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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, is greeted by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees at the end of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. As athletes and sports organizations around the world speak out against racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Drew Brees drew sharp criticism after he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)

Brees says he 'completely missed the mark' in flag comments

Jun. 4, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees apologized Thursday for comments that were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, drawing sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and...

A sign marking the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World is seen Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season at Disney. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

Jun. 3, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The teams that will be going to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports...

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, photo, the Olympic rings float in the water at sunset in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year's postponed Olympics where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, IOC President Thomas Bach has given selected interviews outside Japan and hinted at empty stadiums, quarantines and virus testing. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized and simplified

Jun. 4, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year’s postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, International Olympic Committee President...

FILE - In this June 9, 2019, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning the men's final against Austria's Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the second week of the French Open this week would have had fourth-round matches, quarterfinals, semifinals and the final for men and women. Nadal could have been trying to add to his 12 trophies at Roland Garros. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Nadal not sure about 2020 US Open; depends on COVID, travel

Jun. 4, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

If it weren’t for a pandemic-caused postponement, the French Open would have been in Week 2 now, and Rafael Nadal might still have been in contention for a 20th Grand Slam title. Instead, he’s home in Spain, practicing lightly — and wondering along with everyone else in tennis whether the...

FILE - In this May 21, 2017, file photo, Gwen Berry, of the United States, competes in the women's hammer throw at the Golden Grand Prix athletics meet in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. Berry captured headlines last year when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. Her gesture, to say nothing of the punishment that came afterward, are all being seen in a new light these days, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Berry 'disappointed' with USOPC in aftermath of Floyd death

Jun. 4, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

As it turns out, the hard part for U.S. Olympian Gwen Berry hasn’t started yet. The raised fist at the Pan-Am Games last summer, along with the public shaming she received from Olympic authorities afterward, and the wondering what might happen if she were to use her platform at the now-postponed Tokyo...

Eli Collins receives his Speedway High School diploma during a ceremony on the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 30, 2020. The ceremony was held at the track to allow for social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway slams door on fans at Brickyard

Jun. 4, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader on the July 4 weekend without fans. Track officials had been optimistic IMS could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas. Major League Baseball rejected the players' offer for a 114-game regular season in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts and told the union it did not plan to make a counterproposal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, June 3, 2020, because no statements were authorized.(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

MLB rejects 114-game schedule, threatens plan of about 50

Jun. 3, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If Major League Baseball and its players take the field for a coronanvirus-delayed 2020 season, it will be after acrimonious negotiations that resemble their labor war of a generation ago. MLB rejected the players' proposal for a 114-game regular season with no additional salary cuts, and...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga poses during an NCAA college football media day in Stillwater Okla. Oklahoma State University officials said Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that  three returning student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 although they were not showing symptoms. Among them is OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, who said on Twitter he tested positive for the virus after he attended a protest in Tulsa. The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

2 more Oklahoma St football players positive for COVID-19

Jun. 3, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts, bringing the total to three. Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday that of the 150 staff, administrators...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Minnesota United's Ethan Finlay (13) and Angelo Rodriguez, rear left, celebrate Finlay's goal against FC Dallas in the first half of an MLS soccer match in Frisco, Texas. Major League Soccer and its players' union reached an agreement that paves the way for a summer tournament in Florida after the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal was announced by the Major League Soccer Players Association early Wednesday, June 3, 2020, following tense talks that led to some players skipping voluntary workouts and the league threatening a lockout. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

MLS, players reach new labor deal, to resume with tournament

Jun. 3, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

Major League Soccer and its players' union agreed to a six-year labor contract through 2025 that paves the way for a tournament in Florida after the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal was announced Wednesday following tense talks that led to some players skipping voluntary workouts and the...

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This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms, from left, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Lost jobs over social media statements that seemed like a good idea at the time have become a common occurrence, but the tense environment of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality with the backdrop of a pandemic have made Twitter, Instagram and Facebook especially dangerous for those who want to remain among the employed. (AP Photo)

Ill-considered posts lead to lost jobs amid protests, crisis

Jun. 4, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A writer from a “Law & Order" spin-off and the play-by-play broadcaster for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings found themselves out of jobs after making social media posts this week that their bosses found too incendiary or insensitive, highlighting an apparent surge in such...

Eli Collins receives his Speedway High School diploma during a ceremony on the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 30, 2020. The ceremony was held at the track to allow for social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway slams door on fans at Brickyard

Jun. 4, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader on the July 4 weekend without fans. Track officials had been optimistic IMS could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, is greeted by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees at the end of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. As athletes and sports organizations around the world speak out against racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Drew Brees drew sharp criticism after he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)

Brees says he 'completely missed the mark' in flag comments

Jun. 4, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees apologized Thursday for comments that were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, drawing sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and...

FILE - In this May 21, 2017, file photo, Gwen Berry, of the United States, competes in the women's hammer throw at the Golden Grand Prix athletics meet in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. Berry captured headlines last year when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. Her gesture, to say nothing of the punishment that came afterward, are all being seen in a new light these days, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Berry 'disappointed' with USOPC in aftermath of Floyd death

Jun. 4, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

As it turns out, the hard part for U.S. Olympian Gwen Berry hasn’t started yet. The raised fist at the Pan-Am Games last summer, along with the public shaming she received from Olympic authorities afterward, and the wondering what might happen if she were to use her platform at the now-postponed Tokyo...

Former Chinese soccer player Hao allies with party critic

Jun. 4, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Retired Chinese soccer player Hao Haidong has angered the country’s leadership by allying himself with an eccentric billionaire who has called for the downfall of the Communist government. Hao appeared Thursday in a lengthy online video swearing allegiance to the “Federal State...

FILE - In this June 9, 2019, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning the men's final against Austria's Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. If not for the coronavirus pandemic, the second week of the French Open this week would have had fourth-round matches, quarterfinals, semifinals and the final for men and women. Nadal could have been trying to add to his 12 trophies at Roland Garros. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Nadal not sure about 2020 US Open; depends on COVID, travel

Jun. 4, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

If it weren’t for a pandemic-caused postponement, the French Open would have been in Week 2 now, and Rafael Nadal might still have been in contention for a 20th Grand Slam title. Instead, he’s home in Spain, practicing lightly — and wondering along with everyone else in tennis whether the...

FILE - In this June 3, 2020, photo, the Olympic rings float in the water at sunset in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year's postponed Olympics where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, IOC President Thomas Bach has given selected interviews outside Japan and hinted at empty stadiums, quarantines and virus testing. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized and simplified

Jun. 4, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year’s postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, International Olympic Committee President...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, LA Galaxy forward Aleksandar Katai controls the ball against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy will meet with Katai on Thursday, June 4, to discuss a series of alarming social media posts by his wife. Tea Katai made the since-deleted posts on her Instagram Story this week, the Galaxy confirmed Wednesday night in a statement. The team will meet with Katai to

LA Galaxy to meet with Katai after wife's social media posts

Jun. 4, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The LA Galaxy will meet with new Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai on Thursday to discuss a series of alarming social media posts by his wife. Tea Katai made the since-deleted posts on her Instagram story this week, the Galaxy confirmed Wednesday night in a statement that called the posts...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga poses during an NCAA college football media day in Stillwater Okla. Oklahoma State University officials said Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that  three returning student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 although they were not showing symptoms. Among them is OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, who said on Twitter he tested positive for the virus after he attended a protest in Tulsa. The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

2 more Oklahoma St football players positive for COVID-19

Jun. 3, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts, bringing the total to three. Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday that of the 150 staff, administrators...