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  Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

After losing Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Browns 22-17

Masters plans for a limited number of spectators in April

No. 1 Alabama wins national title 52-24 over No. 3 Ohio St

PGA Championship leaving Trump National for ’22 tournament

Tommy Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

Chattanooga fires football assistant after ‘appalling’ tweet on Stacey Abrams

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  Alabama’s DeVonta Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

  Reported virus issues at Ohio State raise specter of title game delay against Alabama

Men’s NCAA March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

Paul Westphal, Hall of Famer and NBA champion, dies at 70

Florida Gators basketball returns, Keyontae Johnson back with the team amid recovery

Washington beaten by Panthers, fails to clinch NFC East

Baseball Hall of Famer, knuckleballer Phil Niekro dies at 81

Niekro won 318 games over his 24-year career, which ended in 1987 at age 48 after he made one final start with the Braves.

Heisman finalists: Tide teammates plus Lawrence and Trask

Alabama teammates Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith along with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Florida's Kyle Trask have been named finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson will be released from hospital

Johnson was rushed to the hospital during Florida’s game against Florida State after he collapsed after a time out.

Florida Gators football hit with NCAA violations

The NCAA has sanctioned the Florida Gators football program for level II and level III recruiting violations.

World Chase Tag marathon set to air Dec. 23

HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58

HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58

Clemson coach votes College Football Playoff opponent Ohio State 11th

Sarah Fuller’s jersey added to College Football Hall of Fame

Panthers fire GM Marty Hurney after another losing season

CFP: Alabama-Notre Dame, Clemson-Ohio St as Aggies left out

Notre Dame was picked Sunday over Texas A&M for the final College Football Playoff spot and will face No. 1 Alabama in the semifinals while Clemson and Ohio State were paired in the CFP for the third time.

Packers outlast Panthers 24-16 for 4th straight victory

Carolina has lost 8 of their last 9

CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Texas

The College Football Playoff semifinal scheduled for the Rose Bowl will be moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Russia can’t use its name and flag at the next 2 Olympics

The court halved the four-year ban proposed last year by the World Anti-Doping Agency in a landmark case that accused Russia of state-ordered tampering of a testing laboratory database in Moscow.

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it was “correcting a longtime oversight in the game’s history” by elevating the Negro Leagues.

Supreme Court agrees to hear NCAA athlete compensation case

In August, Justice Elena Kagan had denied the NCAA’s request to put lower court rulings in favor of the student-athletes on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA formally petitioned the Supreme Court to take up the case.

Parents: Florida Gators’ Keyontae Johnson is breathing on his own, FaceTimed team

In a statement released via the University of Florida men’s basketball Twitter account, Johnson’s parents, Nika and Marrecus Johnson, say their son is speaking with them, his doctors at UF Health, and has even FaceTimed his team.

AP Interview: Indians owner says name won’t change in 2021

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Dolan said: “The name is no longer acceptable in our world.”

  NCAA to play women’s basketball Tournament at 1 site, eyes Texas

The women’s Final Four in 2021 was already set for San Antonio and the NCAA has begun preliminary talks with the Texas city to hold the entire 64-team tournament in the area.

New York Times: Cleveland Indians to change team name after 105 years

The decision to drop the name the team has had since 1915 came down on Sunday in the midst of social justice movements to stop sports teams from using Native American-themed elements for their mascots.

Florida’s Johnson remains in critical but stable condition

Florida forward Keyontae Johnson remained in critical but stable condition at a hospital, the team reported Sunday, one day after he collapsed on the court during a game at Florida State.

Sarah Fuller becomes 1st woman to score in Power 5 football game

Sarah Fuller became the first woman to score in a Power Five conference football game by kicking an extra point for Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Listening to athletes, USOPC won’t punish Olympic protests

It’s a response to a set of recommendations from a USOPC athlete group that seeks changes to the much-maligned Rule 50 of the IOC Olympic Charter.

  Texas prep football player attacks referee, charged with assault

Senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron of Edinburg High School came running from the sideline area after the referee announced the ejection, slamming into the official during the first half of the zone play-in game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo.

No fans to be allowed at Rose Bowl for CFP semifinal game

The Rose Bowl is hosting one of the playoff semifinals; the other is at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 86

He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death was announced.

WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson dies at 79

Patterson spent decades in professional wrestling, as an in-ring performer and working behind the scenes. He wrote about his life and career in the 2016 autobiography “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE.”

Beebe amends for fumble with TD as Vikes top Panthers 28-27

Carolina falls to 4-8

Kannapolis-based F1 driver Romain Grosjean escapes after car crashes, splits in half and bursts into flames at Bahrain Grand Prix

The 34-year-old French driver managed to escape after he slid off track on the first lap and his Haas car burst into flames after being sliced in two by a barrier.

Fuller sticking with Vanderbilt football after historic kick

Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller isn’t walking away from football just yet after becoming the first woman to kick in a Power Five conference football game.

