Pole vaulters vie at drive-in
Athletics fans in Germany are to have the rare chance of watching a live, elite field event on June 12: a men’s pole vault competition hosted in a drive-in cinema in Duesseldorf, the Autokino. Among the athletes competing would be 2013 world champion Raphael Holzdeppe and Bo Kanda Lita Baehre, who finished fourth at last year’s worlds in Doha. “Finally — I am very much looking forward to the first showdown after the lockdown,” Lita Baehre said. “I am sure that this event will also be a real highlight due to the special location. I don’t think a pole vaulter ever jumped in a drive-in cinema.”
US$40m ground scrapped
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday scrapped plans for a US$40 million cricket stadium after former captains Senath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene slammed the proposed grounds near the capital, Colombo, saying that the money would be better spent supporting young players. From 2005 to 2010, during Rajapaksa’s decade as president, he built a stadium in his home constituency, but no Test matches have ever been played there.
Caddyless play amid virus
Players are being given the option of carrying their own golf bags for the remainder of this season as part of the LPGA Tour’s new safety guidelines, the Golf Channel reported on Thursday. Individual tournaments often provide local caddies. “This temporary option is meant primarily to avoid the local caddie situation where a player may have health concerns working with someone who they don’t know,” tour spokesperson Kelly Schultz said. “We fully expect the overwhelming number of players to be using caddies and are encouraging them to do so.
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Shortstop longs to get ‘KO’d’
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa knows the energy of attending a live UFC event, but he is pining to get a little bit closer to the action, as in stepping into the octagon. “Getting KO’d, I would love to know what that feels like in the octagon,” Correa said earlier this week in an interview with the MMA Junkie podcast. “It’s hard to speak about it and talk about the adjustments fighters need to make when you’re on the sidelines,” Correa said. “It will be a different perspective if you’re able to get in that octagon.” The 25-year-old, who is under contract to the Astros for US$8 million this season, said he would love to cross over into UFC.
Match hosts 13,000 cutouts
Nearly 13,000 cardboard cutouts of Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters are set to welcome the team today for their Bundesliga match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen behind closed doors. ’Gladbach hosted the first Bundesliga game ever played without fans on March 11, shortly before the German season was put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the club’s supporters’ groups — Fanprojekt Moenchengladbach — subsequently came up with the idea of allowing fans to print life-sized images of themselves to line the stadium’s otherwise empty stands, with season ticket holders able to have their cardboard lookalike allocated to their regular spot.
Tiger Woods on Sunday said that while his surgically repaired back might never be 10 out of 10 again, that would not stop him from being healthy and ready to go when the PGA Tour restarts. The 44-year-old said that he has been able to use the down time during the COVID-19 pandemic to get himself in shape for an expected condensed golf season. “It is going to be interesting,” Woods said at a four-man charity golf tournament in Florida. “I am used to trying to peak for majors in April, May, June and July, forever. Now this has changed everything. It
ON THE MOON: After achieving an against-the-odds restart, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys says crowds should return to the stands by July 1 Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) has battled player scandals, top-level resignations and dire financial revelations during the COVID-19 shutdown, but against the odds, it returns this week to bring relief to team owners and sports-starved fans. The fledgling season had seen two rounds of matches when it was suspended on March 24 and is to have a different feel when it resumes with the Brisbane Broncos hosting the Parramatta Eels behind closed doors tomorrow. An “NRL island” off the Queensland coast, where all 16 teams would be kept in isolation, had been considered, but Australia’s success in containing the coronavirus has instead
Free agent infielder Jung-ho Kang, who played four of the past five years for the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Monday received a one-year suspension from the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) in connection with three past arrests on suspicion of drunk driving. The KBO also demanded that Kang, 33, perform 300 hours of community service. Both punishments would begin if and when he signs a contract with a Korean team. After the ruling was announced, Kang said in a statement that he is working to become a better person. “Over time, I came to realize just how important baseball is to me,” Kang said. “I took
Brad Keselowski early on Monday beat Jimmie Johnson in the overtime finish of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Keselowski added to his Southern 500, Bristol night race and Brickyard 400 wins, while Johnson, who had a shot at snapping his three-year losing streak, instead extended it to 102 consecutive races. Then, Johnson’s car failed the after-race inspection and NASCAR threw out his runner-up finish. All that action took place in the the final seven laps of the longest race in NASCAR history. Chase Elliott was cruising toward victory with two laps remaining in the 600 when a caution