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No fans to be allowed at Rose Bowl for CFP semifinal game

The Rose Bowl is hosting one of the playoff semifinals; the other is at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

Richmond beats No. 10 Kentucky, 1st win vs AP top-10 team

Fuller sticking with Vanderbilt football after historic kick

  AP source: NFL fines Saints $500,000, Patriots $350,000

Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Jones

Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5

Detroit Lions fire coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn

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Basketball legend Michael Jordan donates $2 million to Feeding America

12-year-old Gamecock fan with cerebral palsy surprised with dream gameday experience

  Female soccer player poised to play for Vandy’s football team

  Thousands bid farewell to soccer legend Maradona in Argentina amid clashes

  Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

White Sox to host Yankees in Field of Dreams game on Aug. 12

Raptors denied permission to play in Canada, head to Tampa

An official familiar with the federal government’s decision told The Associated Press on Friday there is too much COVID-19 circulating in the United States to allow for cross-border travel that is not essential.

  NCAA in talks with Indianapolis to host all of March Madness

The NCAA announced Monday it plans to hold the entire 2021 men’s college basketball tournament in one geographic location to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and is in talks with Indianapolis to be the host city.

Dustin Johnson coasts to 5-shot win and 1st Masters title

Dustin Johnson wins first Masters played in the fall with record score of 268.

Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Lasorda hospitalized in ICU

Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized in Southern California.

Breakthrough for women: Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as GM

  The Weeknd to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show

Honorary starters, then rain, as 1st fall Masters begins

Notre Dame mandates virus testing after football celebration

Chase Elliott wins first NASCAR Cup Series Championship

ESPN announces 300 layoffs, citing ‘disruption’ amid virus

Super Bowl champ from Va. hosting anti-bullying Halloween event

A Super Bowl championship and Varina graduate is heading to Henrico Saturday to host an anti-bullying event.

Travis Roy, Boston University hockey player paralyzed in first game, dies at 45

From his wheelchair, he gave as many as 40 motivational speeches a year. The message he shared: Do the best with what you have and don’t dwell on your misfortune.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence tests positive for COVID-19

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19, putting into doubt whether the face of college football will be available to play the top-ranked Tigers' biggest game of the season.

MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field

Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others.

Dodgers win 1st World Series title since 1988

The Dodgers posted the best record in the majors during this pandemic-shortened season, then rallied in the final game to claim a most elusive crown.

Former Panthers' coach Rivera rings 'Victory Bell’ after completing cancer treatment

Rivera, the former Carolina Panthers head coach, walked down the hallways of Inova hospital in Northern Virginia Monday after completing his last cancer treatment.

AP source: NFL fines Titans $350,000 for COVID-19 outbreak

The NFL has fined the Tennessee Titans $350,000 for violating protocols leading to the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak during the season, a person familiar with the discipline told The Associated Press.

Matt Blair, star linebacker for Vikings, dies at 70

He started 130 of the 160 regular-season games he played, racking up 1,452 tackles, the second most in team history.

Woman runs under 6-minute mile while 9 months pregnant

Makenna Myler, 28, who’s originally from Australia but now lives in California, has been running five or six times a week during her pregnancy.

Dodgers-Rays rare wild-card era matchup of baseball’s best

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to win their first World Series title since 1998. The Tampa Bay Rays are among just six current franchises that have never won.

Mickelson uses strong final round to claim Dominion Energy Charity Classic title

Phil Mickelson was only looking up at Mike Weir after the first two rounds at Country Club of Virginia.

Gamecocks defeat No. 15 Auburn for first time in more than 80 years

South Carolina takes down Auburn for the first time since 1933,

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Alabama’s Saban cleared to coach after 3rd negative test

Saban had initially tested positive on Wednesday, along with athletic director Greg Byrne.

Patriots back to work, Jaguars work remotely after positive COVID-19 test

The Jaguars said Saturday that a practice squad player has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Florida Gators postpone game against Missouri to Oct. 31

Florida football will not play Missouri next week.

Colts' retests for COVID-19 negative; Patriots cancel practice over positive test, AP source says

The New England Patriots canceled practice Friday after a member of the organization tested positive for COVID-19, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Falcons shut facility after 2nd positive; Vikings game on

The Falcons' decision to shut their facility follows outbreaks with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots.

Nick Saban, Alabama AD Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

Alabama football head coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Florida Gators’ game against LSU has been postponed

A source told WCJB the decision came a day after 19 Florida football players tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

NFL will test for COVID-19 on game days, has no bubble plans

The league will begin PCR testing for COVID-19 on game days starting this week, use of masks in walkthroughs are now mandatory and only play-callers will be permitted to wear face shields in lieu of masks or gaiters on the sideline.

Florida Gators football pausing team activities after 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases

"Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon,” said Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin.

Bobby Bowden to return home from hospital Wednesday

Bowden’s wife, Ann, says the former coach is “sounding like his old self again.”

Joe Morgan, Hall of Famer and driving force of Big Red Machine, dies at 77

Joe Morgan, the two-time MVP second baseman on the “Big Red Machine” teams in Cincinnati in the ’70s, has died at the age of 77, according to multiple reports.

AP source: Bills-Titans on with no positives for TN, Pats

The Buffalo Bills' game with Tennessee remains on schedule for Tuesday night after the Titans had no positives Monday morning.

Bubble Kings: Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are back atop the NBA world.

Bubble Kings: Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship

Los Angeles Lakers win 17th NBA title to tie Boston for record, beating Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6.

NFL does major juggling of schedule due to coronavirus

The NFL has postponed the Denver-New England game indefinitely due to another positive coronavirus test with the Patriots.

Perfect in Paris, Nadal overwhelms Djokovic to tie Federer

Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final.

Titans back at work, not talking about COVID-19 outbreak

This keeps the Titans (3-0) on track to host Buffalo (4-0) on Tuesday, with the Patriots hosting Denver on Monday after both games were rescheduled from Sunday.

Kentucky football game stopped due to fans not wearing face masks

A middle school football game in Kentucky had an abrupt timeout Thursday night.

Jets have no positive COVID-19 tests, game with Arizona on

Meanwhile, the Titans have gone three of the past five days without a positive test, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Whitey Ford, Hall of Fame ace for mighty Yankees, died at 91

Nicknamed the “Chairman of the Board,” Ford was a wily left-hander who pitched from 1950-67 in the major leagues, all with the Yankees.

AP source: Titans told not to hold any in-person activities

Tennessee was told players could not gather together for any in-person activities either at the club’s facility or elsewhere a day before several Titans worked out at a private school, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.

  NFL looking at ‘several’ protocol incidents with Titans

Tennessee will not be returning to the team’s facility Wednesday after two more players tested positive in the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Titans hope NFL allows them to return Wednesday, coach says

The person tells The Associated Press that Tennessee needs that to continue Wednesday to be able to go back to its facility.

  Goodell: Forfeits possible for NFL virus protocol violations

The NFL was forced to adjust its Week 4 schedule when Tennessee had the league’s first coronavirus outbreak and New England and Kansas City each had a player test positive.

Texans fire coach Bill O’Brien after 0-4 start

Houston Texans coach and general manager Bill O’Brien has been fired, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press.

FSU coaching legend Bobby Bowden tests positive for coronavirus

Bowden says he tested positive for COVID-19 while at the hospital last week.

  Taking reservations ‘for the first time ever’: Sports bars handling pandemic during football season

Home Team Grill in the Fan says they're seeing about half the business they usually see during football season.

AP source: Titans have 2 new positives, none for rest of NFL

Another Tennessee Titans player and another staff member have tested positive for the coronavirus, while the rest of the NFL returned no new positives on Sunday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Chiefs vs. Patriots game postponed after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams

The announcement comes shortly after ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Patriots starting QB Cam Newton tested positive for the virus and will miss the game against the Chiefs.

Patriots QB Cam Newton tests positive for coronavirus

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play on Sunday against the Chiefs, NBC Washington reports.

Titans' outbreak now 18, with Bills' game possibly at risk

This is the fifth straight day that at least one member of the Titans' organization has had a positive test result return.

Bob Gibson, Hall of Fame ace for Cardinals, dies at 84

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, the dominating St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, has died.

NFL reschedules Steelers-Titans, Ravens' bye now Week 7

The Titans' outbreak expanded by two more players testing positive Friday, pushing the team’s total to 14 within the past week.

Titans back to waiting after NFL postpones game vs. Steelers over coronavirus outbreak

The NFL postponed Sunday’s game in Nashville after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19.

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers-Titans to Monday or Tuesday

The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game originally scheduled for Sunday will be played either Monday or Tuesday after a new positive coronavirus test result Wednesday among the Titans, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with hurt Achilles

Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open on Wednesday because of an Achilles injury.

Woman denies attempted kidnapping of Joe Montana’s grandchild

The suspect is charged with felony counts of attempted kidnapping and burglary. She could get eight years in prison if convicted as charged.

  Titans have NFL’s 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

The Tennessee Titans have shut down their facility until Saturday after eight positive virus tests, putting Sunday’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in jeopardy.

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

The NHL is the first of the four major North American professional sports leagues to crown a champion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

NBA Finals set: LeBron, Lakers will meet Butler, Heat

The matchup is now set, with the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers emerging as the last two teams standing in the chase to be crowned champions of the most tumultuous season in NBA history.

Joe Montana, wife block attempted kidnapping of grandchild

Authorities say Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his wife confronted a home intruder who attempted to kidnap their grandchild over the weekend in California.

Pac-12 to kick off 7-game football season in early November

The Pac-12 has decided to play football in the fall, reversing an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about COVID-19.

AP Source: Chargers’ team doctor punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lung

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor missed last Sunday’s game because a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung, according to a person familiar with the case.

Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Wednesday that Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers, whose friendship with a teammate with cancer was recounted in “Brian’s Song,” has died at the age of 77.

Joe Laurinaitis, pro wrestler Road Warrior Animal, dies at age 60

Joe Laurinaitis, the legendary pro wrestler known as Animal in the Road Warriors tag team, has died at the age of 60, the WWE said Wednesday.