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NBA COVID tracker: League postpones 10th game of season, Heat short required eight players to face Spurs



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With the omicron variant running rampant, NBA rosters are in flux. Among the many players to enter the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols recently are Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry. In related news, since Dec. 26, tighter protocols — stricter mask requirements, increased testing — have been in effect. These rules will be in place until Jan. 8. 

Another change: Some players can now clear health and safety protocols and return to play as soon as six days after testing positive, provided that they are asymptomatic and not contagious.  

Between the tweaked return-to-play policy and the new rule mandating teams to use hardship exceptions when multiple players are in protocols, the NBA is aiming to avoid postponing games. So far, there have been 10 postponements this season:

  • Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (originally scheduled for Dec. 29)
  • Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers (Dec. 23)
  • Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls (Dec. 22)
  • Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets (Dec. 21)
  • Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors (Dec. 20)
  • New Orleans Pelicans at Philadelphia 76ers (Dec. 19)
  • Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets (Dec. 19)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (Dec. 19)
  • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors (Dec. 16)
  • Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls (Dec. 14)

Five coaches are in health and safety protocols: Mark Daigneault (Oklahoma City Thunder), Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns), Chauncey Billups (Portland Trail Blazers), Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers) and Billy Donovan (Chicago Bulls).

Below is a regularly updated, team-by-team list of players in health and safety protocols, along with the date (or, in some cases, the approximate date) they entered:

Players in health and safety protocols

Atlanta Hawks

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic (Dec. 28)
  • Gorgui Dieng (Dec. 28)
  • Malik Ellison (Dec. 28)
  • Delon Wright (Dec. 27)
  • Jalen Johnson (Dec. 26)
  • John Collins (Dec. 26)
  • Onyeka Okongwu (Dec. 25)
  • Sharife Cooper (Dec. 23)
  • Kevin Huerter (Dec. 22)
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Dec. 22)
  • Lou Williams (Dec. 22)
  • Danilo Gallinari (Dec. 21)

Boston Celtics

  • Jayson Tatum (Dec. 27)
  • Dennis Schroder (Dec. 25)
  • Bruno Fernando (Dec. 24)
  • CJ Miles (Dec. 24)
  • Aaron Nesmith (Dec. 24)
  • Enes Kanter Freedom (Dec. 23)

Brooklyn Nets

  • Kessler Edwards (Dec. 23)
  • David Duke Jr. (Dec. 23)
  • Day’Ron Sharpe (Dec. 18)

Charlotte Hornets

  • Scottie Lewis (Dec. 27)
  • Miles Bridges (Dec. 26)
  • PJ Washington (Dec. 26)

Chicago Bulls

  • Marko Simonovic (Dec. 29)
  • Ersan Ilyasova (Dec. 28)
  • Lonzo Ball (Dec. 26)
  • Tony Bradley (Dec. 26)
  • Alfonzo McKinnie (Dec. 26)

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Darius Garland (Dec. 28)
  • Cedi Osman (Dec. 25)
  • Ed Davis (Dec. 21)
  • Jarrett Allen (Dec. 19)
  • Lamar Stevens (Dec. 19) 
  • Dylan Windler (Dec. 19) 

Dallas Mavericks

  • Brandon Knight (Dec. 29)
  • Boban Marjanovic (Dec. 29)
  • JaQuori McLaughlin (Dec. 23)
  • Luka Doncic (Dec. 22)
  • Trey Burke (Dec. 22)
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (Dec. 21)
  • Maxi Kleber (Dec. 20)
  • Reggie Bullock (Dec. 18)

Detroit Pistons

  • Josh Jackson (Dec. 26)
  • Cory Joseph (Dec. 26)
  • Trey Lyles (Dec. 25)
  • Killian Hayes (Dec. 23)
  • Saben Lee (Dec. 23)
  • Rodney McGruder (Dec. 23)
  • Isaiah Stewart (Dec. 23)
  • Cade Cunningham (Dec. 22)

Golden State Warriors

  • Draymond Green (Dec. 26)
  • Moses Moody (Dec. 24)
  • Damion Lee (Dec. 22)

Houston Rockets

  • KJ Martin (Dec. 27)
  • Jae’Sean Tate (Dec. 27)
  • D.J. Augustin (Dec. 26)
  • Garrison Matthews (Dec. 26)

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Brandon Boston Jr. (Dec. 29)
  • Moses Wright (Dec. 27)
  • Jay Scrubb (Dec. 26)
  • Reggie Jackson (Dec. 22)
  • Marcus Morris Sr. (Dec. 18)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Rajon Rondo (Dec. 26)
  • Trevor Ariza (Dec. 23)

Memphis Grizzlies

  • John Konchar (Dec. 28)
  • Dillon Brooks (Dec. 26)
  • De’Anthony Melton (Dec. 26)
  • Yves Pons (Dec. 26)
  • Jarrett Culver (Dec. 23)

Miami Heat

  • Max Strus (Dec. 29)
  • P.J. Tucker (Dec. 29)
  • Gabe Vincent (Dec. 29)
  • Zylan Cheatham (Dec. 29)  
  • Udonis Haslem (Dec. 28)
  • Kyle Lowry (Dec. 25)

