Refreshed, recovered Mikheyev in line to make an impact for Leafs against Columbus — Toronto Sun

Nearly seven months have passed since Ilya Mikheyev darted off the ice in New Jersey, blood spurting from his right wrist. Read More

Refreshed, recovered Mikheyev in line to make an impact for Leafs against Columbus — Toronto Sun

Raptors’ Powell feeling constrained in his social justice message options — Toronto Sun

Norm Powell had a very specific phrase for the back of his jersey where his name would normally go for this NBA restart. But he won’t be able to use it and he’s not very happy about it. In acknowledgement of the huge emphasis a vast number of NBA players and the league itself is […]

Raptors’ Powell feeling constrained in his social justice message options — Toronto Sun

Mental approach for Leafs’ Muzzin in Cup hopes remains the same in abnormal times — Toronto Sun

The path to a Stanley Cup in 2020 won’t be like anything the NHL has seen before. Read More

Mental approach for Leafs’ Muzzin in Cup hopes remains the same in abnormal times — Toronto Sun

Games haven’t started and things already plenty hot in Raptors camp — Toronto Sun

Maybe it’s the bubble living, or all that time away from the game. Maybe it’s because the playoffs are so close and this Raptors team, despite the lack of respect from south of the border, really is locked in on repeating as NBA champs. Whatever the reason, the intensity or ‘the juice,’ as head coach […]

Games haven’t started and things already plenty hot in Raptors camp — Toronto Sun

Jeremy Roenick Sues NBC Sports for Anti-Straight Discrimination in Firing — TVLine

Hockey commentator Jeremy Roenick is firing back at NBC Sports, accusing his former employer of discriminating against him for being straight.

Jeremy Roenick Sues NBC Sports for Anti-Straight Discrimination in Firing — TVLine

Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell leaves NBA bubble for urgent family matter — Daily News

Clippers center Montrezl Harrell left the closed NBA campus to deal with an urgent family matter, the Athletic’s Shams Charania reported and league sources confirmed Friday. Harrell plans to return to the NBA restart at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, at a later date. Prior to the restart, the NBA and its…

Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell leaves NBA bubble for urgent family matter — Daily News

Lakers’ Howard warned for not wearing mask — VOICE OF THE HWY

2:47 PM ET There was a time when Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard received adulation for wearing a cape in the dunk contest. Now he’s been disciplined for not wearing a mask in the NBA bubble. Howard says he was reported to the NBA’s “Campus Hotline,” set up to help protect players and staff […]

Lakers’ Howard warned for not wearing mask — VOICE OF THE HWY

Rams’ Andrew Whitworth says he and his family had coronavirus — Press Telegram

Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth said Friday he and members of his family tested positive for the coronavirus, and called the scare a lesson for NFL players going into the scheduled start of training camps in less than two weeks. Speaking on a video chat by NFL Players Association leaders with pro football reporters, Whitworth indicated…

Rams’ Andrew Whitworth says he and his family had coronavirus — Press Telegram

Yasiel Puig has tested positive for COVID-19 — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Puig just announced his positive test result on Twitter

Yasiel Puig has tested positive for COVID-19 — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

By Craig CalcaterraJul 17, 2020, 3:02 PM EDT1 Comment

Next up on your 2020 bingo card: Yasiel Puig tests positive for COVID-19. And, Ken Rosenthal reports, he will not be signing with the Atlanta Braves as a result.

Puig, who was reported to be in agreement with the Braves on a deal, but whose signing had not yet been officially announced, tweeted moments ago that, while he is asymptomatic, he has tested positive for COVID-19. He said “I feel absolutely fine. I will be quarantined until I receive two negative test results, which I hope will arrive shortly.”

Puig goes on to say, “I am sad that this has happened, but I believe that everything is in God’s timing and that my return to MLB will happen in His perfect plan and timing for me. When I return to the field I will do so knowing that I will have one less hurdle to overcome.”

Puig hit .252/.302/.475 (92 OPS+) for the Reds last year before being traded to the Indians at the deadline. Once in Cleveland his performance improved, as he hit .297/.377/.423 (109 OPS+). His reported deal with the Braves comes on the heels of Braves outfielder Nick Markakis opting out of the 2020 season and after Braves star first baseman Freddie Freeman was laid up with fairly serious symptoms of COVID-19 himself.

Yasiel Puig tests positive for COVID-19, according to Puig:

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— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) July 17, 2020

Earlier today Major League Baseball announced that it had collected 10,548 samples over the past week, but just six (0.05 percent) returned as new positives. Whether that includes Puig or not is not clear. This could be a new one that came in after the report was issued.

To date, the league has collected 17,949 monitoring samples and 23 new positives (18 players, five staff members), which equals 0.1 percent. When combining ongoing monitoring testing and intake screening that began June 27, there have been 93 positive tests (80 players) among 21,701 samples, which translates to 0.4 percent. Twenty-eight of the league’s 30 teams have had at least one positive. Again, whether that includes Puig is not known.

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