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FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, United States' Serena Williams returns the ball to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in a women's singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London.  After the traditional middle Sunday off, Wimbledon would have resumed this week with what some consider the most exciting day of tennis: The second Monday, when all 16 men’s and women’s singles matches in the fourth round are scheduled. Of the 19 times Williams has entered Wimbledon, she reached Week 2 of the fortnight on 16 occasions; that includes seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles trophies and another four runner-up finishes, including in 2018 and 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

What Would Have Been: Close MLB interleague play, Wimbledon

Jul. 6, 2020 2:25 AM EDT

There would have been a lot of close MLB rivalry games this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic, with five interleague series matching teams from the same city or state. All of those rivals will still get to play this year. The Associated Press looks at some of the sporting events that had been scheduled the...

East Meck pitcher Luke Little delivers a pitch to a Myers Park batter during prep baseball action on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at East Meck High School in Charlotte, N.C. Luke Little had this year’s Major League Baseball draft on his radar, but he waited to make any big plans. Little, a 19-year old left-handed pitcher from Charlotte, weighed the fact that this year’s draft had been cut from 40 rounds to just five. His sophomore campaign at San Jacinto, a junior college in Pasadena, Texas, ended abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he was slated to transfer and play for South Carolina in the fall. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

North Carolina teen threw the 2nd fastest pitch in history

Jul. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Luke Little had this year’s Major League Baseball draft on his radar, but he waited to make any big plans. Little, a 19-year old left-handed pitcher from Charlotte, weighed the fact that this year’s draft had been cut from 40 rounds to just five. His sophomore campaign...

The grounds crew works on the field at Oakland Coliseum before an Oakland Athletics baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Latest: Two Arizona relievers tested positive for virus

Jul. 5, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says that relief pitchers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra have both tested positive for COVID-19. The Diamondbacks had previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested...

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval stands on the field during a baseball practice in San Francisco, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Giants manager Kapler: Pablo Sandoval's weight not an issue

Jul. 5, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval's size and round middle have ignited the internet and brought out the body critics as baseball begins again. Manager Gabe Kapler said Sunday the San Francisco Giants fully expect their “Kung Fu Panda” to be ready and in game shape to contribute by opening...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, left, leaves the field after a bullpen session with catcher Gary Sanchez after a bullpen session during a baseball summer training camp workout Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Tanaka doing well; Yanks to air intrasquad game Monday

Jul. 5, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive. They’re hoping Yankee Stadium’s lights will do the same this week. Encouraged by Tanaka’s...

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, stands next to manager David Ross, right, during baseball practice at Wrigley Field, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

King Félix opts out of MLB season, Doolittle on fence

Jul. 5, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, at least temporarily ending the 34-year-old’s bid to revive his career. Stars Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jose Altuve of the Houston...

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa runs through a drill during a baseball practice at Minute Maid Park, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Correa asks wife to stay out of salons until season ends

Jul. 5, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astos shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he’s asked his wife, Daniella, a former pageant queen, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over. “When I talk to my wife she knows,” he said Sunday. “No...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich speaks after the Brewers announced his multi-year contract extension at the team's spring training facility in Phoenix. Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in how he handled his contract negotiations. The Brewers held the March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Spring training was halted due less than a week later due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Brewers' Yelich knows he had fortunate timing on new deal

Jul. 5, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations. The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Spring training was halted less than a...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Tempe, Ariz. Left-hander Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his selection Sunday, July 5, 2020, before the Angels' third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Andrew Heaney tabbed to be Angels' opening day starter

Jul. 5, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his choice Sunday before the Angels' third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. The 29-year-old Heaney will be the...

FILE - In a Sunday, July 28, 2019 file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, left, has words with pitcherTrevor Bauer, right, as Bauer is taken out in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Francona said Sunday, July 5, 2020 that he believes the Indians need to change their name. “I think it's time to move forward,” Francona said Sunday. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)

Indians manager Francona favors nickname change for club

Jul. 5, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland manager Terry Francona won't sidestep the hot-button topic any longer. He believes the Indians need to change their contentious nickname. “I think it's time to move forward,” Francona said Sunday. Francona's comments came two days after the Indians, amid a...