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An exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass., shown Tuesday, June 23, 2020, features images of Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Bryant was among nine people, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, killed in a helicopter crash in January of 2020, in California. The museum is scheduled to reopen in the beginning of July 2020 after a renovation.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates

Aug. 14, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also...

Reuben Anderson, seated left, and Mary Graham, and other members of a commission that will recommend a new Mississippi state flag, discuss flag choices, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. The screen above Anderson and Graham shows people participating remotely in the commission meeting and images of nine flags chosen as finalists, although a graphic artist was set to make small changes to some of the designs. Mississippi recently retired the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

Mississippi flag could have Choctaw-inspired diamond shape

Aug. 14, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The new Mississippi flag could include a magnolia or stars or representations of rivers. Or it could reflect the state's Native American heritage with a diamond shape that is important to the Choctaw community. A group that will recommend a new flag met Friday and narrowed the field...

Stafford, Smart donate $500,000 to UGa diversity program

Aug. 14, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart have contributed a total of $500,000 to an athletic department program focused on diversity and social justice. University President Jere W. Morehead said Friday the initiative will “promote an inclusive...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, a Big 12 pylon marks the end zone at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium before an NCAA college football game between Texas and Kansas State in Austin, Texas. Big 12 schools have agreed to play one nonconference football game this year to go along with their nine league contests as plans for the pandemic-altered season continued to fall into place. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Column: Still time for college football to avoid a real mess

Aug. 14, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Well, it was fun while it lasted. After a few seasons of relative sanity, where we could all look forward to a legitimate playoff system for determining the national champion and weren’t distracted by the musical chairs of schools bouncing from one conference to another, college...

Washington's Jimmy Lake says Pac-12 postponement right move

Aug. 14, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington coach Jimmy Lake said Friday that the Pac-12 made the correct decision in postponing the football season, even as the Huskies athletic program faces a potentially massive financial hit from not having football in the fall. At the same time Lake was speaking via video conference,...

FILE - Fans cheer as the Michigan team takes the field at Michigan Stadium for an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 13, 2018. Michigan's Big House will be sitting empty when the leaves start to change this fall. From Ann Arbor to Los Angeles to Oxford, that most American of pursuits, college football, has either given up hope of getting in a traditional season or is flinging what amounts to a Hail Mary pass in a desperate attempt to hang on in the age of COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

AP Top 25 will roll on in unusual college football season

Aug. 14, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press intends to rank teams if major college football games are played this season. A most unusual season is less than a month away and the preseason AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank is scheduled to be released Aug. 24, marking the 85th year of its existence. The AP will...

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 1:33 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 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...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

Teachers at Menchaca Early Childhood Center pass out tablets to students, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in San Antonio. Southside will being the year with remote teaching and has added hotspots to the school district to help students without access to the internet. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas hospitalizations below 7,000 for first time in weeks

Aug. 13, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas reported fewer than 7,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time in six weeks Thursday, but that encouraging sign was clouded by questions over testing as schools reopen and college football teams push ahead with playing this fall. Testing has dropped off in Texas,...