Update on the latest sports
Women’s golf starting up in South Korea without fans
UNDATED (AP) – The South Korean women’s golf tour is starting up again. The KLPGA Championship opens on Thursday, without fans on the course. Organizers say social distancing will be practiced by players and tournament officials. Players will also have hand sanitizers available.
The tournament at the Lakewood Country Club located east of the capital Seoul was originally schedule for April 30 through May 3.
Women’s golf joins South Korea’s professional baseball and soccer leagues, which have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:
– Golf courses in England are reopening as part of some modest socially distanced easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Starting Wednesday, people in England can exercise more than once a day and with one person from outside their household, provided the rule to remain more than six feet apart is adhered to. In addition, outdoor tennis and basketball courts can be used, and people will also be able to swim in lakes and the sea. Stores selling gardening supplies can also reopen, while potential house buyers can visit properties in person. And people who can’t work from home, such as those in construction and manufacturing, are being encouraged to return if they can do so safely.
– The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13. The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs. It is subject to approval by the Italian government. Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis. There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A along with four matches that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.
– The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4. The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches. The league says it hopes to serve as an example of “good practices” for the rest of the Portuguese society during the coronavirus pandemic.
– Players from a soccer club in southeastern Spain (Elche) did not return to practice on Wednesday as a protest against reduced salaries. The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players had their salaries – and working hours – reduced by 70%. They want to resume earning full salaries now that they are back to training and the league is expected to restart.
– The players at French rugby club Toulouse have offered to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic. The players at the 20-time French champions say they told club president Bernard Lemaitre they are willing to accept “a significant decrease” in earnings. They did not give any figures regarding the amount of the proposed decrease.
– Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators. The ventilator has been designed to meet the typical demands of medium intensive care and the technical specifications are available as an open source project.
– The Japan Sumo Association says a 28-year-old sumo wrestler has died from the coronavirus. The association identified the wrestler as Shoubushi and said he died of multiple-organ failure. He is reported to have been the first sumo wrestler to die from the virus, and among the youngest to die in Japan. The sumo association said the wrestler developed a fever on April 4 but could not get a test or find a hospital until his symptoms worsened. He was accepted four days later and was moved to an intensive care unit on April 19.
– Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The system will otherwise remain the same. Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year. The FIVB world tour is currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rams unveil new uniforms with classic colors, modern twists
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams unveiled new uniforms Wednesday, putting a modern aesthetic on their classic horned helmets and traditional color scheme ahead of their move into SoFi Stadium this year.
Two of the Rams’ three new uniform looks are broadly similar to their primary royal-blue-and-yellow uniform from 1973-99. But there are several surprising touches added to an overall look that’s still wildly popular with California fans who stayed loyal to the franchise during its 21-year sojourn in St. Louis.
The Rams have added distinct creases to the horn on their famous blue helmets, which now have a metallic sheen. The horns circling the shoulders of their royal-blue jerseys also have the crease, echoing the style of the new team logos unveiled earlier in the spring.
The Rams took an even bigger risk with their white uniform, choosing an off-white color dubbed Bone that’s sure to be hotly debated.
The franchise has planned a new look since its return to Los Angeles in 2016. The changes were timed to coincide with the planned opening of owner Stan Kroenke’s (KRAHN’-keez) multibillion-dollar arena in Inglewood this fall.
Pro women’s hockey association unveils 5-city regional plan
UNDATED (AP) – The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association enters its second season with plans to regionalize its structure by basing players in five hub cities, while also continuing its Dream Gap Tour series of barnstorming stops across North America.
Groups of 25 players will practice in rinks in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, Alberta, where they will have access to dedicated dressing rooms, strength and conditioning facilities as well as support staff and coaches, the association announced Wednesday.
The decision to establish hub cities came out of feedback the PWHPA received from its members following its first season. The regionalized structure allows the association to concentrate its resources on five sites, where players can hold full practices and schedule exhibition games to increase their playing time aside from a still-to-be-determined schedule of six to eight tour stops. Last year, the association had groups gathered in eight sites, some of which lacked enough players to hold a full practice.
The PWHPA was established a year ago following the collapse of the six-team Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Its membership is made up of about 200 players – including members of the U.S. and Canadian national teams – who pledged not to compete in the U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League.