Update on the latest sports The league also is looking at other rules changes, including an alternative to the onside kick.NFL clubs received a list of potential rules changes on Thursday. Owners will vote on the proposals at the upcoming league meeting to be held by video conference on May 28. If owners don’t approve adding a booth umpire and/or a senior technology adviser, the league could test a version of both rules in the preseason for possible future implementation.The proposal that would give teams another option instead of an onside kick permits a team to maintain possession of the ball after a score by substituting one offensive play. The kicking team would attempt a fourth-and-15 from its 25-yard line. This could be done a maximum of two times per game. Onside kicks have become infrequent and rarely successful since the NFL changed rules on alignments for kickoffs.In other NFL news:— An NFL player is suing United Airlines, saying he was harassed and sexually assaulted by an intoxicated female passenger on a red-eye flight in February. The player said in a lawsuit that soon after boarding the cross-country flight, a woman sitting in the same row confronted him over his face mask, ripped it off the and groped him. The NFL player and a companion who joined the lawsuit were not named. United confirms there was some sort of incident and a passenger was moved to a different seat but says it won’t comment further. — English soccer club Manchester United says it believes it will miss out on $24 million because the Premier League will have to make refunds to broadcasters even if the season is completed. The league is in talks with its rights holders about rebates because of delays and changes to the broadcasting schedule. Empty stadiums will also change the TV product. The rebates will vary based on the final position in the standings and the number of games aired live.— Swimming’s governing body has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. FINA (FEE’-nuh) says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.”COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CLEMSON-ROSSSurgery for Clemson WR RossCLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will have shoulder surgery next month to alleviate an issue that cropped up during the team’s spring workouts in March. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSUnion makes counterproposal to ownersUNDATED (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has given management a wide-ranging response to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Some Louisville football and basketball players will return to campus Wednesday in a phased approach and begin voluntary workouts in early June. The first phase of 30 football players and 15 men’s and women’s basketball players will arrive next week after being instructed on safety protocols. Testing and physicals will begin June 3, with voluntary training not directed by coaching staffs to begin five days later.— Indiana University hopes to have some student-athletes back by mid-June. President Michael McRobbie posted a 22-page plan on his web site to reopen the university in stages, which includes the return of at least a percentage of all students this fall. The release comes one day after the NCAA approved a measure to lift the moratorium on voluntary workouts for football and men’s and women’s basketball players.— East Carolina University is eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis and swimming and diving programs to help reduce a $4.9 million budget deficit created by the pandemic. The move affects 68 student-athletes and nine coaches and reduces ECU’s sponsored sports from 20 to 16, including nine for women. The NCAA requires Division I FBS schools to carry minimums of 16 sports, eight for women.— IndyCar has altered its schedule again amid the coronavirus pandemic, cancelling the June 27 race at Richmond and the July 12 street course event in Toronto. The open-wheel series is slated to finally begin June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, but its next event won’t be held until July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race scheduled for June 21 at Road America in Wisconsin has been changed to a doubleheader on July 11-12. — Golf Digest is reporting the European Tour hopes to resume its season in England the first weekend in August as part of a four-tournament “bubble” in the UK. The magazine cited sources as saying the British Masters would be followed by two tournaments in England and one in Wales at Celtic Manor for 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in prize money. The European Tour has postponed nine tournaments and canceled eight others on its schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a memo, the European Tour says priority rankings will stay the same for 2021 and there will not be Q-school.— Little League has released a set of “best practice” guidelines it believes would allow baseball and softball to be played safely after local authorities give the groups the all-clear to return to play. The recommendations include eliminating all non-essential contact and banning the postgame handshake line in favor of lining up along the respective baselines and tipping your cap to the opponent. All players should wear masks while in the dugout and coaches and volunteers should wear masks and protective medical gloves at all times.— Horse racing’s National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has canceled its induction ceremony in August because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hall of Fame ceremony was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7. This year’s class will be inducted with next year’s group.— Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto spoke Thursday about the need to take “countermeasures” to combat the coronavirus at next year’s postponed games. Muto acknowledged in an online news conference that “there are some in Japan” talking about holding the games without fans. Muto did not say this was going to happen.— German soccer club Dynamo Dresden has reported another case of coronavirus. The already quarantined second-division club has now had four players test positive. Dresden says on its website that another “category one” close contact of its coaching staff has also tested positive for COVID-19. Dresden’s entire team was ordered by local health authorities into 14 days of quarantine on May 9 after two players tested positive. Associated Press Lee is one of only five women and the second black woman in charge of a Power Five program. Incoming chancellor Daniel Diermeier said Lee is the “living embodiment” of the university’s values and aspirations.The 41-year-old Lee is a former Commodores basketball captain. She took over as interim athletic director on Feb. 4 when Malcolm Turner resigned after one year on the job.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scamBOSTON (AP) — Court papers show actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges that will include prison time in the college admissions bribery case. May 21, 2020 Ross led the Tigers with 66 catches last season that went for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman, highlighting his season with a 74-yard TD in the national championship win over Alabama.The Alabama native is considered a first-round NFL draft pick in 2021 should he choose to forego his final year in college.VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTORVanderbilt’s Lee becomes 1st black woman AD in SECNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has removed the interim title and made Candice Storey Lee the first woman to run a Southeastern Conference athletics program. Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and Giannulli has accepted a five-month sentence under the deal, which must be approved by the judge. They will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed. An attorney for the couple declined to comment.Loughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Also around the majors:— The Cubs and Pirates are making tough financial decisions concerning their front office staff with the major league season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cubs are instituting pay cuts based on compensation, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced today that they are instituting furloughs for several employees in business operations beginning on June 1. The Cardinals and Twins have informed their employees there won’t be any pays cuts or furloughs through the end of JuneNFL-NEWSNFL looks at adding “booth umpire” and tech adviser for refsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is considering adding a “booth umpire” and a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating crew. The union says it addressed protections for high-risk players, access to pre- and postgame therapies, testing frequency, protocols for positive tests, in-stadium medical personnel and sanitization procedures.Players viewed many of the concepts in the original draft submitted last week as over-the-top, such as arriving in uniform at the ballparks, a prohibition on them leaving without team permission and a ban on guests other than immediate family members.Players also objected to a ban on the use of showers and hydrotherapy.The union wants more frequent testing than management’s proposed “multiple times per week.”MLB is expected to make an economic proposal to the union within a few days. — Tom Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Titled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at his six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBoxing aims for June 9 return in Las VegasUNDATED (AP) — Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail. Promoter Bob Arum says he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights later, kicking off twice weekly shows at the hotel in June and July.No fans will be allowed, and Arum said fighters and everyone else will be tested at least twice during fight week for the new coronavirus. The fights are pending approval of the Nevada Athletic Commission, which meets next week to consider the events along with two cards that UFC plans to stage at its facility in Las Vegas. They are also pending the reopening of the MGM and other Las Vegas hotels.
(BBC) – The government says it is “opening the door” for the return of professional football in England in June.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said yesterday’s meeting with the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League had “progressed plans”.He added that plans for the sport to resume should “include widening access for fans to view live coverage”.Meanwhile, England’s deputy chief medical officer said any return would be “slow” and “measured”.The Premier League met on Monday to discuss ‘Project Restart’ and hopes for a return to action on June 12, with matches played behind closed doors.“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first,” said Dowden.“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.“The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support.”He added that plans to return should “ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family”.The next meeting of Premier League clubs will take place on Monday, when top-flight players may return to initial group training under social-distancing protocols.Footballers have so far been limited to individual training but Premier League bosses hope a first phase of team training, under strict guidelines and restricted to 75 minutes can begin next week.England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said: “There will be small, carefully-measured, step-wise approaches to see what can be achieved safely. The first of those is to return safely to training, still observing social distancing.“We will have to see how that goes before we can even think about moving on to the return of competitive football matches.”Monday’s meeting will come after a weekend when the Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight, becomes the first major league to restart.The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and most teams have nine fixtures left to play.Brighton had a third player test positive for coronavirus earlier in May and boss Graham Potter is wary about a return to action.“We are in uncharted territory. It’s a hugely complex situation,” he said.“It’s very difficult to call one day to the next. The general will from all the clubs is to play out the season as close to the format as possible. Whatever date that is remains to be seen.“We are sanitising the environment. The players are not coming in for any length of time.“It will be as safe as it is made to be. The challenge will be when (we have) contact, larger groups and different teams. We need to see where we are on Monday and then Tuesday.”He added: “There are concerns, of course. We have come out of lockdown. The situation is not totally resolved.“I have a young family. My wife’s family has health issues. We are human beings.”Meanwhile, the Premier League confirmed clubs had decided that short-term contract extensions could be agreed with players whose deals run out on June 30, with the season set to go beyond that date.Club and players will now have until June 23 to agree extensions which run until whenever the campaign is scheduled to finish.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said it was decided “to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign”.Elsewhere, six League One clubs have united to express their determination to finish the season.Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has released a statement on behalf of Posh, Oxford, Sunderland, Fleetwood, Portsmouth and Ipswich.League One clubs are due to meet with the EFL board today to discuss options for completing the season.ANALYSISThe fact the government summoned the three football bodies to a meeting together tells its own story. Ministers want football to think collectively during this crisis, act in the interests of the whole game and to understand that any government financial bailouts for the sport are highly unlikely.The Premier League was reminded that if its season does resume next month, it will be expected to do what it can for clubs in the EFL and for grassroots football. And to ensure that, while honouring contracts with its broadcast partners, as many matches as possible are shown free to air, so that as many people as possible can watch them.With the Premier League lobbying government to scrap the idea of neutral stadiums to keep their clubs happy, ministers are now asking for something in return.It was significant today that despite continued police concerns over the risk of fans gathering outside grounds once matches resume, the government reinforced its support for the resumption of matches.But it also warned that games will only take place if the phased return to training goes to plan, and the sense is that ‘Project Restart’ still hangs in the balance.
The horses have come out in full force for tomorrow’s 12-race programme at Caymanas Park, featuring the season’s first grade one-trophy race, the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy and the Long Shot Trophy for $180,000 claimers, both over 1300 metres.Both the Pick-9 and Super-6 start anew after they were cornered last Saturday, the Pick-9 offering the guaranteed minimum of $1 million and both Super-6s minimum payouts of $750,00. The Pick-9 will embrace races four to 12, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race seven to 12.Seven starters have been declared to contest the opening race over 1820 metres (restricted allowance 3), including co-favourites BALLON D’OR and MIND SET, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis and four-time champion Omar Walker, respectively.Both are well suited to the distance, and along with recent winner TURBO MACHINE CAT, should ensure keen competition. MIND SET from the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has the most appealing form, having finished two lengths second to DREAMCOMETRUE over 1500 metres on January 9. The Anthony Nunes-trained BALLON D’OR caught the eye when running on well for third to stable-companion SOUTHERN CRUISE over 1400 metres on January 30 and will only go down fighting. MIND SET, however, has greater pace and will get first run and thus gets the nod.MAIDEN CONDITION RACENext on the programme is a 4-y-o and up maiden condition race in which SLEW DI CLOCK under top apprentice Linton Steadman, LAZZA with apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, and the lightly-aced EL SALADO with in-form apprentice Bebeto Harvey, should have the finish to themselves in a 10-strong field.EL SALADO, a 4-y-o bay colt by Deputy Glitters out of Muchacha Favourita from the stables of Randolph Scott, has shown promise in two races last year, and although sidelined for nearly 11 months, has looked sharp enough at exercise to return on a winning note against such moderate opposition.LAZZA has good pace and could use it to best advantage, while SLEW DI CLOCK finished second to CRUCIAL VALOUR over this trip on December 23 and could go one better.SILVER CLOUD, who went under in a driving finish as the favourite to the rank outsider ABBEY ROAD over 1400 metres recently, is programmed to recoup losses in the third race over 1600 metres in which the free-running filly BUBBLING KITTEN and the late-kicking ORIGINAL TRAIN are twin dangers in a quality field of six.ITALIANO, who has won two of his last four races, steps down in class (claiming $450,000 – $400,000) for the fourth race over 1200 metres and now back with his old connections (claimed), including jockey Omar Walker, represents a five-star banker in a nine-strong field. The grey gelding won back-to-back races for popular owner O’Shaun Connection and trainer Neive Graham some weeks ago but was subsequently claimed. He was reclaimed by Graham last Saturday after finishing third to DWAYNE STAR on a $500,000 tag and cannot be opposed on a $450,000 tag.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the speedy BIG DATA under Aaron Chatrie and SPORTING CLAY with three-time champion Dane Nelson in division one of the Long Shot Trophy. Their respective dangers are MISTER BONES and PRINCE O’SHAUN.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) MND SET/BALLON D’OR(2) SLEW DI CLOCK/ELSALADO(3) SILVER CLOUD/ORIGINAL TRAIN(4) ITALIANO(5) BIG DATA/MISTER BONES(6) SPORTING CLAY/PRINCE O’SHAUN