Newcastle have appealed against Fabricio Coloccini’s red card in Sunday’s derby defeat at Sunderland. Press Association A statement from the Magpies read: “Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. “Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick. “The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission tomorrow afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards. “Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St James’ Park.” Coloccini leaned heavily on Fletcher as the Sunderland striker sought to get on the end of a Jermain Defoe through-ball just before half-time. Steve McClaren criticised Madley after the incident, which did his team few favours in their unsuccessful attempt to avoid a sixth successive derby defeat to their fierce rivals. The Newcastle boss said: ”It’s simple: he is wrong in my opinion. “Referees are part and parcel of the game and you control your performance – you can’t control the opponent or the referee and they can affect the result. And they have done today – not so much the opponent, but definitely the referee. The Magpies captain was dismissed just before half-time after fouling Steven Fletcher, an incident which led to Adam Johnson opening the scoring from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win for the Wearsiders. Newcastle confirmed they had lodged an appeal with the Football Association on Monday morning. “I have seen lots of challenges like that in the game, in every game and, outside the box, they are never given. It’s a double whammy – a penalty and 10 men. It made it very difficult. ”We need an experienced referee for this and I think he was a little too quick to make a decision.” Second half goals from Billy Jones and Fletcher sealed a victory for Sunderland which saw them move above their rivals, although both teams occupy positions in the bottom three above Aston Villa.
During a news conference on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida is putting $250 million it received from the federal CARES Act toward rental, mortgage, and other housing assistance for Floridians who suffered financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Hundreds of thousands of Floridians who may have already had difficulty making ends meet are now suffering even more, losing a job, not being able to find a job, having to figure out how to pay for child care while schools were in distance learning,” DeSantis said.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health on Friday, there are 323,002 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.Florida’s unemployment rate in June was up 10.4% according to the latest reports.
Comments Published on November 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Mike Owen called his good friend Andrew Lewis Sunday night to offer congratulations. He called Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone Monday morning to do the same. Owen, a senior tight end on Syracuse’s 2009 team, never got that elusive bowl bid in four seasons at SU. But to Owen, the Orange’s bowl-clinching 13-10 victory over Rutgers Saturday was the culmination of a process that started with him and the 2009 version of SU. ‘Last year, we tried to lay the foundation,’ Owen said in a phone interview Monday. ‘The seniors last year, we were on the same page with Coach Marrone’s philosophy. … We wanted everybody to believe in his philosophy and his values.’ And it was clear Marrone felt the same way Saturday after the Orange’s win. To get to this point, Marrone knew it would be a long road. So in his three-minute opening statement Saturday — noticeably longer than usual, given the circumstances — Marrone went all the way back to his playing days under then-SU head coach Dick MacPherson. But perhaps the most surprising group he thanked was last year’s group of seniors, who helped start the process.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text It only led to a 4-8 season in Marrone’s first year at the helm, but the SU head coach recognized the part the group played in getting Syracuse back to national relevance. ‘I want to make sure that, somewhere along the line, we understand that there were some good seniors last year that really helped this foundation,’ Marrone said. ‘And I don’t want to forget those players, either. … Even though they’re not here with us today, those players are part of what we’ve done today. No doubt in my mind.’ Marrone singled out Owen specifically, along with quarterback Greg Paulus and defensive tackle Art Jones. To hear of Marrone’s statements gave Owen more respect for Marrone, a coach he considers ‘a great man to lead this team.’ For Owen, last season was the start of something big, even if it didn’t immediately show in the Orange’s results. That meant getting some tangible turnaround in Marrone’s first season. That meant getting players, especially the underclassmen, to buy into a Marrone system he believed in. That meant laying the groundwork for what was to come. ‘Last year, we were 4-8,’ said Owen, who just finished a season coaching at Riverhead High School in Riverhead, N.Y., where he attended high school. ‘But I can honestly say that every game besides the UConn game, we were in the game the whole time. … It was just a matter of growing and understanding each other and understanding where Coach Marrone was coming from.’ In his weekly press conference Monday, Marrone made little time for dwelling on the significance of Saturday’s victory, which also helped Syracuse receive two votes in this week’s Associated Press poll. Marrone said he is already focusing his full attention on Saturday’s opponent, Connecticut. But he did take some time to reflect. And he said the one thing that made this season so special for him was that this year’s senior class could go out on top. ‘What pleases me the most is that the seniors are going to go out with a winning season and a bowl game,’ Marrone said. ‘For me, I felt there was a lot of pressure on myself and the coaches for us to do this the right way so that our seniors can leave here winning, knowing that it is going to help them more so in life than the gratification you get at the moment.’ Lemon, Tribbey expected to play Marrone said Monday that he expects both starting wide receiver Alec Lemon and defensive tackle Bud Tribbey to play this weekend in SU’s contest against Connecticut. Both did not play Saturday against Rutgers, despite being in uniform and on the sidelines. ‘We expect both of those players to be on the field for us this week,’ Marrone said. ‘They’re cleared medically.’ When asked about the specifics of Tribbey’s injury, Marrone did not elaborate. Lemon missed the game against Rutgers because of an injured left hand that was heavily taped on the sidelines. Lemon said last Tuesday that he injured the hand in SU’s loss to Louisville the previous week, on a diving attempt at a touchdown catch that grazed off his fingertips. Despite having the hand heavily taped when talking to reporters last Tuesday, Lemon said he expected to play against Rutgers. ‘I’m good,’ he said. ‘It’s just going day by day right now. The swelling is going down, and I’m feeling better every day.’ Without Lemon, junior Marcus Sales started and freshman Adrian Fleming saw more time at wide receiver. Sales caught five passes for 73 yards, including two on the Orange’s final 66-yard drive that would lead to Ross Krautman’s game-winning field goal. Tribbey will be especially important in taking up blockers against Connecticut’s Jordan Todman, the seventh-leading rusher in the nation. His absence was a crucial factor in Rutgers’ Jeremy Deering rushing for 166 yards and a touchdown out of the Wild Knight formation. But Marrone said Monday he anticipates both Lemon and Tribbey will be back to fill those holes. ‘You’re cleared medically to play, that is one thing,’ Marrone said. ‘The other thing is being able to go out there and perform at a level where we can win. … It is just a matter of how they perform. And they’ll both be practicing this week.’ firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
President Carol Folt coordinated with the Academic Senate in September to create the sustainability working group.(Daily Trojan file photo) In alignment with her plans to make USC a sustainable campus, President Carol Folt announced the Presidential Sustainability Working Group in early February, a task force focused on creating recommendations for a more sustainable campus through education, research and operations. In the campus-wide email, Folt said the task force was a University-wide approach to campus sustainability by surveying students and faculty on how they can improve the University’s sustainability efforts. The group also advised that the University implement an experiential learning sustainability course to provide a more hands-on experience to sustainability education through activities such as research, field-based and service focused projects. “We did feel that it was important that there be a chief sustainability officer for the University, partly to facilitate some of this cross-talk within the University, partly to signal to a lot of our partners and potential partners outside of the University [of] the University’s commitment,” Boarnet said. The group suggested that USC require all freshmen or students in their first two semesters to take introductory-level sustainability courses focused on educating students about the implications of not addressing climate change, Mazmanian said. The advisory board also recommended that USC create options within each school to offer majors and minors focused on environmentally friendly coursework and be identified as “USC Sustainability Schools” that will help prospective students to identify which schools offer sustainability curriculums. “The challenge in these introductory courses by school and discipline, are the existential threat as viewed through the lens of your school and discipline,” Mazmanian said. “In the Price school [it would] be a policy lens. And then you might go over to psychology and it’s a behavioral change lens … all of them triggered by this realization that things are changing dramatically because of the existential [climate] threat.” “We are charged with thinking boldly about how the University needs to change to become sustainable,” Mazmanian said. “How to help make sure that the University itself is operating sustainability, as in reducing its greenhouse gas impacts, reducing its carbon footprint, moving toward zero waste, being more efficient at how we use our materials … but these are recommendations.” “The belief of everyone on the committee … was that from a pedagogical point of view, having an actual experience in a community, in an area, with an activity of research that is really about the existential threat, small groups,” Mazmanian said. “Experiential learning activity is a very important way of communicating that there’s a future. There is a problem, but there is a future because people are working on it.” Mazmanian said the group will keep working toward making the campus more sustainable as long as they are needed and plans to continue in the upcoming fall semester. “[My goal is] to make sure that I am acting as some type of vessel for the student body so that when I am making [suggestions to Folt], I’m thinking about my experiences with undergraduate and graduate students,” Shaw-Wakeman said. “I do think if policies are going to affect students, they should be at least informed [of them].” Shaw-Wakeman, a senior majoring in psychology and social entrepreneurship, said the