27-Mar-2020 / Ap
UNDATED (AP) — Players have agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two sides have left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players agreed not to challenge giving up their salaries if no games are played, except for $170 million in payments that management will advance in two stages. Player salaries this year are expected to be in the $4 billion range.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23, three months later than its May 24 scheduled date. Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles says the series chose the August date to get away from extended delays caused by the coronavirus shutdown.
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June. That is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men's basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will help pay the rest. March Madness is among the biggest revenue producers for the NCAA and its schools. It was canceled March 19, a week before the first round was scheduled to begin.
UNDATED (AP) — Former President Barack Obama was among more than 50,000 viewers who logged onto a coronavirus discussion between Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When Curry asked when it might be time to start thinking about sports again, Fauci responded, “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down.
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Braves owner Bill Bartholomay has died at 91. Bartholomay moved the franchise from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, making it the first Major League Baseball team in the South. He headed the group that sold the Braves to Ted Turner in 1976 but retained a partial interest and remained as the team's chairman until November 2003, when he assumed an emeritus role.
23-Mar-2020 / Ap
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee now says it will consider the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics. The IOC says it will hold four weeks of discussions with global sports officials and Japanese authorities to examine the options. It says “scenario planning” will include the possibility of changing the July 24 start date for the Games, but that “cancellation is not on the agenda.” The IOC has been insisting the Games would go on as scheduled, even as athlete training, qualifying events and preparations for the Games have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Olympic Committee has announced it will not send a team to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year. Canada is the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but the committee says it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives. However, it feels it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these Games.”
UNDATED (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Seb Coe has sent a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach stating that holding the Summer Games this July “is neither feasible nor desirable” with the coronavirus impacting huge swaths of the globe. Coe is a two-time Olympic track champion in the men’s 1,500 and president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. He sent the letter after meeting with leaders from around the world in track, which is the biggest sport at the Olympics.
LONDON (AP) — Leading golf instructor Pete Cowen tells The Daily Telegraph in Britain he has all the symptoms of the new coronavirus. Cowen says he has told all his players to follow health and government guidelines on COVID-19. Cowen works with Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Gary Woodland and Graeme McDowell, among many others.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Racing barefoot, three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the final corner to win a NASCAR iRacing event at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. Damaged cars were repaired with the push of a button, among a few virtual signs that NASCAR backed quite an unreal race. NASCAR eased off the brake in the real sports world brought to a sudden halt by the coronavirus and introduced the country to iRacing with some of the sport’s biggest stars.
20-Mar-2020 / Ap
MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame, carried in a special canister, touched down amid growing doubts if the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say it will, but postponement or cancellation is viewed increasingly as a possible option.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, is resting comfortably at home and is making his test result public in hopes he can motivate people to do more to fight the pandemic. Payton told ESPN he has not been admitted to a hospital and does not have a fever or cough.
UNDATED (AP) — The number of known coronavirus cases within the NBA doubled to 14 on Thursday, when Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics pleaded with people to take social distancing more seriously. The Los Angeles Lakers said two of their players tested positive as well. The Philadelphia 76ers said three members of their organization tested positive and the Denver Nuggets said someone within their franchise was positive as well.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley, their superstar running back with a massive contract and a troubling injury history. The Rams made the move Thursday, several minutes before $10.5 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection's contract became fully guaranteed. The Rams also cut veteran linebacker Clay Matthews after just one season with his hometown club.
UNDATED (AP) — Some MLB teams are scheduling surgical procedures now that the baseball season has been put on hold by the virus outbreak. Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, an operation that would keep him out the entire 2020 baseball season. And San Francisco Giants right-hander Tyler Beede will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery Friday.
19-Mar-2020 / Ap
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another piece to their offensive line and a potential starting right tackle after agreeing to an $11 million, two-year deal with Brandon Shell. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Shell started 25 games over the past two seasons for the Jets and played almost exclusively at right tackle. The 28-year-old was benched briefly last season, but started the final five games of the season. There’s also word that the Seahawks are bringing back former first-round pick Bruce Irvin, who would be a boost to Seattle’s pass rush.
CLEVELAND (AP) — According to a person familiar with the negotiations, the Cleveland Browns have a contract agreement with free agent linebacker B.J. Goodson. He could replace Joe Schobert, who was allowed to walk away by the Browns and agreed to a five-year, $53 million deal with Jacksonville on Tuesday.
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the Tokyo Games is in doubt. More voices are suggesting the games, scheduled to start July 24, should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The flame will touch down Friday in northern Japan aboard a white aircraft painted with the inscription “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay” along its side.
