Blackmon returns after recovering from COVID-19
All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the first major league player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to the Colorado Rockies for his first workout Monday after getting the all clear to rejoin his teammates.
“I feel great. I have felt that way for at least a couple of weeks now,” Blackmon said on a video conference call with reporters before taking batting and fielding practice at Coors Field.
“It’s nice to be back," he added. “I was getting kind of bored sitting there in the basement in quarantine by myself.”
Blackmon said he was only mildly affected by the virus that has killed more than 130,000 Americans and claimed more than a half-million lives worldwide.
“I had a day and a half of symptoms and after that I started feeling much better,” Blackmon said, adding he hopes to be ready for the Rockies’ July 24 opener at Texas.
He said his illness wasn’tas bad as the flu.
“I was blindsided” by the positive test result, Blackmon explained, adding that he had taken all the usual precautions with his family: sheltering at home, social distancing and wearing a mask when out in public.
He said he has no idea how he contracted the virus but was lucky not to get as sick as many others.
Olsen to join Fox after retirement: Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen said he has agreed to a contract with Fox Sports to become its No. 2 NFL game analyst once he retires from football.
Olsen signed a oneyear, $6.9 million contract with the Seahawks earlier this offseason after spending nine seasons with the Panthers.
The New York Post was the first to report the news.
The 35-year-old Olsen will partner with Kevin Burkhardt in the booth as an analyst once the 13year NFL veteran decides to call it quits. Olsen had previously considered retiring after last season, but decided to play at least one more year with the Seahawks in hopes of teaming with Russell Wilson to win his first Super Bowl ring.
Lions sign 1st-round pick: The Detroit Lions have signed first-round pick Jeff Okudah.
The Lions also announced Monday that they signed second-round selection D’Andre Swift along with fifth-round picks Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley.
Detroit drafted Okudah, a former Ohio State standout, with third overall pick and made him the highest-drafted cornerback since Shawn Springs was selected from the same school by Seattle in 1997.
Jockey Church dies at 90: Ken Church, who rode more than 2,000 winners during a 20-year career that included four mounts in the Kentucky Derby, died Monday. He was 90.
Church was diagnosed with pneumonia a week ago at the retirement facility where he lived in Reno, Nevada, and was taken to a hospital. He contracted COVID-19 there and died, his daughter Debbie Anderson told Del Mar racetrack officials in California.
Church won his first race on July 27, 1947. He rode in 14,000 races during this career. His best finish in the Kentucky Derby was fifth place aboard Oil Capitol in 1950. He won five consecutive races in one day at Chicago's old Washington Park on June 10, 1952.
Season scheduled to tip off July 25: The WNBA season is scheduled to tip off July 25 with all games that weekend dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.
All 12 franchises will play the opening weekend and honor victims of police brutality and racial violence. Team uniforms will display Breonna Taylor’s name. Players will each have the option to continue to wear Taylor’s name on their jersey for subsequent games.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician, was shot eight times by plainclothes Louisville police officers serving a narcotics search warrant at her apartment on March 13. No drugs were found. Her family and protesters around the country have called for swift action against the officers who shot Taylor.
The league's 24th season will be played at a single site in Bradenton, Florida. Each team will play a 22-game schedule, facing opponents twice. One game will be designated as a home game and the other one a road contest.
The league will have three games a day, playing on the two courts at the Feld Entertainment Center, which is near the IMG Academy where the players are staying.
The season is set to end on Sept. 12 with the playoffs beginning soon after. The WNBA is using its traditional playoff format with eight teams reaching the postseason and a single-elimination game being played in the opening two rounds.
Delle Donne says league denied her medical waiver: Elena Delle Donne's request to be medically excused from the WNBA season was denied, according to the league's reigning MVP.
The Washington Mystics star said in a statement Monday that the independent panel of doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be "high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.”
Had Delle Donne been medically excused, she would have earned her entire salary for the season. Now, if she chooses not to play, the Mystics wouldn’t have to pay her.
Charlie Blackmon is back with the Colorado Rockies after a mild case of COVID-19. He hopes to be ready for the Rockies’ July 24 opener at Texas.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen, formerly with the Carolina Panthers, will work for Fox Sports as an analyst after retiring from the NFL.