Dietz makes the grade
ALLIANCE — The Mount Union women’s tennis team claimed Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team honors while four student-athletes earned ITA Scholar-Athlete awards.
The Purple Raiders earned the team honors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.53 for the roster.
Four student-athletes also earned ITA Scholar Athlete honors with at least a 3.5 grade-point average, including junior Trisha Kohut of Lordstown (3.933), sophomore Cora Shane of Cuyahoga Falls (3.918), junior Andrea Dietz of East Liverpool (3.767) and sophomore MacKenzie Cavalier of Green (3.572). Mount Union went 3-5 before the coronavirus pandemic stopped the 2020 season in March.
PIAA: No fans allowed
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Board of Directors voted 29-2 Wednesday to adopt safety guidelines that will allow fall high school sports to continue.
No spectators will be allowed for school athletic events at this time.
The first date for heat acclimation is Aug. 10, followed by practices on Aug. 17. Plans for the start of football games range from Aug. 28 to Sept. 18 and another scheduls for all fall sports to begin no later than Oct. 5.
The PIAA governs 570 high schools in Pennsylvania.
The board will meet again prior to the start of fall sports contests.
Two Browns opt out
CLEVELAND (AP) — Guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck are the first two Cleveland Browns players who have chosen to opt out for the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus.
Forbes, a sixth-round pick in 2019, was expected to compete for the starting right guard job. He appeared in one game for the Browns last season.
Dorbeck is an undrafted rookie out from Southern Mississippi.
Earlier, Browns’ head physician Dr. James Voos said players have the complete support of the team if they decide not to play.
“The NFL and the NFLPA have utilized the CDC criteria for the high-risk category — players that may have a chronic disease, may have a family member with a chronic disease or may have another type of issue that may put them at risk for the season,” Voos said. “We have established those criteria to guide the players to make those best-informed decisions for them and their family.”
LPGA player positive
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Gaby Lopez of Mexico is the first LPGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus as the tour returns this week in Ohio for the first time in more than five months.
Lopez, who won the first LPGA event of the year in January, withdrew from LPGA Drive On Championship. She is in self-isolation and working with the LPGA and local health officials on contact tracing.
“I was very excited to get back to playing on tour after this long break, and while I’m disappointed that I’ll have to wait a little longer, I am glad that I was able to get tested and to make sure I do not put anyone else at risk,” Lopez said.
LPGA protocols require the 26-year-old Lopez to quarantine for at least 10 days, after which she will take another saliva test and have a medical evaluation prior to returning.
The LPGA said it would have the rest of the pre-tournament virus test results later this week.
Big West postponed
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year.
The conference’s board of directors said that men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed as well as the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf along with men’s and women’s tennis.
The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches.
Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity, which would be allowed under statewide orders from Gov. Greg Abbott. That would include nearly 50,000 fans.
But Austin’s health authority said Tuesday the 50% plan caught the city off guard and he questioned whether the school should host any fans at games. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season.
In a campus letter Wednesday, Interim President Jay Hartzell said the chairman of the school’s Board of Regents asked the school to plan for a 25% attendance, including students.
Racing halted at Sharon
HARTFORD — Sharon Speedway said there will be no racing at the track on Saturday and until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sharon Speedway is a 3/8th-mile dirt track.