AROUND THE HORN
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.”
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 schedule for all fall sports is 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.
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.
Let’s play two?
NEW YORK (AP) — Ernie Banks famously said: “Let’s play two.”
Baseball players just might not want to play nine innings twice in one day during this pandemic-delayed season.
While Cleveland swept the Chicago White Sox in the first doubleheader of the season on Tuesday, union head Tony Clark called Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and said players might want to consider shortened twinbills this year.
The players’ association is surveying members and may propose either two seven-inning games for a twinbill of nine innings for the opener and seven for the nightcap.
Major League Baseball is checking opinions at the owner and general manager levels, and staff hopes for a decision by Saturday to make a change or leave the rules the way the are.
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.