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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) reacts against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. Justin Simmons had an eventful offseason, finding his voice during peaceful protests of racial and social injustice from his hometown in Florida to downtown Denver. The fifth-year safety and first-time All-Pro also failed to reach agreement on a long-term contract with the Broncos, so he's playing under the franchise tag in 2020.(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Simmons had enlightening offseason despite no new contract

Aug. 6, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A breakout 2019 season garnered Justin Simmons his first All-Pro nod and the Denver Broncos’ franchise tag. So, he was counting on two things in the offseason: laying low and signing a big contract. George Floyd’s fatal arrest changed Simmons’ plans to stay...

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (2) celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a fifth-inning solo home run in a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

Aug. 6, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is cracking down on coronavirus safety protocols, mandating that players and staff wear face coverings at all times, including in the dugouts and bullpens, except for players on the field of play. The league sent a memo to teams Wednesday outlining changes to its 2020...

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) handles the ball against Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig (3) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA Foundation created, pledges $300 million to Black growth

Aug. 5, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA's Board of Governors and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized plans to create the first NBA Foundation that will work to spur economic growth in the Black community, announcing Wednesday that the initial contribution will be $300 million over the...

Miami Marlins' Francisco Cervelli, right, reacts while celebrating near his team's dugout after hitting a solo home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AP sources: MLB plans 28-man rosters through postseason

Aug. 4, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' union plan to maintain 28-man rosters through the end of the postseason amid continued challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, two people familiar with the matter said. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey watches during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Los Angeles. Ramsey remains confident he will sign a new contract with the Rams as he heads into the final season of his rookie deal.  (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)

CB Jalen Ramsey confident in contract, new role with Rams

Aug. 4, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Jalen Ramsey's agent finalizes the Pro Bowl cornerback's new contract with the Los Angeles Rams, Ramsey insists it will be news to him. That's right, the player who showed up to the Jacksonville Jaguars' training camp just one year ago in an armored bank truck says he isn't paying...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty pursues a play in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Foxborough, Mass. McCourty has accused the league of playing games with the opt-out deadline, targeting it for Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

On Football: Opt outs should not have doubts or a deadline

Aug. 3, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

What seemed like a simple enough process of players deciding whether to skip the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic has turned into a major story. It's a story that will affect team makeups and, perhaps, the relative peace the clubs and players' union had reached. The latest contentiousness has been...

iBoston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens looks toward Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Relaxed: Dressed-down look is making NBA coaches happy

Aug. 2, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Going shopping was a top priority for Taylor Jenkins when he was first hired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. The man needed suits. NBA sidelines tend to look like fashion runways these days, with coaches in tailored suits, sharp ties and polished dress shoes, so Jenkins...

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, left, speaks with fans as he arrives at Nationals Park for the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals opening day baseball game, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Manfred confident MLB can get through playoffs despite virus

Aug. 2, 2020 1:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every club might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams. During an interview...

Danielle Kang hits her tee-shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship golf tournament at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, July 31, 2020. Kang finished in the early lead at six-under par. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

LPGA returns with Kang posting 66 at Inverness for the lead

Jul. 31, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Danielle Kang went more than six months without competing and looked as though she had never been away, playing bogey-free at Inverness Club for a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship. The LPGA Tour’s much-awaited return from the COVID-19 pandemic...

Washington National pitcher Will Harris delivers a pitch during an intersquad baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Nats put new reliever Will Harris on IL with groin strain

Jul. 31, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Nationals reliever Will Harris was put on the 10-day injured list Friday with a strained right groin. The move is retroactive to Wednesday, the day after Harris last pitched, giving up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington's 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Harris is...