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NASCAR returns as Harvick wins at Darlington…McIlroy-Johnson beat Fowler-Wolff

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick took the lead from Alex Bowman on a late restart and pulled away over the final 30 laps at Darlington Raceway to win NASCAR’s first Cup race in 71 days. It was the first Cup race since the schedule was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was run without fans and with an emphasis on masks and social distancing. Roughly 900 people were approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential.

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy’s final drive allowed him and playing partner Dustin Johnson to win $1.85 million for charity in the TaylorMade Driving Relief exhibition in Florida. With the match down to a closest-to-the-pin contest after regulation, McIlroy barely stayed on the shelf left of the pin, measured at 13 feet to beat Matthew Wolff’s attempt by five feet. More than $5.5 million was pledged during the exhibition match for COVID-19 relief funds.

UNDATED (AP) — The California State University system’s plan for a mostly virtual fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t necessarily close the door on football at its three schools that play in the far-flung Mountain West Conference. San Diego State athletic director John David Wicker says the school is looking at having football players return to campus no earlier than July 7 and is making plans to play the season as scheduled. SDSU is proceeding because it envisions a fall schedule that includes a hybrid model of classes, in which some students will be on campus for in-person instruction such as labs while other classes will be held online.

UNDATED (AP) — English Premier League clubs will try today to agree on protocols to allow a return to training during the coronavirus pandemic. Teams already have started checking players and coaches for COVID-19, with a total of 1,600 weekly tests anticipated across the 20 clubs in England’s top division. Today’s meeting comes two days after the German league resumed its schedule.

UNDATED — All Spanish league clubs can begin small group training sessions this week despite stricter lockdown restrictions remaining in place in parts of Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona have not been allowed to loosen confinement measures like most of the country, but teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona have been given the go-ahead to move into the second phase of training. Players had only been allowed to train individually across Spain until now.

Golf returns….Baseball owners making plans for start…New date for Preakness

JUNO  BEACH, Fla. (AP) –  Live golf returns to television Sunday with a four-man charity Skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, to benefit coronavirus relief. There won’t be any caddies, so Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff will be carrying their own bags. The only rake will be carried by a rules official. Another rules official will be the only person to handle the flagstick, if necessary. It will be the first live action on TV since the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One-time PGA Tour winner Ernie Gonzalez has died. The tour says he died Friday in a Chicago hospital of Alzheimer’s. Gonzalez played on the PGA Tour from 1985 to 1988, and then he continued to play at least one tournament a year through 2003.

UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball owners have made their pitch as they try to convince players to accept less pay due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB has told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks. That’s according to a presentation from the commissioner’s office to the union that was obtained by The Associated Press. The 12-page document was dated May 12 and paints a grim picture of a $10 billion industry shuttered by the pandemic. It was an initial step in negotiations aimed at starting the delayed season around the Fourth of July.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Michael McCaskey, who led the Chicago Bears for nearly three decades following the death of his grandfather George Halas, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer, the team said. He was 76. The oldest of Ed and team matriarch Virginia McCaskey’s 11 children, Michael assumed operational control of the franchise in 1983 as president and CEO following the death of Halas, a founding father of the NFL and the franchise. He became chairman in 1999 and remained in that role until George McCaskey took over in 2011.

UNDATED (AP) — Packers star Aaron Rodgers acknowledges Green Bay’s decision to draft a quarterback in the first round surprised him and complicated his hopes of playing his entire career with the same team. The Packers traded up four spots in the first round last month to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick. The move has raised speculation about Rodgers’ long-term future in Green Bay, The 36-year-old Rodgers has been with the Packers since they selected him with the 24th overall selection in 2005.

UNDATED (AP) — The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed the new date for the Preakness on NBC, which also had a hand in the decision because it televises the race.

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NFL has plan to reopen training facilities as early as next week
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL continues to take steps toward a return to normalcy since the coronavirus pandemic.
NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a memo to all 32 teams stressing that they must be in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction and have implemented the protocols that were developed by league medical officer Dr. Allen Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6. The memo obtained by The Associated Press added that clubs unable to meet these criteria by Tuesday may reopen their facilities on the earliest date thereafter on which they are able to comply.Facilities have been closed since late March due to the pandemic. Each team was required to submit a plan to the league for reopening its training/practice facility this week.

In other NFL news:
— The Colts now have seven of their nine 2020 draft picks under contract after signing Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason and Michigan linebacker Jordan Glasgow to four-year deals. Taylor became the first junior in FBS history to rush for more than 6,000 career yards. Receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and cornerback Julian Blackmon remain unsigned.

— The Browns have hired former 49ers executive Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new vice president of football operations, making him the top assistant to first-year general manager Andrew Berry. Adofo-Mensah will join a new staff in Cleveland after Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam overhauled the front office following a 6-10 season.

— Former NFL linebacker James Harrison says Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not offer a bounty for an illegal hit on a member of the Browns. Harrison told former teammate Willie Colon on a podcast that Tomlin handed him an envelope shortly after Harrison was fined in 2010 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massqoui. Harrison declined to specify what was in the envelope but posted on Instagram that Tomlin never offered a bounty on opposing players. Steelers President Art Rooney II said he’s “certain” the exchange between Harrison and Tomlin never happened.

— The attorney for Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar says he has five signed affidavits from witnesses that exonerate his client in an armed robbery. Attorney Michael Grieco told The Associated Press on Friday that the five witnesses attested that Dunbar was not involved in the robbery earlier this week. Police in Miramar, Florida, issued arrest warrants Thursday for Dunbar and Giants cornerback Deandre Baker after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party.

NBA-NEWS
Simmons, Embiid mending nicely
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are confident they will be at full strength if the NBA season ever resumes.
76ers coach Brett Brown says stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) are recovering nicely from their injuries. Simmons had missed his eighth straight game and was receiving daily treatment for his nerve issues in his lower back when the season stopped. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown. Brown says he’s considered his fate as Sixers coach after a season of expectations to contend for an NBA championship faded to sixth in the Eastern Conference when it stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In other NBA news:
— Pistons guard Bruce Brown says he had thumb surgery last month and is ready to play if the NBA season resumes. Brown said during a video conference Friday that a ligament was placed back onto his thumb bone. He said he had been dealing with pain in the thumb this season, but it didn’t limit him much. Brown has scored 8.9 points per game this season, more than double his average as a rookie in 2018-19.

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Domi could see NHL playoffs for 1st time in extended format
UNDATED (AP) — Max Domi is still waiting to suit up in the playoffs for the first time. If the NHL expands its postseason format to complete the 2019-20 season, he might get that chance this year, The Montreal Canadiens sat 12th in the Eastern Conference and were destined to be on the outside looking in for a third straight spring — and the fourth time in five years — when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to press pause March 12. Plenty of scenarios have been rumored as possibilities if the NHL decides to resume, including a 20- or 24-team playoff tournament. A 20-club format wouldn’t include the Canadiens, but they’d just sneak in under the second option.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS
NASCAR’s Pocono race up in the air
UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR is resuming its schedule with racing at southern tracks, but it remains uncertain when the circuit can venture north. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he’s told NASCAR officials that his state isn’t ready to make a decision on the reopening of Pocono Raceway, which is scheduled to host races June 27 and 28. The raceway sits in an area that is deemed a red zone by Wolf as the state deals with the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR resumes its schedule Sunday and Wednesday at Darlington, South Carolina, before the circuit holds back-to-back races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR then heads to Bristol, Tennessee, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville, Virginia, before events at Homestead-Miami and Talladega. Pocono is the first race scheduled north of Virginia and would be followed by the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:
— A coalition of players is urging Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill that would provide critical funding for elementary and secondary education. Among the signers of the letter from the Players Coalition are NFL players Devin McCourty, Kelvin Beachum and Sebastian Joseph-Day. The letter asks the House and the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would secure internet access for millions of economically disadvantaged students during the pandemic.

— WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert tells The Associated Press she is focusing on about a half dozen scenarios for the league to begin play this summer. the league is looking at playing at one site, a few possibly at most instead of at every home arena. She added that there is still no date to start the season.

— The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled. The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount. This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond. The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.

— The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July. The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40. Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June. The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbledon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.

— The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic (ee-vah-NEE’-she-vihch) and Conchita Martinez has been canceled. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament. The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish. But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July. Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.

— The IndyCar race in downtown Toronto has been postponed. The race was scheduled to be held July 12 on a street course at Exhibition Place. IndyCar has yet to begin its season. It is scheduled to race June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway for its opening event.

— The Belgian Grand Prix can go ahead on its original August date, but with no fans. Friday’s announcement by local Belgian authorities came two days after the Belgian government allowed outdoor training at sporting facilities to resume under a coach’s supervision starting next week. The Formula One race scheduled for Aug. 28-30 was under threat after Belgium banned all mass events in the country until Aug. 31 because of the pandemic. The track will reopen for professional practice on May 18.

— The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the pandemic. The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. All games will be held in empty stadiums. The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.

— The CEO of next year’s Tokyo Olympics says the postponed games might not look like what fans are accustomed to. Toshiro Muto says cuts are likely in many areas with the cost of the postponement estimated in Japan at between $2 billion and $6 billion. Muto says one target for saving money was the torch relay. He says “we are looking into every possible area” for cuts.

— Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million. Athletic director Bob Moosbrugger says the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer. Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak.

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Former MLB All-Star and executive Bob Watson dies
UNDATED (AP) — Two-time All-Star first baseman Bob Watson has died at 74, 24 years after becoming the first black general manager to win a World Series. Watson was an All-Star selection in 1973 and ’75 while with the Astros. He hit over .300 four times, collected at least 100 RBIs twice and has the distinction of scoring the millionth run in major league history.
Watson was GM of the Yankees when they knocked off the Braves in the 1996 World Series. He also served in the commissioner’s office. Watson’s son, Keith, said his father died from kidney disease.

NBA-BRYANT CRASH
Kobe pilot had no drugs, alcohol in system
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autopsy on the pilot in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash shows he did not have drugs or alcohol in his system. The causes of death for Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, pilot Ara Zobayan and six others in the Jan. 26 crash have been ruled blunt trauma. Zobayan was flying in fog and climbed to get out of the clouds before plunging into a hillside. Bryant was broken beyond recognition when his body was found outside the wreckage of the chopper. His remains had to be identified by his fingerprints. Bryant and the passengers almost certainly were dead in an instant due to blunt trauma, according to the report. Autopsy reports were released Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

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Howard says mother of his 6-year-old son has died
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard says the mother of his 6-year-old son died nearly six weeks ago due to an epileptic seizure. Although Howard has spent the NBA’s hiatus dealing with the difficult task of explaining Melissa Rios’ death to their son, he is also grateful for the chance to heal from the loss without the daily grind of the NBA schedule. Howard spoke Friday about Rios’ death on a video call from his offseason home in Georgia, where he is staying with his children during the coronavirus pandemic. Howard said he was literally texting Rios to invite her to stay with him in Georgia when he learned she had died.

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Dallas defender Hollingshead fosters baby amid pandemic
UNDATED (AP) — FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead has been sheltering in place since Major League Soccer suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. But his experience has been a bit different than that of other athletes in the same situation. He and his family have spent the time bonding with their foster son. The 13-month-old came into their home some three months ago. It is the second time the Hollingsheads have fostered a child in need. They took in a 4-month-old girl last year.

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Terps get Tua’s brother
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taulia Tagovailoa (tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) is leaving Alabama and transferring to Maryland.
The 5-foot-11 quarterback will need a waiver to be eligible this season. He played five games last season as a freshman, completing 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Maryland’s Mike Locksley coached Tagovailoa’s brother, Tua, as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

MLBPA wants a look at books…NASCAR staying South next month…ACC OK financially despite pandemic

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the request tells The Associated Press that lawyers for the baseball players’ union asked MLB to submit a slew of financial documents that detail the industry’s finances. Baseball owners on Monday approved a proposal that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July with a regular-season schedule of about 82 games. Owners also gave the go-ahead to propose basing players’ salaries on a 50-50 revenue split, which the union says is a salary cap and a framework that players will never accept.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has announced it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races, all without fans. NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races, including nine in the elite Cup Series, as it returns to the tracks after being shut down for more than two months by concerns about the coronavirus. The Cup Series is scheduled to resume this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

UNDATED (AP) — ACC commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to distribute 98% of its projected revenues to member schools for this school year despite the shutdown of college sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA announced in March that it would distribute $225 million in June to 350 Division I schools after the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament, much less than the original plan of $600 million. But Swofford says the league has offset some losses in savings for canceled championship events as well as less travel and other expenses.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Championship will return to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2025. Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in 2017, when a 24-year-old Justin Thomas defeated Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed by two shots to claim his first major championship. PGA officials raved about the 2017 event and strongly hinted at the time they’d like to see the PGA Championship return to Charlotte due to strong attendance numbers.

UNDATED (AP) — Germany’s Bundesliga soccer clubs will be allowed to use five substitutions per game when the season resumes on Saturday. The clubs in the top two German divisions have decided to accept the rule change allowed last week by the International Football Association Board. The change is meant to reduce the workload on players as the leagues pack their schedules to complete the season. Teams can make substitutions only at three breaks in the game and the league recommends making only two substitutions at once.

High School Virtual Track Meet

Yesterday Dubuque area high school track and field athletes would have been attempting to qualify for state competition, but COVID-19 came along and cancelled their seasons.   Local physical therapy clinic Dubuque Physical Therapy has come up with a way for those high school athletes to showcase their skills by competing virtually.  Amanda Edwards of the clinic says the virtual meet is open to all Tri-State area high school track and field athletes. Edwards says most events in a track meet are included and can be performed and recorded June 1st through 6th then submitted. She says there are prizes being awarded and 2 senior athletes will be randomly selected for 250 dollar scholarships.

For more details on the virtual high school meet see Dubuque Physical Therapy’s social media page or give them a call.

https://www.facebook.com/DubuquePhysicalTherapy/

A-R-C Announces Hopeful Return This Fall   

There is some hopeful news from the American Rivers Conference about the return of athletics on their college campuses this fall.

Today in a press release, the conference says the President’s Council of the A-R-C schools including Loras and Dubuque intend to conduct intercollegiate athletics programs this fall and the entire 2020-21 school year which would include all conference and non-conference events.  Officials with the A-R-C say state and local guidelines will be the primary considerations for the nine conference schools thru the summer leading up to fall practice.  The President’s Council’s spring meeting will take place on May 27th.

WBCA Honors Coach Petitgoue – Gard Brothers.

Longtime Cuba City boys basketball coach Jerry Petitgoue has been named the High School Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.  Petitgoue guided the Cubans to the SWAL title and went a perfect 25-0 on season advancing to D-4 sectional final before their season was abruptly ended. Petitgoue now has 921 career wins in 51 coaching seasons.

UW-Platteville head men’s basketball coach Jeff Gard has been tabbed the NCAA Division Two and Three Men’s Coach of the Year by the WBCA

Gard, the WIAC Coach of the Year, led the Pioneers to the conference regular-season title for the 21st time in program history. UW-Platteville also made its third straight NCAA appearance – and 13th overall.

Gard’s brother Greg Gard head coach at Wisconsin received the coaching honor in Division One.

NFL extends virtual OTAs…Florida makes pitch to sports teams…Former MSU boss wins in court

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL has extended its virtual offseason workouts through the end of May. NFL teams normally would be holding OTAs during May, followed by June minicamps. Those activities are being done remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Coaching and training staffs have worked with the players by conducting classroom instruction and on-field activities through digital applications.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is willing to be a restart site for professional sports leagues when play resumes following shutdowns caused by the new coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that he is welcoming all pro sports for practicing and playing, although he couldn’t guarantee that fans would be permitted. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that his state is open to games without spectators for all the major sports starting Saturday.

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed criminal charges against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. She was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 as they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving campus doctor Larry Nassar. Simon last year was ordered to trial in Eaton County, near Lansing. But Circuit Judge John Maurer tossed the case, saying a lower court judge had abused her discretion in finding enough evidence to keep the case going.

UNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour will test players, caddies and key staff for the coronavirus once a week when tournaments resume next month. Everyone at the golf course will have their temperatures taken every day as the tour tries to show it can restart its season with minimal risks. The new restrictions also include no pro-ams, no spectators for at least a month, no family members and an emphasis on social distancing everywhere from the clubhouse to the practice range.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for XFL owner Vince McMahon have argued in court filings that he was justified in firing league CEO Oliver Luck last month just before the football operation shut down. Luck filed a federal lawsuit last month over his April 9 termination, alleging the wrestling magnate breached their contract. Attorneys for McMahon argued Wednesday that Luck was fired for cause, in part because he failed to devote his business time to his XFL duties.

Galena’s Watson IBCA Coach of Year Honor

Galena High School girls basketball coach Jamie Watson has been selected by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association to receive one of the “Coach of the Year” honors for the 2019-20 season.  It is the fourth time Watson has received the honor after leading Galena to a 25-and-7 record and a share of the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference West with a 9-and-1 record.

Bohannon, Nunge Hardship Waiver Approved

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Big Ten Conference has approved hardship waiver petitions for Iowa basketball players Jordan Bohannon and Jack Nunge to give each an extra year of eligibility. Bohannon averaged 8.8 points and 3.3 assists in 10 games before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left hip in December. He had the same procedure on his right hip last May. The Marion, Iowa, native holds the Iowa record with 284 career 3-pointers made. Nunge started five games last season before tearing the ACL in his right knee. Freshman forward Patrick McCaffery’s hardship waiver is still under review.

Opening meeting…NBA players hopeful…Golf in South Korea

NEW YORK (AP) — Their meeting about opening the season was virtual, but it’s not clear if there was a meeting of the minds between Major League Baseball and the players’ union. A person familiar with the talks says the meeting lasted more than three hours but did not include an economic proposal. MLB explained its view of the economics, science and logistics of getting the season under way. Opening day was to have been March 26. The owners would like to see an opening around the July 4th weekend.

MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the results of a poll of NBA players taken by their union says there would be “overwhelming” support for any plan that has this season resuming in a safe way amid the coronavirus pandemic. The poll conducted by the National Basketball Players Association was informal but gave a sense that players would like to not only get to the playoffs but also resume at least some of the regular season.

UNDATED (AP) — The Mid-American Conference is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, and men’s and women’s basketball are among nine sports that will have postseasons scaled back. The MAC’s announced the cost-cutting move in response to the financial crisis being brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Champions in the 12-team conference will be determined by regular-season results in sports without postseason tournaments.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean women’s golf tour is starting up again with the KLPGA Championship this week. Women’s golf in South Korea joins the country’s professional baseball and soccer leagues that have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Play is at the Lakewood Country Club located east of the capital Seoul. The event will be played without spectators. Reports say players will follow social distancing guidelines and use hand sanitizers at the course.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Offensive lineman Danny Pinter has become the first of Indianapolis’ nine draft picks to sign his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Ball State alum was selected in the fifth round last month, No. 149 overall. Pinter played high school and college football in Indiana and now will have a chance to play in the NFL with his home-state team. Pinter signed a four-year deal worth roughly $3.6 million.

Nebraska announces resumption of baseball/softball

In a move seen as a glimmer of hope for baseball and softball athletes in other states like Iowa, the state of Nebraska has given the green light for resuming youth baseball and softball.  Yesterday Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts announced organized practices will be allowed starting June 1st with lots of restrictions on social distancing and games can begin June 18th.

The state of Iowa is expected to announce by June 1st whether or not there will be some form of a high school baseball and softball season.

MLB owners favor opening…Dolphins, Tagovailoa agree…Making Louisville Sluggers

NEW YORK (AP) — Spring training could start in a few weeks and the Major League Baseball season could begin around the Fourth of July weekend. A person familiar with a proposal by owners says it will be presented to the players’ union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.

UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is impacting how college athletic programs make their travel plans as they budget for the upcoming year. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut back on travel. Chattanooga took a creative approach by announcing that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus.

MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says Tua Tagovailoa has signed a $30.275 million, four-year guaranteed contract with the Miami Dolphins. The person says the contract includes a $19.6 million signing bonus. Last month the Dolphins selected Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the draft. They’re optimistic he’ll fully recover from a hip injury that ended his Alabama career in mid-November. Tagovailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return in 2020.

UNDATED (AP) — The marketing agent who has sued NBA rookie Zion Williamson wants the former Duke star to answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in Florida, accusing Williamson and his current agency of breach of contract. Williamson had already filed a lawsuit in North Carolina to terminate a contract with Prime Sports.

UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball may be weeks away from playing again, but the factory that supplies bats to many of its players resumed production Monday in Kentucky. The Hillerich & Bradsby plant that makes Louisville Slugger bats had been idled for nearly two months because of the coronavirus outbreak. Workers started filling orders for some big leaguers as parts of Kentucky’s economy reopened Monday after weeks of shutdowns.

MLB owners favor opening…Dolphins, Tagovailoa agree…Making Louisville Sluggers

NEW YORK (AP) — Spring training could start in a few weeks and the Major League Baseball season could begin around the Fourth of July weekend. A person familiar with a proposal by owners says it will be presented to the players’ union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.

UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is impacting how college athletic programs make their travel plans as they budget for the upcoming year. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut back on travel. Chattanooga took a creative approach by announcing that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus.

MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says Tua Tagovailoa has signed a $30.275 million, four-year guaranteed contract with the Miami Dolphins. The person says the contract includes a $19.6 million signing bonus. Last month the Dolphins selected Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the draft. They’re optimistic he’ll fully recover from a hip injury that ended his Alabama career in mid-November. Tagovailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return in 2020.

UNDATED (AP) — The marketing agent who has sued NBA rookie Zion Williamson wants the former Duke star to answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit last summer in Florida, accusing Williamson and his current agency of breach of contract. Williamson had already filed a lawsuit in North Carolina to terminate a contract with Prime Sports.

UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball may be weeks away from playing again, but the factory that supplies bats to many of its players resumed production Monday in Kentucky. The Hillerich & Bradsby plant that makes Louisville Slugger bats had been idled for nearly two months because of the coronavirus outbreak. Workers started filling orders for some big leaguers as parts of Kentucky’s economy reopened Monday after weeks of shutdowns.

Wisconsin Legion Season Cancelled

Wisconsin’s American Legion Baseball season has been canceled because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The American Legion Department of Wisconsin announced the decision on Saturday. For the first time since 1927, an American Legion Baseball champion won’t be crowned in Wisconsin.

At least 24 other states including Iowa have canceled their American Legion baseball programs for 2020.

Low positive COVID-19 tests for MLB employees…Mixed news from UVA on football

UNDATED (AP) — Just 0.7% of MLB employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15. Sixty people tested positive in the raw data, and adjustments were made for false positives and false negatives. One of the study’s leaders says the survey had a 0.5% false positive rate and demonstrates MLB employees have been less affected than their surrounding communities have been.

UNDATED (AP) — The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.

UNDATED (AP) — The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.

UNDATED (AP) — The Spanish soccer league is not changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.

UNDATED (AP) — A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate since players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and it will be trying to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them today.

Sunday Sports Update

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is pondering the notion of holding its amateur draft before the Stanley Cup final. The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27, but it was postponed with the season in an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the NHL is deciding whether to hold it earlier in June following the NFL’s success with its virtual draft last month. Such a move means teams would not be able to trade players before or during the draft, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played.

UNDATED (AP) — Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. Teams at or near the relegation zone are worried about the monetary and competitive impact of playing the remainder of the season at neutral grounds without fans. “Project Restart” needs approval from at least 14 teams at Monday’s league meeting.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway. This year’s Daytona 500 champion had four fresh tires as he chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag. Timmy Hill finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chastain and Austin Dillon.

UNDATED (AP) — Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension. Now, the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — President Trump has congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world Saturday night after a nearly two-month hiatus. Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC 249 undercard from a fan-free arena Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago.

Wisconsin Sports

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is disputing a Mississippi state auditor’s report that says he received $1.1 million in welfare money for multiple speaking engagements he didn’t show up for. Favre told ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde & Tausch” radio show he was being paid for his role in radio public service announcements and advertisements. He says he has never not shown up for an appearance. Favre has agreed to pay back the money.

 

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Mary Pratt, who played for the Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died. She was 101. Her nephew, Walter Pratt, told The Patriot Ledger she passed away peacefully at a nursing home. Pratt pitched in the women’s league from 1943-47. The league was profiled in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”

 

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic. School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.

Sports Updates

UNDATED (AP) — Kyle Larson returned to racing for the first time since he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur in an iRacing event last month. Larson was one of 24 drivers to make the main event in Friday night’s World of Outlaws race at Knoxville Raceway. The $15,000-to-win Invitational was held without spectators on the dirt oval in Knoxville, Iowa. Larson drove a car fielded by Paul Silva with sponsorship from Tarlton & Son Inc. and Finley Farms. He finished 10th.

UNDATED (AP) — The presidents of the 11 members of the Big East Conference are leaning toward not allowing sports to be played at schools this season unless their campuses are open. Commissioner Val Ackerman disclosed the information on Friday in a wide-ranging virtual interview with members of the media about the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic on the conference. While no deadlines have been set, Ackerman said the presidents have indicated a late June/early July deadline for fall sports and possibly a Sept. 1 deadline for winter sports, when basketball is played. The conference is considered a basketball power.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is disputing a Mississippi state auditor’s report that says he received $1.1 million in welfare money for multiple speaking engagements he didn’t show up for. Favre told ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde & Tausch” radio show he was being paid for his role in radio public service announcements and advertisements. He says he has never not shown up for an appearance. Favre has agreed to pay back the money. He says he wishes the auditor would have contacted him.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette has added Gardner-Webb transfer Jose Perez. The 6-foot-5 guard scored at least 15 points a game for his former team each of the last two seasons. Perez will sit out the 2020-21 season because of NCAA transfer rules before playing for Marquette in 2021-22. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski says Perez’s “experience, toughness and desire to get better will make our program better.” The addition of Perez comes three weeks after Marquette announced the arrival of Ohio State transfer D.J. Carton.

— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took part in a teleconference with members of the National Basketball Players Association for an update on the league’s future plans amid the pandemic. A person familiar with the call’s details says Silver told players that the league is still aiming to hold full best-of-seven playoff series should the season resume and that playing without fans is an obvious possibility. Silver also spoke about the well-known notion of having the season resume in a centralized location, though cautioned that no decisions may be made for another several weeks.

— A small number of NBA practice facilities reopened for workouts Friday, and at least one team received permission from the league to test players and staff for the coronavirus. Cleveland and Portland were open for players who wanted to get back into game shape. The Orlando Magic revealed that they have been authorized by local health officials to test players and staff.

— NCAA President Mark Emmert says the coronavirus is making it unlikely all schools will be ready to begin competing in college sports at the same time. He says the goal is for every team to have an equal amount of preparation time before its season starts. Emmert acknowledges there could be some competitive inequities caused by schools having varied timelines for re-opening campuses.

— The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have announced the postponement of its 2020 international games, adding they look forward to taking teams overseas again next year. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers were previously scheduled to open this season in Prague as part of the NHL’s Global Series. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning had been slated to play two games in Stockholm.

Miron Resigns at Senior

The Senior High School volleyball program is looking for a new varsity head coach. Chris Miron has announced he is stepping down from the position after two seasons coaching the Rams.  Prior to coaching at Senior, Miron was the head coach at Clarke University for 13 seasons. Miron will continue teaching elementary school in the Dubuque Community School District, but says he is taking a break from coaching to spend more time with family.

NFL schedule…CFL troubles…IndyCar event set

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s annual kickoff game will feature the Kansas City Chiefs initial defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10. That’s pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. The Texans won a regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium in 2019, then blew a 24-0 lead in the divisional round of the playoffs.

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the most likely scenario is to cancel the CFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ambrosie made the admission Thursday to lawmakers in Ottawa. Last week the CFL requested up to $150 million Canadian in assistance from the federal government. Ambrosie said the league’s future is “very much in jeopardy” and that the teams collectively lost about $20 million last year.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The lawyer for the wife of Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas says she is being subjected to an “unfounded ongoing investigation” by Texas police after she allegedly pointed a loaded gun at her husband’s head upon finding him in bed with another woman. According to a police affidavit, Nina Thomas admitted to pointing the pistol at Earl’s head “with the intent to scare him” but thought it was unloaded. She was arrested on a felony charge and denies the allegations.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Officials with IndyCar and Texas Motor Speedway say there will be a race on June 6 that will be run without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. TMS President Eddie Gossage says there will be a collaboration with health authorities on a plan to ensure the safety of event participants.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More lawmakers are calling on NCAA leaders, conferences and schools to come up with details about how college athletes can be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, has sent 20 questions to each Power Five conference, dozens of colleges and universities and committees at each of the NCAA’s three divisions. Also urging action are Democratic Senators Chris Murphy and Cory Booker.

Favre repaying money for no-show speeches…Titans get veteran CB Joseph…SEC hopeful

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre  is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up. Auditor Shad White says his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a commitment that Favre will repay the other $600,000 in installments over the next few months. Favre’s effort to repay the money came two days after White released an audit of spending by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The audit showed Favre had been paid by Mississippi Community Education Center, a nonprofit group whose former leader has been indicted in a welfare embezzlement scheme.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have continued to reshape their secondary by working out a one-year contract with cornerback Johnathan Joseph. The two-time Pro Bowl selection just completed a nine-year run with the Houston Texans after playing his first five NFL seasons with Cincinnati. Joseph has 750 tackles and 31 interceptions over 14 seasons since being taken in the first round of the 2006 draft.

UNDATED (AP) — All but one of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference have indicated they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester, a step widely believed to be needed to resume football and other sports. South Carolina and Tennessee on Wednesday became the latest schools in the nation’s top football conference to announce their plans, joining Alabama, LSU and others. Vanderbilt hasn’t announced its plans for the fall.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Former Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr has announced on social media that he is transferring to Kentucky. Sarr was the Demon Deacons’ second-leading scorer and top rebounder last season, averaging 13.7 points and nine boards. He gives the Wildcats a veteran 7-footer after the team’s entire starting lineup declared for the NBA draft.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An NCAA panel has rejected an appeal by former UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, who sought to overturn findings that he violated ethical conduct rules while leading the Huskies. The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee ruled Ollie failed to prove that information he presented alleging witnesses against him lied outweighed the information that supported the violation findings. The NCAA Committee on Infractions placed the UConn program on two years of probation 10 months ago and sanctioned Ollie individually for numerous violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.

Fighting Saints USHL Draft Phase 2

The Dubuque Fighting Saints took a total of 18 players during Phase 2 of the USHL Draft yesterday.

Dubuque’s top pick was Tristan Lemyre, a 19-year old center from Mirabel, Quebec who was selected 14th overall in the first round. Lemyre is a Denver University commit who played last season for the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League. He had 62 points with 30 goals in 44 games.

The Saints selected another Canadian born player taking center Ryan Alexander of Toronto, Ontario with second round pick, number 30 overall. Alexander was with St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League last season and is an Arizona State commit. He scored 58 points including 18 goals last season.

Iowa HS Wrestling Changes

(Boone) — The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s wrestling advisory committee has approved changes that include regional dual qualification criteria and seeding for the state traditional tournament.

Schools will be allowed to opt out of dual postseason events if they wish by the date of the scheduled competition.

Only the 16 sectional champions will automatically qualify for regional duals and the next eight highest-ranked teams by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association will also qualify. If a sectional champion opts out of postseason duals, the next highest-ranked team qualifies. In the past, the top two teams from each sectional qualified with no at-large bids awarded.

The IHSAA also approved to seed all 16 wrestlers at the state traditional tournament rather than just eight. The IHSAA also made a slight tweak in the seeding criteria, reducing the criteria regarding common opponents from two points to one point.

