UK Sport labels British gymnasts’ allegations ‘shocking and upsetting’ and issues call for action

Anyone responsible for “shocking and upsetting” abuse of British gymnasts should be held to account, the government agency overseeing sports said on Tuesday.

Catherine Lyons, a 19-year-old former gymnast, told ITV News she was assaulted and bullied by a coach as a young girl. Lisa Mason, a gold medallist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games who competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, also reported abuse from a coach as a youngster.

“These allegations relating to the treatment of young athletes within gymnastics are shocking and upsetting,” the UK Sport agency said in a statement. “There is absolutely no place for any sort of bullying or abuse in sport and anyone responsible for such behaviour must be held accountable, with support offered to those affected.”

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UK Sport, which oversees funding for British Olympic and Paralympic athletes, said it would determine an “appropriate response” after establishing the facts with British Gymnastics.

“It is essential that all athletes feel comfortable to come forward and share concerns they may have in a safe and confidential environment,” UK Sport said.

The British Athletes Commission said it was “deeply troubled” by the abuses.

“No athlete should be expected to tolerate an abuse of power or poor practice,” the commission said. “The performance environment should be a place of mutual trust and respect where athletes are supported in achieving their best. The BAC is worried to hear of athlete experiences which appear not to reflect these standards and would urge that any allegations are investigated thoroughly.”

The allegations came as former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is serving decades in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography in Michigan.

Hundreds of athletes have come forward over the last three years saying Nassar abused them under the guise of treatment, including reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles and six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman.


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30 for 30 Podcasts Releases Trailer for Series About Gymnastic Coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi

Bela and Martha Karolyi, the legendary gymnastics coaches who were mired in scandal after it was revealed Dr. Larry Nassar abused girls at their Texas training facility, are now the subject of an upcoming 30 for 30 podcast series.

Heavy Medals: Inside the Karolyi Gymnastics Empire dives into the couple's powerful influence in the world of gymnastics and how they allegedly developed a "culture of fear and intimidation" through their training regimens, ESPN exclusively tells PEOPLE.

After defecting to the U.S. in 1981, the Romanian-born couple experienced unprecedented success in gymnastics. But this success eventually led to the Karolyis going unchecked and unquestioned by the other authorities in their sport.

In the debut trailer for Heavy Medals, Bela and Martha's former students describe how the couple used their power to tell them "what to eat, what to wear" and "how to think."

USA Gymnastics cut ties with the Karolyi training facility in January 2018, the same month Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual abuse during his time as a Team USA Gymnastics doctor and at Michigan State University.

Heavy Medals' seven episodes premiere on July 14.

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Converse have a huge sale on with prices starting from just £9.99

Have you heard? Converse have a huge sale on with up to 60 per cent off trainers and apparel in Women’s, Men’s and Kid’s so there’s something for the whole family.

With huge discounts on both the limited edition styles and the classic looks we will always love, the time couldn’t be more perfect to snap up a few pairs.

Expect to see classic Low Top Chucks for around £49.99 and t-shirts for as cheap as £14.99. Be sure to be quick though as these styles won’t stick around for long.

And if you’re after other sales news… Marks and Spencer’s shaping magic jeans are on sale here.

Or if sandals is more what your looking for then make sure to check out out 17 pairs of sandals for under £30.

This pair of Chuck 70 Converse has been dyed by raw food extracts for an authentic look and has been reduced by a whopping £55!

High top’s was £110 now £54.99

Just in time to head back to work, this every day backpack is perfect for commuting.

Back pack was £35.99 now £24.99

This trainer was part of a collaboration with skate boarder Alexis Sablone and is the ideal every day shoe.

Trainer was £80 now £59.99

Jumpers are still top of our wish list and this Converse pink number is designed for all day comfort and warmth, winner!

Hoodie was £40 now £29.99

If the classic styles are not for you, these limited edition Chucks provide game changing comfort and are designed to turn heads.

High tops was £100 now £64.99

With holidays back on the cards, this hands free bag is ideal for touristy days.

Bum bag was £16.99 now £9.99

Add a pop of colour to your wardrobe with these sunshine yellow Chucks.

These All Star low tops are available in seven eye catching colours and are an everyday wardrobe staple.

Low top trainers was £50 now £34.99

If you’ve never owned a pair of classic white high top Converse trainers then now’s the time to invest.

These iconic Chuck Taylor’s are super versatile. Pair your’s with jeans and a shirt or a midi skirt and t-shirt.

High top trainers was £64.99 now £49.99

This crop top will look great alongside your summer wardrobe, it also comes in a streamlining slim fit.

Crop top was £30 now £14.99

This pair is built with a leather upper and is a relaunch of the iconic 70’s basketball sneaker. Great for those who love high tops and basketball style sneakers but might not be a total Converse convert…yet.

High top was £85 now £69.99

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Ends Tonight — Tory Burch's End of Season Sale Has 100+ Items 70% Off!

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Get ready to shop your heart out! Tory Burch is having a major sale, and it’s happening right now. The savings are out of this world — especially on some of the brand’s most popular summer sandals.

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It was hard to narrow it down, but we rounded up 13 of our favorite footwear picks from Tory Burch. We’re confident that you’ll fall in love with at least one of these styles, if not more! At up to 70% off, there’s never been a better time to invest in your summer shoe game. Now all you need is a fresh pedicure!

These Elegant Block Heel Sandals

The peekaboo gold hardware detailing on the heel of these sandals is beyond chic. It’s a sneaky way to add some extra height to your look!

Get the Gigi Sandal on sale for over 50% off with code: EXTRA at Tory Burch — limited time savings!

These Bright Block Heel Sandals

These beautiful sandals were made to stand out — and as those of Us who have rocked a block heel in the past know, they are seriously easy to wear.

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These Comfy Miller Flip Flops

Reviewers say these are the most comfortable and durable flip flops that they own. Sold!

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These Wedge Flip Flops

Comfort and height combined into one classic summertime shoe? It’s the best of both worlds!

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These Printed Flip Flops

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These Embellished Block Heel Sandals

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These Everyday Sandals

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These Strappy Wedge Sandals

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These Thin Logo Sandals

These dainty sandals provide a tiny touch of color that will elevate a simple summer outfit of cutoffs and a white tank top.

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These Gladiator-Style Sandals

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These Striking Sandals

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These Classic Wedge Sandals

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I want to be a dad again at 90 and DON’T need Viagra, ex-F1 owner Bernie Ecclestone says – The Sun

HE'S just become a father again at the ripe old age of 89 . . . but Bernie Ecclestone is not done yet.

The former Formula 1 supremo wants ANOTHER baby. But forget Viagra. The only supplement he says he needs is vitamin D.

Speaking four days after the birth of his son Ace with wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, Bernie hit back at claims he is “too old” to raise a child.

And he reckons he'll be a better dad fourth time around.

Weighing in at a healthy 7lb 1oz, the tot spent his first night at home yesterday after leaving hospital.

And Bernie — father of Petra, 31, Tamara, 36, and 65-year-old Deborah from his first marriage — tells The Sun on Sunday: “I am really happy. When I had the girls in the first place, obviously I was much younger.

“But also I was more worried about running a business than running around after them.

“Now I have more time on my hands and I hope I can spend it with my son as he grows up. I don’t know if we will stop here. Perhaps he should have a little brother or sister.

‘I told Fabiana half a dozen kids is great’

“Do I take anything? No! Fabiana gives me some tablets — vitamin D — but I don’t take anything else.”

While interviewing Tamara earlier this week, This Morning host Eamonn Holmes called the 5ft 3in tycoon a “stud muffin”.

“What is a stud muffin?” Bernie asks me, apparently mystified.

When I explain it describes a healthy and virile young man, Bernie earnestly responds: “Oh. I don’t think he actually knows me that well, but I want to thank him for thinking that way about me.”

Speaking from his ski chalet in Switzerland, where he has spent the past three months self-isolating, Bernie confirmed that his new son had been born on Wednesday.

