The latest about the effects of the spread of coronavirus on sports throughout the world:
The Kentucky Coach Foundation, John Calipari, helps charities provide pandemic assistance COVID-19 has received a $ 1 million donation.
The Hall of Fame coach recently started the “Coffee with Cal” video series on Facebook to help The Calipari Foundation support No Kid Hungry, Feeding America and several charities that provide assistance. CustMbite, which makes dental products easier and more affordable and is a subsidiary of Delta Dental of Kentucky, makes a large contribution. The company added in its release that “was pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Coach Cal and his foundation to help ensure children receive the nutrients they need.”
Calipari has hosted former President Bill Clinton and Dallas Mavericks NBA owner Mark Cuban in the 20-week series.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended employee uniform contracts on May 1, giving the team the ability to lay off or cut the salaries of major and minor league managers, coaches, coaches and full-time scouts.
About 9,000 people are protected by uniform employee contracts, including general managers and baseball operations staff in several teams. Manfred cited the inability to play the game due to a national emergency caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.
“Our club relies heavily on revenue from tickets / concessions, broadcasting / media, licenses and sponsors to pay salaries,” Manfred wrote in his email Monday, a copy obtained by The Associated Press. “In the absence of a game, this revenue stream will be lost or reduced substantially, and the club will not have enough funds to fulfill their financial obligations.”
The Big Ten has announced the membership of its task force for emerging infectious diseases.
Leading the group are Chris Kratochvil, associate vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska medical center for clinical research and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics.
The task force was originally formed March 7 at the request of the Top Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. This group includes one representative from each of the 14 Big Ten member schools.
This task force is designed to provide medical advice and advice to ensure the safety of students, coaches and Big Ten fans.
Among other members of the group are: Edith Parker, dean at the Iowa public health college; Boris Lushniak, dean of the Maryland public health school; Preeti Malani, Michigan chief health officer; and Susan Koletar, director of the Ohio State communicable disease division.
University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has volunteered to reduce his salary by 5%.
School president Mark S. Schlissel announced cost-saving measures as part of an institutional plan to cut costs due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Schlissel said schools might have to bear a loss of as much as $ 1 billion by 2020.
Manuel, who was employed four years ago, had a salary of $ 990,000 in 2019.
Schlissel said he decided to cut his salary as school president by 10% for the rest of the year, starting May 1.
Memphis Grizzlies buys lunch every Sunday for workers at the COVID-19 test site.
Grizzlies feed around 50 workers every day until Saturday at the Tiger Lane testing facility outside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium at the Memphis Fairgrounds.
Coach Taylor Jenkins will provide lunch on Thursday, and coaches for the Grizzlies and G League Memphis Hustle have Tuesday. Forward Jaren Jackson Jr. had taken two days, while Grizzlies took the other two.
Green Bay Packers distributed the first round of Milwaukee grants to 16 non-profit organizations as part of the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Packers Give Back.
The Packers official said $ 500,000 in grant money had been set for organizations that support Milwaukee County residents who deal with the impact of the pandemic. Future grants through funds will be announced later.
Grants provided so far have been designed to address the problem of hunger, human services, health and welfare plus assistance for victims of domestic violence and assistance for the elderly and homeless.
The Packers grant provides $ 1.5 million in total, and $ 1 million is directed to the Brown County organization through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. Some of the funds have been distributed to 10 Brown County non-profit groups for food and hygiene issues, housing assistance, transportation, medicines and other basic needs.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, J.J., have donated $ 150,000 to local funds that provide personal protection equipment for health care workers along with laboratory supplies to expand testing amid a coronavirus pandemic.
Dalton, who has one year left on his contract with Cincinnati, told medical professionals in a video that “it is our honor to help support you all in this struggle” by contributing to the University of Cincinnati Health Crisis Response Fund.
Richard P. Lofgren, president and CEO of UC Health, said Daltons’ support “lets these health care heroes know that the community is behind them.”
– Joe Kay reports in Cincinnati
The company that makes the Louisville Slugger wooden baseball bat has closed its factory, taking 90 percent of its employees off and closing its popular museum.
Hillerich & Bradsby Co. said that it continues to cover all health care benefits for 171 workers who are on leave. The rest, 10% of employees, have made a pay cut of 25 percent.
The wooden bat factory closed on March 19, three days after the Louisville Slugger Museum closed. A 120-foot-tall bat outside its headquarters now has a banner on the barrel that reads “Roll Out Curve.”
The 165-year-old company produces about 2 million Louisville Slugger bats a year at a factory in downtown Louisville, with around 50,000 going to Major League Baseball.
H&B CEO John Hillerich IV told The Louisville Courier Journal that if the company did not immediately start its Pennsylvania factory – and MLB did not have a schedule to start the season – then some of the sets that would become bats would be damaged.
Purdue said the father of new men’s basketball player Brandon Newman had died from complications from coronavirus.
Chicago police say the officer is 59 years old Ronald Newman died Friday morning. He is a decorated officer, with 137 awards in 19 years as a police force. Newman spent most of his career in the 4th District department on the city’s South Side.
In a statement, Purdue said athletics department officials were “deeply saddened” by the deaths and had reached out to Newman’s family.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, his coaches and players have agreed to cut a 12.5% salary next year to help the club deal with the financial impact of the corona virus.
No game has been played in the Premier League for six weeks and the competition will not continue until at least June due to national locking and social distance.
Arsenal said the annual income reduction by the players and coaches will come into force next month.