Fighting Saints USHL Draft

The Dubuque Fighting Saints used the first of their 10 selections in Phase One of the USHL Draft to get a high scoring Canadian prospect. In the first round with the 14th overall pick Dubuque selected center Rieger Lorenz from Calgary, Alberta. In 35 games for Edge Prep, Lorenz tallied 72 points by scoring 37 goals and 35 assists and is a University of Denver commit.

In the second round, Dubuque chose an elite prospect from the state of Texas, selecting right wing Chase LaPinta with the 29th overall selection. Last season as a member of the Dallas Stars Elite 16 and Under team, LaPinta who hails from Frisco, Texas, scored 21 points in 24 games with 16 goals and 5 assists.

Today Phase 2 of the draft will be held, which includes all ages eligible to play junior hockey and are not currently protected by another USHL team.

USHL Draft

The Dubuque Fighting Saints will take part in the USHL Draft that begins today. Phase I of the Draft is today for “Futures” age players only, which are U-17 players for next year’s season. The Fighting Saints have the second to last pick in each round starting with 14th pick in the first round. Dubuque still did not trade away any of their picks and have all of their selections in the 10 rounds.

Phase II of the Draft will take place tomorrow and is open to players of all ages eligible to play junior hockey and are not currently protected by another USHL team.

Teams are then scheduled to have their tryouts in June and July.

You can follow the draft live on the USHL website: https://www.ushl.com/draft

Canadian border shutdown could hamper NHL…Chiefs get ex-Wolverines QB

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL could have trouble getting non-Canadian resident players into Canada should the league decide to resume the 2019-20 season soon. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that players would at a minimum need to follow quarantine protocols if they were to arrive in Canada while the border remains closed due to the pandemic. Trudeau says anyone who arrives from another country will have to follow all the rules of quarantine in an extremely strict manner. However, he adds that an agreement between Canada and the NHL hasn’t been brokered.

UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have picked up additional quarterback depth by working out a contract with undrafted free agent Shea Patterson. The former Michigan signal-caller started all 26 games for the Wolverines over the past two seasons after transferring from Mississippi. Patterson threw for 3,061 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions last year and finished with 45 scoring passes with the Wolverines.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — William Byron showed he’s the sharpest gamer in NASCAR’s iRacing Series with his third victory in four events. Byron passed Timmy Hill with seven laps remaining at virtual Dover International Speedway, where NASCAR had been scheduled to race Sunday. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has consistently been the best of the NASCAR professionals in simulated racing. Hendrick drivers have won four straight iRacing events, including Alex Bowman’s victory last week at virtual Talladega Superspeedway.

UNDATED (AP) — A team executive in the Premier League says the BPL could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums. The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Oakland Athletics pitcher and special assistant Matt Keough has died at age 64. Keough spent 10 seasons in the majors, breaking in with the 1977 A’s and playing for the Yankees, Cardinals and Cubs before ending up with the Astros in 1986. He was an All-Star as a rookie in 1978 and led the American League with 18 losses in 1982. Keough was 58-84 with a 4.17 ERA in 215 big league games, including 175 starts.

Sports News

UNDATED (AP)  The NCAA’s chief medical officer says widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall, especially contact sports such as football and basketball. Dr. Brian Hainline expressed cautious optimism in an interview with The Associated Press. The NCAA unveiled a three-phase recommended plan for getting sports up and running on campuses this fall. They all depend on schools having students back on campus.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)  The NCAA’s board of governors has expanded its sexual violence policy to require student-athletes to inform their schools each year about any investigations or disciplinary matters in their past. The measure that takes effect during the 2021-22 school year. Athletes will need to disclose annually whether their conduct has resulted in an investigation, Title IX discipline or criminal conviction for “sexual, interpersonal or other acts of violence.” Failure to fully disclose that information may result in penalties that include a loss of eligibility.

LOS ANGELES (AP)  Jalen Hill is staying at UCLA for his redshirt junior season. A team spokesman says Hill has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft. Hill started 25 of 30 games for the Bruins under first-year coach Mick Cronin last season, averaging 9 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds.

UNDATED (AP)  One veteran NFL quarterback has found a new team, while another appears to have worn out his welcome. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press the Dallas Cowboys have signed Andy Dalton to a one-year deal, two days after he was released by the Bengals. The contract guarantees the former Cincinnati starter $3 million and could be worth up to $7 million, although he is expected to serve as Dak Prescott’s backup. Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are indicating they are running out of patience with Mitchell Trubisky. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Bears have declined their fifth-year option on the quarterback for the 2021 season.

UNDATED (AP)  Secretariat has won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs. Secretariat was the 7-2 favorite, although there was no wagering. Instead, fans selecting the winning horse online were entered to win a VIP experience at the Derby this fall. Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race featured computer-generated imagery and was held the same day the 146th Derby had been scheduled until it was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Derby has been re-set for Sept. 5.

UNDATED (AP) Scott McLaughlin has won his second IndyCar iRace in a wild finish that saw most of the leaders crash as they rushed toward the checkered flag. Formula One driver Lando Norris was headed for what appeared a 1-2-3 podium sweep for the Arrow McLaren SP entries on the final lap. But Norris ran into the back of Simon Pagenaud and the defending Indy 500 champion, to take himself out of contention. Conor Daly finished second and was followed by Santino Ferrucci, who figured there would be a lot of angry drivers after the 175-mile race.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)  Former Oakland Athletics pitcher and special assistant Matt Keough  has died at age 64. Keough was an American League All-Star as a rookie in 1978 and was selected AL Comeback Player of the Year in 1980.  Keough’s father, Marty and uncle, Joe, were major league outfielders.

 

Pay Cuts at UNI

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI Director of Athletics David Harris, coaches, senior staff and select other staff have committed to take voluntary pay cuts through the remainder of the  fiscal year.

The pay cut will help the athletics department reduce a deficit created by a decrease in expected NCAA distributions this spring after the cancelation of the NCAA winter championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other unexpected losses include rental revenue from events hosted in the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center.

Harris and the head coaches of UNI’s five ticketed sports, football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling will take a 10% salary reduction for May and June.

Bengals drop Dalton…Deacs get a hoops coach…PGA players to carry over exemptions

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have released quarterback Andy Dalton, clearing the way for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to lead a team that remade itself in the draft. Dalton set several Bengals passing records in his nine seasons and led the team to a club-record five straight playoff berths without winning a postseason game. Coach Zac Taylor benched Dalton for three games last season, an indication his time in Cincinnati was finished. Burrow was taken first overall in the draft last week.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has hired East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes as its men’s basketball coach, less than a week after the school fired Danny Manning. Forbes is coming off a five-year run at ETSU that ended with a 30-win season and the Southern Conference Tournament championship. He went 130-43 with the Buccaneers, winning at least 24 games each year while also capturing the league tournament in 2017 to reach the NCAA Tournament.

UNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour has issued a memo to its members saying players exempt for this season will keep the same status for the 2020-21 season that is scheduled to start in September. However, players can earn a higher ranking after this shortened season. The memo to outline the changes was another step in the tour trying to figure out what’s equitable in a season that will be without 13 previously scheduled events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNDATED (AP) — Paris St. Germain  has been officially crowned Ligue 1 champion of French soccer, two days after the government ruled that the league had to be canceled because of the pandemic. Handing PSG its seventh title in eight years was basically a formality, with the team 12 points ahead of second-place Marseille  with 10 rounds of matches left to play. Other teams objected to the decision to finalize the league standings based on a points-per-game formula, with Lyon  threatening to take legal action after missing a chance to qualify for the lucrative Champions League.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is facing a federal lawsuit accusing the organization of failing to address gender-based violence by male athletes against female students at colleges and universities. The suit was filed this week in U.S. District Court in Michigan. Plaintiffs in the suit include women who have been athletes at Michigan State, Nebraska and an unidentified America East school. Other plaintiffs have been students at Michigan State or Nebraska.

Fighting Saints GM Larsson USHL GM of the Year

Dubuque Fighting Saints General Manager Kalle Larsson continued the teams string of offseason awards, claiming USHL GM of the Year on Wednesday. Larsson, who has been the General Manager in Dubuque since the summer of 2017, is just the fourth GM of the Saints to win the league honor. Larsson joins the likes of Jim Montgomery, Cary Eades and Jack Barzee as winners of the award for Dubuque.

Spencer Lee Named Co-Winner of AAU James E. Sullivan Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Spencer Lee was named co-winner of the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. The winner is determined by public vote, media vote, and committee vote.

Lee shared the award with Oregon women’s basketball player Sabrina Ionescu.

Baseball Hall drops July 26 inductions…MLB ticket refunds begin…Chiefs’ Breeland arrested

UNDATED (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled the July 26 induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. That means this year’s class with Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and the late Marvin Miller will be part of the next year’s scheduled ceremony and will be inducted with the Class of 2021. A record crowd had been expected this summer at the small town in upstate New York to honor Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain who was elected in January by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox have announced ticket refund policies for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak. Some Major League Baseball teams are offering plans for cash returns and bonus credit, a day after MLB told clubs they could decide their own ticket refund policies. The Cleveland Indians said fans who had tickets for home games this March and April could receive a 10% bonus credit for a game later in 2020 or 2021. The Red Sox extended a similar bonus credit to season ticket holders.

YORK, S.C. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland faces a total of five charges, including resisting arrest and drug possession, after he was seen smoking marijuana in South Carolina. A York County sheriff’s deputy drew his gun on Breeland, who is also charged with resisting arrest. He was released on $2,362.50 bond after spending more than nine hours in jail. Breeland had an interception and a team-high seven tackles in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over San Francisco in February.

UNDATED (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre says Aaron Rodgers was surprised by the team’s decision to draft a quarterback in the first round. Favre said Wednesday on “The Rich Eisen Show” that he had spoken with Rodgers since the Packers traded up four spots in the first round to take Utah State’s Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick in the draft Thursday. Rodgers has four years remaining on his contract, but Favre also told Eisen that “my gut tells me” the two-time MVP won’t finish his career in Green Bay.

UNDATED (AP) — The LPGA Tour has released a revised schedule that could end with two of its biggest events, finishing five days before Christmas. The LPGA hopes to restart in mid-July at a team event in Michigan and play every week except for the week of the Masters in November and Thanksgiving. The U.S. Women’s Open would be followed by the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, with a combined $10.5 million in prize money.

Baseball in Late June?

Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows.

Included is a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Teams could be restricted to playing within their region .

That idea, if used, would break up the traditional alignments of the American and National Leagues. It also would cut travel.

USA Today reports MLB officials have become cautiously optimistic the season will start in late June, and no later than July 2, playing at least 100 regular-season games.

Will there be 2020 college football? Louisville Slugger maker producing face masks … Sweet move by Sugar Bowl

UNDATED (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson, president of the American Football Coaches Association, says his level of optimism is “very high” that there will be a 2020 college football season. Patterson said during a Tuesday Zoom call with the media, “At some point in time, whether it’s fall or spring … or if it’s shortened, we’re talking about five, six, seven, eight different options right now.”

UNDATED (AP) — The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats for Wilson Sporting Goods is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts for up to 10 washes. The masks were inspired by the company’s Bionic gloves line.

UNDATED (AP) — The Sugar Bowl Committee is donating $500,000 to several organizations in an effort to help soften the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus in the New Orleans area. The money will go to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Fund and the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, which is managed by United Way of Southeastern Louisiana.

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament in Greensboro was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy.

UNDATED (AP — Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.”

White Sox-Yankees Field of Dream Game On For Now

Field of Dreams Game On For Now

If there is a Major League Baseball season, it appears the game between the White Sox and Yankees at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville scheduled for August 13th will still take place.  Tom Mietzel,  the C.E.O for Go the Distance Baseball tells KDTH he has been told by MLB officials that if there is a season, the game is still on.

Mietzel says construction on the 8,000-seat temporary ballpark adjacent to the Field of Dreams attraction is starting to take shape with crews startin up construction again in the last few weeks.

MLB officials should be making a decision next month regarding if there will be a season in some shape or form.

Mietzel says the Field is open to “have a catch”, but other parts of the facility such as the gift shop are closed until this Friday.

Hawkeyes Land 4-Star Illinois Lineman

The Iowa football program has landed a big fish from the 2021 recruiting pond. David Davidkov, a 6’6 295 pound offensive lineman from Winnetka, Illinois announced his pledge to the Hawkeyes yesterday afternoon. Davidkov is rated a four star recruit by 24-7Sports. Davidkov held offers from Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and others.  24-7 Sports rates him the number 2 prospect in Illinois and number 59 recruit overall in the country.

David Named USHL Coach of the Year

In his third season, Dubuque Fighting Saints head coach Oliver David has been named the United States Hockey League Coach of the Year. In their shortened season, David coached the Fighting Saints to a 33-13-and-2 record, their second highest winning percentage in the Tier-1 era. This is the first time a Fighting Saints bench boss has received the award in the Tier-1 era.

NBA Plans on Hold … NASCAR eyes resumption … MLB regional possibility

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has pushed back plans that would allow teams to reopen their practice facilities for at least one week. The NBA had decided over the weekend to have teams open their gyms for voluntary player workouts on Friday, if local and state laws made such a move permissible. But on Monday the league revised that potential opening date until May 8, at the earliest. The NBA says the May 8 date is far from firm, warning teams that it “may push this timing back if developments warrant.”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is racing toward a restart that could come as early as mid-May. The stock car series is trying to put together a schedule that allows it to race in states that have started re-opening. The series is working on safety protocols that other racing leagues will be watching, including no spectators to start. Teams could be back at work in North Carolina race shops by the end of the week when local stay-at-home orders expire.

UNDATED (AP) — As Major League Baseball explores options for starting the 2020 season, one possibility being considered is having groups of teams in Arizona, Texas and Florida. All of those areas have climate-controlled MLB stadiums, and other nearby ballparks. The new Texas Rangers ballpark is among possible venues, serving as a mid-American hub. The Rangers still haven’t played a game in their new stadium, which has a retractable roof.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are undergoing a major front-office shakeup. With the NHL season on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, team president John McDonough has been ousted despite a wildly successful run that included three Stanley Cup championships. Still, after three straight seasons of lackluster results, owner Rocky Wirtz says it’s the “right decision.” His 43-year-old son Danny Wirtz is replacing McDonough on an interim basis.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston left tackle Laremy Tunsil became the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman by negotiating a $66 million contract extension with the Houston Texans without the help of an agent. Agents typically take between 1-3% of the contract’s value as their fee, so Tunsil saved a substantial amount by doing it himself. Tunsil says the toughest part was learning the right terminology and being able to voice it to the coaches.

UNI’s Green to Test Draft Process

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI men’s basketball guard, AJ Green, has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Green will proceed through the draft process without an agent, therefore maintaining his NCAA eligibility.

  • Meanwhile Iowa forward Joe Wieskamp has announced late Saturday he will not be testing the NBA draft waters this time around. The sophomore said he made his decision due to all the unknowns regarding team workouts and even the date of the draft.

Iowa Leads Wrestling Attendance

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa led the nation in NCAA wrestling attendance for the 14th straight year and the state’s two other Division I programs ranked among the top 13 nationally. The National Wrestling Media Association announced the Hawkeyes averaged a record 12,568 fans over seven dates at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This was the first season a program drew more than 10,000 for every home dual. Penn State was second in attendance with an average of 7,604. Iowa State was third at 4,795 and Northern Iowa was 13th at 2,168.

Iowa NFL Draft

The Iowa Hawkeye football team had 5 players selected in the 7 rounds of the NFL Draft that wrapped up Saturday.

  • Junior offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round taken as the 13th player picked overall.
  • Junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round and was the 54th player picked overall.
  • Senior defensive back Michael Ojemudia was picked the Denver Broncos in the third round as the 77th player picked overall.
  • Junior defensive back Geno Stone was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round on Saturday and was the 219th player picked overall.
  • Senior quarterback Nate Stanley was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round and was the 244th player picked overall.

