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home : sports : college/pro September 23, 2020

Raiders open Las Vegas stadium with 34-24 win vs Saints
Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders delivered a performance worthy of their fancy new home.

Too bad none of their fans were able to see it in person.

Carr threw three touchdown passes  and the Raiders gave their new fans in Las Vegas plenty to celebrate even if they weren't allowed in the stadium by beating the New Orleans Saints 34-24 on Monday night.

The new $2 billion stadium in the desert held its first event following the Raiders' move from Oakland without any fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020


Lightning beat Stars 3-2 in Game 2
Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves up off the ice to get even in the Stanley Cup Final.

After the Lightning got knocked around in Game 1, and Kucherov took some more hard hits early in Game 2, he had the primary assists on power-play goals by Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat in the first period. Kevin Shattenkirk then scored for an early three-goal lead and Tampa Bay held on for a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Trubisky throws 2 TDs, Bears edge Giants
The Chicago Bears were happy with another close win, while the New York Giants have greater concerns than their 0-2 record: a potentially serious injury to star running back Saquon Barkley.

Mitchell Trubisky threw two touchdown passes and the Bears hung on to beat the Giants 17-13 on Sunday.

The Bears (2-0) chewed up New York early on, grabbing a 17-0 halftime lead, and withstood a big push a week after rallying from 17 down at Detroit for their first season-opening win in seven years.

"Like, 2-0 is not a bad situation," defensive tackle Akiem Hicks said. "I don't care how you get it.. Two-and-oh is delicious. I'll eat that every day of the week."

Monday, September 21, 2020

Jones' big day helps Packers beat Lions 42-21
Aaron Jones wanted to do a Lambeau Leap even without fans in the stands.

He gave himself plenty of opportunities.

Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday.

After his first touchdown of the day, a 7-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers, Jones did a different kind of Lambeau Leap. He jumped atop a green tarpaulin that covered the first several rows of the stands; the pandemic didn't allow for any spectators. Most of the tarps had advertisements on them.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Steelers hold off Driskel, Broncos 26-21
A game seemingly in hand suddenly on the cusp of slipping away, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn't overthink things. His team's defense is built on one principle: attack.

Needing a stop to turn back the surprisingly resilient Denver Broncos, the Steelers dialed up one final blitz in an afternoon filled with them.

Safety Terrell Edmunds raced in unblocked to take down Denver backup quarterback Jeff Driskel on fourth-and-2 at the Pittsburgh 15 with less than two minutes to play to preserve a 26-21 victory Sunday. The sack was Pittsburgh's seventh of the day.

Monday, September 21, 2020

DeChambeau carves up US Open
Golfers like to say they win when it's their week, when a swing adjustment suddenly clicks or because they're driving the ball and putting it just that little better than everyone else. Bryson DeChambeau has a different take: He thinks every week belongs to him.

Over the course of four days, DeChambeau unnerved the folks who run the U.S. Open and carved up Winged Foot's unyielding reputation one divot-sized slice at a time. By the end, he was the only player to beat par, which also happened to be enough to beat his closest pursuer, Matthew Wolff, by a whopping six shots. In the bargain, DeChambeau turned one of the golf's foundational myths — the game is about how many, not how — inside out.

"I don't really know what to say because that's just the complete opposite of what you think a U.S. Open champion does" said Rory McIlroy, who counts the 2011 U.S. Open among his four major championship wins. "Look, he's found a way to do it.. Whether that's good or bad for the game, I don't know, but it's just not the way I saw this golf course being played or this tournament being played."

Monday, September 21, 2020

Second City? White Sox, Cubs close in on division titles
Powered by the steady presence of José Abreu, the White Sox revival is roaring on the South Side.

On the North Side, Yu Darvish is pitching like an ace again, and the Cubs are eyeing another October run.

Chicago's major league teams are linked by more than just geography these days. They also share a most enviable position this time of year — first place.

"I think that every time we take the field, we feel invincible," White Sox rookie Luis Robert said through a translator.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Taylor's hefty workload pays off as Colts beat Vikings 28-11
Jonathan Taylor looked right at home in his first NFL start.

He made Sunday's hefty workload look pretty easy, too.

The 21-year-old running back rushed 26 times for 101 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown, leading the Indianapolis Colts past Minnesota 28-11.

"After the first carry, you kind of get in that mindset, you realize it's football and you focus and lock in and you go play after play," he said. "You do that, and pretty soon it's the fourth quarter."

Monday, September 21, 2020

Packers wary of Lions after uncomfortable sweep last season
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The past two games between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions exemplified the biggest difference between these two teams.
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Bears look to build on opener, Giants seek 1st win for Judge
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears came into the season determined to show they're more like the team that won the NFC North in 2018 than the one that missed the playoffs a year ago.
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Stars, Lightning meet in nontraditional Stanley Cup Final
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The leaves are starting to change color around the NHL playoff bubble, and, at most, seven games remain before the Stanley Cup is handed out.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Big Ten teams now sprinting toward strange season
Now that the Big Ten has a rescheduled kickoff weekend, coaches and players can start the sprint to opening day.

Expect a wild ride.

After canceling spring football, limiting and sometimes pausing offseason workouts, shutting down full-contact practices and eventually postponing the season, the league's 14 university presidents and chancellors have given teams five weeks to accomplish what typically takes months — getting into football shape by late October for the start of a most unusual season.

"We're going to be ready to play on (October) the 24th," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said, referring to the new opening weekend. "You know, the ramp up to that, and the 20 hours (of weekly practice), and putting on pads has been well thought out. So we'll be ready. We'll play with depth."

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Brewers, Cardinals split DH
Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 Wednesday night to split a doubleheader..

The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright's four-hitter.

St. Louis manager Mike Shildt ran the team in the opener. He missed the nightcap while serving a one-game suspension, imposed by Major League Baseball after tempers flared during the Brewers' 18-3 romp Tuesday night.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Báez, Cubs beat Indians for 4th straight
Javier Báez's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday night in a game that was briefly delayed when a drone entered Wrigley Field and landed on the outfield grass.

Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced to third when Kris Bryant greeted Phil Maton (2-2) with a groundball single to open the 10th.

After Anthony Rizzo was walked intentionally, Maton fanned Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber. Then Báez's liner to left scored Happ and sent the Indians to their eighth straight loss, their longest slide since June 2013.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Robinson expects to stay with Bears for rest of year
Star receiver Allen Robinson said he expects to remain with the Chicago Bears the rest of the season, though he wouldn't say if he requested a trade.

Robinson is in the final season of his three-year, $42 million contract and is seeking an extension. He deleted references to the Bears from his social media accounts on Tuesday, and the Chicago Tribune reported he asked to be traded if they can't agree to a new deal.

"I'm not gonna get into that detail," Robinson said Wednesday. "But like I said before, my heart and spirit has never wavered as far as the city of Chicago and playing for this organization. Obviously you dive into the business of the game and there's different variables that go into that. But how I feel about my teammates, how I feel about this team, how I feel about this city and everything like that has never wavered."

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Yelich, Braun lead Brewers to 18-3 romp over Cardinals
Christian Yelich broke out of his slump with a home run and three hits, Ryan Braun also went deep and the Milwaukee Brewers romped to an 18-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Keston Hiura and Daniel Vogelbach also homered for the Brewers.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cubs walk off 6-5 over Indians after consecutive HBPs
Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians 6-5 Tuesday night.

Cleveland's Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer in the top of the ninth, but the Indians couldn't take advantage.

Left-hander Oliver Pérez (1-1) allowed a one-out walk to Kris Bryant in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single that advanced Bryant to third. Wittgren drilled Contreras with a 1-1 fastball, then hit Maybin with a bases-loaded changeup.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Big Ten changes course, will now play fall football
Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all.

Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to begin its season the Oct. 23-24 weekend. Each team will have an eight-game schedule.

The Big Ten said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously Tuesday to restart sports. The vote last month was 11-3 to postpone, with Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska voting against.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cards, Brewers split pair as both games go extra innings
The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers hadn't faced each other all season before this week despite playing in the same division.

They spent Monday making up for lost time.

