The Latest: Padres to play "God Bless America" at Petco Park
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
The San Diego Padres planned to play "God Bless America" at empty Petco Park at 1:10 p.m. PT Thursday, which would have been the scheduled time for first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies.
With the season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres planned to play the song "as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis,” the team said in a social media posting.
The Padres also said they would partner with Phil's BBQ, a local chain with a concession stand at Petco Park, to provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees and volunteers.
Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for workouts since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow social distancing guidelines.
The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June'.
That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men's basketball tournament.
The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.
Elway's personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: "Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need."
The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.
Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. "They truly are the warriors," Elway said.
—AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado.
The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.
Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.
This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.
Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.
The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn't mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.
"You try to get in as many games as you can ... but wouldn't mind starting right at the playoffs," Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.
Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he'd prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic.
Opinions vary on what's next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount.
"Whatever is the fairest," Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”
Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.
Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.
Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let's all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together."
The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.
The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946.
The race will instead be held Aug. 23.
It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership.
IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis.
That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.
Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.
Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.”
Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.
It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.
— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami
Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.
Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”
Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.
Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.
The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis.
Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.
Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”
Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.
Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.
A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It's the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.
The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.
The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.
A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.
Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.
The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors.
Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”
Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.
Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.
The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.
Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.
Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.
Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.
The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”
Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
The French champion's jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.
A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.
PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work" that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.
The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.
The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.
The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.
The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.
The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.
The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.
The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.
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