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‘Curly’ Neal of Harlem Globetrotters dies at 77

Former Harlem Globetrotter Fred “Curly” Neal died Thursday at his Texas home. He was 77.

  Tokyo Olympics officially postponed to 2021 by IOC

  Reports: IOC member believes Summer Olympics will be postponed

Tom Brady joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  Researchers find oldest modern bird fossil, ‘Wonderchicken’

On second try, Norwegian Waerner takes Iditarod crown

MLB teams pledge $30 million to support ballpark employees

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SEC, ACC cancel sports for remainder of academic year

Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady leaving Patriots

MLB delays opening day to mid-May at earliest due to virus

April NFL draft on schedule, no public events in Las Vegas

NFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game season

Gobert pledges $500,000 to help with relief, NBA shutdown

  The Masters, NASCAR races postponed due to coronavirus

Augusta National said Friday that next month’s The Masters golf tournament has been postponed.

  PGA Tour canceled in latest of suspended sporting events

While the NBA and NHL are suspending their seasons, other organizations such as NASCAR are limiting attendance.

  Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

Several basketball conferences announced cancellations on Thursday amid a coronavirus pandemic.

  NBA suspends season after player tests positive for virus

NBA suspending season after Wednesday night’s games until further notice because of the coronavirus concerns.

Tiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame

NCAA closes March Madness games to public; advises limiting attendance at all college sports

NCAA: March Madness going ahead as planned

  Trainers, vets, others charged in horse-drugging scheme

Despite coronavirus, IOC unwavering on Olympics starting in July

  An NCAA Tournament with empty arenas? It can’t be ruled out

5-time major champ Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at 32

The five-time Grand Slam title champion and former No. 1-ranked player has been dealing with shoulder problems for years. She played only two matches this season and lost both.

Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorial

The celebration of life will feature music and retrospectives on Bryant’s career, along with speakers reflecting on his impact on his sport and the world.

Woman, 84, sinks putt across basketball court to win new car

An 84-year-old woman is celebrating after she won a new car by sinking a putt across the entire length of the basketball court at the University of Mississippi.

Heat rout Cavs 124-105 as Wade is honored at halftime

The jersey retirement ceremony was part of a three-day celebration of Dwyane Wade’s 16-year NBA career, which included three championship seasons with Miami.

Player reps not voting on NFL labor deal; more talks Tuesday

The NFL players’ union executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day.

NFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge; police say he had 157 pounds of weed

A federal criminal complaint accuses the 27-year-old Greg Robinson and 27-year-old Jaquan Bray of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession intent to distribute.

Newman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas

Roush Fenway Racing tweeted a photo of Newman walking out of Halifax Medical Center hand in hand with his daughters.

Newman ‘awake and speaking’ after fiery Daytona crash

Hamlin was criticized for celebrating his second consecutive Daytona 500 win. He says he was unaware Newman was injured.

Former NASCAR driver Candace Muzny found dead in home

The 43-year-old former NASCAR driver was found dead in her Oklahoma City home.

Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 157-155 in revamped format

Prior to the game, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson led a tribute to Kobe Bryant and Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, including an eight-second moment of silence, a nod to the number Bryant wore the first half of his career.

Sticking to script: Bregman, Astros discuss sign stealing

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season.

Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday indicating that President Donald Trump is expected to attend the NASCAR race.

Browns’ Garrett reinstated by NFL after 6-game suspension

Myles Garrett missed Cleveland’s final six games last season after hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet

2 Ohio State football players accused of rape, kidnapping

The Columbus Dispatch reports that 21-year-old defensive players Amir I. Riep and Jahsen L. Wint were booked into jail early Wednesday.

Roger Kahn, elegant ‘Boys of Summer’ author, dies at 92

The author of 20 books and hundreds of articles, Kahn was particularly noted for the 1972 baseball best-seller, "The Boys of Summer."

Super Bowl napper’s now sleeping celebrity

A man takes a nap during the Super Bowl and now he’s an internet sensation.

Kenin of US tops Muguruza at Australian Open for 1st major

Kenin was seeded 14th. She had never been past the fourth round of a major tournament until now.

Roses for Kobe and Gianna as Lakers return to action

The Lakers prepared to play their first game since the crash.

NBA All-Stars to wear Kobe’s No. 24 and Gianna’s No. 2

The NBA All-Stars will wear jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant and his daughter.

AP Source: Baker reaches agreement to become Astros manager

A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Dusty Baker has reached an agreement to be the manager of the Houston Astros.

Football Hall of Fame defensive end Doleman dies at age 58

all of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman, who became one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died. He was 58.

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

The 70-year-old Baker would become the oldest manager in the big leagues.

  Kobe Bryant’s sudden death in helicopter crash shocks fans, athletes around the world

While flying in foggy conditions, the helicopter plunged into a rugged hillside killing all nine people aboard, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter.

  Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash, reports say

All nine people aboard a helicopter died in a crash Sunday in the Los Angeles area. Multiple reports say NBA legend Kobe Bryant was among the dead.

