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(PHILADELPHIA) -- Doug Pederson, the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The team released a statement Sunday night confirming the diagnosis, noting that Pederson is currently "asymptomatic and doing well."

"He is currently in self-quarantine and in communication with the team's medical staff," the Eagles said.

The team added that "any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility."

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 3, 2020

The Eagles opened its training camp on July 28.

Pederson is the second known NFL head coach to test positive, after the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton contracted the virus and recovered in the spring.

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(NEW YORK) -- After Yoenis Céspedes failed to report for the New York Mets' game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, team officials said the Mets outfielder has decided to sit out the rest of the 2020 season due to "COVID-related reasons."

Céspedes, 34, did not tell management of his decision ahead of Sunday afternoon's game in Atlanta. In a statement, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had said that as of game time, the outfielder had not reported to the ballpark and they were unable to contact him.

Following the game, Van Wagenen said during a press briefing that they learned late in the game that Céspedes had decided to opt out of the season "due to COVID-related reasons."

Céspedes has not publicly commented yet on his decision. On opening day, he had said on social media that it was an "incredible feeling" being back. "Only the beginning," he tweeted on July 24.

Céspedes is the latest MLB player to opt out of the season in recent days due to heightened concerns over the coronavirus. On Saturday, the league said Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain would not play the rest of the season.

In a statement, Cain said, “With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids." He said he plans to return to the field in 2021.

The announcement came the same day a Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee was postponed for the second straight day after St. Louis team members tested positive for the coronavirus.

Also on Saturday, Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz announced that he had opted out of the season as the team contends with a COVID-19 outbreak. Since the Marlins canceled their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles scheduled for July 27, 21 members of the organization have tested positive for the virus, according to ESPN.

In a statement, Diaz said it had been a "tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads."

"This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it's the best one for me and my overall wellbeing," he said.

On Saturday, the Red Sox announced that pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will be out the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with the heart condition myocarditis following a bout with COVID-19.

According to a tally by Baseball America, 20 MLB players have opted out of the season as of Sunday.

Only players deemed high-risk can still receive their pay and service time if they opt out of the season, according to ESPN.

As of Friday, 104 players and 24 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 27, MLB reported. Last week, 29 tests -- accounting for 20 players -- were positive out of 11,895 samples, the league said.

The Marlins had no new positive results in its latest round of testing, MLB reported on Saturday.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has warned that the season could be shut down if the coronavirus isn't better managed, ESPN reported on Friday.

While some professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL, National Women’s Soccer League and Major League Soccer, are competing in restricted sites called "bubbles" to limit the spread of COVID-19, Major League Baseball is not.

Among MLB's coronavirus restrictions, teams are only competing with clubs located in their regional division so that travel is limited, and fans are not allowed to attend games.

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


Cincinnati 4, Detroit 0
Texas 9, San Francisco 5
Boston 4, NY Mets 2

Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 1
Chi White Sox, 9, Kansas City 2
Minnesota 3, Cleveland 1
Houston 6, LA Angels 5
Oakland 3, Seattle 2
NY Yankees 9, Boston 7

Atlanta 4, NY Mets 0
Washington, Miami (Postponed)
Coloradoo 9, San Diego 6
LA Dodgers 3, Arizona 0
St. Louis, Milwaukee (Postponed)
Chi Cubs 2, Pittsburgh 1


Brooklyn 118, Washington 110
Boston 128, Portland 124
San Antonio 108, Memphis 106
Orlando 132, Sacramento 116
Houston 120, Milwaukee 116
Phoenix 117, Dallas 115

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(MILWAUKEE) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have postponed their game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday after two positive coronavirus tests were reported within the Cardinals organization.

The league said the game has been rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 1:10 p.m. (CT).

The two teams were expected to play Friday in Milwaukee at 2:10 p.m. local time.

Six of the Major League Baseball's 30 teams will not be playing Friday because of coronavirus cases. That is 20% of the league.

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(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The NBA returned Thursday night with its first two games since the coronavirus pandemic began. As virtual fans sat courtside, the Black Lives Matter movement took center court.

