The league’s teams are based in Chicago; Las Vegas; New York; Orlando; Orange County; Philadelphia; San Diego; Springfield, Missouri; Washington.All sanctioned professional tennis tours are suspended at least until mid-July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.Some exhibitions have started popping up, with no fans in attendance.___The German soccer league says there were 10 positive tests for the new coronavirus among 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and second division. German clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___The Big Ten Conference has announced it will extend the suspension of organized team activities through June 1 and re-evaluate then.The conference previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities. No date for that to end has been set.The Big Ten says it is continuing to consult with medical experts and school leaders to determine appropriate steps for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. “In the end, all plans are subject to the governor’s approval and we’ll continue to take our cues from his office,” Drazin said of Gov. Phil Murphy.Live racing will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 3 through Sept. 27. The stable area at the track is set to open on June 1.___The Big Ten Conference has announced the formation of its Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet and that all athletes, coaches and full-time staff members of athletic departments and the conference office will receive free access to a popular mental fitness app.The cabinet will promote optimal mental health for athletes. It is made up of 31 individuals representing the 14 conference schools and affiliate members Johns Hopkins (women’s and men’s lacrosse) and Notre Dame (men’s hockey). University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said during a regents meeting last week it was hoped preparations for the 2020 football season could begin June 1.___New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd are among the athletes who are participating in a project which will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.“The Real Heroes Project” was announced on Monday. It is a collaborative initiative among 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media utilizing #TheRealHeroes from Monday. Athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health care worker they are honoring. The Latest: Monmouth Park unveils modified stakes schedule The DFL says that 1,724 tests for COVID-19 were carried out over two rounds among players and staff.Cologne previously reported three positive cases, while second-division Stuttgart had reported one “inconclusive result” from a person.The tests were part of the DFL’s hygiene concept as it bids to restart the leagues some time in May. It says teams will also undertake a “a mandatory training camp under quarantine conditions before a possible continuation.”Testing will continue regardless of whether competitive games restart or not.Chancellor Angela Merkel and 16 state governors have postponed a decision until Wednesday on whether the Bundesliga could resume without fans present. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Monmouth Park plans to start its delayed thoroughbred season on July 3. ___The search is on for a new host for the women’s European gymnastics championships.European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France isn’t able to host the championships if they’re rescheduled to the fall of 2020, so the “call for a new host is open.”The championships were meant to take place in Paris from April 29 through May 3 as a tune-up ahead of the Olympics but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics is still hoping to stage them on a new date.European Gymnastics says the men’s European championships will remain in host nation Azerbaijan on rescheduled dates later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will stay in Ukraine. It says horses trained abroad and foreign jockeys will not be allowed to participate in French races until the end of May at the earliest.___World TeamTennis is in discussions with several cities in an attempt to find one to host the league’s full nine-team schedule in one venue without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.WTT still hopes to start play on July 12, as scheduled.But that could change, as could the length of the season. It normally lasts three weeks, with play at the various teams’ home sites. The team from northern France has started a petition to “demand justice for this far-reaching decision which goes against fairness in sport.”Amiens was in 19th place in the 20-team Ligue 1, above only Toulouse, when sport around the world was brought to a halt in March due to the pandemic. The French league season was canceled last week under orders from the government.Amiens had 10 games left to play and was four points behind 18th-place Nimes. The bottom two teams are automatically relegated in France.Amiens says the “fairest choice” would be to expand Ligue 1 and make it a 22-team division for the 2020-21 season.The club is asking “supporters from Amiens and lovers of football” to support its initiative, which “would make football and sport grow.” The track near the New Jersey shore announced a trimmed-down stakes schedule Monday. The meet will run 37 days and feature 35 stakes worth more than $5 million. The highlight is the $1 million TVG.com Haskell on July 18.The track originally planned to open last weekend but that was postponed because of the caronavirus pandemic.Historically run as an invitational, the 1 1/8-mile race will be contested as a stakes race this year, with nominations closing June 26. The $300,000 United Nations will be contested on the same card as the Haskell.“We continue to develop plans to ensure the safety of our staff, the horsemen and fans,” said Dennis Drazin, chief executive of Darby Development LLC, operators of the track. “These plans are fluid and will continuously be monitored and updated as necessary.”Drazin said the track will address racing with or without fans. May 4, 2020 The Calm app provides users with ways to experience lower stress, less anxiety, improved focus and more restful sleep.“The cabinet will be instrumental for us both short and long term, as we pursue our goal of creating and maintaining the most comprehensive mental health and wellness platform in college athletics,” commissioner Kevin Warren said.