Both games of their doubleheader split went into extra innings, with the winning team coming from behind each time. The Brewers won the opener 2-1 in eight innings and were three outs from a sweep before the Cardinals rallied to take the nightcap 3-2 in nine innings.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Steelers top Giants 26-16
There was one overriding reason Ben Roethlisberger worked so hard to return from a major elbow injury.

His team.

Roethlisberger, who missed the final 14 games last season after elbow surgery, threw for three scores and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants 26-16 at an empty and eerie MetLife Stadium on Monday night. He also got all the help he could ask for from his defense and backup running back Bennie Snell.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Trubisky surges late, Bears beat Lions 27-23
Mitchell Trubisky missed many targets, sailing some passes high and leaving other throws behind teammates, until it mattered most.

Trubisky perfectly lofted a 27-yard go-ahead touchdown pass into the fingertips of Anthony Miller with 1:54 remaining and the Chicago Bears held on to beat the Detroit Lions 27-23 on Sunday.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Cubs' Alec Mills no-hits Brewers for 12-0 win
From college walk-on to major league starter, Chicago Cubs right-hander Alec Mills had to earn most every break he got.

On the brink of big league history, he was happy to welcome this bit of luck: expecting to see two-time batting champion Christian Yelich in the on-deck circle, Mills looked over and saw his backup instead.

"That kind of surprised me," he said.

Monday, September 14, 2020

No defense: Rodgers, Packers win shootout over Vikings 43-34
After Green Bay won last season at Minnesota to clinch the division, Aaron Rodgers paused to take a video of some jubilant Packers fans still lingering in the stadium as he walked to the bus.

This victory over the Vikings was just as memorable, albeit barely audible.

Rodgers took full advantage of the young cornerbacks and the empty building in Minnesota, beginning his 13th season as Green Bay's starting quarterback by passing for 364 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Packers past the Vikings 43-34 on Sunday.

"It was one of the strangest experiences I've had in the NFL, being in a stadium like this to have memories of some really rocking times," said Rodgers, who threw for only three scores over his first four visits to U.S. Bank Stadium.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Brady vs. Brees is tastiest of NFL opening matchups
Life at 40. Well, 41 and 43.

How sweet it can be.

In the first matchup of 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL annals, during one of the most anticipated openers the league has seen — though it won't be seen by fans at the Superdome because of the coronavirus pandemic — Tom Brady makes his Buccaneers debut against that youngster Drew Brees and the Saints.

For now, all those doubts about the NFL actually starting on time can be shoved aside as the sporting world savors these two QB codgers. They are the top two in yards and TDs passing, and it's the first game since 1998 (Dan Marino and John Elway) featuring the 1-2 career yards passing leaders.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Celtics' young core heads back to East finals, once again
Marcus Smart is 26. Jaylen Brown is 23. Jayson Tatum is 22.

The Boston Celtics aren't old, by any measure.

That doesn't mean they are lacking for experience — or don't already know what it's like to play in the Eastern Conference finals.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Thielen to guide young Vikes group without Diggs
For most of Adam Thielen's career, he was widely viewed as the overachieving small-school wide receiver who needed a rookie tryout camp just to get an offseason roster spot with the Minnesota Vikings and worked his way up from the practice squad to become a starter.

Now, he's by far the most experienced player in his position room, tasked with helping guide a young group past the departure of longtime pal and pass-catching partner Stefon Diggs.

"It helps me stay young, I think," Thielen said.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Trubisky says he's ready to lead Bears
Mitchell Trubisky watched as the Chicago Bears traded for Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles to compete with him for the starting quarterback job.

He saw the team that drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017 decline its fifth-year option. And he didn't flinch.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Reds blank Cubs 3-0
Trevor Bauer tossed three-hit ball into the eighth inning to outpitch Chicago Cubs ace Yu Darvish and lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory Wednesday night.

Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the first inning as Darvish's seven-start winning streak was snapped.

Bauer (4-3) struck out 10 and walked none in 7 2/3 innings while tying his season high with 112 pitches. The right-hander dropped his three previous starts, including a 3-0 loss to Darvish on Aug. 29 in Cincinnati.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Mills sharp, Bote has 2 RBIs as Cubs beat Reds 3-0
Alec Mills watches Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks pitch, and he wants to help carry the load for Chicago's rotation.

He certainly did his part Tuesday night.

Mills pitched six sharp innings and David Bote drove in two runs, leading the Cubs to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Taking the mound on a wet, windy and cool night at Wrigley Field, Mills (4-3) permitted four hits, struck out six and walked three in his first win since Aug. 24. The right-hander went 1-3 with a 7.66 ERA in his previous five starts for the NL Central leaders.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Butler, Heat punch a ticket into the NBA's final four
Jimmy Butler set the tone for the Miami Heat season on the first day of training camp.

He got to the gym at 3:30 a.m., letting teammates know how hard he expected them to work. And then he filmed himself singing throughout the drive to the team hotel, letting teammates know how much fun they were going to have.

The formula is already a success.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Baylor 3rd B12 team to put off opener
Baylor became the third Big 12 team forced to postpone its scheduled season opener this weekend after Louisiana Tech reported multiple positive COVID-19 tests Tuesday, less than two weeks after a hurricane affected its campus.

Louisiana Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland said Tuesday night that it wasn't possible for the Bulldogs to play Saturday at Baylor because of the positive tests and contact tracing that would keep other players out the game.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

BYU rolls past Navy 55-3 in season-opener with no fans
BYU coach Kalani Sitake did a fine job of keeping his players safe from COVID-19 while getting them ready to open a new football season.

Ken Niumatalolo wished he could have done the same thing at Navy.

Tyler Allgeier ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cougars put the clamps on Navy's usually potent triple option in a season-opening 55-3 rout Monday night inside an eerily empty stadium at the Naval Academy.

BYU scored touchdowns on each of its first two possessions, led 31-0 at halftime and coasted to its most lopsided victory since a 70-6 blowout of Wagner in October 2015.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hendricks goes eight innings, Cubs beat Cardinals 5-1
Kyle Hendricks hit his spots and kept hitters off balance. It was a command performance at a big moment for the Chicago Cubs.

Hendricks went eight innings, and the NL Central-leading Cubs beat the second-place St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Monday.

Led by Hendricks and a 10-hit attack, Chicago closed out the five-game series on a winning note after losing three straight. It leads the defending division champions by 2 1/2 games.

Hendricks (5-4) gave up a run and seven hits in his second straight win. He also struck out four and walked none in his 38th consecutive start with two walks or less — the most by a Cubs pitcher since at least 1901.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Keep fighting! Serena Williams yells herself to Open win
Her breathing loud enough to hear in an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium, her third-set deficit a point from growing to 3-1 against someone who beat her less than two weeks earlier, Serena Williams scrambled to extend a 13-stroke exchange until her opponent netted a forehand.

"Keep fighting!" Williams exhorted herself.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

NFL faces tough times for 2020, then bright economic outlook
Let's get this straight from the outset: If the NFL has no fans at any games this season — or doesn't have much of a season at all — it will not go out of business.

Sure, the 32 teams and the league itself will lose millions, very possibly billions of dollars. Its broadcast partners will take a hit harder than any that Von Miller has delivered on the field. Same for sponsors and advertisers who pinpoint pro football as the best way to reach fans (read: consumers).

Monday, September 7, 2020

Pandemic could lead to pandemonium on offensive lines
The coronavirus pandemic could lead to pandemonium on offensive lines throughout the NFL.

With no on-field offseason programs, no preseason games, no extensive hitting in training camps, chaos rather than cohesion could be the truism for blockers.

Don't think for a minute that won't affect even the best offenses.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Goldschmidt homers as Cardinals beat Lester, Cubs 7-3
Paul Goldschmidt's drive got up and just kept going, soaring out of a windy Wrigley Field on Sunday night.

When it landed, St. Louis was well on its way to another big win in Chicago.

Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer off a struggling Jon Lester, and the Cardinals gained ground in the NL Central race with a 7-3 victory over the Cubs.

