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Jockey Ken Church, winner of over 2,000 races, dies at 90

Jul. 13, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

Ken Church, who rode over 2,000 winners during a 20-year career that included four mounts in the Kentucky Derby, died Monday. He was 90. Church was diagnosed with pneumonia a week ago at the retirement facility where he lived in Reno, Nevada, and was taken to a hospital. He contracted COVID-19 there and died, his...

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...

FILE - In this June 12, 2017, file photo, Jason Scott Quate appears in court on child abuse charges in Las Vegas. Qaute, who also faces a murder charge in Illinois in the death of his 6-year-old daughter in a St. Louis suburb, was sentenced Monday, July 13, 2020, to 28 years to life in Nevada state prison after pleading guilty to felony child sex charges. Quate, 37, also was sentenced to lifetime supervision and registration as a sex offender following his guilty pleas last October to sexual assault with a minor and two charges of lewdness with a child. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Suspect in Illinois child death gets 28 years in Nevada case

Jul. 13, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man accused of murder in the death of his 6-year-old daughter in a St. Louis suburb was sentenced Monday to 28 years to life in Nevada state prison for his conviction on felony child sex charges. Jason Scott Quate, 37, also was sentenced to lifetime supervision and registration as a sex...

FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

The Latest: Irish rugby players taking pay cut

Jul. 13, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on the pay cut to...

Dead bats test positive for rabies in Stephenson County

Jul. 13, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Two bats have tested positive for rabies in Stephenson County, northwest of Chicago. One bat was found dead about two weeks ago southeast of Freeport, the (Freeport) Journal-Standard reported. The other was found dead last week in a barn in Cedarville. Stephenson County Animal Control...

Coronavirus concerns force cancellation of Chicago Marathon

Jul. 13, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been cancelled due to health concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers and others during the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Monday. Marathon organizers and city officials cited the challenge of staging the large-scale Oct. 11 event...

Illinois launches campaign to prevent abuse of seniors

Jul. 13, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is launching a $2.1 million campaign to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors and adults with disabilities, a problem officials fear has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois Department on Aging's Office of Adult Protective Services received...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals' Juan Soto waits for a pitch from the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Baseball begins Thursday, July 23, 2020, with the New York Yankees at Washington Nationals. Juan Soto and Washington open their title defense after winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Gerrit Cole is hoping to lead New York to its 28th championship after the ace right-hander signed a blockbuster deal with the Yankees in free agency. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Astros at Dodgers, 'Field of Dreams' highlight MLB schedule

Jul. 13, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — At long last, baseball is ready to go after opening day was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. With a myriad of potential problems circling a 60-game schedule, the whole season is truly a day-to-day proposition. With that in mind, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar. Just...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert throws the ball during spring training baseball in Phoenix. The 22-year-old Robert joins a formidable White Sox lineup after agreeing to a $50 million, six-year contract in January. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

White Sox OF Robert, Dodgers 2B Lux among rookies to watch

Jul. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Baseball's 60-game season is plenty of time for a young slugger or pitcher to play a pivotal role in a playoff run. Here is a closer look at a handful of rookies who could grab a starring role this year: —OF Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox: The 22-year-old Robert joins a formidable...

Chicago census response rate at 55%, lower in some areas

Jul. 13, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — About 55% of Chicago residents have filled out the U.S. census, officials said Monday as the mayor of the country's third-largest city urged more people to participate. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said some neighborhoods on the city's West and South sides have seen response rates lower than 40%....