Alex Cora stands for the national anthem before a game in April. Photo: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty

Puerto Rican native Alex Cora, the manager of last year's World Series champion Boston Red Sox, said Sunday that he won't attend the team's ceremony at the White House this week, citing the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria, per the Boston Globe.

"It's pretty tough to go celebrate when we're where we're at. I'd rather not go and be consistent with everything."

The big picture: Cora is the latest sports figure to not engage with the White House following a championship season. The Golden State Warriors have not visited after clashing with Trump, the Philadelphia Eagles were disinvited after many players said they wouldn't go, and a number of others cited scheduling conflicts and individual players on teams have elected not to attend.

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Fund managers start to board the stock bandwagon

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Asset managers at major U.S. investment firms are starting to get bullish with their clients, encouraging stock buying and trying not to get left behind right as the metrics on tech stocks rise back to highs not seen since the dot-com crash of 2000.

What's happening: Appetite for stocks is starting to return, but slowly as institutional money managers were overwhelmingly sitting on the sidelines in cash during April and May.

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China bans Cruz and Rubio over Xinjiang criticism

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China said Monday that it will ban entry to Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over their criticisms of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the AP reports.

The big picture: The move seems to be retaliatory after the U.S. announced sanctions on four Chinese officials for human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the region last week.

Roger Stone says he plans to campaign for Trump

Roger Stone appears yesterday outside his home in Fort Lauderdale. Photo: Johnny Louis/Getty Images

Roger Stone told Axios in a phone interview that he plans to write and speak for President Trump's re-election now that Stone "won't die in a squalid hellhole of corona-19 virus."

"I'm asthmatic," said Stone, 67. "Sending me to a prison where I could not be socially distanced ... would, I think, be a death sentence."