Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS  — Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail.

FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Fury, of England, lands a right to Deontay Wilder, left, during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. Boxing promoter Bob Arum says he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand. It’s the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights later. ESPN will televise both cards to kick off twice weekly shows at the hotel in June and July. The fights are pending approval of the Nevada Athletic Commission. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel.

A second fight card will be held two nights later, with ESPN televising both cards, kicking off twice weekly shows at the hotel in June and July.

No fans will be allowed, and Arum said fighters and everyone else will be tested at least twice during fight week for the new coronavirus. The fights are pending approval of the Nevada Athletic Commission, which meets next week to consider the events, along with two cards that the UFC plans to stage at its facility in Las Vegas.

They are also pending the reopening of the MGM and other Las Vegas hotels, something that is widely expected to happen the first week of June, though no dates for a second phase of easing virus restrictions have been announced by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak.

“Once we get those fights in

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Chase Briscoe’s heartbreaking week ends with Xfinity victory

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Chase Briscoe was grateful to bring a moment or two of happiness to wife Marissa in the worst week of their lives.

It was Tuesday, during a 12-week exam, that they learned that their expected child — they only learned Monday that it was a girl — had no fetal heartbeat.

Two days later, Briscoe won the Xfinity Series’ return to action when he held off Kyle Busch at Darlington Raceway.

“This has been the hardest week I’ve ever had to deal with and God is so good,” Briscoe said. “Even when I took the lead with 50 to go, I was crying inside the race car.”

Briscoe joined his wife’s appointment on a video call from the infield at Darlington, awaiting the rain-delayed race’s orginal start time. He and Marissa shared their news on Instagram on Wednesday, hoping it might help others cope with similar tragedies.

His story will reach so many more after the victory Thursday.

“This is more than a race win,” he said. “This is the biggest day of my life after the toughest day in my life, and to be able to best the best there is is so satisfying.”

Briscoe said he never seriously considered pulling out of the competition, that racing might be “therapuetic” in the series’ first event since March 7 in Phoenix due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Briscoe used two strong restarts and a quick pit stop to finish on top. He got the lead out of the pits during the final caution, then pulled away from Busch and Justin Allgaier on the subsequent restart with seven laps to go for his fourth career win and second this season.

“Honestly, winning the Daytona 500 couldn’t even top the feeling of just, like I was saying earlier, the ups

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For the people’s sake | Inquirer Sports

Two months and 11 days after the PBA shut down its 45th season because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, there’s no doubt that the teams—and the league—are losing heavily in terms of media mileage and finances.

But if ever the PBA gets to salvage part of what was supposed to be a milestone season, commissioner Willie Marcial and the board of governors aren’t thinking of recouping anything as far as their expenses are concerned, but to just be able to give the Filipinos what has been their sports staple for more than four decades now.

“We are not looking at the revenues anymore,” Marcial told the Inquirer on Thursday when asked, if the league does get to play the Philippine Cup sometime in September, how much of the lost income it would be able to get back with just one conference of action. “Just being able to return [to playing] and reestablishing our presence are good enough for the league.

“And we are sure that a lot of Filipinos will be very happy just to see their PBA back,” he said.

The teams are forking out huge sums monthly as they are not cutting down on salaries of their players, while Marcial’s Commissioner’s Office, according to a different source who doesn’t want to be named, has spent more than P4 million—since play was called off on March 11—to take care of its employees and game-day staff that depend on the league for a living.

There are more than 100 of those people who continue to get paid even if the games aren’t being played, and the Commissioner’s Office continues to pay rent, its staff and what the source said “taxes that would have piled up once the lockdown is over.”

The Philippine Cup, Marcial said, accounts for 35 percent-40

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