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Phils-Jays scrapped by virus concerns…7-inning twinbills

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says this weekend’s three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and visiting Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed as a precaution following a recent COVID-19 outbreak in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Seventeen Miami Marlins players tested positive since opening a three-game series in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies haven’t played since losing to the Marlins last Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is altering the length of doubleheaders in yet another rules change created during a pendemic-shortened season. A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that MLB and the players’ union reached agreement to turn twinbills into seven-inning games. MLB had already added designated hitters to National League games this year and added an automatic runner at second base to start all half-innings in extras.

UNDATED (AP) — The SEC is the latest college conference to announce that it will play only league games in 2020. University presidents have agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26 and will conclude with the SEC title game on Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already announced plans to play only conference games, while the ACC has announced a reworked 11-game schedule that left room for one non-conference game.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz says he would not be making any staffing changes as he apologized and promised to overhaul some of his policies following a scathing report detailing racial bias within the program. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said the critical report by an outside law firm showed the “climate and culture must and will change within our football program.” The report said four unidentified current and former coaches — including at least two still on staff — were accused of bullying, demeaning and verbally abusing players and would be considered for potential disciplinary action.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Defending champion Brooks Koepka  matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. The round comes a week after he missed the cut at the 3M Open in Minnesota.

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