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Justin Turner of Los Angeles Dodgers pulled from World Series after positive COVID-19 test

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Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 and was pulled from the team’s World Series-clinching 3-1 win in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the positive test after the game, telling Fox: “It’s a bittersweet night for us.”

Turner was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before coming out of the game to start the eighth inning. The team did not give a reason for his exit when he left.

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“Thanks to everyone reaching out!” Turner tweeted after the game. “I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps.”

Major League Baseball insulated postseason teams in neutral-site bubbles after traveling them across the country during a shortened 60-game season. Turner was the first player since the playoffs began to be flagged for the coronavirus.

The veteran infielder was not immediately with his teammates as they celebrated the franchise’s first World Series title since 1988. But the 35-year-old did return to the field with his wife about an hour after the game and took photos with the World Series trophy. He got a hug from longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw and sat front and center next to manager Dave Roberts for a team photo, occasionally lowering a mask he otherwise wore throughout the celebration.

Sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that Turner had been asked to isolate after the positive test but that no one stopped him from going on the field to celebrate.

Sources told Passan that, in the second inning, the lab doing COVID-19 tests informed MLB that Turner’s test from Monday came back inconclusive. It is unclear why the results of the test arrived after the game began, as they typically do beforehand. Samples taken from Tuesday arrived at the lab and Turner’s was run immediately, sources said. When it showed up positive, the league called the Dodgers and said to pull Turner.

He was replaced in the field by Edwin Rios.

“We learned during the game Justin tested positive, and he was immediately isolated to prevent spread,” Manfred said.

Justin Turner was forced out of Game 6 after it was revealed he tested positive for COVID-19, but he later rejoined teammates for the World Series-winning celebration. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When the Dodgers return to their hotel later Tuesday night, everybody will be given a rapid PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, sources told Passan.

Mookie Betts, when asked about Turner returning to the field to join the Dodgers for a team picture, defended his teammate.

“He’s part of the team,” Betts said. “Forget all that, he’s part of the team. We’re not excluding him from anything.”

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, said he hadn’t seen the photo of Turner sitting next to a maskless Roberts and the rest of the Dodgers for a team picture.

“If there’s people around him without a mask, that’s not good optics at all,” Friedman said, adding that the upcoming PCR tests the team will take will be important.

“Now it’s important we all test negative … to make sure we don’t go out and spread this to other people,” Friedman added.

A late-blooming slugger who helped reshape the game by succeeding with an uppercut swing, Turner is Los Angeles’ career leader with 12 postseason home runs, including a pair in this Series, in which he hit .364 and played stellar defense.https://74bd095c233e9f191df73ce8df6fd9d3.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

“It’s gut-wrenching,” World Series MVP Corey Seager said. “It hurts me. I can’t imagine how he feels. If I could switch places with him right now, I would, because that man more than anybody deserves to take a picture with that trophy, celebrate with us, have his family around and enjoy this moment, and that got taken away from him, and that’s not right. That doesn’t sit well with me.”

Said Kershaw: “I’m sure it’s really hard tonight, and we all feel for him, but I hope he can take solace in the fact that we’re not here without him. He’s been our guy for a long time. He’s done so many incredible things for this organization. He’s been the rock in the postseason for us every single year.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Ritzer’s Hot Honey Is Taking Over The Market.

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Ritzer’s Hot Honey is the hottest new product to hit the market in 2021. Ritzer’s was founded by owner Adam Ritzer after the lengthy development of his fiery honey. Adam first started developing his recipe in 2019 when he was a junior at the State University of New York at Canton, where he would experiment with different types of recipes to dip french fries. Adam mixed chili-paste with honey, and an idea was born.

The honey sold by Ritzer’s today is more than just chili-paste combined with honey. After many trials and errors, the recipe you see today was perfected. Ritzer’s Hot Honey is made with 100% organic wildflower honey sourced in the USA. The honey goes through a lengthy infusion process, where it meets two different types of chilies. One chile is fresh, and the other is dried, and the combination of all three creates a flavor profile that crosses traditional boundaries. Ritzer’s Hot Honey comes off with honey’s sweet taste but gets backed up with the infused chilies’ potent kick. If you’re not a spice lover, don’t fret, the heat doesn’t linger past your tongue, nor does it stay past 30 seconds.

