The weekend ends a 138-day hiatus for America’s top drag racing series.“The NHRA Task Force spent months going through detail after detail to get this done,” Cromwell told The Associated Press. “It’s been a lot of work the past 3 1/2 months.”___Coronavirus cases spiking in the Las Vegas area contributed to the NHL choosing two Canadian cities to complete its season.Deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Saturday called the rise a “concern” to the league. He adds that it was “one of the reasons” the NHL chose to put games in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Las Vegas was long considered a front-runner. Indians manager Terry Francona said DeShields, who was acquired in a trade that sent pitcher Corey Kluber to Texas in December, took batting practice and did some running.“He’s been bottled up for close to three weeks, so it’s going to take a little while to get him back rolling,” Francona said. “But that was good to see.”DeShields is one of 10 outfielders trying to win a spot on the club’s 30-man roster. He batted .249 and stole 24 bases in 118 games for the Rangers last season.___New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook did not travel with the team to Orlando and did not participate in the team’s first practice.Coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t provide a reason for their absence but said he expects both players to join the team in Florida soon.“I don’t think it’s going to be too many days,” D’Antoni said. “It will work itself out. Some things you can’t control totally, but in a few days they’ll be here.”D’Antoni was asked how much missing the team’s two biggest stars for the first few days of practice will hinder his team.“It’s not ideal,” he said. “But it’s going to be good and we’ll be ready to go. It won’t set us back.” Daly says one player testing positive when play starts isn’t expected to shut down the playoffs, but an outbreak would change the equation. He didn’t say what the league considered an outbreak.___David Beckham has presented a framed England soccer shirt to Captain Tom Moore, who was named the honorary captain of a special England Lionhearts team.The Lionhearts are an initiative by England’s Football Association to celebrate 23 people who have inspired during the pandemic.Beckham went to the Bedfordshire home of Captain Tom to say thank you to the World War II veteran. Houston’s first game is July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.___The Indy Eleven has resumed its United Soccer League season with fans inside Lucas Oil Stadium, a home they share with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.The retractable roof was supposed to be open, but late afternoon storms forced team officials to keep it closed.Before entering, fans were required to undergo temperature checks and go through contactless security checkpoints. They also were required to wear face coverings. Captain Tom was aged 99 in April when he decided to do laps of his backyard garden on his walker until his 100th birthday to fundraise for Britain’s National Health Service. He aimed for 1,000 pounds ($1,200). By his birthday on April 30, he raised nearly 33 million pounds ($42 million).He was knighted in May.Beckham said: “The highlight of my whole career was being made England captain. To have Sir Tom as our captain — it doesn’t get any better than that.”___The Houston Astros have canceled their workout after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. Manager Aaron Boone announced the diagnosis Saturday. He said Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.”Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Boone wouldn’t comment on whether he had been at Yankee Stadium since. Boone said the team had gone through contact tracing protocols, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman’s positive test.The Yankees will open their regular season July 23 against the World Series champion Nationals at Washington. If Chapman isn’t back by the opener, Boone said left-hander Zack Britton would be a “natural guy” to replace him, but a formal decision hasn’t been made.Chapman, a six-time All-Star, has 273 career saves, including 37 last season when he had a 2.21 ERA.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, the U.S. men’s basketball coach, says he is watching how Japan — the site of the next Olympics — is handling the coronavirus. It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors.General manager James Click said they decided to cancel Saturday’s workout as a precaution.“As part of MLB’s testing and reporting plan, we were alerted that a staff member was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization,” Click said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled today’s workout. We are working closely with MLB and our team physicians to follow the established testing and cleaning protocols so that we can safely bring our players and staff back to the field as soon as possible.”___Parma soccer club has announced that a non-playing member of the team tested positive for the coronavirus. “They seem to be doing a pretty good job,” Popovich said. He said he hopes the Tokyo Games, which were delayed until 2021, could still happen — especially if a vaccine or other remedies are developed beforehand.The NBA plans to start next season in December, which could complicate Olympic availability for players. It’s not clear if the playoffs would be finished before the Olympics would begin on July 23, 2021.That will make filling a roster “a little bit trickier,” Popovich said.“I think there will undoubtedly be some players that we’d probably love to have, but circumstances may make it difficult for them with a short turnaround between whatever the end of the season is going to be and the Olympics,” Popovich said. “You can’t foresee people’s family situations and what might be good for them. So, we’d like to have all the players that we want. But I think to have every single one that we want, we’d have to be very fortunate.”___ Associated Press The Latest: Pop keeping eye on Japan, and Olympic hopes Parma says the person is asymptomatic and is being isolated according to Italian government protocols. The Serie A club adds that every other member of the team tested negative but that the rest of the squad was being kept under observation at its training center.According to the league’s virus protocol, Parma can still play its home game against Bologna in the top tier on Sunday as usual.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Team officials announced last week tickets would be sold in groups of four or fewer with every other row of the lower bowl empty. The team also said it would keep at least four empty seats between groups.All of the players and referees knelt during the national anthem, which was followed by a 15-second moment of silence against racism.___Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. worked out with his teammates at training camp for the first time after being sidelined by the COVID-19 virus.DeShields had suffered some “mild symptoms” after testing positive with the virus before the Indians reported to Cleveland for the re-start of training camp last week. DeShields arrived a few days ago, but he was only cleared Saturday after twice testing negative. The NHRA resumed its season Saturday in front of an expected crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.Fans were not allowed at Friday’s practice session but returned in a limited capacity for qualifying NHRA President Glen Cromwell said ticket sales were capped at about 10 to 15% of normal capacity.They also are expected to attend Sunday’s finals.Most fans wore face coverings on a hot, sun-drenched day, complying with county guidelines, and observed social distancing in the stands, pits and at concession areas.John Force Racing did not attend the first of two consecutive weeks of activity in Indianapolis. July 11, 2020
