The SEC decision Friday left the reopening of athletic facilities on or after June 8 at the discretion of each institution as they sought to minimize athlete and staff exposure to the corona virus. Woodward said earlier this month that LSU was preparing to reopen its football training center from June 1, if the SEC decided not to extend the previous closing order which would end on May 31. The order was extended for one week on Friday.
The Tigers, who won 15-0 last season, have not lost since falling in seven extra-time at Texas A&M on November 24, 2018.
“Our administration has worked very hard to ensure that all necessary safety procedures and protocols are available to keep our team safe and sound,” said LSU coach Ed Orgeron. “This is the first step that must be taken so that we can return to playing college football games in the fall.”
LSU said it would follow a series of “improved protocols” that require strict daily health checks for athletes and staff. Submit a temperature check and answer the Disease Control Center questionnaire will be asked to enter the training center. The rules of maintaining physical distance also apply as well as the education required about COVID-19 for athletes and staff which will also be provided to the players’ parents and guardians. LSU will have the ability to test the presence of viruses and antibodies, and staff have been certified in contact tracing.
Georgetown coach and former Hoyas and Knicks star Patrick Ewing said he had tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement released by the university on Friday said Ewing was at the local hospital. The school said the 57-year-old coach was the only member of his team who tested positive for the corona virus.
As a player, Ewing helped Georgetown win the 1984 NCAA championship and reach two other title games. He was taken by New York with the whole No. pick. 1 in the 1985 NBA draft.
Big Sky Conference will reduce the conference schedule in men’s and women’s basketball to 16 matches.
The Conference’s Presidential Board decision will be a one-year adjustment to help members cut costs during the coronavirus pandemic and have more flexibility in non-conference scheduling.
Schedules will be released at a later date, with geographical proximity as part of the criteria.
The Big Sky previously had 20 matches, a double round-robin schedule that began with two matches in early December.
The conference tournament will return to Boise, Idaho for the third year in a row next March.
Alabama-Huntsville dropped male and female hockey and tennis as part of budget cuts in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
School officials say athletes in sports who wish to join the list of other teams will be released without penalty and free to transfer immediately. If they choose to remain, their current scholarship will be honored during their academic career.
Alabama-Huntsville is the only school in the south that has a men’s hockey university program. Chargers won the Division II national titles in 1996 and 1998 and became runner-up in Division II in 1994 and 1997 before moving to the Division I level for the 1998-99 season.
Men’s hockey is the only Division I sport for Alabama-Huntsville. It competes at the Second Division level in all other sports.
The NCAA allows athletes in all sports to participate in voluntary athletic activities on campus starting June 1.
The NCAA Division I Board on Wednesday announced that it was lifting the moratorium on voluntary training in men’s and women’s soccer and basketball at the end of the month. The NCAA applies it to all sports on Friday.
The current abandonment that allows teams to require eight hours of virtual non-physical activity in all sports has also been extended.
Members of the Football Bowl Board Subdivision have also decided FBS schools cannot host soccer camps and clinics this summer. FBS coaches, including graduate assistants, are prohibited from working in soccer camps and clinics being held at other four-year NCAA schools.
Arizona Diamondbacks have begun individual training when baseball begins measurable returns to play from the coronavirus pandemic.
A small number of players train at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Salt River Fields, their spring training facility about 20 miles away in Scottsdale. The players are separated as much as possible to follow the league’s mandated guidelines, and practice is cleared by Major League Baseball.
The baseball season was postponed in early March due to COVID-19, two weeks before Opening Day.
Texas public high school sports management agency said it would allow a strengthening and summer program on campus as the state gradually relaxed regulations to limit the spread of the corona virus.
The University Interscholastic League canceled the spring sports championship, which was interrupted just as the men’s basketball tournament began in March. The school has been closed for around two months.
Regulations for the summer conditioning program require that training be voluntary and students must be permitted to participate virtually from home if they wish. There is no bathroom or dressing room that can be used and there must be at least one staff member per 20 students to ensure long-distance social hygiene, safety and safety measures.
Schools must provide hand sanitizers or wash basins. All equipment must be disinfected throughout the day.
Schools are also encouraged to screen students or staff before training for signs of illness.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton raised more than $ 200,000 for COVID-19 assistance for 11 hours of radiothon.
Connaughton airs on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee and 100.5 ESPN Madison all Thursday. He was joined in the air at various times by Bucks teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo and Kyle Korver and coach Mike Budenholzer, general manager Jon Horst and co-owner Marc Lasry.
Guests on the radio show included Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Packers coach Matt LaFleur, Milwaukee Brewers players Christian Yelich and Josh Hader, Brewers manager Craig Counsell, and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard.
