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Japanese PM Concedes Olympics May Be Postponed After Canada, Australia Say They Won’t Send Athletes

ABC News reports: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged for the first time on Monday that the Summer Olympic Games could be delayed due to the coronavirus as countries began threatening to keep their athletes at home. “If it’s difficult to proceed in its complete form, then we must think about the athletes first and consider postponing,” Abe told Parliament. …

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More Prominent Figures Disclose Their Positive Tests

The New York Post reports: New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton [photo] has tested positive for coronavirus, Payton told ESPN. Payton is the first known person within the NFL to test positive for the virus. The 56-year-old received the result Thursday after taking the exam Monday. He’s experiencing fatigue at home but doesn’t have a fever or cough. Payton, …

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Major League Baseball Postpones 2020 Season

ABC News reports: There is still no joy in Mudville, at least for a while. Major league baseball has been struck out, thanks to the spread of COVID-19. Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. announced Monday that the start of the 2020 major league season has been postponed, a move that matches the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and …

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MLB And NHL Suspend Operations Over Virus Threat

ESPN reports: As sports leagues all around the U.S. and the world began to cancel and postpone events this week, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before MLB took necessary precautions to avoid the spread of the growing coronavirus concerns. On Thursday MLB announced that effective Friday, March 13 it would be suspending all spring training …

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Major League Soccer Suspends Season For 30 Days

Just in via press release: Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials. At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league …

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NCAA March Madness To Be Held Without Fans

Sports Illustrated reports: March Madness without fans is now a reality. The NCAA announced Wednesday that it will follow the lead of other sporting events and restrict fan access to its signature event, the men’s basketball tournament, due to the coronavirus outbreak. All other winter sports championships, including the women’s basketball tournament, will be under the same restriction. The news …

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San Francisco NBA Game To Be Played Without Fans

NBC Sports reports: San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday that mass gatherings of over 1,000 have been canceled for at least the next two weeks. In response to the news, the Warriors will play their upcoming home game Thursday against the Brooklyn Nets at Chase Center without any fans in attendance. The Santa Cruz Warriors’ game Saturday, originally scheduled …

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US Wave Of Cancellations: Parades, Schools, Sports

The Boston Herald reports: The two big South Boston St. Patrick’s Day traditions of a parade in the streets and a breakfast for area VIPs have been canceled over fears of the spreading coronavirus, officials announced Monday night. “In collaboration with Congressman Lynch, Councilors Flaherty and Flynn, Senator Collins, Representative Biele, and David Falvey from the South Boston Allied War …

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Kobe Bryant’s Widow Sues Helicopter Company

The Express reports: Vanessa Bryant has sued Island Express after the company’s helicopter crashed in Calabasas last month, leading to the death of her husband Kobe, daughter Gigi and seven others on board. That is according to TMZ, who originally broke the news of Kobe’s death. Vanessa alleges that Island Express was only permitted to fly under visual flight rules, …

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Heavy Fog Blamed In Crash Of Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter

The Associated Press reports: The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed into a rugged hillside outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers. The helicopter plunged into a steep hillside at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday with an impact that scattered debris over an area the size of …

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NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Killed In Helicopter Crash

The New York Post reports: Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant has died in a California helicopter crash. He was 41. Bryant was among at least four people traveling in his private helicopter over Calabasas when a fire broke out, sending the chopper spiraling from the sky, according to TMZ Sports. There were no survivors, and the cause of the crash …

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Los Angeles City Council Demands World Series Titles
In Wake Of Cheating Ruling Against Houston Astros

Courthouse News reports: The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to demand awarding two World Series titles to the LA Dodgers in the wake of a sign-stealing scandal currently rocking Major League Baseball. The resolution by the City Council comes a week after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the results of an investigation into the sign stealing …

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Astros Fire Managers After MLB Ruling On Cheating

The Associated Press reports: Astros manager AJ Hinch [photo] and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team’s sign-stealing during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season. In the sport’s largest scandal since the Biogenesis drug suspensions in 2013, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced …

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Big Penalties For Houston Astros In Cheating Scandal

CBS Sports reports: Major League Baseball issued harsh penalties against the Houston Astros on Monday after a lengthy investigation into the team’s use of technology to steal signs. The sanctions include one-year suspensions for Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow [photo] as well as a $5 million fine and the loss of future draft picks. In a …

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Olympic Committee Sets Rules On Protests In Tokyo

Axios report: The International Olympic Committee issued a set of guidelines on Thursday to strengthen a rule that bars athletes from certain forms of political protest at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The Committee warns: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” Activism such as kneeling, …

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Russia To Appeal Olympics Ban Over Doping

The Associated Press reports: Russia has confirmed that it will appeal its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, sent a formal letter Friday disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The case is now heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Next year’s Olympics in …

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Major League Baseball Drops Ban On Marijuana

ESPN reports: Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ association. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program. Until now, big league players who were …

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10 Ex-NFL Players Charged With Healthcare Fraud

ABC News reports: The Department of Justice announced charges Thursday against 10 former NFL players over an alleged scheme to defraud millions of dollars from the league’s health care benefits program. Prosecutors allege that the players submitted false and fraudulent claims for high-cost medical equipment to the league’s Gene Upshaw Health Reimbursement Account Plan for retired players between June of …

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Megan Rapinoe Named Sportsperson Of The Year

Sports Illustrated reports: On July 7, in the 61st minute of the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands, Megan Rapinoe scored to put the U.S. up 1–0. To her, though, this was more than the goal that would win the Americans a record fourth title. It was the equivalent of flashing double-barrel middle fingers. She’d have loved to have …

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Russia Banned From Global Sports For Four Years

The New York Times reports: Global antidoping leaders agreed unanimously on Monday to banish Russia from international sports — including next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo — for four years, the latest and severest punishment yet connected to a yearslong cheating scheme that has devastated global sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s punishment includes specific bans on Russian sports and government …

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