Hillsborough County commissioner Les Miller told Fox 13 in Tampa, Fla., that he’d “probably” have to cancel WrestleMania 36 if WWE doesn’t choose to do so because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event is set to take place April 5 at Raymond James Stadium.”I’m hoping that [WWE chairman and CEO] Vince McMahon and WrestleMania and WWE make the call themselves, but a week from now if they’ve not done that and we’re still in the situation we’re in, we’ll probably have to pull the plug on that,” Miller told Fox 13 on Thursday. Rewatch classic fights on DAZNMiller’s comments align with those of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has said that cities and counties in the state should cancel large gatherings over the next 30 days to limit the spread of the virus. WrestleMania 36 is expected to bring approximately 70,000 people from around the world to Raymond James Stadium.Sporting News reached out to WWE for an update on the status of WrestleMania 36. The company pointed back to the statement it shared Thursday: “While we remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, we are putting contingency plans in place in the event that it is canceled by government officials, civil authorities, and/or local venues.” On Friday, WWE continued on the road toward WrestleMania by holding “SmackDown” without fans in attendance at its performance center in Orlando. WWE hyped its biggest annual event throughout the show, operating as if WrestleMania 36 will still take place.A source close to the situation told Sporting News that the standoff between the county and WWE is a “high stakes game of chicken.””I commend every sports franchise for erring on the side of caution,” Hillsborough County sheriff Chad Chronister told Fox 13. “I hope the WWE follows suit. I don’t ever want to see people put profit over public safety.”
VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgers utility man Marlon Anderson, who thought he had fully recovered from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow some four months ago, suffered a slight setback while taking batting practice on Wednesday. Although Anderson is expected to return well before the start of the season, the injury will sideline him for at least the next few days. Gonzalez stayed in the game to run, eventually scoring on Fernando Tatis’ three-run homer. But Gonzalez left the field immediately thereafter. “It was my time to leave anyway,” Gonzalez said. “I’m kind of old school. “I don’t baby my body. I’m not one of those guys who goes in and ices down. “If I come off the field, it’s because I’m hurt, really hurt. But this was no big deal.” Anderson joins closer Takashi Saito as the only Dodgers players this spring to be placed in the dreaded “day-to-day” category. Besides those two and reliever Yhency Brazoban, who still is rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery last summer, this has been an injury-free camp. And even Saito is cleared for his normal throwing program, even though he won’t appear in any games until at least next week so he doesn’t risk aggravating his strained right calf by running on it. “We’ll watch him closely and not let him push it too much,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “He is a veteran player. He just needs to be reminded that (today) is March 1, not April 1. We’ll back him off a little bit and … make sure he has plenty of time to heal.” Later, the Dodgers managed to avoid what would have been their second notable injury on the eve of Grapefruit League play. Left fielder Luis Gonzalez was hit in the right wrist by a pitch from rookie Mike Megrew during an intrasquad scrimmage, but wasn’t seriously hurt. Lowe down Right-hander Derek Lowe, slated to start the Dodgers’ season opener at Milwaukee on April 2, pitched two shaky innings in the intrasquad game, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. The veteran sinkerballer couldn’t even get out of the first inning, which was stopped after five batters because Lowe had reached his one-inning pitch limit, but he did manage to record three outs in the second. “I look at it and assess where the hits were,” said Lowe, who gave up almost all of them on well-placed ground balls. “I don’t really count it as my first (spring) start until I can go four or five innings and get into the flow of the game. As a pitching staff, we all know what we need to work on. All these guys have great track records, so on this team, you really don’t look at results much.” As a groundball pitcher, Lowe relies heavily on his fielders. But he also relies heavily on luck, because the nature of ground balls is that they occasionally – and sometimes often – are hit where no fielder can get to them. “He got some balls hit on the ground and only a couple hit in the air, so that was good,” Little said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!