Column: Rolling the dice against a virus that usually wins
There’s plenty of activity outside ballparks on both sides of the country, with people lining up by the hundreds in nervous anticipation of what the next few days might bring.
Upcoming MLB free agents have fewer games to impress
PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray already knew 2020 would be a big season for his financial future because it's his last one before becoming a free agent.
Yanks' Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquad
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn't have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx.
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend.
MLS to resume season minus 1 team amid growing virus concern
Major League Soccer is about to resume its season — in a state that has seen a huge spike in coronavirus infections, with one team absent because of a COVID-19 outbreak, and with plenty of worry about what will happen next.
More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease
As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field.
NFL, NFLPA still haven't resolved all protocol for camps
The NFL and the NFLPA haven’t come to an agreement on all protocols for training camp and the preseason as the report date for teams draws closer.
AP source: Mets to host Yankees on 20th anniversary of 9/11
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets will host the crosstown Yankees on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 next season, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Mahomes' big bet on football pays off with $503 million deal
Patrick Mahomes risked everything when he opted for football over baseball. Turns out, he got baseball money anyway. One day after the former two-sport star got a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, the richest contract in American sports history, the reigning Super Bowl MVP repeatedly insisted this deal was about more than money.
1st 60: How MLB standouts fared in what will equal full 2020
Cody Bellinger was well on his way to becoming the National League MVP only 60 games into last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, already with 20 homers in that stretch before his 24th birthday.
Dream owner Loeffler objects to WNBA's social justice plans
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wizards' Beal, Nets' Dinwiddie to miss rest of NBA season
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie won't take part in the restart of the NBA season, two significant absences in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
NBA teams on the cusp of having real practices again
Practice facilities in the NBA have been open for a couple of months, with one major element missing from them. No team has had an actual practice yet.
Column: The measure of DeChambeau is if anyone copies him
He reduced the golf course to a pitch-and-putt with power that got everyone's attention. That was John Daly at Crooked Stick in 1991 when he followed his caddie's instructions — “Kill it!” — on his way to winning the PGA Championship.
MLS Nashville-Chicago match postponed after 5 positive tests
Major League Soccer has postponed the second match of the MLS is Back tournament after five Nashville players tested positive for COVID-19, the league announced Tuesday.
Column: Jimmie Johnson finds voice during last NASCAR season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson stood alone on the track at Pocono Raceway, empty grandstands in front of him, a ghost town of a garage behind him.
Safe at home? Off-field behavior will be decisive for MLB
MIAMI (AP) — Reliever Nick Vincent signed last week with the Miami Marlins and settled in for two days of quarantine in his hotel room while awaiting clearance to join workouts.
AP Was There: Serena beats Venus for 1st Wimbledon title
EDITOR’S NOTE — Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals.
Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sexual abuse
NEW YORK (AP) — Last month, when former Major League All-star Torii Hunter said he’d been called the N-word “a hundred times” at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, the Red Sox were quick to back him up with a promise to fight racism.
Nats, Astros, Cards cancel workouts over virus testing delay
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season.
NHL, players announce labor deal, plan to resume play Aug. 1
The NHL is in position to resume playing in less than a month — with 24 teams in action, all in Canada — and could be on the verge of enjoying labor peace through 2026.
MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays
Major League Baseball released its pandemic-shortened schedule Monday, featuring a tantalizing season opener between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Washington Nationals, even as some teams were still bogged down by coronavirus concerns.
Betts: Baseball didn't do good job with response to Floyd
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts wasn’t moved by Major League Baseball’s response in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest star has a goal of getting the Black community to love baseball as much as he does.
Chiefs, Mahomes agree to 10-year, $503 million extension
The Kansas City Chiefs made sure they'll have Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes around as long as possible. Mahomes agreed to a 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, according to his agency, Steinberg Sports.
PGA Tour, Memorial scrap plans to have limited spectators
The PGA Tour and the Memorial scrapped state-approved plans to have limited spectators next week because of what it described as rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.