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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, as the new front office begins its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again.(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Bulls fire coach Jim Boylen after missing playoffs again

Aug. 14, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. The Bulls, who finished 22-43 this season, were one of the eight teams that didn't qualify for the NBA's restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn't make the...

FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game. A court decision the NCAA says will hurt college sports by allowing student-athletes to be paid “vast sums” of money will go into effect. That's after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point. Justice Elena Kagan denied the NCAA’s request to put a lower court ruling on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA asks the Supreme Court to take up the case.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

NCAA cancels fall championships as major football marches on

Aug. 13, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

The NCAA called off fall championship events — a move Thursday that does not affect major college football — because not enough schools will be competing in sports such as men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball during the first semester. NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in a...

The Sacramento Kings take the court against the New Orleans Pelicans prior to the start of the game of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Into the unknown: NBA teams face concerns outside of bubble

Aug. 14, 2020 2:37 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Luke Walton was trying to find the right words to motivate his players to finish the season strong. The Sacramento Kings had been eliminated from playoff contention, which was nothing new for the team with the NBA’s longest streak of missing the postseason. Yet, even...

FILE - In this July 7, 2018, file photo, Daniel Cormier, right, fights Stipe Miocic during a heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 226 in Las Vegas. The trilogy fight between Daniel Cormier and champ Stipe Miocic will crown the greatest heavyweight of all time. UFC 252 Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas could be Cormier's last fight ever. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

UFC legacies on line for Miocic-Cormier trilogy title fight

Aug. 14, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

The hype for the third heavyweight fight in the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy comes with a bit of a bombastic claim -- the winner is not only the champion, but can stake his reputation as the greatest in the history of the division. “They’re two of the best ever,” UFC President Dana...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones waits for the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring players for the Cowboys to stand during the national anthem. Still, the owner who has taken the hardest line among his NFL counterparts against protesting racial injustice during “The Star-Spangled Banner” did acknowledge a changing social tide after the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Jerry Jones suggests wiggle room over Cowboys' anthem policy

Aug. 13, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

Jerry Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring Dallas Cowboys players to stand during the national anthem. Still, the owner who has taken the hardest line among his NFL counterparts against protesting racial injustice during “The Star-Spangled Banner” did...

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) reacts after referee David Guthrie (16) called him for a technical foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Raptors' Kyle Lowry got his title, now set to chase another

Aug. 14, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Lowry spent 13 years chasing an NBA championship before finally getting the ring. His career is closer to the end than the beginning. He’s made his money. His jersey will sway from rafters in Toronto one day. He’ll be a candidate for the Basketball Hall of...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits his third home run of a baseball game during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Betts ties MLB mark with 3 of Dodgers' 6 HRs in rout of Pads

Aug. 14, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts hit three home runs Thursday night — for the sixth time in his career. Now nobody's done it more often. Betts launched half of the season-high six long balls socked by the Los Angeles Dodgers during an 11-2 rout of the San Diego Padres. His sixth three-homer game...

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, left, falls while chasing the ball against Brooklyn Nets' Caris LeVert during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Lillard, Blazers escape Nets, advance to play-in series

Aug. 14, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — With the season threatening to slip away, Damian Lillard decided it was time to shoot, even though he was so far his foot was touching the logo near midcourt. A few minutes later, he flung his body to the floor near the same spot, coming up with a steal that was the biggest...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Darvish takes no-hitter into 7th, Cubs beat Brewers 4-2

Aug. 14, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish knew his pitch count was climbing, but he wasn't exactly showing signs of fatigue, either. Darvish took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his third straight dominant start, and the major league-leading Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Thursday night. Darvish...

The Latest: ASUN Conference postponing all fall sports

Aug. 14, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council on Friday also says that providing a spring season for...

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The Latest: ASUN Conference postponing all fall sports

Aug. 14, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council on Friday also says that providing a spring season for...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Rutgers NCAA college football head coach Greg Schiano speaks at an introductory news conference in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers has had at least 30 football players tested positive for COVID-19 since the team returned to campus in mid June. Schiano released the information on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in his first conference call since the Big Ten Conference decided not to play football this fall. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rutgers had at least 30 players were positive for COVID-19

Aug. 14, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

Rutgers has had at least 30 football players test positive for COVID-19 since the team returned to campus in mid June. Coach Greg Schiano released the information on Friday in his first conference call since the Big Ten Conference decided not to play football this fall. Schiano, who was hired in December for a...

