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COVID-19 and sports: Latest updates across all leagues

It's been several months since sports in the United States came to a screeching halt amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the NBA, MLB and NHL seasons suddenly were put on hiatus.

Recent UFC bouts, WWE matches, NASCAR races and golf tournaments offered a glimmer of hope, and now the timelines of major sports are finally still being finalized. The NBA, NHL and MLB have announced plans to return to play, but with news breaking so often, we’ve gathered the latest stories fans need to know.

 
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NBA

NBA
NBA commissioner Adam Silver Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Here is what has happened over the last couple of weeks in the NBA:

OCTOBER 30

  • The NBA and Players Association are once again extending the deadline for either side to serve notice on terminating the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new date is now next Friday, Nov. 6, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. This the fourth time they have agreed to extend the deadline, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. They are trying to hammer out modifications on the CBA, including next season’s salary-cap and luxury-tax thresholds. Discussions will continue this weekend, Wojnarowski adds. Read more here.

OCTOBER 28

  • A “substantial faction” of NBA players — including some stars — are pushing for the 2020-21 regular season to begin on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 18), rather than on Dec. 22, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. These players would also like to see free agency begin on Dec. 1. Under the league’s current proposal, Dec. 1 has been cited as a possible start date for training camps, with free agency expected to open as early as two or three days after the Nov. 18 draft. Read more here.

OCTOBER 27

  • The National Basketball Players Association has yet to approve the NBA’s proposed start date of Dec. 22 for the 2020-21 regular season. However, assuming the two sides opt to move forward with that plan, Dec. 1 appears to be the likeliest opening date for training camps, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. Read more here.

OCTOBER 26

  • Even if the NBA’s salary cap doesn’t end up increasing at all for the 2020-21 season, teams are lobbying for a bump in the luxury tax line. Read more here.

OCTOBER 23

  • According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the NBA is targeting Dec. 22 for the start of next season. He reports that it would be a 72-game schedule that finishes before the 2021 Olympics. Read more here.
  • Additionally, it doesn't look like the NBA is looking to have another bubble environment for next season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA could move to an MLB-style schedule where teams play mini-series against one another to limit travel. Read more here.

OCTOBER 22

  • The Association and ESPN jointly announced that the draft held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., will be a virtual experience for those not in attendance. ESPN, ESPN Radio and the ESPN App will air the draft. Broadcasts start at 7 p.m. ET. While commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will announce draft selections from the studio, chosen players will conduct interviews virtually from their homes or other safe locations away from large gatherings to prevent any potential spread of the virus. Read more here.

OCTOBER 19

  • All 30 NBA teams suffered financially from the shutdown, but the Lakers were impacted more than anyone, writes Bill Shea of The Athletic. Figures released by Team Marketing Report, a Chicago-based sports business intelligence firm, show the league lost $694M from the cancellation of 258 regular-season games. The Lakers missed out on revenue from 10 home games, tied for the most in the league, which cost the franchise an estimated $52.7M. Rounding out the top five were the Knicks at $45M, the Warriors at $42.5M, the Rockets at $35M and the Celtics at $31.5M. Teams losing the least tended to be in smaller markets, led by the Grizzlies at $10.4M, the Hornets and Timberwolves at $11.7M each, and the Cavaliers and Suns at $11.8M each. Read more here.
  • Many players have spoken about how difficult life in the bubble was. From not being able to see family to limited activities, the bubble just wasn't made for some people. One player who actually enjoyed life in the bubble, though, was Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who penned an article in The Players' Tribune. Read more here.
  • The NBA’s summer resumption permitted the league to recoup about $1.5 billion in revenue that would have otherwise been lost, sources tell John Lombardo of SportsBusiness Daily. As Lombardo explains, much of that $1.5 billion was tied to national and local television deals, as well as league sponsorships. Read more here.

OCTOBER 16

  • The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have once again agreed to extend the deadline that would allow one side to terminate the collective bargaining agreement due to COVID-19, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. The decision marks the third of its kind since May, with the new deadline now being Oct. 30. Both sides are in active discussions on what the CBA should include for next season, Wojnarowski notes, with the possibility of the CBA being terminated remaining unlikely. Read more here.

OCTOBER 14

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver revealed recently that the original Dec. 1 target start date isn't happening. According to The Athletic's John Hollinger, the league now is targeting Jan. 18 for the start of next season, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read more here.
  • Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers, who had an extended stay in the Walt Disney World bubble, are in no rush to return to the Orlando property. During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Davis was asked if he plans to visit Walt Disney World again, to which he jokingly answered that he and his teammates would boycott if they had to return. Read more here.
  • It remains unclear when the NBA’s 2020-21 season will begin and what form it will take, and that uncertainty applies doubly to the coming G League season. As Marc Berman of The New York Post writes, there’s no guarantee a standard NBAGL season will take place in ’20-21. According to Berman, multiple scenarios have been discussed for a potential G League season, including the idea of not holding one at all and simply expanding NBA rosters instead. Read more here.

OCTOBER 12

  • Typically, an offseason’s key dates and deadlines are established months in advance. However, most of the NBA’s 2020 offseason dates remain up in the air. The 2020 draft has been set for Nov. 18, but it remains unclear when free agency will begin and when option decision dates, salary guarantee deadlines and trade exception expiration dates will occur. In a normal league year, a team can begin making trades once their season is over, so all 30 teams are free to make deals once the NBA Finals conclude. This time around, a transaction moratorium remains in place, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The NBA and NBPA, who will have to negotiate new salary cap and luxury tax figures for the 2020-21 season, along with several other financial and logistical details for the coming season, will also be responsible for determining when that moratorium will end. When it does, trade season can begin in earnest. Read more here.
  • According to TMZ Sports, several ideas were kicked around to host a different type of parade for the Lakers and their fans amid the pandemic. That included an in-car celebration. However, all of these plans were scrapped. The Lakers want a true parade through the streets of Los Angeles. This is not going to happen until county and city officials in Southern California give the all clear. That likely means when COVID-related restrictions are lifted in the state. Read more here.

OCTOBER 6

  • Stephen Curry has teamed up with longtime endorsement partner Under Armour to facilitate a mask giveback initiative, and the Golden State Warriors superstar is dedicated to potentially furthering the program’s reach. The initiative, through which communities in need are provided with Under Armour masks during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, aspires to protect athletes as they return to playing youth sports. Read more here.
  • According to National Basketball executive director Michele Roberts, free agency is slated to begin on Dec. 1. Read more here.
 
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MLB

MLB
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Here is the latest MLB news from the past couple of weeks:

OCTOBER 30

  • Given the uncertainty associated with COVID-19, however, MLB is considering a staggered start to 2021 spring training for minor-league players. If MLB were to adopt a staggered reporting system, higher-level players (likely those at Triple-A or in the majors) would be the only group to report to spring training at its typical start date. Lower-level players would report to spring camps only after the higher-level players have dispersed to start their regular seasons (MLB’s Opening Day is currently scheduled for April 1), thus minimizing human contact. Read more here.
  • MLB confirmed on Friday that the owners meetings scheduled for Nov. 17-19 in Arlington and winter meetings scheduled for Dec. 7-10 in Dallas have been canceled because of the health crisis. Instead, those events will be "conducted remotely as necessary," according to the league. Read more here.

OCTOBER 29

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers have been advised to quarantine for 14 days by the Los Angeles County Health Department after Justin Turner was pulled from Game 6 of the World Series due to returning a positive COVID-19 test. The department said anyone "who has been a close contact of a person who has tested positive for the virus for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period must quarantine for 14 days." The majority of the Dodgers team, including coaches, fall under this umbrella after Turner violated MLB health and safety protocols and returned to the field to celebrate the World Series victory following the confirmation of his positive test on Tuesday. Read more here.

OCTOBER 28

  • Typically, a team celebrating a championship is a joyous event, but the Dodgers now find themselves steeped in controversy due to third baseman Justin Turner joining the team on the field for the postgame hugging and frolicking despite having tested positive for COVID-19. Turner had tested positive on Monday and was then tested again on Tuesday to confirm, but the team had not received the results in time for the game, so he was finally pulled in the eighth inning. Turner was taken into an examination room and told he had to be in isolation, but he ignored those instructions and headed to the field after the Dodgers sealed their World Series win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Read more here.
  • Major League Baseball is investigating Justin Turner for celebrating on the field after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. In a statement issued Wednesday, the league made clear that Turner ignored orders to refrain from going on the field. MLB promised a “full investigation” and admonished Turner for putting “everyone he came in contact with at risk.” Read more here.
  • Despite Turner's positive test, all Dodgers players tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday and were allowed to travel on the team plane back to Los Angeles, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Read more here.

OCTOBER 27

  • Talk of revenue losses throughout the sport has been prominent since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but commissioner Rob Manfred put some more concrete numbers on the concept this week. In an interview with Barry M. Bloom for Sportico, Manfred said that the league’s 30 teams have amassed a collective $8.3 billion in debt and will post anywhere from $2.8 to $3.0 billion in combined operational losses. Read more here.

OCTOBER 21

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred made it clear that he and the owners of teams around the league would like to keep an expanded postseason format and the extra-inning tiebreaker rule going forward. When it comes to the extra-innings rule, Manfred believes the players liked it. The league placed a runner at second base to begin each extra inning to promote run-scoring and avoid lengthy contests. "I think the players like it," Manfred said. "I think it's really good from a safety and health perspective that keeps us from putting players in situations where they're out there too long or in positions they're not used to playing." Read more here.

OCTOBER 2

  • In a joint statement released on Friday, MLB and the MLB Players Association announced that the league has gone 33 consecutive days and counting without a single player testing positive for the coronavirus. Two of the 15,024 samples collected over the past week were positive for the virus. Both of those cases were staff members from the same club. MLB added that players have tested negative for COVID-19 over 41 of the previous 42 days. Read more here.

OCTOBER 1

  • The bus driver who drove the Tennessee Titans to their game versus the Minnesota Vikings last weekend also drove the Houston Astros to their playoff series against the Minnesota Twins. The Titans are in the middle of a coronavirus outbreak that caused the NFL to postpone Sunday's game between Tennessee and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 30

  • Major League Baseball is planning to allow up to 11,500 fans to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series held at Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 29

  • According to The Wall Street Journal, Major League Baseball and its teams lost an estimated $3 billion in revenue due to not being able to play games with fans in attendance. Commissioner Rob Manfred told the WSJ that playing next season without fans in attendance would be “economically devastating.” Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 28

  • Trevor Bauer took aim at MLB and suggested that the league is not allowing the families of players on designated road teams to attend playoff games. MLB hasn’t announced anything specific policy-wise on this. Players will be allowed to bring their families into the bubble, but the league had not clarified any rules about them attending games. Bauer seems to have been told that home players will have families attending games, but visiting families will not. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 26

  • The Blue Jays played a majority of their home games this season at Sahlen Field after the Canadian government denied them permission to play in Toronto. There's currently no indication where the Blue Jays will play the 2021 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it appears that Rob Manfred is adamant about having the team play at home next year, saying MLB "will do everything humanly possible to convince the government that the Blue Jays should play in Toronto next year." Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 25

  • The Chicago Cubs became one of the first teams to reportedly acknowledge that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to continue to negatively impact fan attendance next year. The Cubs understand that it is unlikely Wrigley Field will be at full capacity at any point during the 2021 MLB season, sources tell Jesse Rogers of ESPN. The realization is said to be based on “advice from medical experts, as well as restrictions because of local ordinances,” Rogers writes. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 23

  • The Phillies signed Greg Bird to a minor league contract Sept. 15, but the first baseman tested positive for the coronavirus upon physical entry after that, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Consequently, the Phillies did not place Bird on their 40-man playoff roster. Fortunately, though, none of the Phillies at the team’s alternate site were exposed to Bird. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 22

  • ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports that teams’ 2020 records are “highly likely” to be used to determine the order of the 2021 draft selection. Read more here.
  • Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that, pending approval by the appropriate authorities, the plan is to allow some fans to attend games at the NLCS and World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Read more here.
  • Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons has begun his offseason early. With Los Angeles on the brink of elimination from playoff contention, the club announced on Tuesday that the 31-year-old has opted out of the remainder of the regular season that finishes this Sunday. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 21

  • The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) confirmed on Monday that the highest seed playing in the World Series will serve as the "home team" and receive the final at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7. Per an agreement between the league and MLB Players Association, this year's World Series will occur at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers, to limit travel between clubs amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
  • As recently as June, the concept of an expanded Arizona Fall League was under consideration by Major League Baseball. But MLB has now decided to cancel the AFL’s 2020 season, Josh Norris of Baseball America reports. The AFL is the latest baseball league to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 16

  • Speaking at an online event hosted by Hofstra University this week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to make the expanded postseason format permanent, adding that he believes the opposition to the universal DH is waning and stating that the extra-inning rule has been received better than he anticipated. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 12

  • Brewers closer Josh Hader is encountering some unique challenges with the 2020 campaign even though it is 102 games shorter than a typical season. Hader opened up about his struggles to find a rhythm in the shortened season. Specifically, the All-Star lefty alluded to having difficulty adjusting to the stop-and-start nature of the last several months. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 3

  • Yoan Moncada says he is still experiencing some struggles since battling COVID-19 earlier this summer: "Definitely my body doesn’t feel the same after the virus." Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 2

  • The 2021 MLB Draft will be pushed from June to July 11-13 and take place in conjunction with next year’s All-Star festivities in Atlanta, reports ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel. The length of next year’s draft still is not set in stone, but it will be longer than this year’s heavily truncated five-round event. Read more here.
  • All-time great New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver has died at the age of 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Seaver died peacefully in his sleep due to complications from both Lewy body dementia and COVID-19. Read more here.

AUGUST 28

  • According to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America, MLB proposed a “Baseball Cup” that would involve a combination of all MLB and MiLB teams, where 150 teams would compete in a single-elimination tournament, with clubs from Class A theoretically facing MLB squads. Read more here.

AUGUST 11

  • Liberty Media revealed, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Tim Tucker, that the Braves’ revenue plummeted 95% compared to the same quarter in 2019. The club generated $208 million in revenue from April through June in 2019. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that number dropped to $11 million this year. Read more here.

AUGUST 10

  • According to SNY’s Andy Martino, MLB executives are now polling teams about canceling the in-person winter meetings and making the event virtual this year. The 2020 winter meetings are currently set to take place in Dallas from Dec. 6-10, but many around the league aren’t entirely comfortable with the situation. Instead, executives would prefer to conduct their business virtually, negotiating with agents and other teams from the comfort of their homes. Read more here.

JULY 29

  • Lou Schwechheimer, owner of the Miami Marlins' Triple-A affiliate Wichita Wind Surge, died on Wednesday from complications caused by COVID-19. Schwechheimer was 62 years old. Read more here.
 
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NHL

NHL
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Here is what the NHL has been doing over the past couple of weeks to prepare for he league's resumption:

OCTOBER 29

  • NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN's Emily Kaplan on Thursday that the league wants to return to a normal regular-season schedule for the 2021-22 campaign. Figuring out an upcoming season destined to be altered by the worsening coronavirus pandemic is still proving to be a challenge heading into November. Read more here.

OCTOBER 28

  • American Hockey League president Scott Howson recently told ESPN that a Dec. 4 start date for the 2020-21 season held amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic wasn't realistic. The AHL is now delaying the campaign's start by two months. In an official announcement, Howson explained that the league's board of governors approved the postponement of the season's tentative start date to at least Feb. 5. Read more here.

OCTOBER 24

  • The 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs — the “bubble playoffs” — were nothing short of an immense success for the NHL. Yet, the challenges faced in planning the postseason are different than mapping out how the 2020-21 regular season might proceed. As deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells The Athletic’s Michael Russo, “It’s going to be a challenge.” Read more here.

OCTOBER 22

  • When the American Hockey League announced in late July that it planned to begin the 2020-21 season amid the coronavirus pandemic on Dec. 4, it felt overly optimistic at absolute best. League president Scott Howson acknowledged just that while speaking with ESPN's Greg Wyshynski this week. "We're getting close to Dec. 4, and there's been minimal improvement as far as fan capacity," Howson said. "The virus seems to be getting worse right now. The borders are still closed. We'll probably be going to our Board in the next two to three weeks with another plan. "The purpose is that maybe Dec. 4 isn't realistic. That our teams aren't ready to do that." Read more here.
  • The NHL has officially postponed both the 2021 Winter Classic and 2021 All-Star weekend due to the lack of fan participation and attendance that will be possible. The league has not changed its previous target of Jan. 1 as a potential start date for the upcoming season, though that is obviously still not confirmed at this point. Read more here.

OCTOBER 10

  • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is being met with questions about what the 2020-21 season has in store. According to Mark Zwolinski of The Star, Alberta's Lake Louise — with its famous mountain backdrop — has been discussed as a possible location for the NHL's opening day. Playing outdoors on a lake would be possible because the league isn't planning on beginning the 2020-21 campaign until at least January. Read more here.

OCTOBER 5

  • The Edmonton Oilers have announced that Connor McDavid tested positive for COVID-19. The superstar forward has entered into voluntary self-quarantine at his home and is experiencing mild symptoms. Read more here.

OCTOBER 4

  • With the coronavirus pandemic causing the postseason to be played over the summer and into the fall, the league now is faced with questions about when the 2020-21 campaign will start. According to Seth Rorabaugh of the Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry was informed to be prepared for the start of training camp to open on Nov. 15. Teams are usually given about a month to prepare for the upcoming season through training camp and preseason games. If the NHL indeed is aiming for a November start, then the 2020-21 campaign could begin as early as December. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 24

  • On Thursday, the NHL unveiled protocols for offseason training ahead of the 2020-21 regular season that will be held amid the coronavirus pandemic. Among the rules, NHL clubs are permitted to open in-market training facilities on Oct. 15 for voluntary workouts. At least five players must notify a team about intentions to train before the club opens its facilities, and a maximum of 12 players are permitted on the ice at the same time. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 19

  • Gary Bettman revealed in his annual state of the league address that the 2020-21 season could begin as late as January. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 18

  • While the league has held firm on its desire to begin the new season before the end of the calendar year and to play a full 82-game schedule, doubts are starting to creep in about how this can be arranged as COVID-19 continues to be prevalent in North America. Even deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently stated that he does not know for sure when and how the league will return to regular-season play, though he did say that a start date prior to Dec. 1 is more unlikely than not. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 14

  • Goaltender Ryan Miller explained that if the NHL moves to full-season bubbles it wouldn’t be fair to him or his family for him to sign up and leave for nine months, a notion that is likely shared by many around the league. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 11

  • TSN’s Frank Seravalli writes the Sabres are planning to enforce an internal salary cap in the low $70M range, potentially putting payroll $10M under the $81.5M salary-cap ceiling due to financial difficulties caused by the pandemic. Read more here.

