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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2000, file photo, Australia's Cathy Freeman celebrates winning the women's 400 meter race at the Summer Olympics at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. Freeman ignited the Olympic flame to open the Sydney 2000 Games and returned 10 nights later to win a gold medal in the 400 meters that had been a long time in waiting for country. She was the first Aboriginal person from Australia to win an individual Olympic gold. And she celebrated in a bare-foot victory lap with an Australian flag and the red, black and yellow Australian Aboriginal flag together in her hand. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Freeman's legacy endures long after Sydney's flame went out

Aug. 14, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

In a momentary pause between reality sinking in and her victory celebrations fully starting, Cathy Freeman looked toward a track official and twirled her index finger to signal a full circuit. It wasn’t a question of if, but for how long. Within seconds, she had an Australian flag and the Australian...

FILE - Down judge Jeff Bergman checks his headset before the New Orleans Saints play the Cleveland Browns in an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Cleveland. The NFL's longest-serving on-field official was among five who have opted to take a leave of absence for the 2020 season. Bergman, who was entering his 29th year of service, headlined the list released Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 by the NFL. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

5 NFL officials take a leave of absence for 2020 season

Aug. 14, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's longest-serving on-field official was among five who have opted to take a leave of absence for the 2020 season. Line judge Jeff Bergman, who was entering his 29th year of service, headlined the list released Friday by the NFL. Also in the group was back judge Steve Freeman, who...

A symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge is moved away from its usual spot by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were removed for what is being called “maintenance,” and officials says they will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Australian survey: younger Olympians more willing to protest

Aug. 14, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian survey shows a higher proportion of younger Olympians would be prepared to use games venues or medal podiums as a platform for demonstrations. The International Olympic Committee’s Rule 50.2, which forbids demonstrations or political, religious or racial...

A player carries his shoes and a lunch bag in front of a closed gate leading to Memorial Stadium's playing field in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: Cowboys owner confident about having fans

Aug. 13, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident about having fans for all home games, and the club has now announced details toward that end. The Cowboys say they are selling tickets in groups to try to prevent people who don't...

Chase Fenstermacher kicks the ball during a wall pass drill at Pottsville's boys' soccer practice at Alumni Field in Pottsville, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. During a press conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that no sports take place until January 1, 2021. Previously, state guidelines posted to the Governor's Office website stated that

Wolf: No plan to change recommendation on school sports

Aug. 13, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday he has no plans to change his position that school sports should be canceled until 2021. Wolf's administration issued a “strong recommendation” last week that scholastic and recreational youth sports be put off until January to help prevent...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes' head coach Rod Brind'Amour reacts to a call during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. Brind’Amour wasn’t going to risk another $25,000 fine from the NHL. The Hurricanes coach provided a short, four-word answer, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, when asked if he had anything more to add a day after being fined for calling the league “a joke” in criticizing an officials' ruling on a goal challenge.(AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

Hurricanes coach Brind'Amour 'moving on' after fined by NHL

Aug. 13, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Rod Brind’Amour wasn’t going to risk another $25,000 fine from the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes coach provided a short, four-word answer, Thursday, when asked if he had anything more to add a day after being fined for calling the league “a joke” in criticizing an...

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)

Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights

Aug. 13, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with...

Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano makes a catch at the wall on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Brian Goodwin during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A's hit 3 HRs, Laureano's 3 fine catches help top Angels 8-4

Aug. 12, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Oakland manager Bob Melvin didn't know until an hour before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels whether Ramón Laureano would be available. After finding out that Major League Baseball wouldn't decide on his appeal of a six-game suspension, the Athletics center...

NFL, union agree to extend daily coronavirus testing

Aug. 12, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

The NFL extended daily coronavirus testing for players and staff until further notice even though the positive test rate from the first two weeks of camp has been less than 1 percent. Under the original agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association, players and staff needed three negative tests in...

Miami Marlins' Francisco Cervelli (29) Nick Vincent (44) and Logan Forsythe (11) celebrate with teammates after a baseball game against the New York Mets Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in New York. The Marlins won 4-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mattingly: Marlins sidelined by virus are 'feeling great'

Aug. 12, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Miami Marlins sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak are all asymptomatic, and some have applied for reinstatement, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be...