Richmond Times-Dispatch


- — Fromwire reports

♦ The start of the Formula 1 season was delayed by one week on Tuesday after the Australian Grand Prix was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the race in Melbourne moved from March to November, the season will now start in Bahrain on March 28. The Australian race, initially set to open the season on March 21, has been reschedule­d to Nov. 21 with F1 organizers citing “the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19.” The Chinese Grand Prix has also been postponed, but no new date has been set. Travel restrictio­ns for the pandemic make Australia and China among the hardest countries for F1 teams to enter.

♦ Some volume is returning to the Masters, just maybe not the head-turning roars. Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said the club intends to allow a limited number of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11, provided it can be done safely, given the coronaviru­s pandemic.

♦ Right-hander Michael Fulmer and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a $3.1 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitratio­n. The 2016 AL rookie of the year went 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA in 10 starts last season after missing all of 2019 because of Tommy John surgery.

♦ An Austrian cyclist who won a stage at the Spanish Vuelta was found guilty of fraud in Innsbruck, Austria, in connection with a doping scheme. The Austria Press Agency reported Stefan Denifl received a two-year sentence with 16 months of that time suspended after being accused of doping from 2014 to 2018.

♦ The Connecticu­t Sun agreed to a four-year contract extension with Curt Miller that is designed to keep the WNBA team’s coach and general manager in the fold through the 2024 season. Miller has been coaching the Sun since 2016 and has compiled a regular-season record of 89-69 and a postseason record of 9-8. He added general manager to his duties in 2017.

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