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NCAA return guidelines…deGrom optimistic…Tiger 5 back

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has released its latest guidance to help member schools navigate competition during the coronavirus pandemic, and they come as the prospects of actually playing look grim. The NCAA says college football players should be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before a game, players with high-risk exposures should be quarantined for 14 days and everybody on the sideline should wear a mask. NCAA President Mark Emmert says that if there is to be college sports in the fall, they need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom says he feels good after leaving an intrasquad game because of back soreness, but manager Luis Rojas says there’s no certainty the two-time Cy Young Award winner will start opening day. A precautionary MRI came back clean, and deGrom thinks he simply might have slept “wrong” the night before. He believes he can pitch Saturday against the Yankees in preparation for the season opener against Atlanta, but Rojas says the team is taking a day-to-day approach.

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods got his first taste of playing competitive golf without adoring admirers since the coronavirus pandemic caused the PGA to hold tournaments without spectators. Woods opened and closed with birdies en route to a 1-under 71 in opening-round play at The Memorial. He’s five strokes behind leader Tony Finau , who birdied seven of his final 10 holes for a 66 that puts him one ahead of Ryan Palmer.

UNDATED (AP) — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is the third Division I league to postpone its football season, joining the Ivy and Patriot Leagues. The MEAC said it will consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester. The MEAC comprises 11 historically black colleges, although three of those schools plan to leave the conference.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Houston Rockets guard and league scoring leader James Harden practiced with his team Thursday for the first time in more than four months. He explained that his arrival at the league’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World was delayed by family issues. Harden came to Disney earlier this week, satisfied his league-mandated quarantine requirements and got cleared to participate. He has been working out but said it was his first time playing actual 5-on-5, contact-laden basketball in more than a month.

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