presence of student representatives on the committee allows the group to directly address student concerns about sustainability, emphasizing that conversations about sustainability need to be made accessible to students. The task force was created by the Academic Senate in September after Folt’s request to include community recommendations to sustainability efforts. Members include faculty, staff and students from eight schools such as the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Marshall School of Business and the Rossier School of Education. They have since made recommendations to USC about implementing more education about sustainability, more administrative oversight and adhering to the University’s Sustainability 2028 plans, which will include long-term sustainability goals in energy, water, waste diversion and transportation. The advisory board also includes student representatives Nathaniel Hyman, co-executive director of the Environmental Student Assembly, and Tianna Shaw-Wakeman, a representative of Environmental Core, alongside 19 faculty members including Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism professor Christina Bellantoni and Project Specialist for the Office of the President Nicholas Hudson. The group is currently in the process of making recommendations to the developing 2028 Sustainability Plan regarding waste diversion, expanding the University’s recycling programs and reducing its carbon emissions, Mazmanian said. The task force suggests USC divert waste and grow the recycle program and reduce USC’s carbon emissions. The task force has also recommended that USC add a chief sustainability officer as a senior-level appointment. Chair of the Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis Department Marlon Boarnet, a member of the task force, said it is crucial for the University to appoint a chief sustainability officer to more efficiently bring student recommendations on sustainability initiatives to administration and the advisory group. “Our responsibility is to … think through the kind of institutional changes that are needed to facilitate, to engage, to make it a more viable, sustainable University and recommend things that therefore should be changed or modified in order to accomplish sustainability,” chair of the group and Price School of Public Policy professor Daniel Mazmanian said. “We’re going to be in existence as long as they continue to come forward, that someone brings [a suggestion] to the president [and] the president says, ‘Would you please look at this deeply for us?’” Mazmanian said. “We’ll see what those are going to be. I just want to mention this is not just the ending in April or May rather, that the expectation is that we’re going to be in business next year also.”
“For me it was very important for him to take confidence and take that first goal,” said Emery.“He did not start in the first 11 today but when he was on he scored within a minute and that gives confidence for both him and us.“We are happy because I think this shows the commitment we have in training and the quality and the understanding of our tactical position.“I think we are in the first competition in the world, and we must keep taking confidence.”Alexandre Lacazette scored two impressive goals before substitute Ramsey added a third and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice.Frenchman Lacazette claimed the opening goal of the London derby at Craven Cottage when he spun on Nacho Monreal’s cutback before drilling the ball past Marcus Bettinelli.But Fulham drew level before the break as Luciano Vietto pounced on a loose pass by Monreal to thread the ball through to Andre Schurrle, who chipped over Gunners keeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal were a different side after the interval and Bettinelli – called up by England this week – produced the save of the game to keep out a fierce strike from Hector Bellerin, moments before Lacazette added his second – an early strike from long range which seemed to catch the Fulham keeper by surprise as it nestled in the bottom corner.Ramsey was introduced in the 67th minute – and the Welshman added a third just 39 seconds later as Arsenal moved from left to right with one-touch passing and neat headers, before Aubameyang cut the ball back for Ramsey to flick past Bettinelli.Aubameyang added a fourth when he swivelled on a low cross from Bellerin to side-foot the ball into the far corner, before the Gabon striker rounded off the scoring after a neat low finish to cap a thoroughly entertaining victory in the derby.A sixth consecutive Premier League victory for Arsenal moved Unai Emery’s men up to third in the table, a point behind Manchester City and Liverpool, who meet at Anfield later on Sunday.Fulham remain just above the relegation zone in 17th.The Liverpool versus Manchester City clash rarely lived up to the pre-match hype as the Reds started brightly as Mohamed Salah shot wide.But there was late drama when Virgil van Dijk brought down Leroy Sane with a few minutes to play.Algeria international Mahrez blazed the resulting spot kick over, but City will still go into the international break on top of the Premier League table.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal manager Unai Emery said Aaron Ramsey is a “very important player” for the club after his goal of the season contender helped the Gunners thrash Fulham 5-1.Elsewhere later yesterday, Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty as Liverpool and Manchester City fought out a goalless draw at Anfield.A contract offer to Ramsey was withdrawn last month but the Wales midfielder showed his quality when he created and finished a stunning team move to help Arsenal to a ninth straight win in all competitions – their best run since April 2015.
