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Judges question warrants in Kraft massage parlor sex case

Florida appellate judges on Tuesday questioned the legality of search warrants that let police secretly video record New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others paying for massage parlor sex, pressing a prosecutor on his contention that the warrants were legally valid.

Source: Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace Brady

  Oregon, Oregon State drop ‘Civil War’ name for rivalry

NFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions until 2021

  ‘The noose was real’: NASCAR releases photo from Bubba Wallace’s garage

  Despite rivalry, Buffalo Bills fan donates kidney to save New England Patriots fan

  Rope found hanging in Bubba Wallace’s garage was coincidence

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  Rope found in Bubba Wallace’s garage there since October, feds say

Baseball’s back: MLB sets 60-game sked, opens July 23 or 24

Tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic, wife have virus after his exhibitions

Phillies say 2 more players, 2 staffers test positive; 12 total

MLB plans 60-game slate, shortest since 1878, as union balks

  Blaney wins at Talladega after NASCAR unites behind Wallace

  NBA offering players smart ring to track COVID-19

The NBA is offering players a smart ring to track the coronavirus as they get ready to restart the season next month.

Balk in baseball coronavirus talks, July 19 start off

An email from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won’t begin by July 19.

NY-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont Stakes

Tiz the Law won an unprecedented Belmont Stakes, claiming victory Saturday at the first race of a rejiggered Triple Crown schedule in front of eerily empty grandstands.

AP source: MLB spring training sites close amid virus worry

The players' association was told by Major League Baseball on Friday that teams will not agree to more than 60 games in the pandemic-delayed season, leaving open the possibility of an even shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games or fewer.

Phillies: 5 players test positive for virus at Florida camp

NCAA: No championships in states with Confederate symbol

  Fauci: ‘Football may not happen this year’

World’s fastest man suspended for missing doping tests

NFL commissioner Goodell encourages team to sign Kaepernick

Commissioner says baseball season in jeopardy

Ezekiel Elliott, other NFL players test positive for coronavirus

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott is among several NFL players who have COVID-19, according to the NFL Network.

Baseball players say talks futile, tell MLB to order return

Baseball players told Major League Baseball additional talks to start the season during the coronavirus pandemic are pointless and said owners should order a return to work, which likely would spark lengthy litigation and the sport's return to labor wars.

MLB offers players 80% of prorated salaries, 72-game season

Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason.

NCAA proposal for extended college football preseason set

The proposed model goes to the Division I Council, which the NCAA said will act on it Wednesday. The proposal is expected to pass.

NASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from all events, properties

NASCAR is prohibiting the display of the Confederate flag at all events and properties.

Fed to keep providing aid and sees no rate hike through 2022

The Federal Reserve says it will keep buying bonds to maintain low borrowing rates and support the U.S. economy in the midst of a recession. And it says nearly all the Fed's policymakers foresee no rate hike through 2022.

Tokyo Olympics talk of simplifying, but no specifics so far

There's unlikely to be anything concrete until the fall, when organizers hope that science will better understand the coronavirus pandemic and measures Tokyo needs to take against it.

MLS to resume season with Fla. tournament starting July 8

The league's 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World.

NCAA finalizing plan for extended college football preseason

The NCAA's football oversight committee expects to finalize a plan on Thursday to allow teams to conduct up to 12 unpadded, slow-speed practices, also know as walk-throughs, during the 14 days before the typical preseason begins in August.

NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace calls for end of Confederate flag at tracks

The lone black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series is calling for the stock car racing organization to ban Confederate flags at race tracks.

  AP sources: MLB offers 76-game year, up to 16 playoff teams

Players agreed in March to a deal calling for prorated salaries that depend on games played, a deal in exchange for a guarantee of service time if the season was scrapped.

NFL gives teams planner for total reopening of facilities

In a lengthy four-part memo to the clubs written by Commissioner Roger Goodell and approved by the NFL Players Association, the league described protocols focusing on screening, testing, infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response for new infections.

Former Florida, NFL star Reche Caldwell fatally shot

Reche Caldwell had 152 catches for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in six NFL seasons — four with the Chargers and one each with New England and Washington.

Conor McGregor makes 3rd retirement announcement in 4 years

McGregor made his declaration Sunday morning on his Twitter account, where the former two-division UFC champion also announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019.

Elway joins call for change after George Floyd’s killing

The comments from the Denver Broncos' general manager came in a lengthy Twitter post at the end of a tempestuous week in which his head coach, Vic Fangio, drew widespread condemnation for suggesting he didn't see racism or discrimination in the NFL.

  Support for Colin Kaepernick grows; Goodell says NFL was wrong for not listening to players

Global opinion has shifted so much that more people are vilifying those who attack Kaepernick or misrepresent his stance.