AUGUST 21

  • The Arizona Coyotes are yet another professional sports franchise to have laid off and furloughed staff members because of financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While the Associated Press (h/t ESPN) was able to confirm the cuts, the Coyotes didn't announce how many staff members lost their jobs or which departments within the franchise were affected by the decisions. Read more here.

AUGUST 10

  • As had been expected, the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for Nov. 16 in Toronto has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), the Hall will further discuss rescheduling ideas on Oct. 29. Chairman Lanny McDonald added that a virtual ceremony won't be considered and that the in-person event could be moved to November 2021. Read more here.

JULY 30

  • The American Hockey League, the NHL's primary developmental league, has announced a tentative start date for the 2020-21 campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic: Dec. 4. Read more here.
 
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NFL

NFL
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL season started without issues, but the Titans suffered a COVID outbreak, and several big-name Patriots tested positive. As the NFL hopes to continue the season, we'll bring you the latest updates from the league:

OCTOBER 30

  • Add the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings to the growing list of NFL teams to have players test positive for COVID-19. Adam Schefter reported a Broncos lineman and Vikings linebacker received positive test results. Read more here.
  • The upcoming "Monday Night Football" game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants appears safe to go on as scheduled following a brief coronavirus scare. New York placed offensive lineman Will Hernandez on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. On Friday, the Giants confirmed that individuals deemed "close contacts" are now back with the team and partaking in remote meetings. Read more here.

OCTOBER 29

  • The New York Giants and Los Angeles Chargers each announced that a player tested positive for COVID-19. Starting left guard Will Hernandez will be placed on the reserve/COVID list for the Giants, which seems to suggest that he is the player who was placed in self-isolation last night after the team learned about the positive test. Contact tracing is underway, and all but four of the team's offensive linemen have been quarantined due to close contact. The Chargers put an unnamed player who tested positive in self-isolation while sending those in close contact home. Read more here.
  • ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports that the Minnesota Vikings will not permit fans to attend the Nov. 8 home game against the division-rival Detroit Lions. This fall, the Vikings have permitted 250 family members of players and other Minnesota personnel to attend games to test stadium protocols with the hope that the team could permit some percentage of patrons before the campaign concludes. Read more here.

OCTOBER 28

  • The Houston Texans have shut down team facilities after a player tested positive for COVID-19 following the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers. Read more here.
  • The NFL cited a protocol in place for the unlikely situation that a player receives a positive test result during a game. “Game day tests for night games are conducted in mid- to late-morning,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio via email. “For the most part, it’s unlikely, but possible to get a result before or during the game.” McCarthy added that all NFL stadiums have on-site isolation rooms. Any player testing positive during a game would be isolated there. Read more here.
  • Raymond James Stadium won't be completely filled for Super Bowl LV if fans are allowed to attend the title game. ESPN's Adam Schefter (h/t Kevin Seifert) reported on Wednesday that the NFL will reduce the stadium capacity to 20 percent of its 65,000 seats for the future championship game scheduled for Feb. 7. Masks will be mandatory for patrons, and spectators will be seated in pods six feet apart to allow for necessary social distancing. Read more here.

OCTOBER 27

  • The NFL and NFL Players Association confirmed in a Tuesday joint statement that players returned eight positive coronavirus results in the league's latest round of testing between Oct. 18 and Oct. 24. Additionally, the league reported 11 positive COVID-19 test results among other personnel. Read more here.
  • Stories emerged the Giants were investigating photos and videos linked to an alleged dinner that featured multiple players wearing no face coverings at a restaurant despite concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. "We're gonna deal with things internally," Giants head coach Joe Judge told reporters on Tuesday about that gathering, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. "I believe they were trying to do the right thing with getting together and having dinner the other night." The NFL and NFL Players Association could, however, get involved if multiple Giants players land on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week. Read more here.

OCTOBER 25

  • Jacksonville Jaguars running back Ryquell Armstead has not played this season after he contracted the coronavirus, and that is the way it is going to stay. Armstead is not expected to play at all in 2020 after being hospitalized twice with complications from COVID-19, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. He has suffered from a variety of symptoms including significant respiratory issues. Read more here.

OCTOBER 24

  • The Bills announced Saturday that they've placed tight end Dawson Knox on the reserve/COVID list. Three other tight ends also were placed on the list: Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney and Nate Becker. Read more here.
  • According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Raiders removed offensive linemen  Kolton Miller, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson and Denzelle Good from the list. They were placed on it initially only because of close contact with Trent Brown, who tested positive for COVID. Read more here.

OCTOBER 23

  • Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed Friday that Emmanuel Sanders has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Payton added that about 20 people near Sanders were tested and their results came back negative. However, cornerback Ken Crawley also has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list based on close contact with Sanders. Read more here.
  • Washington QB Dwayne Haskins, who is from New Jersey, was fined $4,833 for making a reservation for a family friend at Washington's team hotel ahead of last Sunday's game against the New York Giants, a violation of rules for the season held amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

OCTOBER 22

  • The NFL and NFLPA are looking into how strictly the Raiders followed the league’s COVID-19 safety protocols. One primary focus is on offensive lineman Trent Brown, who tested positive for the virus this week. The league believes Brown failed to consistently wear his tracking device and spent time around teammates without wearing a mask. Read more here.
  • With the NFL and NFLPA investigating a potential COVID-19 outbreak within the Raiders, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills explained to NFL Network's Judy Battista on Thursday how the league has improved health and safety protocols that teams must follow to complete a season unlike any other. Read more here.

OCTOBER 21

  • California is prepared to allow fans back into outdoor stadiums for professional sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates, the state's health officials said. However, San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara are currently the only counties that meet the guidelines to allow fans to attend sporting events. Shortly after the announcement, officials in Santa Clara issued a statement saying they weren't prepared to allow fans into Levi's Stadium. Up to 14,000 fans could attend Levi's Stadium events under state guidance, but county health officials believe putting fans into a situation like that will cause the coronavirus to spread more than it already has. Read more here.
  • The Raiders are placing offensive tackle Trent Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The situation then escalated when head coach Jon Gruden told reporters that he was sending all five starting offensive linemen home because they apparently were in contact with Brown. Read more here.

OCTOBER 19

  • The NFL season has already seen multiple games postponed and delayed due to COVID-19 outbreaks, and with more problems on the horizon, Super Bowl LV could be facing a delay. During a virtual interview, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy revealed Super Bowl LV could be pushed back by a month. Read more here.
  • The Raiders have placed cornerback Damon Arnette on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (Twitter link). Read more here.
  • The New Orleans Saints and the NFL have talked with officials in Baton Rouge about the possibility of moving games to LSU's Tiger Stadium so fans can be in attendance. If the Saints were to end up playing at Tiger Stadium, head coach Sean Payton said it wouldn't be a problem for him. In fact, he actually embraced the idea. Read more here.
  • The NFL’s investigation into the Titans for potential COVID-19 protocol violations has concluded, and it looks like Tennessee is mostly in the clear. The league did find that there were some instances of failure to comply with mask protocols within the team facility, as well as “insufficient clear communication regarding workouts outside the facility,” Tom Pelissero of NFL Network tweets. That said, there will not be any forfeits, loss of draft picks or discipline for any individual associated with the team. Read more here.

OCTOBER 17

  • The Ravens placed veteran defensive tackle Brandon Williams on the COVID list Saturday. It is unclear if Williams has tested positive for the coronavirus, but new protocols implemented this week call for all players who qualify as close contacts of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 to be isolated for at least five days. Read more here.
  • The Falcons placed defensive end John Cominsky on the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday. Read more here.
  • The Patriots placed running back Sony Michel, guard Shaq Mason and defensive end Derek Rivers on the reserve COVID-19 list on Saturday. Read more here.

OCTOBER 16

  • The Patriots are placing James Ferentz on their reserve/COVID-19 list, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. The Pats canceled their Friday workout after another positive test. It is not certain if Ferentz tested positive, with players not having to do so to be placed on the COVID list, but this is another setback for the team. Read more here.

OCTOBER 15

  • NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills discussed the NFL’s coronavirus policy on Thursday. With cold and flu season approaching, many are wondering how the NFL will handle players who have symptoms from illnesses other than COVID-19. According to Sills, those players will be sent home and not allowed to return until they produce two negative COVID-19 tests separated by 24 hours. Read more here.

OCTOBER 14

  • The NFL has scrapped this season's Pro Bowl due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fans will still be able to vote their favorite players to the Pro Bowl beginning on Nov. 17. The full rosters are expected to be announced in December. "The league will work closely with the NFLPA and other partners, to create a variety of engaging activities to replace the Pro Bowl game this season," the NFL said Wednesday. "This virtual recognition of the season's finest players will provide fans the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of their favorite stars." Read more here.
  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills and executive vice president of football operations Trey Vincent took part in a conference call on Tuesday and touched on the subject of a bubble playoff environment. As of now, there is not much support for the idea. One reason is that officials feel an outbreak inside a bubble would be disastrous. Read more here.

