Kyrie Irving Adopts Health and Safety Protocols

Adrian Wojnarowski: According to the team, Kyrie Irving has entered the league's Covid protocols. Source: Twitter @wojespn What's the buzz on Twitter? - 12:52 PM Jeff ... (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie Irving Adopts Health and Safety ProtocolsKyrie Irving is also included in the Health and Safety Logs. Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt He couldn't have played tonight anyway. Had to return for five consecutive years according to the league's health and safety guidelines before rejoining the team. - 12:50 p.m. Kyrie Irving has entered the NBA health and safety logs, say the Nets - 12:50 p.m. The Nets announce that Kyrie Irving is on the logs. The Brooklyn Nets Say Kyrie Irving entered health and safety logs - 12:49 p.m. Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving entered health and safety logs, the team says. Kyrie Irving is now on health and safety logs, according to Nets. Kyrie Irving is now on health and safety logs, according to Nets. Kyrie Irving has signed up on the league's Covid logs, the team says. Kyrie Irving is now listed as out of action based on health and safety protocols. The Nets say Kyrie Irving is out in COVID logs. The Brooklyn Nets will bring Kyrie Irving back to the squad as a part-time player. @Brian Geltzeiler says @ Will_Perdue32 Steve Nash deserves a lot of credit for the way he does his head coaching role #NetsWorld - 11:32 AM I hopped on CBS-2 with @OvermyerTV to Talking about the Kyrie situation and what it means to the @Brooklyn Nets What do you think of the Nets' decision to join Kyrie Irving? # Nets owner Joe Tsai on Kyrie Irving's part-time return: “We're trying to be practical. And I've always said that I don't want to make this a political issue. My only religion is to win games and win the championship. ”#NBA @Joe Tsai… - 1:34 AM Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis Kyrie Irving's return to the Victory, Not Politics: # Nets Owner Joe Tsai 12/18 / kyr… via @nypostsports - 1:32 AM Sean Highkin @highkin I have to say I didn't miss that of the discourse from Kyrie Irving was commonplace. Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba Andre Iguodala on Kyrie Irving: "Guy's so good but you all don't want to say that." - 11:31 pm Iguodala on the Kyrie News: "Kyrie is my husband so I hope he shows the world his talent and continues to agree that he is a top player of all time is. However, they don't want us to see his capabilities. Sean Marks on the return of Kyrie Irving: "We made this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances, including players missing games due to injury and health and safety logs." More: articles / kyrie… - 11:21 pm New for @YahooSports: Does it make sense? KD wanted Kyrie back and the Nets gave in, sacrificing sanity in the process… - 9:45 p.m. Brooklyn Nets brought the unvaccinated Kyrie Irving to street games outside of New York, Toronto / 2021/12 / b… - 9:04 pm The nets really hit Kyrie Irving with the wyd 2am text - 8:53 pm Here's why the nets are bringing Kyrie back - 8:40 pm Watch Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA Kyrie Irving will reportedly start the process to return to the Nets as a part-time player @Eddie Johnson tells @TermineRadio why he has reservations about the whole situation #NetsWorld gZXDVcilZo - 8:31 pm This is what Kevin Durant said the other night when asked about reports of "renewed optimism" about a return from Kyrie Irving. - 7:57 pm Good evening from my friend's house where his nine month old son is trying to bite my phone while I tweet this. Kyrie Irving is returning to the Nets on a part-time basis. What it means for Brooklyn, Irving, and everyone involved. Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee Cramming to understand how excited Nets fans should be with Kyrie Irving's possible return when the organization decided that the best time to toss their principles aside and bring an unvaccinated player back as a part-time worker was during the biggest Covid outbreak to Hit the NBA - 7:49 PM Kyrie Irving can play 24 games for Nets this season if he starts COVID test on Saturday. and remains unvaccinated. Nets still have 27 street games (2 at MSG, 1 at Tor). Play networks from December 28th until January 15th 9 times; he could play twice. He's only played once in the last 2 weeks of the season - 7:37 pm If you've listened to #Nets manager Steve Nash's conversations for the past few weeks, he sounded awkward asking so much from KD, who is on the record of 37 mpg was incredible. Kyrie's decision stems from that concern and a desire to support one of the greatest players of all time in his prime. Kyrie Irving must pass COVID tests for 5 consecutive days and boot up anyway. But that's how things have changed (7 Nets on record, heavy KD minutes) since Nets decided to keep him away from team sources, tell @Adrian Wojnarowski… - 7:13 pm Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops Nets GM Sean Marks: "Following discussions with our coaches, players and staff, the organization has decided to return Kyrie Irving to the team for any games and training he is eligible to attend." Kevin Pelton @kpelton wrote about how Kyrie Irving's part-time return will affect the Nets: (ESPN +) - 7:11 pm Statement from Nets GM Sean Marks on the team's decision to bring Kyrie Irving back: pic.twitter. com / QhZYxvw7h4 - 7:07 p.m. The Nets statement on Kyrie Irving's re-entry into the team: - 7:07 p.m. As Kyrie will be returning to the Nets for street games, it should be remembered The NYC Law, that prevents Kyrie from playing while it does not apply to unvaccinated players stays insane. Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds As the number of NBA viruses has skyrocketed, Nets and Kyrie Irving decide it is time for him to return. - 7:04 PM GM Sean Marks' statement about the U-turn of the Nets, which allowed Kyrie Irving to get back on the team, although according to the current rules he is only allowed to participate in street games as an unvaccinated player: pic - 7:02 p.m. Statement by the Brooklyn Nets on Kyrie Irving - 7:02 p.m. Statement by Nets GM Sean Marks on the return of Kyrie Irving: - 7:02 pm Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix Nets statement on the return of @Kyrie Irving - 7:02 pm Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks has released a statement on the expected return of Kyrie Irving. - 7:02 pm Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina The Brooklyn Nets are changing course on Kyrie Irving. Now he can be part-time player - 7:01 pm Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps The Nets posted a statement regarding their decision to have Kyrie Irving with them again: niHI1lsLPc - 7:01 pm PM Nets return statement on Kyrie Irving: - 7:00 PM Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman Nets is not wrong with the reinstatement of Kyrie Irving. It's about bringing a championship to Brooklyn. Maybe they were wrong when they originally banned him when they didn't sound more fluid. Even Thibs sounded fluid when it came to Kemba. Talk about a bizarre scenario. Sean Marks insists that there be no P / T game at the start of the season. Kyrie holds onto his guns by not getting the Vax. Nets play 3 months without him and finally bring him back after putting 7 of their own in logs + the league is devastated. Headline corrected: Kyrie Irving reportedly returning to Nets soon, will only play the street game ... - 6:06 pm If Kyrie Irving leads the season he'll miss half the games - and manages to avoid COVID, sports science suggests he has an advantageous schedule with a much more manageable number of games per week. Increased likelihood of elite sports, reduced likelihood of injury. When Kyrie Comes Out With A More Than a Halflete Warmup - 5:47 PM Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto Kyrie Irving's reported return on a part-time street gaming basis has been welcomed by a Nets team decimated by Covid Health and Safety Protocols . MVP candidate Kevin Durant is in the NBA in fourth place (37) in minutes, and James Harden is 8th (37.2), which also went into the decision. - 5:43 pm Sean Marks was pretty definitive in October when Nets said Kyrie Irving wouldn't be on the team while he was unvaccinated and said Irving wouldn't play or train "until he did is entitled to do so ". a full participant. ”“ We're not looking for partners who are at half time, ”said Marks - 5:34 pm There is a certain irony in Kyrie saying he wants to be a voice for the voiceless and a hero for anti- Become Vaxxers, they're the loudest motherfuckers out there. ESPN story about Kyrie Irving's imminent return to the Brooklyn Nets as a part-time gamer:… - 5:27 p.m. Don't forget New York City just picked a crazy, fake one vegan wannabe republican to mayor who is likely to reverse the city's Covid protocol preventing Kyrie from playing on day one of his inauguration - 5:26 p.m. Kyrie Irving's return isn't expected anytime soon. He has to pass a series of Covid tests before he can train with the team. Nets didn't see him training and isn't sure what shape he's in now. It is expected that it will take its time to boot up again. Nets vs Bucks (or whoever) - Game 7 2022 Eastern Conference Finals in Brooklyn Nets vs Western Conference Champs - Game 7 2022 NBA Finals in Brooklyn Injury Report: Kyrie Irving - OUT - Personal Reasons (I think that would be the label) How goes that? Make sense? LeBron and Isaiah Thomas versus Kyrie on Christmas Day? Kyrie will face his first media hustle and bustle for publicly rejecting the vaccine. Tommy Beer @TommyBeer Nets GM Sean Marks on the October Kyrie Irving saga: “We're trying to put together a group of people who will be able to fully participate. That’s what matters and we’re not looking for partners who are at halftime, ”said Marks. The Nets are currently not practicing on their team due to the COVID outbreak. I'm curious to see when Kyrie Irving will actually be able to practice with them because of this. The Nets have taken a tough stance on Kyrie Irving, are now missing a lot of people, relying too much on Durant, are now completely given in, and the look is brutal from several angles. - Kyrie refuses to get vaccinated as he cannot play home games - The team refuses to allow him to play part time - The team is hit by a COVID outbreak mostly caused by people who have not been vaccinated - That Team allows Kyrie, unvaccinated, to return. Kyrie Irving is back on a part-time basis, via @Adrian Wojnarowski - 5:09 pm Bobby Marks @ BobbyMarks42 on Kyrie Irving earlier this week. Obviously, the situation has changed. - 5:09 PM What happened to the Nets executives who insisted Kyrie Irving is a full time gamer or nothing? So stick to your decisions. The Nets will intentionally try to drop below 4 seeds in order to have Kyrie Irving's edge over home advantage in the playoffs - 5:07 pm Marc Stein @TheSteinLine Marc Stein @TheSteinLine Before the Nets actually get close to getting Kyrie Irving back , You are listing ELF players - including Kevin Durant - for their next game against the Magic. More NBA from me: - 5:04 p.m. Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn ESPN Sources: With the unfolding circumstances Brooklyn's season - including injuries, covid losses, and excessive minute exposure to their Superstar players - are bringing back Nets All-Star Guardians Kyrie Irving as a part-time player for games outside of New York. Wrote about what a return of Kyrie Irving would look like for the Nets on Monday. Replugging, as reported by @Shams Charania, that he's started getting back on the team.… - 5:03 p.m.… - 5:03 p.m. Just arrived: All-NBA star Kyrie Irving has initiated the process to join the Brooklyn Nets to return, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Irving is powering up, has started the team's COVID-19 testing, and his season debut date has yet to be set. Adrian Wojnarowski: Evan Mobley from Cleveland has entered Covid logs, the team says. Tommy Beer: 50 NBA players signed up for the NBA's health and safety logs in the past six days. That's more than 11% of all players in the entire league. -via Twitter @TommyBeer / December 18, 2021 Adrian Wojnarowski: Another kink in Covid protocols, per team: Miles McBride. -via Twitter @wojespn / December 18, 2021 -via Twitter @wojespn / December 18, 2021


Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving - who just rejoined the Nets - are on NBA logs

We'll keep track of the latest news including postponements, positive tests, and other adjustments. (Author: Gardener)

Kevin DurantKevin Durant signed himself onto the NBA's health and safety protocols on Saturday. A surge in COVID-19 cases is disrupting sports teams and leagues around the world, including in Boston. We'll keep track of the latest news including postponements, positive tests, and other adjustments. Seven players have been included in COVID-19 logs since Monday: Brad Marchand, Craig Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Jeremy Swayman, Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic and Oskar Steen. the Canadiens and Sunday at the Senators have been postponed, as has a Thursday game against the Avalanche in the TD Garden. Celtics: The Celtics added Jabari Parker to the NBA's health and safety logs on Thursday, and Al Horford, Grant Williams, Sam Hauser and Juancho Hernangomez on Friday. Patriots: The Patriots have three players in the COVID-IR: Security guard Yasir Durant, running back J. Taylor could be activated in time for the game against on Saturday. Click here to see what the protocols are for the NFL, NBA, and NHL. Kyrie Irving, who returned to the Brooklyn Nets part-time on Friday, is now on the NBA's health and safety logs. The team announced that he and Kevin Durant were sidelined on Saturday, bringing the total number of Nets to nine. Kevin Durant on COVID-19 Log, Bringing Total to Eight for Nets - 11:34 AM Kevin Durant has reportedly entered the NBA's health and safety logs bringing the total to eight for the Brooklyn Nets elevated. Sunday Bruins Senators in Ottawa Is Out - 11:30 am The Globe reports that Sunday's Bruins Senators game in Ottawa is canceled. This follows the cancellation of Saturday's training session by the Bruins as the team awaits test results. Seven players and two staff members entered COVID-19 logs this week. After positive tests within the program, the Northeast men's basketball team announced the cancellation of their game against Vermont, scheduled for Sunday. The Nets decided on Friday that Irving would return to practice and play in street games, although he continues to be unable to play at home for failing to meet New York City's vaccine mandate. The Nets decided on Friday that Irving would return to practice and play in street games, although he continues to be unable to play at home for failing to meet New York City's vaccine mandate. But concerned about Kevin Durant's heavy workload of seven players unavailable due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, the Nets figured they couldn't miss the chance to add the All-Star Security Guard. But concerned about Kevin Durant's heavy workload of seven players unavailable due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, the Nets figured they couldn't miss the chance to add the All-Star Security Guard. "We made this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances, including players missing games due to injuries and health and safety logs," said general manager Sean Marks in a statement. "We made this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances, including players missing games due to injuries and health and safety logs," said general manager Sean Marks in a statement. Members of New York's professional and college teams must be vaccinated against the coronavirus to play in public arenas. Starters James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre ’Bembry are in health and safety logs, along with Paul Millsap, Bruce Brown, James Johnson and Jevon Carter. It has forced Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, to play far more minutes than the Nets would like. Coach Steve Nash said he wanted to rest him on Thursday, and the Nets have said Durant will be resting a sore right ankle against Orlando on the opening night of a clash on Saturday. English Premier League managers will meet on Monday to discuss the worsening COVID-19 situation, which has already wiped out half of the weekend games and sidelined star players. Club outbreaks highlight the worsening health emergency in the UK as the Omicron variant spreads. "That is why the Premier League created an opportunity for the managers to meet on Monday and I hope that there will be a lot of clarity after this meeting." The league has already reintroduced emergency measures - more frequent testing and wearing face masks indoors - but said it intends to stick with the current schedule "as safely as possible." The league said its board was reviewing requests to postpone games on a case-by-case basis and "based on existing rules and guidance issued to all clubs on postponing COVID-19". The latest postponements - five of the weekend's 10-game schedule - have brought the total of top games canceled that week to nine. Two games were played on Thursday in which key players were absent due to positive tests. League leaders Manchester City got good news when manager Pep Guardiola tested negative late on Friday, hours after an inconclusive test, according to the British Press Association. Guardiola canceled his pre-game press conference but the follow-up test apparently gave him permission to go to Newcastle on Sunday with a near-full squad. At least 20 men's basketball games and 36 women's basketball games have been canceled or postponed this season due to COVID-19 protocols as of Friday afternoon. Kentucky number 21 will now face North Carolina at the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday after each of their opponents was eliminated, while Number 16 Seton Hall's second cancellation will result in a loss at the Big East in as many days Conference. The new matchup was announced after fourth-placed UCLA canceled their game against the Tar Heels. The Bruins have paused team-related activities and the status of their future games is uncertain. They had canceled a home game against Alabama State scheduled for this week. The other game that was part of the Vegas event, a matchup between Ohio State No. 15 and Kentucky, was canceled due to positive COVID-19 results in the Buckeyes program. The Pirates' game against St. John's on Monday at Seton Hall was canceled. If cleared by the school, if a team cannot start or finish a game due to an insufficient number of players, this will result in pure conference loss under Big East policy. The NFL announced Friday afternoon that it would reschedule the Raiders-Browns game on Saturday and the Washington-Eagles and Seahawks-Rams games on Sunday to weekdays as the Browns, WFT and Rams deal with COVID-19 cases deal that decimate their cadres. Brown's QB Baker Mayfield, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and coach Kevin Stefanski all tested positive for COVID-19 this week, and more than a dozen players have been inducted into the COVID-IR. Los Angeles has placed more than 20 players on the COVID-IR since Sunday, including stars Jalen Ramsey, Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller. And the Eagles will also receive the Washington Football Team on Tuesday at 7 p.m. WFT has lost every quarterback in its 53-man roster, including starter Taylor Heinicke, and at least 20 more to the COVID-IR. The NHL announced that their pre-scheduled game against Seattle on December 23 has closed the Calgary Flames. In addition, the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers games will be postponed, at least due to the planned conclusion of the league's vacation break on December 26th. The Avalanche were scheduled to play against the Bruins at TD Garden on December 23rd. New Orleans manager Sean Payton is out for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after testing positive for COVID-19. Northeastern University sent an email to students saying that fans will not be allowed to attend as of Sunday while games continue on campus. Northeastern announced in an email to students this morning that it would not be admitting spectators to sporting events as of Sunday. Two other Celtics players entered COVID-19 logs on Friday. Al Horford and Grant Williams have entered COVID-19 logs, the team said. The Celtics also canceled their morning shootout ahead of Friday night's game against the Golden State Warriors. The pair join forces with Jabari Parker, who entered health and safety logs Thursday as the NBA went through a series of outbreaks and shifts. Syracuse men's basketball has postponed its next two games against Lehigh and Cornell due to COVID logs. And UCLA men's basketball has canceled its game against UNC in the CBS Sports Classic due to issues within their program. The Bruins' Saturday game against the Canadiens in Montreal has been postponed, the NHL announced on Friday. TD Garden To Increase Mask Enforcement, But Expert Says COVID Rise May Require New Restrictions - 8:00 a.m. TD Garden is stepping up enforcement action to remind its roughly 18,000 Celtics and Bruins fans that they better keep their work masks on. Bruins are still planning to travel to Canada to beat two games despite COVID-19 problems among Canadians - 7:30 a.m. The Bruins were packed and ready after their 3-1 loss to the Islanders in New York on Traveling to Canada Thursday night, even four other players and one staff member were put on the NHL's COVID log list. Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic, Oskar Steen and Jeremy Swayman joined Brad Marchand, Craig Smith and Patrice Bergeron in the league's protocol. Up to 140 players have been added to the league's log this season, with an alarming increase added by more than 30 players this week. After leaving New York, the Bruins will continue their three-game road trip with stops in Montreal on Saturday and Ottawa on Sunday. The Montreal Canadiens are part of several teams dealing with COVID issues. The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers played in an empty Bell Center Thursday night due to a spiraling surge in COVID-19 cases. The Canadiens announced about two hours before the puck was dropped that Quebec public health officials had requested that no fans attend the game. The team said in a statement that it had accepted the request "to ensure the safety of our fans and fellow citizens". The Canadiens said there will be an update on the status of the game on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins, who currently have seven players on COVID-19 log. The NBA and its players have agreed to improve health and safety protocols over the holiday season in response to rising virus numbers, with additional testing and a return to mask use in many situations. The updated mask rules will remain in effect "until the NBA and Players Association agree otherwise," said a memo shared with teams on Thursday evening and received from The Associated Press. Masks must be re-worn in almost all circumstances during team activities - including when traveling, on the bench at games, in meetings and locker rooms, weight rooms and training rooms. Exceptions: for basketball activities on the field for players and for head coaches during games. The tests will be stepped up from December 26 to January 8, the league said. The league also informed the teams that further requirements and recommendations would come in the next few days "to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 within the team environment". Russell Westbrook now on logs as NBA virus counts rise - 8:10 p.m. From the Associated Press Russell Westbrook entered the NBA's health and safety protocols Thursday, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee and James Harden of Brooklyn as former league MVPs currently sidelined by coronavirus concerns. Westbrook played 42 minutes for the Los Angeles Lakers in their overtime win in Dallas on Wednesday night. The Lakers said he won't be playing in Minnesota Friday night along with four other players due to virus problems and two more due to injuries. According to the Bruins, striker Oskar Steen has been included in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. (The team also announced that an additional member of team staff has been added to the NHL's COVID-19 log.) Additionally, the Celtics said that Jabari Parker entered the health and safety logs. Rising coronavirus concerns hit college basketball on Thursday, with officials canceling two men's top 25 games that weekend. The game between No. 15 Ohio State and No. 21 Kentucky at the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 results in the Buckeyes program. Kentucky said the Wildcats should still travel to Las Vegas to find a possible replacement game and work with Classic officials to fill the void. UCLA's number 4 is due to play in the same tournament against North Carolina on Saturday, despite the Bruins having to cancel Wednesday's home game against Alabama State due to COVID-19 protocols. North Carolina spokesman Steve Kirschner said the team plans to travel to Las Vegas "with the intention of playing UCLA." The Canadiens Flyers game is played without fans - 5:22 pm. The Canadiens released the following statement regarding the Thursday night Montreal-Philadelphia game: Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the area, the Montreal Canadiens received a late afternoon request from public health officials in Quebec about today's game against the Philadelphia Flyers in an enclosed area with no fans at the Bell Center. The Canadiens also said that an update will be provided on Friday on the status of the game scheduled for Saturday - against the Bruins. The men's basketball showdown this weekend between the No. 15 Ohio State and No. 21 Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 results in the Buckeyes program. A Thursday afternoon release from Kentucky said the Wildcats are still supposed to travel to Las Vegas to find a possible replacement game and are working with Classic officials to fill the void. Also in Las Vegas, UCLA No. 4 will play against North Carolina on Saturday, although the Bruins had to cancel Wednesday's home game against Alabama State due to COVID-19 protocols. Bruins Athletics Director Martin Jarmond tweeted on Thursday that the school had "no update" on the status of the game with the tar heels. Bruins Athletics Director Martin Jarmond tweeted on Thursday that the school had "no update" on the status of the game with the tar heels. When Miami played the New York Jets last month, Jaylen Waddle scored the Dolphins' first touchdown and Myles Gaskin had the score that got them to stay. Waddle and Gaskin - Miami's lead receiver and lead rusher, respectively - were among a handful of dolphins on the league's COVID-19 reserve list this week. Miami (6-7) are ready to forego both if they jeopardize their five-game winning streak against the Jets (3-10) on Sunday. Miami already had three running backs, including Gaskin, plus rookie safety Jevon Holland on the COVID-19 list when news broke Thursday that Waddle had been added to that group. Gaskin took 61% of Miami's carries and 62% of the Dolphins' rushing yards during their five-game winning streak; Waddle has more catches than any other two Miami receivers combined over this range. The Washington Football Team added three more players - Safety Kam Curl and Centers Tyler Larsen and Keith Ismael - to their COVID-19 reserve list on Thursday, bringing the team's total to 21, including players on the practice team. Washington signed defensive tackle Akeem Spence to fill the void in the defensive line where seven players are out due to Covid-19 protocols and another defensive end, Chase Young, is in injured reserve. The team's active roster has been cut to 40 players due to the recent outbreak, leaving it in a precarious position just days before his trip to Philadelphia for a division game against the Eagles that will affect the playoffs. Next up is likely Jon Toth, a former practice team player whose NFL experience consists of four special team snaps who played for Washington in the past two weeks. Washington's defense has been hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, leaving only six linemen on the active list, including two that were signed this week: Spence and the defensive end Nate Orchard. Secondary former starting cornerback Kendall Fuller lost and is now curledless, two players who typically play most, if not all, of the team's defensive snaps. On Wednesday, the team also put replacement quarterback Kyle Allen on the Covid-19 list, which led to Jordan Ta'amu joining the training roster to join the training roster. The NFL and NFLPA have agreed on updated COVID logs. There are now more opportunities for fully vaccinated players and staff to "test" COVID logs and get back from quarantine in less than 10 days. Other measures include masking regardless of vaccination status, remote or outdoor meetings, avoiding personal meals and no external visitors on team trips. NFL on Covid Protocol Updates: "All clubs will take preventive measures that have been shown to be effective: masking regardless of vaccination status, remote or outdoor meetings, eliminating personal meals and no outside visitors during team trips." Boosters are also recommended.— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) December 16, 2021 The Premier Hockey Federation announced that the regular season games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday between Boston Pride and hosts Metropolitan Riveters have been postponed. The shift is due to COVID-19 protocols affecting Boston Pride and a plethora of precautionary measures to prioritize the health and safety of members of both organizations and the PHF community. ESPN reports that the Sacramento Kings have closed their facility and their Friday game against the Grizzlies is being questioned because of a COVID-19 outbreak. Coach Alvin Gentry entered the COVID-19 log on Wednesday and there are concerns that more players "could go in that direction," according to ESPN. Three more Bruins, one staff member enters COVID-19 log - 11:04 a.m. Three more Bruins players have been added to COVID-19 log, increasing to six this week as the NHL has its worst outbreak since its inception the season 2021-22 suffers season. Strikers Anton Blidh and Trent Frederic and goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman entered the protocol on Thursday. Brad Marchand and Craig Smith entered on Monday, and they were joined by Captain Patrice Bergeron on Wednesday. In addition, an unnamed employee entered the minutes on Thursday. Premier League in disarray as fifth game is postponed - 10:24 am By Associated Press The number of postponements in the English Premier League rose to five in a week on Thursday after two more games were canceled. A growing number of infections in Leicester resulted in the Tottenham game being postponed hours before Thursday's kick-off. A lingering breakout in the Manchester United squad also meant that Saturday's game against Brighton will not take place. COVID-19 cases in Brentford meant United couldn't host Tuesday, while Brighton-Tottenham on Sunday and Burnley-Watford were also postponed - reflecting the worsening health emergency in the UK as the Omicron variant spreads. Brentford manager Thomas Frank said he wanted the weekend round of games to be postponed so the clubs can deal with the outbreaks. Frank was informed about four more cases of the coronavirus among players and staff at the club in the middle of his press conference on Thursday, ahead of Brentford's away game on Saturday in Southampton. "We should postpone the full round of Premier League games this weekend," said Frank. “COVID cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs, everyone is dealing with it and has problems. "Postponing this round and the round of the English League Cup (next week) would give everyone at least a week or four or five days to clean everything up on the training ground and do whatever it takes to keep everything clean and you the chain break." NFL Changes COVID-19 Protocols: More Testing, New Rules for Return to Play - 9:21 PM By the Associated Press The NFL is planning “significant changes” to its COVID-19 protocols amid the worst three-day stretch for the league during the pandemic, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday evening. The league and the NFL Players Association discuss three main areas: test protocols; Return to game guidelines so asymptomatic players who test positive can return sooner; and encouraging booster shots. The league said the number of positive cases was 88 on Monday and Tuesday, but as players come and go on the list, about 100 is more accurate. Still, Commissioner Roger Goodell said there were no plans to cancel or postpone Cleveland's home against the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday. The Browns have 18 players, including half of their 22 starters, on the COVID-19 reserve list. "Look, we've been bringing this up for the past two years: it's a challenge," said Goodell. It's clear even in the last few weeks that the changes are quite significant and different from before, and I think it requires changes to our protocols in general, and we're working on that with the players' association. ”According to Sills, about two-thirds of the positives came from Tests of people with no symptoms. When asked if the NFL would allow vaccinated players who tested positive to play if they did not have symptoms, Sills said talks with the union were ongoing. C. Tretter again advocated daily testing amid the COVID-19 surge, but Sills said testing is not the best way to address the league's larger concerns about the spread of the virus. Sills said players were more likely to test positive than NFL employees, a change from the start of the pandemic. In the past week, diffusion within team facilities has been a bigger problem than within the community, according to Sills. NBA likely to return to daily testing - 7:04 p.m. By the Associated Press The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are in the process of upgrading their health and safety protocols in response to rising numbers of coronavirus across the league, one said person familiar with the negotiations. As for the biggest changes: The league and union are working to finalize a plan to return to daily testing for players and coaches, at least in the short term, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because nothing is happening was completed or announced publicly. Fully vaccinated players did not have to be tested daily this season. The league and union were already ready to begin daily testing on Friday for those who have not yet received the booster vaccination and can now easily expand those plans. With coronavirus cases and game postponements soaring, the NHL is reintroducing improved COVID-19 protocols that include daily testing and restrictions to contain a growing outbreak among players and staff. The extended protocols will take effect immediately and will be valid until at least January 7th. The person said the NHL had no choice but to increase its logs to ensure a full 82-game season while still taking a longer Olympic hiatus in February. The move came within hours of an ominous move: Ontario health officials unveiled rules that will reduce capacity in the home arenas of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors of the NBA and the Ottawa Senators to 50% from Saturday. The NHLPA has scheduled a conference call with each of its 32 team representatives to discuss the expanded rules, although street play restrictions - no leaving the hotel - are unlikely to be popular with players. As part of the decision made across the league after two days of meetings in deteriorating conditions, the daily testing for players and coaches will also return. Players and staff from three other teams were added to the league's COVID-19 protocol list on Wednesday. Among them were 17 members of the Calgary Flames, whose fourth game was postponed (home game on Saturday against Columbus). Coach Darryl Sutter and two assistants were on the list along with players like Rasmus Andersson, Johnny Gaudreau and others, bringing the number of Calgary players on record to 16 "according to discussions among medical experts. In addition, however, there is a growing number of affected players who, under typical COVID-19 guidance, would be tested at least every 72 hours in the event of a vaccination. The person told AP that the Omicron variant is responsible for the surge in cases and is expected to become the dominant strain if the outbreak persists. More than 140 NHL players have been on the log list this season - including more than two dozen in the past two days - in a league that has proudly stated that all but one of its roughly 700 players are considered fully vaccinated, themselves when booster shots are not mandated. It's a discouraging trend for the league, which plans to allow its players to compete in the China Winter Olympics in February unless the disruption from COVID-19 proves to be too much. The Athletic reports that the Omicron variant has been discovered in a player. Sources: The NBA's first known Omicron variant player case was recently discovered in a positive COVID-19 test. Maple Leafs, Raptors, and Senators will be capped at 50 percent capacity - 4:12 p.m. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Ottawa Senators will be capped at 50 percent at home games from Saturday after Ontario unveiled new rules on Wednesday to combat the current surge in COVID-19. The Washington FT and Browns are now up to 18 players each on the Reserve / COVID-19 roster. The Rams have 16 players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list. - Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 15, 2021 The Nantucket High School athletic department announced that spectators will not be allowed at any of its events. As of today's Boys Hockey Game, no spectators will be admitted to any NPS Athletic Event! Please understand that this was a difficult decision, but it is necessary at this point in time. The NHL's coronavirus situation worsened on Wednesday when players and staff from three more teams were added to the league's COVID-19 log list, including seven Calgary Flames players, three coaches and seven support staff. The NHL also canceled a fourth Flames game, Saturday's home game against Columbus. Coach Darryl Sutter and two assistants were on the protocol list along with players like Rasmus Andersson, Johnny Gaudreau and others, bringing the number of Calgary players on the protocol to 16 "after discussions among league, players union and team medical experts. In total, there were more than 140 NHL players on the log list this season - including more than two dozen in the last two days. Four teams - Calgary, Carolina, Ottawa, and the New York Islanders - had outbreaks that forced game reschedules, a total of 10. Four teams - Calgary, Carolina, Ottawa, and the New York Islanders - had outbreaks that forced game reschedules, a total of 10. The NHL and NHL Players' Association met again Tuesday evening and Wednesday to review the COVID-19 logs. The Puerto Rican Winter League has temporarily suspended its season after 39 positive COVID-19 tests on players, coaches and staff across the league's five teams. All were vaccinated, said the league. New York University has announced the suspension of all sporting activities until further notice. A coronavirus outbreak in Watford resulted in the Burnley game being canceled less than three hours before kick-off on Wednesday, marking the Premier League's third postponement in four days. "The decision was made on the advice of medical advisors due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Watford's squad," the Premier League said. "This leaves the club with insufficient first-team players to play the game." But Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers expressed disappointment that Leicester's request to postpone Thursday's game against Tottenham was rejected by the Premier League. Leicester will be without nine players due to coronavirus-related issues and injuries. ESPN berichtet, dass der Trainer von Sacramento Kings, Alvin Gentry, positiv auf COVID-19 getestet wurde und das heutige Spiel gegen die Washington Wizards verpassen wird. Der