Category Archives: Local Sports

Analysis: USA Basketball may face roster challenges for 2021

(AP)-Knowing when the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will be solves one problem for USA Basketball. And it creates a few others. Let’s assume that the 2020-21 NBA season is over by next July, a premise that also assumes some sort of normalcy returns to the sports world and that the global coronavirus pandemic slows to the…read more »

MLB extends support to minor leaguers through May

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is extending its financial support to minor league players through May while suspending their contracts because of the new coronavirus pandemic. MLB announced March 19 that it was giving minor leaguers $400 weekly allowances through April 8, the day before the minor league season was scheduled to start.…read more »

The Latest: World Games to shift dates to avoid OLY overlap

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to the summer of 2021 will have an impact on numerous other events — including an Olympic-style event for sports that are not part of the Summer Games. The new dates for the Olympics…read more »

The Last Dance’ look at Jordan’s last title starts April 19

(AP)-The long-awaited look at Michael Jordan’s last championship season with the Chicago Bulls is finally set for release. ESPN and Netflix announced on Tuesday that the 10-part documentary series called “The Last Dance” will run in the U.S. over five consecutive Sunday nights starting April 19 and running through May 17. There will be two…read more »

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

(AP)- The NCAA will permit Division I spring-sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to give spring-sport athletes regardless of their year in school a way to get…read more »

Most NFL teams extend ticket payment deadlines due to virus

(AP)- At a time when America is trying to cope with the financial fallout created by the deadly coronavirus, the renewal of NFL season tickets is not exactly a high priority. Not in the midst of soaring unemployment, business closures and a volatile stock market. Most teams understand this, and have acted accordingly. Twenty-eight of…read more »

NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs by two teams

(AP)- NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for next season. During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC. Three-fourths…read more »

Public Health Officials Announce 461 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 461 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois.  Eight new deaths are also being reported, including the death of an incarcerated man from Stateville Correctional Center.  Additionally, 12 men who were incarcerated at Stateville are now hospitalized, including several requiring ventilators.  There are 77 more…read more »

In The Pits: iRacing is fun but won’t carry teams for long

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Virtual racing has been the small saving grace for motorsports since the coronavirus pandemic brought nearly everything to a halt. Timmy Hill’s iRacing victory on national television gave the journeyman driver and his sponsors exposure they would never receive during a normal NASCAR weekend. “What I’ll gain from this is recognition.…read more »

As MLB ponders post-virus season, players worry about health

(AP)-As Major League Baseball and the players’ union contemplate various ways to create a schedule for whenever the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart raised a concern that is surely shared by others around the sport: Could trying to cram in games, and maybe extend the season into late November or December, lead…read more »

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