Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m fine. This happened earlier in the summer, and sadly we had to put our dog down. I got four stitches that are healing up nicely. Thanks @sportexpressen for giving me something to do today. https://t.co/JQY5HxJGb0— Oliver Ekman-Larsson (@OEL23) July 31, 2019Ekman-Larsson said because he has family friends who have small children and younger cousins, he would never forgive himself if the German Shepherd bit one of them.Last summer, he signed an eight-year extension with Arizona that earns him an average of $8.25 million per year.He scored 14 goals with 30 assists in 81 games last season. The upcoming 2019-20 season will mark Ekman-Larsson’s 10th year with the Coyotes organization. Chris Kunitz announces retirement, will join Blackhawks’ staff Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s offseason isn’t going exactly as planned.While home in his native Sweden, the Coyotes captain was bitten on the hand by a family dog and needed stitches, according to Swedish news outlet Kvälls Posten. He went to the hospital, where he received a tetanus shot and antibiotics, as well. Alex Meruelo purchase of Coyotes finalized, making him NHL’s first Latino majority owner The incident happened in May shortly after the end of the World Championship.Per the Swedish publication, Ekman-Larsson put the German Shepherd down after he was bitten and was quoted saying similar incidents had happened with the dog in the past and he had to be put down. Related News Wild oust GM Paul Fenton after disappointing 2018-19 season Ekman-Larsson took to Twitter to confirm the story, adding that he needed four stitches and he is healing.
“Honestly, I really do enjoy talking with you all,” Nationals manager Davey Martinez said, from his normal spot on that same breezy patio. “It’s actually good. But MLB’s taking all precautions, and not just MLB, but everybody. It’s there, it’s happening and everyone’s trying to be very cautious.” MORE: Breakdown of sports events, leagues affected by coronavirusSuch is life in the new setup. Clubhouse access for media is temporarily gone as leagues figure out how to balance concerns of health and safety, while guarding against unnecessary overreactions as officials get a handle on how the virus is impacting America. In some cases, like here at Nationals camp, it feels a bit like a show — doing something headline-worthy without really doing anything impactful — considering there were a grand total of six reporters and one cameraman present. But that’s not really the point. This new development, which was announced in an email sent out by MLB at 7:17 p.m. ET on Monday night, marks the latest change. The second half of the email talked about the clubhouse access restrictions, but the first half is what’s relevant to what’s next: “The health and safety of everyone in our communities is of the utmost importance to us. We have been engaging on an ongoing basis with a wide range of public health experts, infectious disease specialists, and governmental agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to obtain the latest information. We are regularly conveying the guidance from these experts to Clubs, players, and staff regarding prevention, good hygiene practices and the latest recommendations related to travel. We are continuing to monitor developments and will adjust as necessary. While MLB recognizes the fluidity of this rapidly evolving situation, our current intention is to play Spring Training and regular season games as scheduled.”Yep, that “our current intention” part is key. This almost certainly will not be the last development, for baseball or other sports in North America. More substantive, dramatic changes are surely on the horizon, developments that have nothing to do with media access.The annual tennis tournament at Indian Wells — the BNP Paribas Open — is known as the fifth major in tennis circles. It’s been canceled. That’s in California, which is also where Santa Clara County banned all public gatherings of more than 1,000 people through the end of March, which means the San Jose Sharks have to figure out what to do with their three home hockey games this month. Will they play in front of an empty area? Not play the games? And this news just broke this morning. The Ivy League has decided to cancel the League’s upcoming Basketball Tournaments and implement highly-restrictive, in-venue spectator limitations for all other upcoming campus athletics events.📰 » https://t.co/Y4nEjbsh0N pic.twitter.com/8zsrweXVXo— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) March 10, 2020RIVERA: It’s not bad that Brewers gave Christian Yelich deferred moneyThe more events that are canceled or played in front of empty arenas, the easier it is for the next team/league to follow suit. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On the first day of MLB’s new media restrictions, put in place on Tuesday in coordination with the NBA, NHL and MLS to assuage fears of the ever-growing coronavirus situation, Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki sat down at a table on the breezy patio behind his team’s clubhouse instead of in front of his locker for an interview with Sporting News. A square table’s worth of space separated the two. About an hour earlier, Ryan Zimmerman met with a Nationals beat writer in the TV interview room, and not long after that started, Andrew Stevenson chatted with another beat reporter in an empty office. After Zimmerman was finished, rookie Luis Garcia met with a third beat writer in the TV room. And maybe that’s a good thing. There’s still so much we don’t know about what type of impact the coronavirus will have in the United States. There’s no standard operating procedure here, and there are no concrete answers. Only best guesses. Worst-case scenario for overreacting is games get canceled for no reason. Worst-case scenario for underreacting is the sporting events we love helping to spread a virus that has already killed thousands across the globe and has entire countries shut down. Restricting media access in spring training isn’t going to do much, but it was a step that MLB — in concert with the NBA, the NHL and MLS — felt it needed to take because, well, it had to take at least one step in that direction. So baseball took the tiny one. And in the bigger picture, as long as this isn’t a ploy for future non-health/safety restrictions, that’s fine. It’s an inconvenience. But don’t let this tiny development be a distraction from the truth that bigger steps are almost certainly coming, though, as the American sports world scrambles to figure out a way to deal with a global health threat.