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Norway Speedway on track for late May opener

NORWAY — Despite the recent COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent pandemic that it has caused, Dickinson County Racing Association (DCRA) officials remain hopeful that the first green flag will still fly as planned at the season opening race Friday, May 22, at Norway Speedway located at the ...

Two rare cancellations in the world of sports

Sweet(s) Talk As both local and national prevention measures are being taken in regards to the spread of COVID-19, two more longtime sporting events are feeling the effects. Nationally, the world renowned Indianapolis 500, postponed its 104th running of the race from Sunday of Memorial Day ...

Lions reach deals with LBs Ragland, Lee

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with linebacker Reggie Ragland, who started 32 games over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Lions also reached a one-year agreement with linebacker Elijah Lee, according to a person with knowledge of the ...

Coaches find ways to support young athletes feeling adrift

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Morgan Coppoc finds herself in a situation similar to so many other college athletes across the country, hundreds of miles away from campus and lost without her routine and her tennis teammates at Georgia. Still, she is regularly hearing from her coaches for individual ...

Bears finalize deal with TE Graham

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jimmy Graham insisted he can become a dominant tight end again. And he looks forward to showing it in Chicago. The Bears finalized a two-year contract with the former All-Pro and one-year deals with six other players on Thursday. The Bears hope Graham can ...

More doubleheaders, games in November all possible for MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union ...

Kalkaska K-Stars claim 19U girls hockey state championship

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — The Kalkaska K-Stars 19U girls hockey team won the Tier 2 State Championship on March 6-8. They defeated the Troy Sting, 11-0, followed by a 4-3 shootout win over Little Caesar’s. Next, Kalkaska defeated Kensington Valley, 3-0. The K-Stars won 5-0 over ...

Harlem Globetrotters great Curly Neal dies at 77

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 genuine human beings the ...

Schuls earns top award

CRANDON, Wis — Florence senior Kaden Schuls was named Offensive Player of the Year, while earning a spot on the first team, as the Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball coaches selected their all-conference teams and special awards at Crandon High School on March 1. Schuls averaged 20.8 ...

Dayton double: Flyers’ Toppin, Grant claim AP honors

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 The Associated Press’ ...

Teams and leagues draw up employee game plans on fly

Major sports leagues and teams across the United States are being forced to write a new game plan on how to pay employees and keep the franchises solvent in the wake of a coronavirus pandemic that has all but stopped revenue and brought competition to a halt. Major League Baseball, the NFL ...

Spring Classic cancelled

NORWAY — Due to precautionary measures for the outbreak of COVID-19, the annual Norway Spring Classic scheduled for April 25 has been canceled. "Reluctantly, I feel it's best to cancel this year’s race," said race director Tony Adams. "The health and safety of the runners and spectators ...

Packers ink Lewis

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are keeping veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis as he gets ready for his 15th NFL season. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst announced Tuesday that they’ve signed Lewis, who is back for a third year in Green Bay. The 35-year-old Lewis ...

Lions add line depth

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to add depth. Aboushi started two games and was a backup in five other games last season in Detroit. He has started in 34 of 49 games in his career, which began as a fifth-round pick with the ...

NHL extends isolation

The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team facilities during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The NHL has asked that players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline to April 6 — further ...

Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation that the games could not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Olympic Committee made the decision after speaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

Oregon’s Ionescu is AP women’s player of the year

Sabrina Ionescu capped off an unprecedented college career by entering an exclusive club. Oregon's star guard was a unanimous choice Monday as The Associated Press women's basketball player of the year, receiving all 30 votes from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 each week ...

Mountaineers claim girls UP bowling title

MARQUETTE - The Iron Mountain girls were crowned U.P. team champions at the Upper Peninsula Bowling Conference finals which concluded Feb. 22 at Superior Lanes in Marquette. The Mountaineer girls were one of six teams competing. Escanaba claimed the boys title topping 13 other teams, leading ...

Benton Harbor’s Johnson wins Mr. Basketball award

DETROIT (AP) — Benton Harbor's Carlos "Scooby" Johnson is Michigan’s Mr. Basketball for 2020, a season that was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award given out on Monday honors the state’s top senior basketball player. It is given annually by the ...

Preds sign Ingram

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract. The 22-year-old Ingram posted a 21-5-5 record for the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals in the 2019-20 season. He ranked third among AHL goaltenders in save percentage and goals-against ...