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US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others’ rights

Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined.

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

Eddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84

NBA says it is talking with Disney about resuming season

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

Jerry Sloan, Jazz great and Hall of Fame coach, dies at 78

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Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

NCAA weighs end to moratorium amid push to offer fall sports

Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown

LeBron: “Definitely not giving up on the season”

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns to racing

  US, European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine

Trump says back to normal in golf means big crowds, no masks

President Donald Trump’s idea of golf getting back to normal is having thousands of fans who aren’t wearing masks in attendance and “practically standing on top of each other.”

Phyllis George, female sportscasting pioneer, dies at 70

Phyllis George, the former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS's “The NFL Today,” has died. She was 70.

NFL teams can reopen facilities Tuesday, with provisos

NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it.

Former MLB All-Star, GM and executive Bob Watson dead at 74

Bob Watson, a two-time All-Star as a player who later became the first black general manager to win a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996, has died.

NFL players accused of armed robbery at South Florida party

IOC says postponing Tokyo Olympics will cost it $800M

AP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in July

  UFC 249 ushers in fan-free, mask-filled era of sports

Ex-ABA commish Mike Storen, dad of Hannah Storm, dies at 84

  Survey: Fans favor sports returning even without spectators in stands

Brett Favre repaying $1.1 M for no-show speeches, auditor says

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up, the Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday.

Minor leaguer Blake Bivens learned of family’s murder over social media

Bivens recently spoke publicly for what is believed to be the first time about the death of his wife, son and mother-in-law

NFL moving London, Mexico City games back to US stadiums because of coronavirus

All five regular-season games that would have been played internationally will now be played at the stadiums of the host teams.

Don Shula, winningest coach in pro football history, dies at 90

The Miami Dolphins said Monday that Don Shula, the winningest coach in pro football history, has died at the age of 90.

Dalton comes home to Texas as Prescott’s backup with Cowboys

Andy Dalton is coming home to Texas as Dak Prescott’s backup with the Dallas Cowboys.

AP source: MLB owners to discuss draft length next week

Teams and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that allowed MLB to cut the draft from 40 rounds to as few as five this year and 20 next year, part of a plan to deal with the new coronavirus pandemic that delayed the start of the season and slashed revenue.

Women’s soccer claim of unequal pay tossed, can argue travel

A federal judge threw out the unequal pay claim by players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team in a surprising loss for the defending World Cup champions but allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to go to trial.

  For sports, coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle

The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball would need thousands of virus tests every week if those leagues can resume playing games.

Broncos’ Von Miller says he’s recovered from COVID-19

Miller went public with his diagnosis on April 16, saying he wanted to show that the virus could affect anybody, even a young, world-class athlete in tip-top shape.

NFL plans full season; being “deliberate, reasonable”

The NFL is planning to play a full season though it’s uncertain what that will look like.

  Little League World Series canceled

For the first time in its history, the Little League World Series is being canceled, organizers said Thursday.

MLB teams offer ticket refunds, credit for games not played

Several Major League Baseball teams have announced ticket refund policies for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak.

Baseball Hall of Fame cancels induction ceremony

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and the rest of this year's Baseball Hall of Fame class will have to wait another year for their big moment at Cooperstown.

  Goodell reduces salary to $0, NFL workers taking pay cuts

Goodell, who makes upward of $30 million a year from salaries and bonuses, voluntarily had his salary reduced this month, a person familiar with the move tells The Associated Press on Wednesday.

NCAA board supports name, image and likeness compensation

The NCAA announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors supports permitting athletes the ability to cash in on their names, images and likenesses as never before and without involvement from the association, schools or conferences.

  Lakers return $4.6 million from stimulus loan program

The Los Angeles Lakers have repaid a loan of roughly $4.6 million from coronavirus business relief funds after learning the program had been depleted.

Tokyo Olympics difficult without coronavirus vaccine, Japan Medical Association says

Japan Medical Association president Yoshitake Yokokura said in a video media conference on Tuesday that the Olympics were possible only if the infections were under control, not only in Japan, but globally.

NBA pushes plan to reopen facilities until May 8 at earliest

The earliest that teams can reopen for voluntary player workouts is now May 8, the NBA said Monday — and that would only be the case in places where local and state laws made such a move permissible.

49ers fill needs, Packers fall short on draft weekend

The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers did a good job filling their needs on draft weekend.

AP Source: NBA facilities will begin to reopen Friday

NBA players will reportedly be allowed to return to team training facilities starting Friday, provided that their local governments do not have a stay-at-home order.

Led by LSU, Alabama, SEC players dominate remote NFL draft

The home of national champion LSU and perennial contenders Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, the SEC dominated the first four rounds of the NFL draft before the flow of talent slowed to a trickle. Or the conference finally began running out of top prospects.

Eagles draft former Highland Springs athlete, Wallace

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Wallace in the fourth round with the 127th overall pick. He became the second Highland Springs graduate to be picked during the 2020 draft, after Mekhi Becton went 11th overall to the Jets.

Washington Redskins trade Trent Williams

He’ll head to San Francisco in exchange for today’s 5th round draft pick and next year’s 3rd round selection.

