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NCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption case

Oklahoma State has become the first school to be punished by the NCAA in the fallout from the federal corruption investigation into college basketball. The school plans to fight — and likely won't be the only one. The Cowboys' men's basketball team was banned from the upcoming postseason ...

Penske wants full fans at Indy 500, ready for IndyCar opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roger Penske will watch the IndyCar season opener from a suite at Texas Motor Speedway — his first time off the pit stand and on the other side of the fence since his teams failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1995. His relocation is partly for safety. At ...

More than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilities

More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have coaching staffs at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them. Clubs with coaches in place at their training complexes were Super Bowl champion Kansas City, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, ...

What’s next for the NBA? A plan for testing is the big key

For the NBA, it is not officially time to play. It's getting closer, but the league isn't there yet. The move to agree on a 22-team format for the resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season is a major step forward, but it was just the first of many major decisions that has to be completed ...

Jordan giving $100 million for racial equality, justice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are giving $100 million to organizations dedicated to promoting racial equality and social justice. In a joint statement Friday on social media, Jordan and the Jordan Brand said money will be paid over 10 years with the goal of ...

MLB players say teams ‘depriving America of baseball games’

NEW YORK (AP) — Players accused teams of "depriving America of baseball games" as part of a money fight set off by the coronavirus pandemic and raised the possibility baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred might push ahead with a shortened season over the union's objection. Bruce Meyer, the ...

AP Exclusive: MLB plan saves big-spending teams $100M each

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million on player salaries as part of management's proposal to start the coronavirus-delayed season than they would under the union's plan, according to an analysis by The Associated ...

Elway joins call for change after George Floyd’s killing

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway says he's no longer staying on the sidelines and is "joining with the players, coaches and our organization in speaking up against racism, police brutality and any injustice against the black community." The comments from the Denver Broncos' general manager ...

Police in New Jersey praised for marching in Floyd protests

Police officers in one of New Jersey's largest and most violent cities were praised on social media for marching alongside protesters in rallies held this weekend over George Floyd's death. Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki, who has been working in the city for decades, joined the front ...

Protests, mayhem continue, lead to more California curfews

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Armed National Guard soldiers lined the steps of Los Angeles City Hall and cities across California declared curfews Sunday to head off more violence after unruly demonstrators at earlier protests burned police cars, broke into stores and skirmished with officers. In more ...

Sweet 16: NHL playoffs qualifying round tough to predict

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer The NHL's regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the coronavirus was shutting down ...

Jalen Ramsey won’t skip Rams camp; deal ‘will get handled’

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Ramsey says he will definitely report to training camp with the Los Angeles Rams for the final year of his rookie contract. And while he didn't confirm how he'll get there, Ramsey probably won't feel the need to show up in an armored ...

Elliott ends Busch’s win streak, collects $100,000 bounty

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott gained a measure of revenge against Kyle Busch on Tuesday night — and then let him know about it. Elliott snapped Busch's seven-race Truck Series winning streak and collected a $100,000 bounty at Charlotte Motor Speedway ...

Reports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug tests

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance, according to published reports. The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday cited unidentified ...

‘A step toward normalcy’ – NHL shapes a return to play plan

By JOHN WAWROW and STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writers Rosy as the news might sound, Gary Bettman made no promises in announcing the NHL has the framework of a plan in place to return to the ice. "We hope," the commissioner said, "that this is a step back toward normalcy." The league and its ...

Hall of Famers reach out to youth with messages of strength

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It doesn't matter how the message is conveyed as long as it is communicated. So the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have three members livestream a session Friday with Ohio youngsters as part of its Strong Youth Strong Community program. Anthony Munoz, ...

AP source: NHLPA board voting on playoff format to return

By STEPHEN WHYNO and JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writers The NHL Players' Association's executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return to play format, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ...

Briscoe’s heartbreaking week ends with Xfinity victory

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Chase Briscoe was grateful to bring a moment or two of happiness to wife Marissa in the worst week of their lives. It was Tuesday, during a 12-week exam, that they learned that their expected child — they only learned Monday that ...

Rams’ Aaron Donald: Football without fans ‘wouldn’t be fun’

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Donald is not thrilled about the prospect of playing football without fans. The Los Angeles Rams' superstar defensive lineman doesn't like the idea of playing an NFL season in front of empty seats, saying it "wouldn't be fun to ...

Odenigbo’s opportunity: Vikings pass rusher now in key role

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, like the rest of the NFL during this virus-restricted offseason, have been forced to rely on virtual instruction over video conference calls between staff and players. Ifeadi Odenigbo's opportunity to become a ...