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Tokyo Games make dates for 2021 event

The Associated Press TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start. “The schedule ...

Michigan standout will test waters in the NBA without hiring an agent

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan forward Isaiah Livers is applying for early entry into the NBA draft. The school said Livers is not hiring an agent and would work with the Michigan coaching staff during the evaluation and pre-draft processes. Even if a player does use an agent during the ...

2021 dates could be in summer

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021. Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested there would be no major change from 2020. “The games are ...

Carr one of many offensive greats

The Associated Press Austin Carr played for Notre Dame in an era when prolific scorers dominated college basketball. LSU’s Pete Maravich was scoring 40 a night and still No. 1 on the points list. Niagara’s Calvin Murphy, Purdue’s Rick Mount and St. Bonaventure’s Bob Lanier, along ...

Villanova’s win one of greatest upsets

Guess what? This afternoon, CBS will run three straight NCAA men’s basketball championships starting at 1 p.m. with the 1985 Villanova-Georgetown title tilt. It will be followed by Arizona-Kentucky (1997) and Duke-Butler (2010). The Associated Press A panel of Associated Press sports ...

Brady, Buccaneers could be on TV a lot

The Associated Press Besides the draft, the other big event on April’s NFL calendar is the release of the regular-season schedule. Teams have known their opponents since late December, but Howard Katz and his scheduling department continue to parse through over 50,000 scenarios pumped out ...

Council to vote on eligibility Monday

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to allow another year of eligibility for spring sport athletes such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players, who had their seasons wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Providing similar ...

Sports at a glance

Pitt forward will transfer PITTSBURGH — Forward Samson George will enter the NCAA Division I transfer portal following three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh. He is expected to graduate this spring and will be immediately eligible upon transfer. George appeared in 27 career ...

Pandemic delivers body blow to ski industry

The Associated Press DENVER — Ski resorts across the West that were shut down amid coronavirus fears are grappling with an economic “body blow” at a time when they normally would be welcoming hordes of spring break revelers. March is usually one of the busiest months for Colorado ...

Final pitch could be closer to Christmas than Halloween

NEW YORK — If the final pitch of the 2020 baseball season comes closer to Christmas than Halloween, that’s fine with the players. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the ...

Legendary Globetrotter dead at 77

The Associated Press Fred “Curly” Neal, the dribbling wizard who entertained millions with the Harlem Globetrotters for parts of three decades, has died. He was 77. The Globetrotters said Neal died in his home outside of Houston on Thursday morning. “We have lost one of the most ...

No plans to change NFL draft

NEW YORK — Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL teams on Thursday that the draft will go on as originally scheduled for next month. The draft will still take place April 23-25. It was originally scheduled for a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the ...

Twinbill tinkering could help out Major League Baseball

TORONTO — If Major League Baseball needs to squeeze more games into a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs, then perhaps this idea could get tossed into play: how about seven-inning doubleheaders? Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the ...

Sports at a glance

NFL closes its facilities NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees on Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least ...

Transgender lawsuit goes national

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of ...

Summer Olympics postponed until 2021

The Associated Press Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world’s biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that’s been cemented into the calendar for more than a ...

Dayton awarded with two big honors

The Associated Press Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant spent the season transforming Dayton from an unranked team that wasn’t even picked to win its conference into one of the nation’s best, complete with the most wins in program history. The pair behind the Flyers’ remarkable rise claimed ...

NASCAR ordering pay cuts for employees

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR informed its staff Tuesday that pay cuts will be imposed across the company until the series returns to racing. NASCAR President Steve Phelps announced the moves in a memo to employees, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press ...

Carolina officially cuts ties with its quarterback

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Cam Newton era is over in Carolina, as the Panthers released the 31-year-old quarterback after nine seasons. The move became a mere formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton by giving him permission to ...

Therapist linked with KU charged with sex crime

The Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. — A massage therapist charged with a sex crime involving a girl also engaged in inappropriate behavior toward at least six female athletes at the University of Kansas, including unwanted touching during massages, school officials alleged ...