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Fields of green: Mild winter, no games aid ballpark grass

By STEPHEN HAWKINS The Associated Press Nicole Sherry poked some holes in the turf at Camden Yards, cut the grass and then left the ballpark about the same time the Baltimore Orioles should have been wrapping up their season opener. “What a beautiful day it would have been for a ...

Ex-MLB player primes to fight virus

By BEN WALKER The Associated Press NEW YORK — If he wanted, Mark Hamilton could show off his World Series ring at work. But the fill-in first baseman for the 2011 champion St. Louis Cardinals prefers to keep that prize safe at home. “The surgical scrub tub, not the most conducive ...

Iconic sports cities turn eerie during shutdown

By PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press They are cities defined by iconic sporting events. When Augusta comes up, one instantly thinks of the Masters. If Omaha is mentioned, it’s often in the same breath with the College World Series. It’s hard to imagine Louisville without the ...

Several ideas being considered for European soccer

By TALES AZZONI The Associated Press MADRID — Finishing off domestic soccer seasons could take precedence over completing the Champions League. Spanish league president Javier Tebas said Tuesday that several ideas are being studied by the leagues and UEFA, including having the European ...

Former MLS player helping Spain in fight against virus

By TALES AZZONI The Associated Press MADRID — Toni Dovale has a different routine than most Spanish soccer players during the coronavirus pandemic. While some have been spending their time trying to stay fit or negotiating salary reductions with their clubs, Dovale is working to ...

English soccer warned of $1B pandemic losses, clubs closing

By ROB HARRIS The Associated Press English soccer faced warnings on Tuesday that losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic could exceed $1 billion and clubs could go out of business. The financial alarm was sounded by the heads of the English Football Association and Premier League as ...

Silver says NBA decision won’t be made before May

By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is bracing for several more weeks of uncertainty about the remainder of this halted season, revealing Monday night that he does not expect the league will be able to decide anything until at least May. Silver spoke on the ...

British Open canceled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press The Masters goes from that annual rite of spring to two weeks before Thanksgiving. The U.S. Open now is scheduled in September for the first time since amateur Francis Ouimet took down Britain’s best at Brookline in 1913 to put golf on the map in ...

IndyCar cancels Detroit, adds doubleheaders, third Indy race

By JENNA FRYER The Asociated Press Roger Penske has canceled the doubleheader race at Detroit and adjusted the IndyCar schedule Monday as the series remains on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Penske told The Associated Press he had no choice but to cancel the two races at Belle Isle ...

Wickens hopes iRace will be first step back on IndyCar journey

By MICHAEL MAROT The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Robert Wickens never gave up on his dreams. When his Formula One hopes fizzled, Wickens worked his way back through the ranks to compete in the IndyCar Series. When doctors told him he might not walk again following a horrific crash ...

MLB, union discuss playing all games in Arizona

By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area this season and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward ...

Tennis tours coordinating possible rescheduling

By HOWARD FENDRICH The Associated Press The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours are examining contingency plans for post-coronavirus rescheduling, including the possibility of pushing back the end of the 2020 season. The heads of the WTA and ATP said Monday their groups are ...

NBA coaches prepare for possible playoff matchups

By KYLE HIGHTOWER The Associated Press With NBA games indefinitely on hold, there has been a lot of discussion about postseason possibilities — including by coaches around the league. They’re preparing for what a resumption of the season that was shut down March 11 could look like in ...

NHL playoff scenarios are plentiful

By JOHN WAWROW and STEPHEN WHYNO The Associated Press Shorts and skates don’t usually mix. Maintaining NHL-quality ice in August or holding a Stanley Cup Final in September? Those are far from the norm, too. With the NHL playoffs, which were to begin Wednesday, on indefinite hold ...

Tigers’ legend Kaline dies at 85

DETROIT (AP) — Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as “Mr. Tiger,” died Monday. He was 85. John Morad, a friend of Kaline’s, confirmed to The Associated Press that he died Monday at his home in Michigan. ...

NBA changing pre-draft process

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has told teams that they may not conduct or attend any workouts with draft-eligible players during the league’s coronavirus hiatus, a major change from typical procedures. Teams also are being prohibited “from watching, requesting, or sharing any video (live or ...

New details revealed in FIFA bribe case

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and ...

NFL going with virtual format for draft

By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. In a memo sent to the 32 teams Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. ...

NFL delays start of offseason workout programs for teams

By STEVE REED The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C — The NFL is delaying the start of its offseason workout program while formulating a plan with the NFL Players Association on how to proceed during the coronavirus pandemic. At least for the time being, NFL coaches won’t be allowed to ...

Eight unanimous picks for NFL All-Decade Team

By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press Von Miller had to catch his breath after finding out he got every vote for the 2010s All-Decade Team. Miller, Tom Brady, J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team announced Monday by the NFL ...