NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams game in Iowa has been postponed until 2021 because of the novel coronavirus. The game at a newly constructed ballpark on the cornfield adjacent to the site of the 1989 movie had been scheduled for Aug. 13 in Dyersville. The Chicago White Sox originally had been set to host the New York Yankees. When MLB remade its schedule following the delayed start to the season, the St. Louis Cardinals became the opponent. MLB will keep the White Sox for the game next year. The other team has not been determined.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant homered in his return to the lineup and Alec Mills pitched seven effective innings, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0 for their fourth consecutive win. Javier Báez had a sacrifice fly and a nice play in the field as NL Central-leading Chicago improved to 8-2 for the first time since 2016. Bryant also doubled in the first after missing two games with a stomach ailment. Kansas City wasted a solid performance by Danny Duffy, who pitched six innings of one-run ball.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — José Abreu hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Leury García scored on a wild pitch in the eighth and Yoan Moncada added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox over Milwaukee 6-4 in the Brewers’ belated home opener. Milwaukee was set to open Miller Park for a weekend series against St. Louis, but that was postponed after numerous Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brewers had been idle since Wednesday at Pittsburgh. Chicago has won five straight, all on the road. Starter Carlos Rodón was pulled after two innings with left shoulder soreness.
TORONTO (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have taken a 2-0 lead in their NHL qualifying series, the Pittsburgh knotted their series at a game apiece and the Tampa Bay Lightning grab their first game in round-robin play. Andrei Svechnikov provided the first playoff hat trick in Hurricanes history to lead a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers. Jason Zucker scored the eventual game-winner in the third period of the Penguins’ 3-1 win against Montreal, and Nikita Kucherov scored once in regulation before netting the deciding shootout goal to lift the Lightning past Washington, 3-2.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers, Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets won their NHL Western Conference games on Monday. The Oilers squared their qualifying series at a game apiece behind Connor McDavid’s hat trick in a 6-3 verdict over Chicago. Will Carrier scored the tiebreaker with 5:12 left as the Golden Knights beat the Stars, 5-3 in round-robin play. The Jets beat Calgary, 3-2 on a power-play goal by Nikolaj Ehlers in the final period, evening the qualifying series at a game apiece.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant is following through on his own words when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. Bryant homered in his return to the starting lineup against Kansas City after missing two games with a stomach ailment. The 28-year-old Bryant had thanked Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas after he self-reported possible coronavirus symptoms. Bryant then spoke up himself when he wasn’t feeling well Saturday, and he had to sit out while he worked his way through Major League Baseball’s pandemic protocols.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers clinched the top seed in the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs as Anthony Davis contributed 42 points and 12 rebounds in a 116-108 downing of the Jazz. Davis’ final basket resulted in a 4-point play with 42 seconds left, as he sank a 3-pointer while getting fouled by Rudy Gobert and made the ensuing free throw to give the Los Angeles a 114-104 lead. LeBron James scored 22 points for the Lakers, wile Donovan Mitchell was high man for Utah with 33 points.
UNDATED (AP) — Former wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he has acquired the XFL. The 48-year-old actor made the announcement on Twitter. Reportedly the price is $15 million. The XFL had eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule before canceling the remainder of its season in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.