NBA Player Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Houston Rockets All-Star Russell Westbrook announced on his Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 before traveling to the NBA’s bubble in Orlando, Florida. Player James Harden also did not travel with the team, but the Rockets have not issued an update as to why.
Over to some updates from the PGA, professional golf’s governing body announced that fans will not be allowed to attend events for the rest of the year. The next PGA event is the Memorial Tournament which starts Thursday, July 16. Tiger Woods announced last week that he will be participating. It’s the first time Woods will make an appearance on an official PGA Tour event since February.
Other sports news dominating headlines today includes the Washington NFL team officially announced it is abandoning the name Redskins and that it will announce a new name and brand logo soon. It’s worth noting that the team said its ideal choice for a new name is already trademarked by another organization.
The football team has been criticized for its team name for many years, but recently its biggest sponsors, including FedEx, which owns the naming rights for its stadium, pushed the team to change its name. As Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas eloquently pointed out, team owner Daniel Snyder is making "the right decision for the wrong reasons.”
Daily Coronavirus Update
There are 12.9 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 570,000 deaths. The U.S. has over 3.3 million cases, and 135,000 deaths.
Miami has now taken the baton from New York City as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told Good Morning America that “there’s no doubt that our death rate is going to go up after the next week or two.” On Sunday, Florida reported 15,300 new cases. Back during New York’s peak, the highest daily count was around 12,000.
Florida is not one of the 20 states that have a mask mandate statewide.
That news from Florida follows the World Health Organization reporting over 230,000 new cases worldwide on Sunday, which set a new global record for the number of cases announced in one day. Combined, the U.S. and Brazil accounted for nearly half of those cases. The WHO has warned that "too many countries are heading in the wrong direction.”
“If the basics aren’t followed, there’s only one way that this pandemic is going to go...it’s going to get worse and worse and worse,” the WHO’s director noted.
Keep an Eye on August 3
Sports fans need to mark their calendars for Monday, August 3. That day will have 22 live games of the MLB, NBA, and NHL.
The MLB is starting its season on July 23, the NBA is re-starting its season on July 30, and the NHL on August 1. So August 3 will have the most multi-sport games since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the U.S. sports world in March. It breaks down as six NHL games, six NBA games, and ten MLB games.