Thursday Morning Sports Update


The NHL continues to formulate plans for a possible return this summer.
The league has advised teams to prepare for a roster of 28 players and an unlimited number of goaltenders for training camp and the playoffs. Several general managers say they were told that would be the anticipated roster limit. Each team is limited to 50 personnel of any kind in one of the two cities that would host games. The NHL says training camp isn’t expected to begin before early July. Games could begin in late July or early August.


Despite another lackluster season, Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is keeping Coach Jeff Blashill. Yzerman told reporters his previously announced plans to keep Blashill behind the bench have not changed. Blashill has a losing record over five seasons in Detroit. The NHL abandoned the rest of the regular season on Tuesday. Detroit had a league-low 17 wins in its 71-game season.


The NFL has clarified the rules proposal for an alternative to an onside kick. The Philadelphia Eagles have proposed allowing one fourth-and-15 scrimmage play from 25-yard line of the team kicking off. Should the team attempting the play succeed, it would keep the ball. If the defense is successful, its offense gets the ball at the spot where the play is blown dead. A regular onside kick would remain an option.


Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones says he wants to remain in Green Bay for his entire career and that he won’t let speculation about his future distract him as he enters the final season of his contract.
The Packers drafted Boston College running back A.J. Dillon in the second round last month, a move that raised questions about Jones’ long-term future with the franchise.
The 2017 fifth-round draft pick from UTEP tied for the NFL lead with 16 touchdown runs while gaining 1,084 yards on the ground. Jones also had 49 receptions for three touchdowns.


Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was rained out and rescheduled for Thursday night.
The starting order for the second Cup race at Charlotte this week was set based on the finishing order of the Coca-Cola 600 but with an inversion. Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman will start from the pole, while Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski will start 20th.
The postponement also pushes back the upcoming Xfinity race from Thursday to Monday.


Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing.
But people familiar with their deliberations tell The Associated Press that players appeared likely to propose increasing the number of regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries. One said that many players were angered by the teams proposal made Tuesday. The reductions are being proposed by owners for a pandemic-delayed season in ballparks without fans. The players’ association called the proposal “extremely disappointing.”