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Rhode Island focuses vaccination effort on high schoolers

Sep. 15, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Daniel McKee and other state officials urged high school students Wednesday to get a coronavirus vaccine if they want to ensure a normal school year that includes a full range of extracurricular activities including sports. “One key piece of...

Northern State fans revel in successful unveiling of stadium

Sep. 12, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — An overflow crowd of nearly 6,000 fans showed up Saturday to help christen Northern State University's new football stadium, an occasion that ended with a Wolves victory. The on-campus sports complex cost more than $40 million, which includes the...

Women's College World Series expanding from 7 days to 9

Sep. 08, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The NCAA’s Division I Competition Oversight Committee has approved expanding the Women’s College World Series from seven days to nine, starting with the 2022 event. The change, announced Wednesday, will eliminate the doubleheader for teams that...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Sep. 06, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

Detroit News. Sept. 1, 2021. Editorial: New test scores fail to show full COVID impact Recently released standardized test results highlight the damaging impact of “pandemic learning” on Michigan’s children. Scores are down nearly across the...

League of their own: Softball players are part-owners

Aug. 28, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

Victoria Hayward will be back on the field this weekend as a player — and as an owner. After hitting .300 at the Tokyo Olympics, the Canadian outfielder heads one of four teams that start play Saturday at Athletes Unlimited in Rosemont, Illinois. ...

WCWS star Odicci Alexander to debut with Athletes Unlimited

Aug. 26, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

Odicci Alexander's incredible summer will include her debut in the Athletes Unlimited professional softball league on Saturday. Alexander took the sports world by storm at the Women’s College World Series in June when she pitched upstart James Madison to victories over...

Ella Bruning turns into a big name for Little League

Aug. 24, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ella Bruning has become the person everyone wants to talk to in South Williamsport this week. The starting catcher for the Wylie Little League team from Abilene, Texas, is the 20th female to play in the Little League World Series and the...

Japan mayor apologizes for biting athlete's gold medal

Aug. 12, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese mayor apologized Thursday for biting the Olympic gold medal of a softball player who had paid a courtesy visit after Japan beat the United States in the final. Nagoya mayor Takashi Kawamura had praised pitcher Miu Goto during the Aug. 4 visit,...

Japan has its best Olympic medal haul: 27 gold, 58 overall

Aug. 08, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Despite the pandemic, the one-year delay and the soaring costs, the Japanese public may still find a sweet spot for the Tokyo Olympics, the way it did for the storied 1964 Games. Why? A historic haul of medals. Japan had its best...

Japan beats US 2-0, turns incredible DP to win softball gold

Jul. 28, 2021 02:35 AM EDT

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — They marched single file onto the podium near shortstop with the blank expressions of the condemned. When silver medals were handed out, they dangled them around each other’s necks like weights. Eyes were red and damp....