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home : sports : college/pro July 6, 2020

NFL's Redskins, MLB's Indians to consider name changes
The Washington Redskins began a "thorough review" of their name Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a "dictionary-defined racial slur."

Even though owner Dan Snyder had shown no willingness to change the name since buying the team in 1999, the recent national conversation on race has renewed opposition to the name and prompted sponsors to speak up. With support from the NFL, it may finally lead to a new moniker for the long-struggling storied franchise with long-ago Super Bowl success.

Saturday, July 4, 2020


American coach makes mark, wins Austrian title
Jesse Marsch came to Europe to make a name both for himself and for every other American soccer coach.

He managed that in a big way.

Marsch led Salzburg to this season's Austrian league title, the most significant trophy won by an American coach in Europe.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Cubs' Quintana undergoes thumb surgery
Already concerned about the depth of their rotation, the Chicago Cubs will have to get by for at least a little while without one starter because of a freak injury.

Left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing dishes.

Chicago did not have a timetable for his return.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Shorter preseason another challenge for NFL coaches
Fewer preseason games following an offseason without on-field workouts creates more challenges for new coaches, players who changed teams and rookies.

The NFL is cutting the exhibition schedule in half and pushing back the start of the preseason to allow teams more time to train because the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of organized team activities and minicamps.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Human foosball: New form of soccer developed for pandemic
Soccer-starved Argentines have found a way to play their beloved sport while social distancing, though the rules have been altered and the dazzling end-to-end dashes produced by national legend Diego Maradona are impossible.

Dubbed "metegol humano," or "human foosball," the system designed for the coronavirus pandemic involves dividing the field with white chalk into 12 rectangles and restricting each player to a defined space. The ball can be passed across rectangles, and players can dribble inside their areas. The modified game emphasizes passing and shooting over running and fancy footwork. And of course there are no rough tackles.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Debate swells over the Landis name on MLB's MVP trophy
The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques.

"The issue is being addressed," Jack O'Connell, longtime secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, said Wednesday. "It will definitely be put up for discussion."

Friday, July 3, 2020

Will there be an asterisk on the NBA title?
(AP) — The 2020 NBA champion, if one is crowned, will have emerged as the ultimate winner from a season that lasted more than a full year from start to finish. A season that saw political unrest between the NBA and China, the deaths of David Stern and Kobe Bryant,racial issues across the nation and, if that wasn't enough, a pandemic.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Some NFL players raise concerns on playing through COVID
(AP) — Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Teams not able to disclose who goes on IL due to virus
(AP) — Trying to find out the status of a baseball player coming back from an ankle injury definitely will be easier than learning whether someone tested positive for the coronavirus.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Judges question warrants in Kraft massage parlor case
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida appellate judges on Tuesday questioned the legality of search warrants that let police secretly video record New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others paying for massage parlor sex, pressing a prosecutor on his contention that the warrants were legally valid.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New league attracts softball's best, empowers players
CHICAGO (AP) — Victoria Hayward would have been in Japan right about now, preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Shohei Ohtani returns to 2-way role with Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani will resume his two-way career with the Los Angeles Angels when baseball returns.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

COVID slows rehab for Wizards' Wall, won't return this season
(AP) — John Wall will not join the Washington Wizards for the resumption of the NBA season this summer, ending the chances of the five-time All-Star guard playing his first game since 2018.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Some new college basketball coaches turn to experienced transfers
(AP) — Mark Byington has spent more than three months as the men's basketball coach at James Madison without being able to take a recruiting trip or meet personally with the eight players joining his program during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Roster shuffle: Some MLB players will sit out season
PHOENIX (AP) — A small group of players, including Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman and Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, have announced they plan to sit out this season. The Minnesota Twins have shuffled their on-field staff to protect the health of some of their older coaches.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Johnson wins Travelers to extend career-long season streak
Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career-long season victory streak to 13.

Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in Mexico City in March 2019.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Source: Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace Tom Brady
The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
Monday, June 29, 2020

Hamlin caps marathon day of racing at Pocono with 4th win
Round 2 at Pocono went to Denny Hamlin. Hamlin seized the spotlight, specifically in victory lane when Pocono had to set up lights after the race ended in the dark.

Hamlin topped Kevin Harvick on Sunday night to win the second Cup race of the weekend at Pocono Raceway and flip the result of the opener. The 1-2 finish out of each driver is a clear sign two of the best drivers in the game are poised again to make a championship push.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Condensed prep time brings new challenge for MLB players
CHICAGO (AP) —When major leaguers report next week for spring training 2.0 — or perhaps more accurately, baseball's first summer camp — time will be one precious commodity with about three weeks to go before opening day.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

Future of top NHL draft propsect Lafreniere still uncertain
(AP) — Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

The NBA is coming back, and here's 10 things to know
(AP) — The deals are done. The NBA is coming back. The season will resume on July 30 at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

NFL training camps still on for late July
(AP) — The NFL still plans to hold training camps on time beginning in late July, though contingency plans are in place.
Friday, June 26, 2020

True Hollywood story for Mets' top draft pick, son of actors
NEW YORK (AP) — Call it a true Hollywood story for first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong. And no act at all, in fact.
Friday, June 26, 2020

Bubble-free life means MLB players, coaches must be careful
PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball’s bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday, June 26, 2020

Cubs announce deals with 3 draft picks
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs finalized minor league deals with three more draft picks on Thursday, including second-round selection Burl Carraway.
Friday, June 26, 2020

College athletes using platform to address social issues
(AP) — Deuce McAllister grew up in Mississippi and was well aware of the racial history of Ole Miss when he decided to play football there in the late 1990s. Even so, he never got used to seeing the Confederate battle emblem on game day.
Friday, June 26, 2020

MLB submits plan to Canadian government to play games in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Major League Baseball has submitted a plan to the Canadian government to play in Toronto this year and health authorities are examining it.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

NHL HOF: Iginla now 4th black player elected
(AP) — Like most kids growing up in Edmonton, Jarome Iginla admired Oilers legends Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. As a young Black hockey player, he paid particular attention when he saw someone in the NHL who looked like him in Grant Fuhr.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

After 60 games last year, Series champions Nationals were in trouble
WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe this gives fans a sense of what it will mean to have a Major League Baseball season shrunk down to just 60 games this year during the pandemic: Where were the Washington Nationals that far into 2019?
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Rope found hanging in Wallace's garage a coincidence
(AP) — NASCAR went to Talladega Superspeedway on heightened alert after Bubba Wallace, its only Black driver, took on an active role in a push for racial equality.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Rapinoe, Press among players opting out of NWSL tournament
(AP) — U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women's Soccer League tournament kicking off this weekend in Utah.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Pro tennis set to resume in Australia after lockdown
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis players in Australia will have a chance to compete for prize money for the first time since March in a UTR pro series starting this weekend in Sydney and continuing in city hubs across the country from next week.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Paul Casey tuned in for more than golf in PGA Tour's return
(AP) — Paul Casey was among three players from the top 25 in the world yet to play since the PGA Tour resumed competition amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He and Patrick Cantlay are playing the Travelers Championship, leaving Adam Scott as the only one still not back.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

For openers: MLB tries again with short season, skewed rules
Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball was shutting down immediately because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Ford stepping down as Lions owner, daughter taking over
DETROIT (AP) — Sheila Ford Hamp went to visit with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1973 after being part of the first class of women who went to Yale as freshmen and graduated. She told him all she ever wanted to do was work for the league.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Blaney wins Talladega, NASCAR unites behind Wallace
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Even in victory, Ryan Blaney thought about what happened to close friend Bubba Wallace over the weekend. And what happened afterward.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

MLB plans 60-game slate, shortest since 1878
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players' association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Webb Simpson celebrates Father's Day PGA win at Harbour Town
Nothing can top the first time Webb Simpson won on Father's Day, a U.S. Open title eight years ago at Olympic Club and hearing his father's laughter on the phone to share the joy.

Harbour Town was special in its own right.

Dressed in his Sunday yellow shirt — his late father's favorite color — Simpson emerged from a crowd of contenders with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine for a 7-under 64 to win the RBC Heritage by one shot over Abraham Ancer and set the tournament scoring record.

