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Martin Luther King III takes a moment by George Floyd's casket Thursday, June 4, 2020, before a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Celebrities, activists, others gather to remember Floyd

Jun. 4, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mural of George Floyd projected above his golden coffin, where mourners knelt and cried, paused and prayed at his memorial service Thursday had a simple message: “I can breathe now.” Celebrities, civil rights activists, politicians and family members of Floyd gathered...

In this March 19, 2005 photo, former University of Pittsburgh football head coach Johnny Major, right, visits Pitt's first NCAA college football practice of the spring in Pittsburgh. Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday morning, June 3, 2020, at home in Knoxville, Tenn., according to a statement from his wife, Mary Lynn Majors. He was 85.  (John Beale/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Johnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85

Jun. 3, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday. He was 85. Majors died at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife, Mary Lynn Majors. “He spent...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 photo, Isaac Lopez, 19, second from left, holds a photo of his father, Tomas Lopez, as he poses for a photo with his mother, Antonia, second from right; his brother, Elias, 12, left; and his sister Elda, 16, right, at their home in Pacific, Wash. Tomas, 44, who died of COVID-19 on April 2, was a beloved fixture wherever he sold tacos from his family's bright green taco truck. The passage of a milestone — 100,000 lives lost due to the coronavirus in the United States — has brought attention to how news organizations are trying to tell the stories behind the numbers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

U.S. news organizations focus on lives lost in the pandemic

Jun. 3, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many are familiar with some of the bold-faced names of people who died of COVID-19 — musician John Prine, NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, former Stanford University President Donald Kennedy and music producer Hal Willner. Most of the pandemic's victims aren't known beyond family, friends...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019 file photo, Fiona Whelan Prine, left, and John Prine arrive at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The wife of the late celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine, who died from complications of COVID-19, is urging lawmakers to expand absentee voting so Tennesseans would not have to put their health at risk exercising their right to vote. Fiona Whelan Prine told a Senate panel Tuesday that allowing more people to cast an absentee ballot was critical in ensuring that people would remain safe and healthy during the 2020 election. Whelan Prine also contracted the coronavirus, but she has since recovered. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

John Prine's wife urges Tennessee to expand absentee voting

Jun. 2, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The wife of singer-songwriter John Prine, who died from complications of COVID-19, urged lawmakers Tuesday to expand absentee voting so Tennesseans would not have to put their health at risk to exercise their right to vote. Fiona Whelan Prine, who also contracted the coronavirus and...

People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 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. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...

FILE - In this June 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens speaks during a news conference in Boston. Stevens says he supports the decisions of several of his players, including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Enes Kanter, who have taken part in recent protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Stevens says he wrote a letter to his players letting them know he was with them and that he hopes the recent demonstrations around the country can help lead to healing and help to create sustainable change. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Celtics coach: Empathy means more than basketball right now

Jun. 2, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens believes the best way he can be helpful to his players right now is by listening to them. Boston players including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier have been among several NBA players to participate in recent protests following the death...

FILE - This is a Sept. 12, 2015, file photo showing former tennis star James Blake discussing his mistaken arrest by the New York City Police Department during an interview in New York. Nearly five years later, Blake says he never suspected the large man running toward him was a plainclothes New York City policeman. But Blake, who is black, had been mistakenly identified as a suspect in a credit card fraud scheme. Video captured the undercover officer grabbing him by the arm, throwing him to the sidewalk face down and handcuffing him.  All of which intensified Blake's reaction to video of George Floyd's death shortly after being detained by Minneapolis police last week. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith, File)

Former tennis star still shaken by encounter with cop in '15

Jun. 2, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

Nearly five years later, former tennis star James Blake says he never suspected the large man running toward him was a plainclothes New York City policeman. Blake was in town that day for the U.S. Open and standing outside a Manhattan hotel. “I thought someone was running at me that was a fan, someone that...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020 photo, Dínico Perry-Ellis leads a chant on Station Street in Pittsburgh, protesting the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

'We won't tolerate': Sports world unites behind Floyd

Jun. 2, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

Players who scored in the German and Hungarian soccer leagues removed their jerseys to display undershirts with the words: “Justice for George Floyd.” Others from English soccer clubs Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle dropped to one knee during practice in a clear gesture of support. In New Zealand,...

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, right, speaks during a peaceful rally Monday, June 1, 2020, in his hometown of Norman, Okla., calling attention to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NBA star Trae Young speaks at peaceful protest in Oklahoma

Jun. 1, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — NBA All-Star Trae Young spoke at a peaceful protest of racial injustice and police brutality in his hometown on Monday. Young, the former University of Oklahoma star who now plays for the Atlanta Hawks, briefly addressed several hundred people at Andrews Park about the deaths of George...

Liverpool soccer team manager Jurgen Klopp waves as he arrives at the club's Melwood training ground after the English Premier League announced players can return to training in small groups as the coronavirus lockdown is eased Wednesday May 20, 2020. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Mets' Alonso: 'I will not remain silent' on racial injustice

May. 31, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ New York Mets star Pete Alonso is the latest high-profile athlete to speak out against racial injustice in the wake of the death of George Floyd. “For the past couple of days, I’ve struggled to wrap my mind around...