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Lawmakers push for Flood in HOF

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Curt Flood’s widow has a simple explanation for why her late husband, who is revered by players for sacrificing his career to advocate for free agency, has not been enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame. “I think the holdup is that he got on a lot of ...

76ers having a tough 2020 so far

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers are down two All-Stars. Already missing Ben Simmons because of a back injury, the 76ers played without center Joel Embiid on Thursday night against New York with a sprained left shoulder. “It’s a painfully obvious bind,” ...

Media giant protects itself with virus insurance policy

The Associated Press Baseball and basketball played before empty stands. Soccer leagues delayed matches. Clubs left out of Asian competitions or matches were forced to relocate. And the rapidly spreading virus that has infected more than 81,000 people globally and left more than 2,750 dead, ...

MLS embarks on 25th season

The Associated Press As Major League Soccer embarks on its 25th season with two new expansion teams, it seems worth noting how far the league has come in that quarter-century. And what better way to look at that evolution than to ask its first employee. MLS President and Deputy ...

English, Lewis share lead

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Sponsor exemptions are basically free-play gifts handed out by the people in charge of golf tournaments, a handful of invitations available most weeks to those who wouldn’t have otherwise qualified for an event. Tom Lewis and Harris English were among the ...

Players, owners close to deal

The Associated Press The NFL and its players have moved closer to a new collective bargaining agreement and the next decade of labor peace that would come with it. If the process is at first-and-goal now, though, there’s still work to be done to get into the end zone. With a late-night ...

Pirates’ pitching struggles early on

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox scored three times in the seventh inning in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in exhibition play Wednesday. Jose Osuna and Cole Tucker each had a hit and an RBI for the Pirates (0-5-1). Starter Mitch Keller struck out ...

Heart issues keep Blues star out

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs. General manager Doug Armstrong made the announcement on Wednesday. In a news conference at the Enterprise Center, Bouwmeester ...

Sharapova retires at 32

The Associated Press Maria Sharapova was a transcendent star in tennis from the time she was a teenager, someone whose grit and groundstrokes earned her a career Grand Slam and whose off-court success included millions of dollars more in endorsement deals than prize money. And yet, ...

Ayres enjoys newfound fame

RALEIGH, N.C. — David Ayres is still adjusting to new-found stardom after winning a game as the emergency goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes. The 42-year-old Zamboni driver and kidney-transplant recipient has been making the rounds on TV shows and radio interviews since earning ...

Both sides mum after four-hour talk

After nearly four hours of meetings between players union representatives and members of the NFL’s negotiating committee Tuesday in Indianapolis, many questions remained. Mainly, what’s next? They got together to hash out their differences in a new labor agreement the owners approved ...

Burrow shows some love to home-state Cincy

INDIANAPOLIS — Who wouldn’t want to follow in the footsteps of John Elway and Eli Manning? Joe Burrow, that’s who. The Heisman Trophy winner, national champion and consensus No. 1 pick in next month’s draft said Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine that he’d have no qualms playing ...

Minnesota investigating sexual abuse

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota says it is investigating allegations that a former men’s hockey assistant sexually abused players more than 30 years ago. The move comes after The Athletic reported on sexual abuse allegations against former assistant Thomas “Chico” Adrahtas ...

76ers must learn to play without Simmons

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons will miss at least two more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back. The All-Star played just a few minutes in Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee before leaving with the back injury. He will undergo daily treatment for ...

Noisy west coast swing wasn’t all about the golf

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — The PGA Tour delivered plenty of drama during the West Coast swing. Most of it was outside the ropes. After two months that went from rain in Hawaii to sunshine at Pebble Beach to the high altitude of Mexico City, about the only ...

Yanks lose Severino for season

The Associated Press DUNEDIN, Fla. — Luis Severino will miss the season with an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery, and the New York Yankees’ rotation no longer looks all that imposing. New York announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar ...

Kansas finds itself back on top of poll

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas is back on top of the college basketball world after knocking off Baylor in a matchup of Big 12 heavyweights, while the Bears dropped to No. 2 in The Associated Press men’s poll Monday after their nip-and-tuck loss in Waco. The Jayhawks (24-3, 13-1 Big 12) received ...

Virus affects events held in Italy

ROME — The first board meeting for the Milan-Cortina Olympics was changed to a video conference Monday as authorities sought to contain a spreading virus that has made northern Italy the focal point of the outbreak in Europe. Instead of meeting in Milan, members of the newly created board ...

Oregon star makes history with rebound

The Associated Press STANFORD, Calif. — Sabrina Ionescu became the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds and notched her record 26th career triple-double hours after speaking at Kobe Bryant’s memorial service, leading No. 3 Oregon past ...

Champ Fury a fascinating fellow

LAS VEGAS — The world has never seen a heavyweight champion quite like Tyson Fury, the British behemoth who gave Deontay Wilder a beat down to win the heavyweight title and then celebrated by leading his fans in a chorus of “American Pie” from the ring at the MGM Grand hotel. He can ...