MIAMI (AP) — A return to competition in the NBA may still not be imminent, but there’s word that some players will be able to start practicing in team training facilities next week. A person familiar with the league’s decision says players will be allowed to return to those facilities starting Friday, as long as their local governments don’t have a stay-at-home order prohibiting it. The workouts would be voluntary, and they’d be limited to individual sessions. Group practices wouldn’t be allowed, and teams couldn’t organize workouts.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman says he will be ready to race when NASCAR resumes competition. Newman suffered a head injury in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. The Indiana native spent less than 48 hours in the hospital before walking out holding hands with his two daughters. Ross Chastain drove the No. 6 Ford in place of Newman for three races before the NASCAR season was suspended March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Newman said Sunday on Fox Sports he will be ready to race when NASCAR calls drivers back to the track. NASCAR says Newman still must be medically cleared.
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (AP) — The lack of auto racing is hitting home in Speedway, a town of 12,000 people near Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indy 500 has been postponed from Memorial Day to August and there are no events planned until early July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Local businesses in Speedway say revenue is down. They are eager for the return of racing in a community that was literally built for it.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Although sports events remain canceled in most of the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, boxing has resumed in Nicaragua with a televised card of eight fights. The promoter, former boxing champion Rosendo Álvarez, had dismissed the threat of the virus, saying that the three deaths reported by the Nicaraguan government had all been among people who “came from outside.” Still, his offer of free tickets appeared to fill only about a tenth of the 8,000 seats in the gym.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old colt has died after what's being called an accident at Santa Anita, making it the 12th fatality at the Southern California track since late December. Last Renegade had yet to make his racing debut for trainer Peter Eurton. According to the California Horse Racing Board website, the colt died Friday. No further details were provided. A required necropsy is pending.