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Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The move comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.

Players unite in push to save college season, create union

Morikawa delivers great shot in quiet moment to win PGA

Mid-American Conference cancels fall football due to virus

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Notre Dame opens ACC play against Duke, won’t play Navy

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  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

Report alleges toxic environment, sexual harassment within Lady Raiders basketball program

UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

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

The 104th running of “The Great American Race” will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression.

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

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.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson becomes part owner of XFL

The investors reportedly purchased it out of bankruptcy for $15 million. The eight-team XFL shut down in April after playing five weeks of games, at least in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span.

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

Dallas Cowboys cancel season tickets for 2020 season

The Dallas Cowboys have announced they will be cancelling season tickets for the 2020 season.

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

The Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, as the number of their players testing positive rose to 15.

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

The New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Bruce Maxwell.

At least 3 MLB games postponed amid Marlins’ virus outbreak

More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that disrupted Major League Baseball's schedule on the fifth day of the pandemic-delayed season.

Goodell sends letter to NFL fans explaining plans for season

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league’s plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic.

College football season in question after conferences go their own way

The Power Five conferences are putting in place revised schedules they hope will make it easier to manage potential disruptions brought on by COVID-19.

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

The NFL is putting a number of safety measures in place ahead of the start of training camp this week.

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.