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  • Friday, June 5, 2020 1:00 AM
    The jersey-wearing camaraderie. The scent of sizzling sausages. The buzz before a big game. 
    The distinctive atmosphere of live sports, that feeling in the air, will return in time as pandemic restrictions are eased. But will that very air be safe in a closed arena with other fans in attendance?
    The billions of dollars spent on state-of-the-art sports facilities over the last quarter-century have made high-efficiency air filtration systems more common, thanks in part to the pursuit of green and healthy building certifications. Upgrades will likely increase in the post-coronavirus era, too.
    The problem is that even the cleanest of air can’t keep this particular virus from spreading; if someone coughs or sneezes, those droplets are in the air. That means outdoor ballparks have high contaminant potential, too. 
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:00 AM
    Nevada women’s basketball head coach Amanda Levens has announced her 2020 signing class by adding seven newcomers to the program.
     “We are excited about the new additions to our Wolf Pack family,” said Levens. “They are all talented athletes, motivated students and young women of high character.”
    The signing class includes four transfers and three high school student-athletes. 
    The seven-member class will join Kenna Holt, who signed with Nevada in November, as the newest members of the Wolf Pack this fall. 
    In total the eight newcomers brings the 2020-21 roster to 13 student-athletes with the return of senior Nia Alexander, juniors Da’Ja Hamilton and Amaya West and sophomores Dom Phillips and Alyssa Jimenez.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:00 AM
    The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the Reno Rogues have been added to its expansion for the upcoming season that will begin in November.
    “Reno is a great sports and entertainment city,” stated ABA CEO Joe Newman, “and we were very surprised when the G-League abandoned Reno and headed to California. It left a great opening and two excellent owners have jumped in to fill the void.” 
    The team will be owned and operated by Grind Athletics, LLC who also own and operate the Idaho Outlaws (www.idahooutlaws.com and IdahoOutlawsABA on Twitter) of the ABA.
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020 1:00 AM
    Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA: Players believe they’re going to play games again this season.
    The obvious questions — How? Where? When? — remain unanswered. Testing, part of the new normal of this coronavirus era, will be a major component to any return-to-play plan that the NBA comes up with. 
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:00 AM
    The NFL is taking baby steps toward full reopenings for its teams. It has no other choice.
    No long throws downfield. Mostly halfback dives into the line.
    There are so many issues that must be addressed with the opening of team facilities across the nation. Just because a handful of clubs returned executives and other staff — no coaches or players — to their complexes on Tuesday does not foreshadow a quick return to business as usual. Or close to it.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail.
    Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights later, with ESPN televising both cards, kicking off twice weekly shows at the hotel in June and July.
    No fans will be allowed, and Arum said fighters and everyone else will be tested at least twice during fight week for the new coronavirus. 
    The fights are pending approval of the Nevada Athletic Commission, which meets next week to consider the events, along with two cards that the UFC plans to stage at its facility in Las Vegas.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:00 AM
    The NCAA Division I Council voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1 as a growing number of college leaders expressed confidence that fall sports will be possible in some form despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
    This decision clears the way for individual workouts by athletes, mostly on their own, subject to safety and health protocols decided by their schools or local health officials..
    NCAA officials noted that the workouts could go on as long as all local, state and federal regulations are followed. The status of voluntary workouts for other sports will be determined later.
  • Monday, May 25, 2020 1:00 AM
    Pahranagat Valley (Class 1A), The Meadows (2A), Boulder City (3A) and Bishop Manogue (4A) are the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association/One Nevada Credit Union’s ONE NEVADA CUP champions for the 2019-2020 school year.
    The NIAA, the non-profit governing body of high school athletics in the Silver State, began this awards program in 2001. 
    One Nevada Credit Union, the title sponsor of the NIAA, became the presenting partner in 2019.
    The Award of Excellence in Academic, Athletics and Citizenship changed its name to the ONE NEVADA CUP in 2019.
    The One Nevada Cup’s scoring system awards points to member schools based on their varsity teams’ performances in the classrooms, at the sporting venues and with the Citizenship Through Sports initiative.
  • Friday, May 22, 2020 1:00 AM
    Bob Watson, an All-Star slugger who became the first black general manager to win a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996, has died. He was 74.
  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 1:00 AM
    In 2018, with his school facing the possibility of cutting staff to make up a huge shortfall in state funding, Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier added a football game at Florida State to the Huskies’ schedule.
    The road trip came with a $1.6 million payout to NIU.
    “Florida State, essentially, saved people’s jobs,” Frazier said. 
    Guarantee games, or buy games, are essential to many athletic departments that field Division I football teams but have far smaller budgets than those at Power Five schools. Even before the pandemic spawned a financial crisis, most Group of Five schools were using university funds and student fees to help pay for athletics.
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