Colorado State pauses football after 8 positives

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

Colorado State says it will pause football team activities after eight known positive tests for COVID-19.

A full team test will be administered as early as next week, the university said Wednesday. The Rams are anticipating a return within two weeks.

The school said there were eight positive tests out of 140 conducted since football student-athletes returned to campus in June.

”We are taking this step to voluntarily pause football activities to minimize the opportunity for this virus to spread any further,” said Joe Parker, the director of athletics for Colorado State. ”We will always put the health and safety of our student-athletes and community first, and while we are disappointed to see this spread occur within our program, we remain encouraged for the continued Texture Spray Machine collaboration we have experienced with our university’s pandemic … Read More

Michigan State says 16 athletes tested positive

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

Michigan State says 16 of 122 athletes tested positive for the new coronavirus during the week of July 20-24 and

four athletic department staff members tested positive from July 18-24.

Those figures include two staff members and an athlete whose positive tests were previously announced. Michigan State’s football team is currently awaiting the end of a 14-day quarantine.

The school’s announcement Monday did not specify how many of the 16 positive tests involved football players.The earliest possible return to workouts for football players is Aug. 4, and players will undergo surveillance testing before being cleared to return.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed four rookies – cornerback Luq Barcoo, defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, cornerback Josiah Scott, and offensive lineman Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms – on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.

The list is for a player who tests

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State and local officials tussle over virus restrictions

Across the U.S., state and local officials are trying to balance the competing priorities of protecting their citizens from the coronavirus while keeping the economy running. Add into the mix strong feelings about individual freedom, weak and sometimes contradictory guidance from the federal government, and a highly partisan political atmosphere, and that balancing act suddenly becomes a wrestling match.

Take Georgia for example, where Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is suing the Democratic mayor of Atlanta over its face mask mandate. Kemp filed the lawsuit Thursday, a day after issuing an executive order banning cities from requiring face coverings. President Donald Trump also visited Atlanta on Wednesday, arriving at the airport without a face mask. The circumstance prompted Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who earlier tested positive for the virus but was asymptomatic, to question the timing of the lawsuit.

With case counts rising rapidly in Georgia, more than a dozen

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Google Faces Antitrust Investigation From Its Home State, California

Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL) Google is facing a new antitrust investigation that has been launched by the State of California. 

In a report by Politico on July 9, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra decided to pursue an investigation after repeatedly choosing not to pursue the tech giant after being pressed to do so in light of other state investigations into Google that were launched last year.

California Attorney General’s Office Spokesperson Sarah Lovenheim said to Gizmodo, on July 10, “To protect the integrity of our work, it’s our practice not to comment on any pending or potential investigation, even to confirm or deny their existence.” Google also would not comment on the investigation.

Shares in Google were up 1% at market close on Friday at $1,539.01 per share.

California’s choice to withhold investigations on Google is noteworthy because the state is known for having a large staff of antitrust

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Justin Timberlake calls for Confederate statues to be removed in home state of Tennessee

Justin Timberlake is speaking out against Confederate monuments in his home state of Tennessee and across the U.S.

In an Instagram post Monday, the singer explained why he’s advocating to have the statues removed.

“When we protest racism in America, people think we are protesting America itself. Why is that the reaction?” he wrote along with a video he reposted from the American Civil Liberties Union. “Because America was built by men who believed in and benefited from racism. Plain and simple.”

PHOTO: Justin Timberlake attends the 2019 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2019 in New York City. (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images, FILE)

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