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • D’Angelo Russell (Dec. 25)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (Dec. 23)
  • McKinley Wright IV (Dec. 23)
  • Jarred Vanderbilt (Dec. 20)

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Jose Alvarado (Dec. 25)
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Dec. 23)
  • Naji Marshall (Dec. 23)

New York Knicks

  • Wayne Selden (Dec. 28)
  • Jericho Sims (Dec. 25)
  • Nerlens Noel (Dec. 22)

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Derrick Favors (Dec. 28)
  • Josh Giddey (Dec. 28)
  • Aleksej Pokusevski (Dec. 27)
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Dec. 27)
  • Aaron Wiggins (Dec. 27)
  • Darius Bazley (Dec. 26)

Orlando Magic

  • Chuma Okeke (Dec. 26)
  • Mychal Mulder (Dec. 22)
  • Mo Bamba (Dec. 17)
  • Terrence Ross (Dec. 17)

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Danny Green (Dec. 22)
  • Andre Drummond (Dec. 19)
  • Shake Milton (Dec. 19)

Phoenix Suns

  • Deandre Ayton (Dec. 27)
  • Jae Crowder (Dec. 26)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Jusuf Nurkic (Dec. 26)
  • Cody Zeller (Dec. 26)
  • Robert Covington (Dec. 25)
  • Ben McLemore (Dec. 25)
  • Keljin Blevins (Dec. 25)
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (Dec. 24)
  • Trendon Watford (Dec. 24)

Sacramento Kings

  • Neemias Queta (Dec. 21)
  • Davion Mitchell (Dec. 17)
  • Alex Len (Dec. 16)

San Antonio Spurs

  • Devontae Cacok (Dec. 29)
  • Dejounte Murray (Dec. 26)

Toronto Raptors

  • Isaac Bonga (Dec. 25)
  • Justin Champagnie (Dec. 25)
  • OG Anunoby (Dec. 22)
  • Fred VanVleet (Dec. 21)
  • Precious Achiuwa (Dec. 21)
  • Scottie Barnes (Dec. 21)

Washington Wizards

  • Rui Hachimura (Dec. 28)
  • Montrezl Harrell (Dec. 28)
  • Thomas Bryant (Dec. 27)
  • Anthony Gill (Dec. 27)
  • Aaron Holiday (Dec. 27)
  • Raul Neto (Dec. 26)
  • Bradley Beal (Dec. 23)
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Dec. 21)

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Barcelona activate fourth ‘lever’ with €100 million sale of stake in club’s media arm



Barcelona have sold a 24.5 percent stake in their media arm, activating the fourth of the so-called “economic levers” that they need to fulfil La Liga’s financial regulations and potentially register their new signings.

Orpheus Media, owned by Jaume Roures, have acquired their share in Barça Studios for the sum of €100 million with Barcelona having made the same deal with fan token platform Socios earlier this month. The club had also sold stakes in their television rights to Sixth Street in June and July as they bid to raise the cash that will ease their finances and allow them to incorporate new players into Xavi’s squad.

Barcelona have embarked on an ambitious overhaul of their playing staff this summer despite the crippling debts that president Joan Laporta estimated to be €1.3billion last year. Six new signings were made but the club headed into this weekend’s season opener against Rayo Vallecano unable to register those players, as well as the re-signed Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele, due to La Liga regulations.


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The club did not confirm that this fourth lever would allow them to register every new recruit with La Liga, though this cash injection will naturally make it easier for some new players to formally be available for selection.

A club statement said: “FC Barcelona announces the sale of 24.5% of Barça Studios to the company Orpheus Media, managed by Mr. Jaume Roures, an audiovisual production company with a long history of producing content, for €100 million. The agreement complements the one signed on 29 July with and will help to accelerate the growth of the club’s digital, NFT and Web 3 strategy.

“The sale was conducted under authorization of the General Assembly of FC Barcelona Members last October 23. With this investment the strategic partners in Barça Studios show confidence in the value of the project and the future of digital content in the world of sport.”

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A further sale of the Studios had been widely expected but in recent days it had been reported that it would be GDA Luma, run by the president of Cirque du Soleil, Gabriel de Alba, that would be stumping up the nine figure sum. Instead it is Roures, owner of Mediapro, who has taken the stake. The Catalan media mogul reportedly provided the guarantees Laporta needed for his successful bid for the Barcelona presidency in 2021.

A statement on the Medium page of Socios said that, following the sale, Barça Studios would be renamed Barça Digital and Entertainment “to reflect its focus on accelerating the growth of the club’s NFTs and metaverse projects.” Socios added: “The addition of experience of growing global entertainment brands will allow FC Barcelona to accelerate its blockchain and Web3 strategies to provider greater connectivity with its global fan base and continue to grow the club’s network of fan communities and produce revenue streams in new geographies.”

In the more immediate term it could also allow Barcelona to sign Marcos Alonso. The veteran Chelsea left back would join the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde and Franck Kessie after a summer in which Laporta has committed to new signings worth over €150 million. The club would also like to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City while their own midfielder Frenkie De Jong is a target for Chelsea and Manchester United.