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) reacts after referee David Guthrie (16) called him for a technical foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Raptors' Kyle Lowry got his title, now set to chase another

Aug. 14, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Lowry spent 13 years chasing an NBA championship before finally getting the ring. His career is closer to the end than the beginning. He’s made his money. His jersey will sway from rafters in Toronto one day. He’ll be a candidate for the Basketball Hall of...

FILE - In this July 7, 2018, file photo, Daniel Cormier, right, fights Stipe Miocic during a heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 226 in Las Vegas. The trilogy fight between Daniel Cormier and champ Stipe Miocic will crown the greatest heavyweight of all time. UFC 252 Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas could be Cormier's last fight ever. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

UFC legacies on line for Miocic-Cormier trilogy title fight

Aug. 14, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

The hype for the third heavyweight fight in the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier trilogy comes with a bit of a bombastic claim -- the winner is not only the champion, but can stake his reputation as the greatest in the history of the division. “They’re two of the best ever,” UFC President Dana...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, Bubba Wallace takes part in an interview during NASCAR Daytona 500 auto racing media day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Corporate interest in Bubba Wallace has picked up momentum and NASCAR’s only black full-time driver has signed a new sponsor that includes funding for his Richard Petty Motorports team. Columbia Sportswear signed a multiyear sponsorship with Wallace as a brand ambassador that will also put the company on the No. 43 at Dover later this month. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace adds another sponsorship deal

Aug. 14, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

WELCOME, N.C. (AP) — Bubba Wallace is adding to his NASCAR portfolio. NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver announced a multiyear partnership with technology company DoorDash on Friday. It will sponsor Wallace’s No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports beginning Sunday on the road course...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks at convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. On Aug. 7, 2020, Falwell stepped down, at least temporarily, from his role as the president of the school. (Jay Westcott/The News & Advance via AP)

Liberty University and Falwell: A bond that's hard to break

Aug. 14, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. has been toppled, at least temporarily, from the presidency of evangelical Liberty University, but whether he will break permanently with the Christian institution that is synonymous with his family name is another matter. Falwell apologized after posting a vacation...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, as the new front office begins its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again.(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Bulls fire coach Jim Boylen after missing playoffs again

Aug. 14, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. The Bulls, who finished 22-43 this season, were one of the eight teams that didn't qualify for the NBA's restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn't make the...

FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, Ariel Quiros, left, former owner of Jay Peak Resort, stands outside the federal courthouse in Burlington, Vt., after his arraignment on fraud charges over a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using foreign investors' money. The Miami businessman, accused of being the mastermind behind a massive fraud case involving foreign investors' money in Vermont developments, is expected to plead guilty in next week in a plea deal in which prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than eight years in prison. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)

Miami businessman pleads guilty in Vermont ski fraud case

Aug. 14, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

A Miami businessman accused of being the mastermind behind the largest fraud case in Vermont's history pleaded guilty on Friday over a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using tens of millions of dollars in foreign investors' money. Ariel Quiros, 64, the former owner of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain ski...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) plays against the Miami Dolphins in an NFL football game, in Pittsburgh. Conner wants to prove he can finish a season healthy. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)

Crowded house: Steelers backfield eyes consistency in 2020

Aug. 14, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner is tired of answering questions about his health. Really tired. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back remains adamant he can thrive in the NFL if he stays on the field. Conner understands he can't run from his resume, which includes a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2018 as well as a...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, empty seats during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park stadium in NewCastle, England. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has withdrawn its bid to buy English Premier League club Newcastle after the process was stalled by concerns about piracy by the kingdom and human rights complaints. The league has spent four months considering whether to approve the 300 million pound takeover that would have seen Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund gain an 80% take in the northeast club.  (Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via AP, File)

EPL breaks silence on reasons for stalled Newcastle takeover

Aug. 14, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The consortium which withdrew its bid to buy English club Newcastle declined an offer of independent arbitration into the long-running case after a request for additional information from the Premier League, according to the head of the competition. Premier League chief executive Richard...