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  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

The league made changes to its 2020 operations manual after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals led to 21 postponements in the first two weeks of a shortened 60-game season.

Big Ten football season set to begin on Labor Day weekend

Judge sentences ex-MSU coach to jail in Nassar-related case

Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson becomes part owner of XFL

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

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Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

Another postponement rattles MLB; Brewers’ Cain opts out

Magic’s Jonathan Isaac is lone player to stand for anthem

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

  Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

ACC schedule includes Notre Dame, 10 conference games

ACC limits football schedule to 11 games; Notre Dame will play 10 ACC foes and be eligible for the conference title game.

Chicago bans Native American headdresses at Blackhawks games, events

The move comes after team management consulted with Native American organizations and community members.

US Open without qualifying now will be played without fans

A week before the PGA Championship begins without spectators, the U.S. Open announced Wednesday it would not have fans Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York because of health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Game on: NBA finally set to see games that count again

A re-opening night doubleheader inside the bubble at Walt Disney World awaits Thursday, when New Orleans takes on Utah before a matchup of the two teams in the Western Conference — the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

  MLB temporarily suspends Marlins season through the weekend

AP source: Mets to sign Bruce Maxwell, 1st MLB player to kneel

At least 3 MLB games postponed amid Marlins’ virus outbreak

Goodell sends letter to NFL fans explaining plans for season

College football season in question after conferences go their own way

  How the NFL plans to keep players safe during the coronavirus pandemic

Trump says he won’t throw out first pitch at Yankees game

President Donald Trump won’t be throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium next month after all.

Batter Up! Baseball, soundtrack of summer, is back - sort of

Major League Baseball has started its most bizarre season ever. The virus-delayed opening day began when the World Series champion Washington Nationals hosted the New York Yankees.

Release the Kraken: Seattle unveils name for NHL franchise

The expansion franchise unveiled its nickname Thursday, ending 19 months of speculation.

‘Washington Football Team’ new name of NFL franchise for 2020 season

The club announced the placeholder name Thursday, ahead of the start of training camp next week.

Postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 1-year-to-go mark -- again

The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the 2020 Olympics and pushed back the opening to July 23, 2021.

NFL will require fans to wear face masks at games

NFL confirms fans will be required to wear masks at games.

  Opening day amid virus: Masks, empty parks, social justice

At long last, the Major League Baseball season is set to begin. Four months after it was originally scheduled, opening day in the coronavirus pandemic era is almost here.

NCAA football oversight 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 later this week on whether to conduct fall sports championships.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler, players kneel during anthem

Kapler and several of his players knelt during the national anthem before their 6-2 exhibition victory against the Oakland Athletics.

AP source: NFLPA agrees with league on no preseason games

The NFL Players Association has agreed to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Fauci to throw 1st pitch at opening MLB game

The Nationals host the New York Yankees to open the season nearly four months after it originally was scheduled to begin.

Players plead with NFL to address health, safety concerns

NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp.

Dress rehearsal: MLB holds first COVID-era exhibitions

Exhibition games in Washington, New York and Pittsburgh on Saturday gave Major League Baseball its first look at coronavirus-era games — fake crowd noise and all.

MLB’s Blue Jays not allowed to play games in Canada

The Blue Jays have been denied approval by the Canadian government to play in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic.

MLB’s testing sweep brings some success but optics are issue

Major League Baseball's COVID-19 testing sweep appears to be having some success even as large swaths of the United States continue to struggle with containing the fast-spreading virus.

Washington owner Snyder vows culture change amid allegations

The Washington Post reported that 15 female former employees of the city’s NFL franchise said they were sexually harassed during their time with the team.

NCAA: Test all athletes for COVID-19 within 72 hours of game

The nation's largest governing body for college sports on Thursday released its latest guidance to help member schools navigate competition during the pandemic.

NASCAR hosts largest sporting event crowd since pandemic

Up to 30,000 fans were allowed to attend Wednesday night's race, NASCAR's largest with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March.

  2021 New Year’s Day Rose Parade canceled for coronavirus

Organizers have canceled the 2021 New Year’s Day Rose Parade due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rockets’ Westbrook has virus, as NBA bubble faces first test

As recently as Sunday, the Rockets believed that Westbrook and James Harden — neither of whom traveled with the team to Walt Disney World near Orlando last week — would be with the team in the next few days.

