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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper prepares to bat during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Harper, Matz latest MLBers to contribute to virus relief

Apr. 3, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper and New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz are the latest baseball players to make donations to coronavirus relief efforts. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving $500,000 to Direct Relief and Three Square in his hometown of Las Vegas and...

The Latest: US Tennis Association says best to not play now

Apr. 3, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, singer Billie Eilish arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. The Elton John-led starry benefit concert that featured Eilish, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys on Sunday has raised nearly $8 million to battle the coronavirus. The musicians performed from their homes for the hour-long event that aired on Fox and iHeartMedia radio stations. Fox will re-broadcast the concert on Monday, April 6. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Elton John-led concert to re-air; film academy aids workers

Apr. 3, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical...

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the premiere of

Taylor Swift donation will help Nashville record store

Apr. 2, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pop superstar Taylor Swift is helping out a Nashville record store closed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grimey's co-owner Doyle Davis said Thursday the store got a call last week from Swift's publicist asking how Swift could help. It was the just after Nashville's mayor issued a...

A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: Union player tests positive, first in MLS

Apr. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: A player for the Philadelphia Union has tested positive for coronavirus. It is Major League Soccer’s first player case of the virus that has caused the suspension of the season. The Union did not identify the player. He...

Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo catches a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rangers vet Choo giving $1K each to 191 Texas minor leaguers

Apr. 1, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

Rangers veteran Shin-Soo Choo is helping out financially strapped minor league players with the season on hold, giving $1,000 each to 191 of them who are in the Texas organization. Choo said Wednesday that he remembers the financial struggles when he was in the minors. The 37-year-old outfielder-designated hitter...

This image released by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures shows characters, from left, Kevin, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell and Stuart in a scene from

'Wicked' movie release delayed, 'Minions' pushed to 2021

Apr. 1, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Wicked” fans are going to have to wait even longer to see Stephen Daldry's film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Universal Pictures on Wednesday announced that another handful of theatrical release dates are shifting due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has...

FILE - This Nov. 13, 2019 file photo shows Dolly Parton performing at the 53rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Parton tweeted Wednesday, April 1, that she’s donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for coronavirus research.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research

Apr. 1, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country icon Dolly Parton is making a big donation to help fund coronavirus research, as well as taking time out every week to read children’s books online to kids everywhere. The “9 to 5” singer, actress and philanthropist tweeted Wednesday that she’s...

The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Elton John appears after performing his nominated song,

Virus: Elton John-led concert raises $8M; Rihanna ups aid

Mar. 31, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical...