TORONTO — On Saturday, with professional sports across the globe almost universally halted, and North Americans slowly coming to terms with the reality that COVID-19 wasn’t only present in their communities, but had been spreading for some time, John Makdessi was walking out of a tunnel into an aging arena in Brasilia, Brazil for the 17th fight of his UFC career.

There was no one there to greet him. No roar of the crowd layered beneath his booming entrance music. No friends or family to spot in the masses. The UFC had been forced by governmental order to do the

Read More

Wimbledon becomes the next grand slam under threat from coronavirus, after the French Open was moved, but officials hope it can go ahead.

Wimbledon management have promised to “act responsibly” and insist they are preparing for the tournament to go ahead on schedule.

The French Open was moved on Tuesday from a May start date to September, taking players by surprise, with suggestions the men’s and women’s tours may also have been caught out.

In the fast-moving climate of concern over the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) is preparing for Wimbledon to begin on

Read More

New England Patriots legend Tom Brady is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington are reporting.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport adds that the contract will pay Brady roughly $30-million a season.

Read More

Eric Smith is the play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors on Sportsnet 590 the FAN and the sideline reporter during Sportsnet Raptors television broadcasts.

He was with the team during their five-game Western Conference road trip and travelled with them on the team plane. As such, he, like the rest of the Raptors staff, was tested for COVID-19, a trial that came out negative.

This is a first-hand account from Smith about his experience and why he’s still self-isolating.

Arrival in Salt Lake City

Last Monday I was in Utah, getting set to do the play-by-play of the Toronto Raptors

Read More

The new slogan the U.S. Open introduced just 17 days ago is an indication of how complicated it will be for golf to resume, assuming it ever does this year.

It’s not a matter of when the majors are played. It becomes a question of who plays.

The branding campaign called “From Many, One,” touches on the identity that sets the U.S. Open — men’s and women’s — apart from the other majors.

The U.S. Open usually gets about 9,000 entries who go through 18 holes of local qualifying or 36 holes of sectional qualifying, sometimes both. From that comes

Read More

First the Masters, now the PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship is being postponed, a person involved in the discussions told The Associated Press. It was scheduled for May 14-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not been announced.

It follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that events of 50 people or more not be held for eight weeks. That would last until the Sunday before the PGA Championship.

San Francisco now is among six counties in the Bay Area where residents are … Read More

LONDON — After being forced to postpone the European Championship, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin fears football on the continent is facing its biggest crisis ever.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the European game to a standstill, and there is no way of knowing when the action can resume. The latest step was for UEFA, the governing body of the sport in Europe, to postpone the continent’s showcase tournament from this summer to next year.

And Ceferin knows the difficulties are far from over.

“It is the biggest crisis that football faced in history,” Ceferin said in a television interview with

Read More

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR plans to reschedule the seven Cup Series races already postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Figuring out how to cram the events and the All-Star race into the crowded 36-race schedule could be difficult.

NASCAR has already postponed its season until May 9 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. IndyCar suspended its start to the season through the end of April last week, while Formula One has postponed or cancelled several events, including last weekend’s opener in Australia.

“These clearly are unprecedented times with information changing by the hour,” NASCAR President Steve Phelps said Tuesday. “Collectively, our

Read More