Now you may be asking what you would use hot honey for. Well, the answer is far from traditional for honey. Hot honey pairs exceptionally with foods like pizza, fried chicken, chicken wings, cocktails, and anything your taste buds can handle. There are no boundaries with this product as the sweet and heat combination will significantly complement any dish.

 Ritzer’s Hot Honey looks to make a splash in the growing hot honey market in 2021. Ritzer’s, which started as a small batch company, is already expanding, and the year just started. Be on the lookout as this is a product you may see on shelves near you. Currently, you can purchase a bottle of Ritzer’s Hot Honey on their website.

Photo credits to Justin Plotnick

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Snowdaddy: Is The Next Hottest Artist

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Nicholas Darnell, better known as Snowdaddy is a 24 year old artist from the DMV area. He has an amazing sound. He uses his past experiences and pain to help create his music. Everything he raps about has actually happened to him in real life. Snowdaddy began his career in 2018. He didn’t know it would become his passion and it would soon become his career. Once people began to admire his music he started taking it a lot more seriously. His mixtape “Cold Summer” was his first project released. This project holds over 80,000 streams alone. His single “Facetime” featuring Kirko Bangz is one of his favorite projects and holds over 50,000 streams. He is not letting up. With each release he gets better and gains new fans constantly. This year he is putting in work.


Snowdaddy states “ He wants to be perceived as funny, humble , positive and mainly authentic.” This year so far he is marketing his content and plans to release a new video as well as new material. “It takes money to make money.” He says. He knows that he has to stay determined and consistent with his content and expand his growth. He gives a nice piece of advice to artists wanting to follow his path. Snowdaddy states “Stay out of trouble. Work hard. Stay focused. Persevere. Do not lose focus. Once you put your mind to something do not give up.” Make sure you keep up with his journey and follow him on social media.


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Bringing Out the Beast: Josh Clancey’s Behemoth Boxing Creates Clothing Ideal for Boxers

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Athletic wear is designed to provide comfort, mobility, and enhance the athlete’s performance all the while giving them a sense of style. But despite all these benefits, some athletic brands don’t really have specific clothing to cater to athletes who are engaged in particular sports–such as boxing. .

Josh Clancey, the United Kingdom-based entrepreneur behind Behemoth Boxing, wanted to change this situation which is why he started his own athletic clothing brand in 2019 to bring boxers the comfort and performance boost that they need without sacrificing style. 

“I’ve always been into combat sports. I competed at a high level of judo in my early teens and fell in love with boxing after watching the Sydney Olympics. Being a boxing enthusiast and boxing on a regular basis, I quickly discovered that high-end clothing specifically for boxing training is near on impossible to come by,” Josh said.  

With Behemoth Boxing, Josh was able to create an environment where any fighter, from any country, from any background can come together and be provided with world-class boxing apparel.

How Josh Got into the Business 

The inspiration behind starting his own brand started when Josh and a few of his friends went sparring on a Saturday afternoon. They were talking about starting their own boxing glover or headgear company which was a good idea but has an oversaturated market. 

When he got home, Josh consulted his wife and got to work right away. 

“I consulted my wife and we got to work right away. The company has gone from strength to strength–even during the pandemic!” Josh said. 

Now, Josh and his team are able to work with elite-level fighters all around the world. Each product that they put out has been tried and tested in situations that only boxers and fighters alike would experience.

“Our blogs are bringing the boxing community together. We will soon have training videos, nutrition advice, and much more available on the website,” Josh said. 

Advocating Mental Health 

For 2021, Josh and his team are looking to open gyms in the United Kingdom and the United States and fully launch their “Behemoth Boxer” range. 

Other than providing top-quality athletic wear, Josh is also doing a lot of work concerning mental health awareness. This year, they’re also looking to further their pursuits. 

“We’re looking at a number of charities around the world, specifically the Middle East and Africa,” Josh said. 

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Learn more about Behemothboxing through their Instagram @behemothboxing or through their website  www.behemothboxing.com

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