St. Louis pulled within 1 1/2 games of Chicago with its third consecutive win over the division leaders, sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday after the Cubs won 4-1 in the series opener Friday night. The longtime rivals have one game left in their pandemic-shortened season series on Monday.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy saw a different version of Mitchell Trubisky than he has in the past.

The explanation Nagy offered Sunday for selecting Trubisky over Nick Foles in the Bears' quarterback competition had more to do with Trubisky's strides as a quarterback than any disadvantage Foles faced from a lack of offseason work in the team's offense because of the league's COVID-19 restrictions.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Authentic wins KY Derby
Bob Baffert endured the lowest of lows and highest of highs within minutes in the Kentucky Derby.

He was bummed before the horses left the paddock after Thousand Words reared up and fell on its side, getting disqualified and injuring Baffert's assistant trainer. That emotion was quickly replaced by Authentic's front-running victory that gave Baffert a record-tying sixth Derby win.

Then Baffert found himself down again, literally, getting knocked to the grass by a skittish Authentic in the winner's circle.

Monday, September 7, 2020

WADA to consider sanctions if US holds funding
(AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency will consider rules changes that would allow it to sanction the United States if it stops paying its annual dues to the drug-fighting organization.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Cubs, Pedro Strop reach deal
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs agreed to a minor league deal with Pedro Strop on Friday, bringing back the popular reliever after he was released by Cincinnati.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Washington releases Adrian Peterson
(AP) — Washington released veteran running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, a stunning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of getting younger.
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Anunoby beats buzzer, stuns Celtics
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were a half-second away from falling into the abyss that no NBA team has ever escaped. Down by two points, down by two games, the reigning champions needed a miracle.
Friday, September 4, 2020

'Game-changer': Rapid, daily virus testing coming to Pac-12
(AP) — The Pac-12 could be playing football and basketball sooner than expected after the conference announced Thursday that each of the 12 schools will soon have the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes.
Friday, September 4, 2020

White Sox rout Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luis Robert's 458-foot home run capped a second five-run inning of the night for Chicago as the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-6 Thursday night.
Friday, September 4, 2020

Baez and Hendricks lead Cubs over Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-run ball over six innings Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Votto single in ninth lifts Reds to 4-3 win over Cardinals
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto's single in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in Shogo Akiyama with the winning run as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Thursday, September 3, 2020

What's the rush? QB pressure has been priority in NFC North
(AP) — The pressure has clearly been on in the NFC North.

Oh, there's the usual urgency around Super Bowl aspirations and on-field improvement. Aaron Rodgers has reached the final stretch of his time in Green Bay.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Miller drives in 7 as Cardinals pound Gray, Reds 16-2
Brad Miller homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati Reds 16-2 on Tuesday night.

Miller sparked St. Louis' six-run first inning against Gray with a two-run double that glanced off the glove of diving first baseman Joey Votto and bounced down the line. He hit a two-run shot in the second, an RBI single in the fifth and another two-run homer in the eighth, clanging a drive off the foul pole in right.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Talk of 'fake bubble' on US Open's Day 1
For all of the obvious concessions to the coronavirus at the no-fans-allowed U.S. Open — near-empty arenas; silence pierced by the occasional clap, sneaker squeak or roaring jet; a lack of line judges — the aftereffects of one player's positive test caused the biggest stir on Day 1.

Yes, plenty of matches were played amid a pandemic at the first Grand Slam tournament in nearly seven full months.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Big Ten presidents voted 11-3 to cancel fall season
A court filing disclosed Monday shows Big Ten Conference presidents voted 11-3 to postpone the football season, bringing some clarity to a key question raised in a lawsuit brought by a group of Nebraska football players.

The vote breakdown was revealed in the Big Ten's response to the lawsuit.

The court documents did not identify how each school voted, but a person familiar with the outcome told The Associated Press that Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State voted against postponing the fall football season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not planning on making the specifics of its vote public.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

DeJong grand slam helps Cardinals hold off Reds 7-5
Paul DeJong slugged his first career grand slam, helping Dakota Hudson to his first win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series.

The Cardinals loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth inning on Kolten Wong's single and walks by Paul Goldschmidt and Brad Miller. DeJong capitalized, sending Anthony DeSclafani's full count pitch over the center field fence for his second homer of the season.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Chicago Cubs get Maybin, 2 lefty relievers in 3 trades
The Chicago Cubs acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin and two left-handed relievers in three trades on Monday, adding some help for the pursuit of their first division title since 2017.

The NL Central leaders sent minor league infielder Zack Short to Detroit for Maybin, who is batting .244 with a homer and two RBIs in 14 games this year. The Cubs got Andrew Chafin and from Arizona for a player to be named or cash, and will get $370,373 from the Diamondbacks on Oct. 16 to offset part of Chafin's salary. Josh Osich was acquired in a deal with Boston for a player to be named or cash.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Wainwright throws complete game, Cardinals top Indians
Adam Wainwright turned back the clock with a complete game on his 39th birthday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Sunday.

Wainwright threw a four-hitter for his 23rd career complete game and first in four years. The Cardinals snapped a four-game skid in which they scored six total runs.

"It's just, you know, a lot of hard work from a lot of different people have gone into making me able to pitch this year and pitch well," an emotional Wainwright said. "You know, when you think you're done three years ago, and you're able to complete a game a couple years later, it's a crazy life, a crazy game."

Monday, August 31, 2020

Schwarber's 9th inning HR makes history, Cubs pound Reds
With one massive drive in the ninth inning, Kyle Schwarber made history for the Chicago Cubs.

Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ian Happ became the first starting outfield to hit multiple homers in the same game, and the Cubs pounded the Cincinnati Reds 10-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.

Schwarber hit the first and the last of the Cubs' season-high six homers, belting a solo drive in the fourth against Luis Castillo (0-5) and a grand slam off José De León in the ninth. Heyward connected for solo drives in the fourth and sixth, and Happ hit a two-run shot in the fifth and a solo homer in the seventh.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Packers believe team continuity will bring break-through season
The Green Bay Packers are counting on consistency to get them over the top after finishing a game away from the Super Bowl three of the last six years.

Green Bay returns much of the nucleus of a team that went 13-3 and won the NFC North while benefiting from good fortune. The Packers stayed healthy last season and also went 9-1 in games decided by eight points or fewer.

"You can't take anything for granted in the NFL, and no two seasons are alike," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. "This year certainly has some unique circumstances, and we talked about that all offseason. Whoever can handle these circumstances the best will have a tremendous jump on everybody else."

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Bears looking to bounce back with Trubisky or Foles at QB
The Chicago Bears went into last season with soaring expectations, their sights set on a deep playoff run and even a trip to the Super Bowl.

They went in the wrong direction.

Instead of establishing themselves as a championship contender, the Bears were a major disappointment. And now, they're trying to bounce back after going from winning the NFC North at 12-4 in coach Matt Nagy's first season to missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Roethlisberger says he is finally pain free and ready to sling it
The chronic ache in his right arm, the one that served as Ben Roethlisberger's companion for years, is gone.

No more fibbing about being fine when offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner asks how he's feeling. No more gritting his teeth and trying to ignore it when the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback tries to throw the ball down the field. No more going through training camp with shackles on trying to manage something that ultimately became unmanageable.

Midway through his 17th training camp, Roethlisberger insists his patched up right elbow isn't just serviceable, it's potentially better than it's been in years. He points to his active practice schedule as proof.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Nebraska players' lawsuit seeks to restore Big Ten fall football
A group of Nebraska football players filed a lawsuit Thursday, hoping a jury will force the Big Ten Conference to reinstate a fall football season.

The lawsuit in Lancaster County District Court contends, among other things, the players are losing a chance for development, exposure for a possible pro career and won't be able to market themselves to eventually capitalize on name, image and likeness revenue opportunities.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Tigers beat Cubs 7-6; Heyward sits amid player protests
Throughout the sports world, athletes were taking a determined stand for racial justice, and Jason Heyward wanted to do his part.

That meant the Chicago outfielder wouldn't be in the lineup when the Cubs took the field against the Detroit Tigers.

