Professional organizations

Cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday, July 11. When they do, visitors to “The Most Magical Place on Earth” will find new rules in place. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
July 09, 2020 - 3:38 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Forget about up-close “meet-and-greet" sessions with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck when Walt Disney World parks reopen. There will be no firework shows or parades — those would draw too many people together — and both visitors and employees will be getting temperature checks when...
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A cyclist rides past Principal Park, home to the Triple-A minor league baseball Iowa Cubs, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Two high school baseball games scheduled for Thursday at the stadium were postponed after officials said a ballpark staff member tested positive for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 30, 2020 - 10:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections. The National Association of...
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June 17, 2020 - 1:36 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has removed a statue of its “Hey Reb!” mascot from in front of its alumni center following outcry from student groups, including the Native American Student Association. The bronze statue of a man with a huge mustache and his hands on his waist...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
May 20, 2020 - 8:54 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2018, file photo, Jordan Allen of Buffalo, Mo., is thrown from this bull during competition at the Extreme Bull Riding Tour stop in Yankton, S.D. Professional Bull Riders has announced a new series of competition that will culminate in South Dakota on July 10-12 with live crowds. Event organizers said they will provide face coverings to fans, space seats four to six feet apart and control the flow of people in and out of the arena to accommodate social distancing. (Kelly Hertz/Yankton Press & Dakotan via AP, File)
May 18, 2020 - 5:20 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — One of the first professional athletic sports to allow spectators to attend as states gradually lift restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus is known for its wild, dangerous action: bull riding. Professional Bull Riders has announced a new competition that will...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, workers walk along the grandstands in the rain at Darlington Raceway after weather forced NASCAR to call off qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFinity series auto races. NASCAR says it will resume its season without fans present starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)
May 08, 2020 - 6:52 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The century-old Reno Rodeo has canceled the 10-day event in June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reno Rodeo President Craig Downie said in a letter to the rodeo’s board of directors that canceling the event...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013, file photo, Boston College goalie Parker Milner makes a save against Harvard during the second period of the opening round of the Beanpot college hockey tournament in Boston. ECHL players, fans and executives are getting creative in trying to raise money to make up for paychecks lost when the rest of the season was canceled. South Carolina goaltender Parker Milner hopes a quarantine concert brings awareness to the situation as well as some extra funds. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 17, 2020 - 3:21 pm
More than a month after the ECHL canceled the rest of its season, minor league hockey players are still hoping to get some financial help. A relief fund set up by the league and Professional Hockey Players Association has $270,000 so far, about a third of the total goal. PHPA executive director...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017, file photo, a shot by Norfolk Admirals' Alex Pompeo (25), right, deflects up into the air off Adirondack Thunder's goalie J.P. Anderson (1) during the first period of an ECHL hockey game in Norfolk, Va. The ECHL season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP, File)
April 02, 2020 - 3:50 pm
Tim Harrison made the long drive from South Carolina to his home just south of Boston with a lot on his mind. The ECHL season had just been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 26-year-old wondered if he’d need to dig for oysters on the beach or do odd jobs around the neighborhood...
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San Diego Padres players stretch during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
February 15, 2020 - 6:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Minor League Baseball says planned salary raises for its players in 2021 paid by Major League Baseball should not lead to contraction, and it has sent a proposal to MLB as part of negotiations for a new agreement between the levels. The commissioner's office sent a memo, obtained by...
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January 31, 2020 - 10:14 am
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former Chicago White Sox minor leaguer who went on to coach a South Dakota youth team after his playing career ended has been charged with sexually assaulting a child and possession child pornography. Juan Thomas Jr., a first-baseman and right fielder who rose as high as...
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