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The Latest: Fore! Golf to resume in Washington State

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that golf can resume in the state beginning May 5.

The announcement on Monday was part of a partial resumption of outdoor activities that includes fishing, hunting and use of state parks and state lands for day trips.

Inslee said that the Golf Alliance of Washington has established several rules, including spacing out of tee times, limits on the number of people playing golf together, and allowing take-away food and beverage service only.

Inslee said that if the

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Lakers return $4.6 million from stimulus loan program

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6 million from a coronavirus relief program after learning the program’s funds had been depleted.

The Lakers applied for the loan under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, and they received it in the first round of distribution.

The team returned its loan after the fund ran out of money in less than two weeks. So did several wealthier business that had applied for the funds, including Shake Shack and

The Latest: Sharks to provide grants to part-time workers

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The San Jose Sharks have announced a plan to provide grants to 1,800 part-time workers at the team’s arena and practice facility who are unable to work because of the new coronavirus pandemic.

The Sharks say that ownership, players, coaches, front office staff and corporate partners have already pledged more than $200,000 to launch the fund. They are asking fans with available resources to make donations at the team’s website to help the workers at the SAP Center and Sharks Ice facilities in San Jose,

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NBA pushes plan to reopen facilities until May 8 at earliest

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has pushed back plans that would allow teams to reopen their practice facilities for at least one week.

The NBA had decided over the weekend to have teams open their gyms for voluntary player workouts on Friday, if local and state laws made such a move permissible. But on Monday the league revised that potential opening date until May 8, at the earliest.

The NBA says the May 8 date is far from firm, warning teams that it “may push this timing back if developments warrant.” 


The Latest: Fasig-Tipton consolidating its yearling sales

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Fasig-Tipton will consolidate its July, Saratoga, and New York Bred yearling sales into one auction showcase on Sept. 9-10 at its Lexington, Kentucky, facility.

The company made its decision after watching the progression of the coronavirus pandemic over the last several weeks.

Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning says the 2-year-old sales season needs to end before yearling sales begin, which makes the usual July sale unfeasible. With details for Saratoga’s summer racing season yet to be finalized,

The Latest: Remainder of AHL season “likely” to be canceled

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A person with direct knowledge of discussions tells The Associated Press it’s “quite likely” the American Hockey League will cancel the remainder of its season because of the new coronavirus pandemic.

The person spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to discuss the plans of the NHL’s top minor league.

The AHL responded by saying there was “nothing imminent” in terms of calling off the remainder of the season.

Last week, AHL President and CEO David

The Latest: Clemson cancels athletic and academic camps

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Clemson has canceled all its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That includes two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps where the Tigers coaches have the chance to meet and watch prep athletes work out each summer.

The university announced its decision on Monday. It said the school will remain closed until May 8.

Late spring and summer camps are popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports.

The Latest: Beach volleyball tour urging public to stay home

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There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.

The U.S. tour for the quintessentially outdoors sport has postponed all of its events at least until the Hermosa Beach Open in

AFC North has new look, though Ravens still the team to beat

Following a season in which Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens ran away with the AFC North title, the rest of the division has been working diligently to narrow the gap.

The Ravens, however, show no signs of slowing down.

After a whirlwind of free agent signings and the NFL draft, the AFC North has a decidedly different look.

— Cincinnati has essentially handed the reins of the offense to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the top pick in the draft.

— Ben Roethlisberger is poised to return to the Steelers after missing the final 14 games in 2019.

— Cleveland is counting on a new general

The Latest: PGA’s Zurich Classic sponsor giving $1.5 million

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The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation.

The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm.

Before the PGA began canceling events due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Zurich Classic had been scheduled to take place last week at TPC Louisiana, which recently completed $1.9 million in course renovations