The Journal Gazette
Sunday, August 02, 2020 1:00 am


Stafford on reserve list over COVID-19

Associated Press

DETROIT – One of the NFL's standout quarterbacks is now on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Matthew Stafford was put on the list by the Detroit Lions, according to the league's transactions report Saturday. The reserve/COVID-19 list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there.

The Lions, citing NFL-NFLPA policy, have not been commenting on the medical status of players on that list. Stafford is entering his 12th season with Detroit after being drafted by the Lions with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009.

Also Saturday, Seattle put guard Chance Warmack on the reserve/opt-out list, and Dallas put defensive back Saivion Smith on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jacksonville defensive end Lerentee McCray went on the reserve/opt-out list too.

“With the health and safety of my family in mind, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 season during these trying times in 'Our Nation,'” McCray said. “I was honored to be involved in our team's social justice efforts during this offseason, and I look forward to continuing to support those affected in any way I can.”

Auto racing

IndyCar cancels Mid-Ohio races

The IndyCar doubleheader scheduled for Mid-Ohio next weekend has been postponed because of the spike in coronavirus cases across the nation, which means the series won't race again until the Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23.


Trout, wife welcome baby

Three-time AL Most Valuable Player Mike Trout is now a first-time dad. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder and his wife, Jessica, announced the birth of their first child Saturday, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout. The baby was born Thursday afternoon and weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Little Beckham's middle name is undoubtedly a tribute to Aaron Cox, Jessica's brother and Mike's good friend, who died in 2018.

Rodríguez out over heart issue

Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.


No positive tests for Notre Dame

Notre Dame football released the results from its latest round of COVID-19 testing, which was held Wednesday. The Irish tested 103 football players and all of them tested negative for the virus. Since Notre Dame returned to campus in June, 459 players and athletic department staff have been tested and there have been two positive tests. Both of those have since recovered.

Hoosiers add pair of recruits

Indiana football added a pair of commitment to its 2021 recruiting class when three-star Brownsburg offensive tackle Joshua Sales and three-star Chesapeake, Virginia safety Maurice Freeman chose the Hoosiers.


Kyrgios opts out of US Open

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the U.S. Open tournament because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honor of the “hundreds of thousands of Americans” who have died from COVID-19.

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