Sports Ticker August 11th
UNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump has joined Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Sasse wrote a letter to Big Ten school presidents and chancellors saying that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”
UNDATED (AP) — A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of yesterday afternoon, and the powerful Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter that he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that every attempt will be made to hold a full league schedule. Old Dominion canceled fall sports less than a week after C-USA set out a plan to play a football season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have their schedule altered after eight players tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball says the Cardinals’ scheduled Thursday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed. MLB has seen 29 games postponed by the coronavirus, 15 involving the Cardinals.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano says Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday. Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos. Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball.
UNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers say president of hockey operations and general manager Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1, but it was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games.