49ers add to their roster … NFL draft becomes must-see TV … Cleveland Indians guarantee full-time salaries through June

UNDATED (AP) — The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers did a good job filling their needs on draft weekend. They added defensive tackle Jevon Kinlaw, receiver Brandon Aiyuk and seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams to fill the three glaring holes on their roster. The Green Bay Packers were among the teams that didn’t do as well filling their needs. They took quarterback Jordan Love in the first round to sit behind Aaron Rodgers and didn’t get their star quarterback any help in terms of receivers.

UNDATED (AP) — ESPN executive producer Seth Markman said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days of the NFL draft. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt. The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen. The previous high was 6.2 million last year.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field. Adding that if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? He’d love to watch. Cuomo says he has spoken with owners of professional sports teams and they would have to make the economics work without gate revenue but with broadcast revenue.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The team says senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirm they have furloughed many of their part-time employees and interns. Those will take effect on May 1. The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June.

UNDATED (AP) — — South Carolina forward A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Lawson is a 6-foot-6 sophomore who also went through the process after his freshman season. Like a year ago, Lawson is not hiring an agent giving him the chance to return to the Gamecocks. Lawson started all 31 games for South Carolina, averaging a team-best 13.4 points a game. Lawson had until Sunday to enter the draft. He has until June 3 to pull his name out and return for his junior season.

Sunday AP Sports Update

NFL-TRADES

UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made a flurry of trades on Saturday, the final day of the NFL draft.

They agreed to acquire seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins on for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder.

The 49ers had a big need at left tackle because their longtime standout left tackle Joe Staley announced his retirement Saturday.

The 31-year-old Williams must pass a physical for the trade to be finalized. He sat out the entire 2019 season because of a dispute with Washington’s front office. The Redskins did not trade him before the Oct. 29 deadline and Williams renewed his request for a trade this offseason. In November, Williams revealed he had cancer and said that situation led him to distrust the Redskins’ medical staff and organization as a whole.

The deal reunites Williams with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator in Washington when Williams was drafted fourth overall in 2010.

The 49ers later sent Matt Breida, who was their starting running back for part of their NFC title season, to Miami for a fifth-rounder. They used the pick to select West Virginia tackle Colton McKivitz.

San Francisco then traded wideout Marquise Goodwin to Philadelphia for a swap of sixth-round spots.

 

NFL-DRAFT

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft entered its third and final day with Cincinnati selecting an Appalachian State linebacker. Akeem Davis-Gaither was the Sun Belt’s defensive player of the year and a standout at the Senior Bowl, a game the Bengals coaching staff worked.

The Redskins dealt their unhappy veteran tackle Trent Williams to San Francisco on Saturday morning, then chose LSU tackle Saahdiq Charles.

The first quarterback chosen on Day 3 was Washington’s Jacob Eason, who went to Indianapolis. The Colts already have Philip Rivers, who signed as a free agent, and incumbent Jacoby Brissett. But both have contracts only through this year. Eason transferred to Washington after losing out to Jake Fromm at Georgia. Fromm was claimed by Buffalo with the 167th overall pick.

The New York Jets took Florida International QB James Morgan with the 125th pick.

In other NFL draft news:

— The Kansas City Chiefs return 20 of 22 starters who helped them win the Super Bowl last season, so they spent their six picks in the NFL draft on guys who could help them not only defend the title but also plan for the future. They took LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round, Mississippi State linebacker Willie Gay Jr. in the second and TCU offensive tackle Lucas Niang in the third. They wrapped up the draft Saturday by selecting Louisiana Tech defensive back L’Jarius Sneed, Michigan defensive end Mike Danna and Tulane cornerback Thakarius Keyes.

— The Las Vegas Raiders spent the first two days of the NFL draft getting quarterback Derek Carr playmakers such as Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden Jr. and Bryan Edwards. They added some offensive line depth and a promising cornerback prospect in Amik Robertson on the final day. Now the question for the Raiders is if all the moves they made in free agency and the draft will help close the gap in the AFC West with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

— The Minnesota Vikings made the defensive line their first priority on the final day of the draft. They took South Carolina defensive end D.J. Wonnum and Baylor defensive tackle James Lynch with their first two selections in the fourth round. The Vikings wrapped up the draft with 15 picks, the most by any NFL team since the event was trimmed to seven rounds in 1994. Wonnum was targeted by the Vikings for his potential similar to what they saw in Danielle Hunter in 2015. Hunter last year became the youngest player in league history to reach 50 career sacks.

— The Patriots didn’t find a replacement for Tom Brady in the draft, if that was even possible. But they did attempt to address almost every other one of their needs. New England drafted 10 players over three days. Four of the picks were on defense, which was hit hard in free agency. Five were used on offense, including a pair of tight ends. That position was unproductive for New England last year after the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, who’s now making a comeback to join Brady in Tampa. New England also drafted a kicker to replace Stephen Gostkowksi.

— The Philadelphia Eagles addressed their need for speed in the NFL draft. After selecting TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor with the 21st overall pick in the first round, the Eagles acquired wideout Marquise Goodwin from the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday and chose two other fast receivers. The Eagles picked Boise State’s John Hightower in the fifth round and Southern Mississippi’s Quez Watkins in the sixth round. The receivers will help remake a group that struggled last season, in part because of injuries. Carson Wentz led the Eagles to four straight wins in December and an NFC East title with mostly castoffs at receiver.

— Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is ready for an unusual offseason now that his first draft with Dallas is complete. It isn’t known when players will be able to go to team facilities. The Cowboys also don’t know when quarterback Dak Prescott will be under contract. Meantime, they’ve given him another weapon with a receiver they didn’t think would be available in Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb. Dallas used the last day to add a cornerback, center, pass rusher and quarterback.

—The Denver Broncos injected plenty of speed into their offense as they try to catch up to the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Broncos general manager John Elway went into the draft intent on adding playmakers for second-year quarterback Drew Lock and he grabbed three speedy receivers and one of the fastest tight ends in the draft. Elway also drafted a new center. Elway didn’t exactly neglect his defense as he added an inside linebacker and an edge rusher Saturday to go with a cornerback and a D-tackle he took on the first two nights.

— Eric DeCosta wanted to make Baltimore’s impressive offense even better. Over the course of three days, DeCosta added several key pieces to a unit that led the league in scoring and rushing yardage last season. Baltimore snagged Ohio State star running back J.K. Dobbins, wide receivers Devin Duvernay of Texas and James Proche of SMU and a pair of offensive linemen who hope to ease the sting of eight-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda’s retirement in March. DeCosta also secured LSU linebacker Patrick Queen in the first round.

— The two-win Bengals took full advantage of their favorable draft position and made themselves interesting again. How it translates into on-field success is still a question. Taking quarterback Joe Burrow and receiver Tee Higgins with their first two picks set them on a very different course on offense. The defense also will look much different in coach Zac Taylor’s second season with an influx from both free agency and the draft.

— The Miami Dolphins this week have added 11 draft picks, including a potential franchise quarterback, and a veteran running back. Even so, they may still be at least a year away from playoff contention. That’s partly because last season’s team was so bereft of talent, and partly because of the type of players Miami drafted, especially with the top two picks. Neither is likely to start when the 2020 season begins. That includes No. 5 overall choice Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah), who is still recovering from a hip injury that ended his Alabama career in mid-November.

— The Green Bay Packers found Aaron Rodgers’ potential successor but didn’t give their star quarterback any new wide receivers. The Packers didn’t select any receivers even though this draft class was heralded for its depth at that position. Davante Adams is the only Packer who caught as many as 50 passes or accumulated as many as 500 yards receiving during the 2019 regular season. The Packers spent much of this draft trying to solve long-term issues rather than focusing on immediate needs. That included selecting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round.

— Maybe the Southeastern Conference should simply hold onto its players and become part of the NFL. The home of national champion LSU and perennial contenders Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, the SEC dominated the first four rounds of the NFL draft. By the time this unusual draft was over, 63 players had come from the SEC’s 14 teams — well, 13, because Ole Miss was ignored. LSU sent 14, tying the most in a seven-round draft, followed by Alabama with nine. The SEC fell just short of last year’s record of 63 selectees.

 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA

MIAMI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says NBA players will be allowed to return to team training facilities starting Friday, provided that their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order prohibiting such movement. Any workouts that take place would be voluntary and individual sessions only. The directives from the league were not released publicly.

Group practices would not be allowed yet, and teams will not yet be permitted to organize in-person workouts.

The NBA’s move is not a sign that a return to play is imminent. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has said on several occasions that the league does not anticipate being able to decide until sometime in May.

Iowa Wrestling

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa led the nation in NCAA wrestling attendance for the 14th straight year and the state’s two other Division I programs ranked among the top 13 nationally. The National Wrestling Media Association announced the Hawkeyes averaged a record 12,568 fans over seven dates at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This was the first season a program drew more than 10,000 for every home dual. Penn State was second in attendance with an average of 7,604. Iowa State was third at 4,795 and Northern Iowa was 13th at 2,168.

AP Sports

Update on the latest in sports

UNDATED (AP) — Housebound football fans gave the NFL a huge boost on Thursday.
The first night of this week’s NFL draft averaged 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago. The first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Viewership peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million. The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May. The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually. The draft resumed from with second- and third-round selections. After having a record 15 of the 32 players in the first round of the draft come from the SEC, another 10 came off the board in Round 2. Seven more wide receivers went in the second round, one more than in Day 1. The wideouts included Florida’s Van Jefferson to the Rams and Baylor’s Denzel Mims to the Jets. With 13 receivers taken in the first two rounds, it breaks the record of 12 set in 2014. Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was selected by the in the second round with the 53rd overall pick. He was the fifth QB selected in the draft, and the first in the second round. Round 2 was the running back round, with five high-profile players coming off the board. Green Bay used a second-round pick on running back A.J. Dillon, taking the Boston College workhorse with the 62nd overall selection.

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room. Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic. Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams.

— The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after being acquiring from Miami in August.

— Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.

— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and are willing to wait until 2021 while Tugavailoa continues to recover from a major hip injury. Tugavailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return this year. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history.

— The older brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State, where he played three years and started all 11 games in his final season.

UNDATED (AP) — Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa has announced he will enter the NBA draft, saying he has dreamed of “playing in the NBA since I picked up the game.” The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Nigerian-born star is projected as a likely first-rounder and possible lottery pick. Achiuwa became the first player in the American Athletic Conference named both player and freshman of the year, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after arriving as one of the nation’s top prospects.

— Texas has landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III, who had listed the G League as a possibility before decided to attend the college where his father played football. The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility.

UNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”
The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

— The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II.

— A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.

— The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled without a champion declared. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended on March 12. The Dutch soccer federation added it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings. The federation’s decision sparked instant complaints from clubs who felt they had lost out.

— Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. English Premier League games have not been played for more than six weeks and stadiums are due to be closed to fans when the season resumes in June at the earliest.

— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior golf championships have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July.

— Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon was scheduled for Aug. 17-23.

— The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.

— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”

— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.

— A tropical island in the South Pacific is likely to be the only venue in the world hosting a competitive cricket final on Saturday, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz is inviting anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream. Vanuatu went into lock down late last month as a precaution during the coranavirus pandemic and was then hit hit by a destructive cyclone on April 6. The lockdown and closed borders meant there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving teams new scheduling options for the 2020-21 season.
The Division I Council has approved a proposal to give men’s basketball programs choices with 28- and 29-game schedules.
The council vote still must be reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors and won’t be considered final until the conclusion of its board meeting on Wednesday. The proposal will allow schools that schedule 28 regular-season game to participate in one multiple-team event of up to three games. Programs with 29-game regular-season schedules can participate in a multiple-team event with up to two games. A team that does not participate in a multiple-team event can have up to 29 regular-season games.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued for negligence by a man who was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and left with brain damage. Lawyers for Rafael Reyna and his wife announced the suit, which contends that the stadium lacked adequate security. Rafael Reyna was attacked while walking to his car shortly after midnight following a Dodgers game against Arizona on March 30, 2019. Reyna suffered a brain injury when his head hit the pavement. The suit says he spent days in a medically induced coma and still suffers effects of the injury. A team spokesman said the Dodgers had no comment on the suit.

 

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP)— The Whitman County coroner says acute intoxication was the cause of death for a Washington State football player last month. Coroner Annie Pillers said Friday that 22-year-old Bryce Beekman died after consuming a combination of fentanyl and promethazine. She ruled the death as accidental. The senior defensive back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead in his Pullman apartment March 23. Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.

 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.
The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson. The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers.

 

UNDATED (AP) — The hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham,” has died.
Steve Dalkowski died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia.
Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. According to “Bull Durham” director and writer Ron Shelton, Ted Williams told him Dalkowski was the fastest he ever saw after facing the southpaw during batting practice at spring training in 1963.

Fighting Saints-All USHL

The USHL named their all league selections for the shortened 2019-20 season. The Fighting Saints Riese Gaber and goalie Erik Portillo were both named to First Team. The two join three other Fighting Saints as All-USHL selections, giving Dubuque a league-high five players on All-USHL Teams.

Gaber finished with 55 points, second on the team, and finished with a league-high 34 goals.

Portillo had a league best 2.11 goals against average and he ranked top five in both save percentage and wins as well.

  • The other Saints named all USHL were: Dylan Jackson 2nd team, Braden Doyle and forward Ty Jackson were named to the 3rd

NFL Draft

UNDATED (AP) — Joe Burrow’s the one.

The Cincinnati Bengals have taken the LSU quarterback with the first selection in the NFL draft. It’s the third straight year in which the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was taken first overall in the draft.

Burrow just led the Tigers to the national championship in a record-setting season. He completed an outstanding 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

Burrow played his last two seasons at LSU after transferring from Ohio State.

  • Ohio State produced the No. 2 and No. 3 pick as defensive end Chase Young was taken by the Redskins. The Lions grabbed the highest-rated cornerback in this year’s draft by taking Buckeye All-American Jeff Okudah with the third selection.

Other 1st round highlights:

  • Tampa Bay traded up one spot with San Francisco to number 13 in order to insure selecting Iowa All American offensive Tackle Tristan Wirfs.
  • The Green Bay Packers have found a potential successor to Aaron Rodgers. And they were willing to trade up in the first round and bypass more immediate needs to land him. Green Bay moved up four spots in the first round to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick in the NFL draft.  The move fortifies Green Bay’s quarterback depth and provides an heir apparent for Rodgers.
  • The Minnesota Vikings have taken LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft. They also traded down to select TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney with the 31st choice. The slot for Jefferson came from Buffalo in the trade that sent wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills. Jefferson set a school record and led all FBS players with 111 receptions in 2019 for the national champions. The Vikings sent the 25th selection to San Francisco and moved down six spots for Gladney while gaining additional picks in the fourth and fifth round from the 49ers.
  •  The first night of the NFL draft figured to be an uneventful one for the Chicago Bears, with no first-round picks for the second year in a row. Business will likely pick up on Friday. The Bears have a pair of second-rounders at Nos. 43 and 50 overall and seven picks total. They are in need of playmakers and better pass-blocking protection.
  • Round two gets underway later today, still on the board are Iowa defensive end A.J. Epensea and Wisconsin running back Johnathan Taylor.

Thursday AP Sports Update

MLB-RED SOX-SIGN STEALING

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have escaped the heavy punishment doled out to the Houston Astros in their separate sign-stealing scandals.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has stripped the Red Sox of their second-round pick in this year’s draft while also punishing former Boston skipper Alex Cora for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing maneuvers of 2017 and ‘18.

Manfred concluded Red Sox replay system operator J.T. Watkins broke rules by using in-game video to revise sign sequences provided to players. According to Manfred, Watkins was a “key participant” in the 2017 Apple incident, when the Red Sox used a smartwatch to relay decoded signs from the replay room to the dugout.

Watkins was suspended without pay through this year’s postseason and prohibited from serving as the replay room operator through 2021.

Meanwhile, Cora has been suspended through the 2020 postseason for his previous conduct as bench coach with the Astros. Cora became manager of the Red Sox in 2018 and left the team last winter.