___Albania’s soccer federation has asked the government to allow the resumption of league matches held without fans and following a strict medical protocol.The matches have been suspended since mid-March following the coronavirus outbreak and the country’s total lockdown. The federation says the final between Basque Country rivals Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad will be delayed until fans are allowed to attend it, even if that means playing the match next year.Both clubs had petitioned to play the final only when fans were allowed back.The federation says the only condition is that it takes place before the 2020-21 final.This year’s final was originally scheduled to be played on April 18 in Seville.___ The federation has presented a sanitary protocol drafted in consultation with UEFA and FIFA and resembling the model to be followed by Germany.The federation wants the government to first let the clubs resume training, strictly respecting the hygienic measures to contain the virus, and then hold the remaining 10 league matches starting from May 20.There has been no government response so far.___The Spanish soccer federation says the Copa del Rey final will only take place when fans are allowed back into stadiums in Spain. Associated Press Public service announcements will debut on Wednesday across league and team platforms. The other leagues participating are the ATP, NASCAR, NWSL, USGA, WNBA, WTA as well as the WWE and esports Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and Electronic Arts.Among other athletes participating are New York Yankees all-star outfielder Aaron Judge and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich (MLB), Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell (NBA), Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (NFL), Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser (NHL) as well as Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, and Orlando City SC forward Nani (MLS).Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, U.S. soccer standout Alex Morgan, two-time WNBA all-star Breanna Stewart and Ashleigh Barty, the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, are also included. The leagues teamed up with creative agency 72andSunny and production company Hecho Studios for the campaign.___Amiens is asking the French soccer league to review its decision to relegate the club from the country’s top flight following the early termination of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s looking for a new host for the European trampoline championships to replace Sweden. That event has been moved from this month to spring 2021.___The head of English soccer says he does not expect crowds to be allowed back into matches “any time soon.”The Premier League and other soccer competitions in England have been suspended two months during the coronavirus pandemic.The English Football Association, which owns Wembley Stadium and runs the national teams, is cutting its annual budget by 75 million pounds ($93 million) as it tries to offset a potential “worst-case scenario” deficit of 300 million pounds over the next four years. French horseracing organizer France Galop says Paris police have given the green light for racing to resume next Monday, when France starts to ease its coronavirus lockdown in place since March 17.France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild announced the decision in a tweet.He says: “It’s very good news and a real victory!”The first races will be held at the ParisLongchamp race track without spectators.The organizer has previously said that access to racecourses will be tightly controlled as racing resumes. FA chairman Greg Clarke says “with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem.”In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke says “it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans – who are the lifeblood of the game – returning to matches any time soon.”The English Football League, which operates the three professional divisions below the Premier League, has told clubs games might be played without fans until 2021.The Premier League is trying to find a way of restarting next month. Liverpool is 25 points clear with nine games remaining.The FA Cup quarterfinals are yet to be played. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Just a few days after extending head coach Clay Helton’s contract to stay through the 2023 season, the football team has announced that it will do the same for offensive and defensive coordinators Tee Martin and Clancy Pendergast.Under defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily Trojan“Consistency and stability are so important in improving your program every year,” Helton said in a statement on Monday. “Having both back will help us to our goal of having national championship-caliber seasons.”Coaching in their respective positions for the past two seasons, Martin and Pendergast have helped lead USC to consecutive New Year’s Six bowl appearances with trips to the Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl.Martin, a 1998 national championship-winning quarterback with Tennessee, began his tenure with the team in 2012 as a wide receivers coach. In his time at USC, he helped develop former Trojans and current NFL stars Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and Nelson Agholor. Over the past two seasons, Martin has led the USC offense to consecutive decades-long highs in total yards per game with 477.1 yards in 2016 and 481.1 in 2017. Martin’s name came up in a few head-coaching rumors this off-season, including at his alma mater of Tennessee. The Volunteers ended up settling on Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt after an extended head-coaching search. Defensively, Pendergast has re-energized the Trojans. In 2017 USC tied all other FBS programs at the top with 46 sacks led by senior Uchenna Nwosu, who tallied 9.5 sacks on the season. After being defensive coordinator for USC for the 2013 season, Pendergast left for two years to serve as the linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Since he returned for the 2016 season, USC has been one of the strongest defensive units in the Pac-12. Off the field, both Pendergast and Martin have been instrumental in keeping USC atop the college football recruiting world. Both of the recruiting classes that these coaches have been a part of shaping, 2017 and 2018, have been ranked among the top five in the nation according to 247sports.com.This season, 247 ranked Tee Martin as the second best recruiter in the Pac-12 behind USC linebackers coach Johnny Nansen. read more
Joe Swail has won his match at the Scottish Open.The Belfast man beat Lee Walker 4 frames to 1.Fergal O’Brien is at the table at 2 o’clock against Brandon Sargeant.