The latest news on the effect of the coronavirus epidemic on sports around the world:
The Pro Motocross Championship rejected the start of its season until June 13th due to the coronavirus epidemic.
MX Sports Pro Racing, which runs the series, canceled the season’s opening Hangtown Classic on Thursday and revised the rest of the program the next day.
The opening of the 11-race season will now be in Jacksonville, Florida, followed by a race on Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania on June 20. The season will end on September 5 in Pala, California.
Seattle Seahawks and CenturyLink Field pledged over $ 700,000 to pay part-time employees affected by canceled events at the stadium.
Seahawks, Vulcan, Inc. and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have announced a series of support efforts in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Allen foundation is donating $ 500,000 to the Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund and the Seahawks say they will make a separate financial donation. Vulcan is also pledging $ 100,000 to support Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. The company has been based in that neighborhood since 2000.
Together with the financial donation, the Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers are donating thousands of pounds of unused food to local food banks in the Seattle and Portland areas.
The National Women’s Soccer League is delaying the start of its season.
The league announced Friday that it is imposing a training moratorium until April 5, following guidelines for disease control and prevention centers. For this reason, the season will not start as scheduled on April 18th.
The NWSL has not announced when the season may begin.
“We are taking into account all possible implications for the preseason and regular season times, giving priority to the health and safety of our players, staff and fans,” said the league in a statement.
The nine-team league is approaching its eighth season. Reign FC was due to play Washington Spirit in the season’s opening at CBS, the league’s new television partner.
Browns’ defensive equipment Larry Ogunjobi is donating 100,000 meals to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help school children who might otherwise go hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ogunjobi said in a Twitter post that his donation is intended for children who typically rely on schools to provide some of their meals.
“Many of these children, due to the closure of the school, no longer receive the meals they depend on from day to day,” said Ogunjobi. “No impact is too big or small. I encourage you to join me as well as many others as we help those in time of need. “
Ogunjobi spent three seasons with the Browns, who enrolled him in the third round in 2017.
Ogunjobi’s donation came a day after Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife Emily promised the food bank $ 50,000.
On Friday, Mayfield said he donated Meals on Wheels Norman to help the elderly in Norman, Oklahoma. Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy as Sooners quarterback in 2017.
___ Tom Withers reports from Cleveland.
The New York Giants are funding a new program at Meadowlands’ YMCA to provide free childcare to emergency responders for the next 10 weeks.
The Meadowlands YMCA continued to manage its daycare program in consultation with the Bergen County Department of Health, the Hudson Regional Hospital and the University of Hackensack medical center for children of key personnel during the COVID crisis- 19. The new funding allows YMCA to expand the program to a maximum of 42 children.
“Our staff are well organized and well trained to handle this situation,” said David Kisselback, president and CEO of Meadowlands YMCA, adding that all his efforts “are handled with the utmost care.”
The Dew Tour skateboarding competition May 7-10 in Long Beach, California was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It must have been the last Olympic qualifying event in the United States before the Tokyo Olympics.
The organizers hope to set a new date soon. Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut this year.
Major League Soccer is extending the moratorium on team training activities until March 27th and is asking players to remain in their team’s local market during this period.
MLS states that team training facilities can only be accessed for physical therapy purposes under the direction of the team’s medical staff and must comply with safety protocols.
For now, the league asks players to stay close to their clubs and international players not to leave the country and go home.
MLS announced this week that it will follow CDC guidelines and postpone all events involving 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. MLS said it is targeting May 10 as a potential return date.
One of the main preparation races for the Kentucky Derby has been postponed.
Oaklawn Park said the Arkansas Derby will be rejected on Friday from April 11 to May 2.
This is the day the 146th Kentucky Derby was scheduled to run, but was postponed to September 5th.
Oaklawn officials said they could continue running live with purse money intact until April 18, but after discussions with the knights they decided to cut bags across the board and continue running until May.
As a result, the Arkansas Derby bag was reduced to $ 750,000 from $ 1 million. The 170 full points for eligibility for the Kentucky Derby will still be awarded as Oaklawn is hitting the minimum scholarship threshold.
Louis Cella, president of Oaklawn, said that if operations return to normal between today and May, they will adjust things accordingly.
A total of 15 stake races on the track in Hot Springs, Arkansas, have had reduced stock exchanges and changed dates.
The Florida Panthers have been told by the Florida Department of Health that someone working part-time in the arena where the team plays their home games has tested positive for coronavirus.
The arena worker tested positive on March 15, is self-quarantined and receives medical attention. On Friday the Panthers were informed by state officials of the positive test.
The Panthers reported to all staff that they may have made contact with the employee during their shift, stressing the need to take all precautions and report any symptoms to Broward County officials.
The positive employee worked at the arena for the last time on March 8, when the BB&T Center hosted a concert.
Florida officials confirmed nearly 500 coronavirus cases within the state, and Broward County – where the panthers play – has had the highest of any county in the state since Friday with 124, or about 25% of the known positive state tests.
The CEO of USA Swimming urges the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee to push for the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to next year.
Tim Hinchey wrote to USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland on Friday to support on behalf of the 400,000 members of his governing body.
Hinchey said that the worlds of athletes have been “turned upside down” as they struggle to find ways to continue preparing and training for the games. He wrote that “pushing forward among the global health crisis this summer is not the answer”.
Due to the interruptions in training, Hinchey said that, going forward with this year’s Olympics, “calls into question the authenticity of a level playing field for all”.
Arthur Blank, owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta United, is donating nearly $ 5.4 million to support recovery assistance for the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding, distributed through his family foundation, is intended for support in Georgia and Montana.
The foundation will award $ 5 million to Greater Atlanta’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund set up by the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The fund is focused on the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations and will be distributed to non-profit organizations that deal with food insecurity, housing stability, medical support and childcare, among other needs.
A $ 100,000 grant to Hands On Atlanta will ensure that 31 AmeriCorps members can continue to support Atlanta Metro public schools. A $ 100,000 grant to the Atlanta Police Foundation will help maintain adequate personnel and security for officers.
Additionally, the Mercedes-Benz stadium donated 3.5 tons of food worth $ 100,000, providing over 2,310 meals to six nonprofit groups in Atlanta.
No professional cricket will be played in England until at least May 28th.
England and Wales Cricket Board announced the decision on Friday, two days after the suspension of all recreational cricket.
The county championship was due to begin on April 12th.
The T20 Blast will start on May 29th.
The first international of the season is June 4 against the West Indies at the Oval, the first of three tests.
The ECB claims to be working on options to start the season in June, July or August, with an immediate focus on the West Indies series, the T20 Blast and England’s women’s matches against India.
“The decision to delay the start of the season was essential, given the circumstances the country faces,” said ECB CEO Tom Harrison. “I am reassured by the collaborative effort of the whole game that together, we will make the best of any period of the season that we will be able to plan safely in the coming months”.
Jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr. and Rajiv Maragh have decided to stop riding as horse racing continues in some spots without fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ortiz Jr. tweeted that “this is the safest decision for me and my family”. He expressed the hope that everyone can safely get out of the crisis sooner rather than later. He was scheduled to drive Portos in the $ 1 million Louisiana Derby on Saturday at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.
The 27-year-old Ortiz is currently leading the jockeys ranking in Gulfstream, Florida with 113 wins. The meeting is scheduled to continue until the end of March.
Maragh also said on Twitter that he had stopped riding “to have the best chance of staying healthy for me and my family.”
The 34-year-old jockey also competes with Gulfstream. Ortiz Jr., Luis Saez and Tyler Gaffalione have already stated that they have decided to skip the Dubai World Cup on March 28 due to concerns about travel restrictions and quarantine.
The NBA claims to have launched a program called “NBA Together”, in which it plans to raise over $ 50 million raised and distributed by the NBA family “to support people affected by the coronavirus and community and health organizations that provide vital services in Worldwide “.
More than half of that money, about $ 30 million, has already been committed by teams and players for various things related to extinguishing such as paying displaced workers to the arena.
The NBA says the program is based on four pillars that will focus on the latest global health and safety information, sharing guidelines and resources, working on mental and physical health and keeping people socially connected during the pandemic.
The championship also asks fans to combine “1 million small and large acts of kindness” and wants fans to share these stories by posting photos and videos with the hashtag NBATogether on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
Live horse racing in Laurel Park, Maryland has been suspended.
The Maryland Jockey Club said on Friday it had made the decision following executive orders from Governor Larry Hogan, who banned major gatherings among other things during the coronavirus pandemic.
MJC said it is eager to resume thoroughbred horse racing in Laurel and take advantage of racing at Rosecroft Raceway when state and federal political and health leaders say it is appropriate to do so.
The Badminton Thomas and Uber Cup finals staged in Aarhus, Denmark, were postponed from 16 to 24 May to 15-23 August due to the coronavirus epidemic.
In April, the world federation suspended five more tournaments.
The tournaments were the Croatian championship, Peru, the European championships, the Asian championships and the individual Pan Am championships.
The three continental championships were one of the last chances for athletes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics before the April 26 deadline.
The BWF has yet to say how the suspended circuit will impact the Olympic qualification.
The leaders of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee say it is still too early to decide whether the Tokyo Games should continue as planned.