Trainer von Sacramento Kings, Alvin Gentry, wurde positiv auf Covid getestet und wird nicht gegen trainieren. Die Nachricht kommt einen Tag, nachdem Brad Marchand, der Torschützenkönig des Teams, und Craig Smith Protokolle eingegeben haben. Bergeron muss möglicherweise die üblichen 10 Tage aussetzen, was bedeutet, dass er bis zum Matchup am 27. Dezember gegen die Pittsburgh Penguins mindestens fünf Spiele ausfallen könnte. Am Dienstag verloren die Bruins ohne Marchand und Smith – zwei ihrer sechs besten Stürmer – mit 4:1 gegen die Vegas Golden Knights im TD Garden. Keiner spielte am Montagabend und beide wurden nach dem Spiel in die AHL zurückgebracht. Die Bruins sind eines von mehreren Teams, die sich mit COVID-19-Angelegenheiten befassen. Trainer Bruce Cassidy ist erst am Montag zum Training zurückgekehrt, nachdem er positiv getestet und zwei Wochen wegen Protokollen gefehlt hatte. Die Calgary Flames, gegen die die Bruins am Samstag spielten, mussten diese Woche drei Spiele verschieben. Diese Entscheidung wurde getroffen, bevor am Dienstag drei weitere Spieler in das Protokoll eintraten, wodurch das Team auf neun anwächst. Die Carolina Hurricanes, die letzten Donnerstag gegen Calgary spielten, sahen ihr Spiel am Dienstag gegen die Minnesota Wild verschoben, mit vier weiteren positiven Tests, die die Gesamtzahl der Hurricanes auf sechs erhöht. Ihr Spiel war die neunte Verschiebung der NHL in dieser Saison, nach Calgary und fünf im letzten Monat, darunter die Ottawa Senators und die New York Islanders. Die NHL sagte in einer Erklärung, dass sie am Mittwoch ein weiteres Update bereitstellen wird. Pläne, Anfang Februar eine Pause einzulegen, um ihren Spielern die Teilnahme an den Olympischen Spielen in Peking zu ermöglichen, könnten zweifelhaft sein, sollte die Liga diese geplante Pause nutzen, um die Spiele zu verschieben. Premier League verlangt für die Teilnahme an Spielen einen Vax- oder Negativtest – 10:11 Uhr Fußballfans in England müssen bei der Ankunft in den Stadien einen Nachweis über ihren Covid-19-Impfstatus oder einen negativen Test erbringen, oder sie riskieren, Spiele auf dem Bildschirm ansehen zu müssen Fernsehen statt. "Überprüfungen werden auf allen Premier League-Geländen stattfinden", sagte die Liga am Mittwoch in einer Erklärung und fügte hinzu, dass den Fans der Zutritt verweigert wird, wenn sie nicht nachweisen, dass sie geimpft sind oder in den letzten 48 Stunden negativ getestet wurden. Die Regeln, die für alle ab 18 Jahren gelten, verlangen auch, dass Fans eine Selbsterklärung ausfüllen, in der sie bestätigen, dass sie der Aufforderung bereits vor den Spielen nachkommen können. Der COVID-19-Ausbruch der Browns hat sich ausgeweitet und verschlimmert. Quarterback Baker Mayfield und Trainer Kevin Stefanski wurden am Mittwoch positiv auf COVID-19 getestet und werden wahrscheinlich das Spiel am Samstag gegen die Las Vegas Raiders verpassen, da Cleveland während seiner Playoff-Verfolgung mit einem weit verbreiteten Ausbruch zu kämpfen hat. Stefanskis positiver Test wurde zuerst vom Team angekündigt, das dann Mayfield, Startsicherheit John Johnson III, Nickelback Troy Hill, Defensive Tackle Malik McDowell und Defensive End Ifeadi Odenigbo auf die Reserve/COVID-19-Liste setzte. Die letzten positiven Tests kamen einen Tag, nachdem das Team acht Spieler, darunter den Top-Empfänger Jarvis Landry und die Offensive Linemen Wyatt Teller und Jedrick Wills Jr., auf die COVID-19-Liste gesetzt hatte. Last week, the Browns were missing three key players due to coronavirus positives: tight end David Njoku, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. and punter Jamie Gillan. It’s hardly an ideal situation for the Browns (7-6), who have been inconsistent all season and are preparing for Saturday’s matchup against the Raiders (6-7) on a short week. Despite the outbreak in Cleveland, an NFL spokesman tells AP there’s been “no discussion of changing the game’s status.” The league said before the season that no games would be postponed because of COVID-19 outbreaks and that forfeits could be in play. The Browns are on the extreme end of what has been a major rise in COVID-19 cases across the league this week. There were 65 reported cases on Monday and Tuesday, the worst two-day outbreak since the pandemic started. Stefanski is vaccinated and received a booster shot, and the team said in a statement he’s “feeling fine.” He’s not currently showing any symptoms and will continue to coach the team remotely this week. Stefanski and the other positive players will have to be asymptomatic and produce two negative tests to be eligible to participate in Saturday’s game. Nets barely have enough players due to COVID concerns — 11:50 p.m. By The Associated Press The Brooklyn Nets were without seven players, including James Harden, on Tuesday night because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The Nets only had enough remaining players to take the court against the Toronto Raptors because Kevin Durant was upgraded from questionable. Aside from Harden, the Nets were missing starter LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre’ Bembry along with reserves Jevon Carter, James Johnson, Bruce Brown and Paul Millsap. “It’s unfortunate for sure,” Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said before the game. About a half-hour after he had finished — and an hour before the opening tip — the team announced Harden and Brown had been placed into COVID-19 protocols. “First we concern ourselves with their health and safety. Fortunately for us, they’re predominantly asymptomatic but there will be a period of time required for them to test negative (before we can) have our full group available again.” Nash also said “a couple coaches (and) a couple staff (members)” had been placed in protocols. One day after a coronavirus outbreak forced the NBA to postpone games for the first time this season, a pair of former MVP winners entered the league’s health and safety protocols. Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden entered the coronavirus protocols Tuesday, the latest sign of mounting coronavirus concerns for the league as its annual Christmas Day showcase games approach. Antetokounmpo has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game, the Bucks said. Harden missed a matchup Tuesday with the Raptors. Earlier Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers canceled practice after guard Talen Horton-Tucker tested positive and was placed in the covid-19 protocols. Several teams have dealt with outbreaks, including the Chicago Bulls, who had two games postponed this week because 10 of their players, including stars DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine, were in the protocols. Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and James Johnson are among six Nets players currently in the protocols. Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was added to the COVID-19 reserve list Tuesday as the NFL reported 28 more positive tests among players in the league’s worst two-day outbreak since the pandemic started. There were 37 positive tests among players Monday, and the Kansas City Chiefs placed one key player in the health and safety protocols each day with a crucial AFC West matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers looming Thursday. Beckham was among nine Rams players to go on the COVID-19 list Tuesday, pushing that club’s total to 13, while Cleveland is now dealing with its second major outbreak of the season. Receiver Jarvis Landry was among eight Browns players added to the list, putting their total at 11. Cleveland plays the Las Vegas Raiders at home Saturday. “We’ll get our work in,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. Safety Jordan Fuller, the Rams’ leading tackler, and fellow defensive backs Terrell Burgess and Juju Hughes went on the list along with tight end Brycen Hopkins, tackle Alaric Jackson, injured nose tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day and practice squad members Jonah Williams and Tyler Hall. Only Beckham and Fuller have played regularly in a major role for LA this season. The Rams are home against Seattle on Sunday after beating NFC West-leading Arizona on Monday night. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey missed the 30-23 victory over the Cardinals after being placed in the protocols hours before kickoff. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones of the Chiefs was placed in the COVID-19 protocol a day after receiver Josh Gordon tested positive. Coach Andy Reid wasn’t sure whether either player will be available against the Chargers. NFL: If a player is vaccinated, they must be asymptomatic and produce at least two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. After Thanksgiving, the NFL implemented heavier protocols and will require personnel working directly with players to get their booster by Dec. 27. NBA: Beginning Friday, if a player doesn’t have their booster shot — the league says more than 60 percent of players do — they will be subject to daily testing. A player can return to the court after either isolating for 10 days or testing negative twice, on separate days. They must also be cleared by a team and league physician. NHL: Nearly all NHL players are vaccinated. They’re tested a minimum of every three days. If they test positive, they must isolate a minimum of 10 days and cannot return until they are asymptomatic.


