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NIH director recommends NBA close out fans from games

[ad_1] The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman,
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NHL senior director of player safety Patrick Burke talks process, criticism, All-Star skills

[ad_1] NHL senior director of player safety Patrick Burke joined the ESPN on Ice podcast this week. Here's a transcript of the conversation with Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski, which spans a variety of topics, including Evander Kane's criticism of the NHL's discipline process, why Nathan MacKinnon gets to pick and choose his events at the NHL All-Star skills competition, and the St. Louis Blues' decision not to have a
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NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith confident players will approve CBA

[ad_1] INDIANAPOLIS -- NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith expressed confidence the players will approve the new collective bargaining agreement with the NFL, but understands why some players might be upset.Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is also the team's player rep, J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson have been among the higher-profile players to publicly speak out about the proposed agreement."Man, democracy is messy and when you urge players to
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Director Spike Lee honors Kobe Bryant with outfit at Academy Awards

[ad_1] Spike Lee is attending the Oscars in a suit honoring the late Kobe Bryant.Lee arrived to Sunday's Academy Awards wearing a purple-and-gold suit with Bryant's No. 24 on the lapels and the back.Respect. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/CxlWD2tmFW— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 9, 2020 Lee, who won his first Oscar last year for best adapted screenplay, is slated to present an award during the ceremony.Bryant, who was killed in a helicopter crash
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Riot Korea fines Griffin, bans team’s former director and coach from LCK

[ad_1] Riot Games' South Korean branch and the Korean e-Sports Association issued indefinite suspensions to former Griffin director Cho Gyu-nam and coach Kim "cvMax" Dae-ho and fined the League of Legends Champions Korea team 100 million Korean won ($85,000) on Wednesday.2 RelatedIn their investigation summary, Riot and KeSPA said they found evidence that Cho unfairly pressured substitute jungler Seo "Kanavi" Jin-hyeok into a contractual agreement while he was a minor.
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FSU athletic director David Coburn says there was no advantage in waiting to fire Willie Taggart

[ad_1] TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State athletic director David Coburn said Monday he made the decision to fire coach Willie Taggart after 21 games because they did not see an advantage to waiting until the end of the season.Coburn described an emotional conversation with Taggart on Sunday when he delivered the news, adding he had to take into account not only a lack of progress on the field but financial
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Overwatch director Kaplan explains significance of Overwatch 2’s features

[ad_1] ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan stood in front of a raucous crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center during the opening ceremonies of BlizzCon to announce Overwatch 2, a sequel to Blizzard's 2016 team shooter. It contains new single-player content, progression systems that let you customize your character and an all-new game mode.1 RelatedWhile Kaplan emphasized that this sequel is nowhere near ready for release, telling ESPN that
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Son of Payne Stewart now tournament director on LPGA

[ad_1] Aaron Stewart was always around golf even when he wasn’t heavily invested. Now he’s involved in ways he never imagined. Stewart, the son of late three-time major champion Payne Stewart, has been appointed tournament director of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Florida. The season opener on the LPGA Tour is Jan. 16-19 and features two events in one — 72 holes of stroke play for LPGA
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Inside Man United’s painful search for a technical director and why it matters to their future

[ad_1] MANCHESTER, England -- Confusion reigned at Manchester United last summer.Matthijs de Ligt was dismissed as a possible transfer target over fears he could become overweight. The club's video analysts pushed for the arrival of Brazilian midfielder Fred. Manager Jose Mourinho demanded a new centre-back but didn't get one; he'd be fired just three months after the 2018 summer window closed. The lack of clear direction was enough to convince
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Bruce Arena appointed New England Revolution head coach sporting director

[ad_1] New England Revolution has named five-time MLS Cup winner Bruce Arena as coach and sporting director.The appointment of the former United States men's national team coach comes after second-year head coach Brad Friedel and general manager Mike Burns were dismissed over the past week.Friedel, who was hired in 2018, finished in New England with a 12-21-13 record. His only prior head-coaching experience was a stint in charge of the