The club said in a statement that “if we meet specific targets in the coming season, mainly related to success on the field, the club will pay the agreed amount. We will be able to repay by hitting these targets, which can be directly influenced by the players, which means our financial position will be stronger. “
Arsenal have 10 matches left and eight points from fourth place with the match in the hands of Chelsea while pursuing Champions League qualification.
The NFL and Coalition Players donated more than $ 3 million to seven fields that were significantly affected by the new coronavirus.
As part of the league’s Inspiration Change program, a contribution of $ 3.05 million will be sent to the health system, individual hospitals, and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and areas affected by Florida and Louisiana.
“We know that during this difficult time, our minority and low-income communities struggle disproportionately with the effects of COVID-19,” said co-founder and former NFL star Anquan Boldin. “Communities in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and many more are getting hit hard now, and we want to do our part in ensuring these areas even have basic needs. We are glad we can partner with the NFL to support the organizations in the field providing these families. “
Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and soccer coach Dino Babers make voluntary salary deductions to help universities overcome the lack of financial resources due to the new corona virus pandemic.
Also taking a 10% discount on voluntary salaries are female basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, male lacrosse coach John Desko, and female lacrosse coach Gary Gait.
Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced austerity measures in a Monday morning letter to students and faculty. He said the university had been hit with more than $ 35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenues.
All new capital projects have also been postponed, except for Carrier Dome renovations. The $ 118 million project includes a new permanent roof for the home of the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams.
Local government officials in Germany discussed sports and the pandemic coronavirus on a conference call and said football could resume in mid-May.
A summary published by the city of Bremen said “continuing to play in Bundesliga football … is considered justified starting mid-or late May in accordance with the current discussion conditions.”
Bremen Senator Anja Stahmann presided over the call. He said reopening would require “the most stringent health and health conditions.”
The last top-level football match in Germany was played on March 11 but the club has been trying to continue the season in an empty stadium.
Clubs face financial shortages without income from broadcast offers and sponsors.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was an opportunity for a big public meeting this summer, which could lead to matches at Yankee Stadium and Miti ‘Citi Field.
De Blasio announced Monday that the parade and events allowed by the city had been canceled until June because of the coronavirus novel but said progress in fighting the pandemic would determine what was permitted afterwards.
“For all of us sports fans, we ask this question, can our league return in 2020, at all? “I think this is an area where we don’t know,” he said at a press conference. “I consider what I think is a careful and steady approach to how we can reopen New York City. And we must always plan for the worst case scenario. We must protect ourselves. But there are also better case scenarios that can come and be proven that might open up the possibility for later, at the end of the summer, to enter the fall. Maybe there is an opportunity. “
The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donation to COVID-19 related to causes to more than $ 5 million.
New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that most of the money has been allocated to support health care workers, parents, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic goals in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.
Among the organizations that received assistance were United Way Worldwide, New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, North American Jewish Federation, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Albert University Children’s Medicine Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Funds for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.
“We focus on providing as much resources as possible to meet their needs and help some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented period,” said Viking owner / chairman Zygi Wilf.
The family made an initial contribution of $ 500,000 last month.
United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of a Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign linked to this week’s NFL draft.
The Professional Fighters League has canceled the upcoming season due to the coronavirus pandemic and plans to continue in the spring of 2021.
The promotion of mixed martial arts is expected to start the competition in May. The competition format includes the regular season, postseason and championship events, making it unique at MMA. Last year, the promotion held six regular season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.
CEO Peter Murray said the PFL will pay its fighters monthly cash to help support them and their families throughout 2020.
Season 2021 will be distributed on the ESPN platform in the US and to 160 countries by league international media partners. PFL says it will produce new programming across all ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of the year.
The Spanish government says it has reached an agreement with the country’s soccer league and federation for the team to return to training.
The government has not provided a schedule or provided other details about when the practice will continue. It said it would depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.
The government says strict protocols must be followed when the team starts training again. The Spanish League and federation have created health protocols to return to training.
The league said the competition would not start again until the end of May and the match would be held in an empty stadium at first.
Government officials and league and federation presidents meet for almost eight hours this weekend.
The government says the league and federation have agreed to use part of the money from football television rights to help other sports in Spain. It said they would also create an emergency fund of 10 million euros ($ 10.8 million) to help more vulnerable athletes.
Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be one of the topics of discussion when top cricket heads of state hold a special meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on sports.
The chief executive of the 12 full members of the International Cricket Board and three partner representatives will also discuss the rescheduling of the series, the upcoming tour program, and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket at a conference call Thursday.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled for October 18-November. 15 in Australia. This is the biggest global cricket tournament this year and has not been canceled.
ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney said the organization continued to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.
Sawhney said there was a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what is needed to continue international cricket.”
The president of the German soccer federation says continuing league games does not mean taking resources from health workers amid a coronavirus pandemic.
Fritz Keller wrote in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that continuing the game … will not burden the health system.”
He added that “there will be no use by athletes of testing capacity that will be missed elsewhere.”
No top league match has been played since March 11.
The German league has become more bullish than other major European competitions about the possibility of continuing in May or June with extensive coronavirus tests for players. The drive was partly driven by fears that some clubs were facing financial collapse without TV and sponsor money.
German state and local officials have the potential to veto games in their region. Keller said integrated rules for football across the country would help the club “quickly and without bureaucracy.”
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has used some of his free time in lockdowns to teach English children how to speak Spanish.
The Argentine international was signed by the BBC as part of his home-schooling initiative while educational institutions were closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Aguero teaches children how to count in Spanish. The lessons become available on the day children in the UK will usually return to school after the Easter holidays.
Aguero said “this is a difficult time for children today, and also for parents who are trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”
Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because football was closed in England and in much of the world during the plague.
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