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NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

MLB rejects 114-game schedule, threatens plan of about 50

Johnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

Wes Unseld, Hall of Famer and NBA champion in DC, dies at 74

Legendary Auburn coach Pat Dye dies at age 80

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US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others’ rights

Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves

  17 Mavericks named USTFCCCA All-Americans

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

Eddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84

NBA says it is talking with Disney about resuming season

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

The SEC’s announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.

Jerry Sloan, Jazz great and Hall of Fame coach, dies at 78

The Utah Jazz organization said Friday that Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has died at the age of 78.

  From Springfield to the pros: A community that cultivates talent

Jordan Milbrath is heading into his 8th season of Minor League baseball.

Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

  NBA’s Timberwolves to reopen practice facility

NCAA weighs end to moratorium amid push to offer fall sports

  Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown

  Ryan Carter talks life after the NHL

Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown

Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown

The New York Racing Association on Tuesday unveiled the rescheduled date for the Belmont, which will also be contested at a shorter distance than usual.

LeBron: “Definitely not giving up on the season”

LeBron James reiterated Monday that he is hopeful the NBA season can resume, with the caveat that the health and well-being of players won’t be jeopardized by a return to play.

  Anthony Harris signs Vikings’ franchise tag offer

The former undrafted free agent is guaranteed over $11 million for the upcoming NFL season.

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns to racing

This was a 400-mile drive unlike any other in modern day NASCAR.

  US, European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine

On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the U.S. and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions, knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop.

Trump says back to normal in golf means big crowds, no masks

President Donald Trump’s idea of golf getting back to normal is having thousands of fans who aren’t wearing masks in attendance and “practically standing on top of each other.”

Phyllis George, female sportscasting pioneer, dies at 70

Phyllis George, the former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS's “The NFL Today,” has died. She was 70.

NFL teams can reopen facilities Tuesday, with provisos

NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it.

Former MLB All-Star, GM and executive Bob Watson dead at 74

Bob Watson, a two-time All-Star as a player who later became the first black general manager to win a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996, has died.

  Canterbury Park eyes June 10th start without spectators

Friday would have been opening night at Canterbury Park. Instead, a shortened season could begin June 10, without spectators, if the Minnesota Racing Commission grants flexibility.

NFL players accused of armed robbery at South Florida party

Police in South Florida are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party.

IOC says postponing Tokyo Olympics will cost it $800M

It is still unclear how big the total postponement bill will be with Olympic organizers and public authorities in Japan facing extra costs estimated to run into billions of dollars.

  Ries rejoins Bandits on one-year deal

She appeared in 18 games for the Bandits back in 2018, recording six wins and one save with an earned run average at 1.83.

AP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in July

Spring training would start in early to mid-June, said a person familiar with the decision.

UFC 249 ushers in fan-free, mask-filled era of sports

UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago.

  Vikings have 4 prime-time games in 2020; including Christmas Day matchup vs. Saints

The Vikings will begin the season by hosting the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 13 with a 12 p.m. scheduled kickoff.

Ex-ABA commish Mike Storen, dad of Hannah Storm, dies at 84

Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, died Thursday. He was 84.

  Cancellation of summer season leaves WPSL searching for alternatives

The largest women’s soccer league in the world announced Thursday it would cancel its summer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is gripping much of the world.

  Northwoods League joins long list of canceled, delayed sports

The season was originally scheduled to begin May 26, but will be postponed indefinitely following Thursday’s announcement.

Survey: Fans favor sports returning even without spectators in stands

A majority of fans surveyed by ESPN favor sports returning even if there are no spectators in the stands.

Brett Favre repaying $1.1 M for no-show speeches, auditor says

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up, the Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday.

Minor leaguer Blake Bivens learned of family’s murder over social media

Bivens recently spoke publicly for what is believed to be the first time about the death of his wife, son and mother-in-law

  Former Springfield Tiger adjusts to virtual NFL offseason

Teams have altered the traditional NFL offseason in 2020 as many of the meetings between players and coaches are now taking place online.

Brett Favre named in Miss. DHS audit report

The audit says Favre Enterprises was paid $1.1 million for events Favre was contracted to speak at but never did.

  Williamson staying ready for 2020 season

“I go into the baseball fields when it’s nice out and throw bullpens."

NFL moving London, Mexico City games back to US stadiums because of coronavirus

All five regular-season games that would have been played internationally will now be played at the stadiums of the host teams.

Don Shula, winningest coach in pro football history, dies at 90

The Miami Dolphins said Monday that Don Shula, the winningest coach in pro football history, has died at the age of 90.

