The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors â€œshare a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.”
The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.
Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but â€œwe feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.â€
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC.
Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed.
Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.
FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says â€œitâ€™s not comprehendibleâ€ that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. Itâ€™s the only top-tier European league in action.
Baer-Hoffmann says â€œthere are players who are reaching out concerned.â€
Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting peopleâ€™s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”
Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but â€œwe will be lobbyingâ€ to introduce precautions.
The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 36 clubs in Germanyâ€™s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least.
The last game played was on March 11.
League president Christian Seifert says â€œthe most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.â€
Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.
UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.
Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.
The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.
Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.
Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.
ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries â€œThe Last Danceâ€ featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.
It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.
The news was announced on Good Morning America.
The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.
Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.
The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.
She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.
Kapas says â€œI donâ€™t have any symptoms yet and thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”
Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a â€œtake it or leave itâ€ 80% pay cut.
FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.
The union says Zilina â€œrefused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”
The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward RÃ³bert BoÅ¾enÃk to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million).
Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.
The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.
The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.
The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June.
It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.
The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”
With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying.
Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled.
The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.
The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.
The French Open has been postponed from May to September.
The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: â€œI think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.â€
Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federerâ€™s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.
The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded â€œshould the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.â€
The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.
Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.
Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.
Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.
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