Keeping cycling alive: Tour of Flanders goes virtual

Race or no race, the 104th edition of the Tour of Flanders cobblestone cycling classic will have a winner this weekend. To keep the festive event alive, organizer Flanders Classics will host a “lockdown edition” of the race on Sunday, with professional riders tackling the punishing Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg climbs from the comfort of their houses, on home trainers. Belgium’s big hope will be Remco Evenepoel, one of the most promising cyclists of his generation.

Analysis: It’s time for Tomjanovich to get the Hall’s call

The votes are in, and word is about to come if this, finally, is the year that former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich gets the call from the Basketball Hall of Fame. "Long overdue," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. Candidates need 75% of the vote - 18 ballots - to earn the congratulatory phone call from Basketball Hall President and CEO John Doleva.

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach apologizes for tweet

Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach has apologized on social media for posting a tweet that drew criticism from Bulldogs players and an assistant professor at the school before it was deleted. Leach’s tweet had more than 4,000 likes on Thursday morning, the newspaper said. Mississippi State assistant sociology professor and author Margaret A. Hagerman chastised Leach and wrote that lynching jokes are incredibly offensive anywhere and “especially in Mississippi.”

Boxing-Russian coach diagnosed with coronavirus after Olympic qualifiers

A Russian national boxing team coach has tested positive for the coronavirus after returning home from Olympic qualifiers cut short in London last month. Anton Kadushin, who works with Gleb Bakshi, the 2019 world champion in the middleweight class, wrote on his Instagram page on Thursday that he had tested positive for the virus. The head of Russia's boxing federation, Umar Kremlev, said in a statement on its website that the situation was under control and that Kadushin had a mild case of the virus.