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Following months of contentious negotiations between team owners and the players union, Major League Baseball finally has a plan in place for the 2020 season. The MLB Players Association approved a 60-game season that would begin on July 23 or July 24, and the union and clubs finalized health and safety protocols on Tuesday evening. The union tweeted, "All remaining issues have been resolved and Players are reporting to training camps."
Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus and has entered a 14-day self-quarantine. The top-ranked Djokovic was the fourth player to test positive at his organized tournament in Serbia, which was canceled before the finals. Djokovic said he has not yet experienced symptoms common with the coronavirus.
Leading laps has not been a problem for Ryan Blaney this season, but winning races has. That changed on Monday, June 22, when he led a lot of laps, but most important, one of those laps led was the last one. Blaney edged Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in overtime to win the rain-postponed Geico 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. However, what occurred before the start of the race was arguably more significant than what happened at the finish.
Even though months of haggling ended in an impasse Monday, Major League Baseball apparently will play ball this year. After the players union executive board reportedly voted 33-5 against team owners' offer of a 60-game schedule, Major League Baseball announced that the clubs voted unanimously "to proceed with the 2020 season." The implemented schedule will be for 60 games, according to multiple media reports, though ESPN stated that it could be anywhere from 50 to 60 games.
The FBI has joined the investigation after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace's No. 43 team on Sunday. The discovery capped a day in which a Confederate flag flew over Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and many others lined the streets leading into the track in defiance of NASCAR's banning of the Confederate flag at all of its tracks and events.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Webb Simpson birdied five of six holes down the stretch Sunday, June 21, then parred No. 18 to edge Mexico's Abraham Ancer by one stroke and win the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. Simpson, along with Ancer one of four players tied for the 54-hole lead, shot a 7-under 64 in the final round at Harbour Town Golf Links, his best round of the tournament. That gave him a four-round total of 22-under 262. Ancer shot a 6-under 65 — his second straight 65 — on Sunday.
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Tiz the Law moved into the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win the Belmont Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths on Saturday, June 20. Tiz the Law, ridden by Manuel Franco, used a strong finishing kick to win the 152nd Belmont in 1 minute, 46.53 seconds. The colt was a 4/5 favorite. Dr Post finished second, and Max Player was third, the latter horse finishing 5 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Fourth-place Pneumatic was 7 3/4 lengths back.
Without a bubble environment to control the spread of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci doubts football can take place in 2020. The NBA, MLS and WNBA are moving ahead with plans to resume seasons delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic by setting up campus environments or "bubbles" to help control the spread of the novel coronavirus through isolation and minimal contact with outsiders who might be positive for the virus.
Players set to return to the court next month as part of the NBA's restart are discussing the best way to push the "Black Lives Matter" movement to the forefront. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Lakers teammates Avery Bradley and Dwight Howard are just three of the voices behind a coalition of players who have expressed concern that playing will take away from their push for social justice reforms in the wake of the death of George Floyd on May 25.
Five days after saying he was "100 percent" certain a Major League Baseball season would be played, commissioner Rob Manfred expressed a different sentiment Monday, June 15. "I'm not confident (a season will be played)," Manfred said while speaking with ESPN's Mike Greenberg on the network's special featuring commissioners of multiple sports. "I think there's real risk; and as long as there's no dialogue, that real risk is gonna continue."