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Pirates’ Keller looks to mesh information, instincts in 2020

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller's first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren't great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA ...

Mahomes’ big bet on football pays off with $503 million deal

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Patrick Mahomes risked everything when he opted for football over baseball. Turns out, he got baseball money anyway. One day after the former two-sport star got a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, the richest contract in American sports history, the ...

More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field. On Tuesday, one day after Major League ...

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend. Jackson initially posted a screenshot of a quote widely attributed to Adolf Hitler, saying ...

Yanks’ Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquad

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn't have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx. But the team's new $324 million ace learned the hard way about one of baseball's new coronavirus ...

NASCAR and IndyCar collide for racing extravaganza at Indy

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The once-frosty schism between the two biggest racing series in the United States has finally thawed and the result is a blockbuster event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — even without fans. NASCAR's elite Cup Series will share a ...

Ski worlds to be held in 2021 despite request to delay

By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year's skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected Thursday by the International Ski Federation. FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 9-21, 2021, in Cortina ...

French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournament

PARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year's postponed tournament. The French Tennis Federation said Thursday up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. ...

After renovation, Hoops Hall ready to show off its new look

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Workers wearing black masks and white gloves move through the corridors of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, pushing a cart loaded with high-top sneakers from some of the sport's biggest stars. The gloves are to protect ...

Cubs’ Quintana cuts thumb washing dishes, undergoes surgery

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Already concerned about the depth of their rotation, the Chicago Cubs will have to get by for at least a little while without one starter because of a freak injury. Left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his ...

For openers: MLB tries again with short season, skewed rules

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — So, where were we? Mid-March, a spring training exhibition between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Even before the final out, both sides had gotten the official word: Major League Baseball ...

Mellow Matt; Penguins G Murray eyeing present, not future

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray's legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It's the goaltender's future, however, that is murky. Not that Murray ...

Judge denies American women’s soccer immediate appeal

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer A federal judge has denied a request by American women's soccer players to allow an immediate appeal of his decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay against the U.S. Soccer Federation. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles has scheduled a ...

Pro tennis set to resume in Australia after lockdown

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis players in Australia will have a chance to compete for prize money for the first time since March in a UTR pro series starting this weekend in Sydney and continuing in city hubs across the country from next week. Top-ranked Ash Barty is unlikely to compete, ...

New York City Marathon canceled because of coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world's largest marathon Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor's office and deciding the race posed too many ...

As Florida virus test numbers rise, NBA prepares for Disney

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The rate of positive coronavirus tests in the Orlando, Florida, area has been soaring in recent days. The NBA hopes that doesn't matter. After spending weeks putting together an incredibly elaborate series of health and safety protocols — the word ...

No full shields for players; NHL talking off-ice protection

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer NHL players won't be expected to wear full face shields if games resume this summer, though there could be plenty of covered faces around them. Equipment changes have not been a focus of return-to-play negotiations between the league and players' union, ...

Former snooker player Willie Thorne dies at 66

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Willie Thorne, a former snooker player who was one of Britain's most distinctive sportsmen in the 1980s because of his bald head, died Wednesday. He was 66. A message on Thorne's GoFundMe page said he died after battling leukaemia. He had been placed into an ...

World’s fastest man suspended for missing doping tests

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports Writer DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The fastest man in the world has been sidelined for a string of missed doping tests. Christian Coleman, an American sprinter who won the 100-meter title at last year's world championships and had been the early favorite for ...

23-time major champ Serena Williams says she’ll play US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to play in the 2020 U.S. Open. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a video shown during the U.S. Tennis Association's tournament presentation Wednesday that she "cannot wait to return" to New York for the major championship she has won ...