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LeBron James says he misses his family while quarantined inside NBA bubble

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(ORLANDO, Fla.) — It’s been a “challenge” for LeBron James, who is adjusting to his new life inside the NBA bubble.

The NBA season, which is officially underway, has rolled out new plans to keep players safe from COVID-19 by sequestering them inside Walt Disney World Resort hotels until the end of the season. USA Today reports that teams that made it to the second half of the season began quarantining roughly a month ago.

That means that the players have not been able to physically interact with friends or family members, which James says has been a hard pill to swallow.

“I miss the hell out of my family. My wife, my kids, my mother. And so on and so on,” the NBA MVP admitted to reporters after the Lakers triumphed over the Utah Jazz on Monday. “It’s a huge challenge.”

The Laker has been married to wife Savannah since 2013 and they share three children together — LeBron Jr., 15, Bryce, 13, and 5-year-old Zhuri.

Despite missing his family, James wants to make them proud by carrying the Lakers through another championship. The team stands to secure their 17th win, which would also be his fourth championship title.

The 35-year-old also understands that he is in a position to use his platform to make a positive difference and speak out against social justice issues like systemic racism.

“It’s given us the opportunity to every single day speak about, feel passionate about, whatever is going on in your personal life, whatever is going on in society and us trying to make a change,” he explained. “It’s being dynamic and being heard.”

The Lakers face off against Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Scoreboard roundup — 8/4/20

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(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota 7, Pittsburgh 3
Cleveland 4, Cincinnati 2
NY Yanks, Philadelphia (Postponed)
St. Louis, Detroit (Postponed)
Chi Whit Sox 3, Milwaukee 2
Atlanta 10, Toronto 1
Miami 4, Baltimore 0
Chi Cubs 5, Kansas City 4
Houston 8, Arizona 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 1
Oakland 5, Texas 1
LA Angels 5, Seattle 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 5, NY Mets 3
Philadelphia, Miami (Posponed)
Colorado 5, San Francisco 2
LA Dodgers 5, San Diego 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Brooklyn 119, Milwaukee 116
Dallas 114, Sacramento 110 (OT)
Phoenix 117, LA Clippers 115
Indiana 120, Orlando 109
Portland 110, Houston 102
Miami 112, Boston 106

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Scoreboard roundup — 8/3/20

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(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 3, Cleveland 2
NY Yanks 6, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis, Detroit (Postponed)
Chi White Sox 6, Milwaukee 4
Minnesota 5, Pittsburgh 4
Chi Cubs 2, Kansas City 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 11, Seattle 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
NY Mets 7, Atlanta 2
Colorado 7, San Francisco 6
San Diego 5, LA Dodgers 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Toronto 107, Miami 103
Indiana 111, Washington 100
Denver 121, Oklahoma City 113 (OT)
New Orleans 109, Memphis 99
Philadelphia 132, San Antonio 130
LA Lakers 116, Utah 108

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

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(PHILADELPHIA) — Doug Pederson, the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The team released a statement Sunday night confirming the diagnosis, noting that Pederson is currently “asymptomatic and doing well.”

“He is currently in self-quarantine and in communication with the team’s medical staff,” the Eagles said.

The team added that “any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility.”

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The Eagles opened its training camp on July 28.

Pederson is the second known NFL head coach to test positive, after the New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton contracted the virus and recovered in the spring.

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Mets' Yoenis Cespedes latest MLB player to opt out of season over COVID-19 concerns

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Scott Clarke / ESPN ImagesBy MEREDITH DELISO and JOSHUA HOYOS, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — After Yoenis Céspedes failed to report for the New York Mets’ game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, team officials said the Mets outfielder has decided to sit out the rest of the 2020 season due to “COVID-related reasons.”

Céspedes, 34, did not tell management of his decision ahead of Sunday afternoon’s game in Atlanta. In a statement, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had said that as of game time, the outfielder had not reported to the ballpark and they were unable to contact him.

Following the game, Van Wagenen said during a press briefing that they learned late in the game that Céspedes had decided to opt out of the season “due to COVID-related reasons.”

Céspedes has not publicly commented yet on his decision. On opening day, he had said on social media that it was an “incredible feeling” being back. “Only the beginning,” he tweeted on July 24.

Céspedes is the latest MLB player to opt out of the season in recent days due to heightened concerns over the coronavirus. On Saturday, the league said Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain would not play the rest of the season.

In a statement, Cain said, “With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids.” He said he plans to return to the field in 2021.

The announcement came the same day a Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee was postponed for the second straight day after St. Louis team members tested positive for the coronavirus.

Also on Saturday, Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz announced that he had opted out of the season as the team contends with a COVID-19 outbreak. Since the Marlins canceled their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles scheduled for July 27, 21 members of the organization have tested positive for the virus, according to ESPN.

In a statement, Diaz said it had been a “tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads.”

“This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it’s the best one for me and my overall wellbeing,” he said.

On Saturday, the Red Sox announced that pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will be out the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with the heart condition myocarditis following a bout with COVID-19.

According to a tally by Baseball America, 20 MLB players have opted out of the season as of Sunday.

Only players deemed high-risk can still receive their pay and service time if they opt out of the season, according to ESPN.

As of Friday, 104 players and 24 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 27, MLB reported. Last week, 29 tests — accounting for 20 players — were positive out of 11,895 samples, the league said.

The Marlins had no new positive results in its latest round of testing, MLB reported on Saturday.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has warned that the season could be shut down if the coronavirus isn’t better managed, ESPN reported on Friday.

While some professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL, National Women’s Soccer League and Major League Soccer, are competing in restricted sites called “bubbles” to limit the spread of COVID-19, Major League Baseball is not.

Among MLB’s coronavirus restrictions, teams are only competing with clubs located in their regional division so that travel is limited, and fans are not allowed to attend games.

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