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The Latest: Churchill Downs delays reopening stables

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Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at its track and training center until April 14 because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. A decision on postponing the scheduled April 25 spring meet opening will be made closer to that date.

The storied track last week postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, the first time the event won’t be run on the first Saturday in May since 1945. Churchill Downs’ stables have been closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations, and many of

The Latest: Senators press for transparency around Olympics

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Two U.S. senators are pressing for transparency after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games over concerns about the coronavirus.

Senators Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, are part of a subcommittee that handles issues related to the Olympics. In a joint statement, Moran, who’s the chairman, and Blumenthal, the ranking member, pushed for more clarity as the IOC decides when the games in Tokyo will be held in 2021.


The Latest: Ronaldo funding intensive care units in Portugal

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Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are funding three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal.

A hospital in Porto said the contribution from the Juventus forward and his agent will pay for 15 intensive care beds fully equipped with ventilators and other necessary equipment. Another two units with 10 beds each will be set up in Lisbon.

Media reports said Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing more than 1 million euros (dollars) for the three units.


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Virus forces postponement of Summer Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  

The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads.

Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it

The Latest: NASCAR to cut all staff pay until racing resumes

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NASCAR has ordered staff pay cuts across its entire company until the series returns to racing.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps sent a memo to employees Tuesday saying all officers will have a 25% reduction in salary, while all other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%. Budget expenses also have been frozen, and employees are being encouraged to use vacation.

NASCAR currently is suspended until May 9, a span costing the series seven of its elite Cup races. Phelps has vowed all will be

The Latest: US Olympic track trials to be rescheduled

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The U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, will be rescheduled in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the spread of the coronavirus.

TrackTown USA, the local organizing body, announced Tuesday that is working with USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on rescheduling the event, which was originally set to start on June 19.

“Although it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date for

The Latest: Jags, Cards donate $1M for virus crisis response

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The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.

Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking

Saints add defensive end Spence, XFL INT leader Nichols

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols.

The 6-foot-2, 251-pound Spence returns to the Saints after first joining New Orleans for the final three regular season games of 2019 and one playoff game.

The four-year veteran out of Eastern Kentucky began his NFL career when Tampa Bay selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft. His rookie season, when he had 5 1/2 sacks remains his best yet.

He played his first three season with the

BC-BBO–This Date in Baseball

March 27

1973 — Minnesota pitcher Jim Perry became the first player to use the “10 and 5 rule” when he OK’d his own trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash.

1986 — Major League Baseball’s Rules Committee voted to change the designated hitter rule for the World Series allowing a DH to be used in all games played in the American League home park. Since 1976 the DH had been used in all games in alternating years.

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

The Latest: 76ers, Devils rescind employee pay cuts

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The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them.

Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.

“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and