"I decided to let my teammates know that I couldn't go out there and play tonight, not with what's happening," Heyward said. "I can't tell you what's going to happen tomorrow, can't tell you what's going to happen the next day, but tonight I needed to be a part of what was going on in my community."

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Cardinals score 4 in 9th, beat KC; Fowler, Flaherty sit
Kolten Wong drew a bases-loaded walk to cap off a four-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Tyler O'Neill tied the game at 5 with a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded off the glove of third baseman Maikel Franco.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Jonathan Schoop, Spencer Turnbull lead Tigers past Cubs
Jonathan Schoop hit a grand slam in a five-run sixth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Tuesday night.

The Tigers have won three of five since a nine-game losing streak dropped them out of serious postseason contention. Chicago still leads the NL Central despite going 5-8 in its last 13 games.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A no-fan no-hitter: Giolito gem leads White Sox over Pirates
Lucas Giolito quietly walked to the mound for the ninth inning, piped-in fake crowd noise wafting through the ballpark and cardboard cutouts dotting the stands.

Moments later, the Chicago White Sox right-hander threw the final pitch in a truly bizarre performance.

A no-fan no-no.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

McBroom, O'Hearn spark Royals to 5-4 victory over Cards
Ryan McBroom had two hits and drove in the winning run with a single in the eighth inning, Ryan O'Hearn added a solo homer, and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Tuesday night.

In the eighth, Hunter Dozier reached on an infield single to lead off. With two outs, McBroom singled to left, scoring Dozier for the winning run.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

NFL has 77 apparently false positive COVID-19 tests from lab
The NFL had 77 positive COVID-19 tests from 11 teams re-examined by a New Jersey lab after false positives, and all those tests came back negative.

The league asked the New Jersey lab BioReference to investigate the results, and those 77 tests are being re-tested once more to make sure they were false positives.

Among teams reporting false positives, the Minnesota Vikings said they had 12, the New York Jets 10 and the Chicago Bears nine.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Molina gets 4 hits as Cardinals beat Reds 6-2
Yadier Molina had four hits and top prospect Dylan Carlson hit his first career homer, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 on Sunday.

Harrison Bader also connected for St. Louis, which won three of four in the series. Molina, Carlson and Bader each finished with two RBIs.

The Cardinals scored the last six runs after Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Reds.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Darvish pitches Cubs past Abreu, White Sox 2-1
Chicago Cubs ace Yu Darvish is rolling.

Not even the slugging White Sox could take him down.

Darvish struck out 10 in his career-high fifth consecutive victory, and the Cubs beat the White Sox 2-1 on Sunday to stop the South Siders' seven-game win streak.

Monday, August 24, 2020

NCAA eligibility ruling solves some problems, creates others for athletes
(AP) — For the college athletes who are heading into a season of uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, the NCAA's decision to not charge them a year of eligibility — no matter how much they play — brings peace of mind.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Canucks blitz Binnington, eliminate the Blues 6-2 in Game 6
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks brought a bright, young team to the Western Conference bubble, lacking in postseason experience but boasting several budding stars.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Weekly golf league results
TAYLORVILLE — All four of the weekly golf leagues were able to get their holes in this week. Their results were as follows:
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Some atheletes seek name change for Strom Thurmond complex
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some recent standouts in University of South Carolina athletics are asking the school to change the name of its showpiece fitness center, arguing that the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond shouldn’t be honored in such a way due to the segregationist views he once held.
Friday, August 21, 2020

DeSclafani to start for Cincinnati against St. Louis
Cincinnati Reds (10-13, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (7-7, third in the NL Central)

St. Louis; Friday, 7:15 p.m. CST

Friday, August 21, 2020

Alabama restarts prep football in a test of virus precautions
THORSBY, Ala. (AP) — It’s mostly quiet in the Alabama farming community of Thorsby aside from trucks and trains that rumble through bound for someplace larger. Remembering directions to the town’s football stadium isn’t hard; there aren’t that many roads to take or turns to miss along the way.
Friday, August 21, 2020

Cards finally back home, rally for 3 in 9th to beat Reds 5-4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong hit an RBI single and the St. Louis Cardinals returned to Busch Stadium with a rousing rally, scoring three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Thursday night.
Friday, August 21, 2020

Keuchel scheduled to start for Cubs against Sox
Chicago White Sox (15-11, third in the AL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (16-8, first in the AL Central)

Chicago; Friday, 7:15 p.m. CST

Friday, August 21, 2020

Reds broadcaster suspended for anti-gay slur
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati's games after using an anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night, prompting the team to apologize for the "horrific, homophobic remark."
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Golden Knights eliminate Blackhawks with 4-3 win in Game 5
Facing an early deficit, the Vegas Golden Knights were sparked by its stars, setting the stage for Alex Tuch to send top-seed in the Western Conference into the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Tuch scored the tiebreaking goal 1:34 into the third period, and the Vegas Golden Knights rallied from an early two-goal deficit to eliminate the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-3 win in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Tuesday night.

Vegas became the first team in the playoffs to advance to the conference semifinals. The Golden Knights will face the lowest remaining seed in the next round.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Cubs beat Cards 6-3
Yu Darvish is taking his time again.

Slow and deliberate works just fine for him.

Darvish pitched six effective innings in his fourth straight win, and the banged-up Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Trubisky showing edge as he battles Foles for Bears' starting QB job
His job up for grabs, his future with the Chicago Bears uncertain, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is showing an edgier side. He's being more vocal.

"I think it's a combination of everything, just realizing this is the last year of my contract," he said. "Being hurt last year and not playing up to my own expectations, I think going 8-8, having a quarterback competition, and just the desire to want to go out to continue to chase greatness."

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mulligan: Extra year of NCAA eligibility for fall athletes?
Whether college football players play a lot in the fall, a little in the spring or not all over the next 10 months, some athletic administrators want to give them a mulligan on the 2020-21 season.

The NCAA Division I Council meets Wednesday with two important issues on the agenda:

— What will happen with the eligibility of fall sports athletes heading into an uncertain season already impacted by the pandemic?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

O'Reilly scores 2, Blues beat Canucks 3-1 to tie series
Ryan O'Reilly had two goals and an assist as the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in Game 4 on Monday night to even in their first-round playoff series.

Alex Pietrangelo also scored and had an assist and David Perron had two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues. Jake Allen made 22 saves.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Bears embrace routine as they try to bounce back in 2020 
Veteran defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was ready to embrace the routine.

The Chicago Bears practiced in pads Monday for the first time, and it sure was a welcome step for a team trying to bounce back from a disappointing season.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

White Sox hit 4 straight HRs vs Cardinals reliever in debut
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Roel Ramirez set a record in his debut — just not the kind any pitcher wants.

The Chicago White Sox tied a major league mark with four consecutive home runs, all against Ramirez, and went on to beat the Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday.

Ramirez is the first pitcher to allow four straight homers in his debut. Yoán Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, José Abreu and Eloy Jiménez connected during a six-run fifth inning.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Schenn scores in OT, Blues beat Canucks in Game 3
Brayden Schenn scored 15:06 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Schenn, circling in the neutral zone, took a stretch pass, raced in and fired a shot high past Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom for the defending champion Blues' first win this postseason.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Crawford stars as Blackhawks beat Golden Knights 3-1
The Chicago Blackhawks were in deep trouble. That's when Corey Crawford took over.

Crawford made 48 saves in a stellar performance, and the Blackhawks beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Sunday night to stay alive in their first-round playoff series.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Cards coach McGee opts out; St. Louis gets 6 doubleheaders
Cardinals coach Willie McGee has opted out of being with the team for the rest of the season while Major League Baseball announced Friday several doubleheaders to make up for games St. Louis has missed because of the coronavirus.

The 61-year-old McGee, a four-time All-Star outfielder and the 1985 NL MVP for the Cardinals, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he has high blood pressure. McGee said he had three older daughters and five grandchildren living at his family home in California.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

SEC, ACC aim to forge on with fall football
Folks in the South aren't giving up on their beloved fall tradition of college football just yet.

While other conferences have conceded the fall to COVID-19, the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 are holding out hope they can play a shortened season with uncertain national championship prospects.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

NHL trying to provide playoff hub teams a few tastes of home
There's no ear-splitting cannon booming from the stands in Columbus every time the Blue Jackets score. Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, isn't parading through the arena. No one's firing up any sirens in Las Vegas.

As much as NHL chief of events and entertainment Steve Mayer would like to include those features, and so many others distinctive to the league's markets, there is only so much he and his hundreds of staffers can do given the limitations of being inside the playoff hub-city bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Canucks beat Blues for 2-0 lead
Bo Horvat scored on a breakaway at 5:55 of overtime Friday night to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 victory over the defending champion St. Louis Blues and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference series.

Horvat took a stretch pass from Quinn Hughes and chipped the puck through Jordan Binnington's legs.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Darvish takes no-hitter into 7th, Cubs beat Brewers 4-2
Yu Darvish knew his pitch count was climbing, but he wasn't exactly showing signs of fatigue, either.

Darvish took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his third straight dominant start, and the major league-leading Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Thursday night.

Darvish (3-1) allowed just one hit — Justin Smoak's towering solo homer to right field with one out in the seventh inning on his 98th pitch — before Casey Sadler relieved to start the eighth. The 33-year-old right-hander from Japan struck out 11 and threw 104 pitches.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Smith scores in OT, Vegas takes 2-0 series lead on Chicago
Even though Reilly Smith called it a lucky bounce, a whole lot more than luck is working right now for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Smith scored in overtime, Robin Lehner made 22 saves and the Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Vegas has won all five of its games since the NHL resumed.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Bulls fire Jim Boylen
The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again.

The Bulls were 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn't qualify for the NBA's restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn't make the postseason for the fourth time in five years.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Cardinals versus White Sox opener pushed back to Saturday
St. Louis' series opener against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed to Saturday, giving the Cardinals an extra day to recover from a coronavirus outbreak.

The Cardinals, who haven't played since July 29, were set to resume their season Friday night in Chicago. But the series opener was pushed back to a straight doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, the beginning of an extended stay in the Windy City for the Cards.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September
Baylor coach Dave Aranda could see a weight being lifted off the shoulders of his players during a meeting Tuesday night, when word began to filter out that the Big 12 Conference would attempt to play football this fall.

“You could just see the joy,” Aranda said. “Everyone was smiling. Guys were cracking jokes, were excited.”

Months of uncertainty had finally given the Bears and their conference rivals the slightest bit of clarity. If all goes according to plan, they will take the field for a non-conference game next month, then begin a round-robin league schedule on Sept. 26 with the intention of crowning a Big 12 champion on Dec. 12 near Dallas.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Cubs beat Indians 7-2 to match best start since 1970
Bell bottoms were in style and Nixon was in the White House the last time the Chicago Cubs started a season this hot.

Their rookie manager isn't taking any credit for the fast start.

"I mean, I've got a good team," David Ross said. "That's what it is. We've got good players."

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Canucks beat Blues 5-2 in opener
Bo Horvat scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks beat the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday in the opening game of their best-of-seven first-round series.

Horvat has four goals in return-to-play action while rookie teammate Quinn Hughes logged an assist to reach seven points (one goal, six helpers) in five games.

Horvat said the Canucks were ready to match the Blues' intensity.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Spring college football: When? How much? Who plays?
Back in April, not long after the pandemic canceled the NCAA basketball tournament, the idea of moving the 2020 college football to the spring of 2021 was already being tossed around.

A last resort is what it was called by conference commissioners and athletic directors.

When it looked as if the U.S. might be winning its fight against COVID-19, the idea of a spring season mostly fell by the wayside.

"We broached it very little in our AD meetings and really haven't gotten serious about it at all," Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said Tuesday. "I had one AD from another league call and just talk about it a little bit."

Time to start talking about it a lot.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Heyward's 4 RBIs power Cubs to 7-1 win over Indians
Jon Lester and the Cubs didn't let another of 2020's distractions slow them one bit.

Lester looked comfortable on a mound where he helped make history, Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and Chicago returned from a four-day layoff and rolled to a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, who welcomed back manager Terry Francona after a couple bumpy days.

Lester (2-0) allowed three hits in six innings as the Cubs, whose weekend series at St. Louis was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Cardinals, moved to 11-3 for the first time since 2016.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Pac-12 postponing sports through the end of the calendar year
In a release posted on the Pac-12’s website:

"The Pac-12 CEO Group voted unanimously to postpone all sport competitions through the end of the 2020 calendar year.

The decision was made after consultation with athletics directors and with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee who expressed concern with moving forward with contact practice. The Conference also announced that when conditions improve, it would consider a return to competition for impacted sports after January 1, 2021.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Big Ten officially postpones fall sports
The Big Ten became the first major NCAA Division I conference to officially postpone their fall sports. In a release posted to the Big Ten’s website:

"The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In making its decision, which was based on multiple factors, the Big Ten Conference relied on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Golden Knights to take on resurgent Blackhawks
Max Pacioretty used some weights and a stationary bike to work out in his room during his quarantine period inside the NHL bubble in Edmonton. He rejoined the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday and skated with the team the past couple of days.

He's ready to go. Well as ready as he can be to step right into the NHL playoffs.

Pacioretty returns to a Golden Knights team aiming for another deep postseason run after it went 3-0 in round-robin play to secure the top seed in the Western Conference. Standing in their way in the first round are Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks, fresh off an impressive performance against Edmonton in their qualifying series.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

College football coaches facing tough adversary: uncertainty
College football coaches are facing the daunting challenge of getting their players to maintain the required focus to prepare for season-openers when the prevailing question swirling around the sport is when, or if, the season will even be played because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Preparation is a regimented endeavor. Practice periods are measured on a clock on the field, whistles signal the time to hustle from one drill to another. And uncertainty is a formidable opponent to the process.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Pirates-Cards series postponed over virus woes
The entire three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis that was set to begin Monday night at Busch Stadium has been postponed while the Cardinals deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

There have now been 27 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 13 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A star-studded list of NFL players looking for 2020 rebound
Von Miller is determined to show 2019 was an oddity, not an omen.

Miller’s performance last season was nothing to scoff at considering he had eight sacks and made his eighth Pro Bowl. But his five-year run as an All-Pro first- or second-team selection came to an end and the Denver Broncos’ playoff drought persisted.

“I didn’t play to the ‘Sack Master’s’ standards,” Miller said. “My coaches felt like there was more for me to give. Most of all, I feel like I can give more and I can be more. I don’t feel like I’m finished yet.”

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Players unite in push to save college season, create union
Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds saw the tweets from Trevor Lawrence and other college football players, pushing for the opportunity to play this season, despite the pandemic.

Reynolds, one of the organizers behind a players' rights movement in the Big Ten, didn't like the way some on social media seemed to be pitting Lawrence's message against the efforts of #BigTenUnited and #WeAreUnited.

"There was a lot of division," Reynolds told AP early Monday morning.

Monday, August 10, 2020

New PGA champion Morikawa's toughest moment came after round
If all you saw were the highlights of how Collin Morikawa beat back the biggest names in golf and walked off with the PGA Championship, you'd conclude he did it the old-fashioned way.

The 23-year-old Californian delivered a 6-under 64 in the final round, including a signature shot that fans will be talking about for decades. He hit more fairways and greens, and picked up more strokes with the putter over four days than anyone else in the field. He even arrived at TPC Harding Park with some built-in advantages, in top form after winning twice on tour during this re-jiggered season, and he knew the course well from his days playing college golf at nearby Cal-Berkeley.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Astros, A's clear benches, empty seats; Oakland wins ninth straight
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros apparently were tired of playing nice.

So following two quiet games at the Coliseum, true feelings seemed to come out and tempers flared Sunday, months after Houston's sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers.

Things got so angry the benches cleared — and the stands emptied, too, during Oakland's 7-2 victory over the AL West rival Astros.

