first_img Associated Press BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Emergency goaltender protocol is expected to be high on the agenda when NHL general managers open their annual March meeting Monday in Boca Raton, Florida.The recent appearance of 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres in a regular-season game with playoff implications sparked new debate. GMs have discussed emergency goalies and what should happen for the past several years. It’s unclear if anything will change.No major rule changes are expected to be approved at the meeting. But offside reviews, icing and player safety are among the topics that are expected to come up. There may also be talk of in-arena medical care that was effective when Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench. US-based pro sports leagues monitoring coronavirus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — Major North American professional sports leagues are talking to health officials and informing teams about the coronavirus outbreak that has led to the first reported death in the U.S.Officials from the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball say they are all consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations on a regular basis about COVID-19. Washington State reported Saturday that a man in his 50s died from the virus.Pro sports in the U.S. for now are going on as scheduled, though leagues are closely monitoring the situation. The NBA and NHL are in their regular seasons and MLB in spring training in Arizona and Florida with Opening Day less than a month way.Other countries have canceled or postponed games or held them in empty stadiums. Italy has postponed soccer matches until May. Update on the latest sports Johnson is cautiously optimistic he can contend for a seventh victory in the race after finishing fifth at Las Vegas last weekend.Among the numerous honors this weekend for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Johnson’s wife and daughters will drop the green flag on the race.Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has the pole after holding off Johnson in qualifying Saturday.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINED CANCELEDBrignone wins combined title as World Cup finish is in doubt LA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won the Alpine combined World Cup title on Sunday without clicking into her skis. And the Italian might end up winning the overall and giant slalom globes as well without any further racing this season.Heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the Alpine combined race on Sunday, reducing the number of races left for the season to seven — in Sweden and Italy. However, the international ski federation said it was yet unclear whether those races could go on amid health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Europe.The cancellation handed the season title to Brignone, who won both combined races that took place this season.She could also become the first Italian overall winner in the 53-year-history of the women’s World Cup. Brignone is 153 points ahead of three-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who remains on a break from racing following the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, four weeks ago. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who is leading the slalom and the parallel standings, is third in the overall ranking, trailing Brignone by 189 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Questions have arisen about whether this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, set to open on July 24, can proceed, although Japan has taken extensive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference Saturday that Japan is at critical juncture to determine whether the country can keep the outbreak under control ahead of the Tokyo summer Olympics.With new virus cases falling to around 500 or less daily, China has sought to slowly get its economy back on track by offering loans, tax breaks and other incentives. Strict travel restrictions remain, however, and a host of cultural and sports events have been canceled.Beijing won the right to host the 2022 amid light competition, despite questions about a lack of natural snow, pollution and scarce water resources.SHAUN WHITE-NO SKATEBOARDINGShaun White says he’ll skip skateboard, stick to snow March 1, 2020 VAIL, Colo. (AP) — If the world sees Shaun White at the Olympics again, it will be in 2022, not later this year.The three-time snowboarding champ tells The Associated Press he is taking skateboarding off his plate. He won’t try to qualify for the sport’s Olympic debut, which will take place later this year in Tokyo.White was every bit as good at skateboarding as snowboarding back in the day. He thought he might try to become one of the rare athletes to compete in both the Winter and Summer Games. But after finishing 13th at the world championships last year, he decided he didn’t want to take away from his snowboarding career to pursue a spot in skateboarding. He says it’s still possible he’ll go for a fourth Winter gold medal two years from now in Beijing. NHL-GMS MEETING PREVIEWEmergency goalie protocol talk on tap for NHL GMs meeting In Japan, host of the Summer Olmypics, Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon was scaled back as part of efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The race was expected to have 38,000 participants but was limited to just over 200 elite runners.Also Sunday, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the Japan Sumo Association will hold the March 8-22 spring grand sumo tournament in Osaka with no spectators. The decision follows a similar move made by Japanese professional baseball which is holding its preseason exhibition games at empty stadiums. Japan’s domestic soccer league also canceled games through the first half of March.OLYMPICS-BEIJING 2022Beijing 2022 organizers say on-track despite virus outbreakBEIJING (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games say they are on track to complete all competition venues by year-end and have teams in place for test events, despite the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in the country late last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-FONTANABowyer has the pole, Jimmie Johnson to be honoredFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is hoping to end his career-worst winless streak of 97 races Sunday at the track where he notched his first NASCAR Cup win in 2002. It will be his final start as a full-time driver at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, the California track about 100 miles north of his hometown.last_img

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