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Marlins sidelined…More opt outs…Mahomes Royals deal

MIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball has temporarily suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday because of their worsening coronavirus outbreak. And the three remaining games in this week’s New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies series also have been postponed because of virus worries. In a statement, MLB says it wants to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and plan for a resumption of play early next week. The Marlins remain stranded in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend.

UNDATED (AP) — The number of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season is growing. A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a (DAHN’-tay) Hightower has decided to opt out because of concerns for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month. And Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko  has decided not to play this season because his wife has previously battled cancer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered, and Tanner Roark gave up one run in five innings against his former team to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 5-1. It was the third loss in a row for the reigning World Series champions. They have scored a total of just four runs during that skid and dropped to 1-4 for the season.

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is joining the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals announced the addition of Mahomes, the star quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last season, on Tuesday. Mahomes was once a baseball prospect and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirms that the football oversight committee requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril.

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