The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The menâ€™s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the womenâ€™s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Baku was originally supposed to host only the menâ€™s championships but France couldnâ€™t reschedule the womenâ€™s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.
European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly â€œshould the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.â€
The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.
All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.
Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.
The â€œWe Run Togetherâ€ auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captainâ€™s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini.
There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.
Francis says â€œthe true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.â€
The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.
All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.
German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.
Schalke says it used â€œimpersonal formulations lacking empathyâ€ and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.
The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.
Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.
The team has also struggled on the field and hasnâ€™t won a league game since January.
The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.
The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.
The Swiss soccer federation now says Baselâ€™s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches.
Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16.
Basel also faces a potential clash with this seasonâ€™s Europa League possibly overlapping with next seasonâ€™s preliminary rounds.
Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.
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