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FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game in Denver. Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help the youth baseball program in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Rockies GM supports Desmond's decision to skip '20 season

Jun. 30, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 season to focus on his young family and help rejuvenate youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. Bridich says he had a pair of recent conversations with the 34-year-old...

Youth sports coach faces child pornography charge

Jun. 30, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island youth sports coach has been charged with possessing child pornography, state police said in a statement Tuesday. Michael “Bird” Witherell, 59, of Warren, was arrested after investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited...

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game in Denver. Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help the youth baseball program in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Rockies OF Desmond decides to sit out this season

Jun. 30, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote Monday night on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable...

In this image provided by USA Football and taken June 29, 2009, a youth football team comes together at a practice in Dallas. USA Football has developed a phased approach for the return of youth football this year. The plan is based on phased reopening guidelines from the CDC. The governing body for the sport in this country advises youth leagues to consult their city or county health department to determine which CDC phase their community is in. That step begins a youth program’s local reopening procedure during the coronavirus pandemic. (USA Football via AP)

USA Football plans return to play for youths in 2020

Jun. 29, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

USA Football has developed a phased approach for the return of youth football this year. The plan is based on phased reopening guidelines from the CDC. The governing body for the sport in this country advises youth leagues to consult their city or county health departments to determine which CDC phase their...

Raimondo urges Rhode Islanders to prevent virus resurgence

Jun. 24, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Gov. Gina Raimondo issued a dire warning to Rhode Islanders on Wednesday: Stop wearing face coverings in public, stop social distancing, relax the state's aggressive coronavirus testing program, and the number of new cases could surge again as they are in Texas, Arizona and several other states. The normally...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, Chicago's Ed Howard celebrates after his team won 7-5 over Las Vegas to win the U.S. final at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. The Chicago Cubs selected hometown shortstop Howard in the first round of the baseball amateur draft Wednesday night, June 10, 2020.
The 18-year-old Howard was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago's South Side. He also started for the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team that advanced to the finals of the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Cubs agree to deal with 1st-round draft pick Ed Howard

Jun. 22, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have signed first-round draft pick Ed Howard to a minor league contract that includes a $3,745,500 bonus. Howard went No. 16 overall in the June 10 amateur draft. The 18-year-old shortstop was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side. He also...

In this photo taken on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, VeAnne Navarro has a virtual fist bump with students including Bjarki Robertsson, lower left on screen, of Reykjavik, Iceland at Golden State Warriors basketball camp in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors had to adapt their popular youth basketball camps and make them virtual given the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

From Iceland's capital, 11-year-old plays in Warriors camp

Jun. 16, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sporting his No. 30 Stephen Curry jersey, 11-year-old Bjarki Robertsson kept up the pace. He hopped on his right foot, then his left, joining in a drill as part of the Golden State Warriors’ basketball camp. Like the 3-point shooting star he so admires, Robertsson certainly...

Visitors play on the field at the Field of Dreams movie site, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Dyersville, Iowa. Major League Baseball is building another field a few hundred yards down a corn-lined path from the famous movie site in eastern Iowa but unlike the original, it's unclear whether teams will show up for a game this time as the league and its players struggle to agree on plans for a coronavirus-shortened season. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Baseball plans game at Field of Dreams, but will they come?

Jun. 11, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Spurred by a voice telling him, “If you build it, he will come,” the Iowa farmer played by Kevin Costner dutifully carved a baseball field out of his cornfield and then watched as Shoeless Joe Jackson and his Chicago White Sox teammates strode out of the stalks and...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, Chicago's Ed Howard celebrates after his team won 7-5 over Las Vegas to win the U.S. final at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. The Chicago Cubs selected hometown shortstop Howard in the first round of the baseball amateur draft Wednesday night, June 10, 2020.
The 18-year-old Howard was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago's South Side. He also started for the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team that advanced to the finals of the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Cubs take local star Ed Howard with 1st-round draft pick

Jun. 10, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Ed Howard lost his senior season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Prom was canceled. Same for graduation at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side. Through it all, the 18-year-old Howard kept working. And he got rewarded Wednesday night. The athletic shortstop was...

FILE - In this June 26, 2015, file photo, United States' Amy Rodriguez (8) controls the ball as China's Li Dongna (6) defends during the first half of a quarterfinal match in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. There are just a handful of mothers who play professional soccer in the NWSL. But when the league asks players to travel to Utah and be sequestered for more than a month, moms' voices are important. Rodriguez, who plays for the Utah Royals, has two kids. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP, FileO

NWSL consulted players with kids in developing tournament

Jun. 7, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

When the National Women's Soccer League was plotting its course for a summertime tournament, it reached out to a select group: moms. There are just a handful of mothers who play in the NWSL. But with the league asking players to travel to Utah and be sequestered for more than a month, moms' voices are important....