Florida Coach Wanted 90,000 Fans at Home This Week, But Now His Players Have COVID

Florida Gators football coach Dan Mullen said he wanted 90,000 screaming fans at his home stadium this weekend when they host the LSU Tigers. Now, they hope to just play a game after suspending team activities because some of their players have caught coronavirus.

The school announced Tuesday that it has suspended athletic activities after five football players tested positive for COVID-19. Florida athletics director Scott Stricklin issued a statement that said the suspension of activities was out of caution.

“Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon. Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent LSU,” Stricklin said.

Strucklin added that the UF sports medicine department will reassess the situation on Wednesday.

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Eagles to allow limited number of fans at Lincoln Financial Field for remaining home games

The Philadelphia Eagles are reopening the doors to Lincoln Financial Field. The team announced on Tuesday that they will welcome up to 7,500 people into home games for the remainder of the season. The capacity limit includes all players, coaches, team employees, stadium personnel and media, as well as fans in attendance.

The first game with fans will be against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Here’s what the Eagles wrote about the decision, via the team website:

“Under the guidelines set forth by the National Football League and public health experts, and with the approval of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, the Eagles have finalized plans that will lead to a limited capacity of fans returning to Lincoln Financial Field, starting this Sunday.”

President Don Smolenski said they have worked closely with state and local officials, public health experts and the NFL in order to make

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See an English Estate Renovation That’s Any Downton Abbey Fan’s Dream

There’s not many people brave enough to take on such an outlandishly top-end renovation project, but for Dean Poulton, 33, and Borja de Maqua, 31, of the Instagram feed @mytinyestate, this grand design of stunning proportions was too tempting to resist. A rural English affair in Warwickshire, it comprises an array of different buildings and gardens including a three-story Georgian manor house, an adjoining servants’ quarters, and a caretaker’s cottage that dates back to Tudor times, plus a charming gardener’s cottage and piggery—all set amidst 2.5 acres of formal gardens, courtyards, and stables—barely habitable and far from good decorative order. These self-taught fixer-uppers may call the estate tiny, but the amount of work completed since they started, in March 2018, is vast. And what makes the story all the more compelling is how they have journaled their makeover via their social media platform. Having started out as a way to

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Rays hit 4 homers, Glasnow fans 10 in 7-5 win against Yanks

SAN DIEGO — With their pitching staff providing a record 18 strikeouts, the Tampa Bay Rays showed some pop of their own against the New York Yankees.

Randy Arozarena, Mike Zunino, Manuel Margot and Austin Meadows homered, and Tyler Glasnow struck out 10 to set a postseason record for the Rays, who beat the Yankees 7-5 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at one game apiece.

The Rays had enough power to overcome a huge game by Giancarlo Stanton, who had two home runs and four RBIs. His impressive power display included a 458-foot, three-run homer that landed under the giant video board in left field at Petco Park. It was reminiscent of the mammoth shots he hit in winning the Home Run Derby here in 2016.

Stanton has three homers this series and five in four postseason games. His grand slam in the ninth inning Monday night

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Packers say no fans at home games while virus rampant

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers say that any plans to have fans for home games this season are on indefinite hold due to high COVID-19 rates in the area.

Packers officials said that fans won’t be admitted until there’s a “marked improvement in the rate of hospitalizations, as well as the community infection rate and positivity rate.”

The Packers have played two of their eight scheduled home games already. They don’t have another home game until Nov. 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.

“We are very concerned with the rate of infection in our area,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “We are trending in the wrong direction in terms of hospitalization and positive cases, and based on recommendations from community health-care and public health officials, hosting fans at the stadium for games is not advisable at this time.”

During his Zoom session after the Packers’

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Broncos approved to host 5,700 fans for each remaining home game

The Broncos announced Monday they have been permitted to host at least 5,700 fans for their final six home games this year.

In a letter to season-ticket holders, the Broncos said they have received approval from the state of Colorado and the Department of Public Health and Environment, which is an extension of the guidelines used for the Sept. 27 home game against Tampa Bay.

“Working together closely with the state and public health experts, the Broncos will continue to re-evaluate fan attendance for future home games and will adjust based on the latest recommendations from health officials,” the statement read.

Beginning with the Oct. 18 game against Miami, season-ticket members will have the opportunity to purchase a six-game ticket package (decided by priority number). The team will also reserve selected single-game tickets for an Oct. 13 presale. Seats will be sold in “pods” of two and four tickets in

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Colorado Rapids scrap plans to host fans at upcoming home matches after COVID-19 outbreak

Plans to host fans at upcoming Colorado Rapids matches at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park have been scuttled after the team recently experienced a COVID-19 outbreak, the club announced Monday afternoon.

The team planned to have as many as 1,165 fans (6% capacity) attend matches Wednesday and Saturday nights at its Commerce City stadium. But after 14 people within the Rapids organization (four players, 10 staff members) tested positive for the virus during the last two weeks, those plans were put on hold “out of an abundance of caution.”

MLS postponed Colorado’s previous two matches against Sporting Kansas City (Sept. 27) and the Portland Timbers (Oct. 3) due to the outbreak. The team will return to its home field 7 p.m. Wednesday against LAFC, followed by another match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 5 p.m. Saturday vs. the L.A. Galaxy — just not with fans in the stadium.

“The health and

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‘Father of the Bride’ cast talks reuniting for mini-sequel as ‘a gift to fans’

Steve Martin’s duties as the father of the bride are not done!

Martin and the cast of the ’90s hit “Father of the Bride” are reuniting on Friday for “Father of the Bride: Part 3-ish,” which is the first installment of the story since “Father of the Bride: Part II” in 1995.

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Martin, 75, and co-star Kimberly Williams-Paisley, 49, who played Martin and Diane Keaton’s daughter in the two films, spoke with Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY Friday ahead of the movie’s premiere, which will be at 6 p.m. EST on Friday on the Netflix YouTube channel and Netflix Facebook page.

The two stars talked about reuniting with the cast, including Keaton, Kieran Culkin and Martin Short, to

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Lowe’s Unites NFL Fans with a New Type of “Home Team”

“We’re entering what will be the most unique NFL season we’ve ever experienced,” said Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s Executive Vice President, Chief Brand and Marketing Officer. “Our homes are where football fandom will be taking place this year, but the power of sports, and football in particular, is in how it can unite us in the larger sense of home: our communities and cities. Everyone likes to get behind their home team. And this year, we are giving a whole new meaning to that idea.”

Lowe’s “Home Team” kicks off the retailer’s second season as the Official Home Improvement Retail Sponsor of the NFL, and an even more important one as some of the biggest moments in football are set to come to the home stadium. Over the course of the season, fans will get an up-close look at the DIY and passion projects of some of their favorite current

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