Monthly Archives: August 2020

Jamaican legend Usain Bolt tests positive for Covid-19

Jamaican legend Usain Bolt tests positive for Covid-19

Kingston, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) – Jamaican athletic legend Usain Bolt tested positive for the Covid-19 disease, local media reported today.

According to Loop News, the Olympic and world multi-medalist in the 100 and 200 meter sprints was infected with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, just days after celebrating a maskless birthday party. Bolt’s guests included England soccer star Raheem Sterling.

According to radio station Nationwide90fm, the greatest sprinter of all time fell ill with the Covid-19 virus and will spend time in self-isolation at home as a result. The publication points out that the 34-year-old man (born August 21, 1986) took a test for the virus a few days ago and discovered yesterday that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Bolt’s contagion comes amid an increase in infections from the pandemic in Jamaica, which in the past 24 hours reported 116 new cases, its largest increase in a day. The health authorities attributed the increase to 1,529 Covid-19 patients to the large number of meetings and parties during the first week of August, when the country celebrated Emancipation and Independence Day.

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The world’s oldest baseball park is in Canada

Memorial Park in London, Ontario | Dave Chidley/CBC

London, Ont.’s Labatt Memorial Park has been around since 1877, and the Guiness Book of World Records recognizes the charming 5,200-seat stadium as the world’s longest continuously operating baseball grounds.

The streak looked like it might end at 143 years with the pandemic causing the cancellation of baseball seasons throughout Ontario, but a special exhibition game of Memorial Park’s main team, the London Majors, was organized to keep it intact.

The Majors Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) season remains cancelled due to the pandemic, but the Majors will take the field on Friday night to play the Guelph Royals in a matchup of IBL foes. Fans won’t be allowed in, but the game will be shown on local cable TV and on the Majors’ YouTube channel.

First pitch is at 7:35 p.m.

Read more about the effort to preserve the streak here.

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Now is a good time to start treating the Negro Leagues equally

Bryson DeChambeau's driver appears to bend as he hits a tee shot. (Getty Images)

There’s a more meaningful way than this for baseball to honour its Negro Leagues greats | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

By Jesse Campigotto

By the time Jackie Robinson broke MLB’s colour barrier in 1947 (after a cup of coffee in the Negro American League), most of the Negro Leagues had disbanded. The remaining ones followed as more of the best Black players joined Robinson in the bigs. The final so-called “Negro World Series” — between the champions of the Negro American League and the second incarnation of the Negro National League — was played in 1948. The Negro NL ceased to exist after that, leaving the Negro AL as the sole survivor. It technically kept going until 1962, but baseball historians believe it stopped being close to major-league quality around 1950, by which time the integration of MLB had cost the Negro AL much of its talent base — and thus its fan appeal. Continue reading

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Famed Indian cricketer and UP cabinet minister Chetan Chauhan succumbs to COVID-19

Cricketer and UP Cabinet Minister Chetan Chauhan Succumbs to COVID-19

Chetan Chauhan. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan died on Sunday due to COVID-19 related complications. He was put on life support for nearly 36 hours, according to reports. He was 73 years old and is survived by his wife and son Vinayak. Continue reading

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Canadian Elite Basketball League

Hamilton Honey Badgers clawed past Niagara River Lions in the quarterfinals of the CEBL Summer Series on August 6, scraping their way to an 85-83 victory.

The highest-stakes games in basketball right now are in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, which is heading into its championship weekend. In last night’s quarter-finals, the Hamilton Honey Badgers clipped the Niagara River Lions 85-83, and the Ottawa Blackjacks beat the Guelph Nighthawks 83-75. Read more about those games and watch highlights here. Continue reading

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US college football reopens as athletes resist: ‘#WeAreUnited’

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium |Wikimedia Commons

By Andy Thompson

(August 6) – Despite a dramatic increase in new COVID-19 cases in July and expectations of another surge in the fall as schools reopen, US colleges and universities are moving forward with plans to operate their college football programs with minimal changes.

It is practically guaranteed that the opening of the 2020 football season and the fall college semester will spark new outbreaks of COVID-19 among players, the general student population and the surrounding communities. The average student is at an even greater risk because, unlike players, they will not have access to the testing or dedicated health resources reserved for athletics. Continue reading

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WNBA players are trying to get a team owner defeated in her election

Before their game on Tuesday, Atlanta Dream players wore shirts backing Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, who is hoping to unseat one of the Dream’s owners, Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, in this fall’s election.

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler angered a lot of players by opposing the league’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Republican is trying to get re-elected to her U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, where the Democratic nominee is a pastor named Dr Raphael G. Warnock. Earlier this week, players from Loeffler’s own Atlanta team, along with others on the Seattle, Chicago and Phoenix franchises, wore “Vote Warnock” t-shirts before their games. Continue reading

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Athletes wonder could another Olympic reset be on tap?

In this June 21, 1980, file photo, Edwin Moses, gold medal winner in 1976 in Montreal, coasts to an easy victory in the 400 intermediate hurdles as the 1980 Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.

By EDDIE PELLS

AP (August 5) – By the time the boycott hit, Edwin Moses could envision the end of the Olympics as he knew them – or maybe the end of them altogether. Continue reading

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Muddy knees and climbing trees: how a summer playing outdoors can help children renew

By AVRIL ROWLEY*

Most adults will remember spending much of their childhood playing outdoors without much parental supervision. But fears for children’s safety plus the demands of modern life mean many parents don’t allow their children the same freedoms. Continue reading

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Is dollar- and algorithm-driven esport sport?

By ANDY MIAH

Elite sports events are still largely closed to the world – but July 2020 has still been an unprecedented month for the global sporting calendar thanks to the world’s first Virtual Tour de France, which – despite the name – was based nowhere in particular, as riders took part from their homes in all parts of the world. Continue reading

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