CFL fans won’t see their teams back on the field for at least three and a half more months.

Yesterday the Canadian Football League announced the 2020 season wouldn’t start until September at the earliest.

The league commissioner says the format of a shortened season is still under discussion.

The C-F-L also says the Grey Cup game, originally scheduled to take place in Regina, will instead be hosted by the team in the finals with the best record.

Hamilton is still set to host the C-F-L finals next year.

The rain was kind to Denny Hamlin at Darlington.

Hamlin became the winner of NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. The reigning Cup champion caused Chase Elliott to crash eight laps earlier to bring out the caution. A furious Elliott waited for Busch on the apron of the track and flipped Busch the middle finger as he passed.

Busch later admitted he made a mistake and misjudged the gap between cars. He finished second, followed by Sunday’s winner Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones.

Wednesday’s race was delayed 90 minutes by rain after Tuesday’s Xfinity race was washed out.

Hamlin has won three times at Darlington and has two wins this season.

The NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face. The medical director of the NFL Players Association tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that league engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are already testing prototypes of the modified mask.

As the NBA continues to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, two people with knowledge of the situation say Orlando, Las Vegas and Houston remain under consideration as cities that could host regular-season and playoff games. Wednesday marked the end of the 10th week since the NBA shut down on March 11. The pandemic halted a season that had 259 games left to play, but none of those games have been officially cancelled yet.

Aldon Smith is getting another chance to resume his once-promising NFL career.

The NFL has conditionally reinstated Smith from an indefinite suspension for off-field issues, allowing the pass rusher to take part in team activities with the Dallas Cowboys. Smith will be able to participate in the Cowboys’ virtual off-season program starting next week and can meet with teammates and coaches. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2015 and was signed to a one-year contract last month despite his uncertain playing status.

Smith was drafted seventh overall by San Francisco in 2011 and had 14 sacks as a rookie. He was an All-Pro in 2012 when he had 19 1/2 sacks and the 49ers reached the Super Bowl.

Smith had several legal issues as a player with the Niners and Raiders.

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