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In this Friday, May 22, 2020 photo, a groom wearing a face mask leads a horse to the track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Horse racing returned to the track after being idled for one and a half months because of public health officials' concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: Fired NASCAR star wins World of Outlaws race

May. 24, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Fired NASCAR star Kyle Larson won the World of Outlaws race Saturday night in Pevley, Missouri, a day after finishing second behind brother-in-law Brad Sweet in the first Sprint Cup event with live fans in the dirt...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Vanderbilt interim athletic director Candice Lee answers questions during a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt has removed the interim title, making Candice Storey Lee the first black woman to become an athletic director in the Southeastern Conference. With Vanderbilt's announcement Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Lee now is among only five women in charge of a Power Five program. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Vanderbilt's Lee becomes SEC's 1st woman athletic director

May. 21, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has removed the interim title, making Candice Storey Lee the first woman to become an athletic director in the Southeastern Conference. With Vanderbilt's announcement Wednesday, Lee now is among only five women and the second black woman in charge of a Power Five program....

FILE - In this is an April 25, 2018, file photo, NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis is viewed. College sports programs are already being cut and more are likely on the chopping block. The coronavirus pandemic has triggered fears of an economic meltdown on campuses around the country. The cancellation of the NCAA men's basketball tournament cost schools $375 million and more losses are expected, especially if football season is disrupted in the fall. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

NCAA to lift moratorium on football, basketball workouts

May. 20, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1 as a growing number of college leaders expressed confidence that fall sports will be possible in some form despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. This decision...

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...

The gates of St. Edwards' Lewis-Chen Family Soccer Field are locked and marked closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Austin, Texas. In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, St. Edwards says they are cutting cut six sports programs including men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and men's soccer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: Three South Carolina coaches taking salary cuts

May. 19, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept.22, 2018, file photo, Northern Illinois quarterback Marcus Childers is sacked by Florida State's Marvin Wilson (21), Fredrick Jones (55) and Dontavious Jackson during an NCAA college football game, in Tallahassee Fla. The road trip to Tallahassee came with a $1.6 million payout to NIU. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Bye buy games? G5 could lose millions in Power 5 payouts

May. 16, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

In 2018, with his school facing the possibility of cutting staff to make up a huge shortfall in state funding, Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier added a football game at Florida State to the Huskies' schedule. The road trip came with a $1.6 million payout to NIU. “Florida State, essentially,...

Ex-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26

May. 16, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

Zach Hoffpauir, a two-sport standout at Stanford who earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system, has died at age 26. The University of Northern Colorado, where Hoffpauir was hired in February as an assistant football coach in...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 1972, file photo, UCLA quarterback Mark Harmon, left, son of former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, works out with coach Pepper Rodgers, right, in Los Angeles. Rodgers, a colorful personality who helped Georgia Tech to an unbeaten season as a player in 1952 and went on to coach the Yellow Jackets as well as Kansas, UCLA and in the United States Football League, died Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the age of 88. His alma mater announced his death. A statement from Georgia Tech said Rodgers died in Reston, Va. No cause was given.  (AP Photo/GB, File)

Colorful player, coach Pepper Rodgers dies at age 88

May. 15, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Pepper Rodgers, a colorful personality who helped Georgia Tech to an unbeaten season as a player in 1952 and went on to coach the Yellow Jackets as well as Kansas, UCLA and Memphis teams in both the USFL and CFL, died Thursday. He was 88. A statement from his alma mater said Rodgers died in...

A directional arrow on a street points to the Signal Iduna Park, Germany's biggest stadium of Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Bundesliga will now restart on May 16, 2020 when Borussia Dortmund will play the derby against FC Schalke 04 at home without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The Latest: Aussie rules football to kick off on June 11

May. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Australian...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2019, file photo, Akron's Tyler Cheese is defended by West Virginia's Taz Sherman during an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va. Akron is dropping men’s golf and cross country and women’s tennis in cost-cutting moves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school said the reduction will take effect at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten, File)

LSU plan, Akron cuts, highlight divergent pandemic effects

May. 14, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

In one part of the country, LSU coach Ed Orgeron smiles and mentions a “light at the end of the tunnel” as he discusses his assistants' recent return to work at football headquarters, and university plans to welcome players back to campus as early as June 1. Some 1,000 miles north at Akron, women's...