WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne said she was shocked and hurt when her request to be medically excused for the season was denied by an independent medical panel.
Delle Donne, who plays for the Washington Mystics, takes 64 pills a day to fight Lyme disease. A panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon ruled that she was not "high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble." It means she won't be paid if she skips the WNBA's season because of the coronavirus. "Risk my life ... or forfeit my paycheck," she said.
Lyme disease is not included on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of underlying conditions that increase risk with COVID-19.
"It hurts a lot. And maybe being hurt just makes me naive," Delle Donne wrote Wednesday on the Players Tribune. " … I don't have NBA player money. I don't have the desire to go to war with the league on this. And I can't appeal."
Badgers plan to send a uniform message
Wisconsin plans to have its sports teams wear a university crest logo with a black "W" to show solidarity with Black and other underrepresented communities on campus.
School officials said the change would take effect whenever Wisconsin teams return to action. The "W" in the crest generally is white.
"I have previously stated my commitment to taking meaningful steps involving issues of diversity and inclusion in our athletic department," athletic director Barry Alvarez said. "There is plenty of work to do, but I am pleased we will be able to show our support in a way that is important to our student-athletes."
Tennessee, Henry strike a new deal
Tennessee announced it had agreed on a contract extension with running back Derrick Henry that will keep him from playing this season under the franchise tag.
ESPN reported Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 yards rushing last season, received a four-year deal for $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed.
Edge rusher Myles Garrett signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension with Cleveland.
AROUND THE HORN
Baseball: Boston placed lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez on the injured list while he recovers from COVID-19.
Horse racing: Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert was suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for lidocaine. Del Mar, a track in Southern California, canceled racing for the upcoming weekend after 15 jockeys tested positive for COVID-19.