OCTOBER 13

  • The NFL reportedly is considering a bubble strategy for the playoffs, with Los Angeles and Dallas targeted as potential locations. Read more here.
  • Saints spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed Tuesday that the team has had discussions with LSU about potentially playing home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The city of New Orleans is not allowing the Saints to host any fans at games in the Superdome, but Baton Rouge would be more accommodating. One of the issues the Saints have faced with regard to hosting fans is the Superdome’s status as an indoor venue. Playing games at LSU would mitigate some of the risk. Read more here.
  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at length about the COVID-19 outbreaks within the NFL and did not rule out the possibility of postponing Super Bowl LV. Read more here.
  • NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills remains opposed to any sort of bubble environment despite requests from within the league to discuss it. Sills said on a conference call Tuesday that he did not believe a playoff bubble would represent the safest course of action, citing additional concerns about mental health of players. Read more here.

OCTOBER 12

  • It appears some NFL players are having second thoughts about participating in the 2020 season amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Insider Mike Freeman reported for Deadspin that recent positive virus tests and the outbreak within the Tennessee Titans have some players "terrified" of catching COVID-19. Read more here.

OCTOBER 10

  • Jason McCourty stepped forward to discuss his feelings about the team's Week 4 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. The cornerback questioned whether the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the NFL make safety a top priority. Read more here.

OCTOBER 9

  • The NFL’s senior VP of officiating told teams in a memo on Friday, obtained by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, that any person who approaches an official without a face covering will be subject to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. In the message to clubs, Perry Fewell drove home the NFL’s enhanced safety guidelines and warned clubs that there will be significant consequences for violating the rules. In addition to the 15-yard penalty, players and coaches may face a suspension, and organizations could be fined or forfeit a draft pick. Read more here.

OCTOBER 8

  • The league is considering having the playoffs be decided by win percentage rather than record if games can't be made up due to the COVID pandemic. Read more here.
  • According to  The Athletic's Mike Sando, it was an "open secret" that the Titans were not taking COVID protocol seriously before the outbreak, including allowing players and personnel to often not wear masks around team facilities. Read more here.
  • While it’s unlikely that the NFL will move every team into hotels for regional bubbles during the season, according to The Washington Post’s Mark Maske and Cindy Boren, it’s a different story for the playoffs. After speaking with multiple people around the league, Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson shared that a bubble for the NFL playoffs is extremely likely. Read more here.

OCTOBER 7

  • The NFL has beefed up its COVID-19 protocols, but the league may stop there for the time being. The league is not considering implementing home-market bubbles by putting players in hotels, per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, who adds the NFL pausing its 101st season is also not a serious consideration. Read more here.

OCTOBER 5

  • Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller was fined $30,000 and several teammates were fined $15,000 each for attending Waller's recent charity event without wearing masks. Quarterback Derek Carr is one Las Vegas player known to have received a fine. Read more here.
 
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Golf

Golf
Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods recently participated in a charity golf match. Mike Ehrmann-Handout Photo

The latest from the world of golf since competition resumed:

OCTOBER 21

  • The PGA Tour confirmed on Wednesday that 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from this week's Zozo Championship held at the Sherwood Country Club in California. Read more here.
  • The Houston Open held at Memorial Park Golf Course from Nov. 5-8 is the first PGA Tour event in the United States set to welcome fans since the coronavirus pandemic caused a break in play in March. Up to 2,000 spectators will be permitted to attend per day. But Phil Mickelson isn't too keen on the idea with the first round of the Masters scheduled to get underway on Nov. 12, and he is considering skipping it. Read more here.

OCTOBER 19

  • Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Zozo Championship held at the Sherwood Country Club in California that gets underway on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Read more here.

OCTOBER 13

  • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has become the biggest PGA Tour name to date to test positive for COVID-19. The Tour confirmed the news on Tuesday and announced that the 36-year-old has withdrawn from this week's CJ Cup held at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Read more here.

OCTOBER 6

  • Tony Finau confirmed that he has withdrawn from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open held at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas after he tested positive for COVID-19. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 24

  • The European Tour has reversed course and announced that the Scottish Open held at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian that was postponed from July to Oct. 1-4 due to the coronavirus pandemic won't welcome fans. Read more here.
  • 1989 Open Championship winner Mark Calcavecchia played a round of golf on Thursday for the first time since he tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 6. He described his ordeal battling the coronavirus, saying, per Bob Harig of ESPN: "It's the worst I ever felt. Every bone in my body hurt." Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 16

  • PGA Tour of Australasia Tournaments director Nick Dastey confirmed that the Australian PGA Championship has been postponed until at least February 2021 due to concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 14

  • Englishman Sam Horsfield became the second player to withdraw from the upcoming U.S. Open due to a positive coronavirus test. The 23-year-old confirmed the news and explained he is asymptomatic via a statement he released on Twitter. Scottie Scheffler returned a positive at-home test and withdrew from the U.S. Open on Sunday. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 3

  • Professional golfer Kevin Kisner, who serves as a player director on the PGA Tour's policy board, believes the Tour could begin welcoming fans to events in early 2021. Per Bob Harig of ESPN, Kisner updated the Tour's stance regarding spectators on Thursday while speaking at East Lake Golf Club, home of the Tour Championship: "I think the start of the new year, we'll probably transition into trying something." Read more here.

AUGUST 12

  • After being postponed in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Masters Tournament has been rescheduled to be played Nov. 12-15 without fans in attendance. The event was announced by Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley, who made it clear that "the health and safety of everyone associated with the Masters always has been our first and most important priority." Read more here.

JULY 19

  • Golf legend Jack Nicklaus revealed that he and his wife, Barbara, battled COVID-19 earlier this year, per Golf Digest's Brian Wacker. Barbara did not experience symptoms, while the 80-year-old Nicklaus said he had a sore throat and a cough but was not symptomatic for very long. Read more here.
 
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NASCAR

NASCAR
Kevin Harvick won the Real Heroes 400. Brynn Anderson-Pool Photo

What's the latest from the world of NASCAR:

AUGUST 15

  • Austin Dillon will not be competing in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon has tested positive for the coronavirus, Richard Childress Racing announced Sunday. Read more here.

JULY 16

  • Over 20,000 fans were in attendance at Wednesday night's NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway to watch fan-favorite Chase Elliott pull off another win. The event is believed to have the highest attendance of any sporting event in America since the pandemic began. Read more here.

JULY 10

  • Jimmie Johnson was forced to miss a race for the first time in his career following a positive coronavirus test, and he expressed his confusion with the whole situation, as he never had any symptoms and tested negative just three days later. "My first response was just anger. I started cussing and used every cuss word that I knew of and I think invented a few new ones," Johnson said. "It was just so weird — the anger — because I've been asymptomatic. Anger hits. Read more here.

JUNE 30

 
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NCAA athletics

NCAA athletics
NCAA president Mark Emmert Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Several conferences have announced that fall sports are canceled, the biggest among them being the Big Ten and Pac-12. However, the B1G and Pac-12 reversed course and will play fall football after all. Meanwhile, the ACC, SEC and Big 12 were always determined to play fall sports. Here is the fallout from the most recent news from the NCAA:

OCTOBER 29

  • The Big Ten has shut down a proposal from Nebraska that would have the Cornhuskers play Chattanooga as a replacement game for the canceled matchup against Wisconsin. Read more here.
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference confirmed on Thursday that the league's football championship game will take place on Dec. 19 and be held at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Read more here.
  • Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher confirmed on Thursday that teams must play a minimum of three of six scheduled contests to be eligible for this year's conference championship game. Read more here.
  • ESPN's Tom VanHaaren reported early Thursday evening that the Wisconsin Badgers football program is up to 16 active COVID-19 cases after two additional staff members and one student-athlete tested positive. Read more here.
  • Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19. Lawrence, who projects as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, will be out of action for Saturday’s game at Boston College. His availability beyond this week will hinge on his condition and forthcoming tests. Read more here.
  • However, Clemson is following the CDC guidelines suggesting a 10-day quarantine for those who have tested positive for the virus. Lawrence's availability for Clemson's Nov. 7 showdown versus Notre Dame will depend on how his symptoms evolve and a cardiac evaluation. Read more here.

OCTOBER 28

  • The game between Wisconsin and Nebraska has been canceled after the Badgers announced they are shutting down team activities for the next seven days due to multiple players and staff members testing positive for COVID-19. The team clarified that over the past five days, 12 members of the program (six players and six members of the staff, including head coach Paul Chryst) tested positive. The game will be ruled "no contest" and will not be made up later, given the constraints of the Big Ten's reduced schedule in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

OCTOBER 27

  • Bethune-Cookman announced it is opting out of sports for the 2020-21 season due to a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the historically black college into lockdown, making it the first Division I school to fully cancel sports for the school year. Read more here.

