With schools closed, state spring sports are side­lined

VHSL is con­sid­er­ing sum­mer op­tions, says it will make call Tues­day

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

With the an­nounce­ment Mon­day af­ter­noon by Gov. Ralph Northam that school would not re­sume this aca­demic year, the high school spring sports sea­son ef­fec­tively has been can­celed. When school is closed, its af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties and sports are gen­er­ally can­celed or post­poned, too.

“We need to sup­port our gover­nor and state su­per­in­ten­dent,” Vir­ginia High School League ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Billy Haun said in a state­ment. “Th­ese ac­tions were taken to pro­tect Vir­gini­ans, keep them safe and healthy and to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

There are some 70,000 spring ath­letes at VHSL mem­ber schools across the state, who com­pete in base­ball, soft­ball, lacrosse, soc­cer, track and ten­nis, whose sea­sons will not be played in their orig­i­nal form.

The league’s state cham­pi­onships are usu­ally held in the first or sec­ond week of June.

The league’s cri­sis man­age­ment team will meet Tues­day to dis­cuss op­tions for teams to play in some form, in­clud­ing a short­ened sea­son in the sum­mer or a tour­na­ment. The league says it will an­nounce a de­ci­sion Tues­day.

The Vir­ginia In­de­pen­dent Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion, which gov­erns pri­vate school sports, will not host state cham­pi­onships this spring, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dick Kem­per said. The VISAA typ­i­cally holds its cham­pi­onships in mid-May.

Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal is post­poned

UEFA post­poned the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal on Mon­day — an in­evitable move with Euro­pean

soc­cer in shut­down and four round of 16 games yet to be com­pleted.

The fi­nal was sched­uled for May 30 in Is­tan­bul be­fore the pan­demic forced the four re­main­ing sec­ond-leg games on March 17-18 to be de­layed in­def­i­nitely.

UEFA said no de­ci­sion has been made on find­ing a new date.

The shut­down has no end in sight though UEFA and Euro­pean soc­cer lead­ers said last week they hope to com­plete the club sea­son by June 30.

In an­other soc­cer de­vel­op­ment, Pa­caembu Sta­dium in down­town São Paulo is be­ing turned into an open-air hospi­tal to han­dle COVID-19 cases.

The 45,000-seat sta­dium is ex­pected to house more than 200 beds for mi­nor cases. It should be ready in 10 days.

Else­where

NFL: The New York Jets and their own­ers, the John­son fam­ily, have made a $1 mil­lion joint do­na­tion to mul­ti­ple United Way agen­cies in the New York/ New Jersey area to help deal with the coro­n­avirus out­break.

The Kansas City Chiefs are match­ing the char­i­ta­ble work of their play­ers, an­nounc­ing that the or­ga­ni­za­tion will do­nate a num­ber of meals equal to the num­ber play­ers do­nate to food pantries in the metropoli­tan area.

The chal­lenge be­gan when wide re­ceiver Tyreek Hill do­nated 6,000 meals to Har­vesters and chal­lenged his team­mates to do the same. Tight end Travis Kelce upped him by do­nat­ing 12,000 and 15 weeks’ worth of food for Op­er­a­tion Break­through, which dis­trib­utes sup­plies to chil­dren in poverty. Quar­ter­back Patrick Ma­homes an­swered with 15,000 meals and $100,000, and safety Tyrann Mathieu drove the to­tal to more than 100,000 by do­nat­ing an­other 30,000 meals.

Cleve­land Browns own­ers

Dee and Jimmy Haslam are pledg­ing $1.5 mil­lion to re­lief funds in Ohio.

The team said the Haslams have ear­marked $1 mil­lion to the Greater Cleve­land COVID19 Rapid Re­sponse Fund and $500,000 to the Colum­bus Foun­da­tion’s Emer­gency Re­sponse Fund.

Their gift fol­lows con­tri­bu­tions by Browns quar­ter­back Baker May­field, who do­nated $50,000 to the Greater Cleve­land Food Bank and de­fen­sive tackle Larry Ogun­jobi’s do­na­tion of 100,000 meals to the food bank.

Auto rac­ing: The Azer­bai­jan Grand Prix has been post­poned.

The post­pone­ment means there will be no For­mula 1 races un­til the mid­dle of June at the ear­li­est.

The race at the Baku City Cir­cuit was sched­uled for June 7.

The first seven races of the For­mula 1 sea­son had al­ready either been post­poned or can­celed.

Hockey: The top three Cana­dian ju­nior leagues have called off the re­main­der of their sea­sons and playoffs, and the Me­mo­rial Cup tro­phy given out to the na­tional cham­pion will not be awarded for the first time in its 102-year his­tory.

The Cana­dian Hockey League an­nounced the can­cel­la­tion of the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior, On­tario and Western Hockey League playoffs and the Me­mo­rial Cup tour­na­ment.

The 2020 Me­mo­rial Cup was sched­uled to run May 22-31 in Kelowna, Bri­tish Columbia.

Rugby: Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Rugby League sus­pended its 16team com­pe­ti­tion.

Aus­tralian rules foot­ball had al­ready sus­pended its com­pe­ti­tions, not just the pro­fes­sional leagues but also at a com­mu­nity level.

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