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$640,000 will be lost with extra ballgames

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball owners and players have reverted to form — the type displayed over the past half-century during eight work stoppages filled with salary squabbles. Players proposed to resume the sport in the coronavirus pandemic with a 114-game regular season and ...

Non-revenue teams fret over new legislation

The Associated Press College coaches in non-revenue sports are worried about the impact legislation allowing compensation for athletes could have on their programs. More than a dozen national associations in various sports — hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming and gymnastics, among ...

Legendary Auburn football coach dead at 80

The Associated Press College Football Hall of Famer Pat Dye, who took over a downtrodden Auburn football program in 1981 and turned it into a Southeastern Conference power, died Monday. He was 80. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said Dye died at a hospice care facility in Auburn from ...

Sports at a glance

B-A AD clarifies his comments Bellwood-Antis athletic director Charlie Burch made it clear Monday that he had plenty of respect for all previous members and coaches of the school’s softball program. In a story about Jim Payne, who had been the school’s softball coach the past 13 ...

Luck again on side of Keselowski

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Brad Keselowski has a new crew and is fighting for a new contract at Team Penske. His confidence is still intact and he’s convinced he can compete for a championship this year. Being in the right place at the right time is helping. Keselowski inherited his second win ...

AP source: MLB players offer 114-game season

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball players proposed a 114-game regular season Sunday, up from 82 in management’s offer, but no additional pay cuts beyond the one they agreed to in March, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

Plans set to test on daily basis

Nick Foligno watches Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefings and appreciates the value of the information. It is part of the reason the Columbus captain supports NHL players undergoing daily testing if the season resumes. “Testing is a must because it’s the only way you’re ...

Owners table onsides kick debate

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press For a league that took so many years to find a catch rule that makes sense — we think the current one does that — it can’t be a surprise that the somewhat radical proposal of an alternative to the onside kick has been tabled. No, fourth-and-15 is ...

NCAA offers outline to bring sports back

The Associated Press The NCAA released a long and detailed plan Friday to help schools bring back athletes to campus during a pandemic. While schools will need to have testing and surveillance plans in place, the guidance does not recommend testing all athletes upon arrival for ...

NBA still without return-to-play plan

The Associated Press The NBA Board of Governors met again without a consensus opinion emerging on how many teams should be back on the floor for the planned late-July resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season, three people familiar with details of the call said Friday. The people, ...

Big 12 fortunate with funds

The Associated Press The Big 12’s revenue distribution to its 10 schools decreased only slightly because of the pandemic that led to the cancellation of spring sports, though there is still plenty of uncertainty ahead. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Friday at the end of the league’s ...

Sporting Goods industry hit or miss when it comes to coronavirus saga

The Associated Press GILBERT, Ariz. — Brian Morris faced a difficult scenario when the coronavirus pandemic started leading to shutdowns across the nation. If Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey opted to include bike shops among the businesses deemed nonessential, Freeride Bike Company, which he owns ...

Top-paid athlete is Federer

Roger Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player to top the list since it was first compiled in 1990. The owner of a men’s-record 20 Grand Slam singles titles made $6.3 ...

PawSox offer taste on diamond

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Pawtucket Red Sox are going from “Play Ball” to “Bon Appetit.” With the minor league baseball season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox has found another use for its home field. Starting next weekend, “Dining ...

Sports at a glance

Twins doing good deeds MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins are planning to continue paying all of their minor league players through Aug. 31, despite the decreasing likelihood of a minor league season due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Twins are one of at least 11 major league franchises ...

Boston Marathon canceled

By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press BOSTON — Organizers canceled the Boston Marathon on Thursday for the first time in its history, bowing to the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak and ending a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic ...

Open facilities on the horizon

The Associated Press NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL owners tabled a proposal ...

Athletes wary about virus, testing upon return to sports

By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press Chris Thompson is an NFL running back. He also is the father of a 4-month-old daughter, Kali. Guess which of those facts matters more to him when he ponders eventually returning to work amid a pandemic. “If I go practice or play and I come back ...

Elliott finally gets a ‘W’

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR’s grueling return to racing finally ended with a Cup victory for Chase Elliott. Elliott raced to his first win of the season Thursday night in the rain-delayed event at Charlotte Motor Speedway to close a frantic 12 days for ...

Texas set to allow fans into games

The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but the numbers will be strictly limited, under a new order Thursday from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans ...