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Fauci Says Sports May Not Resume In 2020, MLB Officials ‘Near Certain’ Season Will Be Played



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While Major League Baseball (MLB) is trying to figure out a way to have an abbreviated 2020 season, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci says sports might not happen this year.

Dr. Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told The New York Times on Tuesday that sports may be sidelined until widespread testing is available.

“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” Dr. Fauci told the Times. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’”

However, senior MLB officials told Fox Business on Wednesday that they are “near certain there will be Major League Baseball in 2020,” according to a tweet from reporter Charles Gasparino.

Dr. Fauci, who has made frequent media appearances since the task force was formed, said earlier this month that “there’s a way” for sports to resume if games are played without fans in the seats and teams are quarantined in hotels between games.

“I would love to be able to have all sports back,” said Dr. Fauci. “But as a health official and a physician and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, we’re not ready for that yet.”

He added that “if we let our desire to prematurely get back to normal, we can only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago.”

According to a report published Tuesday by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, MLB believes that it would be able to start the season by early July. There have been rumors that the season could possibly be played at Spring Training facilities in Arizona and Florida.

Moreover, the National Basketball Association is reopening team practice facilities beginning Friday for players in states and cities that are loosening stay-at-home restrictions, NBA sources told ESPN over the weekend.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis



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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.


The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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