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In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo, New York Liberty's general manager Jonathan Kolb speaks to reporters during a news conference at Barclays Center in New York. Kolb knew that he and first-year coach Walt Hopkins would have to make some tough decisions on the team's roster this year. He just didn't think they'd have to do it so quickly and without seeing players compete on the court in training camp. The WNBA and the players' union decided that teams would have to get their rosters under the salary cap by Tuesday, May 26, so that the players could start getting paid on June 1. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WNBA teams set to make tough decisions on roster cuts

May. 24, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb knew that he and first-year coach Walt Hopkins would have to make some tough decisions on the team's roster this year. He just didn't think they'd have to do it so quickly and without seeing players compete in training camp. The WNBA and the...

Soccer fans react during the Belarusian Cup final soccer match between BATE Borisov and Dynamo Brest in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, May 24, 2020. BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic. Belarus has not stopped holding public gatherings with spectators. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

The Latest: Russell wins virtual F1 Monaco GP; Leclerc 3rd

May. 24, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Formula One driver George Russell won the virtual Monaco Grand Prix race by a large margin on the day the iconic race would have been held. The 22-year-old British driver, who races for the Williams team in F1, finished 39...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, file photo, former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton, center, talks to fans during a ceremony honoring the 10th anniversary of the death of 10 members of the Oklahoma State basketball program in a plane crash, at halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Texas in Stillwater, Okla. Sutton, the Hall of Fame basketball coach who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, died Saturday, May 23, 2020. He was 84. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Eddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84

May. 24, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

Eddie Sutton waited so long to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He couldn't hang on long enough to make it to the ceremony. The man who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, died Saturday. He was 84. Sutton’s...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, a crowd is shown along Main Street USA in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. As Walt Disney World prepares to allow some third-party shops and restaurants to open at its entertainment complex later this week, it's posting a warning. While enhanced safety measures are being taken at Disney Springs, “an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,

NBA says it is talking with Disney about resuming season

May. 23, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with...

Virtual commencement ceremony planned for the Class of 2020

May. 23, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The state is planning a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver an address as part of the celebration for graduating seniors from 668 public and private schools across the state. The event is planned for Tuesday, June 9 and will be broadcast on...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, students play basketball at Little Singer Community School in Birdsprings, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. Basketball is woven in the fabric of Native American life. Now, during a global pandemic, the balls have all but stopped bouncing. Already hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, Native Americans are faced with life without basketball — or any other sport - for the forseeable future. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

As Native Americans fight virus, basketball takes a timeout

May. 23, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Basketball is woven into the fabric of Native American life. Kids dribble balls on dirt courts and shoot at makeshift rims on some reservations while tournaments are held in state-of-the art buildings on others. Players and fans may travel hundreds of miles to play and watch games of...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 1974, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10) poses with coach Bud Grant in an unknown location. Grant was the first coach to reach four Super Bowls. Also the first to lose four Super Bowls. Grant built a powerhouse team over 18 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the playoffs 12 times. But his squads always flopped badly on the biggest stage, losing each of their four title games by double-digit margins. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman, File)

Column: Sloan, other coaching greats who were denied a title

May. 23, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Jerry Sloan was undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Yet there’s one glaring omission on an otherwise stellar resume. A championship. Sloan, who died Friday at age 78, isn’t the only coaching guru lacking a trip to a title. Let’s take a look at the 10 best coaches and...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns reacts on the sideline after a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. The Chicago Bears and cornerback Artie Burns agreed to a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Saturday, March 21, 2020.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

The Latest: Outlaws run in front of limited fans in Missouri

May. 23, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The World of Outlaws raced in front of live fans -- through attendance was greatly capped because of the coronavirus pandemic -- for the first time in months at a Sprint Car event in Peavley, Missouri. The Outlaws returned last...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2010, file photo, Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The Utah Jazz have announced that Jerry Sloan, the coach who took them to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 on his way to a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame, has died. Sloan died Friday morning, May 22, 2020, the Jazz said, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. He was 78. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Jerry Sloan, coaching great of Jazz glory days, dies at 78

May. 22, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring. He never wanted the spotlight. “This is pretty tough for me,” Sloan said that night. Talking about himself, that...

FILE - In this May 23, 2016, file photo, Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey poses in Birmingham, Ala. There are 130 major college football teams, spread across 41 states and competing in 10 conferences, save for a handful of independents. The goal is to have all those teams start the upcoming season at the same time — whether that's around Labor Day as scheduled or later — and play the same number of games.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

SEC, Big 12 to allow football workouts on campus next month

May. 22, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring athletes in all sports back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university, and the Big 12 plans to welcome football players back to campus a week later. The Friday announcements are the latest signs that a college...