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The world of sports remains a strange place — and these photos prove it

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Missing live sporting events? That’s understandable, as many leagues and teams have been on hold since March, considering where the world stands with the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s surreal: Did you ever imagine the NCAA men’s basketball tournament would be canceled? Could you envision in any other circumstance, the Olympics postponed by a year?

In the photos that follow, you’ll see even more wild sights: Players competing in empty stadiums; facial coverings on boxers; temperature checks; athletes training in isolation; and workers in heavy protective gear, sanitizing equipment and arenas.

Despite the fact that many states have loosened coronavirus-related restrictions, the pandemic is still unfolding.

On the bright side for fans everywhere, in the United States, it appears things are looking up when it comes to competition. The MLB and the NBA are now set for returns, both slated for late July.

When it comes to some other sports — NASCAR, golf, boxing, UFC and horse racing, to name a few — these have been underway for some time.

We thought we’d take a look around the world to get a glimpse of the action, and what things are looking like in this strange 2020.

All photos are copyright Getty Images.

Players and officials take part in a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and honor the NHS during the FA Cup Fifth Quarter Final match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on June 28 in Sheffield, England.
Players and officials take part in a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and honor the NHS during the FA Cup Fifth Quarter Final match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on June 28 in Sheffield, England. (Pool photo via Getty Images)
A Manchester City member of staff disinfects a corner flag prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on June 17.
A Manchester City member of staff disinfects a corner flag prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on June 17. (2020 Getty Images)
Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan works out in a tethered resistance pool during a training session June 9 in Clarkesville.
Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan works out in a tethered resistance pool during a training session June 9 in Clarkesville. (2020 Getty Images)
Fans stand on ladders to peer over a wall as they watch a Czech First League match between Bohemians 1905 and FK Jablonec on June 14 in Prague, Czech Republic. Matches in the country are closed to the public due to concerns over the pandemic.
Fans stand on ladders to peer over a wall as they watch a Czech First League match between Bohemians 1905 and FK Jablonec on June 14 in Prague, Czech Republic. Matches in the country are closed to the public due to concerns over the pandemic. (2020 Getty Images)
Goalkeeper of the Argentina National Hockey team, Juan Manuel Vivaldi, trains in isolation June 17 during the government-ordered lockdown at his home in Olivos, Argentina. Vivaldi, gold medalist in Rio 2016, is training at home due to COVID-19 -- and has been since the beginning of the quarantine in mid-March. On June 16, national government announced Olympians can return to team trainings following strict coronavirus protocols.
Goalkeeper of the Argentina National Hockey team, Juan Manuel Vivaldi, trains in isolation June 17 during the government-ordered lockdown at his home in Olivos, Argentina. Vivaldi, gold medalist in Rio 2016, is training at home due to COVID-19 — and has been since the beginning of the quarantine in mid-March. On June 16, national government announced Olympians can return to team trainings following strict coronavirus protocols. (2020 Getty Images)
Michelle Taueki and Fletcher McCormack of George's Ski Hire, clean and sanitize boots prior to them being rented out to the public on June 23 at Mt. Buller, in Australia. Victorian ski resorts were permitted to open after June 22 following an easing of coronavirus restrictions. The Mt. Buller resort has reopened with a "COVID SAFE" operating plan in place to ensure the health and well-being of staff, guests and the wider community.
Michelle Taueki and Fletcher McCormack of George’s Ski Hire, clean and sanitize boots prior to them being rented out to the public on June 23 at Mt. Buller, in Australia. Victorian ski resorts were permitted to open after June 22 following an easing of coronavirus restrictions. The Mt. Buller resort has reopened with a “COVID SAFE” operating plan in place to ensure the health and well-being of staff, guests and the wider community. (2020 Getty Images)
Everton fan Speedo Mick is pictured watching the Merseyside derby at his home during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC on June 21 in London.
Everton fan Speedo Mick is pictured watching the Merseyside derby at his home during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC on June 21 in London. (2020 Getty Images)
Horses gallop past the empty public stand at Sha Tin Racecourse during the Race 7 Kat O Handicap on June 27 in Hong Kong. The public areas  are shut down due to coronavirus fears.
Horses gallop past the empty public stand at Sha Tin Racecourse during the Race 7 Kat O Handicap on June 27 in Hong Kong. The public areas are shut down due to coronavirus fears. (2020 Getty Images)
Players and officials take part in an applause for those affected by COVID-19 prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers at The Valley on June 27 in London.
Players and officials take part in an applause for those affected by COVID-19 prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Queens Park Rangers at The Valley on June 27 in London. (2020 Getty Images)
Miguel Angel "El Alacran" Berchelt is shown in a confrontation with Eleazar "Tronco" Valenzuela during the weigh-in ceremony ahead of their fight June 26 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Miguel Angel “El Alacran” Berchelt is shown in a confrontation with Eleazar “Tronco” Valenzuela during the weigh-in ceremony ahead of their fight June 26 in Mexico City, Mexico. (2020 Jam Media for Zanfer/Getty Images)
Staff disinfects the areas around the pitch during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sheffield United at St. James Park on June 21 upon Tyne, England.
Staff disinfects the areas around the pitch during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sheffield United at St. James Park on June 21 upon Tyne, England. (2020 Getty Images)
A general view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United on June 23 in London. Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the pandemic.
