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Rafael Nadal to skip this year’s US Open due to coronavirus concerns

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Fans will have to wait to see Rafael Nadal take the court again.

The legendary Spaniard confirmed on his Twitter account that he will not participate in the 2020 US Open due to fears resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it,” said Nadal on Twitter.

He also added that it was the really hard decision to make, but ultimately he would “rather not travel” during these times.

Nadal, who won the US OPen in 2019, is one win away from matching Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles.

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Bears legend Gale Sayers passes away at 77

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Some sad news coming out of the football world.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame confirmed that legendary Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers has died after enduring a lengthy battle with dementia. He was 77 at the time of his death.

“He was the very essence of a team player — quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block,” said Hall of Fame President David Baker.

“Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life.”

Known on the field as “The Kansas Comet” spent his entire seven-year career with the Bears from 1965-1971. During that limited time, he managed to make four Pro Bowls, was a five-time First-team All-Pro and a two-time NFL rushing yards leader.

He also holds at least 20 Bears franchise records in a variety of categories, including most rushing touchdowns in a season, and most all-purpose yards in a single season.

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Bulls hire Billy Donovan as their new head coach

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After months of deliberating, the Chicago Bulls have found their guy.

The team announced that they have hired Billy Donovan to be their next head coach.

“We are very pleased to welcome Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls,”
said vice-president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas.

“The success that he has sustained over the course of his coaching career puts him on a different level. We feel his ability to help his players reach their potential, both individually and collectively, will mesh well with our roster. Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his career has taken him, and we hope that will continue here in Chicago.”

The 55-year old recently enjoyed a five-season tenure as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After losing in seven games to the Houston Rockets in the first round of this postseason, he decided to mutually part ways with the franchise.

During his tenure, he posted a combined 243-157 regular season record, and an 18-23 postseason record. His teams lost in the first round on four occassions. In his first season with the Thunder in 2015/16, he led them to the Western Conference Finals, which resulted in a Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

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Mikko Koivu’s days with the Minnesota Wild are numbered

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It’s the end of an era in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Wild announced on Friday that they will not be bringing back captain Mikko Koivu for the 2020/2021 campaign.

“His hard work, dedication and team-first mentality will be extremely difficult to replace in our lineup. Off the ice, Mikko’s impact in the State of Hockey was immeasurable as he went out of his way to make a positive impact on so many people in our community, including his charitable contributions to Children’s Minnesota.” said Wild GM Bill Guerin.

“We thank Mikko for everything he has done for our organization and wish him and his family the best in the future.”

The 37-year old has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the franchise. During his tenure in Minnesota, he posted 205 goals, 504 assists and a plus-70 rating in 1028 games. Koivu, who was been the Wild captain since 2009, is the franchise leader in games played, assists and points.

Rumors have suggested that the veteran will continue his playing career in his native Finland. He is not interested in playing for any NHL franchises other than the Minnesota Wild.

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