Monday, August 10, 2020

White Sox slugger Eloy Jiménez wants to stay in left
CHICAGO (AP) — Eloy Jiménez has no interest in the designated hitter job with the Chicago White Sox. His team wants the same thing for him.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Blackhawks elminate Oilers 3-1 in best-of-5
Edmonton, Alberta (AP) — Brandon Saad, Matthew Highmore and Dominik Kubalik scored and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton 3-2 on Friday, knocking the Oilers out of the postseason tournament.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Cubs-Cards weekend series postponed
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The entire three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Surprising Marlins win again, top Mets 4-3 for 6th straight
NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer, Humberto Mejia impressed in his abbreviated major league debut and the Miami Marlins kept up their surprising surge, beating the New York Mets 4-3 Friday night..
Saturday, August 8, 2020

66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus fear
(AP) — A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Vegas dominates Blues 6-4, now one win from top seed
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection with under 7 minutes left, and the Vegas Golden Knights took a big step toward clinching the top seed in the Western Conference by beating the St. Louis Blues 6-4 in round-robin play Thursday night.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Royals hit three homers, beat Cubs 13-2 to stop 6-game slide
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco and Jorge Soler homered, and the Kansas City Royals stopped a six-game slide by pounding the Chicago Cubs 13-2 on Thursday night.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Toews' 2nd goal breaks late tie, Blackhawks beat Oilers
Matthew Highmore tied the score with 5:47 left in the third period, and Jonathan Toews got his second of the game 4 1/2 minutes later to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of their qualifying round series Wednesday night.

"We stuck with it and I think it was a great team effort," Toews said.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Houser strong, Brewers end Sox 6-game streak
Dallas Keuchel saw the potential in Adrian Houser when the two were coming up with the Houston Astros. Outings like this were just what he envisioned.

Houser dominated over seven innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the White Sox 1-0 Wednesday night to snap Chicago's six-game win streak.

"What a long way he's come," said Keuchel, who was drafted by Houston in 2009 — two years before Houser. "I was very, very happy to see the transition the last two years. But obviously, I wasn't very happy to see it tonight. He had all the talent in the world when he was drafted."

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Darvish pitches Cubs past Royals 6-1 for 6th straight win
Yu Darvish pitched seven sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Javier Báez drove in two runs for the Cubs (10-2), who handed Kansas City its sixth consecutive defeat. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each had two hits and scored twice.

Darvish (2-1) was in midseason form for the second straight outing. He gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Spieth quietly chasing grand slam
The spotlight on Jordan Spieth should be bright enough to cut through the marine layer blanketing Harding Park this week at the PGA Championship.

Win this major and he joins the most exclusive club in golf with the final leg of the career Grand Slam. Only five other players — Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen — have won all four majors since the Masters began in 1934.

This is his fourth chance, and the longest anyone went from winning the third leg to completing the Grand Slam was three years by Player and Nicklaus.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

NBA: The race for No. 8 out West is quite wild
Devin Booker does not like the notion that the Phoenix Suns, whose playoff chances were beyond slim when the season was suspended, should simply be happy to be in the NBA's bubble.

He sees it quite differently.

"People can say we have a nothing-to-lose mentality," Booker said. "We don't look at it like that."

Hard to argue. The Suns, like a lot of other teams out West, have much to play for right now.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Big 12 to allow teams to play 1 nonconference football game
Big 12 schools agreed Monday night to play one nonconference football game this year to go along with their nine league contests as plans for the pandemic-altered 2020 season continued to fall into place.

The Big 12's university presidents signed off on a 10-game schedule, adjusted to deal with potential disruptions from COVID-19 that lets schools play one nonconference opponent at home. A specific start date for conference play was not determined. The conference said in a news release it will likely begin mid-to-late September and the expectation is nonconference games will be completed before league play starts.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Kimbrel shaky again, Cubs hold off Royals for 5th straight
Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras homered and the Chicago Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.

Kimbrel took over to begin the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but struggled again and allowed two runs and two hits while getting only one out. He's yielded six runs in 1 2/3 innings in three appearances this season.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

McDavid's hat trick leads Oilers past Blackhawks 6-3
Connor McDavid recorded his first playoff hat trick to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, tying their best-of-five qualifying series at one game apiece.

McDavid scored 19 seconds into the game, then off an electrifying solo rush just past the four-minute mark, and once more on the power play late in the second period on Monday night.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Bryant homers, Mills shines as surging Cubs beat Royals 2-0
Kris Bryant homered in his return to the lineup and Alec Mills pitched seven effective innings, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive win.

Javier Báez had a sacrifice fly and a nice play in the field as NL Central-leading Chicago improved to 8-2 for the first time since 2016. Bryant also doubled in the first after missing two games with a stomach ailment.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

St Louis series at Detroit off after more positives
Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team's four-game series at Detroit.

The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday through Thursday.

"You think about how quickly something like this can spread," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. "Until it touches you, you sometimes might not believe it, but needless to say we know this is very real and we know it moves quickly and it moves silently, but it can infect a lot of people fast."

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Thomas holds off Koepka to win WGC
Justin Thomas wants to make his second stint as No. 1 in the world last longer than the first time around.

"I hope so," Thomas said Sunday after winning the FedEx St. Jude Invitational to take the No. 1 spot for the first time since June 2018. "I feel like I'm a better player, and I feel like I'm more complete of a golfer now than I was then."

Monday, August 3, 2020

Illinois star Dosunmu to return for junior year
Illinois basketball star Ayo Dosunmu plans to return for his junior season rather than turn pro.

The first-team, all-Big Ten guard said in a video posted Friday on Twitter playing in the NBA is his dream. "But first, I need that national championship. Year three," he added.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Pac-12 players unite in show of empowerment
As college football leaders work to rescue a football season worth billions in revenue from the threat of COVID-19, the players have become emboldened.

They are calling out coaches and lawmakers, rallying for social cause s and asking for answers about how they are expected to safely play through a pandemic.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Báez lifts Cubs over Pirates in 11th
Javier Báez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning, scoring David Bote from third base and giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Bote, who made the last out in the 10th, started the inning on second base as mandated by Major League Baseball's extra-inning rule for the pandemic-shortened season. He advanced to third on a deep fly to right by Anthony Rizzo and jogged home on Baez's first career game-ending hit against Cody Ponce (0-1).

Monday, August 3, 2020

Big Ten Freshman of Year Cockburn returning to Illinois
Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kofi Cockburn is returning to Illinois for his sophomore season.

The 7-foot, 290-pound Cockburn posted  "IM BACK ??" with a graphic on Twitter on Saturday. The announcement means the Illini will have their top two players return from a team that was in line to make the NCAA Tournament last season, after all-conference guard Ayo Dosunmu said Friday he plans to return for his junior year rather than turn pro.

Monday, August 3, 2020

6 teams idle: Manfred, union talk as MLB deals with virus
With six teams idled Friday by the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport's coronavirus protocols.

Manfred and Clark talked about what needs to be done to finish the season, a person familiar with the conversation said. The person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Bears QB Trubisky out to prove doubters wrong, beat Foles
Mitchell Trubisky insists he is one motivated quarterback.

He comes into a make-or-break season locked in a competition with former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles for the Bears' job, knowing his future as a starter in Chicago and maybe anywhere else is on the line.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, set for Sept. 26 start
The powerhouse Southeastern Conference reconfigured its schedule Thursday to include only league games in 2020, a pandemic-forced decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths.

The SEC's university presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and begins Sept. 26. The SEC championship game, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will be pushed back to Dec. 19, 13 days before the College Football Playoff semifinals are scheduled to be played on New Year's Day.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Bears' QB battle between Trubisky, Foles about to heat up
The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles an open one during the offseason.

It's about to click into gear, though it won't play out quite the way they envisioned. With no preseason games, more emphasis will be placed on the reads they make in practice.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Former Illinois, New Mexico St coach Lou Henson dies at 88
Lou Henson, the plain-spoken coach who took New Mexico State and Illinois to the Final Four during a 21-year career that included nearly 800 victories and a feud with fellow Big Ten coach Bob Knight, has died. He was 88.

Henson died Saturday at his home in Champaign and he was buried in a private service Wednesday, the Illinois athletic department said.

