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Concerns over the coronavirus have helped lead four notable major leaguers – the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross, the Diamondbacks’ Mike Leake and the Rockies’ Ian Desmond – to opt out of the 2020 season this week.

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hasn’t joined them, though he is leery of playing amid a pandemic, per Mike DiGiovanna and Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times. The six-time All-Star told the LA Times “there’s some nervousness and apprehension,” adding, “My biggest priority is being a father first and a husband second, so to leave three young children and my wife to go into an environment where I don’t know what it will look like or when exactly I will come back or how safe it will be, it’s a little bit scary and completely different than anything I’ve experienced.” Although the season is scheduled to start in a few weeks, Braun isn’t convinced the league will be able to finish or even start it, DiGiovanna and Markazi report.

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  • The Mets are “extremely excited” about the progress reliever Dellin Betances has made, and they expect him to be a full participant in summer camp, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen (via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com). Betances, whom the Mets signed to a $10.5 million guarantee during the winter, missed almost all of last season as a Yankee because of shoulder problems. In his lone appearance of the year, on Sept. 15, the right-hander struck out both batters he faced before suffering a partial left Achilles tear while hopping off the mound. If Betances returns to his typical form this season, however, he should be an enormously helpful pickup for the Mets. The 32-year-old is a four-time All-Star who has logged a 2.36 ERA/2.31 FIP with 14.64 K/9, 4.01 BB/9 and 117 holds during his 381 2/3-inning career.
  • More on the Mets, who have had one player on their 40-man roster test positive for the coronavirus, Van Wagenen told Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News and other reporters Monday. They’ve also had positive tests among minor leaguers. But the 40-man player is recovering well, and Van Wagenen believes the Mets have been been “incredibly fortunate” to have so few positive tests to his point.
  • We now know there won’t be a minor league baseball season in 2020. Nevertheless, two more teams have stepped up to pay their minor leaguers over the next couple months. The Dodgers have made the $400 weekly commitment through August, according to one of their own farmhands, righty Ryan Moseley. The Phillies, meanwhile, will pay their minor leaguers through the season, Matt Gelb of The Athletic tweets.

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Full screen 1/19 SLIDES © Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images COVID-19 and sports: Latest updates across all leagues It's been several months since sports in the United States came to a screeching halt amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the NBA, MLB and NHL seasons suddenly were put on hiatus.Recent UFC bouts, WWE matches, NASCAR races and golf tournaments offered a glimmer of hope, and now the timelines of major sports are finally still being finalized. The NBA, NHL and MLB have announced plans to return to play, but with news breaking so often, we’ve gathered the latest stories fans need to know. 2/19 SLIDES © Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports NBA Here is what has happened over the last couple of weeks in the NBA:JUNE 30Nets star Kevin Durant will not travel to Orlando to be with the team when the season resumes. Having already battled COVID-19, Durant’s absence in Orlando can’t be seen as a big surprise. The future Hall of Famer had previously noted that even if he were healthy, he likely wouldn’t take part in the reboot. Read more here.According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver practice facility will be shuttered for at least a few days after members of the traveling party heading to Orlando tested positive for the virus. Read more here.Three Pelicans players tested positive for COVID-19, Pelicans EVP David Griffin revealed. Griffin did not reveal which players tested positive. Read more here.Per ESPN's Eric Woodyard, an unknown member of the Indiana Pacers is considering opting out of participating in the  22-team model to crown a champion for the 2019-20 NBA season that was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said the club wouldn't judge the player, whom he wouldn't name, for remaining home this summer. Read more here.Commissioner Adam Silver has reiterated that a COVID-19 outbreak within the Orlando bubble could force the league to postpone or cancel the remainder of the season altogether. Read more here.JUNE 29Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was in the middle of a career-best season when the coronavirus pandemic caused the NBA to suspend the 2019-20 campaign on March 11, told The Athletic's Shams Charania that he is sick with the virus and might not report to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex for training camps ahead of the campaign's resumption scheduled for July 30. Read more here.Nets center DeAndre Jordan also tested positive for COVID-19 and will not join the team for the league’s restart in Orlando, he tweeted. Jordan said he learned of the positive test on Sunday evening and it was confirmed on Monday. Read more here.JUNE 28Construction has started at Disney's Grand Floridian resort ahead of the NBA's arrival. Crews have begun adding fencing around areas of the resort to create the "bubble" players will be required to stay in. The Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies and Magic will be staying at the Grand Floridian. Read more here.JUNE 27The NBA and NBPA are working on a plan for what to do with the eight teams that are not included in the league's resumption plan in Orlando. If the two sides can't come up with a plan for activities, it will mean those eight teams will have gone nine straight months without playing basketball, a concern all around. Read more here.Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, on March 11, which forced the league's shutdown. More than three months later, Gobert says he still hasn't fully recovered. "The taste has returned, but the smell is still not 100 percent. ... I spoke to specialists, who told me that it could take up to a year," Gobert says. Read more here.JUNE 26The NBA and NBPA announced that 16 players tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test rate of 5.3 percent is much lower than the 10 percent the World Health Organization recommends for reopening economies amid the pandemic. Read more here.The Association announced that is has finalized a deal with the National Basketball Players Association to resume the season at Walt Disney World in Orlando on July 30. A total of 22 teams will head to Orlando to resume the season. Each squad will play eight regular-season games before the playoffs start. If the No. 9 seed is within four games of the eighth seed in either conference, a best-of-three play-in-tournament between the two will take place. Read more here.Commissioner Adam Silver has admitted an outbreak among even one team could cause the league to postpone or cancel play. However, Silver did say one positive test on a squad wouldn't prevent that team from competing and that a single case would be treated similarly to an injury. Read more here.Additionally, Silver says there will be new features for the bubble game telecasts, including unique camera angles, enhanced game audio and even virtual halftime shows. Read more here.We now know the first few games of the resumed season. As noted by The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Jazz face the Pelicans in the resumption opener. The Lakers will play the Clippers in the nightcap. Read more here.JUNE 25Alex Len is the third Kings player to test positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Len said he underwent testing in Sacramento and immediately isolated. Read more here.Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming Miami’s first player known to have contracted the virus, according to Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. Jones has been asymptomatic and expects to join the Heat in Orlando. Read more here.Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein has decided to sit out of the NBA's resumption as a preventative measure. He and his partner are expecting a baby in July, and he doesn't want to put them at risk for the coronavirus. The Mavs will sign guard Trey Burke to take his place. Read more here.The NBA plans to use law enforcement to ensure player and staff safety. ESPN's Tim Bontemps reported that "local, state and federal law enforcement, plus former special operations forces" will be employed to secure the bubble site and keep NBA personnel safe from any intruders. Read more here.We have a bit of insight into the NBA's travel arrangements as well as its dress code rules, thanks to The Athletic's Shams Charania. All 22 NBA squads will travel between the July 7 and 9. Charania also noted that the NBA's bench dress code for team personnel and inactive players has been adjusted. Read more here.JUNE 24The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported multiple general managers are fearful of what will happen when 22 teams and hundreds of personnel are together in Orlando. In fact, many said they were terrified for all the people involved and also fear this will damage the NBA’s reputation. Notably, of the 10 general managers polled by The Athletic, seven top executives remained cautiously optimistic on Monday for the NBA’s return. But even among those who expressed optimism, there still remains a great level of uncertainty. Read more here.Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star. Brogdon and other players who test positive will quarantine until they’re symptom-free and considered fully recovered. At that point, they’ll be permitted to travel to Orlando for group workouts and training camps. Read more here.Kings power forward Jabari Parker is the latest NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, which he revealed in a statement through the team. Parker indicated that he had received the news "several days ago" and has been self-isolating at his Chicago home. Read more here.JUNE 23Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has tested positive for COVID-19. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the two-time All-Star tested positive while in Serbia but is asymptomatic. Jokic may be cleared to travel to Denver next week. Read more here.The NBA has offered its assistance to Yale researchers who are studying a saliva-based COVID-19 testing method. The researchers will be testing some NBA players and coaches as a part of the initial testing, with the results of the study expected to be ready by the end of July. Read more here.The NBA will start testing players for COVID-19 as part of the league’s ramp-up schedule toward a return. While some clubs already took part in antibody testing, they are expecting to see a lot of players now test positive for the coronavirus. In fact, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, one NBA playoff team has already seen four of its players contract the coronavirus in recent weeks. Read more here.JUNE 22While the NBA season return at Walt Disney World still is up in the air due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in Florida, it appears one team will be traveling to the state a bit early. According to Yahoo's Keith Smith, the Toronto Raptors are scheduled to fly into Florida on Monday and begin training at Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples. Read more here.The Washington Wizards will be without one of their best players when the NBA season resumes at Walt Disney World next month. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps, Davis Bertans will reportedly sit out the NBA's resumption in Orlando as a preventative measure. Read more here.JUNE 21Florida's recent spike in coronavirus cases is spreading unease throughout NBA executives, players and staff as the return-to-play plan at Walt Disney World looms, according to Zach Lowe and Baxter Holmes of ESPN. Florida recorded over 4,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, which was a new single-day high for the state. Read more here.Despite the surge in coronavirus cases in Florida, commissioner Adam Silver is still confident in the league's plan to hold the season's resumption in Orlando, according to ESPN's Baxter Holmes and Zach Lowe. Silver recently held a conference call with high-ranking league execs in which he expressed confidence in the bubble plan. Read more here.Although some folks around the league are concerned about the uptick in cases, the NBA and NBPA are close to reaching an agreement on resuming the season. The deal between the two sides could be announced very soon, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Read more here.When the season resumes, games will be played in empty arenas. Concerned about how crowdless games may affect players, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explained how the league may try to include fans in the experience. "We have been having a lot of fun with apps that allow fans to push noise they make at home into the arena," Cuban said. Sounds like a fun way to help players and get fans involved. Read more here.JUNE 20The date for the 2020 NBA Draft has been set. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the draft will be on October 16, with early-entry deadline on August 17. The league announced earlier this month that the draft lottery will take place on Aug. 25. The draft was originally scheduled to take place on June 25 but was postponed. Read more here.The NBA will lift its moratorium on transactions for one week starting on June 23. Shams Charania of The Athletic reports teams will be able to sign players to rest-of-season contracts, sign subs for players who are opting out of Orlando, sign players to two-way deals, convert two-way contracts to standard deals, and waive players. Read more here.Furthermore, Woj obtained a memo the NBA sent teams that contains key dates for the resumption. For example, for June 23-30, teams are allowed to have four players and up to 10 coaches in the practice facility. July 1-9, eight players to now be practicing at the facility at one time. Read more here.JUNE 19It appears technology will be aiding the NBA during its resumption. The league plans to give players the option to wear the Oura "smart ring." The device features sensors that keep track of the wearer's health stats, including heart and respiration rates and body temperature. Then, the data the Oura collected is put into an algorithm to predict the onset of COVID-19. Read more here.JUNE 18Dwight Howard released a public statement explaining his position on the NBA resuming its season in Orlando, saying that he and others who have expressed concerns "are not attempting to halt the resumption of the basketball season in Orlando." Instead, Howard and others who have spoken up are hoping to use this opportunity to place the focus on the nationwide protests caused by the death of George Floyd. Read more here.The mayor of Orange County, Florida, has announced that masks will be mandatory indefinitely after a spike in coronavirus cases throughout the state. NBA teams will journey to Orlando on or around July 7. Read more here.JUNE 16Players must inform the NBA by June 24 if they don’t plan on taking part in the remainder of the season, reports The Athletic's Shams Charania. Read more here.Nuggets head coach Mike Malone revealed that he tested positive and recovered from COVID-19. Malone noted that he fell ill in March. He was unable to obtain a test, given that they were not as widespread as they are right now, but he took an antibody test last month, which revealed the head coach did in fact have coronavirus. Read more here.Charania reported the hotels where each team will stay — based on seeding. For example, the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz and Heat will stay at Gran Destino Tower, which is is located in Disney’s Coronado Resort. Check out where the rest of the teams will be staying here.Now that the NBA settled on safety protocols and where the teams will stay, surely one of the biggest concerns will be to get everyone to adhere to the rules. Charania reported the NBA will have a hotline that will allow players to anonymously report anyone who is violating protocols. Read more here.JUNE 15According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is no indication from players, agents or league officials that concerns over safety or social issues are putting the NBA’s return in jeopardy. While some players around the league are not expected to participate, either due to concerns for their health or to support those protesting, there is no indication it will be enough to compromise the return plan. Read more here.JUNE 14ESPN's Tim Bontemps provided some insight for the NBA's testing protocols before going to Orlando. All players and "essential team personnel" will be tested every other day starting June 23, and they will also undergo an antibody test. It's not yet known which coronavirus test the league will be using, but it's thought to be the less invasive test than the one that's been most common. Read more here.JUNE 13Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press and Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Disney's safety protocols for staffers. Guidelines include: All Disney personnel onsite will be required to wear masks and gloves while undergoing daily temperature screenings, and staff will adhere to social distancing guidelines and not allowed within 6 feet of an NBA participant. Read more here.Regarding the NBA's safety guidelines, Dr. Fauci was complimentary and supportive of the league's protocols. The country's top infectious disease expert even went as far as to say other leagues could look to the NBA and emulate certain aspects. Read more here.We already know fans won't be able to attend games once the season resumes in July. However, the NBPA expects crowdless games for the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign as well. That would mean the NBA would lose billions of dollars in ticket revenue over an 82-game season and the playoffs and another potential hit to the salary cap. Read more here.NBPA executive director Michele Roberts has an ominous prediction: "A player is going to test positive. It's not any more of this 'if,' it's 'when' and what can I do to mitigate against the 'when.'" Being realistic is better than blinding optimism. If the NBA operates on "when" rather than "if," the league can be better prepared to deal with it. Read more here.JUNE 12According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, detailed plans for the season are now etched in stone. Working with a small window, the NBA has set the following dates for the resumption of the season, with seeding games running July 30-Aug. 14, the play-in tournament taking place Aug. 15-Aug. 16 and the playoffs beginning Aug. 17. Read more here.However, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that there is a significant number of NBA players who are upset a vote was not held to allow players to decide whether they wanted to finish the season. Some players were already uneasy about resuming play amid the coronavirus outbreak, and now there is a feeling among a portion of the NBA community that it is “bad optics” to play with protests raging across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Furthermore, some frustration seems to be starting to set in among players about these rules and regulations. New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick seemed particularly confused by a report that Disney support staff would not be subject to the restrictions of the bubble, even though players and league staff will be. That confusion and frustration seemed to be echoed by some of his fellow players. Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks and Howard Beck also reported that some players feel they weren't properly represented regarding a vote over the 22-team model and temporarily relocating to Florida, away from their families, during a coronavirus outbreak and racial tensions throughout the world. Between 150 and 200 NBA players held a conference call on Friday to discuss the next and best course of action, led by Kyrie Irving, who is of the position that players should consider not playing in light of the uproar over racial injustice and the unknowns of COVID-19, sources said. Read more here.Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Donovan Mitchell were among the stars who participated in the conference call. Kyrie reportedly said he's "willing to give up everything" he has for social reform and was the leading voice against resuming the season in Orlando. Read more here.JUNE 11NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported the league is considering allowing teams to replace players who don't show up with "substitution" players. "Players deciding against participating in Orlando could be replaced by a substitution player," Wojnarowski tweeted. "NBA plans to allow replacements for players who test positive for COVID-19 or suffer injuries. Replaced players become ineligible for the rest of 2019-2020 season." Read more here.Woj also relayed that the NBA has slightly adjusted its target date for the first games of the resumed 2019-20 season, moving it up to July 30. The league had previously been targeting July 31. Read more here.Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the league will allow teams to carry 17 players in Orlando, which includes two-way players. Additionally, players who are currently unsigned and available may sign with teams. Read more here.ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Bobby Marks reported 14 of 22 teams will be eliminated within 53 days after players arrive in Orlando. It's expected that six teams will be bounced from the competition within 40 days at the most. Additionally, just four teams will be left after 67 days. Read more here.Wojnarowski reported there is a "growing number of players" who are considering sitting out the NBA's resumption, particularly among players on teams that don't have much of a chance to win the title. They simply do not want to live in a bubble for that long and want to see "quarantine elements" loosened. Woj also notes the Black Lives Matter movement might be "playing a role in the conversation." Count Carmelo Anthony among the players who are hesitant to play in Orlando. Read more here.JUNE 10Longtime TNT announcer Kevin Harlan shared some details about how the network will handle the unprecedented challenge of televising games that will be held in a bubble format in which broadcasters initially will not be allowed to be on site for contests: “We will be in the studios in Atlanta, and they will set up as close to possible a broadcast table like we would have courtside,” Harlan said this week on SiriusXM NBA Radio, according to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. “We will have, I’m assuming, crowd noise pumped into our headsets.” Read more here.In a follow-up, Yahoo's Keith Smith reports that broadcasters probably won't be able to call games from Walt Disney World. If they're allowed to, it'll be very few, he adds. Read more here.As the season's resumption approaches, Woj reported there is a "faction" of NBA players who aren't fully onboard with continuing play. They question whether it's a "good idea or not out of concern for their health and safety. As such, the league will not be penalizing players who choose not to participate. However, Woj says "players would lose a portion of salary for those games missed." Read more here. 3/19 SLIDES © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports MLB Here is the latest MLB news from the past couple of weeks:JUNE 30Twins president Dave St. Peter said the club is "developing a plan for no fans but also developing a plan for how and when we reintroduce fans." He noted that it will ultimately be left up to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and health experts in the state as to whether fans can attend games. Read more here.Major League Baseball on Tuesday issued a statement that indicates the “Field of Dreams” game remains tentatively scheduled for Aug. 13. However, because of the schedule changes instituted for an abbreviated 60-game season, the two teams originally slated to square off at the Dyersville, Iowa, complex — the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees — are not likely to participate in the showcase. The scheduling issue stems solely from how the Yankees and White Sox will not play this summer due to the regional setup of the season schedule due to the desire to limit travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.If a player were to contract the virus, that news will remain in-house. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said teams will not be able to disclose who lands on the COVID-19 injured list, citing players' right to medical privacy. Read more here.However, keeping a player's COVID-19 status away from the general public might not always be the league's policy. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported owners and the MLBPA are discussing whether or not a positive test result could be considered a employment-related injury. It's also worth noting a player doesn't have to experience symptoms or test positive to enter the COVID-19 list. Known exposure to an infected person or a physician noticing symptoms could lead to a team placing a player on its COVID-19 list. Read more here.MiLB has announced that the 2020 minor league season has been officially canceled. Although it's not surprising, it is still unfortunate. As noted by the Associated Press and other outlets, 42 farm teams were facing the ax earlier this year before the pandemic hit the United States. This news leaves the minor league system even more in limbo. Read more here.JUNE 29According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, MLB plans to release the remainder of its 2020 schedule in about a week. MLB will continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in each city, keeping in contact with health and local government officials to ensure it is safe to play baseball. Read more here.Also according to Nightengale, the Twins have informed bullpen coach Bob McClure, 68, and major league coach Bill Evers, 66, that they won't work games this year due to health and safety concerns because of the coronavirus. The organization says they'll still be paid. Read more here.Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake has become the first MLB player to publicly opt out of participating in the shortened 2020 season. Leake’s agent Danny Horwits issued a statement saying Leake and his family took many personal factors into consideration when making the decision, and the pitcher is looking forward to returning in 2021. He will miss out on roughly $5 million by sitting out the season. Read more here.Not long after Leake announced he will not play this season  due to personal reasons, The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli first reported that Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross would also be sitting out. The Nationals have since confirmed the news, expressing support for both players in a statement. Read more here.Major League Baseball has given players who are not deemed high risk the right to opt out of playing the 2020 season. However, those players are not allowed to reconsider and change their minds later — at least as of now. According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, MLB and the MLBPA are discussing a “possible adjustment” to that rule, leaving the door open for players to potentially return in 2020. Read more here.Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Monday that the Blue Jays will arrive in Toronto for spring training on July 1 and expects that they'll host teams. Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams must sign off on the final MLB plan for the Blue Jays to face teams in Toronto. Read more here.Giants outfielder Hunter Bishop has become the first member of the team to test positive for COVID-19, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bishop is exhibiting “mild symptoms” and “was not in contact with any of our players and staff subsequent to when he believes he was infected,” president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi announced. Read more here.Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will opt out of playing in the 2020 MLB season. Desmond explained that “the COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” He says he’s compelled to stay home “with a pregnant wife and four young children who have lots of questions about what’s going on in the world.” Read more here.JUNE 28Although there have been questions about whether the Blue Jays would be able to play at home, we might have some clarity now. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports the Jays told their players to report to Toronto for a second spring training, and a chartered flight is set for next week to get the players into Canada. Read more here.Furthermore, Blue Jays won't have a long commute to work. Broadcaster Hazel Mae reports that the Jays would be staying at the hotel attached to the Rogers Centre. The plan is for players and staff to quarantine at the hotel to limit possible exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Read more here.JUNE 27The Texas Rangers have COVID-19 cases among their staff members. An anonymous employee told ESPN's Jeff Passan there's widespread fear across many of the organization's employees and that they are "terrified" for their safety. The state of Texas was forced to halt the reopening process after a three-day period in which over 17,000 new coronavirus cases were reported. Read more here.MLB players might not be thrilled with the 60-game season, but that sentiment is not shared by baseball fans. In a poll of 1,003 fans conducted between Tuesday and Friday by Global Strategy Group, 77 percent of respondents who identified themselves as baseball fans support MLB's 60-game season, while just 23 percent oppose of it, according to ESPN. Read more here.We now know how MLB plans to kick off its season: On July 23, the Yankees will head to D.C. to take on the Nationals, per Joel Sherman and Andrew Marchand of the New York Post This will pit new Yankees starter Gerrit Cole against Max Scherzer. Read more here.JUNE 26The Baseball Hall of Fame opened its doors to visitors for the first time since March 15 due to the uncontrolled virus outbreak, according to the Associated Press. Certain areas known to attract large gatherings are temporarily closed. Read more here.Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman might not take part in his team’s title defense in 2020. He told AP’s Howard Fendrich that he has an infant at home, and his wife is in a high-risk category. Read more here.JUNE 25Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is extremely concerned about teams losing billions of dollars this season and said that the "only thing we have to do that can counter" revenue losses is have fans at games. The idea of losing tens of millions of dollars is a scary one but not as scary as losing lives, which some fear is the risk of letting fans attend games. Read more here.Although the playoff field remains set at 10 teams, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said players are still open to expanding it, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press. The league could yet make another attempt to negotiate an expanded postseason format. Read more here.Some players received an advance this spring that equals or was worth more than a prorated rate for 2020, per The Athletic's Evan Drellich. While those players won't owe clubs refunds due to a fund shared by owners and the MLBPA, athletes such as Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh essentially will play for free. Read more here.The Twins are the latest MLB team to have players test positive for COVID-19. Team president Derek Falvey told reporters a “few” players in the organization have tested positive for COVID-19. Falvey declined to say whether the players diagnosed were major league or minor league players, nor how many tested positive. Read more here.Players currently on 80-game suspensions will be eligible to return to the field next year if the upcoming 60-game season is completed in full, per Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. However, it's unclear what will happen in this regard if the pandemic forces the MLB to be cut even shorter. Read more here.Regarding crowds at games, the Cubs are expecting fans at Wrigley Field this season, as team president Crane Kenney told ESPN 1000. Kenney envisions about 8,000 fans at games this season. Fans would be able to watch from outfield rooftops and restaurants — areas that can allow for social distancing. Read more here.Many have wondered whether tams will be able to play exhibition games as part of Training Camp 2.0. We now have an answer to that. MLB has told teams they’ll allow them to schedule up to three exhibition contests apiece before the regular season starts July 23-24, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Read more here.The Giants have told season-ticket holders that fans will not be allowed to attend games this year. However, the team has a "Fan Cutout" program, which allow fans to submit photos of themselves that will then be placed in the stands during games. Read more here.JUNE 24Sportsnet's Shi Davidi and TSN's Scott Mitchell reported that multiple Blue Jays players and staff returned positive tests. While Wednesday's update isn't surprising, it further complicates matters for members of an organization that currently has no baseball home. As Davidi noted, the Blue Jays are hopeful to start the regular season, currently scheduled to begin in late July, by playing home games in Toronto. Read more here.According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, only players who are considered to be at "high risk" of infection may opt out of the 2020 campaign and receive their full prorated salary. There's been no word on who will be considered "high risk," but players who have preexisting medical conditions likely will be among the group. Read more here.According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, MLB has been talking with officials in Nashville about having two teams of unsigned players in the city on standby in case MLB teams need them. The players would earn $400 per week, with teams having to pay Nashville a fee to sign one of them. Read more here.Three Rockies players, including outfielder Charlie Blackmon, have tested positive for the virus, according to Kyle Newman of the Denver Post. Left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl and minor leaguer Ryan Castellani were the other two players to test positive. All three players tested positive after recent workouts at Coors Field, and they received their results late last week. All other players who were working out at Coors Field have tested negative. Read more here.Major League Baseball rosters have been frozen since late March, but that will come to an end this Friday at noon ET and any club looking to bring in new players will want to give those players as much notice as possible. Read more here.Luis Ferre-Sadurni of The New York Times tweeted that players entering New York from high-infection areas won't be asked to quarantine but will instead follow safety protocols implemented by MLB and the New York State Health Department. Read more here.MLB has submitted a plan to Canadian health authorities for the Blue Jays to host regular-season games at Rogers Centre, and the Public Health Agency of Canada is reviewing the proposal, according to the Associated Press. The Canadian border remains shut to non-essential American personnel through at least July 21, and MLB execs are concerned that players would have to quarantine for 14 days before competing in any Canadian city. Such rules would remove Toronto from baseball's 60-game season that includes clubs playing at home ballparks. Read more here.Furthermore, the Blue Jays could play their "home" games in Florida or Buffalo, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, if Canada does not approve the plan to play in Toronto. The ideal solution is to play games at home, like every other team, but the Blue Jays would be silly not to have a backup plan at this point. Read more here.The Detroit Tigers are the latest MLB organization to have players or staffers test positive for the coronavirus. Tigers GM Al Avila revealed that two people in the organization — one player and one staff member — have tested positive for the virus. Neither individual has recovered yet, but the player was not working out at the team’s spring facility in Lakeland, Florida, when he contracted it. Read more here.The rash of positive coronavirus tests among MLB clubs along with the outbreaks in several U.S. cities isn't deterring the Red Sox from having a positive outlook for the season. Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said that fans at Fenway Park this season could be a "possibility" if the number cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts continues to decline. The possibility of having anywhere near a capacity crowd this season is highly unlikely, but teams are hoping to be able to have some fans. Read more here.Speaking of fans in stadiums, MLB will have teams decide whether games will happen in front of a crowd "based on local, state ordinances and procedures," reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle." Read more here.USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that MLB will start off with four nationally televised games on July 23 to finally start the season. Nightengale posits that superstar Gerrit Cole will make his Yankees debut in prime time. Read more here.Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto announced that multiple players have tested positive for COVID-19. "Right now they’re asymptomatic. They feel great,” Dipoto said, via Greg Johns of MLB.com. Read more here.JUNE 23It's official: MLB is back. The league and MLBPA have finalized the details ahead of a return to play. Players will report to Spring Training 2.0 on July 1, and the 60-game season will officially open on July 23 or 24 to empty stadiums, per ESPN's Jeff Passan. The MLBPA confirmed the news, tweeting: "All remaining issues have been resolved, and players are reporting to training camps." Read more here.Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that MLB will adopt the minor league rule of beginning the 10th inning and beyond with a runner on second base, making it easier for teams to score runs. With a shortened spring training and only 60 games, the goal is to avoid having too many extra frames. In addition, MLB will also temporarily allow a universal designated hitter. The DH will be removed from National League play again in 2021. Read more here.The Phillies last Friday announced that five players and three staff members — all of whom had been at their Clearwater, Florida, facility — had tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time of the announcement, the Phillies indicated that 32 more tests were still pending results. Of that bunch, two more players and two staff members also tested positive, bringing the total to a dozen cases. The rest of those pending tests were negative. Read more here.Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, left-hander Phillip Diehl and righty Ryan Castellani have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Kyle Newman of the Denver Post. The positive test results follow a practice at Coors Field. All other players present for the workout were tested, and they came back negative. Read more here.Even though there won't be fans in attendance, MLB is planning to allow mascots at games, per Wall Street Journal baseball reporter Jared Diamond, who notes the mascots won't be allowed on the field or in other restricted areas. Read more here.JUNE 22As expected the MLBPA has rejected the latest 60-game proposal from owners that also includes an expanded postseason tournament, per Jesse Rogers and Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. Read more here.In the wake of the MLBPA's latest rejection, MLB is prepared to implement a 60-game season, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The league asked the players two questions: 1) Can you report to training camps by July 1? 2) Will you agree to the health and safety terms outlined in the operating manual? If the players agree to both measures, a 60-game season for 2020 will take place, and players still have the right to file a grievance over the owners allegedly stalling negotiations. Read more here.Even though commissioner Rob Manfred can order the season, he is not expected to do so immediately, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. It's currently unclear why. Read more here.The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox can both host spectators for Major League Baseball games this summer if owners and the MLB Players Association can agree to terms for a pandemic-altered season. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared on Monday that "outdoor spectator sports can resume with no more than 20 percent of seating capacity; concessions permitted with restrictions." Shapiro added that amounts to roughly 8,000 fans per Chicago ballpark. Read more here.JUNE 21As the negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA remain contentious and the two sides have yet to come to an agreement for the 2020 season, the league has attempted to hand players an olive branch. MLB has offered to cancel the expanded playoff field and universal DH for next season if a full campaign cannot be played in 2020, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. This is included in the latest proposal to play a 60-game season. Read more here.Rob Manfred reportedly told MLBPA chief Tony Clark that a 70-game season would not be possible due to time constraints. The league has a relatively short window before regularly scheduled playoff baseball would begin in October. Plus, teams would have to go through Training Camp 2.0. It's hard to imagine the MLBPA reacting well to this stance. Read more here.JUNE 20Four members of the Yankees organization have tested positive for COVID-19, per George A. King III of the New York Post, who adds that at least three of the people who have contracted the virus are staff members, two of whom work at Steinbrenner Field. Read more here.In wake of the surge of coronavirus cases in Florida and Arizona, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports all teams will be training at their home facilities. Florida reported over 4,000 new coronavirus cases overnight, while Arizona reported over 3,000 new cases. Read more here.Nightengale also reports that MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to some rule changes if the season every happens. If a game goes into extra innings, each team will start with a runner on second base in each half-inning starting. The two sides are also considering allowing games to end in ties. Read more here.It was a busy day for Nightengale, who would later report that the MLBPA is going to delay the vote on the latest proposal. It was supposed to occur at some point this weekend, but a postponement is in order after spring camps got closed. However, the proposal is still expected to get rejected. Read more here.JUNE 19According to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury, five Phillies’ players tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days. Furthermore, three of the team’s staff members also contracted the virus. While eight members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19, the numbers could be even higher. According to NBC Sports, the team is still awaiting a significant number of test results and there is some concern this could be an even larger outbreak. Read more here.The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday became the second MLB team to shut down their facility due to COVID-19 concerns. Soon after the Phillies confirmed five players and three staff members located in Clearwater, Fla., had tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN's Jeff Passan tweeted that at least