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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred watches Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

AP Interview: Manfred likes larger playoff, runner in extras

Oct. 20, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ahead of a World Series capping the pandemic-shortened season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to keep two of this year’s innovations: expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base. “People were wildly unenthusiastic about the...

Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman celebrate with the trophy after winning Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Friedman's Series: Built Rays, then left to build Dodgers

Oct. 20, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Friedman isn’t quite torn. The Dodgers’ president of baseball operations since October 2014, he helped build Los Angeles into a power that reached the World Series for the third time in four seasons. He had been Tampa Bay’s executive vice president of...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: UEFA cancels men's soccer under-19 Euros

Oct. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ UEFA has called off the under-19 European Championship in men’s soccer that was twice postponed and pushed into 2021. Europe's governing soccer body says the cancellation in Northern Ireland is “due to the current...

Los Angeles Dodgers players mob relief pitcher Julio Urias after the final out as they defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Dodgers-Rays rare wild-card era matchup of baseball's best

Oct. 19, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The World Series matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays is a rare meeting of baseball’s best for the title, and a matchup of organizations with Andrew Friedman’s imprint. Friedman was the Rays’ director of baseball operations from 2004-05 and...

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, right, reacts during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Nashville, Tenn. The NFL and the NFL Players Association found instances when the Titans failed to wear masks at all times and were “insufficiently clear” to players about not meeting or working out once the facility closed in a review given to the team Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. But the person familiar with the review says there was no discussion of any discipline for an individual including general manager Jon Robinson, coach Mike Vrabel or any players, and there was no discussion of punishment, including forfeitures or draft picks. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen, File)

AP source: No talk of individual punishment for Titans

Oct. 19, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NFL and the NFL Players Association found instances when the Tennessee Titans failed to wear masks at all times and were “insufficiently clear” to players about not meeting or working out once the facility closed in a review given to the team Monday, a person...

FILE - This is a Jan. 8, 2020, file photo showing Cincinnati Reds vice president and general manager Nick Krall.  Krall has been named director of baseball operations for the team. The Reds announced Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, that Krall was being promoted to replace Dick Williams, who resigned Oct. 7 to assume a larger role in his family's development business. Krall will still hold the GM title but now will report directly to owner Bob Castellini. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Front office veteran Krall will run Reds baseball operations

Oct. 19, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Reds general manager Nick Krall has been named director of baseball operations for the team. The Reds announced Monday that Krall was being promoted to replace Dick Williams, who resigned Oct. 7 to assume a larger role in his family's development business. Krall will still hold...

A-10 commissioner: NCAA penalties against UMass unfortunate

Oct. 16, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

The NCAA is stripping Massachusetts of victories in men’s basketball and women’s tennis for overpaying 12 athletes about $9,100 in financial aid over three years, prompting criticism of the penalty from the Atlantic 10 Conference commissioner. The NCAA announced Friday the Committee on Infractions...

FILE - This is a July 26, 2019, file photo showing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey during an NBA basketball news conference, in Houston. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because the move hasn’t been announced.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

General manager Daryl Morey leaving Rockets on Nov. 1

Oct. 15, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a little over a year after sparking a rift between the NBA and Chinese government. Morey said he made the decision to pend more time with his two college-aged children, who are taking a year off from school...

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) passes under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Herbert has done plenty for Chargers, except get a victory

Oct. 15, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert has accomplished plenty during his first four NFL starts. But he still hasn't done the one thing that ultimately defines quarterbacks — lead his team to victory. The Los Angeles Chargers rookie has a 68.8% completion rate and 107.1 passer rating, which are...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the national office of the NCAA in Indianapolis is shown. A set of proposals to permit NCAA athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorships deals will go up for vote in January, the last step for the association to change its rules but not the last word on how name, image and likeness compensation will work.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

After NIL, next NCAA challenge is restructuring Division I

Oct. 15, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

As the NCAA moves toward landmark changes that will empower athletes more than ever, the next big debate within college sports is on the horizon: How to reform and restructure Division I? A survey of college sports leaders, including university presidents, conference commissioners and athletic directors, was ...