NEW YORK (AP) — Extra innings that start with runners on second base, games ending in ties and re-entry are among the possibilities for a radically altered 2020 Major League Baseball season. And the shortened season may be limited to a maximum 60 games because teams claim they can’t afford more due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB included the controversial extra-inning runner rule in its proposal Wednesday. Meanwhile, a person familiar with the decision says MLB is closing all of its spring training sites after several teams had players that tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — In just the PGA’s second week back, a player has tested positive for the coronavirus. Veteran Nick Watney, who played in Thursday’s opening round at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, had to withdraw Friday after a test came back positive. He’ll be in self-isolation for at least 10 days. On the course, Webb Simpson leads heading into Saturday. Bryson DeChambeau and Corey Conners are one back.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson says 23 football players have tested positive for the coronavirus since the athletes returned to campus this month. The school says in all there have been 28 positive tests for COVID-19, including two football staffers and three athletes from other sports. None of those contracting the virus have been hospitalized. Those testing positive are isolated for at least 10 days. The uptick at Clemson is similar to one in the state of South Carolina, which reported a single-day high of 1,081 cases on Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have removed a statue of former owner Calvin Griffith at Target Field, citing racist remarks he made in 1978. Griffith moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 season, and the team was renamed the Twins. The team says it “cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments." And in Washington, D.C., the agency that manages RFK Stadium removed a statue of a former Redskins owner, George Preston Marshall, who resisted integrating the team.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tiz the Law is the star of a 10-horse field for the Belmont Stakes, perhaps the biggest event in U.S. sports since the coronavirus pandemic shut down competition in mid-March. The 3-year-old colt is the early 6-5 favorite. The Belmont is kicking off the Triple Crown series for the first time. No fans or owners will be at the New York track for the $1 million race that is being run at a shorter distance this year. Tiz the Law is bidding to be the first New York-bred horse in 138 years to win.