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NASCAR suspends season until May but will reschedule events

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NASCAR suspends season until May but will reschedule events

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has suspended its season until May as part of the CDC’s recommendation to postpone gatherings for the next eight weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic

The decision came after at least two Monday conference calls between the sanctioning body and its team owners. It affects seven total races -- Atlanta and Homestead had already been postponed.

“The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority," NASCAR said.

The series plans to return to the track at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on May 9.

“We intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined as we continue to monitor this situation closely with public health officials and medical experts,” NASCAR said. "What is important now transcends the world of sports and our focus is on everyone’s safety and well-being as we navigate this challenging time together.”

NASCAR first said it would run last weekend and this coming weekend without spectators, but reversed course Friday and postponed the races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR had not addressed anything beyond Homestead until Monday’s announcement.

IndyCar and Formula One both canceled last weekend’s season-opening races, IndyCar has suspended the season through the end of April and F1 said upcoming races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China are postponed.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus within a few weeks.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway early Monday issued a statement acknowledging the CDC guideline against gatherings, is planning for all contingencies, but also is prepared to run its events in May. The Indy 500, scheduled for May 24, typically draws more than 300,000 fans.

The speedway -- and now the season -- are scheduled to open the first week of May. Roger Penske, the new owner of IndyCar and the speedway, hopes to open the speedway a few days before the May 9 race on the road course to build in test days. Penske wants teams as prepared as possible for the Indianapolis 500.

“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500,” the speedway said. “This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials. We are planning for all contingencies and will be prepared to run the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 as the COVID-19 situation permits.”

IndyCar’s 17-race schedule has been hit hard by the coronavirus because street races in St. Petersburg, Florida and Long Beach, California, have been canceled outright. Two road course events in Birmingham, Alabama, and Austin, Texas, could be rescheduled.

Nearly every racing series in the world has ceased competition since coronavirus became a global pandemic. IMSA moved the 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled for this weekend until November's season finale.

Organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans said Monday a decision will be made in mid-April about its June race.

Supercross ran its first 10 races but the 2020 season has been postponed until further notice. The series has canceled five races -- at Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Denver and Foxboro. No makeup dates were announced for the April 25 event at Las Vegas and the May 2 race at Salt Lake City.

NHRA postponed the 51st annual Gatornationals last weekend. The next scheduled event was April 3-5 at Las Vegas but the sanctioning body Monday suspended the season 30 days. NHRA said it intends to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.

"We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world," NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”

World of Outlaws postponed all races through April 9 so far, while Formula E has suspended the next two months of its 2020-21 season.

Everything that happened in LoveCast episode one

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LoveCast

Everything that happened in LoveCast episode one

LoveCast Episode One

If you already binge-watched Love is Blind, are anxiously awaiting the next season of The Bachelor, or miss watching awkward first dates from afar, look no further. 

Two D.C.-based companies, CarpeDM and District IRL, have teamed up to give us the quarantine love stories we deserve. 

LoveCast is an interactive dating experience where the audience is just as involved in the dating process. 

The audience has a chance to play matchmaker with 10 singles, ask questions throughout the live date and decide who should be matched up for each FaceTime hangout.  

Ready to meet the singles looking for love? Each participant was asked to make an intro video so we could find them a match.

Not only does the audience get to watch each date, but they get to interview the contestants immediately after...and yes, it is as awkward as it sounds. 

Date One: Deven and Reza

Deven and Reza seem like really nice people. He can't stop talking about Olive Garden and she is politely laughing along.

They have similar theories about Tiger King and who may have killed Carole Baskin's husband. 

Oh, and they talked more about unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks. 

Note: Not that I am in a position to give dating advice, but I wouldn't bring up Olive Garden more than once on a first date. 

Will there be another date according to them: yes
Do I see a connection: no

Date Two: Dawn and Pasha

If you had any doubts about two strangers falling in love on an online dating show, watch this date. These two have sparks flying all over the place. 

The only red flag of this date might be their age difference. Dawn is 34 and Pasha is 28.

Oh no, this is Jessica and Mark from Love is Blind all over again. Or, maybe you are thinking that a six-year age difference is no big deal. 

Whichever thought your mind went to, you're right. 

Will there be another date according to them: yes
Do I see a connection: YES

Date Three: Karis and Evan

Have you ever watched two people make small talk for just a bit too long? That is what it felt like watching this date. There was nothing wrong with the date... except Evan did say that Karis reminded him of his mother.

Note: Generally speaking, women don't love being compared to your mother on the first date. But again, who am I to give advice.

Will there be another date according to them: maybe
Do I see a connection: nope

Date Four: Jorge and Matt

There was a lot of personality on this date... like a lot. These two did more talking over each other than actually talking. 

Will there be another date according to them: no
Do I see a connection: NO

Date Five: Matt and Jonathan 

Matt is back with another date. (He must be Mr. Popular.) 

In my opinion, this date went much better than his date with Jorge. Matt and Jonathan are goofing around and seem to click well.

Note: Jonathan is a former NBA dancer with the Wizards so we are rooting for our #DCFamily

However, when Jonathan found out that Matt went on a date with someone else he didn't take it very well. I think he was half-joking around and half angry. 

Matt saw the not-so-fun part of being the bachelor! 


Will there be another date according to them: We are left on a cliffhanger. We don't know how Jonathan actually feels.
Do I see a connection: If they can work past this other date thing, yes!


If after reading this, you decide that you want to be on the next episode sign up here by April 12th. 

If after reading this, you decide that you want to watch and participle in the next episode, tune in on YouTube on April 26th. 

In The Loop: Drew Brees' son's request for Steph Curry, Ilya Kovalchuk's workout

In The Loop: Drew Brees' son's request for Steph Curry, Ilya Kovalchuk's workout

First up, Drew Brees' son Callen had his dad film him impersonating his idol's Steph Curry's game-winning shots and he nailed it. He also asked in the video that if he made the shot if Curry would send him a jersey. If you need us, we'll be waiting patiently for Curry's response.

Next up, what do YOU do in between your workout sets? Well if your Washington Capitals winger Ilya Kovalchuk, you have a dance party of course?

Lastly, Vancouver Canucks winger Antoine Roussel's son Teddy takes no days off when it comes to wanting to follow in his father's footsteps one day. This is how you do #HockeyAtHome.