Month: July 2020

Wrigley’s home-field advantage without fans

Four days into the Cubs’ training camp restart, we’ve only begun to get acquainted with the new normal of baseball rhythms and routines that we can only hope will result in a 2020 season of 60 games.

If the league can fix some of its early testing issues and keep enough players on enough teams healthy enough to start the season, what might come into play for the Cubs and the actual baseball.

Early observations after about a dozen Zoom sessions with team personnel and two intrasquad scrimmages:

NUTS: Home cooked?

The Cubs, who draw so reliably in one of the unique ballparks in the majors, might have more to lose than most teams without fans allowed to attend games when the season starts July 24.

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Just how much of the Confines’ home-field advantage is lost will

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Player mental health focus of NBA as league heads to restart bubble

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part.

The Pelicans guard will be living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather near Orlando, Florida, this month to resume their suspended season.

Holiday’s wife, Lauren, a former U.S. national team soccer player, is pregnant with the couple’s second child at a time when much of society has been shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran New Orleans player might be away from home for more than a month.

Meanwhile, Memphis rookie Ja Morant expects to miss his daughter’s first birthday next month. Boston’s Gordon Hayward may leave the team when his fourth child is born in September. And players like Washington’s Bradley Beal and Portland’s Damian Lillard wonder how intense NBA restrictions on player movement will be received.

These are but a few examples of why the NBA, its teams and the

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Kemba Walker ready to go when NBA restarts, and a Celtics Census rematch

The return of the NBA is finally starting to feel real.

All 22 teams heading to Orlando, Fla. for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA campaign have been given their eight-game schedules for the remainder of the regular season. The Boston Celtics are set to open with a July 31 matchup against the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks. You can check out their full schedule here.

On a new episode of NBC Sports Boston’s “Celtics At Home,” A. Sherrod Blakely chatted with Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine about how coach Brad Stevens and the C’s are feeling as they look ahead to the season restart.

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“This season for them feels like a restart. And when you think about the fact that last time we saw those guys play was pre-St. Patrick’s Day back in the middle of March

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In pandemic-stricken Miami, health workers deliver masks in person

Miami (AFP) – In a meticulous, home-by-home operation, Miami city workers are knocking on doors in COVID-19 hotspots to deliver face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer — and instructing people on how to properly use the gear.

“Hello!” one of the health care workers cries out in Spanish as her team of six visits Allapattah, a working-class neighborhood located between the Miami airport and wealthy seaside homes.

“We have masks!” she says, urging people to come to the door.

Rafael Asencio, 71, a former construction worker born in the Dominican Republic, greets the team at the door of his humble home.

“Are you taking care of yourself? Where is your mask?” asks Cathy Burgos, the outreach team leader.

The workers hand out bags with face masks, surgical gloves, bottles of hand sanitizer and an information brochure in English and Spanish.

Burgos makes sure that Asencio can properly put on his

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