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FILE - In this May 26, 2018 file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Arlington, Texas. With each day that passes without baseball activity, the chances that the Dominican, who celebrates his 47th birthday on Sunday, May 24, 2020, could pitch again in the Major Leagues diminishes. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

Now 47, Colón still hoping to pitch again in major leagues

May. 25, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colón refuses to entertain the idea of retirement. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t pitch in 2019 and that on Sunday he turned 47. He craves one more shot in the majors. “I’m not retired. That’s not in my mind,” Colón told The...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Jason Hackedorn looks into Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, in Cleveland. With the distinct possibility of pro sports resuming in empty venues, a recent poll suggests a majority of U.S. fans wouldn't feel safe attending games anyway without a coronavirus vaccine.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The Latest: Michigan emergency room nurse has hole-in-one

May. 1, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ An emergency room nurse who played golf after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopened courses made a hole-in-one. “I don’t know if I deserved to get this because of what I do. It’s mostly pure luck, but it...

Holly Balcom, 54, hugs her daughter Kelsea Mensh, 22, as they reunite at their home in Dumfries, Va., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, after Mensh, who had served a year in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, finished her 2 week quarantine period. After evacuating her from her post, the Peace Corps put Mensh up in a hotel in her hometown to self-isolate so that she wouldn't cause any risk to her mother, who is a cancer survivor and has viral induced asthma. Though she is grateful to have been evacuated,

For Peace Corps evacuees, there wasn't even time for goodbye

Apr. 25, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

DUMFRIES, Va. (AP) — After two weeks alone in a hotel room in the Virginia suburbs, 40 minutes outside Washington, Kelsea Mensh was ready to go home. A few weeks earlier, the 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer had completed a year of service in the Dominican Republic. She loved being in her...

FILE - In this 1989 file photo, Montreal Expos. Dámaso García poses for a photo, location not known. Former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman García, a two-time All-Star in the mid-1980s, died Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in his native Dominican Republic. He was 63. His son Dámaso Jr. confirmed García's death to The Associated Press. The son said he passed away at 7.15 a.m. in Santo Domingo. He was at home with his wife Haydée Benoit. Two years after retiring with the Expos, García was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery in 1991. He was told he possibly only had six to eight months live. He recovered, but had to deal with speech and mobility issues afterward. (AP Photo, File)

Former Blue Jays infielder Dámaso García, dead at 63

Apr. 15, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

Former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Dámaso García, a two-time All-Star in the mid-1980s, died Wednesday in his native Dominican Republic. He was 63. His son Dámaso Jr. confirmed García's death to The Associated Press. The son said he passed away at 7.15 a.m. in Santo Domingo. He was at...

FILE - In this June 25, 2015, file photo, Jacqueline Cruz, the mother of the likely No. 1 NBA draft pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, gets a make-up touch-up in her New York hotel room before the draft. Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, died Monday, April 13, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19 after more than a month of fighting the virus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Mom of T-wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns dies from COVID-19

Apr. 14, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, died Monday due to complications from COVID-19 after more than a month of fighting the virus. She was 58. The Timberwolves made the announcement via the Towns family, which requested privacy. The team...

A man in Hyderabad, India watches on his mobile phone Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation in a televised speech about COVID-19 situation, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Modi has extended the world’s largest coronavirus lockdown hoping to head off the epidemic's peak as officials race to make up for lost time. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)

The Latest: India PM extends lockdown two weeks to May 3

Apr. 14, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India PM extends lockdown to May 3, with some easing...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 8, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 8 The Mercury News on the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary not being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic: We must not only save our nation’s residents from the pandemic, we must also save our democracy from it. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus outbreak from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Skepticism about China’s reported coronavirus cases and deaths has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government. In any country, getting a complete picture of the infections amid the fog of war is virtually impossible. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

The Latest: Israel's health minister has new coronavirus

Apr. 2, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: ___ — Isreaeo's health minister diagnosed with new...

Delaware brides forced to postpone nuptials as virus spreads

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Lauren Hinkle was worried her wedding dress might not make it in time for her April wedding. Now, though, Ms. Hinkle — and brides across the state — are postponing their nuptials as COVID-19 forces large-scale events to halt. “We have family members...

Astrid DeGruchy, left, and Mayu Fielding pose for a picture earlier this month at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. DeGruchy is an international scouting assistant. Fielding works as the Pirates' education coordinator.( Jason Mackey/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Women in Pirates organization provide inspiration for others

Mar. 28, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — By themselves, each has an impressive story. Mayu Fielding started with the Pirates as an administrative assistant in 2007 and quickly moved into her current role as education coordinator, helping foreign players transition to life in America. Kinza Baad graduated from the University of...