Ex Ghana international Godwin Attram says Ghana cannot win next year’s African Cup of Nations considering the level of preparedness.The Black Stars are without a coach and despite qualifying as Group E winners for the showdown in Equatorial Guinea there are defensive frailties and an unstable goalkeeping situation which have been broadly discussed amongst Soccer fans as militating factors to achieve a fifth AFCON triumph.The tournament kick starts in six weeks and Godwin Attram who represented Ghana at the 2006 Nations Cup in Burkina Faso insists that is not good enough time to iron out the wrinkles even upon the appointment of coach Avram Grant“We are not ready for the tournament yet, we give credit to the team and the officials for qualifying but there is a lot to be done before the tournament,” he told Joy sports“If we want to go to the tournament and just participate then that is fine but if we want to win the cup then we must work hard and prepare very well because for me we are not ready for the tournament.”r
Still, the caliber of players available is undeniable. The first round of the 2015 draft, for example, has already graduated Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Andrew Benintendi and Walker Buehler, among others. Each year’s event generally produces several stars.Top prospects available this time around include catcher Adley Rutschman (Oregon State), shortstop Bobby Witt (Coleyville Heritage High) and first baseman Andrew Vaughn (Cal).MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWhen is the MLB Draft in 2019?Date: June 3-5Start time: 7 p.m. ET (June 3) | Day 2 starts at 1 p.m. and Day 3 starts at noon.TV channel: MLB NetworkLive stream: MLB.comThe draft will begin the night of June 3 and continue through June 5, with the first night broadcast on MLB Network and the other days streamed on MLB.com.What time does the MLB Draft start?The first round of the 2019 MLB Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, June 3. Day 2 begins at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 4 with Rounds 3-10. Round 11 starts at noon ET on Wednesday, June 5.MORE MLB DRAFT: Follow SN’s live pick tracker for full resultsMLB Draft TV schedule, live streamMLB Network will broadcast a pre-draft show starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 before showing the draft from 7 p.m. to the conclusion of the first round. While the other rounds are available exclusively online, MLB Network will continue to provide draft coverage and analysis.You can also live stream all three days of the event for free on MLB.com.RoundsDateTime (ET)TV channel1-2Monday, June 37 p.m.MLB Network3-10Tuesday, June 41 p.m.MLB.com11-40Wednesday, June 5noonMLB.comMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNMLB Draft 2019 order of picksFirst roundDraft pick2018 record1. Orioles47-1152. Royals58-1043. White Sox62-1004. Marlins63-985. Tigers64-986. Padres66-967. Reds67-958. Rangers67-959. BravesCompensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart10. Giants73-8911. Blue Jays73-8912. Mets77-8513. Twins78-8414. Phillies80-8215. Angels80-8216. D-backs82-8017. Nationals82-8018. Pirates82-7919. Cardinals88-7420. Mariners89-7321. Braves90-7222. Rays90-7223. Rockies91-7224. Indians91-7125. Dodgers92-7126. D-backsCompensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain27. Cubs95-6828. Brewers96-6729. Athletics97-6530. Yankees100-6231. DodgersCompensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn32. Astros103-5933. Red Sox108-54MORE: Looking back at the 2009 MLB Draft — 10 years after Trout2019 MLB mock draftsSN’s latest mock draft roundup forms a composite ranking of mock drafts from Baseball America (May 10), MLB.com (May 17), FanGraphs (May 14) and ESPN’s Keith Law (May 6). We’ll do this again as the draft draws closer. Here’s how the first five picks are shaping up according to these rankings:Orioles: Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon StateRoyals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Coleyville (Texas) Heritage HighWhite Sox: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity High (Roswell, Ga.)Tigers: J.J. Bleday, OF, VanderbiltMarlins: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CalCheck out the entire first round here.MLB Draft 2019 top prospects to knowAccording to Sporting News baseball writer Ryan Fagan, 11 of the first 20 picks will be college players, a slight uptick from the nine selected last year.It’s a position player heavy draft at the very top. The best of that bunch is probably Adley Rutschman from Oregon State, who is expected to be taken No.1 overall by the Orioles. Among pitchers, left-hander Nick Lodolo (TCU) and Alex Manoah (West Virginia) lead the way.Here’s what you need to know about a few of the top prospects, via Fagan’s rankings:Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon StateThree players from Oregon State went in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft — Nick Madrigal (4), Trevor Larnach (20) and Cadyn Grenier (37) — but Rutschman could be the first Beaver ever to go in the 1:1 spot. A 40th-round pick out of high school by the Mariners, Rutschman earned just about every accolade possible in his sophomore season — including Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series, with 17 hits and 13 RBIs as the Beavers claimed the title — and he’s been even better this season. An elite defensive catcher, Rutschman is hitting .427 with 16 homers, 55 RBIs and a .584 on-base percentage in 52 games for Oregon State this season. Oh, and there’s this: He’s a switch-hitter. Yeah. He’s the consensus No. 1 pick, not just with these four mock drafts but pretty much every one out there. Bobby Witt, Jr., SS, Coleyville (Texas) Heritage HighSpeaking of consensus picks, Witt is No. 2 with pretty much every outlet. He made his biggest national splash last summer, winning the High School Home Run Derby at Nationals Park during MLB’s All-Star Weekend; he powered eight over the outfield fences in 76 seconds to win the title. It’s that kind of power — and a pedigree of being the son of 16-year MLB pitcher Bobby Witt doesn’t hurt — that has him near the top of mock drafts. Here’s a fun challenge: Try to find a scouting report on Witt that doesn’t include the phrase “five-tool player.” I promise it’s difficult. C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity High (Roswell, Ga)Teams like elite players with speed and power and high ceilings, and Abrams has all three. Where he winds up defensively will have to be determined, but sticking at shortstop seems like a possibility. He’s an Alabama commit, which gives him a bit of leverage — the same leverage every non-college senior has — but you won’t read much (or anything) about that being a huge road block. For the struggling teams that posted losing records last season, the 2019 MLB Draft brings a rare dose of optimism and the opportunity to turn things around.Unlike in other sports, though, the flowers of a successful draft do not bloom for several years, so fans of organizations stockpiling talent in the lower minors must be patient. For the Orioles and Royals, who pick first and second respectively this year, escape from a subpar on-field product likely won’t come until at least 2021. Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CalVaughn can hit. He’s only 6 feet tall, which is small for a first baseman, but he hit .402 as a freshman and won the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s best amateur baseball player as a sophomore. Nice resume, eh? The folks at MLB.com mention Vaughn as a Plan B for the Orioles with the top pick, and he’ll be a big decision for the Royals at 2 and the White Sox at 3 and the Marlins at 4 and the Tigers at 5. Doesn’t seem like he’d get past there. J.J. Bleday, OF, VanderbiltFew schools produce high picks like Vanderbilt. The list of first-round alums is impressive: David Price, Walker Buehler, Dansby Swanson, Sonny Gray, Mike Minor, Kyle Wright, Pedro Alvarez, Jordan Sheffield and on and on. A star from the time he arrived at Vandy, Bleday was named the top prospect of the Cape Cod league last summer, no small feat. He’s one of those guys who are given the “pure hitter” label.Check out SN’s top 20 list for more information about this year’s top prospects.
