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Referees from left, Sean Wright, Natalie Sago and Jenna Schroeder have a discussion during a time out in the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Hornets, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Natalie Sago and Jenna Schroeder made up two-thirds of the crew assigned to the Charlotte at Orlando game, the first time in NBA history that two women were assigned to work a regular-season contest together.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Sago, Schroeder part of NBA's first ref crew with 2 women

Jan. 25, 2021 10:53 PM EST

With more female referees now in the NBA than ever before, it was only a matter of time before two women would be scheduled to work the same game. And Monday was that day. Natalie Sago and Jenna Schroeder made up two-thirds of the crew assigned to the Charlotte at Orlando game, the first time in NBA history that...

CDC publishes paper on NFL's efforts to play 2020 season

Jan. 25, 2021 6:42 PM EST

The NFL partnered with the Centers for Disease Control to share its extensive work to reach the Super Bowl on time during a pandemic-altered season, hoping the general public can learn from its findings. The CDC published a scientific paper on Monday jointly authored with medical experts from the NFL and NFL...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians holds the championship trophy after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Arians' hiring put struggling Bucs on path to Super Bowl 55

Jan. 25, 2021 6:16 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It took five coaching changes over a decade-plus of futility before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally got it right, luring Bruce Arians out of retirement. Two seasons later, the 68-year-old quarterback expert has them in the Super Bowl. Signing Tom Brady was a big part of solving the...

Texas head coach Shaka Smart directs his team against Kansas State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Latest: Bucknell men's and women's hoops back on court

Jan. 25, 2021 6:04 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ COVID-19 tests within the Bucknell men’s and women’s basketball Tier 1 group that were announced as positive on Saturday have been amended to a negative result by the laboratory that conducted the testing. The...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Column: Greatness defined, as Brady makes 10th Super Bowl

Jan. 24, 2021 8:48 PM EST

Stop if you’ve heard this one before. Seriously, just stop. Because even in the weirdest sports time ever what Tom Brady is doing yet again in the NFL playoffs borders on the unbelievable. Forget the numbers, because they’re so crazy they’re barely believable, either. Or the fact Brady threw...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Super Host: Bucs become 1st to play Super Bowl at home

Jan. 24, 2021 7:41 PM EST

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will feel right at home in the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers made history at Green Bay on Sunday as they defeated the Packers 31-26 in the NFC championship game. Tampa Bay (14-5) is the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. The Super Bowl will take place on...

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Heat to use COVID-19-sniffing dogs to screen fans at games

Jan. 24, 2021 1:42 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat are bringing back some fans, with help from some dogs. The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs at AmericanAirlines Arena to screen fans who want to attend their games. They’ve been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some...

Columbus Blue Jackets players celebrate their goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Hours after Dubois trade, Blue Jackets beat Lightning 5-2

Jan. 23, 2021 5:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hours after trading disgruntled center Pierre-Luc Dubois, the Columbus Blue Jackets got three first-period goals and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Saturday. Nick Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko, Vladislav Gavrikov, Zach Werenski and Eric Robinson scored, and Elvis Merzlikins had 30...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) scores a touchdown against Washington Football Team cornerback Ronald Darby (23) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Vita Vea in, Antonio Brown out for Bucs in NFC title game

Jan. 22, 2021 2:26 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their defense for Sunday’s NFC championship game, activating nose tackle Vita Vea from the reserve/injured list. The third-year pro, one of the top run-stoppers in the NFL, has been sidelined since early October with a broken ankle. He resumed...

FILE - Cutout photos of people, including first responders and healthcare workers, sit in seats in Gillette Stadium before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass., in this Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, file photo. The NFL says 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a news release Friday that attendance at the Feb. 7 game would be limited to those workers and about 14,500 other fans.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

Jan. 22, 2021 12:48 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month's Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a news release that attendance at the Feb. 7 game would be...