Friday State Sports Summary
Fri, 20 Mar 2020 05:38:41 EDT


THE NUMBER OF NBA PLAYERS THAT HAVE NOW CONTRACTED THE CORONA
VIRUS HAS JUMPED TO 10.......AFTER IT WAS CONFIRMED LAST NIGHT THAT
THE BOSTON CELTICS' MARCUS SMART AND TWO UNIDENTIFIED LOS
ANGELES LAKERS HAD TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS.........


AS A RESULT, THE NBA ANNOUNCES THAT IT'S CLOSING DOWN ALL 30 OF IT'S
TEAMS PRACTICE AND TRAINING FACILITIES - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY -
WHICH MEANS THAT PLAYERS WILL HAVE TO WORK OUT AT HOME - OR AT
PRIVATE FACILITIES - TO STAY IN SHAPE FOR WHEN THE SEASON
RESUMES......


IN SEPARATE INTERVIEWS WITH THE FREE PRESS AND ESPN, FORMER LION
DARIUS SLAY ADMITS THAT - AFTER A PAIR OF 2018 INCIDENTS - HE "LOST
RESPECT" FOR CURRENT HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA AND THAT - EVEN
THOUGH THE TWO GOT ALONG "BETTER" IN 2019........HE NEEDED A "FRESH
START".......WHICH SLAY GOT YESTERDAY, WHEN HE WAS TRADED TO THE
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES.........


MEANWHILE, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON CONFIRMS
THAT HE RECENTLY TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONA VIRUS. THE 56-
YEAR OLD PAYTON TOLD "ESPN" THAT HE CAME FORWARD WITH THE
DIAGNOSIS TO CONVINCE PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THE WARNINGS TO "STAY
INSIDE AND BEHAVE RESPONSIBLY"..........




   

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