Here are the stories making headlines in sports and business news on Friday, August 7.
What to Watch in Sports This Weekend
The NBA ‘bubble’ continues as teams look to lock in their playoff seeding. There are 12 NBA games on Saturday and Sunday. The Lakers already locked in the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and the Bucks have the top seed in the East but all other playoff spots are still open.
There are 30 games in Major League Baseball this weekend with nearly every team playing at least once on Saturday or Sunday.
The NHL playoffs qualifying series is wrapping up with several teams facing elimination. The Predators, Wilds, and Oilers all need to win Friday in order to remain in the race for the Stanley Cup.
MMA fans can tune in to UFC Fight Night on Saturday, August 8.
Finally, one lucky golfer will take home the first major of 2020 when the PGA Championships wraps up on Sunday.
Daily Coronavirus Update
There are over 19.1 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 716,000 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins, the U.S. has 4.8 million cases with over 160,000 deaths. According to the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 54,184 new cases reported Thursday. 731,700 new tests were reported. And 1,251 deaths were reported yesterday.
Dr. Dermot McPhelan, director of Sports Cardiology at Atrium Health, told TheStreet’s Kathrine Ross in an interview that he's worried about myocarditis caused by the coronavirus in athletes.
"From a sports perspective and an athlete's perspective, I am concerned about new data showing the incidence of cardiac involvement in mildly symptomatic [Covid-19] individuals.”
He said that his message to everyone looking for sports to return is to be aware of the potential impact on the heart and perhaps even have a cardiologist check out athletes prior to returning to the sport. And he says that cardiac testing prior to return to play is becoming more and more of a norm during this unusual time.
What's Going On in D.C.?
Sports gamblers in Washington D.C. are not jumping at the opportunity to bet legally through the D.C. Lottery's sports betting platform.
The D.C. Lottery saw just $1.2 million in the first two months of its launch, according to a report by Matthew Waters from Legal Sports Report. To put that figure in context, New Jersey saw $165 million in June, which was about a 40% drop from its 2019 numbers.
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