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FILE - Cubs fans take photos through the locked gates at Sloan Park, the spring training site of the Chicago Cubs, in Mesa, Ariz., after Major League Baseball suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak, in this Friday, March 13, 2020, file photo. The Cactus League and Arizona community leaders have asked Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to coronavirus concerns just over three weeks before pitchers and catchers are supposed to report. The Cactus League made the request in a letter to Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Cactus League asks MLB to delay spring training due to COVID

Jan. 25, 2021 9:12 PM EST

The Cactus League and Arizona community leaders have asked Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to coronavirus concerns just over three weeks before pitchers and catchers are supposed to report. The Cactus League made the request in a letter to Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred obtained...

Volunteers take down information as they register people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic put on by the City of Odessa, Odessa Fire Rescue and Medical Center Hospital Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP)

The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

Jan. 25, 2021 8:10 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic. State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals,...

Football fan Brian Pope browses for Tom Brady jerseys in the pro shop at Gillette Stadium, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. Tom Brady is going to the Super Bowl for the 10th time, and New England Patriots football fans are cheering for him -- just like before. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

'No Hard Feelings': Patriots fans still rooting for Brady

Jan. 25, 2021 7:05 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — As soon as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the NFC title game, Brian Pope went shopping for a Tom Brady jersey to wear when he watches them play in the Super Bowl. One problem: Pope lives in Connecticut. And he isn’t really even a Buccaneers fan — or at least he...

Detroit Red Wings left wing Patrik Nemeth, top, is checked by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Blackhawks lose 2 players to NHL's COVID-19 protocol list

Jan. 25, 2021 6:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL has placed Chicago Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat and defenseman Adam Boqvist on the league's COVID-19 protocol list. The NHL announced the decision on Monday. The move means DeBrincat and Boqvist won't be able to play, practice or travel with the team until they are cleared....

Texas head coach Shaka Smart directs his team against Kansas State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Latest: Bucknell men's and women's hoops back on court

Jan. 25, 2021 6:04 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ COVID-19 tests within the Bucknell men’s and women’s basketball Tier 1 group that were announced as positive on Saturday have been amended to a negative result by the laboratory that conducted the testing. The...

Predators goalie Connor Ingram in NHL assistance program

Jan. 25, 2021 12:59 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators goaltender Connor Ingram is voluntarily taking part in a confidential NHL player assistance program, keeping him away from the team during that time. The NHL and its union announced Ingram's decision Monday and said there will be no further comment. Ingram is...

Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell, left, celebrates scoring a goal with defenseman Andy Welinski during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Ducks use strong offensive game to take down Avalanche 3-1

Jan. 25, 2021 1:32 AM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Goals have been hard to come by for the Anaheim Ducks. Seeing the puck go in the net Sunday night provided some much-needed relief. Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell each scored his first goal of the season and the Ducks held on for a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Hampus...

San Jose's Mario Ferraro (38) high fives teammate San Jose's Ryan Donato (16) after Donato scored a goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Brent Burns scores late, helps San Jose beat Minnesota 5-3

Jan. 24, 2021 11:50 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Brent Burns’ goal with 1:48 remaining snapped a tie and led the San Jose Sharks to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Ryan Donato, Evander Kane and Noah Gregor scored for San Jose before Matt Nieto added an empty-net goal. Martin Jones finished with 26 stops....

St. Louis Blues' Torey Krug (47) and St. Louis Blues' Ville Husso (35) defends the net against Los Angeles Kings' Trevor Moore (12) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Joe Puetz)

Anze Kopitar has 3 points, Kings beat St. Louis 6-3

Jan. 24, 2021 11:39 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, Jonathan Quick made 28 saves and the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Sunday night. Alex Iafallo, Carl Gundstrom, Gabriel Vilardi, Lias Andersson and Drew Doughty each scored for the Kings as Los Angeles earned a split of its...

Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47) and Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz (24) celebrate a second period goal against the Nashville Predators during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Stars tie NHL power-play record in 3-2 win over Predators

Jan. 24, 2021 11:27 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Joe Pavelski helped the Dallas Stars tie the NHL record for power-play goals in the first two games, scoring one of three with the man advantage in another victory over the Nashville Predators, 3-2 on Sunday night. Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz also scored on the power play after the Stars...