05/29 18:05 CDT The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%
The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%
By The Associated Press
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the
Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and
funding across the region from July 1.
CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak
began, but the lack of any international matches recently and in the near
future means the governing body "is facing a significant loss of income."
The financial cuts were taken in consultation with all stakeholders, CWI said
in a statement.
The body adds it "hopes that these temporary measures will only be in place for
not more than three to six months."
Georgia State will begin to reopen its athletic facilities on Monday.
A maximum of 64 football players will be allowed to voluntarily return to
campus. The workouts will be limited to groups of no more than eight players
and two members of the strength and conditioning staff per group.
Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, says it will re-evaluate
its policies in two weeks to possibly increase the size of workout groups and
player-led drills conducted on the practice field.
All players will be subject to daily screenings for the coronavirus.
"We have put in place a flexible plan to safely start the return of some of our
student-athletes to campus for voluntary activities," athletic director Charlie
Cobb said. "Three months ago, we could not have guessed the challenges that we
have faced, but I am very proud of our coaches, staff, and student athletes. We
are taking a cautious approach to hopefully build towards sports in the fall
The New York City baseball-themed bar Foley's has closed for good.
Owner Shaun Clancy made the announcement.
"With everything that's going on, there's just no way that I can see that we
can do it," he said in a video posted to Twitter.
Foley's, filled with baseball memorabilia, opened near Madison Square Garden in
2003 and closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bar was named
after former New York Daily News baseball writer Red Foley.
The Czech Athletics Federation has responded to loosened lockdown restrictions
by organizing 173 meetings across the country in a single day --- Monday.
All age categories will participate, and three of the meetings will include the
country's elite athletes, including two-time Olympic javelin champion Barbora
Spotakova and three-time indoor world 400-meter champion Pavel Maslak.
The initiative has been celebrated by World Athletics president Sebastian Coe.
"It's a really powerful template for all our other member federations," Coe
said in a conference call with Czech media on Friday. "A template how you
engage the athletes, younger people, and the fans."
Gatherings of up to 300 people are allowed in the Czech Republic, which hasn't
been hit hard by the pandemic compared to some in Europe. The top two soccer
divisions have already restarted, and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
won this week in the first of a series of tennis tournaments organized by the
Czech Tennis Federation for local players.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state's five professional sports
teams --- the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and
Revolution --- can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6.
But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in
accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are
The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their
facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state,
CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference
call the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent
to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, he outlined the next
phase of reopening of club facilities, which can begin Monday.
NBA teams have allowed players back at their training facilities for voluntary
sessions since May 8, with more than half of the league's franchises having
already taken advantage of that opportunity.
The NHL, which is ironing out details to resume its season by jumping straight
to a 24-team playoff format, released a memo this week saying it is targeting
early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol.
It includes the opening of practice rinks and allowing small, voluntary group
workouts on and off the ice.
The Minnesota Twins are planning to continue paying all of their minor league
players through Aug. 31, despite the decreasing likelihood of a minor league
season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Twins are one of at least 11 major league franchises that have informed
minor leaguers they'll continue to provide allowances after the expiration on
Sunday of Major League Baseball's pandemic-prompted policy guaranteeing those
players $400 per week. The Twins, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and Seattle
Mariners have said they're promising payments through August. Other clubs have
committed through June.
The Twins also said Friday they don't plan to release any minor league players,
as several major league parent clubs have reportedly done this week.
-- Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis
Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans.
The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier
Xfinity races also will be held that weekend. Pocono says in a message to fans
"it will certainly miss your passion, laughs, cheers, and smiles as the green
flag drops in the Pocono Mountains."
Pocono says it will expedite a refund or account credit.
Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which is under a yellow designation.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said earlier this month that if the county moved to
yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races with no spectators present and
guidelines followed to keep competitors safe.
The White Sox are using a pair of Chicago-themed T-shirts to raise money for
the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.
The limited-edition shirts are on sale on the team website.
The team says net proceeds from the sale will go to the response fund, which
supports nonprofit organizations and agencies offering help with the
coronavirus crisis. The White Sox and the NBA's Chicago Bulls also committed
$200,000 to support the fund in March.
The French soccer league says teams can play friendlies in July with a view to
starting the new season in August.
The remaining matches in men's and women's soccer this season were canceled.
The French league said in a statement on Friday it expects the new season "will
be able to start as anticipated in August with friendly games to prepare in
The league added it was working on how to allow fans back into stadiums when
the season starts.
North Carolina has issued a timeline for athletes, coaches and athletics
staffers to return to campus in stages through June and later into the summer.
The plan announced begins with facilities staffers arriving Monday to prepare
for the first athletes and coaches to arrive June 12. That group will consist
of coaches and staff for football, men's basketball and women's basketball,
along with the first group of football players.
The schedule runs through early August.
The plan calls for athletes to follow measures such as self-quarantining or
wearing a mask in public for at least a week before returning. It outlines
testing protocols while requiring athletes and employees to wear masks inside
facilities when it's difficult to follow social-distancing practices.
"We're in lockstep with the campus plan," athletics director Bubba Cunningham
told The Associated Press. "We are hopeful that we'll have spectators in the
fall but we don't have a home game --- at least a home football game --- for 3
months. So while we're scenario-planning for those events, we'll have to roll
that out at a later date.
"This is just to give some clarity to our staff, our coaches and our students
of, ?Here's a timetable that you can count on to come back.'"
Arizona will begin allowing student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary
workouts on June 15.
The phased re-entry will begin with football players, followed by athletes in
fall sports and select athletics staff.
All student-athletes and staff members will follow elevated safety protocols
for testing, tracing and treatment.
The Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week it would allow member schools
to begin holding on-campus voluntary workouts on June 15.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its
effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro.
Rodgers says he fell ill "a week or so" after the English season was suspended
on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the
effects of it for three weeks.
Rodgers says "the strangest thing was losing your smell and the taste. You lose
your strength. You could hardly walk 10 yards. I felt it was similar to the
time I was climbing Kilimanjaro. When you get to a certain point at altitude,
you walk and really suffer."
The former Liverpool manager is still being tested twice a week according to
the Premier League's coronavirus protocols.
Rodgers says "it's not the case that now I've had it, I wouldn't test. You just
Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis
matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic.
One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard
court in a hangar in the city's closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.
Each tournament will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000
euros ($222,000) in total prize money available.
Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men's events.
Two more players will be announced later.
Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the
women's events. Two places are still to be confirmed.
Matches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set. There will be
electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people
involved on court.
The event replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called
Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on
Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium's capacity and no away
supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been
played since March 9.
The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out
with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.
French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite
planning a large number of job cuts.
Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone
Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but
Delbos said the company's presence in F1 will not be affected.
The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.
The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor
of resuming. There was one abstention.
The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus
pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to
complete the season on Aug. 2.
St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place
Basel trails by five points.
Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that
competition in August after domestic seasons end.
The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to
12 failed to pass.
The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.
The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short
time later decided to push them back.
The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.
The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums.
J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news
The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.
The soccer league says "matches will be held without spectators but the league
will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future."
The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to
scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel.
A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3
leagues can begin play on June 27.
The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug.
The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining
rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to
restart on June 17.
The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of
June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12.
The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says
further information on venues will be announced later.
The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as
lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.
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