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With flu season on the horizon, Delaware’s health officials urge citizens to get vaccinated – WDEL 1150AM

“Flu season has officially started in Delaware, and we have launched our enhanced communication and awareness campaign called Fight Flu Delaware.” 






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Still in the middle of a pandemic that’s seen increasing cases and an uptick in the average percentage or persons testing positive for novel coronavirus COVID-19, Delaware officials hope to get a jump on the coming flu season so it doesn’t compound an already bad situation. 

Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director for the Division of Public Health, said the campaign will focus on grassroots efforts to reach citizens with the message that, this year, it’s more important than ever to ensure individuals receive their flu vaccinations. 

“Last year, we had more than 7,000 Delawareans who got the flu, nearly 400 were hospitalized and 11 died,” Rattay said. “Every year, when we get to the peak of our influenza season, our healthcare systems are maxed out. They are full. And so, with COVID with us this year, it’s incredibly important that we all do absolutely everything we can to prevent bad flu season for us.”

Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency AJ Schall explained that the state is seeing its first reduction in maxed-out PPE stores, with gloves being difficult to come by currently as manufacturers who shut down in the summer months due to COVID have struggled to catch back up on production. And this shortage arrives at a time where the pandemic has moved in generally positive trends. 

“The dependency and the number of requests that are coming in is not what we saw in April, May, and June. So that’s showing us that the medical community, that first responders and others, are having a higher level of success filling their own orders,” he said. “However, we still want to prepare for the fall, and when we see the surge…In terms of what we have in the stockpile, this isn’t to say that we don’t have these gloves available. These are gloves that are not generally used by the general public, but more by first responders, healthcare workers and the like.”

The state has also been dealing with addressing a recent outbreak of COVID-19 in several long-term care facilities, including Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington, Cadia Health Care in Silverside, and Country Rest Home in Greenwood, according to Rattay. 

In each of those locations multiple residents and staff members have recently tested positive for the virus. The source remains under investigation, but none have been open for in-person visitations, so it’s not an outsider bringing the virus to the facilities. Lack of PPE is also not currently a concern, she said, but it does show locations that remain vulnerable to the greater threat, and need to take precautionary steps toward protecting the overall health of the community. 

“We are really, really hoping and praying that we have a very, very, very mild influenza season,” Rattay said. “Not only because we need to protect our healthcare system. But the reality is, if you get either one of these infections, you may have an increased susceptibility to get the other. So this double whammy could be very problematic for individuals who who get either, or both, infections.”






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She stressed getting the flu vaccine won’t prevent you from getting COVID, and the symptoms of the two viruses can look very similar, but it will lower a risk for more severe illness, decreases a potential need for hospitalization, ad significantly reduces the chance of death due to influenza. 

Anyone over six months of age is encouraged to get their flu vaccine, especially those in high-risk categories. 

The state has partnered with health care, faith-based, and community partners for their campaign, which will bring community flu clinics to the following locations: 

Friday, October 2, 2020

  • Gigante grocery store, Front Street (Route 14), Milford – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • New Castle Farmer’s Market, Route 13, New Castle – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • New Castle Farmer’s Market, Route 13, New Castle – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Westside Family Healthcare, Fox Run Shopping Center, Bear – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beebe Healthcare is holding the following community flu clinics:

  • September 29, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Milton CHEER Center, 24855 Broadkill Road, Milton
  • October 1, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Rehoboth Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth (walk-up and bike only)
  • October 2, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Crossroads Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown (drive-through only)
  • October 3, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Beebe South Coastal, 32750 Roxana Road, Frankford (drive-through only)

“We are really strongly recommending that people get their flu vaccine before the end of October,” Rattay said. “It takes a good two weeks for you to become protected after you get the flu shot, so the earlier you can get it, the better.”

For more information, visit flu.delaware.gov.

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2020 NFL season predictions: Picking the Super Bowl, playoff teams and final standings for all 32 teams – CBS Sports


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The NFL writers here at CBS Sports have made their predictions for the 2020 season

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Earlier this year, no one was even sure if there would be an NFL season, but guess what, not only is it going to happen, but it’s kicking off Thursday night. After going roughly seven months without NFL football, we’re now just hours away from the Texans and Chiefs kickstarting the NFL’s 101st season with a showdown in Kansas City. 

Of course, we can’t start an NFL season here at CBSSports.com without making some predictions for the year, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do below.  

We rounded up seven of our experts and asked them to make some predictions on how each team is going to finish in 2020. Not only will they they be predicting how each division is going to play out this year, but they’ll also be predicting the playoff field along with their Super Bowl winner. 

