Florida Gators football coach Dan Mullen said he wanted 90,000 screaming fans at his home stadium this weekend when they host the LSU Tigers. Now, they hope to just play a game after suspending team activities because some of their players have caught coronavirus.
The school announced Tuesday that it has suspended athletic activities after five football players tested positive for COVID-19. Florida athletics director Scott Stricklin issued a statement that said the suspension of activities was out of caution.
“Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon. Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent LSU,” Stricklin said.
Strucklin added that the UF sports medicine department will reassess the situation on Wednesday.
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans have begun discussions with LSU about holding future Saints home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, a team spokesman said Tuesday.
“LSU has been gracious and enthusiastic regarding hosting our future games and we very much appreciate their partnership,” said Greg Bensel, the Saints’ senior vice president for communications. “We have also discussed the possibility of moving our home games to LSU with the NFL and they are aware of our exploring this option.
“Obviously, our overwhelming preference is to play our games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with partial fan attendance but there has been no indication from the city on when, or if, this might be approved,” Bensel added.
The Saints have played three of eight scheduled regular season home games in the Superdome so far this season with no ticketed fans in attendance. The few hundred in attendance consisted primarily of
There’s not many people brave enough to take on such an outlandishly top-end renovation project, but for Dean Poulton, 33, and Borja de Maqua, 31, of the Instagram feed @mytinyestate, this grand design of stunning proportions was too tempting to resist. A rural English affair in Warwickshire, it comprises an array of different buildings and gardens including a three-story Georgian manor house, an adjoining servants’ quarters, and a caretaker’s cottage that dates back to Tudor times, plus a charming gardener’s cottage and piggery—all set amidst 2.5 acres of formal gardens, courtyards, and stables—barely habitable and far from good decorative order. These self-taught fixer-uppers may call the estate tiny, but the amount of work completed since they started, in March 2018, is vast. And what makes the story all the more compelling is how they have journaled their makeover via their social media platform. Having started out as a way to
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The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of winning their 17th NBA Finals, but fans who want to celebrate with the normal gatherings and parties that typically follow title wins are being advised to hold off due to the pandemic.
Both Staples Center and L.A. Live in Los Angeles will not show Game 5 of the Finals on their exterior screens or host any potential postgame celebrations and the venue is encouraging fans to watch the game from home while exercising caution.
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STAPLES Center & L.A. LIVE will not be airing/showing tomorrow’s NBA Finals game or potential post game celebrations on any of the exterior digital signage. Vehicle & pedestrian access will be limited & @Lakers fans encouraged to watch the game and celebrate responsibly at home.
The Lakers lead the Miami Heat 3-1 in the best-of-seven series with Game 5 set
SAN DIEGO — With their pitching staff providing a record 18 strikeouts, the Tampa Bay Rays showed some pop of their own against the New York Yankees.
Randy Arozarena, Mike Zunino, Manuel Margot and Austin Meadows homered, and Tyler Glasnow struck out 10 to set a postseason record for the Rays, who beat the Yankees 7-5 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at one game apiece.
The Rays had enough power to overcome a huge game by Giancarlo Stanton, who had two home runs and four RBIs. His impressive power display included a 458-foot, three-run homer that landed under the giant video board in left field at Petco Park. It was reminiscent of the mammoth shots he hit in winning the Home Run Derby here in 2016.
Stanton has three homers this series and five in four postseason games. His grand slam in the ninth inning Monday night
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers say that any plans to have fans for home games this season are on indefinite hold due to high COVID-19 rates in the area.
Packers officials said that fans won’t be admitted until there’s a “marked improvement in the rate of hospitalizations, as well as the community infection rate and positivity rate.”
The Packers have played two of their eight scheduled home games already. They don’t have another home game until Nov. 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.
“We are very concerned with the rate of infection in our area,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “We are trending in the wrong direction in terms of hospitalization and positive cases, and based on recommendations from community health-care and public health officials, hosting fans at the stadium for games is not advisable at this time.”
During his Zoom session after the Packers’
CINCINNATI — News broke Monday that the Browns would be allowed to have up to 12,000 fans in attendance for future home games, including their upcoming matchup with the Colts.
The Bengals are going to get the same treatment.
State health officials informed the team that they’ll also be allowed to have 12,000 fans in the stands for their final six regular season home games.
The Bengals welcomed 6,243 fans for Sunday’s 33-25 win over the Jaguars. It was the first time fans were allowed in the stands this season due to COVID-19.
“It was exciting to have some real people in the stands,” rookie quarterback Joe Burrow said after the game. “The last couple weeks without fans just felt a little off, so to have some home fans in the stands felt great. It felt good to have cheering going on when you make a play. It felt like
Plans to host fans at upcoming Colorado Rapids matches at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park have been scuttled after the team recently experienced a COVID-19 outbreak, the club announced Monday afternoon.
The team planned to have as many as 1,165 fans (6% capacity) attend matches Wednesday and Saturday nights at its Commerce City stadium. But after 14 people within the Rapids organization (four players, 10 staff members) tested positive for the virus during the last two weeks, those plans were put on hold “out of an abundance of caution.”
MLS postponed Colorado’s previous two matches against Sporting Kansas City (Sept. 27) and the Portland Timbers (Oct. 3) due to the outbreak. The team will return to its home field 7 p.m. Wednesday against LAFC, followed by another match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 5 p.m. Saturday vs. the L.A. Galaxy — just not with fans in the stadium.
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Steve Martin’s duties as the father of the bride are not done!
Martin and the cast of the ’90s hit “Father of the Bride” are reuniting on Friday for “Father of the Bride: Part 3-ish,” which is the first installment of the story since “Father of the Bride: Part II” in 1995.
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Martin, 75, and co-star Kimberly Williams-Paisley, 49, who played Martin and Diane Keaton’s daughter in the two films, spoke with Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY Friday ahead of the movie’s premiere, which will be at 6 p.m. EST on Friday on the Netflix YouTube channel and Netflix Facebook page.
The two stars talked about reuniting with the cast, including Keaton, Kieran Culkin and Martin Short, to
- Lowe’s debuts a new marketing campaign today (Sept. 9) to unite NFL fans as they watch this season from home, the brand said in a press release emailed to Marketing Dive. One player from each of the league’s 32 teams will join Lowe’s “Home Team” to support community-building projects by people and organizations that exemplify the cultural fabric of their respective NFL hometowns.
- A 30-second TV commercial will air during Thursday’s game between the Houston Texans and Super Bowl 2020 champion Kansas City Chiefs. The new spot, titled “800 Mint Street,” nods to the Carolina Panthers’ stadium address and will feature fans’ homes who share the same address, aiming to reinforce that “this year, we’re all on the home team,” per the announcement.
- Lowe’s Home Team players will host virtual fan engagements throughout the season and share their personal DIY home improvement projects in a new series called