US Department of Justice: NFL Player Charged for Role in $24 Million COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme

US Department of Justice: NFL Player Charged for Role in $24 Million COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme. “A National Football League (NFL) player has been charged for his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $24 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.”

Coronavirus: More than 60 cases linked to charity football match (Sky News)

Sky News: Coronavirus: More than 60 cases linked to charity football match. “More than 60 people have tested positive for coronavirus following a charity football match. A further 33 people have now contracted the virus amid an outbreak linked to the event at Burnside Working Men’s Club in Fencehouses, on the border of County Durham and the City of Sunderland.”

PSU football doctor: 30-35 percent of COVID-19-positive Big Ten athletes had myocarditis (Centre Daily Times)

Centre Daily Times: PSU football doctor: 30-35 percent of COVID-19-positive Big Ten athletes had myocarditis. “During a State College Area school board of directors meeting on Monday night, Wayne Sebastianelli — Penn State’s director of athletic medicine — made some alarming comments about the link between COVID-19 and myocarditis, particularly in Big Ten athletes. Sebastianelli said that cardiac MRI scans revealed that approximately a third of Big Ten athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 appeared to have myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle that can be fatal if left unchecked.”

Doncaster Free Press: Video archive of 1,000 Doncaster Rovers matches from 1980s to now goes live

Doncaster Free Press: Video archive of 1,000 Doncaster Rovers matches from 1980s to now goes live. “The archive officially begins from 1980 onwards but also includes clips from the 1950s and 1960s including scores of games at the club’s former Belle Vue home. Now [Andrew Webb] is appealing for fans with footage of games not yet available to get in touch or upload the clips onto YouTube.”

NBC Sports: Players must pass three COVID-19 tests before reporting

NBC Sports: Players must pass three COVID-19 tests before reporting. “On the day a team’s infection control officer announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, comes word that players will have to pass another test just to get in the door. According to Judy Battista of NFL Network, players now have to pass three tests before they are allowed to enter a team’s facility.”

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.'”

Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football’s entire football team will quarantine, isolate over next 14 days

Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football’s entire football team will quarantine, isolate over next 14 days. “All members of the Michigan State football team will quarantine or isolate over the next 14 days after a student-athlete and a second staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the school announced Friday.”

Zoom walls, fake crowd noise, water breaks: Did you enjoy lockdown football? (BBC)

BBC: Zoom walls, fake crowd noise, water breaks: Did you enjoy lockdown football?. “coronavirus, English professional football has had to adapt in unprecedented and occasionally unusual ways. We’ve had games behind closed doors, fake crowd noise and Zoom walls, water breaks, five substitutions and, after the Championship play-off final on 4 August, 217 domestic matches in the space of just 49 days.”

Sports Illustrated: 59 Players Have Tested Positive for COVID-19, NFLPA Says

Sports Illustrated: 59 Players Have Tested Positive for COVID-19, NFLPA Says. “Initially the NFLPA shared that 95 players had tested positive, but the players union amended the number on their website Tuesday evening and said on Twitter the previous number included all known positives across the league, including staff.”

Pro Football Talk: Players blast NFL’s COVID-19 response in coordinated social media campaign

Pro Football Talk: Players blast NFL’s COVID-19 response in coordinated social media campaign. “Several NFL players took to Twitter around noon Eastern on Sunday to blast the NFL for what the players say is the lack of a coherent plan to keep them healthy while having a safe and successful season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Liverpool: Crowds celebrating title win despite coronavirus fears ‘told to leave’ (BBC)

BBC: Liverpool: Crowds celebrating title win despite coronavirus fears ‘told to leave’. “Football fans who gathered in Liverpool for a second night after their team netted the Premier League title have been asked to leave by police. A dispersal order was issued around the city centre after groups came out again on Friday to celebrate Liverpool’s first title win in 30 years.”

CNBC: Amazon plans to air Premier League soccer matches for free on Prime and Twitch

CNBC: Amazon plans to air Premier League soccer matches for free on Prime and Twitch . “Amazon has announced that it is making all of its Premier League soccer matches free to watch on Amazon Prime and its live video streaming service, Twitch. The tech giant, which has the broadcast rights to four Premier League matches, said an Amazon Prime membership won’t be required to watch the games.”

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.”

Daily Mail: Sky will draw on 1,300 different chants, songs and crowd noise samples from EA Sports’ FIFA archive to enhance Premier League coverage as season resumes behind closed doors (and don’t worry, swearing HAS been filtered out!)

Daily Mail: Sky will draw on 1,300 different chants, songs and crowd noise samples from EA Sports’ FIFA archive to enhance Premier League coverage as season resumes behind closed doors (and don’t worry, swearing HAS been filtered out!). “Sky Sports will take advantage of an archive of 1,300 chants and crowd noises recorded for the popular FIFA video game series to enhance their Premier League coverage. With top-flight action set to unfold without fans inside stadiums for at least the remainder of this season, efforts will be made to artificially replicate the atmosphere.”