Cardinals outbreak? Team reports 13 COVID cases after players visit casino

first_imgDuring an interview with MLB Network, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak acknowledged the reports of players ignoring the social distancing guidelines in order to visit a casino. Mozeliak said he had “no factual reason to believe” that the reports were true and that he had not seen any proof to suggest otherwise. However, Mozeliak did say it would be “disappointing” if the reports do come out to be true. The Cardinals will likely conduct an inside investigation into the matter to determine if the players visiting the casino had anything to do with the COVID outbreak within the organisation.  Also Read | Rockies Beat Giants 7-6, Match Best Start In Team HistoryA Cardinals outbreak feared by MLB? According to reports, several players of the team visited a casino just days before a potential Cardinals outbreak was reported. Former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr. tweeted on Saturday starting he heard from multiple sources that some members of the Cardinals visited a casino prior to the outbreak. MLB Network later confirmed the claims suggesting “at least a couple Cardinals did go to a Casino.” LIVE TV First Published: 4th August, 2020 12:50 IST COMMENT St. Louis Cardinals are the second team in Major League Baseball (MLB) currently struggling to contain a COVID-19 outbreak within the franchise. Last week, reports indicated the Cardinals had multiple cases of COVID-19. As a result, the franchise did not play their weekend series against Milwaukee Brewers. The number of positive cases have since grown to 13, which forced the league to cancel Cardinals’ four-game series against Detroit Tigers.Seven Cardinals players and six staff members tested positive for the virus. The league confirmed that the Cardinals have been in quarantine since last Thursday and will stay in Milwaukee. Furthermore, each member of the team’s travelling party will continue to be tested daily. Sujay Chakraborty SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | A’s Use Big 5th Inning To Cruise Past Mariners 11-1With 13 confirmed cases, the Cardinals join the Miami Marlins in teams currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The Marlins initially reported four COVID-19 cases within the team. That number grew to 18 within the following week. Due to the increasing number of cases, MLB postponed Marlins’ two-game series against Baltimore Orioles and the three-game series against Washington Nationals.Philadelphia Phillies, who faced the Marlins before the reports of an outbreak were released, had their series against New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jayes postponed. The Phillies did not have any player testing positive for the virus. However, reports suggest a couple of members of the team staff did contract coronavirus. Also Read | Cronenworth, Paddack Help Padres Beat Dodgers 5-4Also Read | Abreu, Moncada HR; White Sox Spoil Brewers Home Opener, 6-4(Image Credits: AP) Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 12:50 IST Cardinals Outbreak? Team Reports 13 COVID Cases After Players Visit Casino A Cardinals outbreak could hamper the MLB 2020 season. The franchise reported 13 cases of COVID-19 – seven players and six members of the staff. WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Carleton, Brown have career nights, Lynx beat Liberty 92-66

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 07:05 IST Carleton, Brown Have Career Nights, Lynx Beat Liberty 92-66 Bridget Carleton scored a career-high 25 points, Lexie Brown had a season-high 15 points and career-best seven steals, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 93-66 on Wednesday night LIVE TV COMMENT Written Bycenter_img First Published: 6th August, 2020 07:05 IST Bridget Carleton scored a career-high 25 points, Lexie Brown had a season-high 15 points and career-best seven steals, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 93-66 on Wednesday night.Minnesota won without Sylvia Fowles, who sat out to rest her calf. The Lynx were also missing Shenise Johnson to an injury.Brown was making her first appearance since suffering a concussion.Amanda Zahui B. led New York (0-5) with 13 points. The Liberty announced earlier in the day that Sabrina Ionescu had gone to New York to get her ankle injury evaluated.The Lynx (4-1) shot 51% percent from the field and hit 10 of 21 from 3-point range. They held the Liberty without a field goal for nearly nine minutes during a 20-1 third-quarter run that turned Minnesota’s two-point halftime deficit into a 24-point lead when Carleton made a basket with 1:33 left in the period.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Might be too soon to count out Belichick, Pats in AFC East

