoman said Tuesday. The stunning development by Prokhorov’s Onexim Sports and Entertainment, which runs the Coliseum through a lease from the …

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Trump Won’t Watch Any Sport That Allows Kneeling

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to once again criticize the idea of kneeling during the national anthem. In a series of tweets and retweets, Trump implied he would not be watching United States national soccer team games or NFL games if there’s kneeling during the anthem. Quote tweeting a story reporting Rep. Matt Gaetz’s …

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NFL To Recognize Juneteenth As Company Holiday

ESPN reports: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday that the league will recognize June 19 as a company holiday, with NFL offices closed on that day. Called Juneteenth, June 19 is celebrated as the effective end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, after the …

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DC Pro Soccer Team Paints “I Can’t Breathe” On Field

The Hill reports: Washington D.C.’s Major League Soccer (MLS) team D.C. United on Sunday unveiled a statement in support of the protests over George Floyd’s death: giant letters reading “I can’t breathe” on the team’s Audi Field turf. A tweet from the team Sunday afternoon showed members of the organization posing on the field around the massive statement, which dwarfed …

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Trump Attacks NFL Head For Apologizing To Players

ESPN reports: In response to commissioner Roger Goodell’s video last week in which he said the NFL erred in how it dealt with player protests of police brutality and systemic racism, President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday night, reopening the national anthem debate with the league. “We are listening. I am listening,” Goodell said. “And I will be reaching out …

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NFL: We Were Wrong For Opposing Player Protests

The Washington Post reports: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday he and the league strongly support players expressing their opposition to inequality and police misconduct, saying the league’s leadership was “wrong” for ignoring players earlier and that it now endorses their peaceful protests. “We, the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said in …

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NBA Votes To Finish Season At Walt Disney World

ESPN reports: The NBA is going to Disney World. The NBA board of governors voted Thursday to approve a 22-team format to restart the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Florida, the league announced. Sources told ESPN that the vote was 29-1, with the Portland Trail Blazers voting against the proposal. Under the plan, 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference …

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Boston Marathon Canceled For First Time In Its History

ESPN reports: Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and even another pandemic. The race, which draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April …

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