Watch the full report from ABC'S Good Morning America:

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:



Atlanta 2, Tampa Bay 1

Washington 6, Toronto 4

Boston 4, NY Mets 2


NY Yankees 8, Baltimore 6

Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland 0

Kansas City 5, Detroit 3

Seattle 8, LA Angels 5


San Diego 6, San Francisco 5

Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs (Postponed)

LA Dodgers 6, Arizona 3


Utah 106, New Orleans 104

LA Lakers 103, LA Clippers 101

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(NEW YORK) -- As the National Basketball Association prepares to restart its season, commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged that the season likely would "cease completely" if a coronavirus outbreak occurred within the league's carefully crafted pandemic bubble.

Silver's comments came as Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins announced that 18 combined players and coaches had contracted the virus, hampering baseball's long-awaited return and casting doubt on the current sustainability of live sports.

After halting play back in March, the NBA is set to restart the 2019-20 season on Thursday with all games scheduled to take place inside the NBA's Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando. No fans will be in attendance.

Silver said any outbreak similar to MLB's would halt the entire NBA season: "If we had any significant spread at all, we'd immediately stop and what we'd try to do is to track and determine where they're coming from."

Here's a look at how the NBA and other major leagues are approaching their returns this year amid soaring infection rates in much of the U.S.:


League officials, including team owners, team presidents, general managers, head coaches and high-ranking league executives, held a conference last week, laying out all the things that could grind the season to a halt.

Officials said they would be quick to postpone games or pause the entire season to stem an outbreak.

Officials said they would consider a stoppage for a number of reasons, including if an entire position group suddenly became ill with COVID-19 or if six or more clubs were unable to play for multiple weeks.

Among the 344 players tested for COVID-19 on the NBA campus, none returned confirmed positive tests, officials said Wednesday.

The 2019-20 NBA season is set to resume Thursday night with the New Orleans Pelicans taking on the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers facing the LA Clippers in a doubleheader on TNT.

At least two LA Clippers players, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, will be missing from Thursday's game due to quarantine orders.

Williams was placed under a 10-day quarantine after he stopped at an Atlanta strip club on his way back from an excused absence due to a family matter. Harrell left the bubble last week to deal with a personal matter and has yet to return. He will have to isolate for at least four days when he rejoins the team.


MLB postponed several games this week after at least 18 Miami Marlins players and coaches tested positive, triggering a league-wide investigation.

The league now will require teams to travel with a compliance officer to make sure players and staff follow protocols, ESPN reported.

MLB officials are urging players to stay inside their hotels with the exception of leaving for games and are encouraging players to use surgical masks instead of cloth masks while traveling, according to ESPN.


The National Football League, the largest pro sports league in the country, started training earlier this week, making it the latest to take on the novel coronavirus.

The league canceled its preseason and altered training camp as the COVID-19 pandemic took shape. Dozens of players, including Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LIV champion Damien Williams, have opted out of the season due to the fast-spreading virus, which experts say can be transferred person-to-person and spread through the air under certain conditions.

NFL officials have vowed to test players and essential staff members daily.

Players or staffers with symptoms are required to wait at least 10 days after a positive test, go 72 hours without symptoms and then test negative before they can be approved by a team doctor to return, league officials said.

The regular NFL season is still scheduled to kick off on Thursday, Sept. 10, with the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans.
National Hockey League

Similar to the NBA, the National Hockey League is scheduled to hold its 2019-20 season in secure zones, in Toronto and Edmonton.

The league has games scheduled in home cities across 22 Canadian states. NHL officials said players, coaches and key staff members will be tested daily and live in hotels during the coming season.

In addition to hosting on game day, the hub cities, or secure zones, will include restaurants, hotels and practice facilities for the league's 24 participating teams, but fans will not be allowed inside the arenas.

Some team executives, including Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, said the bubbles could serve as a disadvantage for some players, especially when they're forced to quarantine away from family.

"There's a bit of familiarity with the rink and the facilities in the rink, but there are no fans in the rink, so we don't have that advantage," Dubas told reporters earlier this month.