Nets to enable Kyrie Irving to return to the street game team

Brooklyn's Star Point Guard must test negative for five consecutive days before he can rejoin the Nets. (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie IrvingNEW YORK (AP) - Kyrie Irving is rejoining the Brooklyn Nets who need help and will be content with it on a part-time basis. The Nets decided on Friday that Irving would return to practice and play in street games, although he continues to be unable to play at home for failing to meet New York City's vaccine mandate. The Nets originally decided that Irving wouldn't play with them at all until he could play in all of the games. But concerned about Kevin Durant's heavy workload and understaffed with seven players unavailable due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, the Nets figured they couldn't miss the chance to add the All-Star Guard. "We made this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances, including players missing games due to injuries and health and safety logs," said general manager Sean Marks in a statement. Members of New York's professional and college teams must be vaccinated against the coronavirus to play in public arenas. Irving refused to get vaccinated and has not practiced with the Nets since October. But the Nets need healthy bodies despite leading the Eastern Conference with a 21-8 record. Starters James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre ’Bembry are in health and safety logs, along with Paul Millsap, Bruce Brown, James Johnson and Jevon Carter. It has forced Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, to play far more minutes than the Nets would like. The Nets number has come under fire for bringing Irving back now as coronavirus cases rise and more players test positive and are forced into logs. But with Harden still struggling intermittently in the playoffs after a hamstring injury, the Nets couldn't get anywhere near the offensive that was one of the strongest in the NBA last season. He still has to sit out street games against the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors unless he's vaccinated, but the Nets can have him for anything else as long as he continues to test negative. Irving will be subject to stricter rules if he remains an unvaccinated player, though additional wearing of masks and tests are returning later this month anyway.


The Brooklyn Nets have announced massive news about Kyrie Irving

On Friday, the Brooklyn Nets announced that they had decided to allow Kyrie Irving to play as a part-time player. (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie IrvingOn Friday, the Brooklyn Nets shared a massive update on Kyrie Irving. The All-Star Guard haven't played any games this season, but that's set to change. Irving hadn't been on the team because the New York vaccination mandate prevented him from playing home games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and prior to the season the Nets had said they wouldn't allow him to take one Being a part-time player but that has now changed. "Following discussions with our coaches, players and staff, the organization has decided to return Kyrie Irving to the team for games and training sessions he can attend," Marks said in the statement. The news is huge, of course, as the Nets are 21-8 and the top team in the Eastern Conference, and now they're adding one of the best players in the world to that team. * DEROZAN PASSES JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls start the new season as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star, DeRozan recently passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise record in his first season in Chicago. * STEPH AND THE WARRIORS ARE ON FIRE: The Golden State Warriors haven't made the playoffs in two seasons, but that looks likely to change this season. They are hot to start the season, led by superstar guardian Steph Curry, and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.


The unvaccinated Kyrie Irving returns to the battered Brooklyn Nets for street games

The Nets say security guard Irving will be returning to practice and playing in street games, although he is still unable to play at home due to Covid protocols (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie IrvingKyrie Irving rejoins the Brooklyn Nets who need help and are content to put the guard on a part-time basis. The Nets decided on Friday that Irving would return to training and street games despite still being unable to play at home for failing to meet New York City's vaccine mandate. The Nets originally decided that Irving wouldn't play with them at all until he was able to play in both home and street games. But concerned about Kevin Durant's heavy workload and understaffed with seven players unavailable due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, the Nets decided they couldn't pass up the chance to add the All-Star Guard. "We made this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances, including players missing games due to injuries and health and safety logs," said general manager Sean Marks in a statement. Members of New York's professional and college teams must be vaccinated against the coronavirus to play in public arenas. Irving refused to get vaccinated and has not practiced with the Nets since October. Starters James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre ’Bembry are in health and safety logs, along with Paul Millsap, Bruce Brown, James Johnson and Jevon Carter. It has forced Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, to play far more minutes than the Nets would like. The Nets number has come under fire for bringing Irving back now as coronavirus cases rise and more players test positive and are forced into logs. But with Harden still struggling after a hamstring injury in June, the Nets couldn't get close to the offensive, which was one of the strongest in the NBA last season. Irving will be subject to stricter rules if he remains an unvaccinated gamer, though additional mask wear and testing will return later this month anyway due to the advent of the Omicron variant.


Irving returns to building the Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets will reactivate Kyrie Irving despite previously saying he could not do so until after vaccination against Covid-19. (Author: Gardener)

IrvingThe Brooklyn Nets will reactivate Kyrie Irving despite previously saying he could not do so until after vaccination against Covid-19. The 29-year-old won't be able to play home games as New York rules require players to be vaccinated. Irving also has to miss away games that require immunization. Irving is a seven-time All-Star who played 54 regular season games for the Nets last season but hasn't played in the current season, which began in October. It must be tested daily on its return and will not be available for home games against the New York Knicks and in Toronto. "We made this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances, including players missing games due to injuries and health and safety logs," added Marks. "We look forward to Kyrie's return to the line-up and to bringing our entire squad back together on the pitch." Stricter coronavirus protocols are being rolled out in the NBA after a spate of positive cases of Covid-19 outbreaks at the Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings. In on-court action, Stephen Curry scored 30 points helping the Golden State Warriors to a 111-107 win over the Boston Celtics. The Warriors led by 20 points during one phase of the game but held against a Celtics team who were missing Al Horford, Grant Williams, Jabari Parker, Juancho Hernangomez and Sam Hauser because of the NBA's Covid-19 measures. LeBron James scored 18 points for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 110-92 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Lonnie Walker IV scored a dramatic basket with 14.9 seconds to go when the San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 128-126 . The Milwaukee Bucks had to go without star player Giannis Antetokounmpo due to health and safety protocols and lost, despite Jrue Holiday hitting a career high of 40 points, 116-112 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Charlotte Hornets lost 125-116 to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies won 124-105 against the Sacramento Kings.


