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In this March 30, 2020, file photo, a man jogs past the Olympic rings in Tokyo.It’s been six months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone from new Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to IOC President Thomas Bach have tried to assure the Japanese public and deep-pocketed sponsors that the Olympics will take place. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: Should athletes be priority for vaccine?

Sep. 28, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's been six months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last few weeks, everyone from new Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to IOC President Thomas Bach have tried to assure the Japanese public and deep-pocketed sponsors that the Olympics...

Miami Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm (70) hits a run-scoring double during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Marlins beat Yanks 5-0 for winning season, face Cubs

Sep. 28, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami heads to its first postseason appearance since the Marlins' 2003 World Series title with its first winning record in more than a decade. Rookie Jazz Chisholm had a home run and three RBIs on Sunday in a 5-0 win over the New York Yankees. Miami (31-29) finished third in the NL East and...

The Miami Heat celebrate their NBA conference final playoff basketball game win over the Boston Celtics with the Eastern Final trophy Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Back to the Finals: Heat oust Celtics, move to title series

Sep. 27, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It was exactly one year ago Sunday when Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Heat practice gym, took a seat on a makeshift stage and said he wanted to be part of the team’s next title run. He’ll have that chance. The Heat are going to the NBA Finals —...

Beric, Herbers lift Chicago Fire past Atlanta United, 2-0

Sep. 27, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Robert Beric scored his fourth goal in four games and the Chicago Fire beat the Atlanta United 2-0 on Sunday night. Chicago (4-7-3) leapfrogged over Atlanta (4-7-2) by a point in the Eastern Conference. Beric scored his sxith goal of the season in the 39th minute to put Chicago on top by a...

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton lies on the ground after being hit by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds' Lucas Sims during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

LEADING OFF: Ailing players heal up, Yanks back in Cleveland

Sep. 27, 2020 10:04 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: HOW DOES IT FEEL? American League playoff teams get only one day off to assess injuries and make roster decisions before the first round begins Tuesday. Minnesota has a couple of ailing hitters in third baseman Josh Donaldson (right calf) and center fielder...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler speaks during a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Los Angeles Angels fired general manager Billy Eppler on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 after the long-struggling franchise finished its fifth consecutive losing season under his watch. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Angels fire GM Billy Eppler after 5 straight losing seasons

Sep. 27, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels fired general manager Billy Eppler on Sunday after the long-struggling franchise finished its fifth consecutive losing season under his watch. Eppler was under contract for one more year with the Angels in an extension he signed in July with no public...

FILE - Boston Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke watches from the dugout during a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. Roenicke was told Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 he will not return as manager of the Red Sox, ending a one-year, shotgun stopgap on the final day of a pandemic-shortened season that resulted in a last-place finish in the AL East. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, file)

Roenicke fired by Red Sox after 1 pandemic-shortened season

Sep. 27, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Ron Roenicke waited five years after his previous managerial job for another opportunity. When it finally came, it wasn't much of an opportunity at all. The Red Sox told Roenicke before the final game of the season on Sunday that he will not be back in 2021, ending his tenure as a one-year,...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

Bumgarner gets 1st win in final start for D-backs, 11-3

Sep. 27, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings to win his first game for Arizona in his ninth and final start this season, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 11-3 on Sunday to close disappointing years for both teams. Bumgarner (1-4), a former World Series MVP for San...

The Latest: Hamstring injury sidelines Bucs WR Godwin

Sep. 27, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

The Latest on Week 3 in the NFL (all times EDT): __ 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay receiver Chris Godwin has been ruled out with a hamstring injury he suffered late in the third quarter against Denver. Godwin was running downfield when he pulled up. He was attended to by the training staff before walking toward the locker...

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Mistakes send sloppy Raiders to 36-20 loss to Patriots

Sep. 27, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

The mistakes the Las Vegas Raiders did so well avoiding in winning the first two weeks piled up in New England. A fumble in the red zone, two more fumbles on sacks, a couple of key penalties and missed assignments on defense. It all added up to a 36-20 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday that dealt the...