A few half-dozen N.H.L. gamers are skipping the playoffs, however the league prevented shedding any of its largest stars. A couple of of these sitting out are regulars, however the others are primarily minor leaguers who bought just a few video games with the big-league membership.
Carlos Vela, L.A.F.C.
The league misplaced just one big-name participant, however he’s a really huge one. Vela, the reigning most beneficial participant after a 34-goal season, decided to stay home together with his spouse, Saioa, who’s pregnant, relatively than be a part of the league’s bubble in Florida.
The league additionally misplaced two full groups, Nashville and Dallas, from its opening event due to a spate of optimistic exams.
Megan Rapinoe, OL Reign
The league accomplished a short season on Sunday with out considered one of world soccer’s largest stars. Rapinoe opted out of the season in early June, changing into the primary marquee athlete in any sport to take action. She didn’t explicitly state her causes.
Two different gamers who helped the US win the World Cup final 12 months, Tobin Heath of the Portland Thorns and Christen Press of the Utah Royals additionally selected to not play, each citing concern concerning the virus.
And like M.L.S., the league misplaced a whole crew, the Orlando Satisfaction, after a number of optimistic exams.
It’s nonetheless unclear the extent to which the league shall be impacted, as a result of gamers have till early subsequent month to resolve on their standing. However about 20 have reportedly bowed out. With 32 groups and enormous rosters, it appears clear extra gamers will sit the season out than in every other league.
Dont’a Hightower, Patriots
The Patriots have been hit tougher than every other crew. Hightower, a linebacker, stated, “This wasn’t a straightforward resolution, or one I made frivolously, however I do really feel that it’s the perfect resolution for my household presently.”