Update on the latest in sports:
UNDATED (AP) – Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.
The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.
Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.
The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.
– A doctor at French soccer club Reims (ranss) has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus. The city’s may tells Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.” Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.
– Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.
– Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia. Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.
– England coach Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak. Southgate has a reported salary of 3 million pounds ($3.6 million) per year. English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham says the organization’s highest earners will take a temporary pay reduction of 30% and others in the senior management team have agreed to a 15% cut. Bullingham says the total financial impact on the FA is currently forecast to be around 100 million pounds ($120 million) because of the postponement of England internationals, FA Cup matches and other events at Wembley Stadium.
– Italy’s Serie A says it has unanimously decided to reduce player salaries by a third if the season does not resume. The league says in a statement that the guideline measure was agreed on by 19 of the 20 clubs. Juventus already reached a similar deal with its players. The Italian soccer players’ association has not yet signed off on the deal.
– Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved. Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes, including joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first pick in the NFL draft.
– Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an $12 million fund to support amateur clubs in the Netherlands that have been closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
– World Cup champion France has sent support to hospital workers engaged in the fight against the coronavirus. Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were among the stars in a video released by the French soccer federation expressing their gratitude to the country’s under-pressure health workers. Mbappe says “we sing and clap for you.” France has been severely hit by the virus with more than 8,000 dead and about 100,000 known infections.
Russian track federation to keep out some dopers
UNDATED (AP) – The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans. The federation says it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date. The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans.
The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.
The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.
The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.
The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.
The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.