The Connaughton show raised $ 205,859 for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest Foodbank from Southern Wisconsin, and Connaughton’s With Us Foundation. A total of $ 205,859 including matching all donations by Herb Kohl Philanthropies.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he thought college football would be back on schedule with some level of fans in the stands.
Abbott has issued new regulations to allow youth sports leagues to continue in June and for some professional leagues to hold events without spectators. But state regulations have so far not touched campus sports.
“Once we enter the college football season, our goal now is to start the college football season according to plan, with fans standing up,” the Republican governor told Austin KXAN television station. “What we don’t know is what level of capacity will be.”
The University of Texas announced this week it would open a campus for students for the scheduled start of August 26 in the fall semester. But officials have not detailed social distance plans or how the school will handle the hall and athletics.
A group of Power Five coaches led by Erik Bakich from Michigan is proposing a start for the college baseball season in 2022.
Under the proposal, there will be nine weeks of pre-season training instead of five, the regular season will run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series will wrap up the last week of July.
At present, the regular season starts on the third week of February and CWS ends on the last week of June.
Past attempts to retire the season are rooted in the fears of cold weather schools about competitive equality because they have to travel south or west to play games in the first month of the season.
This impetus is financial. In the past two weeks, Bowling Green and Furman have not reduced costs. Moving most of the season to a warmer month will reduce travel costs for the northern team, help increase attendance and income from concessions and merchandise for most schools and allow players to spend less class time.
Bakich said Division I coaches had given broad approval to the proposal. He said the next step would be to recruit an athletic director who would take the cause, bring it to the faculty and president’s athletic representatives and include it in the NCAA legislative process.
The Pittsburgh Steelers withhold a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready if social distance measures are needed at the stadium this fall.
Each single game ticket goes on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten said the club withheld 50% of rationing as a “proactive” move if the NFL used social distance guidelines.
The NFL released the 2020 schedule last month. The Steelers will play 10 games at Heinz Field, starting with the pre-season meeting with Tampa Bay on August 14.
Steelers will make a full refund available “if the NFL or the team cancel the game and it cannot be played back, or if it is played in a condition that prohibits fans from attending.” If the game is postponed or rescheduled, the ticket will be valid for the new date.
The Southeast Conference allows voluntary athletic activities to take place on each campus starting June 8, at the discretion of each university.
SEC officials noted the exercise would take place “under the strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.”
The SEC has suspended all athletic activities until May 31 because of a pandemic. SEC officials consider June 8 as the start of a transition period that allows athletes-students to gradually adapt to full training.
The SEC decided to resume athletic activities on June 8 with the guidance of the league task force on medical guidance and return to activities. The task force includes public health, infectious diseases and sports medicine professionals from each of the 14 league member schools. The task force prepares a set of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracking, maintaining social distance and maintaining a clean environment to guide each school.
Permitted actions are restricted by the NCAA for voluntary activities overseen by strength and conditioning personnel.
Badminton aims to start an updated schedule in mid-August at the Hyderabad Open in India.
The world tour will continue at the Taipei Open starting September 1-6 in an updated calendar issued by the World Badminton Federation.
The Thomas & Uber Cup Final in Denmark was confirmed on the new date of October 3-11 and the World Tour Final was pushed back a week to December 16-20.
The final which ends the season in Guangzhou is one of five tournaments in China at the end of the year. That does not include the Hong Kong Open in November.
The Asian championship scheduled for April in Wuhan has been canceled and the European championship has remained without a new date after being suspended since April.
BWF says it is still working on how to cash rank and make the changes needed for Olympic qualifications.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall starts a “202 Assist” program to help pay rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The John Wall Family Foundation set a goal of raising $ 300,000 over the following month.
The program is named after the Washington area code and will work with cities to find those who need it and disperse funds.
Wall is the NBA All-Star five times, designed as a whole No. 1 by Wizards in the 2010 draft. He sat all 2019-20 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon.
His foundation donated 2,300 masks and hundreds of meals to frontline workers in Washington and in his state in North Carolina in April.
Novak Djokovic plans to create a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkans while the sport is suspended amid a coronavirus pandemic.
The top-tier media team said the Adria Tour will begin in Belgrade on June 13 and end on July 5 with Djokovic’s exhibition match against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo. Another event is scheduled for the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar, Montenegro and Banja Luka in northern Bosnia.
Djokovic will play in all round robin tournaments. Other participants were to include Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.
The committee opened up the possibility that a “humanitarian” tour could be played in front of the audience.
No professional tennis tournament has been played since March. The French Open has been postponed and Wimbledon has been canceled due to a coronavirus.
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