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The Arizona Diamondbacks play an intrasquad baseball game Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Latest: D-Backs' Guerra returns after negative test

Jul. 8, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Junior Guerra has returned to the team after missing the start of summer camp because of a positive coronavirus test. Guerra is one of four Arizona players to test positive and had not participated...

A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Jul. 8, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a cough and shortness of breath, it took Austin, Texas, resident Sam Lee three tries to get a COVID-19 test. The first time, he showed up an hour before the public testing site was set to close and was told they had reached capacity. He was turned away from a second center when...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during a baseball training camp workout at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Giants return, so do some players, but Padres' INF Mateo out

Jul. 8, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the...

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, center, Marwin Gonzalez, right, and another player head to the batting cage during baseball training Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. Count Buxton among the players who probably benefited from baseball's virus-induced delay. The oft-injured Twins center fielder was coming off major shoulder surgery. After a late arrival due to the birth of his second child, Buxton is in camp at full speed. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Healed Twins speedster Byron Buxton: 'I've got no limit'

Jul. 8, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An array of injuries was largely responsible for the blight on the first five years of Byron Buxton's still-promising major league career, with surgery last fall to repair labrum damage in his left shoulder serving as the latest setback. The most games he can get in this year for the...

FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates after striking out St. Louis Cardinals' Yairo Munoz for the final out of a baseball game in St. Louis. The 32-year-old Kimbrel is looking to bounce back from one of the worst stretches of his stellar career. The seven-time All-Star closer never looked right after he got a late start last year, going 0-4 with a career-high 6.53 ERA and three blown saves in 16 chances. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Kimbrel looking to bounce back after tough debut with Cubs

Jul. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — With just 60 games this season, the Chicago Cubs need Craig Kimbrel to be better than he was last year. Much, much better. The 32-year-old Kimbrel is looking to bounce back from one of the worst stretches of his stellar career. The seven-time All-Star closer never looked right after he got a...

Cincinnati Reds' Sonny Gray participates in baseball practice at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Sonny Gray moves to front of Reds' rotation, starts opener

Jul. 8, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Sonny Gray knows what it's like to start a season opener in front of a crowd, having done it twice with Oakland. His third time will be the most different and memorable of all. Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell chose Gray to start the 60-game season and lead a rotation that he joined...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is surrounded by media after his team won the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the San Francisco 49ers, in Miami Gardens, Fla. As sports prepare to resume, journalists are facing the same reckoning that their colleagues who cover politics, education and entertainment have encountered — coming up with new approaches to coverage with reduced access and resources. Professional leagues closed media access to locker rooms and clubhouses in early March. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Games are restarting, but few reporters will be there

Jul. 8, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

Many familiar pregame sights won't be back when baseball and the NBA return later this month. Managers won't exchange lineup cards at home plate and basketball lineup introductions won't feature special high fives. There also won't be the ritual of a gaggle of reporters crowding around a manager before the game...

Bills hire Sinnarajah as VP of business administration

Jul. 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have hired Jason Sinnarajah as senior vice president of business administration. From Toronto, Sinnarajah has sports-related experience in previously working at Google, where he managed the company’s partnerships with the NFL and NHL in providing updated search...

Northwestern moves Wisconsin game from Wrigley to Ryan Field

Jul. 8, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern's game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field in Chicago is being moved to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities...

Technical study begins on future of PawSox stadium

Jul. 8, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A technical survey is beginning at the minor league baseball stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to explore possible future uses of the site. Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said engineers are doing ground borings and collecting data to determine the stability of the site. The McCoy...