NEW YORK (AP) — While the gap has narrowed, baseball players and Major League Baseball remain opposed to additional concessions and the path toward an agreement to restart the season remains uncertain and difficult. Players proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule Thursday, a plan immediately rejected by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred with the sides 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Players also want to wear advertisement patches on their uniforms during all games for the first time in major league history.
TORONTO (AP) — Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo is leading a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian Hockey League and its member teams on behalf of players who say they were abused playing major junior hockey. Carcillo and Garrett Taylor, who played in the Western Hockey League from 2008-10, filed a statement of claim Thursday with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The CHL and its three member organizations — the WHL, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League — are listed as defendants, as are all 60 teams that play under the CHL umbrella. The law firm representing Carcillo and Taylor said the action “is on behalf of children aged 15-17 who were sexually and physically assaulted, hazed and otherwise abused while away from home and playing for CHL teams.”
NEW YORK (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation says All-Pro safety Jamal Adams has requested a trade from the New York Jets amid a contract dispute. The 24-year-old Adams has been seeking a contract extension and the Jets have said they want the safety to remain a member of the team his entire career. But Adams wants the extension now, while the team prefers to wait until next year, at the earliest. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither Adams nor the team announced the player’s trade request. ESPN and the New York Daily News first reported Adams seeking a trade.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard share the lead at 7-under 64 at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head. Jordan Spieth had a triple bogey on his third hole and was hopeful of breaking par. Instead, he ran off a career-best six straight birdies and was only two back with a 66. Rory McIlroy also got off to a bad start and didn't have quite the same recovery. McIlroy shot 72. That ends his streak of seven straight events — dating to Japan last October — of breaking par in the opening round. Except for nearby homeowners, there are no fans.
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — There will be some spectators in the stands for the two IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway. About 5,000-6,000 tickets will be available each night for the July 17 and 18 races on the short oval at Iowa, where there are more than 25,000 permanent seats. Groups will be separated by at least six feet. There were no spectators for the season-opening June 6 race at Texas, and won't be any July 4 at the road course in Indianapolis. Tickets are being sold for the two races the weekend before Iowa at Road America, a four-mile, 14-turn road course in Wisconsin.