NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players have ignored claims by clubs that they need to take additional pay cuts and instead are proposing they receive a far higher percentage of salaries and a commit to a longer schedule. It’s part of a counteroffer to start the coronavirus-delayed season. A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that players proposed a 114-game regular season Sunday, up from 82 in management’s offer.
UNDATED (AP) — Competitive sports are back in England. Greyhound racing is the first of three sports to resume after a 75-day shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak. Horse racing and snooker will also take place. All three sports will restart without spectators and must follow government-approved coronavirus protocols. Horse racing was the last live sport to shut down in Britain because of the pandemic. That was on March 17.
UNDATED (AP) —Brazilian soccer club Vasco da Gama says 16 of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Rio de Janeiro club says the positive results came after tests were conducted on about 250 people. Three players have already recovered and the others remain separated from the group. The club says it will begin a series of medical evaluations on squad members.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish soccer clubs have resumed full squad training to begin the final stage of preparations for the return to competition. Clubs will have just under two weeks of full sessions before the league restarts on June 11. It is almost three months since it was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Training was only previously allowed with groups of up to 14 players.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Odion Ighalo will stay at Manchester United until Jan. 31 after the Premier League club announced an extension to the striker’s loan deal. Ighalo was due to return to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua because his initial deal with United expired on Sunday. The Nigeria international scored four goals in eight appearances for United before the coronavirus outbreak forced soccer to be suspended. The Premier League is set to return on June 17.