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Sports Update For March 20

After Governor Abbott announced a temporary shutdown of schools, gyms, bars, and dine in restaurants, the UIL announced their suspension of games, workouts, rehearsals, and practices will extend until May 4.

NBA

The coronavirus continues to make its way through the NBA, with Boston Celtics’ guard Marcus Smart and two Los Angeles Lakers’ players testing positive for COVID-19. Both teams released statements Thursday announcing the positive tests, though they did not identify the players by name. Smart posted a tweet later Thursday, confirming that he had tested positive.

NFL

It took less than 24 hours after Tom Brady reportedly decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for other NFL free agents to start clamoring to join the quarterback in Florida. It now appears one of the players who could be bound for Tampa has played with Brady before. No, it is not Antonio Brown. Both the Buccaneers and running back Dion Lewis are exploring the possibility of an agreement that would reunite Lewis with Brady.

The Los Angeles Rams released former All-Pro running back Todd Gurley on Thursday. The Rams parted ways with Gurley before $10.5 million in salary and bonuses for the 2020 season were set to become guaranteed. The Rams tried trading him but couldn’t find a partner.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tested positive for the coronavirus. Payton said He began not feeling good Sunday, one day after attending horse races at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The 56-year-old coach is the first person associated with the NFL who’s been known to test positive for the virus.

MLB

They started testing in Houston Thursday for COVID-19. Reportedly, there were no Astros testing positive. Some said they saw the signs coming before everyone else.

UIL

At this time, Monday (May 4) is the earliest games and contests could resume according to the UIL. Before this date, the UIL will allow its member schools a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur. All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state, and federal officials. Locally different schools and their athletic departments are posting workouts for students to do at home.

Sports Almanac

Today in 2005, LeBron James became the youngest, NBA player to score 50 points in a game (56). The Cavaliers lost the game to the Toronto Raptors 105-98. The 56-point performance by James was a franchise record. He was 20 years and 80 days old.

And did you know, in 1977 Bump Wills was handed the 2nd baseman starting position for the Texas Rangers before camp opened? The person he replaced, Lenny Randle responded by punching out manager Frank Lucchesi midway through camp. Randle was suspended, then promptly traded to the Mets.