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UPDATE: Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill hospitalized in Rhode Island with COVID-19

Posted by   /  July 11, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Featured News, Sports  /  No Comments

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill was released Sunday from the Rhode Island hospital where he was being treated for COVID-19. Bidwill felt symptoms earlier in the week and tested positive for the novel coronavirus, as first reported by The Republic Friday. After the test, he was admitted to Newport Hospital to monitor his symptoms.  Cardinals Owner Bill […]

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Testing problems cast doubt on viability of MLB season, days after baseball’s return

Posted by   /  July 6, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Sports  /  No Comments

Nationals catcher Yan Gomes walks down the first base line during summer camp workouts at Nationals Park. /Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post By Dave Sheinin | The Washington Post As if Major League Baseball’s degree of difficulty in attempting to launch a 2020 season this summer amid a global pandemic was not already high enough, a […]

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers Junior Guerra, Silvino Bracho test positive for COVID-19

Posted by   /  July 6, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Sports  /  No Comments

Silvino Bracho By Nick Piecoro | Arizona Republic Diamondbacks relievers Junior Guerra and Silvino Bracho have tested positive for COVID-19, manager Torey Lovullo revealed Sunday. They are two of the three players on the club’s 40-man roster known to have contracted the virus, Lovullo said. Both players “are asymptomatic and feel great,” Lovullo said, adding […]

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How D-Backs’ first day back unfolded

Posted by   /  July 4, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Sports  /  No Comments

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner warms-up during spring training workouts on Feb. 14, 2020 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Via OlyDrop) By Nick Piecoro | Arizona Republic/USA TODAY NETWORK The Arizona Diamondbacks took the field on Friday for the first time as baseball’s unprecedented summer training camps got under way […]

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Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake first MLB player to opt out of season amid pandemic

Posted by   /  June 30, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Sports  /  No Comments

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake has opted to sit out the Major League Baseball season. His agent said, “During this global pandemic, Mike and his family had many discussions about playing this season.” /Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images By Christian Babcock | Cronkite News The Arizona Diamondbacks announced their 60-man roster for their upcoming summer […]

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BASEBALL POLITICS: Cartoon

Posted by   /  June 29, 2020  /  Immigration, PHOTOS/CARTOONS, Sports  /  No Comments

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HealthyVerify assists Phoenix Rising’s safe return to soccer

Posted by   /  June 26, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Featured News, Sports  /  No Comments

(Disclosure: RLG represents HealthyVerify Certification.) By Briar Napiar | The Republic Phoenix Rising FC General Manager Bobby Dulle admitted as such: A perfect way to return to sports doesn’t exist. COVID-19 can’t be defeated by pumping goals past a ‘keeper or by outrunning its defenses. For sports, where competition is its lifeblood and what captivates billions to […]

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has decided to schedule 60-game 2020 season

Posted by   /  June 22, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Sports  /  No Comments

Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb By Bob Nightengale | USA TODAY Sports. Commissioner Rob Manfred, after a conference call Monday night with the Major League Baseball owners, has decided to schedule a 60-game season beginning in late July, four high-ranking officials told USA TODAY Sports. The officials spoke to USA TODAY Sports only on the condition of anonymity because MLB has yet to […]

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MLB closing all spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida to curb coronavirus spread

Posted by   /  June 20, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Sports  /  No Comments

Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training camp in Phoenix, Arizona. By Bob Nightengale | USA TODAY  Major League Baseball, which has had at least 12 major-league players and staff members test positive for COVID-19, has decided to immediately shut down all of their spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida, a high-ranking official with direct knowledge of […]

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MLB offers new 60-game proposal to players with full prorated salaries

Posted by   /  June 18, 2020  /  Coronavirus, Sports  /  No Comments

Commissioner Rob Manfred flew to Phoenix on Tuesday night for a one-on-one meeting with union executive director Tony Clark By Bob Nightengale | USA TODAY  Major League Baseball and the players union are moving towards an agreement on a 60-game season starting July 19 with the players receiving their full-pro-rated salaries, according to two high-ranking […]

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