The Latest: Padres to play "God Bless America" at Petco Park

The latest news about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

San Diego Padres scheduled to play “ God Bless America ” in the empty Petco Park at 1:10 PM PT Thursday, which would be the scheduled time for the first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies. “data-reactid =” 34 “> The San Diego Padres planned to play ‘God Bless America’ in the empty Petco Park at 1:10 PM PT Thursday, which would be the scheduled time for their first pitch of their opening day. game against the Colorado Rockies.

As the season was delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres intended to play the song “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you in this time of crisis,” the team said in a message on social media.

The Padres also said they would partner with Phil’s BBQ, a local chain with a franchise stand in Petco Park, to provide lunch for staff and volunteers from UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank.

Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for training since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow the social distance guidelines.

The NCAA will pay $ 225 million to its Division I members in June. ‘

That total is $ 375 million less than budgeted this year because the corona virus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament.

The NCAA says that $ 50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $ 270 million cancellation insurance is used to pay off a line balance that covers the remaining distribution.

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway donates $ 50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. “data-reactid =” 43 “> Denver Broncos general manager John Elway donates $ 50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.

Elway’s personal donation follows a $ 500,000 donation from the team.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis said in a statement: “ Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am more than proud to thank the Denver Broncos for supporting Coloradans in our time of need. ”

The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly organized a ride last weekend with personal protective equipment in their stadium.

Elway said he wants to support frontline hospital workers, doctors and nurses in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway called his son-in-law a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They really are the warriors,” said Elway.

-AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reports from Aurora, Colorado.

Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field to at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin governor Tony Evers issued a “safer home” order until then. “data-reactid =” 50 “> The Green Bay Packers has extended the closure of Lambeau Field to at least April 24 to help mitigate the spread of the corona virus, after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers until that date had issued a safer home order.

Packers officials said the closing would continue until that order expires or a replacement order is issued.

This closure also applies to the Pro Shop of the Packers and the Packers Hall of Fame, as well as public activities organized by the team in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants located near the stadium.

Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have critical personnel for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the remaining Packers staff will continue to work remotely if tasks allow.

The Packers announced on March 13 that they would shut down their company to the public for two weeks. This step continues those closings.

Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind the NHL going straight to the playoffs when the season can resume. “data-reactid =” 56 “> Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind the NHL going straight to the playoffs when the season can resume.

“You try to play as many games as possible … but it wouldn’t be a problem to start right at the playoffs,” Crosby said at a video conference with media members on Thursday.

Jordan Steel, and New York Rangers defender Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he preferred about the resumption of the season after a break from the coronavirus pandemic. “Data-reactid =” 58 “> Crosby was joined by the captain of Philadelphia Flyers, Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal and New York Rangers defender Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he preferred to resume the season after a hiatus from the coronavirus pandemic.

Opinions differ about the future of the NHL, especially as there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount.

“Which is the best thing,” said Jordan Steel. “Everyone would accept that a bit. ”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $ 5 million to help businesses and communities in Louisiana meet the challenges posed by the rapid transmission of the corona virus in the state.

Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership interest, as well as a large hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals a day to people in emergency.

Brees says he hopes to fund the program “as long as it is necessary for children with meal programs, seniors and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our bit, keep hope and get through it together . ”

The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions to fund charity efforts in New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast areas. Most of these efforts have focused on improving learning and recreation opportunities for children and on health and well-being for children and seniors.

The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed to August due to the coronavirus pandemic and will not take place on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946.

The race will take place instead of August 23.

It was an inevitable decision, but it still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to get the historic site ready for his first 500 under new ownership .

IndyCar would race again on May 9 on the road course in Indianapolis.

That race will now be held on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the corona virus and will be quarantined for two weeks.

Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that Gulfstream Park officials required as a requirement before being allowed to drive in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says he has not had “known contact with anyone who has tested positive.”

Castellano last rode on March 15 when he had two riders on Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was due to ride Gulfstream this weekend.

It is unclear whether Castellano could have ridden Gulfstream this weekend, even though the physicist hadn’t discovered he has the corona virus. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling on anyone flying 14 days from New York City or the surrounding areas to Florida to quarantine on their own.

– Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami

Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. Wednesday morning died of coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.

Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “ deepest condolences ” to Reed and his family in a release, saying the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has hit so many people and it is even more difficult when it hits someone in the UofL football family. ”

Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two games the following season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.

Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hopes of raising $ 11 million ($ 12.1 million) to help Spain fight the corona virus.

The tennis and basketball stars said in social media videos that they support a Red Cross fundraising campaign to help the public health crisis.

Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and have urged others to follow their example. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would participate.

Nadal says “I think we are who we are, largely thanks to your support and now we need to be there for you. ”

Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 deaths from the virus.

Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the University Triathlon World Championship in Hungary has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already moved to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.

The next day, a World Cup event in Valencia was scheduled. It is the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.

The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.

The university worlds would take place on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.

A football exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 in Denver has been canceled due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that promoted the game, said on Thursday that the federations will attempt to reschedule the game for the World Cup in November 2022.

The Italian football federation has offered its hotel and auditorium to people who have their health checked during the coronavirus outbreak.

The facilities outside of Florence are normally used by Italy’s national football teams and also offer high-level courses for coaches and sports directors.

Federation President Gabriele Gravina says “Now that we are no longer playing football, in order to do that we must win the most important game against the corona virus together. ”

Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 deaths from the virus.

Real Madrid and the Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help fight the corona virus outbreak.

The football club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They are then distributed to hospitals by the government.

Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 deaths from the COVID-19 virus.

Civil society groups, companies and individuals donate much-needed masks and all materials that can be used to create protective clothing for doctors and nurses.

Four German football clubs have pledged $ 20 million ($ 21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to survive after matches in the country were suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will transfer 12.5 million euros ($ 13.7 million) in unpaid TV money and another 7.5 million euros ($ 8.2 million) in add own resources. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, which gave them extra income.

The German football league, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said that it fears many clubs could suffer financial collapse if the games cannot be resumed.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “In these difficult times, it is important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders. ”

Paris Saint-Germain sells a new sweater online and the profits go to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

The French champion’s shirt bears the “ Tous Unis ” (All United) emblem on the front.

A total of 262,500 euros (approximately $ 288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys with a price of 175 euros ($ 192) are sold.

PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive and grateful for the amazing work” medical personnel on the front line have done against the virus.

The Spanish Grand Prix on the May 3 MotoGP circuit has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.

The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.

The Turkish boxing association says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the corona virus after returning from an Olympic qualifying match in London.

The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the match and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed in the same hotel and ate in the same cafeteria.

The IOC is organizing boxing qualifying matches because governing body AIBA has been suspended.

The Turkish team participated on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC ended the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.

The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of a high fever are waiting for the results of their tests.

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