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College

SportShorts for Thursday, March 26, 2020

PREP SPORTS

IHSA open to longer spring season

IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson kept the potential of a spring season for high school sports alive in a letter released by the IHSA Wednesday afternoon.

“We are considering an extension of the spring sports season limitation to provide more participation opportunities for students,” Anderson said. “This may include movement of the post-season timelines and State Series.”

Anderson said the IHSA will be working with its Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to determine the need for an “acclimatization period” prior to when competition might resume. No timetable has presently been set.

The IHSA previously slotted April 8 for a potential target date for a return to game action or practices, but that has several hurdles to clear.

NBA

Clippers owner buys Forum from MSG

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for $400 million, ending the billionaire’s legal fight with the Madison Square Garden Company and clearing the way to build a new arena for his NBA team down the street in Inglewood, California.

Apparently fearing competition for concerts and other big events, MSG has been aggressively attempting to thwart Ballmer’s desire to build a state-of-the-art, 18,000-seat home for the Clippers just a few blocks down Prairie Avenue from the Forum.

NFL

League orders team facilities to close

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees.

In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8, when the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities.

MLB

Teams to stream games Opening Day

With its season delayed until at least mid-May, MLB will air one memorable game for each franchise on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

The list includes Game 4 of the 2004 AL Championship Series, the Chicago Cubs ending their championship drought in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, and perfect games by Félix Hernández and Mark Buehrle.

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