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The Latest: English soccer authorities still waiting

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.

The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”

They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”

The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be

The Latest: UEFA again postpones Euro 2020 playoffs

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UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.

Europe’s priority will be completing club competitions if games resume in June. That will include national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League.

UEFA says the next available Euro 2020 playoff dates are Sept. 3-8. The September dates had been allocated to start the next Nations League groups.

The

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NFL-PLAYOFFS

NFL owners vote to expand playoffs by one team per conference

UNDATED (AP) — NFL team owners have voted 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 because of the new coronavirus pandemic, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC.

Only the teams with the best record in the AFC and NFC will get a bye under the new format; the top two teams skipped wild-card weekend in the past. 

In other NFL news:

—The Chicago Bears have

The Latest: English soccer authorities still waiting

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.

The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”

They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”

The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no

The Latest: Sports teams in Russia face funding cuts

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.

The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur

Update on the latest in sports:

NFL-PLAYOFFS

NFL owners vote to expand playoffs by one team per conference

UNDATED (AP) — NFL team owners have voted 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 because of the new coronavirus pandemic, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC.

Only the teams with the best record in the AFC and NFC will get a bye under the new format; the top two teams skipped wild-card weekend in the past. 

In other NFL news:

—The Chicago Bears have

NFL teams rely on tape with virus altering pre-draft routine

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Let’s go to the tape.

NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe.

The social distancing spawned by the coronavirus emergency has halted pro timing days at college campuses. It’s also led the league to forbid teams hosting prospects at team headquarters or from visiting them for in-person interviews, face-to-face meetings that are usually such an integral part of the annual evaluations that can make or break a franchise’s

NFL teams rely on tape with virus altering pre-draft routine

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Let’s go to the tape.

NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe.

The social distancing spawned by the coronavirus emergency has halted pro timing days at college campuses. It’s also led the league to forbid teams hosting prospects at team headquarters or from visiting them for in-person interviews, face-to-face meetings that are usually such an integral part of the annual evaluations that can make or break a franchise’s

Update on the latest in sports:

NFL-PLAYOFFS

NFL owners vote to expand playoffs by one team per conference

UNDATED (AP) — NFL team owners have voted 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 because of the new coronavirus pandemic, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC.

Only the teams with the best record in the AFC and NFC will get a bye under the new format; the top two teams skipped wild-card weekend in the past. 

In other NFL news:

—The Chicago Bears have