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Milwaukee Brewers during a practice session Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Latest: NHL, union reach tentative return-to-play deal

Jul. 6, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend the collective bargaining agreement. The four-year extension of the CBA finalized Monday,...

Officials say teen drowned in eastern Iowa lake over weekend

Jul. 6, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A Manchester teen drowned in Lake Delhi in eastern Iowa over the holiday weekend, officials said. Teige Hunt, 17, jumped into the lake Friday night and did not resurface, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. Rescue crews responded to a call for help at the lake...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault, right, gestures against the Las Vegas Aces during the second half of Game 1 of a WNBA playoff basketball series in Washington. Thibault knows that he could be at higher risk for severe illness if he gets the coronavirus because of his age. The 69-year-old coach didn't hesitate about going down to Florida with his team Monday, July 6, 2020, to prepare for the upcoming WNBA season. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Most of WNBA's older coaches OK with Florida virus risk

Jul. 6, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Thibault knows he could be at higher risk for severe illness if he gets the coronavirus because of his age. The 69-year-old Washington Mystics coach didn't hesitate about going down to Florida with his team Monday to prepare for the virus-delayed WNBA season. “There’s no...

Bucks close practice facility following COVID-19 testing

Jul. 6, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have closed their practice facility following the team’s latest round of testing for the coronavirus. Bucks officials confirmed Sunday that they had closed the facility and that they aren’t planning to reopen it before leaving for Florida on Thursday to...

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard marches alongside protesters towards downtown Portland on the Morrison Bridge, on June 4, 2020. Thousands of protesters in the liberal and predominantly white city of Portland, Ore. have taken to the streets peacefully every day for more than five weeks to decry police brutality, but recent violence by smaller groups is creating a deep schism in the protest movement and prompting allegations that white protesters are co-opting the moment. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Damian Lillard emerges from shutdown ready for playoff push

Jul. 6, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Grieving the death of a cousin and missing his mother, Damian Lillard struggled emotionally after the NBA shut down because of the coronavirus. But he also found inspiration in his activism for Black Lives Matter and his flourishing music career. The Trail Blazers were just out of...

The grounds crew works on the field at Oakland Coliseum before an Oakland Athletics baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Latest: Two Arizona relievers tested positive for virus

Jul. 5, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says that relief pitchers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra have both tested positive for COVID-19. The Diamondbacks had previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested...

Virus forces West Virginia to push back basketball workouts

Jul. 5, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has postponed the start of men's basketball workouts for two weeks after five players and one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Sunday. The workouts were scheduled to start on Monday. The decision was made in consultation with...

Scoreboard shows the final score during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson,Pool)

Enhanced crowd audio adds another dimension to fanless games

Jul. 5, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

There's clearly a huge difference between an English Premier League match and one played between friends on a local field. But when you take away 54,000 fans who would otherwise be singing and cheering at Liverpool's Anfield, both sound the same. That doesn't seem appropriate to Pierre Moossa, NBC's coordinating...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage shoots against Washington Mystics' LaToya Sanders during the first half of Game 4 of a WNBA playoff basketball series in Las Vegas. All-Star center Cambage is expected to miss the upcoming 2020 WNBA season for health reasons, according to her agent. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Agent: Cambage expected out; severe risk if she gets virus

Jul. 4, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Las Vegas Aces All-Star center Liz Cambage is expected to miss the upcoming WNBA season for health reasons, according to her agent. “In the evaluation of Liz Cambage's health and pre-existing risk factors with her team doctor, we believe her to be at high-risk for severe illness if...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. The unusual resumption of the NBA season during the coronavirus pandemic is making mental health a priority. Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part of living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather in Central Florida to resume their suspended seasons later this month. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

NBA emphasizes mental health as teams await Disney 'bubble'

Jul. 4, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part. The Pelicans guard will be living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather near Orlando, Florida, this month to resume their suspended season. Holiday’s wife, Lauren, a former U.S. national team soccer...