Kyrie Irving at Nets is working on getting back on the team part-time for street games

Due to COVID cases, injuries and workload, the Nets are bringing Kyrie Irving back to play in street games that allow unvaccinated players. (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie IrvingThe Brooklyn Nets didn't want the unvaccinated Kyrie Irving to become a part-time player. But due to COVID-19 cases, injuries and an increasing minute load for Kevin Durant and James Harden, the Nets will allow Irving to participate in street games in jurisdictions that allow unvaccinated players, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. "After talking to our coaches, players and staff, the organization has decided to bring Kyrie back on to the team for games and training he can attend," said Marks. "We made this decision with the full support of our players and after careful consideration of our current circumstances, including players missing games due to injuries and health and safety logs." We believe the inclusion of Kyrie will not only make us a better one makes a team, but enables us to better balance the physical strain of the entire squad. We look forward to Kyrie's return to the line-up and to getting our entire squad back together on the pitch. "A mandate in New York City prevents unvaccinated players from playing games at the Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden and the Nets parking early this season Irving on the sidelines saying they didn't want a part-time player just for street games. The only way Irving could return depended on New York changing their mandate (didn't) and Irving getting the vaccine (he was against) or the Nets allowing him to participate in most street games (it seems like that's happening now) A schedule for his return is not known, and Irving, who is not paid for missed games in New York, has five in a row returns negative COVID-19 tests before being allowed to rejoin the Nets and is often tested as an unvaccinated player, the Nets first with a 21-8 record Take a Seat in the Eastern Conference If you play the Friday Games, you play the Orlando Magic at home on Saturday and seven nets, including Harden, are included in the NBA's COVID health and safety protocols. Brooklyn needs players as Durant is piling the logs, a situation Nets manager Steve Nash said is "not safe or sustainable". At a time when there is concern about a highly transmissible variant of COVID, Nets affected by an outbreak are bringing an unvaccinated player onto the line-up. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kyrie Irving of Nets is working on getting back on the team part-time for street games


how Netflix's Drive to Survive turned Americans into F1 fans

The brilliance of the show lies in its ability to express the sport in terms a Real Housewives fan can handle (Author: Gardener)

Netflix's Drive to SurviveThe merican TV viewers didn't exactly ask for a 10-part documentary about Formula 1, a sport that used to be the most boring of all leisure activities in the USA and which literally went in circles. "Let's be real people, F1 is garbage racing in cars and technology that none of us will ever dream of driving," tweeted a former driver and Fox Nascar analyst in 2018, reflecting a broader sentiment in the US. When Formula 1: Drive to Survive launched on Netflix in March 2018, it seemed doomed, especially since the show had no access to Mercedes and Ferrari - the main protagonists of the championship hunt. This forced producers (who blamed title rivals for abandoning the sport) to focus on the teams battling for relevance lower on the grid. Instead, we passed out over Sauber's Charles Leclerc and other heartthrob drivers; we felt with Claire Williams, the sport's only female team boss; We drooled over the boss-level cattle between Red Bulls Christian Horner and Renaults Cyril Abiteboul. Then we got to the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas in November, a quarter of a million down, a little more than a Taylor Swift concert in 2016. With Mercedes and Ferrari getting on board the following season, Drive to Survive did what was once thought impossible: turn Americans into Formula 1 fans. More than 400,000 came to this year's US Grand Prix. A million more watched the race on television. A second American race through the streets of Miami has been added to the schedule for 2022 - the first time the US has hosted two races since 1984. And it's not just the US - the sport gained an estimated 73 million fans in markets last year including Brazil, China and France. Sunday's championship rally in Abu Dhabi averaged nearly a million viewers, and its controversial ending saw social media users immersed deeply in the NFL afternoon table. Most of the time, they argued about whether Max Verstappen's excitement in the final round of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was conceived as a ratings advance for the premiere of the fourth season of Drive to Survive in March. Through a mix of broadcast footage, pre-recorded interviews, and dashcam angles, the series has captured what has been viewed as a sport for anoraks, at least in the US (what with all the obsessive split times, drag coefficients, and tire temperatures) and poses as a high profile Clash of large egos, tense power struggles and breathtaking betrayal. This is the brilliance of Drive to Survive that F1 presents in a form a Real Housewives fan can handle: Daniel Ricciardo is the guy you'd want to lead on your pub crawl. Christian Horner is married to Ginger Spice, but Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff alias Racing Arnold Schwarzenegger lives rent-free in his head. "Formula One is the perfect sport to keep yourself busy because there's no end to how far down the rabbit hole you can go," wrote Kevin Clark of The Ringer. "It's constantly reinventing itself, based on a million small edges that add up to big ones." The Netflix show has drawn hundreds of thousands of sports agnostics into Formula One, including many women. "On the weekends when I can't see the Grand Prix while having coffee on my couch at 9 a.m.," wrote The Atlantic's Amanda Mull, "I feel a little disoriented now." At this year's Mexican Grand Prix - which follows immediately after the US race - the number of female participants increased by 30% compared to the previous year. Drive to Survive has also triggered a massive increase in fans among the coveted target group of 16 to 35 year olds. Having so many young, telegenic drivers - not least now a 24-year-old champion - is a casting coup. Other American sports are in a hurry to give the green light to their own spin-offs: The PGA golf tour is currently filming a Netflix reality series that uses Drive to Survive as a blueprint, while Amazon is its All Or Nothing Sports reality franchise Toronto Maple Leafs, Arsenal FC and the Brazilian national soccer team have added seasons. But these other sports will have a hard time burning a scene as high as Haas' Romain Grosjean almost alive in his cockpit after falling from the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. Not all in Drive to Survive tracks. Fans have criticized the artistic license taken by the creators of shows for taking snippets of car radio out of context and overheating some interpersonal conflicts. It is enough to make you wonder if this is what F1's commercial operations director envisioned years ago when he said the sport should create "a little less predictability" as F1 "went from a motorsport company to a media outfit. and entertainment brand ”waved. With ESPN's carriage rights expiring after the 2022 season, Netflix was circulated as a potential successor. Such a move would cement the F1 audience as well as blur the lines between sports and entertainment, facts and truthfulness. For the sport's existing fans, it could mark the end of fairness and objectivity in its 75-year history.


2021 college basketball tips, best bets from the proven model

SportsLine's model made its CBB picks and predictions for Appalachian State vs. Duke on Dec. 16 (Author: Gardener)

2021Runner-up Duke Blue Devils want to pick up where they left off when they received the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a non-conference call on Thursday. The Blue Devils (8-1), who opened a 33-point half-time lead on Tuesday en route to a 103-62 win over South Carolina State, posted six players with double-digit scores in their win over the Bulldogs. The Blue Devils are 21.5 point favorites in Caesars Sportsbook's latest Appalachian State vs. Duke odds, while the over-under for total score is 137.5. Appalachian State Picks, check out the SportsLine projection model college basketball predictions and betting tips. The SportsLine projection model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. For the past five+ years, the proprietary computer model has made an impressive profit of over $ 2,400 for $ 100 players with its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Now the model has Duke vs. App in its sights. State and only locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the range of models. Here are the college basketball odds and bet lines for the Incarnate app. State vs. * APP: The Mountaineers are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games total * DUKE: The Blue Devils are 5-0-1 in their last six Thursday games Banchero averaged 17.1 points, 7, 2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game and connects in 49.5 percent of his hits from the ground and 84.1 percent of his fouls. He has shot double digits in every game, including a 22-point performance in a 79-71 inaugural win over Kentucky on November 9th. This was followed by his first double-double of his career, an 18-point win and 12-rebound performance in an 82-56 win over Army on November 12th. Junior striker Wendell Moore Jr. has also shot double digits in every game this season, including 11 points in Tuesday's win. For the year he averaged 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and 1.8 steals and scored 56.7 percent of his field goals and 71.9 percent of his free throws. Moore, selected in the preseason All-ACC second-team, played in all 24 games for the Blue Devils last season, making 18 starts, including each of the last 15 games. The senior averages 15.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and one assist per game at 47.4 percent of shots from the ground, including 40.9 percent from beyond the bow. Delph was solid on the road, averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. He has scored double-digit points in nine games, including the first eight of the year. In a 75-68 loss to Delaware on November 22, he achieved a season high of 39 points. He is one of four Appalachian State players who averages at least eight points per game. Almonacy has an average of 9.3 points, three rebounds and 2.5 assists and connects 35.2 percent of its 3-pointers. He has scored double-digit points in four games, including two of the last three. He scored a season high of 18 points in a 57-45 win against Akron on November 23. SportsLine's model is based on the grand total and predicts 145 combined points. It also generated a counter-the-spread pick that cashed in well over 60 percent of the simulations. The model selection is only available from SportsLine. So who wins Duke vs. And which side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of the simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that rose over $ 2,400 in their college basketball picks in the past five years and find out about it.


