Update on the latest sports
American hockey league cancels rest of season
UNDATED (AP) – The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
President and CEO David Andrews says, “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”
The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.
The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.
In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:
– The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums. Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.” The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1.
– Real (RAY’-al) Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training. Players were back in action today at the team’s training center, two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atletico Madrid on Saturday. All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.
– The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set. Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31. Commissioner Atsushi Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20. Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.
– The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month. The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.
Pliskova, Kvitova to lead teams in Czech competition
PRAGUE (AP) – Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead two teams in a charity competition during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pliskova’s team will include her twin-sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincova and Nikola Bartunkova.
Kvitova’s squad will include Barbora Strýcova, Katerina Siniakova and Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.
The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague.
Separately, the first of a series of tournaments organized by the Czech tennis federation is scheduled for May 26-28 in Prague.
Top Czech women, including Pliskova and Kvitova are set to play while Jiri Vesely is the highest ranked player in the men’s draw.
All the tournaments will be without spectators. The matches will be broadcast on television.
MAN CITY OWNERS-BELGIAN CLUB
Man City parent company buys Belgian club Lommel SK
BRUSSELS (AP) – The owners of Manchester City have purchased a Belgian soccer team on today, adding a ninth club to their worldwide portfolio.
The City Football Group, which is run by the Abu Dhabi royal family, says it bought second-division club Lommel SK after the team based in the eastern Limburg province had its professional license renewed. Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed.
Lommel was sixth in the standings when the Belgian season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team plays in an 8,000-capacity stadium and its biggest achievement was reaching the 2001 Belgian Cup final.
WORLD CUP-2023 DATES
FIBA sets dates for 2023 Basketball World Cup
MIES, Switzerland (AP) – FIBA has set the dates for the next Basketball World Cup.
It says the 2023 event will take place from Aug. 25 through Sept. 10 of that year.
Group games will be played in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.
The final phase will be played in Manila. It will be the first time that the tournament formerly called the world championships will be played across multiple countries.