A general view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United on June 23 in London. Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the pandemic. (2020 Getty Images)
Female rowers with protective face masks get ready for the first training session since the confinement began in March, on June 8 in Hondarribia, Spain.
Female rowers with protective face masks get ready for the first training session since the confinement began in March, on June 8 in Hondarribia, Spain. (2020 Getty Images)
Jonas Hofmann of Borussia Moenchengladbach celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha BSC on June 27 in Germany.
Jonas Hofmann of Borussia Moenchengladbach celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha BSC on June 27 in Germany. (2020 Getty Images)
Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Stradivarius to win The Gold Cup for the third time in a row on Day Three of Royal Ascot on June 18 in England. The Queen was set to miss out on attending Royal Ascot in person for the first time in her 68-year reign. Her Majesty planned to watch the race from home at Windsor Castle.
Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Stradivarius to win The Gold Cup for the third time in a row on Day Three of Royal Ascot on June 18 in England. The Queen was set to miss out on attending Royal Ascot in person for the first time in her 68-year reign. Her Majesty planned to watch the race from home at Windsor Castle. (2020 Getty Images)
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City comes off the pitch injured as he speaks with manager Pep Guardiola during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22. Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the coronavirus pandemic as government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues.
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City comes off the pitch injured as he speaks with manager Pep Guardiola during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22. Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the coronavirus pandemic as government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues. (2020 Getty Images)
Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal shows his frustration in front of an interactive fan screen after Raheem Stirling scored the opening goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on June 17.
Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal shows his frustration in front of an interactive fan screen after Raheem Stirling scored the opening goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on June 17. (2020 Getty Images)
At left, Filip Jicha, head coach of Kiel, and Domagoj Duvnjak pose with the trophy at Sparkassen Arena on June 4 in Germany. The team of THW Kiel was declared the champion of the 2019-20 season, which has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
At left, Filip Jicha, head coach of Kiel, and Domagoj Duvnjak pose with the trophy at Sparkassen Arena on June 4 in Germany. The team of THW Kiel was declared the champion of the 2019-20 season, which has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. (2020 Getty Images)
Uriel Lopez, "El Yuca," and Emanuel Navarrete, "El Vaquero," WBO Featherweight World Champion, pose inside the laboratory during a COVID-19 sampling June 11 in Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico. Boxers who fought in the "Back to Action" event June 20 had to complete the health protocol agreed by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and Mexico City Boxing Commission by taking the test.
Uriel Lopez, “El Yuca,” and Emanuel Navarrete, “El Vaquero,” WBO Featherweight World Champion, pose inside the laboratory during a COVID-19 sampling June 11 in Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico. Boxers who fought in the “Back to Action” event June 20 had to complete the health protocol agreed by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and Mexico City Boxing Commission by taking the test. (2020 Jaime Lopez/Getty Images)
A general view inside the stadium showing the empty seat coverings during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22.
A general view inside the stadium showing the empty seat coverings during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22. (2020 Pool photo/Getty Images)
Pro cyclist Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team Ineos gets a temperature check while training in isolation June 10 in Zipaquira, Colombia.
Pro cyclist Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team Ineos gets a temperature check while training in isolation June 10 in Zipaquira, Colombia. (2020 Getty Images)
British skeleton racers Ashleigh Pittaway, at right, and Brogan Crowley work out during a session at Bath University on June 23.
British skeleton racers Ashleigh Pittaway, at right, and Brogan Crowley work out during a session at Bath University on June 23. (2020 Getty Images)
Team England netball player Sasha Corbin trains at her home on June 12, 2020 in London.
Team England netball player Sasha Corbin trains at her home on June 12, 2020 in London. (2020 Getty Images/Alex Pantling for Getty Images)
Liverpool fan Emily Farley poses next to her home that has been adorned with Liverpool FC paraphernalia ahead of the Everton vs. Liverpool derby match on June 21. Farley has decorated her home in honor of her husband, David, who died last year.
Liverpool fan Emily Farley poses next to her home that has been adorned with Liverpool FC paraphernalia ahead of the Everton vs. Liverpool derby match on June 21. Farley has decorated her home in honor of her husband, David, who died last year. (2020 Getty Images)
Colombian wheelchair tennis player Maria Angelica Bernal trains with her dog Lucky at her home during the government-ordered coronavirus lockdown on June 19 in Bogota, Colombia. Bernal is 10th in the ITF World Ranking and already qualified for the next Tokyo Paralympics.
Colombian wheelchair tennis player Maria Angelica Bernal trains with her dog Lucky at her home during the government-ordered coronavirus lockdown on June 19 in Bogota, Colombia. Bernal is 10th in the ITF World Ranking and already qualified for the next Tokyo Paralympics. (2020 Getty Images)
An aerial view of a group of men playing an informal football match in a field with lines marked to keep distance on June 27 in Pergamino, Argentina. As quarantine was extended until July 17 in Argentina, some cities have eased restrictions and group sports are permitted, while keeping social distance.
An aerial view of a group of men playing an informal football match in a field with lines marked to keep distance on June 27 in Pergamino, Argentina. As quarantine was extended until July 17 in Argentina, some cities have eased restrictions and group sports are permitted, while keeping social distance. (2020 Getty Images)

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WFXR Sports Sitdown : Jermaine Ferrell talks sports with KLAS Sports Anchor/Reporter Kevaney Martin

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Angels of Assisi has become very well-known in the Roanoke community, as well as nationally, for the work they do with rescuing animals in great need. Recently, Angels of Assisi came to the rescue of 20 dogs that their owner could no longer provide care for. Director of Community Engagement for Angels of Assisi, Kathleen Legg explains it wasn’t easy for their owner to give them up.

The dogs range in age from young puppies to full-grown adults and seem to be in good health; however, they will need further testing to know for sure.

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Riverside Sport Hall of Fame to move its induction banquet again – Press Enterprise

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A lot of us would love to just skip 2020 entirely. The Riverside Sport Hall of Fame, as it turns out, has opted to do just that.

The organization’s induction of its latest class of inductees, originally scheduled for this past May and then postponed to a Nov. 2 date at the Riverside Convention Center, has been moved back again and is now scheduled to take place at that venue on Monday, May 17, 2021, Hall president Jerry Hurley said.

“I just get the sense that people are uncomfortable being in a room,” he said. “I know I’m uncomfortable being in a room with several hundred other people in a confined space. And our thought was, let’s continue to move it and do it up right. Hopefully by next May 17, all will be well in our country. No guarantee of that, certainly, but it just seemed like the prudent thing to do.”

So the class of ’20 will become the class of ’21. Olympic middle-distance runner (and former UC Riverside star) Brenda Martinez, local fast-pitch softball legend Bob Bomar, former Riverside Poly softball player (and Olympian, and later coach) Vanessa Czarnecki-Duhon, longtime high school coaches Rich Stalder (North) and Rich Graves (Poly) and California Baptist University president Ronald Ellis will receive their red jackets as the newest members of the Hall, swelling the membership to 111.

