The governor of Arizona has opened his state as a possible home for the return of pro sports, as early as this Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
Per the report, Gov. Doug Ducey said he’s had discussions with the leaders of some of the sports leagues, but did not say which ones. He did say last month that he’d spoken to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred about hosting games in Arizona.
The NHL and NBA have previously discussed playing out the remainder of their seasons at hubs or “bubbles,” so Arizona could be an option if that’s the route they take.
Ducey did say that if sports did return in Arizona, they would have to do it without fans in the stands, according to the AP.
Although Ducey said Arizona would be ready to host sports as early as May 16, it’s unlikely the leagues themselves would be ready to resume play that soon.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci said he’s “cautiously optimistic” a COVID-19 vaccine will be available for the American public towards the end of this year, or early in 2021.
Dr. Fauci made the comments while testifying in front of Congress on Tuesday morning.
"It is generally vaccines that put the nail in the coffin (for the virus)," Fauci said when discussing the importance of vaccine trials that are already underway.
One possible vaccine is heading into phase three trials in July.
“This is one that has already shown, in preliminary studies, some very favorable response in the animal models that were developed,” Fauci said about that particular vaccine.
Other vaccines are set to move to phase three trials in the coming months.
According to the CDC, in phase three trials the vaccine will be given to thousands of people to test the vaccine’s efficacy and safety.
Many vaccines undergo continued studies to track long-term safety after they are approved and licensed. If any of these vaccines show favorable results in phase three trials it could be an important step for sports-- and our everyday way of life-- returning to normalcy.
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The Chicago Red Stars need a new opponent for their opening match of the NWSL Challenge Cup on Saturday.
The Red Stars were slated to play the Orlando Pride, but the Pride announced on Monday that they were dropping out of the Cup due to several players and staff testing positive for COVID-19. The Pride said all of the players and staff who tested positive were asymptomatic.
“While we were all looking forward to seeing the Pride return to the field, we are unfortunately facing a decision that is necessary and in the best interest for the health of our players and staff,” said Daryl Osbahr, M.D., team doctor for Orlando Pride and chief of sports medicine for Orlando Health. “The decision goes far beyond just the positives, but also taking into consideration roommates or partners.
“I commend the Club for its diligence and reaction following the initial positive test, as well as how the safety of players and staff was prioritized during this difficult and uncertain time. However the guidelines and process that are put in place, including the important protocols and timelines for contact tracing, make it logistically impossible for the Club to participate in the Challenge Cup in Utah.”
The NWSL announced it will adjust and release a new tournament bracket for eight teams, instead of nine, now that Orlando has dropped out.
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