Sources: Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead still battling COVID-19, expected to miss rest of season (ESPN)

ESPN: Sources: Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead still battling COVID-19, expected to miss rest of season. “Armstead has been hospitalized twice and has suffered from a variety of complications connected to the virus, including significant respiratory issues, and has been hit harder than some expected.”

CNN: US tennis player Sam Querrey accused of fleeing Russia after testing positive for coronavirus

CNN: US tennis player Sam Querrey accused of fleeing Russia after testing positive for coronavirus. “American tennis player Sam Querrey is under scrutiny for leaving Russia on a private jet after testing positive for Covid-19. The 33-year-old and his wife had tested positive for the virus ahead of the St. Petersburg Open… and were placed in quarantine at a five-star hotel, according to the tournament organizers.”

Olympic .org: Catherine Freeman’s Golden Olympic Moment To Last Thousands Of Years With New Technology

Olympic .org: Catherine Freeman’s Golden Olympic Moment To Last Thousands Of Years With New Technology. “To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Games Sydney 2000, the famous white exterior sails of the Sydney Opera House are becoming an enormous movie screen, showing Australian Catherine Freeman’s 400-metre gold medal win on 25 September 2000. She ran her final in 49.11 seconds, becoming the first Aboriginal athlete to win gold in an individual event at the Olympic Games. The cinematic event celebrates not only Freeman’s historic achievement, but also its audiovisual preservation for future generations on an innovative, sustainable, long-term storage technology called ‘synthetic DNA’.”

Washington Post: U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka let her masks do the talking. In the end, she wanted to know what we heard.

Washington Post: U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka let her masks do the talking. In the end, she wanted to know what we heard. “The newly minted 2020 U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka wore seven different masks for her seven matches this year in New York, each sporting the name of a victim of violence. Osaka, who was born to a Japanese mother and Haitian father, has fielded questions for two weeks about what she hopes to achieve by wearing names including Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Tamir Rice in her televised on-court interviews. Almost every time, she answers that she simply wants to bring awareness about racial and social injustice in the United States and overseas.”

Washington Post: An Olympic gold medalist said she was ‘brave’ for not wearing a mask. It was not well-received.

Washington Post: An Olympic gold medalist said she was ‘brave’ for not wearing a mask. It was not well-received.. “Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings apologized Monday for leaving some people ‘upset’ by an Instagram post in which she described going shopping without a face mask, saying she was advocating for individual freedom amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.”

ESPN: Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving commits $1.5M to help pay WNBA players who opted out

ESPN: Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving commits $1.5M to help pay WNBA players who opted out. “Kyrie Irving is helping to make sure WNBA players can sit out the season and not stress about a paycheck. The Brooklyn Nets star is committing $1.5 million to supplement the income of players who choose not to play this season, whether because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons.”

Source: Chance Warmack opts out of Seahawks season after losing family member to COVID-19 (The News Tribune)

The News Tribune: Source: Chance Warmack opts out of Seahawks season after losing family member to COVID-19. “New Seahawk Chance Warmack is the latest NFL player to opt out of playing this season during the pandemic. The Seahawks signed the offensive lineman and former Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagle this spring but he’s exercising his right to opt out of the 2020 season over concerns about the COVID-19 virus.”

People: Kansas City Chiefs Star, Who Is Also Practicing Doctor, Becomes First NFL Player to Skip 2020 Season

People: Kansas City Chiefs Star, Who Is Also Practicing Doctor, Becomes First NFL Player to Skip 2020 Season. “Kansas City Chiefs star Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is staying off the football field, becoming the first NFL player to opt-out of the 2020 season due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, the offensive lineman shared a statement on Twitter, explaining that while the Chiefs’ medical staff have “put together a strong plan to minimize the health risks associated with COVID-19,” he is uncomfortable knowing that ‘some risks will remain.'”

Report: Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez Dealing with Heart Issue Related to COVID-19 (Bleacher Report)

Bleacher Report: Report: Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez Dealing with Heart Issue Related to COVID-19. “Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez remains out of action because of ‘a condition involving his heart,’ according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford. Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke confirmed July 7 that Rodriguez had tested positive for COVID-19.”

New York Times: Take Coronavirus More Seriously, Say Olympic Rowers Who Got It

New York Times: Take Coronavirus More Seriously, Say Olympic Rowers Who Got It. “Emily Regan, an Olympic gold medalist from Williamsville, N.Y., who was among those infected, wrote a post on Facebook this month highlighting how debilitating the disease could be, even for some of the world’s best athletes who have incredibly powerful and efficient lungs…. ‘The narrative that has been going around in some places is that you won’t get the virus if you’re young and strong, or if you get it, it won’t be bad, but we’re perfect examples of how that is totally not true,’ Regan said. She added: ‘Look what the virus still did to us. It knocked us down pretty hard.'”

An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media (New York Times)

New York Times: An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media. “Social media can be a challenging venue for tackling sensitive subjects with nuance. But for [Tony] Kemp, one of the few African-American players in Major League Baseball, sending that tweet felt like placing a bar stool at his kitchen island and inviting anyone to join him for a conversation about the issues roiling the country.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Coronavirus puts poor Argentines’ soccer dreams on hold

San Diego Union-Tribune: Coronavirus puts poor Argentines’ soccer dreams on hold. “Worried the lost time is costing them shots at professional careers, some young players are giving up and succumbing to the temptations of drugs and alcohol. Others desperate to stay in shape are playing for money in dangerous illegal games that have caused outbreaks of COVID-19 among players, spectators and people who live near soccer fields.”

World Athletics: Anti-viral sand part of ‘new normal’ (BBC)

BBC: World Athletics: Anti-viral sand part of ‘new normal’. “Anti-viral sand, a ban on post-race hugs and open-air call rooms are some of the measures proposed to protect athletes and officials when international athletics resumes. World Athletics’ Health and Science department has drawn up guidelines to advise event organisers.”

Washington Post: World’s fastest blind athlete and his running partner try to stay in sync as they remain apart

Washington Post: World’s fastest blind athlete and his running partner try to stay in sync as they remain apart. “The relationship between David Brown and Jerome Avery is as unique as they come in the sports world. Avery has been by Brown’s side for all of his most successful moments. They have been literally tethered together as they have sprinted down the track, legs pumping and arms swinging in perfect rhythm. Brown, 27, is the fastest blind sprinter on the planet and the first to run 100 meters in under 11 seconds. Avery, 41, serves as his eyes on the track. As Brown’s running guide, Avery sprints right next to him in training and competitions, escorting him from the starting blocks to the finish line…. Over the past four years, the two have been preparing for the Tokyo Paralympics, but their training has been upended by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing guidelines recommend they remain at least six feet apart, which is difficult when the string that connects them on the track is less than a foot long.”

NBC Sports: Olympic champion short track speed skater banned 1 year for social media post

NBC Sports: Olympic champion short track speed skater banned 1 year for social media post. “Csaba Burjan, an Olympic short track speed skating relay gold medalist for Hungary, has been banned one year for a social media post. In early December, an Instagram photo on Burjan’s account showed a line of people at a Chinese airport with an expletive, according to Hungarian and Chinese reports.”