For professional golfers, the first week of April is supposed to bring azaleas and a Green Jacket. This year, it brings social distancing and Lysol wipes.

In what is supposed to be professional golf’s biggest week of the season, the irony isn’t lost on the players of the Outlaw Tour that while the best players in the world were supposed to be playing The Masters, it was the 50 or so golfers teeing it up at an event in Arizona that had the golf world talking.

The Outlaw Tour, a mini-tour based out of Phoenix, sees professionals try to hone

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The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.

The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.

The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been cancelled because of the deadly virus while the start of … Read More

NEW YORK — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young are among 58 prospects who will participate remotely in the NFL draft next week that will double as a telethon to raise money to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Burrow is one of eight LSU players who will take part in the April 23-25 draft, one more than Alabama.

Normally, top prospects would be invited to the draft itself, but this year’s festivities in Las Vegas were scuttled by the coronavirus outbreak and the draft will instead be conducted in a studio with the league’s 32

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In an abrupt about-face at the behest of broadcast partner ESPN, the UFC has postponed UFC 249 and all future scheduled shows due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

As recently as Wednesday, UFC president Dana White had insisted UFC 249 would go on as scheduled April 18.

But on Thursday, White said “today we got a call from the highest level you can go in Disney and the highest level of ESPN.”

“ESPN has been very very good to us and the powers that be there asked me to stand down and not do this event (April 18),” he added

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Toronto sports figures from Mitch Marner to Michael Bradley have joined forces with Mayor John Tory in a video urging people to “come together by staying home” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 81-second Team Toronto video is a collaboration between the city and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, whose team presidents partnered with the Blue Jays to create the Team Toronto fund to assist arena/stadium and support staff during the ongoing sports shutdown.

While asking Torontonians to stay at home during the pandemic so as to avoid spreading the virus, the emotional video also pays tribute to frontline health-care workers.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR champion and all-around Everyman, has added home-schooling elementary teacher to his resume.

The sports stoppage from the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a red flag on Johnson’s farewell tour. He had planned a final season of racing a full NASCAR schedule, but so far that has lasted just four races.

Amid all the uncertainty, Johnson doesn’t know when he’ll be back in his beloved No. 48 Chevrolet.

NASCAR is publicly targeting a May 9 return at Martinsville, privately holding its breath for a May 24 re-opening at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte but vowing

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The International Tennis Federation is putting about half of its staff on furlough and cutting other employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The move includes a 30 per cent pay drop in 2020 for ITF President David Haggerty and reductions of 10 or 20 per cent for others.

Haggerty wrote in an email to the AP on Thursday that the ITF’s finance committee and board “looked at all areas where we felt we could make savings in the short term to be prepared for the return to tennis.”

Haggerty also said that the group’s reserve funds are available to

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