Update on the latest sports
VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALL SALARIES
AP Exclusive: Trout, Cole top 65 to earn $100,000 per game
NEW YORK (AP) – Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole aren’t the only major leaguers with a big financial incentive to get back on the field.
While they head a starry quartet that would take in more than $200,000 per game, 65 players would earn at least $100,000 each time their team wins or loses.
That’s according to an Associated Press analysis of their contracts.
Most rookies and those making the minimum would get nearly $3,500 each from a major league payroll of about $24 million per game. Clubs would benefit, too, with huge revenue streams flowing from regional sports networks and national broadcast contracts.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-REAL HEROES PROJECT
Sports greats celebrate health care workers
UNDATED (AP) – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd are among the athletes who are participating in a project which will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Real Heroes Project” is a collaborative initiative among 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.
Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media utilizing (hash)TheRealHeroes from today. Athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health care worker they are honoring.
Public service announcements will debut on Wednesday across league and team platforms. Other leagues also are participating.
McIlroy, Johnson headline charity match for COVID-19 relief
UNDATED (AP) – Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson headline a $3 million charity match on May 17 that marks the return of televised golf.
They will be partners against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a Skins match called, “TaylorMade Driving Relief.”
All the money goes to COVID-19 relief. McIlroy and Johnson will be playing for the American Nurses Foundation, while the Oklahoma State alumni team will be playing for the CDC Foundation.
The match will be played at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. It will be the club’s first event to be shown on TV.
European Gymnastics searches for new host country
UNDATED (AP) – The search is on for a new host for the women’s European gymnastics championships.
European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France isn’t able to host the championships if they’re rescheduled to the fall of 2020, so the “call for a new host is open.”
The championships were meant to take place in Paris from April 29 through May 3 as a tune-up ahead of the Olympics but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics is still hoping to stage them on a new date.
European Gymnastics says the men’s European championships will remain in host nation Azerbaijan on rescheduled dates later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will stay in Ukraine.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-ENGLISH SOCCER
English soccer doesn’t expect crowds to return right away
UNDATED (AP) – The head of English soccer says he does not expect crowds to be allowed back into matches “any time soon.”
The Premier League and other soccer competitions in England have been suspended two months during the coronavirus pandemic.
The English Football Association, which owns Wembley Stadium and runs the national teams, is cutting its annual budget by 75 million pounds ($93 million) as it tries to offset a potential “worst-case scenario” deficit of 300 million pounds over the next four years.
FA chairman Greg Clarke says “with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem.”
In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke says “it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans – who are the lifeblood of the game – returning to matches any time soon.”
The English Football League, which operates the three professional divisions below the Premier League, has told clubs games might be played without fans until 2021.
Spain’s professional soccer preps for return to training
MADRID (AP) – Professional soccer players in Spain will be tested this week so they can start training again for the first time in nearly two months.
Basic training has been allowed to resume in Spain today after the government eased some of the lockdown measures that had been in place since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Spanish league players are expected to get back on the field later in the week after they are tested for COVID-19 and after the clubs’ training facilities are properly prepared and disinfected. The facilities will have to be inspected to make sure they comply to the cleaning protocols established by local authorities.
All players, coaches and club employees who are going to be involved in the initial training phase will have to be tested two days before the individual practices can begin.
New dates set for world swim championships
TOKYO (AP) – The postponed-World Swimming Championships will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, on May 13-29, 2022.
The date was moved back after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed from 2020 until 2021.
The swimming championships had been scheduled for July 16-Aug. 1, 2021, which clashed with the new Olympics dates.
The president of the governing body of world swimming, FINA, issued a statement today, saying, “At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, FINA hopes the announcement of these dates will allow for some clarity in planning for all concerned.”
The Tokyo Olympics open on July 23, 2021. They are followed by the Paralympic Games opening on Aug. 24.
YOUTH FOOTBALL APP
USA Football launches free app to help parents and coaches
UNDATED (AP) – USA Football is launching an app that can help coaches and parents on all youth levels of the sport.
It comes at a key time with so many youngsters across the nation unable to gather for any games or practices.
The free app is called Coach Planner by USA Football and was built by the governing body of the sport as part of the Football Development Model that aligns with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s American Development Model.
The FDM is designed to aid in the progression of the whole athlete based on a child’s age and stage of development.