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Sunday, June 28, 2020 1:00 am

Briefs

Yankees, Nationals to open MLB season

Staff, news services

NEW YORK – Gerrit Cole could make his New York Yankees debut in a tasty opening-day treat for fans, facing Juan Soto and World Series champion Washington at Nationals Park.

The Yankees and Nationals are set meet when the virus-delayed season begins next month, a person familiar with the game told The Associated Press .

The New York Post first reported the matchup.

MLB will start a 60-game season on July 23 or 24. The schedule is still being worked out – there could be a game or two on the first day of play, or a full slate.

The Yankees are hopeful that slugger Aaron Judge has fully recovered from a rib injury that bothered him during spring training in Florida.

Auto racing

Noose sale costs racetrack deals

A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale online days after NASCAR said a noose had been found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the top series' only Black driver. A concrete company and a driver series ended their partnerships Friday with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Baseball

Dodgers' Toles asleep, arrested

Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles, who hasn't played since 2018, was arrested and jailed this week when police found him sleeping behind Key West Airport in South Florida. Toles, 28, was charged with misdemeanor trespassing Monday night. Police listed his address as “streets of Key West.” The Miami Herald reported he ignored requests by the police to leave.

Rangers workers test positive

The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field.

Basketball

2nd player for Sky positive

Another Chicago Sky player, guard Sydney Colson, has tested positive for the coronavirus. About two months earlier, WNBA teammate center Stefanie Dolson said she and her entire family tested positive.

2 players for Sparks opt out

The Los Angeles Sparks will be without Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver for the upcoming WNBA season so they can focus on their health the team announced

Football

Area high school media day nixed

WANE TV Sports Director Glenn Marini announced Friday night that the Northeast Indiana football media day will not be held ahead of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a letter to coaches, the event was targeted for July 24, but the organizers could not feasibly host an event bringing together coaches and players from 40 teams without risking the spread of the virus. The event can draw up to 500 people in a typical year.

Kansas St. faces player boycott

Seemingly every member of the Kansas State football active roster shared a letter on social media Saturday that states they will not “play, practice or meet” until school administrators create a policy that will allow a student to be expelled for displaying “openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions” toward any of their fellow students after a student posted an insensitive tweet about George Floyd.

Colts PR staff wins award

The Indianapolis Colts public relations staff won the Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for its work with both local and national media.

Ex-USC assistant coach dies at 90

Phil Krueger, who helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers' history, died Monday at his home. He was 90.

Horse racing

Belmont issues horse quarantine

A barn's worth of horses at Belmont Park received shelter-in-place orders on Saturday. The New York Racing Association and the state's Gaming Commission announced Belmont's Barn 37 has been placed under a quarantine after a suspected case of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) developed in Freudnme, a 4-year-old colt.

Soccer

Liverpool fans' acts condemned

English champion Liverpool has condemned the behavior of some fans who gathered in the city to celebrate the club's Premier League title win after a 30-year wait after part of the Liver Building caught fire amid the wild celebrations despite the coronavirus pandemic.


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