Monday, June 22, 2020

NASCAR: Noose found in Bubba Wallace garage at Alabama race
NASCAR has launched an investigation after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the elite Cup Series who just two weeks ago successfully pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues.

NASCAR said the noose was found on Sunday afternoon and vowed to do everything possible to find who was responsible and "eliminate them from the sport."

Monday, June 22, 2020

Following athletes, NCAA takes aim at Confederate flag
Emboldened by the athletes it serves, the NCAA is taking another stand on a social issue.

The NCAA on Friday expanded its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its sponsored events, one day after the Southeastern Conference made a similar declaration aimed at the Mississippi state flag.

The current NCAA ban, in place since 2001, applies to what the NCAA calls predetermined sites, such as for men's basketball tournament games.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

NHL's focus shifts to Canadian cities as possible hubs
Canada has approved the NHL's return-to-play proposal that could lead to one or more cities north of the border serving as host sites for the league's 24-team playoff format.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Friday that the nation's top public health officer, and health officials in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario had signed off on the NHL plan.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Southeastern Conference pushing Mississippi to change state flag
The Southeastern Conference is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi unless the state changes its Confederate-based flag.

"It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi," Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement Thursday. "Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all. In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed."

The NCAA has already said it would not schedule postseason events in Mississippi because of the state flag.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Vikings, Cook hit impasse as NFL's latest RB contract standoff
Dalvin Cook logged off last week from virtual team activities with the Minnesota Vikings, no longer willing to participate until he has secured a new contract.

Cook's situation is the latest standoff of sorts between an NFL team and a star running back, with the possibility of several more in the coming year in a league that has steadily driven down the financial value of the position.

The Vikings, though, have made no secret of their desire to make Cook the centerpiece of their offense. It's difficult to envision them not eventually striking a deal with a player they've frequently praised for his work in the backfield, in the locker room and in the community. Cook was the only player pictured on a promotional graphic the team created earlier this spring for the release of the 2020 schedule.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Steelers' Cam Heyward: team will be united if it opts to protest
Cam Heyward is well-versed in the sometimes messy optics associated with taking a stand against social injustice.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end and his teammates met it head on in 2017, when a miscommunication with left tackle and Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva left Villanueva on the field in Chicago for the national anthem while the rest of the Steelers remained in the tunnel. The image — Villanueva with his hand over his heart, the other 52 players on the roster hidden in darkness — became a flashpoint in the debate on what is and what isn't the proper way to protest.

Nearly three years later, it still stings.

Friday, June 19, 2020

MLB thinks Manfred has framework for return, union quiet
After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players' association, Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television.

He then called union head Tony Clark and offered to fly from New York to Arizona to meet for the first time in three months. They spoke one on one for several hours Tuesday in a room at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale and emerged with what MLB considered a framework for each leader to sell to his side.

MLB thought it had terms to play the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, not just a proposal.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

2020 US Open plan: Fewer line judges, ball people, events
Electronic line-calling will be used instead of line judges for U.S. Open matches at all courts except the two largest arenas, while singles qualifying and mixed doubles, junior and wheelchair competition are being eliminated entirely.

There also will be three ball people instead of six at courts other than Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

NBA lays out its vision for Disney restart to teams, players
Here's some of what awaits NBA players going to Disney next month: game rooms, golf course access, cabanas with misters to combat the heat, fishing areas, bowling, backstage tours and salon services.

It only sounds like vacation.

The NBA described very specific plans to players and teams for the restart on Tuesday, doing so in a memo and handbook both obtained by The Associated Press. With safety being of the foremost importance during the coronavirus pandemic, players were told they will be tested regularly — but not with the deep nasal swabs — and must adhere to strict physical distancing and mask-wearing policies.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball season in jeopardy
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players' union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The league also revealed several players on big league rosters have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two days after union head Tony Clark declared additional negotiations futile, Manfred reversed his position of last week when he said he was "100%" certain the 2020 season would start.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Trubisky says he's not conceding Bears starting QB job to Foles
Mitchell Trubisky understands why the Chicago Bears acquired quarterback Nick Foles.

That doesn't mean he's ready to hand over the starting job.

Trubisky said the trade for Foles gave him extra motivation to show he can develop into the franchise quarterback the Bears thought he would become when they moved up a spot to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Playing for free, salary drop, 2022 lockout possible for MLB
Jeremy Jeffress, Jordan Montgomery, Kevin Plawecki could be playing for free this season, earning salaries lower than what they already received as advances.

Mookie Betts, George Springer, J.T. Realmuto, James Paxton and Marcus Stroman are likely to find fewer bidders, dollars and contract years as the free-agent market lurches into a free fall next offseason.

And all of baseball could be bracing for a spring training lockout and shortened 2022 season after the coronavirus pandemic heightened the likelihood of the sport's first work stoppage since 1994-95.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Berger a winner at Colonial as PGA returns without spectators
The PGA Tour spent two months learning about the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to develop a safe plan to return, followed by another month hoping for the best.

Commissioner Jay Monahan said his confidence in the plan came with a dose of uncertainty.

"If we ... got into a situation where we were dealing with a number of positive tests, that's something — candidly — that I lost a lot of sleep over in the weeks that preceded coming," Monahan said.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Briscoe finds a way, wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Homestead
Chase Briscoe lost much of his team and got a win for them.

Briscoe survived two late cautions and a frantic overtime finish to prevail in an Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway — while adding to a nightmarish weekend for Noah Gragson, who saw a huge lead slip away in the final laps for the second consecutive day.

Briscoe was without crew chief Richard Boswell, car chief Nick Hutchins and engineer DJ Vanderley, all of whom began serving four-race suspensions for a safety violation that happened Saturday. So Briscoe — a big Tony Stewart fan growing up — got Stewart-Haas Racing competition director Greg Zipadelli to fill in as his crew chief and prevailed.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Wait continues for hundreds of undrafted baseball players
NEW YORK (AP) — They sat anxiously by their phones, computers and TVs, hoping to hear their names called by big league teams.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Florida governor signs college athlete NIL compensation bill
(AP) — Florida has cleared the way for college athletes in the state to earn money from endorsement deals as soon as next summer. That comes even as some in college sports want to slow things down due to concerns about how athlete compensation will actually work.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

2020 Baseball Draft Selections
Friday, June 12, 2020

NHL players not rushing back to rinks for voluntary skates
(AP) — John Tavares took his sticks home from the rink in Toronto to tape them up so he wouldn't waste his limited time there.
Friday, June 12, 2020

With a swing and silence, PGA Tour gets back to business
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The start was even more quiet than usual for a Thursday morning on the PGA Tour, only the silence never left over the next 12 hours as golf was back to business at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Friday, June 12, 2020

NASCAR now tasked with enforcing flag ban
(AP) — Reese Witherspoon tweeted a high-five emoji for her A-list stamp of approval that NASCAR banned the Confederate flag.
Friday, June 12, 2020

Baseball commissioner says '100%' chance of MLB season, new proposal soon
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is a “100%” chance of big league ball this year.

Major League Baseball will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, but Manfred vowed Wednesday to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Cubs take local star Ed Howard with first-round draft pick
Ed Howard lost his senior season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prom was canceled. Same for graduation at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side.

Through it all, the 18-year-old Howard kept working. And he got rewarded Wednesday night.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Chicago Bears end offseason program early
The Chicago Bears are ending their offseason program early.

Coach Matt Nagy said nine weeks are enough and he wants his players to focus on training without having to worry about video conferences four days a week. The team will hold its final virtual meeting on Thursday — a week and a half ahead of schedule.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Mid-American schools create separate conference for esports
Aiming to recruit and engage more competitive video gamers, a dozen schools in the Mid-American Conference are creating a standalone esports conference to offer structured competition without the extensive rules that govern intercollegiate athletics.

That means the teams can enlist not just amateur players but a type prohibited in traditional college sports: competitors who already turned pro or made money from gaming, sometimes as teenagers years before college.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Amanda Nunes dominates Spencer, defends belt at UFC 250
Amanda Nunes' impressive reign atop two UFC divisions is showing no signs of decline.

In fact, her dominance is making history.

