Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-COLONIALRose, Varner lead after PGA Tour’s first round in 90 daysFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Justin Rose and Harold Varner III share the lead heading into the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at 7-under 63. June 12, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports Thursday’s opening round at Colonial was the first round on the PGA Tour after a 90-day shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It included a silent tribute to George Floyd at 8:46 a.m., reflecting the 8 minutes and 46 seconds authorities say a Minneapolis police officer held his knee to the back of Floyd’s neck as he pleaded for air.The tournament is being played without fans. Safety measures include coronavirus tests for every player, caddie and essential personnel.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL players not rushing back to rinks for voluntary skatesUNDATED (AP) — NHL players aren’t all in a rush to return to team practice facilities. They’ve been able to skate and work out there since Monday. The league and players’ union on Thursday agreed to a July 10 start for training camps if they can agree to resume this season. But the uncertainty over that agreement has some players unsure when they’ll return to their home cities.Camps are expected to run two to three weeks with games taking place in two “hub” cities without fans, if medical and safety requirements are met.The current stage of workouts is voluntary, and players are dealing with quarantine regulations in the U.S. and Canada.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The Kentucky Derby Festival won’t have any large-scale events this year, including the highly popular Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show that leads off the run-up to the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Oaks for fillies and 146th Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thunder Over Louisville was rescheduled for August, but Festival organizers announced last night that the air show and events such as the miniMarathon and Pegasus Parade are off. — Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The sport’s governing body says it still hopes to deliver up to 18 races in the rearranged 2020 season. The first eight have already been confirmed and they start with a double-header in Austria in early July. The races in Azerbaijan and Singapore use street circuits and require long lead times to construct them. The Japanese Grand Prix was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions during the pandemic. That was scheduled for Oct. 11.— The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed appeals by two Swiss soccer clubs who wanted to complete their league season despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Swiss soccer association voided the seasons of all leagues below the second division and scrapped promotion from the third division. Third-division league leader Yverdon Sport asked CAS to approve its promotion and both Yverdon and second-place Rapperswil-Jona appealed to the court to order the season restarted. The court says the Swiss soccer body did not violate its rules and dismissed the appeals one day after a fast-track hearing was held Thursday.— The Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botoşani tested positive for the coronavirus. Botoşani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off. The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni. Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed after a staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.— The head of the Tokyo Olympics says 80% of the facilities needed for next year’s games have “basic approval” to be used. But organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says “there are also venues that already have reservations from other users for next year.” Organizers say that two of the largest venues needed for the Olympics have not yet been secured. They are the 5,000-apartment Athletes Village and the Tokyo Big Sight. That is the venue for the main press center. Organizers are also still unable to say what the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost and who will pay.last_img

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