Our experts must have spent a lot of time locked up in quarantine, because they made a few crazy predictions below, but you know what, that actually seems kind of fitting since it’s been a crazy year.

Here are a few notes before we get to the predictions:

  • Our panel didn’t agree on much this year, but there were a few things they were in a unanimous agreement on. For one, all seven experts are picking the Chiefs to win the AFC West (That’s the only division where everyone picked the same winner). On the other end of the spectrum, all seven experts picked the Jaguars and Bears to finish in last place in their respective divisions. As for the playoffs, our panelists unanimously agreed that the following five teams would get into the postseason: Chiefs, Bills, Ravens, Saints, Cowboys. 
  • There were three divisions where our panelists couldn’t agree on anything: Three of the four teams In the NFC North, NFC West and AFC South got at least one first place vote. Our panelists also definitely didn’t see eye-to-eye on the Seahawks as they were the only team that received at least one vote for first place, one vote for second place, one vote for third place and one vote for fourth place. 
  • The Texans aren’t getting any respect. Despite winning the AFC South last season, only one expert picked the Texans to go to the playoffs this year. To put that in perspective, the Lions, Cardinals and Broncos were all picked to go the playoffs by at least two experts.    
  • Tom Brady’s decision to leave New England isn’t going to work out so well for the Patriots, at least according to our experts. After winning the division for 10 straight years, five of our experts don’t think the Patriots streak will be continuing. As for Brady, six of of our seven experts are predicting that the 43-year-old will lead Tampa Bay to the playoffs. The Buccaneers haven’t been to the postseason since 2007, which is the longest playoff drought in the NFC. 

  • There were eight teams that received exactly zero votes for the playoffs, and those teams were: The Jets, Dolphins, Jaguars, Raiders, Giants, Washington, Bears and Panthers. Even the Bengals received at least one playoff vote. 
  • Our seven experts combined to have a total of eight different teams playing in the Super Bowl, and although four teams received multiple votes to make it to the Super Bowl, only one team received multiple votes to win the Super Bowl. 

For more expert predictions, be sure to click here to see our picks for who will win all the major awards in 2020, including regular season MVP, Super Bowl MVP and rookie of the year.

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2020 NFL season: Bold predictions, final record for every team, playoff and Super Bowl LV picks – CBS Sports

Guys, I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think the 2020 NFL season is actually going to happen. 

The first game of the year is now just one day away, and unless this country comes under attack by fire-breathing hornets between now and Thursday — which does seem at least somewhat plausible based on how the year has gone so far — I’m thinking we’re going to get football. 

With the start of the NFL season now here, that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite thing: PREDICTIONS. 

I’ll be honest, I have high expectations for my predictions this year and that’s mainly because I’ve been locked in my house for the past five months quarantined with a baby. During that period, the only two things I’ve done are: 1. Change diapers and 2. Try to figure out who’s going to win this year’s Super Bowl. Although I’d like to think I’ll hit the nail on the head with all of my predictions this year, the fact of the matter is that this could end up being one of the most unpredictable years in NFL history. Not only was the preseason eliminated, but NFL teams did their best to shut down the flow of information coming out of their training camps, which means I have no idea which rookies have looked good or if any aging veterans look like they should be thinking about retirement. 

I mean, one team has a 41-year-old player on its practice squad in case you’re wondering how bizarre things have gotten this year. 

Before we get to my predictions, let me explain how things are going to work here: I’m going to go through each division and predict each team’s final record. After that, I’ll be making a bold prediction for each division. Once you roll through the divisional portion of these predictions, you’ll see my playoff picks and eventually, my Super Bowl champion. In two of the past five years, my preseason Super Bowl pick has ended up winning it all, so you might want to scroll down and check out that prediction first to see if I’m picking your favorite team. 

Also, since we all know that making fun of someone’s predictions is half the fun of reading predictions, you can send all your hate tweets to me on Twitter by clicking here, and just so you know, Broncos fans, I’m already mentally preparing for your hate tweets. 

You can also listen to Will Brinson, Ryan Wilson and myself go over my bold predictions on the Pick Six Podcast (hit the subscribe button here).

Finally, if you’re wondering how I did last season, I predicted the exact win total of five different teams. I also correctly predicted that the Packers would make it to the NFC title game and that the Chiefs would win the Super Bowl. On the other hand, I completely whiffed on San Francisco. I had the 49ers going 6-10 last season, and they responded to that prediction by laughing in my face all the way to the Super Bowl. Niners fans also laughed in my face.

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Alright, that’s enough jibber-jabber about last year, let’s get to the 2020 predictions.

