The SEC (Southeastern Conference) has reportedly suspended all regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses, as well as SEC championship events, until March 30, amid the spread of the new coronavirus.
The announcement follows the cancellation the league orchestrated for the remainder of the men’s basketball tournament in Nashville.
“We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our student-athletes and coaches who have been preparing all season to compete in this event as well as viewers at home,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey in a statement.
“While this was not an easy decision, the health and well-being of our entire SEC community is of paramount importance.”
At that time, the conference also prohibited access in similar fashion to all on-campus regular-season games for SEC member institutions, including A&M. Those measures will be reconsidered on March 30, according to the conference.
According to Wednesday’s statement, the SEC will automatically refund tickets to the conference tournament that were purchased through the SEC office, an SEC university or the SEC Ticket Exchange via Ticketmaster.
Along with the SEC, the Big 10 and American Athletic Conference also canceled the remainder of their men’s basketball tournaments due to the novel coronavirus.
Jeff Bezos sets sights on buying NFL team
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly planning on purchasing an National Football League (NFL) team and is currently in talks with several current owners.
According to CBS Sports, Bezos “has spent considerable time around owners, including Washington Redskins’ Dan Snyder, and is in the process of moving to Washington.” Bezos, is worth an estimated $110 billion, including ownership of The Washington Post.
“There are not any teams currently on the market, though the Seattle Seahawks will be sold at some point following the death of Paul Allen last year,” the report said on Sunday. Snyder has been trying to get a state-of-the-art stadium built in Washington, DC, and Bezos can help him build one.
“Bezos moved The Washington Post to a new location after purchasing the paper, is setting up an Amazon hub in the area and some believe could aid Snyder`s pursuit of a new stadium, perhaps even with an Amazon sponsorship,” the report elaborated. Amazon has a partnership with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football and he may buy an NFL team from a business perspective.
NFL is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
Charles Rogers: Former Detroit Lions receiver dies at 38, reports say
According to a report from Chris Solari of the Detroit Absolutely free Press, former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers, has died at the age of 38.
The Saginaw, Michigan native was the No. 2 general pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. He holds the school record for most touchdowns in a career and won the Fred Biletnikof Award in 2002 for the nation’s best wide receiver.
He was a unanimous first-team All American, totaling 2,821 yards and 27 touchdowns in just two seasons.
Rogers’ former teammates first broke the information on social media. The cause of death is still unclear.
DEVASTATED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF MY SPARTAN BROTHER CHARLES RODGERS. SPOKE WITH HIS MOM THIS EARLY MORNING. MAKE SURE YOU PRAY FOR HER AND HIS LITTLE ONES. YOU SHOULD ALSO BE RESPECTFUL OF THEIR PRIVATENESS AT THIS TOUGH TIME. RIP CHUCK
— CHRIS BAKER (@TOTEN86) NOVEMBER 11, 2019
Rogers is said to leave behind eight children.
CAN ENSURE: PREVIOUS MSU AND LIONS WR CHARLES ROGERS HAS DIED. THE SAGINAW INDIGENOUS WAS 38 SEVERAL YEARS PREVIOUS.
— CHRIS SOLARI (@CHRISSOLARI) NOVEMBER 11, 2019
Rogers, in his three seasons in the NFL, caught 36 passes for 440 yards with four touchdowns.
This is a developing story.
Bianca Andreescu: Meet the Canadian Rookie who snagged the 2019 U.S. Open
The 15th ranked Bianca Andreescu wasn’t even born when tennis heavyweight Serena Williams kicked off her stellar sports career, which netted 23 major victories –– one shy of tying Margaret Court’s record 24 major singles titles.
The 19-year-old Canadian rookie refused to allow her youth; nor her respect for Williams to prevent her from making history, becoming the first Canadian to win a major tennis title.
Anna Wintour, Spike Lee, and The Dutchess of Sussex Megan Markle were among the spectators that witnessed the historic match, which Williams, 34, once dominated. During the first set, Williams struggled to place her initial serve, prompting Andreescu to take advantage of multiple second serve attempts –– scoring on vicious return shots she had no chance of retrieving. Williams appeared to off-balance as she lost the first set, 6-3.
After one hour and five minutes of play, Andreesuc had no mercy, landing a 3-1 second-set lead that soon ballooned to a 5-1 deficit for a frustrated Williams. However, the lead quickly evaporated when her vintage power serve found corners, which were previously missed during the first set. With every unreturned serve, the crowd noise heightened –– fueling the comeback (5-5), which Williams attributed to the crowd’s encouragement.
Taking home her first major title, Andreescu withstood the fierce attack of the veteran player, who is in pursuit of a record-tying 24 major titles. Andreescu didn’t qualify for last year’s US Open but won the final two games, to take the second set 7-5, and subsequently hoist the first-place trophy, after a straight-set victory. Andreescu later said: “I’ve worked really hard…I am beyond grateful, and truly blessed…playing on the stage, against Serena is amazing-a true legend of the sport.”
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