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In this Saturday, May 9, 2020 photo, photographer Jason Vinlove, right, gets tested for COVID-19 antibodies before covering UFC 249 mixed martial arts event in Jacksonville, Fla.  There is no universal playbook for coronavirus testing in professional sports. Protocols and procedures, guidelines and handbooks, they could be as different as the rulebooks that govern leagues around the world. UFC performed nasal swabs and/or blood tests for roughly 1,200 people on site during its weeklong stay in Jacksonville, part of the mixed martial arts behemoth’s health and safety protocols. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

No universal playbook for virus testing in pro sports

May. 19, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — There is no universal playbook for coronavirus testing in professional sports. Protocols and procedures, guidelines and handbooks -- they could be as different as rulebooks. There’s plenty of common ground, though, which explains why executives and doctors from various...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, Glover Teixeira, left, fights Nikita Krylov during their light heavyweight match at UFC Fight Night in Vancouver, British Columbia. Teixeira dominated Anthony Smith and finally stopped him with punches early in the fifth round Wednesday night, May 13, 2020, earning an upset victory to cap the UFC’s second show since returning to action amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Teixeira upsets Smith to cap UFC's 2nd Jacksonville show

May. 14, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Glover Teixeira dominated Anthony Smith and finally stopped him with punches early in the fifth round Wednesday night, earning an upset victory to cap the UFC’s second show since returning to action amid the coronavirus pandemic. Heavyweight veteran Ben Rothwell grabbed an...

New Patriots WR Lee eager for fresh start after injuries

May. 13, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For wide receiver Marqise Lee, signing with the Patriots this offseason wasn’t about New England’s championship history. It was about going to a place that would give him the best chance to prove he can still play football. The 39th overall pick in the 2014 draft by...

A worker wipes down areas of the octagon between bouts at a UFC 249 mixed martial arts event Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

UFC's return could provide blueprint for other pro leagues

May. 10, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — UFC President Dana White wanted a major fight card weeks ago. He was confident his team could pull it off whether it took place on a tribal land, on a private island or in any of the 10 states offering to host it. Coronavirus testing. Fan-free arena. Social distancing....

Henry Cejudo, right, punches Dominick Cruz during a UFC 249 mixed martial arts bout, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

UFC 249 ushers in fan-free, mask-filled era of sports

May. 10, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kicks, punches and grunts echoed through the empty arena. Coaches, commentators and camera clicks resonated like never before. Blood, sweat, swollen eyelids and face masks signaled the return of UFC, the first major sporting event to resume since the coronavirus shuttered much of...

FILE - In this June 8, 2019, file photo, Tony Ferguson, right, punches Donald Cerrone, left, during their lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 238 in Chicago. Ferguson and Justin Gaethje will headline the mixed martial arts card at UFC 249 behind closed doors at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, May 9, 2020. UFC 249 will serve as the first major sporting event to take place since the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country nearly two months ago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Relocated UFC 249 could 'bring sense of normalcy to people'

May. 9, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — UFC President Dana White still wants “Fight Island.” He’s temporarily settling for a peninsula — and had to call off a bout after a fighter tested positive for the coronavirus. UFC 249 will serve as the first major sporting event to take place since the...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Mike Glennon (7) warms up before an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with journeyman quarterback Mike Glennon, giving them a veteran backup behind Gardner Minshew. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Jaguars to sign journeyman QB Mike Glennon as backup

May. 8, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with journeyman quarterback Mike Glennon, giving them a veteran backup behind Gardner Minshew. Jacksonville also has fourth-year pro Joshua Dobbs and rookie Jake Luton on its roster. Dobbs has never started an NFL game. The 6-foot-7...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit. Given Biden’s uneven performance as a campaigner throughout the Democratic primary, some in the party are content to have the former vice president keeping a lower profile for now, though they know it’s not a dynamic that can sustain itself as Election Day draws closer.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Biden uses virtual events to target battleground Florida

May. 7, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden ventured back onto the campaign trail Thursday, targeting the critical battleground state of Florida — but without actually leaving home. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is staying in his Delaware house amid efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus,...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2018, file photo, Henry Cejudo, left, kicks Demetrious Johnson during their UFC flyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 227 in Los Angeles. Cejudo is scheduled to fight Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Blood, sweat and swabs: UFC seeks safe shows in pandemic

May. 7, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

Even before they check in to the hotel, every fighter, coach, cameraman, journalist and UFC employee arriving in Jacksonville, Florida, is immediately directed to a screening station. Their temperatures are taken, and their fingers are pricked for a coronavirus antibody test. And then comes the part that reduces...

Raiders sign LB Justin Phillips, T Sam Young

May. 6, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raider signed free agent linebacker Justin Phillips and offensive tackle Sam Young on Wednesday. The Raiders also signed undrafted free agent tackle Kamaal Seymour out of Rutgers. Phillips returns to the Raiders after playing four games as a rookie with the team last...