Nunes became the first UFC fighter to defend two championship belts while actively holding the titles in both weight classes Saturday night, earning a dominant unanimous decision over featherweight contender Felicia Spencer at UFC 250.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Harvick cherishes Atlanta win, looks to help off the track
After another dominant performance at one of his favorite tracks, Kevin Harvick relished the past and looked ahead to the future.

He wasn't entirely focused on what he can do behind the wheel.

Monday, June 8, 2020

IndyCar gets through well-screened, delayed opener in Texas
Through all of the uncertainty and unknowns after more than eight months since the last IndyCar race, Scott Dixon and another pair of former champs relied on their experience for podium finishes.
Monday, June 8, 2020

IHSA Return to Play Guidelines released
As released by the IHSA on Friday: "The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors has approved Return to Play Guidelines developed within the current structure of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan that provide the first step in IHSA student-athletes returning to participation.

The Return to Play Guidelines were developed by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Ohio Gov. approves attendance at Memorial PGA tourney
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine approved a plan for Muirfield Village Golf Club to have at least some fans for the Memorial in July, which would make it the first PGA Tour event with a crowd since the tour was shut down March 13 by the coronavirus.

DeWine announced the decision Friday. He said on Twitter that casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks will be able to open on June 19.

"In addition, we received safety plans for the Memorial Golf Tournament to be held July 13-19," he wrote. "We are approving that plan."

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Penske wants full fans at Indy 500, ready for IndyCar opener
Roger Penske will watch the IndyCar season opener from a suite at Texas Motor Speedway — his first time off the pit stand and on the other side of the fence since his teams failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1995.

His relocation is partly for safety. At 83, Penske is considered at high risk for the coronavirus and he will avoid large crowds by working inside the paddock from a transporter separate from the rest of his team. But as the new owner of the IndyCar Series, he has also relinquished his role as a strategist for Team Penske to avoid conflicts of interest.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Saints' Brees takes first step toward mending relationships
Drew Brees now realizes he'd fallen out of touch.

His contemporaries drove that home when they pilloried him this week for repeating a long-held conviction he'd always felt comfortable expressing.

In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Brees repeated his opposition to kneeling during the national anthem. And the biting backlash that followed prompted the Saints' star quarterback to issue a public apology Thursday in which he acknowledged he totally "missed the mark."

Friday, June 5, 2020

International investigation finds doping cover-ups in weightlifting
An investigation into the International Weightlifting Federation has found doping cover-ups and millions of dollars in missing money, lead investigator Richard McLaren said Thursday.

McLaren said 40 positive doping tests were "hidden" in IWF records and that athletes whose cases were delayed or covered up went on to win medals at the world championships and other events. The cases will be referred to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

"We found systematic governance failures and corruption at the highest level of the IWF," McLaren said.

Friday, June 5, 2020

MLB rejects 114-game schedule, threatens plan of about 50
If Major League Baseball and its players take the field for a coronanvirus-delayed 2020 season, it will be after acrimonious negotiations that resemble their labor war of a generation ago.

MLB rejected the players' proposal for a 114-game regular season  with no additional salary cuts, and will turn its attention to a shortened slate of perhaps 50 games or fewer. Owners last week proposed an 82-game schedule starting in early July.

"We do not have any reason to believe that a negotiated solution for an 82-game season is possible," Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem wrote in a letter Wednesday to chief union negotiator Bruce Meyer that was obtained by The Associated Press.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart
The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league's board of governors on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

The teams that will be going to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex on the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, would play eight games to determine playoff seeding starting around July 31 before the postseason begins, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the league has not released its proposal publicly.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

NHL post-quarantine: Recapturing team chemistry a challenge
Claude Giroux's Philadelphia Flyers were the hottest team in the NHL back when hockey was still being played.

That was more than two months ago and their next game could be two more months away. He can't predict how things might go if the season resumes.

"I don't know," Giroux said. "Right now, everything's unknown."

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IndyCar restart at Texas before another month to race again
Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi and the rest of the IndyCar drivers were in sunny Florida around spring break ready to start the season.

"We geared up, we had the offseason, we had done all the preseason testing ... you kind of had all that pent-up tension to get going," five-time IndyCar champion Dixon said this week.

Nearly three months later, they are finally set to run their first competitive laps of the season. Then they will wait another four weeks to race again.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Big Ten Commissioner Warren creates anti-racism coalition 
The Big Ten's Kevin Warren, the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference, is creating a coalition to give the league's athletes a platform to voice their concerns about racism.

Warren announced Monday the formation of the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, with athletes, coaches, athletic director and university chancellors and presidents.

Warren said the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while being detained by police motivated him to take action beyond merely putting out a statement decrying racism.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Non-revenue sports fret over college compensation plan
College coaches in non-revenue sports are worried about the impact legislation allowing compensation for athletes could have on their programs.

More than a dozen national associations in various sports – hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming and gymnastics, among them – have signed a memo outlining "significant concerns" about effects of allowing athletes to profit for use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL). The concerns include reduced resources for lower-profile programs, the risk of "crowdfunded recruiting" for boosters to "buy talent" for a competitive advantage, increased influence by agents and whether schools can effectively monitor for compliance.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

F1 will start with 2 races at the Austrian GP in July
Formula One will finally get underway with back-to-back races at the Austrian Grand Prix in July as part of an eight-race European swing.

The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will host races on July 5 and 12, governing body FIA said in a statement on Tuesday.

The next race will be in Hungary on July 19 followed by consecutive races at the British GP at Silverstone on Aug. 2 and 9 after the British government exempted elite sports from an upcoming quarantine on foreign visitors.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Gragson wiggles past Allgaier to win Xfinity race at Bristol
Noah Gragson squeezed past JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier with four laps remaining, a move that caused Allgaier to crash, and Gragson held on at Bristol Motor Speedway for his second win of the season.

Gragson also won the season-opening race at Daytona to begin his second year with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s race team. Gragson was winless in 2019 in his first full season in NASCAR's second-tier series.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Future of stadiums, arenas promises high tech, low capacity
The smell of barbecue wafts through the parking lots hours before kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium, and when the first salvo of fireworks explode overhead, thousands of Chiefs fans begin to march en masse toward the entrance gates.

That's how things normally are on an NFL game day in Kansas City.

But these days, very little is normal, and like so many things in life the football season ahead is rife with uncertainty. The coronavirus pandemic that brought sports to a standstill for months has everyone wondering what games will be like when spectators are finally allowed back in — and whether they will even want to show up.

Monday, June 1, 2020

MLB Players want more games, no more cuts
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players appeared likely to propose more regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries, people familiar with their deliberations told The Associated Press.
Friday, May 29, 2020

UFC, boxing back on in Vegas after Nevada approves return
Mixed martial arts and boxing are back in business in Nevada.

The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously agreed Wednesday to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks.

The decision ends the moratorium on combat sports that has been in place in Nevada since March 14, when the commission stopped competition amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Title IX major factor for colleges looking at possible sports cuts
Financially challenged schools considering cutting sports in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are making difficult decisions of who gets to keep playing and who doesn't.

The choices aren't just about money when they involve women's sports. And while Title IX doesn't prevent women's sports from being eliminated, the federal law is a huge part of the conversations.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Virtual 7th-inning stretch brings familiar ballpark feeling home 
It's 3 o'clock, about the time they'd be getting ready for the seventh-inning stretch at an afternoon Red Sox game. Josh Kantor settles onto the bench of the Yamaha Electone organ in his living room and clicks on his wife's iPhone to begin another show.

Each afternoon since what would have been opening day, the Fenway Park organist has been livestreaming concerts of ballpark music and other fan requests on Facebook in an attempt to recreate the community feeling baseball fans might be missing during the sport's shutdown.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Chase Elliott ends Busch's win streak, collects $100,000 bounty 
Chase Elliott gained a measure of revenge against Kyle Busch on Tuesday night — and then let him know about it.

Elliott snapped Busch's seven-race Truck Series winning streak and collected a $100,000 bounty at Charlotte Motor Speedway before imitating Busch's victory celebration after the race by bowing to the camera.

"Hopefully nobody gets their feelings hurt over it," Elliott chuckled.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

'A step toward normalcy' - NHL shapes a return to play plan
Rosy as the news might sound, Gary Bettman made no promises in announcing the NHL has the framework of a plan in place to return to the ice.

