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SPORTS BRIEFING

Buckeye suspends workouts

RAYLAND — Buckeye Local is suspending its summer sports workouts for at least the next two weeks.

Buckeye Local superintendent Kim Leonard said Thursday the district had no suspected COVID-19 cases among it students and it is a precautionary measure.

Four schools in Belmont County halted their summer workouts earlier this week due to coronavirus — martins Ferry, St. Clairsville, Bellaire and Shadyside.

Shadyside athletic director John Triveri said workouts will resume on Monday. He said several recent Shadysice graduates tested positive, but no current student-athletes.

Pirates team with Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates will use Peoples Natural Gas Field as the club’s alternate training facility this season.

PNG Field is home to the Altoona Curve, a Class AA affiliate of the Pirates.

“The Pirates organization is appreciative of the long-standing relationship we have had for over two decades with the Altoona Curve,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said. “The people, proximity, along with the first-class facility, makes Peoples Natural Gas Field an ideal choice to safely host our alternate training site for the upcoming season.”

The Pirates plan to use PNC Park as their primary facility for training camp, which begins July 1, but could use the Altoona field for prospects.

Workout dates, player roster and media availability information will be announced in the coming days.

“The Curve and Pirates have shared a remarkable relationship since 1999,” Curve general manager Derek Martin said. “Being chosen as the alternate training facility really reinforces the strength of that relationship. Being 90 miles from PNC Park, Altoona is a great location to allow the Pirates to get a player to Pittsburgh, or wherever they need to get to, quickly and safely.”

Kentucky Derby sets limits

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs officials have gotten their wish, announcing Thursday that when the rescheduled Kentucky Derby is run in September there will be spectators in the stands — just more spread out than usual.

The historic track got the go-ahead to run the Derby and Oaks this fall with spectators under strict guidelines to limit crowd density for the marquee Triple Crown race that annually attracts more than 150,000.

The 146th running of the Oaks for fillies and the Derby had been postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Three teams, one cause

“We got a great crowd. For the players in the game, what was happening was very strange: three teams playing in one nine-inning game. But you couldn’t beat the cause.” — Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, after playing in the Tri-Cornered Game on June 26, 1944. In an effort to raise funds for war bonds, the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees played against each other in a six-inning contest at the Polo Grounds.

More than 50,000 fans turned out. Each team played successive innings against the other two teams then would sit out an inning. The final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.

The game was played 20 days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Fans were to buy a War Bond as a ticket. General admission seats were a $25 bond. The event raised $4.5 million with ticket sales, equal to more than $66 million today.

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