Sports News, 06/16/20

UNDATED (AP) — Roger Goodell would like to see Colin Kaepernick back in the NFL this season. The NFL commissioner said during ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special on Monday that he is encouraging teams to sign the 32-year old quarterback, who hasn’t played the past three seasons. Kaepernick was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

BALTIMORE (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s assertion that “black lives matter” isn’t fully satisfying all those who may have wanted to hear it. Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon criticized the timing in a conference call with the Baltimore media. He says Goodell should have delivered the message long ago, like when he first took the job.

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league season after a breakdown in talks between teams and the union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Two days after union head Tony Clark declared additional negotiations futile, the deputy commissioner sent a seven-page letter to the players’ association chief negotiator asking the union whether it will waive the threat of legal action and tell MLB to announce a spring training report date and a regular-season schedule.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to brush off coronavirus concerns and open the gates to some 30,000 fans at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee next. A recent spike of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina prompted NASCAR to move the All-Star race out of Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol. If the expected attendance count holds, it would be the largest gathering of sports fans in the United States in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Bristol’s capacity is about 146,000 fans.

UNDATED (AP) — Iowa’s athletic department has reported two positive COVID-19 tests during the second week of its return-to-campus protocol. The school has not disclosed whether it’s athletes, coaches or staff members who tested positive. In the two weeks since Iowa began testing, there have been three positive test results and 343 negative. According to an Associated Press count, at least 45 athletes, coaches or staff members at a total of 17 schools have tested positive in June.