Now Bernie ­­— who turns 90 in October — is gearing up for a life of sleepless nights and bottle-feeds. But this latest addition to the Ecclestone family was no mere happy accident.

The legendary businessman reveals he promised children to his Brazilian wife when the pair first started dating eight years ago.

Bernie says: “Fabiana said she wanted a ­family, and I told her, ‘That’s no problem for me. Half a dozen kids is great’.”

Bernie, the Suffolk-born son of a fisherman, who left school at 16, is now worth £2.5billion, according to the most recent Sunday Times Rich List.

He made his money through motor racing after an unsuccessful attempt to become a driver himself.

In the Seventies he engineered the sale of the Grand Prix TV rights and went on to become boss of the Formula One Group.

Bernie left in 2017 following a £6.4billion takeover by US corporate giant Liberty Media but remains a vocal supporter of the sport, which kicks off its new season today.

Last week Bernie was forced to deny accusations of racism after expressing surprise that Lewis Hamilton had been upset over taunts.

He moved to clarify deeply controversial comments that “in lots of cases, black people are more racist than white people”.

But for all his bluster and tendency to speak before he thinks, Bernie is one of the most generous men around, regularly donating six and seven-figure sums to charity.

He has bought sprawling mansions for his socialite daughters and given both access to a generous trust fund.

Now retired, Bernie previously joked that he would always have to work to fund his daughters’ lavish handbag expenditure.

So what will another round of fatherhood — this time against the backdrop of Covid — entail?

While insisting he has “never heard of” Peppa Pig — give it three years, I say — Bernie wants to be a hands-on dad. He says: “I will be listed to do lots of things by Fabiana, like changing nappies and so on, and that’s fine.


DEBORAH, 65: Bernie’s eldest, with first wife Ivy Bamford, is understood to be a retired businesswoman. She has always kept out of the limelight.

TAMARA, 36: His feisty middle daughter, with model Slavica Radic, had a brief stint on TV and married stockbroker Jay Rutland in 2013.

PETRA, 31: Lives in LA with fiance Sam Palmer. Has three kids with trader James Stunt, whom she divorced in 2017, and recently welcomed a daughter.

“I want to be around as long as possible.

“My daughters say I will live until I am 120 but I don’t think it’s the sort of thing you can make plans for. When you’re gonna go, you go.”

Bernie and Fabiana certainly seem blissfully happy.

They were introduced during the ­Brazilian Grand Prix, where Fabiana was F1’s vice-president of marketing, before a mutual friend invited her on a cruise around Croatia with Bernie and pals in 2009.

They married three years later — despite Bernie previously vowing never to wed again following his acrimonious 2009 divorce from second wife Slavica Radic.

A 6ft 2in former model, Slavica stood almost a foot taller than her ex and was 28 years his junior.

Bernie married his first wife, Ivy Bamford, in 1952.

The couple’s daughter Deborah also went into business but has remained out of the spotlight.

So, Bernie, what is the secret to such a long — and virile — life?

“Well,” he says, “I am still active. I am still around and still doing all the things I used to.

“I don’t do anything specifically to stay healthy and I don’t know what the secret is.

“Whatever my age is, I have always stayed mentally young. That . . . and my vitamins.”


BABY Ace won’t be wearing any hand-me-downs from his sisters – not least because the eldest of them is 65.

The tot is currently snoozing away in a designer cot at Bernie’s four-storey, £23million Swiss chalet, complete with new nursery.

With a trio of big sisters to call on around the world, Ace will be able to use a private jet, yacht and chauffeur-driven limo to visit them.

He has use of a home entertainment room to binge-watch Peppa Pig with Dad all day long.

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Daniel James shows off his dancing skills as Man Utd stars laugh and joke in dressing room

DANIEL JAMES threw some shapes in the Manchester United dressing room as the squad enjoyed their latest victory.

Saturday's 5-2 win over Bournemouth made it four in a row for the Red Devils and the players uploaded footage of their celebrations to social media.

