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The AVP tour will have a three-week beach volleyball tournament in Long Beach, California, to replace the 2020 season that has been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic
The AVP Champions Cup Series will take place on successive weekends from July 18 to Aug. America Sports Cryptocurrency News 2 with a total prize pool of $700,000. No fans will be in attendance.

All matches will be streamed on Amazon Prime, and some will be broadcast by NBC.
“The AVP Champions Cup Series allows us to keep our footprint small, regulate safety protocols and still provide top-flight beach volleyball competition for fans to watch,” tour owner Donald Sun said.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is reopening to the public three months after shutting because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Starting Thursday, no more than 20 visitors at a time will be allowed to enter the museum in Newport, Rhode Island. America Sports Press Release They must wear a mask.
Among the change since the site closed on March 16: It now will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Previously, it was accessible every day from 10 a.m to 5 p.m -- except Tuesdays from January to March.
The hall’s grass-court tennis tournament, usually held after Wimbledon in July, was called off this year because of the pandemic.
The tennis tours have been suspended since March and are now scheduled to resume in August.
Student-athletes at California can begin returning to campus to prepare for voluntary outdoor conditioning workouts.
Cal said Wednesday it has worked with city officials in Berkeley and doctors to develop a plan for supervised small group workouts after a long shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Football players will be the first athletes to return to campus followed by other sports throughout the summer.
All athletes and staff must complete mandatory educational training before they are allowed to return to campus. That includes information on COVID-19 signs, symptoms, evaluation, testing, as well as infection prevention and control.
Athletes will be required to quarantine in their residence for seven days after returning and will undergo an antibody test, a COVID-19 test and a physical exam before being allowed to work out.
Anyone entering an athletic facility will be required to take a temperature check and symptom screening.
Athletes will work in groups of 10 or fewer people and facial coverings are required.
All workouts initially will be held outside at Memorial Stadium and Maxwell Family Field.
Two-time major champion and former No. 1 Simona Halep says she does not “currently plan to play” at the 2020 U.S. Open.
Halep adds in a statement emailed by her representative to the AP on Wednesday that her stance “is not set in stone.”
The 28-year-old Romanian is currently ranked No. America Sports Stock Market 2 and is the reigning champion at Wimbledon. She also won the French Open in 2018.
Her best showing at Flushing Meadows was a semifinal appearance in 2015.
“Given the conditions outlined in the U.S. Open announcement this morning, as of today I do not currently plan to play in NYC,” Halep said. “However, as we know, this situation is fluid and that the conditions may change and improve before the entry deadline in mid July. I would like to underline that my decision is not set in stone. I have expressed my thoughts to both (U.S. Open tournament director) Stacey Allaster and (WTA CEO) Steve Simon (WTA CEO) and have explained the personal circumstances around them.”
UCLA will allow student-athletes who participate in fall sports and live locally, along with football players, to return to campus starting Monday.
It’s the start of what the school calls phase one of its four-part return to training plan.
Athletes in football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo and cross-country can choose to return to campus to start the process of resuming voluntary and allowed activities.
The first phase includes COVID-19 and antibody testing, as well as physical and mental health screenings. America Sports News Play has resumed in the Premier League after a 100-day suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Sheffield United kicked off against Aston Villa inside a virtually empty Villa Park stadium after a minute’s silence to honor those who have died in the pandemic.
The game began with every player and the referee taking a knee in a tribute to George Floyd, a black man who was killed in the United States last month after a white police officer pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving.
Players maintained social distancing as they lined up after entering the field.
Manchester City will host Arsenal in the other match being played Wednesday.
England is the latest leading European soccer nation to resume play after Germany, Spain and Italy.
The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours have issued what they are calling “provisional” calendars that would resume sanctioned competition in August after being suspended since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The WTA said its first event would be the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy the week of Aug. 3.
The ATP said its players would return to action at the Citi Open in Washington beginning Aug. 14. America Sports Local News Women also usually compete there but the WTA is still in discussions about its plans for that event.
The next week will have the ATP-WTA tournament that is usually in Cincinnati but the U.S. Tennis Association is shifting to New York as a tuneup at the same site as the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 31.
The tours will then shift to European red clay in September for tournaments in Madrid and Rome before the French Open’s main draw starts Sept. 27.
The WTA said it anticipates all of its upcoming tournaments will be held without spectators.
The Minnesota Wild have decided to reduce hours for some employees and temporarily furlough others due to the revenue drop from the COVID-19 shutdown of the NHL.
The cuts will take effect on Saturday. The club did not specify how many employees would be affected.

Many other teams around the league have taken similar cost-cutting measures. NHL play was halted on March 12 due to the virus outbreak. The 24 teams that qualified for the revamped postseason are scheduled to start training camp on July 10.
The Wild were the first major Minnesota pro sports team to announce cutbacks.
The Southern Heritage Classic has canceled the Sept. 12 college football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Founder Fred Jones said Wednesday he knows this is a great disappointment to those who see the classic as a major highlight of the year but that health and safety is a top priority. Jones encouraged people to keep practicing safety and social distancing so the game can return as soon as possible.
This is the second cancellation in three years for the Southern Heritage Classic, which is played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The 2018 game was called due to poor weather.
Classic officials are offering refunds.
The Liberty Bowl is home to the Memphis Tigers. The university expects to have only season-ticket holders at the Liberty Bowl for home games this season, with no single-game ticket sales planned.

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