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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko takes off his mask during a stoppage in play against the St. Louis Blues during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia. NHL players are debating the merits of quarantining away from family members as part of a potential resumption of the season.  Young and single, Demko said quarantining to play hockey wouldn’t be a problem for him. “I don’t have too many roots,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve been living pretty much out of my car for the most part for the last six, seven years just going from place to place.” (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Isolating away from family a 'hot topic' as NHL plots return

May. 25, 2020 2:28 AM EDT

Young and single, Thatcher Demko has plenty of time on his hands, with little to do. Quarantining to play hockey wouldn’t be a problem for the Vancouver Canucks goalie. “I don’t have too many roots,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve been living pretty much out of my car for...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2010, file photo, Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The Utah Jazz have announced that Jerry Sloan, the coach who took them to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 on his way to a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame, has died. Sloan died Friday morning, May 22, 2020, the Jazz said, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. He was 78. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Jerry Sloan, coaching great of Jazz glory days, dies at 78

May. 22, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring. He never wanted the spotlight. “This is pretty tough for me,” Sloan said that night. Talking about himself, that...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The NHL Players’ Association’s executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return-to-play format, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press, late Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

NHLPA approves going forward with 24-team playoff talks

May. 22, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

The NHL Players’ Association's executive committee authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the coronavirus suspension, approving 24 teams making the playoffs with other aspects still to be negotiated The NHLPA did not provide a breakdown of the vote of its 31 player...

This image from the Twitter account of MLS soccer team FC Cincinnati shows a tweet, Thursday, May 21, 2020, to introduce new head coach Jaap Stam. The photo actually shows Ajax Youth coach Tinus van Teunenbroek. FC Cincinnati sent another tweet with a photo that shows Stam. (Twitter via AP)

Bald truth: Cincinnati MLS team tweets wrong photo of coach

May. 22, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Oops! Cincinnati's Major League Soccer team posted the wrong photo in its tweet announcing the hiring of former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam. And it wasn't the first time the coach with a shaved head has been confused with someone else who has the same look. “It's happened...

AP source: NHL Players' Association's executive board voting on 24-team playoff proposal as return to play format

May. 21, 2020 11:12 PM EDT
TORONTO (AP) — AP source: NHL Players' Association's executive board voting on 24-team playoff proposal as return to play format.
FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA. Players believe they’re going to play games again this season. The obvious questions like how, where and when remain unanswered. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Analysis: The NBA seems on the cusp of a comeback plan

May. 21, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA: Players believe they’re going to play games again this season. The obvious questions — How? Where? When? — remain unanswered. Testing, part of the new normal of this coronavirus era, will be a major component to any return-to-play plan that the...

FILE - In this April 16, 2020 file photo, Wrigley Field's marquee displays Lakeview Pantry volunteer information in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus crisis, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the pay cuts were based on compensation. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein and president of business operations Crane Kenney took the highest reductions. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, May 21, 2020 on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, says 80% of associates are taking a pay cut of 20% or less.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Cubs institute pay cuts, Pirates announce furloughs

May. 21, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are trimming payroll while they await word on the fate of the Major League Baseball season. The Cubs are instituting pay cuts because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be no furloughs through the end of June. The Pirates announced Thursday...

Sabres sue US over denial of strength coach's green card

May. 20, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the Buffalo Sabres to secure a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach, the team argued in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday, U.S Citizenship and...

Coach's payments to player lead to Iowa volleyball sanctions

May. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa women's volleyball program was placed on probation for one year and must vacate 33 wins over two seasons as part of its penalties for violations committed by former coach Bond Shymansky. The university's athletic department also will pay a $5,000 fine to the NCAA under terms...

In this May 2020 photo provided by Riddell, a Riddell SpeedFlex helmet sits next to a computer screen displaying information from the InSite tool. Teaming with Catapult, an Australia-based technology company, Riddell is providing coaches, players and medical staff detailed information regarding anything from practice regimens to helmet contacts to overall preparation for athletes. (Riddell via AP)

NFL studying helmet face guard that works like surgical mask

May. 20, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who heads up the league's competition committee, said the issue was raised during...