Manfred found Boston’s conduct far less egregious than that of the Astros, whom he determined used video to steal catchers’ signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title and again during the 2018 season. Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended through the 2020 postseason on Jan. 13 and Houston was fined $5 million, the maximum under the Major League Constitution. The Astros were penalized their next two first- and second-round amateur draft picks.

The Red Sox also announced that Ron Roenicke is their new manager after giving him the job on an interim basis in March. He replaced Cora.

 

NFL-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) — Rob Gronkowski has become an official member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The tight end will be catching passes from Tom Brady again after the New England Patriots agreed to send him to the Bucs, along with a seventh-round pick in this weekend’s draft. The Pats receive a fourth-round selection.

Gronkowski earned four All-Pro selections in nine seasons while serving as one of Brady’s top targets at New England. Brady signed a two-year, $50 package with New England past month.

The 31-year-old Gronkowski has one year and $10 million left on his contract. He comes out of retirement following a one-year absence.

In other NFL news:

— On Saturday, Brad Lang, a Marine veteran who lost both legs in an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011, will announce a draft pick for the Carolina Panthers. He was selected by the NFL to represent the new league that will play in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Kansas City, Missouri.  Then Lang will continue preparation for the wheelchair version of America’s most popular sport. Disabled Sports USA, with funding from the NFL and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, plans to launch a league in the fall.

In other NFL news:

— Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams has signed his non-exclusive franchise tag. Williams will earn a salary in the 2020 season based on the average of the top five salaries from his position. The two sides can negotiate a long-term contract during the season. The Giants acquired Williams on Oct. 29 from the Jets for two draft choices.

— The head of the NFL Players Association says the new collective bargaining agreement does not have a similar clause to one that allows the NBA to start cutting players’ pay in mid-May. Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday on a call with reporters that the CBA with the NFL does not have a provision that would prevent someone from fulfilling a contract because of unforeseeable circumstances. The NBA is using that clause to begin taking a 25% chunk out of players’ checks starting May 15 for a league that shut down March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL began its new business year March 18.

— The New Orleans Saints have canceled their offseason program because of the coronavirus shutdown and informed players they’ll not be required to report to club headquarters until training camp, whenever that may be. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said coach Sean Payton informed players of the decision today, adding that the club will remain in regular communication with players between now and the opening of training camp.

— Percy Harvin is planning an NFL comeback, nearly four years after his last game. The former Florida star and first-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2009 expects to get invited to a training camp this season and show his 32-year-old body still has what it takes to be an elite playmaker. Harvin’s decision to resume his career comes after he underwent hip surgery last August. Doctors found a blockage he says may have been there since high school.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NOTRE DAME-MCGRAW

UNDATED (AP) — One of the most successful coaches in women’s basketball history has stepped down.

Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw has abruptly retired after a Hall of Fame coaching career that includes 936 victories and two national championships in 33 seasons. The 64-year-old McGraw became the 13th woman inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame three years ago, one year before her second NCAA title.

McGraw is one of five Division I men’s or women’s basketball coaches with at least 930 wins, nine Final Fours and multiple titles. She logged 842 over 24 seasons with the Irish.

 

McDermott to Rutgers

Former Wahlert Catholic state champion wrestler Boone McDermott is taking his talents to the Big 10 conference. McDermott announced  this morning on Twitter he will wrestle at Rutgers University next season and have three years of eligibility.  McDermott, who pinned his way to a state high school title at 220 pounds in 2018 went to Iowa Central Community College where he redshirted his first year then won a junior college national championship this past season.

Wisconsin and Illinois Cancel HS Spring Sports Seasons

Wisconsin and Illinois have followed Iowa in announcing they are cancelling their spring High School Sports seasons and all state tournament competitions due to the Covid-19 crisis.  The announcement was made yesterday by both states governing associations.

Both associations did leave the door open to the chance those athletes may be able to hold some competitions this summer if conditions allow.

Gronk to Bucs…Minor leagues shrinking…Buffalo men’s hoops punished…US Olympic cutbacks coming

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski is about to come out of retirement and be reunited with Tom Brady, pending completion of a physical. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to acquire the tight end and a seventh-round pick from the New England Patriots for a fourth-round selection. The proposed trade needs to be finalized before the NFL draft, which begins tomorrow. Gronkowski has caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 regular-season games.

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of minor league teams with major league affiliations is about to shrink by 25%. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the minor leagues are prepared to agree to Major League Baseball’s proposal to cut guaranteed affiliations from 160 to 120 next year. The plan would impact hundreds of prospects and cut player development expenses. Under MLB’s proposal, each franchise would have four full-season farm teams, a rookie level club at its minor league complex and prospects in the Dominican Summer League.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has been placed on one-year probation after a former assistant coach was found to have forged recruiting documents. Buffalo also was fined $5,000, agreed to a two-week ban on communicating with potential recruits and reduced its recruiting days by five for the 2020-21 season. The decision was announced by the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference school as part of a negotiated resolution reached today. The school said it self-reported the infractions in October and cooperated with the NCAA investigation.

DENVER (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is bracing for cuts of 10% to 20%. The reductions are due to the coronavirus pandemic that has pushed the Olympics back one year and triggered losses across the nation’s sports organizations. The AP received a copy of a letter CEO Sarah Hirshland sent to leaders across the U.S. Olympic world today in which she said the exact nature of the cuts would be determined by the end of May.

UNDATED (AP) — The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours plan to create a player relief fund to help those in the sport dealing with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The ATP and WTA say they are in discussions with the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments. Neither tour provided any specifics about how much money they are pooling or how it will be distributed. No tournaments will be played before mid-July at the earliest.

National Sports Update

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players are bracing for a battle with owners over the possibility of reduced salaries caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Players are upset over the prospect teams may seek additional pay cuts if games are played in empty ballparks. Their anger was stoked last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was told by Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon that the union would have to agree to lower salaries if games are played without fans.

A March 26 deal between the sides states “the Office of the Commissioner and Players Association will discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or at appropriate substitute neutral sites.” The union points to another passage covering salaries in which players agree to give up 1/162nd of base pay for each regular season game lost.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Rob Manfred has made a move that allows teams to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts starting May 1.

Manfred has suspended uniform employee contracts that cover about 9,000 people, including general managers on some teams. Manfred cited the inability to play games due to the national emergency caused by the pandemic.

 

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS POLL

UNDATED (AP) — The possibility of professional sports resuming without fans is growing. And a recent poll suggests a majority of fans wouldn’t feel safe attending games anyway without a vaccine for the new coronavirus.

One sports business expert says losses of fan-related revenue will be substantial even if clubs begin cashing in on lucrative media rights deals again. Losses could reach $3 billion among the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll found that 72% of Americans wouldn’t feel safe attending games without a vaccine. The number drops to 61% among respondents who identify as sports fans.

Seventy percent said the NFL shouldn’t start in the fall to ensure the safety of players, even if some form of social distancing is still in place.

Just over three-quarters said they would have the same interest watching a broadcast of live sports played without fans.

 

TENNIS-VIRUS OUTBREAK-DJOKOVIC

UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic says he won’t take any anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes compulsory for tennis players to return to the world tours.

The world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player said in a live Facebook chat he wouldn’t “be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.” Djokovic and his wife have two children and have spoken previously against vaccinations.

Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th grand slam singles title.

 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field. De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what’s allowed after that.

 

Six Super Bowl rings may get you special treatment in a lot of places but former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady learned Monday that it won’t get you anything when you’re caught working out in a park that is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said during a news briefing that the new Buccaneers quarterback was spotted working out by himself at a park downtown by staff patrol. The staffer went over to tell him he had to leave and she recognized the man to be the 42-year-old Brady.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFT

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor’s top two scorers are entering their names in the NBA draft while keeping open their options to return to the Bears.

All-Big 12 sophomore guard Jared Butler announced his intentions Monday on Twitter. Junior guard MaCio Teague said last month that he was exploring the NBA draft. Butler was third in the Big 12 with 16 points a game, while Teague scored 13.9 points a game.

And Washington State star CJ Elleby plans to go through the NBA draft process. Elleby led the Cougars in scoring and rebounding this past season as a sophomore, delivering 18.4 points and 7.8 boards a game. He can still return to Washington State for his junior season as long as he withdraws his name by 5 p.m. on June 15.

Inaugural Cascade High School Hall of Fame Class

The inaugural class for the Cascade High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be made up of three Iowa Hall of Fame coaches.  Robert Davidshofer, Al Marshall, and Jerry Roling will become the very first members of the Hall of Fame.

  • Davidshofer coached cross country in Cascade for 56 seasons and led his teams to a total of fifteen State Championships.
  • Marshall in 47 seasons of coaching boys basketball retired in 2016 with 738 career victories, 13 conference championships, and 8 state tournament appearances.
  • Roling led Cascade baseball to 750 of his 1,022 career coaching wins and three state tournament trips. He was also named National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Baseball Coach of the Year in 2012.

The trio of inductees will be honored during ceremonies on October 2nd and 3rd in conjunction with homecoming activities.

 

 

Bogut pondering retirement…Byron wins NASCAR’s virtual race…Gretzky hopeful for NHL season

UNDATED (AP) — Andrew Bogut says he probably needs to decide by mid-May whether to end his professional basketball career after 15 years. The first player taken in the 2005 NBA draft began his career with the Milwaukee Bucks and won a championship with the 2015 Golden State Warriors. Bogut spent the last two seasons playing in his native Australian and was planning to retire after representing his country at the Tokyo Games this summer before the pandemic postponed the Olympics.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nobody did anything to get fired or lose a sponsor in this week’s edition of NASCAR virtual racing. William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race by holding off Timmy Hill in today’s event at virtual Richmond Raceway. The most excitement came when Matt DiBenedetto was parked for intentionally crashing Ryan Preece and the two then engaged in a Twitter spat. The iRacing Series has had a sour taste since Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor for quitting a game in a rage and Kyle Larson was fired for using a racial slur.

UNDATED (AP) — Charles Leclerc has won his second straight Formula One Virtual Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver started the Chinese GP in the pole position. The 22-year-old Leclerc, who has won two F1 races, only started playing the video game at the start of the month. The actual Chinese GP, originally scheduled for April 19, was postponed in February. With the F1 season halted by the coronavirus pandemic, the sport launched a virtual series to keep fans entertained. Golfer Ian Poulter was 18th.

UNDATED (AP) — Wayne Gretzky is optimistic the NHL will be able to resume at some point this summer, telling The Associated Press he’s hopeful all sports will be able to come back from the coronavirus pandemic and serve as a sign that conditions are improving. Gretzky says he believes leaders in the U.S. and Canada will find a way to bring back hockey and other sports in June, July and August. The league is considering several options on trying to resume this season, including going directly to the playoffs at several neutral sites.

UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press has asked more than 20 policymakers, coaches and players across the globe to assess the chances of getting sporting events going again soon. They all conceded that sports may not restart for months, if at all this year. Most agree that what’s needed is a drastic ramp-up in testing, a vaccine or some type of improved treatment to make players feel safe to compete.

Sports News

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Bears have some work to do if they’re going to bounce back from a disappointing season. They come into the draft with seven picks, starting with two second-rounders, and no shortage of holes. The Bears need more playmakers on offense, better blocking and help in the secondary.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Running back Brian Hill has signed his $2.1 million tender offer to remain with the Atlanta Falcons. The restricted free agent received an original-round tender last month, giving the team a right to match any offer Hill received from another team or accept a fifth-round draft pick as compensation. Hill played in 12 games with two starts in 2019, rushing 78 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns along with 10 catches for 69 yards and one TD.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud   competed in his firesuit and captured IndyCar’s race on a simulated Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.Pagenaud took advantage of a frantic final 10 laps to get the victory.

MADRID, SPAIN (AP) – The mayor of Madrid says soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer. He says the coronavirus pandemic likely “won’t be under control” in time for events with big crowds to resume normally. The Spanish league is not expecting to resume at least until the end of May. It is working on several scenarios, including playing without fans through the fall.

UNDATED, (AP) – Socially distanced crews in New York and California are keeping horse racing on television in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing is one of the few sports ongoing, albeit in a limited capacity at a handful of empty tracks. But its TV presence has expanded because of the dearth of other options. The New York Racing Association helps produce “America’s Day at the Races” on Fox Sports, TVG has partnered with NBC Sports for a dozen hours of coverage each week and the hope is that the fledgling industry can stay afloat and gain more exposure.

Sports Updates

NBA player payroll slashed due to pandemic
UNDATED (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a bite out of NBA salaries.
NBA players will see 25% of their paychecks taken out starting May 15 in an agreement with the league. The decision was finalized today in a board of governors meeting and was done in concert with the National Basketball Players Association.
The cutback in salary has been expected for some time in response to the NBA’s shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The NBA playoffs would have started Saturday. If none of the 259 outstanding regular season games are played, the players would lose about $800 million in gross salary.

— Von Miller says he is in good spirits and “not feeling sick or hurting” after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Broncos linebacker told KUSA-TV in Denver that he developed a cough a couple of days ago. When his nebulizer for his asthma didn’t clear things up, he decided to get tested.

— The NFL will hold a practice remote draft on Monday, three days before the real thing is done in the same way. Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered all team facilities closed in March, and later required club personnel to conduct the draft from their homes. Because of the reliance on free-flowing communication, the league decided to stage a mock draft to ensure that the proceedings next week would go smoothly.

— NASCAR has postponed the May 9 race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia with the state under a stay-at-home order until June 10. It gave no indication when the season will resume. NASCAR suspended its season four events into the year when sports shut down because of the pandemic. It had listed Martinsville as its first race to resume.

— Nippon Professional Baseball’s season openers will not take place in May due to the new coronavirus pandemic, with no firm date set for the start. Representatives of the 12 teams decided Friday to also scrap interleague play. The removal of 18 interleague games from each team’s calendar would make for a 125-game regular season.

— English Premier League clubs discussed the coronavirus testing required and scenarios that could salvage the season. The league hopes to restart on June 8, presenting an optimistically tight timeframe for players to return to game shape if social distancing is relaxed. Clubs in the three professional leagues below the Premier League have been told by the English Football League that May 16 is the earliest training sessions are recommended to start.

— The Senior LPGA Championship has been canceled. It was scheduled to be played July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in Indiana. The USGA previously canceled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The Senior LPGA will stay at French Lick in 2021. The new dates will be determined later.

— Major League Soccer says it is pushing back restarting the season to at least June 8. Teams had played two matches before the season was suspended on March 12 because of the pandemic. The league had been looking at possibly resuming play in mid-May.

— The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus. World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.

SDSU’s Flynn, UNC’s Anthony turning pro
UNDATED (AP) — Two of college basketball’s young stars have announced they are entering the NBA draft before completing their eligibility.
The list of draftable players now includes consensus All-American and Mountain West Conference Player of the year Malachi Flynn, who will forego his senior season at San Diego State. Flynn became the most decorated player in Aztecs history in his one season at SDSU after transferring from Washington State and sitting out a year. Flynn averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds this season as the sixth-ranked Aztecs went 30-2.
Cole Anthony is entering the NBA draft after just one season at North Carolina. He had been considered a likely one-and-done player and a high first-round draft prospect before his arrival in Chapel Hill. The son of former NBA player Greg Anthony set an ACC freshman record by scoring 34 points in his conference debut and finished the season averaging a team-high 18.5 points for the Tar Heels.

Jets, Byfuglien split
UNDATED (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien (BUHF’-lihn) have agreed to mutually terminate the veteran defenseman’s contract after a lengthy dispute, potentially marking the end of his hockey-playing career.
No financial settlement was part of the agreement, meaning Byfuglien walked away from the $14 million remaining on his contract for this season and next. Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said a conversation in September led him to believe Byfuglien was healthy but “had lost his desire to play in the National Hockey League.”
The Jets suspended the 35-year-old for not reporting to training camp. They received a call from his agent in October that he was considering a return. Byfuglien underwent ankle surgery in October and rehabbed into the winter.
Byfuglien filed a grievance through the NHL Players’ Association believing he should be paid while recovering from ankle surgery.
Also in the NHL:
— The Blue Jackets have signed All-Star goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) to a two-year contract worth a reported $5.6 million. The Finnish-born netminder has a 19-12-5 record, 2.60 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts in 37 appearances this season. Korpisalo has established career highs in games played, wins and goals-against average since taking over as the starter when Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) left via free agency last summer.

