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|1. NBA set to restart with doubleheader - 7/30/2020|
Games were canceled. Practice facilities were shuttered. A season ended unceremoniously for eight teams. The draft process was delayed, as was free agency. Some players tested positive for the coronavirus. Many more took to the streets and used their voices to demand justice and equality as racism and police brutality sparked a nationwide conversation.The world has changed since the NBA stopped on March 11. With all that behind them, the NBA looks to restart on Thursday.
|2. NFL faces season of uncertainty - 7/21/2020|
In seven weeks, the NFL expects to kick off its 101st season with the Super Bowl champion Chiefs hosting Houston. Emphasis on expects. Still set on conducting a somewhat normal training camp, though without any preseason games, and then opening the regular season on time, the NFL pushes onward.
|3. NFL considers cancelling preseason - 7/6/2020|
The NFL plans to consider the NFL Players Association’s recommendation to cancel the preseason though it prefers to cut the schedule in half, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday night. The league decided Wednesday to cut its preseason from four games to two and push back the start of exhibition play.
|4. Baseball is back! 60 game schedule set - 6/24/2020|
Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was the final result of failed financial negotiations. But for fans eager to see any baseball this year, at least now they can look forward to opening day.
|5. MLB Negotiations Hit a Snag - 6/22/2020|
An email from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won't begin by July 19. The executive committee of the players' association was set to vote and reject Major League Baseball's latest offer for a 60-game season on Sunday.
|6. MLB season in jeopardy per Commissioner - 6/16/2020|
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players' union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The league also revealed several players on big league rosters have tested positive for COVID-19.
|7. NBA owners approve 22-team restart plan - 6/4/2020|
The NBA’s Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, another major step toward getting teams back onto the court and playing games again. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference postseason fields.
|8. NASCAR returns after 10-week hiatus - 5/17/2020|
NASCAR will not be as you remember it when racing returns at old egg-shaped Darlington Raceway. There will be no elaborate infield tailgates, inflatable pools or hundreds of American flags that fly above the campers. The grandstands will be empty gray rows, no spectators allowed.
|9. NFL Season Set to Kick Off September 10th - 5/8/2020|
The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL's annual kickoff game - pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. Another highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady's regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 - the first matchup of 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history.
|10. NBA presidents intend to continue season - 5/1/2020|
NBA team presidents met Thursday and emerged with belief that there are still ways to resume the season, and Dallas owner Mark Cuban also expressed optimism that the league will find a way out of the coronavirus-caused shutdown. The NBA has been shut down since March 11 and 259 regular season games have yet to be played.
|11. NFL draft will likely be most bet on ever - 4/22/2020|
This week's NFL draft gives U.S. gamblers their first opportunity in weeks to bet on an event about which they actually know something. With major sports shut down for more than a month because of the coronavirus outbreak, American sportsbooks say they expect football's annual draft to be the most bet on ever.
|12. MLB considers playing all-Arizona schedule - 4/7/2020|
Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area this season and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward for a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press. Ideas are still in the early stage, and the Arizona option would have many obstacles to overcome, the people said.
|13. Coaches eyeing possible playoff matchups - 4/6/2020|
With NBA games indefinitely on hold there has been a lot of discussion about postseason possibilities - including by coaches around the league. They're preparing for what a resumption of the season that was could look like in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. No one knows what will be thrown at the NBA or the rest of the sports world. Looking at guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if NBA games do resume this season the calendar will play a major factor in how the league proceeds.
|14. NFL gearing up for a normal season - 4/1/2020|
The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs - with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time. Contingencies are being discussed for all potential interruptions caused by the coronavirus.
|15. MLB season could go until Christmas - 3/29/2020|
If the final pitch of the 2020 baseball season comes closer to Christmas than Halloween, that's fine with the players. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the season as long as needed to cover as close to a full schedule as possible. Even if it involves neutral sites in warm-weather cities and domes. Even if it involves playing in empty ballparks. Even if it involves lots of day-night doubleheaders.
|16. Coaches try to fill spring practice void - 3/27/2020|
Normally, college football teams all over the country would be preparing for the upcoming season. Installing new schemes. Working on fundamentals. Developing less experienced players and expanding the skills of veterans. Building a cohesive team, players and coaches connecting. That's gone now and coaches are trying to figure out how to recreate some of what has been lost.
|17. Ballparks remain empty on 'opening day' - 3/26/2020|
MLB ballparks will remain eerily empty on 'opening day'. There will be no hot dogs on the grill, no beer on tap, no vendors in the stands selling peanuts and Cracker Jack. The shiny new stadium deep in the heart of Texas will still be waiting for its first Rangers game. No fantasy baseball, no DFS, and most importantly to baseball bettors, no money lines, totals, or run lines to bet on as we wait to get the "all clear" from Government officials.
|18. NBA's Silver still seeking answers - 3/23/2020|
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver finds himself almost constantly looking at financial numbers and projections. And like the rest of a world that is dealing with the seismic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, he still isn’t sure how bad things will get. Silver said Saturday the league is considering all options - best-case, worst-case and countless ideas in between - as it tries to come to grips with this new normal.
|19. MLB adjusts to coronavirus uncertainty - 3/18/2020|
Major league teams adjusted to their strange new normal, with more players returning to their hometowns as they realized baseball won't be played for months. Major League Baseball responded to the players' association on Tuesday, two days following the union's counteroffer on issues such as salaries, major league service time, performance bonuses, opt outs and the amateur draft. Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement runs through 2021, and the chaos has increased the possibility of talks leading to a modified deal with a later expiration.
|20. Where will Tom Brady land? - 3/17/2020|
Tom Brady made it clear to the world Tuesday that he’s leaving New England after two decades, three league MVPs and six Super Bowl rings. Left unsaid: where he’s headed. What team wouldn’t want the four-time Super Bowl MVP? Only one will get arguably the best quarterback in NFL history, the man dubbed TB12. Here’s a look at six teams that should be interested in the 42-year-old signal caller.
|21. MLB delays opening day to at least mid-May - 3/16/2020|
Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.
|22. NHL pushes back season timeline - 3/16/2020|
The NHL is pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not a month or more. The league and NHL Players' Association told players Monday they can go home - even out of North America - and must self-isolate through March 27 while the season is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL also cautioned that it will not be able to even provide guidance on the potential reopening of team practices for another 45 days, which could make May the earliest possible restart date.
|23. Inside NCAA's attempt to save Tournament - 3/14/2020|
As it became apparent the NCAA basketball tournaments could not be held during their usual three-week window because of concerns about the coronavirus, organizers scrambled to devise a plan for a 16-team event to salvage the postseason in one long weekend. NCAA vice president of men's basketball Dan Gavitt told AP on Friday that he started to consider ways of condensing the tournament Wednesday night after the NBA announced one of its players tested positive for the virus and the league suspended its season.
|24. NBA: Hiatus will last at least 30 days - 3/13/2020|
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday night that the league’s hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic will likely last at least a month, or roughly what would have been the remainder of an uninterrupted regular season. The league suspended play Wednesday night after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
|25. Big East Tourney tips off at MSG - 3/11/2020|
Creighton is hoping for a change of fortune after crushing losses in its last two Big East Tournament openers and another late-season injury to a key player. The Blue Jays finished the season with a 13-5 conference record earning a 3-way tie for the regular season championship, along with co-champions Villanova and Seton Hall. Other contenders include Butler and always dangerous Providence, a program who's made it a tradition of making deep runs in March.