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SEC to let athletes return June 8

Staff, news services

Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring athletes in all sports back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university.

Big 12 presidents and chancellors met Friday and decided voluntary activities could begin June 15 for football, July 1 for other fall sports and July 15 for all other sports.

The SEC's announcement is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall. The move comes two days after the NCAA Division I Council voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus by football and basketball players, effective June 1.

The NCAA updated that ruling Friday by saying voluntary activities would be allowed in all sports starting June 1.


Baseball season changes sought

A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan's Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the college baseball season to trim expenses in the post-coronavirus era, make the game more fan friendly and reduce injury risk to players. Under the 35-page proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July. The regular season currently begins the third week of February and the CWS runs into the last week of June.


QB Flacco to sign 1-year with Jets

The New York Jets and quarterback Joe Flacco have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the 2013 Super Bowl MVP's agency announced on Twitter. The move to bring in Flacco gives third-year starter Sam Darnold a veteran backup.


South Side names soccer coach

South Side announced late Thursday that Mitch Palmer will be the new head coach of the boys soccer team. He has been an Archers assistant for several years. He has also served as the head coach at Memorial Park Middle School for several years.


2 players in England isolated

Two more Watford players are in self-isolation after family members tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Nigel Pearson said. Pearson said the team's two new cases came from people they had contact with testing positive for COVID-19, even though the players' own tests were negative.


Australian great dies at 83

Ashley Cooper, who won four Grand Slam singles titles including the Australian, Wimbledon and U.S. championships in 1958, has died. He was 83. Tennis Australia said Friday that the former No. 1-ranked player and longtime administrator had died after a long illness.

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