AFC East

1. *Patriots: 10-6

2. *Bills: 9-7

3. Dolphins: 6-10

4. Jets: 4-12

AFC East bold prediction: Cam Newton leads the NFL in total touchdowns

No one knows if the Patriots are going to be any good this year and that’s mainly because no one knows if Cam Newton is going to be any good. The former Panthers quarterback hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the past few seasons, so there’s no guarantee he’s going to be able stay healthy in New England. That being said, I actually think Newton is going to have a monstrous year. For one, the Patriots are going to have the element of surprise on their side in 2020. For the past two decades, every opponent knew what the Patriots offense was going to do (even if they couldn’t stop it). This year, no one has any idea what the Patriots are going to do on offense, and because of that, it could be tough to stop. Also, Newton gives the Patriots something they never had with Tom Brady: A quarterback who is a threat to run the ball. If Newton can throw 30 touchdown passes this year and rush for 10 more, that will likely be enough to lead the NFL in total touchdowns, and that’s exactly what I’m predicting. 

AFC North

1. *Steelers: 11-5

2. *Ravens: 11-5

3. Browns: 8-8

4. Bengals: 7-9

AFC North bold prediction: Joe Burrow sets NFL record for most TD passes by a rookie

This record is currently held by an AFC North rival (Baker Mayfield), which means it will probably feel especially gratifying for Burrow if he’s able to knock the Browns quarterback out of the record book. Back in 2018, Mayfield threw 27 touchdown passes, which broke Peyton Manning’s record of 26 that had stood since 1997. Burrow is going to have a huge advantage over Mayfield, and that’s because the Bengals quarterback is going to be the starter from Day 1, which means he’ll definitely be starting 16 games this season (Mayfield only started 13 games for the Browns in 2018). 

The other upside for Burrow is that he’s going to have a lot of receiving talent to work with in Cincinnati with guys like A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Auden Tate, Alex Erickson and John Ross, plus running backs Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. Also, there’s a good chance we’ll see Burrow put up big numbers this year no matter how the Bengals play. On one hand, if the Bengals are good, it will likely be because Burrow is having a phenomenal rookie season. On the other hand, if the Bengals are bad, we could see Burrow put up some huge numbers in garbage time, which could help his touchdown total.

AFC South

1. *Colts: 10-6

2. *Titans: 9-7

3. Texans: 7-9

4. Jaguars: 3-13

AFC South bold prediction: Doug Marrone is the first coach fired during the 2020 season

In most cases, when a team makes it to the AFC Championship game, they try to build on that success, but for some reason the Jaguars decided to do the opposite. Since making it to the AFC title game in 2017, all the Jaguars have done is completely dismantle their entire roster. The final two nails in the coffin came last week when the team dumped both Yannick Ngakoue (in a trade) and Leonard Fournette. After two straight last-place finishes over the past two seasons, Marrone is definitely on the hot seat this year and if the Jaguars get off to a slow start, he might not last long in Jacksonville. The Jags have a bye in Week 7 this season and if the team shoots off to a 1-6 or 0-7 start, it won’t be surprising if owner Shad Khan finally pulls the plug on the Marrone era in Jacksonville.  

AFC West

1. *Chiefs: 13-3

2. Chargers: 7-9

3. Raiders: 6-10

4. Broncos: 5-11

AFC West bold prediction: The Broncos are worse than they were in 2019

The Broncos have been a trendy pick this year as a dark horse playoff team and a big reason for that is because of the way they finished the season. Over the final five weeks of 2019, Drew Lock led them to a 4-1 record, which allowed Denver to finish the season 7-9. One of the biggest question marks in Denver is the offensive line, which is a problem, because that’s not an issue you want to be worrying about when you have a second-year quarterback under center. The Broncos might have quite a few weapons, but those weapons don’t really mean anything if Lock never has time to get them the ball. 

NFC East

1. *Cowboys: 11-5

2. Eagles: 9-7

3. Washington: 4-12

4. Giants: 3-13

NFC East bold prediction: Dak Prescott wins MVP

I’m starting to think that Jerry Jones actually had a diabolical plan going into 2020 that involved not giving Dak a long-term deal so that he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder the entire season, and I’m also starting to think that this plan might work. Last year, Dak finished with the second-most passing yards in the NFL and the fourth-most touchdown passes, despite playing in a run-friendly offense. With a more pass-happy coach and even more offensive weapons, we’ll likely see some even bigger numbers from Prescott. Oh, and let’s not forget that he plays for America’s team, which basically means that you’re automatically in the MVP conversation as long as you finish above .500 and I absolutely think the Cowboys are going to finish above .500. 

