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Digest: NBA season reportedly could begin before Christmas

Digest: NBA season reportedly could begin before Christmas

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The NBA might be back before Christmas and fans could return to games at some point next season, if one plan considered by the league’s board of governors becomes reality. The board is targeting a Dec. 22 start to what would be a season of 70 to 72 games, with the NBA Finals ending in June again as has been in the case for many years, The Associated Press reported on Friday. No plan has been finalized, AP’s source said, adding that the possibility of fans being at games would hinge on how a particular market is faring against the coronavirus at that time.

There are other options, such as waiting until later in the season to begin play with the hope that more arenas would be able to have fans. But starting in December instead of mid-January or later could generate a difference of roughly $500 million in revenue, the source said. A June ending of next season would also allow players to compete in next summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, which are set to begin in July.

Army-Navy game at West Point: For the first time since World War II, Army vs. Navy will be a home game for one of its participants. The service academies announced that this year’s edition of the storied football rivalry, on Dec. 12, has been moved from Philadelphia to Army’s Mitchie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Attendance limits on outdoor events in Pennsylvania would not allow the entire Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets to attend.

Devils add former Blues assistant: Dave Rogalski, 39, who spent the past three seasons working as the Blues’ roving goaltender development coach, has been hired by the New Jersey Devils as their goalie coach. He is credited with influencing Jordan Binnington’s success late in the 2018-19 season, helping the Blues win the Stanley Cup.

McDonald opens lead in LPGA event: Ally McDonald shot a 4-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend in the LPGA Drive On Championship in Greensboro, Ga. She had a 10-under 134 total for the two rounds. Danielle Kang and Bianca Pagdanganan were tied for second. First-round co-leader Jennifer Song, after a 65, had a 75 in the second round to tumble to a tie for 17th.

Canter leads European golf tourney: Laurie Canter added a second-round 68 to his opening 12-under 60 to keep the lead at the halfway stage of the European PGA Tour’s Italian Open, in Brescia. He had a round of 64. At 16 under, the Englishman leads by two shots over compatriot Ross McGowan.

From staff, wire reports

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