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(New York, NY)  --  MLB and the union have stipulations set for an eventual return to play.  In an agreement reached late last week, ESPN reports the season won't start until there is no ban on mass gatherings, no travel restrictions and no health threat to players, staff and fans.



(Memphis, TN)  --  According to reports, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera inquired about relocating the franchise in August of last year.  As one of the smallest markets in the NBA, rumors built around the team moving to a bigger city such as Seattle.  The Grizzlies were in Vancouver from 1995-2001.  Seattle hasn't had a team since the SuperSonics left in 2008.



(Undated)  --  Agent Scott Boras is upset that the deal between MLB and the union could shorten the draft.  ESPN reports commissioner Rob Manfred could potentially reduce the draft from 40 rounds to as little as five.  Boras says it would limit the financial pool for amateurs.



(Undated)  --  Former Oregon State basketball star Sydney Wiese has tested positive for the coronavirus.  She says she's exhibiting mild symptoms.  Wiese, who played for the Beavers from 2013-2017, helped lead them to the women's basketball Final Four in 2016.  She is currently on the Los Angeles Sparks.



(Undated)  --  The NCAA is voting today on whether or not to grant eligibility relief to student-athletes in spring sports.  Those students are losing out on this season due to the coronavirus pandemic and are fighting for an additional year.  The NCAA says the main concern is the financial burden it will have on smaller schools.



In prep basketball, all-league honors have been handed out in the 5-A Girls Intermountain conference. Ridgeview’s Paige Pentzer named Player of the Year. Alaina Clark and Jenna Albrecht from Ridgeview also named first team and Ravens coach Alicia Love is the coach of the year.

 

Ellie Corwin of Redmond named to the second team, and Crook County’s Dallas Hutchins and Liz Barker earn third team honors with Skyla Gonzalez of Redmond and Marley Sargent of Ridgeview.

 

On the boys side…Crook County dominates as Kevin Sanchez is the Player of the Year with Caleb Arnold earning first team recognition. Redmond’s Dylan Moss joins them with Crook County head coach Jason Mumm tabbed coach of the year.



(Renton, WA)  --  The newest member of the Seahawks' secondary is making it known he wanted to come to Seattle.  Cornerback Quinton Dunbar told 710 ESPN that he wanted to be a part of the Seahawks and that he watched some of the great Seattle secondaries while he was in college.  The Seahawks acquired Dunbar from the Redskins for a fifth-round pick last week.



(Undated)  --  According to reports, MLB and its players association have agreed to deal surrounding the league stoppage due to COVID-19.  Players have voted and owners are expected to ratify a deal that will cover an advance in salary for players along with the right to shorten the MLB Draft and honor full service time for 2020 if no season occurs.



(Undated)  --  The NFL Draft will go on with its original date.  Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo around the league stating the draft will keep its dates from April 23rd to 25th.  According to ESPN, the memo warns of punishment for anyone that criticizes the league's decision. The commissioner also told teams to prepare for conducting the draft process outside of their facilities, which have closed amid the ongoing coronavirus.



(Undated)  --  On what would have been Opening Day, the Mariners and MLB are instead navigating through a pandemic.  ESPN reports MLB is working with teams and the union to advance a portion of player salaries.  MLB also wants all non-player employees to be paid through at least April.



(Undated)  --  The NCAA will vote on March 30th on whether athletes from winter and spring sports will get an extra year of eligibility.  Many sports seasons were abruptly canceled weeks ago once the coronavirus pandemic began.  Athletes in their final season of NCAA eligibility won't get to make up their seasons if the vote doesn't go through.



(New York, NY)  --  The NHL is postponing a trio of June events.  The Scouting Combine in Buffalo, the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas and the NHL Draft in Montreal have all been called off.  The league says location, timing and format of the draft will be announced when details are finalized.



(New York, NY)  --  The Seahawks may be wearing more than one helmet during the season starting as early as 2021.  The league is considering changing its one-helmet rule that prohibits different logos to match throwback jerseys.  A league spokesman tells ESPN no decision has been made.



(Undated)  --  Don't look for the Sounders or Timbers on the pitch any time soon.  Major League Soccer announced Wednesday it is extending its training ban through April 3rd in order to follow CDC guidelines in limiting the spread of COVID-19.  MLS suspended its season on March 12th.



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are bringing in a veteran receiver.  The Seahawks are signing Phillip Dorsett to a one-year deal.  Dorsett caught 29 passes for the Patriots in 2019.



(Undated)  --  The NFL is instituting rules regarding the coronavirus.  The policies are in effect with those set by states across the country in the wake of COVID-19.  Facilities around the league will close today to all employees except those deemed essential.



(Undated)  --  The NFL and its general managers are at odds over when the draft should be held.  According to ESPN, the league wants to continue on with the draft being held April 23rd to 25th while the general managers would like it pushed to a later date so they can have more time to do testing that has been paused as a result of COVID-19.  The GM subcommittee voted to approve the recommendation.



(Tokyo, Japan)  --  The IOC is postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  The IOC and Japan have determined the Games must be delayed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The two sides concluded the Games must be played no later than the summer of 2021.



(Undated)  --  Former Seahwaks punter Jon Ryan i sannouncing he was recently diagnosed with skin cancer on his neck.  He said he will have surgery soon, according to the Seattle Times, but the procedure is being delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.  He described it as slow moving to the paper. 



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are making moves to fortify their secondary.  Seattle made a trade with the Redskins on Monday, sending a fifth-round pick to Washington in exchange for cornerback Quinton Dunbar. The fifth-year pro started 11 games for the 'Skins last season, making a career-high four interceptions. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers Foundation is establishing a COVID-19 Relief Fund.  Both the foundation and players are contributing money.  The move is part of an overall NBA effort to raise 50-million dollars.  So far, more than 35-million dollars have been raised. 



(Undated)  --  The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee is recommending that the 2020 Tokyo Games be postponed.  USOPC Chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland put out a joint statement Monday evening that the Games should be postponed until they can be conducted under safe and fair conditions.  IOC member Dick Pound then stated early Monday that the Olympics would not start on July 24th and will be postponed, but the IOC refuted that in its own statement. 



(Undated)  --  The U.S. Soccer Federation now has a new CEO.  The USSF has hired William Wilson away from Wasserman Sports Agency, where he has served as executive vice president.  Wilson also previously worked as an executive for the MLS.  He replaces Dan Flynn, who stepped down last fall after nearly two decades on the job. 



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The NFL Draft is still scheduled to begin next month, but it won't be the big event in Las Vegas as previously planned.  The L.A. Times reports that the draft will likely be held in a studio setting, with video cut-ins of teams at their headquarters making selections.  The draft was supposed to take place at the Bellagio Hotel.  The NFL already announced last week that all public events related to the draft in Las Vegas have been canceled.  Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Utah cornerback Jaylon Johson are among the local players expected to be selected next month.



(Peoria, AZ)  --  The Mariners are the next team to shut down their spring training operations.  Seattle is closing its Peoria complex.  The Mariners are among many teams shutting things down as baseball is currently suspended amid the ongoing coronavirus.


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