The uncertainties caused by the coronavirus have prompted many athletes to ask for a postponement of the Games. But USOPC leaders looked very similar to their IOC colleagues. They ask for patience and say they need more information from world health experts before doing something drastic. They also recognized that uncertainty is catching on.
The USOPC is increasing the availability of mental and emotional counseling for athletes who have seen their Olympic hopes thrown into limbo.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and star guard Luka Doncic are joining future Dwight Powell and the club foundation to pledge $ 500,000 to a Dallas hospital to help pay day care for the children of health workers in the new outbreak of coronavirus.
The donation was made to the UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital. Cuban says the Mavericks “cannot thank our healthcare professionals enough for putting their patients’ well-being ahead of their own.”
The money is intended for doctors, nurses and a wide range of other workers, including support and surveillance staff. Doncic says the workers “are sacrificing so much to take care of others and I am honored to help.”
The Mavericks were in the midst of a game against Denver on March 11 when the NBA announced that the season had been suspended due to the spread of the coronavirus. Dallas’ 113-97 victory was the last game to be completed before the suspension went into effect.
The parent company that owns NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Sabers has laid off most of its restaurant and hospitality services following the new coronavirus pandemic.
Pegula Sports and Entertainment vice president of hospitality Domnic Verni announced the layoffs in a statement released Thursday. Verni says the company is temporarily closing most of its hospitality operations.
Athletic reported for the first time that the layoffs were announced.
PSE oversees the vast holdings of Bills and Sabers owners Terry and Kim Pegula, which include numerous restaurants and bars, including a Buffalo center for sports, entertainment and hotel complex.
The layoffs come at a time when local and state governments have ordered the indefinite closure of restaurants and bars to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread.
– John Wawrow from Buffalo, New York.
The World Rugby has postponed the remaining tournaments of the seven world series and canceled the under 20 world championship that should have been hosted in northern Italy.
The seven tournaments were to be played in May: the men from London, the women from Langford in Canada and Paris put together. They were temporarily postponed to September.
The Hong Kong and Singapore tournaments in April have already been moved to October.
The replay tournament for the June Olympics is under review, while World Rugby talks to the IOC about the qualification process.
The lesser worlds would be held in June and July.
In addition, the World Rugby Hall of Fame in Rugby, England, was closed in late May.
Football clubs in the top two divisions in Sweden have received prepayment of sponsorship money to help them survive following a decision to delay the start of the league.
The season was scheduled to begin on the first weekend of April, but was postponed until the end of May or early June, as soon as possible, due to the coronavirus epidemic.
It has left some clubs in a fragile situation. Stockholm-based AIK, for example, said it had to raise SEK 5 million ($ 500,000) by May 31 to “get over this.”
The Swedish Elite Football, the body that oversees the main divisions of the country, has decided to pay part of the April sponsorship money in advance to ease part of the burden in what it says is an “extraordinary and difficult situation”.
GM Mike Rizzo of Washington Nationals says he, manager Dave Martinez and 13 players on the team’s 40-man team are still in West Palm Beach, Florida, where the team’s spring training facility is located.
Medical and force and conditioning staff members also remained in Florida, where the camps were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Three players are in the Washington area. Others are wherever their homes are.
On Friday Rizzo said in a conference call with reporters that none of the team’s players showed any symptoms of the disease and therefore none have been tested so far.
GM said World Series champions are making contingency plans based on when Major League Baseball could decide to start the regular season, which has already been delayed since next week at least until May.
“We will be completely ready when asked to be ready,” said Rizzo. “Obviously, the growth of pitchers and players safely is of utmost importance to us.”
The medical director of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee says that four winter athletes have recently been exposed to coronavirus and are in quarantine. Only one showed symptoms and tests on all four are pending. Another winter athlete who returned from Europe developed respiratory symptoms but tested negative. There were no reports of positive tests among summer athletes, many of whom reduced their training with only four months before the Tokyo Games. USOPC leaders said they were expanding access to mental and emotional counseling as athletes face the uncertainties surrounding the Olympics. USOPC is following the IOC’s example, saying it is too early to decide whether the Games will start as scheduled on July 24th.
The Miami Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross have promised $ 500,000 for critical needs for seniors and young people in South Florida following the coronavirus.
The money will support public school meal plans, other food programs, and church relief activities.
The LPGA tour found a date for its first major championship. He’s moving the ANA Inspiration to September 10-13 and moving his Portland tournament a week later.
The ANA Inspiration was scheduled for April 2-5 in Rancho Mirage, California. It was among what are now six domestic LPGA Tour events that have been postponed due to the new coronavirus. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan added three more Fridays – Hawaii, Los Angeles and San Francisco in the last three weeks of April.
Whan says the tour is working with his various partners on how to handle the postponed events.
The last event of the LPGA Tour was the women’s Australian Open which ended on February 16th.
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