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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks during the Major League Soccer 25th Season kickoff event in New York. Major League Soccer said Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, it will resume its season once the MLS is Back tournament in Florida wraps up.  The league's 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Aug. 12.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

MLS to resume regular season following Florida tournament

Aug. 8, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

Buoyed by the MLS is Back tournament and confident of its coronavirus protocols, Major League Soccer will resume its regular season with teams playing in their home cities. The league's 26 teams will each play 18 games, with the first between FC Dallas and Nashville set for Wednesday. Dallas and Nashville will...

Bob Garick stands by the entrance to his home Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Oviedo, Fla. Garick was looking forward to being a field supervisor during the door-knocking phase of the 2020 census, but as the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida shot up last month, he changed his mind and decided not to take the job. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Census Bureau drop-outs complicate door-knocking efforts

Aug. 8, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Bob Garick was looking forward to being a field supervisor during the door-knocking phase of the 2020 census, but as the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida shot up last month, he changed his mind. With widespread home visits for the 2020 census set to begin next week, the...

The Boston Celtics bench reacts after Robert Williams III dropped a dunk on the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Celtics build 40-point lead, roll past Raptors 122-100

Aug. 8, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The way the NBA standings look right now, there's a reasonable chance that the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors could be slotted to see each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals. And Celtics coach Brad Stevens is already making it clear — if that happens, a...

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) handles the ball against Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Holiday scores 28; Pelicans top Wizards without Williamson

Aug. 7, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 28 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Washington Wizards 118-107 without star rookie Zion Williamson on Friday night, improving their chances of earning a Western Conference playoff spot. Williamson, the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft,...

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Nets, Magic grab last two NBA playoff spots in the East

Aug. 7, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoff picture is getting a little clearer, and the Eastern Conference field of qualifiers is now set. Brooklyn and Orlando clinched the last two remaining East spots Friday, meaning no play-in series — a new wrinkle added to the rules of the NBA's season...

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts after a basket during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Harris, Embiid lead 76ers past Magic 108-101

Aug. 7, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Joel Embiid changed his disposition — and then the momentum of the game. Tobias Harris had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Embiid locked in and turned aggressive in the second half and finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Orlando...

Utah Jazz' Juwan Morgan (16), fouls San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White during second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

White, Poeltl lead Spurs past short-handed Jazz 119-111

Aug. 7, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jakob Poeltl knew the Utah Jazz were going to try to take away the perimeter. So he took advantage of the interior scoring repeatedly on pick-and-roll and interior moves. Derrick White scored 24 points, Poeltl added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs got a...

People wearing protective face coverings stop to watch Miami City Ballet dancers training during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. The company is celebrating its 35th anniversary and is temporarily working in a pop-up location in a former retail space along Lincoln Road. Productions for the dance company are on hold due to the pandemic. On display in the window are costumes used during previous productions. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths, patients decline

Aug. 7, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 180 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, raising the number of people who have died of the virus to more than 8,000. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a Friday news conference that hospitalizations, positivity rates and other indicators were improving....

Indiana Pacers' Naz Mitrou-Long, rear, and Phoenix Suns' Ricky Rubio (11) hug at the end of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Suns win 4th straight bubble game, top Pacers 114-99

Aug. 6, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA bubble appears to have given the Phoenix Suns new life. Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Suns continued their improbable run in Disney World on Thursday, beating the Indiana Pacers 114-99 for their fourth straight win. The Suns have now climbed out...

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) walks up the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

76ers waiting, bracing for word on Simmons' knee injury

Aug. 6, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons is seeking treatment options on his injured left knee, and the 76ers are unsure the extent of the issue or how many games the All-Star could miss. Simmons left Philadelphia’s game against Washington on Wednesday midway through the third...