Report: 76ers guard Seth Curry tests positive for COVID-19

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 1/8/21

The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Kyrie Irving-less Brooklyn Nets 122-109 on Thursday night. Right now, the loss is the least of their problems. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, 76ers guard Seth Curry returned a positive COVID-19 test before the start of Philadelphia’s matchup against Brooklyn. As a result, the team stayed in New York overnight and will conduct contact tracing on Friday. 

Curry did not play on Thursday due to left ankle soreness, though he was on the bench throughout the first quarter before the 76ers were made aware of his positive test. Wojnarowski reports he was wearing a mask and sitting next to Joel Embiid and assistant coach Sam Cassell. 

The 76ers are scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday and that game won’t be in jeopardy unless more players or staff members test positive for the virus before then. 

Curry is in the midst of a career-best season, averaging 17 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 60.3% from the field and 59.5% from deep. 

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Kevin Stefanski, four others test positive for COVID-19, will miss playoff game vs. Steelers

By Blake Harper | Last updated 1/5/21

Kevin Stefanski has done a phenomenal job in his first season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, helping the franchise reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002. However, the Browns will have to play their first postseason game in nearly two decades without their coach, as Stefanski is one of five members of the organization who have tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Along with Stefanski, two coaches and two players tested positive and all five will not be available for the game. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the coaches are a tight ends coach and defensive backs coach, while NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Twitter that left guard Joel Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge are the two players who tested positive.

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The most dominating individual sports performances of 2020

Posted 20 hours ago | By Chris Mueller

Strange year, 2020. And a mostly bad one, of course. Despite the realities of COVID-19, athletes across all sports were still able to wow and entertain with some incredible performances, and there were even some in the early portion of the year that real live sellout crowds got to appreciate. Let’s take a look back at some of the most dominant, spectacular individual efforts from 2020. 1 of 25

Patrick Mahomes spots the Texans a lead, then passes them off the field

Patrick Mahomes spots the Texans a lead, then passes them off the field
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By now we’ve seen it enough that it has actually become a running joke; the Chiefs spot a team a lead, then roar back with one of their patented offensive explosions. Kansas City was already feared in last year’s AFC Divisional Playoffs, but when Houston jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the January 12th clash, there was at least some thought that the Texans would finish the job. How quaint. Mahomes threw four touchdown passes in a 28-point second quarter to give the Chiefs the lead, then iced the game with a fifth touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. Final line? 321 yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions. Pretty good, that guy.

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Raheem Mostert takes over the NFC Championship Game

Raheem Mostert takes over the NFC Championship Game
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The 2019 NFC Championship Game was supposed to be a battle between Aaron Rodgers and the 49ers’ defense. Instead, it turned into a party for Mostert. The San Francisco running back scored the Niners’ first four touchdowns of the game, staking them to a 27-0 halftime lead, and a 34-7 lead in the mid-third quarter. In all, Mostert finished with 220 yards on 29 carries (7.6 yards per carry) to help San Francisco cruise to the Super Bowl.

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The best games of 2020

Posted 2 days ago  |  By Seth Trachtman

2020 was filled with truncated and disrupted seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we still saw our share of great games. These 20 games stand out as the best of the year.

Jan 1: Herbert leads Oregon to Rose Bowl win

Jan 1: Herbert leads Oregon to Rose Bowl win
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Justin Herbert capped off his Oregon career with a terrific performance in the Rose Bowl, including a game-winning 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to beat Wisconsin 28-27. He finished the game with three rushing touchdowns in the closely contested matchup.

Jan 4: Texans beat Bills in Wild Card win

Jan 4: Texans beat Bills in Wild Card win
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After trailing the Bills 13-0 at halftime, Houston was able to mount a comeback as the efficient Deshaun Watson threw for 247 yards and rushed for 55 yards, netting two touchdowns in a 22-19 overtime win. Josh Allen’s inconsistent play late in the game certainly helped Houston’s cause in the win.

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Warriors training camp delayed after two players test positive for COVID-19 Originally posted on Hoops Rumors

By Luke Adams | Last updated 12/1/20

The Warriors have delayed the start of their training camp by one day after two players tested positive for COVID-19, president of basketball operations Bob Myers said Tuesday (Twitter link via Anthony Slater of The Athletic).

Rather than beginning individual workouts Tuesday and group workouts on Sunday, those start dates will be pushed to Wednesday and Monday, respectively, per Myers. The Warriors executive didn’t identify the two players who tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Warriors likely won’t be the only team with at least one or two COVID-19 cases to deal with this week. Players are reporting to their home markets from all over the country — or from overseas, in some cases — and haven’t necessarily been tested regularly during the offseason.

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Broncos QB Drew Lock apologizes for not following COVID-19 protocols

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/29/20

Practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton started Sunday’s game for the Denver Broncos at quarterback due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, while Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were deemed high-risk based on close contact with Driskel and were ineligible to play against the New Orleans Saints. 

As Hinton was going through warmups at Empower Field, Lock, Denver’s starting quarterback, apologized to fans for violating the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.