Dalton comes home to Texas as Prescott’s backup with Cowboys

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

AP source: MLB owners to discuss draft length next week

Teams and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that allowed MLB to cut the draft from 40 rounds to as few as five this year and 20 next year, part of a plan to deal with the new coronavirus pandemic that delayed the start of the season and slashed revenue.

Women’s soccer claim of unequal pay tossed, can argue travel

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

For sports, coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle

The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball would need thousands of virus tests every week if those leagues can resume playing games.

Broncos’ Von Miller says he’s recovered from COVID-19

Miller went public with his diagnosis on April 16, saying he wanted to show that the virus could affect anybody, even a young, world-class athlete in tip-top shape.

NFL plans full season; being “deliberate, reasonable”

The NFL is planning to play a full season though it’s uncertain what that will look like.

  Whitecaps select two Gophers in NWHL draft

The National Women’s Hockey League draft concluded Wednesday, as the Minnesota Whitecaps made their final selections to bolster the squad.

  Little League World Series canceled

For the first time in its history, the Little League World Series is being canceled, organizers said Thursday.

MLB teams offer ticket refunds, credit for games not played

Several Major League Baseball teams have announced ticket refund policies for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak.

Baseball Hall of Fame cancels induction ceremony

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and the rest of this year's Baseball Hall of Fame class will have to wait another year for their big moment at Cooperstown.

  Goodell reduces salary to $0, NFL workers taking pay cuts

Goodell, who makes upward of $30 million a year from salaries and bonuses, voluntarily had his salary reduced this month, a person familiar with the move tells The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Lakers return $4.6 million from stimulus loan program

The Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6 million from coronavirus business relief funds after learning the program had been depleted.

Tokyo Olympics difficult without coronavirus vaccine, Japan Medical Association says

Japan Medical Association president Yoshitake Yokokura said in a video media conference on Tuesday that the Olympics were possible only if the infections were under control, not only in Japan, but globally.

Vikings add Texas A&M WR Davis among 12 undrafted rookies

The Vikings wrapped up the draft with 15 picks, the most by any NFL team since the event was trimmed to seven rounds in 1994.

NBA pushes plan to reopen facilities until May 8 at earliest

The earliest that teams can reopen for voluntary player workouts is now May 8, the NBA said Monday — and that would only be the case in places where local and state laws made such a move permissible.

49ers fill needs, Packers fall short on draft weekend

The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers did a good job filling their needs on draft weekend.

AP Source: NBA facilities will begin to reopen Friday

NBA players will reportedly be allowed to return to team training facilities starting Friday, provided that their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order.

Led by LSU, Alabama, SEC players dominate remote NFL draft

The home of national champion LSU and perennial contenders Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, the SEC dominated the first four rounds of the NFL draft before the flow of talent slowed to a trickle. Or the conference finally began running out of top prospects.

Pitch and catch: Round 2 of NFL draft heavy on receivers

Pitch and catch. That's how the second round of the NFL draft began Friday night, and it hardly should be a stunner that receivers Tee Higgins of Clemson and Michael Pittman Jr. of Southern California were the first two picks.

Iowa leads NCAA in wrestling attendance, Cyclones rank third

Iowa led the nation in NCAA wrestling attendance for the 14th straight year and the state’s two other Division I programs ranked among the top 13 nationally.

Bucs go defense in Round 2, drafting S Antoine Winfield, Jr.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. in the second round of the NFL draft.

Neb. couple together 57 years separated by COVID-19 restrictions

Long-term care facilities were some of the first to implement restrictions when COVID-19 came to the United States, and one Lincoln man is facing the challenge of being away from the one he loves.

Summer X Games in Minneapolis canceled due to pandemic

The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city.

For all the changes, NFL draft kind of looked, well, normal

In this most unique of drafts, filled with technological concerns and even uncertainty when real football might return, there was one constant Thursday night: Joe Burrow.

  Becker excited for Independent League opportunity

Last year, Becker was in the San Diego Padres organization and hopes a stint in the Independent League leads to another opportunity.

  Former MCW standout reflects on a shortened spring training

Welcome native Brandon Williamson was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of the MLB Draft last season.

  Minnesota schools take part in the 'Be the Light’ initiative

Many schools in the state are turning on the lights at athletic fields on weeknights as a way to honor those impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Agent: Gronkowski to have reunion with Brady in Tampa Bay

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

Fans sue MLB, teams over ticket money, ask for class action

Opening day on March 26 was pushed back until mid-May at the earliest after a national emergency was declared due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Families sue helicopter company in deadly Kobe Bryant crash

The wrongful death lawsuits allege that Island Express Helicopters Inc. was careless and negligent in the crash that killed nine.

  Tom Brady ejected from Fla. park closed due to coronavirus pandemic

The four-time Super Bowl MVP recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team with the worst winning percentage in NFL history.