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For openers: MLB tries again with short season, skewed rules

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball ...

Mellow Matt; Penguins G Murray eyeing present, not future

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray's legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It's the goaltender's future, however, that is murky. Not that Murray ...

Judge denies American women’s soccer immediate appeal

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer A federal judge has denied a request by American women's soccer players to allow an immediate appeal of his decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay against the U.S. Soccer Federation. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles has scheduled a ...

Pro tennis set to resume in Australia after lockdown

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis players in Australia will have a chance to compete for prize money for the first time since March in a UTR pro series starting this weekend in Sydney and continuing in city hubs across the country from next week. Top-ranked Ash Barty is unlikely to compete, ...

New York City Marathon canceled because of coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world's largest marathon Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor's office and deciding the race posed too many ...

As Florida virus test numbers rise, NBA prepares for Disney

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The rate of positive coronavirus tests in the Orlando, Florida, area has been soaring in recent days. The NBA hopes that doesn't matter. After spending weeks putting together an incredibly elaborate series of health and safety protocols — the word ...

No full shields for players; NHL talking off-ice protection

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer NHL players won't be expected to wear full face shields if games resume this summer, though there could be plenty of covered faces around them. Equipment changes have not been a focus of return-to-play negotiations between the league and players' union, ...

Former snooker player Willie Thorne dies at 66

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Willie Thorne, a former snooker player who was one of Britain's most distinctive sportsmen in the 1980s because of his bald head, died Wednesday. He was 66. A message on Thorne's GoFundMe page said he died after battling leukaemia. He had been placed into an ...

World’s fastest man suspended for missing doping tests

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports Writer DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The fastest man in the world has been sidelined for a string of missed doping tests. Christian Coleman, an American sprinter who won the 100-meter title at last year's world championships and had been the early favorite for ...

23-time major champ Serena Williams says she’ll play US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to play in the 2020 U.S. Open. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a video shown during the U.S. Tennis Association's tournament presentation Wednesday that she "cannot wait to return" to New York for the major championship she has won ...

Column: Shut up and dribble? No way. It’s time to listen

A column is normally a spot for pontificating, to speak bluntly on the issues of the day and receive a gamut of feedback, from effusive praise to slanderous insults. Not this time. Now's the time for those of us in the privileged class to listen, really listen to what African-Americans and ...

Players left with bitter feelings after deal to restart MLS

Major League Soccer and its players came away with a sense of accomplishment after reaching a new collective-bargaining agreement in February as the league was heading into its 25th season. "I think coming out of February both sides felt good," Seattle player representative Harry Shipp said. ...

Back on track: IndyCar delayed debut all-in-one Texas affair

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Things are starting to feel a little more normal for Ed Carpenter with IndyCar finally about to start its season, though the timing still has him a bit out of sorts. The only owner-driver in the series surely isn't alone feeling that way. "One of the weirdest things, ...

DePaul AD Jean Lenti Ponsetto retires after 18 years

CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto is retiring. Ponsetto, who played four sports at DePaul, has served as athletic director for the past 18 years and worked in other administrative positions with the athletic department for more than 20 years. "The changing ...

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 ...