The Mid-American Conference on Saturday became the first league competing at college football's highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19 concerns.
"I'm heartbroken we are in this place," MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said.
With the MAC's 12 schools facing a financial burden by trying to maintain costly coronavirus protocols, the conference's university presidents made the decision to cancel all fall sports and explore making them up in the spring season.
But Steinbrecher stressed this was first a decision about keeping athletes and staff healthy, and the conference's medical experts were not comfortable that sports could be run safely.
"It would be naive to say that you don't give thought and consideration to what the financial ramifications of any decision are, but this was a health and well-being decision first and foremost," Steinbrecher said. "As we sit here today we don't know what this will mean financially.:
Pitt standout opts out
• Pittsburgh junior defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman opted out of the 2020 season to focus on next year's NFL draft. Twyman was a second-team All-America in 2019.
• The Pac-12 players of the "WeAreUnited" movement said they were "disappointed and deeply concerned" after a recent meeting with the conference's commissioner. The players sent an e-mail to Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott late Friday accusing him of not taking the issues they have raised seriously enough.
• A group of Colorado State players released a statement on social media to support coach Steve Addazio and dispute accusations against the program. They said allegations of racism and verbal abuse are "patently untrue." "The false allegations have been leveled by individuals who are not associated with our current football team," their letter read. "We know the truth. Ask us, not unnamed sources and former coaches who have an ax to grind."
NASCAR Cup Series
Harvick wins again
Kevin Harvick raced to his fifth NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, outlasting Brad Keselowski in overtime in the opener of a weekend doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
Ford has now won five straight Cup races at Michigan and swept the top two spots Saturday with Harvick and Keselowski. Martin Truex Jr. was third.
Ko leads by four
With two late birdies, Lydia Ko shot a 3-under 68 and doubled her lead in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, four shots ahead as the former No. 1 player goes for her first LPGA victory in two years.
Ko has gone 44 tournaments worldwide since her last victory.
Danielle Kang, who won last week at nearby Inverness Club, had a 70 and was four shots behind.
Around the horn
Auto racing: Valtteri Bottas qualified for the pole position ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for Formula One's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in Silverstone, England. Bottas' fastest lap was 1 minute, 25.154 seconds, 0.063 seconds ahead of Hamilton.
Horse racing: Belmont winner Tiz the Law won the $1 million Travers Stakes by 5½ lengths at Saratoga in New York and heads to Kentucky for next month's Derby as the probable favorite. The 3-year-old colt is undefeated this year with four graded stakes victories.
Harness racing: Ramona Hill became the 15th filly to win the Hambletonian, scoring a one-length victory in harness racing's main event.
Soccer: Lionel Messi scored a goal and earned a penalty that led to another, helping Barcelona beat Napoli 3-1 and advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. Barcelona will meet Bayern Munich on Friday in the quarterfinals in Lisbon, Portugal.