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Visa extends athlete sponsorship to 2021 after Olympic delay

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Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed, providing some financial certainty amid the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The credit card giant’s Team Visa scheme features ...

A century ago, sports helped in healing

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The world in 1919 was hardly a place for fun and games. A war like no other had ravaged Europe, killing untold millions and leaving the continent devastated. The Spanish flu pandemic was waning but still wreaking its horrors, with some 50 million people dead worldwide, including 675,000 in ...

IndyCar’s virtual race to be aired on NBC Sports Network

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IndyCar’s virtual racing will be televised beginning with Saturday’s iRacing event, which has been picked up by NBC Sports. The debut virtual race last weekend drew 433,000 combined viewers to both IndyCar and iRacing’s online stream. Totals viewers jumped to 600,000 when IndyCar ...

Call to arms: Compressed schedule could mean more pitchers

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NEW YORK — When and if opening day comes around this year, New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake anticipates a brimming bullpen. Major League Baseball and the players’ association have talked about a compressed schedule to get in as many games as possible. That will set off a call ...

UFC 249 fight is off

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he won’t leave quarantine in Russia to fight, dealing another blow to UFC President Dana White’s determination to hold UFC 249 on April 18 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nurmagomedov made his announcement Wednesday on Instagram, telling the ...

Virus forces Wimbledon cancellation for 1st time since WWII

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For the first time in its nearly century-and-a-half history, Wimbledon was canceled for a reason other than war, scrapped in 2020 on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. With Britain under a nationwide lockdown, the All England Club announced its decision to call off its storied ...

Steelers not concerned about limited pre-draft preparation

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert isn’t concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic from altering his team’s preparations for the 2020 draft. Colbert is well aware there are far larger issues facing the country than whether he and coach Mike Tomlin get to bound ...

COLUMN: Pirates, Indians trading history

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If you are as die hard of a baseball fan as I am, you currently are re-watching classic MLB games to keep you sane. One of the most recent I viewed was Game 3 of the 1997 ALCS between the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians. It was a classic pitcher’s dual between Mike Mussina and Orel ...

Browns signing DE Adrian Clayborn

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns plan to sign veteran free agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a two-year, $6 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Clayborn, who spent last season with the Atlanta Falcons, has agreed to terms on a ...

MLB vets getting $4,775 daily

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NEW YORK — Gerrit Cole, Mike Trout and other veteran major leaguers will receive $4,775 per day in advance pay for the first 60 days of the season during the stoppage caused by the new coronavirus, a total of $286,500. That’s just 2.5% percent of the $193,548 the New York Yankees pitcher ...

NASCAR industry steps up to produce PPE’s

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The five 3D printers at NASCAR’s Research & Technology center — two delivered in February and installed less than two weeks ago — are typically focused on composite parts and working on an updated stock car. But when racing came to a stop March 13 amid the ...

Tokyo Olympics set for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

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TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start. “The schedule for the games is key to ...

iRacing is fun but won’t carry teams for long

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Virtual racing has been the small saving grace for motorsports since the coronavirus pandemic brought nearly everything to a halt. Timmy Hill’s iRacing victory on national television gave the journeyman driver and his sponsors exposure they would never receive during a ...

Racing looks at changes

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It was bump day for the Indy 500. The Indianapolis 500 is now a summer event. The Monster Mile could be set for a monster-sized NASCAR weekend spectacle of racing. And a supersized shakeup of the schedule looms whenever NASCAR and IndyCar resume in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

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Steelers sign three XFL players PITTSBURGH — A stint in the XFL has landed three players jobs with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team signed defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, safety Tyree Kinnel and linebacker/long snapper Christian Kuntz to one-year deals on Monday. All three played in the ...

Ovechkin, Crosby favor NHL going directly into playoffs

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby prefers the NHL skip the rest of the regular season and head directly to the playoffs if games resume during this pandemic-interrupted spring. Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is on the same page, saying he’d even be willing to finish two ...

Women in Pirates organization provide inspiration for others

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PITTSBURGH — By themselves, each has an impressive story. Mayu Fielding started with the Pirates as an administrative assistant in 2007 and quickly moved into her current role as education coordinator, helping foreign players transition to life in America. Kinza Baad graduated from the ...

Signs suggest summer 2021 for Olympics

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TOKYO — 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 ...

Timmy Hill virtual winner of NASCAR’s live iRacing event

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sang the national anthem from a remote location. Troy Aikman, borrowing Matthew McConaughey’s trademark phrase “Alright, alright, alright,” commanded drivers to start their, uh, simulators. NASCAR’s new normal resumed Sunday with ...