Ionescu goes to Liberty with top pick
NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu was the No. 1 pick in Friday’s WNBA draft, going to the New York Liberty in an Oregon sweep of the top two picks. Ionescu set the NCAA record for triple-doubles and was the first college player to have over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in her career
The WNBA draft went about as well as the Dallas Wings could have hoped after pushing toward the night for so long. The Wings had three of the top seven picks Friday. Dallas picked Oregon 6-foot-4 forward Satou Sabally second overall. Princeton guard and three-time Ivy League player of the year Bella Alarie was taken by the Wings with the fifth pick. They got 5-10 South Carolina point guard Tyasha Harris at No. 7.
Lauren Cox went third to Indiana and Chennedy Carter was the fourth selection by Atlanta.
Due to the pandemic, Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announced selections from her home in New Jersey, holding up the jersey of the player being chosen.

NWSL had momentum heading into now suspended season
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The National Women’s Soccer League was set to open its eighth season this weekend with plenty of momentum behind it courtesy of an enthusiastic new commissioner in Lisa Baird and a new TV deal with CBS.
The league was also riding a surge in attention following the United States’ victory in the Women’s World Cup last summer. The national team’s players are scattered throughout the NWSL, with U.S. Soccer paying their salaries.
The league averaged 7,337 in attendance last season, a 21.8% increase over 2018 — the so-called “World Cup Bump”
But like other leagues, it’s now on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Among those who have been sidelined are the Portland Thorns’ Morgan Weaver, the surprise No. 2 draft pick this year. Weaver got in just about a week of training camp before the NWSL was suspended.

Marion Hollins elected to 2021 class of Golf HOF
UNDATED (AP) — Marion Hollins has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
She was elected through the contributor’s category, joining a 2021 class that so far includes Tiger Woods.
Hollins was a visionary in golf course architecture. She financed and developed a club only for women in New York in the early 1920s. And she was the brains behind Cypress Point Club and Pasatiempo in California.
Hollins died in 1944 when she was 51.
The induction is planned for March in Florida.

Horse racing gets more TV time with other sports on hold
UNDATED (AP) — Socially distanced crews in New York and California are keeping horse racing on television in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing is one of the few sports ongoing, albeit in a limited capacity at a handful of empty tracks. But its TV presence has expanded because of the dearth of other options.
The New York Racing Association helps produce “America’s Day at the Races” on Fox Sports. TVG has partnered with NBC Sports for a dozen hours of coverage each week and the hope is that the fledgling industry can stay afloat and gain more exposure during these trying times.
Live racing at Aqueduct Park in Queens was suspended in mid-March after a backstretch worker tested positive for the coronavirus. Groom Martin Zapata, 63, died in early April from COVID-19 complications.

Iowa HS Spring Sports Cancelled-Wisconsin Hopes Fading

Iowa HS Spring Sports Cancelled-Wisconsin Hopes Fading

Iowa High School stadiums hosting track and field events, soccer fields, and tennis courts will remain empty this spring. This morning Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year which wipes out all school related activities including spring sports.  The announcement postpones a decision on summer baseball and softball until June First.

The hopes of beginning the Wisconsin High School spring sports schedule are quickly fading after news yesterday from the Governor’s office as well.

Governor Tony Evers extended the state’s Stay at Home order until May 26 and ordered all public and private K-12 schools to remain closed and interscholastic athletics are prohibited for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year..

The W-I-A-A Board of Control will discuss the options for the for the spring sports seasons and for summertime regulations at its scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

Dosunmu Declares For Draft

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu declared for the NBA draft in a video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday. A first-team, all-Big Ten guard, Dosunmu wrote in the video he is “100% locked in” and plans to forgo his final two years of eligibility. He said he does not have an agent, though players can now hire one and withdraw as long as they cut ties. The NCAA deadline is June 3.

Broncos’ Miller has coronavirus…Browns deny Beckham trade reports…49ers’ Breida signs tender

AURORA, Colorado (AP) — Von Miller’s agent says the Denver Broncos linebacker has tested positive for the coronavirus and wanted to come forward with his diagnosis to show doubters how serious the disease is. Joby Branion tells The Associated Press that Miller is in good spirits while resting at his home in Denver and that Miller plans to speak publicly about his diagnosis on Friday. Miller said last week he trained in San Francisco before returning home to Colorado when the stay-at-home measures went into effect to contain the virus.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta has dismissed a report the team is trying to trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Minnesota Vikings, saying it’s “completely false.” DePodesta says he knows Beckham is excited about the possibilities of what this offensive system could bring for him, adding that he’s excited to have Beckham. Beckham was injured during his first season with the Browns after arriving from the New York Giants in a blockbuster trade 13 months ago.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida has signed his restricted free agent tender worth about $3.3 million. The Niners placed the tender on Breida last month that gave them the right to match any contract or get a second-round pick as compensation. Breida had 123 carries for 623 yards and one touchdown in 13 games last season. He also grabbed 20 passes for 120 yards and a score.

UNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour has hopes of a restart to the season at Colonial on June 11-14 and keeping fans away for at least the first month. Tour officials said Thursday that if government and health authorities give golf the green light, the tour will have an official event every week through Dec. 6 except for the week of Thanksgiving. Even as it announced a truncated schedule, several key details were still being contemplated, such as testing for COVID-19 at tournaments.

UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association says a decision on whether to postpone or cancel the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic is expected by June. USTA CEO Mike Dowse says their ambition is to run the tournament, although the driving factor will be the health and well-being of the players, fans and staff. Dowse said the USTA is being advised by a medical advisory group that includes at least five doctors.

Western Dubuque Wins MVC Sportsmanship

In their second season in the Mississippi Valley Conference, Western Dubuque High School has been honored for the sportsmanship they’ve shown. Western Dubuque is the winner of the MVC Mississippi Division Cliff Brees Sportsmanship Award. The winners were determined from results of sportsmanship ballots summarized by all varsity athletic officials for the sports of girls’ basketball, boys basketball, and wrestling during the recently completed winter athletic season. Cedar Rapids Kennedy was the winner of the Valley Division honor.

Conference commissioners speak with Pence…NTSB releases report on Halladay…Ex-Packer Davis dies

UNDATED (AP) — The major college football conference commissioners have held a 30-minute conference call with Vice President Mike Pence, stressing that college sports cannot return from the coronavirus shutdown until campuses have reopened. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says Pence asked good questions during yesterday’s call and was “hopeful and optimistic” about the fight against the coronavirus. American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says they stressed the differences between pro and college sports and talked about how academics and college athletics are inseparable.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high levels of amphetamines in his system and was doing extreme acrobatics when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into Tampa Bay in 2017, killing him. That’s according to a report issued yesterday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgment.

UNDATED (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Willie Davis has died at 85. Davis was a five-time All-Pro who helped Green Bay win six championships from 1960-67, including the first two Super Bowls. He was voted to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1960s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981, 12 years after he retired. Davis played his first two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being taken in the 15th round of the 1958 NFL draft out of Grambling.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Graduate transfer Dimencio Vaughn has signed to play his final season with Mississippi after three years at Rider. Vaughn averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, ranking fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in both categories. He was twice a first-team All-MAAC selection and was considered one of the top available grad transfers. Vaughn received a medical redshirt after a season-ending injury nine games into his freshman season.

STAMFORD, Conn (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment started releasing professional wrestlers yesterday in budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic. The moves came even with the company allowed to continue to run live TV shows in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis deemed WWE an essential business. Pro sports were added to a list of businesses permitted to stay open in an April 9 memorandum. WWE is allowed to continue putting on shows without fans.

Conference commissioners speak with Pence…NTSB releases report on Halladay…Ex-Packer Davis dies

UNDATED (AP) — The major college football conference commissioners have held a 30-minute conference call with Vice President Mike Pence, stressing that college sports cannot return from the coronavirus shutdown until campuses have reopened. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says Pence asked good questions during yesterday’s call and was “hopeful and optimistic” about the fight against the coronavirus. American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco says they stressed the differences between pro and college sports and talked about how academics and college athletics are inseparable.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high levels of amphetamines in his system and was doing extreme acrobatics when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into Tampa Bay in 2017, killing him. That’s according to a report issued yesterday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgment.

UNDATED (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Willie Davis has died at 85. Davis was a five-time All-Pro who helped Green Bay win six championships from 1960-67, including the first two Super Bowls. He was voted to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1960s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981, 12 years after he retired. Davis played his first two seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being taken in the 15th round of the 1958 NFL draft out of Grambling.

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Graduate transfer Dimencio Vaughn has signed to play his final season with Mississippi after three years at Rider. Vaughn averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, ranking fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in both categories. He was twice a first-team All-MAAC selection and was considered one of the top available grad transfers. Vaughn received a medical redshirt after a season-ending injury nine games into his freshman season.

STAMFORD, Conn (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment started releasing professional wrestlers yesterday in budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic. The moves came even with the company allowed to continue to run live TV shows in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis deemed WWE an essential business. Pro sports were added to a list of businesses permitted to stay open in an April 9 memorandum. WWE is allowed to continue putting on shows without fans.

Iowa High School Baseball-Softball New Dates

Iowa High School Baseball-Softball  Set New Dates

With a target date of May 1st to restart schools in Iowa, the high school baseball and softball season calendar also has been reshuffled.  Both baseball and softball now will have their first practice dates scheduled for May 18th with games to begin on June 1st. Originally, the first date of practice was scheduled for May4th, the state tournament dates would remain the same with softball July 20th thru 24th and baseball July 24 thru August 1st.

Hempstead Girls Coach Smith Steps Down

Hempstead High School is looking for a new head girls basketball coach. Casey Smith recently announced she is stepping down to concentrate more on her family. Smith led the Mustang program for three seasons compiling an overall record of 28-20. Casey is the wife of new University of Dubuque head women’s basketball coach Justin Smith.

Wahert Hall of Fame to add 6

The Wahlert Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame will enshrine 6 new members during ceremonies sometime later this year. The 2020 class induction ceremony was to be held late last month, but was postponed.

The new Wahlert Hall-of- Famers include:

  • Jim Reilly — A 1985 graduate
  • Barney Boland — A 1963 graduate
  • Mel Cushing — from the class of 1965
  • Craig Gansen — A 1995 graduate
  • Teresa McClain —A 1978 graduate
  • Kari Hamel — Kari was a 1985

Cubs 2B Beckert dies…Golfer Sanders passes away…F1 standout Moss dies…Dalglish back home

CHICAGO (AP) — Four-time All-Star second baseman Glenn Beckert has died of natural causes at age 79, according to his family. Beckert teamed with shortstop Don Kessinger for his entire nine-year Cubs career to form one of the best double-play combinations in baseball. Beckert compiled a .283 average in an 11-year career that began with the 1965 Cubs and ended with the 1975 Padres.

UNDATED (AP) — Golf showman Doug Sanders has died at age 86, the PGA Tour confirmed through a text from Sanders’ ex-wife, Scotty. His best year was in 1961 when he won five times and finished third on the PGA Tour money list. But he is best known for four runner-up finishes in the majors, the most memorable at St. Andrews in the 1970 British Open. Needing to sink a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to beat Jack Nicklaus, Sanders muffed it before losing to Nicklaus in a playoff the following day.

LONDON (AP) — Formula One great Stirling Moss has died following a long illness. Moss won 16 of his 66 F1 starts and was affectionately known as “Mr. Motor Racing” while possessing a fearless and often reckless attitude. That took a toll on his slight body and his career ended at age 31 after a horrific crash. He said, “If you’re not trying to win at all costs, what on earth are you doing there?”

UNDATED (AP) — Former British soccer star Kenny Dalglish has returned home after being hospitalized for the coronavirus. The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized on Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms. Dalglish has gone into self-isolation at home and urged the public to do everything possible to slow the spread of the virus.

LONDON (AP) — Former Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti has died at 78 following a long-term illness, according to the team. Bonetti made seven World Cup appearances for England, including in the 1970 final. He kept 208 clean sheets in 729 appearances for Chelsea over two spells from 1960-75 and 1977-79. Only Ron Harris, with 795, has made more appearances for the club.

SUNDAY SPORTS UPDATE

TORONTO (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave has died less than a week after being diagnosed with a brain bleed. He was 25.

NHL-OILERS-CAVE DIES

Cave was placed in a medically induced coma Tuesday at a Toronto hospital, where he was taken after being admitted to a medical facility in Barrie, Ontario, the previous day. Cave underwent emergency surgery Tuesday to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.

The NHL club confirmed Cave’s death with a statement from his family.

Cave was acquired by the Oilers from the Bruins in January 2019. He played 44 games for Edmonton and scored once in 11 contests for the Oilers this season, spending most of his time with the team’s AHL affiliate at Bakersfield.

 

COLLEGE HOCKEY-HOBEY BAKER AWARD

UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota Duluth defenseman Scott Perunovich has won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player, edging North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi and Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman.

The junior from Hibbing, Minnesota, became the first defenseman to lead the National Collegiate Hockey Association in scoring, finishing with 40 points on six goals and 34 assists in 34 games.

Perunovich recently signed with the St. Louis Blues, who selected him in the second round of the 2018 NHL draft.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WOODS-ARIZONA STATE

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Portland State basketball transfer Holland “Boo Boo” Woods is headed home, announcing on Twitter that he’s going to play for Arizona State.

The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 17.7 points 5.2 assists and 2.5 as a junior last season. He earned first-team all-Big Sky honors and finished second in the conference in assists.

Woods played at Glendale Apollo High School before spending the past three seasons at Portland State.

He’ll have to sit out a season under NCAA transfer rules unless he is granted a waiver.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OKLAHOMA STATE-GUNDY

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has apologized for his comments about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gundy said during a teleconference call Tuesday that he hoped to have the team return to its facilities May 1. His proposed timetable would have defied federal social-distancing guidelines and was quickly disputed by the university.

Athletic director Mike Holder also declined to back Gundy’s timeline, saying in a statement: “May 1 seems a little ambitious.”

Gundy said Saturday it was never his intention to offend anyone, adding that his first priority is and will always be the student-athletes and doing what is best for the program and the university.

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The cancellation of this year’s College World Series because of the coronavirus pandemic isn’t hurting Omaha just economically. The eight-team tournament that decides the Division I baseball championship each June has long been a point of pride for the city of just under a half-million. Total attendance for the 15 games in 2019 was more than 330,000. Thousands more gather outside the stadium. The move to TD Ameritrade Park 10 years ago sparked development near the stadium. The event packs a $75 million economic impact each year.

 

 

 

 

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UNDATED (AP) — Iowa’s Luka Garza and Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr. head the latest cluster of college basketball players who are testing their potential value in the upcoming NBA draft.

Garza has announced he’ll enter the draft process without an agent so he can maintain his college eligibility. The All-America center was runner-up to Dayton’s Obi Toppin for Associated Press national player of the year after becoming the first Big Ten player in 26 years to average at least 26 points per game in conference play.

Garza scored a school-record 740 points this season, breaking the program’s 50-year old record.

Carey Jr. is entering the NBA draft after being named the ACC’s player of the year and newcomer of the year by The Associated Press. He had been considered a likely one-and-done prospect and projected first-round pick.