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Efforts to form a unity government suffered a new setback Sunday as Iraqi leaders postponed a parliament session after failing to agree on a prime minister. Bombs targeted Shiites near a mosque and on a bus as attacks nationwide killed at least 35 people. Four more Marines were reported killed in fighting west of Baghdad as the U.S. death toll for this month rose to 47 compared with 31 for all of March. U.S. officials believe the best way to stem the violence is for the Iraqis to establish a government comprising Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, paving the way for the United States to start withdrawing its 133,000 troops. But progress has stalled over Sunni and Kurdish opposition to the Shiite choice of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to head the new government. With al-Jaafari refusing to step aside, acting speaker Adnan Pachachi called a parliament session for today, hoping the full legislature could agree on a new leadership after the politicians failed. On the eve of the session, Pachachi announced a delay of “a few days” to give the religiously and ethnically based parties more time to agree on the new prime minister, president and five other top posts that require parliamentary approval. Before the announcement, Shiite official Hussain al-Shahristani told Sunni and Kurdish leaders that his bloc, which controls 130 of the 275 parliament seats, would decide what to do about al-Jaafari “within the coming two days,” Kurdish lawmaker Mahmoud Othman said. Majority Shiites have been giving similar assurances for the past two weeks, and it was unclear how soon the issue could be settled. Voters chose the new parliament on Dec. 15, but the legislature met briefly only once last month. The bitter fight over al-Jaafari has heightened friction among the rival parties, raising the spectre of deadlock over other top jobs. Some Shiite officials say that if they must change their nominee for prime minister, other parties may not win approval of their first choices for major posts either. For example, the Shiites rejected the Sunni nominee for parliament speaker, Tariq al-Hashimi. Disputes also emerged Sunday over the two deputy speakers and two vice presidents jobs expected to go to Sunnis and Kurds. “This delay will affect everything,” Sunni lawmaker Naseer al-Ani said. “The Shiites did not tell us the reasons behind rejecting al-Hashimi like we did about al-Jaafari. We’re still waiting to hear the reasons.” Pressure has been mounting on the Shiites to replace al-Jaafari, whom critics accuse of failing to curb sectarian tension that has soared since the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, which triggered a wave of reprisal attacks against Sunnis. Shiite politicians not affiliated with major parties have proposed that al-Jaafari step aside in favor of another candidate from his Dawa party. In return, the biggest Shiite party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, would not push Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi for the post. However, Dawa leaders complained of interference by outsiders and insisted they should decide al-Jaafari’s fate, according to several Shiite officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations were at a sensitive stage. In an interview Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition,” Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S., Samir Sumaidaie, said Shiite lawmaker Ali al-Adeeb had emerged as a possible prime minister candidate. Al-Adeeb is a member of al-Jaafari’s party but spent many years in Shiite-dominated Iran which could cause problems with the Sunnis. Al-Jaafari won the nomination in a vote last February by Shiite lawmakers due to strong support from radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The mercurial young cleric, who heads the dreaded Mahdi Army militia, has vowed to stand behind the incumbent. With little progress on the political front, Iraq’s slide toward chaos continued. Four Marines three from Regimental Combat Team Five and one from the 2/28 Brigade Combat Team died Saturday in Anbar province, the U.S. command said Sunday. Their deaths raised to at least 2,376 the number of U.S. military members who have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The rise in U.S. casualties followed a sharp drop in March, which saw the lowest number of American dead in Iraq since February 2004. At least 10 people died in a car bombing near a Shiite mosque in an outdoor market in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad, police said. Three others were killed when a bomb exploded on a minibus in a Shiite area of eastern Baghdad, police said. Earlier Sunday, six people were killed when U.S. troops stormed a house looking for an al-Qaida suspect in Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Six people, including the suspect, were arrested. The military didn’t identify the suspect but said he worked with foreign fighters to plan bombings. In other developments, gunmen killed seven people in Mosul as they drove from a police station where they had been working on renovations. Also, five passengers were killed when a minibus north of Baqouba came under fire. A minibus north of Baqouba also came under fire and five passengers were killed, police reported. Two civilians were killed in an ambush south of Kirkuk. Two policemen died in an ambush near Baghdad’s Sadr City area. Gunmen disguised as police commandos abducted 12 employees of a trading company in Baghdad. The bodies of three police recruits were found Sunday just west of Ramadi. Police said notes left on the bodies said: “This is the punishment for new police recruits.” Police discovered three corpses of handcuffed men in Baghdad two that were pulled from the Tigris River and a third that was found in a gutter in an eastern neighborhood. Police found the body of an Iraqi soldier in Hillah. In Najaf, Brig. Gen. Abbas Maadal said 29 policemen remain unaccounted for three days after their convoy was ambushed near the U.S. base at Taji just north of Baghdad. Nine police were killed in the attack Thursday night. Maadal said officials were trying to determine if the missing police were dead, captured or in hiding.