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Red Wings have shot to win lottery to draft Lafreniere

By The Associated Press The once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in ...

Bubble-free life means MLB players, teams must be careful

PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball's bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of bringing a group of teams to Disney World (like the NBA and MLS) or concentrating on a few hub cities (like the current NHL plan), Major League ...

NFL training camps still on original schedule for late July

By The Associated Press The NFL still plans to hold training camps on time beginning in late July, though contingency plans are in place. Hours after the league canceled the Hall of Fame game that kicks off the preseason, the 32 team owners on Thursday were updated on a variety of issues, ...

Coronavirus risk too high, New York City Marathon cancelled

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon was canceled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, with organizers and city officials deciding that holding the race on Nov. 1 would be too risky. Organizers announced the cancellation of the 50th anniversary edition of the world's largest ...

Pro baseball is back: MLB sets 60 game schedule, opens July 23 or 24

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was the final result of ...

Blaney wins at Talladega after drivers unite behind Wallace

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Even in victory, Ryan Blaney thought about what happened to close friend Bubba Wallace over the weekend. And what happened afterward. Blaney held onto the lead after a restart with two laps to go Monday, earning his second straight win at Talladega Superspeedway on a ...

PGA Championship date change

By The Associated Press Brooks Koepka will try to become the first player to win the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play, and there won’t be anyone at Harding Park to cheer him on. The PGA of America confirmed Monday the first major of this most unusual year won’t have ...

MLB plans 60-game slate

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players' association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative return to the field amid the coronavirus ...

Wizards’ Bertans to sit out restart of NBA season

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans will skip the Disney-based resumption of the NBA season, making him the first known example of a healthy, eligible player sitting out. Bertans can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and is expected to command a big ...

Simpson celebrates a Father’s Day win

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Nothing can top the first time Webb Simpson won on Father's Day, a U.S. Open title eight years ago at Olympic Club and hearing his father's laughter on the phone to share the joy. Harbour Town was special in its own right. Dressed in his Sunday yellow shirt ...

NY-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont

NEW YORK (AP) — Eerily empty grandstands. Masked jockeys. Shuttered betting windows. For Tiz the Law trainer Barclay Tagg, no finer way to round out a career Triple Crown. “I’m not trying to be a jerk about it,” the 82-year-old said. “But I thought the quiet, to me, was very ...

MLB season still in limbo

NEW YORK (AP) — An email from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won’t begin by July 19. The executive committee of the players’ association was set to vote and reject Major ...

NBA sets Oct. 16 draft date

The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall, deciding on Oct. 16 as the date for this year's draft and saying clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later. The annual moratorium will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Oct. 19 and continue through ...

With majors later, Woods should be in no hurry to return

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — When it comes to Tiger Woods returning to the PGA Tour, it’s all about the calendar. Nothing raised hopes that he would be at Hilton Head like a website tracking yachts that showed his Privacy on its way to Sea Island off the Georgia coast, about 80 miles ...

NHL MVP candidates, a pair of Oilers

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer The Edmonton Oilers’ resurgence placed Connor McDavid back in the NHL MVP conversation, along with teammate Leon Draisaitl. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and Boston’s David Pastrnak made their case, too, during a pandemic-shortened season. And don’t ...

DISH, Sling TV lose NFL Network

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NFL Network and NFL RedZone went dark on DISH Network and Sling TV Thursday night as both sides try to reach a new distribution agreement. The league said in a release that “while NFL Media remains committed to negotiating an agreement and has offered terms consistent ...

CCHA gets their man

MARQUETTE — The soon-to-be-re-formed CCHA got its man on Tuesday. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association, an entity that has lain dormant for most of the past decade, named long-time coach Don Lucia as its commissioner for when the league restarts with Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech, ...

Players at 70 games, MLB at 60; Manfred says deadline near

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule Thursday, a plan immediately rejected by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred with the sides 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. As part of the union proposal, ...

NFL News: In Brief

Cook holding out on Vikings MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dalvin Cook logged off last week from virtual team activities with the Minnesota Vikings, no longer willing to participate until he has secured a new contract. Cook’s situation is the latest standoff of sorts between an NFL team and a star ...

St. Thomas gains NCAA approval for next step in D1 move

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of St. Thomas gained NCAA support Wednesday for the Minnesota school's bid to move its athletic programs directly from Division III to Division I. The NCAA's Division I council announced after a committee meeting that St. Thomas can make a formal ...