• Sports are returning to America before we've earned them | Bryan Armen Graham

    Sports are returning to America before we've earned them | Bryan Armen Graham
    Everyone is hoping for the best as America’s major sports move forward with their restart plans, but there’s nothing in our disastrous response to the pandemic to say we deserve themSince the first cases of coronavirus were detected in China in December, no country has been harder hit than the US, which accounts for roughly 4% of the world’s population and more than a quarter of total cases. Things have gone from bad to worse in the nearly four months since the pandemic changed
  • Sports are returning to America before we've earned them

    Sports are returning to America before we've earned them
    Everyone is hoping for the best as America’s major sports move forward with their restart plans, but there’s nothing in our disastrous response to the pandemic to say we deserve themSince the first cases of coronavirus were detected in China in December, no country has been harder hit than the US, which accounts for roughly 4% of the world’s population and more than a quarter of total cases. Things have gone from bad to worse in the nearly four months since the pandemic changed
  • Dancing robots replace fans at baseball game in Japan – video

    Dancing robots replace fans at baseball game in Japan – video
    With their stadium devoid of supporters due to coronavirus restrictions, the Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks brought in replacement fans: dancing robots.Before their most recent Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) game against Rakuten Eagles on 7 July, more than 20 robots, some resembling humans and others on four legs like a dog, danced to the team’s fight song in the otherwise empty stand.Some of the robots wore Hawks caps and waved flags supporting the team, who won 4-3 as
  • Masahiro Tanaka hit in head by line drive in scary Yankee Stadium scene

    Masahiro Tanaka hit in head by line drive in scary Yankee Stadium scene
    Yankees star hit by line drive in frightening scene in practiceTanaka helped to his feet and walked off the field with helpYankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the teams first official summer camp workout.Tanaka’s hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down
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  • MLB's Cleveland to review 'Indians' nickname after social unrest

    MLB's Cleveland to review 'Indians' nickname after social unrest
    Team have already changed their logo after criticismNFL side Washington also considering name changeMajor League Baseball side Cleveland are to review the use of their team nickname the ‘Indians’ in light of recent anti-racism protests. Cleveland replaced their logo two years ago, swapping a cartoon of a Native American named Chief Wahoo with a letter C. Related: FedEx asks 'the team in Washington' to dump racist nickname as Nike pulls gearContinue reading...
  • MLB's Cleveland to review 'Indians' moniker after social unrest

    MLB's Cleveland to review 'Indians' moniker after social unrest
    Team have already changed their logo after criticismNFL side Washington also considering name changeThe Major League Baseball side Cleveland are to review the use of their team moniker the Indians in light of recent anti-racism protests. Cleveland replaced their logo two years ago, swapping a cartoon of a Native American named Chief Wahoo with a letter C. Related: FedEx asks 'the team in Washington' to dump racist nickname as Nike pulls gearContinue reading...
  • Major League Baseball cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945

    Major League Baseball cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945
    MLB cancels 14 July game at Dodger Stadium due to Covid-19Los Angeles will now host next available All-Star Game in 2022Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.The game scheduled for 14 July was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home to the Braves since 2017. Related: 'I'm high as a Georgia pine': Dock Ellis's no-hi
  • 'I'm high as a Georgia pine': Dock Ellis's no-hitter on LSD, 50 years on

    'I'm high as a Georgia pine': Dock Ellis's no-hitter on LSD, 50 years on
    Baseball’s great psychedelic myth took place five decades ago, but the man behind it was far more than an amusing sidenote in the sport’s historyThe century-spanning annals of baseball are filled with accomplishments that strain credulity and force us to rethink the outer limits of human potential, like Babe Ruth’s called shot at Wrigley Field or Reggie Jackson’s three home runs on three pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. But few of these latter-day myths compare
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  • MLB set to return in July after unseemly dispute between league and players

    MLB set to return in July after unseemly dispute between league and players
    MLB says season will start on 23 or 24 July after pandemic delayBryan Graham: how baseball made the error of a lifetimeMajor League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule on Tuesday night that will start on 23 or 24 July in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony.A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was the final result of failed financial negotiations. But for fans eager to see any baseball this year, at least now they
  • Major League Baseball is making the error of a lifetime

    Major League Baseball is making the error of a lifetime
    Not only has baseball squandered a golden opportunity to have the stage to itself, but the damage of a self-destructive standoff between millionaires and billionaires could prove irreparable
    The perennial hand-wringing over Major League Baseball’s waning popularity and relevancy amid the hastening pace of American life, a tradition dating back more than a century, is not entirely without merit. Average attendance at major league ballparks hit a 16-year low in 2019. Little League participat
  • MLB players 'disgusted' as commissioner admits there may be no 2020 season

    MLB players 'disgusted' as commissioner admits there may be no 2020 season
    Rob Manfred had said he was certain games would be playedLeague and players in long-running dispute over payMLB commissioner Rob Manfred says there may be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players’ union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Two days after MLB players’ union head Tony Clark declared additional negotiations futile, Manfred reversed his position of last week when he said he was “100
  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says he's '100%' sure of baseball in 2020

    MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says he's '100%' sure of baseball in 2020
    Manfred guarantees he will order opening day amid stalemateMLB players’ association made second proposal on TuesdayBaseball commissioner Rob Manfred says there is a “100%” chance of big league ball this year.Major League Baseball will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, but Manfred vowed Wednesday to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached. Related: MLB players 'resoundingly reject' owners' plan as stalemate conti
  • MLB players 'resoundingly reject' owners' plan as stalemate continues

    MLB players 'resoundingly reject' owners' plan as stalemate continues
    MLB players stand firm against further pay cuts in negotiationsOwners rejected players’ association’s plan for 114-game seasonBaseball players reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July and may leave owners focusing on a schedule as short as 50 games.More than 100 players, including the union’s executive board, held a two-hour digital meeting with officia
  • COVID-19 Update from BaseballSoftballUK - 3 June

    BaseballSoftballUK continues to closely follow the UK Government and Sport England’s advice on the lockdown and associated restrictions. The Government’s statement on 28th May indicated that groups of up to six people are now allowed to meet outside in a responsible, socially distant manner. Considering this most recent advice, and in light with the guidance issued yesterday, BaseballSoftballUK will be re-opening Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex, and Home Plate Bar & K
  • Updated Guidance on Playing Baseball and Softball in England during COVID-19 - 2 June

    BaseballSoftballUK continues to closely follow the UK Government and Sport England’s advice on the lockdown and associated restrictions. In particular, advice on a return to playing community and grassroots sports continues to evolve and we have this week been in touch with the relevant authorities to review this policy and guidance. Below is a summary, applicable in England only. Outdoor activity permitted for baseball and softball players and coaches Official social distancing restricti
  • Updated Guidance on baseball & softball in England during COVID-19

    BaseballSoftballUK continues to closely follow the UK Government and Sport England’s advice on the lockdown and associated restrictions. In particular, advice on a return to playing community and grassroots sports continues to evolve and we have this week been in touch with the relevant authorities to review this policy and guidance. Below is a summary, applicable in England only. Outdoor activity permitted for baseball and softball players and coaches Official social distancing restricti
  • 'This season is not looking promising': Tensions rise between MLB and players

    'This season is not looking promising': Tensions rise between MLB and players
    MLB players say they will not accept further salary reductionsOwners have proposed 82-game season starting in early JulyBaseball players appeared likely to propose more regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries, people familiar with their deliberations told the Associated Press.Washington pitcher Max Scherzer, among eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee, issued a statement late Wednesday night calling management’s
  • The baseball team that deliberately locked their fans out of a game

    The baseball team that deliberately locked their fans out of a game
    The Charleston RiverDogs’ stunt in 2002 continued a family tradition of baseball innovation, but empty ballparks will not be a novelty much longerOn a hot July evening in Charleston, South Carolina, almost 2,000 baseball fans made their way to Joseph P Riley Jr Park, a pleasant if somewhat clumsily-named ball park on a bend in the Ashley river. Their local minor league team, the RiverDogs, were playing against the Columbus RedStixx. But on a beautiful night for baseball in 2002, the stadiu
  • Is Covid-19 exposing MLB players as exploited workers or greedy millionaires?

