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The List: What is the best board game?

The List: What is the best board game?

In a new series on NBC Sports Washington, Alexa Shaw, Nick Ashooh and Wes Hall will be debating the important topics in our lives and ranking them according to their preference. We kick off today with ... what is the best board game?

Alexa, who was the winner on the debut topic of The List according to voting on Twitter, picked the game of Guess Who as her top pick. Nick, who came in second, loves Monopoly. And Wes, who only garnered 18 percent of the vote on the burger vote, opted for the game of Life. "That game was awesome," he pointed out, "because when you're a kid all you wanted to do was be an adult until you found out you had to pay real bills and stuff."

So who won this episode? Vote here on Twitter or if you don't agree with any, reply with your top board game choice.


Donald Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, noose incidents

Donald Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, noose incidents

After a weekend spent stoking division, President Donald Trump on Monday went after NASCAR's only Black driver and criticized its decision to ban the Confederate flag at its races and venues.

Exploiting racial tensions, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating "a hoax" after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall they had been assigned to. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime. Wallace has maintained the rope had been fashioned into a noose.

"Has (at)BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?" Trump tweeted. "That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!"

The tweet came after Trump used a pair of Independence Day speeches to dig deeper into America's divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a "merciless campaign to wipe out our history." The remarks served as a direct appeal to the Republican president's political base, including many disaffected white voters, with less than four months to go before Election Day.

Wallace, an Alabama native, has taken an active role in the push for racial equality. He has worn a shirt saying "I Can't Breathe," raced with a Black Lives Matter paint scheme in Virginia and successfully lobbied for NASCAR's Confederate flag ban.

For more than 70 years, the flag was a common and complicated sight at NASCAR races. The series first tried to ban the Confederate flag five years ago but did nothing to enforce the order.

While Trump claimed NASCAR's ratings are down, they are actually up.


Maryland native, tennis star Frances Tiafoe tests positive for the coronavirus

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Maryland native, tennis star Frances Tiafoe tests positive for the coronavirus

Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Hyattsville, Maryland native said in a Twitter post on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, I tested positive late Friday for Covid-19 and have to withdraw from the All-American Team Cup special event in Atlanta this weekend. Over the past two months, I have been training in Florida and tested negative there as recently as a week ago," Tiafoe's tweet read. 

This week Tiafoe was playing in the unsanctioned All-American Team Cup in Atlanta, Ga. With the ATP and WTA tours, the sports' official sanctioning bodies, suspended, there have been no events since March. This exhibition was to serve as an option to get some of the top American males back on the court ahead of the season starting in August. 

The All-American Team Cup is a team event that does have fans in attendance. Tiafoe, 22, was the captain of Team Stars with Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul. On Friday, Tiafoe played Sam Querrey for a straight-sets victory.


Tiafoe's positive test comes on the heels of Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour that resulted in four players testing positive for COVID-19, including Djokovic. Health and safety protocols were not followed based on photos and videos released from the event. In Atlanta, the event was looking to learn from the missteps at Djokovic's tournament and had rigorous procedures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, even with a limited amount of fans. 

‚ÄúLike all the players, Tiafoe was tested prior to or upon arrival in Atlanta and has passed daily temperature tests," the All-American Team Cup said in a statement. "Following his match, he was showing symptoms and was retested and tested positive. Tiafoe has left the event site and will not participate in the remainder of the event. Upon learning this information, we immediately began deep cleaning and sanitizing the event site, and enacted protocols in place for contact tracing and alerting individuals who may have been exposed. The health and safety of our event participants, staff and attendees are a top priority, and we will continue to diligently enforce all guidelines from local health officials."

Christopher Eubanks will replace Tiafoe in the event and it will continue on as scheduled. 

Tiafoe was ranked No. 81 in the world when the rankings points froze in March. He has verbally committed to play in Washington D.C.'s Citi Open on August 13 which is set to be the first sanctioned men's tennis tournament when the sport restarts action.