Dana White plans to host UFC 249 on private island during coronavirus lockdown

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“I’ll tell you this, I’m this close to getting a deal done,” White said. “So, this place where this fight is going to be on 18 April, I have locked up for two months, so I’m going to continue to pump fights out. I also secured an island. I’ve got an island. The infrastructure is being built right now. We’re going to do all of our international fights on this island.

 

“So, when we do this fight 18 April, international and in the United States, we’re going to start cranking. The UFC will be back up and running, internationally and here in the States.”

 

There will be no live audience at UFC 249 and White did not name the island he plans to use as a venue. “Health and safety is something we worry about all the time, not just during the coronavirus,” White said. “Obviously, this has made our jobs a little tougher, but we’re going to do everything above and beyond to make sure everybody is safe, just we always do. A lot of things will be different.”

Link:
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/apr/07/dana-white-ufc-249-private-island-coronavirus-khabib-nurmagomedov

Phoenix Suns Will Play The Remainder Of Its Season In NBA 2K20 On Twitch

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The Western Conference team has announced plans to play out the remainder of its season using NBA 2K20. In a post on Twitter, the Suns revealed that it will be using the popular basketball game to complete the team’s schedule, with each game streaming live on Twitch. The first matchup takes place tomorrow, March 14, when the virtual Suns will be taking on the virtual Dallas Mavericks.

Link:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/phoenix-suns-will-play-the-remainder-of-its-season/1100-6474760/

Italian government orders all sporting events to take place with no fans present through April 3 due to Coronavirus outbreak

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Italy is the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak. More than 100 people have died and more than 3,000 have been infected with COVID-19.

 

The Italian government issued a new decree Wednesday evening, with measures it hopes will help contain the spread of the virus.

 

All sporting events throughout the country must take place behind closed doors until April 3. Schools and universities have been ordered to close until March 15.

Link:
https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2020-03-04/coronavirus-italy-sporting-events-no-fans

Houston Astros players apologize for using cameras to steal opponents’ pitching signs during its World Series-winning 2017 season

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The Astros were fined and stripped of draft choices after the Major League Baseball investigation found that they used television cameras to steal signs of opposing catchers and passed the crucial pitch information on to Houston batters.

The Astros won the 2017 World Series and the 2019 American League pennant.

Team owner Jim Crane, who fired General Manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch in the wake of the scandal, was repeatedly asked Thursday whether the championships were now tainted.

“It’s a fair question,” Crane said at a news conference while seated next to his new manager, Dusty Baker.

“Your question, you could make that assumption very clearly … but to determine the effect and the cause is, in my opinion, almost impossible. So, again, we’ve dealt with it, we’ve said we’re sorry, we’re moving forward, and we’re going to play some baseball this year.”

Link:
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/two-star-houston-astros-players-apologize-sign-stealing-scandal-n1136326

The powerful symbolism of memorializing Kobe (24) and Gigi Bryant (2) on 2/24 at Staples Center

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There was no immediate information about how many total tickets will be for sale to the public. The tickets will be priced in three tiers: $224 for one, $224 for two or $24.02 for one. (Kobe played wearing the jersey No. 24 for the last 10 years of his career; Gianna, who also played basketball, wore the No. 2.) The rest of the tickets are reserved for friends, family and members of the N.B.A. community.

Link:
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-07/the-powerful-symbolism-of-memorializing-kobe-and-gigi-bryant-on-2-24-at-staples-center