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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson passes the ball at the team's training facility in Boston. A person familiar with the situation says Duke is in talks with Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Lawson to lead the Blue Devils women’s basketball program. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, July 10, 2020, because the school has not commented publicly on its search. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Duke hires Celtics' Lawson to lead women's basketball team

Jul. 11, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

Duke has turned to Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Kara Lawson to lead its women’s basketball program. The school announced the hiring in a social media post Saturday, a little more than a week after Joanne P. McCallie announced she wouldn’t return for a 14th season as she...

NHL, players approve deal to resume season Aug. 1, extend CBA

Jul. 10, 2020 7:08 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — NHL, players approve deal to resume season Aug. 1, extend CBA.
FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a nurse uses a swab to perform a coronavirus test in Salt Lake City. On Friday, July 10, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that the nasal swab test commonly used for diagnosing COVID-19 involves obtaining a sample from a protective layer of cells known as the blood-brain barrier, which can result in inflammation of the brain. The swab goes so far back into the nose that it can be uncomfortable, even causing some people’s eyes to water. But it doesn't touch the area where blood vessels and the brain exchange important nutrients. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 10, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: The nasal swab test commonly used for to diagnose COVID-19 involves...

Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco stands in the dugout during a simulated game at the baseball team's training in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Polanco's push; Pirates RF ready to shake injury bug in 2020

Jul. 10, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The tools are there. They always have been from the moment Gregory Polanco crashed into the big leagues six years ago as a raw jangly mix of power and potential. The looping swing that can occasionally send baseballs to the banks of the Allegheny River that flows beyond the right-field...

Los Angeles Angels' Anthony Rendon smiles after batting during practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Angels' Anthony Rendon expects MLB stars to find groove fast

Jul. 9, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels' new $245 million third baseman mostly spent the first few months of his seven-year contract changing his daughters' diapers and occasionally throwing a tennis ball at a wall. Anthony Rendon is more than ready to get to work earning his riches, and the World...

Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. Realmuto warms up in the outfield during baseball practice at Citizens Bank Park, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto patient on contract

Jul. 9, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto isn’t worried about his contract situation. The All-Star catcher and the Philadelphia Phillies had preliminary discussions about a long-term deal before the coronavirus pandemic but talks between the two sides haven’t progressed since baseball returned last...

Nets sign veterans Beasley, Crawford as substitute players

Jul. 9, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets plugged a couple holes in their roster Thursday with a pair of well-traveled veteran scorers. The Nets signed three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley as substitute players for the remainder of the season. The Nets will resume play without...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, Cleveland Indians' Franmil Reyes reacts after hitting a home run during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Franmil Reyes' first error this season was in judgment. The Indians' free-swinging slugger and outfielder apologized Thursday, July 9, 2020 for endangering his health and his teammates' for not wearing a mask while attending a holiday party last weekend. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Judgment error: Indians' Reyes sorry for not wearing mask

Jul. 9, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Franmil Reyes' first error this season was in judgment. The Indians' free-swinging slugger and outfielder apologized Thursday for endangering his health — and putting his teammates at risk — by not wearing a mask while attending a holiday party last weekend. Reyes' off-field...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017, file photo, then-Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches play against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the New Jersey Devils are hiring veteran coach Lindy Ruff to take over one of the NHL’s youngest teams and removing the interim tag off Tom Fitzgerald’s title as general manager.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Ruff hired as NJ Devils coach, Fitzgerald stays on as GM

Jul. 9, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff impressed the New Jersey Devils with his experience from decades of coaching. Tom Fitzgerald wowed ownership with his moves in a few short months as general manager. The Devils on Thursday hired Ruff as coach and removed Fitzgerald's interim tag to give him the full-time GM job. Ruff, who coached the...

FILE - This July 5, 2020, file photo shows Chicago Cubs players during baseball practice at Wrigley Fieldin Chicago. The wind blowing out at Wrigley Field. The tricky breeze in San Francisco. The heat in Los Angeles.
The weather is important business in baseball. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Winds of change? Company looks at weather's effect on ball

Jul. 9, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The wind blowing out at Wrigley Field. The tricky breeze in San Francisco. The heat in Los Angeles. The weather is important business in baseball. But what kind of business is still being decided. Weather Applied Metrics has a contract with Marquee Sports Network to develop graphics that...