The Florida Department of Health is reporting that Indian River County has experienced it first coronavirus-related death.The death was reported Friday morning as 9th coronavirus- related death on the treasure coast with six deaths in St. Lucie County, and two in Martin County.Indian river has 68 confirmed cases of the coronavirus altogether according to health officials and 59 of the cases are said to be residents. Since the pandemic, more than 17,000 Florida residents have been infected with the virus, and approximately 400 people have died.Palm Beach County leads in fatalities with 76 deaths. Followed by Miami-Dade county with 74 deaths and Broward County with 72 deaths.No details regarding the Indian River County victim have been released at this time.
By Rik SharmaMADRID, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid do not have a psychological advantage over Champions League semi-final opponents Atletico Madrid despite beating them in two finals in three years, coach Zinedine Zidane said yesterday.As well as victories in Lisbon (2014) and Milan (2016), Real knocked Atletico out of the competition in the 2015 quarter-finals. Atletico have never lifted European club football’s most prestigious trophy while Real have won it a record 11 times.Zidane, however, thinks the past will be irrelevant when the teams meet today in the first leg at the Bernabeu.“It means nothing that we’ve beaten them in this competition,” he told reporters yesterday.“I’m not thinking about Cardiff (the venue for the final) either. We have to win tomorrow’s game. We have prepared well and we are ready.“Everyone is pumped up and we’re ready for the run-in. I wish the game would start now.”The Frenchman confirmed that defender Raphael Varane is fit to play after recovering from a hamstring problem, but Pepe and Gareth Bale will miss the game due to injury.Isco is likely to start in place of Wales forward Bale after being rested for the 2-1 win over Valencia on Saturday.IMPORTANT GOALThe midfielder recalled Sergio Ramos’s stoppage-time goal against Atletico in Lisbon that levelled the score and forced the 2014 final into extra time with Real winning 4-1.“It still makes my hairs stand up,” Isco told the club website (www.realmadrid.com). “It was a really important goal; when he scored it I knew we wouldn’t lose. It came at a key moment and I felt like I’d also scored the goal.”Isco also remembered the penalty shootout against Atletico in Milan last year which Real won 5-3.“It’s the most stressful moment in my entire career,” he said. “In those moments I was in my own world, I only remember that when Cristiano (Ronaldo) scored the winning goal we ran to embrace him and it’s a moment that I’ll never forget.”Atletico coach Diego Simeone said his team must give everything they can to reach the final, fighting like “fans”.“We will try to compete in this game with the desire that any Atletico Madrid fan has,” Simeone told a news conference.“Zidane’s work is spectacular; he’s taken his team to a very good level. They will try to do us harm from the start by pressing a lot from the beginning.”Rojiblancos captain Gabi added: “We have to control our emotions. It makes me excited to (play to) be in another final, we all want to reach this final but we have to control our emotions to have a perfect game and try and beat Madrid.”
During 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 US
Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b3/cf/jacob-eason-081818-getty-ftrjpg_qpwg0huazbu3194obsin1rddu.jpg?t=-284665252&w=500&quality=80 MORE NFL DRAFT:Top 100 players | 2020 mock draft with tradesJust as important as finding value in later rounds is avoiding busts in the NFL Draft. All of the biggest draft whiffs in NFL history were first-round (usually top-10) picks whose failure set back the teams that invested such valuable selections in them. That’s why our list of NFL Draft bust candidates for 2020 is limited to projected first-rounders, plus a few quarterbacks who could be picked as potential franchise passers.For the same reasons NFL teams annually miss on draft picks with inaccurate evaluations or projections, we can’t predict a player’s failure, but we can point out some negative factors that are beyond his control. For Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, it’s the injuries. For other first-rounders, it’s the pressure that comes with being part of a deep class at their positions. For all the top quarterbacks, it’s simply the pressure that comes with being a top quarterback.Using our complete, seven-round NFL mock draft as a guide, here are the 2020 prospects who carry the most bust potential despite their upside.2020 NFL Draft bust candidates Tua Tagovailoa, QB, AlabamaMock draft: Round 1, No. 5, DolphinsWe all know by now this has everything to do with the injuries and nothing to do with Tagovailoa’s off-the-charts ability. And to some, the nasty hip fracture that prematurely ended his final season at Alabama — one from which he has recovered ahead of schedule — isn’t as concerning as the broken finger, the sprained knee, the tweaked quad and the pair of ankle injuries that preceded it during his college career.Any NFL talent evaluator who believes in injury proneness is probably terrified by the idea of drafting Tua Tagovailoa to be the team’s franchise quarterback. If the injuries follow him from college to the pros, they could result in the kind of draft whiff that would derail a team for years.Of course, if Tagovailoa can manage to stay relatively healthy in the NFL, there’s little doubt the team that selects him will be landing a franchise-changing star. At this point, it’s about weighing how big of an “if” that is.MORE: Why scouting limitations are good for Tua (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d4/be/jordan-love-051919-getty-ftrjpg_6z9166b91ln11h6tz5q7yi319.jpg?t=2119900953&w=500&quality=80 Jalen Hurts, QB, OklahomaMock draft: Round 3, No. 80, RaidersThe risks with Hurts are pretty much the same as those associated with Eason — although a Hurts selection by a team in a similar QB situation and at a similar point in the draft would ring much louder since he is such a high-profile prospect.If a team picks Hurts in the third round or higher with the intention of developing him to be its multi-year starter, it will do so largely because of his toughness and leadership