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Roger Federer 'devastated' by Wimbledon cancellation, as other tennis stars share disappointment

To help contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the All-England Lawn and Tennis Club announced Wednesday that it's canceling its Wimbledon for the first time since World War II, when it was on hold from 1940 to 1945. And the world's top tennis players are sharing their collective disappointment. Wimbledon's cancellation is an especially tough blow to Roger Federer. (CBS Sports)

Division I, II extend recruiting dead period through May 31

The Division I council coordination committee and the Division II administrative committee announced Wednesday that the recruiting dead period will be extended through May 31. A dead period had initially been created on March 13 that would last through April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the committees left the door open to extend it. (ESPN.com)

Curly Neal dazzled us all, in Greensboro and around the globe

He was the greatest ball-handler of all time and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Curly Neal has passed away, and a part of Greensboro has left with him. But for those of us who knew him, even those of us who just saw his smile from time to time, there’s a void now. Fred Neal was one of a kind. His story isn’t like any other ballplayer. (Greensboro News & Record)

Sports Illustrated endures another round of layoffs, this time prompted by the coronavirus

Sports Illustrated was hit with layoffs Monday, publisher Maven announced, in the wake of the sports shutdown and overall economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus. Six percent of SI’s already thinned editorial staff will be let go, Maven said. Among those laid off at SI were longtime senior writer Chris Ballard and editor and writer Jack Dickey. (Washington Post)

Chansky’s Notebook: Rivalry Regions

Let’s say, for argument’s sake, the best way to monitor and contain the coronavirus was by closing off regions and banning outside travel except in most essential circumstances. What would happen to college sports? The imagined new Carolinas Conference would include UNC, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, App State, Clemson, and South Carolina. (Chapelboro.com)

Virginia Tech forward Isaiah Wilkins announces decision to transfer

Virginia Tech forward Isaiah Wilkins has announced his intentions to transfer. Wilkins is a 6’3” sophomore forward that originally came to Blacksburg under Buzz Williams. He put together a solid season and averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 14.4 minutes of action. He also was an impressive 48.7% from the field and 40.7% from behind the arc. (247 Sports)

Pull up a chair and listen to Vin Scully give a message of hope and optimism

We are surrounded by a cacophony of chaos, our lives filled with words of warning and dread and doom. I need a sound of spring. This being the formerly opening week of the postponed baseball season, I crave the melodious tones of the ballpark, the bunting, the hope. So, what the heck, I call Vin Scully. And, wouldn’t you know, he answers on the first ring. (Los Angeles Times)

'Bored' Sports Broadcaster Goes Viral for His Play-By-Play Video of His Dogs Eating

BBC Sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter is staying busy during quarantine with a little help from his Labradors. On Friday, Cotter, 46, hilariously narrated a food-eating competition between his dogs Olive and Mabel in a video he posted on Twitter. “Well how fitting that it should come down to these two,” the Scottish sports broadcaster said in the video. (People)

Nike, Under Armour, Fanatics and other sports retailers are making coronavirus masks

Fanatics, the maker of official licensed apparel for all the major sports leagues, has converted its Easton, Pennsylvania factory, where it makes official MLB jerseys, into a hub for making medical masks and gowns for hospital workers. And it’s making the masks and gowns out of MLB jersey material, beginning with Phillies jerseys. (Yahoo! Finance)

Steph Curry does virtual coronavirus Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Stephen Curry, the star of the Golden State Warriors, took on a different job on Thursday: interviewer. Curry virtually sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Instagram Live to ask him important questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. Curry promised to take questions from the viewing audience. (Yahoo! Sports)
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