The latest on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting sports around the globe:
- Women’s British Open to be held without fans in August
- Nets guard Dinwiddie opts out of NBA restart after 2nd positive test
- Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has virus
- BMX world championships cancelled for this year
- Liberty’s Asia Durr to miss WNBA season due to virus
- NFL QB Lamar Jackson to hold Florida social event amid virus
Women’s British Open golf gets go-ahead for August
The R&A is going ahead with the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon without spectators.
The Women’s British Open is set for Aug. 20-23 at Royal Troon along the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. It would be the first major on the LPGA Tour schedule that is played this year and it would be the week after the Ladies Scottish Open on the other side of the country just east of Edinburgh.
Qualifying for the AIG Women’s British Open has been cancelled. The R&A says the field will be comprised of leading players from the women’s world ranking and recognizing top performances at recent events on the world’s leading tours.
The R&A says it will create a bio secure zone at Royal Troon for those essential to the championship. It says it will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure a safe championship without spectators.
Nets guard Dinwiddie opts out of NBA restart
Brooklyn Nets standout guard Spencer Dinwiddie will not join his team for the NBA’s restart after testing positive again for the coronavirus.
Dinwiddie announced the news Tuesday over Twitter with the Nets preparing for the NBA season to resume on July 30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
“After another positive test yesterday and considering the symptoms, @BrooklynNets, team doctors and I have decided that it would be in the best interest for me and the team that I do not play in Orlando,” he wrote. “I will be supporting the guys every step of the way!”
Dinwiddie, 27, is averaging career bests of 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 64 games (49 starts) during his sixth NBA season.
Dinwiddie’s teammate, centre DeAndre Jordan, tested positive for COVID-19 and opted out of joining the Nets (30-34), who will also be without forward Wilson Chandler for the restart. Chandler cited a desire to remain with his family while guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder surgery) and forward Kevin Durant (Achilles) also won’t participate.
Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez has virus
Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez tested positive for COVID-19 and is “not feeling 100 per cent,” manager Ron Roenicke announced Tuesday.
Infield prospect Bobby Dalbec also tested positive for the virus, per Roenicke. The manager confirmed on Saturday that Red Sox left-handers Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez had also tested positive.
Rodriguez, 27, is coming off a career year with the Red Sox in which he posted a 19-6 record with a 3.81 earned-run average. He set career-bests in wins, ERA, innings (203 1/3), starts (34) and strikeouts (213).
Rodriguez is expected to take the lead role in Boston’s rotation this season with Chris Sale undergoing Tommy John surgery and David Price’s departure to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nationals resume camp after testing delays
The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals have resumed training camp after cancelling workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays.
General manager Mike Rizzo said the team felt confident about getting back to Nationals Park for practices after receiving all player and staff test results from Friday. The American League champion Houston Astros also cancelled workouts Monday and resumed Tuesday.
A handful of players did not take part in workouts, including Starlin Castro, Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick and Victor Robles. Without naming names, Rizzo said two players tested positive for the coronavirus and that any players and staff who came into contact with them had to be re-tested.
Giants suspend workouts as they await test results
The San Francisco Giants say they are “suspending workouts at Oracle Park, pending the results of tests conducted this past weekend.”
On Monday, the club announced two people had tested positive for the coronavirus without providing further details on whether the two were players, coaches or staff. Prospect Hunter Bishop and pitcher Luis Madero, in the 60-player pool, already tested positive.
This means no simulated games as planned for Tuesday, and Giants manager Gabe Kapler had said Monday he considered his club fortunate to not be dealing with any interruptions thus far.
BMX worlds scrapped until August 2021
The International Cycling Union says this year’s BMX world championships have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The event was scheduled to be held in Houston in May and was at first postponed.
The UCI says no new host was found “despite its best efforts to come up with an alternative.”
The next BMX worlds are scheduled to start in Papendal, Netherlands, in August 2021. That is one week after the Tokyo Olympics. Four BMX medal events are on the Olympic program.
The UCI also says the 2020 season in BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup will not happen.
Liberty’s Durr to miss WNBA season due to virus
New York Liberty guard Asia Durr will miss the upcoming WNBA season after testing positive for the coronavirus on June 8.
Durr detailed her struggles with COVID-19 in a post on Instagram. The former Louisville star says she hasn’t fully recovered.
The second pick of the 2019 WNBA draft averaged 6.7 points in her rookie season, starting 15 of her 18 appearances before being sidelined for the season with a hip injury.
“Asia worked extremely hard this off-season to put herself in position to take a major leap forward in her second WNBA season,” Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said. “While we are disappointed that we will need to wait a bit longer to see her emerge as one of the bright young players in the game, we fully recognize and support the difficult decision she had to make amidst unprecedented circumstances. Brooklyn will be ready for her in 2021.”
Ravens QB to hold Florida social event amid virus
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson announced he will hold his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida amid the state’s spike in coronavirus cases.
Jackson’s third annual event will be held Saturday and Sunday in his hometown of Pompano Beach, according to a flyer shared on his Instagram page Monday. Social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people are currently not allowed in Pompano Beach, according to the city’s website.
The flyer, which says “come have some fun in the sun,” advertises flag football, and water slides among other activities. It also says adults must wear face masks, and a waiver must be signed for children to participate.
The announcement for the event comes more than a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference that interactions among young people are driving the surge in confirmed cases.
16 soccer players, officials from Bulgarian club test positive
Sixteen players and officials from Bulgarian soccer club Cherno More have tested positive for coronavirus, the country’s health minister said Tuesday.
The club from the Black Sea town of Varna said 12 players are among the positive cases.
Cherno More played a league game against Tsarsko Selo in Sofia on Thursday. The following day, the laboratory that conducted pre-match tests admitted it had not announced that one of the players on the team from Sofia had tested positive.
Despite the positive tests, Cherno More said the club was still ready to play on Tuesday against Arda Kardzhali. The quarantined players would be replaced by members of the team’s junior squad.
Austria to probe soccer clubs for breaching testing rules
The Austrian soccer league has started an investigation into the coronavirus testing procedures of all 16 second-division teams after three players from one club tested positive over the weekend.
Each club must provide receipts and test results to prove that all players have been tested on a weekly basis since play resumed on June 5 after a 12-week break, the league told the Austria Press Agency on Tuesday.
The investigation comes after last-place Kapfenberger SV apparently breached the anti-coronavirus rules by failing to structurally test its players.
The league opened proceedings against Kapfenberg on Monday. While Kapfenberg initially denied any wrongdoing, club president Erwin Fuchs later acknowledged that the team doctor had probably overlooked a few players during testing last week.