UNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. The draft originally was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, but the NFL canceled all public events last month as a safeguard against the coronavirus. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft in a memo to teams. They include no group gatherings.
UNDATED (AP) — Golf's oldest championship won't be played this year for 1st time since 1945. The R&A announced it is canceling the British Open in July because of the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Masters is moving to Nov. 12-15, just two weeks before Thanksgiving. The PGA Championship returns to August while the U.S. Open plans to stay at Winged Foot and play on Sept. 17-20 for now. The Tour Championship would end on Labor Day. But all depends on whether health officials say it's safe to resume.
UNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady, J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team announced by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also chosen on every ballot of the 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee are Von Miller, Aaron Donald, Joe Thomas, Marshal Yanda and Justin Tucker. All but tackle Thomas and guard Yanda are active. A total of 55 players were selected.
UNDATED (AP) — The 2020 Madrid Open is going to be contested April 27-30, but by tennis players holding controllers instead of rackets. Tournament officials say the online version of the tournament will involve “the world’s biggest tennis stars squaring off from their own homes.” The clay-court tournament is one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the novel coronavirus.
UNDATED (AP) — Liverpool has reversed a decision to apply its furloughed non-playing staff for the British government’s job retention scheme during the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme was implemented to help businesses survive the national lockdown. Staff can be put on furlough and receive 80% of their salaries from the government, up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds a month. Liverpool’s about-turn came after a backlash from fans and former players against the use of public cash by the wealthy European champions.