MLS Coming To Las Vegas? Commissioner Garber talks expansion and more

Before the MLS Cup last week, Commissioner Don Garber sat down with ESPN for an exclusive, extensive interview on the state of the league. (Author: Gardener)

MLS Coming- For almost two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has weighed heavily on Major League Soccer. The 2020 season barely crossed the finish line due to postponements and delays, while negotiations on a revised collective agreement with the MLS Players Association delayed the start of the 2021 season. But with the end of this season last weekend in Portland, the MLS is firmer and Commissioner Don Garber can breathe a sigh of relief. There are revamped competitions like the Leagues Cup to look forward to, and the expansion is once again on the minds of league executives. There is also a new media rights treaty to be negotiated. With this in mind, Garber sat down with ESPN to dig deeper into some of the issues ahead. This interview was edited for the sake of clarity and brevity and was conducted shortly before the MLS Cup. - ESPN + Audience Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, More ESPN: You said during the State of the League speech [December 8th] that Las Vegas is the front runner for the next expansion franchise, and possibly 30th becomes an MLS franchise. How close is this deal to the finish line? We are having intensive discussions with a potential owner group, very focused on the facility's options, and hope to continue to make progress. ESPN: Is it a requirement that the team have to have an indoor stadium in places like Vegas and Phoenix due to the weather? And to what extent does that change the calculation of an expansion requirement in one of these cities? We are very focused, we are really optimistic about the market and we believe that the key to success in a market like Las Vegas is a temperature controlled stadium environment which of course would be quite costly. So it speaks for the belief in Major League Soccer that any owner group would see the value of a commitment of this magnitude. ESPN: Talk about other potential Vegas owner groups because I know some have crept in and out of the picture. DG: I've never confirmed anything to Wes [Edens, co-owner of the Premier League team and NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks and one of the co-owners behind the Las Vegas bid]. I think there is still discussion going on in the market. We haven't reached the finish line yet, but we are encouraged by the great interest shown by investors. ESPN: How far are you on the Phoenix and San Diego discussions? DG: We're not that far in Phoenix, but we had pretty detailed discussions in San Diego. We have looked at this market for many years. We sadly lost the public vote on the [San Diego Stadium] website but stayed in touch with [San Diego State University] and we still believe San Diego would be a great MLS market. ESPN: Would an expansion project in this city include San Diego State and its new San Diego Stadium? ESPN: I noticed your State of the League didn't mention Sacramento (previously a front runner for the 30th MLS franchise). Where do you think things are? DG: We don't have any discussions in Sacramento right now. Incidentally, I think Sacramento is still a very good professional football market. However, we are currently not having any ongoing discussions with potential investors. ESPN: How disappointing is that considering you were so close all of a sudden? I still think Sacramento is a good market, but it should be our 30th team. And if Las Vegas turns out to be our 30th team, with a great ownership group and great state-of-the-art facility, it could be a very good result for Major League Soccer. ESPN: How has an MLS team's value proposition changed, considering that existing teams are being sold at a price that I believe is well below the cost of an expansion team plus the additional cost of a stadium and training facility? To what extent does this change the dynamics of the market in terms of interest? DG: I don't take the last two sales (Houston Dynamo FC and Orlando City SC) as an indication of team values ​​in any way, as both came during the pandemic. A more relevant comparison was Andrew Hauptman's $ 400 million sale of the Chicago Fire to Joe Mansueto, without a stadium or training ground. ESPN: MLS took over the sales process from Real Salt Lake earlier this year, but the process is ongoing. How Complicated is Selling RSL and Why? DG: Selling a full team is complicated and has a multitude of different assets within a holding company. Real Salt Lake is no different. Beyond the team and the stadium, there is a development facility, a residence and a small second division stadium, which makes sales even more complicated. That makes it bloody complicated, right, because everyone has different companies that own these things. MLS teams, when you talk about hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars, they are different relationships. The Herriman [training] facility has a different structure. Teams of 10 full-time employees [coordinating business]. But as a guy who's been doing this for 20 years, these things are really complicated. You buy the Chicago Fire, a club with no facilities; it wasn't complicated. ESPN: Are there still multiple owner groups vying to buy RSL, or have you narrowed it down to a specific one? ESPN: I know you get this question every year because people are complaining about it every year, but the playoff format: it seemed like people used to say the games were coming too fast; this time you had New England with 23 days off. And I understand that 2022 is a World Cup year and it's going to be a kind of animal all of its own, but can we do something about the scheduling to fill some of these gaps? Next year will be very different so we will see an entirely different format [in terms of scheduling] and as the league continues to grow, the playoff format will likely change. It was an unfortunate situation as New England had the gap between their last game and their first playoff game. I think it was an unfortunate situation. I respect the fact that Bruce Arena didn't talk about it outside of fan talk. The Krafts (owners of the New England Revolution) didn't talk about it. Because the reality was that they were the best team of the regular season even though they just didn't cross the finish line in their first playoff game. ESPN: You mentioned during State of the League that TV ratings for playoff games are increasing. How did it go in the regular season? DG: It sure was on ESPN. I mentioned that the TV ratings were up and then I said they were really good in the playoffs. OK, TV viewing rates have increased overall this year. ESPN: How does this help the discussion about media rights in the future? DG: You know, the media rights discussion is being driven by an entirely new package that we're bringing out. Our audience continues to grow and our media partners are happy with the composition of the audience and the size of the audience we were able to deliver. But the really exciting opportunity for us and what is of great interest in the market is an unprecedented package with the option for a partner or a range of partners, any MLS game in any format, with unlimited distribution opportunities, combined with other intellectual property offers, like our data and sports betting offers, or possibly part of a new relationship. ESPN: You once said you wouldn't think about switching calendars until the weather is no longer an issue for fans. Is the league closer? DG: In 2022 we will have our earliest start in the history of our league. We must continue to manage the largest geographic region for each league in the world and most of the weather and time changes of all leagues in the world. Hence, the likelihood that we would play on a dramatically different calendar is far, far, far in the future and we would only do so if we saw the value for our fans and for our competition. ESPN: On sports betting, I know the league has an agreement with BetMGM and there has been some sleeve sponsorship, but how much growth do you expect in this particular area over the next few years? DG: I know I am speaking for everyone in the professional sports industry when I say that the real value of getting the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act passed and legalizing sports betting in many states is not revenue, but fan engagement . It's the idea that a consumer can become involved in the game on a completely different level than in the past, moving from a passive viewer to a more active and engaged viewer. That is the real value we see for the future. In this area you will see more and more opportunities for both the league and the clubs. ESPN: It was revealed two months ago that Sporting Kansas City midfielder Felipe Hernandez has bet on MLS games. To what extent does such an incident keep you up at night, given the ubiquitous presence of sports betting in the US? DG: There is no doubt that the integrity of our game is a top priority for Major League Soccer, and that is also the case for any other professional sports league. We will carefully and strategically use these new opportunities to allow people to bet on MLS games and it is our responsibility to ensure that we have the correct procedures, policies and protection services in place to oversee the entire global betting market to make sure nothing unusual happens, be it to players, staff or others associated with the league or our clubs. I am aware that there will be problems and through adequate education and monitoring, and appropriate discipline for violations, we will put ourselves in the best possible position to deal with these very changing dynamics. ESPN: Is that still the only time a gamer is betting on MLS games? ESPN: You talked about New York City FC's stadium search. What about New England? I'm not surprised that people keep asking me about New York and New England in every state in the league. C. United, and I've always been asked when Miami will be in the league. So when I think about it, I smile because the time will come when we have an announcement in New York and an announcement in Boston and the media has been dealing with other issues for 10 years. ESPN: Obviously, MLS and Liga MX are even more closely linked these days. What could we see on the hip over time in terms of an even closer connection between these two leagues? DG: At the moment we're so focused on the League Cup. I see no reason to go any further. Right now the real value we're getting as people get excited in a close association between the two leagues is a competition and we have that. Anything beyond that is just, you know, boardroom stuff, and I don't see any reason for us to think about it. I firmly believe that CONCACAF needs to be able to be as relevant and successful as any other confederation, and to do that they need to generate more revenue. And to do that, their two most dominant leagues need to become more successful, providing player value to the rest of the region and financial value to the rest of the region, and the Leagues Cup is one of the great examples of that.