NFC North

1. *Packers: 9-7

2. Vikings: 9-7

3. Lions: 8-8

4. Bears: 6-10

NFC North bold prediction: No team in the division will hit double-digit wins

If there’s one division where it feels like every team took at least a small step back this year, it’s the NFC North. The Packers added zero receiving weapons for Aaron Rodgers, the Vikings lost half their starters on defense, Bears coach Matt Nagy is being forced to start a quarterback he doesn’t have any confidence in  and the Lions are the Lions. Basically, it’s a recipe for disaster and disaster in this case will be a season where none of the teams in the division hit the 10-win mark. This qualifies as bold, because it’s only happened one time in the 18-year history of the NFC North. Since the division’s first year in 2002, the only time none of the teams hit the double-digit mark came in 2013 when the Packers won the NFC North with just eight wins. 

NFC South

1. *Buccaneers: 11-5

2. *Saints: 10-6

3. Falcons: 8-8

4. Panthers: 4-12

NFC South bold prediction: Buccaneers win the division for the first time in 13 years

With Tom Brady now in Tampa, this might not seem like a bold prediction, but according to our friends at William Hill Sportsbook, it definitely qualifies as bold, and that’s because the Saints are the overwhelming favorite to win the division this year. With just days to go until the start of the season, the Saints’ odds of winning the division are sitting at -120 (bet $100 to win $83.30) while the Bucs have much worse odds at +160 (bet $100, win $160). Not only will I be riding the Brady train this year, but I’ll be riding it all the way to the NFC title game. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers though, I don’t have Tampa Bay winning that game. To find out who I have beating them, you’ll have to keep reading. 

NFC West

1. *Seahawks: 11-5

2. *49ers: 10-6

3. *Rams: 9-7

4. Cardinals: 8-8

NFC West bold prediction: All four teams finish at .500 or above

Most people seem to agree this year that the NFC West is the most stacked division in the NFL, so you might be wondering why this prediction qualifies as a bold prediction and the reason for that is because it’s never happened before. The NFC West has existed since 1970, and in the 50 years since then, there’s never been a single season where every team in the division finished at .500 or above. If it’s ever going to happen, this feels like the year the four teams could get it done. 

NFC Playoffs

Teams: 1. Cowboys 2. Seahawks 3. Buccaneers 4. Packers 5. 49ers 6. Saints 7. Rams

Wild Card

(2) Seahawks 20-16 over (7) Rams

(3) Buccaneers 30-27 over (6) Saints

(5) 49ers 34-20 over  (4) Packers

Divisional

(1) Cowboys 27-23 over (5) 49ers

(3) Buccaneers 31-24 over (2) Seahawks

NFC Championship

(1) Cowboys 34-30 over (3) Buccaneers

AFC Playoffs

Teams: 1. Chiefs 2. Steelers 3. Colts 4. Patriots 5. Ravens 6. Titans 7. Bills

Wild Card

(2) Steelers 23-20 over (7) Bills

(3) Colts 27-24 over (6) Titans

(5) Ravens 31-23 over (4) Patriots

Divisional 

(1) Chiefs 33-30 over (5) Ravens

(3) Colts 34-27 over (2) Steelers

AFC Championship

(1) Chiefs 31-24 over (3) Colts

Super Bowl LV in Tampa (CBS)

Cowboys 34-31 over Chiefs

Playoffs bold prediction: Cowboys end 25-year Super Bowl drought

If you know any Cowboys fans, then you’re probably well aware that at the start of every NFL season, there’s nothing they like to talk about more than why this will finally be the year the Cowboys win the Super Bowl. It’s pretty much happened every year for the past 25 seasons. Although I usually laugh in their face after they make the prediction, this year I won’t be doing that, and that’s because I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH THEM. I think Jerry Jones might have brainwashed me because I think THE DALLAS COWBOYS ARE GOING TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL, and they’re going to do it by knocking off the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. 

Basically, not only am I predicting that Dak Prescott will win the MVP this year (as you read about earlier), but I’m also predicting that he’ll lead the Cowboys to the Lombardi Trophy. I think what I’m trying to say here is that Jerry Jones better get his check book ready because Dak’s asking price is going to triple if all of this happens. 

The biggest reason I like the Cowboys this year is because they won’t be held back by coaching. Although Mike McCarthy isn’t a Hall of Fame coach by any means, he certainly feels like a step up from Jason Garrett, and let’s not forget, he also has Super Bowl coaching experience because he won a Lombardi Trophy during his time in Green Bay. 

Also, I’m not sure if fans will be allowed to attend, but if they are, this Super Bowl would probably give us some amazing tailgating and that’s because the parking lot at Raymond James would be filled with both Kansas City and Texas barbecue, which is important to note, because we could finally decide which one is actually better. 

Finally, if my predictions all pan out — and I’m sure they will — here’s what the top of the NFL Draft order will look like next April, and based on those first three picks, maybe they should move the event back to New York for the year. 

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The Boys season 2 voice cameo: Behind the voice of The Deep’s gills – Polygon

Pretty much everything that happens on Amazon’s comics adaptation The Boys is outrageous — that’s par for the course when you’re writing a comedy about gun-toting vigilantes taking on fascist corporatized superheroes. But a sequence in episode 2 that involves a Scientology-esque religious cult, a potent dose of hallucinogenic drugs, and existential peril for ex-The Seven member The Deep might be the show’s pièce de résistance, thanks in large part to the voice casting.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for The Boys season 2, episode 2, “Proper Preparation and Planning”]

The Boys season 2 finds The Deep reeling (heh) over his departure from Vought. Lost without heroic purpose, he exposes himself to kids at a waterpark, and is promptly hauled off to jail. A new hero, Eagle the Archer, bails him out, in order to connect Deep with a new source of hope: The Church of the Collective. According to the spiffy X-Ray notes on Amazon Prime Video, it’s a “mysterious religion in the world of The Boys, which began as a self-help group in the 1950s.” (Read: the organization’s fingerprints may be on other parts of the series’ mythology before things are all said and done.) Basically, it’s the Church of Scientology, but with more Fresca. Eagle and his guide Carol bring The Deep into their world to “help” him, and to start, they fill the spiraling supe up with psilocybin.

“Last time I did shrooms was with a PoliSci chick from Oberlin,” The Deep tells Eagle.

What happens next is gruesome and riotous in true Boys fashion. The shrooms do send The Deep into a transcendent state — one where his gills speak, and berate him for his misbehavior over the years. His talking gills are performed by none other than Patton Oswalt.

“The very first name that got pitched for the gills was Helen Mirren,” showrunner Eric Kripke tells Polygon, “but we obviously knew that that was impossible.”

Kripke says the casting came out of Oswalt’s love of the show. During season 1, he tweeted at the creator and the show’s accounts to tell them how much he loved The Boys, “And I started thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if, like, one of Pixar’s most beloved characters was also the voice of The Deep’s mangina?’”

Hollywood dreams do come true. While Chase Crawford performed his gill-talking freakout with a stand-in voice performer on set, Oswalt eventually came in to record his lines. CG artists meticulously matched his vocal patterns to the gills’ flapping arches.

“There were a lot of fascinating questions,” Kripke notes. “How much should it spit? Should the gills all be moving in unison, or should they be saying different things at different times? Talking about a talking mangina is all very complicated.”

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‘The Mandalorian’ season two hits Disney+ on October 30th – Engadget

By the time The Mandalorian returns, it could be a multiple Emmy-winning show. It received 15 Emmy nominations this year, including one for Outstanding Drama Series. You can find out whether it wins that prize when the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony takes place on September 20th.

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NBA season up in air as Lakers and Clippers reportedly vote to quit playoffs – The Guardian

The NBA season is in the balance with the league’s board of governors and players due to meet on Thursday morning to discuss whether to continue with the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks, arguably the best team in the NBA, boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in protest at the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake, who is black, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer on Sunday, apparently in front of his children. His family say Blake is now paralyzed from the waist down. The shooting occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 40 miles from Milwaukee. The town has since seen demonstrations, which turned deadly when two protesters were shot dead. A 17-year-old has been charged with murder over the killings.

The NBA subsequently postponed all three games due to take place on Wednesday, and other leagues such as the WNBA, MLB and MLS also cancelled some, or all, of their games on Wednesday. Play at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament was also cancelled for the day. In the NFL, the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Washington were among the teams to cancel their practice sessions on Thursday.

The NBA playoffs are taking place in a socially isolated “bubble” at Disney World Florida due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There has been growing anger among NBA players, 80% of whom are black, at the social injustice seen daily on the streets of America. Several players have said the season should not have restarted in the first place.

ESPN reported that during a meeting on Wednesday night the NBA polled teams about the best path forward and the LA Clippers and LA Lakers both voted to end the season. Sources told ESPN the meeting had ended with “no sense of accomplishment” and the fate of the season was still undecided ahead of Thursday’s meeting.

The Lakers are led by LeBron James, one of the most famous athletes in America, a long-term advocate for racial justice and a man often seen as the voice of the NBA. While James is often a calm voice for racial justice, his sense of frustration in the last few days has been palpable. On Wednesday he used an expletive in a tweet that ended with the words: “WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”

Earlier this week, Bucks player George Hill questioned whether the season should be taking place at all.


