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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Apr. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about today 1. U.S. LABELS WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP A TERROR ORGANIZATION The action by the Trump administration was the first time the U.S. has used the designation on a white supremacist group. The Russian Imperial...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2002, file photo, Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline is honored for his 50 years with the Tigers organization at Comerica Park in Detroit. Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as “Mr. Tiger,” has died. He was 85. John Morad, a friend of Kaline's, confirmed to The Associated Press that he died Monday, April 6, 2020, at his home in Michigan.  (AP Photo/John F. Martin)

Beloved Tigers star, Hall of Famer Al Kaline dies at 85

Apr. 6, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Fresh off the train and only 18 years old, Al Kaline ran into an immediate roadblock trying to join the Detroit Tigers. Called up to the majors, he couldn't get past the security guards at Briggs Stadium. “I finally convinced them I was the guy who just signed a bonus contract for the...

FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray embraces NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft in Nashville, Tenn. NFL vice president Troy Vincent has sent a letter to several prospects inviting them to participate “live” in the NFL draft in three weeks. In recent drafts, first-round selections were announced by Commissioner Goodell. Then followed hugs involving players and Goodell — some of them comical — and photo sessions with the players wearing team ball caps or even showing off team jerseys. This year, with all public events at the planned site of Las Vegas canceled and the draft set to proceed remotely, players will likely be at their homes when their names are called. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The Latest: 3 Rangers minor leaguers in self-isolation

Apr. 6, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Three minor league players in the Texas Rangers organization are in self-isolation after exhibiting symptoms consistent with the new coronavirus. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that two of the three players had...

Hall of Famer Al Kaline, longtime star for the Detroit Tigers, dies at 85, family friend tells AP

Apr. 6, 2020 3:59 PM EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Hall of Famer Al Kaline, longtime star for the Detroit Tigers, dies at 85, family friend tells AP.
In this aerial photo, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is closed on what would've been Opening Day, Thursday March 26, 2020, in Baltimore, Md. The Orioles were slated to host the New York Yankees at the park, but the season has been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Fields of green: Mild winter, no games aid ballpark grass

Apr. 4, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

Nicole Sherry poked some holes in the turf at Camden Yards, cut the grass and then left the ballpark about the same time the Baltimore Orioles should have been wrapping up their season opener. “What a beautiful day it would have been for a ballgame,” said Sherry, the head groundskeeper for the...

Pandemic might prevent Mandan man's 2nd chance with Sox

Apr. 4, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Robert Schulte was one of the best hitters on the South Dakota State College baseball team in 1959, and his skills at the plate and behind it as catcher didn't go unnoticed. His hitting percentage in the North Central Conference was .659 that season, his junior year, and he followed it...

The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first...

In this March 11, 2020, photo, Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami throws a ball against Yakult Swallows in a pre-season match in Tokyo. Fujinami became the first professional baseball player in Japan to test positive for the new coronavirus. Fujinami was examined at a hospital on Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25, and a doctor recommended he have a PCR test for the new coronavirus. Kyodo News agency reported on Friday, March 27,  that the result was positive.(Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese baseball players test positive for coronavirus

Mar. 27, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three Hanshin Tigers players testing positive for the coronavirus this week isn't making Japanese baseball organizers think twice about starting the professional league season next month. National broadcaster NHK reported Friday that Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have...

White Sox option RHP Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte

Mar. 26, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Right-hander Michael Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte by the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. The 23-year-old is among the top pitching prospects. He missed last season after he had Tommy John surgery in September 2018, but he hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring...

A woman and her dog walk past Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals baseball team, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The start of the regular season, which was set to start on Thursday, is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Royals new owner patiently awaiting rescheduled opening day

Mar. 26, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The morning dawned bright and sunny over Kauffman Stadium, just to the east of downtown Kansas City. The outfield grass was a perfectly manicured ocean of green, the infield dirt brushed as if by a fine-toothed comb. In the air was a pervasive feeling of spring, of hope and...