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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.

NCAA officially grants extra year of eligibilty to spring sports athletes

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

‘Curly’ Neal of Harlem Globetrotters dies at 77

Indianapolis 500 postponed for coronavirus

  Egg prices skyrocketing during coronavirus pandemic

  Tokyo Olympics officially postponed to 2021 by IOC

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  Reports: IOC member believes Summer Olympics will be postponed

Tom Brady joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  Researchers find oldest modern bird fossil, ‘Wonderchicken’

On second try, Norwegian Waerner takes Iditarod crown

MLB teams pledge $30 million to support ballpark employees

SEC, ACC cancel sports for remainder of academic year

Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady leaving Patriots

The 42-year-old quarterback with six Super Bowl rings said Tuesday morning that he is leaving the New England Patriots.

MLB delays opening day to mid-May at earliest due to virus

The move came Monday after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

April NFL draft on schedule, no public events in Las Vegas

NFL Draft events for the public scheduled in Las Vegas next month have been canceled, the league said Monday.

NFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game season

The NFL players on Sunday approved a new labor agreement with the league that features a 17-game regular season.

Gobert pledges $500,000 to help with relief, NBA shutdown

  The Masters, NASCAR races postponed due to coronavirus

  PGA Tour canceled in latest of suspended sporting events

  Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

  NBA suspends season after player tests positive for virus

Tiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame

NCAA closes March Madness games to public; advises limiting attendance at all college sports

The NCAA has announced that although March Madness basketball games will carry on as scheduled, only essential personnel and family members will be allowed to attend due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

NCAA: March Madness going ahead as planned

NCAA basketball tournament games are scheduled to begin next week.

  Trainers, vets, others charged in horse-drugging scheme

Prosecutors noted in the indictments that professional horse racing is a $100 billion industry followed by millions of fans worldwide. Racehorses can sell at auction for well over $1 million.

Despite coronavirus, IOC unwavering on Olympics starting in July

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach told reporters “neither the word cancellation nor the word postponement was even mentioned” at a board meeting he chaired in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  An NCAA Tournament with empty arenas? It can’t be ruled out

Chief Operating Officer Donald Remy did not dismiss the possibility of games being played with no fans in arenas. The games presumably would still be televised.

Richmond Raceway to host NTT INDYCAR SERIES open test in March

Richmond Raceway will host the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for an open test on Wednesday, March 25.

5-time major champ Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at 32

The five-time Grand Slam title champion and former No. 1-ranked player has been dealing with shoulder problems for years. She played only two matches this season and lost both.

Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorial

The celebration of life will feature music and retrospectives on Bryant’s career, along with speakers reflecting on his impact on his sport and the world.

Woman, 84, sinks putt across basketball court to win new car

An 84-year-old woman is celebrating after she won a new car by sinking a putt across the entire length of the basketball court at the University of Mississippi.

Heat rout Cavs 124-105 as Wade is honored at halftime

The jersey retirement ceremony was part of a three-day celebration of Dwyane Wade’s 16-year NBA career, which included three championship seasons with Miami.

  10-year-old makes portrait of NBA legend using recycled materials

From clothespins to rocks, feathers or even lego pieces, what may look like everyday objects to the average person is a world of possibilities for Ashlyn Nelson. The Chesterfield 10-year-old uses these items found around the home to breathe life into art. She has a rolling art shelf full of supplies

Player reps not voting on NFL labor deal; more talks Tuesday

The NFL players’ union executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day.

NFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge; police say he had 157 pounds of weed

A federal criminal complaint accuses the 27-year-old Greg Robinson and 27-year-old Jaquan Bray of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession intent to distribute.

Newman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas

Roush Fenway Racing tweeted a photo of Newman walking out of Halifax Medical Center hand in hand with his daughters.

Newman ‘awake and speaking’ after fiery Daytona crash

Hamlin was criticized for celebrating his second consecutive Daytona 500 win. He says he was unaware Newman was injured.

Former NASCAR driver Candace Muzny found dead in home

The 43-year-old former NASCAR driver was found dead in her Oklahoma City home.

Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 157-155 in revamped format

Prior to the game, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson led a tribute to Kobe Bryant and Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, including an eight-second moment of silence, a nod to the number Bryant wore the first half of his career.

Sticking to script: Bregman, Astros discuss sign stealing

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season.

Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday indicating that President Donald Trump is expected to attend the NASCAR race.

Panthers gear yard sale will include autographed memorabilia from Ron Rivera

Panthers fans have the opportunity to get autographed team memorabilia this weekend with a donation to the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Browns’ Garrett reinstated by NFL after 6-game suspension

Myles Garrett missed Cleveland’s final six games last season after hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet

2 Ohio State football players accused of rape, kidnapping

The Columbus Dispatch reports that 21-year-old defensive players Amir I. Riep and Jahsen L. Wint were booked into jail early Wednesday.