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA is considering an idea that would have some players be quarantined or isolated for purposes of being able to compete against one another and provide basketball fans with some sort of diversion from the coronavirus pandemic. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver revealed that notion as one of several items under consideration by the league during the shutdown caused by the pandemic. Silver made the comments in a televised interview on ESPN.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer Connor Joe has revealed on social media that he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. The 27-year-old infielder-outfielder left spring training three weeks ago to visit doctors and have tests. Joe said on Instagram that his cancer was caught early and cases like his “are very curable.” Joe said he had surgery and is recovering. At Triple-A Oklahoma City last year he hit .300, with 15 home runs and 68 RBI.
18-Mar-2020 / Steve Stein
18-Mar-2020 / Ap
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady says he’s leaving the New England Patriots after 20 seasons, six Super Bowls and three MVPs. Brady becomes a free agent this afternoon, when he already could have an agreement in place with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His representatives were in serious negotiations with the Bucs yesterday. Patriots owner Robert Kraft told ESPN, “It's not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest.”
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts and longtime Los Angeles Chargers star quarterback Philip Rivers have worked out a one-year contract. That’s according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be officially announced until Wednesday. General manager Chris Ballard adds an eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback to the roster less than 24 hours after acquiring Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in a trade with San Francisco.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees (breez) have agreed to a two-year, $50 million contract. A person familiar with the situation spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on yesterday because the deal has not been announced. His new contract gives the 41-year-old, 19-year veteran the leverage to decide after this season whether he wants to continue playing. Brees is the NFL's all-time leader in completions with 6,867, yards passing with 77,416, and touchdowns with 547.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have worked out a deal with Teddy Bridgewater to replace quarterback Cam Newton. A person familiar with the deal says Bridgewater is taking a three-year, $63 million contract after winning all five of his starts for New Orleans last season. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said Tuesday on Twitter the team is working with Newton and his agent to find a trade partner, although the 2015 says he never asked to be dealt.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and three other members of the Brooklyn Nets have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA. The team announced Tuesday that one player is exhibiting symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic. All four players have been isolated and are under the care of team physicians. The Nets added that all players and members of their travel party are being asked to remain isolated and closely monitor their health.
17-Mar-2020 / NU Athletic Communications
The University of Nebraska has canceled the Red-White Spring Game on April 18 out of concern for public health and safety of fans, student-athletes and staff.
All ticket holders for the Spring Game will receive a full refund for their order. Tickets will be automatically refunded onto the credit card used for the original purchase or by check (cash/check transactions).
Ticket Office Closure
Beginning Tuesday, March 17 the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office will be closed to the public for in-person assistance until further notice. You may still reach the Ticket Office by phone during regular business hours (M - F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at 800-8-BIGRED.
17-Mar-2020 / Ap
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has accepted a two-year, $66 million contract extension. Cousins was entering the final season of the fully guaranteed, three-year, $84 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2018. He was scheduled to count $31 million against the salary cap, but a personal familiar with the trade tells The Associated Press the new pact will reduce by $10 million the team's charge for 2020.
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have placed their exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott, securing his rights for an estimated $31.5 million while the sides continue working on a long-term deal. Prescott has played his entire four-year NFL career with the Cowboys and threw for over 4,900 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season.
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have picked up three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans for running back David Johnson and draft picks. That’s according to a person familiar with the trade. Hopkins has three years remaining on a five-year, $81 million deal he signed in 2017. He caught 104 passes for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns last year.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have tagged Derrick Henry as their franchise player, making sure they keep the NFL rushing leader around for at least this season. Henry had 1,540 yards rushing during the 2019 regular season before gaining another 377 yards in Tennessee’s first two playoff games, leading the Titans to the AFC title game.
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have shipped defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 pick in this year's draft. A person familiar with the deal said Buckner will receive a new contract worth $21 million a year from the Colts. The fourth-year pro had 7 ½ sacks and 34 solo tackles last year. The trade was completed immediately after the 49ers announced a deal to keep defensive lineman Arik Armstead with a five-year contract worth up to $85 million.
16-Mar-2020 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska volleyball spring match, scheduled for Saturday, April 25 against Northern Colorado in Grand Island, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 public health threat.
The NCAA and Big Ten Conference previously announced that all spring NCAA Championships have been canceled, and the Big Ten has canceled all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year, and participation in all NCAA tournaments and competitions.
Tickets purchased online on Ticketmaster.com or via phone will be automatically refunded. Tickets purchased in person can be returned to the Heartland Events Center box office for a refund.
16-Mar-2020 / NSAA
Effective Monday, March 16th all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2. These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant.
Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time.
As more information becomes available, official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and NSAA social media platforms.