LOCAL UPDATE


Running: The August road race calendar is a mix of traditional runs, virtual races and a few cancellations. Still on the calendar: the Case Creek Obstacles 5K Mud Run 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 in Coal Valley, the Watermelon Stampede 10K and 5K at 8 a.m. Aug. 15 in Muscatine, Iowa, and the QC Crimestoppers 5K 8 a.m. Aug. 15 at Bass Street Landing in Moline. The Maple City 4 in Geneseo will be virtual Aug. 1-9. The Trinity Freedom 5K in East Moline will be virtual on Aug. 6, and the Paws and Claws 5K in Tampico will be virtual. The events that have been called off include the The Aug. 15 Tugfest Run in Leclaire, Iowa, the Aug. 22 Jordan Rahm Forever Young Run 5K in Atkinson, the Aug. 22 Silvis Family Run 5K in Silvis and the Aug. 29 Bandits Race to Home at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.


Dirt track racing: Rain on Thursday forced the second postponement of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Peoria Speedway. Officials are working on an alternate plan for the event. Next up on the tour, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models at Kokomo Speedway on Friday and Saturday, July 31-Aug. 1.


Lake Calhoun Ladies League: Karen Goff shot a 48 as part of the B Flight on Tuesday in women’s golf. Christine Catton had a 37 net in the same flight. In the A Flight, Paula Boston shot 49 and Linda Nelson had a net 34. In the C Flight, Sharon Henehan and Rogena Lumberry each turned in a 55 while Sandy McCready had a net 37. Traci McClintic had 16 putts and Peggy Jennings had the play of the day.


SOCIAL JUSTICE


NBA: Players and coaches from the New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers knelt alongside one another before the first games of the NBA restart. Some players raised a fist as the final notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner" were played, the first of what is expected to be many silent statements calling for racial justice and equality following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in recent months. In the first games of the restart, Utah beat New Orleans 106-104, and the Los Angeles Lakers edged the Los Angeles Clippers 103-101.


Iowa football: Facing a scathing report that detailed racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Thursday he would not be making any staffing changes as he apologized and promised to overhaul some of his policies. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said the critical report by an outside law firm showed the "climate and culture must and will change within our football program." Ferentz apologized to former Black players at a news conference and promised to build on changes made in recent weeks to improve their experience.


NCAA: Announced Thursday college athletes in all sports will be permitted to wear patches on their uniforms to support social justice issues. The NCAA says patches can be worn on either the front or back of the uniform to "express support and voice their opinions."


MAJOR SPORTS REPORT


WNBA: Napheesa Collier scored 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx held on to beat the Chicago Sky 83-81 on Thursday night. Azura Stevens had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Cheyenne Parker added 16 points and 10 boards for the Sky (2-1). In other games, the Mystics beat the Storm 89-71 and the Sparks beat the Sun 81-76.


New York Knicks: Tom Thibodeau is back in New York as the Knicks' new coach. The former NBA Coach of the Year was hired Thursday, returning to the team he helped lead to the NBA Finals as an assistant coach. The 62-year-old Thibodeau is 352-246 in eight seasons coaching Chicago and Minnesota. He was the Coach of the Year in 2011 in his first season with the Bulls. He led Chicago to 50 wins in three of his five seasons. Thibodeau was an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy when the Knicks reached the 1999 NBA Finals.


NFL Players Association: Reached an agreement with 2K Sports that will allow the video game developer to use the names, images and likenesses of over 2,000 players. The agreement announced Thursday by both parties also includes OneTeam Partners, a marketing and licensing firm that represents the unions for NFL and Major League Baseball players.


Seattle Kraken: Hired Dave Baseggio as director of pro scouting Thursday. Baseggio spent the past 12 seasons with Anaheim as a pro scout, director of pro scouting and assistant to the general manager for the Ducks. Baseggio also played and coached in the AHL.


Oregon State: Athletes and others have told The Associated Press that Oregon State University's volleyball coach runs an abusive program that has lost 11 players who have quit or transferred since 2016 and that two team members contemplated suicide, with one attempting an overdose. In interviews with the AP and complaints made to the university, they said that Mark Barnard pits players against each other in team meetings, threatens to revoke scholarships for struggling players and pushes team members past health warnings in practice as punishment. They said they were perplexed by the administration not taking decisive action against Barnard after repeated complaints about the program. In response, the university said it disputed the characterization.


Athletes Unlimited Volleyball: The top women's indoor volleyball players in the U.S. will be calling Nashville home for their new professional league. The league will play games at Municipal Auditorium, which seats 9,700, from Feb. 26 to April 4. Alliance Volleyball Club at TOA Sports Performance Center in nearby Franklin will be the league's training partner.


U.S. Open: Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is planning to play at the U.S. Open and the hard-court tuneup at the same site earlier in August. Osaka's agent, Stuart Duguid, said Thursday that the former No. 1-ranked player will enter both tournaments the U.S. Tennis Association is holding in Flushing Meadows. The Grand Slam tournament is scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.


CORONAVIRUS IMPACT


Southeastern Conference: Reconfigured its schedule Thursday to include only league games. University presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and begins Sept. 26. The SEC championship game, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will be pushed back to Dec. 19, 13 days before the College Football Playoff semifinals are scheduled to be played on New Year's Day.


Formula One: Driver Sergio Perez is out of Sunday's British Grand Prix after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Racing Point driver, who is Mexican, will now go into isolation. The race on Sunday will be the fourth in the pandemic-affected season that should have begun in March.


LPGA Tour: Two positive tests for the coronavirus out of the 466 given to players and caddies before they traveled and when they arrived in Ohio for the LPGA Drive On Championship. The LPGA says Marina Alex had no symptoms when she tested positive before leaving for Inverness. Following 10 days of quarantine, she is expected to return next week at the Marathon Classic. Buffalo Bills: Sent rookies home and will hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson both tested positive Thursday.


Chicago Bears: Placed defensive tackle John Jenkins on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, meaning he tested positive for the coronavirus or is being quarantined after coming in close contact with someone infected. Others on the list, Detroit Lions DB Justin Coleman and TE Isaac Nauta, Las Vegas Raiders RB Devontae Booker, San Francisco 49ers RB Jeff Wilson Jr., and Cleveland Browns P Jamie Gillan.


NCAA: The sideline area college football teams use to congregate will be extended by 20 yards this season and only one captain from each team will be permitted to participate in the pregame or overtime coin toss. NCAA playing rules oversight committee announced alterations in football and other sports to accommodate for COVID-19 concerns this coming season. In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension. In volleyball, teams will not switch benches during a match.


Georgia Tech: Moved this season's home game against Notre Dame to its campus home, 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium, citing uncertainty over scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic. The game was originally scheduled Atlanta's 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 14.


Milwaukee Bucks: Guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton won't play Friday against the Boston Celtics after both players arrived late to Florida because they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.


Dallas Cowboys: Season tickets ill not be available.


Miami Dolphins: Rookie running back Malcolm Perry is among several Miami Dolphins players who have donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19. The plasma helps patients still fighting the virus.


Rutgers: There has been a spike in the number of football players who have tested positive for COVID-19. New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the number is now 15 and noted that even smaller gatherings can lead to positive tests.


From local reports and wire services