NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wells Bayou took an early lead and held off Ny Traffic to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby by a head. The qualifying points race for the Kentucky Derby was one of the few U.S. sporting events to continue as scheduled amid the coronavirus pandemic. It was run in front of an empty clubhouse and grandstand at Fair Ground Race Course because of crowd restrictions related to the virus. Trained by Brad Cox and with jockey Florent Geroux aboard, Wells Bayou earned 100 points toward qualification for the Kentucky Derby, which has been delayed until early September.
UNDATED (AP) — Calls for the postponement of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics continue to grow louder. A worldwide group representing Olympic hopefuls is calling on the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until the coronavirus pandemic is under control. In a news release Sunday, Global Athlete said: “As the world unites to limit the spread of Covid-19 virus, the IOC … must do the same.” The show of solidarity among Olympic hopefuls adds to the dozens of individual athletes who have come out against the IOC’s current stance, which is to start the games as scheduled on July 24. The leader of track’s international federation says there’s no need to hold the Tokyo Olympics at any cost, adding that a decision about the future of the games “may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks.” World Athletics president Seb Coe said the Olympic world is managing the coronavirus day by day and “increasingly hour by hour.”
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears and cornerback Artie Burns have agreed to a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus said. Drafted out of Miami by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 25 pick in 2016, Burns played in all 16 games each of his first three years before falling out of the rotation in 2019. He had three interceptions as a rookie, but played in just 10 games last season. The Bears had an opening after waiving cornerback Prince Amukamara last month. Chicago went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs after winning the NFC North at 12-4 in 2018.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets continued to address their offensive line in free agency. Two people with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that the Jets and former Carolina Panthers guard Greg Van Roten have agreed to terms on a three-year contract. That came a few hours after agent Brett Tessler announced the Jets agreed to terms with veteran offensive lineman Josh Andrews. New York also released cornerback Darryl Roberts after four seasons. Another person with direct knowledge of the deal said New York and former Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million.
LENEXA, Kansas (AP) — John Erickson, a former Milwaukee Bucks general manager and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach, has died. He was 92. Erickson served as the Bucks’ general manager from 1968-70. He was in that role when the Bucks won a coin flip with the Phoenix Suns and earned the right to select Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the first pick in the 1969 NBA draft. Abdul-Jabbar was known as Lew Alcindor at the time. Erickson coached Wisconsin from 1960-68 and posted a 100-114 record. He also had an unsuccessful U.S. Senate run and was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.