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Yesterday โ€” July 4th 2020NPR Sports

Opinion: Outplaying Segregation, Negro National League Hits 100-Year Milestone

By Scott Simon
Pictured from left to right: catcher O

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the 100th anniversary of the Negro National League as a response to segregation in major league baseball.

(Image credit: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum/Courtesy of Bill Staples, Jr.)

  • July 4th 2020 at 13:58

Week In Sports: Washington Football Team Agrees To Review Controversial Name

By Tom Goldman

The Washington football team is again under pressure to change its name. Former WNBA player Maya Moore helps free a man from prison. And, will basketball seasons take place this year?

  • July 4th 2020 at 13:58
Before yesterdayNPR Sports

Washington NFL Team Announces It Will Review Its Name

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Kevin Blackistone, a sports commentator and a professor at the University of Maryland, about the Washington NFL team announcing Friday that it will review its name.

  • July 3rd 2020 at 22:01

'College Football Parents 24/7' Advocacy Group Asks NCAA To Enforce Coronavirus Rules

By Tom Goldman

Chris and Mya Hinton, parents of two football players, got worried the NCAA is not protecting college athletes during their training well enough. Now, they are mobilizing concerned parents nationwide.

  • July 3rd 2020 at 22:01

Washington Redskins And Cleveland Indians Are Rethinking Their Names

By Jason Slotkin
Washington

Corporate sponsors and investors have put pressure on the D.C. football team. Cleveland's baseball team says it wants to embrace the need for social justice.

(Image credit: Nick Wass/AP)

  • July 3rd 2020 at 19:43

Washington NFL Team's Sponsor FedEx Formally Asks For Team Name Change

By Scott Neuman
A general view of FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

FedEx, which paid $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to the Redskins' stadium, says it has "communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name."

(Image credit: Mark Tenally/AP)

  • July 3rd 2020 at 05:14

Need A Polling Place With Social Distancing? 3 NBA Teams Offer Venues

By Miles Parks
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has started a voting rights organization, and is urging NBA teams to offer their large venues as polling sites during the pandemic.

The offers come as many NBA players have upped their involvement in social causes. Superstar LeBron James has a new group aimed at protecting Black citizens' voting rights.

(Image credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • July 3rd 2020 at 02:20

The NFL Will Play 'Lift Every Voice And Sing' Before Each Season-Opener Game

By Rachel Treisman
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" will be performed live or played before every NFL season opening game, starting on Sept. 10.

The song known as the Black national anthem will play before "The Star Spangled Banner." The league is working with players on a variety of measures to recognize victims of racism.

(Image credit: Tom Puskar/AP)

  • July 3rd 2020 at 01:37

NBA Says 9 More Players Test Positive For Coronavirus

By Brakkton Booker
A sign marks the entrance to ESPN

That brings the total to 25. Put another way, that's 7% of the league. The news comes as games are scheduled to resume later this month. Team staff has fared better — 10 positive tests out of 884.

(Image credit: John Raoux/AP)

  • July 2nd 2020 at 23:31

No Spitting: MLB Unveils Some New Rules Due To The Coronavirus

By Austin Horn
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles stands empty in an aerial view from late May. Games will resume in late July.

The rules include a ban on spitting and a threat of immediate ejection if a player or coach gets too close to an umpire or opponent in the course of an argument.

(Image credit: Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • June 30th 2020 at 22:21

Atlanta Hawks Arena To Host Voting Site, Team Challenges Rest Of NBA To Follow

By Stephen Fowler
A game between the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets earlier this year before the pandemic ended the NBA season. The Hawks have announced plans to use their arena as an early voting site for upcoming elections.

The 700,000-square-foot arena will allow voters to spread out. The arena's staff will serve as poll workers and the team's players will encourage local residents to vote via social media.

(Image credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

  • June 29th 2020 at 23:01

Pro-Softball Players Quit Over General Manager's Politicized Tweet

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with pro-softball player, Kiki Stokes, about her team's decision to disassociate from the ScrapYard Dawgs over the general manager's misrepresentation.

  • June 28th 2020 at 23:32

College Athletes Rise Up To Protest Racism

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, about the recent student athlete protests across the country.

  • June 28th 2020 at 23:32

Week In Sports: A Look At How Sports Leagues Are Handling COVID-19

NPR's Scott Simon and ESPN's Howard Bryant talk the latest in sports this week, including the latest on baseball and football leagues' response to the pandemic and their schedules.

  • June 27th 2020 at 13:57

Pro Basketball Is Returning To Florida As The Coronavirus Surges

By Tom Goldman
The New York Knicks and Washington Wizards square off on March 10, the day before the NBA suspended its season because of the coronavirus.

The NBA says it's ready to restart its season following its shutdown because of the coronavirus. All games will be played in Orlando, Fla., without fans but with a strict set of health protocols.

(Image credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

  • June 26th 2020 at 21:40

Indy 500 Will Run In August With Its Massive Grandstands At 50% Capacity

By Bill Chappell
The Indianapolis 500 — usually viewed by hundreds of thousands of spectators — will be run in August in front of a crowd capped at 50% capacity, track officials say. Here, cars race in front of fans during last year

The track normally accommodates hundreds of thousands of spectators. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles says the race will be held on Aug. 23 with fans on hand.

(Image credit: Darron Cummings/AP)

  • June 26th 2020 at 20:51

The Legend Of Snacks: Video Of Equipment Manager Draining Long 3-Pointer Wins ESPY

Thomas "Snacks" Lee shot to fame by shooting a basketball. A viral video of the Jackson State men's basketball student manager draining a long 3-pointer in a real NCAA game has won an ESPY Award.

  • June 25th 2020 at 22:07

The Legend Of Snacks: Video Of Equipment Manager Draining Long 3-Pointer Wins EPSY

Thomas "Snacks" Lee shot to fame by shooting a basketball. A viral video of the Jackson State men's basketball student manager draining a long 3-pointer in a real NCAA game has won an ESPY Award.

  • June 25th 2020 at 22:07

NASCAR Completes Noose Investigation; Can't Determine How It Got Into Driver's Garage

By Tom Goldman
This photo, taken by NASCAR security personnel and released by NASCAR, shows the noose tied using a garage door

NASCAR releases picture of the noose found in driver Bubba Wallace's garage at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The organization also completed its investigation into what happened.

(Image credit: NASCAR)

  • June 25th 2020 at 20:57

Kentucky Derby Rescheduled For September, Will Take Place With Fans

By Austin Horn
Riders cross the finish line at the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last year.

Churchill Downs, the racing venue, said it worked with health officials to develop a plan that would allow the race to take place amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

(Image credit: Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

  • June 25th 2020 at 19:52
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