first_imgLast Updated: 4th September, 2020 06:33 IST Might Be Too Soon To Count Out Belichick, Pats In AFC East The up-and-coming Buffalo Bills have emerged as a popular pick to dethrone Bill Belichick’s bunch atop the AFC East. And, on paper, it certainly seems reasonable Written By COMMENT It’s tempting to pick against the New England Patriots this year. It really is.The up-and-coming Buffalo Bills have emerged as a popular pick to dethrone Bill Belichick’s bunch atop the AFC East. And, on paper, it certainly seems reasonable.Tom Brady is gone — and so is some of the mystique that has surrounded the Patriots for most of the last two decades.Just don’t try selling any of that changing-of-the-guard stuff to Belichick.“It’s professional football,” the Patriots coach said. “It’s the National Football League. Every team has changes every year. We have them, so does everybody else, and I think right now, everybody’s focused on this year. We’re looking ahead. We’re not looking backwards at anything.”In other words, Brady or no Brady, it’s all just talk until someone else actually wins the division.New England has won the AFC East in 17 of the past 19 years, including the last 11. Bills general manager Brandon Beane insisted in April that the Patriots remain the team to beat in the division.And that remains true. Especially because Belichick is still running things in Foxborough.QUARTERBACK CAMWith training camp wrapping up, Belichick decided on Cam Newton as his starting quarterback for the Patriots’ Week 1 game against Miami.No surprise there, really. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday that Newton was announced as the No. 1 quarterback during a team meeting — beating out Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the job.Newton was signed as a free agent in July after he was released by Carolina. Injuries shortened the last two seasons for the 2015 NFL MVP, and now he finds himself in New England looking to resuscitate his career — and replace a quarterback who led the franchise to six Super Bowl victories.The 31-year-old Newton feels no pressure.“I mean, it’s a breath of fresh air, to be honest with you,” Newton said. “It’s a challenge that I had to accept each and every day, but no challenge is ever going to be greater than the personal challenge that I challenge myself personally. Yeah, we all know what that was and what it is and it needs no mention. But yet at the same time, I think I’ve got my hands full with trying to learn as much as I can in a short period of time, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”ALL IN ON ALLENBuffalo has reason to feel a bit confident after making it to the playoffs for the second time in three years. The Bills lost to Houston in the wild-card round, but it provided them a blueprint for success.“I think most importantly, having the home playoff game, I think that’s something that we need,” quarterback Josh Allen said. “That comes with winning the division.”Allen’s progress in his third season remains the focal point for Buffalo. He’s an exciting playmaker with his cannon arm and ability to make things happen with his legs. But he can be frustratingly inconsistent, something coach Sean McDermott thinks will improve.“I’ve been around some quarterbacks who started off very much like Josh has and have developed and played at a high level in Donovan McNabb and Cam Newton,” McDermott said. “And, so, that takes time. In particular at the quarterback position, there’s a lot to balance. But we’re encouraged by Josh’s development.”SAM THE MAN?The Jets are facing a similar situation as the Bills in that they need their quarterback to show he can lead the franchise for years to come.Sam Darnold dealt with mononucleosis at the start of last season and was inconsistent behind a shoddy offensive line and up-and-down play calling by coach Adam Gase. The third-year quarterback showed real signs of improvement down the stretch, though, and helped New York flip a 1-7 start to a 7-9 finish. Darnold has taken on a much bigger leadership role this summer and is impressing his teammates.“As a leader, he’s one of the best,” said center Connor McGovern, in his first season with the Jets and the leader of a revamped O-line. “I feel like he’s a veteran because he plays with confidence, he knows what to do and he’s not out there second-guessing himself. If I wouldn’t have known he’s 23 years old. He’s playing like a true vet right now.”SOUTH BEACH SHUFFLEThe Dolphins have lots of new faces, loading up with 11 draft picks — including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — and adding several other players such as cornerback Byron Jones, linebacker Kyle Van Noy, and running backs Jordan Howard and Matt Breida.Despite the excitement over Tagovailoa, it appears veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the season under center while the rookie continues to get up to speed after a not-so-great camp. The offensive line is also a factor, as three rookies — first-round pick Austin Jackson at left tackle, second-rounder Robert Hunt at right tackle, and fourth-rounder Solomon Kindley at right guard — could start.“We have to get all three of them up to speed pretty quickly to do that,” coach Brian Flores said. “But look, if they’re (among) the five most talented players (on the line) and that gives us to have some success, then we would have to do that.”PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISHPatriots, Bills, Jets, Dolphins.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 4th September, 2020 06:32 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more