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COURTESY LANEY ATHLETICS
                                Dior Walker-Scott
Football player interested in playing at Hawaii featured on latest season of ‘Last Chance U’

It was supposed to be a breakout season for Dior Walker-Scott. As a returning sophomore for the Laney College football team in Oakland, which had won the California state championship the year before, Walker-Scott was the centerpiece of the young Eagles offense — a tough, compact, 5-foot-8 wide receiver whose quickness and strength allowed him to get separation from much taller cornerbacks and safeties. Read more

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                                Members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel together around the Black Lives Matter logo on the court during the national anthem before the start of today’s game.
Players, coaches kneel before NBA’s re-opening night

Black players were next to white players. Coaches from one team were next to their compatriots from the opposing side. Many locked arms with the man next to them, some shut their eyes tightly, a few including LeBron James briefly raising a fist into the air or pointing skyward. Read more

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                                Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, right, battles for position with Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince during the second half on Sunday.
Sports can’t run perfectly amid pandemic, but soccer is doing a good job

The MLS Is Back tournament wasn’t a day old when it appeared as if the league would have to make a quick U-turn and leave Orlando, Florida. Two teams had been withdrawn from the tournament because 20 players tested positive for COVID-19 and several others had initial unconfirmed positive tests. Read more

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                                The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers line up together for the national anthems before an exhibition NHL hockey game today in Toronto.
Racial equality statements begin to unfold amid NHL restart

Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins players lined up shoulder to shoulder during the U.S. and Canadian anthems before the first exhibition game of the NHL’s restarted season, while members of the Boston Bruins plan to lock arms for the songs to promote racial equality. Read more

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                                A 2019 World Series champions sign is displayed during the Washington Nationals baseball practice at Nationals Park, Wednesday, in Washington.
MLB, players agree to expand playoffs to 16 teams

Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed today to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season, a person familiar with the deal said, a decision that makes it likely teams with losing records will reach the postseason. Read more


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