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Kendall Baker, author of Sports
3 hours ago - Sports

Dodgers will offer a "fully vaccinated" fan section

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The Dodgers will debut a "fully vaccinated fan section" for Saturday night's game against the Padres.

Details: Social distancing will not be required in the vaccinated section, but face coverings must still be worn.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
3 hours ago - Sports

Concussion study inspires practice limits to college football preseason

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Major changes could be coming to college football's grueling preseason in an attempt to create a safer environment for athletes.

Driving the news: In response to a recent study that found that most concussions occur during practice, the Football Oversight Committee plans to recommend new rules for fall camp.

17 hours ago - Sports

Taking a knee, other protests still banned at Tokyo Olympics

A shadow is cast as the sun sets behind the Olympic Rings on April 21 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: by Carl Court/Getty Images

Athletes who take a knee or demonstrate with other forms of protest during the Tokyo Olympics this summer will be punished under a ban endorsed by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.

The state of play: The announcement backing the protection of neutrality for the Olympic Games comes one day after the world watched a Minneapolis jury convict a former police officer of murdering George Floyd, a Black man. The incident last summer sparked global demonstrations for racial justice.

18 hours ago - Sports

Indy 500 will be world's largest sporting event since the pandemic's start

An Aptil 9 open test for May's Indy 500. Photo: Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Next month's Indianapolis 500, at 40% capacity, will be the world's biggest sporting event since the start of COVID-19, Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

Why it matters: The COVID-19 pandemic has hobbled many aspects of community life, including sports. That such a large sporting event is moving forward indicates the success of the U.S. vaccination campaign, as well as the buoyed confidence in the IMS's virus protocols.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Apr 21, 2021 - Sports

How the European Super League collapsed in spectacular fashion

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Plans for a European Super League fell apart on Tuesday, just two days after the proposed soccer competition was announced.

How it went down: Manchester City, one of the six English Premier League clubs set to join the 12-team breakaway league, was the first to confirm it was out.

Apr 21, 2021 - Sports

European Super League faces collapse after English soccer teams quit

Fans of Chelsea Football Club protest the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge soccer stadium in London, England. Photo: Rob Pinney/Getty Images

The European Super League announced in a statement Tuesday night it's "proposing a new competition" and considering the next steps after all six English soccer clubs pulled out of the breakaway tournament.

Why it matters: The announcement that 12 of the richest clubs in England, Spain and Italy would start a new league was met with backlash from fans, soccer stars and politicians. The British government had threatened to pass legislation to stop it from going ahead.

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