Eddie Hearn believes the money offered to host a fight in Saudi Arabia between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder will be too good to turn down.Joshua regained his WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Andy Ruiz Jr. in December in a heavyweight rematch contested in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. While Joshua’s next fight is set to be against Kubrat Pulev, Hearn, the Briton’s promoter, has talked up the possibility of a meeting later in 2020 with the victor of Fury-Wilder 2, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on Feb. 22.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearOn Wednesday, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren dismissed Joshua’s claims that talks between his camp and Wilder’s had already taken place, though he claimed a fight between his client and Joshua should be held toward the end of the year.Now, Hearn has suggested Saudi Arabia would again prove to be a viable venue for such a fight, claiming the money on offer would ensure a bout would happen.”You have new players in town that are willing to spend money never seen before in this sport. It’s there, we’ve had the conversations,” Hearn told Sky Sports.”We did it once, in December. I know the money that they’re willing to put in for this fight at the back end of the year and it’s why I’m so confident of making it, because there’s just too much money.Water No Get Enemy pic.twitter.com/mdBMDfNMac— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 10, 2019″There comes a time in the sport where money talks too much and, when it does, there’s no going back. Even if the other guys didn’t want it, they can’t ignore the numbers.”Everybody’s lucky that the numbers we were talking about a year ago, they’ve doubled, trebled. Don’t agree? You’ve spun it up on that roulette wheel, now take your chips and leave.”Hearn also suggested Joshua — who could also face Oleksandr Usyk — would be willing to scrap his planned fight with Pulev should the Bulgarian not agree to a venue in Britain. “AJ’s going to call the shots here and he may end up having to let the Pulev fight go if he won’t fight in the places we’d like him to fight, and that is in the UK,” Hearn said.”We’re looking at dates around the end of May, beginning of June for the Pulev fight. Everywhere’s in play — Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the London Stadium.”We’ve also reached out to Twickenham as well and the Millennium Stadium have got some dates for us. In an ideal world, AJ’s next fight will be against Pulev in London.”
The NFL reportedly is discussing how to proceed with its offseason events, including April’s 2020 NFL Draft, as the coronavirus pandemic all but shuts down the rest of the sports world. So the global health crisis naturally was a topic Thursday on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” and host Kyle Brandt delivered a necessary rant amid inconsistent — and in some cases, troubling — social reaction to the virus.Brandt, a longtime TV producer and personality who has appeared on NFL Network since 2016, sees what he calls “a social pandemic” attached to the coronavirus outbreak. Presenting, The Brandt Rant:There is a social pandemic going on, too. The Corona Tough Guy.Have you met him? Ignore him. Do what makes you feel safe. pic.twitter.com/YOxJlf9pJv— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) March 12, 2020MORE: Tracking coronavirus cancellations in sportsWhen Brandt mentions those in the NBA and the NCAA, he is referencing the fact that pro and collegiate basketball games have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA suspended its 2019-20 season Wednesday after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. On Thursday, ESPN reported Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell had also tested positive.As for the NCAA, the organization and its conferences are proceeding with games played without spectators, though there’s growing speculation that the 2020 NCAA Tournament could be canceled. Almost every other sports league currently in season has taken at least some form of preventative measure to contain the spread of the virus.As for the NFL, which frankly is fortunate not to be in-season, CBS reported Thursday that “a majority of NFL employees will start working from home” beginning Friday. The league has not restricted travel for team officials who are scouting draft prospects.From Pro Football Talk: “The problem is that teams will resist imposing travel restrictions given that other teams may not. As to the draft prospects, those who reject a visit may be concerned that one of the other players under consideration will accept the invitation and, in turn, climb the draft ladder. That’s why the league needs to step in with a clear policy that applies to all teams. If only one person who was present at one of the Pro Day workouts tests positive for the coronavirus, how many others will get it? How many others will have to be quarantined?” The measures being taken by the NBA, the NCAA and other leagues/organizations — and likely soon the NFL — only amplify Brandt’s point.They know there are significant dangers associated with the coronavirus pandemic, and their actions, especially as they relate to lost revenue, suggest they have been briefed on the importance of limiting the spread of the disease.Don’t be the person who chooses to ignore that importance.
