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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NBA player surprises 17-year-old fan by giving him his game-worn shoes

THIS. >> IT DEFINITELY WAS NOT SOMETHING THEY EXPECTED. IT TOOK THEM BY SURPRISE, AND HUNTER PETERSON IS STILL RELIVING THAT NIGHT. THIS IS THE MOMENT 17-YEAR-OLD HUNTER PETERSON WILL NEVER FORGET. >> WAS >> -- WIN GIANNIS CAME OVER AND HANDED HIM THE SHOE, YOU WERE PRETTY EXCITED. >> HE WAS AT SATURDAY’S GAME AGAINST THE CHARLOTTE HORNETS. BUT THE REAL VICTORY WAS RECEIVING GIANNIS’ SHOES FROM THE MAN HIMSELF. >> IT IS COMMONPLACE FOR THE HOOP TROOP TO HEAD TO THE FLOOR FOR THE VICTORY CELEBRATION. THAT IS WHEN HUNTER WAS TAKEN BY COMPLETE SURPRISE. THE SNEAKERS WERE STILL WARM WHEN HE BROUGHT THEM HOME THAT NIGHT. >> YEP. >> PETERSON, WHO’S A HUGE BUCKS FAN, IS PART OF HOOP TROOP, A PERFORMANCE GROUP FOR THE BUCKS, THEY GREET FANS AS THEY COME IN. >> GO BOX GO -- BUCKS GO. >> AND WHILE EVERY GAME IS SPECIAL FOR HIM, NOTHING WILL TOP THIS. >> IT WAS QUITE A NIGHT FOR HIM, SOMETHING EVERY 17 YOU’RE KID …

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