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KLEM Local Schedule (week of May 4)

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MONDAY – May 4

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus outbreak

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quarterback Shea Patterson has accepted a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs after failing to be taken in the NFL draft last month. Patterson threw for 3,061 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions for Michigan last season. He accounted for 45 scoring passes with the Wolverines after transferring from Mississippi following his sophomore season.

UNDATED — Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says NHL players would at a minimum need to follow quarantine protocols if they were to arrive in his country while the border remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Trudeau says anyone who arrives from another country will have to follow all the rules of quarantine in an extremely strict manner. However, he adds that an agreement between Canada and the NHL hasn’t been brokered.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — William Byron continues to dominate NASCAR’s iRacing Series as actual cars remain parked because of the coronavirus pandemic. Byron won for the third time in four events by passing Timmy Hill with seven laps remaining before taking the checkered flag at virtual Dover International Speedway. Hendrick drivers have won four consecutive iRacing events, including Alex Bowman’s victory at virtual Talladega Speedway last week.

UNDATED — Italy’s Serie A soccer clubs have been cleared to resume training this week on an individual basis following a clarification from the Italian government. The government initially said last week that athletes in individual sports could resume training today and teams on May 18, sparking confusion and frustration from teams that pointed out that their players were allowed to train individually in public parks. Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training today as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the pandemic.

UNDATED — A men’s pole vault competition featuring three of the event’s biggest names has resulted in a tie for the gold medal. Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis and Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie each cleared a height of 16 feet 36 times in 37 attempts over a span of 30 minutes. Sam Kendricks of the United States wound up third by clearing the bar 26 times. Each of the men competed from his own backyard. Sunday’s competition was broadcast by World Athletics on its social media channels.

 

TUESDAY – May 5

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s professional baseball league is starting its new season without fans in the stands on Tuesday, while the pro soccer league will kick off under similar conditions on Friday. That’s because the country reported its lowest daily increase in coronavirus cases since Feb. 18, continuing a downward trend as the country restarts professional sports and prepares to reopen schools. ESPN will air some of the games.

MIAMI — Measuring Don Shula by wins and losses, no NFL coach had a better year. Miami Dolphin team officials say Shula died at his home on Monday. He was 90. Shula led the Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history, set a league record with 347 victories and coached in six Super Bowls. Shula reached the playoffs in four decades and coached three Hall of Fame quarterbacks: Johnny Unitas Bob Griese and Dan Marino.

UNDATED  — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, are donating $100,000 to United Way for Southeastern Michigan to support its COVID-19 community response fund. Harbaugh says he and his wife are standing with families feeling the brunt of the crisis and hopes his donation will encourage others to give or volunteer, if they are able.

MADRID — Novak Djokovic apparently has broken confinement rules in Spain by going back to a tennis court. Djokovic has posted a video on Instagram showing him exchanging shots with another man at a tennis club in the coastal city of Marbella. Spain on Monday loosened some of the lockdown measures that had been in place since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but sports facilities are supposed to remain closed at least until next week in most parts of the country. The Spanish tennis federation has said professional players in Spain can exercise by themselves or with a coach, but not yet on a tennis court.

UNDATED — Live golf will return to television later this month. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson headline a $3 million charity match on May 17. They will be partners against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a skins match called “TaylorMade Driving Relief.” All the money goes to COVID-19 relief. McIlroy and Johnson will be playing for the American Nurses Foundation, while the Oklahoma State alumni team will be playing for the CDC Foundation. The match will be played at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida.

 

WEDNESDAY – May 6

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NEW YORK — The NFL will reveal its 2020 regular-season schedule on Thursday night. While it is discussing contingencies for changes to the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic, it currently is planning for a normal season. But just in case, Commissioner Roger Goodell has also sent a memo to teams for a ticket refund plan for canceled games or those held without fans.

UNDATED — More than $6 million has been raised by the governing bodies of tennis for a relief fund aimed at helping 800 players deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments formed the “Player Relief Programme.” The seven groups say the money will be divided evenly among women and men and will go to singles and doubles players. They also say the WTA and ATP will oversee the distribution of the money, based on eligibility requirements that will factor in rankings and past prize money.

PHILADELPHIA —Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand remains optimistic that injured guard Ben Simmons can return to play if the NBA season resumes. Simmons had been sidelined with nerve issues in his lower back when the NBA season shut down on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Simmons is allowed to rehabilitate at the 76ers’ practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, with other select players undergoing rehab.

LOS ANGELES — The ESPYS are shifting focus from honoring athletic accomplishments to celebrating acts of heroism and humanitarian aid during the coronavirus pandemic. ESPN says its annual awards show will air June 21, about a month earlier than its usual July date. Comedian Tracy Morgan hosted last year’s show in its longtime home of Los Angeles. Awards named for Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King are usually given out at a separate show the night before but will be added to The ESPYs telecast this year.

INDIANAPOLIS — Speedway High School will hold this year’s graduation ceremony at the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Speedway officials agreed to host the event. The historic 2.5-mile oval just a short stroll from the high school has an estimated 235,000 permanent seats — and more than enough space to safely social distance. Details are still being worked out for the May 30 event.

 

THURSDAY – May 7

LE MARS — The Le Mars Little League Board of Directors is sorry to announce that the 2020 little league season in Le Mars has been cancelled.  The board met Wednesday night and according to their release had a lengthy and thoughtful discussion on different scenarios.  But eventually came to the conclusion that in the best interest of the safety and health not just of the kids who participate in our program, but for the community as a whole, cancelling the 2020 season would be the best decision.  But it was not made lightly according to the release.

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JACKSON, Miss. — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up. Auditor Shad White says his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a commitment that Favre will repay the other $600,000 in installments over the next few months. Favre’s effort to repay the money came two days after White released an audit of spending by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The audit showed Favre had been paid by Mississippi Community Education Center, a nonprofit group whose former leader has been indicted in a welfare embezzlement scheme.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have continued to reshape their secondary by working out a one-year contract with cornerback Johnathan Joseph. The two-time Pro Bowl selection just completed a nine-year run with the Houston Texans after playing his first five NFL seasons with Cincinnati. Joseph has 750 tackles and 31 interceptions over 14 seasons since being taken in the first round of the 2006 draft.

UNDATED — All but one of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference have indicated they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester, a step widely believed to be needed to resume football and other sports. South Carolina and Tennessee on Wednesday became the latest schools in the nation’s top football conference to announce their plans, joining Alabama, LSU and others. Vanderbilt hasn’t announced its plans for the fall.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr has announced on social media that he is transferring to Kentucky. Sarr was the Demon Deacons’ second-leading scorer and top rebounder last season, averaging 13.7 points and nine boards. He gives the Wildcats a veteran 7-footer after the team’s entire starting lineup declared for the NBA draft.

HARTFORD, Conn. — An NCAA panel has rejected an appeal by former UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, who sought to overturn findings that he violated ethical conduct rules while leading the Huskies. The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee ruled Ollie failed to prove that information he presented alleging witnesses against him lied outweighed the information that supported the violation findings. The NCAA Committee on Infractions placed the UConn program on two years of probation 10 months ago and sanctioned Ollie individually for numerous violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.

 

FRIDAY – May 8

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UNDATED — The NFL has released its fall schedule. One highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady’s regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 — the first matchup of age 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history. The opening of SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area that Sunday night has the Rams hosting the Cowboys.

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo says he feels terrible that a hacker used his Twitter account to say “extremely inappropriate and disgusting” things. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo says his brother’s social media accounts were hacked Thursday. More than a dozen tweets popped up in Antetokounmpo’s feed in the span of about five minutes. The tweets included racial slurs, profane attacks on other players and a claim that Antetokounmpo had the coronavirus.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh favors making it easier for college football players to head into the NFL earlier. In an open letter to the football community, Harbaugh pushed for a change that would allow players to enter the NFL draft after their freshman or sophomore seasons. The league and the players union have shown no inclination of revising the rule.

ATLANTA — Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, has died. He was 84. Storm says her father died Thursday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer. Storen rose to executive spots in basketball, football, baseball and tennis during a four-decade career in sports. Storen was general manager of the Indiana Pacers and Kentucky Colonels and president of the Atlanta Hawks. He owned the ABA’s Memphis Sounds, worked for the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and the Houston Astros.

HOBE SOUND, Fla. — Two of the biggest names in golf and in the NFL will square off for a televised golf match to raise $10 million for COVID-19 relief. The May 24 event, to be simulcast on TNT and TBS, will feature Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning taking on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. The match will be held at Florida’s Medalist Golf Club.

 

SATURDAY – May 9

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UNDATED — A small number of NBA practice facilities reopened for workouts yesterday, and at least one team received permission from the league to test players and staff for the coronavirus. Cleveland and Portland were open for players who wanted to get back into game shape. The Orlando Magic revealed that they have been authorized by local health officials to test players and staff.

UNDATED — NASCAR’s revised 2020 Cup schedule eliminates three major races as the circuit attempts to restart its season. NASCAR has canceled races at Richmond Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Sonoma Speedway. Richmond was originally scheduled for April 19 and Chicagoland was slated for June 21. Speedway Motorsports traded its road course race in Sonoma scheduled for June 14 for a Cup race at Charlotte on May 27.

UNDATED — The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have announced the postponement of its 2020 international games, adding they look forward to taking teams overseas again next year. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers were previously scheduled to open this season in Prague as part of the NHL’s Global Series. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning had been slated to play two games in Stockholm.

UNDATED — The presidents of the 11 Big East Conference schools are leaning toward not allowing sports to be played at schools this season unless their campuses are open. While no deadlines have been set, Commissioner Val Ackerman said the presidents indicated a late June/early July deadline for fall sports, and possibly a Sept. 1 deadline for winter sports. It is conceivable the league would play with some members not participating. Ackerman said there are hybrid scenarios that could change things, such as a campus opening late.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Washington Capitals have placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract after he made disparaging comments about women and teammates in a private social media chat. In a conversation involving his brother and Florida Panthers minor leaguer Jack Rodewald, Leipsic commented on the physical appearances of Vancouver forward Tanner Pearson’s wife and Edmonton captain Connor McDavid’s girlfriend. He also called Capitals linemates Garnet Hathaway and Nick Dowd losers.

 

SUNDAY – May 10 – Mother’s Day

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BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Former Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets pitcher Mary Pratt has died at 101.  Pratt was believed to be the last surviving member of the original 1943 Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own.” She pitched in the league until 1947 and taught physical education for 46 years.

UNDATED — The N-H-L is pondering the notion of holding its amateur draft before the Stanley Cup final. The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27, but it was postponed with the season in an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the N-H-L is deciding whether to hold it earlier in June following the N-F-L’s success with its virtual draft last month. Such a move means teams would not be able to trade players before or during the draft, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played.

UNDATED — Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. Teams at or near the relegation zone are worried about the monetary and competitive impact of playing the remainder of the season at neutral grounds without fans. “Project Restart” needs approval from at least 14 teams at Monday’s league meeting.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway. This year’s Daytona 500 champion had four fresh tires as he chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag. Timmy Hill finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chastain and Austin Dillon.

UNDATED — Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension. Now, the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — President Trump has congratulated U-F-C for restarting the sports world Saturday night after a nearly two-month hiatus. Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the U-F-C 249 undercard from a fan-free arena Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. U-F-C 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago.