Oskar Lindblom: Cancer-free and hopeful for a return — The Liberty Line

This past Thursday, Oskar Lindblom officially rang the bell at Pennsylvania Hospital’s Abramson Cancer Center. The Flyers forward had been battling a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s Sarcoma since December 2019. Both Lindblom and the Flyers posted videos of the bell ringing, a ceremonial act that patients perform once they have completed […]

Oskar Lindblom: Cancer-free and hopeful for a return — The Liberty Line

Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins won’t travel to Orlando due to health concerns — Press Telegram

As coronavirus cases have continued to rise throughout the last two weeks, the NBA has massaged the messaging behind its Disney World campus: With a controlled environment, aggressive testing and monitoring and limited personnel, the so-called bubble where the league is staging its restart could potentially be safer than the world around it. But there…

Lakers assistant Lionel Hollins won’t travel to Orlando due to health concerns — Press Telegram

Ujiri accuser not off the hook just yet — Toronto Sun

You might have forgotten Alan Strickland’s name by now, but Raptors president Masai Ujiri hasn’t. Nor has karma, apparently. Strickland is the would-be opportunist and an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy whose attempted lawsuit against Ujiri following a Game 6 altercation last June never saw the light of day. In the lawsuit, Strickland claimed Ujiri “hit […]

Ujiri accuser not off the hook just yet — Toronto Sun

You might have forgotten Alan Strickland’s name by now, but Raptors president Masai Ujiri hasn’t.

Nor has karma, apparently.

Strickland is the would-be opportunist and an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy whose attempted lawsuit against Ujiri following a Game 6 altercation last June never saw the light of day.

In the lawsuit, Strickland claimed Ujiri “hit him in the face and chest with both fists” as he was trying to check Ujiri’s security credentials following Toronto’s 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship.

The lawsuit died when Alameda County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges.

Now Strickland is back in the news, this time because the County wants the money back they paid him in workers’ compensation as he tried to sell his suit to the public.

The County is seeking the return of $142,000 in compensation Strickland collected following the incident as he remained off work claiming physical, mental, emotional and psychological injury from the incident.

Ujiri had steadfastly denied the allegations that he was in any way the aggressor in this incident.

MLB has 38 positive COVID tests — Canoe

A total of 31 players and seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 through the first wave of testing, MLB and the MLB Players Association announced Friday. Among those who tested positive is Cleveland outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti announced Friday. Antonetti said DeShields granted permission for the […]

MLB has 38 positive COVID tests — Canoe

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A total of 31 players and seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 through the first wave of testing, MLB and the MLB Players Association announced Friday.

Among those who tested positive is Cleveland outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti announced Friday.

Antonetti said DeShields granted permission for the club to share and discuss his medical diagnosis. DeShields is currently under quarantine away from the club.

“Delino is doing really well,” Antonetti told reporters during a Zoom conference call. “He’s at home. He’s just waiting to get a negative test that would allow him to travel. He has very mild symptoms.

“He has to test negative twice, two negative tests spread out by at least 24 hours, before he’s allowed in our environment. He took another test recently. We are waiting those results.”

According to a joint release, 3,185 total samples were tested, making for a positivity rate of 1.2%. Of the league’s 30 teams, 19 have had at least one positive test.

It is unclear how many players and staff members in total have been tested. Each team has a 30-man roster and a 30-man taxi squad as they prepare to begin a shortened season in late July.

The league will not reveal specific players or staff members who have tested positive. Dating to March, there have been several positive tests from players and staffers across the league — many of whom remained anonymous — who have since recovered.

The number of positive tests in MLB appears relatively small compared to the NHL and NBA, who have also released data on their coronavirus testing.

On Monday, the NHL said that 26 of more than 250 total players (and 1,450 tests) had been positive over the previous three weeks, a time period featuring voluntary workouts at team facilities. The NBA said Thursday that 25 of 351 players have tested positive since June 23, along with 10 of 884 staff members.