Kenny Smith walks off TV set as NBA figures react to Jacob Blake shooting – video

“We shouldn’t have even came to this damn place [Orlando, where the playoffs are taking place], to be honest,” he said. “I think coming here just took all the focal points off what the issues are. But we’re here, so it is what it is. We can’t do anything from right here, but I think definitely, when it’s all settled, some things have to be done.

“I think this world has to change. I think our police department has to change. Us as society has to change. And, right now we’re not seeing any of that. Lives are being taken, as we speak, day in and day out, and there’s no consequence or accountability for it, and that’s what has to change.”

In addition Kenny Smith, one of the co-hosts of the popular NBA on TNT show, walked off set on Wednesday night in solidarity with the Bucks.

“Right now my head is ready to explode like in the thought of what’s going on,” Smith, who played 10 years in the NBA, said. “I don’t know if I’m appropriate enough to say it what the players are feeling and how they’re feeling. I haven’t talked to any player.

“Even driving here and getting into the studio … hearing calls and people talking. … And for me, I think the biggest thing now, as a black man as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not to be here tonight … And I figure out what happens after that.”

Wednesday’s moves took place in a summer that has seen protests across the US at racial injustice in the United States. Black athletes have played a prominent role in the movement with many taking place in Black Lives Matter protests. NBA players such as James and the Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown have spoken at length about the pressures and inequality black people face in America, while Nascar driver Bubba Wallace led a boycott against the Confederate flag, long seen as a symbol of the slavery-era South, at racetracks.

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Big 12 says it will play 2020 football season this fall, despite Big Ten and Pac-12 postponements – CBS News

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The Big 12 board of directors voted Tuesday night to allow their schools to go ahead with the 2020 fall season, the conference announced Wednesday. The conference also released its 2020 football schedule.

“I am very optimistic about moving forward,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday. “Having said that, however, if we get to a point where we have a crossroads and the information contraindicates going forward, we know that we can pivot quickly to protect student athletes and to do something different if what we’re doing isn’t working.”

During a Tuesday night conference call, the Big 12 presidents and chancellors heard from medical experts before voting, according to CBS Sports. Prior to the call, the presidents appeared to be in favor of playing the season.

“The mindset is it’s too early [to cancel],” a Big 12 source told CBS Sports before the meetings. “Unless the medical folks flip the switch, [we’ll go].”

Bowlsby said the conference would be implementing “enhanced testing,” consisting of three tests per week for football and any other “high contact sports.” He also said players who do test positive and recover will receive proper cardiac care, due to emerging evidence that even those with mild cases of COVID-19 may suffer from heart damage.


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The Big 12 conference schedule will begin on September 26, which would typically be the fourth week of the football season. The teams will compete in a 10-game season consisting of 9 conference games and one non-conference game each. The annual Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma will be played at the Cotton Bowl on October 10, despite the previous cancellation of Texas’ state fair.

The SEC is now the only Power Five conference to not release a full schedule or postpone its football season. The conference appears to be leaning strongly in favor of playing, as the commissioner said the conference’s medical advisory board said they could proceed with the fall season, according to CBS Sports. Their season is set to begin September 26.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 both postponed their fall seasons on Tuesday due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC released its schedule August 6, and one official previously told CBS Sports the conference “absolutely” intends to play the season.

Although not part of the Power Five, the Big East also announced on Wednesday that its schools will not hold a fall 2020 season. “The Conference will assess alternative options to stage fall sports contests during the spring of 2021,” the conference said in a statement. The Mid-American Conference, also not a Power Five member, canceled its season Saturday, also saying it would look to make the games up in the spring.

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Marlins’ 2020 season is paused by MLB after COVID-19 outbreak among players, coaches – USA TODAY

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What I’m Hearing: After 14 Marlins players and employees tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, how will MLB move forward.

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The Miami Marlins’ season was suspended by Major League Baseball amid an outbreak of COVID-19 cases that resulted in 15 players and two staff members testing positive from Friday to Tuesday, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

The action is a remarkable but pragmatic pause, sidelining one of the 30 MLB teams attempting to play a 60-game schedule through a pandemic, with one potential outcome being that the Marlins – and their upcoming opponents – may not play the season in full. 

“The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the one facing the Marlins in mind,” MLB said in a statement. “The response outlined in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the cluster of positive cases, including contact tracing and the quarantining and testing of all of the identified close contacts.

“The Marlins’ personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care.”

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MLB noted that no other club has had a positive COVID-19 test in the week beginning Friday; in the previous seven-day cycle, four players and two staffers tested positive out of more than 10,000 samples, a positivity rate of 0.05%.

The Marlins’ outbreak had already resulted in a handful of postponements Monday and Tuesday: Two Marlins games against the Baltimore Orioles in Miami, and a pair of Phillies-New York Yankees games in Philadelphia, site of the Marlins’ three-game weekend series. 

