How athletes can return to exercise after COVID-19 infection: New guidance released (ABC News)

ABC News: How athletes can return to exercise after COVID-19 infection: New guidance released. “After two years of research, the American College of Cardiology released guidance Tuesday that states the incidence of heart inflammation among athletes after COVID-19 is lower than originally thought, but they still suggest a step-by-step plan to help competitive athletes and weekend warriors alike that will help them safely return to their activities.”

COVID, scandal, heartbreak: Vincent Zhou tries to move past Olympic nightmare (San Francisco Chronicle)

San Francisco Chronicle: COVID, scandal, heartbreak: Vincent Zhou tries to move past Olympic nightmare. “Vincent Zhou gets another chance next week. It’s not the Olympics. But the skater from Palo Alto whose Beijing Olympics were derailed by a positive coronavirus test will compete in the World Figure Skating Championships, which begin Monday in Montpellier, France.”

Winter Olympics: Andrew Young on cross-country sprint effort after Covid (BBC)

BBC: Winter Olympics: Andrew Young on cross-country sprint effort after Covid. “Three weeks after catching Covid-19 and suffering ‘quite badly’, Andrew Young is just pleased he managed to make it to the Olympic start line. Beijing 2022 is the 29-year-old cross-country skier’s fourth Olympics, and he was coming into the Games feeling in the best shape of his life, with a medal his target.”

BBC: Djokovic Covid tests were valid, Serbian officials say

BBC: Djokovic Covid tests were valid, Serbian officials say. “Prosecutors in Serbia say there is no evidence to suggest that Novak Djokovic submitted falsified Covid test certificates to Australian authorities. A BBC report last week cast doubt over the tests, suggesting the serial numbers were out of sequence with others from a similar time. The tests were provided to exempt him from rules barring unvaccinated people.”

New York Times: No, athletes are not dying from Covid-19 vaccines.

New York Times: No, athletes are not dying from Covid-19 vaccines.. “The conspiracy theory that athletes are collapsing or dying after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine resurfaced this week after two prominent voices advanced the idea. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, spread the falsehood in an appearance on the conservative podcast ‘The Charlie Kirk Show.’”

ClutchPoints: Kobe Bryant murals are still going up — and still making an impact

New-to-me, from ClutchPoints: a crowdsourced map of Kobe Bryant murals. “After the untimely passing of Kobe and his daughter Gianna, along with John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan — two years ago today — a poignant phenomenon commenced: grieving artists and fans from every corner of the planet began memorializing the victims on all types of canvasses: skin, courts, wood, skyscrapers, and — of course — walls. One lifelong Lakers fan, Mike, launched a hub to track these works and offer useful guides for those who want to visit them.”

ESPN: NBA discussing plan to require teams short-handed by COVID to sign additional replacement players, sources say

ESPN: NBA discussing plan to require teams short-handed by COVID to sign additional replacement players, sources say. “In the wake of dozens of players being sidelined in the league’s health and safety protocols, and with looming concerns leaguewide about more games being halted, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association are discussing a plan that would require teams decimated by COVID to sign additional replacement players, league sources tell ESPN.”

CNN: How wearable tech helped elite athletes through the pandemic

CNN: How wearable tech helped elite athletes through the pandemic. “The sports analytics industry could be worth $4.6 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research, with the technology starting to filter down to the amateur level. Companies such as Australia’s Catapult — which also works with EPL teams — and STATSports have developed systems targeted at the amateur market, letting users compare their performance to their peers and to professionals.”

CNET: Wide-eyed kid from Popeye’s meme is now a state football champ

CNET: Wide-eyed kid from Popeye’s meme is now a state football champ. “You might not know Dieunerst Collin personally, but you still know Dieunerst Collin. In a Vine video shot back in 2013, he stands wearing a yellow shirt, holding a Popeye’s fast-food drink cup, side-eyeing the camera…. His image is still regularly pasted into plenty of reaction memes, whenever anyone wants a wary, alarmed face to go with a caption. And now Collin has a new, more impressive title for his resume: State football champ.”

Techdirt: MLB Removes References To Current Players On MLB.com Due To Lockout

Techdirt: MLB Removes References To Current Players On MLB.com Due To Lockout. “For non-MLB fans, the quick version is this: the collectively bargained labor agreement between owners and players expired this week without a new agreement inked. As a result, the players are now locked out of team facilities by ownership. That last bit is important, because many people have been describing this as a labor strike. It isn’t. At all. This is the owners refusing to let the players fulfill their duties. And as part of that, it seems, MLB released the following news update on its MLB.com website.”

Axios: Gophers sign social media and appearance deals under new NCAA rules

Axios: Gophers sign social media and appearance deals under new NCAA rules. “Driving the news: Student athletes at the University of Minnesota’s flagship campus have capitalized on their ‘name, image and likeness’ (NIL) at least 139 times since this summer, per disclosures obtained by Axios via a public records request. Why it matters: The NCAA’s new NIL rules, which took effect July 1, let student athletes benefit financially from their college careers while they’re still playing.”