Roger Kahn, elegant ‘Boys of Summer’ author, dies at 92

The author of 20 books and hundreds of articles, Kahn was particularly noted for the 1972 baseball best-seller, "The Boys of Summer."

Super Bowl napper’s now sleeping celebrity

A man takes a nap during the Super Bowl and now he’s an internet sensation.

Kenin of US tops Muguruza at Australian Open for 1st major

Kenin was seeded 14th. She had never been past the fourth round of a major tournament until now.

Roses for Kobe and Gianna as Lakers return to action

The Lakers prepared to play their first game since the crash.

NBA All-Stars to wear Kobe’s No. 24 and Gianna’s No. 2

The NBA All-Stars will wear jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant and his daughter.

AP Source: Baker reaches agreement to become Astros manager

A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Dusty Baker has reached an agreement to be the manager of the Houston Astros.

Football Hall of Fame defensive end Doleman dies at age 58

all of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman, who became one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died. He was 58.

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

The 70-year-old Baker would become the oldest manager in the big leagues.

  Kobe Bryant’s sudden death in helicopter crash shocks fans, athletes around the world

While flying in foggy conditions, the helicopter plunged into a rugged hillside killing all nine people aboard, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter.

  Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash, reports say

All nine people aboard a helicopter died in a crash Sunday in the Los Angeles area. Multiple reports say NBA legend Kobe Bryant was among the dead.

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals Agree on $2M Plus Incentives for 2020: AP Source

A person familiar with the negotiations tells the AP that Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a $2 million deal for 2020.

49ers’ Katie Sowers to be first female coach in Super Bowl

The offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Katie Sowers, will be the first female and first openly LQBTQ coach to participate in the big game.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor on Tuesday.

Super Bowl 54 may be most expensive one yet

Ticket prices to Super Bowl 54 in Miami could be the most expensive ever.

New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandal

Carlos Beltrán is out as manager of the New York Mets before a single game. It’s the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball.

Previously undetected lymphoma led to ESPN reporter’s death, fiancée reveals

Aschoff’s fiancée said after his autopsy, they found out he had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his lungs. It’s an aggressive kind of cancer that can be undetectable until it’s very advanced.

Demi Lovato to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

A week before the Super Bowl, Lovato will perform at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

The move came one day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’s sign-stealing scandal.

Ed Orgeron, coaching staff to earn big payday for LSU’s national championship victory

In addition to winning the hearts of fans, LSU’s coaching staff will receive financial bonuses for leading the Tigers to a national championship victory.

Australian Open qualifying begins despite poor air quality from wildfires

Smoke haze and poor air quality from wildfires has caused problems for players in practice and qualifying for the Australian Open.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, GM suspended through World Series for team's sign-stealing; club fined $5 million.

Dallas Cowboys moving on without Jason Garrett as coach

Jason Garrett is out as coach of the Dallas Cowboys after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team in a make-or-break season.

The King reigns: LeBron James is AP’s male athlete of decade

LeBron James has been selected as The Associated Press male athlete of the decade.

Serena Williams aces AP Female Athlete of the Decade honors

Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span.

Virginia Tech preps for Belk Bowl

The Hokies football team hit the practice field for the first time today in preparation for the Belk Bowl against Kentucky.

  Patrick Henry’s Hanback set to cap off college career

Hanback has been a UVA fan his entire life, and perhaps his biggest career highlight helped the Wahoos end their 15-year skid against Virginia Tech.

  Orange Bowl marks homecoming for UVA’s Alonso

For UVA defensive end and Miami native Mandy Alonso, coming to the Orange Bowl means coming home.

  UVA arrives for Orange Bowl

The University of Virginia football team arrives in South Florida to begin their final stretch of Orange Bowl preparations.

The Fun Guy: Kawhi Leonard is the AP’s male athlete of 2019

Kawhi Leonard was an easy winner in the voting conducted by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers.

Lindsey Vonn proposes to fiancé P.K. Subban

Lindsey Vonn popped the question to hockey star P.K. Subban, though the couple has been engaged since he first proposed to her in August.

‘True to 7’: Nike releases Kaepernick-inspired ‘Air Force 1’ sneakers

On Monday, the sneaker company released the “Nike Air Force 1 Colin Kaepernick,” also known as “True to 7.”

AP Exclusive: Computer plate umps allowed in new labor deal

Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

NBA sends teams proposal for 78-game season, other changes

Players on the winning team in the in-season tournament would get a $1 million prize each.

Herman Boone, immortalized in ‘Remember the Titans,’ dies at 84

Herman Boone, the legendary high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film “Remember the Titans,” has died at the age of 84.

Virginia city says Michael Vick owes $70K in unpaid taxes

Officials say former football star Michael Vick owes tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes on luxury cars that he owned in Virginia.

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has emergency brain surgery

The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage earlier and underwent emergency surgery.