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FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game in Denver. Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help the youth baseball program in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Rockies GM supports Desmond's decision to skip '20 season

Jun. 30, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 season to focus on his young family and help rejuvenate youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. Bridich says he had a pair of recent conversations with the 34-year-old...

Youth sports coach faces child pornography charge

Jun. 30, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island youth sports coach has been charged with possessing child pornography, state police said in a statement Tuesday. Michael “Bird” Witherell, 59, of Warren, was arrested after investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited...

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond follows the flight of his triple off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda in the second inning of a baseball game in Denver. Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help the youth baseball program in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.” (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Rockies OF Desmond decides to sit out this season

Jun. 30, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote Monday night on Instagram that the “COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable...

In this image provided by USA Football and taken June 29, 2009, a youth football team comes together at a practice in Dallas. USA Football has developed a phased approach for the return of youth football this year. The plan is based on phased reopening guidelines from the CDC. The governing body for the sport in this country advises youth leagues to consult their city or county health department to determine which CDC phase their community is in. That step begins a youth program’s local reopening procedure during the coronavirus pandemic. (USA Football via AP)

USA Football plans return to play for youths in 2020

Jun. 29, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

USA Football has developed a phased approach for the return of youth football this year. The plan is based on phased reopening guidelines from the CDC. The governing body for the sport in this country advises youth leagues to consult their city or county health departments to determine which CDC phase their...

Number of coronavirus cases in Kansas jumps by 568

Jun. 26, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kansas jumped by 568, fueled in part by outbreaks in sports practices and tournaments. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that there were now 13,538 cases, up 4.3% from Wednesday and 12% from last Friday. The state...

Raimondo urges Rhode Islanders to prevent virus resurgence

Jun. 24, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Gov. Gina Raimondo issued a dire warning to Rhode Islanders on Wednesday: Stop wearing face coverings in public, stop social distancing, relax the state's aggressive coronavirus testing program, and the number of new cases could surge again as they are in Texas, Arizona and several other states. The normally...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, Chicago's Ed Howard celebrates after his team won 7-5 over Las Vegas to win the U.S. final at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. The Chicago Cubs selected hometown shortstop Howard in the first round of the baseball amateur draft Wednesday night, June 10, 2020.
The 18-year-old Howard was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago's South Side. He also started for the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team that advanced to the finals of the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Cubs agree to deal with 1st-round draft pick Ed Howard

Jun. 22, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have signed first-round draft pick Ed Howard to a minor league contract that includes a $3,745,500 bonus. Howard went No. 16 overall in the June 10 amateur draft. The 18-year-old shortstop was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side. He also...

Minnesota health dept. says youth sports can resume

Jun. 19, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Youth outdoor sports can return to games and scrimmages on Wednesday after being on pause during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota health officials said Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health also announced that indoor youth sports can resume games and scrimmages on July 1. ...

In this June 16, 2020 photo, A 9U Gatorball baseball player swings at the ball during practice in Gainesville, Fla. Anxious parents are balancing the threat of exposing their kids against a desire to return to childhood normalcy, to let them run and play outside with friends and teammates. (Fresh Take Florida/Lauren Witte via AP)

Youth sports return with coronavirus distancing restrictions

Jun. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

Fifteen-year-old softball player Riley Diedrick wanted nothing more than to race alongside her friends. She and her teammates in South Florida are thrilled to be back together playing the sport they love, even with health-related adjustments: Players aren’t wearing masks on the fields or in the dugouts,...

In this photo taken on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, VeAnne Navarro has a virtual fist bump with students including Bjarki Robertsson, lower left on screen, of Reykjavik, Iceland at Golden State Warriors basketball camp in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors had to adapt their popular youth basketball camps and make them virtual given the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

From Iceland's capital, 11-year-old plays in Warriors camp

Jun. 16, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sporting his No. 30 Stephen Curry jersey, 11-year-old Bjarki Robertsson kept up the pace. He hopped on his right foot, then his left, joining in a drill as part of the Golden State Warriors’ basketball camp. Like the 3-point shooting star he so admires, Robertsson certainly...