FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — When pro golfer Sung Kang made a hole-in-one at the Charles Schawb Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth today, there was no gallery roar or chest bumps or high-fives. That’s the new reality for professional golf, which is back after a 90-day coronavirus shutdown. Justin Rose scored an early-round 7-under. Harold Varner III had the hot afternoon round and matched Rose at the top with a 63.
GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has ordered a small stock-car track halt races after state health officials declared it was violating Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 executive order with recent large weekend crowds. The judge said on Thursday he would issue a temporary restraining order preventing the operators of Ace Speedway in Alamance County from holding events. The state health secretary this week declared the speedway an “imminent hazard" and ordered it closed, but there was no indication the operators had done so. Media outlets had reported weekend crowds at the speedway exceeding 2,000 people, even as Cooper has restricted outdoor mass gatherings to 25.
UNDATED (AP) — NHL training camps will open July 10 if the league and players’ union can reach an agreement to resume the season. Setting the date gives the 17% of players overseas time to make arrangements to return in light of U.S. and Canada quarantine regulations. The league and NHLPA said the July 10 start of camps is pending medical and safety conditions and agreeing on getting back to games.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The death of George Floyd hit close to home for Minnesota sports figures. Floyd was killed last month a couple of miles from the Vikings' stadium. Reactions to his death and toward the issue of racial justice has spurred a surge of action within the Vikings and other Twin Cities teams. All-Pro linebacker Eric Kendricks has been one of the most outspoken. He was one of 10 players who met with Minneapolis police about ways to help. Vikings owners have pledged $5 million to organizations fighting hate, racism and inequality. The family that owns the Twins has committed $25 million.
UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR was widely praised after declaring a ban on the Confederate flag at its races and venues. Now comes the tricky part: How will NASCAR enforce the ban at its sprawling, rowdy tracks once fans are allowed back in? The question is most likely to come up June 20-21 when the series holds races at Talladega, Alabama. Up to 5,000 fans are expected to be allowed in. NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell says it will be a challenge but it will be done in a smart way. He did not disclose details.