Weekend Sports in Brief
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021.
Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested there would be no major change from 2020.
“The games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September,” Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Mori saying on Saturday.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, after the postponement was announced in Switzerland on Tuesday, left open the possibility of spring dates.
The postponed games were to have opened on July 24 and closed on Aug. 9. Mori suggested some decisions could be made as early as this week when the organizing committee's executive board meets.
Any final decision will be made between local organizers and the IOC, and hundreds of sponsors, sports federations and broadcasters.
NEW YORK (AP) — James Dolan, the executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Knicks announced Dolan’s diagnosis Saturday night. It is not clear when he was tested or when he received the diagnosis.
The 64-year-old Dolan is the first U.S. major pro sports owner known to have tested positive for the virus.
“The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus,” the team’s statement said. “He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations.”
New York has been the hotspot for the pandemic in the U.S.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown sophomore guard Mac McClung announced Sunday that he is declaring for the NBA draft but will maintain his eligibility so he can return to college.
The 6-foot-2 McClung attracted an online following for his high-flying dunks while he was in high school in Virginia.
He averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season but missed time because of a right foot injury and appeared in only 21 of Georgetown's 32 games.
McClung's last game was Feb. 19 against Providence, when he played only eight minutes and missed all three of his field-goal attempts.
As a freshman, he averaged 13.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and two assists.
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Arizona guard Aari McDonald will return for her senior season, bypassing a chance to leave early for the WNBA.
A 5-foot-6 guard, McDonald had an immediate impact after transferring from Washington and sitting out a year, finishing third nationally with 24.1 points as a sophomore in 2018-19. She also broke current Wildcats' coach Adia Barnes' season scoring record with 890 points and was named an honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press.
Arizona had a more balanced team this season, but McDonald still scored 20.5 points per game while averaging 5.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter says she will forego her final year of eligibility and declare for the WNBA draft.
Carter averaged 21.3 points this past season for the Aggies and scored 1,983 points in her three years at the school. The second-team All-American had a 37-point effort against Tennessee this season — the most points scored by a Texas A&M player in an SEC game in program history.
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — The International Boxing Hall of Fame has canceled its Hall of Fame weekend in June because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Executive director Ed Brophy said Sunday that this year’s class will be honored at the induction ceremony in June 2021.
Brophy said combining this year's class with next year's into one ceremony will “provide each inductee with the recognition they each so richly deserve.”
The Class of 2020 includes the first female honorees in Barbara Buttrick, Christy Martin, and Lucia Rijker, along with Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Frank Erne, and Paddy Ryan.
Also selected were promoters Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva and Dan Goossen, and journalists Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The final deadline to nominate horses for the Triple Crown series is being extended indefinitely because of the coronavirus.
It was scheduled to be Monday.
The extension was agreed upon by officials at Churchill Downs, Maryland Jockey Club and New York Racing Association.
The Kentucky Derby has been pushed back from May 2 to Sept. 5.
Maryland and New York racing officials are continuing discussions to decide when the Preakness and Belmont stakes will be run. The Preakness is scheduled for May 16 and the Belmont for June 6.
MIAMI (AP) — Tiz the Law ran away in the stretch Saturday to easily win the Florida Derby, wrapping up a spot in the Kentucky Derby field based on the points standings that are used to determine who qualifies for the Run for the Roses. Tiz the Law's win at Gulfstream Park was worth 100 points, far more than what will be needed for a chance to run at Churchill Downs if the rescheduled Kentucky Derby goes off as planned in early September.
It's a feel-good story for a sport in need of one: Tiz the Law is owned by Sackatoga Stable, the upstate New York-based group that took the sport by storm when Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2003.
Shivaree, an 80-1 long shot, was second and picked up 50 points to likely clinch a spot in the field. Fountain of Youth winner Ete Indien was third in a most unusual race at Gulfstream, where fans were not allowed and even owners were told to stay away from the track because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tiz the Law covered nine furlongs in 1:50 flat and returned $4.80, $3.60 and $2.80. Shivaree paid $42 and $13, and Ete Indien paid $3.40 to show.
IndyCar debuted its iRacing league with a virtual race won by Sage Karam.
The field included NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who is tuning his skills for a possible run at some real IndyCar racing.
For now, the professional leagues have turned to simulated esports and IndyCar staged its first event on a virtual version of Watkins Glen in New York. The race had many of the series' top names and was streamed on YouTube by both IndyCar and iRacing.
The race was IndyCar's attempt to give fans content since sports have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR's new normal resumed Sunday with another virtual event, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped nearly all sports.
NASCAR's 36-race season was suspended four events into the year.
Timmy Hill won the virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, where a highlight came when Daniel Suarez was parked by iRacing officials for intentionally trying — but failing — to crash Ty Dillon.
Hill is considered among the top competitors in iRacing, a subscription-based gaming platform. His virtual victory was his 674th in the game.
Three major one-day classic bike races to be held in France and Belgium next month have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which also organizes the Tour de France, said on Tuesday that Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, will be postponed.
The cycling season has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 outbreak, which has infected more than 185,000 people and killed more than 7,300. Prestigious events like the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, and some early Belgian classics have been cancelled or postponed, while the Giro d'Italia won't start at its scheduled May date.
ASO has yet to take a decision on the Tour de France, which is set to start in Nice on June 27.
SEATTLE (AP) — Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright has died at age 77, the school announced on Sunday.
Lambright spent nearly four decades associated with the Washington program as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
No cause of death was given.
Lambright’s association with Washington started in 1960 after graduating from nearby Everett High School. He lettered three seasons with the Huskies from 1962-64, and earned all-Pacific Coast Conference honors in 1964 as a defensive end.
Lambright returned to Washington in 1969 to work on the coaching staff of Jim Owens. Lambright was retained by Don James when he arrived in 1975 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1978.
He was promoted to head coach just before the start of the 1993 season after James abruptly retired in the wake of sanctions placed on the school by the Pac-10.
Lambright was 44-25-1 as the Huskies head coach and never had a losing record, but was fired following the 1998 season.
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