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PMG FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Quarterback Russell Wilson will know their 2020 schedule when it's released Thursday by the NFL.NFL — It's a big day in the sports world, as the National Football League will be releasing its 2020 schedule Thursday afternoon — which indicates that it plans to have a season, with or without fans. It all remains to be seen.

The Seattle Seahawks' 2020 schedule:

Sept. 13, at Atlanta

Sept. 20, New England

Sept. 27, Dallas

Oct. 4, at Miami

Oct. 11, Minnesota

Bye

Oct. 25, at Arizona

Nov. 1, San Francisco

Nov. 8, at Buffalo

Nov. 15, at Los Angeles Rams

Nov. 19, Arizona

Nov. 30, at Philadelphia

Dec. 6, New York Giants

Dec. 13, New York Jets

Dec. 20, at Washington

Dec. 27, Los Angeles Rams

Jan. 3, at San Francisco

• Sports return — Sports are starting to return.

The Portland Timbers resumed voluntary individual training Thursday.

Korean baseball has started playing games, and it's airing on ESPN.

The UFC will hold an event May 9 at Jacksonville, Florida.

One of Europe's top soccer leagues, Bundesliga, will resume its season May 16.

NASCAR will put on four events in an 11-day period, starting May 17 at Darlington, Scouth Carolina.

After holding a virtual series, the real thing resumes in the IndyCar Series, June 6 with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The event will be conducted without fans. The series is still scheduled to race at Portland International Raceway in September.

Things are starting to move in sports, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and economic devastation, which is a welcome thing for fans.

• Pickles season — The Portland Pickles plan to play their West Coast League schedule without fans and with online video game broadcasts using several social media platforms.

The season is July 2-Aug. 9. The Pickles hope to announce a scuedule in about two weeks.

"We have created an extensive, detailed plan for a safe, fan-free environment for our local collegiate-level baseball players to compete and entertain," said Ross Campbell, general manager. "We will create an amazing, free broadcast of all our games for the sports fans of Oregon and beyond. Our goal is to bring pride to the community to rally around baseball, but safely from home.

"We are working with Portland Parks and Recreation, the mayor (Ted Wheeler) and our governor (Kate Brown) to bring this to life."

A revised schedule and opponents will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more: www.picklesbaseball.com.

• NBA workouts? — The Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum voiced his concern about the NBA's return to action.

Portland and a couple other NBA teams will open their facilities for players to work out on Friday .

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, McCollum said:

"I am worried like the rest of the world. But I like that it is optional and I'm pleased with the caution, structure and measures the Blazers organization has put in place to ensure the safest environment possible for all parties involved.

"But you have to think at some point when there are drastic measures that need to be taken, 'Is it really worth it?' It's either safe or it's not."

As far as a need to work out, he added in the Yahoo Sports story, "Let's be honest, man, it's not like it will be the first time players got gym acccess outside of the team's facilities. Some people have been working out, if we're being honest. ...

"The issue is you can go to your practice facility, but there's all these stipulations. You can't use certain stuff, can't do certain stuff. Now they're talking about you might have to be 12 feet away from your strength coach. How are you going to (weight) lift 12 feet away from somebody?"

• WHL awards continue — The Western Hockey League on Thursday announced that Edmonton Oil Kings coach Brad Lauer is the winner of the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as the WHL coach of the year.

The Oil Kings won the Central Division with a 42-12-6-4 record.

Everett coach Dennis Williams was the Western Conference nominee for the coach of the year award.

Since the award was introduced following the 1999-2000 season, the Portland Winterhawks have never had a coach of the year winner. Portland finished with the league's best record at the end of the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season.

With no awards event this season, the WHL is recognizing an award winner each weekday May 4-20.

• OSU hoop — The Oregon State women's basketball team was named as the Pac-12 Sportsmanship Award winner for the 2019-20 season.

The Beavers earned the award for reaching out to the Oregon's women's basketball team prior to the teams' Civil War matchup at Gill Coliseum on Jan. 26, when the squads learned of the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and others in a helicopter crash.

Madison Washington and Aleah Goodman stopped their pregame routines to go to console the Ducks' players, including star Sabrina Ionescu, who had befriended Bryant. The teams locked arms in a circle at center court for prayer and reflection. Fans applauded respectfully.


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