— Richmond Raceway’s spring Cup Series race on the initial schedule for April 19 was moved to Darlington on May 20. The track’s Sept. 11-12 race weekend remains on the schedule.— Sonoma Raceway’s Cup Series date for June 14 was moved to Charlotte on May 27 (and then May 28 after a rain delay). Officials for the road course said in a release that they had worked with NASCAR to find an alternate date on the schedule, but that a suitable replacement could not be reached, “given the ongoing uncertainty around large events in California.”Below are the four NASCAR Cup Series races that are currently postponed (and their original dates on the schedule):Texas (March 29)Dover (May 3)Kansas (May 31)Michigan (June 7) For the fifth time in the span of just 15 days, those seeking the start time for a NASCAR Cup Series race are doing so in order to catch real, live action rather than a virtual competition. Both the start time and the date for this year’s day race at Bristol Motor Speedway are later than originally scheduled.Due to the same coronavirus pandemic-related issues that shut down live sports in March, NASCAR created a modified schedule of races for May and June that continues today at 3:30 p.m. ET at the world’s fastest half-mile. Like all races currently on the schedule, Sunday’s race at Bristol will run without fans in the stands and with a limited number of team and NASCAR personnel allowed to attend. The start time for Sunday’s race at Bristol, 3:30 p.m. ET, is later than NASCAR’s original time (2 p.m. ET) for its spring Cup race at the track, but the distance remains the same — 500 laps and 2066 miles with stage lengths of 125, 125 and 250 laps.Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s race at Bristol and beyond.MORE: Watch today’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)What time does the NASCAR race start today?Race: Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, May 31 Start time: 3:30 p.m. ETThe 3:30 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race at Bristol is the second such start time on NASCAR’s modified Cup Series schedule for 2020, as the series’ return to racing at Darlington a couple weeks ago featured a late afternoon green flag. The race at Homestead on June 14 also is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.The other two day races on NASCAR’s confirmed short-term schedule (Atlanta and Talladega) will start at 3 p.m. ET. The mid-week night race at Martinsville scheduled for June 10 will start at 7 p.m. ET.What channel is NASCAR on today?TV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)Like the schedule itself, the TV channels for Cup Series races after June are up in the air. Sunday’s race at Bristol, though, as well as one more Cup Series race currently on the schedule for June (Martinsville on the 10th), will broadcast live on FS1.As is the case for all the Cup Series races on Fox and FS1 this season, Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon will call Sunday’s race at Bristol. Until further notice, they will do so remotely from the Fox studio rather than the booth at the track.Including Sunday’s race at Bristol, Fox will broadcast the next five Cup Series races before NBC is scheduled to take over as the broadcast network for the second half of the season. However, four of Fox’s races remain postponed. (More on those later.)MORE: Full betting preview for Sunday’s Bristol raceNASCAR live stream for Charlotte raceAnybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s race at Bristol live via Fox Sports Go. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry FS1 — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each.SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)fuboTV (free trial)AT&T NowNASCAR schedule 2020NASCAR on May 14 released its revised Cup Series schedule for May and June of 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. According to Fox Sports, NASCAR hopes to keep its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series:DateTrackSeriesDistanceStage lengths (laps)TV channelStart timeSun., May 17DarlingtonCup400.2 miles90-95-108FOX3:30 p.m. ETWed., May 20DarlingtonCup311.4 miles60-65-103FS17:30 p.m. ETSun., May 24CharlotteCup600 miles100-100-100-100FOX6 p.m. ETWed., May 27CharlotteCup312 miles55-60-93FS18 p.m. ETSun, May 31BristolCup266.5 miles125-125-250FS13:30 p.m. ETSun, June 7AtlantaCup500 miles105-105-115FOX3 p.m. ETWed, June 10MartinsvilleCup263 miles130-130-240FS17 p.m. ETSun, June 14Homestead-MiamiCup400 miles80-80-107FOX3:30 p.m. ETSun, June 21TalladegaCup500 milesTBDFOX3 p.m. ET(NASCAR warns that the stage lengths and start times for the races above are tentative and subject to change.)To start, NASCAR scheduled races within driving distance of the Charlotte area, where most race teams are headquartered. That eliminated most of the travel-related logistics issues associated with running multiple races in one week.Because those tracks are hosting more races than originally scheduled, NASCAR had to take races away from Chicagoland, Richmond and Sonoma. Below are the details of those changes:— Chicagoland’s Cup Series race, originally set for June 21, was reassigned to Darlington on May 17. The Xfinity Series race that was scheduled June 20 at Chicagoland instead was held May 19 at Darlington.