"We hope," the commissioner said, "that this is a step back toward normalcy."

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Australian doctors say NRL aim for July 1 fans 'absurd'
Two days from the restart of the National Rugby League, the Australian Medical Association urged organizers to slow down their "absurd and dangerous" plans to have spectators in stadiums by July 1.

There will be no spectators on Thursday when the Brisbane Broncos host the Parramatta Eels in the first NRL match in more than nine weeks, but Australian Rugby League chairman Peter V'Landys hopes to lift the ban as soon as social distancing restrictions and border closures are eased in the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Busch passes Cindric to win Xfinity race at Charlotte
Kyle Busch normally celebrates his victories by climbing on top of his race car and bowing to the crowd.

But with no fans in attendance at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday night due to the coronavirus pandemic, Busch passed on the tradition after driving past Austin Cindric on the final lap of overtime to claim his 97th career Xfinity Series win.

"It kinda felt a little odd," Busch said. "I guess I could have bowed to the camera."

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Virus crisis a challenge for youth fitness nonprofits
Mariana Ochoa worries about the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on her three boys. Their school is closed. She can't take them to their favorite park at the moment. There is no backyard at their home on the southwest side of Chicago.

The fitness routines she gets from Chicago Run are a weekly highlight for Mariano, 9, Victor, 7, and Jesus, 5.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

NHL plans small-group training as Phase 2 of return
The NHL hopes to have players back in team facilities soon -- with plenty of precautions.

The league, which paused its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a memo Monday saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice rinks and allowing small, voluntary group workouts on and off the ice.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Michigan man builds Wiffle ball dream field in his backyard
There is nothing quite like the experience of live baseball. The grass, the dirt, the sunshine and the chalk lines underneath abundant sunshine, sunsets or bright lights. Overpriced beers and the right mix of action and leisure — it is hard to imagine all of that without your senses tingling.

It is like a slice of heaven.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Florida baseball team lists stadium on AirBnB for $1500
A Florida team is selling people the "ultimate baseball experience" by putting their oceanview stadium up for rent on AirBnB for $1,500 a night.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos says guests will have access to the clubhouse, a large bedroom, the batting cage and the field.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Keselowski wins 600 to extend Johnson's losing streak
Brad Keselowski, in a contract year and trying to up his value in free agency, gave Roger Penske a victory on what should have been the most celebrated day in motorsports but was instead just a 6-plus hour NASCAR show.

Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson's losing streak to 102 races by holding off the seven-time NASCAR champion in overtime early Monday to win the Coca-Cola 600, the longest race on the NASCAR schedule.

Monday, May 25, 2020

NCAA to lift ban on football, basketball workouts
The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1 as a growing number of college leaders expressed confidence that fall sports will be possible in some form despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

This decision clears the way for individual workouts by athletes, mostly on their own, subject to safety and health protocols decided by their schools or local health officials..

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Berlin derby taken to the streets in battle of team stickers
The unofficial Berlin derby has been going on for months, with fans of rival soccer clubs Hertha and Union decorating the city's lampposts, road signs, transit stops and more with stickers in their respective team colors.

The official derby is finally coming on Friday, two months after the Bundesliga match between the local rivals was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Hamlin scores 2nd win at rain-shortened Darlington
Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway.

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

NFL eyeing face guard that works like surgical mask
With an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask.

"A lot of players have played with a clear shield to protect their eyes," Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said Tuesday during a video conference call with Atlanta media. "This would be extended even further."

Thursday, May 21, 2020

NCAA postseason bans nearly double despite steady APR stats
The number of teams facing postseason bans because of low scores on the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate has nearly doubled in one year.

Fifteen teams face the most severe sanction next season or the season after compared with eight in 2019-20. Stephen F. Austin and Alabama A&M each had three teams on the list released Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown
Horse racing's Triple Crown will look different this year from start to finish.

The Belmont Stakes will be run before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness for the first time and take place at a shorter distance. It will lead off the Triple Crown on June 20 in New York with no fans in attendance and at a distance of 1 1/8 miles instead of the 1 1/2-mile "test of the champion" that has been the race's trademark for nearly a century.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Rain postpones Xfinity Series' return at Darlington Speedway
Noah Gragson couldn't wait to get back to Xfinity Series racing at Darlington.

Instead, he and the rest of the competitors will have to wait until Thursday after heavy rain postponed the series' first race since March, when the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports.

"After two months of waiting, what's another couple of days?" Gragson said.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

US Open no longer 'open,' eliminates qualifying for major
The U.S. Open might feel more like a closed shop this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which already has postponed the U.S. Open at Winged Foot from June to September, has forced the USGA to do away with qualifying for the first time since 1924.

Open qualifying is the hallmark of golf's second-oldest championship. The USGA often points out that typically half of the 156-man field has to go through either 36-hole qualifying or 18-hole and 36-hole qualifying.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Angry ump: Garcia says he kept quiet to protect son-in-law
Richie Garcia was among baseball's best-rated and most popular umpires, and like many umps was known for the ones he missed: the Jeffrey Maier call in the playoffs, the pitch to Tino Martinez in the World Series.

He lost his job in the failed labor strategy of mass resignations in 1999 and was welcomed back to Major League Baseball two years later as a supervisor. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, he was fired on the eve of the 2010 season.

Garcia stayed quiet for a decade, not wanting to cause any problems for son-in-law Vic Carapazza, among the top umps of the current group.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Bull riding may be 1st US professional sport to welcome fans
One of the first professional athletic sports to allow spectators to attend as states gradually lift restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus is known for its wild, dangerous action: bull riding.

Professional Bull Riders has announced a new competition that will culminate in South Dakota on July 10-12 with live crowds. As people itch for a return to daily activity, it's all a part of an effort by professional sports organizations around the world to give bored fans at least a taste of what once was.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Michael McCaskey, who succeeded Halas as Bears' leader, dies
Michael McCaskey, who led the Chicago Bears for nearly three decades following the death of his grandfather George Halas, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer, the team said. He was 76.

A Yale graduate and the oldest of Ed and team matriarch Virginia McCaskey's 11 children, Michael joined the family business in 1983 as president and CEO following the death of Halas, a founding father of the NFL and the franchise. He succeeded Ed McCaskey as chairman in 1999 and remained in that role until brother George McCaskey took over in 2011.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Lefty QB Tua Tagovailoa is a rarity in the right-handed NFL 
When Tua Tagovailoa  signed his rookie contract with the Miami Dolphins, the left-handed quarterback from Alabama didn't have to worry about smudging his signature.

He signed the documents with his right hand.

Yes, the NFL's latest lefty QB is a natural right-hander, one whose father, Galu, turned him into a (sometimes) southpaw in his youth.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns to racing 
This was a 400-mile drive unlike any other in modern day NASCAR.

The grandstands were completely empty. There wasn't a single tailgate inside the track. Everyone wore face coverings — some with the team logos, others opting for plain disposable medical masks. It was nothing close to the corporate sponsorship, pomp and patriotic traveling circus that symbolizes NASCAR.

But when the engines fired at Darlington Raceway following a 10-week layoff during the coronavirus pandemic, it turned into a regular old race.

Monday, May 18, 2020

NASCAR putting its safety plan to test as racing restarts 
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Crew chief Chad Knaus won't get a look at the car Hendrick Motorsports built for Darlington Raceway until he gets to the track Sunday morning, a few hours before the race.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Tirico returns from afar, will host golf 1,000 miles away
(AP)  — Mike Tirico returns to his role as host Sunday on NBC when live golf is shown on television for the first time in more than two months, and he can't wait.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Rodgers says Packers' decision to draft Love surprised him
(AP) — Packers star Aaron Rodgers acknowledges Green Bay drafting a quarterback in the first round surprised him and complicated his hopes of playing his entire career with the same team.
Saturday, May 16, 2020

PGA Champ Thomas set to take swing on 2K21 cover
(AP) — Justin Thomas can put down the driver and grab a controller: The former PGA Championship winner made the cover of the "PGA Tour 2K21" video game.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Beach volleyball star Walsh Jennings offers virtual training
(AP) — A longtime evangelist for outdoor and active lifestyles, beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings knew the national stay-at-home orders would be especially hard on young athletes and others trying to stay fit.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Busch to rush back into racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR champion Kyle Busch will sprint back into competition when the season resumes by running all seven races that have been scheduled over an 11-day span.
Friday, May 15, 2020

New analytics spur helmet safety in football
(AP) — While no one is actually playing football right now, analytics and data collecting are contributing to safety in the sport like at no other time.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Extra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, again
Baseball. In Japan. At the Olympics.

For World Baseball Softball Confederation president Riccardo Fraccari, it seems like such a sure home run that he can't even imagine why anyone wouldn't want to be involved.

No wonder the refusal of Major League Baseball and its players' association to send top stars to the Tokyo Games has frustrated Fraccari for years.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Some MLB draftees are fortunate to avoid this year's draft
Ethan Hearn has some good friends who are eligible for baseball's amateur draft this year. Hearn is just an interested spectator this time around, and he feels pretty fortunate about his situation.

The 19-year-old catcher was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 192nd pick of the 2019 draft. The slot value for his spot was $247,000, but the Cubs gave him a sixth round-high $950,000 signing bonus to turn pro instead of playing college ball for Mississippi State.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Teixeira upsets Smith to cap UFC's 2nd Jacksonville fight
Glover Teixeira dominated Anthony Smith and finally stopped him with punches early in the fifth round Wednesday night, earning an upset victory to cap the UFC's second show since returning to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Heavyweight veteran Ben Rothwell grabbed an entertaining split-decision victory over Ovince Saint Preux, and Drew Dober stopped fellow lightweight contender Alexander Hernandez with a second-round barrage of punches during the second of three UFC cards over eight days at a fan-free VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Golf's soft opening has Arizona event, made-for-TV matches
Televised golf returns Sunday in South Florida with an exhibition match at Seminole to fund COVID-19 relief efforts. Two of golf's biggest talents, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, take on Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, who are linked by their time spent a decade apart at Oklahoma State (all four of them are linked by endorsement deals with TaylorMade, the title sponsor of the match).

The following Sunday, some of the biggest names in golf and in the NFL get together for a $10 million charity match. Tiger Woods will have Peyton Manning as a partner against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Clemson's 2018 title team recognized for academic prowess
Clemson's most recent national championship football team also met the mark in the classroom.

On Tuesday, the Tigers' 2018 football team was one of 10 national champs to earn recognition from the NCAA for their Academic Progress Rate scores. The scores cover the academic years 2015-16 through 2018-19.

Every player on a team receives one point each semester for remaining academically eligible and another point for staying enrolled. Graduating players receive both points for the semester. Programs that produce a perfect score of 1,000 and those finishing among the top 10% of teams in their sport are honored by the NCAA.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Kobe Bryant's sports academy retires "Mamba" nickname
The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his "Mamba" nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26 as they flew to a basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

'Be Like Mike' jingle almost didn't happen, says creator
"The Last Dance," ESPN's docuseries detailing the 1998 and final season of the Chicago Bulls championship dynasty, has served as a reminder to basketball fans of the greatness of Michael Jordan on the court. While it's showcased Jordan's dominance between baselines, it's also shed light on his worldwide marketing allure.

Although the Hall-of-Famer starred in many memorable commercials  throughout the 1990s for major brands such McDonald's "Nothing But Net" spot and Nike's "Failure" ad, one of his most famous may be Gatorade's "Be Like Mike" commercial.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Former Bear Leonard Floyd hoping to flourish with Rams
Although the blueprint drawn by Dante Fowler last season doesn't precisely fit Leonard Floyd, it's plenty close enough to thrill Floyd about the chance to turbo-charge his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

In just 1 1/2 seasons with the Rams, Fowler transformed himself from another team's underachieving top-10 pick into an elite NFL pass rusher who landed a $45 million free-agent contract from Atlanta last month.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber up
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:

In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year's World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Street ball scene on hiatus, including NYC's iconic courts
No sounds of bouncing balls. No scuffing of sneakers against dusty concrete. No whipping of basketballs as they fall through nylon nets or metallic ringing of balls careening off rims.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a stillness that those who best know the New York street ball scene could never have imagined.

In the six weeks since New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's actions, iconic street ball landmarks such as Rucker Park in Harlem, Brooklyn's Gersh Park, "The Cage" on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village, Dyckman Park in Washington Heights and others have all been void of the typical soundtrack that help usher in the spring warmup across the five boroughs.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

UFC 249 ushers in fan-free, mask-filled era of sports
Kicks, punches and grunts echoed through the empty arena. Coaches, commentators and camera clicks resonated like never before. Blood, sweat, swollen eyelids and face masks signaled the return of UFC, the first major sporting event to resume since the coronavirus shuttered much of the country for nearly two months.

UFC 249 ushered in a new look for sports, too. One without fans and amid several safety precautions.

Monday, May 11, 2020

If games resume, athletes will 'need to know when to peak'
Making it safe for America's professional sports teams to start playing games is one thing.

Making sure athletes are in game shape is another.

The coronavirus pandemic brought sports to a halt, but stay-at-home orders are starting to be eased and a handful of NBA teams are opening practice facilities.

Monday, May 11, 2020

AP source: MLB to cut amateur draft from 40 rounds to 5
Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million.

Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players' association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because no decision was announced.

There will be just 160 players drafted, by far the fewest since the annual selection started in 1965, and the combined value of their signing bonus pools is $235,906,800. The amount of signing bonus pool money eliminated is $29,578,100.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

McIlroy, Johnson headline charity golf match for virus relief
Live golf returns to television in just under two weeks with a $3 million charity skins match for COVID-19 relief that includes Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and the broadcast debut of fabled Seminole Golf Club.

McIlroy and Johnson, both major champions who have reached No. 1 in the world, will face Oklahoma State alumni Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in an event billed as the "TaylorMade Driving Relief."

Saturday, May 9, 2020

NBA teams start to reopen as testing plan begins emerging
The NBA took tiny steps toward a return to normalcy Friday, as a small number of practice facilities reopened for workouts and at least one team received permission from the league to test players and staff for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took part in a teleconference with members of the National Basketball Players Association on Friday night. Silver, according to a person familiar with the call's details, told players that the league is still aiming to hold full best-of-seven playoff series should the season resume and that playing without fans is an obvious possibility.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Woods, Mickelson donate $10M to virus relief
The next match involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson involves a $10 million donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, along with plenty of bragging rights in a star-powered foursome May 24 at Medalist Golf Club.

Turner Sports announced more details Thursday for "The Match: Champions for Charity," a televised match between Woods and Peyton Manning against Mickelson and Tom Brady.

Medalist is where Woods plays when he's at home. Manning and Brady said they have played there before — Manning running out of golf balls before reaching the 18th, Brady posting a 106.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Jim Harbaugh proposes one-and-done rule change for NFL draft
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is pushing for a change that would allow football players to enter the NFL draft after one year in college.

"My first proposal is that we put this decision to `go or stay' in the hands of the individual and his family, not in the form of an NFL, NFLPA or NCAA rule while allowing the player to return to college football if he does not sign," Harbaugh wrote in an open letter to the football community Thursday.

Friday, May 8, 2020

CFL: Canceling season most likely scenario
Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the most likely scenario is to cancel the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ambrosie made the admission Thursday in testimony to a House of Commons standing committee on finance. He appeared via video during a panel on arts, culture, sports and charitable organizations after news broke last week that the CFL requested up to $150 million Canadian in assistance from the federal government.

Friday, May 8, 2020

WBC setting up home video judging for pro boxing
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman expects professional boxing to return without spectators and with judges officiating by video from home.

Sulaiman said the World Boxing Council has produced a protocol for fights during the coronavirus pandemic that limit, for instance, a four-fight card to about 40-50 people at a venue. Those numbers include one handler for each fighter, boxing commission supervisors, media and TV production crews.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

NBA says it is handling return with extreme caution
The NBA says some players can voluntarily return to their team practice facilities starting Friday, with some very specific conditions and only in places where local and state governments have signed off on such openings.

It's unclear how many players will be back on the floor Friday when the league ban gets lifted. Miami is allowed to open its doors for the first time in six weeks but won't until at least Monday while it works out certain logistical details. Orlando isn't going to welcome players back immediately either. Same goes for Utah, the first NBA team to deal with the coronavirus after Rudy Gobert tested positive March 11 and the league shut down almost immediately. And most teams aren't allowed to open yet to because of local rules.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Patchwork decisions throw wrinkle in college football plans
There are 130 major college football teams, spread across 41 states and competing in 10 conferences, save for a handful of independents.

The goal is to have all those teams start the upcoming season at the same time — whether that's around Labor Day as scheduled or later — and play the same number of games.

With each passing day it is becoming apparent the COVID-19 pandemic is going to make that goal difficult to achieve. Despite the best intentions of conference leaders, the possibility exists of college football being played in SEC country before it begins in Pac-12 territory — or something else entirely.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

NY Jets, ageless Frank Gore agree to terms on one-year deal
Frank Gore's likely run to Canton will go through the Big Apple for at least one season.

The seemingly ageless running back, who turns 37 next Thursday, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday.

Gore is third on the NFL's career rushing list with 15,269 yards after passing Barry Sanders on the list last year while with Buffalo. With the Jets, Gore will join a backfield that includes Le'Veon Bell and fourth-round draft pick La'Mical Perine.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Will Belichick overtake Shula for most NFL coaching wins?
The use of the adjective "winningest" in sports dates at least to the 1930s, when Don Shula was a toddler.

The word came along at the right time as a superlative made for Shula, and described him in headlines after his death Monday  at age 90.

Among the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach's many achievements, his NFL record 347 victories with the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins stood out.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

UFC 249 headlining sports return on Saturday
When the UFC leads North America's major sports back into action Saturday night with a pay-per-view show in Florida, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje know they can't do anything tentatively.

"We've got to go out there and keep sports alive," Ferguson said Tuesday after he flew into Jacksonville and was quickly tested for COVID-19.

The 24 fighters at UFC 249 all realize they added another risk to their already hazardous professions when they agreed to compete amid the growing coronavirus pandemic. While the UFC has strict safety protocols in place, no one can be certain of the dangers involved when the mixed martial arts promotion returns from an eight-week break with three shows in eight days in Jacksonville.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

NCAA accuses Louisville basketball of recruiting violations 
The NCAA has accused the Louisville men's basketball program of committing a Level I violation with an improper recruiting offer and extra benefits and several Level II violations, including an accusation that former Cardinals coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

The notice released on Monday is the completion of a two-year NCAA investigation following a federal corruption probe into college basketball. Louisville acknowledged its involvement in the investigation related to the recruitment of former player Brian Bowen II, which led to the ousters of Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich in October 2017.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Shula remembered by peers for "playing within the rules" 
Don Shula often said he wanted to be remembered for playing within the rules, and that's what happened Monday.

In the wake of his death at age 90, an outpouring of tributes from around the NFL saluted not only Shula's two Super Bowl championships and NFL-record 347 coaching victories, but also the way he won.

"He's one of the great credits to the game that has ever been," said Shula's longtime friendly rival, former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy. "The fact he was the winningest coach in the history of the league and did it by playing by the rules and honoring the game — certainly that is impressive. He'll be remembered for the success he had and also the type of person he was, for his ability and also his character."

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Packers and Bears have played 200 times
Last season’s Packers-Bears matchup at Lambeau Field in December marked the 200th meeting in the NFL’s most-played rivalry.

From Lambeau and Lombardi to Halas and Ditka, from Favre and Rodgers to Luckman and McMahon, from Payton and Sayers to Starr and Hornung, from the Titletown era to the ’85 Bears, the rivalry has endured for almost a century.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Byron scores 3rd NASCAR iRacing victory
William Byron showed he's the sharpest gamer in NASCAR's iRacing Series with his third victory in four events.

Byron passed Timmy Hill with seven laps remaining at virtual Dover International Speedway, where NASCAR was scheduled to actually race Sunday, to win yet again on the iRacing platform. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has consistently been the best of the NASCAR professionals in simulated racing.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Dalton goes to Cowboys as Prescott's backup
Andy Dalton is coming home to Texas as Dak Prescott's backup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Dalton and the Cowboys agreed Saturday to a one-year deal that guarantees the former Cincinnati starter $3 million and could be worth up to $7 million. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Bears decline Trubisky's 5th-year option for 2021
The Chicago Bears have declined their fifth-year option for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for the 2021 season, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. The NFL Network first reported the decision.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Women's soccer loses equal pay bid
A federal judge threw out the unequal pay claim by players on the U.S. women's national soccer team in a surprising loss for the defending World Cup champions but allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to go to trial.

Players led by Alex Morgan sued in March 2019, claiming they have not been paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement to what the men's national team receives under its labor deal. They asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Monday, May 4, 2020

NBA opts to push back draft combine, draft lottery
(AP) — The NBA is delaying the draft lottery and draft combine, events scheduled for Chicago later this month.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

MLB owners to discuss altered draft length next week

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners will discuss a length for the amateur draft next week and are likely to start the selections on the original date of June 10, a person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Marc Eversley joins Bulls as GM from 76ers' front office
CHICAGO (AP) — Marc Eversley gets a chance to help restore an iconic NBA franchise and set an example for the city's youth.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

NCAA doctor: Testing crucial to having sports in fall
(AP) — Widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall — especially contact sports such as football and basketball, the NCAA's chief medical officer said Friday.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Little League World Series canceled for 1st time in history
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — This year's Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday, May 1, 2020

Woman hit in face by ball at Wrigley sues Cubs, MLB
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who was struck in the face by a foul ball during a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field two years ago has filed a lawsuit against the team and Major League Baseball.
Friday, May 1, 2020

Bengals release QB Dalton, clear way for Burrow to lead 
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals cleared the way for Joe Burrow to lead the team by releasing quarterback Andy Dalton, who holds several of the franchise's passing records but couldn't lead Cincinnati deep into the playoffs.
Friday, May 1, 2020

NASCAR to resume May 17 with seven races in 10 days
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR plans to restart its engines with a flurry of races at two historic tracks.
Friday, May 1, 2020

Jeter, Walker put on ice as MLB Hall of Fame cancels induction
(AP) — Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and the rest of this year's Baseball Hall of Fame class will have to wait another year for their big moment at Cooperstown.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Secretariat is 7-2 early favorite in virtual Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Secretariat is the early 7-2 favorite for this weekend's virtual Kentucky Derby, an animated race between all 13 Triple Crown winners on the day the Derby would have been held before the coronavirus pandemic postponed it.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Skeptics loom as NCAA builds guardrails around compensation
(AP) — For more than 60 years, NCAA leaders have insisted college athletes had to be amateurs and to be amateurs they could not be paid for being athletes — by anybody.
Thursday, April 30, 2020

MLB season could see 3 regional divisions
Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows, including a plan in which the 30 teams might be split into three regional divisions.

Among the formats under consideration is one in which teams could be restricted to playing within their region, two people familiar with the discussions said Tuesday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Rams now chasing rest of power-packed NFC West
A year ago, the Los Angeles Rams were fresh off a Super Bowl trip and back-to-back NFC West titles, feeling good about where they stood in the division.

Now they seem to be looking up at the competition in the NFL's toughest division. While the Rams got rid of cornerstone players Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks  because of bloated contracts and dwindling production, their counterparts got stronger.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

AP source: Bulls hiring 76ers' Eversley as GM
The Chicago Bulls have hired Philadelphia 76ers executive Marc Eversley to replace the fired Gar Forman as general manager and work under new top basketball executive Arturas Karnisovas, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move hadn't been announced. ESPN first reported the hiring.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Evaluating the NFC North draft class
The Minnesota Vikings were forced by a salary-cap crunch this spring into a soft remodel, with many more exits than enhancements to the lineup.

They ramped up the project over the weekend.

While NFL draft picks never come with warranties, particularly in a year like this with an abbreviated-at-best training period, Minnesota's record 15-player class was assembled with the potential for immediate impact at several positions of need.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

USA Swimming unveils tentative schedule
USA Swimming is planning a return to the pool.

