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(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners are letting go of right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson.  The pitcher joined the club back in February.  He allowed four runs in three innings of Cactus league action before the MLB suspended play amid the ongoing coronavirus.



(Undated)  --  The NFL's chief medical officer says prerequisites must be set in order to start the season on time.  Dr. Allen Sills tells NFL.com that widespread coronavirus testing would have to be in place by then.  League counsel Jeff Pash previously said they expect to start on time.



(Undated)  --  Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is proposing a home run derby to settle extra inning games once the season begins.  He tells Spectrum SportsNet, after a normal 10th inning, three hitters from each team would get five outs each to see who hits the most home runs.



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are letting go of a pair of players.  The team announced that it has parted ways with safety Tedric Thompson along with tight end Ed Dickson.  The move will clear up five-million dollars for Seattle, which is still hoping to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney.



(Undated)  --  The NHL is extending its self quarantine period.  The league has extended its quarantine period for its staff and players to April 15th.  The quarantine period had been twice extended already.



(New York, NY)  --  The NBA and its players are reportedly discussing withholding the remaining pay owed.  According to ESPN, the NBA and the Players Association are discussing a scenario where 25 percent would be withheld in a league escrow if the rest of the season was canceled.  The league has been suspended amid the ongoing coronavirus and still hopes to return to action to finish out the season.



(New York, NY)  --  Expanded playoffs are coming to the NFL.  The NFL and its owners confirmed a vote to expand one playoff team per conference for a total of two additional playoff teams. 14 teams in total will now make the playoffs with seven being added from each conference.  There will now be three games per conference during Wild Card weekend.  Only the top overall seed will have byes and the number two seed will host the lowest seed.



(Undated)  --  Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will serve as one-half of the grand marshals for the NASCAR e-racing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.  He will be hosting with WWE superstar Mojo Rawley.  "Gronk" will also be the host of the WWE's two-night WrestleMania event this weekend in Orlando.



(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.


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