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A general view of the Philippe-Chatrier tennis court with its new retractable roof during a media tour at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The French open will moving to September from the end of May because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The Latest: NBA reminding teams players overseas can return

May. 27, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The NBA reminded its teams Wednesday that players who are currently outside the U.S. have been cleared to return, though quarantine rules may apply in some areas. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014 file photo, members of the U.S. Women's National team warm up during practice at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, the league announced Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

NWSL returning to play with summertime tournament in Utah

May. 27, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the league's nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, the...

Pictures of soccer fans are placed in the stands as Ceres Park Football Stadium gets ready for the Danish Superliga match between AGF and Randers FC in Aarhus, Denmark, Wednesday May 27, 2020. FC Midtjylland and AGF Aarhus have gotten creative as they look to generate some atmosphere because games have to be played in empty stadiums. Midtjylland is planning a “drive-in” where about 2,000 supporters can watch games from inside their cars in a parking lot outside the team’s stadium. Aarhus is installing three giant screens along one side of the field displaying the faces of about 10,000 fans on a live video call. The first match of the Danish Superliga will be played Thursday evening May 28 in Aarhus. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau scanpix via AP)

Zoom calls, drive-ins: Danes get creative for soccer restart

May. 27, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

When Danish soccer resumes in empty stadiums this week amid the coronavirus pandemic, teams will be competing for points on the field and to deliver the most innovative experience for their fans off it. FC Midtjylland, the league leader, has had a plan in the works for some time: A “drive-in” where...

Riot police form a line as they check pedestrians gathered in the Central district of Hong Kong,  Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Hong Kong police massed outside the legislature complex Wednesday, ahead of debate on a bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Protesters mass in Hong Kong as anthem law is debated

May. 27, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong on Wednesday as lawmakers debated a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city. Police massed outside the legislative building ahead of the session and warned...

Dortmund's head coach Lucien Favre attends the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The German Bundesliga is the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Federico Gambarini/DPA via AP, Pool)

Dortmund falls short again, losing to Bayern in key match

May. 27, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The raucous home support was silent and the Yellow Wall was invisible, all because of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the vastly different atmosphere in the stands, the result on the field followed a familiar pattern. Borussia Dortmund, which has finished in second place...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, New Jersey Devils right wing Kurtis Gabriel works out prior to an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Newark, N.J. The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month.
The league, which was forced to pause its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a 22-page memo detailing the plan Monday, May 25, 2020. The document stresses there's no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The Latest: Iowa St AD sees football games with 30,000 fans

May. 26, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa State athletic director Jaime Pollard is telling Cyclones fans that football home games will be played at no more than 50% capacity at Jack Trice Stadium, pending a change in state and local health guidelines. That means no...

FILE - In this April 29, 2018 file photo taken with a fisheye lens, a flag flies at the Banc of California Stadium prior to an MLS soccer game between Los Angeles FC and the Seattle Sounders in Los Angeles. Los Angeles FC will seek a new name for its 2-year-old Banc of California Stadium after a restructuring of the bank's partnership with the Major League Soccer club. LAFC announced Tuesday, May 26, 2020 that Banc of California will eventually give up its naming rights to the sleek new stadium just south of downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, file)

LAFC will seek new name for Banc of California Stadium

May. 26, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles FC will seek a new name for its 2-year-old Banc of California Stadium after the Major League Soccer club and the bank restructured their partnership. LAFC announced Tuesday that Banc of California will eventually give up its naming rights to the still-new stadium just south...

FC Cologne's Anthony Modeste shoots at goal during a German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Cologne and Fortuna Duesseldorf in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, May 24, 2020.  (Thilo Schmuelgen/pool via AP)

The Latest: NWSL moves to allow training in small groups

May. 25, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The National Women’s Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities. Teams will be able to progress to full team...

Manchester City's Pauline Bremer, right, celebrates scoring against Everton during the Women's Super League match at the Academy Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. (Anthony Devlin/PA  via AP)

Women's Super League in England canceled because of virus

May. 25, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The top women’s soccer league in England was canceled with immediate effect Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak, with no decision reached on which teams have won the title and been relegated. The decision was taken to end the Women’s Super League following...

FILE - In this Sunday Jan. 5, 2020 file photo, the damaged statue of soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic next to Stadion football arena in Malmo, Sweden. The much-vandalized statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is staying in Malmo. Committee members from the Swedish city’s council have held a meeting Monday, May 18 to discuss proposals from local citizens about where to move the statue of the soccer player from its current location outside Malmo’s stadium. The bronze sculpture has been repeatedly attacked since Ibrahimovic become a part-owner in Hammarby.(Johan Nilsson/TT via AP, file)

Ibrahimović injures calf while training with AC Milan

May. 25, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimović injured his calf while training for the anticipated restart of Serie A with AC Milan on Monday. The forward will undergo medical exams on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury, the club said. Serie A has been suspended since March 9 due to the coronavirus...