Now, the Marlins will have up to seven games to make up: Four against the Orioles and three against the Washington Nationals, their weekend opponents in Miami. 

“After receiving additional test results on our Major League team this morning, we reached out to the Commissioner’s Office with concern for the health and safety of our team as well as our opponents,” Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said in a statement.

“We look forward to returning to Miami where we conducted a successful and healthy Spring 2.0 before departing on the road and experiencing challenges.”

Meanwhile, more pieces began moving to accommodate teams jamming as many games in a 66-day calendar as possible. 

The Yankees, also marooned in Philadelphia since Monday, will now travel south and play two games against the Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday. That leaves the Phillies without an opponent until Friday, and with four games against the Yankees to make up.

Monday is an off day for the Marlins, Nationals and Phillies, while the Orioles and Yankees were scheduled to play in Baltimore. Conceivably, the Marlins could use Monday to play a makeup game (or doubleheader) against the Nationals or Orioles, freeing the Phillies and Yankees to make up one or two of their four postponed games this week. 

Of course, all this flexibility is greatly aided by the fact games are being played without fans in attendance, rendering such key factors as site and opponent virtually moot.

That’s important, as the Marlins may not have a home in which they can return.

Hours before the Marlins’ season suspension, the Nationals’ players voted not to travel to Miami for the weekend games, expressing the level of concern among players and manager Dave Martinez that he said “went from an eight to a 12” in the wake of the Marlins’ outbreak. 

That point now appears moot, as the Marlins won’t have a scheduled game until next Tuesday at home against the Phillies, although they could use Monday’s off day as a makeup date. 

It may be with an entirely new team, in essence. 

Fifteen Marlins will be sidelined for a period likely no less than two weeks and probably longer, given the return times of the more than 100 hundred MLB players who have tested positive for COVID-19. Each player will have to test negative twice in a span of more than 24 hours in order to return. 

The Marlins reportedly testing positive include their top position player, Miguel Rojas, starting catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitcher Jose Urena, designated hitter Garrett Cooper and outfielder Harold Ramirez.

Miami mayor Carlos Gimenez recommended in a Tuesday press conference that all Marlins players quarantine for 14 days upon their return to South Florida, although the ultimate authority may reside with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

Either way, these Marlins will bear little resemblance to the club that won two of its first three games of the year.

They’ll need to dip significantly into their reserve player pool; as part of MLB’s protocols for the 2020 season, teams are allowed 60 eligible players, with the 27 not with the major league team headquartered at an alternate training site. 

Mixing ostensibly quarantined players from their alternate site with players who were just around a spreading event in the big league clubhouse could have been a recipe for disaster, as negative tests for the coronavirus is no guarantee the person has been infected. 

Whether MLB and the Marlins opt for an aggressive but probably appropriate approach of quarantining the remaining major league players for 10 to 14 days, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, remains to be seen. 

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Is their season in jeopardy? What the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak means for the team — and MLB – ESPN

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Major League Baseball is seeing its first coronavirus cancellations since the restart of the 2020 season.

An outbreak of COVID-19 spread throughout the Miami Marlins clubhouse, bringing the total cases in recent days to at least 13, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers. As a result, the Marlins postponed their home opener, scheduled for Monday night; the game between the New York Yankees and the Phillies in Philadelphia — where the Marlins played over the weekend — also was postponed.

So what does this situation mean for the Marlins and MLB? We asked our experts to weigh in on some of the biggest questions.

Does the Marlins’ outbreak of positive cases put their season in jeopardy?

Of course, but that’s why there’s a taxi squad of up to 30 players. If the league is going to continue play, then it’s next man up, as hard as that might be to believe. There really is no other choice. If the Marlins’ season is in jeopardy, then the entire league’s is as well. — Jesse Rogers

What does the Marlins’ outbreak mean for the state of the MLB season as a whole?

We’ll only be able to answer this accurately with hindsight — though it looms as a possibility that Monday’s news is an inflection point with ramifications not only across the rest of this season, but across all the major team sports endeavoring to attempt what MLB already is trying to pull off. For now, this is baseball’s first big test of its ability to stage the 2020 season, and it is more than a little disheartening that it came with just 92 games in the books. Baseball couldn’t get through its first weekend without a possible nightmare scenario emerging.

First, we await test results for the Phillies and their stadium personnel and the weekend’s umpiring crews, among others. We will see just how widely spread the breakout is among the Marlins, and once we do, we will determine if they can plausibly — and safely — field a viable active roster from their 60-player pool. We will cross our fingers and hope that the players and coaches who have already tested positive either don’t experience symptoms, or if they do, they are mild and short-lived.

