UNDATED (AP) — Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut) says he probably needs to decide by mid-May whether to end his professional basketball career after 15 years. The first player taken in the 2005 NBA draft began his career with the Milwaukee Bucks and won a championship with the 2015 Golden State Warriors. Bogut spent the last two seasons playing in his native Australian and was planning to retire after representing his country at the Tokyo Games this summer before the pandemic postponed the Olympics.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nobody did anything to get fired or lose a sponsor in this week's edition of NASCAR virtual racing. William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race by holding off Timmy Hill in today’s event at virtual Richmond Raceway. The most excitement came when Matt DiBenedetto was parked for intentionally crashing Ryan Preece and the two then engaged in a Twitter spat. The iRacing Series has had a sour taste since Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor for quitting a game in a rage and Kyle Larson was fired for using a racial slur.
UNDATED (AP) — Charles Leclerc has won his second straight Formula One Virtual Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver started the Chinese GP in the pole position. The 22-year-old Leclerc, who has won two F1 races, only started playing the video game at the start of the month. The actual Chinese GP, originally scheduled for April 19, was postponed in February. With the F1 season halted by the coronavirus pandemic, the sport launched a virtual series to keep fans entertained. Golfer Ian Poulter was 18th.
UNDATED (AP) — Wayne Gretzky is optimistic the NHL will be able to resume at some point this summer, telling The Associated Press he’s hopeful all sports will be able to come back from the coronavirus pandemic and serve as a sign that conditions are improving. Gretzky says he believes leaders in the U.S. and Canada will find a way to bring back hockey and other sports in June, July and August. The league is considering several options on trying to resume this season, including going directly to the playoffs at several neutral sites.
UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press has asked more than 20 policymakers, coaches and players across the globe to assess the chances of getting sporting events going again soon. They all conceded that sports may not restart for months, if at all this year. Most agree that what's needed is a drastic ramp-up in testing, a vaccine or some type of improved treatment to make players feel safe to compete.