Tag: COVID-19

England dropped all COVID restrictions on Monday, but users at prediction markets like Smarkets are betting that at least some regulations will return this year. (Image: Henry Nicholls/Reuters)

Betting Markets Predict New COVID Restrictions in England Before End of 2021

On Monday, England lifted nearly all of its COVID restrictions, an event some in the British media dubbed “Freedom Day.” But prediction markets are skeptical that the looser guidelines will last for long. Under the new rules, nightclubs, sporting events, and other venues can function at full capacity in England, […]

Just like the last time Del Mar played host to the Breeders' Cup in 2017, the seaside track will open to 100% of capacity. (Image: Sean M. Haffey/Getty)

Saratoga, Breeders’ Cup Opening Gates to 100% of Capacity

Officials from both Saratoga Race Course and the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar announced Wednesday that their facilities will open to 100% capacity this year. The NYRA also announced the full reopening of Belmont Park, beginning June 24. The NYRA’s announcements came on the heels of New York Gov. Andrew […]

Fans will be welcomed back to historic Saratoga Race Course this summer. All they have to do is show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access most of the storied track. (Image: NYRA Photo)

NYRA Giving Vaccinated Fans a Shot to See Racing at Saratoga

The New York Racing Association and the State of New York want to give racing fans seeking a seat at storied Saratoga this summer a literal shot in the arm. All eager fans have to do for a shot at visiting the famed track is to get a COVID-19 shot. […]

The Woodbine Racetrack gates open June 18. The Canadian track was shuttered due to a provincial COVID-19-related stay-at-home order issued in April. (Image: Woodbine Entertainment)

After Provincial COVID Shutdown, Woodbine Opens its Gates June 18

The resumption of horse racing in Canada has a finish line, with Thursday’s announcement that Woodbine Racetrack will open for Thoroughbred racing on Friday, June 18. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the suburban Toronto track and its Standardbred sister track, Woodbine Mohawk Park, remained shut down under Government of Ontario […]

The LA Lakers continue to struggle with health issues. Guard Dennis Schroder is the latest member of the Lakers to miss time and he’s out with COVID-19. (Image: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)

Lakers Lose Dennis Schroder for 10 to 14 Days to COVID Protocol

The Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to prevent a free fall after slipping to the #6 seed in the Western Conference playoff standings, but they just got a batch of terrible news with guard Dennis Schroder out 10 to 14 days due to the NBA’s COVID-19 safety and health protocols. […]

The NHL has postponed the next four Montreal Canadiens games after two players on the team entered the COVID-19 protocol. (Image: Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports)

NHL COVID Issues Spill Into Canada as Montreal Canadiens Postpone Four Games

The Montreal Canadiens became the first Canadian team to postpone games in the NHL this season, as the team has shut down all activities through Sunday. The NHL announced that two Canadiens players are currently in the league’s COVID-19 protocol. Canadiens face hectic schedule after postponements On Monday, the Canadiens […]

Swiss Skydiver (4) passing Authentic in deep stretch provided a memorable 2020 Preakness -- that no fans watched live due to COVID. Pimlico announced Tuesday it will sell 10,000 tickets to the 146th Preakness May 15 at Pimlico. (Image: Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

Preakness Gets Some of Its Fans Back, Pimlico Opens Doors for 10,000

The Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday it will allow 10,000 fans into the 2021 Preakness Stakes when that second jewel of the Triple Crowns runs on Saturday, May 15 at Pimlico Race Course. This decision came after The Stronach Group officials met with Baltimore-area and Maryland state health officials, who […]

Del Mar likely will open 2021 like it opened 2020 here -- without fans in the stands. But the San Diego-area seaside track plans to sell tickets for its 2021 summer meet. (Image: Benoit Photo)

Del Mar Officials Plan for Fans at 2021 Summer Meet

Del Mar officials announced Tuesday they will allow a limited number of fans into the seaside track when its summer meet opens in mid-July. Track officials didn’t specify an allotted number of tickets it plans to sell when its 82nd summer meet opens on Friday, July 16. Nor did it […]

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on the sidelines of the 2021 ACC Basketball Tournament. (Image: Gerry Broome/AP)

Duke Out of ACC Tourney After Positive COVID-19 Test, Subpar Season Dunzo

The Duke Blue Devils (13-11) were on the bubble of the 2021 March Madness college basketball tournament, but an outbreak of COVID-19 derailed their lackluster season. Duke withdrew from the ACC Tournament after one member of the team tested positive for COVID-19. Unranked Duke was slated to meet #15 Florida […]

Umberto Rispoli is one of the top riders in North America. The Italian jockey won't ride in the Saudi Cup due to changing COVID-19 testing protocols. (Image: Hong Kong Jockey Club)

New COVID Protocols Scratch Saudi Cup Jockeys Rispoli, Velazquez

Star jockeys Umberto Rispoli and John Velazquez lost their mounts for Saturday’s $20 million Saudi Cup after Saudi race organizers abruptly changed their COVID-19 testing protocols. That takes Rispoli off Max Player and removes Velazquez from Tacitus. Rispoli had three mounts on the Saudi Cup card, including Cowan in the […]

Several Australian Open warmup events paused play on Thursday after a worker at a hotel where players are quarantining tested positive for COVID-19. (Image: @AustralianOpen/Twitter)

Positive COVID Test at Hotel Pauses Australian Open Tune-Up Tournaments

A worker at a Melbourne hotel tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, halting play at six different events leading up to next week’s Australian Open. The individual in question works at the Grand Hyatt, one of three Melbourne hotels being used to quarantine players, coaches, and officials for the […]

The NHL has cancelled the next three New Jersey Devils games, as the team has 10 players currently in the COVID-19 protocol. (Image: Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

NHL Shorthanded as COVID-19 Issues Plague League, Causes Cancellations

Several teams will miss action this week as the NHL grapples with multiple squads who have players in the league’s COVID-19 protocols. The league cancelled all games for the New Jersey Devils through Saturday, which impacts two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and another with the New York Rangers. Sabres […]