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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, Seattle Sounders' Kelvin Leerdam, right, heads the ball in front of Toronto FC's Jonathan Osorio during the second half of the MLS Cup championship soccer match in Seattle. Leerdam has been fortunate compared to many of the other foreign players in Major League Soccer, and it was completely by accident. Born in Suriname but raised in the Netherlands, Leerdam still makes his full-time home in Europe when he’s not playing for the Seattle Sounders.  When the school schedule in the Netherlands lined up for his wife and two young children to join him in Seattle for the start of the MLS season in early March, Leerdam jumped at the chance to have his family together. Little did they know that the COVID-19 virus pandemic was about to overtake much of the world, making travel for his family a major challenge. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Pandemic puts additional strain on international MLS players

Apr. 29, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Kelvin Leerdam has been fortunate compared to many of the other foreign players in Major League Soccer, and it was completely by accident. Born in Suriname but raised in the Netherlands, Leerdam still makes his full-time home in Europe when he’s not playing for the Seattle Sounders....

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman celebrates with the trophy after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. In the third installment of Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman's diary for the AP, he discusses a fundraising initiative that has drawn support from teammates and athletes from other sports in the D.C. area to help hospital workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Zimmerman also discusses what it was like to re-watch Game 7 of the World Series this week. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Nats' Ryan Zimmerman's AP diary: Fundraising for virus help

Apr. 17, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ryan Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the majors, all with the Washington Nationals. He holds most of the team’s career hitting records, and his two homers and seven RBIs last postseason helped the Nationals win their first World Series...