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A cyclist passes by Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers-Titans to Monday or Tuesday

Sep. 30, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game originally scheduled for Sunday will be played either Monday or Tuesday after a new positive coronavirus test result Wednesday among the Titans, the NFL announced Wednesday. The NFL said a new date and time would be announced as soon as possible and...

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden celebrates after defeating the New Orleans Saints in an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

NFL threatening suspensions for maskless sideline personnel

Sep. 30, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

The NFL is threatening teams with possible suspensions for sideline personnel, including coaches, who do not properly wear face coverings during the pandemic. Forfeiting draft picks also could be among disciplinary measures for failing to comply with league/players' union protocols. In a memo obtained by The...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) voices his opinion after a play in the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron and the Heat, together again at the NBA Finals

Sep. 29, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James wants to beat the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat want to beat LeBron James. These shouldn’t be surprising notions to anyone, not with a title at stake. Those looking for more acrimony than that, well, they may be disappointed. The NBA Finals start Wednesday...

Serena Williams of the U.S., right, leaves after a video link press conference in which she announced her withdrawal from the tournament because of an Achilles injury prior to her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

'Bad timing and bad luck': Injured Serena out of French Open

Sep. 30, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams laughed at her own jokes and sounded an upbeat tone — or one as positive, at least, as could be expected from a player whose latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title ended because of injury, as did her season, probably. Williams tried to warm up for her...

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) is driven off the field after being injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. After losing four players to knee injuries last week against the New York Jets, the Niners complained about a “sticky” new turf at MetLife Stadium and expressed some concern about returning to the same field a week later. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

NFLPA asking teams to change all fields to natural grass

Sep. 30, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

The NFL Players Association is asking that the 32 league teams change all field surfaces to natural grass because of injury concerns. Union president JC Tretter said in a statement on Wednesday that artificial turf is significantly harder on the body than grass. He cited the NFL's injury data from 2012-18 that...

Denver Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris (96) kneels alongside defensive end DeShawn Williams (90) and running back Melvin Gordon during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Prime-time "showcase" has 0-3 Broncos and 0-3 Jets

Sep. 30, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

It sure seemed like an historically bad prime-time matchup when the Broncos and Jets fell to 0-3 as they headed to the Thursday night NFL “showcase.” Turns out, it happened in Week 4 last year, when the Bengals and Steelers limped into the game. And limping is exactly what the representatives of the...

Texas' Sam Ehlinger (11) is tackled by Texas Tech's Adrian Frye (7) short of the goal line during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

College Football Picks: Another week of Big 12 upset alerts

Sep. 30, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

In recent years, the Big 12 has been at once completely stable and highly volatile. Oklahoma has won five straight conference championships, losing one game in league play along the way the last four seasons, always as a substantial favorite. The rest of the conference has been a choose-your-own-adventure ride,...

FILE - In this June 20, 2012, file photo, New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist poses with the Vezina Trophy after winning the award for the league's best goalie during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The New York Rangers have bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers parted with one of the greatest netminders in franchise history on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, when they paid off the final year of his contract.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Rangers buy out star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's contract

Sep. 30, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The “King” of Madison Square Garden has been deposed. The New York Rangers have bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, parting ways with one of their greatest players in franchise history after 15 mostly spectacular seasons. “Few players have been...

Race officials wear masks, a requirement from NASCAR to reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, during the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

NASCAR at long last adds schedule variety with 2021 changes

Sep. 30, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR promised radical changes to the 2021 schedule and delivered Wednesday with six road courses, the first dirt race for the Cup Series since 1970 and new stops in Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas. Dropped from the lineup were Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway,...

Spain's Rafael Nadal prepares to serve against Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Less than half a gram, or half the weight of a U.S. dollar bill. That is the tiny weight difference between the old French Open ball that Rafael Nadal happily bashed in winning his 12th title last year and the new one riling him in his chase for No. 13 at Roland Garros. The new ball is made by Chicago-based Wilson. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Ball-maker hoping Nadal wins in Paris to prove himself wrong

Sep. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Less than half a gram, or half the weight of a dollar bill. That, according to their manufacturer, is the almost infinitesimal weight difference between the old French Open ball that Rafael Nadal happily bashed in winning his 12th title last year and the new one riling him in his chase for...

