UNDATED (AP) — Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer is now warning that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Allen Sills says he and other league and team medical personnel have been in constant communication with health officials throughout the country, looking at the same data they are using to make public recommendations. The NFL also has consulted with the other major sports leagues and the players’ union.
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17. Two WNBA cities are major hot spots for the virus: New York and Seattle.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association says it’s putting tennis on “a collective pause.” The USTA says it’s “in the best interest of society” to suspend playing tennis. The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament says there is “the possibility” that the coronavirus could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is apologizing after a hacker posted a racial slur 45 times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect. The Rangers finally disabled what the team described as a “vile individual” on a Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. Miller recently signed with the Rangers after completing his sophomore season at Wisconsin.
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York has tossed a lawsuit filed by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball. The five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan. They participated in fantasy contests hosted by DraftKings from 2017-19. Judge Jed S. Rakoff wrote that the lawsuit had no legal basis.