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MLB thinks Manfred has framework with players union head Clark

NEW YORK (AP) — After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players' association, Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television. He then called union head Tony Clark and offered to ...

NCAA approves plan for basketball players to access coaches

By The Associated Press The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday approved a plan to allow college basketball players to start working with their coaches for the first time since the pandemic wiped out March Madness. The summer access period for men's and women's players will begin July 20. ...

‘Hoosiers’ named best sports movie

“Hoosiers” shot all the way to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 of best sports movies, a one-of-a-kind poll from the news organization known for its rankings of college teams. Released in 1986 and starring Gene Hackman, “Hoosiers” led the tally, receiving 46 votes from a ...

Would MLB fans view champ, stats as legit in 50-game season?

NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off a robust round of batting practice in Central Park, softball slugger Todd Montgomery squared up his Mets cap and took a swing at hardball questions involving his favorite team. Would Jacob deGrom be worthy of a third straight Cy Young Award if he goes 4-2 with a ...

In Brief: Hall of Fames

Earnhardt Jr. to Hall of Fame By The Associated Press All Dale Earnhardt Jr. needed was a chance to prove he could win in stock cars. Turns out, he was a natural — on and off the track. Now the longtime fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 winner will join his famous, late father in ...

Commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball season in jeopardy

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there might be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players' union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The league also revealed several players on big ...

Tokyo Olympic board would support another delay

TOKYO (AP) — An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says another delay should be sought if the games can’t be held next year. The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion comes from ...

Hamlin wins on a long day at Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin found the magic at Homestead-Miami Speedway, once again. Hamlin went to the lead for the final time with 30 laps left and held off Chase Elliott for his record-tying third NASCAR Cup Series victory at Homestead. Former drivers Tony Stewart and Greg ...

Safe return for PGA, Berger wins in a playoff

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Daniel Berger dreamed of moments like this, a putt on the final hole with everything riding on it, and he pulled it off to perfection Sunday at Colonial. What he never imagined is how quiet it would be. No cheers when his 10-foot birdie on the final hole gave him ...

MLB offers players 80%of prorated salaries, 72-game season

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has offered players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule beginning July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season, according to details of the proposal obtained by The Associated ...

NCAA to allow extra two weeks for football teams

By Associated Press The NCAA football oversight committee Thursday finalized a plan for an extended preseason that would include an additional two weeks for teams to hold walk-throughs. The proposed model goes to the Division I Council, which the NCAA said will act on it Wednesday. With ...

Kirksey benefits from familiar face in new location

By The Associated Press Green Bay’s Christian Kirksey believes his history with his new defensive coordinator will help the veteran linebacker make a smooth transition as he switches teams for the first time. Kirksey signed with the Packers in March after he was released by Cleveland, ...

Tigers draft Arizona State slugger Torkelson at No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Torkelson slugged his way through college, bashing baseballs all around the country with eye-popping power. All those impressive drives made the decision easy for the Detroit Tigers, who selected the Arizona State star with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball ...

Truex ends 2020 winless skid with victory at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. used a trip to NASCAR's shortest track to end a lengthy losing streak on the day the stock car series at long last banned the Confederate flag. Truex cruised down the stretch and won his first NASCAR Cup race of the season on Wednesday night in the ...

No fish story: Michael Jordan’s boat nabs 442- pound marlin at tournament

Apparently, Michael Jordan is pretty good at fishing, too. The six-time NBA champion and the crew of his 80-foot fishing boat named “Catch 23” hauled in a 442.3-pound blue marlin on Tues- day at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, an event held annually off the coast of Morehead City, ...

For Tigers, top draft pick another chance to speed rebuild

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers are rebuilding around an impressive group of minor league pitchers. Now, it might be time to add a star hitting prospect to the mix. Whether it’s Arizona StatesluggerSpencer Torkelson or somebody else, Detroit has a chance to add another potential ...

MLB proposes up to 16 teams advance to playoffs

By The Associated Press Maybe this might get Mike Trout back into the playoffs. Major League Baseball is tossing around plenty of ideas these days to start up a shortened season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic — a DH in the National League, neutral-site games, personal rosin bags for ...

UW-Green Bay hires Will Ryan, son of ex-Badgers coach Bo Ryan

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay is turning its basketball program overtoWillRyan, the son of former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. Athletic director Charles Guthrie announced Sunday that the school and Ryan have agreed to a deal in principle, though final contract details are still being worked ...