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Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Harvard's Devin Darrington runs against Yale during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Haven, Conn. The Ivy League has canceled all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.  (Arnold Gold/New Haven Register via AP, File)

The Ivy League on Wednesday became the first Division I conference to suspend all fall sports, including football, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ryder Cup postponed until next year

In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Europe team captain Thomas Bjorn kisses the cup during the trophy presentation after the European team defeated the United States to win the 2018 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Le Golf National in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France. The Ryder Cup was postponed until 2021 in Wisconsin because of the COVID-19 pandemic that raised too much uncertainty whether the loudest event in golf could be played before spectators. The announcement Wednesday, July 8, 2020, was inevitable and had been in the works for weeks as the PGA of America, the European Tour and the PGA Tour tried to adjust with so many moving parts.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

The announcement Wednesday was inevitable and had been in the works for weeks as the PGA of America, the European Tour and the PGA Tour tried to adjust with so many moving parts.

Rafael Devers possibly exposed to COVID-19, but tests come back negative

Boston Red Sox Rafael Devers watches his third-inning, two-run home run in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Roenicke revealed Wednesday that the star third baseman was part of a group that was possibly exposed to somebody with coronavirus.

Local roundup: UConn adds Rehfeldt to men's basketball staff

UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley has announced that Mike Rehfeldt has joined the UConn Sports Performance Department as the director of sports performance for men’s basketball.

NASCAR's Johnson OK'd to race after two negative virus tests

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, Jimmie Johnson celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and has been cleared to race Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and will race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday.

Delle Donne waiting to hear from WNBA medical review panel

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, and guard Courtney Williams, right, huard Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals in Washington. Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, according to the Mystics.The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus.

Games are restarting, but few reporters will be there

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is surrounded by media after his team won the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the San Francisco 49ers, in Miami Gardens, Fla. As sports prepare to resume, journalists are facing the same reckoning that their colleagues who cover politics, education and entertainment have encountered — coming up with new approaches to coverage with reduced access and resources. Professional leagues closed media access to locker rooms and clubhouses in early March. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

There also won't be the ritual of a gaggle of reporters crowding around a manager before the game or waiting for LeBron James or Brad Stevens to emerge for interviews after an NBA game.

HIGH SCHOOL

Stonington field hockey coach Jenna Tucchio: 'We're going to be here'

Senior captain Ellie Korinek, left, leads members of the Stonington High School field hockey team; Alex Fidrych, Martha Bellet, Hope Williams, and Maddie Gonzalez through agility drills during summer conditioning workouts Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

It was so quiet Tuesday morning at Stonington High School's Donald E. Palmer Field, you could hear birds chirping and the intermittent beeping of a truck backing up somewhere in the distance.

Whalers happy to be back together. ... and working out

New London head coach Johnny Burns watches from the sidelines during a game against Killingly on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Cannamela Field. New London beat the then-defending CIAC Class M champion, 25-24. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The New London High School football team had their first day of conditioning together on Tuesday as part of the CIAC's Phase II for a (hopeful) return of high school sports this fall.

Waterford football begins CIAC's Phase II with a workout

Waterford High School football players Christian Hightower, left, and Rasheem Steele lift weights during a conditioning practice Monday. Monday marked the first day the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference allowed teams to condition ahead of the fall sports season with social distancing and other safety protocols applied in light of COVID-19. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The Waterford High School football team conditioned together on Monday, the first day that high school teams could work out in groups per CIAC guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic.

COLUMNS

ON THE AIR

Australian Rules Football

5:30 a.m. (Friday) FS1 — AFL: Hawthorn Hawks at Collingwood Magpies. 

Auto Racing

8 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Shady Rays 200 from Sparta, Ky.

4:55 a.m. (Friday), ESPN2 — Formula One Styrian Grand Prix practice from Spielberg, Austria.

Baseball

5:25 a.m., ESPN2 — Korean: LG Twins at Doosan Bears.

5:25 a.m. (Friday), ESPN — Korean: NC Dinos at LG Twins.

Basketball

2 p.m., ESPN — The Basketball Tournament from Columbus, Ohio.

Boxing

8 p.m., ESPN — Jerry Forrest vs. Carlos Takam in a heavyweight bout from Las Vegas.

