The Latest: PGA Champions Tour event in Washington canceled

first_imgThe Latest: PGA Champions Tour event in Washington canceled Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic scheduled to be held in August outside of Seattle has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press Tournament director Brian Flajole said Thursday uncertainty about the ability to hold large public gatherings in Washington state led to the decision to not hold the tournament scheduled for Aug. 17-23 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Flajole said the decision was made in conjunction with local and state health officials as well as the PGA Tour. Flajole says the tournament intends to return in 2021. This year was set to be the 16th playing of the only professional golf event held annually in the state.___NHL training camps will open July 10 if the league and players’ union can reach an agreement to resume the season.Setting this date gives the 17% of players overseas time to make arrangements to return in light of U.S. and Canada quarantine regulations. The league and NHLPA said the July 10 start of camps is pending medical and safety conditions and agreeing on getting back to games. June 11, 2020center_img The season is scheduled to resume on Wednesday with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Arsenal playing at Manchester City.___MotoGP says it will resume next month with two races in Spain following a suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The competition organizers say they have confirmed 13 races. They are all at European locations.They say four more races in the United States, Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia could be added to the calendar depending on health and travel restrictions. That decision on the additional races will be made before July 31. Camps are expected to run two to three weeks with games taking place in two “hub” cities without fans. If the league and players finalize a deal to return, games could resume in early August.___Premier League soccer clubs have approved the match protocols for when the competition resumes on Wednesday after a 100-day shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.The procedures cover matchday operations and include splitting stadiums into red, amber and green zones to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.Restrictions also have been placed on the number of people allowed into stadiums. The track in Jérez, Spain, will host the first two races on July 19 and 26 before the competition heads to the Czech Republic for the third race.The season is expected to finish before Dec. 13.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

NBA, NBPA reach agreement on reduced player payment plan as coronavirus keeps league in holding pattern

first_imgMORE: Sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19″Through this agreement, and in order to provide players with a more gradual salary reduction schedule, partial reductions of 25 percent will begin with the players’ twice-a-month payment due on May 15,” the statement said. “The CBA stipulates that the compensation of all NBA roster players shall be reduced in the event of a ‘force majeure’ event, such as an epidemic or government order, in accordance with a formula based on the number of games missed.” “Force majeure” events are covered under Article XXXIX, Section 5 of the CBA: The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are hoping the 2019-20 season can resume in the near future, but they are preparing for the possibility of games being canceled.In a statement released Friday evening, the NBA and NBPA announced they have reached an agreement on a plan to reduce player payments in the event regular-season and/or playoff games are lost because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  “Force Majeure Event” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events or conditions, provided that such event or condition either (i) makes it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement, or (ii) frustrates the underlying purpose of this Agreement, or (iii) makes it economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement: wars or war-like action (whether actual 468 Article XXXIX or threatened and whether conventional or other, including, but not limited to, chemical or biological wars or war-like action); sabotage, terrorism or threats of sabotage or terrorism; explosions; epidemics; weather or natural disasters, including, but not limited to, fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, storms or earthquakes; and any governmental order or action (civil or military); provided, however, that none of the foregoing enumerated events or conditions is within the reasonable control of the NBA or an NBA Team.If the season does resume at some point this summer, the money taken through the reductions could later be returned to the players. If games are lost, then team owners would be able to keep a percentage of the wages. Simple way to explain NBA/NBPA agreement on 25% withholding starting 5/15: Teams wanted what they’d be entitled to take via force majeure; players wanted to avoid suddenly losing up to 6 straight paychecks. Now there’s enough $ for NBA, while players get smooth paycheck flow.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) April 17, 2020The NBA currently has no plans to cancel the season, and it could be June 15 before players know whether games will be canceled, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters Friday night that the league is not in a position to make a decision about the season.Prior to the agreement on the payment plan, players were receiving standard paychecks. NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended the season on March 11 following a positive COVID-19 test for Jazz center Rudy Gobert.last_img read more