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KLEM Local Schedule (week of March 23)



MONDAY – March 23

(indoor track)

(G/B) Gehlen Catholic in the Dordt College meet in Sioux Center – cancelled

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The International Olympic Committee now says it will consider the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics. The IOC says it will hold four weeks of discussions with global sports officials and Japanese authorities to examine the options. It says “scenario planning” will include the possibility of changing the July 24 start date for the Games, but that “cancellation is not on the agenda.” The IOC has been insisting the Games would go on as scheduled, even as athlete training, qualifying events and preparations for the Games have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

TORONTO (AP) – The Canadian Olympic Committee has announced it will not send a team to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year. Canada is the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but the committee says it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives. However, it feels it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these Games.”

UNDATED (AP) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Seb Coe has sent a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach stating that holding the Summer Games this July “is neither feasible nor desirable” with the coronavirus impacting huge swaths of the globe. Coe is a two-time Olympic track champion in the men’s 1,500 and president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. He sent the letter after meeting with leaders from around the world in track, which is the biggest sport at the Olympics.

LONDON (AP) – Leading golf instructor Pete Cowen tells The Daily Telegraph in Britain he has all the symptoms of the new coronavirus. Cowen says he has told all his players to follow health and government guidelines on COVID-19. Cowen works with Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh), Gary Woodland and Graeme McDowell, among many others.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Racing barefoot, three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. off the final corner to win a NASCAR iRacing event at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. Damaged cars were repaired with the push of a button, among a few virtual signs that NASCAR backed quite an unreal race. NASCAR eased off the brake in the real sports world brought to a sudden halt by the coronavirus and introduced the country to iRacing with some of the sport’s biggest stars.



TUESDAY – March 24

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus


DENVER (AP) – USA Gymnastics says a majority of senior national team members have indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the Tokyo Olympics being pushed back from its scheduled July opening. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year. USA Swimming and USA Track and Field also have called for a postponement to the games while the International Olympics Committee considers postponing the Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

MOSCOW (AP) – Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.” The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Brian Hoyer is now in the running to become Tom Brady’s replacement after accepting a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. The 34-year-old twice served as Brady’s backup and will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler for the starting job. Hoyer played four games and had one start with Indianapolis last season, completing 54% of his passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Redskins have acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers for a fifth-round pick and traded cornerback Quinton Dunbar to the Seattle Seahawks for a fifth-round pick. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the moves. Allen was 5-7 as the Panthers’ starter last season, completing 62% of his passes for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He will complete with second-year pro Dwayne Haskins for the starting job and is reunited with Washington head coach Ron Rivera, who was Allen’s coach last season.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – Southeast Missouri has hired Kansas State assistant Brad Korn as its new basketball coach. Korn had spent the past five seasons with the Wildcats, the past four as an assistant coach. He helped the school to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big 12 regular-season two years ago. Korn takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired after going 51-104 in five years with the team and was 7-24 this past season.



WEDNESDAY – March 25

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus


TOKYO (AP) – The International Olympic Committee has agreed to postpone the Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC said the games “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.” The games were slated to begin in July, but it is now the first Olympics to be postponed for any reason. The Olympics were canceled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to world wars.

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen says Syndergaard underwent an MRI after experiencing discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the pandemic. The right-hander received a second opinion on the damaged ulnar collateral ligament from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ head team physician.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson has agreed to a two-year contract worth $20 million with the Carolina Panthers. Anderson has never had a 1,000-yard season or more than 63 receptions, but he showed marked improvement, especially with contested balls. He scored five touchdowns for the Jets and finished with 52 catches for 779 yards, both second-best totals for his career.

UNDATED (AP) – Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking. Toppin was voted the AP men’s college basketball player of the year and Grant is the AP coach of the year after they led the Flyers to a program-record 29 victories. Iowa’s Luka Garza was the runner-up for player of the year, while Baylor’s Scott Drew was second among coaches.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A massage therapist charged with a sex crime involving a girl also allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior toward at least six female athletes at the University of Kansas, including unwanted touching during massages. Chancellor Doug Girard and Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a joint statement that investigators also found an athletic trainer was aware of at least some of the alleged incidents involving Shawn P. O’Brien but failed to appropriately report the conduct.



THURSDAY – March 26

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus

(Strat-O-Matic baseball simulation game results)

The Strat-O-Matic Game Company in an attempt to fill the void of no regular season Major League baseball games until at least mid-May are playing simulated games each day, using their computer game. They post results daily at 1 p.m. (CDT) and even post box scores and standings as well as statistical leaders. You can access this information by going to: strat-o-matic.com/2020-season-simulation/

here’s their opening day results:

Pittsburgh 4, Tampa Bay 1

Cleveland 9, Detroit 1
Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 2
Baltimore 3, N-Y Yankees 2
Boston 3, Toronto 2
Oakland 5, Minnesota 3
Texas 10, Seattle 0
L-A Angels 9, Houston 6

Washington 4, N-Y Mets 3
Milwaukee 7, Chicago Cubs 4, 11 innings
Colorado 10, San Diego 7, 13 innings
L-A Dodgers 10, San Francisco 3
St. Louis 4, Cincinnati 3
Miami 4, Philadelphia 3
Atlanta 5, Arizona 3


UNDATED (AP) – Dayton All-American forward Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is entering the NBA draft after leading the Flyers to a 29-2 record and No. 3 ranking as a redshirt sophomore. Toppin led the way in one of Dayton’s greatest seasons, averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America first team and he beat Iowa’s Luke Garza for AP player of the year honors.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Panthers officially have signed free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year contract. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press last week that the contract is worth $63 million. Bridgewater replaces 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, who was released Tuesday after nine seasons with the team. Bridgewater enters his seventh NFL season after spending four seasons with the Vikings and two with the Saints.

UNDATED (AP) – The NHL has announced that it is postponing the scouting combine, the league awards ceremony and the draft due to the ongoing uncertainly resulting from the coronavirus. All three events were scheduled to be held in June, an impossibility if the league resumes its regular season and holds a full playoff schedule. The NHL added that the draft and draft lottery will be announced when plans are finalized.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – It’s possible that Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star forward Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) could return sometime this season if the NHL is able to resume the campaign. General manager Jim Rutherford says Guentzel has not encountered any setbacks after undergoing shoulder surgery on Dec. 31. Guentzel was expected to need 4 to 6 months to recover, but Rutherfod indicated his high-scoring forward is near the front end of the timetable.

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden. The Bruins call the moves “temporary business stabilization measures” and go into effect April 1. The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic – and then only if postponed games aren’t made up.



FRIDAY – March 27

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus

(Strat-O-Matic baseball simulation game results)

The Strat-O-Matic Game Company in an attempt to fill the void of no regular season Major League baseball games until at least mid-May are playing simulated games each day, using their computer game. They post results daily at 1 p.m. (CDT) and even post box scores and standings as well as statistical leaders. You can access this information by going to: strat-o-matic.com/2020-season-simulation/

here’s the scores from Friday’s simulated games:

Boston 8, Toronto 6
Oakland 1, Minnesota 0
Texas 3, Seattle 1
Houston 4, L-A Angels 2

Colorado 6, San Diego 2
L-A Dodgers 4, San Francisco 1
Philadelphia 3, Miami 1
Atlanta 3, Arizona 1


UNDATED (AP) – Players have agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two sides have left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players agreed not to challenge giving up their salaries if no games are played, except for $170 million in payments that management will advance in two stages. Player salaries this year are expected to be in the $4 billion range.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23, three months later than its May 24 scheduled date. Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles says the series chose the August date to get away from extended delays caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June. That is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will help pay the rest. March Madness is among the biggest revenue producers for the NCAA and its schools. It was canceled March 19, a week before the first round was scheduled to begin.

UNDATED (AP) – Former President Barack Obama was among more than 50,000 viewers who logged onto a coronavirus discussion between Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When Curry asked when it might be time to start thinking about sports again, Fauci responded, “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down.

ATLANTA (AP) – Former Braves owner Bill Bartholomay has died at 91. Bartholomay moved the franchise from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, making it the first Major League Baseball team in the South. He headed the group that sold the Braves to Ted Turner in 1976 but retained a partial interest and remained as the team’s chairman until November 2003, when he assumed an emeritus role.



SATURDAY – March 28

The Willow Creek golf course is open for the season with some restrictions due to the coronavirus

(indoor track)

(G/B) Le Mars at the SDSU meet in Brookings – cancelled

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus


DENVER (AP) – The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. At least one has already started layoffs and others are desperate to stay solvent. Some are expecting a major downturn in membership dues, while others are reeling from event cancellations totaling more than 8,000 across all sports.

UNDATED (AP) – The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote on Monday whether to provide another year of eligibility to spring sport athletes. That includes sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse. Those players had their seasons wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Providing similar relief to winter sport athletes, such as basketball and hockey players and wrestlers, will also be considered. There does not appear to be support for that.á

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Sparks say guard Sydney Wiese’s positive test for COVID-19 came after she returned from Spain, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.Wiese wrote on Twitter that she was “feeling well – fortunate to only show mild symptoms.” The Sparks say in a statement that Wiese is self-isolating at home in Phoenix. Wiese has spent her career playing for the Sparks after getting drafted by Los Angeles in 2017. She starred at Oregon State, helping the Beavers reach the Final Four in 2016.

UNDATED (AP) – With sports on hold, athletic trainers across the country are joining the fight against the coronavirus. The National Athletic Trainers Association put together an app and more than 950 trainers have signed up over the last week. The goal is to give overworked hospitals a database of help available. Their tasks have included screening patients, assisting in prescription shipments and helping with transportation.


SUNDAY – March 29

nothing scheduled locally or nationally due to the coronavirus

Sports Minute

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021. Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested to local television there may be no major change from 2020. The postponed games were to have opened on July 24 and closed on Aug. 9. Mori has said some decisions could be made as early as this week when the organizing committee’s executive board meets. Any final decision will be made by local organizers and the IOC, and hundreds of sponsors, sports federations and broadcasters.

UNDATED (AP) — Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The credit card giant’s Team Visa scheme features 96 athletes across 27 sports. They include soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha. Visa had already filmed some promotional campaigns with athletes for the Tokyo Games that will require some reworking.

UNDATED (AP) — Italy’s sports minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through all of April. The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with wide receiver Geronimo Allison. The 26-year-old has been with division rival Green Bay for the past four seasons. He caught 34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns last season. The Lions didn’t announce contract terms.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have reached agreement on a one-year contract with defensive tackle Derek Wolfe. The move ends Wolfe’s eight-year run with the Denver Broncos. Wolfe had seven sacks in 12 games last season before going on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Wolfe fills the void left by the unexpected departure last week of free agent Michael Brockers.