The final: the coronavirus sweeps the world of curling


Latest information on the results of the coronavirus epidemic on sports activities round the world:


USA Curling says that different contributors in a event this month in Laurel, Maryland, have examined constructive for the coronavirus.

The United States Curling Association Club National Championships have been held March 7-14 at the Potomac Curling Club. Fox 5 DC reported that no less than 20 individuals who attended the occasion are unwell.

USA Curling says it has labored with the membership to make sure that all contributors, officers and volunteers have been knowledgeable upon affirmation of the first constructive check. The group additionally urged anybody recognized with COVID-19 to work with well being officers to "establish the folks with whom that they had shut contact with the intention to enable for correct notification, isolation and surveillance by public well being officers ”.

USA Curling has additionally canceled the Arena 2020 National Championships scheduled for April 27 to May 2 in Gillette, Wyoming. The occasion shall be held there in 2022 as a substitute.


Ottawa Senators radio commentator Gord Wilson has examined constructive for the coronavirus.

Wilson's spouse, CTV Ottawa presenter Patricia Boal confirmed the information on Friday night in a information report. Boal joined the community through FaceTime to promote from their house.

Wilson, 59, is recovering at house and Boal, who has not examined constructive for coronavirus, has been in solitary confinement since March 18. Boal stated the prognosis was confirmed on Friday, about 11 days after Wilson's demise. first examined.

Wilson tweeted his personal replace Friday evening after the section aired, stating:

"Hey – only a fast response to everybody who reached out. Everyone could be very a lot appreciated. The replace continues to be symptomatic, so simply maintain washing my fingers and going out. 🙂 Stay at house. Stay wholesome! Cheers. Gw. "

Two Senators gamers examined constructive this month.

Wilson suffered what he known as a "minor coronary heart assault" on February 16, spending three days in hospital earlier than becoming a member of the broadcast workforce. He has been half of the Ottawa broadcast workforce since the return of the NHL franchise in 1992.


According to the Los Angeles Sparks, guard Sydney Wiese's constructive check for COVID-19 got here after his return from Spain, badly affected by the pandemic.

Wiese wrote on Twitter that she "felt good – fortunate to solely present delicate signs, however I’m able to unfold them".

The Sparks say in a press release that Wiese isolates himself at house in Phoenix. The WNBA workforce says it’s in direct communication along with her and needs her a speedy restoration.

Wiese, 24, spent her profession enjoying for the Sparks after being drafted by Los Angeles in 2017. She performed in Oregon State, serving to the Beavers attain the Final Four in 2016.


The St. Louis Blues confirmed on Friday that Fox Sports play-by-play presenter John Kelly had examined constructive for COVID-19.

The workforce stated in a Twitter message that Kelly has been in house auto-quarantine since March 13.

The Blues say they’re "delighted to report" that Kelly feels robust once more and with out signs.


Wales rugby stadium, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, is changing into a 2,000-bed area hospital to cope with the coronavirus epidemic.

The Welsh Rugby Union donated the stadium to the authorities this week and an overhaul has began.

"I sincerely hope that we’ll not want to make use of all of the capabilities, however it’s best to have developed plans based mostly on scientific proof and professional modeling", a stated Len Richards, CEO of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, in a press release.

"The facility will enable us to release capability at our different hospital websites in order that we are able to proceed to supply companies to sufferers with different well being circumstances."

The close by Swansea second degree championship soccer membership has additionally provided the Liberty Stadium to healthcare suppliers.


The Big Ten has prolonged the suspension of all organized workforce actions till May 4.

Big Ten officers say that is an extra measure to the beforehand introduced cancellation of all convention and non-league competitions till the finish of the 2019-2020 tutorial yr, together with spring sports activities that stretch past the tutorial yr.

Big Ten officers stated they might proceed to work with medical specialists and institutional officers to find out their subsequent steps in the face of the pandemic.


The Montreal World Series triathlon in June was postponed Friday, sooner or later after Canada closed its borders to June 30 to all foreigners besides the Americans.

Montreal's elite races have been scheduled for June 28.

It is the fourth race in the first triathlon sequence to be postponed. The stage in Yokohama, Japan, in May continues to be deliberate.


Full-time workers of the Minnesota Wild will proceed to obtain full wages and advantages till April.

Owner Craig Leipold knowledgeable employees of the determination on Friday through e mail. This consists of workers of Wild, the Xcel Energy Center enviornment, and their AHL affiliate, Iowa Wild. Those with wages above $ 150,000 obtain a 20% pay minimize. The directive doesn’t apply to Wild gamers.

Like most NHL groups, the Wild additionally dedicated to pay enviornment employees on recreation day for the six house video games that remained on the schedule when the season was stopped as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm are funding assist for a brand new venture to supply 4,000 meals per week to roughly 1,000 healthcare employees treating coronavirus sufferers in Atlanta hospitals.

The venture will even enable two Atlanta eating places to rehire employees laid off as a result of the pandemic.

The venture will present meals to 6 Emory Healthcare hospitals 5 instances per week.

Meals are ready by Forza Storico and Miller Union eating places. Each restaurant, like many in Atlanta, had quickly closed and laid off workers as a result of the coronavirus.

The Hawks say the meal program, which started Friday, will proceed for 4 weeks and needs to be expanded to presumably contain extra eating places.


English soccer needs to be ready for "robust choices" in an try to mitigate the monetary results of the season suspended as a result of the coronavirus disaster.

The Premier League issued a press release after talks with the English Football League and the Association of Professional Footballers, saying they "have additionally agreed to work collectively to search out frequent options".

The restart of the season final week was postponed to April 30, and can solely resume "when it’s secure and circumstances allow."

"More conferences will happen subsequent week to formulate a typical plan to cope with the troublesome circumstances going through the leagues, their golf equipment, their gamers, their employees and their supporters."

The golf equipment are already feeling the pinch: the second degree championship membership, Birmingham, was the first to ask sure gamers to defer 50% of their salaries, whereas in Leeds, the championship chief, the gamers, teaching employees and administration have volunteered to defer their salaries to attempt to defer layoffs at their membership.


Doris Burke, ESPN NBA broadcaster, recipient of a Curt Gowdy award from the Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in her area, revealed that she had examined constructive for the coronavirus.

Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast hosted by NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

Burke says she began feeling extraordinarily drained on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down when she realized that Utah heart Rudy Gobert had examined constructive . Burke was assigned to the Denver-Dallas match on that date for ESPN and battled his signs to work that evening.

She stated she had had a three-day interval of fatigue so deep that she couldn't keep out of mattress for greater than 5 minutes at a time. She was lastly examined and obtained the outcomes on Wednesday – eight days after being stamped.

At that point, she was feeling higher and stated on the podcast that she appreciated the well being employees who had seen her. "I’m so grateful that I really feel good," stated Burke.


Lakers famous person Anthony Davis is concerned in two neighborhood initiatives to assist workers of the Los Angeles Hospital and workers of the Staples Center.

Davis says he’s partnering with Lineage Logistics to match as much as $ 250,000 in donations to a corporation offering free meals to healthcare employees throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is a partnership with the World Food Kitchen, led by well-known chef JosĂ© AndrĂ©s.

Davis and Lineage additionally introduced an initiative to supply jobs with Lineage to Staples Center workers in the weeks and months to come back when no sport is being performed in the Lakers enviornment, which they share with the Los Angeles Clippers and NHL's Kings. Lineage operates refrigerated warehouses in the Los Angeles space and round the world.

Davis is anticipated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer season after his first season with the Lakers, however the Anthony Davis Family Foundation is already concerned in lots of charitable initiatives in the Los Angeles space. The seven-time NBA All-Star ought to largely signal once more with the Lakers.


The world mountain bike championships in Albstadt, Germany, from June 25 to 28 have been postponed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.

Officials from the metropolis, the German federation and the UCI biking governing physique will meet subsequent week to attempt to set new dates.

Repeated UCI World Championships have precedence in a revised schedule.

The world championships observe the postponement or cancellation of 9 World Cups in the disciplines of cross-country snowboarding, downhill and eliminator.


Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated goalkeeper Marcus Smart is doing effectively and staying in good spirits after his constructive coronavirus check final week.

Smart introduced his prognosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell examined constructive for COVID-19. Boston performed Utah Jazz on March 6.

The Celtics gamers and employees have been additionally examined as a precaution and these exams all got here again damaging.

Stevens stated he and workforce leaders repeatedly related with Smart and the relaxation of the workforce through convention calls.

"I’m proud of the manner he took the initiative to inform those who he had it and that he felt good and that he was on-line, he simply stored asking folks to observe social distancing and self-isolation proper now, "said Stevens. . "It's simply, , it's a really distinctive and disturbing second for everybody."

– Kyle Hightower experiences from Boston


The LPGA Tour now has two majors which were postponed as a result of the new coronavirus.

With the Olympic Games postponed to 2021, the Evian Championship in France will happen two weeks later from August 6 to 9. It was presupposed to be ladies's golf week at the Olympics.

Backing up, the Evian will create a small piece on the LPGA calendar when golf resumes. It additionally makes the journey extra handy for gamers. The new date for the Evian Championship is one week earlier than the Ladies Scottish Open in East Edinburgh, and two weeks earlier than the Women & # 39; s British Open at the Royal Troon.

The LPGA had beforehand postponed ANA inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, from April 2 to five till September 10 and 13.

At Augusta National, kids who’ve certified for this yr's Drive, Chip and Putt may have the alternative to compete on Sunday earlier than subsequent yr's Masters. They will compete in the similar age vary for which they certified. This implies that there shall be no qualification for brand spanking new contributors till subsequent yr.


Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he selected to remain in Edmonton quite than threat returning house to the suburbs of Toronto.

McDavid says he didn’t wish to take the alternative to cross overcrowded airports and contract the new coronavirus for concern of doubtlessly spreading it to his dad and mom and grandparents. He says the NHL being on break additionally permits him to interrupt into the new home he constructed, which additionally features a health club.

McDavid spoke on Friday throughout a league convention name with gamers from the Pacific Division.

With the season suspended, gamers should isolate themselves till no less than April 4. To date, three NHL gamers have examined constructive for the virus: two in Ottawa and the third in Colorado.


Good information for all those that have already certified for the Tokyo Olympics: you might be in 2021.

Olympic officers have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who’ve already given their tickets to Tokyo will maintain their locations for the rescheduled matches subsequent yr.

It solves one of the key questions for marathon runners, open water swimmers and a whole lot of different athletes whose qualification course of passed off at the begin of the 2020 sports activities calendar, earlier than the coronavirus began to cease sports activities round the world.

It stays to be seen how the Isports that make up the Olympic Games will allocate all the locations for the rescheduled matches. As a basic rule, particular person sports activities decide their qualification procedures for Olympic occasions.

World Athletics President Seb Coe confirmed that every one sports activities have accepted the IOC's proposal that every one athletes at present certified for the Olympic Games will stay so for the subsequent yr.

On the observe, he stated that it represents about half of the locations. He stated the subsequent vital step is to develop a good course of for the relaxation of the athletes, most of whom have had their qualifying matches postponed.


The National Professional Soccer League has canceled its 2020 summer season season as a result of the new coronavirus epidemic.

Considered a fourth degree circuit in the United States, the NPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association. The NPSL began enjoying in 2003 and had plans to develop from 91 to 94 groups this season.

The league was to register 14 groups for the US Open Cup, which has been suspended as a result of the pandemic.

The NPSL summer season season was scheduled to begin in May and finish in early August. The league stated on Friday that many of its websites wouldn’t be out there after that as a result of they’re on school and college campuses.


The FIFPro world gamers' union has known as on soccer golf equipment to cease firing gamers or minimize their wages earlier than the talks.

FIFPro says it’s "extraordinarily involved" that clubs in more than one country "have began to fireplace gamers instantly or minimize wages unilaterally" as a result of the financial influence of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Netherlands-based union says that many gamers round the world earn common or decrease nationwide earnings "and could be severely affected by the wage cuts".

A Swiss membership, Sion, has terminated the contracts of 9 gamers, together with former Arsenal duo Johan Djourou and Alexandre Song, who’ve refused to just accept a pay minimize in a federal program Unemployment insurance coverage.

FIFPro, which represents 65,000 female and male gamers, urges "golf equipment experiencing short-term monetary difficulties to fulfill with nationwide participant unions to barter honest and proportionate preparations".


The International Ski Federation (FIS) has postponed its presidential election to a biennial congress for no less than three months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The hosts of sure world championships, together with alpine snowboarding in 2025, have been additionally to be voted at conferences from May 17 to 23 in Thailand.

The FIS says it hopes to reschedule "in the fall (fall) of this yr", maybe in one other location.

Candidates to succeed 22-year-old outgoing president Gian Franco Kasper and for seats on the FIS board of administrators have to be declared 30 days earlier than the postponed elections.

The three candidates for the Alpine Worlds in 2025 are: Saalbach, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Crans-Montana, Switzerland.


Atlético Madrid adopted the instance of Barcelona and introduced that it could cut back the salaries of its gamers and coaches throughout the stoppage of competitors as a result of the coronavirus disaster.

A day after Barcelona did the similar, Atlético introduced Friday that it could quickly cut back its payroll "to safe the future" of the membership.

Neither Barcelona nor Atlético say how a lot they might minimize wages. Movements may have no influence on the contracts of their gamers.


Leading tennis participant Novak Djokovic, his spouse and their basis donate € 1 million (about $ 1.1 million) to purchase ventilators and different medical tools for hospitals in Serbia.

Djokovic says that employees at his basis will "monitor every part" to place the tools in place.

His spouse, Jelena, is the world director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says the ventilators wanted to assist COVID-19 sufferers vary from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($ 11,000 to $ 55,000).

Djokovic, 32, received the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among males, solely Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, received extra.


Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat donated $ 15,000 to the Boston-based customized zipper sandal firm ISlide.

This cash will go solely to the affected employees of the firm.

Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to present as a result of he is aware of employees are in want.

Crowder says "to see the potential damaging enterprise influence of this epidemic has compelled me to assist in each manner doable."


The Turkish Fenerbahce basketball workforce says that one of its gamers and three technical and administrative employees have examined constructive for the coronavirus.

Fenerbahce says that none of the 4 has been hospitalized. They have been remoted and watched at house.

The participant and three employees members haven’t been named.


The Evian Masters ladies's golf event was moved to August as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.

The occasion initially scheduled from July 23 to 26 will now be held from August 6 to 9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club.

Evian is one of the 5 majors on the ladies's circuit.

The determination was made by the organizers of the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian.

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan stated "this adjustment makes it simpler for gamers to journey and helps us plan for beforehand postponed occasions."

The British Women's Open is scheduled to happen two weeks after Evian.


The Russian anti-doping company is suspending all testing for 10 days in response to authorities measures to combat the coronavirus.

The transfer comes after President Vladimir Putin advised the Russians, besides these working in key industries, to remain house subsequent week.

Margarita Pahnotskaya, Deputy Director General of RUSADA, advised the Associated Press that the suspension of the exams coated an extended interval as a result of the threat of employees being blocked away from house. Testing stopped on Friday and can resume on April 6.

Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been knowledgeable.

She says "we’ve studied all the penalties and agreed that we’ve to observe the order." And this has been agreed with the AMA. I wrote them a letter yesterday. "


The Diamond League has postponed three extra observe conferences as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The occasions in Stockholm on May 24, in Naples and Rome on May 28, and in Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have been all postponed with out new date.

The first six occasions of the yr have been canceled and solely the Shanghai assembly has been given a brand new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on June 7 is now the first occasion scheduled on the calendar.

The Diamond League says that "the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering an extended structured season in 2020".


The Spanish soccer membership Barcelona has introduced that it’s going to minimize the salaries of its gamers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Barcelona says their board has determined to quickly droop gamers' contracts. This ends in a "proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts".

Player contracts will stay intact throughout the suspension of employment.

Employers in Spain are allowed to scale back labor prices whereas guaranteeing that employees return to their jobs as soon as circumstances have improved.

The membership says it has not determined how a lot the wages shall be minimize.


A Russian-based basketball league with groups in 5 international locations has deserted its season with out declaring a champion as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.

VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not acceptable to proceed the season "in the current situation where the borders are closed, the teams cannot train in the arenas basketball and clubs must allow foreign players to return home. "

Korstin says the league will start to organize for the 2020-21 season.

Russian membership BC Khimki led the league with an 18-1 file when suspended.


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