The Rugby Football Union will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Monday.“To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139,” he wrote on the union website.“We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three-month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.“Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future.”Sweeney predicts it will take five years for the RFU to recover, and the union will lose 20% of its normal revenue over that period. The Latest: England rugby laying off 139 staff Associated Press July 6, 2020 ___Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus.The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual.Under league rules, a player had to test negative before being allowed to travel to the resort. The league announced Monday that because Tiafoe’s positive test was within the advance travel window, he was ineligible to compete this season. But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month.The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose 107 million pounds ($134 million) in revenue in the short term. Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021. ___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website.Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143. ___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24. Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the 2019 Australian Open, will not be paid for this season.______Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season.The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.” Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.” Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The starters were gassed, and our bench actually stretched the lead.”The Clippers (33-15) led 29-25 after the first quarter and extended that lead to 41-30 through the first four minutes of the second with mostly reserves on the floor; the only starter was DeAndre Jordan.Hawes has a good nightSpencer Hawes has struggled of late offensively. In his previous three games he had scored four, zero and zero points, respectively. He had 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting Saturday and made 3 of 5 from 3-point range. It’s the kind of performance Rivers is always looking for from Hawes, the 7-foot reserve post who has had some difficulty making the transition from starter to reserve since coming to the Clippers this season via free agency.“He was fantastic tonight,” Rivers said postgame. “I was very happy for him because he’s been up and down, and he needed tonight. We used him a couple of different ways. That was great for him and gave him confidence. He’s going to help us and tonight he did.” Hawes said being aggressive helped.“That’s what my teammates and coaches are encouraging me to do,” he said. “I’m coming into a situation where I don’t want to ruffle any feathers. I think it’s better for everybody if I do play more aggressive like I did (Saturday).”All about paceRivers, whose team is now in third in the Western Conference standings, always talks about playing at the right pace. That includes terrific ball movement, not letting the ball stick. It’s what leads to defense as well and Chris Paul believes Friday and Saturday were night and day in that regard.“Last night (Friday) we didn’t defend as well as we would have liked to,” Paul said afterward. “Tonight I think we played with the right pace. We got stops early, tried not to let them get too comfortable and played.”Scouting the NetsBrooklyn (18-28) has fallen on hard times. The Nets have lost four consecutive games and have dropped out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference standings. They are currently ninth, 1 1/2 games behind eighth-place Charlotte. The first of those four losses came Jan. 22 at Staples Center, where they were stomped by the Clippers 123-84. … Small forward Joe Johnson leads the Nets in scoring with a 15.8 average. Post Brook Lopez is averaging 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. There was a point early in Saturday’s game between the Clippers and San Antonio Spurs that made Clippers coach Doc Rivers pause and take stock of the moment with assistant Mike Woodson.“It was a very good win, especially after last night,” said Rivers, whose team followed Friday’s five-point loss at New Orleans with a 105-85 drubbing of the defending NBA-champion Spurs on Saturday in San Antonio. “The difference ‑ Mike Woodson turned to me two minutes into the game and asked, ‘That’s the team that played last night?’ I responded, ‘No, it wasn’t.’“Following the 108-103 loss at New Orleans, Rivers accused his team of lacking focus and suggested it may have relaxed when it learned Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis would be out with a groin injury. The concentration was back where it belonged Saturday.“We had great focus and our pace was fantastic; I thought that was the key offensively,” said Rivers, whose team is 2-1 on this eight-game Grammy roadie and will next play today at 4:30 p.m. at Brooklyn. “Everybody contributed. Our bench was phenomenal, and that stretch in the second quarter was huge.