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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2013, file photo, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Warren Sapp smiles after being inducted in the Ring of Honor ceremony during halftime in an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins in Tampa, Fla. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp wishes the Buccaneers could pack the stands for the first Super Bowl played in a host team’s home stadium. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Bucs fans set to cheer inside, outside Super Bowl stadium

Jan. 27, 2021 4:26 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Warren Sapp wishes fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could pack the stands for the first Super Bowl played in a host team’s home stadium. Because of coronavirus pandemic concerns, the NFL’s decision to limit capacity to 22,000 at Raymond James Stadium, and soaring prices for...

FILE -  In this Oct. 7, 2001, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds smiles as he begins to round the bases after he hit his 73rd home run of the season, against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game in San Francisco. The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year's ballot. Curt Schilling, Bonds and Roger Clemens were the closest in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America released Tuesday, and the trio will have one more chance at election next year. It's the first time the BBWAA didn't choose anyone since 2013. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Could more Hall of Fame shutouts be on the horizon?

Jan. 27, 2021 12:29 PM EST

It could be a while before the Baseball Writers' Association of America votes anyone new into the Hall of Fame. BBWAA members delivered an empty class in this year's election, which was announced Tuesday night. Curt Schilling received the most support, but the former pitcher was selected on 71.1% of the ballots,...

New Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Josh Heupel, left, shakes hands with University of Tennessee athletics director Danny White after being presented a jersey speaks during an introductory press conference at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Caitie McLekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool)

NCAA probe is 'speed bump' to Vols' new coach Josh Heupel

Jan. 27, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Josh Heupel believes he can win quickly at Tennessee and position the football program for long-term success. He's so confident that not even the specter of NCAA sanctions deterred him from joining his former UCF boss in a package deal for the Volunteers. Heupel was introduced Wednesday as the program's 27th...

American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

NFL picks 3 honorary captains, Amanda Gorman for coin toss

Jan. 27, 2021 3:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has selected three people who have served during the coronavirus pandemic as honorary captains for the Super Bowl along with inaugural poet Amanda Gorman for an original poem. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday that educator Trimaine Davis, nurse manager Suzie Dorner and...

Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook reacts to a call during the fourth quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA adjusts schedules for virus-affected teams, like Wizards

Jan. 27, 2021 5:16 PM EST

Washington’s second-half schedule might not be as jam-packed as first thought, after the NBA said Wednesday it was rescheduling some Wizards games after a half-dozen of their contests were postponed in recent weeks for virus-related reasons. Portland will now visit Washington on Tuesday, a game that was...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Cleveland Cavaliers' Taurean Prince (12) and Dylan Windler (9) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Cleveland. The Lakers won 115-108. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Game or no game, NBA All-Star voting starts Thursday

Jan. 27, 2021 1:27 PM EST

NBA All-Star voting opens Thursday, without any final determination yet if there will be an actual All-Star Game this season. The league said Wednesday that “discussions surrounding a potential NBA All-Star Game are ongoing.” The Associated Press reported Monday that there have been talks about...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Houston Astros' George Springer takes a lead off first during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Springer became the most prominent among baseball’s free agents to reach an agreement, a $150 million, six-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night, Jan. 19, 20201, because the deal was subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

New Jays OF Springer sees echoes of Astros in Toronto's core

Jan. 27, 2021 1:48 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — George Springer thinks Toronto's promising young core is similar to the group he played with that led Houston to its first World Series title in 2017. Springer and the Blue Jays agreed last week to a team-record $150 million, six-year contract. He joined a roster that includes young sluggers...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws to a Chicago White Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago. A person with knowledge of the deal has confirmed to The Associated Press that left-hander Lester and the Washington Nationals have an agreement in principle in place for a one-year contract. The deal is pending the successful completion of a physical exam. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Lefty Jon Lester finalizes $5M, 1-year deal with Nationals

Jan. 27, 2021 3:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Left-handed starter Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals finalized a $5 million, one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a fourth member of a rotation led by Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. Lester and the team had an agreement in principle in place last week,...

The Olympic rings are seen at the empty Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 2:05 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Remember the word: Playbook. This is the rule book that the IOC and Tokyo organizers are set to roll out next week to explain how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and tens of thousands of others will try to safely enter Japan when the Olympics open in just under six months. Organizers...

San Jose's Erik Karlsson (65) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild's Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season

Jan. 27, 2021 11:49 AM EST

With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars' opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. It wasn't a coach's dream. “It was entertaining hockey, but it was a little sloppy,” Bowness said. “And that’s to be expected.” Sloppy...

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Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook reacts to a call during the fourth quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA adjusts schedules for virus-affected teams, like Wizards

Jan. 27, 2021 5:16 PM EST

Washington’s second-half schedule might not be as jam-packed as first thought, after the NBA said Wednesday it was rescheduling some Wizards games after a half-dozen of their contests were postponed in recent weeks for virus-related reasons. Portland will now visit Washington on Tuesday, a game that was...

