Jonathan Cartu Says: Latest news and information (updated) – The Athletic

Latest news and information (updated) – The Athletic

Jonathan Cartu Says: Latest news and information (updated) – The Athletic

Editor’s note: Follow this blog for the latest on the coronavirus from The Athletic writers.


A quick summary, with some details below

  • Tennis: French Open postponed until September; Wimbledon has been canceled
  • NCAA BB: Men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments canceled
  • NCAA FB: All team activities are suspended for ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Notre Dame, MAC, Pac-12 and SEC. Spring games are canceled for ACC, Big Ten, Notre Dame, AAC and MAC.
  • NBA: Season suspended indefinitely
  • WNBA: Season postponed indefinitely
  • NHL: Season suspended indefinitely
  • MLS: Season suspended; target return date of May 10
  • MLB: Spring training canceled; season postponed indefinitely
  • NFL: Owners meetings canceled; draft still scheduled for April 23-25 but public events in Las Vegas canceled
  • XFL: Season suspended
  • AFL: Season suspended, AFLW season canceled
  • Boxing: All sanctioned events are suspended indefinitely
  • MMA: UFC 249, scheduled for April 18, has been canceled
  • Champions League: Play is suspended
  • Europa League: Play is suspended
  • Premier League: Season suspended until at least mid-May
  • UEFA Euro 2020: Postponed until summer 2021
  • Copa America: Postponed until summer 2021
  • NWSL: Season postponed indefinitely; training suspended until May 5
  • PGA Tour: Some events canceled; plan is to resume at Colonial on June 11
  • NASCAR: Races postponed through early May: Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway. NASCAR’s return weekend is tentatively scheduled for Martinsville Speedway on May 7-9
  • IndyCar: The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until Aug. 23
  • Masters: Postponed to Nov. 9-15
  • 2020 Olympic Games: Postponed until summer 2021
  • PGA Championship: Postponed to Aug. 3-9
  • NCAA: Recruiting suspension in effect through April 15
  • Kentucky Derby: Moved from first Saturday in May to first Saturday in September

The latest: Boise State furloughs football coaches

From The Athletic’s Dave Southorn: The school cited a nearly $10 million impact from losing important events in the spring and into the summer, plus refunding students for meals or housing for the time they could not be on campus. To compensate, Boise State will furlough nearly all employees making $40,000 or more annually for four to 10 days, depending on their salary, between May 3 and July 31.

Those making $150,000 or more will be required to take 10 furlough days, those making $100,000 to $149,999 will take seven, those making $75,000 to $99,999 will take five, and those making between $40,000 and $74,999 will take four.


Bellator MMA postpones June 6 event

The event, Bellator 244, was scheduled for Wintrust Arena in Chicago. No events are currently on the Bellator schedule.

Broncos’ Miller tests positive for COVID-19

Broncos linebacker Von Miller became the second NFL player to test positive for COVID-19, his agent, Joby Branion, told The Athletic.

Miller began to experience some of the symptoms known to be caused by the virus and was tested because he also has asthma, which puts him at a greater risk of significant illness.

The Broncos said in a statement that Miller “is doing well” and “has elected to share his diagnosis publicly to emphasize that anyone can be afflicted with (the) coronavirus.” He is the first member of the organization to test positive for the disease, they said.

Rams offensive lineman Brian Allen tested positive for COVID-19 last month, leading to the immediate closure of the team facility.

PGA Tour plans to resume play June 11

The PGA Tour plans to resume its schedule the second week of June, with the first four events, beginning with the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 11, to be played without fans in attendance.

Organizers had planned to restart the season on May 18. The RBC Heritage, in Hilton Head, S.C., the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit will also be played without spectators.

If that plan can be followed, the PGA Tour would sponsor 36 tournaments this season instead of the scheduled 48.

The PGA Championship was moved to August, the U.S. Open to September and the Masters to November. The British Open and Canadian Open were canceled; those adjustments, along with the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, have allowed organizers to reschedule events for those weeks.


MLB team employees will be the subjects of US’s largest COVID-19 antibody study

From Molly Knight: Ten thousand employees of 27 of the league’s 30 clubs have volunteered to take part in what researchers from Stanford, USC and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory are calling the COVID-19 Sero Prevalence Study, an MLB spokesman confirmed. The antibody test does not look for active COVID-19 infection, but rather the presence of a specific blood protein the human body produces in response to it. It is not the same as the PCR tests used to determine if people are currently infected with the virus.


Obstacles remain before MLB begins

Major League Baseball is discussing a plan to quarantine teams and playing in a centralized location, likely in and around Phoenix, in order to begin the season in May, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. That plan faces several obstacles, Rosenthal reported, including federal and state approval, financial considerations and guidelines on personal interactions.

Permitting players to travel back into the United States from their homes overseas is another significant issue, and the players’ union would want to ensure every precaution would be taken to prevent players from contracting the virus.

“While we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan,” MLB said in a statement.


UFC plan to hold event in undisclosed location scuttled, event now canceled

Update: UFC 249 has now been canceled.

From earlier:

UFC president Dana White said UFC 249 will go on as scheduled on April 18 but will be moved from Barclays Center in New York to an undisclosed location.

That location is reportedly the Tachi Palace Casino Resort, which is on land that is part of the federally recognized Santa Rosa Indian Community in central California and thus is not subject to oversight from the California State Athletic Commission or the state’s stay-at-home mandate.

White told media partners he has rented the facility for two months and will “continue to pump fights out.” He said he also has access to a private island so fighters who are not able to enter the United States are able to compete.

Khabib Nurmagomedov was supposed to defend his lightweight title against Tony Ferguson in the main event, but Nurmagomedov, from Dagestan in Russia, is unable to leave the country. Ferguson will instead face Justin Gaethje in an interim title fight.


FIFA to extend season indefinitely

With the threat of the coronavirus varying around the world, FIFA will allow each country’s soccer association to determine when seasons will end.

That decision does not mean associations will be prohibited from ending competitions as they stand — the Belgian Football Association has already proposed canceling its top-flight season with one game remaining — but rather will remove the pressure to finish during the pandemic.

FIFA will also change the dates of the summer transfer window and allow the contracts of players set to expire on June 30 to be extended through the season.


Wimbledon canceled for first time since World War II

The All England Club has called off Wimbledon for the first time since 1945, making it the first Grand Slam tournament to be called off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was supposed to be held from June 29 to July 12.

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars,” said Ian Hewitt, the chairman of the All England Club, “but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.”

The French tennis federation previously delayed the start of the French Open, set to be held from May 24 to June 7, nearly four months to Sept. 20 to Oct. 4.

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