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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo, Native American leaders protest against the Redskins team name outside U.S. Bank Stadium before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins in Minneapolis. Several Native American leaders and organizations have sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately.  (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)

Native American groups ask NFL to force Redskins name change

Jul. 6, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen Native American leaders and organizations sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday calling for the league to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately. The letter was signed by 15 Native American advocates and...

FILE - This is a Thursday, Feb 25, 2015 file photo, Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organizing committee speaks during a press conference, in Doha.  Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have become the latest Qatari state entity to make staff redundant. The World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi recently spoke Monday July 6, 2020, of his concerns about the looming global recession, without directly citing the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

2022 Qatar World Cup cuts jobs after 'efficiency exercise'

Jul. 6, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

Organizers of the 2022 World Cup have become the latest Qatari state entity to make staff redundant. The World Cup organizing committee did not directly cite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic in a statement announcing the job losses. But secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi recently spoke of his...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2009 file photo, the Washington Redskins logo is shown on the field before the start of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The Washington Redskins are undergoing what the team calls a “thorough review” of the nickname. In a statement released Friday, July 3, 2020, the team says it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject. Owner Dan Snyder says the process will include input from alumni, sponsors, the league, community and members of the organization. FedEx on Thursday called for the team to change its name, and Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Redskins to have 'thorough review' of name amid race debate

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins began a “thorough review” of their name Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.” Even though owner Dan Snyder had shown no willingness to change the name since...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

Sponsor FedEx asks Redskins to change their name

Jul. 2, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name. “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,“ FedEx said in a statement Thursday. The company paid the team $205 million in 1999...

Tigers announce partnership with sportsbook operator

Jul. 2, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers became the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership Thursday with PointsBet. Detroit said the agreement will “enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement by providing access to unique experiences,...

Speedway owner loses staff, 'all but 2' sponsors after post

Jun. 28, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

PINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a North Carolina racetrack said he has faced death threats, lost employees and seen “all but two” of his sponsors evaporate amid the backlash over his social media post invoking the noose found in the garage stall of Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace Mike...

Phil Mickelson looks on after putting on the 14th green during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Cromwell, Conn. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mickelson leads Travelers in first event since turning 50

Jun. 26, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Phil Mickelson figures age might be an asset. Playing his first tournament since turning 50 this month, the five-time major champion shot a 7-under 63 on Friday in the Travelers Championship to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend. Lefty said said it was perhaps the wisdom that...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, Bubba Wallace takes a selfie of himself and of other drivers who had pushed his car to the front in the pits at Talladega Superspeedway before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Talladega Ala., Monday June 22, 2020. The noose found hanging in Wallace's garage stall at Talladega had been there since at least last October, federal authorities said Tuesday, June 23, in announcing there will be no charges filed in an incident that rocked NASCAR and its only fulltime Black driver. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

NASCAR hopes new fans join the sport in push for equality

Jun. 25, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

This is NASCAR in 2020: An opening weekend that had a visit from the president and a death-defying crash. A pandemic-forced hiatus that drove the virtual racing popularity boom. Empty grandstands. And suddenly, perhaps surprisingly, a prominent role in the push for racial equality. All with the second half of...

EA Sports, Spain's LaLiga agree to 10-year extension

Jun. 24, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — EA Sports and Spain's LaLiga have agreed to a long-term extension of their partnership. The 10-year deal announced on Wednesday means EA Sports' FIFA series will remain the official video game partner of the Spanish League. Electronic Arts has more than 100 licenses to soccer...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, the Olympic rings are displayed in Tokyo. Elk Grove Village has a rose. A nice green one with five zeroes behind it. Now it is looking for the right partner. With Olympic leaders concerned about funding heading into the Tokyo Games, Elk Grove is looking to sponsor a U.S. federation in another bid to generate exposure for the Chicago suburb after it attracted some lucrative attention for its partnership with college football's Bahamas Bowl. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

New sponsorship categories could help Olympic federations

Jun. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Elk Grove Village is holding its own version of “The Bachelor.” It has a nice green rose with five zeroes behind it. Now it’s looking for the right partner. With Olympic leaders concerned about funding heading into the Tokyo Games, Elk Grove is looking to sponsor a U.S....