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Negro Leagues’ spring training recruited dynamic, educated players

Negro Leagues’ spring training recruited dynamic, educated players

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MIAMI, March 25 (UPI) -- As America focuses on baseball's spring training, few people know that the preseason regimen in the Negro Leagues differed markedly from the way in which Major League Baseball players prepare for the coming season. Nearly a century ago, Negro Leagues' spring training was used more to search the country for premier baseball talent than to hone players' skills. Teams often signed star Black players from colleges and small-town squads, which led to many transcendent careers. Advertisement "[Negro Leagues teams] would take note of any player from every team we played against who had outstanding abilities and try to sign them," said Ron Teasley, who played for the Negro National League's New York Cubans in 1948. The Negro Leagues lacked an extensive minor league system...
Australian Open tuneups paused, players isolate after worker gets COVID-19

Australian Open tuneups paused, players isolate after worker gets COVID-19

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Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Australian Open players, staff and officials are in isolation in Melbourne after a hotel worker tested positive for COVID-19, officials from the Grand Slam tennis tournament said Wednesday. Competition at six tuneup events has been canceled for Thursday because of the positive test and quarantines. Between 500 and 600 people affiliated with the tournament are expected to be forced into isolation. Advertisement "Those associated with the Australian Open who quarantined at the hotel now need to be tested and isolate until they receive a negative test result," the tournament said in a statement on social media. "We will work with everyone involved to facilitate testing as quickly as possible. There will be no matches at Melbourne Park on Thursday. An update on the...
Australian Open: Players told not to feed mice while in Covid quarantine

Australian Open: Players told not to feed mice while in Covid quarantine

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Australian Open players have been told not to feed mice at the quarantine hotel in Melbourne after one player complained of rodents in her room.Yulia Putintseva, the world number 28, swapped rooms after finding a mouse but said her new room is also infested.The 26-year-old is among more than 70 players and their entourages confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days.Victoria state police minister Lisa Neville "encouraged" players to "minimise interaction" with the mice."As I understand, there may have been some feeding going on," Neville added, without giving further details. "We will keep doing pest control if we need to, but hopefully that pest control work that was done this week will have fixed the problem."Neville also said 10 people in total who have flown to Melbourne for the tourname...
Sam Allardyce admits doubts over dedication of West Brom players after Leeds run riot at Hawthorns

Sam Allardyce admits doubts over dedication of West Brom players after Leeds run riot at Hawthorns

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A furious Sam Allardyce accused the West Brom players of lacking dedication and not pulling their weight after being torn apart by Leeds on Tuesday night. The Baggies were humbled 5-0 by Marcelo Bielsa’s side at the Hawthorns – conceding four in a crazy first half. Leeds were in excellent form, particularly in the first half AFP But West Brom didn’t help themselves A comical Romaine Sawyers own goal, plus goals from Ezgjan Alioski, Jack Harrison, Rodrigo and Raphinha capped off a truly disastrous performance by the relegation-threatened West Brom. But it wasn’t the margin of defeat that hurt Allardyce the most. The newly-appointed West Brom boss was left despondent by the application of his players. He said: “I expe...
Goff, Henry among players with easiest fantasy football playoff schedules

Goff, Henry among players with easiest fantasy football playoff schedules

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Dec. 8 (UPI) -- It's officially playoff time for most fantasy football leagues. Your roster should be complete for the most part, if you prepared for your postseason run in recent weeks, but sit-start decisions are more important now than ever. You must weigh your players' talents against the ease or difficulty of their schedule. You don't want to bench the players who helped you reach the playoffs, but you also shouldn't ignore difficult matchups if you have better options available. Advertisement Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant are among the players with the easiest fantasy football schedules from Weeks 14 through 16. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh A...