Toronto official: Ban doesn't include pro teams

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ESPN News Services

TORONTO — Toronto’s cancellation of all city-led and permitted events through June 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic does not apply to professional sports leagues such as the NBA, NHL, MLB or MLS, a spokesman for Mayor John Tory said Tuesday.

Don Peat said the move applies to events that get city permits such as parades and festivals, but not sporting events that include the Raptors, Maple Leafs, Blue Jays or Toronto FC.

But Ontario already has a province-wide ban of gatherings of more than five people. The province has not said how long that will be in force, though. Toronto city spokesman Brad Ross said games in arenas or stadiums fall under the mass gathering order issued by the province.

“We have canceled events that are city-led or need permits to the end of June. These are, primarily, events that have

Kevin Durant, Trae Young among stars to participate in televised 16-player NBA 2K tournament Friday

The NBA has suspended all physical games in an effort to combat the coronavirus outbreak, but nothing can stop the behemoth that is NBA 2K. With sports fans confined to their homes and video games taking on an important place as a distraction during this pandemic, the NBA has decided to take advantage of the platform to offer fans some semblance of live basketball. Beginning Friday, ESPN will air an NBA 2K tournament featuring 16 players over a 10-day period, the National Basketball Players Association announced on Tuesday

Two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant headlines the list of names who will be competing, with Trae Young and Hassan Whiteside rounding out the top three seeds. Seeding of the tournament is based on the player’s 2K ranking, as well as the number of years they’ve been in the league. 

The full

Durant, Young highlight players-only NBA 2K tourney on ESPN

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and Trae Young will lead a 16-player field of NBA players in an NBA 2K20 tournament airing on ESPN.

The NBA, the players’ association and 2K announced the NBA 2K Players Tournament on Tuesday. Play begins Friday, and the winner of the week-long competition will receive a $100,000 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.

Player have been seeded according to their NBA 2K player rating — from Durant’s 96 down to Derrick Jones Jr.’s 78 — and tenure. Durant, the Brooklyn Nets star who sat out this NBA season due to injury, will face Jones in the first game Friday night. Other matches will air on ESPN2. The championship is set for April 11.

Participants will each select a pool of eight teams prior to the tournament and can only play with each club once throughout the tournament. Rounds one and

Social Roundup: See what athletes are doing with their seasons suspended – March 31

With the NBA, MLB, NHL and other major sports leagues and sporting events suspended or canceled because of the coronavirus, professional athletes are spending their free time working out, playing video games, learning how to play instruments and more. Have a look at what some of your favorite players from your favorite teams are up to on social media.

Here’s a fun fact: Tennis is the perfect sport for social distancing!

We know the courts are closed. But you can get creative, like ATP tour coach Carlos Martinez.

Try it with your neighbor…across the street!

When there’s a will there’s a way 😅

🎥: @TennisLegende #tennisathomepic.twitter.com/aHCYfpI404

— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 30, 2020

With folks having to work out from home, weights are impossible to find these days.

But that’s not a problem. Plenty of things can be a substitute while you’re getting that pump in. For instance, cars work well

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts remain undecided about future

Adam Vinatieri’s future remains an unknown. Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said Tuesday during a digital news conference that the kicking legend has not yet made a decision about whether he’d like to return for a 25th NFL season. 

Reich hasn’t spoken with the future hall-of-famer in the past couple of weeks, but before the Colts facility was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he saw the 47-year-old there rehabbing his knee following season-ending surgery.

The team, Reich said, is waiting for him to get further along in the rehabilitation process before making a decision about his future. 

“(We plan) to have a sitdown with Adam and see where he’s at once he’s a little further along in that process,” Reich said.

If the NFL’s all-time leading scorer wants to return, the Colts could have a tough decision to make. Vinatieri is a free agent, and the Colts already have a promising young kicker under contract in 23-year-old Chase McLaughlin. 

The Texas native connected on five of six field goals while drilling all 11 of his extra points over a span of four games with Indianapolis. Added to his totals from brief stints with the Chargers and 49ers last season, McLaughlin finished the year 18-of-23 on field goals (83.3%) and 26-of-26 on extra points. 

Vinatieri, meanwhile would be returning from the worst year of his professional career in 2019, missing 14 kicks — eight field goals and six extra points — before hitting injured reserve in Week 13 with an ailing knee. 