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UNDATED (AP) — Iowa’s Luka Garza and Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr. head the latest cluster of college basketball players who are testing their potential value in the upcoming NBA draft. Garza has announced he’ll enter the draft process without an agent so he can maintain his college eligibility. The All-America center was runner-up to Dayton’s Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) for Associated Press national player of the year after becoming the first Big Ten player in 26 years to average at least 26 points per game in conference play. Garza scored a school-record 740 points this season, breaking the program’s 50-year old record.
Carey Jr. is entering the NBA draft after being named the ACC’s player of the year and newcomer of the year by The Associated Press. He had been considered a likely one-and-done prospect and projected first-round pick. Carey averaged team highs of 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 57.7% as a physical inside presence.

Creighton guard Ty-Shon Alexander declared for the draft with the option to return to school for his final season of eligibility. Alexander was named to the All-Big East first team after leading the Bluejays with 16.9 points per game. He said Friday he would go through the evaluation process by league executives to determine if he should stay in the June 25 draft or withdrawal by the May 29 deadline.

Josh Green is the latest Arizona freshman to declare for the draft, joining Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji in leaving early. The Australian-born Green is projected to be a first-round pick after averaging 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists during his lone season with the Wildcats. The athletic, 6-foot-6 guard grew up in Sydney before his family moved to Phoenix.

UNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a non-playing team employee tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.” Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member. Rizzo said the ailing employee was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home after his quarantine ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.

— The chief executive of the Tokyo Games says he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year because the coronavirus continues to spread in Japan. The country issued an emergency declaration this week to battle the virus. Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto says “I don’t think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get it under control by next July or not. We certainly are not in a position to give you a clear answer.” The Olympics were postponed last month with a new opening set for July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.

— The U.S. Olympic swimming trials have been rescheduled for June 13-20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. The trials were initially scheduled for June 21-28 and are the sole qualifier for U.S. Olympic team, with the top two finishers in each event earning a trip to Tokyo. The original 15-session, eight-day schedule will remain for the rescheduled trials.

— Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he and his famous father are both recovering from COVID-19. The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli writes on Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days. The Seminoles lineman wrote he “spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.” Tony Boselli is now back home.

— The XFL has suspended operations and laid off its employees. Employees were told of the layoffs Friday during an in-house conference call. The upstart league backed by WWE canceled the remainder of its season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, but promised to be back in 2021. The moves have left the league’s future in doubt. The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.

— Blake Snell, Juan Soto and Bo Bichette are among the baseball stars switching over to PlayStation with America’s pastime on hold. One player from each of the 30 major league teams has signed on to play a round-robin regular season on the MLB The Show video game with the real season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Snell, a Cy Young Award winner with Tampa Bay, will face Cincinnati reliever Amir Garrett in the opener Friday night. That matchup will air on Snell’s Twitch feed, and other games will be streamed via Twitch and YouTube with MLB Network host Robert Flores providing commentary.

— New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) and the NHL are bringing something new to television Saturday for fans dealing with the isolation and hardships caused by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s NHL Hat Trick Trivia. Subban is the host of the weekly 30-minute show in which contestants will answer up to three hockey trivia questions for prizes, the top one being two tickets to any game next season. Everything is filmed remotely with Subban hosting the show from his living room in Los Angeles, in the house he shares with fiancee and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. Contestants are filmed at their homes and there is a guest player every week.

— Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic. The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training. Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.

— The defending soccer champions in Belarus have started putting mannequins in the stands as fans stay away from stadiums because of the coronavirus. Dynamo Brest has been selling “virtual tickets” to games. Those give foreign fans the right to have a mannequin with a cut-out photo attached. It comes as fans at many clubs have said they will boycott games because the virus makes going to the stadium too risky. Keeping sports arenas open has been part of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s unconventional approach to the coronavirus. He has said there is no need to close workplaces and public events.

NFL-NEWS
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Post is reporting that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (breez) will join NBC after he retires. The 41-year old Brees will be going into his 20th NFL season this year and is signed through 2021. He is expected to begin as an analyst on Notre Dame games and in the studio for “Football Night in America” before eventually moving into the “Sunday Night Football” booth.

— Former University of Georgia standout running back Todd Gurley has formally agreed to a one-year contract with the Falcons, pending a physical. The framework of the deal was agreed to on March 20, less than 24 hours after Gurley was released by the Rams, and finalized this week. He was one of the NFL’s top running backs with the Rams and says he has no doubt he can still meet that standard.

— The Cowboys have signed cornerback Saivion Smith, adding the former XFL player about the same time the spring league announced it was suspending operations. Smith played for Houston, which was the only undefeated team in the XFL when the league stopped playing last month after five games because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Smith led Alabama with three interceptions in his only season in 2018.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Defenseman Kurtis MacDermid has agreed to a two-year, $1.75 million contract extension through the 2021-22 season with the Los Angeles Kings. MacDermid has become a regular on the blue line for the Kings this season, getting three goals and five assists in a career-high 45 games. He has scored 13 points with 115 penalty minutes during parts of three seasons with Los Angeles.

TORONTO (AP) — Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Pat Stapleton has died at 79.
The three-time Second Team All-Star was on Canada’s Summit Series squad in 1972 and is alleged to have claimed the puck from Paul Henderson’s series-winning goal over the Soviet Union. He played eight seasons with the Blackhawks from 1956-66 to 1972-73, helping them to Stanley Cup final appearances in 1971 and 1973.

UNDATED (AP) — Former NHL and WHA player and head coach Tom Webster has died at 71, according to the Carolina Hurricanes. Webster’s playing career took off once he jumped to the WHA, where he had 220 goals and 425 points in 352 games over six seasons with the New England and Hartford Whalers from 1972-78. He later went on to coach the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.

#BeTheLight

If you drive by a high school athletic facility the next few Friday nights and see the lights on there’s good reason.  Some Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois school districts have been or will be joining the national “Be the Light” campaign to show student-athletes and students they are thinking of them during this time to keep them encouraged.

Tonight at 8 o’clock, Dalzell Field will be joining some other Iowa school districts who will be voluntarily keeping the lights of their stadiums on long enough to represent the number of days schools have been out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Iowa, that would be 15 days so for 15 minutes this Friday night.  WISSPORTs.Net reports more than 100 Wisconsin schools say they will participate tonight.

Pay cuts for Louisville coaches, staffers…Jockey completes quarantine…Chiefs keep Breeland

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra says head coaches and senior department staffers will take 10% salary cuts. The reductions are expected to save about $15 million to offset anticipated revenue shortfalls because of event cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately $10 million of that estimated savings comes from salary reductions for men’s basketball coach Chris Mack, football coach Scott Satterfield, women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz and baseball coach Dan McDonnell.

UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano is back in New York after completing his quarantine period following a positive test for the coronavirus. Castellano tested positive for COVID-19 last month as part of a physical mandated by Gulfstream Park to determine if he could be cleared to ride in the Florida Derby on March 28. He quarantined in Florida and said he was largely asymptomatic throughout his time with the virus.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have retained the services of cornerback Bashaud Breeland after the two sides hammered out a one-year deal that could be worth up to $4.5 million. The contract helps to alleviate one of the Super Bowl champions’ biggest concerns ahead of the NFL draft after Breeland, Kendall Fuller and Morris Claiborne all became free agents. Fuller has since signed a $40 million, four-year deal with Washington.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Houston Texans have acquired Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams. The NFL Network reports the Rams will get a second-round pick while sending a future fourth-rounder to Houston. Cooks is a fast, steady deep threat who has five 50-reception seasons for three franchises. He had 42 receptions for 583 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles last season.

NEW YORK (AP) — Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseball’s most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9% over last year and 47% more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees are second among all sports in Forbes’ evaluations to the Dallas Cowboys, listed at $5.5 billion in the last NFL ranking. The Boston Red Sox are third on Forbes’ list of MLB teams, followed by the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals.

Tom Brands Named NWCA Coach of the Year

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The National Wrestling Coaches Association has named University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands as the NWCA National Coach of the Year.

The 2020 Hawkeyes were favored to win their fourth NCAA title under Brands. Iowa entered the 2020 NCAA Championships with three top seeds, including Hodge Trophy winner Spencer Lee, nine wrestlers seeded eighth or better, and another seeded 11th. A team title would have been the 24th in program history.

The Hawkeyes were ranked at the top of every national poll this season, posting a 13-0 dual record and 9-0 Big Ten Conference record.

The honor is the second of Brands’ career. He first won the award in 2008 following Iowa’s national championship.

Brady says it was time to leave…Real Madrid players take cut…Swiss Miss is GM

UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Tom Brady yesterday explained his decision to leave the New England Patriots for free agency, saying on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” it was “just time” for a change. Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month after winning six Super Bowls with the Patriots. He reiterated he has no hard feelings about coach Bill Belichick not making him a Patriot for life. Brady added that so many wrong assumptions were made about his relationship with Belichick, or about how Belichick felt about him.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are moving to black pants with black jerseys for their home uniforms in 2020. Those changes are part of a redesign the team says respects past fashion choices with updates “to match the modern progression of Atlanta.” The team’s first redesign in 17 years also includes white jerseys and white pants for road uniforms. The Falcons will continue to use black helmets.

UNDATED (AP) — Real  Madrid’s players and coaches have agreed to voluntarily reduce their salaries by at least 10% to help offset lost revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The club says the decision applies to its soccer and basketball teams. Some top club executives have agreed to take pay cuts that could reach 20% “depending on the circumstances that may affect” the rest of the season. Fellow Spanish league club Sevilla also said Wednesday it would put its players and other employees on government furloughs to reduce labor costs during the pandemic.

UNDATED (AP) — Former Swiss women’s goalie Florence Schelling was named general manager of one of the nation’s top men’s professional teams, SC Bern. The 31-year-old Schelling becomes the first woman elevated to such a high-profile front-office personnel position of a men’s pro hockey team in Switzerland. Schelling’s hiring comes after spending the past year serving as coach of the Switzerland’s Under-18 women’s team. She takes over a franchise that missed the playoffs after winning the championship last season.

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — A groom who worked at Belmont Park has died from complications of coronavirus. The New York Racing Association says Martin Zapata died Tuesday, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 and 12 days after being hospitalized. The 63-year-old native of Panama had spent the past two years working for trainer Tom Morley in New York, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic.

Several Loras Wrestlers Named NWCA D-3 All Americans

Yesterday the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced the 2020 Division III All-American wrestling teams.  The Loras Duhawks had 6 of their wrestlers named first team All-Americans:  at 141 Clint Lembeck, at 157 Brandon Murray, at 165 Eddie Smith, at 174Jacob Krakow, at 184 Shane Liegel, and at 197 Guy Patron. Former Western Dubuque prep Braden Birt of Milliken was also a first team choice at 165.

Wyatt Wriedt of Loras was named a 2nd team selection and Duhawk teammate Daniel Ruiz garnered 3rd team honors at 149.

College basketball awards…Baseball to resume in South Korea…NFL moves

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Top honors in college basketball have been handed out. Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player. Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also earned positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Garza was named the Kareem Abdul Jabbar Center of the Year. The winners were announced on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” broadcast.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With new cases of the coronavirus falling in South Korea, the country’s baseball league is targeting an early May restart with teams ready to play preseason exhibition games as early as April 21. The country recorded 53 new infections, the third consecutive day that has seen new cases around the 50-mark. The downward trend from a February 29 peak of 900 is increasing the chances of the 10-team Korea Baseball Organization League, not only starting in May but playing a full 144-game season. The league was scheduled to start play on March 28.

TORONTO (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed. The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at a Toronto hospital. Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery and that and that they “need a miracle.” The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders signed defensive back Damarious Randall to a one-year contract in their latest move to try to upgrade a leaky defense. The Raiders signed Randall to a $3.25 million contract after another deal with cornerback Eli Apple fell through. A person familiar with the process says Apple didn’t pass a physical after agreeing to a one-year contract earlier in free agency.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Timmy Brown, a running back and kick returner who won an NFL championship with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960, has died. He was 82. The Eagles announced Tuesday that Brown died on Saturday. Brown was the first NFL player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, doing it in a 24-23 win over Dallas on November 6, 1966. Brown was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1996. He is sixth on the franchise’s all-time list for touchdowns with 62.

Iowa High School Spring Sports Update

The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Girls High School Athletic Union have announced an updated schedule for spring athletics assuming school will be back in session on May 1st.   Track and Field, Golf, Tennis, and Soccer would hold their first team practices on May 1st, state tournament competition in all four sports would be held in June.

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Cascade Coach Brindle Steps Down

Cascade High School head boys basketball coach Jacob Brindle has announced his decision to step down. Brindle, took over the reins of the Cascade program in 2016 following the retirement of hall of fame head coach Al Marshall and took his team to the state tournament in the first season  then led them to the school’s first boys state basketball championship the following season.  Brindle says he is stepping away to focus more on his young family.

Tigers great Al Kaline dies…NFL draft from home…British Open canceled

DETROIT (AP) — One of baseball’s best outfielders ever has died. A friend says Hall of Famer Al Kaline died Monday. Kaline, who was 86, spent his entire 22-season with the Detroit Tigers. The right fielder was a 15-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft won’t be the usual flashy spectacle. It was to have been held in Las Vegas, but the league now says it will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. The NFL canceled all public events last month as a safeguard against the coronavirus. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s procedures for the April 23-25 draft include no group gatherings.

UNDATED (AP) — Like other pro sports leagues, the National Hockey League is considering various options to salvage its season. Play is on hold for now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ideas under discussion include neutral site layoff games and awarding the Stanley Cup in September.

LONDON (AP) — Golf’s oldest tournament has joined the list of sporting events disrupted by the pandemic. For the first time since 1945, July’s British Open has been canceled. It will be held next year at Royal St. George. The 150th tournament will be held in 2022 at St. Andrews. U.S. tournaments are also being reshuffled. The Masters will be held two weeks before Thanksgiving.

NEW YORK (AP) — Another soccer scandal. A pair of former sports marketing executives have been indicted on charges they paid bribes to soccer officials to obtain confidential bidding information during FIFA’s sale of U.S. television rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Charges have been unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn against former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez.

Cordell Pemsl to Transfer

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa redshirt junior forward Cordell Pemsl announced on Friday that he has submitted his name in the NCAA transfer portal and will depart the Hawkeye basketball program.

Pemsl,  a Dubuque native and the all-time leading scorer in Wahlert High School history, played in 96 career games over the last four seasons for the Hawkeyes averaging 5.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.

HOF receiver Mitchell dies…Kicker Dempsey dies amid virus complications…Hagans leaving Kentucky

UNDATED (AP) — Speedy halfback and receiver Bobby Mitchell has died at 84, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played halfback for the Cleveland Browns from 1958-61 and was a flanker for Washington from 1962-68, becoming the first African American to sign with the Redskins. Mitchell was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983 after earning three All-NFL and four Pro Bowls selections. He immediately became one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers upon arrival in Washington, leading the league with 72 receptions and 1,384 receiving yards in 1962.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey has died at 73 from what his family described as complications from the new coronavirus. He managed to play 11 NFL seasons for five different teams despite being born without toes on his kicking foot. Dempsey drilled a game-winning, 63-yard field goal for New Orleans against Detroit in 1970, a league record that stood for 43 years.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Ashton Hagans is entering the NBA draft after two seasons at the University of Kentucky, saying the time is now to pursue his dream of playing professionally. Hagans emerged as one of the nation’s best point guards last season after earning SEC Defender of the Year honors as a freshman. He started 29 of his 30 games last season, averaging 11.5 points, 6.4 assists and 1.9 steals for the Wildcats.

UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer’s 25th season is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, but league officials and coaches still hope the league will be able to get in a full season with fans in attendance. The league had set a target date for re-starting on May 10, although that now seems unlikely. The anniversary of the first MLS match is tomorrow. On April 6, 1996, the San Jose Clash hosted D.C. United before 31,000 fans at Spartan Stadium. Eric Wynalda scored in the 87th minute, giving the Clash a 1-0 victory.

