- The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon, and plans to make a decision next week.
That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.
Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.
The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.
Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.
- The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden.
The moves — which the Bruins called “temporary business stabilization measures” — are effective April 1.
The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Jeremy Jacobs. According to Forbes Magazine, the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.
- NASCAR said in a memo to teams that one of its employees at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive.
The employee wasn’t identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care, and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine.
NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days before to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers.
NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.
- Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland.
Federer wrote on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.”
Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down.
- Kim and Terry Pegula, the owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, are committing $1.2 million to supporting local charities and health officials dealing with the new coronavirus pandemic.
Money from the teams’ charitable foundations will got to the newly formed Western New York COVID-19 community response fund supporting the region’s non-profit agencies.
Money also is going to several local food banks and assistance for health officials in purchasing protective gear and medical equipment.