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Briscoe’s heartbreaking week ends with Xfinity victory

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Chase Briscoe was grateful to bring a moment or two of happiness to wife Marissa in the worst week of their lives. It was Tuesday, during a 12-week exam, that they learned that their expected child — they only learned Monday that ...

Rams’ Aaron Donald: Football without fans ‘wouldn’t be fun’

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Donald is not thrilled about the prospect of playing football without fans. The Los Angeles Rams' superstar defensive lineman doesn't like the idea of playing an NFL season in front of empty seats, saying it "wouldn't be fun to ...

Odenigbo’s opportunity: Vikings pass rusher now in key role

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, like the rest of the NFL during this virus-restricted offseason, have been forced to rely on virtual instruction over video conference calls between staff and players. Ifeadi Odenigbo's opportunity to become a ...

Lessons from ’18: Old pandemic is a murky guide for sports

The image is striking: Fans watching a college football game in the midst of a pandemic, wearing masks with a smidge of social distance between them on row after row of bleacher seats. The photo is 102 years old. The Georgia Tech alumni Twitter feed posted a black-and-white photo of the scene ...

Mostert acknowledges family concern over return to practice

Long before the sports world had been shut down and when only one death from the coronavirus had been reported in California, San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert was concerned enough about the pandemic to cancel an appearance at an autograph show in early March. Now more than two ...

Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson leaves $1,000 tip at Florida eatery

COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL star Chad Johnson left a $1,000 tip for his waiter after dining at a restaurant in Florida that recently reopened amid the coronavirus outbreak. "Congrats on re-opening, sorry about the pandemic, hope this helps. I LOVE YOU," Johnson wrote Monday on his ...

Governors warming to the idea of the return of pro sports

Governors around the country are warming to the idea of the return of professional sports to their states, with two caveats: continued progress against the coronavirus and no spectators in the stands. The heads of California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania spoke Monday of the return of ...

Angry ump: Garcia says he kept quiet to protect son-in-law

NEW YORK (AP) — Richie Garcia was among baseball's best-rated and most popular umpires, and like many umps was known for the ones he missed: the Jeffrey Maier call in the playoffs, the pitch to Tino Martinez in the World Series. He lost his job in the failed labor strategy of mass ...

Lebron James, Spotify, HBO among 2020 Webby Award winners

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James, Jimmy Fallon, Spotify and HBO are among the 2020 Webby Award winners for internet excellence. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced the winners Tuesday. Fallon's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" won a Webby for best website ...

Harvick wins at Darlington as NASCAR returns to racing

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — This was a 400-mile drive unlike any other in modern day NASCAR. The grandstands were completely empty. There wasn't a single tailgate inside the track. Everyone wore face coverings — some with the team logos, others opting for plain disposable medical masks. It was ...

Former manager and player Art Howe released from hospital

HOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe was released from a Houston hospital Sunday after a stay in intensive care because of the coronavirus. "Relief, back in my own bedroom. It's just sweet," the 73-year-old Howe said. "It was a long five days or so. I'm finally ...

Virus has NFL prospects pondering threat of a lost season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Joe Burrow was a competent if unspectacular quarterback as a backup at Ohio State and during his first post-transfer season at LSU. In 2019, he transformed into Super Joe. Imagine if a pandemic had shortened or wiped out that last, golden season for Burrow, who won the ...

NASCAR putting its safety plan to test as racing restarts

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Crew chief Chad Knaus won't get a look at the car Hendrick Motorsports built for Darlington Raceway until he gets to the track Sunday morning, a few hours before the race. Kurt Busch? He's already sat in his Chip Ganassi Racing car and met with his crew chief. The ...

Rodgers says Packers’ decision to draft Love surprised him

Packers star Aaron Rodgers acknowledges Green Bay drafting a quarterback in the first round surprised him and complicated his hopes of playing his entire career with the same team. The Packers traded up four spots in the first round last month to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with ...

Tirico hosting live golf from 1,000 miles away

Mike Tirico returns to his role as host Sunday on NBC when live golf is shown on television for the first time in more than two months, and he can't wait. "Someone gets over a ball and we don't know the outcome," Tirico said Friday. This is hardly a return to normal. The charity Skins game ...

WNBA commissioner: League focusing on scenarios to play

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert is focusing on about a half dozen scenarios for the league to begin play this summer Engelbert did not go into detail about each scenario, but told The Associated Press Friday that the league is looking at playing at one site, a few possibly ...

Lakers’ Dwight Howard healing after death of son’s mother

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of Dwight Howard's 6-year-old son died nearly six weeks ago due to an epileptic seizure, the Los Angeles Lakers center says. Although Howard has spent the NBA's hiatus dealing with the difficult task of explaining Melissa Rios' death to their son, he is also ...

Attorney says he has affidavits clearing Seahawks’ Dunbar

MIAMI (AP) — The attorney for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar says he has five signed affidavits from witnesses that exonerate his client in an armed robbery. Attorney Michael Grieco told The Associated Press on Friday that the five witnesses attested that Dunbar was not involved ...

Autopsy: Pilot in Kobe Bryant crash had no alcohol, drugs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies ...

Vikes’ Zimmer sequestering at ranch with assistant coach son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Zimmer has managed to conduct some extra strategy sessions during this sequestered NFL offseason, despite being disconnected from all of his players and almost all of his staff. That's because the Minnesota Vikings head coach has his newly appointed co-defensive ...