Local Sports 3-17-2020

The Nebraska football spring game will not be played on April 18th and most likely will not be played at all.  That according to Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that no more than 10 people congregate in any one place to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.  Moos says in a perfect world he would like to finish the final 13 of 15 spring practices in June during summer school.


The Nebraska volleyball spring match scheduled for April 25th against Northern Colorado in Grand Island has been canceled due to the coronavirus.  The NCAA and the Big Ten Conference previously announced that all spring NCAA Championships have been canceled, and the Big Ten has canceled all conference and non conference competitions through the end of the academic year.


The Great Plains Athletic Conference and its member institutions have announced the cancellation of all GPAC intercollegiate athletic competition for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.  The announcement follows a decision by the NAIA to cancel the spring sports season, effective immediately.


The Hastings College football team will face a challenging non conference schedule this fall.  The Broncos will open the season on Thursday August 27th against NAIA power Dickinson State of North Dakota before playing NCAA Division I FCS member Drake University the following Thursday in Des Moines.  It’s the biggest school that Hastings has faced in the programs history.  The Broncos played NCAA Division III member Alabama Birmingham in 1991.


Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele has shut down the horse races at Fonner Park until further notice. Steele said he wants to slow the progress of the coronavirus and protect the health care system.  Fonner Park CEO Chris Kotulak says Fonner Keno, the restaurant and off track betting would continue for the time being.  It was not clear whether the race track would be able to extend its normal racing season later into the spring or summer.  Steele has also closed the Grand Island Public Library and the Community Fieldhouse and prohibited public meetings in city facilities.


Major League Baseball has announced that the start of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back even further because of the coronavirus.  The season was scheduled to begin on March 26th, but was postponed by two weeks last Thursday.  Commissioner Rob Manfred did not announce an alternate Opening Day.  Spring Training sites will remain open with a skeleton crew to allow players access to gyms.


The Buffalo Bills have acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings for multiple draft choices, including a first-round pick. Buffalo is sending four picks to Minnesota — a first, fifth and sixth in 2020 and a fourth in 2021 — while also getting a 2020 seventh-rounder back from the Vikings. Diggs had 63 catches for 11-hundred 30 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. The 26 year old Diggs is in the second year of a five-year, $72 million contract.


After securing Dak Prescott for at least 2020 with the exclusive franchise tag earlier in the day, the Dallas Cowboys prevented Amari Cooper from leaving via free agency later Monday with a five-year, $100 million deal. In 2019, he caught 79 passes for 11-hundred 89 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns.


The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. In five seasons, Mariota has thrown for 13,207 yards, 76 touchdowns and 44 interceptions.


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