When we know whether the Marlins can keep playing, we’ll know a lot more about the viability of continuing the season. Because what is already a 13-person outbreak is the exact kind of situation MLB’s system of protocols was designed to prevent, insofar as anything related to COVID-19 is preventable.

It’s also important that MLB be transparent with the decisions it makes in reaction to this situation. If the medical experts tell them it’s simply too dangerous for the Marlins to keep going, then baseball’s newest moment of truth will be at hand. — Bradford Doolittle

Could this impact other teams beyond the Marlins?

The Marlins played in Atlanta before going to Philadelphia. They played three games against the Phillies, occupying the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, where the Yankees were due to take up residence Monday. The Marlins were slated to play the Orioles, who, presumably, are already in Miami. The Braves just finished a three-game series against the Mets, on the heels of their exhibition games against the Marlins. The Mets, meanwhile, are headed to Boston to begin a series Monday night at Fenway Park.

Hopefully, this outbreak is confined to the Marlins. However, you can easily see how one team’s outbreak could cause the whole house of cards to crumble. For now, we already know that the Yankees-Phillies game for Monday has been postponed, so at least those two teams have been tangibly impacted in addition to the Marlins. — Doolittle

Will MLB try to make up these games or are they canceled?

We don’t know specifics in terms of makeup dates, but the news release sent Monday morning by MLB labeled both the Marlins-Orioles and Yankees-Phillies games as postponements. Thus, for now, there seems to be intent to figure out a way to get the games in at some point. — Doolittle

With the tight schedule to get games in, is there room to make up games canceled due to positive tests or other unique circumstances?

Each team’s schedule has six built-in days off, not including a day for the clubs that didn’t play in one of the two openers on Thursday. However, the opportunities for making up a game are limited by the format of the schedule and the need to limit the number of trips each team makes. Teams are also constrained at the back end of the schedule, as there is but one day between the end of the regular season and the start of the 16-team bracket.

Just to illustrate the puzzle with Miami and Baltimore: The Marlins and Orioles were to play two games in Miami, then proceed directly to Baltimore for games at Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday. These are the only scheduled matchups between the teams, which have mutual days off on Aug. 10 and Sept. 3. Again: Do you want teams to make an extra trip to meet up for a makeup game? The Orioles’ only other trip to Florida is scheduled for Aug. 25 to 27 at Tampa Bay; Baltimore has an off day before that series begins, but the Marlins will be out of town.

The only obvious possibility is to schedule a doubleheader at some point this week, or maybe even two of them. That does not immediately seem like a great or plausible option, as there is much to be sorted out in terms of fallout from the Marlins’ outbreak.

If the Phillies and Yankees are cleared to play by Tuesday, perhaps a doubleheader will be possible for them. Also, there is a mutual day off on Aug. 24. That day, the Yankees are scheduled to go from New York to Atlanta, while the Phillies would be going from Atlanta to Washington. Perhaps they could meet up in Philly. Perhaps.

However you look at schedule logistics right now, making up games is a side issue to figuring out just how bad this outbreak is and which teams, clubhouse personnel and umpires have been affected. — Doolittle

Could the Marlins just bring up players from their taxi squad and keep playing?

Yes, that was the whole point of the taxi squad — but it might not be feasible if half or more of their roster is infected. It’s still the most likely scenario, because the other choice is to shut down. — Rogers

Why were the Marlins allowed to play the Phillies on Sunday after multiple players tested positive?

There is no rule in place that players can’t participate as they await test results. But playing could have been a mistake.

That Miami had multiple positives before Sunday’s game and the contest went on as scheduled is concerning. Perhaps any time that happens, it should trigger an automatic postponement. Another red flag here is that even if you test every day, people do not necessarily exhibit symptoms or trigger positive tests right away. Inevitably, infected players will take the field without anyone, including themselves, knowing that they have contracted the virus.

To say that this lag is problematic would be massive understatement. But of course, that’s where all of the other protocols — masking, distancing, sanitizing — take on added importance. The one step baseball hasn’t taken is to make mask-wearing mandatory at all times, even on the field. And while that could be a next step, we don’t actually yet know how the Marlins’ outbreak began and if some kind of on-field mask mandate would have made a difference. Where did it happen? Airport? Airplane? Bus ride? Hotel lobby? Restroom? — Doolittle

Could this lead to more players opting out of the season?

Seems likely, but perhaps those who already made the decision to play will be determined to press on. However, given the number of the players, coaches and managers in baseball, there has to be people pondering whether to take the risk. A teamwide outbreak four days into the season could convince a few people that the risk is just too great. — Doolittle

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