World-class athletes will come together to discuss one of the most pressing issues facing our country –– racism –– and its impacts on sports. In a roundtable discussion hosted by the Golf Channel’s Damon Hack, the primetime special will feature nine different athletes including Steph Curry, Charles Barkley and Kyle Rudolph to discuss the events following George Floyd’s death and how they pertain to the world of sports.
In addition to recent events, the panel discusses a range of topics like social justice, race in the locker room, experiences with law enforcement and how sports can combat inequality.
In the first segment, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, World Long Drive competitor Troy Mullins and 10-time ATP tennis champion James Blake discuss their perspectives followed by a second segment featuring two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry, Basketball Hall-of-Famer and TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley, World Series champion shortstop Jimmy Rollins and MLB Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Smith.
Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jerome Bettis also spoke with Hack for an extended interview available on NBC Sports’ digital and podcast platforms.
How to Watch: Race and Sports in America: Conversations
When: Monday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Where: NBCSN, NBC Sports Regional Networks, GOLF Channel, Olympic Channel
For more stories on racism and sports featuring Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley and Washington Wizards star Ian Mahinmi, click here or the links below.
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Despite the postponement of the 2020 Toyko Olympics, Katie Ledeky is still achieving great things this summer.
The DMV native and Team USA swimmer posted a video on her Instagram on Monday where she swam the length of a pool with a glass of chocolate milk balanced on her head –– one of her many impressive feats that has shocked the world.
The 23-year-old swimmer has taken DMV area and the nation by storm after she first appeared in the 2012 London Olympics and won gold in the 800m freestyle at the age of 15. She quickly became a fan favorite and gained popularity four years later when she cleaned up in Rio de Janeiro, winning four gold medals and a silver. In Rio, she also set two world records in the 400 and 800m freestyle events.
After the International Olympic Committee announced their decision to postpone until 2021, Ledecky spoke out, saying it was the right decision.
"We're all happy that we know now and can take a step back, stay inside and do our part to help fight this virus and support those who are the true heroes doing everything they can to heal the sick and to find ways to stop the spread," she said. "We're going to do what we can to stay in shape, but the real training has to take a backseat right now."
Since quarantine began, she has faced obstacles of training during times of social distancing but, like many other Olympians, has done what she can during these limiting times to prepare for the year ahead.
While Ledecky was unable to compete on a global stage as expected this year due to COVID-19, she continues to find a way into the national spotlight as she prepares to dominate again in 2021.
Formula One driver Sergio Perez has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the British Grand Prix this weekend, the racing federation announced on Twitter.
Perez is now isolating and so are other crew members that were in close contact with the driver, according to multiple reports. Since returning amidst the pandemic, the federation has implemented a Track and Trace app that helps all participants at the race track identify who they were in close confines with.
Drivers are not permitted to intermingle from different teams to avoid an outbreak. F1 does not believe this positive test "will have no wider impact on this weekend's event."
Perez's test result comes in the midst of a two-week break for the sport. The Hungarian Grand Prix on July 19 was the last F1 race and to that point, it was not revealed if any driver had tested positive for the virus. Only two other individuals have tested positive under Formula 1's testing system.
The Mexican driver is a part of the two-car Racing Point team and RP is expected to name a replacement driver for the event. Canadian Lance Stroll is the second primary driver for Racing Point.
Formula One came back from the COVID-19 pandemic on July 5 and has put in place strict health and safety protocols to prevent the possibility of an outbreak.
There is no timetable on when Perez will be able to return to racing action. He enters the weekend sixth in points and has placed in a points-paying position in each of the three races this season.