AP source: NFL fines Saints $500,000, Patriots $350,000

The NFL has fined the New Orleans Saints $500,000 and stripped them of a 2021 seventh-round draft pick for violating league COVID-19 protocols, a person with direct knowledge of the discipline told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Jones

Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years.

Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in Power 5

Sarah Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt soccer team, joined the football team this week after helping the Commodores win the Southeastern Conference Tournament last weekend.

  Female soccer player poised to play for Vandy’s football team

“Let’s make history,” senior Sarah Fuller wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.

Thousands bid farewell to soccer legend Maradona in Argentina amid clashes

Maradona died on Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he recovered from a brain operation on Nov. 3.

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year’s World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.

White Sox to host Yankees in Field of Dreams game on Aug. 12

Major League Baseball says the plan is tentative, contingent on the status of public health next summer.

Walker Wins First NFL Start As Panthers Blank Lions 20-0

Carolina moves to 4-7

Raptors denied permission to play in Canada, head to Tampa

An official familiar with the federal government’s decision told The Associated Press on Friday there is too much COVID-19 circulating in the United States to allow for cross-border travel that is not essential.

NCAA in talks with Indianapolis to host all of March Madness

The NCAA announced Monday it plans to hold the entire 2021 men’s college basketball tournament in one geographic location to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and is in talks with Indianapolis to be the host city.

Dustin Johnson coasts to 5-shot win and 1st Masters title

Dustin Johnson wins first Masters played in the fall with record score of 268.

Dustin Johnson buries some major memories, wins the Masters

South Carolina native shot -20

Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Lasorda hospitalized in ICU

Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized in Southern California.

Johnson plays like No. 1 and seizes control at the Masters

SC native ties 54 hole record in Augusta

Johnson, Thomas part of 4-way share atop Masters leaderboard

Tiger Woods is 5 shots back

Breakthrough for women: Miami Marlins hire Kim Ng as GM

Ng became the majors' highest-ranking woman and Asian American in baseball operations when she was hired Friday as general manager of the Miami Marlins.

Casey rides the buzz of Masters history to 65 and early lead

Tiger Woods is 3 shots back

Freddie Freeman wins National League MVP

Hit .341 this season

The Weeknd to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show

Earlier this year, The Weeknd’s hit single “Blinding Lights” became his fifth song to peak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Honorary starters, then rain, as 1st fall Masters begins

Darkness and drizzle greeted Hall of Famers Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus for the honorary opening tee shots in the early dawn hours of the tournament.

Elliott drives from back of the field to first NASCAR title

1st title for 25 year old

Notre Dame mandates virus testing after football celebration

All Notre Dame students are required to undergo coronavirus testing before they leave South Bend for the extended winter break.

ESPN announces 300 layoffs, citing ‘disruption’ amid virus

In addition to the layoffs, the company is planning to leave about 200 vacant positions unfilled.

Elliott races into NASCAR championship; Harvick eliminated

Keselowski, Hamlin also make Championship round

Travis Roy, Boston University hockey player paralyzed in first game, dies at 45

From his wheelchair, he gave as many as 40 motivational speeches a year. The message he shared: Do the best with what you have and don’t dwell on your misfortune.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence tests positive for COVID-19

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19, putting into doubt whether the face of college football will be available to play the top-ranked Tigers' biggest game of the season.

Kyle Busch wins rain-delayed NASCAR playoff race in Texas

Led 90 laps on the day

MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field

Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others.

Dodgers win 1st World Series title since 1988

The Dodgers posted the best record in the majors during this pandemic-shortened season, then rallied in the final game to claim a most elusive crown.

AP source: NFL fines Titans $350,000 for COVID-19 outbreak

The NFL has fined the Tennessee Titans $350,000 for violating protocols leading to the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak during the season, a person familiar with the discipline told The Associated Press.

Matt Blair, star linebacker for Vikings, dies at 70

He started 130 of the 160 regular-season games he played, racking up 1,452 tackles, the second most in team history.

Woman runs under 6-minute mile while 9 months pregnant

Makenna Myler, 28, who’s originally from Australia but now lives in California, has been running five or six times a week during her pregnancy.

Bellinger HR sends Dodgers to 3rd World Series in 4 years

Atlanta unable to hold on to 3-1 series lead

Logano wins at Kansas to clinch spot in Cup Series finale

Kevin Harvick finishes 2nd

Dodgers-Rays rare wild-card era matchup of baseball’s best

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to win their first World Series title since 1998. The Tampa Bay Rays are among just six current franchises that have never won.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Alabama’s Saban cleared to coach after 3rd negative test

Saban had initially tested positive on Wednesday, along with athletic director Greg Byrne.

Patriots back to work, Jaguars work remotely after positive COVID-19 test

The Jaguars said Saturday that a practice squad player has tested positive for the coronavirus.