intangibles. Otherwise, nobody is confusing him with Kyler Murray, last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick from the same offense at Oklahoma, or even Baker Mayfield before him. Jacob Eason, QB, WashingtonMock draft: Round 3, No. 75, ColtsIf you’re sensing a theme here, you should be. Quarterback selections beyond the first round in the NFL Draft typically carry much more weight than others given the impactful nature of the position.To be fair, whether Eason will become a true bust candidate depends on who drafts him and at what pick. If the team already has a young, established passer and is simply interested in Eason as a high-quality backup, there’s little risk involved. If it’s a team like the Colts, who employ an aging Philip Rivers on a one-year contract and should be looking toward the future, the pressure on Eason to become a quality starter increases.No, not many top NFL quarterbacks were drafted in Round 3 or later. But if a team like the Colts were to select Eason at that point in the process, it would be natural for that team and its fans to dream about the scenarios that produced Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott and Tom Brady. Though some picks can be considered relatively safe, there is no such thing as a sure bet in the NFL Draft. All selections are inherently risky because of the long list of variables that determine whether a prospect will have a successful pro career, not to mention the importance of every selection for a team’s future.In 2020, for a handful of projected first-round picks and quarterbacks, the risks attached to their selections are amplified. Mekhi Becton, OT, LouisvilleMock draft: Round 1, No. 6, ChargersTo be clear, this is less about Becton’s potential and more about what appears to be a top-heavy class of offensive tackles.In SN’s mock draft, Becton is the first of five tackles picked in the first round. Whoever actually gets selected first among them — whether it’s Becton, Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs, Andrew Thomas or Josh Jones — will have a tough time proving he was indeed the best tackle in the 2020 class, and therefore will take on the most bust potential. That pressure would be amplified if a team like the Chargers were to pass on another obvious need (quarterback) in the top 10 and draft what it believes is a long-term left tackle.Becton specifically benefits from his ridiculous NFL Combine measurables. The rare athleticism at his size is intriguing enough for a team to fall in love with the wrong qualities. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5d/27/tee-higgins-081818-getty-ftrjpg_1efy204c37njt1173m1yrc86ip.jpg?t=1126840671&w=500&quality=80 All first-round wide receiversMock draft: Six wide receivers — CeeDee Lamb (No. 12, Raiders); Jerry Jeudy (No. 13, 49ers); Henry Ruggs III (No. 15, Broncos); Justin Jefferson (No. 21, Eagles); Tee Higgins (No. 25, Vikings); Jalen Reagor (No. 30, Packers)Yep, all of them. Good luck knowing definitively which of these impressive wideouts will have the best NFL career.Comb through any recent NFL Draft, and you’ll find later-round wide receivers who have either outperformed or at least played on par with first-round picks. Much of this is the nature of a position dependent upon so many on-field variables like scheme, QB play and pass protection. Of the 13 wide receivers across AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters last year, for example, only four (DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Mike Evans and Amari Cooper) entered the NFL as first-round picks.That means the top receivers drafted in 2020 will be expected to shine brightest among what many consider one of the deepest wide receiver classes in the history of the draft.Sure, it’s reasonable to anticipate strong NFL careers from Lamb, Jeudy, Ruggs, Jefferson, Higgins and Reagor. But what about Brandon Aiyuk, Laviska Shenault Jr., Michael Pittman Jr., KJ Hamler, Denzel Mims, Chase Claypool, Tyler Johnson, Jauan Jennings, Bryan Edwards, KJ Hill, John Hightower, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Van Jefferson, Isaiah Hodgins and Devin Duvernay? (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1c/62/tua-tagovailoa-110719-getty-ftrjpg_13hbd1dmz4dzp1dfg6yw7fxqxc.jpg?t=1194375326&w=500&quality=80 Jordan Love, QB, Utah StateMock draft: Round 2, No. 37, ChargersWhile coaching and scheme changes certainly were factors, Love might be having a hard time explaining to NFL teams how he went from throwing six interceptions as a sophomore to throwing 17 interceptions in his final college season as a junior — all while his passing touchdown total dropped from 32 to 20.That inconsistency would be among the sources of risk for a team like the Chargers if it were to wait to draft Love in the second round; even more so if a team were to reach for him in the first.The upside of Love’s arm talent is obvious. But again, like with Herbert, there are too many variables at play for a team to feel completely comfortable drafting Love to be its franchise quarterback.MORE: Ranking every first-round QB since 2000 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e8/26/jalen-hurts-022720-getty-ftrjpg_19umt9o916f2v1or3id17ofqnb.jpg?t=-1988854984&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ff/43/mekhi-becton-nfl-combine-ftr_rs0dh45jewi111nsnjtj60mzx.png?t=2043410473&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d1/23/justin-herbert-083119-getty-ftrjpg_po34ydy8gaqe1ivhdmeivkr9m.jpg?t=-370115756&w=500&quality=80 Justin Herbert, QB, OregonMock draft: Round 1, No. 9, JaguarsThere’s a chance Herbert will be drafted before Tagovailoa simply because the Oregon quarterback does not come with the injury concerns. Yet Herbert still carries all the risks associated with drafting a top-10 quarterback in general.There’s plenty to like about Herbert, including his strong arm, his running ability and what his coaches tout as a hard-working mentality. Yet, as is the case with all QBs in this class not named Joe Burrow or Tagovailoa, accurately projecting the translation of his skills to the NFL is impossible with so many variables like scheme fit and environment impacting the process.It’s the case for all prospects, but especially for one like Herbert: The higher he is drafted, the riskier of a pick he will be.MORE: Each team’s biggest NFL Draft regret