Monday Local Roundup: Sports Updates

Monday Local Roundup: Sports Updates

The NFL is delaying the start of off season programs for all teams because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision yesterday following discussions with the medical teams for the NFL and NFLPA.  Teams with returning head coaches would have been able to begin their off season programs April 20th, while clubs with new head coaches could have started their programs April 6th.     

Five-time Pro-Bowler Jimmy Graham is coming to the Bears.  Chicago is reportedly signing the tight end to a two-year deal, worth 16-million-dollars, including nine-million-dollars guaranteed.  Graham played for the rival Packers the past two-seasons. The 33-year-old had 38 receptions for 447 yards and three touchdowns last season.   

The Bears also appear to be searching for another quarterback.  Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports Chicago is talking with the Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater about a deal that would make him the new starter over Mitch Trubisky. The Bears are also reportedly discussing possible trades for the Bengals’ Andy Dalton and the Jaguars’ Nick Foles.

White Sox catchers Zack Collins and Yermin Mercedes and right-handed reliever José Ruiz will start the season in the minors.  The club optioned all three to Triple-A Charlotte yesterday. Collins hit .333 with two home runs and six RBIs in 13 spring training games, while Mercedes hit .381 with four homers and nine RBIs in 13 spring games.  Both catchers were among the options for the 26th spot on the Sox roster. Ruiz had an 11.12 ERA in five relief outings this spring.

The start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season is being pushed back even further because of the corona pandemic.  Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the decision yesterday after the Centers for Disease Control urged a nationwide ban of gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.  MLB previously canceled all remaining Spring Training games and delayed the start of the regular season by at least two weeks. Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26th. 

The 2020 Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September because of the coronavirus.  It’s the first time the Running of the Roses won’t be held in May in 75 years.  The tentative date is September 5th. 

NASCAR suspended its season until May as part of the CDC’s recommendation to postpone gatherings for the next eight weeks because of the pandemic. The series plans to hold all 36 races this season and return to the track at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on May 9.

The biggest wrestling show of the year will still take place, it just won’t be as big.  The WWE says Wrestlemania is being moved from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to a training facility in Orlando.  The event will still air live on April 5th. Fans will not be permitted to attend.