Senators acquire Jack Kopacka, pick from Sharks for Jaros

Jan. 27, 2021 5:13 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators acquired forward Jack Kopacka and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick from the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday for defenseman Christian Jaros. Kopacka was acquired by the Sharks from the Anahaim Ducks earlier Wednesday in exchange for defenseman Trevor Carrick. In...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 file photo, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gets choked up as the senior players are introduced before the start of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. It's going on 40 days since Bret Bielema was announced as Illinois' football coach, and since then he's assembled a staff, met returning players, recruited new ones, convinced a top player to pull his name out of the transfer portal and made the rounds getting to know administrators and alumni. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)

New Illini coach Bielema says he doesn't want to wait to win

Jan. 27, 2021 5:03 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It's going on 40 days since Bret Bielema was announced as Illinois' football coach, and since then he has assembled a staff, met returning players, recruited new ones, persuaded a top player to pull his name out of the transfer portal and made the rounds getting to know...

NC State adds ex-Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips to staff

Jan. 27, 2021 4:35 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has added former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips to its football staff. The school announced the hiring Wednesday, saying Phillips would serve as assistant head coach and receivers coach under Dave Doeren. In a statement, Doeren said Phillips would be “a...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2013, file photo, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Warren Sapp smiles after being inducted in the Ring of Honor ceremony during halftime in an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Miami Dolphins in Tampa, Fla. Hall of Famer Warren Sapp wishes the Buccaneers could pack the stands for the first Super Bowl played in a host team’s home stadium. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Bucs fans set to cheer inside, outside Super Bowl stadium

Jan. 27, 2021 4:26 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Warren Sapp wishes fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could pack the stands for the first Super Bowl played in a host team’s home stadium. Because of coronavirus pandemic concerns, the NFL’s decision to limit capacity to 22,000 at Raymond James Stadium, and soaring prices for...

Marshall to open 2021 football season at Navy

Jan. 27, 2021 4:23 PM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall will open the 2021 football season under new coach Charles Huff with a Sept. 4 road game at Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. Conference USA announced the league's schedule Wednesday. Marshall and Navy will meet for the first time. The Thundering Herd met Maryland in Annapolis...

This image released by Apple shows Ryder Allen, foreground, and Justin Timberlake in a scene from “Palmer.” (Apple via AP)

Review: Timberlake seeks redemption in formulaic ‘Palmer’

Jan. 27, 2021 4:21 PM EST

There’s a kitchen-sink full of Serious Drama Cliches in the new Justin Timberlake film “Palmer,” about a high school football star turned convict who must help the young gender fluid boy with the addict mom next door while also trying to regain his footing in his small Louisiana hometown....

FILE - Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour watches against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, in this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, file photo. Brind'Amour's Hurricanes have had four games postponed due to COVID-19 concerns and are due to play Thursday, Jan. 28 against Tampa Bay. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Hurricanes set to return from COVID-19 pause, postponements

Jan. 27, 2021 4:18 PM EST

The Carolina Hurricanes played just three games this season before having to shut down workouts and postpone four games due to COVID-19 concerns. They returned to practice this week and are set to play Thursday against Tampa Bay in what amounts to a second try at starting the season, although coach Rod...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, then-U.S. Olympic Committee chief marketing officer Lisa Baird speaks about the Team USA WinterFest for the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, at Yongsan Garrison, a U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. Soccer is no longer managing the National Women's Soccer League although some aspects of the partnership remain, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said. Baird spoke Tuesday, Jan. 12,c2021, on a wide-ranging conference call with reporters ahead of the league's draft on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

NWSL to hold Challenge Cup in April, start season in May

Jan. 27, 2021 4:15 PM EST

The National Women's Soccer League will hold the preseason Challenge Cup tournament in local markets starting April 9. The 10-team league, with Racing Louisville joining this season, is set to open its ninth season May 15. Each team will play 24 games, with six reaching the playoffs. The regular season will end...

FILE - Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald responds to a question during Big Ten Conference NCAA college football media days in Chicago, in this Friday, July 19, 2019, file photo. Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald have agreed to a new contract through the 2030 season. The 46-year-old Fitzgerald is by far the program's winningest coach with a 106-81 record since he took over at his alma mater in 2006 following Randy Walker's unexpected death. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Northwestern, Fitzgerald agree to new contract through 2030

Jan. 27, 2021 4:07 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald have agreed to a new contract through the 2030 season. The 46-year-old Fitzgerald is by far the program's winningest coach with a 106-81 record since he took over at his alma mater in 2006 following Randy Walker's unexpected death. The Wildcats...