    Is Covid-19 exposing MLB players as exploited workers or greedy millionaires?
    As the coronavirus lockdown hits baseball revenues, owners want players to take a salary hit. It could end in a nasty standoff as MLB tries to restartMajor League Baseball is still looking for ways to get its season underway, nearly two months after the campaign should have started. South Korea and Taiwan have already resumed baseball without fans during the Covid-19 pandemic, and MLB reportedly envisions an 82-game season beginning in early July. But for that to happen, the owners and the MLB P
  • Guidance on Playing Baseball and Softball in England during COVID-19

    BaseballSoftballUK continues to closely follow the UK Government and Sport England’s advice on the lockdown and associated restrictions. In particular, advice on a return to playing community and grassroots sports continues to evolve and we have this week been in touch with the relevant authorities to review this policy and guidance. Below is a summary, applicable in England only. Outdoor activity permitted for baseball and softball players and coaches Official social distancing restricti
  • 'Bro, I'm risking my life': Rays' Snell says playing for reduced pay not worth it

    'Bro, I'm risking my life': Rays' Snell says playing for reduced pay not worth it
    ‘I’m not playing unless I get mine,’ says All-Star pitcherSnell agreed to $50m, five-year contract in March 2019Tampa Bay Rays All-Star pitcher Blake Snell says he will not take the mound this year if his pay is cut further, proclaiming: “I’m not playing unless I get mine.”“I’m not splitting no revenue. I want all mine,” the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner said on a Twitch stream Wednesday. “Bro, y’all got to understand, too, becaus
  • COVID-19 Update from BaseballSoftballUK - 12 May

    BaseballSoftballUK continues to closely follow the UK Government and Sport England’s advice on the lockdown and associated restrictions. The Government’s latest statements on 10th and 11th May indicated that community team sport is unlikely to be permitted before 1st July with people allowed to exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless with their own household. Therefore, we’re announcing the ongoing suspension of all tournaments and group bookings at  Farnham
  • Just 0.7% of MLB employees test positive for Covid-19 antibodies

    Just 0.7% of MLB employees test positive for Covid-19 antibodies
    Study involved players and staff from 26 of MLB’s 30 teamsStudy leader said he expected more positive testsBaseball is planning to restart its delayed season soonJust 0.7% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to Covid-19. The small number of positive tests, came as the league continues to plan to start its delayed season.Researchers received 6,237 completed surveys from employees of 26 clubs. The tests were administered in mid-April. About 70% of those who test
  • Taiwan to welcome baseball fans back into stadiums this week

    Taiwan to welcome baseball fans back into stadiums this week
    Attendees required to wear face masks and sit apartTickets will be sold to fans on a ‘real name’ basisBaseball fans will be let back into Taiwanese stadiums this week as the government begins relaxing some controls implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus.Taiwan has been relatively successful at controlling the virus, with 439 cases to date and six deaths, and 100 active infections, thanks to early prevention and detection efforts. The island has never gone into total lockdow
  • Taiwan takes action to welcome baseball fans back into stadiums

    Taiwan takes action to welcome baseball fans back into stadiums
    Attendees required to wear face masks and sit apartTickets will be sold to fans on a ‘real name’ basisBaseball fans will be let back into Taiwanese stadiums this week as the government begins relaxing some controls implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus.Taiwan has been relatively successful at controlling the virus, with 439 cases to date and six deaths, and 100 active infections, thanks to early prevention and detection efforts. The island has never gone into total lockdow
  • Taiwan takes action and welcomes baseball fans back into stadiums

    Taiwan takes action and welcomes baseball fans back into stadiums
    Attendees required to wear face masks and sit apartTickets will be sold to fans on a ‘real name’ basisBaseball fans will be let back into Taiwanese stadiums this week as the government begins relaxing some controls implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus.Taiwan has been relatively successful at controlling the virus, with 439 cases to date and six deaths, and 100 active infections, thanks to early prevention and detection efforts. The island has never gone into total lockdow
  • Baseball restarts in South Korea behind closed doors with virtual fans – video report

    Baseball restarts in South Korea behind closed doors with virtual fans – video report
    South Korea's professional baseball league has officially restarted. A full schedule of games was played behind closed doors, with pictures of fans painted on the seats. Viewers could watch via video conference apps and some of the games were broadcast on ESPN Continue reading...
  • Coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle as US sports leagues eye return

    Coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle as US sports leagues eye return
    MLB, NBA and NHL face uncertain timetables on restartingNascar to resume season in May with seven races in 10 daysPoliticians, players and owners are trying to figure out a way to get baseball, basketball and hockey going again, not only for economic reasons but as a welcome diversion for a social distancing nation facing uncertain times.But to do so would require commandeering thousands of test kits each week for millionaire pro athletes and support staff, something many view as unseemly, espec
  • 12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez considers return to baseball at 47

    12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez considers return to baseball at 47
    Outfielder says he would like to play in Taiwanese leagueRamirez’s final MLB season came in 2011Retired MLB superstar Manny Ramirez is considering a return to baseball in Taiwan at the age of 47. Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League is one of the few professional sports competitions still running during the Covid-19 pandemic. The five-team league started earlier this month and live audiences are not allowed into the stands. Games are streamed live and free internationally on
  • A Secret Love review – moving portrait of two women's 60-year romance

    A Secret Love review – moving portrait of two women's 60-year romance
    This heartwarming documentary traces the lives of a baseball star and her partner, now in their 90s, who pretended to be ‘just good friends’ for decadesThis documentary from Netflix is a real heart-soother. Directed with tremendous sensitivity and intimacy by Chris Bolan, it’s a love story about two women now in their 90s – Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel, who’ve been together since the 40s. For decades they kept up the pretence of being “just good friends&rdqu
  • ‘Children in football kits start kicking me up the bum’: my life as a mascot

    ‘Children in football kits start kicking me up the bum’: my life as a mascot
    Remember football – the crowds, the noise, the goofy beaver dancing on the touchline? Welcome to the weird world of the matchday mascotThere is no force in the universe more irresistible than a high five from Reading FC’s lion mascot, Kingsley. The only thing that comes close is a hug from Kingsley’s mascot wife, Queensley. Do not ask why a mascot needs a mascot wife, because I cannot explain that in any meaningful way. Mascots intersect society at the exact same angle as cerea
  • Red Sox lose draft pick but escape major punishment over cheating allegations

    Red Sox lose draft pick but escape major punishment over cheating allegations
    MLB investigation into sign-stealing concludes on WednesdayTeam’s replay operator is given one-year suspensionMajor League Baseball has completed its investigation into allegations the Boston Red Sox were involved in a sign-stealing operation during their 2018 World Series-winning season, suspending replay operator JT Watkins for one year and stripping the team of a second-round draft pick. The team’s former manager, Alex Cora, is suspended for the 2020 season but only for his part i
  • Hall of famer Halladay performed stunts and was on drugs before fatal plane crash

    Hall of famer Halladay performed stunts and was on drugs before fatal plane crash
    Former Phillies and Blue Jays pitcher was killed in 2017Report finds risky behavior before fatal plane crashBaseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high-levels of amphetamines in his system and was performing stunts when he lost control of his plane and nosedived into Tampa Bay in November 2017, a National Transportation Safety Board report issued on Wednesday said. The crash killed Halladay. Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level o
  • 'We have to get our sports back': Trump says he is sick of watching baseball repeats

    'We have to get our sports back': Trump says he is sick of watching baseball repeats
    Professional sports have shut down during Covid-19 pandemicTrump has assembled panel of advisers from sports worldDonald Trump, a man not known for his patience, wants to get live sports back as soon as possible. The president made his comments during a White House press conference on Tuesday evening. Professional sports across America, and the world, have been shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Trump said he was bored of watching repeats.“We have to get our sports back. I’m
  • Staying #GameReady In Uncertain Times

    During these extraordinary times, BaseballSoftballUK wants to help keep you prepared and as game ready as possible. We also want to make sure that our playing community is properly taken care of, both physically and mentally. Our #GameReady campaign is designed to do just that. Starting next week, our team will be creating and sharing all different types of content – including webinars, live Q&A sessions, links, stories,  and more – to keep you and your clubs, teams and lea
  • Triple-headers and robot umpires. Would MLB's reported restart plan work?

    Triple-headers and robot umpires. Would MLB's reported restart plan work?
    With the coronavirus pandemic grinding the global sports world to a halt, Major League Baseball is exploring ways to start the season as early as MayAccording to multiple reports this week, the season would start in May with teams traveling to play each other in Arizona. There are 10 ballparks within 50 miles of each other in the Phoenix area, and one Major League stadium: Chase Field, the artificial turfed, enclosed, air conditioned home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, that could host daily triple
  • BaseballSoftballUK announces Board Appointments

    Four new Independent Directors were appointed to the BaseballSoftballUK Board at the organisation’s General Meeting on Tuesday, 17 March. Appointed as Independent Non-Executive Directors were Prashant Dave, Partner at Blake Morgan LLP; Fiona Breeden, Lead Consultant at Two Circles Sports Marketing Agency; Gary Henderson, Partner & Chief Operating Officer at 4global Consulting, and Matthew Knowles, Global Corporate Communications at Inmarsat. They were joined by British Softball Federa
  • My favourite game: Cubs v Indians, World Series 2016, Game 7

    My favourite game: Cubs v Indians, World Series 2016, Game 7
    The Cubs had gone 108 years without winning the World Series and I was in a bar in Pasadena when they ended the droughtIn 1989 a scriptwriter called Bob Gale needed to sort out a plot twist for Back to the Future Part II, the one where Marty McFly ends up riding a hoverboard in 2015. “What was the most absurd thing you could think of in 1989?” Gale said, many years later. “What would make Marty McFly go: “WHAT???” What would make him want to bet on sports? And it wa
  • Ex-Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis: 'We obviously cheated baseball'

    Ex-Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis: 'We obviously cheated baseball'
    Former Astros catcher comes clean on sign-stealing scandalGattis joins Toronto’s Ken Giles in airing guilty conscienceEvan Gattis fought to win a World Series ring with the Houston Astros and got one in 2017. Looking back, it feels like he lost. Gattis was with the Astros for their historic run, which since has been disgraced by revelations of a sign-stealing scheme that cost general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch their jobs and a one-year ban from baseball. The repercussions swe
  • For the love of the game: Life as a minor leaguer on $8,000 a year

    For the love of the game: Life as a minor leaguer on $8,000 a year
    Players in the big leagues make millions of dollars but it can be a financial struggle for players further down the ladder. And that was before Covid-19By the end of January, John O’Reilly was chomping at the bit to get to spring training. Like most minor leaguers, the 24-year-old pitcher, newly assigned to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, viewed baseball’s preseason as a mecca of opportunity. Sure, O’Reilly who played last season in Double-A, minor league baseball’s
  • COVID-19 Update from BaseballSoftballUK - 31 March

    BaseballSoftballUK continues to closely follow the Government and Public Health England’s advice on restricting movement and public gatherings. However, we would like to provide an update for event organisers and participants of our programmes and events during this time of ongoing disruption and uncertainty. We have therefore taken the decision today to announce the continued closure of Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex and our Home Plate Bar and Kitchen clubhouse, as well as t
  • Major League Baseball and players' union agree on terms for return of 2020 season

    Major League Baseball and players' union agree on terms for return of 2020 season
    Players agree to deal addressing salary and service-time issuesOpening day has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliestPlayers agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like.As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players will not challenge the loss of their salaries if no games are played. Related: A
  • 'Everything went to hell': stadium workers on the US sports shutdown

    'Everything went to hell': stadium workers on the US sports shutdown
    When leagues across America shut down due to the Covid-19 outbreak, stadium workers found themselves struggling. Here are three of their storiesMike Dougherty (St Paul, Minnesota): “I have been a food and beverage vendor since 1989 when I started at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Coincidentally the first day I vended was the same day as my first day of classes at law school. What started out as a job to do as a fun distraction, and a little extra money, from the r
  • COVID-19 Update from BaseballSoftballUK

    In light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and following the Government’s latest advice, issued yesterday 16 March, BaseballSoftballUK has taken the decision to suspend all of its national programmes and events until 30 April 2020. This decision also affects events being run independently at our Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex which is closed to the public, including for training sessions. Our Home Plate Bar and Kitchen clubhouse will also shut effectively imme
  • Super Skills Sunday sees Softball Spectacular in Trafford

    On Sunday, 8th March BaseballSoftballUK hosted a spectacular day for player development, running sessions for softballers of all ages keen to refine their skills and knowledge of the game. First on the itinerary was a Slowpitch pitching course, lead by Great Britain pitcher David Lee and his expert assistant Yuki Ono. The pair travelled from Bristol to run the sold out course for 16 budding pitchers, ranging in level from new to the game to players with more than 10 years experience pitching, e
  • COVID-19 Statement from BaseballSoftballUK

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, 13th March, 2020 BaseballSoftballUK is closely monitoring the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus and will continue to follow the advice of the British Government and public health authorities with regards to public safety. Yesterday, 12th March, during the Government’s press conference, we received clear advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus. We also heard that we should operate on a ‘business as usual’ basis, specifically,
  • Finances will be shattered by sports suspensions. But it won't be the stars who suffer

    Finances will be shattered by sports suspensions. But it won't be the stars who suffer
    Most of North America’s major leagues have shuttered during the Covid-19 outbreak. The effects will be particularly hard on stadium workersOn the surface, the Wednesday afternoon matinee between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles back in April 2015 appears as nondescript as it gets. It was an early season contest between a pair of teams hurtling toward mediocrity. The Orioles won 8-2, powered by a six-run first inning – but that isn’t why we’re talking about it.
  • MLS and NHL suspend seasons as coronavirus delays start of MLB campaign

    MLS and NHL suspend seasons as coronavirus delays start of MLB campaign
    Baseball season had been scheduled to start at end of monthDavid Beckham’s Inter Miami had been due for home opener
    NBA season had already announced suspension of seasonThe coronavirus outbreak has torn into the US and Canadian sporting calendars as two of North America’s biggest leagues, Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League, announced on Thursday they are suspending operations. Shortly afterwards Major League Baseball said it would cancel its Spring Training games and
  • March Madness canceled over coronavirus as MLB, MLS and NHL suspend action

    March Madness canceled over coronavirus as MLB, MLS and NHL suspend action
    Baseball season had been scheduled to start at end of monthDavid Beckham’s Inter Miami had been due for home opener
    NBA season had already announced suspension of seasonThe coronavirus outbreak has torn into the US and Canadian sporting calendars as two of North America’s biggest leagues, Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League, announced on Thursday they are suspending operations. Shortly afterwards Major League Baseball said it would cancel its spring training games and
  • MLS and NHL suspend seasons as coronavirus hits North American sports

    MLS and NHL suspend seasons as coronavirus hits North American sports
    David Beckham’s Inter Miami had been due for home opener
    NBA season had already announced suspension of seasonThe coronavirus outbreak has torn into the US and Canadian sporting calendars as two of North America’s biggest leagues, Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League, announced on Thursday they are suspending operations. The news came a day after the National Basketball Association said it would suspend play until further notice.Major League Baseball teams have been pre

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