Golf

3 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Workday Charity Open from Dublin, Ohio.

Horse Racing

1 p.m., FS2 — Live racing from various sites.

Rugby

5:30 a.m., FS1 — NRL: Sydney Roosters at North Queensland Cowboys.

Soccer

9 a.m., ESPN — MLS: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union from Orlando, Fla.

10 a.m., CBSSN — NWSL: Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash in Challenge Cup from Herriman, Utah. (taped today)

12:55 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Tottenham at Bournemouth.

1:25 p.m., ESPN2 — Serie A: Udinese at SPAL.

3:10 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Manchester United at Aston Villa.

Tennis

8 a.m., Tennis Channel — Exhibition: Eastern European Championship from Belgrade, Serbia.

Noon, Tennis Channel — Exhibition: Eastern European Championship from Belgrade, Serbia.

Track & Field

5:30 p.m., NBCSN — IAAF Inspiration Games from Zurich, Switzerland. (taped today)

LOCAL ROUNDUP

Local roundup: Potvin Scholarship recipients announced

Forty-three local senior student-athletes were named Monday as Christopher Potvin Scholarship recipients. The athletes will be honored Sunday, Aug. 9, at Langley's Restaurant in Waterford.

PROFESSIONAL

How to make one golf course look like two different tournaments

FILE - This May 30, 2017, file photo, shows Jack Nicklaus answering questions during a news conference a few days before the start of the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. The challenge for the PGA Tour is to make it feel different to the players who will be in Dublin, Ohio, the next two weeks. For the first time in 63 years, two PGA Tour events are being held on the same golf course in consecutive weeks. “I think this week we're going to have to be a little bit cautious with the golf course, certainly out of respect to Mr. Nicklaus and the Memorial Tournament being next week,” said Gary Young, the PGA Tour rules official overseeing the Workday Charity Open.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

The challenge for the PGA Tour is to make it feel different to the players who will be in Dublin, Ohio, the next two weeks.

NFL's stay-at-home order means no travel for training camp

Dallas practices on July 29, 2019 in Oxnard, Calif. The coronavirus pandemic forced the NFL to abandon, at least for 2020, the fading but still time-honored tradition of teams traveling to training camp. (Michael Owen Baker/AP Photo)

The NFL's version of a stay-at-home order is interrupting the fading but still time-honored tradition of teams traveling for training camp.

Giants return, so do some players, but Padres INF Mateo out

Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during Wednesday's workout at Nationals Park in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

As major leaguers cautiously draw closer to launching an abbreviated season in the midst of a pandemic, the results of COVID-19 tests for players remain an important factor for managers looking to fill out the starting rotations and lineups.

Upcoming MLB free agents have fewer games to impress

Arizona starting pitcher Robbie Ray warms up in the bullpen during practice on July 3 in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

Robbie Ray already knew 2020 would be a big season for his financial future because it's his last one before becoming a free agent.

MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence

Orlando City players, left, raise their fists in the air in solidarity with other MLS teams before the start of Wednesday's match in Kissimmee, Fla. (John Raoux/AP Photo)

Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return to action Wednesday night.

Rolling the dice against a virus that usually wins

A sign outside Angels Stadium on Wednesday announces Opening Day as July 24 in Anaheim, Calif. (Ashley Landis/AP Photo)

There’s plenty of activity outside ballparks on both sides of the country, with people lining up by the hundreds in nervous anticipation of what the next few days might bring.

Age no barrier to Alonso as he expects a strong return to F1

IndyCar driver Fernando Alonso drives out of the pit area during testing on April 24, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (Michael Conroy/AP Photo)

Although Fernando Alonso will be 39 when he returns to Formula One next season with Renault he feels his reflexes and racing craft will not weaken with age.

COLLEGES

Stanford drops 11 sports to cut costs

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Penn State's Bo Nickal, rear left, wrestles with Stanford's Nathan Traxler in the 197-pound championship bout of the Southern Scuffle wrestling tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. Stanford announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020,  that it is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The school will discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling after the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions.(C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)

Stanford became the first known Power Five school to eliminate athletic programs because of the pandemic, announcing Wednesday that 11 of its 36 varsity sports will be shuttered next year.