Pitch and catch: Round 2 of NFL draft heavy on receivers

Pitch and catch. That's how the second round of the NFL draft began Friday night, and it hardly should be a stunner that receivers Tee Higgins of Clemson and Michael Pittman Jr. of Southern California were the first two picks.

Neb. couple together 57 years separated by COVID-19 restrictions

Long-term care facilities were some of the first to implement restrictions when COVID-19 came to the United States, and one Lincoln man is facing the challenge of being away from the one he loves.

For all the changes, NFL draft kind of looked, well, normal

In this most unique of drafts, filled with technological concerns and even uncertainty when real football might return, there was one constant Thursday night: Joe Burrow.

Agent: Gronkowski to have reunion with Brady in Tampa Bay

The agent for the retired New England star confirmed Tuesday that pending completion of a physical Gronkowski has agreed to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are acquiring his rights from the Patriots.

Fans sue MLB, teams over ticket money, ask for class action

Opening day on March 26 was pushed back until mid-May at the earliest after a national emergency was declared due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Families sue helicopter company in deadly Kobe Bryant crash

The wrongful death lawsuits allege that Island Express Helicopters Inc. was careless and negligent in the crash that killed nine.

  Tom Brady ejected from Fla. park closed due to coronavirus pandemic

The four-time Super Bowl MVP recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team with the worst winning percentage in NFL history.

NFL star Von Miller has COVID-19, is in good spirits

Von Miller’s agent says the NFL star has tested positive for the coronavirus and wanted to come forward with his diagnosis to show doubters how serious the disease is.

Wrestling announcer Howard Finkel dies at age 69

Long-time wrestling announcer and WWE Hall of Famer Howard “The Fink” Finkel died at the age of 69, the company announced Thursday.

  Los Angeles Rams’ Brian Allen becomes 1st known NFL player with coronavirus

Allen was undergoing rehabilitation for a knee injury at the Rams’ training facility when he began to feel symptoms.

Report: Baseball star Roy Halladay was doing stunts when plane crashed

Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgement as he performed high-pitch climbs and steep turns.

Commissioners tell VP no football before campuses open

The pandemic has shut down all major sporting events since mid-March and forced colleges to close campuses and move classes online.

  Fauci suggests sports could return this summer - no fans allowed

Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the potential return of professional sports among a wide range of topics in the discussion.

Hall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis dead at age 85

Willie Davis, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman who helped the Green Bay Packers win each of the first two Super Bowls, has died. He was 85.

  Tour de France rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20

This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races.

Pro wrestling ‘essential’ under Florida governor’s order

With Florida under a new coronavirus-induced lockdown, there’s one business deemed essential by Florida’s governor that is raising eyebrows: pro wrestling.

Hank Steinbrenner, Yankees co-owner, dies at 63

The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue.

NASCAR driver Kyle Larson fired after racial slur in virtual race

Chip Ganassi Racing has fired its star NASCAR driver Kyle Larson after he used the N-word during a virtual race.

  Tour de France called off amid virus, no new dates set

It may still happen this year, but it’s clear the three-week race won’t be starting on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled.

  Mom of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns dies from COVID-19

The Minnesota Timberwolves picked Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 pick out of the University of Kentucky in the 2015 NBA draft.

NASCAR’s Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual race

Larson was competing in an iRacing event Sunday night when he appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter when he used the N-word.

XFL suspends operations, lays off employees

The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.

Beloved Detroit Tigers star, Hall of Famer Al Kaline dies at 85

Affectionately known as "Mr. Tiger," Al Kaline, the Hall of Fame outfielder who played his entire 22-season career for Detroit, died at age 85.

NFL going virtual for upcoming draft

The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes.

British Open canceled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

It was a major piece of golf trying to reconfigure a schedule brought on by the spread of the new coronavirus.

History-making Saints kicker Tom Dempsey dies from coronavirus crisis

Legendary New Orleans Saints place kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday night after a battle with COVID-19. He was 73.

Study: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teams

The difference in average Graduation Success Rate for white men’s players (94.3%) and black men’s players (80%) stood at 14.3 percentage points, up from 12.6 in the 2019 study.

NFL to begin season as scheduled in September

During a conference call Tuesday, league officials announced the season will start in September and teams will play their full 16 game schedule with fans in attendance. International games are also still planned.

  Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus

The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020.

NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs to 14 teams

This is the first expansion of the playoffs since 1990, when the NFL went from 10 to 12 postseason entrants.

Payton: This will be Drew Brees’ final season

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will be back for his 15th season in black and gold in 2020, but according to head coach Sean Payton, this is likely going to be it.

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

The council is made up of college sports administrators representing all 32 D-I conferences, plus two members of the student-athlete advisory committee.

NCAA officially grants extra year of eligibilty to spring sports athletes

The NCAA has officially granted an extra year of eligibility to spring sports athletes who had their season cut short due to COVID-19.

  Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Curly’ Neal of Harlem Globetrotters dies at 77

Former Harlem Globetrotter Fred “Curly” Neal died Thursday at his Texas home. He was 77.