No spectators for Memorial
The PGA Tour and the Memorial scrapped state-approved plans to have limited spectators next week because of what it described as rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Memorial, hosted by Jack Nicklaus on his Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, was in line to be the first tournament with spectators since golf resumed its schedule on June 11 in Texas. “But given the broader challenges communities are facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to stay focused on the No. 1 priority for our ‘Return to Golf’ — the health and safety of all involved,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement Monday. The absence of spectators also means the tournament will not have a pro-am. Muirfield Village this week is holding the Workday Charity Open, a one-time event that replaces the John Deere Classic.
Nats, Astros end workouts
WASHINGTON — Baseball’s two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the baseball season. The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment. “We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families,” Washington GMr Mike Rizzo said. “Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”
Lisbon to sign up for softball
The Lisbon Baseball/Softball Association will hold signups for girls recreational softball from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dickey Complex. For more information, contact Chip Roush, 304/670-1215.