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A perfect fit stays positive

By Evan Brooks
Medill Reports

COVID-19 is taking its toll on elderly people living in retirement homes. One Maryland senior residence is keeping members positive with a series of celebrations.

Photo at top: A Perfect Fit residence home in Maryland. (Christina Fitts/A Perfect Fit)

A look at the NFL’s virtual offseason

By Evan Brooks
Medill Reports

While COVID-19 continues to affect the sports world, the NFL is moving forward with a virtual offseason. The organization is giving teams a chance to meet and get ready for the season online.

Photo at top: New England Patriots #51 Ja’Whaun Bentley celebrates on the field. (Eric Adler/Patriots)

COVID-19: Stories From Across America

By Evan Brooks
Medill Reports

In this May 3-10 special report, COVID-19: Stories from across America, Medill Reports looks at how the global pandemic is affecting businesses, graduates, festivals, and students in the United States.

We take you on a journey across the country from Maryland to Arizona as we examine the world and how people are navigating through COVID-19.

Photo at top: A Rio Mambo restaurant worker in Forth Worth,TX protecting himself. (Josh Skinner/MEDILL)

Real estate market still moving despite COVID-19

By Evan Brooks
Medill Reports

With COVID-19 continuing to sweep the nation, the real estate market is expected to take a bit hit. Realtors are trying to change their strategy during this difficult time.

Photo at top: Realtor Jarriel Jordan holds a sold sign. (Courtesy of Wyevetra Jordan/Exit Landmark Realty)

Leading the troops: Jahmir Young’s brilliant season ends due to COVID-19

By Evan Brooks
Medill Reports

Charlotte 49ers All-American point guard Jahmir Young was gearing up for the conference tournament in Frisco Texas with a chance of potentially going to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005. As COVID-19 took over the world his phenomenal season ended instantly.

Photo at top: Jahmir Young brings the ball up the court. (49ers photographer/Charlotte Athletics)

From hoops to home

By Evan Brooks
Medill Reports

As the coronavirus affects the world, athletes are forced to adjust to life without sports. Basketball player James Robinson’s season in Europe was abruptly canceled. His road back home to Maryland has been a wild one.

Photo at top: James Robinson running a play during his FIBA Eurocup season. (Eurocup/FIBA)

New All-Star Game format brings out the best in both teams

By Evan Brooks
Medill Reports

The much-anticipated debut of the new NBA All-Star game format was a hit, as  Team LeBron beat Team Giannis, 157-155, in what turned out to be a very competitive and highly skilled basketball game.

All-Star games are typically high-scoring affairs with little stakes, but with the new format — in which each of the first three quarters was a separate contest to win six-figure checks for charity and the final period was an untimed race to a designated target score — the ending felt like a playoff game. Team Giannas led Team LeBron 133-124 heading into the final period. The target score to win the 69th All-Star game was set at 157, by adding 24 points to the leading team’s score in honor of the jersey number the late Kobe Bryant wore in the second half of his career. The fourth period quickly turned from friendly to fierce.

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Gone but not forgotten: Jimmy Butler returns to Chicago with more than basketball in mind

By Evan Brooks
Medill Reports

For Jimmy Butler, moving on has become pretty common in his NBA career.  Butler has packed bags and said goodbyes three times already, moving on from the Bulls to the Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers. One goodbye he will never say is to the city that embraced him from Day One: Chicago, Illinois.

Butler was the last pick of the first round in the 2011 draft by the Chicago Bulls. He spent six seasons there before his eventual exit, giving Bulls fans memorable moments on the court. What was even more impressive was the work Butler was doing off the court around the city of Chicago.

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