NEW YORK (AP) — The Detroit Tigers selected Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson with the No. 1 pick Wednesday night in the Major League Baseball amateur draft. The baseball-bashing Torkelson played first base in college but was announced as a third baseman by Commissioner Rob Manfred. Detroit opened the draft for the second time in three years. Torkelson hit 54 home runs at Arizona State and finished just two shy of Bob Horner’s school record.
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is a “100%” chance of big league ball this year. Major League Baseball will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, but Manfred vowed to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached. The players’ association made its second proposal Tuesday, asking for an 89-game regular season and 100% of prorated salaries. MLB’s plan a day earlier was for a 76-game season, would guarantee 50% of prorated salaries and hinge 25% in additional money on the postseason’s completion.
UNDATED (AP) — Six women have filed civil lawsuits against USA Swimming, its local associations in California and three now-banned coaches claiming the national governing body failed to protect them from abuse by those coaches. The suits allege USA Swimming, including a former executive director and other top officials along with local associations and clubs were aware of their predatory behavior but refused to address it, creating a culture of abuse that exposed dozens of underage swimmers to sexual abuse and harassment.
FT. WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour is not just picking up where it left off. There are new policies in place, such as testing players and caddies for the new coronavirus and wiping off flagsticks and rakes. This could take some getting used to based on the old habits seen during practice at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Rory McIlroy is preaching patience for TV viewers who notice violations in social distancing. The first big result came Wednesday when the tour said no one has tested positive for the virus. Now it's time for the first competition in three months with a stacked field.
UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties. NASCAR says the Confederate flag runs contrary to their commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, competitors and the industry.” Former chairman Brian France in 2015 tried to ban the flying of Confederate flags at racetracks, a proposal too broad to enforce and one that angered NASCAR’s core Southern-based fan base. Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport. Now, NASCAR has obliged.