×

National Sports

Women’s soccer players ask for equal pay appeal, trial delay

American women's soccer players want to delay a trial until after an appellate court reviews last week's decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay while allowing allegations of discriminatory work conditions to move forward. Lawyers for the women filed a motion Friday night asking U.S. ...

Emmert: Unlikely all schools will start seasons at same time

NCAA President Mark Emmert says the coronavirus is making it unlikely all schools will be ready to begin competing in college sports at the same time. The goal, he said Friday night, is for every team to have an equal amount of preparation time before its season starts, and there could be some ...

Relocated UFC 249 could ‘bring sense of normalcy to people’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — UFC President Dana White still wants "Fight Island." He's temporarily settling for a peninsula — and had to call off a bout after a fighter tested positive for the coronavirus. UFC 249 will serve as the first major sporting event to take place since the pandemic ...

Players Coalition seeks federal probe of Georgia shooting

The Players Coalition and dozens of professional athletes sent a letter Friday to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting an immediate federal investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. The letter was also sent to Eric Dreiband, ...

AP source: MLB to cut amateur draft from 40 rounds to 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players' association and MLB plans to finalize a ...

1 law firm gets lion’s share of $112M in NFL concussion fees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After years of infighting over $112 million in legal fees in the NFL concussion case, a federal appeals court has approved a plan that gives nearly half the money to a single law firm. The decision Thursday grants New York-based Seeger Weiss over $51 million, more than 10 ...

Police: Ravens’ Thomas threatened by wife with gun in Texas

BALTIMORE (AP) — The lawyer for the wife of Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas said she is being subjected to an "unfounded ongoing investigation" by Texas police after she allegedly pointed a loaded gun at her husband's head upon finding him in bed with another woman last month. According ...

Ex-ABA commish Mike Storen, dad of Hannah Storm, dies at 84

Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, died Thursday. He was 84. Storm said her father died at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer. Known for his hearty laugh and creative mind, Storen ...

Cable ready: US javelin standout making most of home setup

The renovated home of three-time Olympic javelin thrower Kara Winger now has all the training amenities she needs, including cable. No premium channels available on this cable, though. It's just a basic wire she and her husband installed in the backyard to help her work on her technique. She ...

Brady’s move to Tampa Bay posed late challenges for networks

Tom Brady's move to Tampa Bay didn't just create ripples with fans. It caused networks to drastically rework their last-minute requests with the NFL scheduling office to make sure the Buccaneers got as many high-profile dates as possible. When the NFL's regular-season schedule was announced on ...

Basketball helped power Jets’ Fant to football success

NEW YORK (AP) — George Fant spent most of his college days at Western Kentucky shooting basketballs and grabbing rebounds as a physical power forward with big-time hoop dreams. He had no idea then that football would ultimately be his path to stardom. Heck, Fant didn't even play the sport ...

Sound of silence: Baseball thinking ahead to silent stadiums

Tom Murphy has become somewhat of an online sensation during baseball's shutdown for the array of workouts the Seattle Mariners' catcher posts on Instagram from his home in upstate New York. While staying in shape is a priority, Murphy also is thinking ahead. As in, how the game's strategy ...

76ers GM: Injured Simmons ‘close or ready’ to NBA return

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons is closer to getting cleared to play, should the NBA season resume. The league leader in steals was sidelined with nerve issues in his lower back when the season was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

$6M virus relief fund for about 800 tennis players announced

More than $6 million has been raised by the governing bodies of tennis for a relief fund aimed at helping 800 players deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments ...

Agent: Jets, ageless Gore agree to terms on 1-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Gore's likely run to Canton will go through the Big Apple for at least one season. The seemingly ageless running back, who turns 37 next Thursday, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday. Gore is third on the NFL's career rushing list ...

Jets place injured WRs Enunwa, Bellamy on reserve/PUP list

NEW YORK (AP) — Quincy Enunwa's playing career with the New York Jets is likely over after he and fellow wide receiver Josh Bellamy were placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The moves Tuesday effectively end each of the player's seasons with the Jets, four months before ...

Olsen learning Seahawks system during a different offseason

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Every day he has a meeting scheduled, Greg Olsen leaves his house in Charlotte, North Carolina, and travels a few minutes away to the office where his foundation is located. In an NFL offseason where virtual learning has become the norm, Olsen is appreciative of having a ...

Analysis: EPL restart mired in health risks, self-interest

As so often happens in the Premier League, self-interest and money could come out on top even in the midst of a health crisis. The rush to restart soccer during the coronavirus pandemic has been framed as a national purpose. "It would lift the spirits of the nation," Foreign Secretary Dominic ...

Tight end contracts could be next to see significant rise

Several tight ends in the NFL are centerpieces of the offense. Now, it's time they get paid like it. Guys such as George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and Rob Gronkowski — before he sat out a year — are more productive than many wide receivers but make far less money. The franchise tag ...

In shortened season, stars still had chance to shine in 1981

The season began with Fernandomania and ended with a classic World Series matchup between the Dodgers and Yankees. Mike Schmidt slugged his way to a second consecutive MVP, and Nolan Ryan pitched another no-hitter. But perhaps the best way to describe baseball in 1981 is by recounting Pete ...