March 23 Sports Briefs

Monday, March 23, 2020

CCDHS seniors commit to college

Three Custer County District High School senior athletes have signed national letters of intent to continue their careers as student athletes at the collegiate levels.

Those seniors include, Ali McAuliffe, Jack Cline, and Mason Harding.

Both Cline and Harding has agreed to go on to play football at Rocky Mountain College, in Billings, and McAuliffe has agreed to play softball at Miles Community College.

— By Star Staff

Australian football leagues play on amid outbreak

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia pressed on with matches in its three main football leagues on Saturday, playing in empty stadiums in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

The National Rugby League, soccer’s A-League and Australian Rules Football’s AFL played on in the midst of the coronavirus crisis that has seen more than 1,000 Australians infected. Around the world sports have suspended

Around the world sports have suspended leagues or canceled tournaments until restrictions can be lifted on public gatherings and social contact.

Idaho transgender women sports ban bill heads to governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho bill banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports despite warnings that such a law is unconstitutional headed to the governor’s desk on Wednesday.

The House voted 54-16 to approve an amended version from the Senate.

The measure would apply to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team would not be open to transgender students who identify as female.

Backers say the law is needed because transgender female athletes have physical advantages. They say that allowing transgender women to compete can limit athletic, economic and selfgrowth opportunities provided through sports made possible by Title IX.

The 1972 law bars sex discrimination in education and is credited with opening up athletic competition for girls and women.

“Do not take us backward,” Republican Rep. Barbara Ehardt told fellow lawmakers shortly before the vote. “This legislation is about continuing to provide opportunities for girls and women in sports.”

Connecticut not yet cancelling spring sports season

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — The organization that oversees high school sports in Connecticut says it’s not ready yet to pull the plug on the spring season due to the coronavirus.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference said the decision to postpone, rather than cancel, sports such as baseball, softball and track was made Wednesday after a meeting of nearly 70 school, athletic and governmental leaders.

Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday ordered all state schools closed through at least March 31 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus.

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini said there is a strong desire to give student athletes some type of athletic experience once schools reopen.

“These are unprecedented challenges for our schools, and it is of the utmost importance that we provide answers and a structure to support our membership and maintain the possibility of a spring sports experience for our student-athletes,” Lungarini said.

Lungarini said any plan for spring sports will need to adhere to the guidelines from the governor’s office, Department of Education and health experts.

Canada says no athletes at Tokyo Games if not postponed

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Olympic Committee says it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they’re postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these Games.”

“In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow.”

Canada brought 314 athletes who combined to win 22 medals at the Rio Games in 2016.

Some of its most notable performers included swimmer Penny Oleksiak and sprinter Andre De Grasse.

Canada joins a number of countries — including Norway, Brazil and Slovenia — that have pressed the IOC on a possible postponement. But none had flatout said they wouldn’t go if the games start when they’re scheduled on July 24.

The IOC on Sunday said it would take up to four weeks to consider alternatives, which include postponement. It has taken the possibility of canceling the games off the table.