In a statement, New York general manager Joe Douglas said this was in the best interests of both the team and Darnold.
“I want to publicly acknowledge the commitment, dedication, and professionalism Sam displayed while with the Jets. He is a tough-minded, talented football player whose NFL story has not been written yet,” said Jets GM Joe Douglas. “While all these things are true, this move is in the short- and long-term best interests for both this team and him. We thank Sam for all of his work on behalf of this organization and wish him well as he continues his career.”
The Jets drafted Darnold with the third pick in the 2018 NFL draft out of the University of Southern California. In his three seasons with the team, he threw for 8,097 yards and 45 touchdowns. He went 13-25 as a starter.
Carmen Mandato/Getty ImagesBy Katie Kindelan, ABC News
(INDIANAPOLIS) — University of Arizona coach Adia Barnes showed firsthand all that goes into be a working mother at Sunday night’s NCAA women’s basketball championship game.
Barnes, who gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Capri, six months ago, took time during halftime of the game to pump breast milk for her daughter, according to ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe.
Rowe reported that Barnes came back onto the court after halftime a few minutes after her team because she was pumping breast milk.
“She is doing it all,” Rowe said. “And for those who think this is too much information, I’m just going to tell you this. Let’s normalize working mothers and all that they have to do to make it all happen.”
Barnes, whose daughter Capri is 6 months old, spoke herself after Sunday night’s game in San Antonio about what it has been like for her to balance being a mom to a newborn and a head basketball coach.
“I had a baby right when season started and took like a week off. It says I took a month off but I did not,” she said. “I was on Zoom calls four days after having a C-section so it was hard, but my team loved on me. I missed a couple of weeks, I got a little sick, they fought for me. I came back. They were patient. I’m happy.”
“I represented moms, I have a baby here. I hear her crying ready to feed,” she said. “I represent moms, you can be a coach, you can do it at an elite level. You just have to have a village like I do. I represent Black females, don’t get here too often and don’t get opportunities. But I had an opportunity today on the biggest stage and represented a lot.”
Last week, Barnes made history as one of two Black head coaches in the women’s Final Four.
Barnes’ team, the Arizona Wildcats, lost in the championship game Sunday to Stanford, 53-54.
(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers are scheduled to make a bold move for their home opener Monday that has some medical experts and President Joe Biden concerned.
Globe Life Field in Arlington will be the first Major League Baseball stadium to reopen at full capacity — roughly 40,000 seats — since the pandemic began. The move comes a month after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ended the state’s mask mandate and asked businesses to reopen fully, citing declining COVID-19 cases and vaccination numbers.
In a statement released on March 10, Neil Leibman, the team’s president of business operations, said the Rangers were encouraged by the governor’s orders and were taking measures to ensure fans were safe, including requiring masks, except for while eating.
Following Monday’s home opener, the stadium will have sections that allow fans to watch with “distanced seating.”
“We will continue to monitor developments and implement the necessary public health measures,” Leibman said in a statement.
The Houston Astros, Texas’ other MLB team, will only be operating at 50% of Minute Maid Park’s roughly 41,000 seat capacity for April. The stadium will also require masks for fans when they’re not eating.
Dr. Emily Landon, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, told ABC News last month that baseball and other outdoor sports provide better protection for crowds than indoor arenas, since it’s harder for air particles to linger.
While she said the decision by MLB teams to reopen their games to fans was safe, she warned that the Rangers’ full capacity reopening was riskier, due to the sheer number of people crowded together.
The country is still seeing thousands of cases a day, particularly from the virus variants, Landon noted.
“You don’t know who is going to come in with COVID-19,” she told ABC News.
Biden weighed in on the Rangers’ plans during an interview with ESPN last week, calling the move “not responsible.”
“They should listen to Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, the scientists and the experts. But I think it’s not responsible,” the president said.
Biden warned about potential surges, citing the jumps in European nations that have reopened, and reiterated that vaccinations need to increase before businesses can reopen fully.
“We have to get to the point where enough people have taken the vaccinel, so we diminish the possibility for it to spread,” he said.
The seven-day average of new daily cases in Texas has decreased from 7,693 to 3,667 between March 1 and April 1, according to the state’s health department. As of Sunday, 28% of Texas residents have received one vaccine dose, and 16% are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nationally, about 32% of adults have received one shot, and roughly 18% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INTERLEAGUE Minnesota 8, Milwaukee 2
AMERICAN LEAGUE Toronto 3, N.Y. Yankees 1 Cleveland 9, Detroit 3 Baltimore 1,1 Boston 3 Texas 7, Kansas City 3 Houston 9, Oakland 2 L.A. Angels 7, Chicago White Sox 4
NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia 2, Atlanta 1 Cincinnati 12, St. Louis 1 Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 3 L.A. Dodgers 4, Colorado 2 Arizona 3, San Diego 1 N-Y Mets at Washington 1:05 p.m. (Postponed)
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Chicago 115, Brooklyn 107 L.A. Clippers 104, L.A. Lakers 86 Boston 116, Charlotte 86 Memphis 116, Philadelphia 100 Atlanta 117, Golden State 111 New Orleans 122, Houston 115 Denver 119, Orlando 109 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Detroit 5, Tampa Bay 1 Washington 5, New Jersey 4 Florida 3, Columbus 0 Carolina 1, Dallas 0 Toronto 4, Calgary 2 Arizona 3, Anaheim 2 — OT Vancouver at Winnipeg 9 p.m. (Postponed)