one Toronto player "who recently had spent time with players in the Phillies’ minor-league system" was showing symptoms of the virus. Read more here.The Giants have also closed their spring facility in Arizona after someone who visited the complex started showing symptoms. Read more here.Two unnamed Angels players have contracted COVID-19, GM Billy Epply tells Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Eppler didn't divulge any other details regarding the players' identities. Read more here.MLB is reconsidering the notion of bubble sites where players and other team personnel would perform and live during a pandemic-shortened season, according to Jared Diamond and Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal. Several teams shutting down their facilities in one day is concerning. Read more here.In the wake of teams closing their facilities, MLB is considering closing all spring camps temporarily. The facilities would get cleaned, and new safety guidelines would be instituted upon re-entry. Read more here.As the MLB and MLB Players Association struggle to come to an agreement to start the season, rumors have spread that superstar agent Scott Boras is pulling strings and manipulating people from both sides for his benefit. Yankees  president Randy Levine called out Boras directly, saying he shouldn't be meddling. Boras denied the idea of stirring up ill will between the MLB and MLBPA, telling The Post he is only working in the best interest of his players. Read more here.The MLBPA released a statement saying MLB informed the union that the league will not be making a counter-offer to its last proposal, which was for a 70-game season. It seems the parties are closer to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred naming the length of a season that could last around 48-54 games. Read more here.Owners might be willing to go as high as a 62-game season, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Owners and players continue to look bad each passing day. They are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. A 62-game season isn't what the players want, but at some point, one of the sides will have to give in. Read more here.JUNE 18The Major League Baseball Players Association has countered an offer made by MLB owners and increased the number of requested regular-season games amid the coronavirus pandemic from 60 to 70. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the players would want more games to make up for salaries lost due to the shortened season. Passan adds he believes owners will reject this offer. Read more here.According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, it sounds like there’s a continuing rift between Major League Baseball and its players, as the owners do not see a pathway to start the 2020 campaign. Read more here.Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times noted that the MLBPA's latest offer has angered owners. In fact, a source on the owners' side told Shaikin the offer sent talks "backwards." Meanwhile, the MLBPA has also clarified there is no "tentative agreement or other agreement" between the players and owners heading into Friday — despite earlier reports to the contrary. Read more here.The league doesn't feel the union's offer of 70 games is feasible. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Rob Manfred told MLBPA head Tony Clark that number is "simply impossible" due to a possible second wave of the coronavirus. Read more here.JUNE 17Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark had a face-to-face meeting in Arizona that has been described as “productive.” While there is likely a long way to go, any meeting between MLB and the MLBPA that is described as “productive” is a positive sign. Reports of an imminent deal between the two sides surfaced as well, though that news was refuted by the MLBPA. Read more here.While there is no deal in place as of yet, MLB did make a proposal for a 60-game season with full prorated salaries and expanded playoffs, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. MLB is also asking the MLBPA not to file any grievances against the league. A counteroffer is likely, but it may only tack on a few games to the proposed schedule. Read more here.Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the owners and MLBPA can announce an Opening Day of July 19 if they can agree to terms for the start of the 2020 season by the end of Friday. However, the season's length is still an issue between the two sides. Read more here.Under the latest proposed format, Action Network's Darren Rovell reports that nine players will forfeit more than $20 million in expected salary under this season. For example, Mike Trout is set to lose $23.7 million, Gerrit Cole would lose $22.7 million and Max Scherzer $22.6 million. Read more here.JUNE 16Several MLB players and team staff have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, adding another complication to the league's messy attempt to start its season, according to a letter from MLB's Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem to Players Association attorney Bruce Meyer. Read more here.After Rob Manfred's remarks on his lack of confidence in the 2020 season happening, Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported that at least eight MLB owners do not want the season to start. If eight or more owners are against the season starting, they may be able to keep baseball out of 2020 entirely, which would be a disaster for the league. Read more here.However, according to SportsNet New York’s Andy Martino, Manfred is still interested in making a deal with the players for the 2020 season. While discussions have stalled, with the MLBPA cutting off negotiations and asking Manfred when they can show up and play, some players still think both sides will come back to the table. Read more here.Many players let their voices be heard, making it clear they want to play. Los Angeles Angels three-time Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole and several others all have a unified message for Manfred and owners: Tell us when and where. Read more here.Dr. Fauci told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that playing baseball until late October is a bad idea. In fact, he "would avoid" that scenario all together, reasoning that "viruses do better when the weather starts to get colder and people start spending more time inside, as opposed to outside." Read more here.JUNE 15MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said on ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special Monday that he is “not confident” there will be an MLB season this year.Manfred also called the labor negotiations between MLB and the players union during a time of economic uncertainty a “disaster” for the image of the league. Read more here.According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, MLB sent a letter to players threatening to cancel the season unless they "waived any legal claims against the league," which could mean grievances relating to health, wages, or the length of the season. Read more here. Teams will be able to scout amateur events again, according to ESPN's Kiley McDaniel, and will be allowed to send a maximum of three scouts per event. Read more here.JUNE 14The onus is now on Rob Manfred to decide on terms for the 2020 season. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Manfred is expected to mandate a season that is at least 50 games. The league has been advocating for as few as 48 games in negotiations, but players want more than that. Players still have the ability to sit out. Read more here.JUNE 13The MLBPA turned down the owners' latest proposal, and no counteroffer is coming, per ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan. MLBPA executive director Tony Clark's statement was definitive: "Further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where." Rob Manfred can now decide the length of the 2020 regular season. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports the MLBPA wants to see league's plans for beginning the season by Monday. If MLB's plans come quickly, play could start by roughly mid-July. Read more here.An unnamed MLB pitching coach and a player on a 40-man roster have both tested positive for COVID-19, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman writes the player contracted the coronavirus relatively recently, but the pitching coach is recovered after contracting the virus “weeks ago.” Read more here.JUNE 12MLB has submitted a new proposal to the players. The highlights include: 72-game season, 70 percent of prorated salaries (80 percent if there's a postseason) and an opt-out clause. Under the proposal, the season would run from July 14 to Sept. 27, and the players have until June 14 to agree. However, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the players are expected to reject it before the deadline. Read more here.JUNE 11According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, one owner has already heard from several of his team’s players that they will sit out if Manfred imposes a shortened season. Even knowing they would forfeit their salaries and lose a year of service time, which counts toward becoming a free agent, players are still willing not to take the field. Read more here.JUNE 10USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that multiple executives expect Manfred to implement a shortened season without the MLBPA’s approval if a deal can’t be reached, and that the decision could be made within a week. Read more here.Later in the day, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted he understands the two sides aren't close to putting pen to paper on a deal. One ownership source told Heyman: "We're nowhere." The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich also heard from an ownership source on Tuesday who told them the recent proposal from the players was "a waste of time." Read more here.That said, commissioner Rob Manfred said there will "100 percent" be baseball in 2020, with the season ending by November. Manfred could enforce an agreement between the players and owners that lets him dictate the season's length and provide players with prorated salaries. Read more here. 4/19 SLIDES © Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports NHL Here is what the NHL has been doing over the past couple of weeks to prepare for he league's restart:JUNE 30NHL players might be more concerned about returning to play than they’ve let on, reports Sportsnet’s Eric Engels. Players are concerned for their safety and frustrated with the lack of transparency and attention being paid to those details in their discussions with NHLPA representatives. Read more here.Although Las Vegas has long been the front-runner to be one of the NHL's hub cities, that appears to no longer be the case. TSN's Frank Seravalli reported that coronavirus spikes in the Vegas area have the NHL reconsidering the city. Instead, the league could leave the United States out of the mix and pick Edmonton and Toronto. Read more here.JUNE 29The Red Wings and NHL announced the cancellation of the 2020 NHL Prospect Tournament. The eight-team tournament typically takes place in September in Traverse City, Michigan, to showcase some of the game’s top young talent. Last year’s participants were the Stars, Blackhawks, Wild, Red Wings, Rangers, Blues, Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs. Read more here.The NHL has released a statement that 15 players tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting to training camp. More than 1,450 total tests were administered to the 250-plus players in camp. These tests have all been administered following the start of Phase 2 of the return to play initiative, which began on June 8. What’s more, 11 additional players have tested positive for coronavirus outside of NHL training camps. All players who tested positive have been quarantined. Read more here.JUNE 28The NHL has yet to announce a decision on hub cities, and the league might not do so for a while, according to TSN. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman says Las Vegas still remains the front-runner and believes that Toronto and Edmonton are the next two cities likely to win one of the remaining bids. Read more here.JUNE 27With Vancouver out of the running to be the Canadian hub city, things are coming down to the wire between Edmonton and Toronto. However, Toronto is now the front-runner, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Read more here.JUNE 26The NHL salary cap rising within the next three seasons doesn't sound so promising amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league and players' association are working to get a deal done that would extend the current CBA. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported  that "as part of the agreement, the salary cap will be kept close to the current $81.5 million for the next three seasons. There is potential for it to go up $1 million in 2022-23." Read more here.NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Thursday that the league has no plans to put players in quarantine "bubbles" when training camps open July 10, according to The Canadian Press. Read more here.JUNE 25The NHL has further narrowed down its list of hub cities to five. The league has removed Vancouver because of concerns voiced by health officials in British Colombia, according to Global's Richard Zussman. The NHL is intent on having a Canadian hub city, so that leaves Toronto and Edmonton. TSN's Ryan Rishaug says one of those is the front-runner to be the second host city, while TSN's Pierre LeBrun has suggested the league has already selected Las Vegas as the first hub. Besides Vegas, Toronto and Edmonton, L.A. and Chicago are also in the running. Read more here.JUNE 23TSN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun confirmed on Tuesday that Pittsburgh and Dallas are out of the running as potential hub cities for the NHL's return to play. Las Vegas, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Chicago are the six remaining candidates. Vegas is thought to a front-runner to win a bid. Read more here.JUNE 22A veteran player in the Western Conference told The Athletic, according to ESPN, that "guys are not happy. This is why we better have a full player vote and not just an executive board vote. But I'm not convinced (NHLPA executive director) Don (Fehr) is going to allow that because he knows there's so many of us on the fence. That's why I think the league was trying to be hush-hush on these positive tests. In my opinion, no way we play." Read more here.While the NHL has entered Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan, the league also announced the date for Phase 1 of the draft lottery. Phase 1 of the 2020 draft lottery will take place on Friday and be broadcast live on NBCSN and NHL Network at 8 p.m. ET, the league announced in a press release on Monday. Read more here.According to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline, Columbus and Minnesota no longer are being considered to host teams if the NHL returns to finish the 2019-20 campaign. Read more here.Oilers Entertainment Group provided details Monday about its proposal, including safety protocols and leisure activities for players, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug. All players would stay at the JW Marriott hotel across from Rogers Place. An Olympic-village style setup would provide players with both indoor and outdoor activities including — but not limited to — golf simulators, basketball courts, video games, movie nights, live entertainment, ping pong, pool tables, lounge areas and rooftop patios. Read more here.JUNE 21Although the NHL knows when it will resume play, the question of where still remains. The league plans to have two hub cities and has cut its list to just six possibilities, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Ten cities were originally being considered to host teams. Las Vegas is still one of the front-runners, and the NHL hopes to have a Canadian hub city as well. If the league wants to have both cities in the same Pacific time zone, Edmonton or Vancouver could fit that criteria. Read more here.JUNE 20Despite the surge of positive COVID-19 tests around the league, the NHL is not planning to change the start date for Phase 3. Michael Russo and James Mirtle of The Athletic report the league is still planning to open training camps on July 10. It seems the NHL will not be swayed by 11 positive tests. Read more here.We know now the date for the start of the qualifying rounds. According to the Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the playoffs will begin with the qualifying rounds on July 30, which is Phase 4 for the league's return-to-play plan. Phase 3 is set to start July 10 and will end with teams traveling to hub cities around July 24. Read more here.JUNE 19According to a report published by the Canadian Press, Marco Mendicino, the minister of immigration, issued a statement indicating that it was in the country’s best interest to have a hub city when play resumes. Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton have all approved the NHL’s proposed "Return to Play" protocols. Mendicino highlighted that NHL’s plan to keep players separate from the public as the main reason to lift the 14-day mandatory quarantine for individuals coming into Canada. Read more here.TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that the Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility due to multiple positive coronavirus tests. McKenzie added he heard three players and two staff members from the Lightning have tested positive and that the team is awaiting additional results. It's expected that the team facility will reopen if everyone else produces negative tests. Read more here.Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. Simmons adds that Matthews is is quarantining and self-isolating at his Arizona residence. Read more here.The NHL has released a statement saying 11 players have tested positive for the coronavirus since Phase 2 began on June 8. Over 200 NHL players have been tested for the virus in that span. The league also notes that it will release weekly updates on how many players will be tested and the number of positive results. Read more here.JUNE 17BAUER Hockey has designed a new face shield to keep players safe in their return to action. The company writes that its mask has an "additional splash protection around the mouth while maintaining a high level of vision and breathability." It's possible the NHL might require players to wear these masks, which will be available in August. Read more here.JUNE 16Commissioner Gary Bettman went on ESPN and shared that if a player tests positive for COVID-19, that player will be isolated but the league won't come to a halt. Read more here.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he would open Canadian cities to the NHL despite the country's current travel ban. "Canada is open to it as long as it is OK'd by the local health authorities," Trudeau said. Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver are three potential temporary hub cities that will house groups of players and other personnel Read more here.JUNE 13Las Vegas appears to be one of the locations chosen as one of the league's hub cities. The NHL has asked Vegas for a non-gaming, non-smoking hotel to house its teams, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Other hub cities in the running include Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh. Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver are being considered as Canadian hub cities. Read more here.JUNE 12The Bruins announced that a player, who will remain unnamed, tested positive for the coronavirus and underwent two subsequent tests, which both came back negative. The player remains asymptomatic. Read more here.John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the NHL plans to announce the two hub cities for the Stanley Cup Playoffs on June 22. Katsilometes adds that MGM Resorts is operating like Las Vegas will be hosting games. This supports speculation that Vegas and L.A. are the favorites to be selected, with the Eastern Conference playing in Vegas and the Western Conference in L.A. Read more here.JUNE 11The league announced that training camps will begin on Friday, July 10, after reaching an agreement with the NHLPA. Recently teams were allowed to open their practice facilities, although not all of them have yet taken advantage of that. Some are in the process of getting their rinks compliant with new safety protocols, while others have encouraged their players to remain outside of the club city as long as they’re able to skate and work out. Read more here.JUNE 10Many players returned to the ice in limited capacity as the league moved in to Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan. A maximum of six players can skate at once with no coaches or team personnel allowed. Players also must wear face coverings when they aren't exercising or on the ice. Participation in these practices is voluntary, and many players have decided to continue isolating in their self-quarantine locations instead of returning to the team's city. Read more here. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/19 SLIDES © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports NFL How the NFL has been preparing lately:JUNE 30Newly elected NFLPA president J.C. Tretter is using his platform to question the legitimacy of starting said season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Trust me: we want to play football. But as a union, our most important job is keep our players safe and alive. The NFLPA will fight for our most at-risk players and their families," Tretter said. Read more here.JUNE 29Dr. David Chao, who served as the Los Angeles Chargers team doctor from 1996-2013, told Sports Illustrated that he predicts the number of positive cases will skyrocket. While the NFL has created strict social distancing guidelines for team facilities, clubs will head into training camp with 90-man rosters, and it is inevitable that the coronavirus could be passed between players and staff. Read more here.The United States extended its border closure with Canada in early June, and the stoppage on nonessential travel could now continue through July. While many have already been impacted by the closing of the border, a hit could be looming for the Buffalo Bills. The club could lose out on an estimated 2,000 season-ticket holders from Canada. Fortunately for those fans, per the Toronto Sun, the Bills will refund any tickets to fans in Canada who aren’t able to attend games this season if travel restrictions are still in place. Read more here.Mark Davis of the Raiders was the only owner to oppose the NFL's plan to tarp off seats in the first eight rows, as the team has sold out its games for the entire season. “I can’t imagine telling one fan they cannot attend the opening game of our inaugural season in Las Vegas at the most magnificent stadium that they helped to build. Let alone tell 3,500 fans that their seats are gone for the entire season,” Davis told Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Those seats in the front rows are some of our most ardent fans, including members of the famed Black Hole. You think I want to sell advertising on their seats?” Read more here.NFL Network's Tom Pelissero obtained a memo sent by the NFLPA to agents requesting that they "ensure that your player-clients are provided with the most up to date information regarding COVID, including advice from the medical experts regarding some underlying medical conditions that may place certain individuals at increased risk of severe illness from COVID." Agents were also asked to direct players to speak with their personal doctors by mid-July about any specific risks they and/or their loved ones may face if they return to teams during the uncontrolled virus outbreak. Read more here.JUNE 27As the U.S. continues to see a massive uptick in coronavirus cases, some folks around the NFL are concerned that the season won't be completed. Joe Banner, who spent 20 years running front offices around the league, said: "The NFL people I talk to are still determined to try to start the season on time but are very worried about being able to finish it." Read more here.JUNE 26Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has authorized the return of professional sports in her state. Whitmer made it clear that capacity crowds will not be permitted until there is a COVID-19 vaccine, but Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood is trying to get Ford Field opened up to fans just the same. Read more here.While the NFL might be confident the season will go on, the same isn't true for teams. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that when he speaks to people on teams, "they’re uneasy, they’re anxious, they’re concerned." NFL teams will be the ones at risk if they play during this pandemic, and they seem pessimistic. Yet the league office and other top execs seem to be optimistic. Read more here.JUNE 25The NFL has canceled the Cowboys-Steelers Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 6 and has postponed the enshrinement ceremony, which was scheduled for Aug. 8. The Cowboys and Steelers are expected to play in the 2021 Hall of Fame Game, while the NFL's plan for the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony is currently unknown. Read more here.In the wake of the canceled game, the Cowboys and Steelers will see the start of their training camps pushed back, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. To give the two teams enough time to prepare for the game, the Steelers and Cowboys were supposed to begin training camp on July 22. Most teams are scheduled to start camp on July 28, so that might be the date for Dallas and Pittsburgh. Read more here.Additionally, the Hall of Fame Game cancellation could be a sign of things to come regarding preseason contests. The cancellation could be part of the NFL’s plan to move from four preseason games to two, per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, which has been a possibility since the pandemic forced the league to change offseason plans. Starting next year, the preseason will be shortened to three games to allow for a 17-game regular season anyway. Read more here.Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, now a CNN contributor, said on the network that he is currently not sure if he's going to play this season. Jenkins called NFL "non-essential" and that "the risk has to be eliminated before we — before I would feel comfortable with going back." Read more here.Tom Brady has already been caught holding illegal workouts with his new Bucs teammates; it doesn't appear as though he is willing to stop. In response to criticism for the illegal workouts, TB12 posted on social media the famous FDR quotation: "Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself." It appears he is willing to take the risks and practice against NFLPA guidelines. Read more here.Despite the uptick in coronavirus cases in many U.S. states, commissioner Roger Goodell told teams to expect to start training camp on time. However, shortening the preseason from four games to two is an idea, and it seems likely. Read more here.Along with the length of preseason, the league is also discussing a reserve list for teams in the likely event a player contracts the coronavirus, according to NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, via SI.com’s Albert Breer. It appears the league is open to helping teams organize their rosters to deal with this scenario. The prospect of expanding practice squads has already surfaced. Read more here.NFL games will likely go on without fans in the stands. As a result of that loss of revenue, NFL insider Ian Rapoport said on "The Rich Eisen Show" that the "NFL and NFLPA will somehow be able to get the cap to be flat next year." The 2021 salary cap was expected to skyrocket, but that clearly won't happen now because of the pandemic. Read more here.Rapoport also said that from what he's heard from various high-level NFL sources, the season "will go on as scheduled" with "minimal fans" in attendance at games initially. Multiple teams have encouraged the league to push back its regular-season schedule and start the season in October, but the NFL is still pushing for its original schedule. Thus far, approximately a third of NFL teams have had a player test positive for COVID-19. Read more here.If the NFL expects the season to start on time and get completed, surely testing for COVID-19 will be a big part of it. Unfortunately, it appears the league is dragging its feet on this issue. Veteran reporter Josina Anderson quoted an NFL source who stated the league doesn't "have the testing in place." We are about a month out before training camps are scheduled to start, and with around 2,000 players plus teams' staffers needing to get tested regularly, this report is concerning. Read more here.JUNE 24According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the NFL will have the first six to eight rows of seating blocked off from fans this season in a bid to protect players and staff. That space will be covered with a tarp, and teams will be allowed to place sponsor logos on the tarp that will be visible on television. Read more here.Ezekiel Elliot is not sold on going forward with playing the 2020 NFL season in the wake of his positive COVID-19 test. Although he says he's feeling back to normal, the Cowboys running back is concerned for players who have immediate family members with preexisting conditions or who may be in a high-risk group. "I do hope we have a season. But it has to be right," Zeke said. Read more here.JUNE 23Amid growing concern among the players and the sudden increase of coronavirus cases across the United States, the NFL is now considering a major change. Specifically, per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the league is discussing allowing players the option to sit out this season. Whether a player doesn’t feel safe playing football and being in a locker room during a pandemic, has family members in at-risk groups for COVID-19 or has a health condition, the NFL could allow him to sit out. Read more here.“There’s less optimism that fans will be in the stands than there was in early May," Florio said on "The Rich Eisen Show." If fans aren’t allowed to NFL games this season, the fallout would be significant for the league. While teams could use the space for local advertising and television deals would help account for a majority of the revenue, there would still be a massive economic fallout. Read more here.The league does not envision a uniform policy regarding attendance and is instead planning to leave it up to states to decide which teams can have spectators at venues, reports Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic. The league has communicated to teams they will need to follow local COVID-19 protocols, which have varied from state to state since the pandemic surfaced in the U.S. This could well mean teams will be permitted to separately set attendance limits this season as opposed to the league putting the kibosh on fans attending all games. Read more here.Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that two Steelers players have tested positive for COVID-19. The 14th-year Steelers coach added that neither player has spent any time at Pittsburgh's facility this offseason. Players who are not rehabbing injuries remain barred from teams’ facilities. Read more here.JUNE 22ESPN’s Adam Schefter obtained a copy of a memo that was sent to all 32 teams mandating organizations be divided into “tiers” upon players and staff returning to facilities. The tiers will determine where players and personnel can go and what they can do at the facility. The idea is to only have essential personnel in certain areas like practice fields, locker rooms and training rooms. Sources told Schefter that teams have had some heated internal discussions over who ends up in which tier. Teams must have all employees placed into either Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 and turn the lists in to the NFL no later than seven days before the first mandatory reporting date for players. That date has yet to be announced, but the majority of teams are scheduled to begin training camp on July 28. Read more here.There were already some within the NFL supporting a delayed start to the regular season. Now, per Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the voices for pushing back the season are growing even louder. Read more here.New England Patriots defensive backs Jason and Devin McCourty, who are also brothers, opened up about the realities the NFL is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the latest episode of “ Double Coverage with the McCourty Twins,“ they offered insight into how many of their peers feel about playing football this year, admitting players are nervous. Read more here.Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News shared an email sent by the Giants informing fans that they can pass on buying tickets for this fall and resume plans for the 2021 season. Jimmy Golen of the Association Press reported the New England Patriots have provided at-risk ticket holders with the opportunity to bypass purchases for 2020 without losing their seats beyond the upcoming season. Read more here.JUNE 21In what might be a harbinger for the NFL, "around 10" teams now have had players test positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. That development led to the NFLPA advising players to halt group workouts a day earlier. The NFLPA is in the midst of negotiating with the league on what safety protocols can be implemented for the 2020 season. Read more here.JUNE 20At least two Buccaneers players have tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Due to HIPAA laws, the team will not be releasing the names of the players. This comes after a Bucs assistant tested positive earlier in the week. Read more here.Due to the surge in cases among NFL teams, the NFLPA is advising players not to participate in group workouts. The announcement came as the union is negotiating with the league on creating safety protocols for the season. Read more here.The Patriots sent an email to season-ticket holders telling them that if they are in the high-risk group, they can skip the 2020-21 season but still retain their tickets for 2021-22, according to the Associated Press. However, there has still not been an announcement as to if fans will even be allowed to attend, so this show of good faith could end up being moot. Read more here.In typical NFL "nothing to see here" fashion, the league isn't swayed by the rash of players testing positive for the coronavirus. Mike Florio of PFT reports the NFL is still "highly optimistic" the season will happen. However, Florio added that optimism doesn't extend to fans attending games. Florio notes that most within the league believe that even if a player were to contract the virus, he would be fine because of his age. But the coaches are another matter, as many are older or in a high-risk group. Read more here.JUNE 19At the same workout in Nashville that saw star receiver Deebo Samuel break his foot, one of his 49ers teammates has now tested positive for COVID-19 following the group workout session. Read more here.Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, says the league will embrace an "ecosystem" model rather than a bubble. What exactly does that mean? It's not totally clear, although it sounds like it leaves the door open for teams traveling and even playing in front of fans, which is something that the NBA and NHL have ruled out for their resumed seasons. Read more here.JUNE 18Despite the NFL chief medical officer's remarks regarding bubble cities, Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that for a football season to be possible, the NFL and NCAA would need to embrace the "bubble" format that will be used by the NBA and NHL in the upcoming months. Fauci does not seem to share the league's optimism, instead noting that football is "the perfect set-up" for the coronavirus to spread. Read more here.The NFL will test players for COVID-19 multiple times per week. When a player tests positive for the virus, the league’s chief medical officer made it clear that they will be kept off the field for a long time: "You're looking at someone missing at least a couple of weeks time if you have a positive time. ... At a minimum it will be a couple of weeks time." Read more here.An asymptomatic assistant coach for the Buccaneers has tested positive for COVID-19, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who also notes two additional Bucs staffers have been quarantined. The state of Florida has seen a dramatic increase in cases over the past several days. Read more here.Although several NFL players and staffers have tested positive recently, Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips said he's "confident" fans will able to attend games at Soldier Field, per Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. Considering Dr. Fauci's stance and common sense, this idea seems unrealistic. Read more here.JUNE 17NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said Wednesday that the league sees no need to play in a bubble, stating that extensive testing and contact tracing should be sufficient to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among players and staff. In other words, the plan is still for all 32 teams to be able to play in their home stadiums in the fall. Read more here.Broncos star Kareem Jackson is the latest current NFL player to test positive for COVID-19. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the 32-year-old had "cold-like" symptoms at the time he learned he had COVID-19. Read more here.There's "internal talk" to expand practice squads to 16 players this season, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Practice squads were set to increase from 10 to 12 players this season anyway, but the league may want to expand them to allow for flexibility if players test positive for COVID-19 during the campaign. The NFL is clearing bracing itself and teams for the likelihood that players will test positive at some point during the season. The NFLPA would have to agree to it, but this means more jobs for players who would be unisgned otherwise. Read more here.JUNE 16Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said it's "highly unlikely" fans will be allowed to attend the Aug. 6 Hall of Fame Game between the Cowboys and Steelers in Canton, according to The Athletic's Zac Jackson. Also in doubt is crowd attendance for the Enshrinement Ceremony. Jackson added Ohio Lt. Gov Jon Husted said there are "ongoing conversations" with the Hall of Fame about contingency plans. Read more here.Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the New Orleans Saints, announced that 32 of the 275 workers tasked with renovating the complex have tested positive for COVID-19. That's a stunning 11.6 percent of workers. Read more here.With everything going virtual, NFL teams have missed much of their offseason programs. Most teams are set to report to training camp on July 28, but the idea to have teams report sooner has been floated. That way, the NFL wouldn't have to cancel preseason games. However, an NFLPA source told SI.com’s Albert Breer the union "would have no interest" in an earlier reporting date to make up for the offseason time that was missed. Read more here.JUNE 15Several Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans players tested positive for COVID-19 recently, according to Ian Rapoport of Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The teams followed the appropriate health protocols, and none of the players were believed to have been in their teams’ facilities at any point. Read more here.Rapoport followed up by revealed Cowboys Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott was among the players who tested positive. Read more here.A while after the shocking news of the positive coronavirus tests broke, tenured NFL insider Ed Werder shared that one NFL head coach sees the positive tests as “scary,” that one thinks the season should be delayed, and that another NFL head coach “questioned wisdom of playing during a pandemic.” Read more here.In light of a these positive test results, 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman told ESPN's Josina Anderson there's no way to make it "completely foolproof" and that players contracting the virus "seems inevitable." Furthermore, Anderson reports a top NFL source told her that the news of these positive tests will not affect the league's thinking for the season's timeline. "I [already] assume there will be some positive tests along the way," the source told Anderson. Read more here.According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, NFL Players Association director DeMaurice Smith told agents the league is estimating that a season without fans would result in $3 billion less in revenue. It remains unclear if NFL teams will be able to host fans, as the start of the regular season is still nearly three months away. Read more here.A direct consequence of the $3 billion revenue loss could be a lower salary cap. In fact, the NFLPA is bracing players' agents for the possibility that the 2021 salary cap could be "a lot lower than expected," according to Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline. Read more here.e here. 6/19 SLIDES © Mike Ehrmann-Handout Photo Golf The latest from the world of golf since competition resumed:JUNE 29Harris English withdrew from the Rocket Mortgage Classic held in Detroit after he became the fifth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. English did not play in last week's Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Hartford, Conn., but he tested positive on Monday upon his arrival to Detroit. Read more here.JUNE 27The PGA Tour has announced a major change to one of its safety policies in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak among golfers. The new rule prohibits players from coming on property while waiting for their first test results in a new city, according to ESPN's Nick Pietruszkiewicz. Starting next week, all who are considered to be "inside the bubble" will need a negative test result before being allowed on the course. This includes players, caddies, instructors, doctors and other various staff members. The Tour previously allowed players and caddies to come on site while awaiting their coronavirus test results. Read more here.JUNE 26"At least one player, possibly two, tested have positive for COVID-19 at the Travelers Championship," reported Brian Wacker of Golf Digest. It’s not yet known which player(s) tested positive for the virus. Read more here.Denny McCarthy then withdrew from the Travelers Championship held at TPC River Highlands in Hartford after he became the third PGA Tour player confirmed to test positive for the coronavirus. Read more here.JUNE 24Graeme McDowell is set to withdraw from the Travelers Championship on Wednesday following the news that his caddie has tested positive for the coronavirus. McDowell's caddie, Ken Comboy, believes he may have been exposed to the virus after the Charles Schwab Challenge two weeks ago when he was forced to fly in a full commercial flight to Orlando because his private plane was too small for his traveling party. Read more here.Brooks Koepka is withdrawing from this week's Travelers Championship as well after his caddie, Ricky Elliott, tested positive for the coronavirus, the golfer told Golfweek's Eamon Lynch. Elliott previously tested negative for the virus on Monday but received his positive diagnosis after a test Wednesday morning at TPC River Highlands. Read more here.PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan confirmed that Webb Simpson and Chase Koepka added their names to the list of players who pulled out from this week's Travelers Championship held at TPC River Highlands in Hartford, Conn. due to COVID-19 concerns. Monahan explained that Chase Koepka and Simpson both produced negative on-site tests but withdrew out of caution. Read more here.JUNE 23The PGA Tour has confirmed its second positive COVID-19 test since resuming its season amid the pandemic this month. The PGA announced that Cameron Champ withdrew from the Travelers Championship held at TPC River Highlands in Hartford, Conn., after he recorded a positive test. Read more here.JUNE 22The PGA Tour confirmed that the PGA Championship would go down at San Francisco's Harding Park without spectators because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The first major championship of the season