76ers Announce 3 Members of Organization Tested Positive for the Coronavirus — Darnell’s Notebook

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MLB announces plans to pay minor leaguers through at least April 8

MLB announces temporary support for minor league players during the coronavirus shutdown.

MLB announces plans to pay minor leaguers through at least April 8 —

Steve Gardner USA TODAY

With the rest of spring training canceled and the start of the baseball season on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, Major League Baseball is taking steps to ease some of the financial pressure on its minor leaguers. 

MLB announced a league-wide initiative on Thursday that will pay minor leaguers what they would have earned through April 8, the original start date of the minor league season. 

According to a news release, MLB also “intends to continue working with all 30 clubs to identify additional ways to support those players” because of the delayed start of the 2020 regular season.

Sparks players in Turkey have season suspended due to coronavirus — Press Telegram

Turkey’s professional sports leagues were the latest domino to fall in the world’s sports schedule Thursday, when the country’s Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu suspended play in basketball, volleyball and soccer leagues in response to the worsening COVID-19 virus outbreak. Three members of the L.A. Sparks were competing until recently in Turkey, with guards…

Sparks players in Turkey have season suspended due to coronavirus — Press Telegram

NBA tells teams to keep players, staff out of practice, training facilities

The NBA has told its teams to close its training and practice facilities to all players and staff starting Friday, saying the shuttering will last indefinitely.

NBA tells teams to keep players, staff out of practice, training facilities —

Tim Reynolds AP

Mar 19, 2020 at 3:03p ET

The NBA has told its teams to close its training and practice facilities to all players and staff starting Friday, saying the shuttering will last indefinitely in the latest response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The league told teams of the new directive in a memo sent Thursday afternoon, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. As recently as Monday, the NBA was telling teams that individual workouts could take place using what the league called the “one player, one coach, one basket” rule.

Now, that’s not even permitted. If players are going to work out during the league’s shutdown, they’ll have to do it at home or some other private facility.

The NBA said it was updating the guidelines “in light of the rapidly developing coronavirus situation, and consistent with evolving advice from health experts regarding how to promote individual and public health while minimizing the spread of the virus.” It further recommended that players “should take aggressive measures to avoid contact with others and remain home as much as possible, leaving only for essential activities.”

The league described those activities as “buying food, medicine, or other necessary supplies; obtaining critical medical services; providing necessary care for a family member in another household; or attending to some other emergency.”

Entering Thursday, the NBA had seven players — four from the Brooklyn Nets, two from the Utah Jazz and one from the Detroit Pistons — known to have tested positive for COVID-19. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN on Wednesday that eight teams have been tested; not all of those teams have publicly acknowledged testing, so it is possible that the number of positives among NBA players could be higher.

With the belief that there are going to be no NBA games for several more weeks, at minimum, the league felt the time was right to take the additional step of urging players to limit exposure.

“Consistent with an increasing number of state and local government restrictions, and an emerging consensus regarding how to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus with which the NBA’s infectious disease and public health experts agree, effective tomorrow and until further notice, team practice or training facilities … will be closed to players and staff,” the NBA wrote. The league said the ban applies to G League facilities as well.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.

The NBA previously banned teams, as part of the coronavirus response, from using public health clubs, fitness centers, gyms and college facilities. But the league said Thursday that teams are permitted to set players up with training, conditioning, or other instructional materials for use at their homes.

Some players have been doing individual workouts at team facilities, on the court or in the weight rooms. Others have gotten creative. Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat recently posted images of a morning workout at his home, and Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers said he’s finding different ways to keep in some short of shape.

“I’m incredibly blessed to just have some free weights here. I have a versa climber. I have enough stuff that I won’t take a step back,” Love said Thursday. “I’ll make sure that I’m maintaining and hopefully keep my wind up and stay strong and just keep that constant tension on my body because it’s tough right now. I haven’t really left the house much.”

The league also reminded teams Thursday that it recommends players remain in their team markets and avoid all non-essential travel, though players — in concert with their team — can choose to go to another city and stay there instead. But players still cannot travel outside of North America; one of the reasons for that is logistical, since it is unclear if players who hypothetically want to return to homes in Europe would be allowed to fly back to the U.S.

Thursday was the eighth full day of the NBA’s shutdown because of the virus. That brings the total of games missed to 57, including the two called off on March 11 — the night that the positive test of Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert was revealed and the league announced that it was suspending the season.

“We will navigate these uncharted waters together,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder wrote in an open letter to Utah fans on Thursday, thanking them for their support. “Right now, we are all sacrificing in our own unique ways — for our health and for the greater good — and that is critical.”

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MLS extends match postponement — Toronto Sun

Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches. Read More

MLS extends match postponement another two months — Toronto Sun

Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches.

The league last week announced a 30-day suspension of the season, but in accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, MLS has extended that timeline.

In a statement Thursday morning, MLS said it is focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing the MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates.

Throughout this process, MLS says it will continue to prioritize the safety of fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.

MLB could skip draft; service time big issue — The Associated Press

Baseball could also skip the international signing period.

MLB could skip draft; service time big issue — Florida Politics – Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.

Major League Baseball is considering skipping its amateur draft this year and putting off the next international signing period as a way to preserve cash while games are affected by the new coronavirus, people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

Talks between management and the players’ association are ongoing and include the contentious issue of major league service time, which determines eligibility for free agency and salary arbitration. MLB has proposed crediting full service for 130 games or more and proportional service for a shorter season, the people said on condition of anonymity because those details have not been made public.

The union has taken the position that a full season of service should be credited even if no games are played, one of the people said.

Scheduling has been left open since there is no way to determine when the season could start.

More…

MLB could skip draft; service time big issue — Florida Politics – Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government.

Adam Silver Says NBA Plays Big Role In Getting COVID-19 Message Out To Young People — NESN.com

The NBA has been proactive in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, and it wants it to stay that way. Eight NBA teams have been tested for COVID-19 since March 11, according to commissioner Adam Silver, with seven having tested positive as of Wednesday afternoon. Silver says most players are asymptomatic, though some are experiencing “relatively…

Adam Silver Says NBA Plays Big Role In Getting COVID-19 Message Out To Young People — NESN.com