Henson left the game as the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State, and still ranks fifth all-time among Big Ten coaches in total wins (423) and conference wins (214). In 2015, he was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, an honor his fans thought might never come.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Báez homers twice, Cubs stay hot, beat Reds
Two homers, a deft dive to score another run, and a couple smooth-as-ever defensive plays. Vintage Javier Báez, in time to keep the Cubs' surge going.

The sensational shortstop led the way offensively Tuesday night and Alec Mills went six solid innings for an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that fit Chicago's early pattern.

Chicago has won four of its first five games, scoring first in each one. Jason Kipnis' triple — Shogo Akiyama lost it in the sun — sparked the offense. Báez took it from there, emerging from a slow start that included only a pair of singles in the first four games.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Game on: NBA finally set to see games that count again
Games were canceled. Practice facilities were shuttered. A season ended unceremoniously for eight teams. The draft process was delayed, as was free agency. Some players tested positive for the coronavirus. Many more took to the streets and used their voices to demand justice and equality as racism and police brutality sparked a nationwide conversation.

The world has changed since the NBA stopped on March 11.

For 22 franchises, however, there is a goal that remains in place.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Twins top Cards 6-3
Josh Donaldson homered and drove in two runs in his Target Field debut with Minnesota, Jorge Polanco hit a two-run shot and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in their home opener on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Cubs blow big 7-run lead, but Rizzo homers again to edge Reds 8-7
Manager David Ross was starting to relax with a seven-run lead. Didn't take long for him to remember from his playing days that Great American Ball Park can erase most anything.

Anthony Rizzo homered for the third time as Chicago built a seven-run lead, and the Cubs let most of it slip away before Jeremy Jeffress closed out an 8-7 victory over a Cincinnati Reds team coping with coronavirus uncertainty.

Then, Ross could exhale.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dr. Fauci says Marlins' virus outbreak could endanger MLB season
The Miami Marlins' coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, although he doesn't believe games needs to stop now.

More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19, stranding the team in Philadelphia and raising anew questions about MLB's attempts to conduct a season.

"This could put it in danger," said Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert. "I don't believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis."

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

After talk of collaboration, conferences go their own way
Plans for the college football season — if it is played — should start coming into focus this week.

They will trickle down from the top of major college football, with Power Five conferences putting in place revised schedules they hope will make it easier to manage potential disruptions brought on by COVID-19.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Pirates beat Cardinals 5-1 for Shelton's 1st ML win
Pittsburgh's Derek Shelton staged baseball's first major, socially distanced umpire argument, then got his first victory as a big league manager as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Sunday.

Colin Moran and Jose Osuna homered, and Mitch Keller pitched five solid innings for the Pirates.

Shelton came out to argue with plate umpire Jordan Baker in the third inning after pitcher Derek Holland was ejected from the dugout for arguing balls and strikes.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Cruz homers twice and Twins beat White Sox 14-2
Jake Cave hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz homered twice and Kenta Maeda was strong in his debut with his new team, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Sunday.

Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the reigning AL Central champion Twins, who won two of three. Maeda (1-0), a Japanese right-hander who was traded in February from the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowed two runs and struck out six in five innings.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Chatwood dominates, Cubs romp Brewers 9-1
Tyler Chatwood turned in the sort of performance the Chicago Cubs thought he would deliver on a regular basis. The right-hander, who struggled with his control for much of his first two two seasons with the team, sure was locked in.

For the Cubs, it was a welcome sight.

Chatwood pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Willson Contreras homered and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 on Sunday to take two of three in their opening series.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Chiefs' Duvernay-Tardif first to opt out of 2020 NFL season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season on Friday, choosing to put his medical degree to use on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic rather than helping the Kansas City Chiefs defend their first Super Bowl title in 50 years.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

MLB already adjusting to strange new extra-innings rules
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The first big league game with an automatic runner in extra innings was decided with a blast rather than a bunt.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

With no crowds, Wrigleyville has different feel for Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — Laurie Shaw heard the roar of the crowd and let out a laugh.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

MLB, players agree to expand playoffs to 16 teams
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed Thursday to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 for the pandemic-delayed season, a decision that makes it likely teams with losing records will reach the postseason.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Baseball gets its opening day, now a season looms
(AP) — The fans behind home plate at Dodger Stadium were fake, and so were the cheers in the nation’s capital.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Angels' Trout confirms he'll play this year
Mike Trout is confident enough in baseball's safety rules to stay on the field during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trout has decided to play for the Los Angeles Angels in the shortened baseball season, although his year will be paused in a few weeks by the birth of his first child. The three-time AL MVP confirmed his decision Wednesday before the Angels’ final exhibition game against the San Diego Padres at Angel Stadium.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Fox taking fans to the ballgame with a virtual crowd
Fox will be taking viewers out to the ballgame by adding a virtual crowd in parks during its baseball telecasts this season..

The network revealed on Thursday that it will include computer-generated fans in the stands beginning with their three games on Saturday. Fox begins its coverage with Milwaukee at the Chicago Cubs, followed by San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers, and concluding with the New York Yankees at Washington.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

NCAA committee asks board for time on fall sports
The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the association’s Board of Governors to avoid making a decision soon on whether to conduct fall championships as college sports tries to find a path to play through the pandemic.

A letter dated July 21 was sent by committee chairman Shane Lyons, the West Virginia athletic director, to the board before it meets Friday. The letter was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press and first reported on by Yahoo Sports.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Tokyo head: Olympics not possible under current conditions
The delayed Tokyo Olympics could not be held next year if conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continue as they are, the president of the organizing committee said Wednesday.

In an interview with Japanese broadcaster NHK, Yoshiro Mori said he was hopeful the situation would improve and suggested a vaccine was the key.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Texas delays some high school football; Florida pushes ahead
Texas will play high school football this fall, but some of it will be delayed, attendance will be limited and masks will be required as the state fights a surge in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

The University Interscholastic League released its guidelines for Texas public high school fall sports Tuesday, pushing back the start of the football and volleyball seasons for the largest schools by one month into late September. Football championships for those schools will be in January.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

AP sources: Blue Jays to play in Pittsburgh if Pa. approves
The Toronto Blue Jays will play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh if the state of Pennsylvania approves it, two officials familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The agreement to share the stadium with the Pirates is pending state approval, according to the officials who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because they were not authorized to speak ahead of the government decision.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A whole new look, for a whole new NBA game experience
There’s no bench. The courtside broadcasters will not be courtside. And the stat crew will be doing their work inside what loosely can be described as an oversized hockey penalty box.

The NBA comes back Wednesday with a very different look.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wolves owner listening to offers, Garnett hoping to buy
Kevin Garnett wants to come back to Minnesota — as a Timberwolves owner.

The longtime NBA superstar said Tuesday he is part of a group that is hoping to buy the franchise from Glen Taylor, who has owned it since 1994.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

AP Source: NFL to scrap all preseason games

(AP) — The NFL has offered to scrap all preseason games, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

PGA's Rahm a rising star
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top college golfer. That was four years ago.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

National League pitchers ponder season with no swings
(AP) — Three or four hours before a National League game, they’d be cackling around the cage.
Monday, July 20, 2020

A look ahead at the National League Central
(AP) — With Major League Baseball set to resume this week, here’s a breakdown of each of the NL Central teams, including new arrivals, key departures, lineups, and rotations.
Monday, July 20, 2020

How will the NFL handle players who opt out?
The 60-game mini-season Major League Baseball assembled this summer was still long enough that a dozen or so health-concerned players, even a few stars, decided to skip it.

The NFL's player pool is more than twice as big as MLB's, groomed for fundamental extreme-contact activities of blocking, tackling and covering that are as inherently ripe for virus spread as any in sports. If the 2020 season can get off the ground this fall amid the global paralysis of the COVID-19 pandemic, players opting out will be a sure bet.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

NFL's Snyder vows culture change amid allegations
Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder said Friday he's committed to improving the culture inside the team after allegations of sexual harassment, while the league will wait for a law firm's review before taking action.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that 15 female former employees said they were sexually harassed during their time with the team. Snyder said the behavior described in the story has no place in our franchise or society."

