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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 ...