OCTOBER 26

  • Following reports from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal that Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz tested positive for COVID-19, the biggest thing coach Paul Chryst said was what he didn't say. “I will not, cannot and should not therefore comment about anything dealing with our testing and coronavirus,” Chryst said Monday, per an Associated Press (h/t Yahoo Sports) story. Read more here.
  • ESPN will not host up to eight men's college basketball events inside of an isolated "bubble" site in Orlando, Fla., next month. The Worldwide Leader has scrapped plans to place eight of 10 nonconference events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports property because of disagreements regarding COVID-19 testing protocols, specifically the retesting of those who return positive test results. Read more here.
  • Duke Blue Devils star cornerback Mark Gilbert announced via Twitter on Monday that he is opting out of the remainder of the 2020 college football season and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Read more here.
  • The New Mexico Lobos announced on Monday that Saturday's scheduled home opener against the San Jose State Spartans has been relocated to San Jose because of health orders in Bernalillo County that are related to the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

OCTOBER 23

  • The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) reported on Friday that the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is finalizing plans to host about 35 basketball teams from more than a dozen conferences from Nov. 25 through Dec. 5 for what is being called "Bubbleville." Read more here.
  • The Big Ten will determine whether to cancel games this year based on COVID-19 testing positivity rates within a team. If a game can't be played, it will be considered a "no contest," the conference announced Thursday. Read more here.
  • The Holiday Bowl, scheduled to be played in San Diego, announced on Thursday night that it has canceled this season's game between a Pac-12 team and ACC opponent due to the pandemic. Read more here.
  • The Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen announced on Friday that this year's game between the two programs, scheduled for Dec. 12, has been moved from Philadelphia to West Point because local limitations on outdoor events in the state of Pennsylvania would not have allowed the entire Corps of Cadets and Brigade of Midshipmen to attend the contest held amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

OCTOBER 22

  • Marquette University announced on Wednesday evening that the men's and women's basketball programs have paused all team activities for at least 14 days due to each returning one positive COVID-19 test. Read more here.

OCTOBER 21

  • Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen told reporters on Wednesday that the program will remain closed until at least Monday, casting some doubt on if Florida will be able to face the Missouri Tigers on Halloween as scheduled. Florida's game versus the LSU Tigers planned for last Saturday was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the Gators. As Alex Scarborough wrote for ESPN, Mullen, two assistants and 26 players have tested positive since Oct. 13. Read more here.
  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban tested positive for coronavirus last week but revealed Wednesday that he considers himself lucky after it was revealed the test actually was a false positive. The 68-year-old said that being away from his team was challenging, but that it also gave him perspective, saying it's a lesson he can share with everyone else. Read more here.
  • The Toledo Rockets men's basketball program confirmed on Wednesday that it is pausing in-person activities for at least two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak. As Jeff Borzello reported for ESPN, six Toledo players tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. Coach Tod Kowalczyk explained on Monday that he tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. Read more here.

OCTOBER 20

  • The Colorado State Rams and New Mexico Lobos won't open their Mountain West football seasons on Saturday. "Due to the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus in Bernalillo County and in accordance with state guidelines, the University of New Mexico is unable to participate in the scheduled football game on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Colorado State University," the Mountain West said in a statement shared on Tuesday. "Therefore, the Mountain West is canceling the game and declaring it a no contest. There is no plan to reschedule the game." Read more here.
  • Undergraduate students at the University of Michigan are being asked to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19, but that won't affect the Michigan Wolverines football team as it prepares to open its season with a road game against Big Ten foes the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The order issued by the Washtenaw County Health Department that runs through the morning of Nov. 3 does not apply to official school athletics programs as long as athletic medical staff is present and that staff "actively supervises the team's COVID-19 mitigation activities during the practice, has the authority to suspend the practice if he or she believes COVID-19 mitigation practices require that result, and testing is conducted per governing athletic organizations' (i.e. Big 10) policies." Read more here.

OCTOBER 19

  • Purdue Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm announced Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the latest college football coach to come down with the coronavirus. The Boilermakers, who are scheduled to open their season on Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes, will be without their coach for the next week. Read more here.
  • Star Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins, who signed with an agent in September in preparation for the NFL Draft, is no longer with the team, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Collins originally said he'd return for his senior season, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic reportedly made him decide to opt out before the Big Ten announced its plans to resume. Read more here.
  • The Nebraska Cornhuskers were one of the most vocal teams when it came to pushing for Big Ten football this fall. The Ohio State Buckeyes were another, and the Huskers have not forgotten. Nebraska coach Scott Frost went out of his way to praise Ohio State’s efforts to get Big Ten football played, with the two teams set to square off this weekend in the conference opener. Read more here.

OCTOBER 17

  • After testing positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, Nick Saban returned three consecutive negative COVID-19 tests, making him eligible to coach Alabama during its game versus Georgia. Read more here.
  • The Florida Gators are experiencing an outbreak with COVID-19, and head coach Dan Mullen is among those who have tested positive for the virus. Read more here.

OCTOBER 16

  • One day after ESPN's Alex Scarborough reported that multiple SEC institutions are set to receive conference revenue reductions for failures to comply with sideline protocols for completing the football season amid the coronavirus pandemic, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey explained that schools could face cumulative penalties of $1 million for health and safety violations. Sankey didn't divulge which schools have been fined or the money value of those penalties. Both Scarborough and Heather Dinich reported that fines start at $100,000 and then increase by $100k for each offense. Read more here.

OCTOBER 15

  • The American Athletic Conference announced on Thursday that Saturday's scheduled game between the Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0) and Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-1) has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 test results and subsequent quarantines within the Cincinnati program. Cincinnati added that the game has been moved to Dec. 5. Read more here.
  • Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball coach Nate Oats told reporters during his Thursday season-opening virtual news conference that he battled the coronavirus in the summer. Read more here.
  • Legendary former Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden, widely revered as one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football, has been released from the hospital less than two weeks after he told ESPN he tested positive for COVID-19. Read more here.

OCTOBER 14

  • Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen is backtracking on comments in which he expressed hope that fans would “pack the Swamp” for Saturday’s game against the LSU Tigers. In his remarks Wednesday, Mullen indicated that the university should follow guidelines set forth by local public health officials when determining how many fans should be allowed inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Read more here.
  • As had been expected, the coronavirus outbreak within the Florida Gators (2-1) football program has led to the postponement of Saturday's game against the LSU Tigers (1-2). "The LSU at Florida football game of Oct. 17 has been postponed due to positive tests and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Florida football program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements," the SEC announced in an official statement released on Wednesday. "The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12 in Gainesville." Read more here.
  • In a video he shared on social media on Tuesday, Syracuse safety Andre Cisco confirmed that he is opting out of the remainder of the 2020 college football season held amid the coronavirus pandemic to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Read more here.
  • Conference USA announced on Wednesday that its football championship game has been pushed back from Dec. 5 to Dec. 18 due to COVID issues. Read more here.

OCTOBER 13

  • As first reported by Steven J. Gaither of HBCU Gameday, sources under the condition of anonymity shared that at least two dozen football players tested positive for COVID-19, and the school didn’t have an adequate quarantining process for those who tested positive, further endangering the campus population. The fallout has been swift as head coach Tim “Ice” Harris has been suspended indefinitely for refusing to coach, and athletic director Earnest T. Jones named himself acting head coach. Jones has been accused by several anonymous student-athletes and administrators of neglectful and retaliatory conduct, such as pulling scholarships or firing anyone who speaks out about the crisis. Read more here.
  • The No. 10 Florida Gators (2-1) reported five new confirmed COVID-19 cases within the program on Tuesday. As Edgar Thompson wrote for the Orlando Sentinel, the university conducted 345 tests among players last week. An additional 437 tests of student-athletes not associated with the football team all produced negative results. The identities of Florida players who return positive results in any testing round are kept confidential. Read more here.
  • Hours after Florida reported five new COVID-19 cases within the football program, Payton Titus of the Independent Florida Alligator Student Newspaper tweeted that at least 19 players have now tested positive for the virus. Florida confirmed in an official statement that it is temporarily pausing team activities following the discovery of the virus outbreak. Read more here.

OCTOBER 12

  • Over two dozen individuals associated with the Florida Atlantic Owls football program tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Florida Atlantic head coach Willie Taggart told reporters on Monday that 18 players and an additional nine staff members tested positive for the virus. As a result of the outbreak, FAU canceled a scheduled Oct. 10 game against Southern Mississippi. Read more here.
  • The Vanderbilt Commodores announced on Monday that their Oct. 17 game against the Missouri Tigers has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent quarantines that left Vanderbilt without enough scholarship players to compete. ESPN's Chris Low reported that Vanderbilt was down to 56 scholarship players for this past Saturday's 41-7 loss to South Carolina. The Vanderbilt-Missouri tilt is the first SEC game postponed because of coronavirus-related issues. Low added that Dec. 12 is now a tentative date for the contest. Read more here.

OCTOBER 10

  • Each state has different regulations regarding fan gatherings at sports events. In Texas, there is supposed to be a 25 percent capacity limit. The Aggies clearly defied that regulation by packing Kyle Field with well more than 25 percent of the stadium’s capacity. Read more here.
  • The Gators had only 15,000 fans in attendance for their win against South Carolina, the result of guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading. With Florida Gov. DeSantis giving the green light for capacity crowds, Dan Mullen hopes Gators administrators go along with it. Read more here.

OCTOBER 9

  • The Kansas State Wildcats basketball program announced on Friday that it is hosting the inaugural Little Apple Classic competition that will include games on Nov. 25 and Nov. 27 and feature Colorado, Drake and South Dakota State. The Little Apple Classic replaces the Cayman Islands Classic, which was canceled in late September after the NCAA pushed the start of college basketball seasons back to Nov. 25 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

OCTOBER 8

  • SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has sent a memo to league athletic directors and coaches threatening fines and suspensions if they and/or their programs fail to comply with health and safety protocols for completing the college football season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
  • The New England Small Collegiate Athletic Conference, a Division III league, announced on Thursday that it is canceling winter sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
  • Kansas Jayhawks football coach Les Miles has tested positive for COVID-19. Read more here.
  • The Baylor Bears football program announced that it is temporarily suspending activities because of recent positive COVID-19 test results "and the completion of close contact tracing." Read more here.