The league is scheduled to resume play with five games in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Saturday.


After delaying the regular season, the National Women's Soccer League went became the first professional sports league to return to play in United States with the 2020 Challenge Cup in Utah.

NWSL officials managed to conclude the tournament on Sunday without any positive COVID-19 tests, giving a glimmer of hope to sports fans around the world about the possibility of finishing a full season.

Things seemed shaky ahead of the tournament as the Orlando Pride withdrew due to an outbreak within the team as infection rates soared in Florida.

New NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird credited the ultimate success to the bubble-like environment officials created in Utah along with a batch of strict health and safety protocols.

Players, coaches and staff were required to stay within the hotel village even when they weren't playing or training, officials said. They had round-the-clock access to indoor gyms, restaurants and open spaces, but they were essentially in isolation for a month straight, according to the league.

They also were given access medical experts and therapists to help cope with the transition.


FC Dallas and Nashville SC were forced to withdraw from the MLS is Back Tournament, which began in Orlando last week, when about a dozen players contracted the virus.

Major League Soccer officials said they asked the teams to withdraw as a precaution and because it was in the best interests of players and staff.

"Given the impact of the number of positive tests on the club's ability to train and play competitive matches, we have made the decision to withdraw FC Dallas from the MLS is Back Tournament," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. "The health of everyone involved in our return to play has always been our top priority, and we will continue to make decisions consistent with that priority."

MLS has provided regular testing updates on its website with aggregated COVID-19 testing results for all players and staff participating in the MLS is Back Tournament.


At least a dozen WNBA players decided to sit out the 2020 season earlier this month after seven of the league's 137 players tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the season kickoff at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving announced a new $1.5 million initiative on Monday to officer financial support to active WNBA players who choose to sit out the season due to "personal, professional, health, and/or safety-related reasons."

"Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions," Irving said in a statement.

All 22 WNBA games will be played at the IMG Academy without fans.

Women's tennis

Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty, the top-ranked singles player in women's tennis, shocked fans around the globe on Thursday when she announced that she would not play the in either the Western & Southern Open or the U.S. Open, citing COVID-19 concerns

"I love both events so it was a difficult decision but there are still significant risks involved due to COVID-19 and I don't feel comfortable putting my team and I in that position," Barty said in a statement.

U.S. Open 2011 champion Sam Stosur said she will also skip the tournament in an effort to avoid mandatory quarantines and risking her newborn's health.

The U.S. Open main draw is scheduled to begin on Aug. 31.

The Western & Southern Open, which is normally held in Mason, Ohio, will be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York Aug. 20-28.

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(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League has released a public service announcement around the death of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by Sacramento, California, police in his grandmother's backyard, as part of the organization's new social justice campaign to end systemic racism.

The PSA featured Clark's mother, Se’Quette Clark, who spoke about her son's life and death.

He was killed March 18, 2018. Clark was shot eight times by two officers who later said they mistook his cellphone for a gun as he moved toward them with his arms extended, ignoring their commands, while in his grandmother's backyard. Twenty rounds were fired in total, according to police.

Police said they had been chasing Clark after receiving reports of someone breaking car windows in the nearby neighborhood.

Se’Quette Clark said in the PSA that her son's friends had just dropped him off at his grandmother's.

"The neighbor starts chasing [Clark] into the backyard, thinking he's the one who broke into his car. He's scared, but he made it home. He's thinking, 'safe,'" his mother said. "But he wasn't."

The PSA, which was posted to YouTube Tuesday, is the latest one in the NFL's Responsibility Program, a joint initiative between Roc Nation and the NFL to raise awareness about the need to create positive change and end systemic racism.

In recent months, the Responsibility Program has partnered with different leaders and organizations to share the stories of families that have lost a loved one to gun violence, either at the hands of police or others. The Players Coalition released the first PSA of the program last November around Danroy “DJ” Henry, the former Pace University football player who was fatally shot by a police officer on Oct. 17, 2010 in Mount Pleasant, N.Y.