Ahead of the combine, team owner Jim Irsay said they wouldn’t close the door on a Vinatieri return.

“I know he’s rehabbing that knee and it’s something that Chris (Ballard) and Frank will talk about and give their opinions to me,” Irsay said in late February. “As an as owner I occasionally step in, but I like to give my people room to make mistakes. Often times that’s how you learn. The best way to learn. It hurts, but you learn that way. 

“But Adam knows how much I think of him. He’s unbelievable. … We’ll see. He’s in rehab mode now, and we’re in the middle of trying to put the team together.” 

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KD leads field of 16 in NBA 2K tourney on ESPN

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The NBA, National Basketball Players Association and 2K have partnered to produce an NBA 2K tournament that will air on ESPN and ESPN2 starting Friday, it was announced.

The NBA 2K20 Player Tournament is Friday through April 11, according to a statement, and will begin airing on ESPN with a half-hour preshow at 7 p.m. ET. The tournament will run on ESPN until 8:30 p.m. and then is scheduled to transition to ESPN2 until 11:30 p.m.

Sixteen NBA players will compete, including Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Hassan Whiteside, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker and others.

The winner of the event will receive $100,000 to give to a charity in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the NBA and NBPA to bring basketball back to fans throughout the world and to help those in need during these uncertain times,” said Jason Argent, 2K senior

No symptoms for Lakers after 2-week quarantine

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LOS ANGELES — Two weeks after two unnamed Los Angeles Lakers players tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday that all of its players are currently symptom-free.

After the Brooklyn Nets revealed that four of their players, including Kevin Durant, tested positive for the virus, the Lakers quickly arranged for their players to be tested because their last game was against the Nets on March 10 at Staples Center.

The NBA suspended its season indefinitely the following day.

The Lakers had to wait two days for test results and then all of their players were placed in a 14-day home isolation prescribed by the team. Fourteen players out of the Lakers’ 17-man roster (including two-way contracts) were tested at the time, league sources told ESPN.

The Lakers never had to leave their vehicles once arriving at the test site for the procedure, which involved a

Heat's Dragic not going to Slovenia during layoff

4:49 PM ET

Associated Press

MIAMI — Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat said Tuesday that he is prepared to forgo his annual offseason move back to his native Slovenia if that is what the NBA schedule necessitates.

Dragic, his wife and their two children are in Miami and have no plans to leave for Slovenia amid the global coronavirus pandemic. His parents recently left Miami to return home, but the Heat guard says he’s staying

“Three days ago they flew back home because they had to, the government said that all the Slovenian citizens needed to get back,” Dragic said, referring to his parents, adding that they wore masks and gloves on their not-very-full flight back to Slovenia. “But my situation is different. Here is my home. We have health insurance in America and we have a home to go to, so we’re going to stay

Heat's Dragic says he's not going to Slovenia during layoff

MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat said Tuesday that he is prepared to forgo his annual offseason move back to his native Slovenia if that is what the NBA schedule necessitates.

Dragic, his wife and their two children are in Miami and have no plans to leave for Slovenia amid the global coronavirus pandemic. His parents recently left Miami to return home, but the Heat guard says he’s staying.

“Three days ago they flew back home because they had to, the government said that all the Slovenian citizens needed to get back,” Dragic said, referring to his parents, adding that they wore masks and gloves on their not-very-full flight back to Slovenia. “But my situation is different. Here is my home. We have health insurance in America and we have a home to go to, so we’re going to stay here.”

Dragic and his family have gotten

Which MLB teams might welcome seven-inning doubleheaders in a shortened season?

Major League Baseball was supposed to launch its 2020 season last week. The spread of the novel coronavirus prompted the league to delay Opening Day, from March 26th until a date that will be determined by the effectiveness of the containment strategies imposed across the country. There is no guarantee a season will take place. If it does, it will not resemble the standard, 162-game variety that everyone is accustomed to experiencing. 

Pragmatism, not convention, will instead reign supreme. That means fewer games packaged in a denser way. One proposal involves each team playing at least one doubleheader per week. Fattening the schedule could come at a cost, however, as players would receive less rest and could be at greater risk of injury. It isn’t surprising, then, to see counterbalancing ideas floated.

One to keep an eye on is