TORONTO – The National Hockey League will resume its virus-interrupted season next month with a Stanley Cup tournament in Canada after players ratified a return-to-play plan and extension to a labor deal, both sides said on Friday. An expanded 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs will now start on Aug. 1 in Edmonton and Toronto without fans, nearly five months after the NHL halted its season due to COVID-19. “Today the NHL and NHLPA announced a significant…"NHL to resume virus-hit season August 1 in Canada"
MANILA – The Philippines’ health ministry on Saturday reported 12 new coronavirus deaths and 1,387 additional infections. In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 1,372 while confirmed cases have reached 54,222. The Philippines has reported record daily high infection numbers on three of the past eight days."Philippines confirms 12 new coronavirus deaths, 1,387 more cases"
– The Olympic Council of Asia is considering new dates for this year’s Asian Beach Games in Sanya, China, the OCA said on Saturday, following China’s decision to cancel all international sports in the country following the COVID-19 crisis. The sixth edition of the Games was scheduled from Nov. 28-Dec. 6 but China’s General Administration of Sport said on Friday the only international sports events allowed in the country this year would be trials for…"OCA mulls rescheduling Asian Beach Games after China decision"
Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic on Friday night opted out of the restart to become the first NHL player to express he will skip the remainder of the season. Hamonic made the decision just hours after the league and players union each ratified the return-to-play plan. The season will start Aug. 1 with a 24-team playoff tournament after being halted for 4 1/2 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 29-year-old cited the health of…"Flames’ Hamonic first NHL player to opt out of restart"
JAKARTA – Indonesia reported 1,671 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total count to 74,018, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto told a televised news briefing. Fatalities from the virus rose by 66 on Saturday, bringing the total tally to 3,535, he said, while 34,719 people have recovered."Indonesia reports 1,671 new coronavirus cases – Health Ministry official"
– Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic. “If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we’ll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic,” Gates, a…"Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them, not ‘highest bidder’"
MOSCOW – Russia on Saturday reported 6,611 new coronavirus cases, taking its nationwide tally of infections to 720,547. The country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said 188 people had died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 11,205. Russia said 497,446 people have recovered from the virus."Russia reports 6,611 new coronavirus infections"
The Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes participated in a brief Black Lives Matter display before the start of Friday night’s MLS is Back Tournament game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. Players and coaches from both teams wore Black Lives Matters T-shirts, with the team captains featuring the letters BLM on their armbands. Players from both teams knelt before the opening kickoff, extending an arm in the air in…"Sounders, Earthquakes hold Black Lives Matter display"
BOGOTA – Colombian capital Bogota will initiate strict, rolling two-week quarantines in certain neighborhoods starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases rise and intensive care units fill, the mayor said on Friday. The Andean country has reported just under 134,000 cases of COVID-19 and 4,714 deaths. More than 32% of cases have occurred in the capital, along with a fifth of deaths. “Nobody in Colombia has the same challenge we do,” Mayor…"Colombian capital to renew lockdowns by neighborhood as cases rise"
A search warrant allegedly indicates that NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar were involved in a cover-up following their arrests for armed robbery stemming from a May 13 incident in Miramar, Fla, according to a New York Daily News report on Friday. According to the Daily News, a warrant obtained as public record from the Broward County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts cites video evidence, social media messages and additional testimony that allegedly show a…"Warrant shows paid cover-up by CBs Baker, Dunbar"