UNDATED (AP) — A Serbian soccer player has been sentenced to three months of home detention for flouting a curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Police had arrested Aleksandar Prijovic and 19 others for gathering at a hotel lobby bar in Belgrade on Friday and violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders. He is the second Serbian soccer player to be caught violating the stay-at-home orders. Those who violate the restrictive measures could face up to three years in jail.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met by phone with many U.S. pro sports leaders Saturday to discuss how that industry has been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. Trump says he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can,” adding that he wants fans back in the arenas. A person with direct knowledge of what was discussed on the call says Trump believes the NFL season scheduled to begin Sept. 10 will start on time with fans in seats.

UNDATED (AP) — The Spanish league and players are still far apart on the size of the salary cuts, while English Premier League soccer players have rejected a move by clubs to cut their wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic. The Spanish league is trying to reduce the financial impact caused by the outbreak, but players say the organization wants them to carry nearly half the total losses. The stance from British players followed talks involving clubs and the leagues.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Kobe Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline a nine-person group announced Saturday of this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.

UNDATED (AP) — Australian V8 SuperCars champion Scott McLaughlin has won IndyCar’s second virtual race. McLaughlin and NASCAR’s seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson were invited guests by IndyCar to participate in the iRacing Series meant to entertain fans during the stoppage due to the coronavirus. He beat Team Penske teammate and fellow Aussie Will Power in Saturday’s race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

National and Local Sports Updates

Warning from NFL medical officer

UNDATED (AP) — Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer is warning that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon who has been with the NFL since 2017, says he and other league and team medical personnel have been in constant communication with health officials throughout the country, looking at the same data they are using to make public recommendations. The NFL also has consulted with the other major sports leagues and the players’ union.

In other developments related to the pandemic:
— The Preakness is looking for a new date for the Triple Crown race normally held on the third Saturday in May. The owners of Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Jockey Club have also decided to cancel the infield party on race day. The Preakness usually draws more than 100,000 fans, most of whom gather on the infield. The Kentucky Derby was previously postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5.
—The U.S. Tennis Association says it’s best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. The USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis. The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there is “the possibility” that the virus could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.
— The U.S. Women’s Open is moving from the end of spring to the middle of December. The USGA says the Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston is moving from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13. The LPGA has also postponed or canceled the next five events on its schedule. All but the Pure Silk Championship are getting new dates later in the year.
— The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17. Two WNBA cities are major hot spots for the virus: New York and Seattle. The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.
— The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19. The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.
— Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two lice hockey complexes in Orange County.
— Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be administered at their homes. Players are expected to remain in market with their teams during the moratorium to avoid the spread of the virus.
— The under-construction Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. Tokyo’s governor has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the games.
— Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State’s NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former Wolfpack one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. has been recommended to go through an independent investigation process created for complex cases.
The process includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to NCAA member schools, and rulings cannot be appealed.
The NCAA has alleged ex-assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible benefits – including $40,000 that a government witness testified he delivered to Early intended for Smith’s family in 2015.

Basketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 class
UNDATED (AP) — A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way.
Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The selections are typically revealed at college basketball’s Final Four. But with sports shut down because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the announcement will be televised from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut.
Bryant, Duncan and Garnett, with a combined 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons between them, are all first-time finalists and locks to be in this class. There are five additional finalists alongside Bryant, Duncan and Garnett: Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich, Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens and Kim Mulkey.

Lions agree to deal with CB Darryl Roberts
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Darryl Roberts. Roberts spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets.
Roberts has started 10 games in each of the past two seasons. The Lions also acquired cornerback Desmond Trufant this offseason.
In other NFL news:
—The lawyer representing retired NFL players alleges the players’ union stonewalled his clients when confronted with questions whether their Social Security disability payments would be affected before the labor agreement was narrowly ratified last month. Attorney Ben Meiselas told the AP that email exchanges between his clients and the NFLPA show the union refusing to provide responses to direct questions regarding the status of their disability benefits before and after the CBA was presented to its players for a vote on March 5.
—The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers have signed two ninth-year pros to one-year deals in free agency. One of them is Travis Benjamin. He’s a wide receiver and punt returner who played the last four seasons with the Chargers. The Niners also signed offensive lineman Tom Compton, who was with the Jets last season.
The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and newcomer Nick Foles. General manager Ryan Pace says both players are “embracing” the battle that will play out whenever offseason workouts begin.

Hacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL player
NEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur 45 times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.
The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker it called “a vile individual” on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. Miller recently signed with the Rangers after completing his sophomore season at Wisconsin. The 6-foot-5 defender is from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Federal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red Sox
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball.
Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five participated in fantasy contests hosted by DraftKings from 2017-19.
Judge Jed S. Rakoff wrote that the lawsuit had no legal basis.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs and wide receiver Sammy Watkins have agreed on a restructured one-year contract that gives the franchise much-needed salary cap relief. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke with The Associated Press on Friday. The person said Watkins will make $9 million in base salary but that incentives could drive the total package to $16 million. More important for the club, the deal will give the Chiefs about $5 million in salary cap savings ahead of the NFL draft.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Cordell Pemsl is leaving Iowa to play his final season at another school as a graduate transfer. The 6-foot-8, 248-pound forward from Dubuque averaged six points and just over four rebounds per game in 96 games. Pemsl had three major surgeries over the last six years and was a reserve exclusively after starting 14 games as a freshman. He thanked his teammates, coaches, school and fans for a memorable four years.

Gov. Reynolds Order Means Spring Sports on Hold Longer

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds order that extended the state of Iowa schools to remain closed until at least April 30th due to the coronavirus pandemic is now putting the high school spring sports seasons in serious jeopardy.

Illinois and Wisconsin spring seasons are also in doubt with both those states currently under shelter in place orders.  Right now Illinois schools are also closed until at least April 30th while Wisconsin schools are closed through at least April 24th.  The Illinois High School Association says its board of directors has been highly supportive of allowing spring sports seasons to extend through the month of June.

Doyle Named WBCA All-American

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Kathleen Doyle has been named to the WBCA All-America team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Thursday.

Doyle is one of 10 players to be named a WBCA All-American, becoming the fourth Hawkeye in program history to earn the honor.

British Open could be postponed…Pats aid in coronavirus battle…Wesson eyes NBA draft

UNDATED (AP) — British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s. The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II. The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.

UNDATED (AP) — The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23. The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year.

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots’ private team plane returned to Boston from China carrying more than one million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker secured the N95 masks but had no way of getting them to the U.S. Team owner Robert Kraft stepped in and offered the plane. Kraft Sports and Entertainment chief operating officer Jim Nolan said in an interview on Patriots.com radio that the Chinese government didn’t officially sign off on the trip until March 27.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star Kaleb Wesson has announced in a tweet that he would forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft. Analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Wesson can sign with an agent for exploratory purposes and still protect his final year of eligibility. He has until June 3 to make a decision. Wesson averaged 14 points and 9.3 rebounds in leading Ohio State to a 21-10 record and 11-9 in the Big Ten Conference.

UNDATED (AP) — Former baseball All-Star Jim Edmonds says he tested positive for the new coronavirus and for pneumonia. Edmonds says in a video posted on Instagram that he is symptom free now and doing “really well.” He thanked people for their well wishes. The 49-year-old played 17 major league seasons from 1993-2010, mostly for the California and Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He hit 393 home runs.

White Sox Broadcaster Ed Farmer Passes Away

CHICAGO — Longtime Chicago White Sox broadcaster and Sox player Ed Farmer passed away Wednesday night according to the team. He was 70 years old.

Farmer broadcast one White Sox Cactus League contest in late February before returning home due to health reasons. This season would have been his 29th full one in the booth, 15th as the radio play-by-play voice.

Famer’s playing career ran from 1971-83, pitching for the Phillies, White Sox, Indians, A’s, Rangers, Tigers, Orioles and Brewers, producing 75 saves over 370 games. He pitched for the Soxs from 1979-81, having an all-star season in 1980.

More information: https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/news/ed-farmer-dies-at-70

 

Iowa State coaches taking pay cut for a year

Iowa State coaches and other athletic department staff members are getting pay cuts for one year to help offset lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic.

Athletic director Jaime Pollard wrote on the Cyclones’ website that his department faces a $5 million shortfall this year because of the cancellation of the NCAA and Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments.

The payroll cut will save more than $3 million. There also will be a temporary suspension of bonuses for coaches totaling another $1 million.

Previously announced increases in Cyclone Club annual giving levels have been delayed, prices for season and individual game ticket prices have been frozen for all sports and the deadline for booster club donations and football season ticket renewals has been extended to May 29.

Garza a Wooden Finalist

LOS ANGELES (AP) Iowas’ Luka Garza is one of the five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top college basketball player. The 44th annual award will be presented on Tuesday, April 7.

Joining Garza as finalists are Udoka Azubuike of Kansas,  Markus Howard of Marquette, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Obi Toppin of Dayton.

Voting took place from March 16 to March 23 but couldn’t include performances during the NCAA Tournament, which was canceled.

Garza was also named to the John Wooden Award All-American Team, the first player for Iowa men’s basketball to earn that recognition.

NCAA Dead Period Extended

The recruiting dead period has been extended in all NCAA Division I and II sports through May 31. Recruiting was shut down on March 13, not long after the cancellation of all winter and spring sports because of the new coronavirus outbreak. The original suspension was through April 15. A dead period prohibits in-person visits by recruits and coaches, but electronic communication is still permissible.

NFL news:

 

— The Chicago Bears finalized a five-year, $70 million contract with former All-Pro pass rusher Robert Quinn and a one-year deal with former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. The Bears were looking to boost their pass rush and blocking coming off a disappointing year. Quinn had 11 1/2 sacks last year following a trade to Dallas from Miami despite a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance enhancers.

— The Panthers have officially signed free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson to a two-year contract. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the deal is worth $20 million. The 26-year-old Anderson finished with 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns for the Jets last season.

-The Dallas Cowboys have signed suspended defensive end Aldon Smith, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The 30-year-old Smith has been out of the NFL since receiving a one-year ban in November 2015 while playing for Oakland.

— The Patriots have released quarterback Cody Kessler who spent time on New England’s practice squad last season.

No British Open, Cubs-Cards in London…Durant a possibility for this season

UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has knocked two major events off the British sports schedule. Wimbledon officials have announced that the tournament has been canceled for the first time for any reason other than a war. Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the pandemic.

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks is no longer ruling out Kevin Durant for the season after repeatedly saying he didn’t expect his All-Star forward to return before the next training camp. Marks acknowledged yesterday that everything is unknown now that the season is suspended because of the new coronavirus. Durant underwent Achilles tendon surgery and was expected to be out up to 12 months after getting hurt during the NBA Finals.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart has declared for the NBA draft after serving as one of the few bright spots for an underachieving Huskies team. The bruising, 6-foot-9 forward was named to the all-Pac-12 first team after averaging 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds in the regular season. Stewart also blocked 65 shots and averaged a team-high 32 minutes per game.

UNDATED (AP) — IndyCar’s virtual racing will be televised beginning with Saturday’s iRacing event, which has been picked up by NBC Sports. The debut virtual race last weekend drew 433,000 combined viewers to both IndyCar and iRacing’s online stream. Totals viewers jumped to 600,000 when IndyCar tallied how many watched drivers’ social media feeds or gaming channels. NASCAR has done well in its virtual racing series, setting records for viewership the last two weeks.

UNDATED (AP) — A diversity report for graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year. Scores for both groups were higher, though gains by white players outpaced those of black players to create the larger gap. The report was created by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida and also shows male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall.

Clarke and Loras Men’s Volleyball All Conference Honors

Four members of Clarke’s University’s men’s volleyball team have landed spots on the 2020 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference team.

Nick Ramos earned second-team all-conference honors, while Damien Higashi, Mike Jenkins and Stephen Lewandowski were cited as honorable mention all-conference performers.

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The Loras College men’s volleyball team landed two student-athletes on the inaugural College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) All-Conference team with freshman Dorian Fiorenza earning First Team honors and junior Andres Martinez named to the Second Team.

Full NFL season?…Bears acquire Nick Foles…NBA goes virtual

UNDATED (AP) — NFL owners are continuing to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time. But they’ve adopted changes in how the season will end. They voted to modify the playoff format with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. The playoffs will be expanded by one team in each conference for a total of 14. The 16-game season and full playoffs would include the two stadiums still under construction in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, plus international games in England and Mexico.

LAKE FOREST, Ill (AP) — The Chicago Bears have finalized a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for 2018 Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles. The Bears are hoping Foles will return to form following an injury-riddled season with Jacksonville. Foles would give them another option if Mitchell Trubisky struggles again or gets hurt next year. The Jaguars parted with the 31-year-old Foles just over a year after signing him to a four-year contract. Foles helped Philadelphia win a Super Bowl.

SAN JOSE, Calif (AP) —San Jose Sharks President Jonathan Becher says the team made the best decision with the information at the time when it played three home games following a recommendation by the county against large gatherings in early March. Santa Clara County issued a recommendation on March 5 that mass gatherings should be postponed or canceled to control the spread of the new coronavirus.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA’s popular decision to extend spring sports athletes’ eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches. Baseball is the only spring sport with a roster limit. Teams can have no more than 35 players, though that rule will be relaxed in 2021. The problem comes in 2022. Looming roster logjams because of the extended eligibility could force coaches to sign smaller recruiting classes and nudge underperforming players to transfer or quit.

UNDATED (AP) — They can’t face off on the hardwood right now, so Kevin Durant and Trae Young will lead a 16-player field of NBA players in an NBA 2K20 tournament airing on ESPN. The NBA, the players’ association and 2K have announced the NBA 2K Players Tournament. Play begins Friday, and the winner of the week-long competition will receive a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.

Iowa High School Spring Sports-COVID 19

As the calendar turns to April the question being asked by high school athletes, coaches, and administrators is when or will Iowa high school spring sports be able get going. Yesterday, the athletic directors with the Mississippi Valley Conference had a video meeting with administrators for the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to discuss the status in the wake of COVID-19.

Dubuque Senior High Athletic Director Brent Cook says the IHSAA and IGHSAU are all committed to having some type of season if possible for track and field, soccer, tennis, golf, baseball and softball and have many “WHAT IF” scenarios ranging from shortened seasons, to seasons extending into the summer, and to no season at all.

Cook says with social distancing guidelines in place coaches are doing their best to stay in touch with their athletes to keep them prepared for when they can return such as communicating through social media or phone calls.

Right now schools in Iowa are closed through April 12th, but Cook admits that date is likely to change which would directly affect when sports can resume.

NCAA adds another year of eligibility for spring athletes

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility.

The NCAA Division I Council has voted to give college athletes who compete in spring sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse a way to get back the season they lost. However, the council did not guarantee financial aid. Winter sports were not included in the decision.

The amount of scholarship money available to each athlete will be determined by the athlete’s school. Roster limits will be adjusted to fit returning athletes along with incoming freshman.

Jeter Named Head Coach at WIU

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — U-W Platteville alumni Rob Jeter has been hired as the head men’s basketball coach at Western Illinois. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Minnesota. Jeter has coached for 25 years, with seven NCAA Tournament appearances. Two of those came during his 11-season tenure as head coach from 2005-16 at Milwaukee. Jeter has also had stints as an assistant at UNLV, Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Marquette and Wisconsin-Platteville, his alma mater. Jeter replaces Bill Wright, who went 53-115 in six seasons running the Leathernecks.

Lee Wins Hodge Trophy

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Spencer Lee of Iowa is the winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most dominant college wrestler in the nation. Lee was 18-0, won his first Big Ten championship and was named conference wrestler of the year. He outscored opponents 234-18 in the 125-pound weight class. The Hodge Trophy is considered the top award in college wrestling.

Luka Garza Named NABC Big Man of the Year

Luka Garza Named Pete Newell Big Man of the Year

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior center Luka Garza had to make some more room in his personal trophy case today. Garza was named the recipient of the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year Award given to the country’s top post player by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He is the first Hawkeye to win the award and the fifth Big Ten player to earn the honor.

Last week, it was announced that Garza was a unanimous consensus first-team All-American. Garza is also a finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

Dayton’s Obi Toppin claimed the NABC Player of the Year Award.

Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. That is almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year. The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8.