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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko takes off his mask during a stoppage in play against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia. NHL players are debating the merits of quarantining away from family members as part of a potential resumption of the season.  Young and single, Demko said quarantining to play hockey wouldn’t be a problem for him. “I don’t have too many roots,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve been living pretty much out of my car for the most part for the last six, seven years just going from place to place.” (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Isolating away from family a 'hot topic' as NHL plots return

May. 25, 2020 2:28 AM EDT

Young and single, Thatcher Demko has plenty of time on his hands, with little to do. Quarantining to play hockey wouldn’t be a problem for the Vancouver Canucks goalie. “I don’t have too many roots,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve been living pretty much out of my car for...

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...

AP Sportlight

May. 23, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

May 24 1905 — Harry Payne Whitney’s Tanya becomes the second filly to win the Belmont Stakes. Ruthless was the first filly to win the Belmont, in 1867. Whitney would also win the Kentucky Derby with a filly, Regret, in 1915. 1935 — In the first major league night game, the Reds beat the...

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 Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The NHL Players’ Association’s executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return-to-play format, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press, late Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

NHLPA approves going forward with 24-team playoff talks

May. 22, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

The NHL Players’ Association's executive committee authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the coronavirus suspension, approving 24 teams making the playoffs with other aspects still to be negotiated The NHLPA did not provide a breakdown of the vote of its 31 player...

FI:LE - In this March 4, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk (25) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Washington. Van Riemsdyk can’t keep track of the secondary assists while his family is quarantined with his in-laws: it’s all hands on deck while the Flyers star and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

AP source: NHLPA board voting on playoff format to return

May. 21, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

The NHL Players' Association's executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return to play format, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the vote was still ongoing. Results of the vote...

The Westgate retail district is closed off Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. Police say one person is in critical condition and two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday evening near the shopping and entertainment district west of Phoenix. A Glendale police spokeswoman said Wednesday that the suspect was taken into custody safely. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Police: Man who shot 3 at Arizona complex felt bullied

May. 21, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A 20-year-old construction worker who opened fire at a suburban Phoenix restaurant and retail complex, injuring three people, wanted to target people in his own age group in retaliation for being bullied, authorities said Thursday. The shooting rampage occurred Wednesday night after...

AP source: NHL Players' Association's executive board voting on 24-team playoff proposal as return to play format

May. 21, 2020 11:12 PM EDT
TORONTO (AP) — AP source: NHL Players' Association's executive board voting on 24-team playoff proposal as return to play format.

Suspect held in Arizona shopping area shooting; 3 injured

May. 21, 2020 6:57 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Three people were injured, one of them critically, in a shooting Wednesday near a popular shopping and entertainment district west of Phoenix, police said. The suspect was taken into custody safely, Glendale Officer Tiffany Ngalula said in a televised briefing. The most seriously...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

The Latest: Pennsylvania working on sports virus guidelines

May. 20, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of...