Update on the latest in sports:
VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB PROPOSAL
Analysis shows a lot of money at stake
NEW YORK (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press shows the huge amount of money Major League Baseball and its players are fighting over to start the coronavirus-delayed season.
The New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million as part of management’s proposal when compared to the players’ plan.
Set to earn $36 million each, Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would get $25.3 million under the union’s plan and $5.6 million under the teams’ proposal.
The Yankees would pay players $155 million under the union’s plan and $48 million under management’s proposal.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL FEARS
DENVER (AP) — Some NFL players say they’re scared about returning to practices and games during the coronavirus outbreak.
But they also say they trust the health protocols the league’s medical staff is developing so that practices can resume, and games can return. Those safeguards will certainly include frequent tests for COVID-19.
The offseason programs have all been conducted remotely since the NFL shuttered team facilities in March in response to the pandemic.
Coaches have been allowed back into the buildings but players who aren’t recovering from injuries likely won’t be allowed back until training camps begin in July.
More negotiations scheduled before season resumes
UNDATED (AP) — More negotiations are planned in the days ahead, with the goal of resuming the NBA season with a 22-team format.
The Players Association voted unanimously yesterday to approve the plan, which would have all of the teams move into the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Florida next month.
Players will have to practice social distancing when they aren’t playing, plus submit to a quarantine at the beginning of the time at Disney. And there will likely be daily testing for the entirety of their stay there.
The season is set to resume July 31, with playoffs starting in mid-August and leading up to an NBA Finals that could stretch until Oct. 12.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
— The Chicago Bulls’ new top basketball executive isn’t ready to make any announcements about the coaching staff. Arturas Karnisovas still has not met in person with head coach Jim Boylen. And that’s something he would like to do before going public with any decisions. Boylen’s future is the biggest issue hanging over the Bulls, whose season ended when the NBA’s Board of Governors approved a 22-team format to restart the pandemic-interrupted season next month in Orlando. The Bulls have missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons. Boylen has a 39-84 record in just under two years.
NASCAR looks to steer clear of protests over George Floyd
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR has a checkered racial history. From an affinity for Confederate flags among the fan base to a driver losing his job this season for casually uttering a racial slur, the good ol’ boys have never been known for their diversity. Maybe it’s not surprising this mostly white sport seemed hesitant to join the national outrage over the death of George Floyd. That’s a striking contrast to its rush to be the first major sport to return to action during the coronavirus pandemic. The Cup series now heads to Atlanta for its sixth race since returning from the shutdown.
Bubba Wallace, the only African American in the top-level Cup series, expressed frustration that so many drivers were reluctant to speak out.
Wallace said, “A few drivers — a very few — have given their opinion on the day’s matter” and he said he appreciated that, on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s podcast. Wallace added that “the silence from the top drivers in our sport is beyond frustrating. … saying, “everybody thinks redneck, Confederate flag, racists”, and that he hates it because he believes that NASCAR can be so much more.
Wallace said he encouraged other drivers to take up the cause, including rising star Chase Elliott, who won at Charlotte on May 29 and will start from the pole in Sunday’s Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 — essentially a home race for the Georgia native.
Enfinger takes advantage of late caution to win Trucks race
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Grant Enfinger passed local favorite Austin Hill on the final lap to win the NASCAR Truck Series race in overtime at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hill appeared to be cruising to his first win of the year. He built a 4 1/2-second lead after several miscues ruined Kyle Busch’s chances of winning his sixth Trucks race in Atlanta. Suddenly, everything changed. Chase Elliott spun with three laps to go. That set up a green-white-checkered finish. Enfinger’s truck was better in the short runs, and he was able to capture his second win of the season.
Hot start for IndyCar season at Texas that is usual midpoint
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar drivers are finally back on the track for what usually would be the midpoint of their season. The open-wheel series is having an all-in-one-day event at Texas Motor Speedway to open its season nearly three months later than expected because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The heat index was around 100 degrees during a two-hour practice session.
Qualifying was set for later in the day before the 200-lap race on the 1 1/2-mile oval that night.
The massive grandstands can hold more than 100,000 fans. But they were empty since no spectators are allowed. Texas was supposed to be the ninth of 17 races on the schedule.
HORSE RACING-2,000 GUINEAS
English Triple Crown race run with no fans
NEWMARKET, England (AP) — One of England’s biggest horse races — the 2,000 Guineas, part of the country’s Triple Crown — has been run today at Newmarket with no fans in attendance because of coronavirus restrictions.
The winner was Kameko, with the favored Pinatubo finishing third. Pinatubo had come into the race unbeaten in six starts.
Kameko completed the course in a record time of one minute, 34.72 seconds.