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President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump talks with US pro sports leaders to discuss virus

Apr. 4, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

President Donald Trump talked to many U.S. pro sports leaders about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said later in a briefing at the White House....

In this image taken from video provided by iRacing IndyCar, IndyCar Pato O'Ward, foreground, heads into a turn during opening lap of the American Red Cross Grand Prix virtual IndyCar auto race at Watkins Glen International, Saturday, March 28, 2020. (iRacing IndyCar via AP)

McLaughlin wins virtual IndyCar event racing from Australia

Apr. 4, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

Scott McLaughlin’s real IndyCar debut is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian V8 SuperCars champion isn’t letting that stop him from learning how to virtually drive the cars. McLaughlin won IndyCar’s virtual race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, the...

The Latest: US Tennis Association says best to not play now

Apr. 3, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective...

FILE - In this July 14, 2019, file photo, injured driver Robert Wickens is photographed before leading the parade lap in a car fitted with hand controls before the Honda Indy auto race in Toronto. Wickens has been fighting his way back from a spinal cord injury, waiting anxiously to line up on a starting grid and compete against his old racing buddies. On Saturday, April 4, 2020, he wait ends. The promising Canadian driver will make his debut in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge — a virtual race on the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama that Wickens believes could be the biggest step yet in his recovery. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Wickens hopes iRace will be 1st step back on IndyCar journey

Apr. 3, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Wickens never gave up on his dreams. When his Formula One hopes fizzled, Wickens worked his way back through the ranks to compete in the IndyCar Series. When doctors told him he might not walk again following a horrific crash at Pocono in August 2018, he set out to prove them...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, the New England Patriots customized Boeing 767 jet rests on the tarmac at T.F. Green Airport, in Warwick, R.I. The Patriots private team plane is expected to land in Boston on Thursday, April 2, 2020, returning from China with more than one million masks to help control the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The Latest: MLS extends training moratorium through April 24

Apr. 2, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be...

Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Miami. The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that it's working with Holland America on a detailed docking plan that would require two ships carrying passengers and crew from an ill-fated cruise to handle all medical issues without impacting South Florida's already-stressed hospitals.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Column: Say no to bizarre ideas to get sports going again

Apr. 1, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

The NBA playoffs on cruise ships? Tiger vs. Lefty, The Sequel? Formula One drivers intentionally exposed to the coronavirus? In these challenging times when sports around the world are largely shut down because of the pandemic, some bizarre ideas have been floated to get things going again. These aren't even...

In this image taken from a video provided by iRacing IndyCar, IndyCar driver Kyle Kirkwood, foreground, collides with Alexander Rossi (27) during the early running of the American Red Cross Grand Prix virtual IndyCar auto race at Watkins Glen International, Saturday, March 28, 2020. (iRacing IndyCar via AP)

IndyCar's virtual race to be aired on NBC Sports Network

Apr. 1, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

IndyCar's virtual racing will be televised beginning with Saturday's iRacing event, which has been picked up by NBC Sports. The debut virtual race last weekend drew 433,000 combined viewers to both IndyCar and iRacing's online stream. Totals viewers jumped to 600,000 when IndyCar tallied how many watched drivers'...

The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first...

In this Friday, March 27, 2020, photo provided by NASCAR, safety splash shields are made at the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. NASCAR has joined the effort, using their idled equipment and technology to produce face shields and other needed PPE items for health care workers battling the new coronavirus. (Eric Jacuzzi/NASCAR via AP)

NASCAR industry steps up to produce PPE's in COVID-19 crisis

Mar. 31, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The five 3D printers at NASCAR's Research & Technology center – two delivered in February and installed less than two weeks ago -- are typically focused on composite parts and working on an updated stock car. But when racing came to a stop March 13 amid the coronavirus...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, file photo, Timmy Hill takes a parade lap in front of fans before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Virtual racing has been the small saving grace for motorsports since the coronavirus global pandemic brought nearly everything to a halt. For journeyman driver Timmy Hill, his iRacing victory on national television gave Hill and his sponsors exposure they'd never receive during a normal NASCAR weekend. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

In The Pits: iRacing is fun but won't carry teams for long

Mar. 30, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Virtual racing has been the small saving grace for motorsports since the coronavirus pandemic brought nearly everything to a halt. Timmy Hill's iRacing victory on national television gave the journeyman driver and his sponsors exposure they would never receive during a normal NASCAR...