Speaking to CBS Sports earlier this month, Laporta insisted that selling off long term stakes in the club to facilitate an overhaul of the first team was the right thing to do. “The players we have signed this summer are investments not expenses. And our existing players understand this perfectly. The new signings adjust their salaries to the new structure that we have created and all we ask is the current squad, where possible, do the same.


“People outside the club don’t have all the information. We have to act this way or the club will probably disappear. We are not risking the club. On the contrary. I love Barcelona. So you can imagine, I don’t take any decisions that risk the future of the club and our 122 years of history.”

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Three Stars from Day 3 of WJC: Canada’s McTavish joins elite company –



Canada and the U.S. dominated in their second game of the tournament while Czechia and Finland went toe-to-toe and needed a shootout to determine a winner on Day 3 of the World Junior Hockey Championship.

The Canadian team rebounded from a sluggish performance with an 11-1 win over Slovakia, a game in which captain Mason McTavish added his name to the country’s record books.

Against Switzerland, the United States took their game to another gear that their opponent could not match as they cruised to a 7-1 victory to improve to 2-0 at the tournament.


Finland dropped a crucial point as they had to overcome a 2-0 deficit but were able to pick up the shootout win over their rival Czechia.

Here is a look at the top performances from Day 3 of the world juniors.

3rd Star: Luke Hughes, USA

Coming from a great hockey family, Luke Hughes is making most of his opportunity as one of the top defencemen for the U.S. 

The younger brother of Quinn and Jack displayed his mobility and vision against Switzerland with a three-point effort. He now has five points in his first two games of the tournament — more than either of his brothers ever achieved at this event in fewer games.

Hughes leads all defenceman in scoring so far in the tournament and is tied for fourth overall.


The 18-year-old played 21:18 against the Swiss to lead the U.S. in ice time playing on the top pairing with Brock Faber. His play from this point will be a crucial part of his team’s success given the creativity he displayed, especially on Matt Coronato’s goal in the second period.

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He made another top-notch set up on Thomas Bordeleau’s power-play goal in the third period as he delayed enough to get the defenders to pull towards his side of the ice.

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2nd Star: Carter Mazur, USA

Coming into the tournament, Carter Mazur is looking to build off an impressive season at the University of Denver. 


While he was in a scoring slump in his first NCAA season, the Detroit Red Wings prospect made a call to his NHL team’s assistant director of player development, Daniel Cleary. After that, he would go on to finish with 14 goals and 38 points in 41 games.

Those tips have now turned Mazur into a scoring machine as he accounted for two of the team’s seven goals and was also named the player of the game as the top line of Mazur, Landon Slaggert, and Thomas Bordeleau had an impressive performance against Switzerland

After a scoreless first period, Mazur wasn’t going to make any mistake on a point-blank chance in front of the net with Mackie Samoskevich making a great pass from behind the net.

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With the Americans looking to add to their lead, Mazur was once again the beneficiary of a great pass from Slaggert as he made no mistake from the front of the net.


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He added another assist on Slaggert’s goal later in the period for his third point of the game. Through his first two games at the world juniors, Mazur has four points and is tied for sixth in scoring.

1st Star: Mason McTavish, Canada

On a night where Canada dominated from start to finish, Mason McTavish joined some elite company with a night he’ll certainly remember for a long time.

The 19-year-old joined Mario Lemieux, Simon Gagné, Brayden Schenn, Taylor Raddysh, Maxime Comtois and teammate Connor Bedard as the only players to score four goals in a single world junior game for Canada. The tournament record for goals in a single game is held by Sweden’s Ola Rosander who had six back in 1987.

With his performance against Slovakia in a dominant win for Canada, McTavish now sits atop the scoring lead with eight points in two games after registering six points in this game.


McTavish scored his first goal of the game on a breakaway — with Canada already leading 5-0 midway through the second — making no mistake to beat Tomas Bolo, who came into the game after starter Simon Latkoczy was pulled going into the second period.

His second goal came off a great play by Joshua Roy who flipped the puck in the air to Brennan Othmann who then set up McTavish as he finished with a backhander to put Canada up 7-1. McTavish would complete the second-period hat trick, a day after Alexander Blank did the same for Germany, after a selfless pass from Roy on a 2-on-0 break.

Canada would capitalize on a turnover on McTavish’s fourth goal as Othmann set him up alone in front of the net and he made no mistake.

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There was some doubt about whether McTavish would suit up for Canada after playing a fair amount of hockey last season. Making his NHL debut with the Anaheim Ducks, the third overall pick from the 2021 NHL Draft played in a total of 72 games between the NHL, AHL, OHL, Memorial Cup and the Olympics.


Instead, McTavish decided to join the team in Edmonton and take on the role as captain where he has excelled centring Canada’s top line with Bedard and and a rotation of Roy and Othmann.

Canada will now look forward to a matchup against Czechia with a chance to improve to 3-0.

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Field of Dreams Game 2022: A celebration of baseball memories in an Iowa cornfield



The Field of Dreams is an opportunity for fans and players alike to reflect on the people and places that taught them to love baseball, Jake Mintz writes.

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