Saturday, July 18, 2020

NBA: Races for season's individual trophies are over
The NBA’s MVP race is over. So is the battle for every other individual regular-season trophy.

The league told teams Friday that none of the seeding games will be taken into consideration for any postseason award, and that voting for those honors — such as All-NBA, rookie of the year and defensive player of the year — will be completed before the July 30 restart of the season at Walt Disney World.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Hendricks to start on opening day for Cubs
It was quite a moment for Kyle Hendricks and David Ross.

Of course, the affable Ross was a bit more excited than the reserved Hendricks.

Hendricks was selected by Ross to start on opening day for the Chicago Cubs, getting the nod over Yu Darvish. Ross, who is beginning his first year as a major league manager, finalized the decision on Thursday, first telling his starting pitchers in a meeting before privately congratulating Hendricks on the accomplishment.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

As MLB 60-game season draws near, careful optimism prevails
With the start of Major League Baseball's shortened season a week away, games in empty stadiums and strange extra-inning rules are on the verge of becoming reality.

Now that players have gotten used to COVID-19 tests, social distancing and wearing masks in the clubhouse, it's just about time to see if 30 teams can handle a 60-game schedule amid a pandemic.

Friday, July 17, 2020

NCAA optimistic, but warns of surging pandemic
The NCAA handed down its latest guidelines for playing through a pandemic while also sounding an alarm: The prospect of having a fall semester with football and other sports is looking grim.

If the games can go on, the NCAA says college athletes should be tested for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before they play, players with high-risk exposures to the coronavirus should be quarantined for 14 days and everybody on the sideline should wear a mask.

Friday, July 17, 2020

St. Thomas can go D-I; ousted from D-III
The NCAA gave the University of St. Thomas permission Wednesday to jump directly from Division III to Division I, the final clearance for a bold move born out of the Minnesota private school's ejection from its conference for being too dominant.

The Tommies, who had secured a spot in the Summit League for all but three of their 22 varsity teams pending NCAA approval, announced they'll join the Pioneer League for football and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for women's hockey. The men's hockey program is still in the process of finding a conference.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Illinois State Bowlers file lawsuit against Pritzker
The Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association (ISBPA) today said that it has filed a lawsuit asking a Lee County state court to invalidate Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “unconstitutional and improper” exercise of authority to issue consecutive emergency declarations that improperly restrict the number of people allowed in a bowling center.

ISBPA officials said that successive orders issued by the governor related to COVID-19 have caused “tremendous emotional and economic hardship” during the past several months.

“Frankly, Gov. Pritzker has thrown a gutter ball on this one. Even medical experts agree that bowling is not a highly dangerous activity with regard to COVID-19 spread,” said R. William Duff, Jr., executive director of the ISBPA.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

IHSA to Defer to IDPH, ISBE & Governor's Office on all Return To Play Guidelines moving forward
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on July 14, 2020 that it will defer to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Governor’s Office on all of its Return To Play Guidelines moving forward.

“There is an unprecedented level of planning for this school year due to COVID-19, and we have come to understand that there needs to be a greater consistency between the guidelines for returning to learn and returning to interscholastic athletics,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “Some of the recommendations by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and directives from IDPH have come into direct conflict with each other, especially as it relates to the use of masks by student-athletes. As a result, we feel it is important to let IDPH and ISBE provide a consistent direction for our membership moving forward.  We will wait on direction from these organizations for further guidance on Return to Play plans for the 2020-21 school year.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

White Sox prospect to play in local St. Louis league
Jake Burger just wanted to play again. Some real competition after a couple of major injuries.

He found a spot — practically in his own backyard.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Patriot League punts on fall football season as SEC leaders meet
(AP) — The Patriot League joined the Ivy League on Monday, punting on football and other fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic while holding out hope the games can be made up.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

No Corey Crawford as Chicago Blackhawks begin practicing again
(AP) — Corey Crawford was absent Monday when the Chicago Blackhawks practiced for the first time since the NHL season was suspended, casting doubt on the goaltender's availability for their qualifying series against Edmonton.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

NASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Cole Custer saw an opening and, with help from a friend, squeezed through for the most fulfilling moment of his young racing career.
Monday, July 13, 2020

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen encourages masks after positive test
(AP) — Play ball — and mask up, too.
Protective face coverings won't be out of sight when Major League Baseball resumes in less than two weeks. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Washington NFL team to drop 'Redskins' name after 87 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop the "Redskins" name and Indian head logo immediately, bowing to decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.
Monday, July 13, 2020

IndyCar drivers are grateful fans are back this weekend
(AP) — Simon Pagenaud says racing hasn't been quite the same without spectators to cheer the drivers on for the opening stages of the IndyCar season.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Giants' catcher Posey out this year over virus concerns
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants star catcher Buster Posey decided to opt out of the 2020 season Friday out of health concerns for his newly adopted twin baby girls during the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Practices begin at Disney, as teams begin restart routines
(AP) – Nikola Vucevic had to raise his voice a bit to answer a question. He had just walked off the court after the first Orlando Magic practice of the restart, and some of his teammates remained on the floor while engaged in a loud and enthusiastic shooting contest.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Baseball players get a peek at playing without fans

(AP) — Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Big Ten scraps nonconference football games due to pandemic 
(AP) — The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday, July 10, 2020

'Heartbreaking day' - Stanford drops 11 sports to cut costs
(AP) — Stanford was already facing some difficult financial choices as it tried to support one of the nation's largest athletics departments.
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Kimbrel looking to bounce back in second year as a Cub

CHICAGO (AP) — With just 60 games this season, the Chicago Cubs need Craig Kimbrel to be better than he was last year.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

MLS to resume season minus 1 team amid growing virus concern
Major League Soccer is about to resume its season — in a state that has seen a huge spike in coronavirus infections, with one team absent because of a COVID-19 outbreak, and with plenty of worry about what will happen next.

The MLS is Back tournament starts Wednesday in Florida. The league’s teams are sequestered in resorts for the duration of the World Cup-style tournament, which will be played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease
As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field.

On Tuesday, one day after Major League Baseball released its 60-game schedule, there was continued evidence of the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Chiefs, Mahomes agree to 10-year, $503 million deal
The Kansas City Chiefs made sure they'll have Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes around as long as possible.

Mahomes agreed to a 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, according to his agency, Steinberg Sports. The deal is worth $477 million in guarantee mechanisms and includes a no-trade clause and opt-out clauses if guarantee mechanisms aren't met.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Trump critical of possible NFL, MLB name changes
President Donald Trump on Monday criticized a pair of pro sports teams that are considering name changes in the wake of a national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality.

Trump tweeted, "They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington Redskins & Cleveland Indians, two fabled sports franchises, look like they are going to be changing their names in order to be politically correct."

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Major League Baseball releases full shortened schedule
Major League Baseball released its pandemic-shortened schedule Monday, featuring a tantalizing season opener between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Washington Nationals, even as some teams were still bogged down by coronavirus concerns.

By the time MLB revealed each team's 60-game slate Monday evening, the Nationals and Houston Astros — last year's pennant winners — had canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

DeChambeau wins PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic by 3 shots
Bryson DeChambeau pounded protein shakes and lifted iron to transform his body, adding 40 pounds of mass, and changed his game to put a premium on power.

The plan is working.

Monday, July 6, 2020

IHSA & IDPH announce Phase 4 Return To Play guidelines
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on Friday, July 3, 2020 that its Stage 2 Return To Play Guidelines have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and can be instituted by IHSA schools on July 5. The IHSA also announced that it will no longer reference the guidelines as the Stage 2 Return To Play Guidelines, and will instead will refer to them as the Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines, matching the verbiage used by the state in its Restore Illinois plan. The IHSA Stage 1 Return To Play Guidelines, which were implemented on June 5, will now be referred to as the Phase 3 Return To Play Guidelines for the same reason
Monday, July 6, 2020

NHL, players association agree on protocols to resume season
The NHL and NHL Players' Association agreed Sunday on protocols to resume the season, a major step toward the return of hockey this summer.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press there was an agreement on protocols for training camps and games and the sides are still negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement, which is crucial to the process.

Monday, July 6, 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

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

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










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