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Dates announced for 2021 Tokyo Olympics

By ANDREW DAMPF The Associated Press ROME — Despite some early differences of opinion, the 33 sports that make up the Summer Olympic program voted unanimously on Monday to delay the Tokyo Games by a full year. Moments later, local organizers and the International Olympic Committee made ...

Santa Anita ends live racing

By BETH HARRIS The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Santa Anita canceled live racing Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic after instructions from the Los Angeles County Health Department. The track in Arcadia, California, was preparing to stage eight races when the cancellation was ...

Players worry about health as MLB ponders post-virus season

By HOWARD FENDRICH The Associated Press As Major League Baseball and the players’ union contemplate various ways to create a schedule for whenever the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart raised a concern that is surely shared by others around the sport: ...

In The Pits: iRacing is fun but won’t carry teams for long

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Virtual racing has been the small saving grace for motorsports since the coronavirus pandemic brought nearly everything to a halt. Timmy Hill’s iRacing victory on national television gave the journeyman driver and his sponsors ...

Madden inks 3-year contract with Kings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Madden has signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The forward recently completed his sophomore season at Northeastern University before signing Monday with LA. Madden was originally selected by the Vancouver Canucks in third round of the 2018 ...

Former Astros star Jimmy Wynn dies at 78

By KRISTIE RIEKEN The Associated Press Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive Houston slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and ‘70s earned him the popular nickname “The Toy Cannon,” has died. He was 78. The Astros said the three-time All-Star outfielder died Thursday in Houston, but did not ...

NCAA slashes distribution by $375 million

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer Canceling March Madness because of the coronavirus pandemic will cost the NCAA about $375 million that it would have distributed to 350 schools across the nation. Some will be able to absorb the losses better than others. The NCAA announced ...

‘There’s no blueprint’ — Virus upends college recruiting

By DAVE SKRETTA The Associated Press After Michigan lost to Ohio State in the semifinals of the women’s Big Ten Tournament, coach Kim Barnes Arico and her staff immediately hit the road. They intended to take advantage of a full week off before the NCAA Tournament by making visiting as ...

NCAA to give spring sport athletes extra year of eligibility

By RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press The NCAA will permit Division I spring-sport athletes — such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted ...

Red Sox LHP Sale has Tommy John Surgery

By JIMMY GOLEN The Associated Press BOSTON — Red Sox starter Chris Sale had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Monday, his 31st birthday, waiting 11 days after doctors said he needed the operation because of difficulty in scheduling during the coronavirus pandemic. Red Sox chief ...

Giants Martinez experienced in remote learning

By TOM CANAVAN The Associated Press Recently signed New York Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez got a taste of learning remotely during his days at Stanford. It’s going to be put to good use with his new team. Like many of us, Martinez is staying close to home as the coronavirus ...

Keeping fit with no gyms open is a new NBA challenge

By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press Denver’s players, if they’re so willing, have the same assignment each day: Go to their phone or tablet, launch an app and view their individualized daily workout plan that was created by the Nuggets’ strength and conditioning staff. For now, ...

Reid promotes probe, re-vote over post-ballot changes to CBA

By ARNIE STAPLETON and JOHN WAWROW The Associated Press Free agent safety Eric Reid wants the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement invalidated over language added following ratification of the pact earlier this month. He is calling for an investigation and a re-vote. In a letter ...

People in the news

Sheriff seeks leads after Netflix series TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff is asking for new leads in the disappearance of the former husband of a big cat sanctuary owner featured in the new Netflix series “Tiger King.” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister posted on his ...

Anti-transgender legislation signed into law in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed into law two anti-transgender bills, making Idaho the first among states that introduced some 40 such bills this year to enact them. The Republican governor approved legislation that prohibits transgender people from changing the ...

Gunman fatally shoots police officer, injures two

PHOENIX — Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally shot a Phoenix police commander and wounded two other officers as they tried to remove him from a home after his roommates complained he was acting erratically. Cmdr. Greg Carnicle, a 31-year-old police veteran who was set to retire in the ...

Pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

TAMPA, Fla. — Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. According to jail records, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned ...

‘Staggering’: New York virus death toll rises above 1,200

By TOM HAYS and MARINA VILLENEUVE The Associated Press NEW YORK — A Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds arrived Monday in New York City as the number of deaths in the state from the coronavirus outbreak climbed quickly. The disease continued to claim the lives of health care ...

White House turns to statistical models for virus forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible. The public could get its first close look at the Trump administration’s ...

Man, 72, dies of injuries three months after Hanukkah stabbings

MONSEY — A man who was among the five people stabbed during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City has died three months after the attack, according to an Orthodox Jewish organization and community liaison with a local police department. Josef Neumann, 72, died Sunday night, the ...