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Longer sports hiatus expected

The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned after federal officials said Sunday that they recommend all in-person events involving 50 people or more be called off for the next eight weeks. That’s twice as ...

Indianapolis holds off on race decision

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000. “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the ...

March Sadness: No brackets and no knowing what might have been

For all those who dreamed the impossible — making it a whole month without getting a single game wrong in the bracket — this is your year. Everything else about the NCAA Tournament that won't happen this season — from Selection Sunday, to the jaw-dropping bracket busters and buzzer ...

Elliott named Michigan’s Miss Basketball

DETROIT (AP) — Gabrielle Elliott of Detroit Edison has been named Michigan's Miss Basketball. Elliott was given the award on Friday. The Mick McCabe Miss Basketball award honors the state's top senior female player. The 5-foot-10 Elliott has averaged 22.8 points, 9.1 rebounds 3.8 assists ...

Pistons’ Wood feeling fine after testing positive

Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons has tested positive for the coronavirus, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said Saturday night. Wood is feeling fine, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Pistons nor Wood ...

Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sporting events

The world's sports schedule cratered at warp speed Thursday, with one of the biggest events on the U.S. calendar, the fun-filled and colorful college basketball tournament known as March Madness, becoming the first mega-event to be scrubbed due to fear of the spread of the ...

Lions, Bears also make adjustments in response to virus

ALLEN PARK - Like most teams around the NFL, the Detroit Lions issued a statement regarding the coronavirus. It reads at follows: “The Detroit Lions have been closely monitoring the global events surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and fully support the precautions being taken in ...

Spring training shuts down, MLB calls off games for virus

Even before the first pitch, St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter could detect an odd vibe at Roger Dean Stadium. "It felt like the most meaningless baseball game in the history of the sport," he said. Shortly before the Cardinals finished off the Miami Marlins 3-0 Thursday at ...

Packers release Jimmy Graham for cap relief

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released tight end Jimmy Graham after the 33-year-old veteran spent two seasons with the franchise. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst announced the move Thursday. Graham had tweeted out a reference to his “next opportunity’” on ...

MLB planning for coronavirus disruptions

NEW YORK (AP) — If Major League Baseball can't play in front of fans at a team's home ballpark because of the virus outbreak, the sport's first preference likely would be to switch games to the visiting team's stadium if possible, a person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated ...

NFL extends tag deadline

The deadline for applying franchise and transition tags to free agents has been moved from Thursday to Monday by the league and players' union. With the NFL Players Association's members still voting on a new labor agreement the owners already have approved — that deadline was extended by ...

Astros Verlander expected to miss opening day due to back injury

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is expected to miss opening day after he strained a back muscle during a spring training start against the New York Mets. Verlander said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch in the Astros' opener against the ...

Red Wings extend Biega

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. The team announced the move Monday. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this ...

Yelich to be paid until 2042

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich's $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The deal includes a $20 ...

17 days until Opening Day

AP Photo Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich waits on deck during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday in Phoenix, Ariz. The Brewers won 7-3. The regular season begins in 17 days when the Brewers host the Cubs on Thursday, March 26.

Virus cancels tennis event

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The BNP Paribas Open, the near-major tennis tournament set to begin this week in the California desert, won't be played as scheduled after a case of coronavirus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. It's the largest U.S. sporting event to be called off over ...

Verlander has sore triceps

By The Associated Press Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander felt soreness in his triceps and made an early exit from an exhibition start Sunday, and the AL Cy Young Award winner was headed for more tests. Verlander was set to pitch four innings against the New York Mets. But with his ...

Wings earn elusive win over Lightning, 5-4

DETROIT (AP) — Robby Fabbri scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Detroit Red Wings over Tampa Bay 5-4 on Sunday, snapping a 16-game losing streak against the Lightning in the regular season. Fabbri opened the scoring in similar fashion, beating goalie Curtis McElhinney on a ...

Tigers top Yankees

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - New York ace Gerrit Cole gave up homers on consecutive pitches to Detroit's Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, then did it again in the second, in the Tigers’ 15-11 win. Cole did not surrender back-to-back home runs last season, and the last player ...

Blackhawks win fourth straight

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex DeBrincat scored two goals, rookie Adam Boqvist had two assists, and Chicago beat Edmonton 4-3. It was the fourth straight victory for the Blackhawks, who climbed within four points of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Patrick Kane and Jonathan ...