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Serena Williams of the U.S., right, leaves after a video link press conference in which she announced her withdrawal from the tournament because of an Achilles injury prior to her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

'Bad timing and bad luck': Injured Serena out of French Open

Sep. 30, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams laughed at her own jokes and sounded an upbeat tone — or one as positive, at least, as could be expected from a player whose latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title ended because of injury, as did her season, probably. Williams tried to warm up for her...

Georgia county could ban booze on beach around football game

Sep. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia county is considering banning alcohol from a popular beach on the weekend of the Florida-Georgia football game in nearby Jacksonville, Florida. The Brunswick News reports that the Glynn County Commission will consider the alcohol ban on East Beach on St. Simons...

N.J. Devils re-sign three players, Seney, Street, Jacobs

Sep. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Josh Jacobs and forwards Brett Seney and Ben Street. General manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the signings Wednesday. Seney signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 at the AHL level. He spent the...

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio walks the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Winless Broncos, Jets square off looking to avoid 0-4 starts

Sep. 30, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Banged up, struggling and desperate for a win. That describes both the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, who’ll square off Thursday night at MetLife Stadium with their seasons spiraling, coaches on the hot seat and rosters ravaged by injuries. Yeah, this might not...

Struggling Broncos, Jets at 0-3 with seasons spiraling

Sep. 30, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

DENVER (0-3) at NEW YORK JETS (0-3) Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network OPENING LINE — Broncos by 2 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Broncos 2-1; Jets 0-3 SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 20-16-1 LAST MEETING — Jets beat Broncos 34-16 on Oct. 7, 2018, at East Rutherford, New Jersey LAST WEEK...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz raises the trophy alongside quarterback Trey Lance (5) as they celebrate after beating James Madison 28-20 in the FCS championship NCAA college football game in Frisco, Texas. Entz says the benefits of practicing for a one-game season this year, outweighed the risks and frustration from dealing with the coronavirus. The Bison have been practicing for the last month ahead of Saturday's game against Central Arkansas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde, File)

Bison: 1-game fall season worth the uncertainty with virus

Sep. 30, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Perennial Football Championship Subdivision champion North Dakota State may play one division down from the big-time programs, but any doubts about its commitment to staying on top were answered when the Bison scheduled a single game this fall. Coach Matt Entz made it clear he wanted the...

Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown on a 15-yard pass play against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Dolphins' Gesicki hopes to polish his end zone celebrations

Sep. 30, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki concedes his latest touchdown celebration was too slow to develop. After Gesicki made a leaping catch at the goal line last week in Jacksonville, there were fist pumps and hugs before he pushed two teammates away to simulate playing cards with Durham...

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden celebrates after defeating the New Orleans Saints in an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

NFL threatening suspensions for maskless sideline personnel

Sep. 30, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

The NFL is threatening teams with possible suspensions for sideline personnel, including coaches, who do not properly wear face coverings during the pandemic. Forfeiting draft picks also could be among disciplinary measures for failing to comply with league/players' union protocols. In a memo obtained by The...

Bills' Josh Norman returns to practice, but remains on IR

Sep. 30, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman practiced in full uniform Wednesday in the first week he is eligible to be activated off the injured reserve list. Coach Sean McDermott didn’t provide any update on whether Norman would be available to play Sunday, when the Bills (3-0)...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a coronavirus briefing in Downing Street, London,  Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  The number of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 and virus deaths in Britain are rising again, although both remain far below their springtime peak. (Jack Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Britain renews sweeping powers to curb virus

Sep. 30, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

LONDON — British lawmakers have renewed the government’s sweeping powers to impose emergency restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic, although many legislators criticized the way Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative administration has used them. Legislators are increasingly...