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MLB players say pay shouldn't be cut if empty ballparks

NEW YORK—Major League Baseball players are upset over the prospect teams may seek additional pay cuts if games are played in empty ballparks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Their anger was stoked last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was told by Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon that the union would have to agree to lower salaries if games are played without fans.

Byron wins second NASCAR virtual race in a drama-free event

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Nobody did anything to get fired or lose a sponsor in this week's edition of NASCAR virtual racing.

William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race yesterday by holding off Timmy Hill—the driver who moved him out of the way to win an earlier iRacing event—in a race low on dramatics.

Pagenaud beats Penske teammates to win another virtual race

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A second straight victory in virtual racing for Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske, and tempers were hot at the end of this one.

Pagenaud, the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner, competed in his firesuit and captured IndyCar's race Saturday on a simulated Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. A frantic final 10 laps decided the iRacing event.

NFL player tests positive

Los Angeles Rams centre Brian Allen says he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago.

Allen is the first active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic.

The third-year pro is not hospitalized and is “feeling good,” according to a statement issued by the Rams last night only after Allen spoke to Fox Sports about his positive test.

Manfred 'to turn over every stone' for MLB season

NEW YORK—Rob Manfred wants Major League Baseball to be in position to take the field whenever government and health officials give the go-ahead.

“I think it's incumbent upon us to turn over every stone to try to play the game in 2020 if there's any way we can in the environment,” the baseball commissioner said yesterday during an interview with The Associated Press.

Tour de France called off amid virus, no new dates set

PARIS—After weeks of holding out hope the Tour de France would be able to go ahead as planned despite the coronavirus pandemic, the world's most famous cycling race was finally added to the list of sporting events called off.

It may still happen this year, but it's clear the three-week race won't be starting on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled.