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(WASHINGTON) -- Deep in the woods on the outskirts of Accokeek, Maryland, lives Billy "Redwing" Tayac, 80, the chief of the Piscataway Indian Tribe.

His family, as he likes to say, is not from Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C., they are from the Chesapeake Bay region.

Issues like calling their home by the native Indigenous terms, is just one of the several issues that Chief Tayac has fought for what he says has been his entire life.

Hailing from five generations of activists, if you live in the area, Chief Tayac may look familiar. Since the mid-1980s, Chief Tayac has been at the forefront of protests on getting Washingon's NFL team to change their name. On July 13, the team announced it was changing its name to the Washington Football Team during the 2020-2021 season.

"The name is racist that's what you've got to understand," said Chief Tayac. "Don't believe what I tell you, look it up in Webster's Dictionary for the Washington Football Team. I don't like to say the word, but it's Redskin. See what it means. It's a racial slur for Native Americans. It's derogatory."

For Chief Tayac, it's hard being a football fan, especially when his hometown team's name and mascot "hurts" him. He has no merchandise of the D.C. football team except one thing, a magnet on his refrigerator that reads "Love the team, hate the name," and that's exactly how Chief Tayac says he feels.

And growing up in the area, he says it was hard for him to celebrate victories like the Super Bowl or attending parades when all you see is the term written on hats, jackets and other accessories.

"Like I said, I led the demonstrations in the 80s and I was one of the original plaintiffs for this name here and it hurts," Chief Tayac said. "It's a racist term. Let's bury all these racist terms once and for all. We are all God's children, let's treat everybody as equal."

And although Chief Tayac may not be protesting in the field as he would in his younger days, the next generation of activists like Mary Phillips from the Laguna Pueblo/Omaha Tribe has carried the torch and continues to fight for the name change. Phillips refers to the name as the "R" word and wishes that no one says it or uses it even if it said regarding the football team.

"Because it's a word that conjures up so many horrible thoughts," said Phillips. "And it is a slur towards Native Americans for those who still haven't heard that but it's a slur."

Phillips adds it is very difficult to educate fans or people who celebrate Washington football because oftentimes fans do not understand or know the history of the word.

"And so it's always been, you know [difficult], trying to educate people to understand that this word, this team celebrates actually celebrates the color of my skin by saying that it is red," Phillips said.

"And therefore we can call you this name from history that proves that you are worth $200," Phillips said. "Your head, your scalp is worth $200 and people would hunt you down for that. And fast forward to today, why is that term even being used at all?"

Regarding the D.C. football team, some slight progress has been made, some say. The statue of former team owner George Marshall, who opposed desegregation and whose team was the last to integrate Black players, has been removed and the team has decided to refer to the team as the Washington Football Team for now. A battle that longtime owner Daniel Snyder has fought for years. Snyder wanted to keep the team's original name despite how some fans and indigenous locals like Chief Billy, felt. According to Chief Billy, it was not about "political pressure" or how people felt, for Snyder, it was about losing advertisements. Companies like Nike, FedEx, and Pepsi Cola threatened to pull advertising, and Snyder and the team dropped the nickname days later.

"With Mr. Snyder, what put the pressure on him to change the name? Money talks and that's what he realizes. And he realizes that he's fighting a losing battle. And that's the bottom line," said Chief Tayac.

In July, the team released a statement regarding its decision to stop the use of the name and logo until a new name is selected.

"On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team's name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward," the team said in a statement last month. "... we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review."

But for Phillips, she says there is still much change that needs to happen in order to truly put an end to the term.

"It's not debatable," said Phillips. "And so it should never have been used as a casual word, much less for a team name and then celebrated and then plastered everywhere on this building, on the FedEx building, on every aisle you go down in a grocery store, you see the face, the logo, the word."

"In the grander sense of things, it's so evaporating from people's minds that they don't even realize how racist it really is," she said.

Chief Tayac said he wants people to know that even after the name change, the fight is not over. For Native Americans, their fight will always continue, he says.

"We didn't die in 1890 as a race of people. We're still here. That's God's will. Whether anybody likes it or not, I'd like to say this is our country. This is where God put us there. And nobody is gonna shove off of it," said Chief Tayac.

"We survived the genocidal practices of the United States government, the cultural genocide practice of people. And you know what, we're still here? That's what I can say. And I'm proud to be an Indian."

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:


St. Louis, Detroit (Postponed)
Pittsburgh 6, Minnesota 5
Philadelphia 5, NY Yankees 4
Cleveland 13, Cincinnati 0
NY Yankees, Tampa Bay (Postponed)
Arizona 5, Houston 4
Kansas City 13, Chi Cubs 2
Atlanta 4, Toronto 3
Miami 8, Baltimore 7
Milwaukee 8, Chi White Sox 3


Oakland 6, Texas 4
LA Angels 6, Seattle 1

Colorado 6, San Francisco 4


Sacramento 140, New Orleans 125
Milwaukee 130, Miami 116
Phoenix 114, Indiana 99
LA Clippers 126, Dallas 111
Portland 125, Denver 115
Houston Rockets 113, LA Lakers 97

Vancouver 3, Minnesota 0
Philadelphia 3, Washington 1
Las Vegas 6, St. Louis 4
Columbus 4, Toronto 3
Calgary 4, Winnipeg 0

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


St. Louis, Detroit (Postponed)
Philadelphia 11, NY Yanks 7
NY Yankees 3, Philadelphia 1
Miami 1, Baltimore 0
Minnesota 5, Pittsburgh 2
Cleveland 2, Cincinnati 0
Toronto 2, Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 1, Chi White Sox 0
Arizona 14, Houston 7

Boston 5, Tampa Bay 0
Oakland 6, Texas 4
Seattle 7, LA Angels 6


NY Mets 3, Washington 1
San Francisco 4, Colorado 3
LA Dodgers 7, San Diego 6

Utah 124, Memphis 115
Philadelphia 107, Washington 98
Denver 132, San Antonio 126
Oklahoma City 105, LA Lakers 86
Toronto 109, Orlando 99
Boston 145, Brooklyn 114

Florida 3, NY Islanders 2
Arizona 4, Nashville 1
Tampa Bay 3, Boston 3
Colorado 4, Dallas 0
Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3
Edmonton 3, Chicago 2

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(NEW YORK) -- The NCAA has stepped up to protect student-athletes' welfare amid the ongoing pandemic as it pertains to scholarships, eligibility and player health for the 2020 fall season.

The NCAA Board of Governors announced on Wednesday that athletes who opt out of the 2020 season will retain full scholarships.

"All student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19," the NCAA said. "If a college athlete chooses to opt out, that individual's athletics scholarship commitment must be honored by the college or university."

All schools and conferences must follow the NCAA's newly released return-to-sports guidelines in order to carryout preseason, regular season and postseason schedules, and they can't ask student-athletes to sign COVID-19 waivers.

"Our decisions place emphasis where it belongs -- on the health and safety of college athletes," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement. "Student-athletes should never feel pressured into playing their sport if they do not believe it is safe to do so."

On the heels of Wednesday's news, the University of Connecticut Athletic Department said in a statement that its football program has decided to "cancel all competition for the 2020-21 school year."

Among the other proclamations from the NCAA, there will be a new hotline for "athletes, parents or others" to report COVID-19 violations.

This gives players a way to make the NCAA aware of unacceptable behavior by coaches who may be inclined to bully and/or to retaliate against those who would dare to complain.

Due to the continued threat of coronavirus infection, the NCAA said it could still cancel fall championships, which could pressure conferences and schools to forgo a college football season. The decision for Division I must be made no later than Aug. 21.

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(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- It's been a "challenge" for LeBron James, who is adjusting to his new life inside the NBA bubble.

The NBA season, which is officially underway, has rolled out new plans to keep players safe from COVID-19 by sequestering them inside Walt Disney World Resort hotels until the end of the season. USA Today reports that teams that made it to the second half of the season began quarantining roughly a month ago.

That means that the players have not been able to physically interact with friends or family members, which James says has been a hard pill to swallow.

"I miss the hell out of my family. My wife, my kids, my mother. And so on and so on," the NBA MVP admitted to reporters after the Lakers triumphed over the Utah Jazz on Monday. "It's a huge challenge."

The Laker has been married to wife Savannah since 2013 and they share three children together -- LeBron Jr., 15, Bryce, 13, and 5-year-old Zhuri.

Despite missing his family, James wants to make them proud by carrying the Lakers through another championship. The team stands to secure their 17th win, which would also be his fourth championship title.

The 35-year-old also understands that he is in a position to use his platform to make a positive difference and speak out against social justice issues like systemic racism.

"It’s given us the opportunity to every single day speak about, feel passionate about, whatever is going on in your personal life, whatever is going on in society and us trying to make a change," he explained. "It’s being dynamic and being heard."