won't be moved from Harding Park even though the Tour strongly considered relocating the tournament so that a percentage of spectators could watch the action in person. Instead, the PGA Championship, postponed from May 14-17 to Aug. 6-9, will take place on the West Coast as planned. Read more here.The Ryder Cup — originally scheduled to take place this September at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin — likley will be postponed to 2021, according to Ewan Murray of The Guardian. Murray adds that the PGA of America and the European Tour, which both chair the Ryder Cup, won't consider holding the competition without fans on the course. Read more here.JUNE 19Roughly 48 hours after the PGA Tour boasted about recording zero positive results among 954 on-site coronavirus tests over the past two weeks, one player has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Rival's Nathan Hubbard tweeted the news on Friday and added that the Tour hasn't yet confirmed. Read more here.JUNE 18Despite a mandatory two-week quarantine following international travel to the U.S., Rory McIlroy says that anyone who is serious about golfing should be willing to deal with it. McIlroy has been staying in his home in Florida, so travel to the U.S. hasn't been an issue for him. "We all have the means to rent a very nice house ... and it's not a hardship for two weeks to come over and quarantine," he said, per ESPN. Read more here.JUNE 17The PGA Tour has recorded its second straight week of no positive COVID-19 tests among players, caddies and other personnel. The Tour administered 954 on-site tests, and they all have come back negative. Read more here.JUNE 15Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the PGA Championship that was moved from May to Aug. 6-9 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic won't allow spectators at San Francisco's Harding Park. Read more here. 7/19 SLIDES © Brynn Anderson-Pool Photo NASCAR What's the latest from the world of NASCAR:JUNE 30The pandemic has forced NASCAR to cancel Champions Week and the 2020 Cup Series Awards, originally scheduled for early December in Nashville. JUNE 9NASCAR announced fans will be allowed to attend races on a limited basis starting on Sunday, June 14. There will be 1,000 military members invited to attend Sunday's Dixie Vodka 400 in Miami, while 5,000 fans can sit in the grandstand at the GEICO 500 at Talladega on June 21. NASCAR will implement numerous safety guidelines at the first sporting events with fans in attendance since the pandemic began. Read more here.JUNE 1Sports Business Journal's Adam Stern reported NASCAR executives recently had discussions about allowing fans to return to the stands as early as some time in June. Stern cites Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway as tracks that could be among the first to welcome fans (in a limited capacity) back to the stands. Read more here.MAY 17NASCAR returned with the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway. The race, which was won by Kevin Harvick, featured increased safety measures, including social distancing, limited team members and temperature checks. The event drew over 6.3 million viewers. The Xfinity Series resumed on May 21 in Darlington. Chase Briscoe won the race. 8/19 SLIDES © Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports NCAA athletics The most recent news from the NCAA:JUNE 29Southeast Missouri and Dayton have announced that their matchup on Sept. 3 is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the decision is mutual, Dayton cited challenges created by the pandemic as the reasoning to cancel the game. Specifically, the Flyers wouldn’t have enough time to prepare themselves for the season with practice time dramatically limited by the worsening pandemic. Read more here.JUNE 26With coronavirus cases and spikes growing throughout pockets of the United States as July approaches, SEC insider Paul Finebaum gave a grim update on the possibility of the college football season starting in late August, as planned, while speaking on ESPN's "Get Up" Friday morning. "Many people in college football ... privately are saying that the likelihood of the season being delayed is very good," he said. Read more here.Morehouse College will not have a football or cross country season this fall due to COVID-19 concerns, the school announced Friday. President David A. Thomas released a statement saying that the college will not compete in intercollegiate athletic competitions not only to keep athletes safe, but everyone else on campus as well. Read more here.Texas Tech University’s athletic department announced that it conducted 197 COVID-19 tests of football players and staff. The results determined that 23 members of the Red Raiders’ football program had the coronavirus. While the 23 cases is among the highest figures to be reported by colleges thus far, none of those with the virus have been hospitalized and 21 have recovered. Read more here.Clemson has announced that 14 additional football players have tested positive for COVID-19. That brings the total up to 37 cases. Read more here.Multiple Power Five conferences are considering delaying their championship games. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott also shared with The Athletic that he has discussed moving the conference title game back. Big Ten athletic directors have reportedly discussed aligning with the Big 12 and Pac 10 by pushing back their conference title games. Read more here.JUNE 25As several schools have been forced to eliminate sports programs, Michigan might be next. Michigan, one of the most recognized schools in the U.S. and a powerhouse in athletics, estimates a $26.1 million budget deficit for the 2020-21 academic year. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel is projecting a dire situation for the Wolverines, as he described to The Detroit News. It could become even worse if there is no college football season this year. Read more here.Georgetown basketball head coach and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing has provided an update on his coronavirus diagnosis. Ewing was hospitalized in May due to COVID-19, but he told John Fanta of the Big East Conference on Thursday that he's "doing better." Ewing also said he wasn't sure how he caught it, but he cautioned people to be very careful going forward, saying: "For those folks who are not taking this coronavirus seriously, please do." Read more here.JUNE 24The University of Connecticut is officially eliminating four of its sports programs, becoming the latest school to make significant cuts from its athletics program amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The board made the cuts official, per the Hartford Courant’s Alexa Philippou, approving the new budget on Wednesday. As a result, the Huskies will eliminate their men’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing programs at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. Read more here.Penn State head coach James Franklin has announced that he will be isolating himself away from his family this season. Franklin told HBO's "Real Sports" that his family will remain in Florida while he coaches the Nittany Lions to protect his 12-year-old daughter, who suffers from sickle cell disease and is therefore considered a high-risk individual for COVID-19. Franklin is unlikely the only college coach to have an immediate family fall into that category. Perhaps other coaches will follow suit. Read more here.Regarding fan attendance, Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer says he is "planning on a full stadium." As for his thinking, he believes it's easier to prepare for the high-end scenario and adjust down than the other way around. Read more here. JUNE 23Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local health officials are urging Iowa State University to make a significant sacrifice this fall. The Story County Board of Health has asked Iowa State not to allow fans to attend any games, including football, this fall. As health officials described, according to to WeAreIowa.com, there is likely no way events with mass gatherings can be held and stay remotely safe for the general public. Read more here.The University of Florida has become the latest school to see a spike in the coronavirus, confirming that 11 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19. Read more here.In the wake of coronavirus spikes among CFB teams and growing uncertainty on if there will be a college football season, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey provided a clue for when the conference will make a decision on the upcoming campaign. Sankey described a mid-July time timeline: "On the 13th of July is when a little bit more practice can begin. I think we deserve the chance to see how that progresses." Read more here.JUNE 20At least 30 LSU football players are now in quarantine due to a COVID-19 outbreak, according to Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger. The Athletic's Brody Miller reported that there are at least a dozen positive cases on the football team. Read more here.JUNE 19A concerning report emerged regarding UCLA football. Thirty UCLA football players are backing a document that claims the athletes don't trust head coach Chip Kelly to follow safety protocols, according to  J. Brady McCollough of the Los Angeles Times. Players request that a "third-party health official" attend all activities, such as voluntary workouts, to ensure Kelly and others follow recommended guidelines and restrictions during the pandemic. Although some players would later apologize for the document becoming public, this is certainly an eyebrow-raising allegation. Read more here.Clemson announced that 28 student-athletes returned positive COVID-19 results out of 315 tests. The Athletic's Grace Raynor reported 23 of those 28 athletes are football players. Most individuals were described to be asymptomatic. None required hospitalization as of the start of the weekend. Read more here.JUNE 18Reports emerged that Texas had six players who tested positive for COVID-19 and that “at least” 15 players were in quarantine due to contact tracing. On Thursday, Texas announced 13 players have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, per Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. Ten more players are also in self-quarantine and are asymptomatic. Read more here.Colorado also discovered two of its football players tested positive for COVID-19, reports Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. Read more here.JUNE 17The 31st Southern Heritage Classic has been canceled due to COVID-19, including the annual football game between Jackson State and Tennessee State has also been canceled in 2020. In a social media announcement, the event shared that refunds for the football game can be received at the point of purchase. Read more here.According to Chip Brown of 247 Sports, the Texas Longhorns had six players test positive for the coronavirus. Due to contact tracing, there are “at least 15” players in quarantine at this time. Last week, half the team was tested, resulting in two positive results. This week, the other half of the team was tested. Read more here.JUNE 16Kansas State recently allowed players to resume voluntary workouts this week after a round of COVID-19 tests came up negative. The team believed the coast was clear with seemingly no member of the football team having the coronavirus. Unfortunately, per 247 Sports’ GoPowercat, that proved to not be the case. Two players who arrived late to campus were allowed to train with some of their teammates during an off-campus workout. The decision was made before the players’ test results came in, which later revealed they had the coronavirus. Read more here.Despite outbreaks at multiple schools, USC athletic director Mike Bohn believes it's possible that fans will be able to attend football games at the Coliseum. Per Ryan Kartje of the Los Angeles Times, Bohn wrote in a letter to season-ticket holders that USC is "preparing for the possibility that fans will be permitted to attend games this year in a reduced capacity Coliseum." Read more here.JUNE 15ESPN spoke with and polled 73 anonymous players from across the FBS on a variety of topics relating to the football season and coronavirus, and a majority of players are OK with playing and practicing without a vaccine, but they do have some stipulations. Of the 73 players polled, 64 are comfortable playing and practicing without a vaccine. Among their stipulations, though, are that they need to be allowed to see their families, consistent testing for all involved and professional advising on the situation. Read more here.JUNE 14Ohio State has required its football players to sign a coronavirus waiver acknowledging the risks they are taking on by returning to campus and participating in the team's offseason program, according to Joey Kaufman of The Columbus Dispatch. The waiver also contains a "Buckeye pledge" — which urges players to "take responsibility for my own health and help stop the spread of the COVID-19." Read more here. 9/19 SLIDES © Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports Tennis Here is what has happened most recently in the world of tennis:JUNE 24There is some drama in the tennis world in the wake of Novak Djokovic testing positive for the coronavirus. The world No. 1's father has accused Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov of causing the spike in COVID-19 cases that has seen both Novak and his wife, Jelena, infected. Dimitrov was the first player to test positive for COVID-19 after the second leg of Djokovic's exhibition tournament that began in Serbia before moving on to Croatia. Read more here.JUNE 23Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 tennis player in the world, tested positive for coronavirus shortly after organizing and participating in an "exhibition" in Croatia. Djokovic announced his wife had tested positive as well, explaining "the moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is to positive." Read more here.JUNE 17Serena Williams has confirmed she will play in the U.S. Open, which will take place without fans in attendance. "I really cannot wait to return in New York and play the U.S. Open 2020," Williams said. The Open runs from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 and will be the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis play was suspended in March. Read more here.JUNE 16New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially gave the go-ahead for the U.S. Open to begin as scheduled, which would make it the first sporting event to be held in New York since the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the schedule tentatively set, the big question remaining is will the big names in tennis show up for the tournament? Read more here.Nick Kyrgios has criticized the plan, calling the idea of not delaying the tournament "selfish" in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.JUNE 15One of the biggest tennis tournaments in the United States is set to begin at the end of the summer, and the USTA reportedly is moving ahead with its plans to play the US Open beginning on Aug. 31, according to ESPN's Peter Bodo. The ATP and WTA have "embraced" the plan, Bodo adds citing sources, and it appears the USTA will make an announcement regarding the US Open once they get the green light from health officials in New York. Read more here.JUNE 8Novak Djokovic expressed concerns about participating in the U.S. Open in August due to the extreme restrictions that are expected to be put in place due to the coronavirus. Djokovic noted that players would be able to bring only a single person to the club, which he was skeptical about. Read more here. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/19 SLIDES © Kevin R. Wexler/NorthJersey.com-NorthJersey Pro wrestling Pro wrestling news over the past few weeks:JUNE 26John Pollock of Post Wrestling confirmed that WWE postponed taping for Monday's "Raw" from Friday to Saturday, while the June 26 edition of "SmackDown" was still being produced live-to-tape as originally intended. As noted by Post Wrestling, on-air talents Renee Young and Kayla Braxton, along with Adam Pearce and Jamie Noble, all recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more here.JUNE 24At least three people within WWE have tested positive for COVID-19, including in-ring talent, according to Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer adds that WWE has known about the test results for about a week. On the AEW side, President and CEO Tony Khan tweeted that world champion Jon Moxley (known as Dean Ambrose in WWE) was off Wednesday's "Dynamite" show after he was exposed to somebody with COVID-19. Read more here.JUNE 17Gary Cassidy of Sportskeeda and John Pollock of Post Wrestling confirmed that WWE suspended taping for the June 26 edition of "SmackDown" at the company's Performance Center as officials waited for coronavirus test results. Pollock and ESPN's Andrew Feldman added that tapings for "Raw," "NXT," "205 Live" and "Main Event" occurred on Wednesday. Read more here.JUNE 16Professional wrestling and mixed martial arts journalist Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported that WWE postponed its taping schedule for Tuesday after a developmental performer tested positive for the coronavirus. Previously, the Observer noted that WWE executive Paul Levesque, known as "Triple H," declined to directly answer if the promotion repeatedly tested performers and other personnel for the coronavirus. Read more here. 11/19 SLIDES © Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports UFC JUNE 9Dana White confirmed UFC's first bout on Fight Island — Yas Island in Abu Dhabi — will take place on July 11. UFC 251 will be Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns, Alexander Volkanovski vs.  Max Holloway, Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo. Read more here.JUNE 5While speaking with TMZ ahead of Saturday's UFC 250 card headlined by featherweight champion Amanda Nunes defending her belt against Felicia Spencer, UFC boss Dana White explained Fight Island will be open for business on July 11. There will be an octagon outside on a beach, and the island features an arena and areas where fighters can train while maintaining social-distancing practices during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to White. Read more here. 12/19 SLIDES © Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Boxing What's new in boxing:JUNE 26Boxing legend Roberto Durán has tested positive for the coronavirus after going to a hospital in Panama on Thursday with cold-like symptoms, he announced on Instagram. Read more here.JUNE 18The junior welterweight boxing match on Top Rank on ESPN between Jose Pedraza and Mikkel LesPierre has been canceled after Josie Taveras, LesPierre's manager, tested positive for COVID-19. In light of the cancellation, the junior lightweight fight between Gabe Flores Jr. and Josec Ruiz is now the main event. Read more here.MAY 28SI's Chris Mannix reported the third installment of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin will be postponed. The fight was originally scheduled for Sept. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but the promoters did not want the bout to go on unless fans can attend. Canelo won the first fight, but the second bout came to a draw. Read more here.MAY 27The Associated Press reported Top Rank Boxing got the green light to return to Las Vegas, with the organization intending to hold multiple events on June 9 and 11 at the MGM Grand. Read more here. 13/19 SLIDES © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports 2020 Summer Olympics The latest from the IOC:JUNE 30The International Olympic Committee says it will provide added support services to athletes worldwide through Athlete365, as an added layer to help them with the challenges that have arisen amid the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of this year's games.MAY 20IOC president Thomas Bach said, “You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty,” according to the BBC.APRIL 28Tokyo Games president Yoshiro Mori said these Olympics would be canceled entirely if they can’t take place on the new date. Read more here.MARCH 29The 2020 Summer Games were set to take place in Tokyo July 24 through Aug. 9 but now are tentatively scheduled for July 23 through Aug. 8, 2021. The sad truth is that no one knows what the world will look like a year from now and whether the games can take place then either. Read more here. 14/19 SLIDES © Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports MLS, NWSL MLS and NWSL most recent developments:JUNE 22The Orlando Pride announced that the team has withdrawn from the competition due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests among players and coaches. Those who tested positive as well as exposed individuals will quarantine for 14 days. Read more here.JUNE 18Atlanta United is the latest MLS team to announce a positive coronavirus test. Atlanta confirmed a first-team player tested positive, and the club plans to conduct widespread testing on Friday while continuing league-approved workout protocols. Read more here.JUNE 11We now have a better idea of MLS's tournament schedule. Inter Miami CF vs. Orlando City is among the July 8 tournament fixtures. Kickoff time and the TV broadcasts of the match aren't known. Read more here.JUNE 10MLS, in conjunction with Walt Disney World, announced Wednesday that the "MLS Is Back Tournament" will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from July 8 to Aug. 11. The tournament will have all 26 clubs competing in a continuous schedule of 54 total matches that will be played nearly every day. These matches will count toward the 2020 MLS regular-season standings, and the tournament winner will earn a spot in the 2021 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. Read more here.MLS commissioner Don Garber said he's hopeful teams will be able to host some fans in their home stadiums later in the year after the tournament ends. Several states have started allowing small gatherings, as local governments continue loosening guidelines. Read more here.JUNE 3MLS and the MLS Players Association agreed to terms for an amended collective bargaining agreement that will likely include a July return to action. All 26 clubs could report to the Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World by June 24, and there will be a tournament held in Orlando. Read more here. Slideshow continues on the next slide 15/19 SLIDES © Ulrich Hufnagel/Xinhua/Sipa USA International soccer Most recent news from international soccer circles:JUNE 29As expected, supporters will not be welcomed to stadiums in Portugal when the 2019-20 Champions League quarterfinals begin via a single-game elimination format on Aug. 12. Read more here.JUNE 23Paris Saint-Germain hit their first obstacle upon a return to training when the club announced that three players and one staff member "showed historic positive" test results for the coronavirus. Read more here.JUNE 22The Athletic's David Ornstein reported that an Arsenal player tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of last week's clash with City. The unnamed player and two other footballers exposed to that individual missed three training sessions due to self-isolation guidelines enforced whenever somebody associated with a club tests positive for COVID-19. Once antigen and antibody tests for the person in question came back negative, all three men were welcomed back to training. They traveled to Manchester for the City game. Read more here.JUNE 17As expected, UEFA confirmed that the 2019-20 Champions League competition will finish in Lisbon, Portugal in August under unique circumstances. ESPN's Mark Ogden and Goal.com noted that the remaining round-of-16 fixtures could occur either at the grounds of home clubs or be relocated to Portugal for Aug. 7-8. From there, the rest of the tournament will move to a single-elimination format with fixtures played at Benfica's Estadio da Luz and Sporting's Estadio Jose Alvalade. Quarterfinal contests begin Aug. 12, with the Final set for Aug. 23 at the Estadio da Luz. Read more here. 16/19 SLIDES © Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports WNBA WNBA's latest developments:JUNE 15The WNBA will resume play next month in Florida with a 22-game season and a full playoff schedule at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., the league announced Monday. Players who opt into the 2020 season will receive their full salaries, assuming the league is able to complete both the regular and postseason. Read more here.APRIL 3The WNBA announced it would be postponing training camp and the 2020 season, which was supposed to begin on May 15. The WNBA draft occurred on schedule on April 17, and Sabrina Ionescu was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the New York Liberty. The WNBA paid tribute to Gianna Bryant, Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, naming them honorary draft picks. 17/19 SLIDES © Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports International baseball What has happened in international baseball:JUNE 30Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News reports that KBO fans could be in the seats within days. The plan is to open at approximately 30 percent capacity, with careful precautions in place to limit the potential for coronavirus transmission. Read more here.JUNE 28While the U.S. is experiencing a massive uptick in COVID-19 cases, the same can't be said for South Korea. As such, the Korea Baseball Organization is preparing guidelines to gradually admit fans back into parks, according to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News. There will be social distancing rules and other safety rules in place. Read more here.JUNE 3Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times revealed two players on the Yomiuri Giants have tested positive for COVID-19. Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball resumed exhibition play this week as it prepares for its new June 19 start date. Read more here.MAY 27Although Japanese fans can't attend games, the league has found a way to help them connect with their teams. Jack Tarrant of Reuters reported Nippon is developing an app called the Remote Cheerer, which will let fans root for their teams. Tarrant explains fans' reactions will "reverberate around the stadium in real time, transmitted by giant loudspeakers." It's a creative approach that will also let players know their fans are thinking of them. Read more here.MAY 25Another overseas league will start soon, as Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan has set June 19 as its Opening Day. The league was supposed to start in March. Read more here. 18/19 SLIDES © The Commercial Appeal-Imagn Content Services, LLC eSports esports carries on:MAY 19Esports’ popularity has experienced an uptick on both sides of the remote, as CNBC’s Bob Woods reported on May 19 that streaming website Twitch experienced a “23% surge in viewership in March,” coinciding with the time frame when much of the country started to stay home.MAY 4While the pandemic is having a negative effect on the sports world, it’s been business as usual for esports and gaming. Participants can easily play while maintaining social distancing guidelines since gaming takes place online. In fact, esports has been flourishing. Texas A&M head esports coach Travis Yang told KSAT.com that there has been a “noticeable increase” in gamers and tournaments as people were forced to stay at home. 19/19 SLIDES © Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports One-off events Most recent developments among other sports:JUNE 26The Indianapolis 500, set for Aug. 23, became the latest American sporting event to welcome fans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles confirmed the news, stating, "We will be limiting attendance to approximately 50 percent of venue capacity." Per Shanna McCarriston of CBS Sports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway carries a capacity of around 235,000. The official announcement also explained that individuals who do not wish to attend, such as those considered high-risk, will receive credits. Safety items such as masks and hand sanitizer will be distributed to all race attendees. Read more here.JUNE 24The world's largest marathon in New York City has officially been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Jackie Salo of the New York Post. The five-borough race, which hosts more than 50,000 runners from across the globe, would've celebrated its 50th anniversary on Nov. 1. It is now set to take place on Nov. 7, 2021. Read more here.JUNE 23The Haspa Marathon Hamburg, which was postponed from April, is set to occur on Sept. 13. The race is expecting 10,000 to 14,000 runners. However, Americans might not be among thm. Action Network's Darren Rovell reported that runners from "higher-risk COVID areas" will not be allowed to participate. A higher-risk area could include the United States. Read more here.JUNE 13Approximately 20,000 rugby fans in New Zealand packed the stands to watch the Otago Highlanders take on the Waikato Chiefs in the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition. New Zealand lifted nearly all of its coronavirus restrictions earlier in the week, as no new cases have been reported for more than 20 days and the death toll is at just 22 in the country since the pandemic started. Read more here.MAY 28The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20 but postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, was canceled and converted into a virtual experience. It's the first time in 124 years the Marathon won't run. Read more here. 19/19 SLIDES

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