Tokyo Olympics Postponed to 2021 Due to Coronavirus Pandemic Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, met to discuss how to handle the uncertainty surrounding the games. Both officials reportedly agreed that canceling the games was not an option, but that the event must be postponed. Both the Olympics and Paralympic Games will be held in the summer of 2021, but will retain the 2020 branding. The IOC, along with the Tokyo organizing committee and the Japanese government, had initially resisted postponing the games. Calls from athletes, nations and olympic committees around the world grew to a roar, leading to the ultimate decision. The postponement will prove a financial blow to Japan, who are estimated to lose out on billions in domestic and inbound consumption. Despite the postponement, the leaders said the games could still stand “as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times.”
Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach has apologized on social media for posting a tweet that drew criticism from Bulldogs players and an assistant professor at the school before it was deleted
Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t believe extending preseason camp for college football teams around the country is necessarily the best way to get them ready for the season
Canada and Australia Won't Send Athletes to 2020 Olympics Olympic committees from both countries released statements regarding the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. Canadian Olympic Committee, via statement Australian Olympic Committee, via statement Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll said that athletes should prepare for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. The International Olympic Committee's executive board said it is considering postponing but not canceling the 2020 Olympics. The 2020 Olympics are still scheduled to start on July 24 at this time. Executives for USA Swimming and USA Track and Field both called for the Olympics to be postponed over the weekend.
The New England Patriots' private team plane is returning to Boston from China carrying more than one million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus
Russell Wilson and Ciara Pledge to Donate 1 Million Meals Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and his wife, celebrity singer Ciara, want to help families who are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Russell Wilson, via Twitter The pair have partnered with Food Lifeline, a Feeding America partner, to donate one million meals to those in Seattle. Russell Wilson, via Twitter Feeding America leads the nation in the fight against hunger, distributing over 4.3 billion meals each year throughout the United States. Wilson and Ciara ended their announcement by encouraging others to get involved and work together to “conquer this tough time." Ciara, via Twitter
Rob Gronkowski Will Host Two-Night WrestleMania Event Gronkowski will play a major role in his new company's main event on April 4-5. The former NFL star broke the news on Twitter before WWE made the announcement on Wednesday. Rob Gronkowski, via Twitter Rob Gronkowski, via Twitter WrestleMania will be moving from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Wrestlemania will take place at the training facility as well as multiple other locations, according to a WWE spokesperson. The event will take place with "only essential personnel," and no fans will be in attendance at any location. WrestleMania will air on the WWE Network on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5.
The NFL players' union says changes made to the labor agreement players narrowly approved last month “reflects no substantive difference whatsoever,” a claim the lawyers for free agent safety Eric Reid dispute
Saints coach Sean Payton says he didn't mean to insinuate on a recent television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees plans to retire after the upcoming season
Kevin Durant Reveals He Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus Durant revealed his diagnosis on Tuesday. The Brooklyn Nets superstar stated he's "feeling fine." Kevin Durant, via Bleacher Report The Nets also revealed that three other players on the team have also been diagnosed with coronavirus. The other three players are experiencing symptoms of the virus. Nets Statement, via Bleacher Report More than 184,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the World Health Organization. On Tuesday, the death toll in the U.S. reached 100.