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HOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. The 73-year-old Howe confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 Thursday night that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3. Howe is best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He also managed the Astros and Mets.

UNDATED (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won the pole for Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway without burning an ounce of fuel. The Team Penske driver watched NASCAR's chief scorer Kyle McKinney finally pluck the No. 1 ball out of a random draw, giving the 2012 series champion the top starting position when the Cup season resumes. Keselowski will be joined on the front row by Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports. Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola close out the top five starting spots.

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say police in South Florida are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party. Miramar police issued arrest warrants for both men Thursday on four counts each of armed robbery with a firearm. Baker faces an additional four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The warrant says Baker and Dunbar were attending a cookout at a Miramar home Wednesday night when a fight broke out, and Baker pulled out a handgun.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic are the latest NBA team to reopen their practice facility since the coronavirus shutdown. Nikola Vucevic (VOOCH'-uh-vihch) was among the first Magic players to arrive for voluntary workouts under the watch of assistant coach Lionel Chalmers, who was in a mask and gloves for the session. The NBA requires anyone who is present for the workouts, except for the player while he is working out, to be wearing personal protective equipment.




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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will temporarily furlough 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. A person confirmed the furloughs to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins didn't comment publicly. The person said about 40 percent of the baseball operations staff will be affected, with the status of those furloughed to be evaluated monthly. Their health benefits will continue through the end of October.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A spokesman for The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia says several NFL teams are eyeing the facility owned by state Gov. Jim Justice as a potential training facility during the coronavirus pandemic. Spokesman Cam Huffman says no franchise has officially signed on to practice at the resort, which has previously hosted training camps for New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans. The Greenbrier has been closed since March 19 due to the pandemic, and the annual PGA event at the resort has been canceled.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown guard Mac McClung plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal after taking his name out of consideration for the NBA draft. McClung averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21 games as a sophomore this past season, missing time with a right foot injury. His departure follows the transfers of four other Georgetown men’s basketball players during last season.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former NBA point guard Mo Williams is Alabama State's new head coach. Williams played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant for California State University at Northridge, under coach Mark Gottfried.

UNDATED (AP) — The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13. The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs and is subject to approval by the Italian government. Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis.




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As a result of the Governor’s announcement on May 11, beginning June 1st NSAA member schools are permitted to open weight rooms for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions.

Prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff must remain the focus of each NSAA member school.

These requirements must be followed when conducting voluntary strength and conditioning sessions:

Maintain social distance by being 6 feet apart
Follow gathering guidelines of groups of 10 or less students
Groups of 10 or less must be pre-determined
Once groups determined, students may not switch from one group to another
Interaction between groups shall be avoided
Sessions can only include weightlifting, running, and exercises designed to promote physical fitness
Sport-specific drills are not permitted, and sport-specific equipment may not be used
Implement diligent and effective cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces following the guidance of the CDC
It is the responsibility of each NSAA member school to comply with the above requirements
 
Additionally, NSAA member school sponsored camps, clinics and open gyms are prohibited in any sport at this time.

Should the conditions warrant, these requirements will be adjusted.

Any further official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and the NSAA social media platforms.




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Lincoln – University of Nebraska assistant Matt Abdelmassih was recognized by ESPN as one of the top young coaches in the country, as the website unveiled its "40 Under 40" list Wednesday morning.

 

ESPN college basketball writers Myron Medcalf, Jeff Borzello and John Gasaway compiled the list, which attempts to rank coaches according to both achievements and potential. Abdelmassih is No. 22 on the list, which includes head coaches and assistant coaches.

 

Abdelmassih was instrumental in helping turnaround the Iowa State and St. John’s programs before reuniting with Fred Hoiberg at Nebraska in April of 2019.  Abdelmassih’s first class at Nebraska, which was put together in just over a month, was the Huskers’ second-best class of the Big Ten era. His 2020 recruiting class features as a pair of transfers in Trey McGowens (Pittsburgh) and Kobe King (Wisconsin) who are among the top 11 transfers in the country this offseason, while junior college transfers Teddy Allen and Lat Mayen are listed as two of the top 20 recruits nationally by JUCORecruiting.com

 

During his tenure at St. John’s, Abdelmassih recruited the majority of roster for the Red Storm, including the starting lineup for the 2018-19 squad which won 21 games and reached the NCAA Tournament.  He recruited three freshmen who were Big East All-Freshman Team selections, while adding transfers who were major contributors.

