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FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson’s singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Wilson, Rapinoe, Bird to host remote ESPYS feting heroism

May. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a way different kind of year, and so The ESPYs will be, too. For the first time, the show will feature three hosts in remote settings and a changed focus. Instead of honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian...

In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo, New York Liberty's general manager Jonathan Kolb speaks to reporters during a news conference at Barclays Center in New York. Kolb knew that he and first-year coach Walt Hopkins would have to make some tough decisions on the team's roster this year. He just didn't think they'd have to do it so quickly and without seeing players compete on the court in training camp. The WNBA and the players' union decided that teams would have to get their rosters under the salary cap by Tuesday, May 26, so that the players could start getting paid on June 1. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WNBA teams set to make tough decisions on roster cuts

May. 24, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb knew that he and first-year coach Walt Hopkins would have to make some tough decisions on the team's roster this year. He just didn't think they'd have to do it so quickly and without seeing players compete in training camp. The WNBA and the...

In this March, 8, 2020 photo Boston Celtics' Grant Williams plays against against the Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA basketball game in Boston. Williams hasn’t been limited to just virtual meetings with teammates during the pandemic. The rookie has been living with Boston teammate Kemba Walker, taking the All-Star point guard up on his invitation to stay with him at his home in Charlotte, N.C. not long after the league shut down in March. Williams says the company has helped him stay in shape and improve on facets of his game. He remains hopeful the NBA season will resume and believes officials will only do so if it can be done safely. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Grant Williams' living arrangements help him work on skills

May. 21, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics forward Grant Williams is accustomed to having roommates. It was only a year ago that the 21-year-old rookie was sharing living space as a college student during his final season at the University of Tennessee. So when Celtics teammate Kemba Walker invited Williams to join him at...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals in Washington. Engelbert said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Friday, May 15, 2020, that the league is focusing on about a half dozen scenarios to play this summer during the coronavirus pandemic. Engelbert did not go into detail about each scenario, but said that they are looking at playing in either one or a couple of sites at most instead of at every home arena. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

AP source: WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 by May 26

May. 19, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so players can get paid starting June 1, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the roster deadline had not been officially...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals in Washington. Engelbert said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Friday, May 15, 2020, that the league is focusing on about a half dozen scenarios to play this summer during the coronavirus pandemic. Engelbert did not go into detail about each scenario, but said that they are looking at playing in either one or a couple of sites at most instead of at every home arena. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WNBA commissioner: League focusing on scenarios to play

May. 15, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert is focusing on about a half dozen scenarios for the league to begin play this summer Engelbert did not go into detail about each scenario, but told The Associated Press Friday that the league is looking at playing at one site, a few possibly at most instead...

FILE - In this Sunday, May 20, 2018, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) defends Seattle Storm's Courtney Paris (3) in the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Seattle. Former University of Oklahoma player Paris, who left Oklahoma with 20 NCAA Division I records, is returning to Oklahoma as an assistant coach. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Courtney Paris returning to Oklahoma as assistant coach

May. 13, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Courtney Paris is returning to Oklahoma as an assistant coach after a 10-year WNBA playing career. The school made the announcement in a news release on Wednesday. Paris was the 2007 AP National Player of the Year as a sophomore and was selected Big 12 Player of the Year three times....

In an otherwise empty ballpark, a grounds crew member continues to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape as the ballpark goes into its seventh week without baseball played because of the coronavirus outbreak Monday, May 11, 2020, in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Division II league in Calif suspends fall sports

May. 12, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The California Collegiate Athletic Association has suspended all fall sports for the upcoming year, the league announced on Tuesday. The NCAA Division II conference currently has 13 members but will lose one with UC San Diego...

Aces' JiSu Park to skip 2020 WNBA season, return to Korea

May. 7, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Aces center JiSu Park will sit out the 2020 WNBA season to train in her home country of South Korea this summer. Park has started 11 of 57 games over two years with the Aces. The 21-year-old center averages 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. She was acquired from the Minnesota Lynx in...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert speaks at a news conference in Washington. WNBA rookies will start receiving health benefits beginning Friday, May 1, 2020. “Given the unique nature of this crisis, rookies and other new players currently under contract will receive full health benefits beginning on May 1, while veterans, who already receive year-round health benefits, will not have any break in their coverage,” WNBA Commissioner Engelbert told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WNBA rookies to begin receiving health benefits this week

Apr. 29, 2020 10:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA rookies will start receiving health benefits beginning this week, a move that comes while camps and the season remain suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Medical benefits usually are offered once training camp starts, but first-year players will be covered...

A TV cameraman films in the empty stadium as a part of precaution against the new coronavirus during the pre-season baseball game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. South Korea's professional baseball league has decided to begin its new season on May 5, initially without fans, following a postponement over the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: ACC men's hoops tourney going back to Greensboro

Apr. 28, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus...