05/27 11:28 CDT The Latest: Dolphins owner Ross to provide meals, jobs
The Latest: Dolphins owner Ross to provide meals, jobs
By The Associated Press
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has announced a multimillion-dollar
commitment through the team's foundation to provide jobs and food during the
Starting Monday at the Dolphins' stadium, the initiative will give out a
minimum of 1,000 meals each weekday for up to 12 months. On Sundays, the
Dolphins will work with churches and community groups to purchase food from
restaurants to provide a minimum of 1,000 meals.
The team said Ross will invest at least $2 million, and with matching donations
the goal is a $4 million total impact. The program will generate jobs and
revenue for the restaurant industry, and employ guest services and security
staff at the stadium, the Dolphins said.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved Keeneland's request for a
five-day, spectator-free meet July 8-12 that will allow the running of marquee
prep races for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
Keeneland canceled its 16-day spring meet in March amid public health concerns
because of the coronavirus outbreak. That initially eliminated the $600,000
Grade 2 Blue Grass and $400,000 Grade 1 Ashland, which award points toward the
Derby and its sister race for fillies, Oaks. The track last week requested the
special meet, which the KHRC granted after Ellis Park made the dates available.
The Ashland and Blue Grass are now back in play for the Oaks and Derby, which
are set for Sept. 4-5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
"Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to our request, and
we applaud all their work on behalf of Kentucky racing during these
unprecedented times," said Keeneland President/CEO Bill Thomason, who also
thanked Ellis Park in a news release.
Added Ellis Park general manager Jeffrey Inman, "We are all in this together,
and Ellis Park is pleased to work with Keeneland on a plan that benefits our
horsemen and Kentucky racing."
Keeneland plans to run at least nine races each day and will feature 10 graded
The Kontinental Hockey League says it plans to return on Sept. 2 to open the
The last KHL game was played on March 12. The season was then suspended because
of the coronavirus pandemic.
The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL.
It ended its 2019-20 season part-way through the playoffs without declaring a
The league says Sept. 2 is a preliminary date which could be subject to
"necessary corrections" depending on how the coronavirus situation develops.
International travel restrictions became a problem for KHL teams. The league
has teams in six countries but most are in Russia.
The projected Sept. 2 start date is broadly in line with other recent KHL
The French soccer federation has rejected the league's bid for a 22-team second
division next season to save clubs from being relegated.
The French league voted last week to allow Le Mans and Orlans to stay in the
second division while Pau and Dunkerque were promoted from the third division.
But the executive committee of French soccer's governing body has overruled
The FFF says that "the two relegations for the 2019-20 season are maintained
and the second division will remain at 20 clubs for the 2020-21 season."
The French government ordered soccer and rugby leagues to be canceled at the
end of April because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bologna says a member of its staff may have coronavirus and if it is confirmed
the entire squad will go into quarantine.
Bologna says the latest series of tests revealed "a suspected positive case for
The club says that as a precaution the team will train individually on Thursday.
It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training
in groups if it is confirmed.
Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The league is hoping to restart on June 13.
The Spanish soccer federation says it will allow games to be played on Mondays
and Fridays until the end of the season even though a judge has denied the
Spanish league's official request to play on those days.
League president Javier Tebas has said he wants matches to be played every day
but the federation had been against the idea.
The federation says it "wants to clearly show its good will" and is also
willing to extend the exception into the beginning of next season depending on
how the pandemic progresses and if games will continue to be played without
The league says it will appeal the judge's decision. It says it jeopardizes the
soccer industry in Spain. The league was not able to schedule matches on
Mondays before the competition was suspended in mid-March.
Premier League clubs have voted unanimously to resume contact training in the
latest step toward restarting the soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The league says players are now able to train as a group and "engage in
tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact."
Play has been suspended in the world's richest league since March 13.
The league says "discussions are ongoing as work continues toward resuming the
Players returned to training last week and have been practicing in small groups
with social distancing maintained.
The final Asian qualifying place for the women's soccer tournament at the Tokyo
Olympics is set to be decided in February.
The Asian Football Confederation says the postponed two-leg series between
China and South Korea will be played Feb. 19 and 24. No venues for the games
The games were previously postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The
2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for one year.
The 12-team women's tournament is scheduled to start in Japan ahead of the
Olympic opening ceremony on July 23, 2021.
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