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First Case Of Person-To-Person Spread Of Coronavirus Reported In U.S.

For the first time in the U.S., the coronavirus has spread from one person to another, health officials said on Thursday. The 6th diagnosed case in the U.S. was identified as the husband of a Chicago woman who got sick from the virus after she returned from the epicenter of an outbreak in China. There have been previous cases in China and elsewhere of the virus spreading between people in a household or workplace.  ...Read more

Multiple Players From Memphis Grizzlies And NY Knicks Face Fines, Suspensions For Roles In Altercation During Game

Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marko Guduric of the Memphis Grizzlies and NY Knicks guard Elfrid Payton were suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for their roles in an altercation between the teams during their game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. The Knicks’ Marcus Morris was also fined $35,000 not only for his role on the court, but for his comments afterward – where he stated that Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder played with “female tendencies.” ...Read more

Kobe Bryant Tribute Among Changes Made To All-Star Game Format

The NBA has announced major changes to the All-Star Game format, including a tribute for the late Kobe Bryant. Quarters will consist of a mini-game to benefit charity before an untimed fourth quarter with a target score will decide which team walks away with the win. Scores will be reset back to 0-0 at the start of the second and third quarters, then restored once the fourth quarter begins. ...Read more

Houston Astros Reach Deal With Dusty Baker To Become Their New Manager

Dusty Baker, one of baseball’s most respected managers, has reached a deal with the Houston Astros to become their 24th manager in franchise history. Houston owner Jim Crane fired maanger A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after Major League Baseball released its investigative findings on Jan. 13. The league determined that, under Hinch and Luhnow, the Astros stole signs electronically during their run  to the 2017 World Series and parts of the 2018 season. ...Read more

Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant Loses Service-Tme Grievance Against Team

Kris Bryant has lost his service-time grievance against the Chicago Cubs. The decision means the 28-year-old Bryant has two years left before he is eligible for free agency, instead of becoming a free agent after the 2020 season. In his grievance, Bryant contended he was held in the minors in a deliberate effort to delay his free-agent eligibility and that delay violated baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. ...Read more