Paul Pogba and James got in the mood with an African dance in the Old Trafford dressing room.

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has been teaching his team-mates how to cut the rug African style.

And he posted a video of Pogba and James showing off their moves to Nigerian star Wizkid's song Soco.

It was the midfield duo who took the spotlight as other players lapped their efforts up.

Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay and Ighalo rolled with laughter at the young winger's attempts.

In a clip posted online by the striker, Pogba also gets in the mood as he danced along to the music.

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One Twitter user was delighted to see the team and the Frenchman in particular enjoying themselves, writing online: "Tears… A happy Pogbooom."

Another United fan commented: "Souness is somewhere terrified about this video."

Moses tweeted: "This is kind of energy we want guys. Be United."

And one supporter wrote: "Loving our team spirit and harmony. United is a family."

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James Wade: 'Cheating, sorry gamesmanship, is a disease spread through darts'

A disease has spread through darts that has seen practitioners of the dark arts triumph and honest players suffer, believes James Wade.

The world number nine is back on the oche this week at the PDC Summer Series, the first ranking events since the coronavirus hiatus, but he is not relishing what he will have to deal with.

A professional for 16 years, Wade feels he has seen the sport change dramatically, especially in the last three years when he believes gamesmanship has become all the more prevalent in the PDC.

The Machine, who has nine major PDC titles to his name, feels the vast riches on offer at the top of darts have poisoned the game to some extent, with players going to greater, and more unsavoury, lengths to win.

The 37-year-old is deflated by what he sees on the oche, as he does not feel he can bring himself to compete with it.

‘I’m not interested in that new part of darts,’ Wade told ‘All that crap that goes along with it, if you want it that bad you can have it.

‘I know it’s for massive amounts of money and I need the money as much as the next man, but if you want it that bad you can have it.

‘It’s a shame that the game really has gone that way. I would say even more so the last three years it’s become rife.

‘There’s a lot of players that like to play up and when Phil [Taylor] got out it really picked up. Phil was great at all those things as well, probably the best gamesman and the best player in the world for a very long time.

‘It seems to have been a disease that’s spread through darts, it’s weird. It’s funny what money will make people do.

‘I think you get the make up of a man with how they behave sometimes. You don’t see it on TV and the crowd don’t see it, but players do. A whole generation of people, even out in the world, with how certain age groups are behaving out in the streets and stuff, it’s disgusting.’

Wade believes the world rankings would look entirely different if stricter rules were brought in on gamesmanship on the oche, which he has no doubt should be classed as cheating.

‘I try not to blow up too often when it is happening, but when I do they think it’s me acting up, but little do they know it’s usually their favourites that are the worst ones at it,’ continued Wade.

‘If all that crap was cut out of it and people could just get on with it, the rankings would be vastly different that’s for sure. They would be vastly different.

‘I can honestly say every tournament I’ve ever won, I’ve never done anything untoward. I might have taken my darts slowly out the board or something, but I can put hand on heart and say any tournament I’ve won I’ve not done any extreme tactics or cheating. Sorry it’s called gamesmanship now.’

The Machine would not be drawn on naming names for those guilty of these extreme tactics, but said there are only a handful you can be sure will be innocent of any perceived crimes.

‘There’s only a couple, two or three,’ said James. ‘One of them that’s good as gold when he plays is Gary Anderson, but he’s one of very, very few, a real minority that’ll never do anything.

‘He’s a needle in a haystack, but 99% of them can’t help it. But that’s because a lot of them can’t win a game of darts ordinarily.

‘Gerwyn Price, a lot of people give him a hard time but he’s one of the better ones, he’s a lovely man.

‘Yeah, he jumps around, but he doesn’t jump around in everyone’s face. He does it to people he thinks he can get a bite out of. But as a rule he’s one of the gentleman in darts, he’s a really nice lad.

‘He gets so misunderstood, of course he can be a bit of a sod sometimes, but there’s people that come across all nice and smiley, they’re the worst ones for it, it’s ironic.

‘I’ve lost TV games because I’ve thought, “sod you, if you want it that bad, you can bloody have it.” Years ago when I was younger I would have dug down and fought back, but I’ve relaxed now, I’m a lot more mellow.’

Wade could not quite say he is looking forward to playing darts again, describing the experience as, ‘like going back to school, which I didn’t like either.’

That is as much because he has been enjoying lockdown, though, and the chance to spend quality time with his wife and young son, which is so hard to come by during the usual rigours of the PDC calendar.

‘It’s been lovely, hasn’t it?’ Wade said. ‘Three months off work, it’s been fantastic. I’ve seen a lot of players playing online, I couldn’t think of anything worse. I didn’t enjoy the Home Tour at all.

‘It’s been priceless. It’ll be really weird for some of the players who are darts, darts, darts, darts, darts. It will have been really hard for them because for some of them it’s all they do and all they want to do. Some of them, darts is their life, their everything, all they want, so it’ll have been hard for them.’

Finding the balance between work and home life is going to be difficult over the rest of the year for most darts players, with so many events to catch up on that have been postponed.

However, Wade is confident that he will be able to find this sweet spot after giving up his work as a mechanic that was taking up a huge amount of his time.

The world number nine has bought a new house during lockdown, and the move will see him also shut down his garage, where he was working up to 50 hours a week.

Even during lockdown Wade was hard at work on the cars, putting in the hours to help key workers get up and running, but it is coming to an end and he feels that will see him rediscover his best form on the oche.

‘I probably spend, normally, 30-50 hours on the cars. I put more time into that than anything else,’ he said.

‘I opened the garage up for key workers – doctors, nurses, and others that have done some magical, wonderful things – and I realised that I was putting in more time into the garage than the darts. I knew that because I’ve always done that, but I was putting the garage before my family.

‘I could go in there for three days and do 35 hours easily. When I was in the Premier League whenever I wasn’t away playing darts I was in the garage, doing seven days a week for months. It’s not healthy.

‘With time to reflect I realised it’s not that important to do people’s cars and it shouldn’t be a priority over my whole life, which I let it become.

‘The problem with the issues that I have [James was diagnosed with bi-polar and ADHD in 2011] is that I obsess with stuff.

‘If I could obsess with darts like I did with the garage, I don’t think anyone would stand much of a chance. I’m going to try and put more time into my darts now and definitely more into my family from now.’

Wade reached the final of the last Pro Tour event before the break for coronavirus and has shown signs of the form that saw him consistently ranked in the top four in the world 10 years ago.

‘I’ve been touching on it for a few years but I haven’t been back to where I can be or where I should be,’ he said.

‘It’s still there, it’s still there more than anyone knows.’

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Arthritis: Three of the best fruits to incorporate into your diet to reduce symptoms

Arthritis is the most common form of peripheral joint arthritis and cause of disability in the UK. It affects mostly the knee, hip, hand, and feet joints. It is a chronic musculoskeletal disorder characterised by involvement of all joint structures including the synovial membrane, cartilage and bone. Those suffering with the condition experience joint pain, reduced participation in daily activities and poor quality of life. Fortunately, including more of these delicious fruits could help.


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Tart cherries

Tart cherries get their rich red colour and many of their powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits from the flavonoid anthocyanin, said the Arthritis Foundation.

The health site added: “These properties make tart cherries a popular research subject, and some investigators compare the effects to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

“One study found that drinking tart cherry juice two times per day for three weeks resulted in considerable reductions in vital inflammation markers, especially for participants who had the highest inflammation levels at the start of the study.”

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Watermelons are high in the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, which helps to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, according to studies which followed people’s dietary habits over time, said Arthritis Foundation.

Nutritionist Victoria Jarzabkowski added: “The lycopene in watermelon makes it an anti-inflammatory fruit.”

Lycopene is also known to help protect certain cancers and lower heart attack risk.

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Unlike most fruits, avocados are a good source of vitamin E, a micronutrient with anti-inflammatory effects said Arthritis Foundation.