49ers’ Katie Sowers to be first female coach in Super Bowl

The offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Katie Sowers, will be the first female and first openly LQBTQ coach to participate in the big game.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor on Tuesday.

Super Bowl 54 may be most expensive one yet

Ticket prices to Super Bowl 54 in Miami could be the most expensive ever.

New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandal

Carlos Beltrán is out as manager of the New York Mets before a single game. It’s the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball.

Previously undetected lymphoma led to ESPN reporter’s death, fiancée reveals

Aschoff’s fiancée said after his autopsy, they found out he had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his lungs. It’s an aggressive kind of cancer that can be undetectable until it’s very advanced.

Demi Lovato to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

A week before the Super Bowl, Lovato will perform at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

The move came one day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’s sign-stealing scandal.

Australian Open qualifying begins despite poor air quality from wildfires

Smoke haze and poor air quality from wildfires has caused problems for players in practice and qualifying for the Australian Open.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, GM suspended through World Series for team's sign-stealing; club fined $5 million.

Dallas Cowboys moving on without Jason Garrett as coach

Jason Garrett is out as coach of the Dallas Cowboys after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team in a make-or-break season.

The King reigns: LeBron James is AP’s male athlete of decade

LeBron James has been selected as The Associated Press male athlete of the decade.

Serena Williams aces AP Female Athlete of the Decade honors

Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span.

The Fun Guy: Kawhi Leonard is the AP’s male athlete of 2019

Kawhi Leonard was an easy winner in the voting conducted by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers.

Lindsey Vonn proposes to fiancé P.K. Subban

Lindsey Vonn popped the question to hockey star P.K. Subban, though the couple has been engaged since he first proposed to her in August.

‘True to 7’: Nike releases Kaepernick-inspired ‘Air Force 1’ sneakers

On Monday, the sneaker company released the “Nike Air Force 1 Colin Kaepernick,” also known as “True to 7.”

AP Exclusive: Computer plate umps allowed in new labor deal

Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

NBA sends teams proposal for 78-game season, other changes

Players on the winning team in the in-season tournament would get a $1 million prize each.

Herman Boone, immortalized in ‘Remember the Titans,’ dies at 84

Herman Boone, the legendary high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film “Remember the Titans,” has died at the age of 84.

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has emergency brain surgery

The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage earlier and underwent emergency surgery.

10 ex-NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program

Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which was established as part of a collective bargaining agreement in 2006.

22 MLB teams to expand protective netting at ballparks

Seven teams will expand protective netting to the foul poles and 15 other teams will expand their netting to the area in the outfield where the stands begin to angle away from the field.

Spy Harder: Patriots caught videotaping in Spygate sequel

Those rules were also an issue in 2007, when the Patriots were caught videotaping opposing team signals.

World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

The ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee means that Russia’s flag, name and anthem will not appear at the Tokyo Games, and the country also could be stripped of hosting world championships in Olympic sports.

College Football Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson

The selection committee revealed the pairings Sunday for the national semifinals and the final four was no surprise.

Charges filed in stabbing of ex-Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor

A woman was charged with attempted homicide in a Pittsburgh stabbing that critically injured former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is also facing a charge, police said.

Cardinals’ Josh Shaw suspended for betting on NFL games

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended through at least the end of the 2020 season for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season, the first time in more than 35 years a player has been banned for gambling.

PETA wants Georgia to retire Uga because ‘HE LOOKS MISERABLE!’

For the second time this year, the University of Georgia has found itself in the crosshairs of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Brawl breaks out after Michigan high school football game

The Michigan high school football playoff game between Denby and Almont ended early with a confrontation between Almont fans and Denby players and coaches.

Dwayne Haskins misses Redskins’ final play to take selfies with fans

Washington Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins missed the final play of the game because he was celebrating and posing for selfies with fans.

Harvard-Yale game delayed by student protest; 20-30 arrested

Protesters wearing the colors of both Harvard and Yale staged a sit-in at midfield of the Yale Bowl during halftime of the 136th edition of the annual football rivalry known as The Game.

Steelers QB Rudolph fined $50,000 for brawl with Browns

Rudolph was fined $50,000 on Saturday by the NFL for his involvement in the melee that began when Browns defensive end Myles Garrett pulled off his helmet and hit him over the head with it.

Snowboarding visionary Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65

Carpenter quit his job in New York in 1977 to form the company now known simply as Burton. His goal was to advance the rudimentary snowboard, then called a "Snurfer," which had been invented by Sherman Poppen a dozen years earlier.

Garrett’s suspension for helmet attack upheld after appeal; Rudolph denies racial slur use

Myles Garrett’s season is over after the NFL’s indefinite suspension of the Cleveland Browns star defensive end was upheld Thursday by an appeals officer.

  Pirates pitcher Vazquez faces more child sex-related charges

Suspended Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez is facing additional charges stemming from an alleged illegal sexual relationship with an underage girl.