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Brady looks forward to new challenge

By FRED GOODALL The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady entered his final season in New England with a strong inkling that it would be his last with the Patriots. The six-time Super Bowl champion who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency last month said Wednesday on ...

Video helps Clippers work out together during shutdown

By BETH HARRIS The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers are getting together for workouts while the NBA season is suspended — via video conference calls. Up to 10 players at a time tune in to do workouts led by the team’s performance staff since the league shut ...

A year unlike any since WWII for Augusta

By PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press The Masters is so intertwined with Augusta, they added an extra day to spring break. You see, the first full week of April isn’t just a blip in time for this place. It’s their identity, their way of life, their cart path to success. A ...

Masters in November is better than no Masters

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press C.T. Pan could become a footnote in history at Augusta National. Imagine qualifying for his first Masters and then having to wait 571 days before he can hear the most understated announcement in golf. “Fore, please. C.T. Pan now driving.” One ...

NBA, NHL, MLB tinker with restart options

By The Associated Press While the world wrestles with the coronavirus pandemic, the three biggest U.S.-based sports leagues currently affected by the crisis are trying to figure out if, how and where games can be safely played again this year. The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball have ...

College baseball talent level to go up with change to draft

By ERIC OLSON The Associated Press As disappointing as it’s been to have the college baseball season shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan coach Erik Bakich sees a silver lining. “I do think the coming years will be the deepest college baseball has ever been,” he ...

Lafreniere tops list of NHL draft-eligible prospects

By JOHN WAWROW The Associated Press It makes little difference to Alexis Lafreniere when, where or how he’ll learn about being selected in the NHL draft. The 18-year-old from Quebec simply can’t wait to begin the next step of his promising career with the NHL’s entire calendar of ...

Census sends paper forms to laggards as Midwest sets pace

ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’re a census slacker and haven’t yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you. Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 64 million homes whose residents ...

Girl who inspired Charlotte’s Web marijuana oil dies

DENVER (AP) — A girl with a rare form of epilepsy whose recovery inspired the name of a medical marijuana oil that drew families of children with similar health problems to Colorado for treatment has died after being hospitalized and treated as a likely coronavirus patient, her mother said ...

EPA seeks buyout of homes contaminated by arsenic mine

ALBANY — The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to buy several homes contaminated by arsenic from a 19th-century mine in upstate New York as part of a $5.8 million Superfund cleanup plan announced Wednesday. The agency said an as-yet undetermined number of residents would be ...

People in the news

Thomas Miller, producer, dies at 79 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thomas L. Miller, who produced a string of hit TV comedies before beginning a new chapter as a Broadway producer, has died. He was 79. Miller died Sunday in Salisbury, Connecticut, from complications of heart disease, a spokeswoman ...

Biden vs. Trump

By STEVE PEOPLES The Associated Press The stage is set for November. Barring unforeseen disaster, Joe Biden will represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump this fall, the former vice president’s place on the general election ballot cemented by Bernie Sanders’ ...

Yankees most valuable in major leagues at $5 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseball’s most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9% over last year and 47% more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion. The Yankees are second among all sports in Forbes’ evaluations to the Dallas Cowboys, listed ...

HBCU NFL hopefuls adjust after canceled pro days

By KYLE HIGHTOWER The Associated Press De’Montrez Burroughs looked at it as his best shot to accomplish his NFL dream. The South Carolina State senior receiver had the dates circled on his calendar. First, the Bulldogs’ annual pro day on March 19, followed a week later by the ...

Some Ivy schools deny withdrawing option to spring athletes

By DOUG FEINBERG The Associated Press NEW YORK — Ivy League schools Harvard, Yale and Princeton will not allow their spring athletes to withdraw and return next year to preserve an extra year of eligibility. It’s not a league-wide decision, though. Other schools are not encouraging ...

Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of captain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he advanced by delivering a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt. In announcing the ...

Trump challenges authority, independence of agency watchdogs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs overseeing his administration, including removing the inspector general tasked with overseeing the $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that passed Congress with ...

Bettman, NHL continue to weigh options

By JOHN WAWROW and STEPHEN WHYNO The Associated Press For the first time since halting play four weeks ago, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman raised the possibility Tuesday of not completing the regular season in order to squeeze in time to award the Stanley Cup. Bettman also acknowledged ...

Burton, Earnhardt, Edwards headline nominees

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards were among the new nominees for NASCAR’s next Hall of Fame class announced Tuesday under a revamped voting protocol. Voters for 11 years elected five members per class first from a ...

Players, managers intrigued by MLB’s all-Arizona option

By RONALD BLUM and DAVID BRANDT The Associated Press Boston’s Chris Sale, out for the season following Tommy John surgery, thought about the prospect of his teammates sequestered in the Phoenix area for an extended period if Major League Baseball and its players adopt an all-Arizona ...