The site added: “Diets high in these compounds are linked to decreased risk of the joint damage seen in early osteoarthritis.

“Studies also show eating avocados daily increases “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol.”



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When it comes to foods to avoid, processed foods are up there.

Foods including baked goods, pre-packaged meals and snacks.

These items contain trans-fat to help preserve them, and trans fats trigger systemic inflammation.

It’s imperative to carefully read food labels as many contain hydrogenated oils which should be avoided.

Treatment for arthritis

There is no cure for arthritis, but there are many treatments that can help slow it down, said the NHS.

It added: “Osteoarthritis treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines and surgery.

“Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis aims to slow the condition’s progress and minimise joint inflammation. This helps prevent joint damage.

“Treatments include medication, physiotherapy and surgery.”

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Saints' Demario Davis welcomes NFL's reported plan to play Black national anthem

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis expressed his support for the NFL’s reported plans of playing the Black national anthem before all Week 1 games during the 2020 season.

Davis, who is a leader on social justice causes off and on the field, told Sports Illustrated’s Jets Country over the weekend that he welcomes “Lift Ev’ry Voice” but knows there’s still more to be done when it comes to racial equality in the U.S.


“I believe the thought of playing the song comes with good intentions,” Davis said. “But what matters most is that we address the issues that are plaguing black communities including racism and all forms of systematic injustice.”

The decision to play the song comes following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, which led to nationwide protests over racial inequality and police brutality.

According to the ESPN report, the song will be played before “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The NFL has not commented on the reported decision.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was among those who wondered what the point of playing the song was.

The league and the NFL Players Association are also contemplating listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys, ESPN reported. The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims. They also have other plans that haven’t been identified.

The league hopes it demonstrates “a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard,” according to ESPN’s source.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put out a video last month admitting that the league was wrong for not listening to their players when they knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.


"We, at the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter," Goodell said in the video. "I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.

“Without black players, there would be no National Football League and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”

Fox News' Dan Canova contributed to this report.

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Players from major professional sports leagues in North America who have opted out of playing 2020 seasons

With the coronavirus pandemic placing a major emphasis on health and safety issues, many professional athletes have chosen not to return to their particular sports — or even play at all — this season.

Here are the dates in which the major professional sports leagues in North America are expected to resume or begin play: Major League Soccer (July 8); Major League Baseball (July 23); Women's National Basketball Association (July 24); National Basketball Association (July 30); National Hockey League (Aug. 1); and National Football League (Sept. 10). 

Below is a list broken down by sport of those who have made the decision to opt out of participating in 2020. Those denoted with an asterisk have decided to not play due to non-coronavirus-related reasons, such as to focus on social justice reform or personal reasons.

MLB (9)

SP David Price, Los Angeles Dodgers

1B Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals 

SP Joe Ross, Washington Nationals

OF Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves 

SP Felix Hernandez, Atlanta Braves

SP Mike Leake, Arizona Diamondbacks

C Wellington Castillo, Washington Nationals

OF/1B Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies

SP Tyson Ross, free agent

Guard Victor Oladipo will not return to the Indiana Pacers when the team resumes its season in the NBA "bubble" on Aug. 1 in Orlando. (Photo: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)

NBA (8)

G Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers

C DeAndre Jordan, Brooklyn Nets

F Wilson Chandler, Brooklyn Nets

F Trevor Ariza, Portland Trail Blazers

G Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Lakers

F Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards

C Willie Cauley-Stein, Dallas Mavericks

F Thabo Sefolosha, Houston Rockets

WNBA (11)

Rebecca Allen, New York Liberty

Liz Cambage, Las Vegas Aces

*Natasha Cloud, Washington Mystics 

*Tiffany Hayes, Atlanta Dream 

Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun 

*Renee Montgomery, Atlanta Dream 

Chiney Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks 

LaToya Sanders, Washington Mystics 

Kristi Toliver, Los Angeles Sparks

*Cecilia Zandalasini, Minnesota Lynx

*Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx (announced in January)

MLS (1)

Carlos Vela, Los Angeles FC 

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