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It remains to be seen just when d’Arnaud and Flowers will be cleared to return, though the hope is that both catcher’s symptoms will be abate in short order. Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.
There will be a name change Monday for Washington’s NFL team, per a SportsBusinessJournal report. © File photo Capacity: 79,000 If Dan Snyder has his way, FedEx Field will become a thing of the past. Though it's only 23 years old, FedEx has a very antiquated feel -- especially when it's half empty on Sundays in the fall. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
However, the mystery will remain as the “the new nickname will not be announced immediately because trademark issues are pending.”
The previous nickname, which has been considered racist and offensive for years, will be “retired,” according to the SBJ report. Team owner Daniel Snyder stubbornly had stuck to the belief it was a “badge of honor” and he would never change it.
Michigan State football team to quarantine after two staffers test positive for coronavirus
The two-week quarantine essentially takes the team out of action until the official start of training camp, which is likely to leave players behind physically. The pandemic has had significant impacts on college football already. Beyond schedule changes, coaches have had to adapt and adjust due to a lack of in-person offseason activities. That’s especially hard for first-year coaches, including the Spartans’ Mel Tucker.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.
The Redskins intend to announce on Monday that the team will retire its nickname, two sources said, 11 days after naming-rights sponsor FedEx’s public statement asking for a change to the controversial moniker. The new nickname will not be announced immediately because trademark issues are pending, the sources said, but insiders were told today that the “thorough review” announced July 3 has concluded. The team felt it was important to remove any doubts as to the future of the name, one source said.
NFL, NFLPA reach agreement on 2021 salary cap
The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to some compromises regarding finances. Next year’s salary cap will be no lower than $175M, Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo of NFL.com report. Rather than borrowing money from projected future revenues through 2030 — as the players initially sought — this agreement will take projected funds through 2024 to help guard against a salary cap free fall this season could cause, Mark Maske of the Washington Post tweets. Read more here.
The timeline for announcing a new name was unclear, but the sense of urgency inside the organization is clear. In a private letter on the same day as its public statement, FedEx threatened to take its name off the team’s Landover, Md., stadium after the end of the season if the name was not changed. Pepsi, Bank of America and Nike later joined with their own public statements, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said he was supportive of the review. A Redskins spokesperson did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
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Watch: Anthony Rizzo offers hand sanitizer to baserunner .
When Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia reached base on a single in the third inning, Rizzo offered some sanitizer to him, and Arcia gladly accepted. Anthony Rizzo handing out hand sanitizer at first base pic.twitter.com/gyJ23ML39O — ESPN (@espn) July 25, 2020 Major League Baseball is taking a number of precautions for the shortened season, including playing games without fans in attendance and a ban on spitting and licking fingers, among other behaviors.The strict rules governing health and safety have already led to some unique, first-time sights in the ballpark.