Tuesday's sports stories

Oct 12, 2021 - Sports

Nets: Kyrie Irving won't play until he's eligible as "full participant"

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets (left) going up against Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving will not be allowed to play or practice until he is "eligible to be a full participant" under local COVID-19 vaccine rules, Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement Tuesday.

Driving the news: New York City's COVID-19 vaccine mandate requires individuals to have proof of at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to enter indoor arenas or gyms.

Oct 12, 2021 - Sports

Exclusive: Youth sports reach inflection point after COVID lull

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Youth sports in America have been put through the wringer amid the pandemic, and while accessibility and participation are starting to rebound, there's still work to be done.

State of play: 47% of kids have returned to their pre-pandemic level of play and 17% are more active than they were pre-pandemic, per the Aspen Institute's State of Play report, which surveys youth sports parents.

Oct 12, 2021 - Sports

NHL finally returns to ESPN

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

ESPN on Tuesday will finally bring the NHL back to the network after a 16-year hiatus. 

Why it matters: "It's the first time one of the major North American sports leagues will have a major rights package focused mostly on streaming," Russell Wolff, general manager of ESPN+, told Axios.

Updated Oct 12, 2021 - Sports

Jon Gruden out as Las Vegas Raiders head coach

Jon Gruden coaches a Las Vegas Raiders game against the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium on Oct. 10 in Las Vegas. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jon Gruden announced Monday that he had resigned as Las Vegas Raiders head coach.

Why it matters: The New York Times reported earlier Monday that Gruden used homophobic and misogynistic language in emails over a roughly seven-year period that ended in 2018 before he joined the Raiders, in addition to racist remarks that emerged last week.

Defense carries Bears to win against Raiders

Khalil Mack during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears won for the first time on the road this year, defeating the Raiders 20-9 in Las Vegas.

Why it matters: The Bears held one of the best offenses in football to 259 total yards and nine points to go over .500 for the first time this season.