Though, no one is quite sure how it will all play out during the coronavirus pandemic.

The national governing body unveiled a tentative schedule Monday that begins with a series of regional events in August before a national lineup of meets kicks off in early November — all leading up to next summer's Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska and the Tokyo Games.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Blackhawks fire team president McDonough
The Chicago Blackhawks fired team president John McDonough on Monday, cutting ties with a key figure in the most successful decade in team history and raising questions about the direction of one of the NHL's marquee franchises.

The surprising move, coming with the season suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, could have a domino effect on Chicago's leadership structure. Stan Bowman has served as general manager for almost 11 years, but the Blackhawks haven't made the playoffs since 2017 — a painful drought for a franchise that hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Draft averages record 8.4 million viewers
Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days.

It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt. The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen. The previous high was 6.2 million last year.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Endorsements could be big for top NCAA players
Imagine a major-college quarterback with a sizable social media following who posts entertaining and informative updates about his life on and off the field.

Now imagine a restaurant hiring him as its pitchman and paying him $500 or $1,000 each time he posts content with its messaging.

That scenario could become reality as soon as 2021 as the NCAA figures out the details of how college athletes can be compensated for the use of their name, image or likeness.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Armstrong talks Rodman's role in Bulls titles
Dennis Rodman was one of the rivals Michael Jordan had to conquer on his way to his first run of three straight NBA titles. And Rodman then became one of the teammates who helped Jordan pull off his second three-peat.

B.J. Armstrong saw both sides.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Packers stay on offense, add RB A.J. Dillon, TE Deguara
The Green Bay Packers have stayed on offense throught the first two days of the NFL draft, a major change from their usual strategy.

One day after trading up four spots in the first round to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick, the Packers added Boston College running back A.J. Dillon in the second round and Cincinnati tight end Josiah Deguara in the third round Friday night.

Before this season, the Packers hadn't used a first-round pick on offense since taking Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod at No. 32 overall in 2011. The Packers went with defense with their first two picks last year, their first three draft choices in 2018 and their first four selections in 2017.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Rams grab Akers, Van Jefferson to replace Gurley, Cooks
The Los Angeles Rams went right to work patching the biggest holes in their lineup when they finally got some picks in the NFL draft.

The Rams drafted possible replacements for Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks in the second round Friday night, grabbing Florida State running back Cam Akers with the 52nd overall pick and Florida receiver Van Jefferson with the 57th overall pick.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Bears open draft with TE Cole Kmet, CB Jaylon Johnson
Cole Kmet grew up in the Chicago suburbs cheering for Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher and former star tight end Greg Olsen. His dad, Frank, played on the Bears' practice squad in the early 1990s.

Now, Kmet gets to suit up for his hometown team.

The Bears addressed one of their biggest weaknesses on a struggling offense by drafting the Notre Dame tight end with the No. 43 overall pick Friday night before adding Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson at No. 50.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

NFL helping launch of wheelchair football league at draft
The competitive drive never has left Brad Lang, who hopes to be playing football in the fall.

In the first Wheelchair Football League, which is being launched by Disabled Sports USA.

On Saturday, Lang, a Marine veteran who lost both legs in an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011, will announce a draft pick for the Carolina Panthers. He was selected by the NFL to represent the new league that plans to play in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Kansas City, Missouri.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cubs players sharing house while awaiting baseball
When the coronavirus pandemic stopped spring training last month, Ian Happ offered Nico Hoerner, Zack Short and Dakota Mekkes a place to stay if they wanted to remain in Arizona.

That's how "The Compound" was born.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Minor leaguers, college players get creative to stay ready
Andre Nnebe hollers over the breeze coming off the bay behind home plate and announces to the group, "First pitch, 2:10!"

The Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer thanks college catcher Eamonn Lance for showing up because now there can be live batting practice, something Nnebe hasn't done since the coronavirus put a sudden halt on sports.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Buffalo basketball gets probation for forged documents
The University at Buffalo men's basketball team has been placed on one-year probation and agreed to other NCAA sanctions after a former assistant coach was found to have forged recruiting documents.

The decision was announced by the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference school as part of a negotiated resolution reached Tuesday. The school said it self-reported the infractions in October and cooperated with the NCAA investigation.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Gronkowski to reunite with Brady in Tampa Bay
Four-time All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a reunion with Tom Brady.

The agent for the retired New England star confirmed Tuesday that pending completion of a physical Gronkowski has agreed to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are acquiring his rights from the Patriots.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Mock Draft: 3 QBs may go in first 5 picks of NFL draft
Talk about virtual drafts, what is a mock draft, really? Make believe.

The upcoming NFL remote draft beginning Thursday night has a touch of irony to it. The producers of said mock drafts rarely are even remotely accurate.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Davis, US boxers choosing delayed Olympics over pro riches
Keyshawn Davis took several weeks to choose his path to boxing stardom after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed.

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the top professional prospect on the U.S. Olympic qualification team was suddenly facing nearly a year without an amateur fight that mattered.

He could wait 16 months for his shot at gold in Tokyo, or he could accept one of several lucrative offers to begin his professional career immediately.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

MLB players say pay shouldn't be cut over empty ballparks
Major League Baseball players are upset over the prospect teams may seek additional pay cuts if games are played in empty ballparks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Their anger was stoked last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was told by Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon that the union would have to agree to lower salaries if games are played without fans.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Byron wins 2nd NASCAR virtual race in a drama-free event 
Nobody did anything to get fired or lose a sponsor in this week's edition of NASCAR virtual racing.

William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race on Sunday by holding off Timmy Hill — the driver who moved him out of the way to win an earlier iRacing event — in a race low on dramatics.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Former Bull, Armstrong, gives perspective on 'The Last Dance'
B.J. Armstrong played on three NBA championship teams with Michael Jordan. He knows how Jordan is behind closed doors. He knows the sort of trials and tribulations that occur over the course of a season.

And he was amused at one bit of drama that viewers saw during the first two episodes of "The Last Dance" — the ESPN and Netflix documentary series built around Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98 — specifically, the part where Jordan held nothing back in critiquing the play of teammates Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc in practice.

Monday, April 20, 2020

ESPN, NFL Network ready to tackle challenges of remote draft
(AP) — The NFL draft is annually one of the most ambitious productions that ESPN does. Next week's coverage might go down as THE most ambitious in the network's 40-year history.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Little League World Series faces 0-2 count amid coronavirus outbreak
(AP) — Put them in, coach. The boys and girls of summer are ready to play.
Friday, April 17, 2020

Tokyo Games may not provide much economic stimulus for Japan
TOKYO (AP) — IOC member John Coates, who oversees planning for next year's Tokyo Olympics, has claimed the postponed games could help "kick start" Japan's economy.
Friday, April 17, 2020

IL Supreme Court: Daily fantasy sports are games of skill
SPRINGFIELD — A statute dating back to the early 1800s cannot be applied to daily fantasy sports betting, Illinois’ highest court ruled Thursday. Fantasy sports, the court ruled, are games dominated by skill, not by chance.
Friday, April 17, 2020

llinois' Dosunmu declares for NBA draft
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu declared for the NBA draft in a video posted to his Twitter account Wednesday.
Friday, April 17, 2020

Hall of Famer Willie Davis dead at 85
Willie Davis, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman who helped the Green Bay Packers win each of the first two Super Bowls, has died. He was 85.

The Packers confirmed Davis' death to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday, as did his former teammate and fellow hall member, Dave Robinson.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Baseball commissioner 'to turn over every stone to try to play the game in 2020'
Rob Manfred wants Major League Baseball to be in position to take the field whenever government and health officials give the go-ahead.

"I think it's incumbent upon us to turn over every stone to try to play the game in 2020 if there's any way we can in the environment," the baseball commissioner said Wednesday during an interview with The Associated Press.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Documentary on Bulls dynasty begins Sunday nite
Michael Jordan described his final NBA championship season with the Chicago Bulls as a “trying year.”

“We all were all trying to enjoy that year knowing it was coming to an end,” Jordan said today via video conference from his home in Florida.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Baseball Hall of Famer Halladay on drugs, doing stunts when plane crashed
Baseball Hall of Famer Roy Halladay had high levels of amphetamines in his system and was doing extreme acrobatics when he lost control of his small plane and nosedived into the Gulf of Mexico in 2017, killing him, a National Transportation Safety Board report issued Wednesday said.
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Pro wrestling 'essential' under Florida governor's order
Body slams and pile drives can go on in the Sunshine State.

With Florida under a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's one business deemed essential by Florida's governor that is raising some eyebrows: pro wrestling.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

NASCAR's Larson fired, sponsors walk after racial slur
As sponsor after sponsor dropped Kyle Larson after he used a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race, his NASCAR team owner was backed into a corner.

Chip Ganassi could let McDonald's and Credit One Bank and Chevrolet pull their funding and bankrupt his team or he could cut ties with the driver he had plucked from sprint car racing and groomed into an elite stock car driver.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hank Steinbrenner, Yankees co-owner, dies at age 63
Hank Steinbrenner, the oldest son of George Steinbrenner and one of the four siblings who own the controlling shares of the New York Yankees, died Tuesday at age 63.

The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tour de France rescheduled to Aug. 29
The Tour de France has new dates, and it will be followed by cycling's two other major races.

Because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the iconic race around France will now start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20. The Giro d'Italia and the Spanish Vuelta, cycling's two other Grand Tours, will take place after the French race.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

AP source: Panthers make McCaffrey highest-paid running back
The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Christian McCaffrey for his production and versatility, making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

The team agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with McCaffrey on Monday, a person familiar with the contract negotiations told The Associated Press.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Karnisovas sets course to boost Bulls toward ultimate prize
Arturas Karnisovas developed a passion for the Chicago Bulls when he was a teenager in Lithuania. He watched from afar as Michael Jordan set out on a path that turned Chicago into a championship dynasty and a global brand.

Now it's his job to direct Jordan's old team back to the top of the NBA.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Transfer portal causing college basketball coaches headaches
Gregg Marshall began his career as an assistant at tiny Randolph-Macon and Belmont Abbey, but it was during eight years on the staff of Hall of Fame coach John Kresse at College of Charleston that he learned to build a basketball program.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Glenn Beckert, four-time All-Star for Chicago Cubs, dies at 79
Glenn Beckert, a four-time All-Star second baseman for the Chicago Cubs in the 1960s and '70s, died Sunday. He was 79.

Citing his family, the Cubs said he died of natural causes in Florida.

Monday, April 13, 2020

MLS goalkeeper Attinella moonlights as children's book author
Jeff Attinella is unique in that he's the only MLS goalkeeper who can also say he's a children's book author, a side job that has helped earn him the nickname "Dadtinella" from the Portland Timbers faithful.

He's already written five books for kids, and has even launched a publishing company.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Youth baseball scrambling nationwide amid pandemic
The end to months of fundraising, planning and practice ended with a press release and tears.

Mike DeLuca envisioned his youngest son, John, capping his baseball career the same way most 12-year-old All-Star squads from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, had for the last two decades: with a week spent playing teams from all over the country at Cooperstown Dreams Park in early August.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Amid uncertainty, college football trying to plan for season
Spring football was shelved because of the coronavirus. There is still plenty of work going on in college football.

With the pandemic casting uncertainty on the 2020 season, programs are starting to wrestle with two weighty issues: Getting ready to play some kind of season if it is safe to do so and trying to manage what for many would be a substantial financial blow if the season is shortened or canceled.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Ron Rivera aims to start changing culture in Redskins locker room
Ron Rivera made plenty of mistakes as a first-time NFL head coach that he hopes not to repeat this time around.

Rivera also did enough good things early on with Carolina in 2011 that he's trying to duplicate now with Washington. The new Redskins coach took some big swings in free agency, but has so far been more focused on incremental additions and subtractions to change the culture within the organization and build for the future.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Virtual racing puts NASCAR, IndyCar ahead in sports shutdown
Get this: Some 1 million people have tuned in to watch professional racers play a video game on national television.

Seriously.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

UFC 249 canceled after ESPN, Disney halt promotion
UFC 249 was canceled Thursday after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped UFC President Dana White's plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After defiantly vowing for weeks to maintain a regular schedule of fights while the rest of the sports world halted, White confirmed the decision to cease competition in a text to The Associated Press.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Jimmie Johnson mulls future in red-flagged farewell season
Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR champion and all-around Everyman, has added home-schooling elementary teacher to his resume.

The sports stoppage from the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a red flag on Johnson's farewell tour. He had planned a final season of racing a full NASCAR schedule, but so far that has lasted just four races.

Friday, April 10, 2020

AP source: Bulls tab Nuggets' Karnisovas to lead operations
The Chicago Bulls came into the season thinking they were poised to contend for a playoff spot. The plan did not unfold the way they envisioned, and now, they have a new leader in the front office.

The Bulls hired Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas to run their basketball operation, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Burton to donate 500,000 respirator masks across Northeast
The Burton snowboard company is donating 500,000 respirator masks to hospitals across the Northeast, harnessing the company's worldwide footprint to help put a dent in the country's lagging stockpile of personal protective equipment for the coronavirus pandemic.

Donna Burton Carpenter said her company's largest binding manufacturer, Fudakin in China, directed her to a nearby factory that was making FDA-approved KN95 respirator masks. The price of masks were increasing almost by the hour as competing bidders sought to increase their supplies.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Brady: It was 'just time' to leave Pats for new challenge
Tom Brady entered his final season in New England with a strong inkling that it would be his last with the Patriots.

The six-time Super Bowl champion who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency last month said Wednesday on SiriusXM's "The Howard Stern Show" it was "just time" for a change, reiterating he has no hard feelings about coach Bill Belichick not making him a Patriot for life.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

LeBron: Closure not likely unless Lakers can finish season
Instead of preparing for a playoff run, LeBron James is mostly spending the spring playing hoops with his teenage sons and enjoying tea time with his young daughter.

And when he isn't binge-watching "Tiger King" with his wife, he is scanning the news for information on whether the coronavirus pandemic will allow the Los Angeles Lakers to finish their impressive season chasing an NBA championship.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Redskins weigh drafting Young vs. trading No. 2 pick
It has long seemed like a virtual certainty that the Redskins will take Chase Young with the second pick in the NFL draft.

If the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first overall as expected, the Ohio State pass-rusher and Heisman Trophy finalist would fall into Washington's lap.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Ex-MLBer finishes med school, preps to fight virus
If he wanted, Mark Hamilton could show off his World Series ring at work.

But the fill-in first baseman for the 2011 champion St. Louis Cardinals prefers to keep that prize safe at home.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

College baseball talent level to go up with change to draft
As disappointing as it's been to have the college baseball season shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan coach Erik Bakich sees a silver lining.

"I do think the coming years will be the deepest college baseball has ever been," he said.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Illinois freshman sensation Cockburn declares for NBA draft
Illinois could be taking a huge hit on the basketball court in their next season as freshman sensation Kofi Cockburn declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday. Cockburn follows Alan Griffin and Tevian Jones, who entered the transfer portal, as potential losses for the Illini in the upcoming year.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

NFL going with virtual format for upcoming draft
The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes.

In a memo sent to the 32 teams Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines include no group gatherings.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Silver says not to expect NBA decision before May
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is bracing for several more weeks of uncertainty about the remainder of this halted season, revealing Monday night that he does not expect the league will be able to decide anything until at least May.

Silver spoke on the NBA's Twitter account as part of the league's new NBATogether initiative, in a conversation hosted by Turner Sports' Ernie Johnson. Silver touched on many topics, including how the league is looking at numerous scenarios for a return, but in every case the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic makes it impossible right now to move too far forward.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

British canceled, Masters moved to November
The Masters goes from that annual rite of spring to two weeks before Thanksgiving. The U.S. Open now is scheduled in September for the first time since amateur Francis Ouimet took down Britain's best at Brookline in 1913 to put golf on the map in America.

And the oldest championship of them all won't even be played.

Golf organizations tried to salvage a season unlike any other Monday with a series of changes, starting with the British Open being canceled for the first time since 1945. The PGA Championship, which last year moved to May, would go back to August. That would be followed by the PGA Tour's postseason, the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup in consecutive weeks, and then the Masters on Nov. 12-15.

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