EPL's June 17 restart approved by gov't

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) The English Premier League was given government approval on Saturday to press ahead with its June 17 restart although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing.

Further details of the league's plans for dealing with coronavirus cases have been disclosed with clubs likely to have to play even if they only have 15 fit squad members.

The season was suspended in March but training has resumed in the last two weeks and the government is now willing to allow games without fans if coronavirus prevention protocols are followed by those in stadiums.

Ex-Bears All-Pro S Taylor dies at 82

Roosevelt Taylor, a star safety on the Chicago Bears' 1963 NFL championship team, has died. He was 82.

The team said he died Friday but did not provide details. (MORE)

Minister: French soccer nixed too soon

PARIS (AP) The French soccer leagues were canceled too early under government pressure, a former sports minister claimed Saturday.

The top two soccer leagues in men's soccer and the top league in women's soccer ended early, as did the Top 14 rugby league, after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said they could not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic. (MORE)

Ukraine's soccer restart halted by virus

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) The Ukrainian Premier League restarted Saturday but one game was called off when an unspecified number of soccer players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

The league said players and staff from last-placed Karpaty Lviv had tested positive ahead of Sunday's match against Mariupol. (MORE)

NCAA draws plan for athletes' return

The NCAA released a long and detailed plan Friday to help schools bring back athletes to campus during a pandemic.

While schools will need to have testing and surveillance plans in place, the guidance does not recommend testing all athletes upon arrival for COVID-19. (MORE)

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