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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. White Sox prospect Michael Kopech missed the start of summer camp Frida, Ju;y 3, 2020, due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. “Given the time we're living through together I will try to answer the question that's probably now at the top of everybody's mind and just share the fact that currently Michael is healthy,” Hahn said on a video conference call.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

The Latest: Pac-12 Commissioner LarryS

Jul. 11, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a...

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...

Jaguars announce plans for 25% capacity, masks in 2020

Jul. 10, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars announced plans Friday to play home games in front of a significantly reduced capacity this fall. Fans in attendance will be required to wear face coverings. The team released details in an email to season-ticket holders, saying it expects about 25%...

Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: California CCAA moving all sports to the spring

Jul. 9, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The California Community College Athletic Association is moving all sports, even football, to the spring. The decision announced Thursday was one of three potential scenarios approved by the CCCAA Board of Directors last month....

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, fans cheer as Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich walks off the field after driving in the winning run with a double during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee. Major League Baseball will start each extra inning this season by putting a runner on second base. This rule has been used since 2018 in the minor leagues, where it created more action and settled games sooner. “I think it’s great,” Yelich said. “As a player, there’s nothing worse than extra innings.

New extra-inning format stirs debate as teams plot strategy

Jul. 9, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Baseball has its answer to penalty kicks, overtimes and shootouts, and it figures to stir just as much debate as all those other tiebreakers. Major League Baseball will start each extra inning in this abbreviated, 60-game season by putting a runner on second base. The rule has been used...

FILE - In this  Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, left, exchanges jerseys with San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. NFL teams will be prohibited from postgame interactions within 6 feet of each other, so players won’t be allowed to exchange jerseys after games as part of the guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.The restrictions are outlined in the game-day protocols finalized by the league and NFL Players Association on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.  (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

NFL players are banned from exchanging jerseys after games

Jul. 9, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

NFL teams will be prohibited from postgame interactions within 6 feet of each other, which means players won’t be allowed to exchange jerseys after games as part of the guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions are outlined in the gameday protocols finalized by the league and...

FILE - This is a Nov. 24, 2019, file photo showing New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Edelman said he hopes that recent anti-Semitic social media posts by Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson can be a teaching moment not just for him but others as well. In a video posted to Instagram Thursday, July 9, 2020, Edelman joined the Eagles, NFL and others who have condemned Jackson’s posts over the weekend.(AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Pats' Edelman hopes Jackson posts serve as teaching moment

Jul. 9, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman said he hopes recent anti-Semitic social media posts by Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson can be a teaching moment, not just for him but others as well. In a video posted to Instagram on Thursday, Edelman joined the Eagles, NFL and others...

Orlando City players, left, raise their fists in the air in solidarity with other MLS teams before the start of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla., while wearing shirts and masks with messages about race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence

Jul. 8, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nani called it beautiful and emotional. He wasn't talking about either goal he played a part in during Orlando City's 2-1 victory over Inter Miami on Wednesday night. Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before...

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 Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) runs against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the NFL NFC Championship football game in Santa Clara, Calif. San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert requested a trade from the team after not being able to renegotiate his contract. Agent Brett Tessler made the request public on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Agent: RB Raheem Mostert requests trade from 49ers

Jul. 8, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert requested a trade from the team after being unable to renegotiate his contract. Agent Brett Tessler made the request public on Wednesday after talks with the 49ers failed to lead to a new deal to replace the three-year contract Mostert signed in 2019...