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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...

FILE - In this May 3, 2014, file photo, Stanford men's volleyball head coach John Kosty, second from left, looks down as players react after a 3-1 loss to Loyola in the NCAA men's college volleyball championship at Gentile Arena in Chicago. Stanford announced Wednesday, July 8, 2020,  that it is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The school will discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling after the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

'Heartbreaking day' — Stanford drops 11 sports to cut costs

Jul. 8, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

Stanford was already facing some difficult financial choices as it tried to support one of the nation's largest athletics departments. The coronavirus pandemic forced a dramatic and painful decision: Faced with a nearly $25 million deficit next year, Stanford became the first known Power Five school to eliminate...

Boise State cutting baseball, women's swimming and diving

Jul. 2, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State is discontinuing its baseball program just months after the school was forced to cut short its first season in 40 years with only a handful of games played. The school has also cut women's swimming and diving because of budget issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On a...

Women sue USA Swimming over sexual abuse by coaches

Jun. 11, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

Six women have filed civil lawsuits against USA Swimming, its local associations in California and three now-banned coaches claiming the national governing body failed to protect them from abuse by those coaches. Debra Grodensky, Suzette Moran and Tracy Palmero, along with three other women who remain anonymous,...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)

IOC to open talks about easing protest ban at Olympics

Jun. 10, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC said Wednesday it would open talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games. Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures such as taking a...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The NHL nailed down the final details of a playoff format if the season can resume on the same day word came out that another player has tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The Latest: 75 Penn State football players to return Monday

Jun. 4, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Penn State will begin bringing some students back to campus Monday, including 75 football players. Voluntary workouts for football players who have been medically cleared can begin on June 15. The school said players have been...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins reacts during the second half of an NCAA college football game against South Florida, in Atlanta. In the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, Georgia Tech wants to make sure its athletes take time to vote in November. The school said Thursday, June 4, 2020, that nine teams, including football, will cancel all mandatory activities on the Nov. 3 to recognize the importance of casting a ballot. Geoff Collins was one of the first Power Five football coaches to express his support for those protesting the treatment of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jon Barash, File)

Georgia Tech athletes get day off to vote on Election Day

Jun. 4, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In the wake of nationwide protests over police brutality, Georgia Tech wants to make sure its athletes take time to vote in November. The school said Thursday that nine teams, including football, will cancel all mandatory activities on Nov. 3 to recognize the importance of casting a ballot....

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%

May. 29, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1. CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the lack of any...

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2020. For the first time in months, well-spaced faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the traditional Sunday papal blessing, casting their gaze at the window where the pope normally addresses the faithful, since the square had been closed due to anti-coronavirus lockdown measures. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Papal ping-pong? Vatican opens summer camp amid virus

May. 29, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is getting into the summer camp business, with ping pong tables taking over the Vatican auditorium, a giant pool in the Vatican Gardens and team sports on the Vatican helipad. The Holy See is offering a month of tennis, swimming, games and sports for the children of Vatican...

In this photo taken Friday, May 15, 2020, the public pool in Mission, Kan. is lifeless as plans remain in place to keep the pool closed for the summer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As warm weather approaches and many public pools remain closed there has been a surge of people using backyard pools as well at taking to water activities on lakes and rivers to get out and cool off. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

US communities face tough choices on opening public pools

May. 27, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Public pools will look very different this summer if they open at all with the coronavirus threat still looming, as staffers will be tasked with maintaining social distancing and spotting COVID-19 symptoms in addition to their primary duties. Pools that do plan to open will take...