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Tuesday cannon fodder: anthem, pace and power, opt-outs

Enjoy your first links dump in a while.

Carolina Panthers v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Now that sports are back/coming back, there is finally enough relevant, non-silly content to share with y’all. Here’s some of the stuff that has stuck out for me over the last few days.

Duke’s Coach K posts powerful video in support of Black Lives Matter
You should watch this. It’s good.

Study confirms racial bias in soccer announcing
White players are more likely to be praised for their intelligence, leadership, and versatility. Nonwhite players are more likely to be praised for physical qualities. Black players were praised for strength four times more often and for speed seven times more frequently.

Stop playing the national anthem before NWSL games
Kim McCauley over at All for XI (who was mentioned yesterday on Around the Horn) gives the case for dropping the national anthem from our pregame ritual. We should.

Leicester City may have to move upcoming home matches
The mayor of Leicester announced new, extended lockdown protocols with COVID-19 cases spiking in the city.

Sol Campbell leaves post as Southend United manager by “mutual consent”
Southend were relegated when the League one season was officially cancelled earlier this month. Campbell has been outspoken about the lack of diversity in footballing coaching.

Ian Desmond speaks his mind in Instagram post
The Rockies outfielder talked about his experience growing up as a biracial man, the racism he experiences in baseball, and what he’ll be doing as with his time off this season — he has elected to opt out of the 2020 season.

Several MLB player to sit out 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns
Nationals’ Ryan Zimmmerman and Joe Ross, Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake will join Ian Desmond in sitting out the season. There may be additional announcements in the days to come.

16 of 302 NBA players tested are positive for coronavirus
Spencer Dinwiddie tested positive but still wants to play. DeAndre Jordan tested positive and will not play. Wilson Chandler has opted out of the season.

Cam Newton might make the Patriots cool
And that’s unacceptable. The free agent, former MVP QB signed a one-year contract with New England over the weekend.