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Patriots, Saints fined for COVID-19 protocol violations

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/29/20

A number of teams across the NFL are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, which is making Commissioner Roger Goodell crack down on health and safety protocols. Some teams have even violated protocols, including the Las Vegas Raiders, who were whacked with fines. 

The Raiders aren’t the only team to be fined this season, however. 

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the New England Patriots have been fined $350,000 for violations stemming from issues when Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 last month. The New Orleans Saints were also fined $500,000 and stripped of a seventh-round draft pick for their maskless locker room celebration. 

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NFL expecting huge COVID-19 spike after Thanksgiving?

Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Matt Johnson | Last updated 11/21/20

The NFL news cycle has been dominated by COVID-19 outbreaks this season as teams struggle to play football amid the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately for the NFL, with the playoff race heating up, bigger problems could be looming.

Before training camp began, the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed to daily testing of all players and personnel. While the numbers started out promising this season, they’ve taken a concerning turn with 52 new cases of COVID-19 found from Nov. 8-14. Now, things are about to get even worse.

According to CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones, the NFL is bracing for a significant post-Thanksgiving spike in COVID-19 cases across the league. There is a fear that with the surge in the virus, it will have an impact on the remaining regular-season games.

The NFL has every reason to be concerned. Cases of COVID-19 are spiking across the United States, with the country exceeding 100,000-plus new positive tests every day since November began. It’s also a trend that reflects in the NFL’s testing of players and personnel, with 47 percent of cases in the regular season coming in November.

  • Oct. 4-10: Eight new cases among players, seven confirmed positives among personnel
  • Oct. 11-17: Eight new cases among players, 11 confirmed positives among personnel
  • Oct. 18-24: Eight new cases among players, 11 confirmed positives among personnel
  • Oct. 25-31: Eight new cases among players, 17 confirmed positives among personnel
  • Nov. 1-7: 15 new cases among players, 41 confirmed positives among personnel
  • Nov. 8-14: 17 new cases among players, 35 confirmed positives among personnel

Just this week, with cases surging, the NFL put all 32 teams into the league’s intensive protocol. Despite the measures taken, there have been outbreaks across the country. The New York GiantsSan Francisco 49ersCleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles are among a handful of teams that had players or personnel test positive for COVID-19 this week.

Problems really began for the NFL in October, when the Tennessee Titans had a massive coronavirus outbreak. The league launched an investigation, which determined the team often failed to follow basic COVID-19 safety protocols. However, the organization avoided significant discipline.

Since that time, the NFL hasn’t taken repeated violations nearly as lightly. After warning teams that failing to meet basic safety precautions would lead to severe consequences, the league started dropping the hammer.

The NFL handed down harsh penalties to the Las Vegas Raiders for repeated violations. It came after a pattern of negligent behavior at every level, and discipline followed. Jon Gruden was fined for not wearing a mask during a home game against the New Orleans Saints. Shortly after that, the NFL fined Raiders’ players for COVID-19 violations at a charity event.

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USF-Navy game postponed due to COVID-19

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 11/18/20

The Navy Midshipmen just can’t get back on the football field. 

On Wednesday, the South Florida Bulls confirmed that they won’t be able to play Navy this coming Saturday, as scheduled, because of positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent quarantines. 

It’s the third straight week the Midshipmen will be sidelined. Navy previously had games versus the Memphis Tigers and Tulsa Golden Hurricane scrapped due to a virus outbreak within the Naval Academy. 

Navy hasn’t played since a loss to the SMU Mustangs on Halloween. 

“We are disappointed that we will be unable to play Navy this week,” USF vice president of athletics Michael Kelly said in a prepared statement. “Our student-athletes are continuing to work hard with energy and enthusiasm, and look forward to the opportunity to compete and get better each week. However, all our decisions start with the health and safety of our student-athletes as our first priority and we reached a point this week where the decision was clear that it was in their best interest to postpone this week’s game.”

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Warriors submit COVID-19 plan to allow for 50% capacity at home games

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/13/20

The Golden State Warriors are leading the pack when it comes to submitting plans to host fans at home games during the upcoming NBA season. 

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that the Warriors are hoping that California officials allow them to reopen the Chase Center at 50% capacity for the 2020-21 season in a plan that has been called “Operation DubNation.”

Team owner Joe Lacob is dedicated to making this plan become reality, saying he’s willing to spend over $30 million to test every single fan entering the arena for COVID-19. Lacob believes not allowing fans into arenas to watch home games could be catastrophic for not only the Warriors, but all NBA teams down the road. 

“I not only want to get this done and show the world how we can do it now, I’m willing to spend the money to do it,” said Lacob, who holds a master’s degree in public health from UCLA and built his fortune as a venture capitalist in biotechnology. “This is a serious, serious problem. It cannot go on for multiple years … because if this were to go on for several years, the NBA is no more.

“You cannot sustain this league with no fans. You can do it for a year. We’ll all get by for a year. But suppose we’re in this situation next year. Now we’re talking some serious, serious financial damage to a lot of people.”

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