Multiple Alabama football players test positive for coronavirus

As many as 50 Crimson Tide players took part in workouts on campus this week.

Players send video message to NFL about racial inequality

The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.

NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA’s Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.

MLB rejects 114-game schedule, threatens plan of about 50

Management has said it will discuss a schedule of about 50 games, which would result in players receiving about 30% of their full salaries.

Johnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85

Johnny Majors, a legendary player and coach at the University of Tennessee, has died at the age of 85.

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

The NBA has suspended its season on March 11 “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.

Wes Unseld, Hall of Famer and NBA champion in DC, dies at 74

Unseld was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988, his first year of eligibility.

Legendary Auburn coach Pat Dye dies at age 80

Multiple news outlets reported Dye had recently been hospitalized with kidney issues. He also tested positive for COVID-19.

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others’ rights

Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined.

Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves

Olympic offices speculate October will be the time when “many thing will come clear in the process.”

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

Eddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84

Basketball coach Eddie Sutton led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament.

NBA says it is talking with Disney about resuming season

Space won’t be an issue, even if Major League Soccer — which is also in talks to resume its season at Disney — is there at the same time as the NBA.

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

The SEC’s announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.

Jerry Sloan, Jazz great and Hall of Fame coach, dies at 78

The Utah Jazz organization said Friday that Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has died at the age of 78.

Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail.

NCAA weighs end to moratorium amid push to offer fall sports

The moratorium on athletic activities for all sports currently runs through May 31.

Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown

The New York Racing Association on Tuesday unveiled the rescheduled date for the Belmont, which will also be contested at a shorter distance than usual.

LeBron: “Definitely not giving up on the season”

LeBron James reiterated Monday that he is hopeful the NBA season can resume, with the caveat that the health and well-being of players won’t be jeopardized by a return to play.

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns to racing

This was a 400-mile drive unlike any other in modern day NASCAR.

  US, European leaders weigh reopening risks without a vaccine

On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the U.S. and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions, knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop.

Trump says back to normal in golf means big crowds, no masks

President Donald Trump’s idea of golf getting back to normal is having thousands of fans who aren’t wearing masks in attendance and “practically standing on top of each other.”

Phyllis George, female sportscasting pioneer, dies at 70

Phyllis George, the former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS's “The NFL Today,” has died. She was 70.

NFL teams can reopen facilities Tuesday, with provisos

NFL teams can begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it.

Former MLB All-Star, GM and executive Bob Watson dead at 74

Bob Watson, a two-time All-Star as a player who later became the first black general manager to win a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996, has died.

NFL players accused of armed robbery at South Florida party

Police in South Florida are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party.

IOC says postponing Tokyo Olympics will cost it $800M

It is still unclear how big the total postponement bill will be with Olympic organizers and public authorities in Japan facing extra costs estimated to run into billions of dollars.

AP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in July

Spring training would start in early to mid-June, said a person familiar with the decision.

UFC 249 ushers in fan-free, mask-filled era of sports

UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago.

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.

  Survey: Fans favor sports returning even without spectators in stands

A majority of fans surveyed by ESPN favor sports returning even if there are no spectators in the stands.

Brett Favre repaying $1.1 M for no-show speeches, auditor says

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up, the Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday.

Minor leaguer Blake Bivens learned of family’s murder over social media

Bivens recently spoke publicly for what is believed to be the first time about the death of his wife, son and mother-in-law

NFL moving London, Mexico City games back to US stadiums because of coronavirus

All five regular-season games that would have been played internationally will now be played at the stadiums of the host teams.

Don Shula, winningest coach in pro football history, dies at 90

The Miami Dolphins said Monday that Don Shula, the winningest coach in pro football history, has died at the age of 90.

Dalton comes home to Texas as Prescott’s backup with Cowboys

Andy Dalton is coming home to Texas as Dak Prescott’s backup with the Dallas Cowboys.

AP source: MLB owners to discuss draft length next week

Teams and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that allowed MLB to cut the draft from 40 rounds to as few as five this year and 20 next year, part of a plan to deal with the new coronavirus pandemic that delayed the start of the season and slashed revenue.

Women’s soccer claim of unequal pay tossed, can argue travel

A federal judge threw out the unequal pay claim by players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team in a surprising loss for the defending World Cup champions but allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to go to trial.

  For sports, coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle

The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball would need thousands of virus tests every week if those leagues can resume playing games.

Broncos’ Von Miller says he’s recovered from COVID-19

Miller went public with his diagnosis on April 16, saying he wanted to show that the virus could affect anybody, even a young, world-class athlete in tip-top shape.

NFL plans full season; being “deliberate, reasonable”

The NFL is planning to play a full season though it’s uncertain what that will look like.