 

Abdelmassih was on Hoiberg’s staff all five seasons at Iowa State, as the Cyclones made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2014 and Big 12 Tournament titles in 2014 and 2015. He played a significant role in recruiting for the Cyclones, including All-Americans Royce White and DeAndre Kane.

 





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NEW YORK (AP) — Their meeting about opening the season was virtual, but it’s not clear if there was a meeting of the minds between Major League Baseball and the players’ union. A person familiar with the talks says the meeting lasted more than three hours but did not include an economic proposal. MLB explained its view of the economics, science and logistics of getting the season under way. Opening day was to have been March 26. The owners would like to see an opening around the July 4th weekend.

MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the results of a poll of NBA players taken by their union says there would be “overwhelming” support for any plan that has this season resuming in a safe way amid the coronavirus pandemic. The poll conducted by the National Basketball Players Association was informal but gave a sense that players would like to not only get to the playoffs but also resume at least some of the regular season.  

UNDATED (AP) — The Mid-American Conference is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, and men’s and women’s basketball are among nine sports that will have postseasons scaled back. The MAC’s announced the cost-cutting move in response to the financial crisis being brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Champions in the 12-team conference will be determined by regular-season results in sports without postseason tournaments.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean women's golf tour is starting up again with the KLPGA Championship this week. Women's golf in South Korea joins the country's professional baseball and soccer leagues that have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Play is at the Lakewood Country Club located east of the capital Seoul. The event will be played without spectators. Reports say players will follow social distancing guidelines and use hand sanitizers at the course. 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Offensive lineman Danny Pinter has become the first of Indianapolis' nine draft picks to sign his rookie contract. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Ball State alum was selected in the fifth round last month, No. 149 overall. Pinter played high school and college football in Indiana and now will have a chance to play in the NFL with his home-state team. Pinter signed a four-year deal worth roughly $3.6 million. 




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Nebraska middle distance runner Brent Wetovick was named the Big Ten Men's Indoor Freshman of the Year on Tuesday after a vote by the league's head coaches. This is the second consecutive year a Nebraska athlete has won the award, with Husker high jumper Mayson Conner earning the honor last season.

Wetovick, a native of Fullerton, Neb., won the Big Ten indoor title in the 600 meters with a personal-best time of 1:16.81 on the oversized track, the No. 4 time in school history in the event. He competed in the 600 meters three times this season and won them all.

Wetovick ran in nine races as a freshman and won eight of them. He captured three titles in the 600 meters, a pair of 800-meter titles, was on two winning 4x400-meter relay teams and ran a leg in a winning distance medley relay.




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UNDATED (AP) — If the players’ union co-signs with Major League Baseball owners, the baseball season could launch around the Fourth of July weekend. A person familiar with an opening proposal say owners gave their approval on Monday. Spring training would start in early to mid-June. Each team would play about 82 regular-season games, most against opponents in its own division. Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four. The union gets to see the proposal today.

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that the World Baseball Classic will be postponed from 2021 to 2023 because of the new coronavirus. The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected. The fifth edition of the tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. The decision to postpone was first reported by ESPN Deportes (day-POHR’-tays).

NEW YORK (AP) — Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. The results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported underlying medical conditions.

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins are banking that Tua Tagovailoa (TOO'-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH'-ah) will fully recover from a hip injury that ended his career as a quarterback at Alabama. A person familiar with negotiations says Tagovailoa has signed a $30.275 million, four-year guaranteed contract with the Dolphins. It’s said to include a $19.6 million signing bonus. Tagovailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return in 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime NFL assistant coach John Teerlinck has died. He was 69. Teerlinck spent 24 seasons coaching NFL defensive linemen, the last 12 with the Indianapolis Colts, and developed a reputation as one of the top pass-rushing coaches in league history. Hall of Famers Chris Doleman, John Randle and Kevin Greene were among Teerlinck's top pupils. 




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Release from Monday, May 11th
Gov. Ricketts: Sports

We have been receiving a lot of questions about youth sports.
We want to encourage people to take advantage of the outdoors with appropriately socially distanced exercise.

Through May 31st:
The current DHM prohibits organized team sports for youth and adults through May 31, 2020.  It will remain in effect through the end of the month.
Starting June 1st:
Schools are permitted to open weight rooms for use by all student-athletes as long as they follow the same guidelines as fitness centers/clubs, gymnasiums, health clubs, and health spas.
Organized team practices for baseball and softball may begin unless circumstances dictate a change in date.

Starting June 18th:
Baseball and softball games may begin unless circumstances dictate a change in date.
Detailed guidelines for the play of organized baseball and softball are available below by downloading or viewing a pdf of the file. 
 

Commissioner Blomstedt: Sports

We’re exploring what’s safe and what works best for team sports.
As we restart baseball and softball, we expect to learn best practices for mitigating the spread of the virus that we can apply to other sports.
For instance, in developing guidelines for baseball and softball, we’ve identified safety protocols—such as not sharing drinks or snacks and using your own equipment—that are transferable to other activities.
We’ll also figure out protocols for the safe use of school facilities.
We’ll share these insights and best practices on www.launchne.com.




Gov. Ricketts On Sports Guidelines June 1st

The third of four McCook Community College sophomore volleyball players has signed a letter of intent to continue playing at the next level. Bailey Honn, a 5-8 right-side hitter and McCook High School graduate, has signed on to play at Ottawa University in Kansas.

“I chose Ottawa because of the great program they have to offer,” she said. “Beach volleyball at Ottawa really caught my attention along with the variety of degrees available. The team, coaches, and teachers I met with seemed like the perfect fit for me.”

Honn plans to pursue a degree in biology.

“I am excited for new competition, traveling to new places, and the opportunity to play with and against new and experienced players,” she said. One of her new teammates with the Braves is a former Lady Indian, Yessah Rocha, a 5-5 libero from Topeka, who will be a senior on the team.

Honn played in 92 sets this past season and had 365 total attacks with was credited with 114 kills, 42 digs and 45 block assists.

“Bailey is a natural athlete, so I know she is just going to continue to improve and do great things,” said MCC Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza.

Honn said her time playing at MCC was surreal. “It was like being a part one big supportive family. I have many close memories and friends from MCC that have prepared me for the next step,” she said. Among her fondest team memories was dancing in the locker room before practices and games.

“I was lucky enough to coach Bailey while she was in high school and it has been a fun experience to watch her grow so much in the two years here at MCC,” said Coach Kobza. “She was my first McCook player and she represented the Bison well.”

Honn expressed gratitude to her family for supporting her and also to her teammates for “an unforgettable year together and becoming my second family.” She also thanks Coach Kobza and Coach Deines for giving her an opportunity to continue playing volleyball after high school and for being “two of the best coaches, mentors, and role models” and to the incredible teachers and friends she’s met at MCC.

“These will stick with me for life.”




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UNDATED (AP) — The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish soccer league isn’t changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league says it has told everyone to keep following health safety measures suggested by authorities, so the numbers of infected players "remain very low.” The five players who tested positive will remain sidelined until they fully recover. They will be allowed to resume practicing after testing negative in two consecutive tests.

UNDATED (AP) — News that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 underscores the challenges the English Premier League faces as it works toward resuming its soccer season. The Brighton player tested positive just as clubs prepare for fresh talks on how they can create safe conditions to play again. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said the club's COVID-19 case was “a concern," with players still only training individually. The 20 Premier League clubs are due to hold a conference call tomorrow on the next steps forward. The British government has said it wants to see the return of the Premier League to “lift the spirits of the nation."

UNDATED (AP) — America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. The Kiwis don’t have access to their 75-foot race boat because it’s still being shipped back from Italy after a preliminary regatta scheduled for April was canceled. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship.

UNDATED (AP) — Former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming, who is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, says the league has three options for resuming the season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule; play a shortened season with some games dropped; or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.




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