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FILE - In this March 4, 2020 file photo, Casey Urlacher walks out of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, in Chicago. Urlacher, mayor of the tiny Chicago suburb of Mettawa and brother of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urbacher, received a pardon by President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2020, for pending federal charges that he recruited for a multi-million dollar illegal offshore gambling ring. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Football great Brian Urlacher's brother pardoned by Trump

Jan. 20, 2021 3:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The brother of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher has been pardoned of federal charges that he recruited for a multimillion-dollar illegal offshore gambling ring, Casey Urlacher, the mayor of the tiny Chicago suburb of Mettawa, was among those pardoned in the final hours of...

In open letter to Dr. King, Stevie Wonder calls for equality

Jan. 18, 2021 8:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stevie Wonder, whose advocacy helped make the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, is urging the incoming Biden administration to form a national commission on equality. Wonder released a video message Monday in the form of an open letter to King, who was assassinated...

FILE - Kingsley Ben-Adir attends the premiere of

Q&A: Kingsley Ben-Adir breaks out as Malcolm X

Jan. 15, 2021 8:34 AM EST

British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir may not be a household name yet, but that’s poised to change with his scene-stealing performance as Malcolm X in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami....” The film, which imagines an electric meeting between the civil rights icon, Sam Cooke, Cassius Clay...

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester Utd and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday,Dec. 29, 2020. (Michael Regan, Pool via AP)

Ferguson encouraged Man United's Rashford to take on UK govt

Jan. 14, 2021 4:23 PM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The latest campaigning by Manchester United star Marcus Rashford forced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to act on inadequate meal parcels being sent to needy children. And the 23-year-old England striker said Thursday that legendary United manager Alex Ferguson encouraged...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Bill Murray tosses his putter into a bunker after missing a birdie putt on the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the celebrity challenge event of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament, in Pebble Beach, Calif. Celebrities will not be part of the tournament this year because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Pebble Beach for pros only this year because of COVID spike

Jan. 14, 2021 2:22 PM EST

The only stars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year will be the players and the golf course. The spike in COVID-19 cases in California led organizers to cancel the pro-am portion of a tournament with a long history of entertainers, celebrities and CEOs mixing with the pros on one of the most famous and...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) is presented the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as they celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Edmonton, Alberta. The NHL is embarking on a 56-game regular season with all divisional play in a knock-down, drag-out battle for the Stanley Cup unlike any other in hockey history.  (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

NHL to host 2 outdoor games in Lake Tahoe this season

Jan. 11, 2021 5:56 PM EST

The NHL played outdoors in the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, on consecutive days at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium, and at Chicago's Soldier Field. This year's outdoor games will be in a unique, picturesque setting: along the shores of Lake Tahoe. The NHL announced Monday it will hold two games...

FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda autographs a baseball in the Dodgertown locker-room in Vero Beach, Fla., in this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1990, file photo. Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 71 years with the franchise, has died. He was 93. The Dodgers said Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, that he had a heart attack at his home in Fullerton, California. Resuscitation attempts were made on the way to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

Jan. 8, 2021 10:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Growing more and more frail, Tommy Lasorda looked on from a suite at Globe Life Field in Texas, watching as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the World Series in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Surrounded by family and friends, Lasorda celebrated the team's first championship in 32...

FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Father Michael Pfleger speaks at Saint Sabina Catholic Church, in Chicago. In a letter written to the Saint Sabina community, Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, he has asked Pfleger to step aside from his ministry following receipt of a sexual abuse allegation of a minor by Pfleger more than 40 years earlier. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago priest stepping aside after sex-abuse allegation

Jan. 6, 2021 6:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Nationally known activist Chicago priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger has been asked to step aside due to an allegation of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced. The archdiocese said Tuesday that its Office for Child Abuse Investigations and...

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron waits to receive his COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Aaron and others received their vaccinations in an effort to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated for Black Americans who might be hesitant to do so. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

Hank Aaron, civil rights leaders get vaccinated in Georgia

Jan. 5, 2021 3:57 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, former U.N. Ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan got vaccinated against COVID-19 in Georgia on Tuesday, hoping to send a message to Black Americans that the shots are safe. ...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2020, file photo, Naomi Osaka, of Japan, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.  Osaka has been selected by The Associated Press as the Female Athlete of the Year.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka is AP Female Athlete of Year

Dec. 27, 2020 11:44 AM EST

With tennis, like so much of the world, shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Naomi Osaka found herself with time to read and think. And while she won the U.S. Open for her third Grand Slam title, she also stood out for speaking out about racial injustice and police brutality. As noteworthy in 2020 for...