Jill Martin
Jill Martin
Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. She has been with CNN since 2004 and joined the sports department in 2012. Despite the given name of Jillian, she has gone by the name of Jill since she was in the first grade.Source
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More than 60 players withdraw from 2020 NFL season over coronavirus concerns

More than 60 players withdraw from 2020 NFL season over coronavirus concerns

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Over 60 NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season because of the pandemic.Players had until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday to decide and after the deadline passed, a spokesperson for the NFL told CNN that out of 2,880 players, 66 players chose to opt out.That figure could be higher -- both NBC's and reported the figure was 67 players.The are the team most affected, with eight players opting out of the 2020 season -- prompting much "tanking for Trevor" commentHighly-rated quarterback is expected to be...

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NBA players took a knee before kicking off the league's reopened season

NBA players took a knee before kicking off the league's reopened season

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Every NBA player who restarted the NBA's season on Thursday kneeled during the National Anthem, wearing "Black Lives Matter" shirts.Moments before tipoff on Thursday evening, players with the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz, joined by coaches and game officials, all took a knee. The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers followed suit ahead of their game in Orlando.On some game jerseys, players' names were replaced with messages, such as "Equality," "I am a man," "Ally," and "Say her...

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A plane flew a Confederate flag over NASCAR race

A plane flew a Confederate flag over NASCAR race

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Hide Caption 1 of 10 Hide Caption 2 of 10 Hide Caption 3 of 10 Hide Caption 4 of 10 Hide Caption 5 of 10 Hide Caption 6 of 10 Hide Caption 7 of 10 Hide Caption 8 of 10 Hide Caption 9 of 10 Hide Caption 10 of 10 (CNN)A small plane flew a Confederate flag over the Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday as thousands of fans gathered to watch NASCAR's All-Star Race in Tennessee.It comes a month after announced the Confederate flag would be prohibited from all official events in response to the worldwide...

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NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games

NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)The NFL plans to have the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" -- known as the Black national anthem -- performed live or played before every game in Week 1 of the NFL season, a source familiar with the league's discussions told CNN on Thursday. The news was first reported by , which is owned by ESPN.According to the source, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" will be played before "The Star-Spangled Banner." This will begin with the nationally televised first game of the season, which is on September 10,...

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Several baseball players are opting out of the 2020 MLB Season, citing 'personal health and safety'

Several baseball players are opting out of the 2020 MLB Season, citing 'personal health and safety'

Several players have decided to opt out of the rescheduled Major League Baseball season due to health concerns amid coronavirus outbreak. Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross will not be playing the 2020 season, the team confirmed on Monday. Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake also has decided not to play this season, according to a statement from his agent. Monday night, Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond posted an emotional message on Instagram stating he will also be opting out of playing this season. The 34-year-old, who is biracial,...

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Judge dismisses US women's national soccer team's equal pay claims

Judge dismisses US women's national soccer team's equal pay claims

The US women's national team's fight for equality suffered a major blow Friday, as a federal judge rejected the players' claims that they were paid less than the men's national team. Claims by the players of unequal working conditions based on travel conditions, specifically charter flights and hotel accommodations, and support services, specifically medical and training support, can still go to trial. The USWNT originally filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March 2019, with 28 members of the team listed as plaintiffs. Friday's ruling was issued in response to a motion for...

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