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FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a banner to welcome to fans at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics are placing their scouts and a significant number of other front office employees on furlough, suspending pay for minor leaguers and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A's owner John Fisher announced the moves Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in a rare public statement on what he called a

A's to place scouts on furlough, end minor league pay

May. 26, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

The Oakland Athletics are placing their scouts and a significant number of other front office employees on furlough, suspending pay for minor leaguers and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A's owner John Fisher announced the moves Tuesday...

Distance markers on the outfield wall and the foul pole, top left, frame the upper center field concourses at Globe Life Field, the newly-built home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The park that was supposed to have its home opener on March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels has yet to see one game played in it this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Players call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing'

May. 26, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would keep about 47% of his original salary this year while multimillionaire stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose more than 77% under a sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.” Major...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, New Jersey Devils right wing Kurtis Gabriel works out prior to an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Newark, N.J. The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month.
The league, which was forced to pause its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a 22-page memo detailing the plan Monday, May 25, 2020. The document stresses there's no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The Latest: Iowa St AD sees football games with 30,000 fans

May. 26, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa State athletic director Jaime Pollard is telling Cyclones fans that football home games will be played at no more than 50% capacity at Jack Trice Stadium, pending a change in state and local health guidelines. That means no...

FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, in Boston. The NHL is one step closer to returning. Bettman unveiled a 24-team straight to playoffs format the league will use if it can clear the other hurdles to resume its season. Under the plan approved last week by players and agreed to by the NHL, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to determine the field to vie for the Stanley Cup .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

May. 26, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must...

AP Source: Pistons starting search for general manager

May. 26, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are beginning a search for a candidate who could became the team’s general manager, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not announced its plans. Ed Stefanski, a senior...

FILE - In this June 25, 2018, file photo, Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill addresses the media during an NHL news conference in Buffalo N.Y. Buffalo Botterill has ownership’s backing to return for a fourth season despite overseeing a team that extended its playoff drought to a ninth consecutive year, team president and co-owner Kim Pegula told The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)

Kim Pegula to AP: Botterill returning as Sabres' GM

May. 26, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has ownership’s backing to return for a fourth season despite overseeing a team that will miss the playoffs for a ninth consecutive year, team president and co-owner Kim Pegula told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Acknowledging the...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Washington. Wizards point guard John Wall says he is

Wizards' John Wall says he's '110%' and 'itching' to return

May. 26, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall declared himself fully recovered after two operations that sidelined him for the past 1½ years and said he is “itching” to get back on the court next season. Speaking on a video call Tuesday to discuss his “202...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2019, file photo, Miami Dolphin's owner Stephen Ross speaks during a news conference in Davie, Fla. Ross says he's confident the NFL will play in 2020, with or without spectators. “I think there definitely will be a football season this year,” Ross said Tuesday, May 26, 2020, during an interview on CNBC. “The real question is will there be fans in the stadiums?

Dolphins owner: There definitely will be an NFL season

May. 26, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he's confident the NFL will play in 2020, with or without spectators. “I think there definitely will be a football season this year,” Ross said Tuesday during an interview on CNBC. “The real question is will there be fans in the...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, New Jersey Devils right wing Kurtis Gabriel works out prior to an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Newark, N.J. The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month.
The league, which was forced to pause its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a 22-page memo detailing the plan Monday, May 25, 2020. The document stresses there's no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

NHL plans move to small-group training as Phase 2 of return

May. 25, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The NHL hopes to have players back in team facilities soon -- with plenty of precautions. The league, which paused its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a memo Monday saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko takes off his mask during a stoppage in play against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia. NHL players are debating the merits of quarantining away from family members as part of a potential resumption of the season.  Young and single, Demko said quarantining to play hockey wouldn’t be a problem for him. “I don’t have too many roots,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve been living pretty much out of my car for the most part for the last six, seven years just going from place to place.” (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Isolating away from family a 'hot topic' as NHL plots return

May. 25, 2020 2:28 AM EDT

Young and single, Thatcher Demko has plenty of time on his hands, with little to do. Quarantining to play hockey wouldn’t be a problem for the Vancouver Canucks goalie. “I don’t have too many roots,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve been living pretty much out of my car for...