Minnesota governor loosening restrictions on restaurants, salons, gyms, pools on Wednesday
MINNEAPOLIS — Indoor restaurants, swimming pools, movie theaters, fitness clubs and other venues can resume limited business Wednesday as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz continues to dial back restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.The governor’s announcement Friday came amid indicators that the pandemic has at least temporarily “plateaued” in Minnesota, though state officials expect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to be a concern for months.“COVID is still with us,” Walz said, “but we gotta live with it.”No venues, indoor or outdoor, can host more than 250 people at once under the...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mark Bradley: Thinking of the great Wes Unseld, and also of us
ATLANTA — Wes Unseld was the first great basketball player I saw in person. I was 7. It was March 1963, a Wednesday night. Our Maysville Bulldogs opened the state tournament against Clay County in Louisville’s Freedom Hall. Bobby Hiles made a free throw at the end. We won 66-65.We settled back to watch the second game. (Maysville would play its winner on Friday.) I remember the PA man saying, “Goal by Redd,” over and over. Mike Redd, the leading scorer for Louisville Seneca, would soon be named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball. My dad noted that the reason Redd scored all those baskets was the presen...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Analysis: Acrimony between MLB players, owners dates back more than 100 years
SAN DIEGO — That millionaires are bickering with billionaires should come as no surprise when it comes to major league baseball.This dispute was brought on by something new, a global pandemic, but there has been no love lost between players and owners for more than 100 years, when players made per season what they now pull now per pitch or at-bat.There are individual examples of the two sides being at odds: Such as when Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey promised his players a bonus for winning the 1919 pennant. Their reward? Flat champagne.We all know how that played out.There are colle...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Chase Elliott's big, strange season hits home this weekend
How odd and just a little bit hollow it would be if Chase Elliott finally did something grand on his home track Sunday and no one was there to see it.Since stepping up to NASCAR’s premier series in 2016, the next in line to the Bill Elliott Georgia racing legacy has not exactly soared at the place he should know best, Atlanta Motor Speedway. Four Cup races, no finish higher than fifth. Average finish: 10.5. Laps led (out of a total of 1,304): Zero.“It has been,” Elliott said, “a rough go the last couple of years, disappointing for sure. Hopefully this weekend it will be a little better.”He’ll ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael Cunningham: NBA's restart plan will create great finish for strange season
Utah center Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19 was the first signal that sports would have to shut down. That was less than three months ago, believe it or not. Now the NBA has approved a definitive plan to resume play. That feels like a victory, even if the Hawks won’t be part of it.Only 22 of the league’s 30 teams will be in a “bubble” at Orlando’s Walt Disney World for the resumption of the season. The tentative start date is July 31. There will be no spectators, and players will be confined to Disney (though “confined” may not be quite the right word for that sprawling campus).The N...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Paul Sullivan: Let's just fast forward through the tedious MLB negotiations to the end for the eventual — and obvious — solution
Baseball took its first step to a restart on May 11 when owners gave the go-ahead to begin negotiating with the players’ union on a potential return around the Fourth of July.But a 50-50 revenue sharing split was shot down by players before it was even proposed, and a tiered salary structure taking more money out of the higher-paid players’ pockets also was a non-starter.So here we are in early June, with the NHL and NBA much closer to their restart agreements than MLB, making the fight between baseball owners and the union even more aggravating to shell-shocked fans who just want to sit back ...
MLB broadcasters expected to call 2020 road games from off-site location, source says
Imagine if Roy Halladay’s perfect game in 2010, Cole Hamels’ no-hitter in 2015, or any other road game in modern Phillies history was called by broadcasters who weren’t actually in the ballpark where it happened.Welcome to baseball in the coronavirus age.If there’s a Major League Baseball season in 2020 — the league and Players Association have not yet agreed on compensation for players or finalized health and safety protocols — radio and television announcers have been told to prepare to call road games remotely, using monitors either in a studio or at their team’s home ballpark, a source fam...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
If Michigan State football player tests positive for COVID-19, what happens next?
Michigan State football expects to play its season as scheduled and even host a limited number of fans at Spartan Stadium.And while the program wants to operate as normally as possible, it all will depend on the ability to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus among its players and coaches this fall.“Is there a magic number that’s going to say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to reevaluate this?’ The answer to that is yes,” Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, MSU director of sports medicine and performance, said in a video conference Thursday, “but I don’t know what the number is yet. That’s a decision that’s probably g...
Detroit Free Press
IndyCar's Roger Penske is ready to kick off season — and ownership tenure — at Texas
This is not how Roger Penske envisioned his debut season unfolding when he purchased IndyCar last fall.Penske and the rest of the open-wheel racing circuit were in Florida in mid-March, gearing up for the season-opening race in St. Petersburg. But, before the green flag dropped, that race — and every other sporting event that weekend — had been called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.Then Penske made the difficult decision of postponing the sport’s Super Bowl, the Indianapolis 500, to August, marking the first time the race has been moved out of May.But Penske is ready and excited for his Ind...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
NASCAR All-Star Race to have fans in July? Charlotte Motor Speedway will try
NASCAR announced Thursday the next installment of return events for its 2020 season. The latest Cup schedule includes the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has been moved to Wednesday, July 15.The race was previously scheduled for May 16 but was postponed after the coronavirus pandemic forced NASCAR into a two-month pause in March. Previously, the sport had announced an updated schedule that lasted through late-June.After completing its first two weeks of return events, which included a fanless Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR has now outlined races across multiple series — Cup, Xfinity, T...
The Charlotte Observer