The latest about the effects of the spread of coronavirus on sports throughout the world:
Former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins have donated at least $ 50,000 to feed Ohio children affected by a coronavirus pandemic.
Thomas and Hawkins, who since retiring from the NFL have partnered in popular weekly podcasts, also plan to match every dollar in contributions of up to $ 50,000 to the Children’s Hunger Alliance.
Donations can be made at https://childrenshungeralliance.org/thomahawk/.
CHA serves nutritious food for children in Ohio at risk, helping child care providers, child care centers, local school districts, and after school and summer programs.
Pro Bowler 10 times, Thomas played 11 seasons in Cleveland before retiring after the 2017 season. Hawkins, who played campus football in Toledo, spent three seasons with the Browns and three with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bobblehead Hall of Fame CEO Phil Sklar will give a virtual check of $ 100,000 Wednesday afternoon to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy after the Milwaukee-based museum launches a fundraising campaign with Dr. bobblehead Anthony Fauci who became the best-seller ever.
More than 20,000 orders have been entered on Wednesday from 50 states and more than a dozen countries to support the “100 Million Mask Challenge.” Bobblehead Fauci was inaugurated on April 1.
This creation features Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a move that shows how this nation needs to “level the curve” in a coronavirus pandemic.
The museum chose Fauci because many people saw experts talking about coronaviruses as today’s heroes, said Sklar.
TCU soccer coach Gary Patterson and his wife, Kelsey, made a $ 50,000 donation to support the school’s Frog Family Crisis Fund.
Athletics director Jeremiah Donati announced donations in a tweet. This fund supports TCU students and their families in need during times like the current pandemic.
Patterson is the second longest tenured FBS head coach, entering the 20th season next fall to lead the Horned Frogs. He was their defense coordinator three seasons before.
Opening of stable areas and training tracks in Saratoga in northern New York and warehouse areas in Monmouth Park in New Jersey is being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oklahoma training track in Saratoga will open April 15. The New York Racing Association said it had not yet decided the exact date to open it safely.
The delay had no effect at the start of the Saratoga racing season which is scheduled to start on July 16 and run until September 7. The meeting will be highlighted by Travers and Whitney.
In New Jersey, Monmouth Park has pushed back the opening of its stable territory until June 1. That’s a month later than the planned opening. Live racing will begin the Fourth of July weekend.
The heart of the Monmouth Park summer is the $ 1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18. The winner of the 1 1/8 mile race has a place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It will also function as a preparatory race for the Kentucky Derby, now scheduled for September 5.
A groom working at Belmont Park has died due to complications from a coronavirus.
The New York Racing Association said Martin Zapata died Tuesday. The 63-year-old native of Panama has spent the last two years working for coach Tom Morley in New York, who was devastated by the pandemic.
NYRA said Zapata tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24 and was hospitalized two days later. He lives and works in Belmont Park.
Sevilla has become the latest Spanish football club to put its players on leave to reduce labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.
The club said the move was needed because it was significantly affected financially by stopping competition in Spain and Europe.
It said it reached an initial agreement with first team players and coaches regarding their salaries but no details were immediately released.
The club said a total of 360 employees will be affected. It is said workers who can continue to do their work remotely will not continue on leave.
The current contract will remain in effect after the leave is over.
Barcelona and Atlético Madrid have requested government leave to reduce labor costs. They reached an agreement with the players to reduce their salary by up to 70%.
The league said on Tuesday eight teams had requested leave. It is expected that almost all clubs in Spain finally reach an agreement to reduce the salaries of their players.
The Spanish league estimates a loss of $ 1 billion ($ 1.1 billion) if the competition cannot continue.
Former French rugby player Christophe Pras has died after being infected by coronavirus.
Some of his former clubs announced death. 35 years old.
The former French international, under the age of 18, had a brief professional career before becoming a coach.
Pras is survived by his wife and two children.
The group in charge of monitoring tennis gambling and punishing corruption found almost double the number of suspect matches in the first three months of 2020. That is an increase related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The London-based quarterly report on Tennis Integrity Unit said it received a total of 38 warnings from the betting industry that arranged about matches on low-level tours from the beginning of the year to March 22
That’s up from 21 in the same period in 2019.
38 commemorative matches in the first quarter of this year broke down as six from the ATP Challenger Tour and 16 respectively from the International Tennis Tour of the World Tennis Federation of men and women.
The report concluded that the jump showed that entry tennis levels were “deliberately targeted” when the sport moved towards suspension due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
All pro tours were postponed until at least mid-July.
Players and coaches of the Swiss national soccer team have refused to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($ 1.03 million) payments due from their federation in 2020.
The team is scheduled to play in the European Championship which is now postponed in June and two matches in Qatar were canceled last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Closing the game has cost millions of dollars for the Swiss football body.
Federation chairman Dominique Blanc said it was an “extraordinary gesture” from the players.
Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.
Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner said, “We want to set an example and show solidarity.”
The president of the International Paralympic Committee said the agency had “cash flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic delays until 2021.
Andrew Parsons said about 5% of spending was being cut from the IPC budget. The 2018 financial report shows a budget of 24 million euros ($ 25.7 million).
Parsons said the problem was partly due to broadcast rights holders who wanted to delay their payment until the product was shipped.
Parsons said this was not a matter of “losing money” but rather because of temporary tightening.
He said “like all of our businesses are severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”
He said he was dealing with 150 contracts related to gaming but added “we have no plans to let staff go at this time.”
The world track championship in Eugene, Oregon, has been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022.
The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 amid a coronavirus pandemic.
World tracks were originally scheduled for August 6-15, 2021.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said 2022 would be a “bonanza for athletic fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games starting in Birmingham, England, just three days after the world crossing.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-August. The 7th and multisport European Championships are currently scheduled for August 11-21 in Munich.
World Athletics has also delayed the bidding process for the 2023 World Athletics Series event. It will now open in November 2020.
Formula One said it would cut half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives would take pay cuts amid a coronavirus pandemic.
F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.
F1 said senior leadership figures would take “voluntary salary deductions while continuing to work and not leave.”
CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” salary cut.
The McLaren and Williams teams have put a number of staff on the leave scheme. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also made salary cuts.
This season is scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management says it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in the original 22nd place.
An Olympic finalist twice within 800 meters has died after being infected with the corona virus.
The Italian Olympic Committee said Donato Sabia had died. He is 56 years old.
CONI said he was the first Italian Olympian to die of a virus.
Sabia finished fifth in 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. She also won 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.
Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died of the virus.
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