From youth hockey to the NBA, here’s how sports organizations want players to avoid coronavirus

Sports groups are seeking to avoid a rapidly contagious virus by giving players a simple tip: fist-bumps.USA Hockey, which is linked to youth, adult and disability programming as well as the Olympic teams, has recommended a guideline to use fist bumps with hockey gloves on in handshake lines.It's a measure that mirrors an instruction given to hockey players in 2018 for Winter Olympics games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, due to the highly contagious norovirus.Some of the organization's other recommendations due to the virus include not sharing water bottles or towels.The International Ice Hockey Federation said this week it has canceled six different tournaments — events that were to take place in March and April in Estonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain. Pro leagues in Switzerland and China have also been affected, some games called off, others played without fans.The NHL hasn’t gone as far as the NBA did earlier this week. The NHL is, however, not allo…

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The Shamrock Shake is back. Here’s why you can’t get it year-round

The Shamrock Shake is back again.To honor the 50th anniversary of the drink, McDonald's is making it available for purchase throughout the United States starting Wednesday. It's been three years since the shake was last sold nationally. In addition to the traditional green vanilla shake, McDonald's is selling a McFlurry version made with Oreo cookies. Both drinks will be sold for a limited time.Temporary offerings like the Shamrock Shake help McDonald's create buzz and bring in nostalgic customers.McDonald's first started selling the drink in 1970. Over the years, the burger chain has brought back the original as well as variations of the shake, like a "Shamrock Sundae" in 1980 and a chocolate version in 2017. It first started selling the item nationally in 2012.For fast food chains, which are constantly competing for customers' dollars and attention, specialty offerings are a way to try to cut through the noise and give people a reason to visit stores.Plus, seasonal o…

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