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In this April 25, 2020 photograph, a small Mississippi state flag is held by a participant during a drive-by

Following athletes, NCAA takes aim at Confederate flag

Jun. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

Emboldened by the athletes it serves, the NCAA is taking another stand on a social issue. The NCAA on Friday expanded its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its sponsored events, one day after the Southeastern Conference made a similar declaration aimed at the Mississippi state...

This undated photo provided by Georgia Tech alumnus Andy McNeil shows a Georgia Tech home game during the 1918 college football season. The photo was taken by Georgia Tech student Thomas Carter, who would receive a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The 102-year-old photo could provide a snapshot of sports once live games resume: Fans packed in a campus stadium in the midst of a pandemic wearing masks with a smidge of social distance between them on concrete seats. (Thomas Carter via AP)

Lessons from 1918: Old pandemic is a murky guide for sports

May. 21, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

The image is striking: Fans watching a college football game in the midst of a pandemic, wearing masks with a smidge of social distance between them on row after row of bleacher seats. The photo is 102 years old. The Georgia Tech alumni Twitter feed posted a black-and-white photo of the scene at Grant Field in...

FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game. The number of teams facing postseason bans because of low scores on the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate has nearly doubled in one year. Fifteen teams could face the most severe sanction next season compared with eight in 2019-20. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

NCAA postseason bans nearly double despite steady APR stats

May. 19, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The number of teams facing postseason bans because of low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate has nearly doubled in one year. Fifteen teams face the most severe sanction next season or the season after compared with eight in 2019-20. Stephen F. Austin and Alabama A&M...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks at a press conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Southeastern Conference was the biggest spender, hiring three lobbying firms and paying them a total of $140,000, according to lobbying disclosure forms reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

AP Exclusive: Power Five spend big on lobbying Congress

May. 19, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Southeastern Conference was...

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2019, file photo, a detailed view SDCCU stadium before the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game in San Diego. The school has also begun looking at how it could safely host fans within social distancing guidelines, if fans will be allowed to attend games at 70,000-seat SDCCU Stadium. This season, 39 major college football schools have scheduled 49 so-called buy games worth an estimated $65 million. If coronavirus disruptions cause Power Five teams to play more or only conference games, stretched athletic budgets could face huge holes. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

Football still a possibility at big 3 Cal State schools

May. 17, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The California State University system’s plan for a mostly virtual fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t necessarily close the door on football at its three schools that play in the far-flung Mountain West Conference. San Diego State is looking at having...