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Rockies’ Ian Desmond opting out of playing in 2020, citing high risk amid pandemic

[ad_1] Ian Desmond will opt of playing this season, the Colorado Rockies outfielder announced Monday."The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking," he wrote at the end of a lengthy post on Instagram that touched on race and opportunities for youth baseball players.Desmond, who was born in Sarasota, Florida, wrote that he's not "leaving baseball behind for the year. I'll
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In letter, NFLPA directs player agents to educate clients on coronavirus risk factors

[ad_1] As the scheduled start of NFL training camps gets closer, the NFL Players Association has instructed player agents to talk to all of their clients about risk factors that could make them more susceptible to severe illness as a result of the COVID-19 virus.In a letter sent to agents Monday, which was obtained by ESPN, the NFLPA wrote, "The NFLPA is directing you to provide each of your clients
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New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins on coronavirus risk

[ad_1] New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said the risk surrounding the coronavirus "has to really be eliminated" before he would be comfortable returning to play this season.Jenkins, a 12th-year veteran and member of the NFL Players Association's executive committee, appeared on CNN on Thursday morning in his new role as a contributor for the network.JUST NOW: "Football is a nonessential business and so we don't need to do it.
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Premier League’s unprecedented summer – 4,000 calories on matchday, more risk of injuries, overused pitches

[ad_1] Football is back, but not quite as we know it. There are no crowds, there aren't supposed to be player handshakes or high-fives and, in some cases, teams are being forced to change in temporary cabins in the stadium car park in order to ensure that social distancing measures can be met as the sport adjusts to the new reality of living in the coronavirus era.Coping with summer football
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Ohio State football players, parents asked to sign COVID-19 risk waiver

[ad_1] Ohio State football players and their parents were asked to sign an acknowledgement of risk waiver regarding COVID-19 before returning to campus for voluntary workouts on June 8, athletic director Gene Smith confirmed to ESPN on Sunday.The "Buckeye Pledge," obtained and reported by the Columbus Dispatch, asks players to "help stop the spread of the COVID-19," and accept "I may be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections." By signing
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Tom Glavine — Players at risk of taking blame if baseball season called off

[ad_1] Former Atlanta Braves great Tom Glavine has a word of warning to baseball players expressing concern about their salaries for a potential coronavirus-affected 2020 season: You might take the blame for the sport not resuming.Glavine, who served as a players' union representative during the baseball strike of 1994-95, compared that situation to the current suspension of play in a story published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday."If it were
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Zero risk to play La Liga matches every day amid coronavirus crisis Tebas

[ad_1] La Liga president Javier Tebas has said there will be "zero" risk for matches to be played every day when competitive football returns in Spain.Spain's first and second division clubs have now returned to training, with Real Madrid's players the latest to take part in individual sessions on Monday morning.- Stream new episodes of ESPN FC Monday-Friday on ESPN+- Stream every episode of 30 for 30: Soccer Stories on
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GMs concerned about coronavirus risk for older coaches, staff if NBA resumes play

[ad_1] As the NBA seeks solutions to return to action during the coronavirus pandemic, teams are weighing scenarios for potential games with only essential personnel present.Perhaps a key factor in such decisions, beyond titles or responsibilities, is the health and age of those staffers, NBA general managers told ESPN.One NBA general manager, speaking on the condition of anonymity, pointed to the age of the team's head coach and others on
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Coronavirus leads to calls for Serie A suspension as risk of Euro 2020 impact grows

[ad_1] On Sunday morning, Italian players' union president Damiano Tommasi tweeted that he had written to the country's prime minister Giuseppe Conte, as well as heads of the league and the FA, asking for all football in the country to be stopped amid the impact of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus."The teams to be cheering on right now are performing in our hospitals and wherever there is an emergency," Tommasi
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Coronavirus leads to calls for Serie A suspension as risk of Euro 2020 impact grows

[ad_1] On Sunday morning, Italian players' union president Damiano Tommasi tweeted that he had written to the country's prime minister Giuseppe Conte, as well as heads of the league and the FA, asking for all football in the country to be stopped amid the impact of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus."The teams to be cheering on right now are performing in our hospitals and wherever there is an emergency," Tommasi