MLB players reported this week to camps, which are taking place at their home stadiums. The league is targeting July 23 or 24 for the opening of the 60-game season, with the schedule yet to be released.

Several players have already opted out of participating, including three from the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals.

Indiana Pacers Guard Victor Oladipo Sitting out the Remainder of the 2020 Season — Chit Chat Newz

The NBA set to resume the 2019-2020 NBA season on July 30th after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the season to be postponed back in March. There will be 22 teams who will play in Orlando, Florida who will play to determine playoff seeding then progress with the NBA playoffs to crown the 2020 NBA Champions. […]

Indiana Pacers Guard Victor Oladipo Sitting out the Remainder of the 2020 Season — Chit Chat Newz

The NBA set to resume the 2019-2020 NBA season on July 30th after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the season to be postponed back in March.  There will be 22 teams who will play in Orlando, Florida who will play to determine playoff seeding then progress with the NBA playoffs to crown the 2020 NBA Champions.

Among those teams heading to Orlando for the resumed season will be the Indiana Pacers who are currently tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with the Philadelphia 76ers holding a 39-26 record. The Pacers will be without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo who announced he will miss the reboot to focus on rehabbing.

Last season, on January 23rd, Victor Oladipo suffered a ruptured quad tendon that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2018-2019 season and the first 47 games (52 games overall) of the 2019-2020 season. In the 13 games he played after returning from injury, he averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Jeremy Lamb, who filled in for Victor Oladipo while he was out recovering from his quad injury, will also miss the season restart after tearing his ACL in February.

Victor Oladipo is one of many players that have announced that they will be missing the season’s restart later this month. These players include: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Trevor Ariza, John Wall, Avery Bradley, Willie Cauley-Stein and Davis Bertans.

Indiana’s Victor Oladipo has decided to sit out the NBA restart.

For more: https://t.co/AQ1XSCrPcN pic.twitter.com/HiRmJ5CKd0

— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 3, 2020

Victor Oladipo will opt out of the NBA’s planned season restart in Orlando, he tells The Athletic’s @ShamsCharania.

“I really want to play, and as a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart.” ⤵️

— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) July 3, 2020

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Washington football team considering name change, are MLB teams next? — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

The NFL’s Washington team is considering changing its name after pressure from a major sponsor. Could MLB’s Braves, Indians, and Rangers be next?

Washington football team considering name change, are MLB teams next? — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Five-star prospect Makur Maker shakes things up with commitment to Howard — Basketball Society

Five-star high school recruit Makur Maker sent a jolt through the college basketball world early Friday morning by announcing his commitment to Howard University, pioneering the much-discussed movement of having elite high school hoopers commit to historically black colleges and universities, also known as HBCUs. I was the 1st to announce my visit to Howard […]

Five-star prospect Makur Maker shakes things up with commitment to Howard — Basketball Society

Bucks hope to shake off rust in Disney World — VOICE OF THE HWY

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers have all but guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a balancing act when the NBA returns to action. While other teams will be fighting for a postseason berth or playoff seedings when they play the final eight regular-season games in Florida, the Lakers […]

Bucks hope to shake off rust in Disney World — VOICE OF THE HWY

A Running List of Players Not Going to the NBA Restart in Orlando — HefferBrew

by Dustin Brewer The issues continue to mount for the NBA as they fight to get to their scheduled July 30th restart of the season in Orlando at Disney World. Here is a list of all the teams attending and the players that will not be attending.

A Running List of Players Not Going to the NBA Restart in Orlando — HefferBrew

Grizzlies’ Morant adds 12 pounds before heading to Florida — WATE 6 On Your Side

Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA’s hiatus, adding 12 pounds of muscle to help absorb contact when the NBA’s likely rookie of the year fearlessly attacks the basketball. And the Memphis Grizzlies point guard knows exactly what he wants when he leads his team to Orlando. “Going out there to win, prove people […]

Grizzlies’ Morant adds 12 pounds before heading to Florida — WATE 6 On Your Side