Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Draft to go ahead but all public events cancelled
The National Football League draft will go ahead as planned next month but without any spectators in attendance as all public events have been cancelled in Las Vegas due to the coronavirus outbreak. The draft scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas will be televised and the NFL said it is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted.
Cage Warriors event to go ahead after switch to Manchester
The Cage Warriors mixed martial arts promotion is set to go ahead with its planned event in England this week despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus after a switch of venue from London to Manchester. With the UFC having cancelled its London card after a failed attempt to move it to the United Staates, Cage Warriors boss Graham Boylan announced on Twitter that his fight card could not go ahead in London as the venue owners planned to close.
NBA hiatus could be three-plus months
The NBA's season -- on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic -- could be suspended for at least three months, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday night. Per the report, owners and executives are bracing for the possibility of mid-to-late June -- a time when, in a normal year, the NBA Finals would typically be over -- being the best-case scenario for play to resume.
There are more important things than golf, says Tiger
American Tiger Woods sought to put the cancellations of a slew of golf tournaments due to the coronavirus into perspective on Monday, saying the well-being of others trumped the sport. "There are a lot more important things in life than a golf tournament right now," the 15-times major champion wrote on Twitter.
IOC to hold talks with sport chiefs amid coronavirus crisis
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold talks with heads of international sports organisations on Tuesday in response to the coronavirus outbreak, a source close to an international federation briefed on the issue said. The IOC will also hold an unscheduled Executive Board meeting via teleconferencing on Tuesday to internally discuss the latest developments, another source said.
League says players can return home, should self-quarantine
National Hockey League players can opt to return to their homes, even if that means leaving North America, but should self-quarantine once they get there until March 27, the league said in a statement on Monday. The NHL, which last week joined other leagues around the world in suspending its season in light of the coronavirus pandemic, said players should still immediately report any symptoms or testing results to club medical staff.
NASCAR cancels more races but still plans full schedule
NASCAR on Monday postponed five more races due to the coronavirus outbreak but said it still intends to reschedule them and run all 36 events on its calendar. The postponements bring to seven the number races cancelled, following last Sunday's race in Atlanta and this Sunday's stop in Homestead, Florida.
Exclusive: Coronavirus must hit peak by end-May for Tokyo Games to happen on time - French Olympic Committee chief
The coronavirus pandemic must have reached its peak and be on the wane by the end of May otherwise the Tokyo Olympics cannot be staged on schedule, the head of the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) said on Monday. "My feeling is that if we're still in the crisis by the end of May I can't see how the Games can happen (on time)," Denis Masseglia told Reuters in a telephone interview.
MLB pushes baseball season back further, citing CDC guidance on coronavirus
Major League Baseball will further delay the start of its 2020 season, the league said on Monday, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that gatherings of 50 or more people should be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The 162-game season, which was set to kick off on March 26 with all 30 teams taking the field, is among the numerous international sporting events upended by the outbreak, as teams, athletes and leagues across the globe face an uncertain future.
NFL notebook: Players approve 10-year CBA
NFL players approved the proposed collective bargaining agreement overnight, which will give the league labor peace through the 2030 season. The vote was 1,019 to 959 in favor of ratification, the NFL Players Association announced Sunday morning. Voting closed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday.