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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, the Washington Redskins NFL football team logo is seen on the field before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The recent national conversation about racism has renewed calls for the Washington Redskins to change their name. D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser called the name an

Column: What's in a name? Stubborn Snyder about to find out

Jul. 14, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

Try to think of a more deserving guy in all of sports than Dan Snyder to get his name-change plans caught in a vise. Go ahead, we’ll wait. In the meantime, let’s all savor this quote from the owner of the Washington NFL franchise formerly-known-as-the … (which was precisely the problem) the...

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor runs the bases after hitting a home run during a simulated game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians seem to be standing in an uncomfortable on-deck circle. Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades of objection and a recent uproar triggered by nationwide social protests, the Indians appear to be the next major sports franchise in line to change their identity.(AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

Indians, other teams pressured after Redskins drop nickname

Jul. 13, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The spotlight for change is shining on the Cleveland Indians. Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades of objection and amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice, the Indians appear to be the next major sports...

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus (9) celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the Falmer stadium in Brighton, England, Saturday, July 11, 2020. (Cath Ivill/Pool via AP)

Analysis: Man City court win after flawed UEFA prosecution

Jul. 13, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a season that could end with four trophies, Manchester City’s biggest victory hasn’t been secured by Kevin De Bruyne or Raheem Sterling. City fans are celebrating a squad of lawyers outsmarting UEFA’s judicial machinery in extra time and saving the club from a...

Signs for the Washington Redskins are displayed outside FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Monday, July 13, 2020.  The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo immediately, bowing to decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Washington's NFL team drops 'Redskins' name after 87 years

Jul. 13, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the “Redskins” name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. A new name must still be selected for one of the oldest and...

This photo provided by Oakley shows a new face shield designed by Oakley. With NFL training camps set to start at the end of the month, the league believes it is closer to one answer when it comes to player safety in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.  Face shields for the players' helmets. (Oakley via AP)

NFL, Oakley come up with face shields to protect players

Jul. 13, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With NFL training camps set to start at the end of the month, the league believes it is closer to one answer when it comes to player safety amid the coronavirus pandemic: face shields for the players' helmets. The NFL and the players' union agreed to several protocols in a 42-page document ...

Manchester City players celebrate after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Newcastle at the Ethiad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)

Manchester City overturns 2-year ban from Champions League

Jul. 13, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Manchester City successfully overturned its two-year ban from the Champions League on Monday in a surprising legal victory. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld City’s appeal against the UEFA ban, but imposed a 10 million euro ($11.3 million) fine on the club for failing to...

Leicester's Dennis Praet reacts after the English Premier League soccer match between Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England, Sunday, July 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Steele,Pool)

City's court win intensifies top-4 race in Premier League

Jul. 13, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

Manchester City’s success in overturning its Champions League ban on Monday has huge ramifications on the Premier League and the remaining two teams that will qualify for Europe's top club competition. Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester — and maybe Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United,...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo provided by Benoit Photo, Toinette, with Flavien Prat aboard, wins the Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes horse race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Prat has tested positive for COVID-19 after riding in Kentucky. Del Mar officials said Prat was tested Sunday, July 12, and was told shortly thereafter that he had a positive result. The 27-year-old jockey had been scheduled to ride eight horses at Del Mar on Sunday, but was removed from those mounts. He was in Kentucky to ride a day earlier. (Benoit Photo via AP, File)

The Latest: Jockey Flavien Prat tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 12, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Jockey Flavien Prat has tested positive for COVID-19 after riding in Kentucky. Del Mar officials said Prat was tested Sunday in La Jolla and was told shortly thereafter he had a positive result. The 27-year-old jockey had been...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, NHL Player's Association executive director Donald Fehr, left, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attend a news conference at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Given the gravity of the pandemic and the abrupt decision to place the NHL season on pause in March, it did not take Bettman and Fehr long to realize they were going to have to work together if play was to resume any time soon. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NHL, players take collaborative approach in bid to resume

Jul. 11, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Collaboration or bust. Given the gravity of the new coronavirus pandemic and the abrupt decision to place the NHL season on pause in March, it didn’t take commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Don Fehr long to realize they were going to have to work together if play was to resume any time soon. Nearly...

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a nurse uses a swab to perform a coronavirus test in Salt Lake City. On Friday, July 10, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that the nasal swab test commonly used for diagnosing COVID-19 involves obtaining a sample from a protective layer of cells known as the blood-brain barrier, which can result in inflammation of the brain. The swab goes so far back into the nose that it can be uncomfortable, even causing some people’s eyes to water. But it doesn't touch the area where blood vessels and the brain exchange important nutrients. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 10, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: The nasal swab test commonly used for to diagnose COVID-19 involves...