OCTOBER 6

  • North Dakota State Bison quarterback Trey Lance announced on Tuesday that he is opting out of a planned spring football season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Read more here.

OCTOBER 5

  • Oregon senior cornerback Deommodore Lenoir announced on Monday that he's opting back in and will play for the Ducks during the 2020 college football season despite concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

OCTOBER 3

  • The Pac-12 Conference finally unveiled its 2020 football schedule on Saturday. See the schedule here.
  • The beginning of the college football season saw many huge upsets. Urban Meyer thinks he knows why. Meyer also predicted more surprises once Big Ten season gets underway, and chalked them up to routines being consistently disrupted due to COVID-19. Read more here.

OCTOBER 2

  • Ohio State Buckeyes football head coach Ryan Day told reporters on Friday that some of his coaches aren't living in their homes this fall as they prepare for the Big Ten season held amid the coronavirus pandemic. Day added that coaches aren't required to isolate away from family members but that some have chosen to do so as a precaution. Read more here.
  • As the Associated Press (h/t ESPN) noted, ESPN Events have canceled the Hawaii Bowl and Bahamas Bowl because of travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. College basketball tournaments in Hawaii and the Bahamas have also been called off. Read more here.

OCTOBER 1

  • Appalachian State confirmed on Thursday that next Wednesday's game versus Louisiana has been postponed due to positive coronavirus test results and contact tracing. The schools are looking to reschedule the postponed game for Dec. 4 or 5. Read more here.
  • ESPN's Jeff Borzello reported on Thursday that the Patriot League will cancel nonconference basketball games for 2020. It's expected the Patriot League will conduct an 18-game conference schedule that begins in January. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 30

  • Penn State head coach James Franklin confirmed on Wednesday that star linebacker Micah Parsons won't opt back in. Parsons will forgo one more collegiate season and continue to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Read more here.
  • ESPN's Heather Dinich reported on Wednesday afternoon that the College Football Playoff won't expand from four to eight teams for the 2020 season widely altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Dinich wrote that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott suggested the expansion that was not approved by the CFP management committee. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 29

  • Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson told reporters that he was directly affected by the coronavirus outbreak that cost the team back-to-back scheduled games. Anderson added that he has recovered since testing positive on Sept. 16. Read more here.
  • The South Alabama Jaguars announced that Saturday's scheduled game against Troy has been postponed "due to precautionary measures concerning the availability of student-athletes." South Alabama also temporarily paused football workouts. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported the school's decision is related to COVID-19 concerns. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 28

  • To account for the lost Sept. 19 game versus the Charlotte 49ers, the North Carolina Tar Heels announced on Monday that the program will host the Western Carolina Catamounts on Dec. 11. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 25

  • Days after Louisville basketball head coach Chris Mack suggested his program should face rivals Kentucky at a neutral site due to unavoidable complications and restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky's John Calipari made it clear he wants things to remain as scheduled. Read more here.
  • The SEC unveiled planned start dates for men's and women's college basketball conference seasons set to occur amid the coronavirus pandemic. Men's teams will begin league schedules on Dec. 29 and 30, while women's programs will start conference seasons on Dec. 31. Read more here.
  • The Mid-American Conference announced Friday afternoon that it will hold a fall football season that begins on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and consists of schools playing six league games. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 24

  • Add Purdue star wide receiver Rondale Moore to the list of players who have returned to collegiate programs and will participate in the fall football season held amid the coronavirus pandemic, as he announced that he has opted back in. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 22

  • The Mountain West is reportedly "optimistic" that it will be able to begin its season in October, barring any unexpected setbacks. Oct. 24 is the planned start date for the conference which includes Air Force, San Diego State, Boise State, Wyoming, Utah State, UNLV, Fresno State, Hawaii, San Jose State, Colorado State, Nevada and New Mexico. The conference title game will be played on Dec. 19 and the season will be an eight-game schedule that is completely in-conference, which is similar to what other major conferences are doing this season. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 21

  • The University of Massachusetts announced on Monday that it has reversed course and now plans to "play a limited number of football games this fall." UMass, an independent football program, originally canceled its fall season on Aug. 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 19

  • We finally have our first look at the Big Ten's 2020 football schedule. See the slate here.

SEPTEMBER 18

  • Add the Louisville Cardinals to the list of college basketball programs embracing isolated bubble sites for nonconference play. On Friday, Louisville coach Chris Mack tweeted that the program wishes to face between three and five teams from Nov. 25 through Dec. 5 in a format that could include anywhere from eight to 12 schools. Read more here.
  • Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield has opted back in and plans to play for Michigan when the Big Ten begins its season on the weekend of Oct. 23-24. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 17

  • Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade, who opted out when he thought there would be no fall Big Ten football season, told ESPN and announced via Twitter that he has returned to the Buckeyes. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 16

  • The Big Ten season will begin the weekend of Oct. 24 and is contingent upon a daily, rapid COVID-19 testing system being implemented. Read more here.
  • Furthermore, per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, USC has been leading the charge on California loosening restrictions. Read more here.
  • Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis took to Twitter to declare his desire to play after previously opting out. Read more here.
  • ESPN's Jeff Borzello reported on Wednesday that the men's and women's basketball seasons have been cleared for Nov. 25 starts in a vote held by the NCAA Division I Council. Read more here.
 
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Tennis

Tennis
Wimbledon was canceled for the first time in 75 years. Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Here is what has happened most recently in the world of tennis:

OCTOBER 29

  • The French Tennis Federation confirmed on Thursday that fans will not be permitted to attend the Rolex Paris Masters held at Accor Arena from Oct. 31 through Nov. 8 due to the country's latest lockdown caused by a spread of COVID-19 infections. Read more here.

OCTOBER 16

  • Professional tennis lost its most anticipated annual event when the 2020 Wimbledon Championships were canceled because of concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. That won't happen again next year if the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) has any say on the matter. The AELTC provided an update on plans for next year and explained that fans should expect some kind of comeback for the event scheduled to occur from June 28-July 11. Read more here.

OCTOBER 15

  • American tennis player Sam Querrey and his wife are accused of using a private plane to flee Russia after the couple tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the St. Petersburg Open this week. Read more here.

OCTOBER 5

  • Tennis living legends Serena Williams and Roger Federer confirmed that they will participate in the 2021 Australian Open despite concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 30

  • Spaniard and former top-10 player Fernando Verdasco has told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that he wants to sue the French Open over the alleged "false positive" coronavirus test result that caused him to be dropped from this year's tournament. Read more here

SEPTEMBER 17

  • While the ATP St. Petersburg Open is still set to occur from Oct. 12-18, it was announced on Thursday that the ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup events scheduled to be held in Moscow have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement shared by the WTA, the organization explained: "Cancellation of the ATP 250 event, scheduled to run from Oct. 19-25, and the WTA Premier event, from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, follows a recent increase in the COVID-19 infection rate in Moscow." Read more here.
 
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Pro wrestling

Pro wrestling
This year's WrestleMania still took place. Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com-NorthJersey

Pro wrestling news over the past few weeks:

SEPTEMER 24

  • Back in March, Roman Reigns decided to opt out of WrestleMania 36 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During an appearance on "WWE After the Bell" with "SmackDown" announcer Corey Graves, Reigns explained his choice, saying that it was entirely based on keeping his family safe. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 2

  • Legendary wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shared on Instagram that he, his wife, and his two baby daughters all tested positive for the coronavirus. The Rock says they got the virus from close family friends. He said overcoming the virus was harder than recovering from injuries he’s dealt with in the past. Read more here.

JULY 30

  • While professional sports commissioners and team owners frequently comment on financial losses amid the coronavirus pandemic, World Wrestling Entertainment enjoyed a fruitful second quarter of the economic year. Per Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE claimed during a Thursday earnings report that the promotion generated $43.8 million in profits for Q2. Read more here.

JULY 20

  • WWE legend Ric Flair has informed the New York Post that Wendy Barlow, his wife, has tested positive for the coronavirus. “My wife does [have the virus]… we live in a 5,000-square-foot home," Flair reportedly said. "I live in the basement. She lives upstairs on the third floor and she got sick.” Flair is considered high risk for the coronavirus because of his age and his medical history. Read more here.

JULY 6

  • PWInsider's Mike Johnson reported that WWE relocated SummerSlam and the accompanying editions of "Raw" and "SmackDown" to its Performance Center because of the uncontrolled virus outbreak. The pay-per-view card will occur at the Florida site on Aug. 23. According to the Wrestling Observer, an NXT Takeover show is scheduled to air on the WWE Network on Aug. 22. Read more here.

JULY 2

  • Former WWE wrestler Kane now goes by another name: Mayor Glenn Jacobs, who is mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. The county's board of health voted on an ordinance to make wearing masks mandatory for anyone who is inside certain buildings. The ordinance passed 7-1, with the lone "no" vote cast by Jacobs, according to Jack Baer of Yahoo Sports. Kane, of course, was known for wearing a mask during his WWE tenure. Interestingly, Jacobs does not believe in wearing masks during a pandemic. Read more here.

JUNE 26

  • John Pollock of Post Wrestling confirmed that WWE postponed taping for Monday's "Raw" from Friday to Saturday, while the June 26 edition of "SmackDown" was still being produced live-to-tape as originally intended. As noted by Post Wrestling, on-air talents Renee Young and Kayla Braxton, along with Adam Pearce and Jamie Noble, all recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more here.

JUNE 24

  • At least three people within WWE have tested positive for COVID-19, including in-ring talent, according to Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer adds that WWE has known about the test results for about a week. On the AEW side, President and CEO Tony Khan tweeted that world champion Jon Moxley (known as Dean Ambrose in WWE) was off Wednesday's "Dynamite" show after he was exposed to somebody with COVID-19. Read more here.

JUNE 17

JUNE 16

  • Professional wrestling and mixed martial arts journalist Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported that WWE postponed its taping schedule for Tuesday after a developmental performer tested positive for the coronavirus. Previously, the Observer noted that WWE executive Paul Levesque, known as "Triple H," declined to directly answer if the promotion repeatedly tested performers and other personnel for the coronavirus. Read more here.


 
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UFC

UFC
Henry Cejudo (red gloves) fights Dominick Cruz (blue gloves) during UFC 249. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

OCTOBER 24

  • Officials in Abu Dhabi are considering allowing fans on Fight Island to watch UFC fights in person in the near future. However, not just anyone will be allowed, and Dana White already is working on his VIP list, which includes The Rock and Demi Lovato. Read more here.

OCTOBER 16

  • Flyweight Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1) has withdrawn from her Oct. 24 UFC 254 pay-per-view fight versus Lauren Murphy (13-4) after testing positive for COVID-19. Liliya Shakirova (8-1) will now make her official UFC debut on short notice and replace Calvillo to battle Murphy during the event held at the "Fight Island" site on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 15

  • An anticipated UFC light heavyweight match between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira will have to wait even longer if it is to happen, at all. MMA Fighting has confirmed that Santos recently tested positive for the coronavirus and has been ruled out for the Oct. 3 show. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 6

  • Former MMA fighter Gina Carano is tired of the coronavirus restrictions that remain in place around the United States. She ripped the elected officials who still have not allowed churches and businesses to open. Like many others, Carano believes some of the solutions to the pandemic have become worse than the problem. Read more here.

JULY 3

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov's father, Abdulmanap, died from coronavirus complications, according to Russian outlet RT.com. He was 57. Abdulmanap died from brain injuries caused by a stroke after fighting the virus, RT.com says. Read more here.
 
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Boxing

Boxing
The third installment of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin will be postponed. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What's new in boxing:

OCTOBER 8

  • The unified welterweight title fight between champion Errol Spence Jr. and challenger Danny Garcia has been moved to Dec. 5 at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas. The bout was originally planned for Nov. 21 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but promoters had placed holds on other venues with the hope that spectators could attend despite concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Seats for the upcoming boxing event will be sold in "pods" to allow for social distancing. Attendees will be required to wear masks or other face coverings when not actively eating or drinking. Read more here.

JUNE 26

  • Boxing legend Roberto Durán has tested positive for the coronavirus after going to a hospital in Panama on Thursday with cold-like symptoms, he announced on Instagram. Read more here.

MAY 28

  • SI's Chris Mannix reported the third installment of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin will be postponed. The fight was originally scheduled for Sept. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but the promoters did not want the bout to go on unless fans can attend. Canelo won the first fight, but the second bout came to a draw. Read more here.
 
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Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics
The 2020 Summer Games were pushed to 2021. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The latest from the IOC:

OCTOBER 3

  • With the NBA expecting the 2020-21 season to start this upcoming January at the earliest, the league’s players would likely not participate in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, per commissioner Adam Silver. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the 2020 Olympics to be postponed, thus casting doubt on NBA players being able to participate. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 8

  • Japanese Games Minister Seiko Hashimoto voiced a sense of urgency about the Olympics happening next year, saying that they should not be postponed again "at any cost." Read more here.
  • Olympic great Kerri Walsh Jennings is drawing attention for two recent posts on Instagram. The first post advocated for people to get back to life and improve their health to best combat the virus. The part of her post that irritated many readers was when she said she went shopping without a mask. After receiving many complaints about her post, Walsh Jennings posted on the subject a day later. In the second post, Walsh Jennings posted an image saying she was looking for a “truce.” Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 7

  • Senior IOC official John Coates said the 2021 Olympics "will take place with or without COVID." Read more here.

AUGUST 25

  • Eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world-record sprinter Usain Bolt celebrated his 34th birthday, which occurred on Aug. 21, with a party that reportedly included visitors not wearing masks despite concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Jamaica's health ministry confirmed that the charismatic multi-sport athlete tested positive for COVID-19. Read more here.

JULY 21

  • The Kyodo news agency released a poll last week that showed just how little support the Olympics currently have in Japan, with only 23.9% of Japanese citizens polled supporting the Olympics being in Tokyo next summer. Meanwhile, 36.4% said they believed the Olympics need to be delayed again, and 34% said they would support the event being canceled altogether. Read more here.

JULY 11

  • Team USA basketball coach Gregg Popovich had some encouraging words about the Olympics taking place next summer. Per the Associated Press' Tim Reynolds, Pop cited Japan's successful response to the pandemic for why he's optimistic the Olympics can take place in Tokyo in 2021. Read more here.

JUNE 30

  • The International Olympic Committee says it will provide added support services to athletes worldwide through Athlete365, as an added layer to help them with the challenges that have arisen amid the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of this year's games.

MAY 20

  • IOC president Thomas Bach said, “You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty,” according to the BBC.

APRIL 28

  • Tokyo Games president Yoshiro Mori said these Olympics would be canceled entirely if they can’t take place on the new date. Read more here.

MARCH 29

  • The 2020 Summer Games were set to take place in Tokyo July 24 through Aug. 9 but now are tentatively scheduled for July 23 through Aug. 8, 2021. The sad truth is that no one knows what the world will look like a year from now and whether the games can take place then either. Read more here.
 
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MLS, NWSL

MLS, NWSL
MLS and NWSL continue to be on hold. Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

MLS and NWSL most recent developments:

OCTOBER 29

  • As had been expected throughout October, Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that the North American top-flight is going to a points-per-game system to determine playoff places and seedings for the season held amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

OCTOBER 1

  • Major League Soccer confirmed on Thursday that Saturday's match between the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers has been postponed to Nov. 4 because of the coronavirus outbreak within the Rapids. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 28

  • The Athletic's Sam Stejskal reported on Monday that Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids are in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak. At least two players and nine staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since last Thursday. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 26

  • Major League Soccer announced that the Colorado Rapids' game against Sporting Kansas City has been postponed after one player and three staff members of Colorado's team tested positive for the coronavirus. There's no word on when the match will be made up. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 22

  • The 2020 Major League Soccer will conclude with "Decision Day" on Nov. 8. In an official statement, MLS explained that the second Sunday in November will hold seven Eastern Conference fixtures featuring all 14 conference clubs that begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. Six simultaneous Western Conference matches will then start at 6:30 p.m. ET that same day. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 11

  • Much like MLB's Toronto Blue Jays, Major League Soccer's Toronto FC isn't playing their home games in Canada this season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Toronto FC announced Friday that their upcoming home game against Columbus Crew SC on Sunday will be played at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Read more here.
 
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International soccer

International soccer
Some soccer leagues overseas have resumed play, albeit in empty stadiums. Ulrich Hufnagel/Xinhua/Sipa USA

Most recent news from international soccer circles:

OCTOBER 30

  • Italian Serie A giants Juventus confirmed on Friday that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo tested negative for COVID-19 nearly three weeks after he tested positive for the virus while on international duty with Portugal. "The exam provided a negative result," Juventus explained of Ronaldo's latest diagnostic test. "The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation." Read more here.

OCTOBER 28

  • The German Bundesliga has been ordered back behind closed doors by chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 heads of the German federal states because of COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the country. Fans will be banned from attending matches from Nov. 2 through at least the end of the month. Supporters are permitted to attend games, at reduced capacities, through the upcoming weekend. Read more here.

OCTOBER 26

  • Hours before AC Milan were scheduled to face Roma in a Monday Serie A clash, Milan confirmed that goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and winger Jens Petter Hauge tested positive for the coronavirus. Three staff members also tested positive and were placed in isolation. Read more here.

OCTOBER 14

  • Juventus announced that United States Men's National Team midfielder Weston McKennie tested positive for COVID-19. The 22-year-old returned a positive result one day after superstar Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive while with Portugal on international duty. Read more here.

OCTOBER 13

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has become the latest major athlete to test positive for the coronavirus, as the Portuguese Football Federation announced that the superstar striker has officially started self-isolating following the positive test. Read more here.

OCTOBER 9

  • AC Milan forward and outspoken showman Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be cleared to play in the Oct. 17 derby versus Inter Milan after apparently recovering from the coronavirus. Ibrahimovic generated headlines on Sept. 24 when he tweeted that he'd tested positive for the virus. Read more here.

OCTOBER 7

  • Antonin Panenka, who has his name linked with one of the most well-known penalty techniques in world football, has been hospitalized and placed in intensive care after contracting COVID-19, as Reuters (h/t ESPN) explained. Read more here.

OCTOBER 5

  • The Premier League confirmed on Monday that nine players and club staff members tested positive for the coronavirus between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4. In total, 1,587 players and staff were tested over the week. All who returned positive results must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. Read more here.

