French Open Is Postponed , Amid COVID-19 Resurgence . The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced that the tennis Grand Slam tournament will be postponed by a week. The French Open is currently scheduled to begin on May 30. France entered its third lockdown over the weekend in response to the pandemic. French President Emmanuel Macron indicated lockdown measures would hopefully be lifted by the middle of May. FFT President Gilles Moreton consulted with several organizations before making the decision. It will give the health situation more time to improve and should optimize our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros, Gilles Moreton, FFT President, via ESPN. For the fans, the players and the atmosphere, the presence of spectators is vital for our tournament, the spring's most important international sporting event, Gilles Moreton, FFT President, via ESPN
Authorities in South Carolina have confirmed that former NFL player Phillip Adams was the gunman who killed five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren in South Carolina
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Nike Suspends Deshaun Watson Endorsement Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations. Nike made the announcement on April 7. We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, Nike, via statement. Apple's Beats by Dre has also terminated its endorsement deal with the Houston Texans quarterback. 22 women have filed lawsuits alleging Watson's sexual misconduct. One of the alleged victims, Ashley Solis, said on April 6 that she suffers from "panic attacks, anxiety and depression" due to Watson's alleged actions. Watson and his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, deny the allegations and say the women previously attempted to blackmail him. . On April 2, the Houston Police Department took to Twitter to share a statement about Watson
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LSU coach Ed Orgeron maintains in a statement provided to state lawmakers that he does not recall speaking with an elderly female security worker who says then-Tigers running back Derrius Guice made offensive sexual advances toward her in 2017
Paul Pierce Fired By ESPN, Following Instagram Live Post . The NBA legend live streamed a video of himself with several exotic dancers over the weekend. None of the participants in the video appeared to be adhering to social distancing protocols. ESPN is owned by the family oriented Walt Disney Company. The network has not commented on the severing of ties between the former Celtic and ESPN. Pierce had been an analyst on the shows 'NBA Countdown' and 'The Jump' since 2017. . He seemed to strike a defiant tone on Twitter following the news of his firing. Big Things coming soon stay tuned make sure u smile #Truthshallsetufree, Paul Piece, Twitter, via CNN. I can't lose even when I lose I'm winning, Paul Piece, Twitter, via CNN
MLB All-Star Game Reportedly Moving to Coors Field in Denver. This year's game was pulled from Atlanta, Georgia, in protest of radical changes to the state's voting laws. On March 25, Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law new restrictions on voting by mail while also providing more legislative control over how elections are conducted. The move aligns with Republicans' cries of voter fraud following Donald Trump's failure to be reelected. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to move the All-Star game after speaking with various players as well as the Players Alliance. Coors Field, located in a state with a Democratic governor, Jared Polis, and a Democratic-controlled legislature, . last hosted the All-Star Game in 1998. Seating capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions is not yet known
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MLB Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia in Protest of New Restrictive Voting Bill. A new host city has yet to be chosen, but “details” are said to be forthcoming. Commissioner Robert Manfred made the official announcement on Friday. . According to Manfred, the decision was due to Georgia’s new election bill, which Governor Brian Kemp signed into law on Wednesday. . The bill creates strict guidelines around voter registration and mail-in ballots, which critics say will unfairly suppress voters, particularly people of color. . Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance … I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft, Robert Manfred, via CNBC. Manfred went on to say that MLB “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans” and highlighted the league’s 2020 initiative to encourage voting. . [MLB] opposes restrictions to the ballot box … In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance … Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support, Robert Manfred, via CNBC. MLB will reportedly still honor its commitment to support local Atlanta communities.
Francisco Lindor and Mets Agree to $341 Million Contract. According to a source who spoke with ESPN's Jeff Passan, the shortstop has signed a 10-year deal with the Mets. It will be the third-largest deal based on total value in MLB history after Mookie Betts ($365 million) and Mike Trout ($426.5 million). New Mets owner Steve Cohen involved fans with negotiations on social media. Lindor had previously said he'd "go to free agency" if a deal wasn't in place by Opening Day. The 27-year-old two-time Gold Glove winner has also averaged 29 home runs, 86 RBIs and 21 steals in six MLB seasons
MLB to Ease COVID-19 Safety Protocols When 85% on Field Vaccinated. On March 29, Major League Baseball sent a three-page memo to players, coaches and staff urging them to receive one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. For purposes of this memo, individuals are considered `fully vaccinated’ two weeks after receiving their second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after their first dose of a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson), Via MLB memo. According to ESPN, new safety protocols "would apply to fully-vaccinated Tier 1 individuals or teams where 85% of those Tier 1 individuals are fully vaccinated." . Fully-vaccinated individuals will no longer have to wear masks when exercising and can decrease testing to twice a week. They can also gather without masks in hotels, carpool, dine out and more. If they come in contact with an asymptomatic person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they will no longer have to quarantine. Teams with 85% of Tier 1 individuals who are vaccinated won't have to wear masks in the dugout and bullpen. They can also restore clubhouse amenities and no longer have to use Kinexon tracking devices. Managers have said they will continue to encourage players to get vaccinated but will respect the wishes of anyone who chooses not to receive the vaccine.
Justin Herron Saved a Retired School Teacher From Sexual Assault . The New England Patriots offensive lineman is being called a hero by police in Tempe, Arizona. On March 20, Herron and another bystander, Murry Rogers, . heard the 71-year-old woman crying for help in a public park as a 30-year-old man attempted to sexually assault her. Herron and Rogers were able to detain the attacker and console the victim until the man was taken into police custody. They were each presented with Outstanding Service Awards by the police department. If not for the swift actions of Mr. Justin Herron and Mr. Murry Rogers, this vicious attack could've been much worse, Tempe Police Detective Natalie Barela, via statement
Atlanta Falcons and Mike Davis Agree to 2-Year, $5.5m Deal. A source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that the deal includes $3 million guaranteed. . Davis, 28, finished the 2020 season with the Carolina Panthers. He had 642 yards rushing and six touchdowns and 59 receptions for 373 yards and two touchdowns. According to ESPN's Michael Rothstein, the Falcons have also signed a 1-year, $1.25 million deal with linebacker Barkevious Mingo. Mingo played for the Bears last year. He had 2.5 sacks and 35 total tackles in regular-season games