The Lakers face off against Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:



Minnesota 7, Pittsburgh 3
Cleveland 4, Cincinnati 2
NY Yanks, Philadelphia (Postponed)
St. Louis, Detroit (Postponed)
Chi Whit Sox 3, Milwaukee 2
Atlanta 10, Toronto 1
Miami 4, Baltimore 0
Chi Cubs 5, Kansas City 4
Houston 8, Arizona 2

Tampa Bay 5, Boston 1
Oakland 5, Texas 1
LA Angels 5, Seattle 3


Washington 5, NY Mets 3
Philadelphia, Miami (Posponed)
Colorado 5, San Francisco 2
LA Dodgers 5, San Diego 2

Brooklyn 119, Milwaukee 116
Dallas 114, Sacramento 110 (OT)
Phoenix 117, LA Clippers 115
Indiana 120, Orlando 109
Portland 110, Houston 102
Miami 112, Boston 106

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:



Cincinnati 3, Cleveland 2
NY Yanks 6, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis, Detroit (Postponed)
Chi White Sox 6, Milwaukee 4
Minnesota 5, Pittsburgh 4
Chi Cubs 2, Kansas City 0

Oakland 11, Seattle 1

NY Mets 7, Atlanta 2
Colorado 7, San Francisco 6
San Diego 5, LA Dodgers 4

Toronto 107, Miami 103
Indiana 111, Washington 100
Denver 121, Oklahoma City 113 (OT)
New Orleans 109, Memphis 99
Philadelphia 132, San Antonio 130
LA Lakers 116, Utah 108

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(PHILADELPHIA) -- Doug Pederson, the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The team released a statement Sunday night confirming the diagnosis, noting that Pederson is currently "asymptomatic and doing well."

"He is currently in self-quarantine and in communication with the team's medical staff," the Eagles said.

The team added that "any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility."

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 3, 2020

The Eagles opened its training camp on July 28.

Pederson is the second known NFL head coach to test positive, after the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton contracted the virus and recovered in the spring.

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(NEW YORK) -- After Yoenis Céspedes failed to report for the New York Mets' game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, team officials said the Mets outfielder has decided to sit out the rest of the 2020 season due to "COVID-related reasons."

Céspedes, 34, did not tell management of his decision ahead of Sunday afternoon's game in Atlanta. In a statement, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen had said that as of game time, the outfielder had not reported to the ballpark and they were unable to contact him.

Following the game, Van Wagenen said during a press briefing that they learned late in the game that Céspedes had decided to opt out of the season "due to COVID-related reasons."

Céspedes has not publicly commented yet on his decision. On opening day, he had said on social media that it was an "incredible feeling" being back. "Only the beginning," he tweeted on July 24.

Céspedes is the latest MLB player to opt out of the season in recent days due to heightened concerns over the coronavirus. On Saturday, the league said Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain would not play the rest of the season.

In a statement, Cain said, “With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids." He said he plans to return to the field in 2021.

The announcement came the same day a Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee was postponed for the second straight day after St. Louis team members tested positive for the coronavirus.

Also on Saturday, Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz announced that he had opted out of the season as the team contends with a COVID-19 outbreak. Since the Marlins canceled their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles scheduled for July 27, 21 members of the organization have tested positive for the virus, according to ESPN.

In a statement, Diaz said it had been a "tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads."

"This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it's the best one for me and my overall wellbeing," he said.

On Saturday, the Red Sox announced that pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will be out the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with the heart condition myocarditis following a bout with COVID-19.

According to a tally by Baseball America, 20 MLB players have opted out of the season as of Sunday.

Only players deemed high-risk can still receive their pay and service time if they opt out of the season, according to ESPN.

As of Friday, 104 players and 24 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 27, MLB reported. Last week, 29 tests -- accounting for 20 players -- were positive out of 11,895 samples, the league said.

The Marlins had no new positive results in its latest round of testing, MLB reported on Saturday.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has warned that the season could be shut down if the coronavirus isn't better managed, ESPN reported on Friday.

While some professional sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL, National Women’s Soccer League and Major League Soccer, are competing in restricted sites called "bubbles" to limit the spread of COVID-19, Major League Baseball is not.

Among MLB's coronavirus restrictions, teams are only competing with clubs located in their regional division so that travel is limited, and fans are not allowed to attend games.

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


Cincinnati 4, Detroit 0
Texas 9, San Francisco 5
Boston 4, NY Mets 2

Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 1
Chi White Sox, 9, Kansas City 2
Minnesota 3, Cleveland 1
Houston 6, LA Angels 5
Oakland 3, Seattle 2
NY Yankees 9, Boston 7

Atlanta 4, NY Mets 0
Washington, Miami (Postponed)
Coloradoo 9, San Diego 6
LA Dodgers 3, Arizona 0
St. Louis, Milwaukee (Postponed)
Chi Cubs 2, Pittsburgh 1


Brooklyn 118, Washington 110
Boston 128, Portland 124
San Antonio 108, Memphis 106
Orlando 132, Sacramento 116
Houston 120, Milwaukee 116
Phoenix 117, Dallas 115

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