Atlanta won’t drop Braves name, but will review Tomahawk Chop

The team said it has had conversations with several Native American communities and changing the name of the Braves "is not under consideration or is considered necessary."

Washington NFL team dropping name after 87 years

The team launched a 'thorough review' of the name July 3 that the NFL supported. That came in the aftermath of prominent sponsors FedEx, Nike, PepsiCo and Bank of America calling for a change.

  VIDEO: Pistons’ onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn down

One of Michigan's most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions.

Pac-12 joins Big Ten in eliminating nonconference games

The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA

The agreements were tentatively agreed to on Monday, and approved nearly four months to the day since the NHL halted its season with 189 games remaining.

Big Ten to limit football, fall sports to conference games

Besides football, the sports affected include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence

For the "MLS is Back" World Cup-style tournament, the league’s teams are sequestered in resorts while playing at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World.

Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Ivy League will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NHL, players announce labor deal, plan to resume play Aug. 1

The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years.

MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays

By the time MLB revealed each team’s 60-game slate, last year's World Series teams, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, had canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays.

Kaepernick, ESPN team up for documentary series on his life

The deal between Kaepernick’s production arm, Ra Vision Media, and The Walt Disney Co. was announced Monday.

NHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume season

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season but are still negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement.

Dodgers pitcher Price won’t play this year because of virus

Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year.

Ex-MLB pitcher Tyson Brummett, 3 others die in plane crash

A former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and three others died in a plane crash in rural Utah.

Virus doesn’t stop annual hot dog eating contest

The coronavirus put a damper on this year’s Fourth of July celebrations in New York, but some things stayed the same. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men’s and women’s champions at Saturday’s Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

AP source: NFL to discuss union’s desire to cancel preseason

The four people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league and the union haven’t reached an agreement.

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,

MLB cancels All-Star Game for 1st time since 1945

The All-Star Game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Redskins to have ‘thorough review’ of name amid race debate

The team said Friday it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject.

AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” is traditionally known as the Black anthem.

FedEx asks Washington Redskins to change team name

A FedEx spokesperson released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.”

AP source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back start

The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following a virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

Judges question warrants in Kraft massage parlor sex case

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.

Netflix series to dramatize Kaepernick’s path to activism

Colin Kaepernick is joining with Emmy-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay on a Netflix drama series about the teenage roots of the former NFL player’s activism.

A long-overdue ‘Tip of the Cap’ to baseball’s Black pioneers

Four former U.S. presidents and a host of prominent civil rights leaders, entertainers and sports greats participated in a virtual salute to the 100-year anniversary of the founding of baseball’s Negro Leagues.

Source: Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace Brady

A person with knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press that the New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton.

  Oregon, Oregon State drop ‘Civil War’ name for rivalry

The move was made after discussions between officials at both schools and current and former student-athletes.

NFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions until 2021

Enshrinements for 20 men scheduled for this year now will occur on Aug. 7, 2021, with the 2021 inductees going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the next day.

‘The noose was real’: NASCAR releases photo from Bubba Wallace’s garage

The rope found hanging like a noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway was not a hate crime, authorities said.

Despite rivalry, Buffalo Bills fan donates kidney to save New England Patriots fan

Leading up to the surgery, the Patriots fan's life was filled with daily dialysis treatments, just struggling to keep her kidney disease from worsening.

PGA Tour adjusts protocols as result of positive coronavirus tests

PGA Tour commissioner gives update on schedule after positive coronavirus tests.

Rope found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage was coincidence

NASCAR moved quickly when one of Wallace's crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in their garage stall. The sanctioning body called in federal authorities, who ruled Tuesday the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime.

Rope found in Bubba Wallace’s garage there since October, feds say

The FBI says the rope that was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway was a garage pull that had been there since 2019.

Baseball’s back: MLB sets 60-game sked, opens July 23 or 24

Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony.

Tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic, wife have virus after his exhibitions

The top-ranked Serb is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after first playing in Belgrade and then again last weekend in Zadar, Croatia. His wife also tested positive.

Phillies say 2 more players, 2 staffers test positive; 12 total

The Phillies said Tuesday all other tests within the organization have come back negative.

MLB plans 60-game slate, shortest since 1878, as union balks

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association rejected a proposed 60-game schedule by a 33-5 vote.