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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Canada's Victoria Hayward watches her inside-the-park grand slam against Guatemala during the first inning of a game in the Softball Americas Olympic qualifier tournament in Surrey, British Columbia. Hayward would have been in Japan right about now preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the Summer Games back a year. But she will not have to wait too much longer to get back on the field. She is one of the 56 elite players signed to suit up when Athletes Unlimited launches the first of its professional women's sports leagues with a six-week season near Chicago in late August and an innovative model made for the moment. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 30, 2020 - 11:52 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Victoria Hayward would have been in Japan right about now, preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the Summer Games back a year. But she won't have to wait too much longer to get back on the field. Hayward is one of the 56...
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Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) dunks ahead of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
June 30, 2020 - 7:14 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant posted and deleted an Instagram photo suggesting he’d replace his name with an expletive on his number 12 jersey in a protest against police. Morant apologized Sunday night, saying the message didn't “accurately convey” what he wanted...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2017, file photo, Rick Street mows the grass on Centre Court at the All England Club on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. At 7:30 a.m. each day of the Wimbledon fortnight, hours before competition begins, the keepers of the grass gather to meticulously prepare the tournament's famous courts for play. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
June 30, 2020 - 5:17 am
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Wimbledon is, of course, known for its carefully groomed grass courts — or, more properly, lawns. The surface is one of the most distinct aspects of the All England Club's Grand Slam tournament, which first was played in the 1870s. Not this year, though: Wimbledon was...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2020 file photo, a worker wearing protective gears disinfects as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's professional baseball league said on Tuesday, June 30, it will require fans to wear masks and to sit at least a seat apart as it prepares to bring back spectators in the coming weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
June 30, 2020 - 3:36 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will require fans to wear masks and to sit at least a seat apart as it prepares to bring back spectators in the coming weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Korea Baseball Organization on Tuesday said fans will also not...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game in Denver. Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help the youth baseball program in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 30, 2020 - 12:39 am
Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote Monday night on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not...
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June 30, 2020 - 12:00 am
MLB stars say it's time to pull Landis name off MVP plaques Baseball's minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons Judges question warrants in Kraft massage parlor sex case Positive tests force Nuggets to close practice facilities Tigers give $8.4M deal to Torkelson, who joins player pool Teams not able to...
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June 29, 2020 - 11:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan said Monday they have tested positive for the coronavirus, potentially leaving the Brooklyn Nets without two starters when the NBA season resumes. Jordan said he won't be in Florida with the Nets when they return from the suspension of the 2019-...
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night — a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)
June 29, 2020 - 11:49 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ DeAndre Jordan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and won’t be joining the Brooklyn Nets in Florida when the NBA season resumes. Jordan announced his status on Twitter, hours after fellow Nets player...
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FILE - In a Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Ross throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing the 2020 season as Major League Baseball tries to get back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Mike Rizzo says the team is 100% supportive of Zimmerman and Ross deciding not to play.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
June 29, 2020 - 11:27 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A small group of players, including Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman and Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, have announced they plan to sit out this season. The Minnesota Twins have shuffled their on-field staff to protect the health of some of their older coaches. As the sport lurches...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game, in Phoenix. Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake has opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen did not elaborate on Leake’s decision during a Zoom call, but the pitcher’s agent issued a statement saying he made a personal decision not to play during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
June 29, 2020 - 8:55 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake is one of the first players to opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen announced Leake's decision Monday, shortly before Washington teammates Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross...
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