Campaign Coverage 2020

Vikings HQ reopens, Marlins, Cubs postponed



UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have reopened their headquarters for team activities. Their resumption of practice followed another morning of zero positive COVID-19 test results four days after playing a Tennessee Titans team that experienced the NFL’s first virus outbreak. The league has postponed Tennessee’s home game on Sunday against Pittsburgh. The Titans have had confirmed cases in five players and seven members of the organization over the past five days. Minnesota plays at Houston on Sunday, a game between two of the NFL’s six 0-3 teams that remains on track for now.

CHICAGO (AP) — Game 2 of the National League wild-card series between the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs has been postponed because of a forecast for rain. Miami leads 1-0 after winning the opener 5-1, and the teams will meet Friday. If a Game 3 is needed, it would be played Saturday. Yu Darvish was scheduled to start Game 2 for Chicago, and rookie Sixto Sánchez for the Marlins.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The White Sox lost slugging outfielder Eloy Jiménez and hard-throwing left-hander Garrett Crochet to injury during Chicago’s deciding Game 3 of a wild-card series against the Athletics. Jiménez returned to Chicago’s lineup for the first time since Sept. 24 but left in the third inning with renewed discomfort in his sprained right foot. Jiménez hit a leadoff double before signaling to the bench that he needed a pinch-runner. Manager Rick Renteria was late writing his lineup waiting to see whether Jiménez could play. Crochet relieved fellow rookie starter Dane Dunning in the first. He exited in the second with tightness in his left forearm.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell say the team is in contract extension talks with 20-year-old winger Andrei Svechnikov. The No. 2 overall draft pick from 2018 has one year left on his entry-level deal before becoming a restricted free agent. Waddell said today the team is “open-minded” about the potential structure of an extension. That could include a short-term “bridge” deal due to economic uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic before pursuing a longer-term agreement later. Waddell said he expects the team will also eventually reach deals with restricted free agents Warren Foegele and Haydn Fleury.

UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has caused the postponement or cancellation of 24 games involving major college football teams since Aug. 26. No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 12 North Carolina and No. 25 Memphis are among the teams that have had to pause their seasons. The disruptions have created long layoffs, unusual practice schedules and short-handed rosters. Coaches have had to find ways to keep players engaged mentally and physically. North Carolina played its first game on Sept. 12. Coach Mack Brown says it is as if the Tar Heels are completely starting over.

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