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Texas pauses spring football practice for COVID-19 ‘impacted’ athletes

Texas pauses spring football practice for COVID-19 ‘impacted’ athletes

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March 25 (UPI) -- The University of Texas has paused spring football practice "as a result of student-athletes impacted by COVID-19 protocols," the school said in a news release. "The Longhorn medical staff will monitor the situation and COVID-19 testing will continue as a plan for some team activities is reviewed," the Longhorns said Wednesday. Advertisement The school also said "all meetings Thursday will be virtual and team practices will not take place for the next several days, beginning with [Thursday's] scheduled morning workout." Texas started spring practice Tuesday in Austin. The Longhorns enter the season under new coach Steve Sarkisian, who was hired in January from the Alabama coaching staff. They posted a 7-3 record last season. The Longhorns went 32-18 in four seasons under...
Negro Leagues’ spring training recruited dynamic, educated players

Negro Leagues’ spring training recruited dynamic, educated players

Sports
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...

Investors will get temporary relief from falling Treasury yields this spring, market forecaster Jim Bianco predicts

Finance
Investors may get a break from the market's wild swings.Wall Street forecaster Jim Bianco expects stocks to get a boost this spring because the benchmark 10-year Treasury Note yield will temporarily retreat."The near-term forecast is it's oversold, and it's probably due for a rally – meaning that we would have falling rates," the Bianco Research president told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Friday.He predicts the drop will benefit the indexes, including the tech-heavy Nasdaq which has gotten rocked by rising rates in the past month. The Nasdaq is particularly vulnerable to rates because technology is considered a long duration asset like Treasurys."The stock market will definitely act like it's a relief," Bianco said.The 10-year yield closed the week at 1.70%, and it's up almost 89% so far thi...
Spring training: Teams seek fresh start after COVID-19 threw MLB a curve in 2020

Spring training: Teams seek fresh start after COVID-19 threw MLB a curve in 2020

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MIAMI, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The Miami Marlins were arguably the MLB team most impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. They'll be one of 28 teams that start MLB spring training games Sunday with a renewed sense of optimism and appreciation for baseball. "It's going to be a full season, so let's see what we are made of," Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas told reporters Wednesday on a Zoom video conference. Advertisement All 30 MLB teams reported to camps last week, with half the league at training facilities in Florida and the other half in Arizona. The reporting dates came almost exactly a year after teams reported in 2020. Last year's preseason slate suddenly stopped in March, though, because of the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted an unprecedented MLB season. Forty-three 43 games were postponed and ...
MLB’s Grapefruit League to use Florida ‘pods’ for spring training

MLB’s Grapefruit League to use Florida ‘pods’ for spring training

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Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball's Grapefruit League teams also are expected to be placed in separate "pods" in Florida as a COVID-19 safety precaution. Sources told The Athletic, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Miami Herald on Monday about the plan, which is an effort to reduce travel for the teams. Advertisement Teams based on Florida's west coast will play 28 games. Teams with facilities on Florida's east coast will play 24 games against east coast opponents and have four intrasquad matchups. The Grapefruit League schedule is expected to start Feb. 26 and end March 30. The Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Washington Nationals have training facilities on the east coast of Florida. The Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New Y...