OCTOBER 2

  • Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock announced that their Friday match against Motherwell has been postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak. At least six Kilmarnock players have tested positive for the virus this week as of Friday afternoon. All first-team footballers were told to self-isolate until Oct. 14. Read more here.
  • Reigning English Premier League champions Liverpool confirmed that forward Sadio Mane has tested positive for COVID-19. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 29

  • Liverpool confirmed  that new club midfielder Thiago Alcantara tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating. The 29-year-old joined the reigning Premier League champions from Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich on Sept. 18. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 28

  • The English Premier League confirmed on Monday that 10 players and club staff members tested positive for the coronavirus from Sept. 21-27. All individuals who return a positive test must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 24

  • AC Milan announced that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for coronavirus and has been placed in quarantine as he recovers. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 22

  • Shortly after West Ham United kicked off Tuesday's Carabao Cup match versus Hull City, the club confirmed that manager David Moyes, defender Issa Diop and midfielder Josh Cullen tested positive for COVID-19 and were sent home from London Stadium before the fixture. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 21

  • English League Two side Leyton Orient could be forced to forfeit Tuesday's scheduled Carabao Cup match versus Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur due to what the  club described as "a number of first-team squad" players testing positive for the coronavirus. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 17

  • The Bundesliga is set to open Friday with a match between Bayern Munich and Schalke, but the game will not be played in front of fans due to concerns about rising coronavirus infection rates in Munich. Over the past week, Munich has seen its average number of infections per 100,000 jump from 34 to 47.6, a significant enough rise for officials decide to not allow fans at Friday's game. Read more here.
  • English Championship side Middlesbrough announced that manager Neil Warnock has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss at least this coming Saturday's match versus Bournemouth. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 10

  • Serie A side Napoli confirmed on Thursday that club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 8

  • England's Mason Greenwood offered an apology after he and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden were dropped from the national team because they violated health and safety protocols following a 1-0 win over Iceland on Saturday. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 7

  • England manager Gareth Southgate has dropped  Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden from the national team after the pair violated coronavirus-related health and safety protocols. Greenwood and Foden reportedly brought women back to their Reykjavik hotel following Saturday's 1-0 victory over Iceland. Southgate removed the players from his squad before the Three Lions boarded a flight to Copenhagen for Tuesday's Nations League match versus Denmark. Read more here.
  • Foden apologized after he and Greenwood were sent home for violating health and safety protocols following the team's 1-0 win over Iceland on Saturday. Read more here.
  • English Premier League side Manchester City confirmed that winger Riyad Mahrez and defender Aymeric Laporte tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more here.
  • The French national team has taken a huge hit to the lineup. Kylian Mbappe won't play in their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia on Tuesday. France announced Monday that Mbappe tested positive for the coronavirus and currently is in isolation. However, he's not experiencing any symptoms. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 3

  • Neymar wasn't the only PSG player to contract COVID-19. Three soccer players on Paris Saint-Germain have tested positive. According to ESPN, joining Neymar are Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes. All three players were recently seen on a holiday together on the Spanish island of Ibiza. Read more here.

SEPTEMBER 2

  • Paris Saint-Germain will be without one of their biggest stars for their season opener on Sept. 10 against Lens. According to ESPN's Julien Laurens, Neymar has tested positive for the coronavirus after vacationing in Ibiza. He received the test results on Wednesday morning and is set to be retested. Read more here.

AUGUST 27

  • Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been removed from France's lineup after testing positive for the coronavirus. France manager Didier Deschamps said that Eduardo Camavinga would replace Pogba for the team's scheduled matches against Sweden and Croatia next month. Read more here.

AUGUST 20

  • Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur and England superstar striker Harry Kane missed the start of the club's preseason training sessions because he was made to quarantine for 14 days following a holiday in the Bahamas with his family. Read more here.

AUGUST 14

AUGUST 10

  • Atletico Madrid  confirmed on Monday that members of the club's traveling party tested negative for the coronavirus and will fly to Portugal on Tuesday for Thursday's Champions League quarterfinal showdown versus Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig. Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko both tested positive over the weekend. The two players are asymptomatic and self-isolating. Read more here.

AUGUST 3

  • The Italian Serie A will begin the 2020-21 campaign on Sept. 19, one week later that originally scheduled and a week after the English Premier League intends to start its season. The league also says it has shortened the annual Christmas break and scheduled fixtures for Jan. 3 and Jan. 6. It's unknown if fans will be able to attend. Read more here.

JULY 24

  • The 2020-21 EPL season will begin on Sept. 12, the league announced. The current season will end on July 26, and teams who aren't competing in European competition will have nearly two months to prepare for the campaign. Read more here.

JULY 20

  • According to ESPN, the Ballon d'Or has been canceled for the first time in the award's history due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the soccer calendar. Group L'Equipe, the organizers of the award, announced that the conditions for the prize to be awarded had not taken place due to the pandemic. Read more here.

JULY 15

  • The International Football Association Board will allow leagues to expand the rule permitting clubs five substitutions per game instead of the standard three replacements through the end of upcoming 2020-21 campaigns. Read more here.

JULY 10

  • According to ESPN, soccer in the Netherlands will resume on Sept. 15 with 15 percent to 35 percent of stadiums available for spectators. No away supporters will be allowed, however. Spectators will need to remain about five feet apart, bring masks and buy drinks from roaming sellers rather than waiting in line at kiosks. Read more here.

JULY 1

  • Wigan became the first professional English side to enter into administration amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lack of funding from the side's new owners as well a financial burden placed on clubs since the pandemic started played a part, per BBC, which notes that other clubs might be in the same position soon. Read more here.
 
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WNBA

WNBA
WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

WNBA's latest developments:

OCTOBER 7

  • The WNBA was able to complete its season, with the Breanna Stewart-led Seattle Storm beating the Las Vegas Aces in the Finals. Read more here.
 
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International baseball

International baseball
While MLB remains on hold, baseball has resumed overseas. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

What has happened in international baseball:

JULY 8

  • During a recent game against the Rakuten Eagles, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks employed 20 dancing robots to liven things up. The two kinds of robots, SoftBank’s humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ and others on four legs, engaged in a choreographed dance to the team’s fight song. Read more here.

JULY 1

  • The Mexican Baseball League has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 season, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). The league's clubs earn the majority of their revenues from gate sales and in-person purchases. Sporting events throughout Mexico currently can only occur behind closed doors and without spectators. The season was scheduled to start Aug. 7. Read more here.
 
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eSports

eSports
eSports has thrived under lockdown during the pandemic. The Commercial Appeal-Imagn Content Services, LLC

esports carries on:


MAY 19

  • Esports’ popularity has experienced an uptick on both sides of the remote, as CNBC’s Bob Woods reported on May 19 that streaming website Twitch experienced a “23% surge in viewership in March,” coinciding with the time frame when much of the country started to stay home.

MAY 4

  • While the pandemic is having a negative effect on the sports world, it’s been business as usual for esports and gaming. Participants can easily play while maintaining social distancing guidelines since gaming takes place online. In fact, esports has been flourishing. Texas A&M head esports coach Travis Yang told KSAT.com that there has been a “noticeable increase” in gamers and tournaments as people were forced to stay at home.
 
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One-off events

One-off events
The Boston Marathon was canceled for the first time in 124 years. Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Most recent developments among other sports:

AUGUST 21

  • After hoping to allow a decreased percentage of spectators to the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced on Friday afternoon that no fans will be welcomed to the event postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

AUGUST 4

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway has once again reversed course and declared that the Indianapolis 500 held on Aug. 23 will occur without fans in the stands due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

JULY 1

  • The 2020 Mexico City Marathon announced that the race scheduled for Aug. 30 is canceled. According to Mexico News Daily, the event drew roughly 30,000 runners last year. Read more here.

JUNE 26

  • The Indianapolis 500, set for Aug. 23, became the latest American sporting event to welcome fans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles confirmed the news, stating, "We will be limiting attendance to approximately 50 percent of venue capacity." Per Shanna McCarriston of CBS Sports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway carries a capacity of around 235,000. The official announcement also explained that individuals who do not wish to attend, such as those considered high-risk, will receive credits. Safety items such as masks and hand sanitizer will be distributed to all race attendees. Read more here.

JUNE 24

  • The world's largest marathon in New York City has officially been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Jackie Salo of the New York Post. The five-borough race, which hosts more than 50,000 runners from across the globe, would've celebrated its 50th anniversary on Nov. 1. It is now set to take place on Nov. 7, 2021. Read more here.

JUNE 23

  • The Haspa Marathon Hamburg, which was postponed from April, is set to occur on Sept. 13. The race is expecting 10,000 to 14,000 runners. However, Americans might not be among thm. Action Network's Darren Rovell reported that runners from "higher-risk COVID areas" will not be allowed to participate. A higher-risk area could include the United States. Read more here.

JUNE 13

  • Approximately 20,000 rugby fans in New Zealand packed the stands to watch the Otago Highlanders take on the Waikato Chiefs in the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition. New Zealand lifted nearly all of its coronavirus restrictions earlier in the week, as no new cases have been reported for more than 20 days and the death toll is at just 22 in the country since the pandemic started. Read more here.

MAY 28

  • The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20 but postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, was canceled and converted into a virtual experience. It's the first time in 124 years the Marathon won't run. Read more here.

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