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SportShorts for Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Shapiro expects 4-week spring training

With no sign of when training camps can resume, Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular season play can begin.

Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


US Open changes court brand

The U.S. Open tennis tournament is changing the brand of its court surfaces for the first time in more than 40 years.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced Monday it has a five-year agreement for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to use Laykold hard courts made by Advanced Polymer Technology.

They replace DecoTurf, the hard-court surface played on at the U.S. Open since 1978.


Preds sign goalie to 3-year deal

The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a 3-year contract.

Predators general manager David Poile announced the deal Monday.


Champions League final postponed

UEFA formally postponed the Champions League final on Monday – an inevitable move with European soccer in total shutdown and four Round of 16 games yet to be completed.

The final was scheduled for May 30 in Istanbul before the spreading coronavirus pandemic forced the four remaining second-leg games on March 17-18 to be delayed indefinitely.

UEFA said no decision has yet been made on finding a new date.


SEMO hires Korn as new coach

Southeast Missouri hired Kansas State assistant Brad Korn as its new basketball coach Monday.

Korn had spent the past five seasons with the Wildcats, the past four as an assistant coach, helping the school to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big 12 regular-season 2 years ago.

Korn, who also has worked at Southern Illinois and Missouri State, takes over for Rick Ray.

He was fired after going 51-104 over five seasons, including a 7-24 mark this past season.

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