Additionally, Stan Morrison will receive the Chuck Kane Leadership Award, Ramona assistant principal and longtime area coach John Tibbels will receive the President’s Award, and UCR women’s basketball player Jannon Otto, who is a Type 1 diabetic, will receive the Inspirational Athlete of the Year award.

There was, Hurley confirmed, no thought of adding a second class of inductees, given the tradition — mandated by Kane, the late RCC president and the original leader and forever conscience of the Hall of Fame — that the program be over no later than 9 p.m. After all, if things are close to being back to normal by then, it will be a school night.

“There’d be lightning and thunder coming from the sky, from the cloud that Chuck inhabits right now,” Hurley cracked.

Hurley’s biggest regret was that the banquet’s annual parade of high school and college athletes will have skipped a class. In addition to everything else the Class of 2020 was denied this spring, their athletic achievers missed out on this; the events that caused seasons to be interrupted and canceled also distracted coaches and administrators from submitting their lists of athletes to be honored.

The high school and college Classes of 2021, if all goes well, will be a part of the program.

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SDHSAA is preparing for a fall sports season

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The South Dakota High School Activities Association put forth their Summer Contact plan in late May, allowing athletes and coaches to get back in the weight room. Now the board is preparing for a return to live sports this fall.

“We’re cautiously optimistic and I think our state is in a decent place right now, because we aren’t seeing those spikes that are going on in other parts of the country. We’re kind of waiting to see what is going to happen over the next few weeks and then throughout the year we are going to have to be monitoring that,” SDHSAA Executive Director Daniel Swartos said.

The SDHSAA created the Coronavirus Task Force which consists of 20 educators including athletic directors and superintendents. The task force has been given the difficult task of building a safe return to sports plan.

“Our number one question is of course safety and is it safe to do this? Looking through what we have for fall sports and activities and seeing which of those are low contact or high contact and low risk to high risk,” Swartos said.

Football, competitive cheer and competitive dance are in the high contact range, while golf and tennis are in the low risk categories.

Contact Risk Sport
High Football
Competitive Cheer
Competitive Dance
Medium Volleyball
Soccer
Low Golf
Cross Country
Tennis
Contact spread risk chart for Fall Sports- via SDHSAA

Another idea created by the task force is to come up with a safe and efficient way to handle any positive cases that occur throughout the season.

“A standard screening procedure that all schools will use and a standard protocol for Department of Health close contacts in DOH confirmed tests and it gives a piece of mind, that if there is a confirmed close contact, if there is a confirmed case, that these are the procedures that go into place and these are the notifications that go around and everyone is on the same page,” Swartos said.

With the risk of a potential surge this fall, many state and nationals organizations have considered moving their fall sports. However, South Dakota will be looking for a different option.

“There are some states that are looking into maybe switching their spring and fall seasons. The worry with that is if you move track back to the fall, and then things go sideways here in the fall and you have to cancel it, now that’s two straight track seasons that have been canceled and that’s pretty tough for those kids,” Swartos said.

The SDHSAA understands that a potential surge this fall works out better than last spring’s surge, because it would happen early in the school year.

“We’ve got the whole school year to get these things in. If we decide to get everything started and there is some starts and stops in there, there is some shifting we can do with some of the winter and spring seasons, to finish out the fall season sports in the spring if we need to,” Swartos said.

While South Dakota waits to see what happens over the next month, they aren’t the only state playing the waiting game.

“I visit a lot with the director from North Dakota, the director from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska and they are all kind of in the same boat that we’re at. They’re all cautiously optimistic about the fall and they’ll all be making those decisions around the same time as we are,” Swartos said.


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While there are decisions left to be made by the board, the goal of the SDHSAA stays the same.

“Our goal and our mission as always is to get kids active and to get them active mentally and to get them active physically. So that’s what we are going to do and it’s going to be a strange year, there might be some stops during it, but we’re going to do what we can, when we can to give these kids as many experiences as we can give them,” Swartos said.

The first official fall practice is planned for August 5.

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