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FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, jockey Joel Rosario and Nadal cross the wire to win the second division of the Arkansas Derby horse race at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Nadal, who now won't have a shot after an ankle injury in training last week, could have been racing to become trainer Bob Baffert's third Triple Crown winner in six seasons, if not for the coronavirus pandemic. The Belmont Stakes usually wraps up a five-week span that includes the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. All have been pushed back, though the Belmont Stakes will now go first on June 20. (Richard Rasmussen/The Sentinel-Record via AP, File)

What Would Have Been: Triple Crown finale and French finals

Jun. 1, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

The final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown would have been set and the French Open finals would have been contested this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. While NASCAR is staying busy on the track, and there are signals that other sports could be working toward a return, The Associated Press looks at...

FILE - In this May 16, 2020, file photo, Tina Nguyen, left, a nurse at the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle's International District, takes a nose swab sample from David Carroll, an ICHS employee, during testing for the coronavirus in Seattle. At a cost of $120-130 per test and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s estimate the league will need 25,000-35,000 in total to get through the playoffs, the price tag he concedes is “millions of dollars.” But regular testing is something players insisted on in the name of feeling safe to compete.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

NHL plans to test players for COVID-19 daily if games resume

May. 31, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

Nick Foligno watches Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s coronavirus briefings and appreciates the value of the information. It is part of the reason the Columbus captain supports NHL players undergoing daily testing if the season resumes. “Testing is a must because it’s the only way you’re going...

FILE - In this March 23, 2007, file photo, Alabama-Huntsville's Shaun Arvai, left, kneels on the ice after Alabama-Huntsville lost 3-2 to Notre Dame in two overtimes in a semifinal of the NCAA men's hockey Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich. When the word came down in one of those end-of-the-week news dumps that Alabama-Huntsville was dropping its men's hockey team,  it hit especially hard. UAH also eliminated its men's and women's tennis teams at the same time it announced hockey's demise _ all in the name of balancing a bottom line that has taken a huge hit during the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Adam Bird, File)

Column: A college hockey program worth saving in Alabama

May. 29, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

They've always been an outlier, a major college hockey program in the Deep South. As with most pioneers, they've teetered on the brink of failure, shouldered through plenty of skepticism and ridicule. That only made it more imperative to save the Chargers of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. When the word...

Blackhawks, Czech F Chalupa agree to 2-year contract

May. 29, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Czech forward Matej Chalupa. The team announced the deal on Friday. It begins with the 2020-21 season and carries an average annual value of $925,000. The 21-year-old Chalupa spent most of last season with HK Hradec Kralove of...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) scores a goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. Linemates Henrique and Jakob Silfverberg bucked their team's offensive struggles with a pair of impressive seasons, and they will be a foundation of the rebuilding effort. Henrique was particularly productive, leading the roster with 43 points. They are both locked into long-term contracts .(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Ducks' offensive woes extend to rare 2-year playoff drought

May. 29, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The last time the Anaheim Ducks missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, they went all the way to their franchise's first Stanley Cup Final just one year later. Not many observers expect the current Ducks to duplicate the feats of those beloved 2002-03 Mighty Ducks after they...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Evander Kane (9) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. The Sharks had started planning for next season long before the news became official that they would be one of the seven teams left home if the NHL resumes its season. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Sharks have plenty of time to stew over down season

May. 28, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks will have plenty of time to stew over the franchise’s worst season in 17 years. With more than three-quarters of the league hoping to return for an expanded playoffs this summer following the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, the Sharks are one of seven teams left out until next...

Hurricanes agree to arena lease extension through July 2029

May. 28, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have reached a five-year lease extension to remain in PNC Arena through July 2029. Arena owner Centennial Authority and Hurricanes parent company Gale Force Sports and Entertainment announced the agreement Thursday. The current lease agreement runs through the...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel (9) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Buffalo, N.Y. Eichel kept his frustrations in check for the first 14 minutes of an end-of-season interview with Buffalo-area reporters on Thursday, May 28, 2020. It wasn’t until he was asked to assess the future of a team that’s not made the playoffs during his five year tenure, when Eichel finally let loose by saying:

Eichel lets loose: Sabres captain `fed up' with losing

May. 28, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres captain Jack Eichel kept his frustrations in check for the first 14 minutes of an end-of-season interview session with Buffalo-area reporters Thursday. It wasn’t until he was asked to assess the future of a team that’s not made the playoffs during his five-year...

FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Steve Yzerman walks into the news conference where he was introduced as the new executive vice president and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings NHL hockey club in Detroit. The Red Wings could actually benefit from an adjusted draft lottery that gives him better odds at the top pick, likely Alexis Lafreniere. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Yzerman-led Red Wings sticking to long-term plan to rebuild

May. 28, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is sticking to his rebuilding plan, which includes not making a coaching change or attempting to pull off a splash in free agency. Yzerman is not interested in short-term fixes such as firing coach Jeff Blashill or outspending other NHL teams to add available...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, then-Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Reporters from The Associated Press spoke to more than two dozen athletes from around the globe -- representing seven countries and 11 sports -- to get a sense of how concerned or confident they are about resuming competition. Thompson is an NFL running back. He’s also the father of a 4-month-old daughter, Kali.  “If I go practice or play and I come back home with the virus, she’s not strong enough yet to fight something like that. For me, that’s my biggest worry,” said Thompson, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this month after seven seasons with the Redskins. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

AP Exclusive: Athletes wary about virus, testing upon return

May. 28, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

Chris Thompson is an NFL running back. He also is the father of a 4-month-old daughter, Kali. Guess which of those facts matters more to him when he ponders eventually returning to work amid a pandemic. “If I go practice or play and I come back home with the virus ... that’s my biggest...