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Baseball ‘til Christmas?

UNDATED (AP) — The final pitch of the 2020 baseball season could be thrown closer to Christmas than Halloween. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on that provides for $170 million in salary advances and guarantees service time to players even if no games are played due to the new coronavirus.  The season was to start Thursday and Game 7 of the World Series was on track to be Oct. 28. Union head Tony Clark says big leaguers would play as long as they could to get in as many games as possible.

In other

Update on the latest sports

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS

Baseball ‘til Christmas?

UNDATED (AP) — The final pitch of the 2020 baseball season could be thrown closer to Christmas than Halloween. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on that provides for $170 million in salary advances and guarantees service time to players even if no games are played due to the new coronavirus.  The season was to start Thursday and Game 7 of the World Series was on track to be Oct. 28. Union head Tony Clark says big leaguers would play as long as they could to get in as many games as possible.

In other

The Latest: Blues announcer John Kelly recovering from virus

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The St. Louis Blues confirmed Friday that Fox Sports play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The team said in a post on Twitter that Kelly has been in self-quarantine at home since March 13.

The Blues say they’re “thrilled to report” that Kelly is feeling strong again and and is symptom-free.

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Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese posted on Twitter that she tested positive for COVID-19.

Wiese said that she was “feeling well — fortunate to only show mild

BC-BBO–This Date in Baseball

March 28

1970 — Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announced the return of the All-Star selection to the fans.

1977 — Lenny Randle of the Texas Rangers, angry about having been benched during spring training, attacked 50-year-old manager Frank Lucchesi and sent him to the hospital with a shattered cheekbone.

1999 — Harold Baines singled in the tiebreaking run in the top of the 11th inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cuban all-star team 3-2 in Havana. It was the first time in 40 years a major league team had played in Cuba.

1991 — Methodist College beat Maryville 43-0 to set an NCAA record for

Update on the latest sports

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Athletes who qualified for Tokyo Games are in for 2021

UNDATED (AP) — There’s good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021.

Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the

Melvin Gordon using lessons of holdout as motivation in 2020

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Melvin Gordon’s futile holdout last season holds many a lesson for the sixth-year running back, including the realization that the former Chargers star still has plenty of doubters despite scoring 49 touchdowns in college and 47 more in the NFL.

“I’m coming in hungry, ready to work, with a chip on my shoulder,” Gordon said in a video from Florida posted on the Denver Broncos’ Twitter feed.

Asked Friday during a conference call about that motivation, Gordon, who signed a two-year, $16 million free agent contract with the Broncos, said, “It’s huge. I just felt like a

The Latest: Sparks guard Wiese tests positive for virus

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Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese posted on Twitter that she tested positive for COVID-19.

Wiese said that she was “feeling well — fortunate to only show mild symptoms, but I am capable of spreading it.”

The 24-year-old Wiese has spent her career playing for the Sparks after getting drafted by Los Angeles in 2017. She starred at Oregon State, helping the Beavers reach the Final Four in 2016.

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The home of Wales rugby, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, is being turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital

The Latest: Wales’ Principality Stadium becoming a hospital

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The home of Wales rugby, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, is being turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

The Welsh Rugby Union offered the stadium this week to the government, and a revamp has started.

“I sincerely hope we don’t need to use all of the capacity but it is far better to have developed plans based upon the scientific evidence and modelling of the experts,” Cardiff and Vale University Health Board CEO Len Richards said in a statement.

“The facility will

The Latest: Big Ten extends suspension of team activities

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The Big Ten has extended the suspension of all organized team activities through May 4.

Big Ten officials say this is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-league competitions through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, including spring sports that extend beyond the academic year.

Big Ten officials said they would continue to work with medical experts and institutional leaders to determine their next steps in regard to the pandemic.

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The Latest: Montreal world series triathlon postponed

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The world series triathlon in Montreal in June was postponed on Friday, a day after Canada closed its borders to June 30 to all foreigners except Americans.

The Montreal elite races were scheduled for June 28.

It’s the fourth race in triathlon’s premier series to be postponed. The leg in Yokohama, Japan, in May is still scheduled to go ahead.

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Full-time Minnesota Wild employees will continue to receive full pay and benefits through April.

Owner Craig Leipold informed staff of the decision via e-mail