Meek Mill unveiled the second PSA of the program in December around Antwon Rose II, an unarmed 17-year-old and honor roll student who was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19, 2018.

Other PSAs featured the death of Botham Jean, an unarmed 26-year-old man who was fatally shot by an off-duty Dallas Police Department patrol officer on Sept. 6, 2018, and Hadiya Pendleton, an unarmed 15-year-old girl who was fatally shot in the back while standing with friends at a park in Chicago, Illinois on January 29, 2013.

The PSA on Clark falls under the NFL's Inspire Change initiative, a platform focused on the collaboration of the NFL and players to reduce barriers to opportunity and combat social injustice.

Anna Isaacson, the senior vice president of social responsibility at the NFL, said in a statement the NFL wanted "to continue to raise awareness for victims of systemic racism to ensure their stories are not forgotten."

Clark's mother thanked the NFL and Roc Nation for highlighting her son's death.

"As a mother, I can't help the immense feeling of pride; knowing my son's life will affect so many people for generations to come. Since my son was murdered, my family has been extremely dedicated to social justice reform through our footwork in this new Civil Rights Movement," she said in a statement, noting the passing of the Stephon Clark Law in California, aimed at holding police accountable for killing those who did not pose a deadly threat and charging them in criminal court.

The two officers who fired the shots, identified as Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet, did not face charges.

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(NEW YORK) -- Just days after kicking off their shortened regular season, the Miami Marlins have put gameplay on hold.

Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that the team’s games will be postponed through Sunday after numerous Marlins players were diagnosed with COVID-19.

"Given the current circumstances, MLB believes that it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week," the league said in a statement.

"The Marlins’ personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care," the league said.

ESPN reported Monday that multiple Marlins players had COVID-19 -- one day after the Marlins played the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies' Monday night game against the New York Yankees was canceled, as was the Marlins' Monday night game against the Baltimore Orioles.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the remainder of the home-and-home series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees has been postponed (NYY @ PHI tonight, and PHI @ NYY Wednesday and Thursday)," MLB said Tuesday. "As a result of these postponements, the Yankees will now play the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday in order to create more scheduling flexibility later in the season. Additional rescheduling during the week of August 3rd will be announced later this week."

The Marlins began their 60-game season last Friday against the Phillies, winning two out of the three games in the series.

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(NEW YORK) -- Two Major League Baseball games scheduled for Monday were postponed as coronavirus testing is underway, the league confirmed in a statement.

The Miami Marlins canceled their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles scheduled for Monday night after multiple members of the team tested positive for the coronavirus, according to sources who told ESPN.

"Postponing tonight's home opener was the correct decision to ensure we take a collective pause and try to properly grasp the totality of this situation," Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said in a statement.

The Marlins wrapped up a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, and as a precaution, the Phillies' Monday home game against the New York Yankees was also postponed, the MLB announced.

On Sunday, eight Marlins players and two coaches tested positive, sources told ESPN, after four other players had recently tested positive. The Marlins are in self-quarantine in Philadelphia, according Jeter's statement.

The Marlins expect coronavirus test results later Monday, per the statement. In the meantime, the MLB said it is watching the situation closely.

"Major League Baseball has been coordinating with the Major League Baseball Players Association; the Marlins; the Orioles; the Marlins' weekend opponent, the Phillies; and club medical staffs, and will continue to provide updates as appropriate," the league said in a statement.

Representatives from the Phillies, Yankees and Orioles did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment. As of Monday morning, the other scheduled MLB games were not postponed.

The Orioles completed their first three games in Boston over the weekend and were set to play the Marlins this week with three games in Miami and three games in Baltimore. The Marlins played two exhibition games in Atlanta last week before their series in Philadelphia.

MLB began a shortened season last week and is operating under strict rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fans are not allowed to see games live in stadiums and teams are only competing with clubhouses located in their regional division so that travel is limited.

Under the MLB's health guidelines, players who test positive for the coronavirus will be isolated from the team until they test negative twice at least 24 hours apart, show no symptoms for 72 hours and receive approval from team doctors.

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